Day 4 Masters Snooker Extra


Day 4

Highlights from Wednesday afternoon's match featuring three-time Masters champion Mark Selby against Mark Williams, himself a two-time winner of this event.


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Hello. Here at Alexandra Palace a Selby Slam is a possibility. The

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world number one already owns the World Championship trophy which he

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won last May. He recently claimed the big silver values in December

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and it is the crystal trophy that he is after now to complete his set. He

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will join only four or other men to hold all three of the snooker major

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titles simultaneously. A man he is trying to defeat in round one, is

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Mark Williams the last person to hold all three summer plane somewhat

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enviously. They have been watched today by John Virgo and Stephen

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Hendrick. -- last person to hold all three summer plane as we. --

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simultaneously. I could say the same about Mark

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Williams there. That was a poor shot. The worst thing is that he has

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opened the black up in the left corner. He may just have to swing

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this a touch. It should not be a problem. He should still be able to

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hold for the black. I thought for one minute he had missed the red. He

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did not want to hit the red doubtful. OK, it went in that he

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wanted a little more on the left. He can still pot the black but it would

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be interesting to look with the position. The blue is an easy iPod

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that he would be struggling to get back in among the red. He is playing

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the black. That was a bit high. Always high. I don't know if the

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pink goes to the left middle. Not a problem. What I was saying before,

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he needs to score today from these opportunities. To win frames in one

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visit. A little awkward this positional

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shot. I don't think he will play for the red. So not straightforward to

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be nicely positioned for the next red. He has played that well.

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Can he pot this red and avoid a kiss on the pink? I'm not certain he can.

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If he was a little more straight on this thread, no problem, pot it and

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threw back on the pink for the next pocket. But of you cannot avoid the

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kiss on the pink he will not be on it. He did not want to take the risk

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so he played it more firmly. He always knew he would have the blue

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but he does not really want to be playing that. So he is nearly

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perfect position now. I think it could pot the black and come back

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for the red in the right middle. I think you would go into the bunch

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from this shot. I think the one thing that could suit him to day,

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Stephen, because he is not a power player, he likes to float the ball

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in. A quick table suits his game. That could be to his advantage but

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having said that... He was a little unlucky on the table there. Could

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have done with another couple of ounces of our while. I agree. He is

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a touch player. -- couple of ounces of power were there. To that end it

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tells you he is going to play safe. You do need to be careful. He has

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the red near the right corner just over one minute for thinking time.

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Normally you could glance easily off a red but I do not think that is the

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case here. He thinks he has found a path. A touch short of pace. A

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little As you can see he can go past the

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brown to player safety. He is not guaranteed, however and he has the

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opportunity of a red on the left-hand side of the table. His

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thinking if he doesn't do this, he could lose the frame. Decision time.

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Just tried to hedge his bets slightly there. And on... He's not

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left anything easy, let put it that way. Did not fully commit on the

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pot. A little bit of pressure on the

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spot, if he misses it you would think it would cost in the frame.

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No. One mile away. So it should cost him his first frame.

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Ever since I have been covering the snooker over the last few years,

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watching Matt Selby it is amazing how many times his scrapes through

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in the first round and then goes on to win. He is definitely the most

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vulnerable in the first round. And as we said, joining the elite club

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of triple Crown holders, that is putting pressure on him. And there

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are no easy matches these days. I think he has a weakness, Mark Selby,

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sometimes I do not think he believes in himself as much as he should. He

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is a tremendous player. The man to beat at the moment, for me.

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Sometimes he doubts his own ability. A chance for Mark Williams to get

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the good start you thinking needed. He should win the frame at this

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visit. Obviously came very straight on the

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yellow. Could not do much with the cue ball. You would think, just make

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certain, play the blue. Mark Williams shop where he puts the cue

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under his arm. -- a Mark Williams shot. Just does not want to make

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contact with that colour. He almost missed the pot fair. Stick

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into the pocket and that is why the cue ball has ended up there. That

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chance he had now with lawn. 75 points still remaining. Yeah, he

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would be disappointed. He had to win the frame from that visit. You need

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to show Mark Selby that you will punish mistakes. That is what has

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been happening at every other match of this Masters so far this week.

