Snooker: Trump eases through at Crucible

Former finalist Judd Trump eased through to the second round of the snooker World Championship on Wednesday after finishing off Welshman Dominic Dale at the Crucible.

Englishman Trump, 23, never looked in danger of joining the big names who have already been knocked out of this year's tournament as he produced breaks of 104, 73 and 61 to seal a 10-5 win after starting the morning session with a 6-3 overnight lead.

"It was good. I felt really comfortable out there, relaxed and with no pressure. I think it showed in how I played," said Trump, who lost to John Higgins in the 2011 final.

"If I play like I did today I'll have a good chance.

"I know a lot of people are saying that anyone can win it but in my opinion there's only three or four who can.

"If that certain amount of players play well then one of them is going to win it."

Trump's 142 on Tuesday remains the highest break of the tournament so far, although the defeated Dale might have snatched the consolation of a maximum 147. However, after reaching 96, he missed the 13th red in the 14th frame and came up short.

Trump, who has seen the likes of Higgins, Mark Williams and Stephen Maguire all suffer first-round exits, will now face either Matthew Stevens or Marco Fu in the last 16.

Ding Junhui also made comfortable progress, as China's big World Championship hope began positively with a 10-5 win over Scottish veteran Alan McManus.

McManus, playing at the World Championship for the first time since 2006 but a two-time former semi-finalist, could not score heavily enough to seriously trouble the former UK and Masters champion.