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The fear of the underdog out the Welsh Open, outside centre at the
moment in the Spotlight, one big name after another knocked out early
as we get down to the last 32. One of the bigger shocks of all, this
man leaving the building last night, the chance for a record fifth Welsh
title will have to wait. One of the most popular players in
the game against Mark Davis. The 97 break more than enough to take the
early frame. He does not miss much, does he, Ronnie? That will put paid
to any possibility of Mark Davis winning their second frame. Yes, I
just think he's feeling the pressure of playing Ronnie O'Sullivan. Ronnie
O'Sullivan now leads. He saw the form on the table. He has not taken
any chances. The early break of 65 has won Mark Davis his fourth frame
and he trails by 3-1. I thought for a minute he was going
to miss it, he will be absolutely delighted and he now closes to
within one at 3-2. A little bit out of sorts now. Just biding his time,
the deciding frame, it is 3-3. Three quarters of an hour ago, I never saw
this coming. Ronnie O'Sullivan comes out of his
chair to congratulate Mark Davis on an excellent win. He goes through
into round three. He played better than me, so he
deserves the win. Beating Ronnie is very special, I haven't beaten him
for a long time, I'm not alone in that, I'm sure! And to do it from
3-0 down is a bit more special. O'Sullivan is one of a long list of
leading players to make an early exit this year. Only six of the
world's top 16 remaining. Including the world number one Mark Selby and
the man we will see later today, Judd Trump. Lots of the big hitters
are no longer around. To make sense of it is Terry
Griffiths. So much to talk about. What for you has been the most
eye-catching and impressive results so far? I'm a bit biased, the Welsh
boys. Michael White. Two tremendous matches, last frame finishes, all
the excitement snooker gives you. It is very special for Lee Walker
because he was having a hammering after Neil Robertson, which a lot of
people have been through and he did a 130 break. And then I hear Mark
Williams said, that is the longest break I have ever seen in my life! I
was pleased. They are good friends. It is nice to see it, he has come
back into the professional game and Michael has been around for quite a
while, in his home event. And he looked as close to losing at one
time. Those are the things people like in snooker and that is why we
get a lot of viewers and people coming to watch. Tremendous for them
with Neil Robertson being knocked out by Lee Walker and Liang Wenbo by
Michael White, two top 16 players going. When does a surprise not
become as a prize? The shocks happen on a more regular basis now, is it a
sign there's strength and depth now? Yes, there's, a lot of good players
that you don't see a lot of television because they get knocked
out on the outside tables, but they are all good players. And when the
top player to win, especially in the first rounds, they are a bit edgy.
If an opponent can get in quickly and win friends, the pressure is on
the top-seeded because wheezing first round, there's no money and
points for the ranking so all these things count. -- losing first round.
There have been a few top players playing each other early on and it
is what Barry Hearn wants to do. First four makes a difference as
well. The players would prefer longer matches than that. Lose the
first frame and you start to defend. I wonder if we will have more shocks
ahead throughout the day. This is coming up for you this afternoon.
We start with a bit of Barry, semifinalist three years ago and the
man who beat Welshman Ryan Day to win the world Grand Prix.
Living the teenage dream, Welsh wild card Jackson Page ready for a
third-round tie the answers wildest expectations.
One of the bigger shocks in the tournament's history if he can Trump
this man, the world number four playing in wait.
Still big stars in the competition, none bigger than the reigning world
champion who is chasing a second Welsh Open when.
So we start with a man who won a ranking title just last weekend,
ending Ryan Day's hopes of winning one, expert analysis now on Barry
Hawkins. Some players you get in a jaw and
you think, I'm in for a tough afternoon and Barry Hawkins is
certainly one of those. Yes, and he has always been so. As I junior, he
was in the generation above me, a bit older and he was the one. His
scoring and his long potting, he was the complete package at 15. Had a
very, very good technique. And great things were expected of him and went
you play him these days it you are in for a really tough games. Did he
have a hiatus in his career, it you did not see him for a while? He was
the best junior and amateur and he turned professional and I remember
he vanished for a year or two and there was a rumour that he had a bit
of a problem with letting go. I would not goes so far as to say he
had". But there was definitely a problem. And for someone with such a
good technique, he got to the point where he would be down at the shot
with a perfect hinge, his elbows in the right place, great grip, and you
get the back and his paws turned into a halt and that developed into
a bit of a problem. And I think he had a bit of a time-out or certainly
time working on things. And came back, fixed it and gone on to great
things. He's beastly mentally tough to get over that is because those
things can ruin careers. He's a heavy scorer with somebody who is
more methodical sometimes goes unnoticed, is matchplay is excellent
and he has become very good in the big tournaments, reaching finals and
semifinals. He's very dangerous in the long frame format and if he gets
on a roll, he's very difficult to prevent. He picks up momentum in a
game and you can sense it, you sense he's hitting his stride. And he
becomes extremely hard to keep up with. And you don't need to be too
complacent, Judd Trump in the Masters had that unbelievable game
with Neil Robertson and he meets Barry Hawkins the next day,
different style of play, and suddenly he's going home because
Barry Hawkins is that all the time. He's always there and you have to
beat him. And I have never seen him play the wrong shot, he always plays
the right shot for the correct moment, if it is right to push the
attack but, he goes for it and he's more than capable of holding his own
with anybody. If it is a safety and tactical fire, he can stand there
all day and mix and match, he's very good in all areas. He has won and
event but to kick onto the next level, does he need to get his head
in front again? I think so, Barry needs more exposure at the finals
and the Majors. That is all he's lacking. I would be very surprised
if he finished his career without at least one major on his mantle piece.
Standing between Barry Hawkins and a place unless 16 is the man who
knocked out Ryan Day yesterday, the world number 36 from Thailand,
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh. We read it with -- we join with Hawkins leading,
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh to play and no score. Darren Morgan and Willie
Thorne your commentators. He will be very disappointed he did
not catch that thin. Never kiss the blue on your way back or you are
leaving your opponent with an easy pot. Another left-handed player who
plays with the rest right-handed. It is weird how many of the
professionals do that. And that is not too bad, even though it goes on
the cushion, he can get onto the cue. That is what he would like to
get onto first, but in the ideal world, he would look to have the gap
between the cue and the black to get to the cue on the left-hand side but
he would be fortunate to get to that which is why he's playing for the
one behind the black spot. Only just far enough. The main thing
is, he's nicely on this cue. Such a solid player, Barry Hawkins. It is
fantastic how he has transformed himself, always been a great player.
Whatever has changed, he now believes he can win. And win at all
levels and every event he plays in. He has still got a couple of loose
reds out. Two just below the pack. We will probably see him get rid of
these two before he starts going at back. Reds. I mean, the one just
above the one he's going to play now, he might just leave that this
neck shot, after putting red and black so instead of putting the red,
he can disturb that cluster of reds. Not always guaranteed to screw back
off the question, but he will play that off the reverse back to the
blue, so he has done very well and now that should and could be a
frame. Rather than play with the plane ball, the white wood finish
somewhere between the pink and blue, if he had played with a bit of
left-hand side to make it spin the table. Already had breaks of 34, 69,
51 and counting now. So he's in the groove.
Still struggling with the pace, I do not know if it is a planned but he
has obviously played for the bottom red and he has not come far enough
but there still should be a red that he can pot. That should take him
past the winning line. Pot these left-handed, he will not risk the
cannon into the Jamie Cope. -- into the red.
Has not done an awful lot wrong, Thepchaiya, he has played quite
steadily. The standard you have to play these days, you cannot miss
easy balls and he has missed a couple and the key problem, he has
not found the cushion often enough for the safety exchange. Safety
success is only at 78% so he's a bit low on the safety. Definitely got a
better putting game than he has a safety game so his safety play will
never be up in the 90s, I would not have thought. But a very good break,
a nod of the head from Thepchaiya. Barry Hawkins, a break of 79, enough
to take him into a 3-1 lead. Yes, a smooth start for Barry
Hawkins. Let's pick them up in frame five with Hawkins at the table on a
break of 34. Barry Hawkins. He has not made too
many mistakes, he has been very solid. I think for Thepchaiya
Un-Nooh, it is back to the drawing board. As Willie le Roux did,
working with Terry Griffiths. So I think they have to come up with a
new plan -- as Willie alluded to. The plan they had in place today,
unfortunately for Thepchaiya, has not worked. I do feel that young
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh has a fantastic future ahead of himself. He's a very
exciting player. This has not been his day-to-day, he's going to be
bitterly disappointed. And we can see heads down. You can't win them
all. This just has not been one of them days for him. He has got to put
it to the back of his mind. Get ready for the next one. Which is
going to be very soon, next week at the shoot out. Barry Hawkins
continues to march on. Just this one remaining red to put him safe. The
only thing that has been missing from this match is the centuries. He
has been scoring heavily among the balls. The crowd here at the
Motorpoint Arena applauding the match ball, now can he make a
century. Probably not now. Played the screw down the back of the red
in open play to get down to the red in the bottom right-hand corner. He
will still take some sort of pot one. Red has not run in and we'll
Thepchaiya Carry On? Having a little look at the scoreboard? And Barry
Hawkins will be a 4-1 winner. Yes, indeed, Hawkins had done enough to
get over the line, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh needing snookers, he could
not get them and Hawkins making sure he's not another big name to go home
early. Having been impressed at the weekend, and remaining on course for
success here in Cardiff. -- in Preston.
So many shocks this year, it must be a million to -- relief to go through
that cleanly? Yes, Un-Nooh is very unpredictable and phenomenal player.
