Judd Trump and Mark Williams
Judd Trump and Mark Williams

World Snooker results: Mark Williams v Judd Trump latest news and frame scores from the Crucible

Judd Trump won the final two frames of an epic Crucible encounter to beat Mark Williams 17-16 and reach the World Championship final.

Williams v Trump frame scores

Mark Williams 16-17 Judd Trump

46-78, 28-70 (70), 8-100 (70), 72-34, 28-73,
21-84 (54), 22-91 (62), 94-4 (53-3), 72-7, 0-131 (114),
0-138 (100), 119-1 (119), 61-8, 0-93 (50), 52-79,
(52, 79), 74-18 (70), 0-120 (120), 137-0 (137), 119-0 (58,53),
64-50, 67-0 (57), 77-0 (77), 0-125 (125), 63-14,
42-76 (64), 63-49, 73-30 (59), 137-0 (137), 35-83,
138-0 (138), 62-49, 31-53, 34-69

It was a victory which had promised to be straightforward after Trump had won seven of the first eight frames, only to then require a gritty comeback from the 2019 champion as he finally got the better of his veteran opponent.

Williams had taken the lead for the very first time in the match after taking a dramatic 31st frame, but could not find the one more he required as Trump got the better of him in the match of the tournament.

Trump had still led 13-11 heading into the final session of their semi-final and extended that advantage after Williams missed a thin red to the centre pocket as the pair resumed on Saturday afternoon.

Williams bounced back to steal the next after Trump's unfortunate cannon on the pink covered the yellow, before a lapse safety shot allowed Williams in. What could've been a 15-11 lead but for the roll of a ball became 14-12, and still Trump could not shake off his veteran rival.

Williams made a rare mistake with the rest in the next as his seemingly frame-winning break came to an end on just 59, but Trump couldn't take care of the tricky remaining reds and instead left one over the pocket. Williams swerved delicately to find it, added a thin black and got within a frame at 14-13, before a 137 clearance drew him level at last.

Returning from the mid-session interval, Trump needed two bites of the cherry but nevertheless hauled himself back in front, but undeterred by that, Williams added his second century in three frames to draw level again at 15-15.

Then came a nail-biting 31st frame, which saw Williams break down when in front and Trump look set to steal it when finding the edge of a long red to get to the table. But then Trump got a huge kick on a vital red only to then pot one on his return to the table, a cross-double that opened up a chance which became clear when he played a fabulous cannon from green to reds.

Unable to quite seal the deal, Trump's 27 was precision engineering in snooker form, but despite two more excellent pots he could never quite land on the next ball. Then came the mistake as he left Williams a look at brown, which he potted before missing the blue. However the Welshman was soon able to lay a snooker and when Trump's escape left him a thin cut, he potted it to finally take the lead for the first time in the match.

Trump impressively hauled himself off the canvas after Williams failed to capitalise on a huge fluke at the beginning of frame 32, before whipping a raucous crowd into a frenzy before breaking off for the final frame of a classic.

Trump took control of the decider thanks to a fluke when attempting a long red, laying a snooker which put Williams under real pressure with reds scattered and the black ball in the open. Williams fluked a red attempting to escape but missed the following blue, and Trump came to the table with a match-winning chance.

There would be another twist as Trump over-cut a red with the rest on 49, and Williams now had an opportunity despite a group of tricky reds towards the left cushion. As he ran out of position, another safety battle began, and Trump broke the deadlock with another cross-doubled red, before repeating the trick to finally earn himself a shot at match ball.

In went red along the bottom cushion and after Williams was unable to get the snookers he required, finally Trump was able to breathe a huge sigh of relief having avoided being on the end of a stunning comeback.

Session three

Mark Williams staged a brilliant fightback against Judd Trump at the Crucible, dominating the third session of their World Championship semi-final to reduce his arrears to 13-11.

2019 champion Trump led 11-5 after the second session and began Friday nightโ€™s action with a break of 120, only for Williams to come roaring back into the contest.

The Welshman kickstarted a run of five frames in succession with a total clearance of 137 and added contributions of 58, 53, 57 and 77 to close the gap to 12-10 and turn the contest on its head.

Then, just as Williams was about to get to work in the 23rd frame, the Welshman graciously called a foul on himself when trying to roll up to the yellow, opening the door for Trump to respond.

Trump did just that, compiling a fabulous century break, his fourth of the match so far, to give himself some breathing space and restore his three-frame advantage.

StIll Williams refused to take a backwards step, taking the attack to his younger rival once more and pulling off a string of long pots in the final frame of the evening to close out the session in style.

A rare moment of emotion from Williams as he left the arena confirmed a job well done, and left the match perfectly poised ahead of its conclusion on Saturday afternoon.

Session two

Mark Williams fought back in the second session of his World Championship semi-final with Judd Trump, but he still trails 11-5 at the Crucible.

Williams endured a horror start on Thursday but was much more assured on Friday morning, sharing eight frames with Trump who remained in excellent touch as he moves ominously towards adding to the world title he won in 2019.

It was the Welshman who started the brighter when play resumed, dominating the ninth frame, only to watch Trump hit straight back with a fabulous clearance of 114.

Trump made it back-to-back centuries when putting together a break of exactly 100 in the next frame, leaving Williams chained to his chair as his hopes for an early comeback had to be shelved.

Unperturbed, Williams finally found something like the form he had displayed earlier in the tournament, floating round the table for his first century of the match to reduce his arrears to 9-3.

The next four frames were shared as Williams ended the session on a high, a timely run of 70 ensuring he finished the morning with something to show for his efforts.

Session one

Judd Trump surged into a 7-1 lead over Mark Williams after dominating the opening session of their World Championship semi-final at the Crucible.

Williams has been one of the form horses so far in Sheffield, but his game deserted him in the early exchanges of this best-of-33 frames contest, the Welshman's generally reliable long game falling apart as Trump picked off his prey in predator-like fashion.

The early omens weren't good for Williams, who came off second best in an opening frame in which he had his chances, and things went from bad to worse thereafter.

Before long, Trump's lead had swelled to 6-1 and a break 53 was enough to see him end the session with a significant 7-1 advantage.

Thursday schedule and scores

Semi-finals (best of 33)
Afternoon Session: 1300 BST
TV Channel: BBC Two/Eurosport

  • Mark Williams 1-7 Judd Trump

Evening Session: 1900 BST
TV Channel: BBC Two & BBC Four/Eurosport

  • John Higgins 9-7 Ronnie O'Sullivan

Friday's schedule and scores

Semi-finals (best of 33)
Morning Session: 1000 BST
TV Channel: BBC Two/Eurosport

  • Mark Williams 5-11 Judd Trump

Afternoon Session: 1430 BST
TV Channel: BBC Two/Eurosport

  • John Higgins 6-10 Ronnie O'Sullivan

Evening Session: 1900 BST
TV Channel: BBC Two/Eurosport

  • Mark Williams 11-13 Judd Trump

Saturday's schedule and scores

Semi-finals (best of 19)
Morning Session: 1000 BST
TV Channel: BBC Two/Eurosport

  • John Higgins 9-15 Ronnie O'Sullivan

Afternoon Session: 1430 BST TV Channel: BBC One/Eurosport

  • Mark Williams 16-17 Judd Trump

Evening Session: 1900 BST TV Channel: BBC Two/Eurosport

  • John Higgins v Ronnie O'Sullivan *

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