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Trump brands Ali Carter ‘childish’ after final-frame thriller

Tournament favourite comes off second best in a 25-frame shoot-out at the Crucible.

Judd Trump during the second round match during the Betfred.com World Snooker Championships at the Crucible.
Judd Trump during the second round match during the Betfred.com World Snooker Championships at the Crucible.
Image: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

JUDD TRUMP WAS dumped out of the Snooker World Championships at the Crucible today — and then labelled his opponent Ali Carter’s behaviour ‘childish’.

The 22-year-old tournament favourite was beaten in a thrilling 13-12 clash but it might well be remembered for the other reasons.

Carter complained that Trump had all the luck in the session and was so frustrated when he was put a snooker behind the brown ball in the 23rd frame — seemingly inadvertently — that he applauded sarcastically.

“If he wants to do that, then it’s up to him, but he’s 30-odd years old and it’s a bit childish,” Trump said.

Carter, 32, said the match proved that snooker is about more than simply potting balls.

“I’m still a lot younger than him and have done a lot better,” said a baffled Trump of the remark, “so let’s just let the snooker do the talking.”

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