It was nice to come through. Relatively easy in the end. How
difficult has it been to come here to focus so soon after one of the
all-time great highlights, a fantastic win at the world Grand
Prix? It was quite hard, the first round
Eiffel Tower ball, but I battled. The last two, a couple of good sleep
so I don't feel too bad, a little jaded but not too bad, try and keep
the run going if I can. You are one of only six top seed still in this
year's Welsh Open. Do you think I'm gone, the draw is opening up nicely,
or are you walking scared because if you think the likes of Robertson and
O'Sullivan can get knocked out, it can happen to me? Yes, it is a short
format and you can go home at any stage. A lot of great players left
and tournament winners as well, so I have won a tournament this year so
whatever happens from now is a massive bonus. If I can keep playing
all right, I have a good chance, I suppose. Keep the early nights
coming and we will see you in the next round, well done.
Yes, he looks in good shape, Barry Hawkins. Terry Griffiths, difficult
for you, you have coached both players, difficult to watch, how
would you assess that win for Barry? It was quite straightforward for me,
Barry Hawkins did not really give Thepchaiya a lot of chances. I spoke
to him as he came past the studio, Thepchaiya, and heeded not feel he
had many chances and this is what happens when top players are at
their best, they can keep you off the table. For me, it is a disaster,
I hate when two of my players play net is to each other because I
cannot have two in the next round. I'm guaranteed a winner but I'm
guaranteed a loser and I do not like that. What do you do in that
situation, give each of them exactly the same amount of coaching time?
Not really, it depends who dropped the most money on the floor and I
pick it up! No, I share my time with them and I do whatever I can. I pick
the balls up and I have a chat with them and I never talk about the
other player. It is looking good for Barry with all the top seeds falling
by the wayside, he must think he has a chance this year. Well, everybody
has got a chance. Don't underestimate the players still in,
top seeds have gone out and there are a lot of good players still in
the tournament, including Barry Hawkins who is looking for a
back-to-back win in ranking events for the first time and that would be
very special for him. Also still in the tournament, world number four
Judd Trump, back in action this afternoon against our local hero,
the 15-year-old Welsh wild card from Ebbw Vale, Jackson Page. What a
match for him, and this is the head-to-head, there are no
statistics for Jackson, he's playing in his first major senior tournament
at the age of 15 after making it this far. Trump, fourth in the
world, six ranking titles and he got to the semifinal in 2013. It is
going to be such a special afternoon for Jackson Page, playing one of his
Boyhood heroes, Judd Trump, let's find out more about the youngster
from Ebbw Vale. Who is Jackson Page? 15, from Ebbw
Vale. A small village, town, whatever you call it. Yes, I go to
score, I go to the snooker hall, home, food, sleep! Should you not be
in score? Yes. Yes, this week. I have taken time off. They have
changed the half term date and last year, it would have been fine
because it was half term but half term is next week so even better for
me! What is it like as a young snooker
player coming through the ranks? Yes, it is great. Especially doing
well. Hopefully, I can go further now. Do well and over the moon, it
feels great. Great experience as well to win, it is unreal, it is
great. People would second-guess your age.
Yes, well I had a tournament in Ireland two years ago and I had to
take my passport because they were not convinced I was in the under 14
team. They did not believe me. I probably had a moustache at about
11, 12, and a beard at 13, 14. Yes! Who do you base your game on?
Definitely Ronnie, I would say. The way I play is more towards runny.
Fast, fire, attacking. -- Ronnie. What are your dreams in
snooker, where'd you see yourself? Probably everybody's dream, do as
much in the game as possible, when World Championships in number of
times hopefully, world number one. Everything really. Away from the
table, what you like doing? Apart from score and snooker, there
are not much of the things I do really. I beat quite a what's, that
is one thing. What about the money, do you get to
keep that? -- I have a lot to beat. In snooker, you do, not things like
golf. Do you have a nickname?
Well, in Welsh, they call me teen wolf. I cannot have that for very
long when I my 20s. When I was in Belgium, they called me the rampage
or something, Jackson rampage. I did not get that one. They made up one
and they called me action Jackson Page and that is what everybody is
calling me so I suppose that is the one.
Cheers, Jackson. Thanks, Jackson. I do think we confused Terry in the
studio, that is called having a word with yourself! It almost sounds
patronising when you say this lad is still at score and he cannot drive
yet. But that is the reality. One minute, you revise for your GCSEs
and the next you face Judd Trump in a major ranking tournament are
extraordinary. It is wonderful the Association
allowed the amateurs to comment, the English and Scottish on Northern
Ireland event and they gave wild cards to the amateur association, it
gives people the chance to fulfil a dream. And boys like himself, in
here, he probably thinks, I will see what I can do, but he has won two
events, two matches and events on the senior circuit in Wales in the
amateur association where we all started. I watched him play a couple
of times, he's very entertaining, I have got to see that. You can see
that. He plays in Mark Williams's club, he goes for everything. There
will be out in a second, so can he possibly beat Judd Trump? What a
huge afternoon for him. He's not going to be favoured, that is for
sure, but I hope he will play OK and give him a fright. Who knows, Lee
Walker did it yesterday, Michael White, Dominick is still in, we
could have another! You cannot coach player to play in this situation,
under the lights, the TV. I think he enjoys it, he did a nice interview
and he looks comfortable playing, I watched his games and he knocks them
in like Cliff Wilson used to be. A great grip. Here he comes, this big
moment for him, a fairy tale for Jackson Page continues. Two scalps
already, can he get the biggest of them all? It would be one of the
biggest shocks in this tournament is's history if he did, it is
Jackson Page against Judd Trump. Let's join Darren Walker and Cliff
Thorburn. Good afternoon, everybody, what an
intriguing match in prospect. 15-year-old Jackson Page. Action
Jackson as we should be calling him now. About to shake hands with the
man he first watched playing Ronnie O'Sullivan in Newport in the Welsh
Open a couple of years ago. And here he's before his 16th birthday taking
his place in the last 32 of the Welsh Open against the world number
four. And six time ranking event winner. And he still looks as though
he hasn't got a care in the world! The names on the monitors still
reflecting their previous players, Barry Hawkins and Thepchaiya
Un-Nooh. Just a quick flick. A little change of the wire backstage,
and still, Jackson standing at the table very calm and very composed.
What a story, he has been everywhere. BBC Breakfast News, on
the websites, put his name into Google. He's a hot topic of
conversation this week. The young lad from Ebbw Vale.
Yes, I could not agree more with you! He will have enough time of
next week, an official half term, it has come a little early for Jackson
Page. This is going to be a big ask. This young man. But he has nothing
to lose, he has everything to gain, once he gets going he is a terrific
potter. And hopefully we will see some of that now in this match this
afternoon. Judd said he was looking forward to this match last night. He
was taken quite deep in the match against Alex Borg and in the first
press conference he said, I can remember what it was like to come
onto the circuit aged 15 or 16 with a big sense of expectation from
everyone who had been watching me since I scored a century at the age
of nine and ten. He said, I am really looking forward to it and it
will be novel to be almost double the age of my opponent! Jackson 15,
Judd Trump, 27. Here we go. His first appearance in the last 32 of a
ranking event at the age of just 15. Yes, you can just imagine there must
be butterflies flying around. I commentated on Judd last night and
when I say butterflies of course I mean Jackson Page, not Judd Trump!
Although he will have nerves about him early in this match. He's got
everything to lose, Judd Trump, Jackson has everything to gain. I
think Judd Trump will be the first to agree it was not his best
performance and Alex did ask certain questions. You can see with young
Jackson that he likes to attack. But he has given Judd a chance in the
corner. Doesn't need to do much with the cue ball. Just taking the pace
off the cue ball, drops it in, it is nicely on the black. Really
important for young Jackson not to give too many early chances to Judd
to get into his flow. A lot of people eagerly anticipating
this much because of how unusual the story is and Trump just as he did
last night against Alex Borg wasting no time in splitting the pack.
Plenty of live snooker going on this afternoon across this section of the
Motorpoint Arena, almost everyone crowded town this end of the arena.
Trying to get a glimpse of the man who could be the start of the
future. Hiding among that lot somewhere is to time Welsh champion
Mark Williams, who has done a bit of practice with Jackson. -- 2- time
Welsh champion. Apparently he wants to clarify that he has been
misquoted, many people claimed that Mark Williams said, Jackson is as
good as I was at that age. I spoke to him about an hour ago in the
president and he said, I did not say that, it is not my place to judge,
how can I, it was subjective. And I did say he is very good and he could
be the real deal. Would you agree with that assessment Darren?
Definitely, Jackson has been ruling the roost in the junior events in
Wales. He went to the World Championships and said in his
pre-match interview but he has 12 senior events this year so he has
all the tools and he is very likeable, he has a terrific family
and parents and I'm sure he's got a massive, bright future ahead. If
Mark says that he is the real deal, you can rest assured he is.
No room for sentiment from Judd Trump, added a sixth ranking title
to his collection earlier this season, winning the European
Masters, runner-up at the English open but by his high standards and
has not been a sparkling last couple of months for Trump and he will be
aware of just how many big names falling foul of the giant-killing
exploits of some of the lower ranked players here in Wales. So I am sure
he will be supportive of Jackson and will chat with him at the end of the
match should he win but he has his eye on this major prize and he wants
to turn six ranking titles into seven. Rest assured Judd will want
to give Jackson a real thumping this afternoon. He knows that Jackson
will be one of his competitors later in the next couple of years, he'll
want to send a message and he'll want to put it out there today and
give Jackson something to remember him for. I can remember Jackson
first started playing at our club, the red triangle in Cross Keys when
he was about nine and he played their for five or so years before he
moved up the market into a club in Tredegar. He's always been a talent
and the improvement he has made, giant strides, a lot of good
youngsters in Wales coming along which is good. Then tie the recent
played here as a wild card and another young lad named Dylan Emery.
