Day 2 Masters Snooker Extra


Day 2

Hazel Irvine introduces highlights from Monday's first-round match featuring two-time former champion John Higgins and Northern Ireland's Mark Allen.


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It's been tense and dramatic so far in the Dafabet Masters 2017, and

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more of the same was looming on Monday at the Masters, because we

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had one of the men of the season so far - John Higgins of Scotland, who

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is the world number three, and twice a champion in this great event -

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taking on Mark Allen. Now, the Scot had the comfort of knowing that he's

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already beaten Allen twice this season in other events, but Mark

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Allen has inflicted two knockout blows in this particular tournament.

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In fact, at this particular stage, in the last 16 over the last few

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years. So we expected it to be very close - and so it was to prove! It

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was Higgins who took the opening frame. We'll pick them up in the

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second in the company of John Virgo and Stephen Hendry.

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He may just have a cut on the brown... Obviously an easier snooker

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behind the green, but I don't think he'll get much advantage from

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that... He obviously doesn't fancy the

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brown... UMPIRE: Mark Allen - one. He's

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covered the left-hand side... LAUGHTER

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What did they say? As I say, there was never really any

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danger of John leaving him anything. Yeah. I think a better shot would

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have been putting the cue ball in the baulk cushion somewhere. You're

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never going to get an advantage from that shot.

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Now it's more difficult to get this cue ball tight on the baulk cushion.

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Would have been easier from where he was a second ago...

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You can see the edge on the left-hand side of the table, but

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you've got to be careful. If he catches it too thick, he could knock

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one towards the right corner. Wa-I say that, but he may have left

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a pot on here... Or is he - no, it's just run far enough. The applause

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was justified from the audience. Playing a swerve. Lots of right-hand

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side. Doesn't want the double kiss... Got the double kiss.

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UMPIRE: Seven. Eight.

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This is an excellent opportunity. I don't know whether he feels a need

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as though he needs to go into them... Because there is a red on

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the right-hand side of the table that could well pot... That's the

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one he's gonna play for. He's got 39. He needs another 30

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points, and the frame will be safe. To do that, while there's one les

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rood available, he's going to have to unfurl that cluster at some time

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in the frame for this visit. That last red that John played - his head

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visibly shakes when he's on the shot, John Higgins. Couple of

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players like that - Mark Selby always has a bit of movement...

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APPLAUSE Gone into them, and it couldn't have

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worked out better. Surely he'll win the frame now.

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APPLAUSE One of the best scorers the game of

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snooker has ever seen when he gets in amongst that ball - he just plays

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the right shot every single time. Knows exactly the right time to go

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into the bunch... At the moment, 656 century breaks,

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he's made in his career - that's third on the all-time list.

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He looked at the scoreboard there, John Higgins. Didn't know why he was

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on 87! Just an air of inevitability about

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this. John did get that chance... A Well played. Fourth century of the

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Masters so far. Another good shot needed to get the

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position on the yellow... Needs to miss the pink...! Didn't

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quite. What do you call this at cricket -

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111? Nelson? Well, that was a tremendous play.

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Lig Higgins proving, once again, he can score as well as anyone when it

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gets to the balls. He now leads two frames to nil.

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UMPIRE: As quickly as possible, please. Thank you.

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Having lost the first two frames, he needs to, for his own

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self-confidence, take full advantage of that terrific opening red.

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Yeah, that was a fabulous shot. Controlled that little cannon well

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as well... I think he's got just enough angle

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on this black to force the cue ball, or a red, in the same pocket.

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Little shake of the head there when he got position on the black. I

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think he's played that nicely. Deep screw, touch of right-hand side.

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Just misjudged the kiss off the second red. OK, he's still on the

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black, but he's a bit thinner than he would have liked. The three reds

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that are in a line directly above the black - he'd love to canon the

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left-hand side of those three. I would hold the cue ball at the

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centre of the table... He has done a wee bit more pace there.

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APPLAUSE That's the red he wanted to play on,

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but might have hit it a wee bit harder when the red's up. I think

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that's the end of the break. Possibility of maybe playing the

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plant to the left corner. Those two reds to the left-hand side

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of the table he could play as a shot to nothing...

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He doesn't appear to have looked at that possibility... He just had a

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little sly look there! He just sort ofed his head towards... If he's

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gonna play safe off the one that's second in - I know they're nowhere

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near in line, but if you're going to play safe off the red, it might be

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worth playing this to the far right corner pocket.

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APPLAUSE Not quite, but having said that, I

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think there's a possibility of red to the right middle here. And if

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there is, that was a very risky pot to go for!

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I think what John's slight grimace is - if he can get the angle of the

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pot, perhaps not taking him to the black - he may have to come off the

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cushion... APPLAUSE

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He was worrying bowd that - losing the cue ball. Yeah. It was one of

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those - if you play it with too much pace, it makes the pot that much

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more difficult. But he's still on this black.

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Just always on that right-hand jaw...

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A second opportunity for Mark Allen to get his first frame on the

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scoreboard. Nothing settles you better than that...

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Not a bad little nudge off the red...

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One of these nice positions - if you ever did come right off the blue,

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you've got that red in the baulk hand. Maybe a little disappointed if

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he doesn't win the frame at this visit.

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The reason he's looking at a baulk colour is because he just feels, if

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he plays the blue, he's gonna have to play a cannon. And he doesn't

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really want to risk a cannon. It could go wrong.

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Hmmm. Unless he can pot the one to this right corner... It's not

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inch-perfect... He's obviously just about on it. No problem.

