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Welsh qualifier Jak Jones shocks Judd Trump to reach snooker World Championship semi-finals

01 May 2024 1 minute read
Jak Jones in action against Judd Trump. Photo Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Judd Trump’s hopes of landing a second world snooker title were shattered by Welsh qualifier Jak Jones in a major quarter-final upset at the Crucible.

Jones, the world number 44, capitalised on an error-strewn display by the 2019 champion to turn an 8-8 overnight tie into a 13-9 win and reach the last four for the first time.

His unlikely win leaves Jones two more wins away from becoming only the third qualifier to win the famous title after Terry Griffiths in 1979 and Shaun Murphy in 2005.

Trump looked off the pace throughout the concluding session, and a dreadful missed pink in the 20th frame cued up Jones for a break of 61 that put clear air between the pair at 11-9.

A miss on an even easier yellow in the next put the man from Cwmbran one frame from victory, and when Trump went in-off potting a red in the 22nd frame, Jones responded with a nerveless 106 clearance to finish.

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