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The standard has been incredible so far.

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Touching the red so there is not a lock Mark Selby could do there. He

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is not going to gain any advantage. Mark Williams should still have the

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upper hand in this tactical battle. Mark Selby is in a lot of trouble

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here. Need to play one cushion on the red which is on the black

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cushion. A delightful shot. A lovely lion and

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a lovely length. And although Mark Williams has a 53 point lead the way

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that the reds are, Mark Selby could get the next opportunity and he

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could quickly become favourite for the frame. As John said there is

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pressure on it now because look at where the reds are situated. If he

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misses this, it could cost him the frame. Taking a while getting down

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to it. Good work. Mark Williams will take this first frame. Ooh dear. I

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think he has been fortunate. So that now puts him 60 points in front. He

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played to come past the green, not run into it. So he has needed three

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chances to win this first frame, has Mark. He won't be banking on getting

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that in most of the frames. You need to take your hat off to

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him. There was a time only a few seasons ago when he dropped out of

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the top 32. Yeah, he has the talent. We were speaking before about two

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other players who turned professional in tears as talented as

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them. Maybe in a way he has taken pressure off himself by not being

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bothered about winning. True, you do not put any pressure on yourself.

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But is for some concern, they should still be competing for different

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titles. Giving every shot due care and attention. He wants to make

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certain he gets the cue through street. -- straight. So in those are

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the black. Plenty of opportunities but he has reduced the world

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champion to only scoring one point. And Mark Williams is one frame in

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front. Uncertainty book markers have made

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Mark Selby a big favourite in this match but you can never discount

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Mark Williams. Snooker for the connoisseur of, this afternoon could

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be. Sit back and enjoy. Well, we always say if you are going to miss

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that sort of shot than hit it too then. If you hit it to thick in the

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cue ball will never get past the spot. First opportunity to Mark

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Selby and a chance for him to get his hand on the table and pot a few

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balls. Well, that just shows you. If he had

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hit the black in the middle of the pocket he would have the cue ball at

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a harlot looks like he has the second prize He would have had the

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cue ball, but it looks as if he has the second prize here.

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Fortunate to be on it, you could save the hull a good pot, none the

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less. It goes without saying that the one he wants to get rid of is

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the one to the right of the black. Can he do that now?

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Won't be going to the bunch from this shot, but it will be in the

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back of his mind. Always nice to leave that shot when there's maybe

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one or two loose reds to give yourself a little bit of insurance

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if the split does not go well. I don't think he'll be angle the black

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after the red to go into the bunch. He may choose to play for the open

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red to go into the bunch off the blue.

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APPLAUSE That was the fifth red, but he won't

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be playing for the black now. He is hampered. He'll just have to play

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for pink and blue. There's a ?10,000 prize for the

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highest breaker held at the moment by Stuart Bingham. Made an is 132

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break in his match against Joe Perry and that was the only frame he won.

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Tough skill. He's not going to hit the blue, he's

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looking where he's going to lead the cue ball. Maybe he's thinking about

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trying to hold the spot. I think he's going to run through a little

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bit. He decided to play the screw shot in the end. Felt that if he did

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stun run through, he'd be at full stretch.

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You mentioned a tough skill, John. What he's done is miss that long

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ball by a long way, and it looks like it's going to cost him the

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frame. Seems he's attempted a long ball.

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Another possible reason why Mark is not completing the bid end so much

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that he doesn't get most long balls as regularly as he would like.

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APPLAUSE Yes, applause. Put Mark Selby in a

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position where his opponent needs snookers. You don't have to do a lot

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wrong to lose a frame. Still a possibility of beating the

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132 high break. ?10,000, is not to be sniffed at.

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Missed the canon, but he's going to be on the red on the line. So still

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a chance. This has been pretty impressive,

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though, apart from the sht of the first black which he was a little

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unfortunate to leave the red near the queen pocket, but he's been

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flawless nonetheless. Well, cleverly and purposefully in

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putting that read puts the other two in play.

