Ian Hunt introduces the final of the 2017 Welsh Open between Stuart Bingham and Judd Trump from the Motorpoint Arena. The first eight frames are played.
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So many big names going home early, and yet two of the game 's biggest
stars are in the final, here is how they made the final. Had a real
fight in the end to get over the line against Stuart Carrington. A
whitewash over Robert Milkins last night. Judd Trump's victims included
Jackson Page, in a row quarterfinal win over Barry Hawkins, and his
class shone through in the end. Two players desperate to win another
ranking title. This venue has been kind to me over the years, the first
venue I ever qualified foresaw to be in the final is great. This is my
word final this season. Two other semifinals, probably one of the most
consistent of the season so far which is a little bit different for
me, normally I am a bit up and down but this year I have managed to stay
in good condition. I put it down to practice and consistency comes if
you keep practising. Whenever I lose, get back to the practice table
and eventually things pay off. The last thing, winning the World
Championships, it would be nice to get to the finals, but it's the
ultimate thing, to get your hands on another trophy. I have got every
chance tonight. He is a great player, he has improved over the
past five seasons, he has been the model champion and has nothing more
to prove. Did everything he wanted to do in snooker. He is under no
real pressure, go out and enjoy it and take it as it comes. Always
going to get results the style he plays, very attacking when he is on
song he can beat anyone. Can make anyone look stupid as well. How
attacking he plays, INAUDIBLE . It would be great to win this
trophy, it would bring prestige with it. It is still close to home that
it probably is as close to home as I'm going to get, 45 minutes from
home. To win this one would be extra special. You want to do good for the
people around you and your friends and family, to get your hands on the
trophy would be special? At some point this evening one of them get
their hands on the trophy and a cheque for ?70,000. Not bad for a
week 's work. We have only had three of the top 16 left, I was a bit
worried that it might not be a great final but we have two of the top
five. Tough one to call but it could be special. I think it well, Judd
Trump is breaking down a little bit too often at 40 and 50 and will have
to improve on that but I think it will be a close game. This crowded
deserve a good final. We have seen some top snooker from both players
this week. Who has impressed you most, this anyone have the edge?
Judd Trump is scoring better if that makes sense, but has had a
reasonably comfort free route to the final. I think both players deserve
to be really are. Four breaks over 142 already.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, after a brilliant week in Cardiff
it's time for the big one, welcome to the final of the Welsh Open, two
of the very best in the sport ready and waiting to go toe to toe, let's
get the boys on the baize. CHEERING APPLAUSE
Please welcome the most exciting player of his generation. Winner of
six ranking event titles, including the UK championship, and this
season's European Masters. With all of his friends and family making the
short journey here from Bristol, this is a massive day for the ace in
the pack, Judd Trump! APPLAUSE
And his opponent, appearing in his second Welsh Open final, his first
ranking title came in Australia 2011 and he hasn't looked back since.
Winner of the world title in spectacular fashion in 2015, he is
here to prove he still belongs at the top, he is the world number two,
he is Stuart Bingham. APPLAUSE
It is the 2017 Welsh Open final. Overdue commentators. -- over to
your commentators. Ready to get started for the first
frame of the Welsh Open 2017. If I had any hell my head I'm sure it
would have stood up. -- hair on my head. Very interesting so far, both
players, both Judd Trump and Stuart Bingham. I've seen Stuart Bingham in
three finals and three semifinals. Judd Trump, his third final of the
year, got into a couple of semifinals. Very interesting in the
head-to-head, five apiece. So I think this packed house in Cardiff
are in for a cracker. How do you see it going, Dominic? Good afternoon,
everybody. Yes, I'm looking forward to this match between these two
macro players. As you say, nothing to choose between them on the
head-to-heads. -- two players. This will be anything but a tight
encounter. I have to agree with Willie come his talk at the top of
the show with Ian Hunter, I can see it being 9-6, either way, really. --
with Willie, his talk. Both players on similar paths to the final.
Stuart Bingham against Robert Wilkins, he started things off with
a nice flick and a total clearance. Judd Trump is just on the same. --
fluke. Stuart Bingham has been put into a snooker early on.
Perfect weight. We started the week with 128 players. A lot of shocks in
the earlier rounds. A lot of top players leaving the event. It is
amazing how many times this happens. Down to the final. Top two in the
world. It is amazing they are top of the rankings. Stuart Bingham was
very clinical in the summer -- semifinal. He had a lot of long
pots. Every time he made them, his opponent was far from the table. He
has missed that one. There must be butterflies. It is impossible not to
have butterflies. To start this, after the way they were received
with the full house, and the music for the walk ons, I think it will
take a moment for the players to settle down and feel at home out
there. If I were to guess we would settle
down quickest, I would hedge my bets on Judd Trump. Nothing more than an
intuitive thought. But he does play with a confident air. He is such a
great potter. But he is a momentum player. When things start flying in
he is impossible to stop. And I don't think we've seen the best of
him here this week. Stuart Bingham in the semifinal yesterday,
definitely the best we have seen from him all week playing. He was
very, very good and clinical. Judd Trump had shown signs, but I don't
think he has put it all together. A couple of his matches, his long game
has been brilliant. His break-building hasn't been quite as
good. In other matches is long potting hasn't been great. He is
always very astute in the safety department. That is something he has
developed over the last three, four years. He has realised you couldn't
pot everything on the table. And you had to develop a second game if he
wanted to compete and win at this level. It is all about the
tournaments they can put on their CV. This is a very positive start
from Judd Trump. That one kept running and running.
The choice of red balls between the two pockets. Bit of a touch on the
pink, so I don't think he can get to them. Fortunately for Judd Trump,
the red went to the right centre which offers the perfect black ball
position. Just the sort of start judge would have been looking for --
Judd would have been looking for. Again, it has gone a little bit
astray for him. He still has this red ball to the right corner. It
will become poor cueing -- it will be ample cueing. The table has
played fast. You think the cue ball will stop at it travels on a couple
more inches -- and it travels. None of these shots are easy. Just
cue ball to either case the red a little bit with a bit more pace, or
just sort of stop two inches shorter. -- kiss the red. I think
you might cannon into the black. He might be able to miss the cannon.
Well, that was a nervous one, and that is all due to losing the cue
ball in that a relatively straightforward position on the
black. He just pulled it wide on the follow-through. I'm surprised he did
not try and play around a couple of cushions onto the blue in the
centre. A couple of easy reds in the black corner. But he might have this
one on pocket. I think he has been fortunate. But the red has covered
the black. I'm sure we will see Stuart Bingham take this round. --
take this one out. That was a crisp pot. That will be a
confidence booster and a settler down. They won't come much better
than that. Could have done with being a little bit straighter on the
red. But what a confident brown. Quite interesting, again, talking
about Judd Trump. He has had 44. He has broken down again. That is what
he has been doing all tournament, bar a couple, and he will have to
score heavier than that in this match. Yes, that's absolutely right,
Darren. He did get punished, breaking down in the 40s in a couple
of his matches. But you would expect somebody with Stuart's pedigree to
maybe punish him more severely and win frames.
Nice, straight position on the red, which should run through for the
black. The rest that has nestled against the pink, it should pot if
done properly. From Stuart's point of view, an obvious interest into a
frame clearance. -- the red that has nestled.
Yes, last night he was very, very clinical in positions like this. He
made very few mistakes. As Dominic said, if that read nearest the pink
is going into the right corner he has got to do nothing. Just keep
tight control of the cue ball. And if it doesn't go, he will play to
move it. As long as he gets up on the red it will go to that corner.
That is what he has played for. That is just about perfect. It looks --
looked like this first frame was going the way of Judd Trump due to
that mishap on the positional side of the shot. It looks like Stuart is
going to pinch this opening frame. A little bit of a kick. A note from
his head. -- nod. Never in doubt, though. Just needed to be a bit
thinner. On his way to win this first frame. He will be feeling a
lot better inside. Good effort. He went for the long pot, obviously,
and gave Judd his chance. He knows that all of these could have been
his. Well, he has missed the pink. I cannot imagine Judd Trump will come
to the table. He doesn't. He stays in his chair. He got a 44, broke
down, Stuart Bingham takes the first frame will -- first frame.
