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Heavy-scoring Trump gears up for Ally Pally

Judd Trump highlighted his heavy-scoring as the standout trait after winning Championship League Group 3 in Coventry, suggesting it sets him up nicely for next week’s Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace.

‘The Juddernaut’ is a three-time Championship League winner and, having won the Northern Ireland Open in November, will be heading to London with leading hopes of bettering last year’s semi-final defeat in the Masters.

Trump beat Barry Hawkins 3-0 in the final of Group 3 at the Ricoh Arena to earn a spot in the Winners’ Group in March.

He needed just 40 minutes to wrap up his win and, over two days’ play, made a total of six century breaks, with three of those coming in the semi-finals and final.

Trump joined Neil Robertson and Jack Lisowski in the Winners’ Group, which takes place at Barnsley Metrodome on March 13th and 14th.

More immediately, he is looking to continue his potting at Alexandra Palace as the world’s top-16 compete for snooker’s most sought after invitational prize.

“It was a lot better this week, I felt I played pretty well and was able score heavily every time I got in. It’s given me a lot of confidence going into the Masters next week,” said Trump.

“It was a tough group with top players involved who were hitting a lot of century breaks, so for me it was perfect preparation for the Masters. Anytime you can beat Barry Hawkins 3-0 you must be playing pretty well.”

Trump is 1.67 to win his opening round game against Kyren Wilson and 9.50 lift the Dafabet Masters trophy.

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