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Couple of reds, couple of colours, should see him past the snooker's

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required stage... Red, blue, red needed... But needed

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two chances, Stephen... It was a risky red he played to the far right

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corner. If John had potted the black, he

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would have been mopping these up... Good old snooker term, there -

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"mopping these up." That should be the frame-winner.

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APPLAUSE Now the black goes in. No way that

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John Higgins will be getting back to the table. So he'll be mighty

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relieved, Mark Allen - he's got his first frame on the scoreboard. Yeah,

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he'll be feeling a lot better now. That opening red at the start of the

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frame would have given him a huge confidence boost.

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Well, it didn't really matter too much. He wanted a chance at a

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century, but he'll be pleased just to get his first frame on the

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scoreboard. John Higgins with the chance off the spot. Mark Allen did

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the rest. 2-1, John Higgins. Decent break off shot. Any time you

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don't leave a pot on nowadays, you consider it a good break-off shot.

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Now, can John just get past the blue to play a thin edge? It's going to

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have to be mighty thin. Needed to be a little thicker than

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that! I don't think the miss will be taken

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here, because he's a red to the right corner. It's on for Mark

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Allen. Similar situation to an earlier play in this match - John

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Higgins played a red cannon to the black. Mark Allen would love the top

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edge of the black - half ball - to leave it to the right corner.

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He can certainly pot the pink. I think he's just going to look at how

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the pink will go after it's been potted.

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John Higgins - one out of one. That'll get you 100%...

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It didn't look as though the pink spot's available. I'll just remind

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you, a lot of people seem to forget this - the pink goes to its own spot

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in a direct line with the middle of the top cushion.

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Well...! He tried to force the reds open, but he was so far away with

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the pot... I think there you see the, perhaps, weakness of having

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that short cue action. The power shots... Not saying he can't play

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that shot, but I just think, with a longer, smoother cue action, they're

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easier. Yep. It's a funny old game

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sometimes. You can make just the slightest error and it costs you a

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frame, and he made a big one there, did Mark. Next time he comes to the

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table, he's a chance of winning the frame. No rhyme or reason sometimes.

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He'll have to go for the blue again here... It's one of those

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situations... A lot of people say, "anyone how men a shots do you look

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ahead?" In this situation, just try and leave yourself a nice angle on

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the next ball. He's got a nice angle on the blue here to get down on the

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red... Needs a bit of extra length on the

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cue to be able to reach this comfortably...

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This time, looks as though he's come pretty straight on the blue.

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CROWD GROANS Trying to pinch a bit of the

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pocket... You've gotta say... Schoolboy error, that. You could see

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along the line, it was going to be very difficult to pinch a bit of the

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pocket. Never sacrifice the pot for position.

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Pink obviously available to the right corner. He's just overrun it

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slightly. Little bit tricky, this black. He'd

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be playing in a situation where he can pot the red that he's gonna play

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for. Missable, though, these... CROWD GROANS

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To me, it looked like it was turning red. It did. It looked as though it

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drifted up slightly. But the thing is, playing at that pace - going

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over a finger mark, little bit of chalk... Definitely looked as though

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it pulled to the left. That's less from Mark Allen. Now,

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can he not run to the left middle? Got to be accurate...

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Accurate, it was... APPLAUSE

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Well, this is a terrific opportunity to go into the mid-session interval

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all square. Some of the mistakes he's made - obviously he would feel

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the better of the two players, I would suggest, Stephen? Yeah,

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without a doubt. When you find yourself 2-0 down in a

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match when there's an interval after the fourth frame here, you kind of

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think 3-1 down would be a decent result. 2-2 is a bonus.

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Quick glance at the scoreboard... Maybe three other remaining reds,

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depending what colours he gets on... He's overhit that...

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Play for the pink, but... Well, he's still on the pink, but

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it's a lot more difficult than it should have been.

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Right in the heart of the pocket, and a nice positional shot... He's

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now looking for red, colour, red. That would level the match going

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into the mid-session interval. So this red to go 49 points ahead

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with only 43 remaining. No way that John Higgins will come

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back to the table. John Higgins will be disappointed here. He's had

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chances to stamp his authority on this. But, they're going to go in

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all square. John Higgins concedes. He'd be a little bit disappointed.

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Mark Allen should be absolutely delighted. He's made mistakes, but

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he's all square at the mid-session interval. 2-2.

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Chance of a long pot... Not there, but felt that he could

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only lose one of his frame. You can see the frame time - just under 16

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minutes - not bad after a 32-minute opening frame. I told you he'd get

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better! Average shot time of 21 seconds -

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quick enough. Needs to cover the red near the

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yellow. Adjusts that well. Just makes it now a little bit more

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difficult for John to play a safety shot and get the cue ball back to

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the baulk end. It'd be risky if he attempted it. So may just play the

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safety at this end. Just dictating this safety exchange

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at the moment, is Mark Allen. It'd be too risky to go to the baulk

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end this time. You need to get this cue ball as close as you can to the

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top cushion. He left his cut to the middle...!

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Can John get to it? I think he can. He's looking at the

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pot... Just having a look to see where the

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pink's gonna go. After being potted, it'll have to go at the back of the

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pack, which is no problem. UMPIRE: One second, John, please.

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Hoping to leave himself a little low on this... Potting it, bringing

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other reds into play... Cue ball needs to run a little bit, though

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there.. May just be a gap if he can get through to the green. He'd

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rather the green than the blue. Solid pot. That's why it's in the

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heart of the pocket - always a good sign.

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APPLAUSE I suggest to pot the cue with the

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cue ball. That would leave the left to go to an angle, a blue to go into

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the bunch... Oh, dear, John... Didn't see that one coming. My

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sentiments exactly. Maybe he was thinking two or three

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shots ahead. Yeah, just let his mind drift. It's easily done sometimes.

