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Snooker: Beaten Trump calls for shot clocks

PUBLISHED: 21:00 16 December 2017

Judd Trump in action

Judd Trump in action

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Judd Trump has called for the introduction of shot-clocks for some tournaments after the West Country snooker star lost his Dafabet Scottish Open semi-final to Cao Yupeng.

The Chinaman is ranked 64 places lower in the world rankings than world No.3 Trump, but that mattered not on day six of the tournament, with the Chinese potter overcoming his opponent 6-4.

The man from Guangzhou started like a train in his last-four tie, flying into a 2-0 lead before Trump responded to bring things back to 3-3.

But Trump, who practices out of the Grove in Romford, never looked comfortable and didn’t enjoy a match against an opponent he thinks plays the game too slow.

“No – he’s not good enough to win it I don’t think,” said Trump.

“He’s done well to get to the final but unless John (Higgins) or Neil (Robertson) absolutely collapses he hasn’t got a chance I don’t think.

“I can’t see why anyone would play slow to be honest, you practice that much that you can’t really be not seeing the shots and stuff I just think some people like to play slow and put their opponents off.

“It’s worked for him and unless people judge that we need shot-clocks it will continue.

“I think there should be some tournaments where we use them (shot-clocks), not every tournament.

“People are going to enjoy his style of play but it’s hard to watch, obviously if I was playing well I probably would be sat here saying something completely different, I had my chances.”

Yupeng may not be in the world’s top 50 but has had a good season and hit a 147 in the first round in Glasgow, also beating Tom Ford and Ricky Walden on the way to the semis.

Trump has also been excellent all week in Glasgow, but couldn’t find his rhythm in the last-four match.

“It was a bad loss really,” Trump added. “I think he controlled the game and he’s made it a slow, it was hard for me to get any rhythm going.

“It’s just draining, it’s hard to watch really, you’re sat there and trying to get some momentum going, you get in amongst the balls and you’re rushing to pot then you end up missing then you’re sat down for two hours again.”

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