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Trump Triumphs At Championship League

Judd Trump completed a 3-1 victory over Martin Gould to win his second Championship League Snooker title and book himself a place in this year’s Champion of Champions event.

The Bristol potter looked at ease throughout the winners group, and takes away a total of £14,400 for his efforts in the internet streamed event.

Trump was a winner of the tournament in Essex in 2009, and played in Groups One and Two before qualifying via Group Three. His prize money this year takes his Championship League career earnings to a massive £90,467.

“I always seem to play well here,” said a delighted Trump. “I was very lucky to get into the top four today and I needed to raise my game for the play-offs, and that is what happened. In the group game against Martin I had to play really well and that got me going in the final tonight.

“The Championship League has been good to me and I enjoy coming here. I go to China now and I want to carry this momentum forward and make sure I finish the season strongly.”

Trump went into a quick 2-0 lead in the best of five frame match and looked to be heading for victory but Gould pulled off a difficult 59 point clearance to steal the third frame by a single point and keep his hopes alive.

A match-winning break of 109 though, after Gould missed the black off its spot, sealed the victory for Trump and he can head to China for the Haikou World Open with renewed confidence.

Gould, who can console himself with a £9,200 pay cheque, was frustrated in defeat. “He played very well. I missed a couple of shots early doors and was punished severely. I didn’t get going in the final, especially considering how well I played in the semi-final.

“I am disappointed but you can’t take anything away from Judd. He was the best player in the group. I was glad to get a frame because I wasn’t whitewashed in the tournament and it was good to keep that record.”

Earlier, Gould had ended Stephen Maguire’s hopes and the Scotsman departed the competition £13,600 to the good. Trump eliminated Shaun Murphy in a final frame decider to leave the Group Five winner £22,500 in the black.

The Championship League Snooker event is a venture between Matchroom Sport and Perform where 25 of the game’s finest players compete with all matches broadcast on a host of betting websites.

Championship League Snooker will return in 2015.

Results

Final

Judd Trump 3-1 Martin Gould
120-0 (Trump 119), 70-8 (Trump 36, 38), 64-65 (Trump 64, Gould 59), 109-1 (Trump 109)

Semi Finals

Stephen Maguire 0-3 Martin Gould
0-72 (Gould 45), 2-63 (Gould 47), 0-97 (Gould 97)

Shaun Murphy 2-3 Judd Trump
41-70, 0-69 (Trump 69), 77-0 (Murphy 77), 87-23 (Murphy 87), 4-71 (Trump 43)

Thursday group matches

Ricky Walden 1-3 Martin Gould
34-72 (Gould 39, 32), 17-96 (Gould 36, 34), 75-49 (Walden 54, Gould 40), 45-72 (Walden 32, Gould 53)

Joe Perry 1-3 Shaun Murphy
0-98 (Murphy 88), 22-98 (Murphy 65), 75-0 (Perry 62), 14-66 (Murphy 38)

Judd Trump 3-2 Martin Gould
1-85 (Gould 80), 0-62 (Gould 55), 82-0 (Trump 48, 33), 81-1 (Trump 80), 96-0 (Trump 96)

Stephen Maguire 3-2 Ryan Day
45-58, 0-72 (Day 58), 64-11 (Maguire 39), 64-0, 68-0 (Maguire 56)

Joe Perry 3-1 Ryan Day
15-82 (Day 82), 74-41 (Perry 54, Day 41), 73-18, 61-60 (Perry 41, Day 60)

Ricky Walden 1-3 Shaun Murphy
32-80 (Murphy 71), 1-77 (Murphy 70), 71-44 (Walden 40), 0-87 (Murphy 40, 47)

Joe Perry 1-3 Martin Gould
61-34 (Perry 36), 45-64 (Perry 43, Gould 32), 0-98 (Gould 59), 53-64 (Gould 32)

Judd Trump 2-3 Shaun Murphy
71-56 (Trump 71, Murphy 56), 0-94 (Murphy 78), 77-39 (Trump 47, Murphy 36), 54-78 (Trump 54), 52-65 (Trump 33)

Ricky Walden 3-2 Stephen Maguire
70-55 (Walden 43, Maguire 32), 0-68 (Maguire 59), 1-135 (Maguire 135), 70-19 (Walden 70), 67-52 (Walden 58, Maguire 43)

CENTURY BREAKS
135 – Stephen Maguire v Ricky Walden
119 – Judd Trump v Martin Gould
109 – Judd Trump v Martin Gould
107 – Shaun Murphy v Ryan Day
103 – Joe Perry v Judd Trump
101 – Shaun Murphy v Stephen Maguire