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You just take a pot for granted. There's a pink pot. That could open

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up all the reds... He may play the double that's

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closest to the cue ball into the right middle if he feels he's not

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going to leave anything on but the red he's playing... Always got to be

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double with a careful, though - if it hits the wrong side of the pocket

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and doesn't go in, it can always come back to the cue ball...

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John Higgins playing a double... And he's one of the best in the

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business... APPLAUSE

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And that is why. No mistake. Some people... Cliff Thorburn was a

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great doubler... In Canada, they call it a "bank shot".

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It could set up a frame-winning opportunity here. He's got these

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three reds in between the pink and black nicely available.

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Then there's a red in the middle of the table at the far end... He could

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win the frame at this visit, no doubt about that.

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Takes him 36 points in front. Needs to get to 67, so another 24 points

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required... He's probably going to need, after

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this black, three more reds to clinch the frame at this visit. The

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reason I say that is because, with the reds being at the baulk end of

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the table, he's gonna take low-valued colours, you would have

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thought. So it's not a formality. Quick glance at the scoreboard...

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Needs to go 51 points in front, but still 67 remaining.

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Red and black will put him 59 points in front with 59 remaining.

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Still looking for one more red to get to snookers required.

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Don't if he'll drift that far. Like them straighter on this black...

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That's a good pot. APPLAUSE

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Virtually a gimme for John Higgins, this one.

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CROWD GROANS UMPIRE: 54 and frame. Still means a

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double. Mark Allen went for one, he missed it. Higgins with a double,

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and he got it. 3-2. I think John was quoted, Stephen, as

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saying, now there's so many tournaments, you don't need to spend

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as much time on the practise table. I think that probably suits John. As

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you get older, that's the hard graft, isn't it - the practise?

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Yeah, definitely. Yeah, I think fine in the appetite

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or desire to put in 4-6 hours a day but, as you get older, it becomes

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very difficult. John said to me during that Champions Cup victory -

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I think he only plays about an hour a day now, because you're playing so

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much snooker. Yeah, and it keeps you match-sharp. He'd be disappointed to

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have missed that long half-ball red. Always say with that type of shot,

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if you're gonna miss it, hit it too thin. He hit it too thick. This is a

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good chance to start this frame now for Mark Allen.

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I think what was has -- what has stood John Higgins in good stead

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over the years - his technique has hardly changed. No, it's good - his

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cue action is so repetitive. There's two ways of playing this -

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he can play a little cannon into those two reds just above the black

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and still be on the red at just above the black, or decide to play

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just for the loose red... Decides to play the cannon that time

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around. If he'd have played the cannon previously, he'd still be on

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the red just above the black. Now, it appears as though he's on

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nothing. A lot to do with rate building in

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this game - shot selection. He was looking for something easier than

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far left corner... But he's played it beautifully.

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APPLAUSE Good shot.

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Now, can he drop this in and just hold for the red to the right

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corner? Delicate shot. But he's played it

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well. He'll go into them again. One to the

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gap, one to the right... Got the red first..it's OK.

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The red that he hit, he just wants to miss this one and go into that

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gap. Then he would have been absolutely perfect.

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Controlled the cue ball nicely there...

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That's exactly what you've got to do at this level. Higgins misses the

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long red. And you've gotta punish them for it.

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As you say, John, he's missed it so thick, the cue ball's never going to

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get back to the other end of the table. Mark Allen is getting the cue

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ball cleaned. That should have been easier on the red than this. Played

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it for left middle. Now becomes missable.

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No problem. APPLAUSE

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This match has warmed up nicely, John. Yeah, always, on paper, looked

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to be a cracker. They played 13 times, and it's 7-6 to John Higgins.

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..In the head-to-heads. This black, and the red in the

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corner needed. Played the cannon nicely. It's all

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over now, surely. The red will put him 67 points ahead. There's 67

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remaining. This is his highest break in the

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match so far. Wow... Doesn't matter about the

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blue, but he probably hit a few good balls prior to that. One mistake

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from John Higgins - frame to Mark Allen. We're all square. Three

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apiece. Yeah, that's textbook break there.

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Open some reds up. Good cue ball. That kept the black in the open. Has

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he left this red to left corner? He's done the opposite of what John

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Higgins did in the previous frame - he's made sure he's missed it thin,

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and he's got safe. Mark Allen for it. Well, it's a case

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of - does he put it back in from where it lies or does he have the

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cue ball put back? I'd have it put back myself. It was quite

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interesting at the start of the match as Steve

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The top ranked players, three, John Higgins and Mark Allen, one of the

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top seeds. Can he hit it this time, otherwise he'll get a warning? He's

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going to get a warning now. Mishit the next time... And you lose the

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frame. But the bookies made John Higgins

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9-4 on favourite. He's having a look at John because he knows now that

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John is under pressure. I don't think that he will be playing the

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clip this time. You think that he may have said that to John - same

:53:36.:53:40.

shot. UMPIRE: I'm going to have to warn you John to hit it. This is the

:53:41.:53:49.

shot that John Higgins didn't want to play. But it wasn't that

:53:50.:53:56.

difficult in the end. But John Higgins going on favourite in the 64

:53:57.:54:03.

Mark Allen. I didn't see the difference that much in the -- in

:54:04.:54:07.

the 6-4, Mark Allen. I didn't see the difference that much in the

:54:08.:54:12.

odds. Maybe the reason was because John Higgins has already won two

:54:13.:54:22.

16-man events this season. He's on the move quickly there.

:54:23.:56:03.