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APPLAUSE Now, I don't know if he knows what a

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high break is. Maybe... I think someone like Mark Selby will know.

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Looks the right-hand side of the cue ball here.

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APPLAUSE Beautifully constructed break. With

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a red black, possibly 139 on. You would think, John, to win the

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prize, 142-plus, you'd think is standard? Yeah, absolutely. I mean,

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I was chatting to someone about the odds of a maximum break.

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We talked about how good the playing conditions are. The player - the top

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players like that for break-building, never have to hit

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the ball that hard. Pockets seem to be playing anything little bit in

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the generous side. So all counts to many big breaks this week.

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APPLAUSE Yeah, just about perfect. He may

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have to just stun one off the top cushion. Inch perfect.

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That equals the high break. This black to set. -- set the break a

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little bit higher. Wonderful! Absolutely wonderful. Shown why he's

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the world champion and world number one. That was exquisite. One a

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piece. APPLAUSE

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I think he can get past the greens to the reds to the right corner.

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Yes, just about get through to the potted angle. You practice, you play

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the canon on the red to the left of the black.

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APPLAUSE Green looks the obvious colour to

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take here. Off two cautions - if you brought the cue ball where it is

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now, it's ideal, you have a choice of two reds at either corner pocket.

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A little bit more angle on this pot than he would have liked. Makes it

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missble. Sometimes you miss trying to hold the cue ball. It did go off

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the right jaw of the pocket. Safely in.

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Mark Williams looked on most of the last frame. He'll be hoping he isn't

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here. He might be if the canon goes right. Well, he's on the black.

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Little bit thinner than he would like, but he feels if he can get the

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canon from the black. Just a little canon on that red.

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Well! That was careless. Didn't get into the cue ball at all.

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Yeah, it was a very kfrble shot in -- comfortable shot in the end.

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He'll be very disappointed the break has ended this quick. So go back to

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his chair a bit frustrated - Mark Selby.

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APPLAUSE Although, I think he broke back into

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the open here and playing off the main bunch. Looks too thick. And

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little bit harder, that red would have droped. But played the safety

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much too thick. Without having doing too much, Mark Selby is back at the

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table. Another chance to clinch the frame.

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I thought he may have played for that from that shot.

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He's gotten into that cue ball so well.

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APPLAUSE Watch the timing on the cue ball.

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You see it just - and it goes in between the green and brown, picks

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up pace. Got nice control of the cue ball,

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which he's going to need to win the frame at this visit. The reds are

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spread but there's only maybe two that are easily - easy to get on.

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Of course as he pots one, he brings the other one into the open.

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He still needs three of the remaining reds to clinch the frame.

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Maybe trying to play on the black here. As you saw when he was playing

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that red, there was little gap and he' played it absolutely

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inch-perfect. After this, he's looking for one more red, that's why

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he played for the black. Oozing the confidence.

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And there's -- there by playing the black he's put the red in the open.

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This puts him 66 ahead, with 59 remaining.

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Yeah, he's beginning to my comment, about looking vulnerable complete

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nonsense. Yeah, he's really looking on top of his game here.

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Well, the frame was over long before he missed that red. Mark Williams

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concedes. And Mark Selby leads 2-1. The fourth frame, Mark Selby to

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break. Mark Selby gets the frame, the one

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before the mid-session interval on the way. As always for the man who's

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behind, it's a big frame. Don't want to be two frames behind come the

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mid-session interval. APPLAUSE

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Good line. Decent length. Excellent return.

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APPLAUSE Talking about how well Selby's

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played in the last two frames, the best 16 players in the world come to

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this event. I used to love it as world number one competing the other

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world best players proving why you're number one. That's exactly

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how he would be feeling. Couldn't get much closer! And he was forced

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into playing it, but that, as we always say, is the advantage of

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getting that cue ball tight to the cushion. It just making cueing that

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little bit more difficult - and so close! And the fact he got so close,

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the double kiss, he's left a nice easy starter for his opponent.

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You always feel it's a good chance when the black is in the open and

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available into both corners. And a nice angle on the yellow and

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they'll be thinking about making a sizeable contribution.