And Carol Matthews, a nine-year-old called Liam Davis looks like he
could have a massive future as well. It's looking good, Welsh snooker.
Although he hasn't had much of a role to play in this match yet
Jackson Page has advanced in this 32, user validation of the wild card
policy. There is the first mistake from Judd Possibly an opening here,
breaking down 61. The former UK champion and World Championship
runner-up. The Chinese use wild cards in some of their ranking
events to give an early outing to future stars and it seems to have
worked for Jackson. A bit unlucky, there to cover the black. But it
will be important if he can to get a few minutes on the table, just to
put a little break together and settle down. That red travelling
down the table has really limited his options. How about that, Darren?
Superb composure. In the biggest match of his life. Maybe it should
be catcher fearless Jackson, not Action Jackson -- maybe it should be
Fearless Jackson! He's going to take another great pot. He potted a
harder blue then, he came across the red and hit it dead straight. It it
dead straight. This frame is still not over yet for young Jackson. That
was not the best position shot that Trump has ever played. He is on this
blue. We might see him play this and go in between the green and the
corner pocket. He played that deep, is it going in off?
He was forced to work quite hard late last night to get over the line
against the spirited performance of the 47-year-old player from Malta,
Alex Borg. So Jackson, almost at a stage of requiring snookers and he
will be if this black goes in. A glimmer of hope in this frame. It
would be nice if he could replicate the accuracy that he showed with
that long blue. And so barring snookers this will be the end of the
first frame for young Jackson Page. Keeping his hopes alive in this
first frame. Three reds, three blacks, one snooker, 14 point
penalty and he could pinch this frame. A long way to go before he is
that this is dashed at that stage. - at that stage. Going for the double
against Judd Trump! Not afraid to have a crack. Some of Judd's long
pots last night was superb, as well. Kim Jong-un they were superb. First
blood to the favourite. -- they were superb.
But he does seem very composed, Jackson. We have seen quite a few
scenarios this week at the Welsh Open web players have gone back to
their seats shaking their heads and being quite negative in terms of
their body language come he isn't giving much away here, Jackson.
Hopefully he is enjoying the experience. He's coming back to get
a feel for the table. And that is it. His first frame in the last 32
is a losing one, Judd is up and running in style but not too many
signs of nerves from Jackson. STUDIO: He looks at ease, Jackson
Page come out in the arena, even trailing 0- one against Trump. We'll
talk about that in a moment, let's update you on what's been going on
on table two. One of the other big shocks of the tournament involved
Lee Walker from Newport, another Welsh player left in the tournament,
that stunning comeback win over Neil Robertson yesterday. He's playing
Graeme Dott in round three today. This is the end of frame three. We
will see in a few seconds Graeme Dott winning this one to take the
lead, 2-1, although Lee Walker still hopes to continue his journey in the
Welsh Open this year. Terry, with Jackson aged 15 Lee at the other end
of the spectrum, at 41, still life in him, still capable of winning
tournaments? I don't think Lee is a major tournament winner at the
moment. At that age it is not so easy to push forward. He is
improving his game, though, which is all you can do. What a contrast
between Lee's style and Jackson's style, Jackson is a typical young
lad, sees a ball, he will not get in. He doesn't really think, shall I
play safety. Let's show you another of the Welsh players was left in the
tournament, Dominic Dale, part of our commentary team on coverage of
the Welsh Open. His adventure is over, he has lost 4-1 just a short
while ago. Dominic is out of the tournament this year.
But Jackson Page looks so comfortable at the moment. Yes, he
is very confident. He is the second best seed left in, he will get
punished for his mistakes, more than you would in the first couple of
rounds but it's just a wonderful experience for him anyway. Back in,
with Trump leading, 1-0. COMMENTATOR: As Terry says, it is a
win- win situation for Jackson, which ever way you look at it. This
will be beyond his wildest dreams, coming here this week. This thread
will be close to the corner pocket. He could have done with that just
falling in. He's going to have to sit now and wait. I'm sure he'll get
a couple of opportunities within this match to show us how well he
can play, how exciting, as a young player.
Trump, one of the classiest players on the circuit. Completely different
opposition to the ones Jackson played in the first two grounds, not
to take anything away from him. Obviously the further you go into
the tournament, the classier the opposition becomes and the harder it
gets. A couple of century breaks for
Trump. His first round win was over Andrew Higginson, 102 and 140.
Beginning to open up, the best break we sought from Judd against Alex
Bork was... But he has looked good in the first two brands here.
Jackson has done it the hard way, 24-3 thrillers, in the first round
against Jason Weston he got through on a re-spotted black.
He was expected to beat Jason, he had a chance against John Astley, he
wasn't certain that he would beat his second-round opponent. Judd
laying on a bit of a demonstration for his young rival. He will
certainly remember what it is like to appear at a ranking event at such
a tender age when there is so much expectation and excitement, like
there was a bad Trump when he was Jackson's H.
This is clinical, so far, from Judd Trump.
He is looking much stronger this afternoon then he did last night. I
must be fair, Alex Borg potted some unbelievable balls against Judd.
Talking to Judd later he could not believe the reds that he put it in.
If Alex had scored the match could have been so different. He looks
right on his game now. Totally in the zone. Totally focused. 110%
concentration. Looking very good indeed.
So, barring snookers this second frame belongs to Judd Trump and in
some emphatic style. From the perspective of a neutral
you just hope that Jackson does get some table time and an opportunity
to show people why he deserves his place in the last 32. He will be
picking up and check if he loses the match, and check for three and a
half thousand pounds which is more than Judd Trump won in his entire
first season as a professional, if you look at the stats.
Judd won 3350. He has since amassed over ?2.5 million in prize money and
there should be more where that came from the 27-year-old.
It is not to be a century but it is a marker of what Jackson Page should
be aiming for in the future, Judd Trump doubles as advantage. --
doubles his advantage. At the moment, it's chocolate, I can't stop
eating chocolate! Two. Leonardo DiCaprio is a great actor and also
Ben Affleck alike. There was a time in a local league game where I beat
someone, he must have been about 14 and I was six or seven. He ended up
snapping his cue after I beat him, I never forget that. Quite patient, I
think and quite relaxed. Quite a bad loser. It does take me a
while to get over some losses, it takes me a day or two. Maybe David
Beckham possibly, all Floyd Mayweather Jr would be intimidated,
and the best driver in the world, I think! I haven't paid much attention
to the past, I would like to go forward 50 years and see what's
happening them. Probably by the beach in Los Angeles and then out
with friends that night. COMMENTATOR: Imagine causing a
14-year-old player to snap his cue in frustration after losing to a
six-year old. I don't think he would be doing the same if somehow Jackson
produced one of the most remarkable comebacks in snooker history.
Hopefully Jackson will get a chance to show us himself in action. The
winner of that will get a guaranteed to a card so it's not just about
what happens today. It is about - he is approaching some key moments in
his career, Jackson Page as he begins to think about life as a
professional. So far, he's altered the fairy tale
of the 15-year-old, and, Darren, presumably, even though Jackson
apparently is very good and very bright in school, is it the right
move for him to turn professional as early as possible, bearing in mind
how competitive the sport is now? Obviously as a parent myself I would
say probably not. If he was to win his professional ticket this year I
would say it would be a mistake to take it just yet. That's my personal
thing, as he has just slammed in a red then the question as if it was
over the pocket! But he's a young man, and at the end of the day his
family and friends will give him all the right advice that he needs. It
is just that it is a brutal game out there, it's different coming into
this tournament as a wild he has won a couple of matches, fantastic,
suddenly he will be up and down the motorway, on flights all the time,
away from home, it's a big thing for everyone never mind a 15-year-old. I
would probably say if I was in his corner, yes, the experience is
great, I don't think he's ready for the professional game yet. Not for
time anyway. -- not full time anyway.
He has called a foul on himself, which has disturbed that shot. That
was his first real opportunity in the match and he will be
disappointed. And what is worse, Judd has knocked that read in! Just
as his cue was going in he has caught the red. No one else probably
saw that foul. That tells you how much of a sportsman he is. Owning up
straight without hesitation, and probably the biggest day of his
life. -- on probably the biggest day of his life.
One thing is for certain, whatever Jackson Page goes on to achieve in
the future, and hopefully it will be great things, he will never, ever
forget this week in Cardiff. That is such a hard shot, such a
drop. Got to stay perfectly still, deliver that cue in a straight line.
This has been faultless snooker from Judd Trump. In total control at the
moment for everything he is doing. And obviously this will be a relief
to Jed because last night it went on late, commentated on that match and
he went on at something like 20 past nine because it is very late for any
kind of a professional snooker match and they finished round about 12
o'clock. He is back in our early this afternoon another round. --
he's back in here. So they have probably had a good night's sleep
but it was a very late finish. Doesn't seem to have affected his
play in any shape or form. I think we will all pretty tired
last night, not least of which Judd Trump. But once again, Jackson not
quite producing what he did in the first two rounds, but a bit of a
let-off. The crowd here would love to see Jackson Page just produce a
little break, maybe something towards the 61. That he so
impressively produced against John Astley. And he has given glimpses.
Quebec red, of how nicely he strikes the cue ball -- with that red. Out
of position here, but what an occasion! I wonder if his classmates
have been allowed an hour off to watch. You to fully played with the
black and he made it difficult for himself. This is more like it.
Reminiscent of the inspired form that Alex Borg produced against Judd
Trump in the early stages last night. What a shame! Looked like he
was just beginning to get going. Beautiful black, the middle left. He
could not keep it going with the pink.
And the problem for Jackson Page in this match, he has only had little
snippets. He has not got in tidy, in amongst the balls. His pot success
is 62%, it is a little bit low. But then a couple of shots he has had to
go for have been difficult and that counts against the pot statistics.