The first blood goes to Stuart Bingham. We said it would be a tough
one to call. Tight opening frame, a game of two halves. Similar to the
pattern all week. He lost from 40 in front a couple of times against
Hawkins. In the first frame here this afternoon, again. I don't know
if you get into a position where he thinks I'm definitely going to win
the frame and he relaxes a little bit. There was something in his mind
around the 50, 60 mark, which is missing. If he plays like that all
afternoon then Stuart Bingham is going to take it. That could
jeopardise his chances. He should have won more titles than he has.
But we love the way he plays. I'm not saying do not change the way you
play, but I'm saying be a bit more careful. When you're in the of
getting to the 40 mark, be a bit more careful in the middle of a
break, you only need to get 20, 30 more. He said that Stuart Bingham
has nothing to prove any more. He won recently. What do you reckon? He
doesn't want to go to his grave only having won one major tournament. The
other tournaments he has won we do not necessarily refer to as majors.
I'm sure Dominic and Darren will have their thoughts on that. Frame
two now with Stuart Bingham leading. The first 29 frames will lift the
beautiful trophy this evening. Early days, of course.
APPLAUSE -- the first to 9 frames. He
probably expects to get those. Kept very still on the shot, which is
very important. Particularly on the long ones. Now, yellow or brown.
First yellow. Just by the black, that red. I do know if it is
blocking the corner pocket. If it is, he should get onto the red as
soon as he can to free up the black ball. It will pot, that black.
Missing the other red ball to the right of the black is masking the
angle slightly. You called it. He has got onto the bed. Straightaway.
-- he has got onto that Red -- he has got onto that red
straightaway. It is a big day for the referee.
They spend all that time travelling around to try and get some major
finals under their belts. I have seen in the past, the referees can
get nervous, they can drop the ball, and the other ones go everywhere.
Not on this one, very steady hands. He sounds a bit like Darth Vader,
doesn't he? You can hear him breathing. He does not live that far
away. He is a Scouser. Living in Southport, Merseyside. Seem quite a
lot on the tour. Very experienced referee. -- he has seen quite a lot
on the tour. Nicely on this black. Two reds open
which you can play on. He will need to decide which shot he will play on
to develop that pack. You feel if he got on that black, in a way, later
on, he will probably play the blue and then this red just to the left
at the top of the pack. I don't think we will see him get into the
pack of reds yet. OK, we will. And I think he is just about OK. It wasn't
a good cluster to go into from the top. As long as he makes his next
pot, no damage done. This red could run into two. It has worked out OK,
because the pink and black are in open play. Judd Trump will be pretty
harsh on himself, I'm sure, if he does not go on to win this frame
from here and level things up. I'm pretty sure, from our comments and
his own observations, that he has broken down many times on 40 and not
gone on to win frames in one scoring visit. He will be wanting to make
amends for that here. Just wiped its feet as it went in.
But he has equalled his break in the first frame, 44, and he isn't
perfect in this position. Had a bit of a kick there. He ported the black
very thick into the pocket. -- potted. Good cueing. Easy pot this
time. Just needed to be on the right-hand side of the blue ball.
And that looks very straight. Slightest of angles. He has got to
be able to get off one or more cushions. He has connected the two
and he could not have played it much better than that. Very well played.
It is amazing how much of an angle you can create when it is almost
straight. You can play it with a trace of stun. No problem for Judd.
He goes to 57. Just a couple of reds and colours required to start this
final off in the perfect way for the spectators, at least. It keeps it
nice and close at one frame all. A little bit of pressure on that for
Judd. It is permissible. But just this red ball required to get his
side of the scoreboard rolling. Would you believe it? I wouldn't.
You just cannot believe it, can you? Game ball. We talked about his
scoring, not putting the frame away in one visit. It looks like he has
overcome all of that in this frame. What a lifeline he has given Stuart
Bingham now. This would be a massive body blow early in this match. It
doesn't matter what standard you are at, until you get that frame on the
board, the longer it goes, the harder it gets. Big miss, that one.
Definitely Judd Trump did not keep his mind on the job. He didn't keep
his mind on the present. Expecting this match to be level at 1-1. He
saw the winning line too quickly. He did not play the shot on its own
merit. Stuart Bingham, as all champions do, recognise these
weaknesses in opponents. And he will know that he can capitalise on that
mistake from Judd Trump. These remaining two reds, one
teapots this one of course, in very awkward positions. -- once teapots
this one of course. I think the red near that side
cushion, has not tried to move it. Does not want to be dead straight,
that looks perfect. This is going to be very tight to
get the rest incomparably. -- in comfortably. If he plays it from
here this really makes the shot more difficult. You can see the head of
the rest rocking on the cushion. He is having to put it so close to the
cue ball for the cue to get to the angle of the red that it is making
it awkward. This is a new one. This is a different way, I cannot imagine
he will play that either. Suddenly from being very straight forward
this has gotten very difficult. I am surprised he cannot stretch over the
side of the table and plate without the rest but I don't think it is as
difficult as it looks. Simple in the end. Lovely angle on the black to
play a semi-punch shot to create the angle. Oh dear, did I hear a mobile
phone? Could not possibly play that any
better and I can assure you Judd Trump will not think he's getting
back to this table in the second frame. And this will be a blow. If
there is every time you think a match could be a closer fair but
isn't, it's because of incidents like this. When a player ought to
win afraid, has no reason not to name from the point of view of Judd
Trump, throws it away by missing very simple red. Just makes it all
the more difficult to win your first frame when you know he should have
won one already. Needs both pink and black to win
frame by single point. Judd Trump caught in the early with a break of
64, looked like winning it comfortable that missed an easy red.
Gave Stuart Bingham this lifeline and he has taken it with both hands.
Wins frame by a single point to take a 2-0 lead.
STUDIO: An impressive clearance, Willie Thorne applauding here in the
studio, in another crisis from Judd Trump in the middle of a frame, not
the 40s this time but the 60s. Breaking off against him you cannot
afford to leave the sort of things, he's the best in the world at this
particular shot, he, that shot, right into the heart of the pocket,
look at the cue ball. We have talked about him breaking down on 40 and
50, this time breaking down on 64, tell me any amateur player in the
world that could miss this red. It's a lack of concentration when he has
got close to the winning post. It's so strange. That is probably the
eighth or ninth time he has missed when he has the frame won. Can he be
filling nervous? A player of his stature? The beauty is we know he
has to play well, if somebody could tell me Stuart Bingham was going to
kill the clay bowl from there I would have given him by gods, the
beauty of what he did was he played every shot pinpoint, he knows now he
has Judd Trump on the rack, that Judd Trump will be doubting himself
and that's the beauty. That the beauty when you are in a big final
like this, you are looking for evidence of flaws in your opponent
to give you extra belief. He saw Judd break down twice on 44 and 64,
both relatively easy shots, that miss will haunt him. Might have
trouble forgetting that for a couple of frames. Trump scratches his head
and wonders what I have to do to stop this happening. I am not sure
he realises himself he has done it so often this week. But people
around him, his management team, family and friends, when he goes
away from this tournament he is going to add to work on that, almost
as if it's the first ball, get past 40 and think you are starting again
rather than thinking I am about to win in the frame. It is unnerving
watching him play like this. COMMENTATOR: Some very good points
made. I am not saying I agree with all of them, but some of them. Put a
top amateur down, any kind of amateur, still a bit different
potting that ball in the club. But what I will say the red and he
missed was unforgivable. Potted a much better pink the shot before.
And the thing I also agree with is that he has done it all week, making
40s and 50s and breaking down. You can see with Stuart Bingham, he has
come in here and is firing on all cylinders. He will be very pleased
with himself. But Judd Trump knows he must cut the unforced errors.
Must cut them out. 2-0 down when he could be 2-0 up.
The part that all we are Judd keeps seemingly breaking down, can
actually work on that. It's more the mental side of the game during
matches. I don't think it would happen on the practice table. It's
the thought process in the mind, maybe thinking too far ahead,
thinking you have won the frame, or should do. Not keeping your mind in
the present. That is why I thought he missed that rather simple red.
