Trump digs deep to beat Dale

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Trump in the game.

Judd Trump made a century in the deciding frame to beat Dominic Dale 6-5 and reach the third round of the Betway UK Championship.

Trump surprisingly missed match-ball twice in the tenth frame but was able to compose himself and close out victory in style as he went through to the last 32 to face Mark King on Tuesday afternoon in York.

World number five Trump captured his ninth ranking title at last month’s Northern Ireland Open and is looking to keep his winning run going. His only previous Triple Crown success came at this tournament seven years ago.

From 2-0 down tonight, Trump took five of the next six frames with a top break of 110 to lead 5-3. Dale pulled one back with a run of 69.

Frame ten came down to the colours and Trump potted an excellent long blue and added the pink to leave himself the black off its spot. Remarkably he rattled it in the jaws, and later missed another chance at the black, allowing Dale to pot it and force the decider.

But Trump needed only one chance in the last frame as a fine break of 112 secured his progress.

Masters champion Mark Allen battled to a 6-2 win over Rory McLeod with a top run of 92. He now meets Iran’s Hossein Vafaei who made a 139 in a 6-4 win over Martin Gould.

Marco Fu saw off Luo Honghao 6-2 with a top run of 144, the new front-runner for the £5,000 high break prize. The Hong Kong ace also knocked in  124, 83 and 85.

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