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Day Four - Part 1

Ian Hunt introduces live Welsh Open coverage from the Motorpoint Arena as the third round gets underway.


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The fear of the underdog out the Welsh Open, outside centre at the

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moment in the Spotlight, one big name after another knocked out early

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as we get down to the last 32. One of the bigger shocks of all, this

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man leaving the building last night, the chance for a record fifth Welsh

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title will have to wait. One of the most popular players in

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the game against Mark Davis. The 97 break more than enough to take the

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early frame. He does not miss much, does he, Ronnie? That will put paid

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to any possibility of Mark Davis winning their second frame. Yes, I

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just think he's feeling the pressure of playing Ronnie O'Sullivan. Ronnie

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O'Sullivan now leads. He saw the form on the table. He has not taken

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any chances. The early break of 65 has won Mark Davis his fourth frame

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and he trails by 3-1. I thought for a minute he was going

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to miss it, he will be absolutely delighted and he now closes to

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within one at 3-2. A little bit out of sorts now. Just biding his time,

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the deciding frame, it is 3-3. Three quarters of an hour ago, I never saw

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this coming. Ronnie O'Sullivan comes out of his

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chair to congratulate Mark Davis on an excellent win. He goes through

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into round three. He played better than me, so he

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deserves the win. Beating Ronnie is very special, I haven't beaten him

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for a long time, I'm not alone in that, I'm sure! And to do it from

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3-0 down is a bit more special. O'Sullivan is one of a long list of

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leading players to make an early exit this year. Only six of the

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world's top 16 remaining. Including the world number one Mark Selby and

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the man we will see later today, Judd Trump. Lots of the big hitters

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are no longer around. To make sense of it is Terry

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Griffiths. So much to talk about. What for you has been the most

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eye-catching and impressive results so far? I'm a bit biased, the Welsh

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boys. Michael White. Two tremendous matches, last frame finishes, all

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the excitement snooker gives you. It is very special for Lee Walker

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because he was having a hammering after Neil Robertson, which a lot of

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people have been through and he did a 130 break. And then I hear Mark

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Williams said, that is the longest break I have ever seen in my life! I

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was pleased. They are good friends. It is nice to see it, he has come

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back into the professional game and Michael has been around for quite a

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while, in his home event. And he looked as close to losing at one

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time. Those are the things people like in snooker and that is why we

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get a lot of viewers and people coming to watch. Tremendous for them

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with Neil Robertson being knocked out by Lee Walker and Liang Wenbo by

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Michael White, two top 16 players going. When does a surprise not

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become as a prize? The shocks happen on a more regular basis now, is it a

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sign there's strength and depth now? Yes, there's, a lot of good players

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that you don't see a lot of television because they get knocked

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out on the outside tables, but they are all good players. And when the

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top player to win, especially in the first rounds, they are a bit edgy.

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If an opponent can get in quickly and win friends, the pressure is on

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the top-seeded because wheezing first round, there's no money and

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points for the ranking so all these things count. -- losing first round.

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There have been a few top players playing each other early on and it

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is what Barry Hearn wants to do. First four makes a difference as

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well. The players would prefer longer matches than that. Lose the

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first frame and you start to defend. I wonder if we will have more shocks

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ahead throughout the day. This is coming up for you this afternoon.

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We start with a bit of Barry, semifinalist three years ago and the

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man who beat Welshman Ryan Day to win the world Grand Prix.

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Living the teenage dream, Welsh wild card Jackson Page ready for a

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third-round tie the answers wildest expectations.

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One of the bigger shocks in the tournament's history if he can Trump

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this man, the world number four playing in wait.

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Still big stars in the competition, none bigger than the reigning world

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champion who is chasing a second Welsh Open when.

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So we start with a man who won a ranking title just last weekend,

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ending Ryan Day's hopes of winning one, expert analysis now on Barry

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Hawkins. Some players you get in a jaw and

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you think, I'm in for a tough afternoon and Barry Hawkins is

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certainly one of those. Yes, and he has always been so. As I junior, he

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was in the generation above me, a bit older and he was the one. His

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scoring and his long potting, he was the complete package at 15. Had a

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very, very good technique. And great things were expected of him and went

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you play him these days it you are in for a really tough games. Did he

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have a hiatus in his career, it you did not see him for a while? He was

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the best junior and amateur and he turned professional and I remember

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he vanished for a year or two and there was a rumour that he had a bit

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of a problem with letting go. I would not goes so far as to say he

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had". But there was definitely a problem. And for someone with such a

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good technique, he got to the point where he would be down at the shot

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with a perfect hinge, his elbows in the right place, great grip, and you

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get the back and his paws turned into a halt and that developed into

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a bit of a problem. And I think he had a bit of a time-out or certainly

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time working on things. And came back, fixed it and gone on to great

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things. He's beastly mentally tough to get over that is because those

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things can ruin careers. He's a heavy scorer with somebody who is

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more methodical sometimes goes unnoticed, is matchplay is excellent

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and he has become very good in the big tournaments, reaching finals and

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semifinals. He's very dangerous in the long frame format and if he gets

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on a roll, he's very difficult to prevent. He picks up momentum in a

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game and you can sense it, you sense he's hitting his stride. And he

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becomes extremely hard to keep up with. And you don't need to be too

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complacent, Judd Trump in the Masters had that unbelievable game

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with Neil Robertson and he meets Barry Hawkins the next day,

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different style of play, and suddenly he's going home because

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Barry Hawkins is that all the time. He's always there and you have to

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beat him. And I have never seen him play the wrong shot, he always plays

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the right shot for the correct moment, if it is right to push the

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attack but, he goes for it and he's more than capable of holding his own

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with anybody. If it is a safety and tactical fire, he can stand there

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all day and mix and match, he's very good in all areas. He has won and

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event but to kick onto the next level, does he need to get his head

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in front again? I think so, Barry needs more exposure at the finals

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and the Majors. That is all he's lacking. I would be very surprised

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if he finished his career without at least one major on his mantle piece.

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Standing between Barry Hawkins and a place unless 16 is the man who

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knocked out Ryan Day yesterday, the world number 36 from Thailand,

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Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. We read it with -- we join with Hawkins leading,

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Thepchaiya Un-Nooh to play and no score. Darren Morgan and Willie

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Thorne your commentators. He will be very disappointed he did

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not catch that thin. Never kiss the blue on your way back or you are

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leaving your opponent with an easy pot. Another left-handed player who

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plays with the rest right-handed. It is weird how many of the

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professionals do that. And that is not too bad, even though it goes on

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the cushion, he can get onto the cue. That is what he would like to

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get onto first, but in the ideal world, he would look to have the gap

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between the cue and the black to get to the cue on the left-hand side but

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he would be fortunate to get to that which is why he's playing for the

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one behind the black spot. Only just far enough. The main thing

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is, he's nicely on this cue. Such a solid player, Barry Hawkins. It is

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fantastic how he has transformed himself, always been a great player.

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Whatever has changed, he now believes he can win. And win at all

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levels and every event he plays in. He has still got a couple of loose

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reds out. Two just below the pack. We will probably see him get rid of

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these two before he starts going at back. Reds. I mean, the one just

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above the one he's going to play now, he might just leave that this

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neck shot, after putting red and black so instead of putting the red,

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he can disturb that cluster of reds. Not always guaranteed to screw back

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off the question, but he will play that off the reverse back to the

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blue, so he has done very well and now that should and could be a

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frame. Rather than play with the plane ball, the white wood finish

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somewhere between the pink and blue, if he had played with a bit of

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left-hand side to make it spin the table. Already had breaks of 34, 69,

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51 and counting now. So he's in the groove.

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Still struggling with the pace, I do not know if it is a planned but he

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has obviously played for the bottom red and he has not come far enough

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but there still should be a red that he can pot. That should take him

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past the winning line. Pot these left-handed, he will not risk the

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cannon into the Jamie Cope. -- into the red.

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Has not done an awful lot wrong, Thepchaiya, he has played quite

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steadily. The standard you have to play these days, you cannot miss

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easy balls and he has missed a couple and the key problem, he has

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not found the cushion often enough for the safety exchange. Safety

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success is only at 78% so he's a bit low on the safety. Definitely got a

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better putting game than he has a safety game so his safety play will

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never be up in the 90s, I would not have thought. But a very good break,

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a nod of the head from Thepchaiya. Barry Hawkins, a break of 79, enough

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to take him into a 3-1 lead. Yes, a smooth start for Barry

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Hawkins. Let's pick them up in frame five with Hawkins at the table on a

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break of 34. Barry Hawkins. He has not made too

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many mistakes, he has been very solid. I think for Thepchaiya

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Un-Nooh, it is back to the drawing board. As Willie le Roux did,

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working with Terry Griffiths. So I think they have to come up with a

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new plan -- as Willie alluded to. The plan they had in place today,

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unfortunately for Thepchaiya, has not worked. I do feel that young

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Thepchaiya Un-Nooh has a fantastic future ahead of himself. He's a very

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exciting player. This has not been his day-to-day, he's going to be

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bitterly disappointed. And we can see heads down. You can't win them

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all. This just has not been one of them days for him. He has got to put

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it to the back of his mind. Get ready for the next one. Which is

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going to be very soon, next week at the shoot out. Barry Hawkins

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continues to march on. Just this one remaining red to put him safe. The

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only thing that has been missing from this match is the centuries. He

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has been scoring heavily among the balls. The crowd here at the

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Motorpoint Arena applauding the match ball, now can he make a

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century. Probably not now. Played the screw down the back of the red

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in open play to get down to the red in the bottom right-hand corner. He

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will still take some sort of pot one. Red has not run in and we'll

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Thepchaiya Carry On? Having a little look at the scoreboard? And Barry

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Hawkins will be a 4-1 winner. Yes, indeed, Hawkins had done enough to

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get over the line, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh needing snookers, he could

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not get them and Hawkins making sure he's not another big name to go home

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early. Having been impressed at the weekend, and remaining on course for

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success here in Cardiff. -- in Preston.

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So many shocks this year, it must be a million to -- relief to go through

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that cleanly? Yes, Un-Nooh is very unpredictable and phenomenal player.

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It was nice to come through. Relatively easy in the end. How

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difficult has it been to come here to focus so soon after one of the

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all-time great highlights, a fantastic win at the world Grand

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Prix? It was quite hard, the first round

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Eiffel Tower ball, but I battled. The last two, a couple of good sleep

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so I don't feel too bad, a little jaded but not too bad, try and keep

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the run going if I can. You are one of only six top seed still in this

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year's Welsh Open. Do you think I'm gone, the draw is opening up nicely,

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or are you walking scared because if you think the likes of Robertson and

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O'Sullivan can get knocked out, it can happen to me? Yes, it is a short

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format and you can go home at any stage. A lot of great players left

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and tournament winners as well, so I have won a tournament this year so

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whatever happens from now is a massive bonus. If I can keep playing

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all right, I have a good chance, I suppose. Keep the early nights

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coming and we will see you in the next round, well done.

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Yes, he looks in good shape, Barry Hawkins. Terry Griffiths, difficult

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for you, you have coached both players, difficult to watch, how

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would you assess that win for Barry? It was quite straightforward for me,

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Barry Hawkins did not really give Thepchaiya a lot of chances. I spoke

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to him as he came past the studio, Thepchaiya, and heeded not feel he

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had many chances and this is what happens when top players are at

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their best, they can keep you off the table. For me, it is a disaster,

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I hate when two of my players play net is to each other because I

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cannot have two in the next round. I'm guaranteed a winner but I'm

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guaranteed a loser and I do not like that. What do you do in that

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situation, give each of them exactly the same amount of coaching time?

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Not really, it depends who dropped the most money on the floor and I

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pick it up! No, I share my time with them and I do whatever I can. I pick

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the balls up and I have a chat with them and I never talk about the

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other player. It is looking good for Barry with all the top seeds falling

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by the wayside, he must think he has a chance this year. Well, everybody

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has got a chance. Don't underestimate the players still in,

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top seeds have gone out and there are a lot of good players still in

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the tournament, including Barry Hawkins who is looking for a

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back-to-back win in ranking events for the first time and that would be

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very special for him. Also still in the tournament, world number four

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Judd Trump, back in action this afternoon against our local hero,

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the 15-year-old Welsh wild card from Ebbw Vale, Jackson Page. What a

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match for him, and this is the head-to-head, there are no

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statistics for Jackson, he's playing in his first major senior tournament

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at the age of 15 after making it this far. Trump, fourth in the

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world, six ranking titles and he got to the semifinal in 2013. It is

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going to be such a special afternoon for Jackson Page, playing one of his

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Boyhood heroes, Judd Trump, let's find out more about the youngster

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from Ebbw Vale. Who is Jackson Page? 15, from Ebbw

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Vale. A small village, town, whatever you call it. Yes, I go to

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score, I go to the snooker hall, home, food, sleep! Should you not be

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in score? Yes. Yes, this week. I have taken time off. They have

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changed the half term date and last year, it would have been fine

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because it was half term but half term is next week so even better for

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me! What is it like as a young snooker

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player coming through the ranks? Yes, it is great. Especially doing

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well. Hopefully, I can go further now. Do well and over the moon, it

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feels great. Great experience as well to win, it is unreal, it is

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great. People would second-guess your age.

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Yes, well I had a tournament in Ireland two years ago and I had to

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take my passport because they were not convinced I was in the under 14

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team. They did not believe me. I probably had a moustache at about

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11, 12, and a beard at 13, 14. Yes! Who do you base your game on?

