Search

Snooker: Defeat tough for Trump to take

PUBLISHED: 19:08 20 January 2018 | UPDATED: 19:08 20 January 2018

Judd Trump at the 2018 Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace (pic Adam Davy/PA)

Judd Trump at the 2018 Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace (pic Adam Davy/PA)

PA Wire/PA Images

Judd Trump insists rival Kyren Wilson got lucky after he was dumped out of the Dafabet Masters in an enthralling battle at the Alexandra Palace.

The left-hander, who trains at the Grove in Romford, was 5-2 up and cruising towards his first Masters final when Wilson, out of nowhere, stormed back to upset the odds and win 6-5.

It is another major blow for the 28-year-old, who is regarded as one the game’s most talented players but has still won just won one triple crown title.

That came at the 2011 UK Championships and, with world number one Mark Selby and defending champion Ronnie O’Sullivan out of the Masters early, this was a fine chance for him to re-address the balance.

But, despite a strong display, he goes home frustrated at Wilson’s fortune and said: “It is disappointing, I think I was the better player so it is a tough one to take really.

“At 5-2 he missed a few balls and it was the same in some later frames and he got away with every single one so it is very disappointing.

“When someone gets away with so many shots, sooner or later you have to take a chance because you can’t rely on him leaving an easy chance so I wanted to grab the match by the scruff of the neck.

“In the last frame he missed a long red and left the white on the cushion so he did not leave me a safety – I went for a plant and even that double-kissed.

“It is not too bad, when it is not your day it is not your day. When you get a run like that you know it is Kyren’s week.”

Trump made a fast start and won the opening frame before a costly error allowed the nervous-looking Wilson to level.

Breaks of 83 and 52 put Trump into a 3-1 lead at the mid-session interval and he soon turned that into 5-2 thanks an excellent 96 and faultless 69.

Wilson appeared out of his depth and missed a couple of pots in the eighth frame but the balls fell kindly for him and he won with a 57.

With Trump unable to see the match out, the Kettering man grew in confidence and he levelled with a fine 107 to force a decider – which he won with a break of 72.

“I said in the interval to my manager and coach that even if I go 5-1 down I will fight all the way and it is one of those venues where funny things happen,” Wilson said.

“I felt like Lady Luck was on my side a bit as well and it was a formula which came together nicely, I am just happy to get over the line.”

*Watch the London Masters LIVE on Eurosport and Eurosport Player with Colin Murray and analysis from Neil Robertson, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds.

Latest Romford Sports News

46 minutes ago

Romford grasstrack racer Phil Ranson has bagged his second championship title in the space of a year.

07:00

Polo Field side lost by 84 runs at Buckhurst Hill last weekend

Yesterday, 21:18

Essex beat Middlesex by six wickets with four balls remaining after chasing down the home side’s victory target of 211 at a packed Lord’s on Thursday evening.

Yesterday, 19:00

Toby Howe Ground side beat Hadleigh by two-wickets last weekend

Yesterday, 18:30

A round-up of the latest matches involving Hornchurch Athletic teams

Yesterday, 18:00

A round-up of the latest matches involving Navestock CC teams, with some St Andrews CC news as well

Yesterday, 17:00

After producing consistent displays for much of the campaign, the new boys have struggled in August

Yesterday, 16:30

Latest news from the supporters’ association

PROMOTED CONTENT

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

There are many reasons people decide to join a gym. Some want to pack on muscle for strength, train for endurance, or lose weight. But did you know it also does wonders for your mental health? Two members at Romford’s Better Gym in the Market Place talk about their personal fitness journey and the importance of replacing bad habits with good ones.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read sport

Show Job Lists

News from your area

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now