Trump Extends Lead, Maguire Takes Control: Cazoo World Championship Roundup

In the second session of their Cazoo World Championship last-16 encounter, Judd Trump surged ahead of Tom Ford, now leading 11-5 and nearing his tenth Crucible quarter-final. Trump, ranked second globally, capitalized on five of the eight frames in the middle session, expanding his lead. They resume their match on Saturday at 10 am, aiming to secure victory with the first to 13 frames, setting up a potential clash with Jak Jones or Si Jiahui. Trump, having already clinched five ranking titles this season, eyes a triumphant end to the campaign, vying for a second Crucible crown after his 2019 win.

Starting the day leading 6-2, Trump set the tone by clinching the opening frame with a remarkable break of 107, his first century of the tournament. Ford responded by taking the following frame with a 73-run, but a missed opportunity on the black in the subsequent frame allowed Trump to capitalize with a 67-run. Trump further solidified his lead by securing frame 12, entering the interval with a commanding 9-3 advantage.

In the 13th frame, Trump missed a crucial shot, giving Ford an opportunity to narrow the gap with a 48-run. However, Trump bounced back, dominating the next two frames with impressive runs of 59 and 50, extending his lead to 11-4. Ford managed to secure the last frame of the session with an 83-run, but faces an uphill battle, needing to win eight out of the last nine frames in the following session.

Meanwhile, on another table, Stephen Maguire took a 5-3 lead over Shaun Murphy in their second-round clash. Maguire, who missed out on the Crucible last season but secured qualification this time, aims for his eighth quarter-final appearance. The initial four frames were evenly split, with Maguire taking the lead at 3-2 after a break of 68. Despite Murphy’s strong performance, Maguire dominated the seventh frame to regain the lead. In the final frame of the session, Maguire capitalized on a mistake by Murphy, securing a 72-run break and a lead heading into the next session. Their match concludes on Sunday morning, with the winner set to face David Gilbert or Robert Milkins.

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