It's a funny one that. He couldn't really put any pressure on John. I

:56:04.:56:09.

don't think that it will be a problem now for John to play safe

:56:10.:56:11.

off this red. But John could have played it

:56:12.:56:22.

better. If he's not covered that ball near the yellow, then advantage

:56:23.:56:25.

to Mark Allen. Well, it looks like he could just

:56:26.:56:49.

get past the pink to play safe down the right-hand side of the table ws

:56:50.:56:56.

we look. Caught it much too thick, though. That could spell danger.

:56:57.:57:15.

There's nothing nicer coming to the table than being left with this

:57:16.:57:21.

situation. The reds and black in the open. Already made 80 in a previous

:57:22.:57:30.

frame, so he's scoring. You wouldn't imagine that the cue

:57:31.:58:11.

ball will be travelling any great distance. Should Mark Allen win a

:58:12.:58:20.

frame-winning break here. He would be very disappointed with that one.

:58:21.:58:24.

I'm sure that he can pot this red but he's losing the cue ball up

:58:25.:58:29.

towards the blue now. A little shake of the head. It's imperative now

:58:30.:58:34.

that he gets a good angle on the blue. Well, he's played it in such a

:58:35.:58:42.

way that he didn't want to risk being the wrong side of the blue, so

:58:43.:58:46.

made certain that he would have a chance of a baulk colour. Probably

:58:47.:58:52.

play the green. But the cue ball is travelling a bit further, and as

:58:53.:58:56.

Steven said, if you're in and around the black and the cue ball isn't

:58:57.:59:01.

travelling too far, a lot easier to control the positional side of the

:59:02.:59:03.

play. Played that well, though. Back in

:59:04.:59:15.

prime position. Good shot. Red, colour, red, all that's

:59:16.:01:26.

required. So 72 points the lead. 75

:01:27.:01:53.

replaining. But not for long. So after losing the first two frames,

:01:54.:01:57.

Mark Allen is going to take the lead for the first time in the match.

:01:58.:02:14.

Starting to punish John Higgins heavily for his mistakes. Yes, he's

:02:15.:02:25.

made his highest break of the match, Mark, in the last frame, with a

:02:26.:02:32.

break of 81. Looks like he can go better than that here.

:02:33.:03:04.

Table does look an absolute pleasure to play on, I have to say. Great

:03:05.:03:08.

speed. And little soft screws. So the break there for Mark Allen

:03:09.:03:52.

really punishing John Higgins now. Highest break so far in the

:03:53.:03:55.

tournament is held by Ronnie O'Sullivan. A break of 121. There's

:03:56.:04:02.

a ?10,000 prize for the high break. Oh! Well. He'll be disappointed in

:04:03.:04:10.

that. But the frame won and for the first time in the match, he goes in

:04:11.:04:14.

front. He now leads John Higgins 4-3.

:04:15.:04:30.

He could still play for the black but more likely go back up for the

:04:31.:04:40.

blue. And he needs good, accurate cueing and he's not potted the ball

:04:41.:04:44.

for over 27 minutes. And considering that - excellent pot. OK, he's a

:04:45.:04:51.

little bit thin on the blue but he won't mind that. He'll play the

:04:52.:04:55.

cannon here because in playing the cannon, he can bring the pink into

:04:56.:04:57.

play. Not the best opportunity. He

:04:58.:05:25.

cannoned the pink and he released it from the red but he went near the

:05:26.:05:29.

side cushion. The black is in a tricky position at the moment. So

:05:30.:05:36.

just trying to concentrate and accumulate points here. And not

:05:37.:05:44.

think too far ahead of himself. But this is a big moment in the match

:05:45.:05:55.

for me. But for that hampered by the pink.

:05:56.:06:06.

This time, wrong side of the blue. Less than he wanted. Can he roll the

:06:07.:06:48.

blue in and find a red that's easily potable? I don't think so.

:06:49.:06:54.

Just the wrong side of the blue line.

:06:55.:07:13.

I suppose he could screw back to the right-hand side cushion and play for

:07:14.:07:19.

the red that's closest to the right corner. Looking at the pink area,

:07:20.:07:24.

but I wouldn't be certain to be on the colour off that. See what he

:07:25.:07:32.

decides. He's played for the one in the pink spot area. The problem with

:07:33.:07:38.

this - it's missable and he's got to find a path for the cue ball to go

:07:39.:07:43.

back up to the blue or try to play a cannon to hold for the black. Don't

:07:44.:07:45.

miss the pot. With the way he played it, I think

:07:46.:07:58.

he was trying to avoid the kiss on the second red. Only a safety shot

:07:59.:08:04.

now. At least if you pot the ball, you get the next shot.

:08:05.:08:27.

UMPIRE: John Higgins, 25. Yeah, it was always going to be difficult to

:08:28.:08:33.

score heavy from that opportunity. With the pink and black, awkward as

:08:34.:08:36.

they were. More concerned with avoiding the

:08:37.:09:07.

reds than getting it back there rather than getting the good length.

:09:08.:09:10.

He's not left anything but it should be an easier, or a better safety

:09:11.:09:13.

shot from John here. And if he misses the yellow, it will

:09:14.:09:18.

be. He just flicked it. Well he played that with a trace of

:09:19.:09:43.

side and played it much too thick. John Higgins gets another chance.

:09:44.:09:45.

Now. Trying to swing it around but just

:09:46.:09:54.

putting that little bit of right-hand side on the superfine

:09:55.:09:57.

cloth. If you don't time it correctly, you just push it to the

:09:58.:10:02.

left and that's why he caught it much too thick.

:10:03.:10:16.

