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Trump takes commanding Crucible lead

Judd Trump is just six frames away from winning a maiden World Championship crown after destroying John Higgins in the second sessions at the Crucible.

Higgins won the first frame in the opening session but Trump then opened up a 3-1 lead before being pegged back, with the duo level at 4-4 after the first sessions.

The Scot opened the second session with a century to take a 5-4 lead but it was one-way traffic from there on in as Trump managed eight frames in a row to take an almost unassailable 12-5 lead.

The Bristolian is bidding to land snooker’s top prize for the first time in his career as he looks to ensure the current campaign is his most successful to date.

Trump reached the final in Sheffield in 2011 as a 21-year-old but lost out to Higgins 18-15 and has never managed to reach the showpiece at the Crucible since.

‘The Juddernaught’ did win the UK Championship in the season following his World Championship defeat but until landing the Masters this year that was his only major win.

Trump now has a chance to complete the Triple Crown of winning all of the sport’s top three events if he manages another six frames in the best-of-35 contest.

Trump is 23.00 to win 18-5, 13.00 to win 18-6 or 9.50 to win 18-7.

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