Trump triumphs at UK snooker championship

Posted Dec 11, 2011 by Tim Sandle
Judd Trump (England) survived a fight back from Northern Ireland's Mark Allen in the UK Snooker Championship, but nevertheless held on to clinch the match and tournament by 10 frames to 8.
Judd Trump
Judd Trump
The final of the UK Snooker Championship, the second most important tournament on the circuit, proved to a close fought match and one contested at a high level. The tournament was won by Judd Trump who beat Mark Allen 10-8 in the final at the Barbican Centre, York (played on Sunday 11th December 2011). In doing so, Trump won a prize of £100,000 (around $156,000). The tournament was sponsored by William Hill, a UK gambling chain.
Both players had come through close semi-final matches, although the final gave no indication that either player was tired as both began Sunday's final in good form.
Trump won a closely contested frame on the final black ball with a 70 break, before Allen put together a three frame winning sequence, which included a break of 141 (only 6 points short of the maximum possible score from one visit).
Trump, aged 22 and from Bristol, then put together his own impressive run of frames in moving from 1-3 behind to 8-3 in front, recording a top break of 78 in the process. Just when it seemed as if Trump was coasting to an easy victory Allen, aged 25 and from Antrim in Northern Ireland, put together his own run of successive frames in moving to 8-9 behind. In this sequence, Allen recorded two further century breaks (125 and 129) as well as a break of 95.
With the momentum with Allen, it was to Trump's credit that, from his first chance in the eighteenth frame, that he put together a frame winning break of 91. Trump's clinching break was impressive and he potted several difficult balls.
As reported in The Sporting Life, Trump said after his victory: "To win it the way I did is a brilliant achievement. Mark pushed me all the way. It's a good job I had a big lead in that last session."
This was Trump's second major ranking tournament win and by far the most important. The UK snooker championship was first held in 1977 and is regarded as the second most important on the snooker circuit. All told, 2011 has been a good year for Trump. As well has his two tournament wins he was runner up to John Higgins in the world championship in May. With this win, according to the provisional seedings, Trump moves to fifth position on the world ranking list.
With such a prodigious talent, akin to a similar fast and talent player in Ronnie O'Sullivan, the chances are that Trump will go on to record many other tournament wins and could, in time, be seen as one of snooker's great players.