It all depends on the potting angle with the pink. I know it's a thin

:10:17.:10:23.

cut but in potting it, he may just cannon the two reds that are

:10:24.:10:26.

together. This this instance, just concentrate on the pot.

:10:27.:10:32.

That's what he did and he's been a little unlucky. He nudged the reds

:10:33.:10:41.

open. Just watch. For a moment, he was on the red to the corner and

:10:42.:10:47.

then the other one came and blocked it.

:10:48.:10:53.

On the red in between the blue and the baulk area to the corner. But

:10:54.:11:00.

the pressure on that. He's looked at it a couple of times. I think the

:11:01.:11:06.

only thing that wouldn't make me want to play it, he's just looking

:11:07.:11:10.

now. If he leaves the cue ball near the top cushion. If the red goes in,

:11:11.:11:15.

he could play the snooker behind the brown and leave Mark Allen in all

:11:16.:11:20.

kinds of trouble. I wouldn't be risking playing the pot and trying

:11:21.:11:23.

to play for a colour. He's now looking at the possibility of a

:11:24.:11:28.

plant. Doesn't have to do much with the cue ball to be on the black. But

:11:29.:11:39.

it needs making, as you can see. Well, John Higgins had risk in that.

:11:40.:11:54.

Ideally, John would like to leave the four reds that are clustered

:11:55.:12:31.

together in that same position, but can he get a better safety off this

:12:32.:12:33.

red? Wasn't too bothered about bringing

:12:34.:12:50.

the green into play. He's got the yellow and brown in awkward

:12:51.:12:57.

positions. Should Mark Allen get the next chance. Mark Allen will have no

:12:58.:13:01.

hesitation in bringing the four reds into play. Oh, but he could have

:13:02.:13:08.

played it better than that. And this red cuts to the right middle. OK,

:13:09.:13:12.

you wouldn't have much clue where the cue ball is going. But just make

:13:13.:13:16.

certain that you pot the red and trust to look for position. If it

:13:17.:13:22.

gets on a colour, he's got the frame in the mercy. Well, looking at the

:13:23.:13:31.

one to the left middle, it's a lot more difficult pot. But still has

:13:32.:13:34.

more control of the cue ball. Right in the heart of the pocket.

:13:35.:13:51.

And you've got to say that that could be the frame winner. Good

:13:52.:13:54.

shot. When we talk about making the right

:13:55.:14:15.

shot selection, if you look where the cue ball finished, he didn't

:14:16.:14:18.

play the shot for nothing. He played it so that if he got it, it won him

:14:19.:14:25.

the frame. And that's run on a little bit more than he wanted, but

:14:26.:14:27.

he's OK. Nice little cannon. 37 points the

:14:28.:14:43.

lead. Probably need four of the remaining

:14:44.:15:04.

reds. But he's got four reds in the open. Well, three now.

:15:05.:15:13.

75 remaining. Three reds, three colours. More than enough.

:15:14.:15:36.

Quick glance at the score board. Red, colour, red.

:15:37.:15:46.

That's to say, it was a very weak safety shot from Mark Allen. But

:15:47.:15:54.

every credit to John Higgins for playing the right shot. Ar it would

:15:55.:16:01.

have been a dangerous one should he have missed it. It would have been a

:16:02.:16:04.

frame winner if it went in. He's not too bothered now. He knows

:16:05.:16:39.

Mark Allen won't be coming back to the table.

:16:40.:16:45.

And that's enough. So John Higgins needed a couple of safety shots

:16:46.:16:52.

there from Mark Allen but we're now all square. We started off best of

:16:53.:16:56.

11. It's now turned out to be best of three.

:16:57.:17:12.

It was a massive frame for John Higgins that last one.

:17:13.:17:25.

And it makes this safety a little bit more which wasn't got the open

:17:26.:18:32.

red in the middle there to coop off so he gets this.

:18:33.:18:37.

And of course, if you catch it fractionally thicker, the chance

:18:38.:18:42.

you'd leave it on and that's what he's done.

:18:43.:18:58.

Once again, getting the advantage from the safety exchange. Could have

:18:59.:19:23.

done with another couple of rolls of the cue ball. OK, it's still got a

:19:24.:19:27.

thin cut on the red, but he's going to do well to control the cue ball

:19:28.:19:40.

here. Needs to come in and out. If he misses at green, he's OK. Well,

:19:41.:19:46.

he may just be able to pot the green. But it begs the question -

:19:47.:19:54.

where does the next red come from? Well, in practice it goes from two

:19:55.:20:08.

cushions into the bunch here. We can only asame that it will go past the

:20:09.:20:12.

main bunch and into the right corner. I liked it better. Well, it

:20:13.:20:17.

was two that went. And only played the bottom one.

:20:18.:20:22.

God shot. Now, has he got the angle on the blue? He has. So he'll pot

:20:23.:20:39.

the blue into the pink. Couldn't have played it much better than

:20:40.:20:44.

that. And he's finished absolutely perfectly. That's all he's looking

:20:45.:20:48.

for. It's an easy red to continue with and he's got that. And the

:20:49.:20:53.

black is available into both corners. Good chance. Sorry, can you

:20:54.:21:03.

turn your ear pieces down a little bit? Thank you.

:21:04.:21:35.

So the ear pieces were just turned up a little bit too loud and the

:21:36.:21:41.

players just get a whiff of what we're saying. Oh! He thought he'd

:21:42.:21:48.

missed it. He thought he'd missed it.

:21:49.:22:04.