Judd Trump has played very, very well. So this red. No problem for
the red. That means Jackson now is going to need snookers to have any
chance in this frame. So it looks like Judd Trump is going to extend
his lead now to 3-0. Four left and that young man is going to have to
win them all. He only wants one snooker so it is worth carrying on.
A lot of frames over the last two players have required snookers.
There's always a chance. He has been pretty sharp, Judd
Trump. This has been a demonstration of excellence. The rest of the
professionals still in this field, but also for Jackson Page, every
time he has made a mistake, the world number four has punished him
for it. He wasn't expected to win this match, of course. But everyone
will be hoping that he gets an opportunity just to put a little bit
of a break together in what could be the last frame of the match. Because
this one is all but over. There's his brand of naughty
snooker. He's absolutely hammering the cue
ball here! Judd Trump's turned to enjoy himself here on the big stage.
Totally in control here, it does not matter about the blue. Judd Trump is
now one away from the victory. Yes, Judd Trump cruising and that is
why he's regarded as one of the most entertaining and flamboyant
characters in a game. But with that in a moment. Back to table two, just
for a couple of seconds, keeping a close eye on how the other Welshmen
in action Lee Walker is getting on. Yesterday, a good come back win over
Neil Robertson when he was 3-1 down at one point, beating Robertson. And
he's 2-1 down in this frame, but he's going to take the frame to make
it 2-2. Terry, doing well against Graeme Dott, the former world
champion. Great tournament. Yes, tough match, for both of them. They
both grind out hard, and union all the time. But doing doing well. No
points on the board so far for Dott, so 2-2 between Dott and Walker. We
will keep a close eye on that. Is there anything that Jackson Page can
do to get himself back into this game, to rescue this? A little bit
unlucky, he filed with the ball when he had a chance and he missed the
pink off the spot and he will be disappointed because he normally
gets ten out of ten. You can see the frustration as he steps away from
the table. Has it caught up with him? He's not having a lot of
chances and he's a bit quick. But it is experience for him. What advice
would you have as a coach for him as he goes into this next frame and
Trump could take the match? At his age, let him do what he's doing
until he asks for some help. Is that the tactic? You would not mess about
with him, he's very talented, very natural, better to give him advice
verbally, how to play the game. And his manners out there all these
things. Don't him going for pots. Hard to stop Trump in this form. It
is hard to stop Trump at any time, when he's on good form! Judd Trump
is leading here handsomely by 3-0. So let's go back into the arena and
rejoin Rob and Darren. Yes, I agree with Terry. He's a real
natural talent, Jackson Page. It is best just to leave him alone and let
him realise that potential. So it is pot breaking off. And the frame that
he needs, and that is not the best. No damage done.
A mature shot from Jackson. Well, Mark Williams, the double world
champion, it is watching somewhere. He has done a good job of hiding. He
answered the text message case sent him and he said, it is simple,
Jackson is getting outplayed which we would expect. He's bound to be a
nervous wreck, we have got to remember, he's only 15. So, Mark
Williams. Offering some common sense from the stands somewhere. Hiding.
He said he knows Jackson has a good temperament because he has been
ribbing him at the club. You get the feeling, Darren, there will be a lot
of support for the young man whichever decision he makes. Whether
he decides to go professional right away or in another couple of years,
there's a sense that his talent will be nurtured in Wales in the right
way to help him make the right progress, at the right time. Well,
yes, and no better to have in his corner than Mark Williams. Probably
he has been if not the best Welsh player we have ever had. The only
one to rival that is rewritten. And Mark has done it in the modern-day
game -- to rival that Israeli Riordan. He's at his club and he
will give him the right advice and he will help him wherever he can.
The rest, unfortunately, is down to young Jackson. Once you get out
there, no matter how much help you get, you are on your own.
The reds may be nicely spread down the table, but it is an awkward
position from which to show his skills here in what could be the
last frame. And that is the first time we have seen a little bit of
negative body language, just a little slump of the shoulders as he
headed back to his chair. Maybe just a little bit frustrated that he has
not shown is what he did against just -- Jason Weston in the first
round. And John Astley in the second.
Well, the cue ball is awkward. But is this your best chance, Jackson,
to show others what you have got before you turned 16, against one of
the world's best? You could hear the collective
sighing here in the Motorpoint Arena. Neutrals willing him to get a
frame on the board but Judd is back in again and the reds well spread.
If this next shot was to go right, which it has come can't help feeling
that maybe Jackson Page just played his last shot in this year's Welsh
Open. Has not been the fairy tale that he would have been hoping for
today, in his first TV match. He can take a lot of heart from it, he has
come here as a 15-year-old. Won two great matches. He has had a lot of
exposure, TV coverage and press coverage. I'm sure when he gets back
to him -- class, they will make a real force of him. Having said that,
Judd Trump has just overscrewed that cue ball. He has got a red to the
centre. So maybe there's another chance. In this frame. One into the
left-centre is real thin and I don't know if he can get the pot at that
angle. I think he's going to can in it, this is thin. It is that thin,
he did not even go for it. Still in with a shout, young Jackson.
Not meant to be his day-to-day, is it? Yes, I think the latter shot he
played was a little bit of inexperience, even if he made the
pot, he was not on a colour. A little bit of frustration. I just
think he has got to look at all the positives of this. And one thing is
for sure, he has got a fantastic future. Well, he has got another
chance and all of a sudden, Judd Trump has had a couple of
opportunities in this frame and he has not taken them. The first three
frames were like a masterclass. Jackson just needs to convert one of
these chances and try and get a frame on the board. And who knows?
We saw that last night with Mark Davis, it looked like he was dead
and out and Ronnie O'Sullivan was going to win 4-1, and it was 4-1 and
he ended up losing 4-3. It is never over until the final balls have been
potted. You have just got to keep positive. This is the first time he
has been in and amongst and around the blacks and the reds. As I said
that, he has just lost the cue ball again and instead of this being a
straightforward red, either the one below the pink or the right of the
black, both reds have become now very difficult. But no problem, he's
back in a good position. He made that looked very easy.
He just needs that blue to stop so he can get it to the corner pocket,
which has travelled and the brown is blocked by the red. Action Jackson
all of a sudden is starting to take off. It was a real good shot that
last red he potted. Just did not know whether cue ball would be
going. Back in the frame, though. A really
warm applause for the teenager, only 29. But a taster of what he's
capable of. That is a real clever shot. Judd
knew that as long as he got the cue ball close to the yellow and the red
close to the corner pocket, if you missed it there was a good chance he
would cover it and he would not be leaving any other shot for Jackson.
He has played it. A little swerve. That was much trickier than how he
made it look. He's starting to game a little more confidence, young
Jackson. What a shame. For the young man from
Ebbw Vale. He has done really well to put himself in a position in this
frame and for the first time, a little shake off the head from the
chair. He will be hoping that he's going to
get another opportunity. This is the most important shots now. As far as
Jackson is concerned, if Judd Trump gets on this yellow from the blue, I
think he has played for the medal pocket and landed on it for the
corner so good shot needed, but if it goes in, we know he's going to be
on the green. Into the middle of the pocket, perfectly on the green. This
could be it. REFEREE: Can we get that phone off,
please? A great occasion here and it was all
teed up for Jackson Page and it wasn't meant to be a winner. A real
exhibition shot from Judd Trump. Jackson Page has had his first taste
of life in the snooker spotlight and hopefully there will be many more to
come, it just was not quite destined to be today. The class of Judd Trump
showed, the world number four, a straightforward victory and he goes
through to the last Unforgettable week for Jackson Page
that he will never forget and he may go on to have a lot of success in
the game but a game too far for the teenager. We will speed the Judd
Trump shortly, he's on his way up, the winner. You always felt it would
be a difficult challenge for Jackson to continue this stream today. Yes,
it was a step too far and the draw did not go well for him -- continue
his dream. He said it was his favourite player, Trump, and that
would put more on him. He did not settle down out there. It is
expected like you said on the TV, he's 15 and he will be nervous
playing against Judd. A bit starstruck? I would not say
starstruck, it is the whole thing, not just playing Trump. It is at the
stage of the tournament and it is on the television, table one, he's
exposed. I guess they he was enjoying himself waiting to go out
and making an effort to beat the Judd Trump. But he did not make his
chances like he did in the last two matches that he had. In those, he
played quite well. Let's hear from Jackson Page with Rob Walker.
Jackson, I guess the most important question is, did you manage to enjoy
it all back? Yes, definitely enjoyed it. Playing somebody like Judd, you
don't get many chances and under the pressure and in the lights and the
TV, I just did not take my chance. But he's one of the best players in
the world so I'm not going to get many chances. Did you feel the step
up in pressure and expectation and the support and publicity you have
had from your first two wins in the first and second round? Yes,
definitely. When you win your first two, everybody expects you to do
more but most people don't realise who you are playing. Playing
somebody like Judd, at my age, you will not get very close very often
on the issue play really well. You need a lot of the touring and I need
to practise more to get to that standard. You say mature and, your
approach to that match was really good and we did not see headshaking
until the end and from your demeanour, you did not seem to be
overawed by the occasion and you looked to be calm and taking each
shot as it came. I was all right out there. I just did not turn up really
on the day. Did not take my chances. I don't think you should be too
disheartened, as this inspired you to want this again? Yes, definitely.
It is unbelievable, the experience is great. I can hopefully come back
next year. And finally, are you going to attempt to turn
professional as quickly as possible or will you take more time studying
or are you still shell-shocked after playing live on TV it gains the
world number four? I will try and stem professional as soon as
possible -- live on TV against. That and a couple of chances in Cyprus so
hopefully I can get onto one of those. It has been a great run
although you did not feel you produced your best, best of luck in
Cyprus and we will see a watch more of you in the future.