Not surprisingly the confidence of Stuart Bingham will have grown from
that. Superb break to steel it by a point. Pretty straight on this blue.
Can play for red into the corner, black available but unfortunately
when it is re-spotted it will be tied up.
He was very straight on the last ball but he is not on that one.
Would love to move that red away from the black spot. If the red goes
to the pocket it's an easy positional shot, but if it does not
it is a bit more tricky. Goes to the left corner. All of a sudden this is
becoming a very good chance again. First thing to get himself and
running. -- for Stuart Binny to get himself up and running. -- for
Stuart Bingham to get himself up and running. Is already sensing he has
got a chance to build himself a lead. Has got his opponent slightly
on the ropes. He has to ponder the mistakes which have cost him the
previous two frames. The longer he's in the cheer the more he is thinking
it. -- the longer he is in the cheer the more he is thinking about it.
Perfectly judged cannon from Stuart. The pot success very good from both
players. 94% from Judd Trump. Breaks of 44 and 64 in the first two
frames. Ordinarily you think he might be 2-0 up. I'm sure Stuart
Bingham will be hoping he can make a frame-winning break from here
because there is no reason to suggest that he cannot. Still free
open reds, take those with blacks and the frame is virtually won. --
still free open Nice to know that the tips that
Stuart uses on his cues, they are an earlier version of another kind of
kept, and I actually sold him that box of tips. I should have been
charging commission. I know a lot of the top players have
gone away from traditional tips. It's getting harder to find a good
one. You go through the box and they have gone to talismans and Phoenix.
A whole bunch of different names products there now. It's because a
lot of the professional players started off in their youth, I found
in a box of 50 you would get eight or ten tips that were consistent.
But they have brought out new ones, which are very expensive but are
very consistent and it enables a lot of the players to stick with their
original brand. APPLAUSE Good red to the left centre. I
imagine Judd Trump will be fully aware, needs at the moment just one
snooker, that if he can get back to the table.
Clever shot, pushing the black onto the top cushion. This has been a
great start for Stuart, not so great for Judd. Still early on in this
match, a long way to go. First to 9. But in the event that Stuart does
win this frame he is a third of the way there.
That was clever as well, moving the red away from the pink. Would have
liked it a bit further away than it is.
Another good long pot. No trouble with Judd Trump's long potting, I
have remarked on it all week. That one hasn't gone in, pushes the cue
ball. It's not going to plan. Muhammad Ali. Golf, tennis,
football. Darts. Darts is pretty up there. Me winning the World
Championships. I remember losing a tennis final. I fulfilled that, last
year. Coventry. Conditions there are always played pretty good. I am into
gadgets and computers, so I think I would be something like that. Lose
yourself by Eminem. If you listen to the words it's from his film eight
mile. I get all goose pimply thinking about it. When, when,
chicken dinner comes to mind. I remember missing my flight when I
won the world amateur in 96. I got the dates wrong, I loved that the
arrival day instead of the take of a. I asked what the weight limit
was, I said I was at home and they said you should be on the flight.
COMMENTATOR: We have all had problems with flights nowadays
especially when so many tournaments are held abroad. But Stuart is very
much like me, loves to play in everything that he can play N. And I
am sure he is like me, loves travelling. It is tough for a lot of
the players these days, away from their families. For a significant
part of the year. Also loves modern technology so is able to keep in
touch with his family whilst abroad. Yes, little one arrived for him a
couple of months ago. He has played a lot of snooker over the last four
or five weeks which is not given him much home life. I think now in the
modern game when you get on a run you have to make the most of it.
It'll be interesting, in his last two matches Stuart Bingham has gone
into a 4-0 lead before the interval. This frame would make it three in a
row. But I am sure Judd Trump will have something to say about it. But
again, another great long pot. Absolutely. Does not seem to have
lost too much confidence. As a result of losing the first three
frames. Has been in first in at least two of them. Now this. Force
the brown into the centre pocket. That's a wonderful shot. It is, only
a couple of players in the game would attempt to play that and he's
one of them. Absolutely unbelievable pot.
You feel he needs to win a frame with a big break. Total clearance of
some sort. Just to settle himself down and reaffirm that he is still
scoring and he can score and win a frame in one visit.
Yes, needs top-quality cue control really so he does not have any issue
with positional play. The referee will just need to check the spot of
the pink. Those already it is occupied so will replace it on a
direct line between its own spot and the top cushion. Must not touch any
of the reds. Yet be as close as possible without touching.
He's asking for the long tackle. Mr red not too dissimilar to this on
the first frame. The black last summer.
Back on the blue. You just feel he's going to try to go into this pack of
reds, has that red, that is a great angle. Hold onto your hats, these
could go everywhere. Needs the red to slow down. What happens when
things are going wrong, really unlucky. Really unlucky.
I was looking for any potential plants in that pack of reds. But
that red that went into the left-hand corner, I don't think you
could have forecast that going in. It is the 9-ball pull element of
snooker, crash into the pack to develop them but you never quite
know where they are going to finish. Very important frame for Judd Trump
to win, this. Could never have forecast either playing taking a 4-0
interval lead. But you certainly can now.
Obviously a long way to go in this frame but if Stuart was to make it
4-0 I think Judd Trump will be gratefully interval has come. Will
have 15-20 minutes to gather his thoughts. It's amazing how many
times after the interval matches change, stops the momentum. The look
of That's exactly what Judd Trump
needs, a reprieve from Stuart Bingham. Has not missed much in
these first four frames. Did just overscrew position lately for it.
And Judd Trump has missed that one. Got down and played that very
quickly. Why he has gone up for the blue and played it at that pace, I
don't know. I was just about to say Stuart Bingham had a wry smile going
back to his chair as if he had missed a trick, certainly would not
have thought he was coming back to the table so soon.
Probably just checking to see if the pink spot is available here because
if it is not it will go on the black spot and he needs to make sure he
leaves the cue ball well clear of it so he does not snooker his next red.
I would say the pink spot is just occupied.
Just have to be a little bit careful, he will play to move the
reds, probably to the left of the cluster. Is that a plant? Looks like
it. You can see two of them not quite on, this one seems to be the
favourite out of the two. APPLAUSE This becomes a frame-winning chance.
For all intents and purposes it looks like Judd Trump had a chance
to get back into this frame and to cut the deficit down. But the way
Stuart Bingham has been playing, the form he showed us in the opening
three, cannot imagine he'll make any mistakes with this effort. Worrying
times for Judd Trump's fans who have come here to cheer him on.
Yes, although the black is out of commission, the reds and the pink
would mean that Stuart Bingham will be comfortable. He will not need the
tricky red ball on the right-hand cushion. Cannot avoid getting a
cannon onto the other reds before potting this. He won't want to knock
one of those rates onto the cushion, either. He actually looked at the
plant. -- those reds. He looks like he will have to play the red onto
the other red. Big risk, but the plant looks easy. I think he played
the right shot. He couldn't guarantee the position. That has
helped Judd Trump with the red coming across to the blue. But he
will have to get a good pot of this -- off this.
APPLAUSE He just isn't missing anything at
the moment. How straight to the pocket. Beautiful cueing.
He must be full of confidence, Stuart Bingham. He has missed
preciousness -- precious little in these first few frames. Judd Trump
should have won two of these first four friend this afternoon.
Purposely levered himself on the red because it will go past the blue. --
four frames. Would you believe it, 4-0 interval lead for Stuart
Bingham? Well, any colour will do. 35 ahead, 35 still remain. Let's run
you through some of the breaks we've already seen this afternoon. Breaks
of 65, 69 and 74 for Stuart Bingham. It has been a very, very high-class
opening four frames from a break point of view. Haven't seen much
safety. Turning the screw on him further. But Judd Trump is still in
this fourth frame. APPLAUSE
The difficulty, of course, for Judd Trump, he could tie. That would mean
he would need the black off this final red ball. And it isn't in a
great position. Although, Stuart Bingham has rather helped his cause.
Well, he tried to co-opt the red in. Steve
He has judged it perfectly. That is most certainly will be the fourth
frame -- that most certainly will be the fourth frame for Stuart Bingham.
I don't see Judd Trump coming back to the table in this fourth frame.
