OLDHAM’s Michael Wild produced one of snooker’s biggest shocks of all time after he thrashed Judd Trump 6-0 in the International Championship qualifiers.
The sensational scoreline means Trump, who won the competition in 2012 when it first entered the calendar, will not compete in snooker’s biggest ranking event outside Europe when it kicks of later this month.
Wild, ranked 120 in the world, proved too hot for the player ranked 113 places above him winning all six frames with three breaks of 50+ during the remarkable rout.
The match was only Wild’s second outing of the season after he suffered a first qualifying round defeat in the Shanghai Masters. The 34-year-old is playing his first season back on the main tour after winning the 2015 EBSA Championship – he was last on the main tour during the 2003/04 season.
Wild will play Sanderson Lam in the event’s first round proper, subject to the competition’s preliminary wild card round matches.
Speaking to World Snooker after his sensational victory, Wild said: “It’s the best moment of my career by far, it’s unbelievable.
“It’s hard enough beating Judd, let alone 6-0. I felt nervous before the game, but once I got into it and won the first frame I relaxed. Judd didn’t really get my chances, I kept him out as much as I could.
“I’ve just had my practice table made exactly the same as the tournament tables so that has made a big difference. This will be my first trip to China and I can’t wait. It will be a brilliant experience and if I play like that I can win it.”
Elsewhere on the final day, world number 18 Mark Davis also crashed out of the tournament after losing 6-5 to 39-year-old Lee Walker. Davis appeared to be in control at 5-3 up but Walker took the last three frames to secure his ticket to Daqing.
Chinese teenager and amateur Zhao Xintong also had a day to remember after he produced a stunning display in beating Stuart Carrington 6-0.
The 18-year-old, who has previously beaten the likes of Marco Fu and Ken Doherty, made breaks of 53, 51, 86, 69 and 66.
Shifting aside the possibility of facing a wild card match, Xintong will face four times world champion John Higgins in the last 64 round at the venue. Higgins booked his place with a comfortable 6-1 win over amateur Ashley Hugill.
Jimmy White missed out on an International Championship place after losing 6-3 to Rod Lawler despite at one stage being 3-1 ahead. 1997 world champion Ken Doherty won the final three frames to seal his place with a 6-3 win over Vinnie Calabrese.
Last season’s Welsh Open finalist Ben Woollaston also ensured of his place in Daqing with a 6-3 win over Irishman Leo Fernandez.
Mike DUNN 6-3 Mitchell MANN
Kurt MAFLIN 6-2 Joe O’CONNOR
Jamie JONES 6-4 Thanawat THIRAPONGPAIBOON
Joe PERRY 6-1 Michael WASLEY
Aditya MEHTA 6-1 Ian GLOVER
Robbie WILLIAMS 6-2 Joel WALKER
Matthew SELT 6-2 Adam DUFFY
Yu DELU 6-1 Chris MELLING
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