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Definitely Ronnie, I would say. The way I play is more towards runny.

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Fast, fire, attacking. -- Ronnie. What are your dreams in

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snooker, where'd you see yourself? Probably everybody's dream, do as

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much in the game as possible, when World Championships in number of

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times hopefully, world number one. Everything really. Away from the

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table, what you like doing? Apart from score and snooker, there

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are not much of the things I do really. I beat quite a what's, that

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is one thing. What about the money, do you get to

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keep that? -- I have a lot to beat. In snooker, you do, not things like

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golf. Do you have a nickname?

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Well, in Welsh, they call me teen wolf. I cannot have that for very

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long when I my 20s. When I was in Belgium, they called me the rampage

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or something, Jackson rampage. I did not get that one. They made up one

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and they called me action Jackson Page and that is what everybody is

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calling me so I suppose that is the one.

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Cheers, Jackson. Thanks, Jackson. I do think we confused Terry in the

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studio, that is called having a word with yourself! It almost sounds

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patronising when you say this lad is still at score and he cannot drive

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yet. But that is the reality. One minute, you revise for your GCSEs

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and the next you face Judd Trump in a major ranking tournament are

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extraordinary. It is wonderful the Association

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allowed the amateurs to comment, the English and Scottish on Northern

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Ireland event and they gave wild cards to the amateur association, it

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gives people the chance to fulfil a dream. And boys like himself, in

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here, he probably thinks, I will see what I can do, but he has won two

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events, two matches and events on the senior circuit in Wales in the

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amateur association where we all started. I watched him play a couple

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of times, he's very entertaining, I have got to see that. You can see

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that. He plays in Mark Williams's club, he goes for everything. There

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will be out in a second, so can he possibly beat Judd Trump? What a

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huge afternoon for him. He's not going to be favoured, that is for

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sure, but I hope he will play OK and give him a fright. Who knows, Lee

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Walker did it yesterday, Michael White, Dominick is still in, we

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could have another! You cannot coach player to play in this situation,

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under the lights, the TV. I think he enjoys it, he did a nice interview

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and he looks comfortable playing, I watched his games and he knocks them

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in like Cliff Wilson used to be. A great grip. Here he comes, this big

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moment for him, a fairy tale for Jackson Page continues. Two scalps

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already, can he get the biggest of them all? It would be one of the

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biggest shocks in this tournament is's history if he did, it is

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Jackson Page against Judd Trump. Let's join Darren Walker and Cliff

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Thorburn. Good afternoon, everybody, what an

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intriguing match in prospect. 15-year-old Jackson Page. Action

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Jackson as we should be calling him now. About to shake hands with the

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man he first watched playing Ronnie O'Sullivan in Newport in the Welsh

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Open a couple of years ago. And here he's before his 16th birthday taking

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his place in the last 32 of the Welsh Open against the world number

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four. And six time ranking event winner. And he still looks as though

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he hasn't got a care in the world! The names on the monitors still

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reflecting their previous players, Barry Hawkins and Thepchaiya

:29:12.:29:24.

Un-Nooh. Just a quick flick. A little change of the wire backstage,

:29:25.:29:29.

and still, Jackson standing at the table very calm and very composed.

:29:30.:29:34.

What a story, he has been everywhere. BBC Breakfast News, on

:29:35.:29:37.

the websites, put his name into Google. He's a hot topic of

:29:38.:29:44.

conversation this week. The young lad from Ebbw Vale.

:29:45.:29:52.

Yes, I could not agree more with you! He will have enough time of

:29:53.:30:02.

next week, an official half term, it has come a little early for Jackson

:30:03.:30:09.

Page. This is going to be a big ask. This young man. But he has nothing

:30:10.:30:18.

to lose, he has everything to gain, once he gets going he is a terrific

:30:19.:30:26.

potter. And hopefully we will see some of that now in this match this

:30:27.:30:39.

afternoon. Judd said he was looking forward to this match last night. He

:30:40.:30:49.

was taken quite deep in the match against Alex Borg and in the first

:30:50.:30:53.

press conference he said, I can remember what it was like to come

:30:54.:30:57.

onto the circuit aged 15 or 16 with a big sense of expectation from

:30:58.:31:01.

everyone who had been watching me since I scored a century at the age

:31:02.:31:06.

of nine and ten. He said, I am really looking forward to it and it

:31:07.:31:10.

will be novel to be almost double the age of my opponent! Jackson 15,

:31:11.:31:19.

Judd Trump, 27. Here we go. His first appearance in the last 32 of a

:31:20.:31:24.

ranking event at the age of just 15. Yes, you can just imagine there must

:31:25.:31:48.

be butterflies flying around. I commentated on Judd last night and

:31:49.:31:52.

when I say butterflies of course I mean Jackson Page, not Judd Trump!

:31:53.:31:57.

Although he will have nerves about him early in this match. He's got

:31:58.:32:02.

everything to lose, Judd Trump, Jackson has everything to gain. I

:32:03.:32:10.

think Judd Trump will be the first to agree it was not his best

:32:11.:32:14.

performance and Alex did ask certain questions. You can see with young

:32:15.:32:28.

Jackson that he likes to attack. But he has given Judd a chance in the

:32:29.:32:33.

corner. Doesn't need to do much with the cue ball. Just taking the pace

:32:34.:32:43.

off the cue ball, drops it in, it is nicely on the black. Really

:32:44.:32:51.

important for young Jackson not to give too many early chances to Judd

:32:52.:32:55.

to get into his flow. A lot of people eagerly anticipating

:32:56.:33:18.

this much because of how unusual the story is and Trump just as he did

:33:19.:33:22.

last night against Alex Borg wasting no time in splitting the pack.

:33:23.:33:29.

Plenty of live snooker going on this afternoon across this section of the

:33:30.:33:34.

Motorpoint Arena, almost everyone crowded town this end of the arena.

:33:35.:33:39.

Trying to get a glimpse of the man who could be the start of the

:33:40.:33:49.

future. Hiding among that lot somewhere is to time Welsh champion

:33:50.:33:53.

Mark Williams, who has done a bit of practice with Jackson. -- 2- time

:33:54.:34:01.

Welsh champion. Apparently he wants to clarify that he has been

:34:02.:34:06.

misquoted, many people claimed that Mark Williams said, Jackson is as

:34:07.:34:11.

good as I was at that age. I spoke to him about an hour ago in the

:34:12.:34:15.

president and he said, I did not say that, it is not my place to judge,

:34:16.:34:22.

how can I, it was subjective. And I did say he is very good and he could

:34:23.:34:26.

be the real deal. Would you agree with that assessment Darren?

:34:27.:34:32.

Definitely, Jackson has been ruling the roost in the junior events in

:34:33.:34:42.

Wales. He went to the World Championships and said in his

:34:43.:34:46.

pre-match interview but he has 12 senior events this year so he has

:34:47.:34:51.

all the tools and he is very likeable, he has a terrific family

:34:52.:34:57.

and parents and I'm sure he's got a massive, bright future ahead. If

:34:58.:35:03.

Mark says that he is the real deal, you can rest assured he is.

:35:04.:35:21.

No room for sentiment from Judd Trump, added a sixth ranking title

:35:22.:35:27.

to his collection earlier this season, winning the European

:35:28.:35:31.

Masters, runner-up at the English open but by his high standards and

:35:32.:35:36.

has not been a sparkling last couple of months for Trump and he will be

:35:37.:35:41.

aware of just how many big names falling foul of the giant-killing

:35:42.:35:45.

exploits of some of the lower ranked players here in Wales. So I am sure

:35:46.:35:50.

he will be supportive of Jackson and will chat with him at the end of the

:35:51.:35:55.

match should he win but he has his eye on this major prize and he wants

:35:56.:35:59.

to turn six ranking titles into seven. Rest assured Judd will want

:36:00.:36:08.

to give Jackson a real thumping this afternoon. He knows that Jackson

:36:09.:36:12.

will be one of his competitors later in the next couple of years, he'll

:36:13.:36:17.

want to send a message and he'll want to put it out there today and

:36:18.:36:21.

give Jackson something to remember him for. I can remember Jackson

:36:22.:36:30.

first started playing at our club, the red triangle in Cross Keys when

:36:31.:36:35.

he was about nine and he played their for five or so years before he

:36:36.:36:44.

moved up the market into a club in Tredegar. He's always been a talent

:36:45.:36:48.

and the improvement he has made, giant strides, a lot of good

:36:49.:36:50.

youngsters in Wales coming along which is good. Then tie the recent

:36:51.:37:01.

played here as a wild card and another young lad named Dylan Emery.

:37:02.:37:09.

And Carol Matthews, a nine-year-old called Liam Davis looks like he

:37:10.:37:14.

could have a massive future as well. It's looking good, Welsh snooker.

:37:15.:37:29.

Although he hasn't had much of a role to play in this match yet

:37:30.:37:38.

Jackson Page has advanced in this 32, user validation of the wild card

:37:39.:37:42.

policy. There is the first mistake from Judd Possibly an opening here,

:37:43.:37:53.

breaking down 61. The former UK champion and World Championship

:37:54.:37:57.

runner-up. The Chinese use wild cards in some of their ranking

:37:58.:38:01.

events to give an early outing to future stars and it seems to have

:38:02.:38:12.

worked for Jackson. A bit unlucky, there to cover the black. But it

:38:13.:38:19.

will be important if he can to get a few minutes on the table, just to

:38:20.:38:23.

put a little break together and settle down. That red travelling

:38:24.:38:29.

down the table has really limited his options. How about that, Darren?

:38:30.:38:40.

Superb composure. In the biggest match of his life. Maybe it should

:38:41.:38:51.

be catcher fearless Jackson, not Action Jackson -- maybe it should be

:38:52.:38:56.

Fearless Jackson! He's going to take another great pot. He potted a

:38:57.:39:05.

harder blue then, he came across the red and hit it dead straight. It it

:39:06.:39:21.

dead straight. This frame is still not over yet for young Jackson. That

:39:22.:39:28.

was not the best position shot that Trump has ever played. He is on this

:39:29.:39:34.

blue. We might see him play this and go in between the green and the

:39:35.:39:42.

corner pocket. He played that deep, is it going in off?

:39:43.:39:59.

He was forced to work quite hard late last night to get over the line

:40:00.:40:08.

against the spirited performance of the 47-year-old player from Malta,

:40:09.:40:21.

Alex Borg. So Jackson, almost at a stage of requiring snookers and he

:40:22.:40:26.

will be if this black goes in. A glimmer of hope in this frame. It

:40:27.:40:32.

would be nice if he could replicate the accuracy that he showed with

:40:33.:40:40.

that long blue. And so barring snookers this will be the end of the

:40:41.:40:43.

first frame for young Jackson Page. Keeping his hopes alive in this

:40:44.:41:19.

first frame. Three reds, three blacks, one snooker, 14 point

:41:20.:41:23.

penalty and he could pinch this frame. A long way to go before he is

:41:24.:41:34.

that this is dashed at that stage. - at that stage. Going for the double

:41:35.:41:39.

against Judd Trump! Not afraid to have a crack. Some of Judd's long

:41:40.:41:54.

pots last night was superb, as well. Kim Jong-un they were superb. First

:41:55.:42:00.

blood to the favourite. -- they were superb.

:42:01.:42:08.

But he does seem very composed, Jackson. We have seen quite a few

:42:09.:42:15.

scenarios this week at the Welsh Open web players have gone back to

:42:16.:42:19.

their seats shaking their heads and being quite negative in terms of

:42:20.:42:23.

their body language come he isn't giving much away here, Jackson.

:42:24.:42:29.

Hopefully he is enjoying the experience. He's coming back to get

:42:30.:42:47.

a feel for the table. And that is it. His first frame in the last 32

:42:48.:42:56.

is a losing one, Judd is up and running in style but not too many

:42:57.:43:01.

signs of nerves from Jackson. STUDIO: He looks at ease, Jackson

:43:02.:43:07.

Page come out in the arena, even trailing 0- one against Trump. We'll

:43:08.:43:11.

talk about that in a moment, let's update you on what's been going on

:43:12.:43:17.

on table two. One of the other big shocks of the tournament involved

:43:18.:43:20.

Lee Walker from Newport, another Welsh player left in the tournament,

:43:21.:43:26.

that stunning comeback win over Neil Robertson yesterday. He's playing

:43:27.:43:31.

Graeme Dott in round three today. This is the end of frame three. We

:43:32.:43:36.

will see in a few seconds Graeme Dott winning this one to take the

:43:37.:43:41.

lead, 2-1, although Lee Walker still hopes to continue his journey in the

:43:42.:43:45.

Welsh Open this year. Terry, with Jackson aged 15 Lee at the other end

:43:46.:43:52.

of the spectrum, at 41, still life in him, still capable of winning

:43:53.:43:58.

tournaments? I don't think Lee is a major tournament winner at the

:43:59.:44:02.

moment. At that age it is not so easy to push forward. He is

:44:03.:44:05.

improving his game, though, which is all you can do. What a contrast

:44:06.:44:12.

between Lee's style and Jackson's style, Jackson is a typical young

:44:13.:44:16.

lad, sees a ball, he will not get in. He doesn't really think, shall I

:44:17.:44:21.

play safety. Let's show you another of the Welsh players was left in the

:44:22.:44:27.

tournament, Dominic Dale, part of our commentary team on coverage of

:44:28.:44:33.

the Welsh Open. His adventure is over, he has lost 4-1 just a short

:44:34.:44:39.

while ago. Dominic is out of the tournament this year.