It has been a great performance so far this afternoon from Stuart
Bingham. Judd Trump will certainly go into the interval thinking he
should be at least 2-2. It has been down to him. Stuart's going to be
4-0 ahead. 4-0 it will be. Both of the players will leave the arena to
take their mid-session cup of tea. A great afternoon so far for Stuart
Bingham. He leads Judd Trump 4-0 in the Coral Welsh Open 2017. A very
happy Stuart Bingham making his way out for the interval. Judd Trump
with a lot of thinking to do. 4-0 down in the final of the Welsh Open.
What hope is there for him? Nightmare scenario. We never saw it
coming. He should have been 2-0 in front. He has to realise that Stuart
Bingham cannot win in this session. He has got to make it respectable.
6-2 is almost, you know, back in the game, but he needs to tighten up a
little bit. He is potting beautifully. His long game is better
than Stuart 's. He had a 6-0 win in his previous match. The key thing is
he is starting the match so well. His last four matches, he has been
4-0 ahead at the interval. Incredible momentum, 11 frames. And
you are playing against the best players in the world arena. Against
Judd Trump, taking the opening four he will be buzzing. What will be
going through Trump 's mind? He won't be doubting himself. Saying
that, I am sure he will come back and have a knock for ten minutes.
Dominated the first two frames and lost them both. That is what hurts.
If a player knocks a long red you don't worry about it, but when you
lose the games he has lost there you start to worry and think, I should
have won that and this. Just put it better than Stuart and he is 4-0
behind. -- potted. He is putting them in. Under pressure, the tricky
ones he is getting them in. Absolutely. Stuart must be floating
on air. He has got one foot into winning this championship. He was a
finalist in a few years ago. Stuart Bingham looking to get his hands on
the trophy and he is looking in good shape as it is. Talking about Trump
and the flaws in his game. Interesting to hear what he has to
say about where his game is at the moment. Before this final he sat
down for a chat with Rob Walker. What a great week this has turned
out to be. You have had a spring in your step around the Motorpoint
Arena over the last six days. It's always been an enjoyable tournament.
It's nice to be back on home ground. It is close to my friends and
family. I always enjoy coming here. Don't always play my best snooker.
But I feel comfortable here. I feel at home. I like being around
Cardiff. There is a lot to do here, we are close to everything, it is
just a tournament I've always enjoyed. How important is it, when
you get to the top of your game as you are now, that you are enjoying
the local environment where a tournament is taking place? Does it
make a difference? Over the past one or two seasons, I've stopped going
to tournaments that I don't really enjoy so much. I used to play every
event. Even if I did not enjoy myself when I was there. Whereas
now, I've skipped a few tournaments. There are lots of snooker fans here.
Apart from Sheffield, there is probably more, I am being recognised
and people enjoy their snigger. From day one the crowds have been
exceptional here. It is just an exceptional place to play snooker.
-- enjoy their snooker. Does it still matter to you that you want to
put on a show? Yes. It is important for me to help snooker along the
way. Snooker has gone three transitional period, I think. --
gone through. You see some games that track. Some players just want
to win so badly. They forget that you need some entertainment for it
to drive and move forward. -- some games that drag. The character I
want to be is the player that plays a bit of both, kind of gets on with
it because that is how I enjoy it, and, I think, for me, if I was
having to play slower then I would probably give up. Because it and
enjoy it. I enjoy clearing frames up in five, six minutes, and smashing
the ball is at the end of the frames will stop you have developed as a
player. -- at the end of the frames. You have immaturity to your game.
You have developed a mental strength. Maybe when you started it
possibly wasn't there. A lot of aspects to my game are better than
they used to be. I feel I've improved over the last couple of
seasons. I've given it my best shot. Especially this season, practice
wise, I have knuckled down and given it my all. In snooker labels stick
throughout your career. Maybe that will stick with me, being a long
potter, hitting the ball too hard, those things stick around. But for
anybody who knows the game I think they can see the improvement I have
put in. When you look at the list of all-time greats. The fact you are a
six time ranking event winner. There are not many ahead of you. Is it
important to you that you are working your way up the list of
all-time greats, the more of these events you can win? All of the
records are important. I look at the ranking events. The sentry breaks.
And even 147s. Stuff like that means a lot because if you want to be
remembered as a great you need to be up there as competing in those
things. -- the centrury breaks. Centrury Breaks, I am getting up
there with Ronnie O'Sullivan. I'm not that far away if I can keep
plugging on and doing what I am doing. It will soon come around. At
27, do you feel as though you are approaching the best years of your
career? I definitely think so. When I turned professional. You look at
Stephen Hendrie, you think your primers around 26, 27, but that
isn't the case these days. -- of your prime is. We've seen people
like Mark Selby peak around 34. It gives you hope to see players doing
well in their 40s. It has gone from being a 15 year career to a sort of
25 year career for me. I have a lot of time on my hands to keep
improving. From now, being 27 to maybe 33, 34, over the next six,
seven years, this is when I think I should be winning a tournament every
season, and try to get to more ranking events by the time I turned
34. Interesting interview with Judd
Trump. And as you predicted, he is having a practice in the interval. I
like that interview. Three things that stood out. He isn't playing in
every tournament. He is getting himself ready for the big events.
Second, he is making it entertaining. Making sure he has
high up on the maximums and the centrury breaks. He said if he only
wins two a year for the next ten years he would be up there with
about 20, 30. He wants to be one of the all-time greats. I think he will
be. The starts can happen when you are outplayed in the first opening
three frames. Do you agree with what he says, from your experience, that
at the age of 27 you have not reached your peak in the modern
game? I don't think he has reached its peak yet. Once he gets his mind
right, not to lose silly frames, maybe go for the extra one, he has
an unbelievable player to watch. I looked at him and Jimmy White in the
same aspect. Jimmy White has won 30 tournaments, whatever it is, and I'm
sure he will get there. People you have never heard of making high
breaks. The conditions are so much better than they were in the olden
days. The platform now, the amount of tournaments. If you are playing
well you will win. But there are so many people who can beat you. The
tournament now is tough. Best of sevens. You will get strange
results. Had this been a best-of-7, best of nine event, Judd Trump would
not have had a chance. He just needs to win the next session. Get a
couple of drawers. He will be back in the game. To be considered one of
the all-time greats you have to win a World Championship, what does he
need to do to do that? Given the breakdowns this week. I think he
needs to sort out the difference between an exhibition player and a
match player. At his best he is wonderful. When you are not playing
at your best you need to get something. I'm not sure he has that.
He can certainly beat most players with his league game. He is an
amazing break-builder, and a crowd pleaser, and I like the fact he
wants to get the public to get the enjoyment out of the game. --
certainly beat most players with his B game. Stuart Bingham has also been
chatting to Rob. Your career has been fascinating and
inspirational. Unlike some players were success fell on them at the age
of 19, 21, you have really had to work for this and it has taken a
long time, but I guess that is what has made it more satisfying getting
towards the top. Definitely. When you turn pro, in 1995, you thought
you were the business. You went and you saw the likes of Matthew Stevens
and Paul Hunter and a load of others, then you realise that you
are not that good. You are not that special. It took a while. I won a
lot of programmes. I won the world amateur, English amateur, world
amateur, things like that, and then obviously a couple of Masters
qualifiers, back to back. I suppose I should have pushed on there. It
took me a few more years. I suppose I've always had that game. I've
always had that believe I could do something eventually. And, yeah,
obviously it has been a bit of a roller-coaster since late 2011. Or
is there a stage when you thought the titles and the great moments
would actually dilute you forever, and you wouldn't quite make the step
up? -- elude. You see it at the top of the game. You see the likes of
Steve Davies, Hendry, Williams, all winning tournaments and you think
you've got to beat maybe a few of them to have any chance of winning.
It was really difficult. Obviously a few of them retired. They're
obviously more tournaments. I have definitely benefited from that. --
bear bar. It is not about building too much
pressure on one tournament. Because it seemed like every six weeks there
was a tournament. Now, if you get beat in one tournament you need to
get back to it because there was one next week. It has suited me and a
lot of people on tour. Did it simply click into place. You realised you
were a winner after you got across the line in Australia in 2011. I
think a lot of players, including myself, you always think you are
good enough until the door opens, until you have that winning ball to
lift that trophy, you have always got that, maybe, self-doubt, as
well. Until the door opens. It took me a year after that to accept that
I was a ranking event winner. And learn of the stuff that goes on.
