Sport Judd Trump on the brink of shock first-round exit at the Crucible

17:50  19 april  2017
17:50  19 april  2017 Source:   Press Association

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Judd Trump is one frame away from a shock first-round exit to rank outsider Rory McLeod at the Betfred World Championship in Sheffield.

The world number two, who won the opening four frames of the match but trailed 5-4 overnight, appeared frustrated for much of the second session before play was halted until the evening with 46-year-old qualifier McLeod leading 9-7.

McLeod, who is on the verge of setting up a surprise second-round meeting with Stephen Maguire, has previously won only once at the Crucible and was priced at 1,000/1 to win the title by some bookmakers at the start of the tournament.

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Every ranking event he has so far participated in he has at least got past the first round . CRUCIBLE HISTORY Prior to his memorable run to the final in 2011, Trump had only appeared at the Crucible Apart from that debut loss to Murphy, Judd has always at least won his opening round match here.

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Trump, runner-up in 2011, took Wednesday’s opening frame in scrappy fashion but, after appearing on course to win the second, he let McLeod back in and was punished as his opponent edged back ahead.

The second seed was clearly struggling to get into a rhythm and was guilty of some poor positional play and wild potting attempts.

However, it was a mistake from McLeod which decided the next frame as he powered into the pack off a missed red, allowing Trump to make it 6-6 with a break of 65, his highest of the match.

There was some suggestion Trump was struggling with injury as he regularly grimaced and held his back, and he had plenty to feel uncomfortable about when world number 54 McLeod took the next two frames to move closer to a memorable victory.

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The match was becoming a battle of attrition and Trump had to dig deep to keep himself in the contest as he again reduced the deficit to one following a 15th frame which lasted almost 50 minutes.

McLeod, however, responded and needs just one more frame when play resumes later.

Elsewhere, China’s Xiao Guodong holds a narrow 6-3 lead following the first session of his match with world number 16 Ryan Day.

Guodong, 44th in the world, secured the opening frame with a break of 62 before winning both of the next two on final blacks.

Welshman Day, who trailed 4-0 at the interval, stormed back following the resumption of play, winning the next three, which included a 125 clearance, before Guodong gave himself breathing space ahead of the evening session.

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