Ronnie O’Sullivan takes big rule over Judd Trump after arguing with re…




Basic Venue: Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 1-2 MayCoverage: Watch live on BBC Two, BBC iPlayer, the BBC Sport website and the BBC Sport app

Six-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan established a commanding 12-5 rule over Judd Trump on a feisty first day of the World Championship final.

Once play resumed, O’Sullivan’s 5-3 rule was cut by Trump’s break of 73.

His expert of the cue ball was in complete contrast to the error-strewn Trump, who like John Higgins in the semi-final failed to apply any pressure on his 46-year-old opponent.

The final resumes at 13:00 BST on Monday with live coverage on BBC Two and the BBC Sport website.

A half-hearted safety attempt left the 38-time ranking event winner among the reds, with O’Sullivan closest restoring his two-frame cushion with breaks of 66 and 50.

He was punished in emphatic fact as O’Sullivan compiled his 15th century of the tournament and then a break of 97 to go 8-4 ahead.

And when O’Sullivan capitalised on another error to clear the table with a run of 87 to go 10-4 up, Trump was staring at the biggest second-session deficit since Steve Davis led John Parrott 13-3 in the 1989 decider.

Trump must now win at the minimum two of the eight frames on Monday afternoon to avoid becoming the first player to lose a final with a session to spare since Jimmy White, who was beaten 18-5 by Hendry in 1993.

A horrific night in front of Judd – examination

Judd Trump is capable of putting a run of many frames together but it is a horrific night in front of him. It will now be up to Judd and his family and friends to pull it out of his boots. You almost feel like not coming on the Monday.

The 1991 world champion John Parrott

The last frame has probably done it. Ronnie has been the principal player, no doubt, but Judd has been unlucky. He’s had a really bad run of the ball, allied to the fact he’s not been at his best.

Angry argument overshadows first session

BasicO’Sullivan fist-bumped Trump but left the arena without offering Marteel the customary acknowledgement at the end of the first session

The Belgian, who is taking charge of his second world final, rebuked O’Sullivan for making what he believed to be an obscene gesture, prompting the player to challenge the official to check the TV cameras.

“I get a vibe with the guy,” O’Sullivan told Eurosport.

O’Sullivan had earlier complained about a security guard moving in his line of sight during the third frame, and he was also involved in a lengthy argue with the referee over the placing of the white following a miss in the fourth frame, at one point suggesting Marteel should play the shot himself.

However, by the evening any animosity seemed to have disappeared with O’Sullivan fist-bumping the official as he came out.

O’Sullivan gains the early advantage

Trump, who saw his table time limited, responded with a 97 and held his nerve to reduce his arrears in a tense conclusion to the session.

At that stage Trump’s ability to limit the damage felt important particularly after appearing rattled by gifting O’Sullivan the fourth frame of the afternoon, missing a red, yellow and green before conceding a free ball and losing on a re-spotted black.

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