:44:40.:44:53.

But Jackson Page looks so comfortable at the moment. Yes, he

:44:54.:45:02.

is very confident. He is the second best seed left in, he will get

:45:03.:45:09.

punished for his mistakes, more than you would in the first couple of

:45:10.:45:13.

rounds but it's just a wonderful experience for him anyway. Back in,

:45:14.:45:20.

with Trump leading, 1-0. COMMENTATOR: As Terry says, it is a

:45:21.:45:30.

win- win situation for Jackson, which ever way you look at it. This

:45:31.:45:39.

will be beyond his wildest dreams, coming here this week. This thread

:45:40.:45:48.

will be close to the corner pocket. He could have done with that just

:45:49.:45:55.

falling in. He's going to have to sit now and wait. I'm sure he'll get

:45:56.:46:00.

a couple of opportunities within this match to show us how well he

:46:01.:46:09.

can play, how exciting, as a young player.

:46:10.:46:20.

Trump, one of the classiest players on the circuit. Completely different

:46:21.:46:33.

opposition to the ones Jackson played in the first two grounds, not

:46:34.:46:39.

to take anything away from him. Obviously the further you go into

:46:40.:46:43.

the tournament, the classier the opposition becomes and the harder it

:46:44.:46:45.

gets. A couple of century breaks for

:46:46.:47:04.

Trump. His first round win was over Andrew Higginson, 102 and 140.

:47:05.:47:17.

Beginning to open up, the best break we sought from Judd against Alex

:47:18.:47:25.

Bork was... But he has looked good in the first two brands here.

:47:26.:47:37.

Jackson has done it the hard way, 24-3 thrillers, in the first round

:47:38.:47:41.

against Jason Weston he got through on a re-spotted black.

:47:42.:47:54.

He was expected to beat Jason, he had a chance against John Astley, he

:47:55.:48:00.

wasn't certain that he would beat his second-round opponent. Judd

:48:01.:48:11.

laying on a bit of a demonstration for his young rival. He will

:48:12.:48:20.

certainly remember what it is like to appear at a ranking event at such

:48:21.:48:28.

a tender age when there is so much expectation and excitement, like

:48:29.:48:31.

there was a bad Trump when he was Jackson's H.

:48:32.:48:47.

This is clinical, so far, from Judd Trump.

:48:48.:49:19.

He is looking much stronger this afternoon then he did last night. I

:49:20.:49:29.

must be fair, Alex Borg potted some unbelievable balls against Judd.

:49:30.:49:33.

Talking to Judd later he could not believe the reds that he put it in.

:49:34.:49:40.

If Alex had scored the match could have been so different. He looks

:49:41.:49:48.

right on his game now. Totally in the zone. Totally focused. 110%

:49:49.:49:59.

concentration. Looking very good indeed.

:50:00.:50:41.

So, barring snookers this second frame belongs to Judd Trump and in

:50:42.:50:46.

some emphatic style. From the perspective of a neutral

:50:47.:51:05.

you just hope that Jackson does get some table time and an opportunity

:51:06.:51:09.

to show people why he deserves his place in the last 32. He will be

:51:10.:51:18.

picking up and check if he loses the match, and check for three and a

:51:19.:51:22.

half thousand pounds which is more than Judd Trump won in his entire

:51:23.:51:27.

first season as a professional, if you look at the stats.

:51:28.:51:38.

Judd won 3350. He has since amassed over ?2.5 million in prize money and

:51:39.:51:46.

there should be more where that came from the 27-year-old.

:51:47.:51:58.

It is not to be a century but it is a marker of what Jackson Page should

:51:59.:52:51.

be aiming for in the future, Judd Trump doubles as advantage. --

:52:52.:52:59.

doubles his advantage. At the moment, it's chocolate, I can't stop

:53:00.:53:04.

eating chocolate! Two. Leonardo DiCaprio is a great actor and also

:53:05.:53:09.

Ben Affleck alike. There was a time in a local league game where I beat

:53:10.:53:15.

someone, he must have been about 14 and I was six or seven. He ended up

:53:16.:53:23.

snapping his cue after I beat him, I never forget that. Quite patient, I

:53:24.:53:25.

think and quite relaxed. Quite a bad loser. It does take me a

:53:26.:53:36.

while to get over some losses, it takes me a day or two. Maybe David

:53:37.:53:49.

Beckham possibly, all Floyd Mayweather Jr would be intimidated,

:53:50.:53:56.

and the best driver in the world, I think! I haven't paid much attention

:53:57.:54:02.

to the past, I would like to go forward 50 years and see what's

:54:03.:54:06.

happening them. Probably by the beach in Los Angeles and then out

:54:07.:54:07.

with friends that night. COMMENTATOR: Imagine causing a

:54:08.:54:30.

14-year-old player to snap his cue in frustration after losing to a

:54:31.:54:35.

six-year old. I don't think he would be doing the same if somehow Jackson

:54:36.:54:39.

produced one of the most remarkable comebacks in snooker history.

:54:40.:54:49.

Hopefully Jackson will get a chance to show us himself in action. The

:54:50.:55:03.

winner of that will get a guaranteed to a card so it's not just about

:55:04.:55:10.

what happens today. It is about - he is approaching some key moments in

:55:11.:55:15.

his career, Jackson Page as he begins to think about life as a

:55:16.:55:18.

professional. So far, he's altered the fairy tale

:55:19.:55:39.

of the 15-year-old, and, Darren, presumably, even though Jackson

:55:40.:55:42.

apparently is very good and very bright in school, is it the right

:55:43.:55:48.

move for him to turn professional as early as possible, bearing in mind

:55:49.:55:54.

how competitive the sport is now? Obviously as a parent myself I would

:55:55.:56:04.

say probably not. If he was to win his professional ticket this year I

:56:05.:56:07.

would say it would be a mistake to take it just yet. That's my personal

:56:08.:56:12.

thing, as he has just slammed in a red then the question as if it was

:56:13.:56:17.

over the pocket! But he's a young man, and at the end of the day his

:56:18.:56:22.

family and friends will give him all the right advice that he needs. It

:56:23.:56:28.

is just that it is a brutal game out there, it's different coming into

:56:29.:56:33.

this tournament as a wild he has won a couple of matches, fantastic,

:56:34.:56:37.

suddenly he will be up and down the motorway, on flights all the time,

:56:38.:56:41.

away from home, it's a big thing for everyone never mind a 15-year-old. I

:56:42.:56:47.

would probably say if I was in his corner, yes, the experience is

:56:48.:56:53.

great, I don't think he's ready for the professional game yet. Not for

:56:54.:56:59.

time anyway. -- not full time anyway.

:57:00.:57:15.

He has called a foul on himself, which has disturbed that shot. That

:57:16.:57:27.

was his first real opportunity in the match and he will be

:57:28.:57:37.

disappointed. And what is worse, Judd has knocked that read in! Just

:57:38.:57:47.

as his cue was going in he has caught the red. No one else probably

:57:48.:57:55.

saw that foul. That tells you how much of a sportsman he is. Owning up

:57:56.:58:02.

straight without hesitation, and probably the biggest day of his

:58:03.:58:09.

life. -- on probably the biggest day of his life.

:58:10.:58:50.

One thing is for certain, whatever Jackson Page goes on to achieve in

:58:51.:58:57.

the future, and hopefully it will be great things, he will never, ever

:58:58.:59:00.

forget this week in Cardiff. That is such a hard shot, such a

:59:01.:59:36.

drop. Got to stay perfectly still, deliver that cue in a straight line.

:59:37.:59:42.

This has been faultless snooker from Judd Trump. In total control at the

:59:43.:59:58.

moment for everything he is doing. And obviously this will be a relief

:59:59.:00:04.

to Jed because last night it went on late, commentated on that match and

:00:05.:00:08.

he went on at something like 20 past nine because it is very late for any

:00:09.:00:12.

kind of a professional snooker match and they finished round about 12

:00:13.:00:17.

o'clock. He is back in our early this afternoon another round. --

:00:18.:00:24.

he's back in here. So they have probably had a good night's sleep

:00:25.:00:30.

but it was a very late finish. Doesn't seem to have affected his

:00:31.:00:32.

play in any shape or form. I think we will all pretty tired

:00:33.:01:04.

last night, not least of which Judd Trump. But once again, Jackson not

:01:05.:01:12.

quite producing what he did in the first two rounds, but a bit of a

:01:13.:01:22.

let-off. The crowd here would love to see Jackson Page just produce a

:01:23.:01:28.

little break, maybe something towards the 61. That he so

:01:29.:01:38.

impressively produced against John Astley. And he has given glimpses.

:01:39.:01:49.

Quebec red, of how nicely he strikes the cue ball -- with that red. Out

:01:50.:01:55.

of position here, but what an occasion! I wonder if his classmates

:01:56.:02:00.

have been allowed an hour off to watch. You to fully played with the

:02:01.:02:03.

black and he made it difficult for himself. This is more like it.

:02:04.:02:27.

Reminiscent of the inspired form that Alex Borg produced against Judd

:02:28.:02:32.

Trump in the early stages last night. What a shame! Looked like he

:02:33.:02:40.

was just beginning to get going. Beautiful black, the middle left. He

:02:41.:02:44.

could not keep it going with the pink.

:02:45.:03:04.

And the problem for Jackson Page in this match, he has only had little

:03:05.:03:13.

snippets. He has not got in tidy, in amongst the balls. His pot success

:03:14.:03:22.

is 62%, it is a little bit low. But then a couple of shots he has had to

:03:23.:03:26.

go for have been difficult and that counts against the pot statistics.

:03:27.:03:34.

Judd Trump has played very, very well. So this red. No problem for

:03:35.:03:47.

the red. That means Jackson now is going to need snookers to have any

:03:48.:03:54.

chance in this frame. So it looks like Judd Trump is going to extend

:03:55.:04:01.

his lead now to 3-0. Four left and that young man is going to have to

:04:02.:04:12.

win them all. He only wants one snooker so it is worth carrying on.

:04:13.:04:20.

A lot of frames over the last two players have required snookers.

:04:21.:04:23.

There's always a chance. He has been pretty sharp, Judd

:04:24.:04:48.

Trump. This has been a demonstration of excellence. The rest of the

:04:49.:04:53.

professionals still in this field, but also for Jackson Page, every

:04:54.:05:00.

time he has made a mistake, the world number four has punished him

:05:01.:05:08.

for it. He wasn't expected to win this match, of course. But everyone

:05:09.:05:14.

will be hoping that he gets an opportunity just to put a little bit

:05:15.:05:18.

of a break together in what could be the last frame of the match. Because

:05:19.:05:20.

this one is all but over. There's his brand of naughty

:05:21.:05:39.

snooker. He's absolutely hammering the cue

:05:40.:05:58.

ball here! Judd Trump's turned to enjoy himself here on the big stage.

:05:59.:06:05.

Totally in control here, it does not matter about the blue. Judd Trump is

:06:06.:06:10.

now one away from the victory. Yes, Judd Trump cruising and that is

:06:11.:06:23.

why he's regarded as one of the most entertaining and flamboyant

:06:24.:06:26.

characters in a game. But with that in a moment. Back to table two, just

:06:27.:06:32.

for a couple of seconds, keeping a close eye on how the other Welshmen

:06:33.:06:38.

in action Lee Walker is getting on. Yesterday, a good come back win over

:06:39.:06:41.

Neil Robertson when he was 3-1 down at one point, beating Robertson. And

:06:42.:06:48.

he's 2-1 down in this frame, but he's going to take the frame to make

:06:49.:06:54.

it 2-2. Terry, doing well against Graeme Dott, the former world

:06:55.:06:59.

champion. Great tournament. Yes, tough match, for both of them. They

:07:00.:07:04.

both grind out hard, and union all the time. But doing doing well. No

:07:05.:07:15.

points on the board so far for Dott, so 2-2 between Dott and Walker. We

:07:16.:07:20.

will keep a close eye on that. Is there anything that Jackson Page can

:07:21.:07:26.

do to get himself back into this game, to rescue this? A little bit

:07:27.:07:30.

unlucky, he filed with the ball when he had a chance and he missed the

:07:31.:07:34.

pink off the spot and he will be disappointed because he normally

:07:35.:07:40.

gets ten out of ten. You can see the frustration as he steps away from

:07:41.:07:44.

the table. Has it caught up with him? He's not having a lot of

:07:45.:07:51.

chances and he's a bit quick. But it is experience for him. What advice

:07:52.:07:55.

would you have as a coach for him as he goes into this next frame and

:07:56.:08:02.

Trump could take the match? At his age, let him do what he's doing

:08:03.:08:08.

until he asks for some help. Is that the tactic? You would not mess about

:08:09.:08:12.

with him, he's very talented, very natural, better to give him advice

:08:13.:08:19.

verbally, how to play the game. And his manners out there all these

:08:20.:08:25.

things. Don't him going for pots. Hard to stop Trump in this form. It

:08:26.:08:31.

is hard to stop Trump at any time, when he's on good form! Judd Trump

:08:32.:08:38.

is leading here handsomely by 3-0. So let's go back into the arena and

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rejoin Rob and Darren. Yes, I agree with Terry. He's a real

:08:42.:08:56.

natural talent, Jackson Page. It is best just to leave him alone and let

:08:57.:09:05.

him realise that potential. So it is pot breaking off. And the frame that

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he needs, and that is not the best. No damage done.

:09:12.:09:36.