And if it goes to the knuckles of the pocket two or three times,

:22:05.:22:15.

normally they don't go in. But with John Higgins in that pocket there,

:22:16.:22:20.

so obviously the shot from Mark Allen had just enough pace to keep

:22:21.:22:22.

the direction. She's going for 27 points. Got this

:22:23.:22:55.

red in the open. He's got one loose red to the left of the cluster.

:22:56.:23:12.

And it went to just over 14 minutes a frame. It's been excellent

:23:13.:23:33.

snooker. Now, has he got the angle in this and just potting it? He can

:23:34.:23:37.

just nudge another red into the open. He did. And that could be key

:23:38.:23:44.

to winning this frame at this visit. When he gets to this situation to be

:23:45.:24:15.

able to win frames in one visit. Couldn't have worked out better.

:24:16.:24:27.

Just a red and a colour needed. This blue to go 72 points in front

:24:28.:24:54.

with just 67 remaining. Would you believe it. Now, has he got position

:24:55.:24:57.

on the red? Would you believe that? John Higgins at the table, 67 points

:24:58.:25:26.

behind. There was 67 remaining. He needs All Blacks. And the six

:25:27.:25:33.

colours to force a respot. Tall order. Going for the snooker in

:25:34.:25:43.

front of John. Looking for the black to see who

:25:44.:25:53.

goes 5-4 up. He'd like to have been a little bit

:25:54.:26:12.

straighter. But remember, he's got to get

:26:13.:26:25.

blacks. Off every red. And the red in between the blue and

:26:26.:26:42.

the pink that is so important that he gets the right potting angle on

:26:43.:26:47.

that one. Well, he thinks he can do it this time around. Now it looks

:26:48.:26:53.

on. Now it looks on. Now, one good positional shot from

:26:54.:27:35.

black to yellow. And this looks absolutely inch perfect. To force a

:27:36.:27:51.

respotted black. He missed a straight forward blue.

:27:52.:27:55.

Mark Allen is sat in his chair tliing - heads or tails? That's the

:27:56.:28:03.

blue he missed. Missed it because he was playing it with left-hand side

:28:04.:28:05.

to get position. And that's just about inch-perfect

:28:06.:28:22.

on the blue. Go for the pink and the blue in the same pocket.

:28:23.:28:28.

What character this man shows! And has done all his career. Brilliant!

:28:29.:28:58.

Absolutely brilliant. S boy, has he got a will to win. So it's a

:28:59.:29:04.

respotted black and as Stephen said, Mark Allen will be thinking - heads

:29:05.:29:13.

or tails? UMPIRE: John, do you want to call it? Tails. It's a head. It's

:29:14.:29:23.

your choice. So John Higgins called tails. It was heads. Mark Allen puts

:29:24.:29:28.

him in. UMPIRE: Settle down please, quiet, please. Can you stop the

:29:29.:29:33.

people coming in now, please. And people are coming in. This is

:29:34.:29:36.

ridiculous. They should be stopped. They shouldn't be coming in during a

:29:37.:29:38.

frame. He's played the double. Where is it

:29:39.:29:48.

going? Is it coming over the middle pocket? Is it running past it? Well,

:29:49.:29:59.

he'd be a brave man to play the double. The double is on. But if you

:30:00.:30:03.

play it and don't get it, you don't know where the black is going to

:30:04.:30:11.

finish. So decided to play the safety.

:30:12.:30:19.

Yeah, could be. I think he's playing that in the lower cue ball.

:30:20.:30:41.

UMPIRE: Settle down, please. Well, what do you do here? Easy safety?

:30:42.:30:47.

But the pot wins you the frame. He wins the frame. What a shot that

:30:48.:31:05.

was! Listen to the roar. Absolute absolutely superb pot on the black.

:31:06.:31:10.

He nearly threw it away. But a pot like that deserves to win any frame.

:31:11.:31:14.

He leaves John Higgins 5-4. Mark Allen breaks off. In the last

:31:15.:31:36.

frame which he nearly threw away but what a tremendous pot this was.

:31:37.:31:44.

Right in the heart of the pocket. And well, he's so relieved, I think.

:31:45.:31:47.

That's why he did that. That's a tremendous opening frame

:31:48.:32:00.

from John Higgins. You never count this one out. And let's not forget

:32:01.:32:04.

even though he lost the last frame, what a tremendous 67 break he made.

:32:05.:32:07.

To force the respot. Going into the bunch to the right

:32:08.:33:14.

corner. Now he's just making sure at the moment. And probably just a

:33:15.:33:18.

little bit too straight there. He had to force it over. I think if it

:33:19.:33:22.

had more angle, I think that he definitely would have played that.

:33:23.:33:32.

I don't see him going into the bunch here.

:33:33.:33:46.

I think his body language, I would have to fancy him winning the frame

:33:47.:33:55.

at this visit. He's just so focused. Where he lost that frame, the 67

:33:56.:34:01.

clearance was ver was immense. -- was immense. Now, he may go into the

:34:02.:34:06.

main bunch, but he also may just play a little cannon into the two

:34:07.:34:10.

reds that are just split from the main bunch there. And he decides

:34:11.:34:16.

that he's going in and worked out perfect. He'll be happy with that.

:34:17.:34:23.

And he brought four reds into play. With that one shot.

:34:24.:34:34.