It could be a life changing few days for Jackson Page and this man might
have advice for him, Judd Trump, the winner this afternoon, you have
played the roll of pantomime villain and you have killed off our local
lad, but clinical stuff from you. Yes, I thought it would be exciting
for both of us, and good experience for me, the first person I have
played. I have grown up now and he's the first person coming through I
have had to play against so it is good to see someone from Great
Britain getting through. China has taken over at the moment. Hopefully
with some coaching and experienced people around him, he can come true
and push on. What was the psychology for you going into the game that
he's 15 and this should be straightforward? Was it that he has
beaten decent players and he must have something about him? Yes, to
get through two rounds, you are a decent player and there was nothing
to achieve out of this, the pressure was on me and if I lost, it was a
bit embarrassing for me and he had nothing to lose. I felt the first
couple of frames, they were very important to get in front and put
him under pressure and it would be a struggle. I remember from the first
time I played Ronnie on TV, when you go behind, it is very hard to come
back from that. Obviously, there are a couple of things he needs to work
on and to learn but the potential, you can see going for his balls and
not being afraid, he needs to stick with that. What advice would you
have for him having been there as a youngster trying to make your way in
the game? Just to keep enjoying it and doing what he does. When you get
older, you kind of learn to change your game a little bit. I think over
time, he might need to work on his backswing, I think it is a little
too long for that kind of table. And knuckle down on his safety shots, he
let me out of that, but everybody makes those mistakes and I made them
and you need to make them to learn. You can always have people telling
you what to do but until you experience it for yourself, you
cannot believe it. A future in the game for Jackson, Terry? You don't
want to put pressure on the lad, he's 15 and playing amateur snooker
and under age amateur snooker. There's a long way for him to go but
he looks to have the talent and good people with Mark behind him and
other people looking after him. He may come through into the
professional game. Judd, hoping to go far in the competition this year,
with the big names going out, the field is narrowing? Yes, I get
supporters here, close to home in Bristol, so I have friends and
family over who support me so it would be nice to get through and
play fancy shots and get through to the final this time. There were some
of those in the end. Well done to you, a whitewash to you 4-0. Judd
Trump going through to the last 16. A look now at how they are trying to
widen the game out to more people, different sections of society, and
our cameras went to the second is disability snooker Championship
recently. We are at the Southwest Snooker
Academy in Gloucester, it is the world disability Snooker
Championships and we have players battling it out to win in their
categories. That are up to eight categories with
disabilities ranging from learning to physical disabilities and within
that different events taking place over double black days. The first is
all about getting to know the tables and the venues to put people at ease
and his coaching on hand, qualified coaches. I was born with cerebral
palsy nine and a half weeks premature, it's affected me
throughout my life, I had reconstructive surgery to help me
walk, I was confined to a wheelchair, it's been a long journey
to get to where I am and I wanted to be part of this because I'm
passionate about snooker as a hobby and also I thought it was a great
opportunity to provide disabled men and women with an opportunity to
play the beautiful game. Nine coming to these types of tournaments I
think the coaches is fantastic because you are getting the
competitive side of the game as well and you see snickers accessible for
everyone, I've seen a lot of players gain confidence through playing
snooker so I am keen for more providers to start providing for
players with disabilities. With this event we feel we should be
supporting players with disabilities to help them improve. So we are here
to help them improve and most of all build confidence for that player.
Snook is difficult across the board, whether able-bodied and disabled. I
struggled with this stance and I struggled with my bridge hand
because of shots, there are lots of issues that when you roll them into
one create quite a problematic situation when playing snooker but
ultimately the game is tough enough as it is, so you work with what
abilities you've got and try to make the game as simple as possible. With
Jonathan, we talked about what is issues were and how he wanted to
build on those together with confidence to achieve the ultimate
aim which is to put more balls in more pockets, to win. Also to win
with an ease that brings confident and self-worth. That is what we are
trying to do with the game to support all players with
disabilities. We are looking to grow. We need many countries to make
it a Paralympic event. It would be a return to snooker because it used to
be in the Paralympics, it is a skilful game played all around the
world's think it has its place in the Paralympics. We are looking out
for many players to join us and one day we will be in the Paralympics.
It is not just a dream, we will make it a reality, there's real
commitment from Jason Ferguson and the organisations to make this
reality. Plenty of similar defence plans will keep an eye on those, the
big names keep coming today, we saw Barry Hawkins and Judd Trump just
minutes ago going through, coming up, world number one Mark Selby, he
also plays a teenager today. Let's get some expert thoughts on the
world number one's game. Think it's safe to say that if you become world
champion and world number when you know your way around the table and
Mark Selby certainly does. Eunice way around the table better than
anyone playing the game, I've played him more than anyone on to and I
have had my share of him, he puts a difficult positions. Used to have a
massive length of bridge between the and his hand and now he goes and
more compact, similar to you. A lot of us came on the tour is genius,
used to playing on tables that were not as fast and not as good and bad
technique suited us. But when you play on these superfast cloths
around the world you must have ultimate control of the cue ball and
being a little nearer to it gives that. It means there's less that can
go wrong, you're cue action becomes shorter and that means that less can
go wrong. But it takes getting used to. And he has a strange
characteristic, his head moves from side to side when he comes in for
the shot. Less movement than before but definitely movement there, and
the backwards or forwards or from side to side sometimes but at the
moment of strike he's always in the right position. I think among many
strong suits shot selection is definitely one. His strongest suit.
I perhaps go for the odd shot too many, whereas Mark never over
exposes himself. He is always playing shot thinking about what
happens if it goes wrong, if it doesn't quite work out, whereas
someone like me will go, what happens if it works! He tends to
lean towards what happens if it goes wrong and that allows him to play in
a slightly different way. Doesn't take on too much damage. That means
he's always thereabouts. Is that why his B game is so good and when he
wins a lot of matches? Yes, we can all win when we are playing at our
best, making great clearances and said Judy breaks, it's easy but when
you are struggling if you can have that extra string to your bow when
you have a B, C, D game sometimes, you know you can relax, you know you
don't have to keep clearing the table. And it makes incredibly
difficult to beat. Telling me! In a short while the reigning world
champion will play a Welsh Open debutant, the number 66 in the
world, yet to win a ranking title, Mark Selby has ten, he was the
winner here in 2008, although his opponent was world amateur champion
and today is his 17th birthday. I wonder if Mark Selby will ruin that
for him. Playing a teenager today, although the young man has some
pedigree about him. Yes, he won a tournament already, although spiders
there, I think they are having a good grooming, and those two
players, as people mentioned earlier, it was Judd Trump that said
that the Chinese gangsters are coming on better than the gangsters
in this country which is a bit of a turn. I agree with what he says,
these boys are away from home, it is not as easy for them but they are
doing exceptionally well. Interesting to listen to Shaun
Murphy and John Parrott analysing Mark Selby's game, he has been the
world number one for two years now, and according to what they say he
please quote a defensive game. Would you go along with that? I wouldn't
say he plays a defensive game. His defensive play is, I think, the best
in the world at the moment. The best I've seen, the way that he plays the
angles, the safety play, the judgment, right around the table and
behind something. He scores heavily. His technique is a little different
from others but at the moment he is struggling because only ?405,000
away from the second player in the world in the money list! Is
knock-about is huge. Huge! It is almost impossible for him not to be
number one -- in snooker that is huge. Oti comes into the arena to
take on Yan Bingtao. Will he make his way through as smoothly as Judd
Trump did? Over to Dominic Dale and Willie Thorne, your commentators.
COMMENTATOR: Thank you. Good afternoon, everyone. World number
one and world champion Mark Selby gets into the arena against Yan
Bingtao. To be honest we haven't seen too much of Yan Bingtao but
he's having some great results this season and they tell me he is one to
watch for the future. Interesting to see how he copes with world number
one Mark Selby. Yan Bingtao to break. Ronnie O'Sullivan speaks
highly of this young man. He is a great player, Yan Bingtao, I
believe he has just turned 17, he looks much older than that but 17
years. Played really well recently against Ronnie O'Sullivan in the
world Grand Prix. Had it not been for a massive fluke that Ronnie had
at two frames all he would definitely have been 3-2 down and
young Yan Bingtao could easily have beaten Ronnie. Played him a couple
of times. What really impresses me about Yan Bingtao is that he has a
bit of an old head on young shoulders, please and all-round
solid game. Clearly neither player has settled.
Mark Selby is always in the position these days when he is in a no- win
situation, everyone expects him to win and that causes its own
problems. Nice cue action. Yes, it does take a while to
understand the way the cloths and the balls are reacting. It will not
be long before the players find their range. I found in my much
earlier that it is not so easy, not the sort of cloths that you see in
your club that last one year. This type of the last few weeks.
Delicate, I suppose is the word, I would not say that they are light,
as such. Although they do get ironed and brushed after every session.
They do get a little old after time. A little careful he does not cut it
too thin and send it into the red, no problem there if he pushes the
red towards the corner, the Green could come to his rescue, doesn't it
so. The first real mistake has come from Yan.
Off and running. I don't think Mark will be too adventurous with his
next positional shot, it is quite the other side cushion, he knows
that the red near the corner will offer a good position for the black.
So he needs to make sure of colour, if he can.
Purposely making sure he did not leave this thread dead straight. You
can see how long he is cueing here, playing with a lot of drag. I can't
see him missing rat. The reason he plays that way is because he hopes
the cue ball doesn't roll off. I found that interesting. I used to do
that with the side spin so much in my much, I wasn't expecting movement
as much. A bit lucky, Mark, could have left a
much easier red for Yan Bingtao. Quite wisely playing a safety shot.