A mature shot from Jackson. Well, Mark Williams, the double world

:09:37.:09:48.

champion, it is watching somewhere. He has done a good job of hiding. He

:09:49.:09:55.

answered the text message case sent him and he said, it is simple,

:09:56.:10:00.

Jackson is getting outplayed which we would expect. He's bound to be a

:10:01.:10:06.

nervous wreck, we have got to remember, he's only 15. So, Mark

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Williams. Offering some common sense from the stands somewhere. Hiding.

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He said he knows Jackson has a good temperament because he has been

:10:23.:10:29.

ribbing him at the club. You get the feeling, Darren, there will be a lot

:10:30.:10:33.

of support for the young man whichever decision he makes. Whether

:10:34.:10:38.

he decides to go professional right away or in another couple of years,

:10:39.:10:41.

there's a sense that his talent will be nurtured in Wales in the right

:10:42.:10:45.

way to help him make the right progress, at the right time. Well,

:10:46.:10:50.

yes, and no better to have in his corner than Mark Williams. Probably

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he has been if not the best Welsh player we have ever had. The only

:10:58.:11:04.

one to rival that is rewritten. And Mark has done it in the modern-day

:11:05.:11:09.

game -- to rival that Israeli Riordan. He's at his club and he

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will give him the right advice and he will help him wherever he can.

:11:14.:11:19.

The rest, unfortunately, is down to young Jackson. Once you get out

:11:20.:11:24.

there, no matter how much help you get, you are on your own.

:11:25.:11:46.

The reds may be nicely spread down the table, but it is an awkward

:11:47.:11:54.

position from which to show his skills here in what could be the

:11:55.:12:02.

last frame. And that is the first time we have seen a little bit of

:12:03.:12:06.

negative body language, just a little slump of the shoulders as he

:12:07.:12:11.

headed back to his chair. Maybe just a little bit frustrated that he has

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not shown is what he did against just -- Jason Weston in the first

:12:16.:12:24.

round. And John Astley in the second.

:12:25.:12:32.

Well, the cue ball is awkward. But is this your best chance, Jackson,

:12:33.:12:40.

to show others what you have got before you turned 16, against one of

:12:41.:12:43.

the world's best? You could hear the collective

:12:44.:13:23.

sighing here in the Motorpoint Arena. Neutrals willing him to get a

:13:24.:13:30.

frame on the board but Judd is back in again and the reds well spread.

:13:31.:14:20.

If this next shot was to go right, which it has come can't help feeling

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that maybe Jackson Page just played his last shot in this year's Welsh

:14:32.:14:39.

Open. Has not been the fairy tale that he would have been hoping for

:14:40.:14:46.

today, in his first TV match. He can take a lot of heart from it, he has

:14:47.:14:54.

come here as a 15-year-old. Won two great matches. He has had a lot of

:14:55.:14:59.

exposure, TV coverage and press coverage. I'm sure when he gets back

:15:00.:15:11.

to him -- class, they will make a real force of him. Having said that,

:15:12.:15:18.

Judd Trump has just overscrewed that cue ball. He has got a red to the

:15:19.:15:27.

centre. So maybe there's another chance. In this frame. One into the

:15:28.:15:37.

left-centre is real thin and I don't know if he can get the pot at that

:15:38.:15:44.

angle. I think he's going to can in it, this is thin. It is that thin,

:15:45.:15:51.

he did not even go for it. Still in with a shout, young Jackson.

:15:52.:16:19.

Not meant to be his day-to-day, is it? Yes, I think the latter shot he

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played was a little bit of inexperience, even if he made the

:16:36.:16:40.

pot, he was not on a colour. A little bit of frustration. I just

:16:41.:16:45.

think he has got to look at all the positives of this. And one thing is

:16:46.:16:50.

for sure, he has got a fantastic future. Well, he has got another

:16:51.:16:56.

chance and all of a sudden, Judd Trump has had a couple of

:16:57.:16:59.

opportunities in this frame and he has not taken them. The first three

:17:00.:17:05.

frames were like a masterclass. Jackson just needs to convert one of

:17:06.:17:08.

these chances and try and get a frame on the board. And who knows?

:17:09.:17:14.

We saw that last night with Mark Davis, it looked like he was dead

:17:15.:17:17.

and out and Ronnie O'Sullivan was going to win 4-1, and it was 4-1 and

:17:18.:17:25.

he ended up losing 4-3. It is never over until the final balls have been

:17:26.:17:30.

potted. You have just got to keep positive. This is the first time he

:17:31.:17:35.

has been in and amongst and around the blacks and the reds. As I said

:17:36.:17:47.

that, he has just lost the cue ball again and instead of this being a

:17:48.:17:52.

straightforward red, either the one below the pink or the right of the

:17:53.:17:57.

black, both reds have become now very difficult. But no problem, he's

:17:58.:18:05.

back in a good position. He made that looked very easy.

:18:06.:18:58.

He just needs that blue to stop so he can get it to the corner pocket,

:18:59.:19:06.

which has travelled and the brown is blocked by the red. Action Jackson

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all of a sudden is starting to take off. It was a real good shot that

:19:12.:19:24.

last red he potted. Just did not know whether cue ball would be

:19:25.:19:25.

going. Back in the frame, though. A really

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warm applause for the teenager, only 29. But a taster of what he's

:19:45.:19:47.

capable of. That is a real clever shot. Judd

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knew that as long as he got the cue ball close to the yellow and the red

:20:38.:20:43.

close to the corner pocket, if you missed it there was a good chance he

:20:44.:20:47.

would cover it and he would not be leaving any other shot for Jackson.

:20:48.:20:55.

He has played it. A little swerve. That was much trickier than how he

:20:56.:21:00.

made it look. He's starting to game a little more confidence, young

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Jackson. What a shame. For the young man from

:21:03.:21:59.

Ebbw Vale. He has done really well to put himself in a position in this

:22:00.:22:04.

frame and for the first time, a little shake off the head from the

:22:05.:22:06.

chair. He will be hoping that he's going to

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get another opportunity. This is the most important shots now. As far as

:22:26.:22:32.

Jackson is concerned, if Judd Trump gets on this yellow from the blue, I

:22:33.:22:38.

think he has played for the medal pocket and landed on it for the

:22:39.:22:44.

corner so good shot needed, but if it goes in, we know he's going to be

:22:45.:22:52.

on the green. Into the middle of the pocket, perfectly on the green. This

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could be it. REFEREE: Can we get that phone off,

:22:54.:23:04.

please? A great occasion here and it was all

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teed up for Jackson Page and it wasn't meant to be a winner. A real

:23:36.:23:43.

exhibition shot from Judd Trump. Jackson Page has had his first taste

:23:44.:23:48.

of life in the snooker spotlight and hopefully there will be many more to

:23:49.:23:52.

come, it just was not quite destined to be today. The class of Judd Trump

:23:53.:23:58.

showed, the world number four, a straightforward victory and he goes

:23:59.:23:59.

through to the last Unforgettable week for Jackson Page

:24:00.:24:08.

that he will never forget and he may go on to have a lot of success in

:24:09.:24:12.

the game but a game too far for the teenager. We will speed the Judd

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Trump shortly, he's on his way up, the winner. You always felt it would

:24:17.:24:22.

be a difficult challenge for Jackson to continue this stream today. Yes,

:24:23.:24:27.

it was a step too far and the draw did not go well for him -- continue

:24:28.:24:34.

his dream. He said it was his favourite player, Trump, and that

:24:35.:24:37.

would put more on him. He did not settle down out there. It is

:24:38.:24:43.

expected like you said on the TV, he's 15 and he will be nervous

:24:44.:24:49.

playing against Judd. A bit starstruck? I would not say

:24:50.:24:53.

starstruck, it is the whole thing, not just playing Trump. It is at the

:24:54.:24:58.

stage of the tournament and it is on the television, table one, he's

:24:59.:25:03.

exposed. I guess they he was enjoying himself waiting to go out

:25:04.:25:06.

and making an effort to beat the Judd Trump. But he did not make his

:25:07.:25:12.

chances like he did in the last two matches that he had. In those, he

:25:13.:25:18.

played quite well. Let's hear from Jackson Page with Rob Walker.

:25:19.:25:24.

Jackson, I guess the most important question is, did you manage to enjoy

:25:25.:25:28.

it all back? Yes, definitely enjoyed it. Playing somebody like Judd, you

:25:29.:25:35.

don't get many chances and under the pressure and in the lights and the

:25:36.:25:40.

TV, I just did not take my chance. But he's one of the best players in

:25:41.:25:45.

the world so I'm not going to get many chances. Did you feel the step

:25:46.:25:50.

up in pressure and expectation and the support and publicity you have

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had from your first two wins in the first and second round? Yes,

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definitely. When you win your first two, everybody expects you to do

:26:00.:26:03.

more but most people don't realise who you are playing. Playing

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somebody like Judd, at my age, you will not get very close very often

:26:08.:26:12.

on the issue play really well. You need a lot of the touring and I need

:26:13.:26:16.

to practise more to get to that standard. You say mature and, your

:26:17.:26:20.

approach to that match was really good and we did not see headshaking

:26:21.:26:24.

until the end and from your demeanour, you did not seem to be

:26:25.:26:28.

overawed by the occasion and you looked to be calm and taking each

:26:29.:26:32.

shot as it came. I was all right out there. I just did not turn up really

:26:33.:26:38.

on the day. Did not take my chances. I don't think you should be too

:26:39.:26:43.

disheartened, as this inspired you to want this again? Yes, definitely.

:26:44.:26:49.

It is unbelievable, the experience is great. I can hopefully come back

:26:50.:26:55.

next year. And finally, are you going to attempt to turn

:26:56.:26:57.

professional as quickly as possible or will you take more time studying

:26:58.:27:05.

or are you still shell-shocked after playing live on TV it gains the

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world number four? I will try and stem professional as soon as

:27:10.:27:16.

possible -- live on TV against. That and a couple of chances in Cyprus so

:27:17.:27:20.

hopefully I can get onto one of those. It has been a great run

:27:21.:27:23.

although you did not feel you produced your best, best of luck in

:27:24.:27:27.

Cyprus and we will see a watch more of you in the future.

:27:28.:27:31.

It could be a life changing few days for Jackson Page and this man might

:27:32.:27:36.

have advice for him, Judd Trump, the winner this afternoon, you have

:27:37.:27:39.

played the roll of pantomime villain and you have killed off our local

:27:40.:27:44.

lad, but clinical stuff from you. Yes, I thought it would be exciting

:27:45.:27:48.

for both of us, and good experience for me, the first person I have

:27:49.:27:53.

played. I have grown up now and he's the first person coming through I

:27:54.:27:56.

have had to play against so it is good to see someone from Great

:27:57.:28:01.

Britain getting through. China has taken over at the moment. Hopefully

:28:02.:28:05.

with some coaching and experienced people around him, he can come true

:28:06.:28:10.

and push on. What was the psychology for you going into the game that

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he's 15 and this should be straightforward? Was it that he has

:28:16.:28:18.

beaten decent players and he must have something about him? Yes, to

:28:19.:28:23.

get through two rounds, you are a decent player and there was nothing

:28:24.:28:26.

to achieve out of this, the pressure was on me and if I lost, it was a

:28:27.:28:31.

bit embarrassing for me and he had nothing to lose. I felt the first

:28:32.:28:35.

couple of frames, they were very important to get in front and put

:28:36.:28:38.

him under pressure and it would be a struggle. I remember from the first

:28:39.:28:43.

time I played Ronnie on TV, when you go behind, it is very hard to come

:28:44.:28:49.

back from that. Obviously, there are a couple of things he needs to work

:28:50.:28:53.

on and to learn but the potential, you can see going for his balls and

:28:54.:28:58.

not being afraid, he needs to stick with that. What advice would you

:28:59.:29:02.

have for him having been there as a youngster trying to make your way in

:29:03.:29:07.

the game? Just to keep enjoying it and doing what he does. When you get

:29:08.:29:12.

older, you kind of learn to change your game a little bit. I think over

:29:13.:29:17.

time, he might need to work on his backswing, I think it is a little

:29:18.:29:20.

too long for that kind of table. And knuckle down on his safety shots, he

:29:21.:29:27.

let me out of that, but everybody makes those mistakes and I made them

:29:28.:29:31.

and you need to make them to learn. You can always have people telling

:29:32.:29:35.

you what to do but until you experience it for yourself, you

:29:36.:29:40.

cannot believe it. A future in the game for Jackson, Terry? You don't

:29:41.:29:43.

want to put pressure on the lad, he's 15 and playing amateur snooker

:29:44.:29:47.

and under age amateur snooker. There's a long way for him to go but

:29:48.:29:53.

he looks to have the talent and good people with Mark behind him and

:29:54.:29:57.

other people looking after him. He may come through into the

:29:58.:30:01.

professional game. Judd, hoping to go far in the competition this year,

:30:02.:30:05.

with the big names going out, the field is narrowing? Yes, I get

:30:06.:30:11.

supporters here, close to home in Bristol, so I have friends and

:30:12.:30:14.

family over who support me so it would be nice to get through and

:30:15.:30:18.

play fancy shots and get through to the final this time. There were some

:30:19.:30:22.

of those in the end. Well done to you, a whitewash to you 4-0. Judd

:30:23.:30:29.

Trump going through to the last 16. A look now at how they are trying to

:30:30.:30:33.

widen the game out to more people, different sections of society, and

:30:34.:30:37.

our cameras went to the second is disability snooker Championship

:30:38.:30:38.

recently. We are at the Southwest Snooker

:30:39.:30:50.

