Tournament favourite Judd Trump has been knocked out of the World Championship by world number 54 Rory McLeod in a remarkable first-round 10-8 win.
McLeod, a 46-year-old 1000-1 outsider, led 9-7 when slow play meant the match had to be halted prior to Wednesday’s afternoon session.
An out-of-sorts Trump won a scrappy opening frame when their match resumed in the evening, but the Leicester man sealed what he called “the biggest win of his career” to reach the last 32.
Earlier, former world champion Graeme Dott earned a tense 10-7 victory over two-time finalist Ali Carter.
As exciting as the Dott-Carter contest was, it never got close to reproducing the drama between Trump and rank outsider McLeod, who has only previously reached the second round at the Crucible once in his long career.