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Trump Earns Lead Over Wilson

Judd Trump moved 9-7 ahead of Gary Wilson in the second session of their Betfred World Championship semi-final clash.

World number seven Trump took four frames in a row during the session as he tried to stamp his authority on the tie. But Wilson took the last frame and the contest remains in the balance going into Saturday’s conclusion.

Bristol’s Trump is aiming to reach the final for second time, having lost to John Higgins in 2011. World number 32 Wilson had never won a match at the  Crucible before this year, but has enjoyed a superb run to the last four.

Wallsend’s Wilson took the opening frame today with an excellent 65 clearance to lead 5-4. Trump made a 56 as he recovered to 5-5 before a tense 35-minute 11th frame went Wilson’s way.

Masters champion Trump then stepped up a gear as runs of 73, 123 and 75 helped put him 9-6 ahead. Wilson then knocked in a break of 77 in frame 16 to reduce his deficit.

They return at 10am for eight more frames, with the remainder to be played from 7.30pm on Saturday. First to 17 goes through to the final to meet John Higgins or David Gilbert.