ENGLAND’S Judd Trump is a victory away from playing in the grand final of the $500,000 Australian Snooker Goldfields Open in Bendigo.
The tournament’s No.3 seed, Trump fought from being down 3-0 to score a 5-4 victory in Friday's s quarter-final clash with Ricky Walden.
The all-England battle between Trump and Walden had fans enthralled at Bendigo Stadium in Marong Road.
Walden began brilliantly.
His winning score of 109 to 7 in the opening frame included a break of 104.
Walden won the next two, 72-0 and 75-55.
A break of 110 and overall score of 111 clinched a 103-shot victory for Trump in frame four.
Trump won the next two, 55-41 and 86-0 to level the contest.
Walden won the next frame, 80-4.
The eighth frame included a break of 77 by Trump in an 85-49 win.
Trump’s run rolled on as he won the decider of the best-of-nine frame duel, 85-0.
In Saturday's semi-final, Trump takes on Xiao Guodong from 1pm.
The 16th seed at the classic, Guodong outpointed 12th seed Matthew Stevens in their quarter-final on Friday afternoon.
The contest began with Guodong racing to a 2-0 lead.
A first-frame victory of 78-27 included a break of 78.
Guodong won frame two, 73-48, and struck a break of 61.
Frame three went the way of Stevens, 73-40, before Guodong won the next, 91-10.
Stevens struck back to a closely-fought fifth frame, 56-45.
A 61-37 victory by Guodong was followed by a break of 63 on his way to an 83-11 win in what was to be seventh and final frame of the match.
In the run to the semis, Trump beat Rory McLeod and Alan McManus.
Guodong hit off his campaign by beating Liam Highfield and then Peter Ebdon.