Academy in Gloucester, it is the world disability Snooker

:30:51.:30:52.

Championships and we have players battling it out to win in their

:30:53.:30:53.

categories. That are up to eight categories with

:30:54.:31:14.

disabilities ranging from learning to physical disabilities and within

:31:15.:31:19.

that different events taking place over double black days. The first is

:31:20.:31:23.

all about getting to know the tables and the venues to put people at ease

:31:24.:31:27.

and his coaching on hand, qualified coaches. I was born with cerebral

:31:28.:31:39.

palsy nine and a half weeks premature, it's affected me

:31:40.:31:42.

throughout my life, I had reconstructive surgery to help me

:31:43.:31:46.

walk, I was confined to a wheelchair, it's been a long journey

:31:47.:31:50.

to get to where I am and I wanted to be part of this because I'm

:31:51.:31:53.

passionate about snooker as a hobby and also I thought it was a great

:31:54.:31:57.

opportunity to provide disabled men and women with an opportunity to

:31:58.:32:04.

play the beautiful game. Nine coming to these types of tournaments I

:32:05.:32:07.

think the coaches is fantastic because you are getting the

:32:08.:32:10.

competitive side of the game as well and you see snickers accessible for

:32:11.:32:15.

everyone, I've seen a lot of players gain confidence through playing

:32:16.:32:19.

snooker so I am keen for more providers to start providing for

:32:20.:32:29.

players with disabilities. With this event we feel we should be

:32:30.:32:34.

supporting players with disabilities to help them improve. So we are here

:32:35.:32:39.

to help them improve and most of all build confidence for that player.

:32:40.:32:45.

Snook is difficult across the board, whether able-bodied and disabled. I

:32:46.:32:50.

struggled with this stance and I struggled with my bridge hand

:32:51.:32:55.

because of shots, there are lots of issues that when you roll them into

:32:56.:33:00.

one create quite a problematic situation when playing snooker but

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ultimately the game is tough enough as it is, so you work with what

:33:04.:33:08.

abilities you've got and try to make the game as simple as possible. With

:33:09.:33:16.

Jonathan, we talked about what is issues were and how he wanted to

:33:17.:33:20.

build on those together with confidence to achieve the ultimate

:33:21.:33:24.

aim which is to put more balls in more pockets, to win. Also to win

:33:25.:33:30.

with an ease that brings confident and self-worth. That is what we are

:33:31.:33:34.

trying to do with the game to support all players with

:33:35.:33:36.

disabilities. We are looking to grow. We need many countries to make

:33:37.:33:44.

it a Paralympic event. It would be a return to snooker because it used to

:33:45.:33:48.

be in the Paralympics, it is a skilful game played all around the

:33:49.:33:51.

world's think it has its place in the Paralympics. We are looking out

:33:52.:33:56.

for many players to join us and one day we will be in the Paralympics.

:33:57.:34:00.

It is not just a dream, we will make it a reality, there's real

:34:01.:34:10.

commitment from Jason Ferguson and the organisations to make this

:34:11.:34:16.

reality. Plenty of similar defence plans will keep an eye on those, the

:34:17.:34:21.

big names keep coming today, we saw Barry Hawkins and Judd Trump just

:34:22.:34:24.

minutes ago going through, coming up, world number one Mark Selby, he

:34:25.:34:30.

also plays a teenager today. Let's get some expert thoughts on the

:34:31.:34:37.

world number one's game. Think it's safe to say that if you become world

:34:38.:34:40.

champion and world number when you know your way around the table and

:34:41.:34:47.

Mark Selby certainly does. Eunice way around the table better than

:34:48.:34:51.

anyone playing the game, I've played him more than anyone on to and I

:34:52.:34:58.

have had my share of him, he puts a difficult positions. Used to have a

:34:59.:35:06.

massive length of bridge between the and his hand and now he goes and

:35:07.:35:11.

more compact, similar to you. A lot of us came on the tour is genius,

:35:12.:35:15.

used to playing on tables that were not as fast and not as good and bad

:35:16.:35:20.

technique suited us. But when you play on these superfast cloths

:35:21.:35:25.

around the world you must have ultimate control of the cue ball and

:35:26.:35:29.

being a little nearer to it gives that. It means there's less that can

:35:30.:35:35.

go wrong, you're cue action becomes shorter and that means that less can

:35:36.:35:39.

go wrong. But it takes getting used to. And he has a strange

:35:40.:35:45.

characteristic, his head moves from side to side when he comes in for

:35:46.:35:49.

the shot. Less movement than before but definitely movement there, and

:35:50.:35:55.

the backwards or forwards or from side to side sometimes but at the

:35:56.:35:58.

moment of strike he's always in the right position. I think among many

:35:59.:36:05.

strong suits shot selection is definitely one. His strongest suit.

:36:06.:36:13.

I perhaps go for the odd shot too many, whereas Mark never over

:36:14.:36:17.

exposes himself. He is always playing shot thinking about what

:36:18.:36:20.

happens if it goes wrong, if it doesn't quite work out, whereas

:36:21.:36:26.

someone like me will go, what happens if it works! He tends to

:36:27.:36:29.

lean towards what happens if it goes wrong and that allows him to play in

:36:30.:36:33.

a slightly different way. Doesn't take on too much damage. That means

:36:34.:36:40.

he's always thereabouts. Is that why his B game is so good and when he

:36:41.:36:45.

wins a lot of matches? Yes, we can all win when we are playing at our

:36:46.:36:50.

best, making great clearances and said Judy breaks, it's easy but when

:36:51.:36:54.

you are struggling if you can have that extra string to your bow when

:36:55.:37:01.

you have a B, C, D game sometimes, you know you can relax, you know you

:37:02.:37:05.

don't have to keep clearing the table. And it makes incredibly

:37:06.:37:12.

difficult to beat. Telling me! In a short while the reigning world

:37:13.:37:18.

champion will play a Welsh Open debutant, the number 66 in the

:37:19.:37:23.

world, yet to win a ranking title, Mark Selby has ten, he was the

:37:24.:37:28.

winner here in 2008, although his opponent was world amateur champion

:37:29.:37:35.

and today is his 17th birthday. I wonder if Mark Selby will ruin that

:37:36.:37:43.

for him. Playing a teenager today, although the young man has some

:37:44.:37:57.

pedigree about him. Yes, he won a tournament already, although spiders

:37:58.:38:03.

there, I think they are having a good grooming, and those two

:38:04.:38:09.

players, as people mentioned earlier, it was Judd Trump that said

:38:10.:38:13.

that the Chinese gangsters are coming on better than the gangsters

:38:14.:38:18.

in this country which is a bit of a turn. I agree with what he says,

:38:19.:38:22.

these boys are away from home, it is not as easy for them but they are

:38:23.:38:27.

doing exceptionally well. Interesting to listen to Shaun

:38:28.:38:32.

Murphy and John Parrott analysing Mark Selby's game, he has been the

:38:33.:38:37.

world number one for two years now, and according to what they say he

:38:38.:38:40.

please quote a defensive game. Would you go along with that? I wouldn't

:38:41.:38:47.

say he plays a defensive game. His defensive play is, I think, the best

:38:48.:38:51.

in the world at the moment. The best I've seen, the way that he plays the

:38:52.:38:56.

angles, the safety play, the judgment, right around the table and

:38:57.:39:01.

behind something. He scores heavily. His technique is a little different

:39:02.:39:05.

from others but at the moment he is struggling because only ?405,000

:39:06.:39:16.

away from the second player in the world in the money list! Is

:39:17.:39:22.

knock-about is huge. Huge! It is almost impossible for him not to be

:39:23.:39:27.

number one -- in snooker that is huge. Oti comes into the arena to

:39:28.:39:33.

take on Yan Bingtao. Will he make his way through as smoothly as Judd

:39:34.:39:38.

Trump did? Over to Dominic Dale and Willie Thorne, your commentators.

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COMMENTATOR: Thank you. Good afternoon, everyone. World number

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one and world champion Mark Selby gets into the arena against Yan

:39:47.:39:52.

Bingtao. To be honest we haven't seen too much of Yan Bingtao but

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he's having some great results this season and they tell me he is one to

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watch for the future. Interesting to see how he copes with world number

:40:02.:40:06.

one Mark Selby. Yan Bingtao to break. Ronnie O'Sullivan speaks

:40:07.:40:10.

highly of this young man. He is a great player, Yan Bingtao, I

:40:11.:40:30.

believe he has just turned 17, he looks much older than that but 17

:40:31.:40:37.

years. Played really well recently against Ronnie O'Sullivan in the

:40:38.:40:42.

world Grand Prix. Had it not been for a massive fluke that Ronnie had

:40:43.:40:48.

at two frames all he would definitely have been 3-2 down and

:40:49.:40:52.

young Yan Bingtao could easily have beaten Ronnie. Played him a couple

:40:53.:41:01.

of times. What really impresses me about Yan Bingtao is that he has a

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bit of an old head on young shoulders, please and all-round

:41:06.:41:08.

solid game. Clearly neither player has settled.

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Mark Selby is always in the position these days when he is in a no- win

:42:02.:42:06.

situation, everyone expects him to win and that causes its own

:42:07.:42:08.

problems. Nice cue action. Yes, it does take a while to

:42:09.:42:36.

understand the way the cloths and the balls are reacting. It will not

:42:37.:42:43.

be long before the players find their range. I found in my much

:42:44.:42:55.

earlier that it is not so easy, not the sort of cloths that you see in

:42:56.:43:00.

your club that last one year. This type of the last few weeks.

:43:01.:43:06.

Delicate, I suppose is the word, I would not say that they are light,

:43:07.:43:14.

as such. Although they do get ironed and brushed after every session.

:43:15.:43:19.

They do get a little old after time. A little careful he does not cut it

:43:20.:44:18.

too thin and send it into the red, no problem there if he pushes the

:44:19.:44:24.

red towards the corner, the Green could come to his rescue, doesn't it

:44:25.:44:29.

so. The first real mistake has come from Yan.

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Off and running. I don't think Mark will be too adventurous with his

:44:46.:45:01.

next positional shot, it is quite the other side cushion, he knows

:45:02.:45:05.

that the red near the corner will offer a good position for the black.

:45:06.:45:09.

So he needs to make sure of colour, if he can.

:45:10.:45:20.

Purposely making sure he did not leave this thread dead straight. You

:45:21.:45:31.

can see how long he is cueing here, playing with a lot of drag. I can't

:45:32.:45:38.

see him missing rat. The reason he plays that way is because he hopes

:45:39.:45:49.

the cue ball doesn't roll off. I found that interesting. I used to do

:45:50.:45:53.

that with the side spin so much in my much, I wasn't expecting movement

:45:54.:45:55.

as much. A bit lucky, Mark, could have left a

:45:56.:46:23.

much easier red for Yan Bingtao. Quite wisely playing a safety shot.

:46:24.:47:34.

I think the key to this match is Yan Bingtao staying with Mark in the

:47:35.:47:42.

break department, it would be unlikely for him to compete in the

:47:43.:47:46.

safety department. I would expect Yan Bingtao to play the more

:47:47.:47:54.

aggressive safety shot. Selby probably the number one in that

:47:55.:47:55.

department, as he is in most. A really well struck safety shot

:47:56.:48:28.

from Yan Bingtao. He deserved to cover the red in the left corner

:48:29.:48:31.

with the band. It has put Mark Selby in a spot of bother because he can't

:48:32.:48:36.

play safety shot down the left because the pink is hiding that

:48:37.:48:45.

every of the pack of reds. It does have a couple of portable balls to

:48:46.:48:50.

the right but far too risky. Struggling to see how he could get

:48:51.:48:55.

back and even if he does so that red in the corner could be waiting for

:48:56.:49:00.

Yan Bingtao. In a little bit of trouble, Mark Selby.

:49:01.:49:13.

How is that for perfect cueing? Dead straight port. Potted it right into

:49:14.:49:22.

the pocket. In a strange way that could give Selby confidence, he has

:49:23.:49:27.

hit it so purely, so perfectly, you probably go back to his seat

:49:28.:49:31.

thinking, I'm cueing well, even if he has left this read on.

:49:32.:49:47.

It would have been unlucky not to be perfect but the kiss has made it

:49:48.:49:53.

straightforward, this looks difficult, although he would love to

:49:54.:49:57.

get the gap on the red to the right of the black, if he could get that

:49:58.:50:01.

gap by screwing back, that is with the tip of his cue was looking but

:50:02.:50:08.

it is too risky to played out. If he can keep can get the black into

:50:09.:50:15.

play. He's played that very well indeed. Well done. He might have to

:50:16.:50:29.

screw into the black. He's found another read. That will make things

:50:30.:50:31.

a bit easier. To see if he can get the gap a

:50:32.:50:49.

second time, it might well be too risky to play it.

:50:50.:51:19.

He's played that perfectly, Yan Bingtao. A lovely angle on the red.

:51:20.:51:28.

Just to set up the black in the opposite corner. The thing I like

:51:29.:51:32.

about Yan Bingtao because I know him quite well, I've played a couple of

:51:33.:51:36.

times, we have beaten each other once, he knows how good he is. He

:51:37.:51:41.

has a lot of belief in what he can do, in his ability. He's not averse

:51:42.:51:48.

to hitting the table in annoyance when things go wrong because he

:51:49.:51:51.

expects things of himself and that is good.

:51:52.:52:06.