I think the key to this match is Yan Bingtao staying with Mark in the
break department, it would be unlikely for him to compete in the
safety department. I would expect Yan Bingtao to play the more
aggressive safety shot. Selby probably the number one in that
department, as he is in most. A really well struck safety shot
from Yan Bingtao. He deserved to cover the red in the left corner
with the band. It has put Mark Selby in a spot of bother because he can't
play safety shot down the left because the pink is hiding that
every of the pack of reds. It does have a couple of portable balls to
the right but far too risky. Struggling to see how he could get
back and even if he does so that red in the corner could be waiting for
Yan Bingtao. In a little bit of trouble, Mark Selby.
How is that for perfect cueing? Dead straight port. Potted it right into
the pocket. In a strange way that could give Selby confidence, he has
hit it so purely, so perfectly, you probably go back to his seat
thinking, I'm cueing well, even if he has left this read on.
It would have been unlucky not to be perfect but the kiss has made it
straightforward, this looks difficult, although he would love to
get the gap on the red to the right of the black, if he could get that
gap by screwing back, that is with the tip of his cue was looking but
it is too risky to played out. If he can keep can get the black into
play. He's played that very well indeed. Well done. He might have to
screw into the black. He's found another read. That will make things
a bit easier. To see if he can get the gap a
second time, it might well be too risky to play it.
He's played that perfectly, Yan Bingtao. A lovely angle on the red.
Just to set up the black in the opposite corner. The thing I like
about Yan Bingtao because I know him quite well, I've played a couple of
times, we have beaten each other once, he knows how good he is. He
has a lot of belief in what he can do, in his ability. He's not averse
to hitting the table in annoyance when things go wrong because he
expects things of himself and that is good.
Got to be careful with this, they tend to sometimes fly off the back
cushion when you are playing a slow roll through. He may find himself
hampered for the next black. He needs to pot this dead weight.
Ideally he would like to kiss the red nearest the cue ball. That would
make it straightforward. He has to play to the side to get that, that's
where he played the pink rather than the black. Now he's in no man's
land. That is very good. Will he move the
red away from the black or screw back, when he gets rid of the red
that is to the left of the black it makes things a lot easier.
Just one shot from making this a frame-winning break, he's just a
little awkward when he comes to the table at the moment. The choice of
two reds neither of which are in a perfect position. Just run through
an inch too far. The pink still available but wanted to be
straighter. Excellent pot on the pink but once
it is spotted the red next to the cue ball will be blocking the path
to the corner, as you can see so no easy next red now, for Yan Bingtao.
He doesn't want to take something on and miss it.
Exactly Dominic 's point. If Mark can get through to this red that 43
point lead could evaporate quickly, and he can get through to it. A
little unlucky, Yan, to be fair, in that break of 42 he kept trying to
get the black in open play in both corners and every time he was an
inch away from being in the perfect position. That isn't great but he
can slow down the white by playing a cannon on the red just below the
pink, try to hold it dead. It ran on and on. So, cannon needed.
Very well played by Mark, made that look much easier than it was. A good
first red he knocked in as well, it was not easy to hold the cue ball
over distance. He's got two potentially difficult reads, one
near the right side cushion and one on this top cushion behind the black
spot. He should be able to get right back in the frame here.
Although he is 34 points behind, he has just become the favourite to win
this frame, Mark Selby. You can't afford to take anything risky.
Dominic mentioned earlier in the commentary how difficult it was when
you are playing that kind of shot to hold the white. There was another
example here. The White has gone six or seven inches further than he
wanted, he should still be able to hold.
We didn't see that one coming, did we? I don't think Mark has played on
this table this week. But pocket has been causing a few of the players
problems this week. -- that pocket. What a horrible kick, goodness me.
We will get a chance to see this again. Look at the way dispensers,
it is just not fair. -- look at the way that this bounces. Not only
bouncing, squaring up. Good note for referees, when you see a kick that
bad there's was a chalk mark on the ball. -- there is always a chalk
mark on the ball. And that is very fortunate. The mark that Dominic is
talking about, you can see the mark on the left there. Mark Selby has
been very fortunate to get on the black in the opposite corner. He is
not there at all at the minute, is he, Mark? I think it is the way that
the gloves are playing at the moment. It's caught out a lot of the
top players and not all of them have gone through -- the cloths. You have
to accustom yourself to the way that conditions are playing. Sometimes
you just don't acclimatise. Fabulous recovery. Write to the heart of the
pocket. Not the greatest of angles on this black, you have to try to
screw behind to leave it to the middle pocket. The reason I
suggested screwing behind it was that he had the choice of two
pockets. Now he's faced with a tough part, should he want to take it on.
-- a tough The People The Poet. As you would expect from Mark Selby,
nothing risky. 20 points behind. Yan Bingtao will be delighted to be back
on the table so soon. He felt there was a chance for Selby to pinch the
frame. Almost got in behind the yellow. .
Play that in a nice controlled manner, Yan Bingtao. Even if he had
potted the rent... -Zilla and another excellent pot.
But the desired angle on the blue, it's all a case of getting straight
on the red. An inch to half an inch of the question. You want to get
onto the black. If he is tight, he might plate. If you play these dead
weight, these are quite easy. It's amazing how difficult they are, if
they are a fraction off percussion. Yes, I would definitely play dead
weight. You have to worry if the key ball deviates before it hits red.
Selby doesn't want to risk anything. He's snookered him. Playing
everything very tight. He's hit the red. Has he been
fortunate? Yes, he has. Well played, Yan he deserved that.
Looney a straightforward safety shot. Mark would like to play the
right-hand side of the red. You have to be careful the red doesn't spring
off the brown and go towards the middle pocket. It's not
straightforward, this safety. He's thinking about playing of the
left-hand side of the red and how. Around the yellow. But I think
that's too risky. He could knock it safe.
That's not bad. Right over the middle pocket. Could have made the
other side cushion. He hasn't left the rent on.
This is the worrying thing for Yan. If he tries to compete with Selby in
the safety department he will finish second best. Not too bad, well done.
Certainly looks like a snooker. Even if it isn't, it's so close to
snooker it makes no difference. What about this last red? There is no
insurance policy for Yan Bingtao if he were to leave Mark Selby in. He
could see enough of the red to do something with it.
There is a pot on here for Mark Selby.
He decided it was probably too risky to play the pot. Same scenario
further Yan. -- the same scenario for a Yan. It will be tough to
guarantee the object ball getting safe. It looks like he is taking it
on. Always very, very difficult. But he will be pretty pleased with how
it is finished. This red is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. I
would not be surprised if Mark refuses it. It came off the
side-cushion macro with a weird spin on it. Negotiated towards the baulk
macrocosm. -- the baulk cushion. Excellent pot. Now, by no means
easy. Yan Bingtao has controlled this opening frame. He could
possibly lose it at this visit. It is coming up to 30 minutes of
playing time. Probably the longest frame of the match. Yan likes to get
on with it. Selby is not the slowest unless his opponent is playing slow.
That is another one of Mark's attributes. Whatever the patter of
play, Mark seems to have the concentration whether it is a quick
frame or slow frame. Other players get frustrated. Mark Selby doesn't.
Once again the speed of the table has nearly fooled him. But that is
no problem. The only thing that could go wrong here is if he hits it
a fraction too hard and finishes tied on the cushion. -- tight. The
clearance should not be a problem. Just blue and pink needed. This will
hurt Yan. He has been in control of this frame throughout. What looked
like a good safety shot lost him the game. The red looked to be safe. An
excellent pot on the last red from Mark Selby. Mark Selby as won that
frame with a high break of 26. That is what he does. He wins in all
types of frames. 31 minutes, that opening frame.
Let's bring you a few other selected results from around the arena. Jimmy
Robertson, the world number 38, a 4-0 whitewash to lower ranked Scott
Donaldson. Ross Mueller knocked out Marco Fu yesterday. He is out now.
-- Ross Mueller. Anthony Hamilton beaten by Craig Steadman. Stuart
Carrington through. And Mark Davis, Ronnie O'Sullivan's nemesis last
night, a 4-2 winner over Fergal O'Brien. It is time we caught up
with the Lee Walker match. He is in action on table two. Walker leading
3-2. He needs all three balls to get the match.
The pink and the black. We are seeing this live, Terry. Can Lee
Walker get over the line against the former world champion? A big chance
for a leave. We saw Dominic Dale go out earlier on. Jackson Page, the
teenage wild card, has gone. So Walker and White Hurley only
Welshman left in the tournament. -- are the only Welsh men. We will
stick with this for a few seconds more. Selby is about to break off in
the second frame of the match we are watching. We will see if Walker can
pot this black. I should think he will pot it. I think he should,
shouldn't he?!! He played really well against Neil Robertson
yesterday. Lee Walker makes his way into the last 16 of the 2017 Welsh
Open. It's been a good tournament for him. We will see who he gets in
the next round. Meantime, let's head back into the arena with Mark Selby
leading 1-0. Mark Selby breaks off for the second
frame. He must feel a little fortunate to have won that first
frame. Yan suffered that horrendous kick when he looked set fair to win
the first frame. Once again, Mark Selby has a great ability to play
safety shots. Tactical knowledge. A good opening red from Yan Bingtao.
Not a bad kiss on the yellow. If the Brownies straight enough, he can get
back down for the reds. -- if the brownies straight enough...
There is a rarity. A loose safety shot from Mark Selby. A shake of the
head as he sat in his chair. Trying to finish low on the next red
so he can open the reds up. If he finishes high, what a great pack to
go into. He has finished low. The pink is out of commission. He can
play a screw with the reverse side to go blue or green, or check it for
the black. He has played neither. He was hoping to finish nicely on the
black. He has just lost the cue ball a little bit.