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The best angle on this black, just coming around to see. Go to the

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right corner and then you can follow through with two cushions. The line

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of three to the left of the bunch, the middle one of these may pot to

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the right corner. Excellent positional shot there.

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Absolutely perfect. There you see the shaking of the

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head in the shot. Almost like a swing, not a shake, John. Yeah, I

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suppose it isn't a natural position that snooker players get themselves

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in. It didn't seem to have affected him. He's pushed the cue straight as

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a dye. It's almost the whole body moving from side-to-side, but it

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does not affect him one bit as you say. It's just the way he plays.

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Nice angle to go into the bunch here. Not going to do it this time.

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Playing with top spin. I think he'll play for an angle this

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time on the black to go into them. Yes, he's got that perfect angle

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now. Always knew he had this red to the

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left corner. It's just a little bit awkward in a passionate sense of the

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shot. I thought he'd play more of a stun. The red he could have played

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to the right corner. But as you say, seems to be on the collar here. And

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then you run into another red, where is the cue ball going to finish.

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He's not finished too well. If the blue is a natural angle,

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that's the colour he'll play. But if it's a natural angle to collide with

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a ball colour, he's got a problem here.

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Doesn't look as though he can roll the blue and avoid kiss on the

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green. He's looking at the black, but - it's a tough shot, but as I

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say, so far he's looked full of confidence when he's got in. So I

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can't see him refusing the pot. That's brilliant.

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APPLAUSE Especially when you forget you're in

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perfect position and then you got the really tough shot to play. So

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full of confidence. Immediately pointing his cue, going

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to play the canon from the blue, hit the pink full in the face. Didn't

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have to play it too hard. The reds are loose.

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Well, he stunned past them. I'm not sure that was the intention. Well,

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whatever. He's got a nice, easy red to continue the break with.

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I think the reason he missed it and wanted to take the line - actually

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line touching the pink out of the equation there. Yeah, fair call.

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Didn't want to risk anything going wrong, he knew as long as he was on

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a red to carry on, he would win the frame from there. I think Mark

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Williams has resigned to that fact now. All he potted one ball, Mark

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Selby, in the first frame. As we say, Mark needed three chances and

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it's now up to 281 points without reply.

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APPLAUSE 70 points the lead. 67 remaining.

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Looks like a two frame advantage going into the mid-session interval.

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Those two reds together to the left of the pink, one is available to the

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opposite corner to this black. You have to say, he's really settled

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in now. He's got that cue ball on a piece of string at the moment. And

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that is the key to this game - if you get good cue ball control, then

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you will almost make every shot that much easier.

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Yeah, this is as good as I have seen Mark Selby play in a first-round

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match. I think since I can remember. Still potable, this red. The left

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middle. APPLAUSE

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Yes, nicely played. Second century, now, it's a formality. He can't

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better the 139. Lots of left-hand side here.

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APPLAUSE Have to say, Steve, at the moment,

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he's making the game look ridiculously easy. Yep, there's no

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better feeling when you're out there. The pockets will look 3ft

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wide to Mark Selby at the moment. Just a little shake of the head

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there, a bit disappointed with that passionate shot. -- positional shot.

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And in the end he lost the yellow. Mark Williams win the first frame,

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but since then, Mark Selby has replied with breaks of 139, 62 and

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109. He gives into the -- goes into the mid-session interval leading

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3-1. He's on the green. Doesn't look a

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perfect angle on it. So just dropping it in, now he's

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going to leave himself the long straight red. But the black is

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available to the opposite corner. So full concentration on this one. Got

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to fully commit to these. And did and played it superbly!

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APPLAUSE Of course that was a very point he

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made in the studio - OK, you can hang in on a match, but when he gets

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the opportunities like that, he's got to start winning frames in one

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visit. Needs to run! He's on the red, but

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hampered. How much times Williams gets out of position. He's still on

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this red, but... That's a good recovery.

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APPLAUSE Again, didn't play that with the

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power a lot of players would have played it. It's end of break. So

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again not able to win the frame in that first scoring visit.

:58:12.:58:16.