Got to be careful with this, they tend to sometimes fly off the back

:52:07.:52:13.

cushion when you are playing a slow roll through. He may find himself

:52:14.:52:17.

hampered for the next black. He needs to pot this dead weight.

:52:18.:52:22.

Ideally he would like to kiss the red nearest the cue ball. That would

:52:23.:52:27.

make it straightforward. He has to play to the side to get that, that's

:52:28.:52:30.

where he played the pink rather than the black. Now he's in no man's

:52:31.:52:32.

land. That is very good. Will he move the

:52:33.:53:28.

red away from the black or screw back, when he gets rid of the red

:53:29.:53:35.

that is to the left of the black it makes things a lot easier.

:53:36.:53:47.

Just one shot from making this a frame-winning break, he's just a

:53:48.:53:52.

little awkward when he comes to the table at the moment. The choice of

:53:53.:54:01.

two reds neither of which are in a perfect position. Just run through

:54:02.:54:12.

an inch too far. The pink still available but wanted to be

:54:13.:54:13.

straighter. Excellent pot on the pink but once

:54:14.:54:39.

it is spotted the red next to the cue ball will be blocking the path

:54:40.:54:44.

to the corner, as you can see so no easy next red now, for Yan Bingtao.

:54:45.:54:50.

He doesn't want to take something on and miss it.

:54:51.:55:06.

Exactly Dominic 's point. If Mark can get through to this red that 43

:55:07.:55:14.

point lead could evaporate quickly, and he can get through to it. A

:55:15.:55:21.

little unlucky, Yan, to be fair, in that break of 42 he kept trying to

:55:22.:55:26.

get the black in open play in both corners and every time he was an

:55:27.:55:29.

inch away from being in the perfect position. That isn't great but he

:55:30.:55:38.

can slow down the white by playing a cannon on the red just below the

:55:39.:55:43.

pink, try to hold it dead. It ran on and on. So, cannon needed.

:55:44.:56:05.

Very well played by Mark, made that look much easier than it was. A good

:56:06.:56:16.

first red he knocked in as well, it was not easy to hold the cue ball

:56:17.:56:20.

over distance. He's got two potentially difficult reads, one

:56:21.:56:27.

near the right side cushion and one on this top cushion behind the black

:56:28.:56:31.

spot. He should be able to get right back in the frame here.

:56:32.:56:43.

Although he is 34 points behind, he has just become the favourite to win

:56:44.:56:55.

this frame, Mark Selby. You can't afford to take anything risky.

:56:56.:57:00.

Dominic mentioned earlier in the commentary how difficult it was when

:57:01.:57:03.

you are playing that kind of shot to hold the white. There was another

:57:04.:57:08.

example here. The White has gone six or seven inches further than he

:57:09.:57:12.

wanted, he should still be able to hold.

:57:13.:57:16.

We didn't see that one coming, did we? I don't think Mark has played on

:57:17.:57:32.

this table this week. But pocket has been causing a few of the players

:57:33.:57:35.

problems this week. -- that pocket. What a horrible kick, goodness me.

:57:36.:58:13.

We will get a chance to see this again. Look at the way dispensers,

:58:14.:58:20.

it is just not fair. -- look at the way that this bounces. Not only

:58:21.:58:34.

bouncing, squaring up. Good note for referees, when you see a kick that

:58:35.:58:38.

bad there's was a chalk mark on the ball. -- there is always a chalk

:58:39.:58:46.

mark on the ball. And that is very fortunate. The mark that Dominic is

:58:47.:58:55.

talking about, you can see the mark on the left there. Mark Selby has

:58:56.:58:59.

been very fortunate to get on the black in the opposite corner. He is

:59:00.:59:05.

not there at all at the minute, is he, Mark? I think it is the way that

:59:06.:59:10.

the gloves are playing at the moment. It's caught out a lot of the

:59:11.:59:14.

top players and not all of them have gone through -- the cloths. You have

:59:15.:59:22.

to accustom yourself to the way that conditions are playing. Sometimes

:59:23.:59:30.

you just don't acclimatise. Fabulous recovery. Write to the heart of the

:59:31.:59:39.

pocket. Not the greatest of angles on this black, you have to try to

:59:40.:59:43.

screw behind to leave it to the middle pocket. The reason I

:59:44.:59:50.

suggested screwing behind it was that he had the choice of two

:59:51.:59:56.

pockets. Now he's faced with a tough part, should he want to take it on.

:59:57.:00:04.

-- a tough The People The Poet. As you would expect from Mark Selby,

:00:05.:00:42.

nothing risky. 20 points behind. Yan Bingtao will be delighted to be back

:00:43.:00:49.

on the table so soon. He felt there was a chance for Selby to pinch the

:00:50.:00:50.

frame. Almost got in behind the yellow. .

:00:51.:01:34.

Play that in a nice controlled manner, Yan Bingtao. Even if he had

:01:35.:01:39.

potted the rent... -Zilla and another excellent pot.

:01:40.:02:09.

But the desired angle on the blue, it's all a case of getting straight

:02:10.:02:14.

on the red. An inch to half an inch of the question. You want to get

:02:15.:02:24.

onto the black. If he is tight, he might plate. If you play these dead

:02:25.:02:32.

weight, these are quite easy. It's amazing how difficult they are, if

:02:33.:02:37.

they are a fraction off percussion. Yes, I would definitely play dead

:02:38.:02:43.

weight. You have to worry if the key ball deviates before it hits red.

:02:44.:02:53.

Selby doesn't want to risk anything. He's snookered him. Playing

:02:54.:03:03.

everything very tight. He's hit the red. Has he been

:03:04.:03:49.

fortunate? Yes, he has. Well played, Yan he deserved that.

:03:50.:04:04.

Looney a straightforward safety shot. Mark would like to play the

:04:05.:04:12.

right-hand side of the red. You have to be careful the red doesn't spring

:04:13.:04:15.

off the brown and go towards the middle pocket. It's not

:04:16.:04:16.

straightforward, this safety. He's thinking about playing of the

:04:17.:04:47.

left-hand side of the red and how. Around the yellow. But I think

:04:48.:04:53.

that's too risky. He could knock it safe.

:04:54.:05:03.

That's not bad. Right over the middle pocket. Could have made the

:05:04.:05:15.

other side cushion. He hasn't left the rent on.

:05:16.:06:17.

This is the worrying thing for Yan. If he tries to compete with Selby in

:06:18.:06:26.

the safety department he will finish second best. Not too bad, well done.

:06:27.:07:11.

Certainly looks like a snooker. Even if it isn't, it's so close to

:07:12.:07:25.

snooker it makes no difference. What about this last red? There is no

:07:26.:07:34.

insurance policy for Yan Bingtao if he were to leave Mark Selby in. He

:07:35.:07:43.

could see enough of the red to do something with it.

:07:44.:07:49.

There is a pot on here for Mark Selby.

:07:50.:08:11.

He decided it was probably too risky to play the pot. Same scenario

:08:12.:08:25.

further Yan. -- the same scenario for a Yan. It will be tough to

:08:26.:08:33.

guarantee the object ball getting safe. It looks like he is taking it

:08:34.:08:48.

on. Always very, very difficult. But he will be pretty pleased with how

:08:49.:08:53.

it is finished. This red is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. I

:08:54.:08:57.

would not be surprised if Mark refuses it. It came off the

:08:58.:09:03.

side-cushion macro with a weird spin on it. Negotiated towards the baulk

:09:04.:09:06.

macrocosm. -- the baulk cushion. Excellent pot. Now, by no means

:09:07.:09:38.

easy. Yan Bingtao has controlled this opening frame. He could

:09:39.:09:43.

possibly lose it at this visit. It is coming up to 30 minutes of

:09:44.:09:48.

playing time. Probably the longest frame of the match. Yan likes to get

:09:49.:09:55.

on with it. Selby is not the slowest unless his opponent is playing slow.

:09:56.:10:01.

That is another one of Mark's attributes. Whatever the patter of

:10:02.:10:06.

play, Mark seems to have the concentration whether it is a quick

:10:07.:10:10.

frame or slow frame. Other players get frustrated. Mark Selby doesn't.

:10:11.:10:23.

Once again the speed of the table has nearly fooled him. But that is

:10:24.:10:29.

no problem. The only thing that could go wrong here is if he hits it

:10:30.:10:34.

a fraction too hard and finishes tied on the cushion. -- tight. The

:10:35.:10:44.

clearance should not be a problem. Just blue and pink needed. This will

:10:45.:11:22.

hurt Yan. He has been in control of this frame throughout. What looked

:11:23.:11:28.

like a good safety shot lost him the game. The red looked to be safe. An

:11:29.:11:34.

excellent pot on the last red from Mark Selby. Mark Selby as won that

:11:35.:11:48.

frame with a high break of 26. That is what he does. He wins in all

:11:49.:11:56.

types of frames. 31 minutes, that opening frame.

:11:57.:12:01.

Let's bring you a few other selected results from around the arena. Jimmy

:12:02.:12:08.

Robertson, the world number 38, a 4-0 whitewash to lower ranked Scott

:12:09.:12:14.

Donaldson. Ross Mueller knocked out Marco Fu yesterday. He is out now.

:12:15.:12:23.

-- Ross Mueller. Anthony Hamilton beaten by Craig Steadman. Stuart

:12:24.:12:29.

Carrington through. And Mark Davis, Ronnie O'Sullivan's nemesis last

:12:30.:12:35.

night, a 4-2 winner over Fergal O'Brien. It is time we caught up

:12:36.:12:40.

with the Lee Walker match. He is in action on table two. Walker leading

:12:41.:12:49.

3-2. He needs all three balls to get the match.

:12:50.:12:54.

The pink and the black. We are seeing this live, Terry. Can Lee

:12:55.:12:58.

Walker get over the line against the former world champion? A big chance

:12:59.:13:05.

for a leave. We saw Dominic Dale go out earlier on. Jackson Page, the

:13:06.:13:10.

teenage wild card, has gone. So Walker and White Hurley only

:13:11.:13:18.

Welshman left in the tournament. -- are the only Welsh men. We will

:13:19.:13:23.

stick with this for a few seconds more. Selby is about to break off in

:13:24.:13:27.

the second frame of the match we are watching. We will see if Walker can

:13:28.:13:34.

pot this black. I should think he will pot it. I think he should,

:13:35.:13:43.

shouldn't he?!! He played really well against Neil Robertson

:13:44.:13:54.

yesterday. Lee Walker makes his way into the last 16 of the 2017 Welsh

:13:55.:14:01.

Open. It's been a good tournament for him. We will see who he gets in

:14:02.:14:05.

the next round. Meantime, let's head back into the arena with Mark Selby

:14:06.:14:15.

leading 1-0. Mark Selby breaks off for the second

:14:16.:14:22.

frame. He must feel a little fortunate to have won that first

:14:23.:14:26.

frame. Yan suffered that horrendous kick when he looked set fair to win

:14:27.:14:32.

the first frame. Once again, Mark Selby has a great ability to play

:14:33.:14:43.

safety shots. Tactical knowledge. A good opening red from Yan Bingtao.

:14:44.:14:48.

Not a bad kiss on the yellow. If the Brownies straight enough, he can get

:14:49.:14:53.

back down for the reds. -- if the brownies straight enough...

:14:54.:15:53.

There is a rarity. A loose safety shot from Mark Selby. A shake of the

:15:54.:15:57.

head as he sat in his chair. Trying to finish low on the next red

:15:58.:17:36.

so he can open the reds up. If he finishes high, what a great pack to

:17:37.:17:41.

go into. He has finished low. The pink is out of commission. He can

:17:42.:17:47.

play a screw with the reverse side to go blue or green, or check it for

:17:48.:17:55.

the black. He has played neither. He was hoping to finish nicely on the

:17:56.:17:59.

black. He has just lost the cue ball a little bit.

:18:00.:18:15.

It goes without saying, if he takes the black on it is very missable. He

:18:16.:18:24.

will have to play it at pace to get onto one of the reds in the middle.

:18:25.:18:29.

This is tough, especially having lost the first frame. Played it with

:18:30.:18:41.

just enough pace. That is an excellent pot. We have seen a lot of

:18:42.:18:48.

those stay above ground before this week.

:18:49.:20:31.

He's getting himself in trouble, really. He has not played a very

:20:32.:20:38.

good shot there. It is difficult when you are playing a slow roll.

:20:39.:20:44.

You can play it harder and go for the brown or green rather than the

:20:45.:20:49.

blue. That's what he has done. He didn't want to risk rolling it in

:20:50.:20:57.

slowly. He is very capable in the break-building department. He needs

:20:58.:21:00.

more close control with the cue ball. I was a bit perplexed to see

:21:01.:21:07.

why you would want to move the red off the cushion. It shouldn't

:21:08.:21:13.

matter. He has got a nice position on the red to the left centre. I

:21:14.:21:22.

don't know if any of those four reds are possible. A couple of them seem

:21:23.:21:29.

to be in the centre pocket. He has left a lovely angle on the black to

:21:30.:21:36.

go into those reds if he needs to. He could jam against them and land

:21:37.:21:42.

on nothing. There is Dominic's point. You need to hit that half

:21:43.:21:52.

ball. Hence, it was almost like a stopper. The only thing I would say

:21:53.:22:00.

that was slightly adrift there, he should have played slower. This is a

:22:01.:22:06.

similar scenario to the last frame when he had complete control. This

:22:07.:22:19.

could cost him if he misses. Now then, are we going to see the same

:22:20.:22:25.

pattern as the previous frame? Selby had no chance of winning it. And he

:22:26.:22:31.

eventually won it after half an hour. He didn't really need to take

:22:32.:22:32.

that one on. It had to go in. Just a little short of pace. He

:22:33.:23:11.

would have loved to have been on the black. It's essential to finish top

:23:12.:23:24.

side of the blue this time. He just about got there. Just an inch higher

:23:25.:23:35.

on the blue and he may have been able to develop this red on the

:23:36.:23:46.

cushion. It has worked out okay. He could remove one of the trickier

:23:47.:23:53.

reds here. He is opting for the simpler one. If the pink had been on

:23:54.:24:04.

its spot, he would have parted that red. -- potted. After this next

:24:05.:24:15.

black, next red and colour, the work really starts. And if he plays this

:24:16.:24:24.

playing ball, he can almost cannon into the pink, which would be a

:24:25.:24:28.

great help. Maybe needs a fraction of left-hand side. He may play that.

