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Trump hits out after Crucible exit
Judd Trump branded Ali Carter's behaviour "childish" after being dumped out of the Betfred.com World Championship.
Last year's runner-up frittered away a 12-9 lead to lose 13-12 in a Crucible classic. Carter complained that Trump had all the luck in the second round match, and was so frustrated when he was put in a snooker behind the brown and yellow balls in the 23rd frame, seemingly by fluke, that he applauded sarcastically.
"If he wants to do that, then it's up to him, but he's 30-odd years old and it's a bit childish," Trump said.
Carter, 32, said the match proved that snooker is about more than simply potting balls. Trump was baffled by the remark, and said: "I'm still a lot younger than him and have done a lot better, so let's just let the snooker do the talking."
Trump had been 9-7 ahead going into the concluding session of the match and almost made a maximum break in the afternoon's third frame but could not find position on a 13th red. It put him 11-8 ahead though, and despite Carter taking the next with a 94 break, Trump soon re-established his three-frame cushion.
Carter began to eat into the lead though, and had his own maximum chance but could manage only 81. It put him back at 12-10, then Carter closed the gap further by taking a scrappy frame and drew level aided by a run of 53.
Trump missed a red with the rest to present Carter with a match-winning chance in the decider. He made 47 which left Trump needing four snookers, and remarkably he found three of them. But Carter, fighting an ongoing battle with Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel condition, mopped up the colours he required to claim a hugely satisfying win.
Carter said: "Judd just pots them from everywhere but there's more to this game than potting them from everywhere, believe me. I've proved that today. He had three or four lashes in the last frame like he did the whole match and got away with it. He just did not stop getting away with it the whole time."
Although the tournament lost a crowd favourite in Trump, Ronnie O'Sullivan was not to be denied a place in the last eight as he beat Mark Williams at the Crucible for the fourth time in seven years.
O'Sullivan was outstanding on Sunday, winning six of eight frames in their middle session to build an 11-5 lead, and he soon finished off Williams 13-6.