Looks too thin and been very fortunate. He's canoned into the

:58:17.:59:16.

green, but the blue is covering the red this close to the corner, as you

:59:17.:59:18.

can see. Typical Mark Williams - one of the

:59:19.:59:55.

best single potters the game has ever seen.

:59:56.:00:01.

I was going to say that, John, but never understood really what it

:00:02.:00:11.

meant. Well, I think it means - and I remember they always be able to

:00:12.:00:16.

pot these balls with an element of safety, they always see it as a shot

:00:17.:00:22.

for nothing. No doubt, start to knock the long ones in. That's four

:00:23.:00:26.

in a row. In the last couple of frames. I think a lot of players,

:00:27.:00:31.

when they actually play to pot a ball, they're determined to get

:00:32.:00:35.

position on the next one, but I think Mark has that knack if he

:00:36.:00:40.

think it's a difficult shot, he can put all concentration to red and not

:00:41.:00:45.

be too bothered about position. Sometimes it's hard to tell yourself

:00:46.:00:50.

to do that. Yes, I suppose, it's kind of - when you're playing a pot

:00:51.:00:57.

and you know you're possibly not going to get anything on it, so

:00:58.:01:01.

you're playing the ball for the next shot. Wow, so close. Just the pace

:01:02.:01:07.

kept it out, but fortunately he missed the canon.

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APPLAUSE Only the pace that kept it out.

:01:08.:01:15.

Rattle, rattle, rattle. APPLAUSE

:01:16.:01:31.

Good length. Ask the question now of Mark

:01:32.:01:52.

Williams, 32 point advantage in this frame now, but got to play a good

:01:53.:01:54.

safety here. That's the players' view. You can

:01:55.:02:11.

see he can hit the red on the left-hand of the table, but you can

:02:12.:02:14.

easily get a double kiss. Just nudging into it. Feels as

:02:15.:02:24.

though that was going to be safe. If he didn't want to risk playing off

:02:25.:02:28.

the main bunch because he could have knocked one over in the corner

:02:29.:02:32.

pocket, just play the containing safety.

:02:33.:02:54.

Oh, struck it beautifully. APPLAUSE

:02:55.:03:12.

. Couldn't have played that much better. Now, in and out of the

:03:13.:03:16.

baulk. Trace of right-hand side. That's careless. I mean, that was so

:03:17.:04:14.

obvious that that red was going to go to the right corner, he's just

:04:15.:04:19.

lost his focus, it appears, at the moment. Yeah, I did say when -

:04:20.:04:29.

although that's a shocker from Mark Williams. I did say Mark said he's

:04:30.:04:33.

going to battle against is lack of concentration when everything is

:04:34.:04:43.

coming so easy for you. This is a tough black Mark Williams has left

:04:44.:04:45.

himself. Oh, lovely shot. APPLAUSE

:04:46.:04:51.

Although at first glance, I don't know where the next red is coming

:04:52.:04:55.

from. Tip cam Mark Williams pot - this. Dropping it in dead weight. I

:04:56.:05:06.

think he's on this one along the back cushion. It's a shot to

:05:07.:05:14.

nothing, so the red comes away from the pocket. He's gone all out and

:05:15.:05:17.

that's a great pot. APPLAUSE

:05:18.:05:23.

Looks like he may have a natural angle just to miss the yellow for

:05:24.:05:31.

two cushions for a choice of the red in the right corner. He's picked a

:05:32.:05:37.

lovely time to leave the arena. There's one red in the bottom of the

:05:38.:06:44.

cluster. He pots this blue and he goes 54 points in front with 59

:06:45.:06:47.

remaining. So he's just looking for the blue and one more red.

:06:48.:07:02.

Well, maybe he can just get through to that bottom red. I'd like it to

:07:03.:07:10.

be a little bit closer to it, made the pot easier, but only the red

:07:11.:07:17.

required. Pot in 55 points in front. With only 51 remaining.

:07:18.:07:23.

Come back complete! APPLAUSE

:07:24.:07:51.

Highly unlikely that Mark Williams will be asked to play on here. Well,

:07:52.:08:02.

