Poorly Trump in trouble v Dale
Judd Trump was sick and in early trouble on his return to the Crucible as last year's runner-up fell 3-1 behind to Dominic Dale on Tuesday.
Trump was understood to be suffering from food poisoning going into the match, and the malaise was reflected in his performance as the 22-year-old struggled against his 40-year-old opponent.
After his heroics in Sheffield as a qualifier 12 months ago, Trump bolstered his reputation by landing the UK Championship title in December, and he has climbed to number two in the world rankings.
But world number 27 Dale had his measure early on day four of the World Championship, and the tournament favourite was facing a battle to stay on close terms with the Welshman in a match which concludes on Wednesday.
Dale inched ahead by taking an unusual opening frame. Dale stuck Trump in trouble behind the blue, by the baulk cushion, early on, and the best the youngster could do from his first escape attempt was to strike the black. That caused a red to move too.
Dale looked set to play from where the white finished, and got down on the shot, only to stand up with a Cheshire cat grin and tell referee Brendan Moore he wanted the balls replaced and Trump to play again.
From his second shot, Trump managed to connect with a red, and soon the joke was on Dale as his opponent made a break of 44.
But after a series of safety battles, and some horrible misses by both men, Dale scraped the frame on the black.
Trump had a 59 break in levelling the match, but Dale matched that in frame three and then a fine run of 75 gave him a two-frame cushion.
On the other side of the theatre floor, China's Ding Junhui edged 3-2 ahead of another Welshman, Ryan Day, with a break of 100 in frame five from Ding the early highlight.