This has really been a tremendous match since the interval. Snooker of

:34:35.:34:55.

the highest account. -- quality. Yes, the first frame was a bit

:34:56.:35:00.

scrappy. The first 30 minutes, but since then, it has been top quality

:35:01.:35:03.

stuff, as you would expect when you've got two of the best players

:35:04.:35:05.

in the world. And that's what you get and expect

:35:06.:35:15.

with the Masters and John Higgins points scored now. Just two points

:35:16.:35:24.

behind at 461 against Mark Allen's 463. And he'll go ahead in points

:35:25.:35:30.

scored with this pink. This pink will put him 58 points in front. So

:35:31.:35:40.

two reds, two colours. That cluster of five, that will mean there's 6

:35:41.:35:44.

left but he's got this red and he's got the red in the baulk end. That

:35:45.:35:49.

would be sufficient to win the frame. Without having to open the

:35:50.:35:52.

reds. And what's the response? That first long red was a carbon

:35:53.:36:11.

copy of the one that he missed by such a distance before. But when you

:36:12.:36:15.

have to get it. When you know you're backed up against a wall, not a

:36:16.:36:20.

problem. Yes, the sign of a great champion. This of the red. As

:36:21.:36:29.

Stephen said, he caught one too thick a couple of frames ago

:36:30.:36:34.

crossing the frame. Trying to get into the reds and he's into them and

:36:35.:36:40.

he's knocked then on. Well, this is superb stuff from John Higgins. Back

:36:41.:36:47.

firmly against the wall. One chance, that's all he needed to take.

:36:48.:36:52.

Brilliant. Yeah, you just knew didn't you when he went in at the

:36:53.:36:56.

beginning of this frame. Almost when he potted that long red, I sensed

:36:57.:37:01.

that it was going to go 5-5 from this visit. It's just what he does.

:37:02.:37:09.

And I mean this in the best possible way, Stephen his greatest asset, for

:37:10.:37:14.

me, John Higgins, always has been, he hates losing. And that's what can

:37:15.:37:22.

motivate you. The red hasn't gone in but it doesn't matter. Mark Allen

:37:23.:37:26.

won't bother coming back to the table. We have a decider and listen

:37:27.:37:30.

to the crowd. They're going to look forward to this.

:37:31.:37:37.

UMPIRE: Deciding frame, John Higgins to break.

:37:38.:37:52.

So that's when Mark Allen potted that tremendous black in the respot.

:37:53.:38:08.

And John Higgins when he won that frame in one visit, all done in the

:38:09.:38:14.

best possible taste. And what a deciding frame we've got

:38:15.:38:19.

now and that's an excellent safety shot for Mark Allen. But he has left

:38:20.:38:26.

a possibility of a pot. And if the black goes to the opposite corner,

:38:27.:38:30.

John Higgins may be tempted. A big shot. You have to think that

:38:31.:38:49.

you're leaving everything on should you miss this. Oh, brilliant.

:38:50.:39:03.

Sensational. What a great shot that was. The consequences should he miss

:39:04.:39:08.

it... When he won that frame, I think

:39:09.:39:24.

since then, John Higgins has never missed a ball.

:39:25.:39:32.

Well, I think it certainly had an effect on John because I've never

:39:33.:39:42.

seen John react like that. It must have done, because for him to mimic

:39:43.:39:46.

Mark when he won the last frame, that's not like John at all. Anyway,

:39:47.:39:52.

he's got first chance in this all important deciding frame. Can he

:39:53.:39:53.

make the most of it? What a match. , He's cueing well, especially under

:39:54.:40:37.

this pressure. Certainly don't expect him to miss it.

:40:38.:40:48.

If he wants to go into the bunch, it's easy to go into the side of

:40:49.:40:55.

them and lose the cue ball to the other end of the table here, so he's

:40:56.:40:59.

going to have to leave himself as a middle distance red.

:41:00.:41:09.

It's just outside of the bunch there, it is available but he'd much

:41:10.:41:15.

rather be playing for an angle here to be able to go into them. You've

:41:16.:41:17.

got to cue these well. No, it's one of those. If you just

:41:18.:41:33.

slightly decellerate on those, you always hit them too thin. If you go

:41:34.:41:37.

for the blue, then you have to play a more positive shot. I can only

:41:38.:41:43.

assume he's holding for the pink to play that loose red.

:41:44.:42:06.

So if that was a shot, I presume that the pink doesn't respot. So it

:42:07.:42:14.

is a matter of holding the pink ball there. And if you can get high on

:42:15.:42:19.

the red the chance to open on the bunch at the same time as potting

:42:20.:42:21.

it. So this is a big shot. He says - give me a second. In the

:42:22.:42:43.

pink spot, then this red would not be available so that's why John

:42:44.:42:47.

Higgins on his previous shot played for the pink. If he has got the

:42:48.:42:54.

angle that Stephen is thinking of, he may be able to nudge a few reds

:42:55.:43:01.

into play. They can bring the cue ball back up to the blue and maybe a

:43:02.:43:06.

ball colour. The reds will go everywhere here. Didn't get the

:43:07.:43:13.

power into the ball that I thought he might. That would really power

:43:14.:43:17.

the ball there, have more control. Just got into it too much but

:43:18.:43:42.

there's one thing for sure - neither player hauled him back. It's going

:43:43.:44:18.

towards the corner. I suppose the only thing looking at it from first

:44:19.:44:21.

glance, it's a little bit straight. And if John has to use the rest,

:44:22.:44:27.

he's going to take a good shot. And go this side of the baulk line from

:44:28.:44:35.

this colour. He's going to screw it in and good cueing needed here.

:44:36.:44:46.

Got a shot at the yellow. This is an aggressive shot. He's going to play

:44:47.:44:56.

the yellow off two cushions. Two cushions going to the bunch. What an

:44:57.:44:58.

attacking shot this is. Maybe wishing now he'd have held

:44:59.:45:17.

back but as I said previous, neither play seems to want to play safe. If

:45:18.:45:22.

they get an opportunity, they're thinking of winning frame and match.