But, yeah, since then, I won three, four tournaments, and it has been a
great life since then. We must all about your crowning moment so far,
winning the worlds, are you hungrier than you might have been to win a
big one having done the worlds two years ago? Of course. I suppose I am
as hungry as anybody else. It is really weird, because, say, last
week, at the Grand Prix, I felt really sorry for myself. I gave
myself a stiff talking to. I talked to my wife, my manager, we all sat
down and had a chat. Something clicked inside me to put the hours
in and... I have had a chat with Alan Taylor, as well, he said a
couple of things. It just, sort of, to say something has clicked, I've
come here, I didn't know what could have happened in my first match
against Matthew, obviously. But I settle down straightaway. I made 100
in that first frame of that first match. And I've gone from strength
to strength. A really modest, down to earth guy.
Where do you think he is compared to where he was when he won the World
Championship in 2011? He played very poorly in the Grand Prix. The
celebrated every shot. Bereft of confidence. -- he decelerated. He
wants to pick his tournaments, the ones who likes to go-to, Judd Trump.
Stuart Bingham says it helps him to know there is another tournament
next week. When he first turned pro, once you had a bad loss you now have
six weeks to get ready for the next one. You lose interest for a little
bit. But Stuart likes to practice and loves to play. He hasn't done
the work on the practice table. And after he had a bad result in the
Grand Prix he went back to the practice table, spoke to Alan Taylor
and his manager, who is a lovely fella, and he realised he had to put
more work in. Juggling the demands of snooker with the demands of being
a new dad, as well. Absolutely. I think he is getting some rest on the
circuit. Five frames away from getting his hands on the Welsh Open,
how do you see it, 4-0, what a lead? If he could win all four, I don't
think it would happen, but I think it is essential to win one of the
remaining four to go into the lead into tonight's session. He would
like to win it 3-1 but that won't necessarily happen. Judd Trump has
to come out and do something. He needs to win at least three to have
a chance. It needs to be a big, solid start for Judd Trump, but it
is a very healthy lead for Stuart Bingham in the 2017 Welsh Open final
here on BBC Two Wales. It is time to take you back to the arena for the
second session and we join Rob Walker -- rejoin.
Please welcome your players back into the arena, Judd Trump and
Stuart Bingham. Terry Griffiths now alongside Darren
Morgan in the commentary box for this second session...
COMMENTATOR: Judd Trump breaking off in this fifth frame. He isn't
desperate at the moment. But another few frames, if he loses them, he
will be. He has played OK, but he has just missed the odd few shots.
This is the best I've seen Stuart Bingham play for quite a while. Very
high standard. Very, very important now for Judd
Trump to get onto the board early in the second mini-session. I said
earlier in the first couple of frames, it does not matter how good
you are, until you get a frame on the board you are never quite
settled. The longer it takes the harder it gets. Stuart Bingham would
have been quite saddened that the interval came along when it did
because he played beautiful snooker before that. What a terrific red
that was. Full of confidence now. Yes, he is stroking it at the
moment. Obviously quite confident. It only just went in in the middle
of the pocket. Normally very strong on that, Judd
Trump. He has not missed a lot right the way through this tournament. All
he would need right now would be for his long game to leave him. It
wasn't easy. The pocket on these match tables are very tight. That is
the pot success. Not too shabby. The long pot success is very good for
Stuart Bingham on 83%. And it is not bad for Judd Trump, either. But I
would have thought Judd Trump's statistic would have been higher
than that. Obviously the way the statistics are compiled, it has
showed up like that. I think it goes on the number of wrong pots. It
gives a good clue of what is happening out there.
APPLAUSE Got better. -- that is better. As
usual, when you get a good snooker like that, the red is set. And it
looks like he could come off two cushions. Go slowly. You've got to
judge the angle right and the pace. He might be looking for a plant
here. I think he is. It looks as if the first red he is playing might
not get past the second red. To get to the angle to pot the second one
is a big ask. Yes, looking very close. Bit of desperation there. No
need to. He will just have to bide his time, try and make an easier
opening for himself. Easier said than done at the moment.
Obviously played ten times throughout their careers. Five
apiece. Stuart Bingham won their last encounter, 2016, the world
Grand Prix. The last time Judd Trump beat Stuart was 2015 at the Shanghai
Masters. And at the moment it is all Stuart Bingham.
He has been getting on the blue perfectly earlier on in the first
four frames. Bit short of pace. He's got the green by putting too much
spin on the cue ball and he's left himself a tough long one. If he does
not he will probably leave Judd Trump and in. So just that bit more
of difficulty on the shot. Not technically, but mentally.
Certainly could have left something easier than that for Judd Trump. Has
not potted a ball for 20 minutes, Judd. I thought I would never say
that. One good positional shot on the
yellow back to the reds and he's back into it.
Still not straight forward. Awkward cueing. Making sure he doesn't touch
the green. Again he is the wrong side of the blue.
Might just see a little role through. Again he's going to be, I'm
not good to say hampered, but the green on the side cushion, well,
he's a long way away from it, so he's OK this time. Just about OK.
Always imperative to get the right side of the blue, makes life a lot
easier. Has just enough angle to work with.
You know we just get the feeling if he had been able to play that shot
it would have dropped in. The game comes up and batters you. Had to put
a lot on site. Dunn to do try to change the angle and it was so
close. -- had to put a lot on the side of it to try and change the
angle. I don't think he played for this aside, he played for the other
side. First time he's been a little bit unsettled. Mr good chance the
previous visit. Cannot play perfect snooker all the time however.
If you would have cannoned the other red on the way up would probably
still have something in the middle. Giving this a bit of thought.
The way the players minds work is the obviously, the use, a lot of
players use imagery to see the shot. As they go down to the shot it's a
natural thing they do. Also they see imagery of where the fight will go
for the next ball, the positional play. -- where the white will go.
That's Joy on the spin know that if they don't get prime position they
have to reset the mind and see a different shot and that in itself
makes admissible. You cannot help feeling Judd Trump
really needs to make the most of this.
Went through a little period which was very uncomfortable. Don't we
all? Just crept into the lead in this
fifth frame. Still a lot to do to win the frame. That's the thing with
Judd Trump, looks like he is out of sorts, all he needs is a spark of
brilliance. Then everything come straight back to him. Very much a
momentum player. Looked as if he was getting up
there. That there, he played the ball and
then got up. He hit that nicely. We are seeing more balls missed by both
players in this frame than the first four.
Judd Trump making mistakes in the first frame and no Stuart is missing
a few as well. Happened against Stuart Carrington as well. When you
are out there and 4-0 in front, sometimes, especially if you have
lost from well in front before which I am sure these players have, you
start to think about it. Is he going to come back at me? Instead of just
letting it flow like Stuart Bingham did in the first four frames. Maybe
going behind the green here. Keep the Browning play.
I think at the moment that is summing up the day of Judd Trump. A
great hit to get out of that snooker. If the red had missed the
blue you feel you would have got away with this. But as it is Stuart
Bingham now has a chance to get right back in this fifth frame.
Going to be a lot of work, green to brown and then brown to blue. A lot
of table to be covered. He has quit on the yellow, come straight across
it. Positive signs for Judd Trump. Stuart Bingham has missed more balls
in this frame than he has the previous four. The only thing I can
think of is that he is trying to pinch an angle into the pocket. So a
lot of play left in this fifth frame.
Looks like the yellow has gone just a bit too far past the centre
pocket. Can see why he played it but about unfortunate for it to come
back on. 18 points behind. From where he is he's going to have
to hit this with a lot of pace. That was the problem, not easy. Think
he's been a bit fortunate. That's what happens when you are playing
well. It's been a funny sort of games so far. Good to see.
It does bounce about more than normal. Did not go in the pocket.
Hit that a little bit too hard but had to try to get the green onto the
cushion rather than where it is now. Good chance for Stuart.