:24:29.:24:32.

He is bound to be on the brown or baulk colour.

:24:33.:24:45.

He is nicely on this red. Can he just force an angle around the

:24:46.:25:14.

pocket jaws and land loan off on the black to run into that remaining red

:25:15.:25:22.

on the cushion? That is what he would like to do. He will have to

:25:23.:25:28.

punch this in to create a better angle than he has got.

:25:29.:25:45.

He just didn't get enough spin on the ball. If you were to roll this

:25:46.:25:56.

black and missed the cannon on the red...

:25:57.:26:23.

He won't be taking the pot on here. Has he got the snooker? He doesn't

:26:24.:26:36.

miss a trick, does he? There is a gap between the green and

:26:37.:26:54.

blue to swerve and make the cannon on the red. He doesn't want that red

:26:55.:27:01.

to go up the table. He will be happy with this. Or will he?

:27:02.:27:08.

Unfortunately, he has left the red on. And in such a way that Mark can

:27:09.:27:14.

play into the pink as well. A little unlucky not to get behind the black.

:27:15.:27:19.

If Mark pots this with left-hand side, it could bring the pink

:27:20.:27:26.

interplay. He has gone very low on the cue ball. I was a little

:27:27.:27:33.

surprised he didn't play the cannon there. Yan only needs this remaining

:27:34.:27:48.

red to make the frame safe. He is 30 points ahead. You would like to stun

:27:49.:27:59.

this in. -- he would like to stun this in. He just needs to get enough

:28:00.:28:04.

stun on it is to miss the black. Well played, Yan Bingtao. He

:28:05.:28:19.

deserves to be 1-1. It was a thunderous kick that cost him the

:28:20.:28:23.

first frame. He has coped with that very well. He must have been very

:28:24.:28:27.

disappointed to have lost that first frame. It would have been a good

:28:28.:28:32.

start and it would have put Mark Selby under immediate pressure. You

:28:33.:28:40.

can see a spot of chalk as the red roles towards the pocket.

:28:41.:29:53.

Can Yan Bingtao finally put the second to bed? An opportunity with a

:29:54.:30:06.

pot on the yellow. That was too thin. I'm trying to think of another

:30:07.:30:14.

player I would least rather play in this position. Mark Selby would be

:30:15.:30:20.

right up there with somebody like John Higgins. Yan Bingtao has far

:30:21.:30:25.

from won this second frame. That's a good snooker because it

:30:26.:30:50.

comes off the side cushion. The middle pocket is in exactly the type

:30:51.:30:57.

of area Yan Bingtao would like to escape from. He has to try and

:30:58.:31:03.

straighten the angle up here. This is tricky. That'll do. Suppose he

:31:04.:31:18.

deserves a bit of luck. Certainly very lucky. Can end the yellow. Very

:31:19.:31:22.

unfortunate. I suggested after the first frame

:31:23.:32:10.

after 30 minutes it would be the longest frame of the match. There is

:32:11.:32:16.

life in this frame yet. After 18 minutes of play.

:32:17.:32:30.

Playing a season campaign at snooker, someone who has been around

:32:31.:32:36.

a long while, streetwise, you would expect four snookers to get the one

:32:37.:32:40.

you desire. You would expect them to get three of four. He hit it 100

:32:41.:32:47.

miles an hour. For what reason, I don't know. Mark Selby may only need

:32:48.:32:54.

one snooker to force Yan into missing it. This looks a bit tidy.

:32:55.:33:03.

There is a gap. Always a gap. He's found one affair, Yan Bingtao,

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super shot. The yellow backed by the right-centre pocket. If Mark Selby

:33:27.:33:32.

were to make contact with yellow, there would be a danger of going in

:33:33.:33:33.

off. He has missed the yellow. We'll Mark

:33:34.:33:56.

Selby take a look at Yan Bingtao and decided to concede? No. That's good

:33:57.:34:02.

from Mark Selby. It's at a good of the sport not to concede when it is

:34:03.:34:07.

the shot of your opponent. Wait for him to finish at the table, until it

:34:08.:34:11.

is your own shot, before you concede. Not all players do that,

:34:12.:34:14.

unfortunately, these days. It'll be a very interesting match,

:34:15.:34:41.

this, between these two. No doubt in my mind Yan Bingtao will be a great

:34:42.:34:47.

play in future, if he's not already won.

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Yan Bingtao clears up the colours. He levelled the scores at 1-1. We

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might have a match on our hands. Let's bring a couple of others

:35:19.:35:22.

around the arena. The world number 32 has beaten Josh, a 4-0 whitewash.

:35:23.:35:30.

Josh was the man who dumped out Shaun Murphy yesterday. Another top

:35:31.:35:36.

16 player out of the tournament. Ali Carter, 12 in the world, beaten by

:35:37.:35:41.

the only uranium professional in the history of the game. A 4-1 win for

:35:42.:35:47.

the man who will now play Judd Trump this evening in the last 16. Talk to

:35:48.:35:57.

me about that comeback from Yan Bingtao. It served to win the frame,

:35:58.:36:01.

the first frame he had a bad kick. He would have won that first frame.

:36:02.:36:07.

Selby's highest is 32 at the moment, he's not flying. The other boys made

:36:08.:36:16.

42 and 57. In some ways he's been a little bit better than Selby but we

:36:17.:36:20.

seen it all before. He sort of waits for you to get in front of him, then

:36:21.:36:27.

he clears up all the time. He's just a tremendous match player, Selby.

:36:28.:36:34.

The psychology of it all, thinking I can't miss this short or Selby will

:36:35.:36:40.

be back to clear up. When somebody is 150, 60, playing against Selby,

:36:41.:36:46.

it comes into the mine. You put out into the shot, miss it. When you're

:36:47.:36:58.

safe but you only need one, Selby is the best in the world at the moment

:36:59.:37:04.

at getting that snooker within a frame. He might not have the

:37:05.:37:08.

flamboyance of O'Sullivan and Trump, but he knows how to see them out. I

:37:09.:37:13.

thought you were going to say the flamboyance of me there. Bit

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disappointing. 1-1 in this game. Not a big break up shot. Selby

:37:17.:37:28.

having trouble as far as getting back in the book is concerned. White

:37:29.:37:31.

at this end of the table. A very good cubicle from Yan

:37:32.:38:17.

Bingtao. Red to the left. A good safety shot from Mark Selby. Green

:38:18.:38:29.

will probably cover the red near that baulk line. Yan Bingtao needs

:38:30.:38:34.

to make sure it's past the baulk line. Sometimes it can alter your

:38:35.:38:41.

short choice, you prefer to take pressure on yourself.

:38:42.:39:32.

He'll take a little while to decide what to play. He's played it pretty

:39:33.:39:38.

well. Fabulous from Mark Selby, just held

:39:39.:40:22.

the cue ball. He's mentally so good, Mark Selby. He alluded earlier to

:40:23.:40:33.

being under all kinds of pressure. Sometimes Mark's ball can be

:40:34.:40:36.

indifferent sometimes but he gets on with a job in the next frame. The

:40:37.:40:40.

mind and the present is not to dwell on what has gone before. Important

:40:41.:40:48.

in top-level sport. Mark is one of the best players in the world going

:40:49.:40:55.

into the pack. He plays into the pack as good as anybody. Spread far

:40:56.:41:07.

and wide. So hard to make the pack move when they are like that. You

:41:08.:41:12.

always end up having a slight chance of one in the middles.

:41:13.:41:28.

Goodness me, that was close. That was so close, wasn't it? Dreaded

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number 30. -- number 13. That's why he missed it.

:41:48.:42:19.

The problem here for Yan Bingtao is back red light over the corner

:42:20.:42:26.

pocket, I can't see a red he can knock on to it to make the pot. He's

:42:27.:42:33.

probably going to have to try and hide it. Pretty good, he deserved

:42:34.:42:43.

much more than that. The one to the right of the pink is

:42:44.:43:26.

available to play. Play Buchanan. Ford with danger. The alternative is

:43:27.:43:32.

to roll up on the red nearest the cue ball. Can't really get an

:43:33.:43:43.

advantage of the next shot... The one one up from the pink, I suggest

:43:44.:43:54.

he rolls up to the red. If Scott Mitchell he doesn't leave the red in

:43:55.:43:59.

the middle left-hand side... He's in a little bit of trouble here. Yes,

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he is, the red nearest the cue ball, the one at the back of the group of

:44:07.:44:13.

four, he can't run it past the red in front, it would clip it out of

:44:14.:44:21.

the way. It would suggest he's in a lot of trouble here. The red just to

:44:22.:44:29.

the left of blue is blocking a chance of running a red onto one

:44:30.:44:46.

pocket. There is space there. He may end up having to play that.

:44:47.:44:54.

Looking at all options that's probably the only shot he's got. As

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you rightly say, we've discussed in commentary, to roll up to the red

:45:01.:45:06.

nearest black now you might flick of the other red and leave the pot in

:45:07.:45:09.

the middle of macro leave the opportunity... The one just above

:45:10.:45:16.

the pink onto the one that in the yellow pocket.

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It's so hard. He has hit the red in. That is a great shot. Well played.

:45:20.:45:46.

Yes, fantastic shot from that young man, Yan Bingtao. If he potted that

:45:47.:45:55.

red, he would have knocked the other one in automatically. He was

:45:56.:46:00.

probably playing the pot they're. And the rest would take care of

:46:01.:46:13.

itself. I think he is okay. I thought I had John Virgo in the box

:46:14.:46:22.

then! I didn't have the pantomime voice though, did I?

:46:23.:46:44.

This is the key shot. Now he knows he should score heavily. This is the

:46:45.:46:53.

first time he has been in a great position in this little mini break.

:46:54.:46:56.

He is doing all the scoring at the moment.

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A huge kick. The red was dead straight, so he didn't miss the pot.

:48:03.:48:20.

He played it at a slight pace. He holds a lead now of some 21 points,

:48:21.:48:26.

Yan Bingtao. He would be disappointed if he didn't make

:48:27.:48:29.

enough points here to go on and win the frame.

:48:30.:49:21.

I have had the pleasure of watching this young man play very much. With

:49:22.:49:27.

all the hype that has been going around the snooker world about how

:49:28.:49:30.

good a talent he is, he certainly is. Your local Welshman has done

:49:31.:49:38.

remarkably well. But this guy is only 17. He has a little bit more

:49:39.:49:45.

know-how. He would be a handful for most players.

:49:46.:49:55.

Yes. People ask me sometimes, they suggest to me how difficult the tour

:49:56.:50:04.

is, there are some great players, which is true. But there is a great

:50:05.:50:17.

crop of emerging new talent on the tour -- there isn't a great crop of

:50:18.:50:21.

emerging new talent on the tour that impresses me very much, not when you

:50:22.:50:24.

compare them to Mark Williams, Ronnie O'Sullivan and the likes of

:50:25.:50:30.

those coming through. This kid is right up there with them, in my

:50:31.:50:41.

opinion. We don't seem to have an emerging talent coming from the

:50:42.:50:45.

English part of the world. Obviously we have the young man from Wales

:50:46.:50:50.

doing very well. An abundance of players coming from the Far East.

:50:51.:50:53.

This is the best of the young players, for me. A glance at the

:50:54.:50:59.

scoreboard will tell him he is 42 point in front. Just a two more reds

:51:00.:51:06.

needed. He will play for the black and the one in the baulk area rather

:51:07.:51:14.

than risk the cannon. He will do rail -- well to get onto a red from

:51:15.:51:16.

here. Forced the cannon but couldn't

:51:17.:51:30.

generate the pace required to bring the red into play. I don't blame him

:51:31.:51:36.

taking this red on. Whatever you do, don't play it too firm. Get the

:51:37.:51:42.

white somewhere near the cushion. Just in case you miss. He has played

:51:43.:51:50.

for a colour there. There is no need to play for a colour. Just pop the

:51:51.:51:57.

red, leave the white on the cushion. Okay, he is a strong, strong

:51:58.:52:01.

favourite to win the frame, but it is still live. A bit fortunate,

:52:02.:52:08.

really. The red could have easily come back down the table towards the

:52:09.:52:14.

black. He has put the green in an awkward position. Mark Selby trying

:52:15.:52:23.

to make position on the black much easier.

:52:24.:53:03.

He has to be careful the red doesn't go in the left-hand corner. Which he

:53:04.:53:18.

did do. Not a particularly great white.

:53:19.:53:24.

