JUDD TRUMP just needs more three frames to reach the second round of the World Championship after his bid to win the title for the first time got off to an impressive start.
Trump, who is considered one of the favourites to lift snooker’s greatest prize in ten days time, took an overnight 7-2 lead against Crucible debutant Stuart Carrington.
Trump will look to get the three more frames needed when the pair resume battle on Thursday night – the winner will face Marco Fu in the next round.
It was an impressive start for Trump who many believe this could be year he shows what his natural talent is worth.
Trump took the opening frame after coming back from 64-40 behind against the Grimsby based potter who beat Joel Walker, Peter Ebdon and Li Hang to reach the sport’s biggest event for the first time.
Carrington then showed his good form in the second frame as a neat break of 54 levelled the scores at 1-1.
But Trump dominated the next three frames as breaks of 54, 53 and 40 put him 4-1 to the good.
A missed final brown from Trump allowed Carrington to clear to take the sixth frame but breaks of 85, 62 and 85 gave Trump a five-frame advantage at the close of the first session.
Elsewhere, Joe Perry completed a 10-4 victory over Zhang Anda but was made to play the waiting game after an impressive spell of snooker from the Chinese star – but sadly for him it was too little too late.
Trailing 8-1 at the start of the concluding session, Anda showed the Crucible crowd what he was all about as he won three frames on the bounce to give hope of a memorable comeback victory.
But Perry stopped the rot just before the mid-session interval after potting the final pink and black and then wrapped up a 10-4 win after the restart.
Perry will face the winner of Shaun Murphy and Robin Hull in the next round.
Thursday sess the start of the second round matches take place with defending champion Mark Selby, fresh from his first round thriller against Kurt Maflin, up against Scotland’s promising talent Anthony McGill.
Ding Junhui also returns to action taking on four-times World Championship winner John Higgins.