Unbelievable relief. Stuart Bingham 4-0 up. He's looked quite edgy in
this frame. It's amazing the part played by that 15 minute interval
for both players. Very well struck green by Judd, nicely on the brown.
This to get his first frame on the board.
The crowd are recognising he is 23 points in front, just 18 left and
the blue is on and they don't want a one-sided final I am sure, the crowd
here today. Concession from the Stuart Bingham
and Judd Trump gets his first frame. Let's see what happens now.
I did some maths of my own, 73 minutes into the final and Judd
Trump finally has something to feel happy about because he has a frame
on the board, he is under way. Amazing how the interval can alter a
match, if there had been no interval you could have seen Stuart Bingham
winning the session 8-0. But Judd Trump as realised he had to change
his game to get back into the match. Stuart Bingham will be thinking just
win two of the next four. Different mindset, 15 minutes of thinking,
that first frame after the interval was so scrappy. Judd Trump went for
a couple and missed them. Stuart Bingham missed the worst shot in the
match. He will just be wanting to take a lead into the final session.
The first time we have seen Stuart Bingham wobble, you used the word
reckless at one point for one shot. When you are a 4-0 behind you cannot
afford to take Gorecka -- to take a reckless pot. I think
they're the Judd Trump has got a foothold in the match we could see a
different player, he could win this session 3-1 to be only 5-3 behind
going into the evening session. COMMENTATOR: I think that would be
the perfect scenario for Judd Trump. Obviously he would like to win all
three and go into the night session all square but it's a long way to
go. But he does have one frame on the board. He will be feeling a lot
better. Looked like that frame was getting away from him as well.
He would have liked to have made that, keep his momentum going. Such
a good long potter. Four out of seven so far in this match which
isn't bad. But it seems every time he misses one he gives Stuart
Bingham the chance. That was a chance. Stuart has lost his way
somehow, I don't know why. Both of these players can run away with
frames with big breaks in short spaces of time. But it's hard to
believe what playing right now. When you look at how he played in the
first four. Rack yes, very similar traits to his quarterfinal as we
have already talked about. Against Stuart Carrington. It is up to Judd
Trump no really. Needs to make these chances count and keep Stuart
Bingham in his seat for as long as possible. Try to get as many
negative thoughts whilst Stuart is sitting in his seat, you can
guarantee he will be thinking about the last frame and a bit. Looks deep
in thought there. There is no doubt he has dropped and
his form, Stuart Bingham, and that is helping Judd Trump. Has a feeling
that Stuart will not knock in a big break every time he goes up, that
gives you more comfort and you start knocking in more balls and bigger
breaks. He is a momentum player, Judd Trump.
Once he starts potting long balls and getting in and splitting the
pack, he's very hard to stop. Played for the red to the right of
the black. There are a couple of loose reds, but the angle on the
black, he might go into the cluster of reds. Play this with a lot of
force. Played a clever shot. Played the stun run-through. The reds have
gone very nice. This is probably the best chance he has had in a frame.
In quite a while. Certainly since the first or second frame. Had a
couple of breaks in the first, 44 and then 64 in the second but lost
both frames. But hasn't seen much since then.
Very impressive when he is in full flow, does not take long, plays the
aggressive shots. Goes back to his seat, looks exactly
the same as if he has just done a 100 break. Which is very good, like
to see those things. Is he going to win the frame with
this effort? Keys around about the place he has been breaking down all
week. Again, the wrong side of the blue, will leave himself a lot
further away than he will have liked. He is on 55, the blue will be
60. This is the kind of territory he has been all week and faltered. Do
feel that if this red goes in, it could be the end of this frame. I
think he has forgotten he is left-handed and has left himself
awkward cueing. APPLAUSE
That went in through the back door. But nicely on black.
Having a nice look to see if it slides past the little cluster.
Touching ball, sometimes it looks like it will go and it just pushes
it one way. This red would make certain in this frame. The other red
does not gore, closest to the cue ball. Might be value in having a go
at this red into the right corner. He is going to play safe, taking no
chances. You cannot blame him. APPLAUSE
Yes, if that red next to the one that was touching was back a little
bit I think it would have gone but it was the opposite way.
Have to see the wheels are coming off a little bit for Stuart Bingham.
I am sure a lot of people here today might not be able to understand why
he was so good in the early part of this match and is now missing so
much. But the interval as usual can turn things around and it certainly
has here. Again, very well struck. It was all
plain sailing 30 minutes ago. Leading 4-0. 30 minutes later for -
two, game back on. -- 4-2. Two frames left in the session. I think
Judd Trump will be pleased if he takes both but so long as he takes
one of them he is still in contention for the night session.
Looked for all intents and purposes that it was going to be totally
one-sided, this match. If it had continued in the sea whereas the
previous. Exhibition time. That's what the
crowd loves to see. When he wins a frame, he plays a lot of exhibition
shots on the colours, I am sure will see one on the brown. He has let me
down there. He has let me down big style. Had the perfect opportunity
to give us an exhibition shots. He is getting boring, folks.
OK... OK... So he's not getting boring! Now we will see an excellent
shot at the black committee still has a wry smile, a different class.
Come on, find the pocket somewhere. No pockets. But he's not going to be
too worried. 58 and 68. He takes another frame. That's his deficit.
He now trails 4-2. Well, we didn't want it to be boring, and it is
anything but that, this final in Cardiff. Let's have a look at the
provisional world rankings. This is how it will stand after this
tournament's concluded. Whatever happens here in the final, Judd
Trump is going to move up one place to fourth, Stuart Bingham will stay
second, sorry, Trump up to second from fourth, Bingham will stay
second. The leading Welshman hanging onto his place in the world top 16
ahead of the World Championships of course in April. He is only ?16,000
ahead in terms of prize money. He has a bit to do to hang onto his
place. The interesting thing is that the top 16 qualify for the world,
the rest have to go through three qualifying rounds commit huge
difference. Massive difference, up until last year they just had to
play the one game, which was great. But now people outside the top 16
have to play six matches. But people like the Maguires of this world,
that is huge, it you know, it is such a bonus being the top 16. It
used to be a bonus to be 17 and 32 because UN had the one match, a
massive difference now. Absolutely. Trump back on it having won the two
frames. Last year we saw a big comeback from one years old and he
was 5-2 down and won seven frames -- from Ronnie O'Sullivan. And am now,
why is he playing so well, and after 15 minutes... I go back to the point
I made at our last time in the studio. Bingham had 15 minutes to
make sure that you take a lead into the final. He leads great, but I
would expect it to be at least 6-2, now it is for- two. You will be
thinking, don't let this 4-0 lead disappear. You have so many negative
thoughts, the hardest thing is to get a positive thought when things
are going bad. Things are going bad at the minute, but you have to
remain positive. He looks thoughtful, Stuart Bingham, not too
perturbed. Trump looking happier than he was, no surprise, he has
just won in a row. Bingham is for- two up, very intriguing -- he has
just won two in a row. The excitement. Everything was
required. We aren't long way from that yet. -- we are a long way. It
did look earlier on like it would be an early finish to light. --
tonight. Well done to him. He has missed a few red floral by Tara, --
if you reads that are a lot easier than that.
Well, he's left himself a bit to do on this red, but the good part of it
is that it splits the reds out. Look, he's running through. Really
nicely. If it looks very easy now, but I tell you, when you're out
there, it can get thicker or thinner, and he looked a bit of a
mug down the side cushion, on back division. -- you look. It is a part
of the game I think a lot of the audience enjoyed watch, the movement
of the cue ball, how they get it there, peas they get it there with.
-- fees. Well, this crowd, I'm sure they are
enjoying this. Especially now Judd Trump has started making a bit of a
comeback. Nobody wants to see it one-sided. He has got right back
into this match. Still, Bingham has got a couple of options here. He can
play for the most red down towards the blue, and play it back into
them. Played for the loose red, the blue. Might even be a red just below
the pink that goes into the corner. If it does, that will open things up
a little bit. And that's very tight birth. He'd have to be on the other
side playing that red to get to the potting angle. He just lost addition
a little bit. This pot is not quite as straightforward as it should be.
