Trump dumped out of World Championships

PUBLISHED: 06:29 20 April 2017 | UPDATED: 06:30 20 April 2017

Judd Trump at the table in his match against Rory McLeod at the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (pic Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Judd Trump at the table in his match against Rory McLeod at the Betfred Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield (pic Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

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Favourite beaten by qualifier in first round

Pre-tournament favourite Judd Trump was dumped out of the Betfred World Championships by qualifier Rory McLeod in a massive first-round shock in Sheffield last night.

The Romford-based potter lost 10-8 to world number 54 McLeod – a 1000-1 outsider – with his manager claiming afterwards that the 27-year-old was unwell.

Trump was seen grimacing as he went down on some shots as the match dragged on to a late finish at the Crucible after the duo had failed to reach a conclusion during the morning session.

The second seed had already won two ranking titles this season but saw his hopes of a world crown extinguished by his opponent in a huge upset.

Trump had stormed into a 4-0 lead early on Tuesday with two half-century breaks but struggled for rhythm after the mid-session interval and lost the next five on the spin.

When the match resumed on Wednesday morning, Trump continued to find it difficult to construct the frame-winning breaks for which he is well known.

A break of 65 got him to 6-6 but McLeod took the next two frames as Trump, in such good form coming into this tournament, failed to reply.

The marathon continued as frame 15 lasted an incredible 48 minutes before Trump potted the blue and pink to move to 8-7 behind but McLeod then moved one away from victory.

Play then had to be stopped to allow the afternoon session to begin with the pair back inside the Crucible Theatre only after Xiao Guodong beat Ryan Day in the evening.

Trump got back to 9-8 but 46-year-old McLeod struck breaks of 36 and 26 to get over the line for what he described as his greatest professional triumph.

“It’s the best win of my career, to beat Judd Trump on centre stage is brilliant. I always knew I was capable but it was actually doing it, producing when you need to,” said McLeod.

“I’m enjoying every second of it at the moment, I can’t wait to see my partner and the children, they must be ecstatic and overwhelmed like I am.

“This is the Worlds, every match you win is like winning a tournament so I’m feeling brilliant.”

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