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Judd Trump honoured his mid-session interval promise and “put £200 behind the bar” after completing a sensational 10-8 comeback win in the first round of the World Snooker Championship.

Trump trailed China’s Liang Wenbo 6-3 overnight and lost the first frame on Thursday.

But the world number five won five frames in a row – and seven of the next eight – to reach the last 16.

The 2011 finalist will face Ding Junhui of China in round two.

“I will put a couple of hundred quid behind the bar at The Graduate and whoever comes in first can have a free drink,” said a relieved Trump, who had earlier promised as much on Twitter.

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“If anyone supported me then I will definitely get them a drink, if they can prove it!

“He looked edgy from the start, but I scored heavy and got back into it. I played some good stuff today. I stayed strong.”

The generous gesture will hardly make a dent in his wallet, Trump already assuring himself of £22,000 for reaching the second round at the Crucible.

The 26-year-old’s money looked safe as UK Championship runner-up Liang took the opening frame of the morning.

But the Bristolian stopped the rot in a scrappy 11th frame and looked a different player after scoring a majestic ton to win the 13th.

Liang levelled at 8-8 but Trump closed out the win with ease.

“It seemed like when I had my back against the wall that’s when I thrived,” added Trump. “I played some real good snooker, just solid snooker. I wasn’t forcing it really.

“I’m so pleased to get through. I can’t wait for the next game now.”


Seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry on BBC Two:”Judd Trump was my tip at the start of the tournament. I think he should have won the title by now but he’s maturing, working harder and taking his career more seriously. He came into the tournament in form and he’s going to take some beating.”


In the afternoon’s other match, world number 14 Marco Fu took a 5-3 lead over Scotland’s Anthony McGill.

Thursday evening’s line-up will see Shanghai Masters champion Kyren Wilson defend a 5-4 lead against Joe Perry in the final first-round match.

Scotland’s Alan McManus takes on Ali Carter in the opening session of their last 16-tie.

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