That is very nicely played. It is the type of shock that can go wrong,
as you get the prime position. -- the type of shot.
He needed to keep this going, because you feel now that if he
misses, it gives Judd Trump a chance, and he may well take it,
which she wasn't doing earlier on. Well, for a minute I thought the red
was going to cover the pocket on the left there, but he's OK. See, he
didn't play that with too much pace, mainly because he knew it would
split at that pace. Also he didn't want to lock the pink and black,
although the pink has gone safe, the black is still available. As usual
with these top pros, that is where they like to play and make their
breaks. He looked as if he thought he had a
big bounce there. Caught the cushion. The red is still relatively
easy. Having the cue ball cleaned as well because he wants to drop the
red in. Didn't look like it had come of the
big bounce. It was looking a little bit down the right-hand side and
there. Obviously took the tube all on a closer line to this thread. --
this red. No trouble at all. Mostly on the
black. He is just a couple of shots away
now from making sure of this seventh frame. And re-establishing himself
in this match. Obviously they've had anxious moments the last couple of
frames, he's had chances and failed to convert them. This was all from a
superb long red right at the start. And he's found his form again, it is
not as easy as it seems with Judd Trump in his chair staring you out.
And knowing that you have his better form, should I say, if you give him
a chance now ban earlier. He has played these well. A bit of
class in this. And with the first red, the long red into the left
corner, it is the corner here that he was playing. It wasn't that he
popped it on the black, it was the way he struck the ball, it was
perfect. That in itself can lift you, just one shot, believe it or
not. He is playing for the gap there,
that Tourette's. -- the two reds. He is certainly back in scoring
mode. You see, this is the problem with the cushions when they bounce.
You can see what happened earlier on, I thought it did, off the black,
you don't want to hit it too hard in case it bounces, it could go past
the booming. Of course, it didn't have a bounce off the same cushion.
So will pass the blue. Look at that cue ball coming down.
So fast. Judd Trump's better pace is very important on these fast cloths.
Oh, well! A little bit disappointed, but not really. He needed that. He
is back now. Three frames in front at 5-2.
Yes, he will be feeling a lot happier. He missed a couple of
frames. A couple of balls in the last couple of frames. Right at the
start of this frame, Judd Trump was making his comeback, left Stuart
Bingham a long red. I've got to be fair, at one stage I didn't think he
was going to play this red. He just hasn't made a great pot, the way
that he struck the cue ball. It is absolutely as good as he could have
hit it, to get so close to the black, it was just played to
absolute perfection. And we all know he has come through there with a win
on the frame. Stuart Bingham sat down for a while, had a think about
it, and decided he would have a break after all. I guess when your
nerves are starting to jangle and you've lost two frames to your
opponent in the final, that is exactly what you need to come out
and do. He alluded to how big a pot that was. Stuart's frame of mind
started to change from 4-0 to 4-2. He couldn't have struck the first
one better than he did, perfect, deserved to win the frame from
there. Stuart will settle again. He won't have settled if he lost that
one, but now he can go all out and try and take a 6-2 lead. How do you
look at this game generally? Would talk about the contrasting styles
between these two players, how do you think this final is panning out
competitor recent years Kwizera it's all about fractions. Judd Trump
should have won. He got back into the match with winning the first two
frames. Top class snooker is about fractions, the mindset of both
players, Bingham's mindset was great, Judd Trump's wasn't very good
in the first half. It changed a little bit, now Bingham has made
that break and he is feeling more confident. It is all about
fractions. Whoever takes it is going to be a lead going into the not so
much class session. Last frame of the last session. -- it is a lead
going into the last session. Let's rejoin it with being back-up table,
feeling better I would imagine at 5-2 up.
COMMENTATOR: So, here we go. You feel it is a bigger frame for
Judd Trump than it is. But being, whatever happens. Stuart is going to
have a minimum of a two frame lead going into tonight's final session.
I do feel for. Judd Trump -- I do feel that for Judd Trump to have any
chance in this match, this is a must win frame. Again, just walloped.
Trademark all-important. He has lost the cue ball. What a red that was.
Buying! You could have played a dead weight
up to the arrows. That is a more difficult shot probably. What I
contrasting two shots. Normally, Stuart Bingham would be
looking here to off a few cushions and come to the side of the pack. As
it turns out, the way the reds are set, there is quite a number of reds
you could leave on. That is why he is taking a bit more time than
normal. He is not touching the arrow, so he can get to the side
cushion. You see the one he has placed his
Huw on, if he comes in the other side, he is leaving a red in the
centre, if not the two by the black. Judd Trump may turn out to give him
another good chance. Well, that was a new one. Not too
bad. He has left this red into the left centre, the cue ball is very
close to the red. He tried to play that perfectly, this red.
Well, how great a part Judd Trump is, knowing it had to be smack on.
In all kinds of trouble. You'd think Stuart Bingham would be
quite relieved that it only cost him three points, his miscalculation.
Judd Trump just lost the cue ball with his positional shot.
Well, he didn't play this. He played a very thin cut to go back up the
table. I'm sure if you can pot one of those
reds right at the pack, it doesn't look to go.
Both these players like to open the reds up that the safety play, they
like the open game and the building, you know, one fighting against the
other to open the balls and getting amongst them. The game has changed
since the 70s and 80s. Mainly when Stephen Hendry came along, it
changed the way the game was played. He was winning so much, going for
many shots, playing safety shots. It changed other people's way of
playing as well. People watching him on television, he was so successful.
What a chance this is now. Some would have played the safety, he
tried to rate and the reds, he undercut the cue ball.
The distance red, and the balls now are really open. The difficult thing
is that the black is tied up, and the pink looks like it is going to
be tied up. Checking to see where he is going to put it. It doesn't have
its own spot. On a couple of other occasions this afternoon, he has had
to put it has close to the original spot, a couple of reds. So you
wouldn't say at the moment this is a great scoring opportunity. Pink and
black or a little bit tied up, so he's going to have to concentrate on
the blue. Until he develops. The main thing is, he is at the
table. Nice, that, isn't it, the referee
says thank you for waiting, you know. Well, I like to see things
like that out there, you know. You don't see it in many sports, do you?
The referee thanks the player. Colin Humphreys, the referee, one of
the very good experienced coaches on the circuit. And of course, it's
nice to see these referees getting finals of ranking events. You see
different referees these days in most finals.
I'm not quite sure what he is doing here. He may be dribbling the pink
out, I'm not sure. You never know with Trump. He didn't get past that
red. He needs to slow down. Well, it's portable, the yellow. --
it is pocketable. He would have liked to have a slightly thicker pot
with more spin on. Of course, he can put all of his focus into the
positional side of the shot. He should get it, "Get. -- open pocket.
It's getting harder and harder for Judd Trump to keep hold of this cue
ball. I said it wasn't a great scoring opportunity, he has to
concentrate on the blue. And obviously he has had to go down to
the covers a couple of times when pink and black has been tied up. So
he has been putting a lot of balls. And not making many points.
My apologies to Colin, I said he was a good coach. You know, I work with
so many coaches, I say, he's a good coach, but he is a referee. Perhaps
he is a good coach! And this blue obviously didn't go into the right
corner. Judd Trump would have been on it by now.
Wow, it may get through. But he is not taking the chance. I've seen him
close up then. Just the safety shot. You never know with Judd Trump, in
40 years, perhaps. Judd Trump, 17.
APPLAUSE Why he played that is the red on the
right corner pocket, he wanted to cover that, because the one on the
left, he seems to have been looking at, if he is taking the pot on, is
going to come in direct. Maybe just playing the safety.
That's pretty good. He'll be pleased with that one.
Well, this is turning into tip and tap frame, some good safety being
played. An old frame, the pink and black, has been tied up. A really
important frame in the context of this match. And this full crowd.
Here in Cardiff. I'm sure they are thoroughly enjoying it. Judd Trump,
he'll be feeling better, even though he's still 5-2 in frames. Add 4-0
down, he will have been feeling the real worst.
