World Snooker Championship: Crucible set for all-English semis

By Shamoon HafezBBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre
Judd Trump
A break of 66 was enough to seal victory for Judd Trump
World Snooker Championship
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World number six Judd Trump completed a crushing 13-4 win over Chinese third seed Ding Junhui to reach the World Championship semi-finals, which will be an all-English affair.

He will play Essex potter Stuart Bingham, who stunned five-time champion Ronnie O'Sullivan 13-9.

Meanwhile, Barry Hawkins beat 2010 winner Neil Robertson 13-12 in a thrilling final-frame decider.

Shaun Murphy, champion in 2005, awaits after he defeated Anthony McGill 13-8.

The longest frame

In the tightest contest of the four, Hawkins overcame Australian Robertson to reach his third successive semi-final.

The match resumed with the Englishman 8-7 ahead following an earlier session which included the longest frame at the Crucible this year - 70 minutes and 22 seconds - just five minutes shorter than the record set by Mark King and Stephen Maguire in 2009.

Robertson levelled with a 141 clearance and then ensured the match went to a decider with two gutsy breaks in the 24th frame.

However, good safety play from Hawkins and a 61 saw the Englishman confirm his place in the last four.

Murphy happy to be in semis again

Earlier, Murphy held a 9-7 overnight lead before making 72 to open up a 12-8 advantage. He then compiled 67 to seal his first semi-final since 2009.

"I have not been on the one-table format for six years," said the 32-year-old. "I am in it, still punching and I can't wait. I know what it takes to win here."

McGill, 24, put in a confident performance on his Crucible debut having seen off defending champion Mark Selby in the previous round.

"This is the best place ever to play and I hope to come back again one day," said the Scot.

"I am amazed by the reception I have been given. The family are really proud to see me play here and I am proud too."

Trump returns to last four

Trump, 25, did the damage in the first two sessions, building leads of 6-2 and 12-4.

He needed just one more frame in the final session and a break of 66 saw him advance.

"If I play like I did, then I won't get beaten," said Trump.

"To keep that up for another five days is going to be extremely hard. This tournament is all about consistency. I have to keep doing it.

Ken Doherty, former world champion
"Judd Trump is playing immaculately - he made four centuries in the match and is playing the best snooker I've ever seen him play. He's in with a really big shout now to win this tournament. But he's only halfway there."

Trump emerged on the scene in 2011 after winning the China Open and reached the World Championship final that year, losing out to John Higgins.

Since then, he has won three more ranking tournaments and is now a major contender for this year's world title.

He was full of confidence against Ding in a repeat of their 2011 semi-final, taking his chances when in among the reds and making four centuries.

"I played some good stuff," Trump added. "I put a lot of pressure on him from the start and there is big pressure when someone goes 6-0 up."

Judd Trump and Ding Junhui
Trump repeated his 2011 semi-final win over Ding to return to the last four