Beaten Ding fumes over ‘rubbish’ Crucible crowd

Dejected figure: Sheffield-based Ding Junhui looks on from his chair at the Crucible.      Picture: PA
Dejected figure: Sheffield-based Ding Junhui looks on from his chair at the Crucible. Picture: PA
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DING Junhui, one of the favourites to win the 2012 Betfred.com World Championship, criticised a rowdy Crucible crowd for his shock exit from this year’s tournament.

Sheffield-based Chinese cueman Ding squandered a 9-6 lead in a shock 10-9 first round defeat to Welshman Ryan Day yesterday.

But the world No 10 moaned: “It was all rubbish. I don’t think the fans are right. All rubbish. Rubbish fans.

“I was concentrating on the game and they kept shouting out. How can they do that?

“People say that Chinese fans are no good. Okay, but then I come here and what do they do?”

Ding felt aggrieved some people in the crowd shouted out and disturbed him whilst on key shots.

“It wasn’t fair,” added Ding. “But I don’t think I played well and I don’t think the table’s are right. “

Down 5-4 overnight, Ding rallied and won five frames in a row to put himself favourite to progress, only for Day to win four frames on the spin to complete a spirited turnaround.

But the Pontycymmer professional didn’t agree with Ding’s assessment of the crowd.

“I didn’t think there was any calling out at the wrong time,” said Day. “Obviously with a match like that everyone who is watching gets right behind the person they want to win, and I didn’t notice there was any calling out at the wrong time, especially when the player was on the shot.”

Judd Trump, last year’s beaten finalist, admitted he considered withdrawing after being struck down with bad food poisoning on the eve of his first round match with Dominic Dale. Snooker’s latest potting sensation played through the pain to beat Welshman Dale 10-7 yesterday having struggled with bad sickness and diarrhoea.

And having secured his last 16 place at the Crucible, the Bristol professional admitted: “It was the closest I’ve ever been to pulling out of a professional tournament.

“If it had been a smaller event then I would have probably pulled out.”

Trump will face either Ali Carter or Mark Davis in the next round.