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World Snooker Championship 2012 - Captain Carter Shocks Trump

World Snooker Championship 2012 - Captain Carter Shocks Trump

Ali Carter has produced some of the best snooker of his career to come from 12-9 behind to beat Judd Trump 13-12 in an thrilling deciding frame at the Betfred.com World Snooker Championship. Matthew Stevens also progressed with a 13-11 win over Barry Hawkins.

Betfred.com World Snooker Championship 2012 - Captain Carter Shocks Trump

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Ali Carter Snooker World Championship 2012

Ali Carter

Last year's finalist and current UK Champion Judd Trump was the bookies favourite going in to this this season's Betfred.com World Snooker Championship and at the end of tonight's last 16 match with Ali Carter he looked favourite to come through when he took a 12-9 lead.

However former Welsh & Shanghai champion Carter produced some amazing snooker including a 147 attempt which ended on 84 to eventually level the match at 12-12.

In the decider both players had a clear scoring chance but in the end an easy red missed with the extended rest cost Trump as Carter eventually managed to get over the line to win 13-12.

After battling with his Chron's Disease in recent years and struggling for form this season it seems that changing his diet has helped Carter out massively and he seems to be playing to back near his best. 

He is rewarded with a quarter-final clash with either Andrew Higginson or Jamie Jones, surely he must fancy his chances against either to reach his 3rd Crucible semi-final in five years.

 

Matthew Stevens Snooker World Championship 2012

Matthew Stevens

Since winning last season's Championship League and getting back in to the top 16 of the rankins the twice Crucible finalist Matthew Stevens hasn't had the greatest of seasons but he put that to right today by beating Shoot Out champion Barry Hawkins 13-11 to reach yet another quarter-final at the world championship.

Hawkins who reached the last 16 of this event for the first time last year had the best start in their first session leading 5-3 before Stevens leveled the match 8-8 with the help of two century breaks.

When they resumed today frames were shared for them to go 10-10. Stevens took the next two for 12-10 before Hawkins took the next.  In the 24th frame after a bad safety mistake from Hawkins a break of 57 and another small contribution saw Stevens through a 13-11 winner.

The Welshman will no doubt be thrilled to progress and he gets to face compatriot and friend Ryan Day in the quarter-finals, hard to call that one.

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Posted Apr 30, 2012   
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