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Trump faces battle to keep his world title dream alive

Judd Trump must fight back from two frames down at the Crucible if he is to maintain his dream of becoming world champion.

Trump could only share the eight frames of the second session of his Betfred World Championship semi-final against Stuart Bingham to leave the overnight score at 9-7 in the first to 17 showdown.

Trump is yet to show the form which saw him romp to victory over Ding Junhui in the quarter-finals, and the Bristolian will be hoping to find an extra gear today and reach his second Crucible final.

Basildon's Bingham won the opening frame of the second session with a 52 clearance to go 6-3 ahead, then Trump responded with a break of 113, his eighth century of the tournament, and a 63 clearance to close to 6-5.

Shanghai Masters champion Bingham won frame 12 with a run of 67, then took advantage of a miss on the final red in the next to go 8-5 ahead.

The 14th came down to the colours, and a superb long pot on the yellow, cutting it into a top corner, set Trump up to narrow the gap.

Bingham hit back with an 85 for 9-6 but Trump made a 64 in the last of the session to leave himself within two frames with two sessions remaining today.

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