Obviously if Stuart Bingham goes on to win this frame, at night's
session, 6-2, first of nine frames, he will be a very hard man to claw
back. 5-3. Still a match on. First frame of the night. 5-4. Big
difference. I wonder how long this is going to
go on for before Colin says, hang ... There you are he is giving them
three shots each and every nothing changes it will be a re-rack. Judd
Trump instantly looking to play some kind of shot. To stop that from
happening. This won't be for certain. There is
nothing wrong with the eyes of Stuart Bingham, just moving the
object ball for five inches to the left right, as but a couple of them
in this frame. Just goes past the other red. That
kiss he had on the second red I think it was will not help his
position. So maybe just one point. If he had missed that good chance of
him being closer to the brown. The black is, but more into the open.
What they don't want of course is all the reds going to the right-hand
side and no pots available and safety is only. Pretty good from
there. Another one of those very thin ones.
That he plays so well. Trump uses a lot of side on his
safety shots, manages to swing it around cushions as he has done then.
Now then. Half a chance. APPLAUSE Could have been worse. On the blue.
Going for 22 minutes, the longest frame has been 23 and a bit to go in
this one. I think he thought he was going to
can in the red on the pink which is why he played it a bit harder than
normal. He has missed the cannons so is a bit further away from the black
than he would have liked. I think he thought he would have just got the
edge of that red. Which would have widened the angle. Played that very
well. Could have totally gone wrong. Once again a bit short I think this
time. Hasn't got an angle of the black to go into the reds.
Enough angle to go around the houses? He hasn't.
Two hours playing time, not bad for frames. Seven and quite a long one
in this frame. Would expect a quick match from these two.
Very well played. Cut the line of the shot from the red. Going to have
to come off the side cushion I think.
No damage done other than he has given six points away. Did not waste
much time in seeing the ball is back please.
This is the advantage they have naughty years ago, put them back as
best as you good and torpid was right, but now they have this as a
massive help. The balls going back into the right place, not quite 100%
with it but still very close. Looks very good on the screen.
Sometimes it's very important to get it perfect for obvious reasons,
cannot get past something or whatever. Trump wasn't far out then
from hitting the reds, whether it would be the two behind the pink or
the three behind black. But does not want to hit them with pace.
Obviously not playing the two behind the pink. He is. I think that was
the wrong shot myself, coming off the two cushions, a much wider
target, the cue ball coming off the right-hand cushion first saw it
coming into the reds rather than just being able to catch the edge of
them. What is in Trump's favour is that if he keeps playing this shot
you want to leave anything on, he's just giving four points away. Key
has been warned, is going to have to play a different shot this time. Or
he will lose this frame. Has to think of a completely different
shot. Looking to see if he can go off this read them and get the ball
on the banks of the cue ball will come back. Big risk if he plays
that. Might be a bit fortunate. I am not
sure if, when he played at the second time, that he would be worn
for a miss. It's easily done, you're concentrating on the shot you want
to play. He looked a bit surprised. You'll like you have done a lot more
commentary than I have come at the acute angles into the middle
pockets, just knocking them in as if they are over the pockets these
days, that used to be the most difficult shot on the table, into
the medals middle because they were so tight. I can assure you, the
pockets are so tight. How they push the ball and force them in from
ridiculous angles is beyond me. But you have seen a lot of it, and you
are coaching players, would you say it is something that they are
putting in extra practice for? To be fair the standard of the players
these days has improved on those of years gone by. They're quite tight
in the middle. They are just more accurate, they practice more, have a
lot more competition. Running over half an hour now, this
frame. Longest of the match so far. Might be finishing not before long.
But that yellow up there is not going to help. If somehow Judd Trump
can win this frame and go into the night session only two behind at 5-3
I think he will be the happier of the two even though he is behind.
Especially when you consider that before the interval he had lost the
first four. Stuart Bingham playing unbelievable snooker. This is a
massive frame in the context of this match as I have already said. The
shot is going to be yellow to green. . Key is always looking to get the
ball is open, he is looking up there, if the brown was not up there
I think he would certainly play it. The way he cued up, played to land
on the brown to try to move the yellow. I don't think you could have
picked that cue ball up and put it down much better. If this brown goes
in he will get the cannon on the yellow. Just caught the yellow. To
full in the face. Wanted a much thinner connection.
That is well played. Maybe he will play cushion first year but he's
going to knock the yellow towards the right-hand corner he plays that.
As the blue come to rescue him? I think so. A lot of distance between
the balls, this is a big shot for Judd Trump. 15 in front at the
moment. APPLAUSE Great pot. OK. Never in doubt with
how he has been knocking in the long ones all week. Very well played.
Has he covered it with the brown? Looking to the skies. He must be
snookered. The way he is looking, you fancy Stuart to pot the green,
it's just about slowing the cue ball down to stay on the brown. He's got
the pot, knew he was going to lose the cue ball. If he'd missed the
black he could have had some kind of shot on the brown. Still a bit of
play left in this game. The problem for Stuart Bingham,
going around the brown to try to get the green is if you go to slow it
would not take and would have missed the pot so had to play it that way.
I cannot believe that, had so much room to go past the middle pocket.
Trying to play the snooker, putting too much into that and not enough
into putting the object ball safe. This is going to cost him. Nicely
played. Looks perfect, you can see Judd the
there, thinking about what he has just done. Played for the pink in
the middle, wisely. Got to be right behind the black. We have seen a few
of those missed of late. Michael White missed one peer a lot easier
than this. Shots they would not in all be at home -- shots they would
knock in all day at home. Not quite sure if you can use back
spin here. Going down low. That's why he's missed the shot. The
problem in my opinion is that the shot would normally be played off
the side cushion but a bit worried about the bounce of the cushion and
has taken on a shot which is a little more difficult. Still expect
him to get it. Perhaps that bad safety will not cost Judd Trump this
final frame of the first session. The longest frame but in some ways
the most interesting. Very well played safety. I am
surprised Judd Trump did not go for the slow drop on the pink into the
right centre. Might not get another opportunity like that. We'll also be
thinking he should probably be out of this frame.
You would fancy if Stuart Bingham was playing the shot he would fancy
the thinnest of ages. Winners Judd Trump likes to send the ball all
around the table. As gone for the double, it's a pot to nothing and he
will be quite happy with the result. APPLAUSE
Did not hit that well did he? Big decision, if you went for the
double. How close was that? How close was
that?, to 6-2. He is on the black. Judd Trump in the longest frame of
the match, just over 40 minutes, pinching it. Now just trailing
Stuart Bingham 5-3. STUDIO: After an eight frame lasting
40 minutes the outcome of this 2017 final not entirely certain, still
just enough to keep us guessing ahead of the evening session. The
lead now for Stuart Bingham 5-3 over Trump as they head out for their
break. How tense was that? It was long and very tense. Probably the
most exciting frame of the game. Stuart Bingham will have do think
would he have taken 5-3 at the interval before the match started?
Absolutely. But will he take it from 4-0? He will be disappointed. Raced
into a 4-0 lead and thinking he could see the finish line. If you
look at it on the whole eight frames, he know he should have lost
the first two frames but pinched them, if he can get it out of his
mind and think he is still 5-3 up and the favourite then he will be
fine. But Judd Trump as we have talked about, if he can come out the
second session winning 3-1 he would be delighted and that's exactly what
he's done. What does Trump try to do now in terms of his psychology? Just
wipe it clean and start again? He will be delighted. The best he could
have hoped for was a 5-3 scoreline, he could have won 4-0 but that's
highly unlikely. We would not have expected a whitewash. Very rarely
these days, the standard we play now when you have two top eight players
in a final, very rare that a player runs away from it. In the old days
when Stephen Hendry was at his best you had 9-3, 9-2, things like that
but the standard is so much closer. The top 16 are getting closer and
closer. So whenever you have top players in a final you expect 9-6,
9-7 on most occasions. What will the players do now? Stuart Bingham will
be disappointed, great shot on that last pink, an inch away from 6-2.
Three hours to enjoy the rest of your Sunday but you hope you will be
back with us at 7pm. Who will win the trophy? We will see you later
for the second session, from all of us goodbye for now.
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Ian Hunt introduces Welsh Open coverage from the Motorpoint Arena as the final between Stuart Bingham and Judd Trump gets underway. This afternoon, the first eight frames are played in the best-of-17 frames final.