Judd Trump has closed in on the world title (Picture: Getty Images)Judd Trump has produced one of the best sessions of snooker in World Championship history to take a 12-5 lead over John Higgins in the final at the Crucible.
The players came into the Sunday evening session at 4-4 and Higgins took the first frame of the session with a monstrous break of 125.
However, no one would have predicted it, but that was as good as it got for the Scot as Trump reeled off eight frames on the spin, which led Steve Davis to say, ‘that was one of the most astonishing performances I’ve ever seen here, I think the crowd were overawed.’
The 29-year-old made two more centuries himself (135 and 114) but his game was so complete, barely handing Higgins a chance and storming into an intimidating lead.
John Higgins could do little to stop his opponent (Picture: Getty Images)The ridiculously high standard of the first session did not relent in the second with Higgins making a break of 125 in the ninth frame to edge back ahead.
Trump, though, was still not to be rattled by the resurgent Scot, as he won the next two frames, the second with a 139 of his own, matching Higgins’ effort in the third frame.
That huge effort from the Bristolian took the match centuries to six, just two away from the record made in a World Championship final of eight.
This was set in 2002 between Peter Ebdon and Stephen Hendry and matched in 2013 between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Barry Hawkins.
However, the 12th frame broke the mould and was relatively scrappy compared to the scoring exhibition of the previous frames.
It turned out to be the longest frame of the match so far, lasting nearly 34 minutes, but, crucially, it was Trump who got over the line, rolling in a long pink to secure a two-frame lead.
It had been a tit-for-tat frame, which we hadn’t seen the likes of in the match till then, but Higgins failed in the safety exchanges.
After the interval, the seventh century of the match was produced by Trump (114), his fourth frame in a row and pressure was starting to build on Higgins.
The Englishman was happy to keep his foot on his opponent’s throat as he took a less-fluent 14th frame, knocked in 71 to take the 15th and a 58 to open up an 11-5 lead and look totally dominant.
As Higgins took a break from the intense atmosphere of the Crucible, Steve Davis described the session as ‘controlled annihilation of a great player.’
The final frame of the day saw signs of Higgins losing his focus a bit as he had chances but allowed Trump to take it.
There was a very odd shot with hampered cueing on a red, which led Stephen Hendry to say there was, ‘a large hint of desperation about that shot.’
The seven-time world champion later said, ‘he’s gone here, John Higgins’ as he tried to roll up behind the green and fell way short.
Trump stepped in after being afforded a chance from that mistake, made 70 and took a 12-5 lead.
The race to 18 continues on Monday afternoon and if Trump continues this form it could be done with a session to spare.
Judd Trump 12-5 John Higgins
Second session: 1-125 (125), 66-0, 139-4 (135), 67-45, 118-0 (114), 64-30, 95-28 (71), 70-20 (58), 85-19 (70)
First session: 66-1 (51), 72-45 (63), 0-139 (139), 105-0 (105), 8-70 (69), 0-74, 0-101 (101) 103-4 (103)
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