Bold Trump Takes Championship League Snooker Honours

Judd Trump

The Final

Mark Selby 2-3 Judd Trump

52-62 (Selby 51, Trump 38), 68-41, 122-0 (Selby 121), 31-67 (Trump 44), 39-64 (Trump 64)

Semi Finals

Mark Selby 3-2 Joe Perry

74-72 (Selby 32, 34, Perry 52), 0-72 (Perry 64), 80-71 (Selby 37, Perry 65), 38-68 (Selby 34, Perry 48), 61-29

Judd Trump 3-2 Stuart Bingham

26-100 (Bingham 43, 57), 0-81 (Bingham 81), 90-0 (Trump 90), 133-0 (Trump 133), 67-17 (Trump 37)

BRISTOL'S Judd Trump fired his way to Championship League Snooker glory as he came from behind twice at Crondon Park to land the crystal trophy, a spot in the 2009 Premier League and the biggest pay cheque of his fledgling career.

The 19 year-old World No.41 had won the final champions group of the event with wins over Mark King and Joe Perry as well as three 2-2 draws to seal a semi-final berth against Stuart Bingham.

Trailing 2-0, Trump compiled breaks of 90 and 133 to set up a decider that saw him clinch victory with a run of 37.

Championship League Snooker is the internet-only broadcast snooker championship that commenced in January and completed today. The entire event is webcast on a number of major betting sites in the UK.

For Selby, a runner-up here last year, it was a rematch against his '08 nemesis Joe Perry and he prevailed with a fine gutsy performance that saw him go 2-1 up and then clinch a decider after Perry had levelled.

With £10,000 going to the champion and £5,000 to the runner-up as well as £300 per frame available there was everything to play for. In addition, the winner would be guaranteed a spot in the starting line-up of the 2009 Premier League Snooker, the big-money series televised live on Sky Sports

Trump, regarded as one of the finest snooker prospects in years, took the opening frame of the final courtesy of a break of 38 before World No.4 Selby took the second to level things.

A superb break of 121 from the Leicester man saw him edge closer to victory but Trump dug deep to clinch the fourth with a run of 44 to set up a decider.

The final frame was full of drama with both players having chances but it was Trump who flashed home a long blue to put him out of reach and Selby rose to shake his hand when the match was lost.

Adding up his winner's money, frame bonuses as well as prize money in his qualifying group, Trump netted a total of £20,700, the biggest pay day of his career, being £700 more than he won for his semi-final appearance at the Grand Prix at the end of 2008.

Selby, who still has a great chance of making the Premier League, collected a total of £15,000 for his efforts.

"It's a brilliant achievement to be playing in the Premier League," said Trump.

"I've always watched it every Thursday so to be in it will be brilliant and I'm going to enjoy it.

"I will be seen by a lot more people and the general public will be able to see what I can do and it may help me get to the top of the rankings.

"It will be brilliant match practise and hopefully I will quickly get used to the (25-second) shot-clock in the Premier League.

"I fancy beating anyone in it on my day. Everyone will be more used to the competition and the format but Joe Perry and Mark Selby were in it and did well last year, Mark got to the final, so if they can do it, why can't I.

"It's going to be completely different to what I'm used to. It's a massive tournament so I just need to relax.

"This is and will be the best experience so far in my career with what I'm going to do next season and play in the Premier League."

Each match in Championship League Snooker is broadcast live on a number of betting websites and all matches in the league phase are played over four frames. The play-offs and final are the best of five.

Championship League Snooker consists of eight groups. Seven regular groups and then winners' group that features the seven previous successful players.

In groups one to six, the winner of the final will advance to the winners' group and the bottom two will drop out. The loser in the final, the two losing semi-finalist and the player finishing fifth in the league will advance into the next group. They will then be joined by three new players for the next group.

Prize money for the final group sees £3,000 go to the losing semi-finalists, £5,000 to the runner-up and £10,000 to the champion as well as £300 per frame won.

This year a total of £175,300 was paid out at Championship League Snooker.
The bookmakers who screened Championship League Snooker were Bet 365, Betfair, William Hill, Ladbrokes, Paddy Power (Ireland only), Skybet, Sportingbet, IBC and Unibet.