:45:23.:45:26.

This was too thin. Got the cannon and left a red on for Mark.

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He's got a slinth angle of blue. I'm not certain that he can get position

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on the red immediately above the black. He's looking now where he'd

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have to look at the cue ball. Now, has he come far enough? A shake

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of the head. Doesn't look good. He needed a fraction more on the cue

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ball. OK, I may be able to drop it right into the middle but he

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wouldn't have the right angle on the blue. Can he play a little swerve

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here? Trying to bend this with a touch of side. Trying to bend it

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with a touch of side! He first looked at it. He didn't

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think that he could pot it. He had a second look and thought he could.

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Is that the mistake at that cost that could cost him the match? John

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will have to play the cannon here on the four reds because he can't play

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for the loose red. It could all come down to this one shot.

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That is just pressure. But even under the intense pressure, I never

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expected John Higgins to miss the black off the spot. But just looking

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at it again, the black did bounce, didn't it?

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So the chance falls to Mark Allen. Watch the black as it bounces. Was

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it a bad contact. It may well have been.

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The red that's closest to the left-hand cushion, I think if you

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got right behind it, you could just drop it in the mid. Doesn't have to

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drop any cannons. Pots this black and he'll be five points behind. So

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he can win it with the remaining reds on the table.

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Well, he's got a straight red to the far right corner. Normal

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circumstances, you'd fancy him knocking it in. As Stephen said,

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there's pressure now. Played the delicate red to the right

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middle and played it to perfection. It's all there for the taking, as I

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say. I'm certain that that red that's close to the middle. If you

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get right behind it, you can drop it in. That's all he'll be hoping,

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that's all he needs is just to drop the red in.

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Ten points the lead. OK, he can drop it in and play for green or brown,

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but he wants close cue ball control here in the pressure situations.

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He could play the cue ball in an area for both reds here from the

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brown. In between the two reds with the choice.

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He'd be tempted to play it now, the one near the middle pocket, but it's

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obviously trickier than it looks now on the screen. Well, if he's

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straight on the black, it means that he can't get close to the awkward

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red. Needs a better angle on the black than this. John Higgins may be

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thinking here's a chance to come back to the table.

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Close to the score board. Pot the blue and go 29 points in front with

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27 remaining. John Higgins fearing the worst.

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And that should be that. But what a match.

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John Higgins missed a spot off the black and I'll give him the benefit

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of the doubt and say it wasn't the best of contacts when the black

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jumped in the air, but every credit to Mark Allen holding himself

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together. And he's now 31 points in the lead. 25 remaining. Two snookers

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required. Is there a gap? There there's always

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a gap. Nicely played. OK, normally you

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think of one cushion escape, but at this level, you wouldn't expect him

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to miss it. But funny how the mind can play tricks on you. Yeah, and

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when the object balls are right in the middle of the table, just puts a

:53:06.:53:07.

little bit of doubt in your mind. Now, if John was to pot green, brown

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and blue, he would need one snooker on there to tie. At the moment, it's

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two snookers required. But he he'd rather keep more balls there and he

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doesn't want the green in. He didn't want it in.

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Still two snookers needed. Oh, he's caught this much too thin. He's left

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the brown. He's left the brown. John walks away from the table. Drops his

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shoulders, drops his head. This brown for the match. Oh, would you

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believe it? Well... That's amazing. OK, I know

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it's two snookers but the match should have been over.

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Yeah, good shot. Good shot. And even at this moment, fair play to John

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Higgins taking time to tap on the table to say - good shot. Needs to

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hit this and get it safe. He has. And he's got it safe. And that pink

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and black and blue in that line down the middle of the table will give

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John Higgins some hope. This isn't over just yet, even though two

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snookers are needed. It's a good line? And it has just

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come across the table enough. Not quite the snooker, or even if it is,

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easy swerve. As I was saying, I was thinking

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before, if he potted the two colours then one snooker on the pink to tie.

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But he didn't refuse to pot the green so he'll be playing the

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snooker off the brown here. Well, he's decided to pot the brown. So if

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he's going to pot the brown, will he pot the blue? And one snooker to tie

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on the pink? That's the plan. In fact, if Mark Allen missed that very

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easy brown a few moments ago. If John does get a snooker, he's put

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himself under pressure. Just going a little bit too far. Trying to get

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behind the black. Needs this pink to run otherwise

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he's going to leave it for the middle.

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The pink - for the match. Oh, he didn't want to risk it. He's

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played it over the corner. It doesn't matter, it's there anyway.

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It's in. Well, what a great match and John Higgins gives him a warm

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congratulations. And Mark Allen has really done well. John Higgins led

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2-0 but Mark Allen battled away and after the interval, the snooker has

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been absolutely top class. It could have gone either way but in the end,

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it went the way of the man from Antrim, Mark Allen. He beats the

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world number three, John Higgins. He's through to the quarterfinal. He

:58:22.:58:24.

wins 6-5. So the two-time champion John

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Higgins is on his way back to Glasgow and in fact, that's the

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third time he's been knocked out at this stage by Mark Allen. Brilliant

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game, wasn't it? And a terrific performance in the end by Mark

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Allen, the man from Antrim. He will await the winner of the match

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between Judd Trump and Marco Fu to see who he'll play and that match is

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the feature match this afternoon from 1:00 this afternoon. Live

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coverage on BBC Two then. In the meantime, get some sleep. Goodnight.

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Returning soon to BBC Two - Insert Name Here, the comedy...

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Hazel Irvine introduces highlights from Monday's first-round match featuring two-time former champion John Higgins and Northern Ireland's Mark Allen.


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