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Trump holds narrow advantage over Wilson

Judd Trump leads Gary Wilson 9-7 heading into the third session of their World Championship semi-final at the Crucible on Saturday.

The two players went into Friday’s second session all-square at 4-4, but it was world number 32 Wilson that took the first frame of the day thanks to a controlled break of 65.

Trump responded with a break of 56 to level the scores back up, but Wilson was soon back in front, edging a tense 35-minute 11th frame.

Losing that frame seemed to bring 2011 World Championship finalist Trump to life, as ‘The Ace In The Pack’ then rattled off four frames in a row, with breaks of 73, 123 and 75 helping him establish a 9-6 lead.

That may have been enough to put lesser players off, but Wilson, who is competing in his first World Championship semi-final, having never previously won a match at the Crucible prior to this year, responded with a break of 77 in the final frame of the session to move back to within two.

Play will resume on Saturday morning, with former world number one Trump priced at 1.13 to go on and win the match, while Wilson, who did win the only previous meeting between the pair at this season’s World Open, is available at 5.50.

Whoever does go on to win the match will take on either David Gilbert or four-time world champion John Higgins in the final.

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