It goes without saying, if he takes the black on it is very missable. He
will have to play it at pace to get onto one of the reds in the middle.
This is tough, especially having lost the first frame. Played it with
just enough pace. That is an excellent pot. We have seen a lot of
those stay above ground before this week.
He's getting himself in trouble, really. He has not played a very
good shot there. It is difficult when you are playing a slow roll.
You can play it harder and go for the brown or green rather than the
blue. That's what he has done. He didn't want to risk rolling it in
slowly. He is very capable in the break-building department. He needs
more close control with the cue ball. I was a bit perplexed to see
why you would want to move the red off the cushion. It shouldn't
matter. He has got a nice position on the red to the left centre. I
don't know if any of those four reds are possible. A couple of them seem
to be in the centre pocket. He has left a lovely angle on the black to
go into those reds if he needs to. He could jam against them and land
on nothing. There is Dominic's point. You need to hit that half
ball. Hence, it was almost like a stopper. The only thing I would say
that was slightly adrift there, he should have played slower. This is a
similar scenario to the last frame when he had complete control. This
could cost him if he misses. Now then, are we going to see the same
pattern as the previous frame? Selby had no chance of winning it. And he
eventually won it after half an hour. He didn't really need to take
that one on. It had to go in. Just a little short of pace. He
would have loved to have been on the black. It's essential to finish top
side of the blue this time. He just about got there. Just an inch higher
on the blue and he may have been able to develop this red on the
cushion. It has worked out okay. He could remove one of the trickier
reds here. He is opting for the simpler one. If the pink had been on
its spot, he would have parted that red. -- potted. After this next
black, next red and colour, the work really starts. And if he plays this
playing ball, he can almost cannon into the pink, which would be a
great help. Maybe needs a fraction of left-hand side. He may play that.
He is bound to be on the brown or baulk colour.
He is nicely on this red. Can he just force an angle around the
pocket jaws and land loan off on the black to run into that remaining red
on the cushion? That is what he would like to do. He will have to
punch this in to create a better angle than he has got.
He just didn't get enough spin on the ball. If you were to roll this
black and missed the cannon on the red...
He won't be taking the pot on here. Has he got the snooker? He doesn't
miss a trick, does he? There is a gap between the green and
blue to swerve and make the cannon on the red. He doesn't want that red
to go up the table. He will be happy with this. Or will he?
Unfortunately, he has left the red on. And in such a way that Mark can
play into the pink as well. A little unlucky not to get behind the black.
If Mark pots this with left-hand side, it could bring the pink
interplay. He has gone very low on the cue ball. I was a little
surprised he didn't play the cannon there. Yan only needs this remaining
red to make the frame safe. He is 30 points ahead. You would like to stun
this in. -- he would like to stun this in. He just needs to get enough
stun on it is to miss the black. Well played, Yan Bingtao. He
deserves to be 1-1. It was a thunderous kick that cost him the
first frame. He has coped with that very well. He must have been very
disappointed to have lost that first frame. It would have been a good
start and it would have put Mark Selby under immediate pressure. You
can see a spot of chalk as the red roles towards the pocket.
Can Yan Bingtao finally put the second to bed? An opportunity with a
pot on the yellow. That was too thin. I'm trying to think of another
player I would least rather play in this position. Mark Selby would be
right up there with somebody like John Higgins. Yan Bingtao has far
from won this second frame. That's a good snooker because it
comes off the side cushion. The middle pocket is in exactly the type
of area Yan Bingtao would like to escape from. He has to try and
straighten the angle up here. This is tricky. That'll do. Suppose he
deserves a bit of luck. Certainly very lucky. Can end the yellow. Very
unfortunate. I suggested after the first frame
after 30 minutes it would be the longest frame of the match. There is
life in this frame yet. After 18 minutes of play.
Playing a season campaign at snooker, someone who has been around
a long while, streetwise, you would expect four snookers to get the one
you desire. You would expect them to get three of four. He hit it 100
miles an hour. For what reason, I don't know. Mark Selby may only need
one snooker to force Yan into missing it. This looks a bit tidy.
There is a gap. Always a gap. He's found one affair, Yan Bingtao,
super shot. The yellow backed by the right-centre pocket. If Mark Selby
were to make contact with yellow, there would be a danger of going in
off. He has missed the yellow. We'll Mark
Selby take a look at Yan Bingtao and decided to concede? No. That's good
from Mark Selby. It's at a good of the sport not to concede when it is
the shot of your opponent. Wait for him to finish at the table, until it
is your own shot, before you concede. Not all players do that,
unfortunately, these days. It'll be a very interesting match,
this, between these two. No doubt in my mind Yan Bingtao will be a great
play in future, if he's not already won.
Yan Bingtao clears up the colours. He levelled the scores at 1-1. We
might have a match on our hands. Let's bring a couple of others
around the arena. The world number 32 has beaten Josh, a 4-0 whitewash.
Josh was the man who dumped out Shaun Murphy yesterday. Another top
16 player out of the tournament. Ali Carter, 12 in the world, beaten by
the only uranium professional in the history of the game. A 4-1 win for
the man who will now play Judd Trump this evening in the last 16. Talk to
me about that comeback from Yan Bingtao. It served to win the frame,
the first frame he had a bad kick. He would have won that first frame.
Selby's highest is 32 at the moment, he's not flying. The other boys made
42 and 57. In some ways he's been a little bit better than Selby but we
seen it all before. He sort of waits for you to get in front of him, then
he clears up all the time. He's just a tremendous match player, Selby.
The psychology of it all, thinking I can't miss this short or Selby will
be back to clear up. When somebody is 150, 60, playing against Selby,
it comes into the mine. You put out into the shot, miss it. When you're
safe but you only need one, Selby is the best in the world at the moment
at getting that snooker within a frame. He might not have the
flamboyance of O'Sullivan and Trump, but he knows how to see them out. I
thought you were going to say the flamboyance of me there. Bit
disappointing. 1-1 in this game. Not a big break up shot. Selby
having trouble as far as getting back in the book is concerned. White
at this end of the table. A very good cubicle from Yan
Bingtao. Red to the left. A good safety shot from Mark Selby. Green
will probably cover the red near that baulk line. Yan Bingtao needs
to make sure it's past the baulk line. Sometimes it can alter your
short choice, you prefer to take pressure on yourself.
He'll take a little while to decide what to play. He's played it pretty
well. Fabulous from Mark Selby, just held
the cue ball. He's mentally so good, Mark Selby. He alluded earlier to
being under all kinds of pressure. Sometimes Mark's ball can be
indifferent sometimes but he gets on with a job in the next frame. The
mind and the present is not to dwell on what has gone before. Important
in top-level sport. Mark is one of the best players in the world going
into the pack. He plays into the pack as good as anybody. Spread far
and wide. So hard to make the pack move when they are like that. You
always end up having a slight chance of one in the middles.
Goodness me, that was close. That was so close, wasn't it? Dreaded
number 30. -- number 13. That's why he missed it.
The problem here for Yan Bingtao is back red light over the corner
pocket, I can't see a red he can knock on to it to make the pot. He's
probably going to have to try and hide it. Pretty good, he deserved
much more than that. The one to the right of the pink is
available to play. Play Buchanan. Ford with danger. The alternative is
to roll up on the red nearest the cue ball. Can't really get an
advantage of the next shot... The one one up from the pink, I suggest
he rolls up to the red. If Scott Mitchell he doesn't leave the red in
the middle left-hand side... He's in a little bit of trouble here. Yes,
he is, the red nearest the cue ball, the one at the back of the group of
four, he can't run it past the red in front, it would clip it out of
the way. It would suggest he's in a lot of trouble here. The red just to
the left of blue is blocking a chance of running a red onto one
pocket. There is space there. He may end up having to play that.
Looking at all options that's probably the only shot he's got. As
you rightly say, we've discussed in commentary, to roll up to the red
nearest black now you might flick of the other red and leave the pot in
the middle of macro leave the opportunity... The one just above
the pink onto the one that in the yellow pocket.
It's so hard. He has hit the red in. That is a great shot. Well played.
Yes, fantastic shot from that young man, Yan Bingtao. If he potted that
red, he would have knocked the other one in automatically. He was
probably playing the pot they're. And the rest would take care of
itself. I think he is okay. I thought I had John Virgo in the box
then! I didn't have the pantomime voice though, did I?
This is the key shot. Now he knows he should score heavily. This is the
first time he has been in a great position in this little mini break.
He is doing all the scoring at the moment.
A huge kick. The red was dead straight, so he didn't miss the pot.
He played it at a slight pace. He holds a lead now of some 21 points,
Yan Bingtao. He would be disappointed if he didn't make
enough points here to go on and win the frame.
I have had the pleasure of watching this young man play very much. With
all the hype that has been going around the snooker world about how
good a talent he is, he certainly is. Your local Welshman has done
remarkably well. But this guy is only 17. He has a little bit more
know-how. He would be a handful for most players.
Yes. People ask me sometimes, they suggest to me how difficult the tour
is, there are some great players, which is true. But there is a great
crop of emerging new talent on the tour -- there isn't a great crop of
emerging new talent on the tour that impresses me very much, not when you
compare them to Mark Williams, Ronnie O'Sullivan and the likes of
those coming through. This kid is right up there with them, in my
opinion. We don't seem to have an emerging talent coming from the
English part of the world. Obviously we have the young man from Wales
doing very well. An abundance of players coming from the Far East.