I think it's good in that it is forcing Yan to remove this remaining

:53:25.:53:33.

loose red. He has to be really careful what he does here. That's

:53:34.:53:48.

not bad. The green... A little bit in the balance, this frame. Mark is

:53:49.:53:54.

very clever at manipulating the balls into positions that favour

:53:55.:53:55.

him. He has to be carefully doesn't bring

:53:56.:54:57.

the green away from this pocket. That was a shot to nothing. If you

:54:58.:55:03.

move the Greenaway, all of a sudden the frame is alive again. Very

:55:04.:55:08.

difficult for Mark to get three reds and three blacks, with where the

:55:09.:55:12.

green is. He may play this off the left-hand

:55:13.:56:20.

side of the red he is closest to. Try to get the white almost behind

:56:21.:56:26.

the yellow spot. Make sure you cover the red in baulk.

:56:27.:56:34.

He could have done with it a fraction thinner.

:56:35.:57:12.

I think Yan tried to get the cue ball in behind the black. The shot I

:57:13.:57:19.

would have played was to try to cannon the black to the side-cushion

:57:20.:57:26.

nine that Mark Selby needs it. I wonder if Mark will play this thin

:57:27.:57:28.

safety shot off the red? It is causing a bit of a stalemate,

:57:29.:57:44.

the green. Obviously with the score being as it

:57:45.:58:12.

is, and these three reds and three blacks,... Don't move the green.

:58:13.:58:14.

That is okay. I like that shot that Yan has

:58:15.:58:33.

played. He is snooker, I think, on all reds.

:58:34.:59:21.

Given that Yan Bingtao is dominating this match so far, he should have

:59:22.:59:30.

been 3-0 in front, things have been a little pedestrian. Mark Selby

:59:31.:59:37.

knows how to slow things down. We know that he will play well

:59:38.:59:41.

sometimes during this match. But he has to compete against him in all

:59:42.:59:42.

departments. Yes, because Mark can't really roll

:59:43.:59:59.

up to those raids because the chances are he will leave one into

:00:00.:00:08.

the centre. -- reds. Mark is in trouble here, that is for sure.

:00:09.:00:35.

Mark a little unlucky. He got the white where he wanted. It seemed to

:00:36.:00:44.

gather pace. This red is not easy to cut.

:00:45.:01:09.

Don't worry about the wind, just make sure the red here... -- about

:01:10.:01:23.

the white stop well played. I said don't worry about the white... Must

:01:24.:01:33.

be careful. He wants to make sure of potting the yellow, should he go for

:01:34.:01:35.

it. That might make Mark Selby stay in

:01:36.:01:53.

his chair. Very well played. These two friends

:01:54.:02:15.

have been a little pedestrian. Yan Bingtao has certainly been the

:02:16.:02:18.

better of the two players without doubt. He could have been 3-0 in

:02:19.:02:27.

front. Mark Selby has no doubt got a match on his hands here.

:02:28.:02:39.

Temp to with the highest of the match so far. 62 in this frame.

:02:40.:03:24.

Slowed the cue ball down, the bounce it had. Not too worried about that,

:03:25.:03:31.

the way things have gone in this frame.

:03:32.:03:51.

A very good performance from Yan Bingtao. Another seed seems to be in

:03:52.:03:58.

trouble. Yan Bingtao takes it to lead 2-1. STUDIO: Another big name

:03:59.:04:06.

in trouble here in Cardiff. With Selby 2-1 down in this game. We'll

:04:07.:04:11.

be back shortly on that table but let's take you to what happened

:04:12.:04:16.

earlier on table three. Michael White, quarterfinalist here last

:04:17.:04:25.

year, knocked out his opponent Yan Wang bow yesterday. His journey he

:04:26.:04:30.

is about to end against Robbie Williams. Losing 4-2 earlier, White.

:04:31.:04:38.

Down to just one white man, Lee Walker, left in the competition. Out

:04:39.:04:43.

goes Michael White with that 4-2 to Robbie Williams of England. It's a

:04:44.:04:47.

real shame because we saw yesterday how much it meant to Michael White,

:04:48.:04:53.

that punch at the end. He was determined to get at least a quarter

:04:54.:04:58.

is again this year. He's up against a tough opponent in Robbie Williams,

:04:59.:05:05.

he's one of the ones who slows you down. Robbie keeps it a bit tight,

:05:06.:05:14.

good safety player. He's beating a lot of the top seeds, hasn't got

:05:15.:05:19.

into the late stages at all. He'll be delighted with that. Michael

:05:20.:05:27.

Stich Phil took a step forwards, how do you see his career progressing?

:05:28.:05:32.

At the moment it's not going forward. He won a racket tournament,

:05:33.:05:42.

got into the top 16. I thought he would push on from them. I've seen

:05:43.:05:48.

him since he was a young boy in my club tournament. He is a winner. At

:05:49.:05:52.

the moment he's lost his way a little bit. I'm not sure what he's

:05:53.:05:57.

doing at the moment but he's not playing the same. Walker is the only

:05:58.:06:02.

Welshman left in the competition. Another shock on I wouldn't say a

:06:03.:06:11.

certain shock, but maybe. He's a great potter. He looks calm, his

:06:12.:06:19.

temperament is good, he's not a huge break-builder but he looks

:06:20.:06:22.

confident. There is a little bit of arrogance in him walking around the

:06:23.:06:27.

table. It's what you need. What's going through his head at the

:06:28.:06:35.

moment, Mark Selby? You never know with Mark. He's always thinking

:06:36.:06:46.

about something, he loves competing, number one in the world. He would

:06:47.:06:56.

have been in this position. A little sip of water for Mark Selby. He just

:06:57.:07:05.

has to keep doing what he's been doing, I guess. There's only one

:07:06.:07:11.

thing guaranteed in this, he's not going to give up, he never gives up,

:07:12.:07:16.

Selby. That's why he's such a good player. Everything he has got is

:07:17.:07:27.

very, very strong. Yan Bingtao could possibly see the finishing line

:07:28.:07:31.

creeping into sight. Got to hold onto things, keep yourself calm and

:07:32.:07:37.

steady. No evidence of winning games from behind. The young Chinese

:07:38.:07:45.

player hasn't been through much yet. He might be more confident because

:07:46.:07:51.

of his age. And his birthday. 17 today. Determined to celebrate in

:07:52.:07:55.

style with maybe a big win over Mark Selby. In the background we've got

:07:56.:08:04.

Hossain practising ahead of his match with Judd Trump. He's the only

:08:05.:08:12.

Iranians on tour. He's very well. He couldn't get a visa coming into the

:08:13.:08:17.

professional game but since he's coming he's had some very good wins.

:08:18.:08:23.

He is based at Sheffield, practising there. He's had some good results

:08:24.:08:29.

here. Trump is looking like Selby and Hawkins. Yan Bingtao kept Selby

:08:30.:08:37.

waiting ages but finally back in. Selby to break. Trailing 2-1.

:08:38.:08:44.

Yes, trailing 2-1. This frame is an important one. Mark Selby, point of

:08:45.:08:55.

no return if he doesn't win this frame. I think Yan Bingtao deserves

:08:56.:09:03.

to be 2-1 ahead the way he has played, making bigger breaks. 42,

:09:04.:09:15.

57, 63. Another great pot from Yan Bingtao. Certainly a confident

:09:16.:09:16.

player, no doubt about that. He played it as a shock for

:09:17.:09:36.

something. Anything but straight's OK. If it's

:09:37.:10:06.

straight he can't take this read on. It's just off straight.

:10:07.:10:35.

Superb clean pot from Yan Bingtao. He's just missed the blue. I think

:10:36.:10:53.

Mark Selby will be playing it. Close enough that it can be made. That

:10:54.:11:04.

will help Mark Selby free the black spot. A good way to start when you

:11:05.:11:14.

haven't potter Dave Ball for 25 minutes. Looks as though the black

:11:15.:11:28.

is tied up. It's not all bad. The blue is dead straight.

:11:29.:11:51.

Could only really leave himself a speculative read into this corner.

:11:52.:12:00.

On the side cushion for the blue. Great recovery pot and now he's in a

:12:01.:12:07.

great position. That was the shot of the match so far for Mark Selby. The

:12:08.:12:18.

red Dominic has been talking about, the one against the black. You might

:12:19.:12:22.

not be able to get on it this time unless he screws it's straight up

:12:23.:12:27.

the line of the yellow. It could finish right on top of the red. I'm

:12:28.:12:33.

talking about this on here, finished right on top of it. Amazing, isn't

:12:34.:12:53.

it? Definitely. He has missed this. He'll be disappointed, Mark Selby.

:12:54.:13:04.

He's left it on for his opponent. If Yan Bingtao can get a nice angle on

:13:05.:13:09.

the blue to get on that read by the blacks, there is a great chance to

:13:10.:13:11.

make a break. -- get on that red. Dense pack of reds are in a straight

:13:12.:13:51.

line. You just have a look. Is there another plant was he thinking about

:13:52.:14:00.

playing the pink off this thread? -- off this red? He did play for the

:14:01.:14:14.

pink and overhit it slightly. He can still put the pink. I'm not sure

:14:15.:14:24.

what's covered. Could be OK compared to the outside red. If he's not

:14:25.:14:35.

covered he may snigger himself. Terry's going to have to in Taute

:14:36.:14:41.

this pink, it'll have to go right in the middle of this pack of reds.

:14:42.:14:45.

This will be interesting. If it has to go directly behind the red -,

:14:46.:15:02.

lairy will be having kittens. This is awkward for Terry Camilleri.

:15:03.:15:16.

It's about time these referees were put under pressure, instead of us

:15:17.:15:22.

players all the time! Yes, he has done well here, hasn't he? Yan

:15:23.:15:31.

Bingtao will hopefully be nicely on this red in the left-hand corner.

:15:32.:15:37.

But once again, the pact is not great to go into. I hope he doesn't

:15:38.:15:46.

slip! He deserves a round of applause for what he has done there,

:15:47.:15:51.

the referee. Well played. Does he play for the blue? It is an easier

:15:52.:15:57.

pack to go into than it is from the black. He decided to play for the

:15:58.:16:05.

black. What was he trying to do their? If it had a kick, it would

:16:06.:16:10.

have finished higher on the black. To be honest, he couldn't have

:16:11.:16:45.

played that shot any better than he did. A great effort. He needed to go

:16:46.:16:54.

into that pack with more pace than needed. From where he was, that was

:16:55.:16:56.

all he could do. Yes, he was one shot away from

:16:57.:17:11.

making that a possible frame-winner. Mark Selby can either bring the pink

:17:12.:17:15.

interplay or just play a safety shot. -- interplay.

:17:16.:18:16.

There is a statistic you don't see very often. Mark Selby losing the

:18:17.:18:28.

safety battle so far. You don't see many players with a 93% safety

:18:29.:18:35.

statistic. That's very rare. Mark Selby has a choice of reds. I'm

:18:36.:19:04.

not too sure he is cueing well enough at the moment. If he plays

:19:05.:19:11.

the one on the left-hand side, he will have to play a lot of left-hand

:19:12.:19:12.

side to get back to the baulk area. That was unlucky. He will be forced

:19:13.:19:30.

into taking the blue navy can see it. The blue is virtually straight.

:19:31.:19:36.

You can see. A great pressure pot from Mark

:19:37.:20:04.

Selby. He will be looking on and -- for an angle on the blue to go into

:20:05.:20:14.

those six reds. He has missed the red. He will be disappointed. That

:20:15.:20:19.

was a chance to get back into this frame and win it. He is not happy

:20:20.:20:21.

with himself. The only red sticking out for Mark,

:20:22.:20:59.

he has to be a bit careful. The reds that he is going to hit back, he

:21:00.:21:04.

will push one over the left-hand pocket. Or towards the left-hand

:21:05.:21:09.

pocket, not necessarily over the pocket. He could do with this as

:21:10.:21:15.

thin as possible. He's just looking at what is go to happen to the

:21:16.:21:19.

middle red of the three below leaping. It will come somewhere

:21:20.:21:23.

within a foot of the left-hand pocket. -- below the pink. He has to

:21:24.:21:31.

make sure of a good white. Just playing a containing safety.

:21:32.:21:55.

These first three frames have been fairly lengthy. The initial frame

:21:56.:22:01.

lasted more than 30 minutes. This frame is a little quicker at 21. --

:22:02.:22:09.

the second frame a little quicker at 21. The third frame is more than 26

:22:10.:22:14.

minutes. A little fortunate to have left it

:22:15.:23:27.

hampered but it was still a very good safety shot.

:23:28.:23:50.

I'm quite surprised he is looking at potting this red. He knows it is the

:23:51.:23:59.

only red he could leave if he misses it. It is probably wise considering

:24:00.:24:00.

it. Even though he would like to bring

:24:01.:24:22.

those four reds interplay -- into play, you wouldn't want to be

:24:23.:24:31.

hitting the fourth red. That is very unlike Mark Selby. You could count

:24:32.:24:34.

on one hand the times he has played a safety shot like that.

:24:35.:25:05.

Yan Bingtao has an excellent chance of taking a 3-1 lead. A possible

:25:06.:25:11.

three to play. And that is where we will have to

:25:12.:25:34.

leave it, I'm afraid. We have reached the end of our coverage. We

:25:35.:25:39.

are back at seven for the start of the last 16. Who will be first to

:25:40.:25:43.

book their place in the quarter-finals? We will see you

:25:44.:25:47.

later. Goodbye for now. Every night, about 40 people find

:25:48.:26:02.

themselves sleeping rough

:26:03.:26:06.