Trump Beats Selt In Thriller

Judd Trump

Trump was runner-up in Shanghai in 2012

Judd Trump made a last-gasp clearance to beat Matthew Selt 5-4 on the final black and earn a quarter-final place at the Bank of Communcations OTO Shanghai Masters.

Trump trailed 48-14 in the deciding frame with two reds left, but cleared with 41 to snatch victory. He now has the chance to reach his first semi-final of the season when he plays Mark Williams.

Breaks of 82 and 104 helped give world number seven Trump a 3-1 lead. Selt’s 93 gave him the fifth frame then a 58 clearance from Trump put him 4-2 up. Selt made a 71 in fighting back to 4-4, only to miss out on a place in the next round.

“I felt I was a bit unlucky to go from 4-2 to 4-4,” said Bristol’s Trump. “Matthew had a good chance in the last frame but luckily for me he missed. I was a bit nervous but I made a good clearance. I had a lot of support so I’m happy to win and looking forward to tomorrow.”

Ding Junhui

Ding Junhui won this title in 2013

Home favourite Ding Junhui was also pushed all the way before securing a 5-4 win over Ryan Day.

Ding led four times, making top breaks of 52, 50 and 75, but was pegged back on each occasion by Welshman Day. But world number three Ding finally sealed victory with a run of 76 in the deciding frame. He now plays Kyren Wilson.

Martin Gould booked a quarter-final place with a 5-3 win over John Higgins – the player who beat him in the Australian Goldfields Open final.

Gould was runner-up to Higgins in the first ranking event of the season – losing an epic final 9-8 – but is enjoying another fine run in the second and will now meet defending champion Stuart Bingham in the last eight.

World number 27 Gould stole the first frame on the colours then made a superb 71 clearance to lead 2-0. Four-time World Champion Higgins potted pink and black to win the third then Gould replied with a 92 to lead 3-1 at the interval. Higgins fought back to 3-3 but Gould regained the lead with a 77 then clinched victory in frame eight by potting green, brown and blue.

“I scored very heavily today,” said Londoner Gould. “I played a few bad shots but overall it was a really high quality game. I know when I’m playing my best I’m a handful for anyone. Hopefully as the week goes on I’ll keep improving.”

Higgins said: “Martin played very well, he was the better player so I’ve got no complaints. I had a chance to make it 4-4 but couldn’t take it.”

Mark Allen, runner-up to Bingham here last year, set up a match with Mark Davis by beating David Grace 5-1. Antrim’s Allen made top breaks of 61 and 84.