02 December 2019 18:38
Judd Trump's hopes of completing the Triple Crown were ended by Nigel Bond in York Nigel Bond turned back the clock to shock world No 1 Judd Trump in York Judd Trump's hopes of becoming just the fifth player ever to hold all three Triple Crown titles were ended in a shock defeat to Nigel Bond at the UK Championship. World No 1 Trump was odds on to beat veteran Bond and maintain his quest to win the title at York Barbican. But the 54-year-old outsider, ranked 98 in the world, rolled back the years to produce a stunning 6-3 victory. Judd Trump is the reigning world champion Bond, who turned professional 30 years ago and was World Championship runner-up in 1995, opened up a 5-3 lead, and then kept his cool in frame nine after a long duel on the final pink, before potting it and ending Trump's title hopes. For those on the move, we will have the Snooker season covered via our website skysports.com/more-sports, our app for mobile devices and iPad, or our Twitter account @skysportspool for latest news and reports.
Trump had led 2-0 and 3-1 only for Bond to win five frames on the bounce and seal a place in the last 16. The 54-year-old has been as high as No 5 in the world but that ranking came back in 1997 and he has never been past the quarter-finals of the UK Championship. And the nerves did show as the finish line approached by his fine safety play in the eighth frame with only pink and black remaining helped him see off a misfiring Trump, who has now failed to reach the last eight of this tournament on five consecutive occasions, and bemoaned some poor luck over the course of the match. "Nigel played well today and made it awkward for me," Trump said. Video - WATCH: The moment Judd Trump was sunk by Nigel Bond 00:40 Trump had flown out of the blocks, having arrived in the third round for the loss of just one frame, making breaks of 52 and 114 to take a 2-0 lead.
Eventually, an opportunity emerged for Bond with three reds which he took but it was by no means a soft table, but the 54-year-old struck an inch-perfect red down the cushion to seemingly leave the frame at his mercy. The frame came down to the last two balls and Bond won the safety battle before sinking a long-range pink to roll back the years. "I think it was 10 years since I last played a TV match in a Triple Crown event," Bond said. "To show that I'm still capable of doing it at 54 years of age is great. "My safety was good. I scored alright, Judd missed a few." World number 98 Nigel Bond pulled off a sensational scalp at the 2019 UK Championship on Monday as he reeled off five consecutive frames to knock out tournament favourite Judd Trump 6-3. Bond, 54, rolled back the years to end Trump's hopes of completing an annual Triple Crown and progress to the Last 16 for the first time since 2007. Trump, who had dropped just one frame in his opening two matches at the York Barbican, looked to be on course to march on after opening up a 3-1 lead, but only for the 1995 world finalist to hit back with five in a row for a famous upset. I'm 54, what am I doing?!" Bond told BBC Sport. "Once I settled I played some good stuff out there. "Judd missed one or two, which helped, but I was just trying to show people I can still play. When I am feeling good, my game is still there." Trump took the opening frame with a 52 break before doubling his lead in style with a break of 114. Bond dominated the third frame by 90 points to nil, but only for World and Masters Champion Trump to reply with a break of 90 for a 3-1 mid-session advantage. Bond then battled his way to the next two frames to claw back on level terms and turned on the style with successive breaks of 114 and 85 to make it 5-3. A nail-biting ninth frame went down to the final pink, but it was the 1996 British Open champion who eventually sunk it to seal a memorable victory. Trump, a five-time ranking event winner in 2019, admitted: "Anything can happen in snooker. Bond, who made his debut in the UK Championship 30 years ago, will now face either Gary Wilson or Joe Perry in the Last 16.