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World Snooker Championship 2012 - Trump through, Hawkins sees off Selby

World Snooker Championship 2012 - Trump through, Hawkins sees off Selby

UK Champion Judd Trump managed to come from behind to beat Dominic Dale 10-7 fighting off food poisoning and Mark Selby became the eighth seed to drop out the tournament after suffering a surprise 10-3 defeat at the hands of Barry Hawkins.

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Last year's Crucible finalist 'Ace in the Pack' Judd Trump fought off the effects of food poisoning from a piece of chicken to come from 7-6 behind to beat Dominic Dale 10-7 at the World Snooker Championship.

Former double ranking event winner Dale had the earlier advantage in their first session taking a 3-1 lead before it was Trump who managed to scrape a few frames together to finish the session 5-4 up.


Judd Trump Snooker World Championship 2012

Judd Trump

Frames were shared before Trump made the only century of the match (a 114) to level at 6-6. Dale made his best break of the match, a 80 to take the lead however that would be the last frame he would win as trump won the last four frames in a row including the help of an outrageous fluke in the 16th to come through 10-7.

Even though his opponent was suffering from food poisioning everything wasn't smooth sailing for Dale 'I had my own problems, I had carpal tunnel syndrome in my hand. I couldn't feel any pain but my hand felt a bit puffy.

'I had a chance to go 4-2 up but I missed a black off the spot. I had plenty of other chances in the match, more than Judd, but unfortunately I couldn't take them when they mattered.

'I had no idea anything was wrong with him during the match, if he had food poisioning it wasn't completely obvious even when he was sitting next to me.'


Judd Trump Snooker WOrld Championship 2012

Judd Trump

UK Champion Trump was relieved to have gotten through 'I'm absolutely exausted. This is the closest I have ever come to pulling out of a professional match before, I haven't eaten for two days and I feel drained.

'I never really had control of the cueball in the match, the table felt a bit heavy. But overall I am glad to get through as so many seeds have been dropping out.'

It didn't go according to plan for the seed in the evening session however as Mark Selby suffered a heavy 10-3 defeat by the hands of snooker shoot out champion Barry Hawkins.

Selby having suffered from neck problems in the China Open had to withdraw from that tournament and he seemed to have carried it over to the Crucible as he found himself 6-3 down to Hawkins at the end of the first session.

Hawkins reached the last 16 of the Crucible for the first time last year and he managed to repeat that again when they resumed as he swiftly reeled off the remaining frames to come through a comfortable 10-6 winner. He plays Matthew Stevens in the last 16 on Sunday.

World no.1 Selby said 'It was always going to be tough out there. I was trying my best and there were shots that I couldn't even play including some with the rest which were incredibly painful.

'Take nothing away from Barry, he played brilliantly in the first session and if I was going to have any chance it would of been tonight but it wasn't to be.

'As soon as I get home I am going to see a sports physio and try to get it sorted out before the season resumes. I hope its sorted out in time.'


Barry Hawkins Snooker World Championship 2012

Barry Hawkins

Cambridge's Hawkins spoke first about his opponent 'It was tough coming in to this match knowing Mark had problems, especially when your friends keep mentioning it. I was just trying to concentrate on my own game.

'I have playing well since winning the shoot out. Even though its just a one frame tournament it gave me that extra bit of confidence especially infront of crowds and the TV cameras.

'I think the reason we are seeing so many seeds drop out is the qualifiers are not afraid to play them any more as we do it all the time in the PTC's. We are more match sharp going in to the tournaments.'

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Posted Apr 25, 2012
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