Ali Carter completed a sensational comeback to reach the quarter finals of the World Snooker Championships (Imago)

It’s not often I write about snooker. It’s probably even less common for any of you to read anything about it. But watching the highlights of the second session between Judd Trump and Ali Carter, and in particular Frame 10, brought forth every facet of the game that makes it such an addictively watchable sport.

The brilliance of snooker is that every single frame is so much more different than sceptics of the game would have you believe, and the first two frames of yesterday’s Trump-Carter session encapsulated that.

Frame 9 began with a brief safety exchange before Carter was unable to escape from a snooker behind the yellow, leaving Trump an opportunity to get amongst the balls. The young Bristolian took full advantage, registering a break of 120 to pull himself within one frame of Essex potter Carter, who had taken a 5-3 lead in Saturday’s first session.

Frame 10, however, was one of the most entertaining single frames of snooker I have seen in some time. It had everything – both men made spectacular long shots (although Trump’s on the blue in the previous frame will live long in the memory), yet both missed the straight-forward chances that prove just how much of a mental test this game can be.

Trump’s miss on the black while in full flow smacked of a man thinking one shot too far ahead, borne out by his subsequent inability to even watch Carter fighting his way back into the frame. But once the frame looked to be wrapped up in his favour, Carter missed a straight pink into the middle with the scores even, allowing Trump to sneak a frame he should already have sealed.

Some of the safety play at the start of the frame was also extremely entertaining to watch. Each shot brought another red away from the pack, yet the pair continued to find safe ways back to baulk. When Carter did knock a long red in, a lack of position forced him into a particularly fine recovery. Trump’s moment of triumph came a few shots later, when he simultaneously sprayed the reds all across the top half of the table and trapped Carter behind the yellow in the bottom corner, practically guaranteeing he would be given the opportunity to fashion a break off the next shot.

Trump had been hotly tipped as the favourite for the 2012 World Championships

The amount of cue power the younger Trump generates while still maintaining fantastic control over the cue ball is impressive not just to the casual fan, but to BBC commentators Willie Thorne and Steve Davis, who had the pleasure of calling the session. Carter, while less emphatic in his shots, moves the cue ball around the table with robotic accuracy (for the most part), and maintains an equally attacking outlook in his positional play and safety escapes.In today’s final session, Trump built a commanding 12-9 lead and seemed destined to advance to the quarter finals before Carter rallied to take the final four frames as his superior nerves allowed him to capitalise on a couple of rare Trump mistakes, taking a nerve-jangling final frame to seal a 13-12 comeback.While the entire match was entertaining, Frame 10 encapsulated in equal measure all that is good about the game of snooker, and reminded me why I find it so encapsulating to watch when two players in strong form are going shot-for-shot.

On a separate note, it is a great relief to many snooker fans to see Carter back on the tour as he continues his battle with the debilitating Crohn’s disease. After struggling in recent times to maintain his practise time and be competitive, it appears Carter is returning to the top of his game.

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