This is the best of the young players, for me. A glance at the
scoreboard will tell him he is 42 point in front. Just a two more reds
needed. He will play for the black and the one in the baulk area rather
than risk the cannon. He will do rail -- well to get onto a red from
here. Forced the cannon but couldn't
generate the pace required to bring the red into play. I don't blame him
taking this red on. Whatever you do, don't play it too firm. Get the
white somewhere near the cushion. Just in case you miss. He has played
for a colour there. There is no need to play for a colour. Just pop the
red, leave the white on the cushion. Okay, he is a strong, strong
favourite to win the frame, but it is still live. A bit fortunate,
really. The red could have easily come back down the table towards the
black. He has put the green in an awkward position. Mark Selby trying
to make position on the black much easier.
He has to be careful the red doesn't go in the left-hand corner. Which he
did do. Not a particularly great white.
I think it's good in that it is forcing Yan to remove this remaining
loose red. He has to be really careful what he does here. That's
not bad. The green... A little bit in the balance, this frame. Mark is
very clever at manipulating the balls into positions that favour
him. He has to be carefully doesn't bring
the green away from this pocket. That was a shot to nothing. If you
move the Greenaway, all of a sudden the frame is alive again. Very
difficult for Mark to get three reds and three blacks, with where the
green is. He may play this off the left-hand
side of the red he is closest to. Try to get the white almost behind
the yellow spot. Make sure you cover the red in baulk.
He could have done with it a fraction thinner.
I think Yan tried to get the cue ball in behind the black. The shot I
would have played was to try to cannon the black to the side-cushion
nine that Mark Selby needs it. I wonder if Mark will play this thin
safety shot off the red? It is causing a bit of a stalemate,
the green. Obviously with the score being as it
is, and these three reds and three blacks,... Don't move the green.
That is okay. I like that shot that Yan has
played. He is snooker, I think, on all reds.
Given that Yan Bingtao is dominating this match so far, he should have
been 3-0 in front, things have been a little pedestrian. Mark Selby
knows how to slow things down. We know that he will play well
sometimes during this match. But he has to compete against him in all
departments. Yes, because Mark can't really roll
up to those raids because the chances are he will leave one into
the centre. -- reds. Mark is in trouble here, that is for sure.
Mark a little unlucky. He got the white where he wanted. It seemed to
gather pace. This red is not easy to cut.
Don't worry about the wind, just make sure the red here... -- about
the white stop well played. I said don't worry about the white... Must
be careful. He wants to make sure of potting the yellow, should he go for
it. That might make Mark Selby stay in
his chair. Very well played. These two friends
have been a little pedestrian. Yan Bingtao has certainly been the
better of the two players without doubt. He could have been 3-0 in
front. Mark Selby has no doubt got a match on his hands here.
Temp to with the highest of the match so far. 62 in this frame.
Slowed the cue ball down, the bounce it had. Not too worried about that,
the way things have gone in this frame.
A very good performance from Yan Bingtao. Another seed seems to be in
trouble. Yan Bingtao takes it to lead 2-1. STUDIO: Another big name
in trouble here in Cardiff. With Selby 2-1 down in this game. We'll
be back shortly on that table but let's take you to what happened
earlier on table three. Michael White, quarterfinalist here last
year, knocked out his opponent Yan Wang bow yesterday. His journey he
is about to end against Robbie Williams. Losing 4-2 earlier, White.
Down to just one white man, Lee Walker, left in the competition. Out
goes Michael White with that 4-2 to Robbie Williams of England. It's a
real shame because we saw yesterday how much it meant to Michael White,
that punch at the end. He was determined to get at least a quarter
is again this year. He's up against a tough opponent in Robbie Williams,
he's one of the ones who slows you down. Robbie keeps it a bit tight,
good safety player. He's beating a lot of the top seeds, hasn't got
into the late stages at all. He'll be delighted with that. Michael
Stich Phil took a step forwards, how do you see his career progressing?
At the moment it's not going forward. He won a racket tournament,
got into the top 16. I thought he would push on from them. I've seen
him since he was a young boy in my club tournament. He is a winner. At
the moment he's lost his way a little bit. I'm not sure what he's
doing at the moment but he's not playing the same. Walker is the only
Welshman left in the competition. Another shock on I wouldn't say a
certain shock, but maybe. He's a great potter. He looks calm, his
temperament is good, he's not a huge break-builder but he looks
confident. There is a little bit of arrogance in him walking around the
table. It's what you need. What's going through his head at the
moment, Mark Selby? You never know with Mark. He's always thinking
about something, he loves competing, number one in the world. He would
have been in this position. A little sip of water for Mark Selby. He just
has to keep doing what he's been doing, I guess. There's only one
thing guaranteed in this, he's not going to give up, he never gives up,
Selby. That's why he's such a good player. Everything he has got is
very, very strong. Yan Bingtao could possibly see the finishing line
creeping into sight. Got to hold onto things, keep yourself calm and
steady. No evidence of winning games from behind. The young Chinese
player hasn't been through much yet. He might be more confident because
of his age. And his birthday. 17 today. Determined to celebrate in
style with maybe a big win over Mark Selby. In the background we've got
Hossain practising ahead of his match with Judd Trump. He's the only
Iranians on tour. He's very well. He couldn't get a visa coming into the
professional game but since he's coming he's had some very good wins.
He is based at Sheffield, practising there. He's had some good results
here. Trump is looking like Selby and Hawkins. Yan Bingtao kept Selby
waiting ages but finally back in. Selby to break. Trailing 2-1.
Yes, trailing 2-1. This frame is an important one. Mark Selby, point of
no return if he doesn't win this frame. I think Yan Bingtao deserves
to be 2-1 ahead the way he has played, making bigger breaks. 42,
57, 63. Another great pot from Yan Bingtao. Certainly a confident
player, no doubt about that. He played it as a shock for
something. Anything but straight's OK. If it's
straight he can't take this read on. It's just off straight.
Superb clean pot from Yan Bingtao. He's just missed the blue. I think
Mark Selby will be playing it. Close enough that it can be made. That
will help Mark Selby free the black spot. A good way to start when you
haven't potter Dave Ball for 25 minutes. Looks as though the black
is tied up. It's not all bad. The blue is dead straight.
Could only really leave himself a speculative read into this corner.
On the side cushion for the blue. Great recovery pot and now he's in a
great position. That was the shot of the match so far for Mark Selby. The
red Dominic has been talking about, the one against the black. You might
not be able to get on it this time unless he screws it's straight up
the line of the yellow. It could finish right on top of the red. I'm
talking about this on here, finished right on top of it. Amazing, isn't
it? Definitely. He has missed this. He'll be disappointed, Mark Selby.
He's left it on for his opponent. If Yan Bingtao can get a nice angle on
the blue to get on that read by the blacks, there is a great chance to
make a break. -- get on that red. Dense pack of reds are in a straight
line. You just have a look. Is there another plant was he thinking about
playing the pink off this thread? -- off this red? He did play for the
pink and overhit it slightly. He can still put the pink. I'm not sure
what's covered. Could be OK compared to the outside red. If he's not
covered he may snigger himself. Terry's going to have to in Taute
this pink, it'll have to go right in the middle of this pack of reds.
This will be interesting. If it has to go directly behind the red -,
lairy will be having kittens. This is awkward for Terry Camilleri.
It's about time these referees were put under pressure, instead of us
players all the time! Yes, he has done well here, hasn't he? Yan
Bingtao will hopefully be nicely on this red in the left-hand corner.
But once again, the pact is not great to go into. I hope he doesn't
slip! He deserves a round of applause for what he has done there,
the referee. Well played. Does he play for the blue? It is an easier
pack to go into than it is from the black. He decided to play for the
black. What was he trying to do their? If it had a kick, it would
have finished higher on the black. To be honest, he couldn't have
played that shot any better than he did. A great effort. He needed to go
into that pack with more pace than needed. From where he was, that was
all he could do. Yes, he was one shot away from
making that a possible frame-winner. Mark Selby can either bring the pink
interplay or just play a safety shot. -- interplay.
There is a statistic you don't see very often. Mark Selby losing the
safety battle so far. You don't see many players with a 93% safety
statistic. That's very rare. Mark Selby has a choice of reds. I'm
not too sure he is cueing well enough at the moment. If he plays
the one on the left-hand side, he will have to play a lot of left-hand
side to get back to the baulk area. That was unlucky. He will be forced
into taking the blue navy can see it. The blue is virtually straight.
You can see. A great pressure pot from Mark
Selby. He will be looking on and -- for an angle on the blue to go into
those six reds. He has missed the red. He will be disappointed. That
was a chance to get back into this frame and win it. He is not happy
with himself. The only red sticking out for Mark,
he has to be a bit careful. The reds that he is going to hit back, he
will push one over the left-hand pocket. Or towards the left-hand
pocket, not necessarily over the pocket. He could do with this as
thin as possible. He's just looking at what is go to happen to the
middle red of the three below leaping. It will come somewhere
within a foot of the left-hand pocket. -- below the pink. He has to
make sure of a good white. Just playing a containing safety.
These first three frames have been fairly lengthy. The initial frame
lasted more than 30 minutes. This frame is a little quicker at 21. --
the second frame a little quicker at 21. The third frame is more than 26
minutes. A little fortunate to have left it
hampered but it was still a very good safety shot.
I'm quite surprised he is looking at potting this red. He knows it is the
only red he could leave if he misses it. It is probably wise considering
it. Even though he would like to bring
those four reds interplay -- into play, you wouldn't want to be
hitting the fourth red. That is very unlike Mark Selby. You could count
on one hand the times he has played a safety shot like that.
Yan Bingtao has an excellent chance of taking a 3-1 lead. A possible
three to play. And that is where we will have to
leave it, I'm afraid. We have reached the end of our coverage. We
are back at seven for the start of the last 16. Who will be first to
book their place in the quarter-finals? We will see you
later. Goodbye for now. Every night, about 40 people find
themselves sleeping rough