UK Championship (2011) - Naughty Trump wins title

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Judd Trump - the 2011 UK Championship champion
Judd Trump added one more precious ranking event title to his collection by winning this year's UK Championship after a thrilling final that saw the Bristol boy win 10-8 over Mark Allen. 

Trump won the 2011 China Open, was a runner-up of the World Championship and has already cashed two PTC titles this season.

He warned us he'll be playing "naughty snooker" and that’s what he's done. Judd Trump started his UK Championship journey by taking down Dominic Dale 6-4,  the one and only Ronnie O'Sullivan 6-5, Scotland's Stephen Maguire 6-3 and last year world champion Neil Robertson 9-7 only to set up a final snooker meeting with Mark Allen.

Although he opened with a great 70 break to take the first frame of the final, the interval was finding Allen lead 3-1 after firing a 56 and a brilliant 141. 
After the break was over everything changed as Judd not only managed to perform a complete comeback, but also to end the first session leading 5-3 by hitting in runs of 52, 75 and 61.

The evening session saw the Bristol boy flying all the way to 8-3 using breaks of 109, 78 and 74. Can you even imagine? He just kept on potting one ball after another, while his Northern Ireland opponent seemed doomed to sit and watch.

Mark Allen - the 2011 UK Championship runner-up
But as the interval was about to kick off Allen pulled back a frame, his first of the evening and first since he lead Trump 3-1. And what a way of winning it! With a great 139 clearance.

As the lads returned into the arena 15 minutes later, Allen performed another great clearance, this time a 129 one to go 5-8.
The next frame was won by Trump with a clean 76, break that was putting him just one step away from the victory.

The scoreline was now 9-5 and if you well remember, last year final started to get interesting from this point on. Back then Mark Williams was leading John Higgins 9-5, the Scotsman performing a remarkable comeback and winning it 10-9. Was Allen going to do the same? Well, he definitely tried his best.

Eirian Williams, the ref in charge of the grand final
Breaks of 125 and 95 were the ones that put the OnQ Promotions lad just one frame behind the Englishman at 8-9, but unfortunately for him he couldn't force the decider and make a case of history repeated.

Trump's 91 break from the 18th frame sealed his 10-8 victory and got him a very well deserved UK Championship crown. A wonderful victory for the 22-year old lad!

This completes our 8-days-snooker-journey from York, a journey that was, in all due honesty, a great one and one that ended with a trilling and very naughty final.