Day Six of the championship finally saw the conclusion of the round one matches as well as the first shots fired over the bows of round two.
Starting out today with a 7-2 lead I'm sure Judd trumps thoughts were of a comfortable afternoon hoping to finish it off before the interval,but Stuart Carrington had different ideas and started like a man possessed here,taking three of the first four frames with runs of 97,74 & 70 to close to 8-5.It was play like this last week that earned him his debut here at the Crucible and his regret here will be that he didn't find it earlier when he may well have made a real match of it.AS it was it was too little too late as Trump won the two more he needed to clinch a 10-6 win.
Trump is many peoples idea of a winner of this event and his performance here will have only given his fans even more reason to believe this may be his year.The same could also be said for the suppoters of Shaun Murphy who put the finishing touches of his match with Robin Hull in style,running out a 10-3 winner,
Of the second round matches that started today Mark Selby is level with Anthony McGill 4-4 after a very entertaining first session and John Higgins leads Ding Junhui 5-3
So 16 players now remain in with a chance of collecting that famous trophy come May 4th and really we are no nearer knowing which of them it will be.Purely on performances in that first round you would say Robertson,Murphy & Trump are all cuing as well as they can,but how hard were they pushed? There are in all probability six who you would consider as a realistic potential winners. Its going to be a fascinating weekend.
Round Two Predictions
Mark Selby v Anthony McGill (Selby 13-10)
Joe Perry v Shaun Murphy ( Murphy 13-7)
Barry Hawkins v Mark Allen (Allen 13-9)
Ali Carter v Neil Robertson (Robertson 13-5)
Ding Junhui v John Higgins (Higgins 13-10)
Judd Trump v Marco Fu (Trump 13-9)
Graeme Dott v Stuart Bingham (Dott 13-11)
Matthew Stevens v Ronnie O'Sullivan (O'Sullivan 13-6)