62 points difference, 51 remaining. That equates to four point snookers

:08:03.:08:10.

required. -- three 4-point snookers required.

:08:11.:08:18.

Yeah, only a half-hearted attempt. So unbelievably, after what we saw

:08:19.:08:32.

the mid-session interval, Mark Williams is now all square. Three a

:08:33.:08:34.

piece. Where is this cue ball going? It's

:08:35.:09:07.

leaving the chance for Mark Williams. Getting tough out there

:09:08.:09:10.

for both of them. Now 15 points behind. That will

:09:11.:09:44.

equate to taking the remaining reds with colours to get to snookers

:09:45.:09:45.

required stage. This pink to just go one point

:09:46.:10:25.

behind. That wasn't a clean pot, but in it

:10:26.:11:01.

went. Points all square. And the red that's close to blue, I think he can

:11:02.:11:05.

get on that to the left middle. May play for it now. I think he may just

:11:06.:11:22.

be about on it, but... I would rather have played it for it now,

:11:23.:11:26.

and he should have been straighter on that. He's careless to leave

:11:27.:11:28.

himself short as he has done. Not the best positional shot, but

:11:29.:11:44.

this givers him another opportunity to get that red near the blue. Yeah,

:11:45.:11:51.

the only problem in leaving the red playing the black until last,er

:11:52.:11:55.

specially now, he's going to have to pay a decent positional shot to go

:11:56.:12:08.

on that. And it's not easy from there. Suppose if he doesn't get on

:12:09.:12:12.

the red properly, he can always play the snooker.

:12:13.:12:16.

Yep, snooker it is. 18 points the lead.

:12:17.:12:30.

You see the disappointment on Mark's face he didn't win the frame on that

:12:31.:12:54.

visit. But he's a big, big favourite now.

:12:55.:13:06.

Good hit. And a double kiss. Didn't put his hand up to apologise - Mark.

:13:07.:13:21.

He's been favouring his opponent over the last couple of frames.

:13:22.:13:26.

But even though he has left his red safe, it's every chance that Mark

:13:27.:13:34.

Williams can play another snooker here. That pair of blue is a fair

:13:35.:13:43.

target. He can still get the cover with the brown and the blue.

:13:44.:13:51.

That wasn't the best shot for me. He's not put Mark Selby really in

:13:52.:14:03.

any trouble here. So any advantage he had in this tactical has changed,

:14:04.:14:06.

it's gone now. Mark Selby is brilliantly at digging

:14:07.:14:19.

himself out of holes in matches. He's going to need one here here in

:14:20.:14:21.

this match. He's scratching his head now, and

:14:22.:14:32.

shaking his head. I mean, normally you'd think he'd get down - I now he

:14:33.:14:36.

can't the right-hand down of the red, but try to get the cue ball

:14:37.:14:40.

behind the ball. Normally he wouldn't think twice about it.

:14:41.:14:53.

Safe enough, you wouldn't think Mark Williams would be tempted by this.

:14:54.:15:10.

Good chance to get behind the brown and blue here, send the red back up

:15:11.:15:49.

the table. Oh, he's got the red. Too thin. Think he's left this red.

:15:50.:15:58.

That Dunn surprise me a little bit. -- that does surprise me a little

:15:59.:16:26.

bit. He's played an excellent safety shot there. Thought he might have

:16:27.:16:28.

been tempted by the pot there. You wouldn't believe there was a gap

:16:29.:16:39.

around the back of that red. The fact he's got this natural to

:16:40.:17:09.

cushion a scape, it looks like he's going to push the red up the table.

:17:10.:17:12.

Just a minor adjustment required. But miss judged it again and now

:17:13.:17:22.

this time Mark Selby will be taking this red on. This is a test, this

:17:23.:17:35.

first red. He's not been comfortable - looked comfortable at all this

:17:36.:17:39.

interval, or certainly since that break that was on in the fifth

:17:40.:17:42.

frame. There's pressure on this. APPLAUSE

:17:43.:17:51.

Good shot. Just got a quick glimpse there of

:17:52.:18:07.

Mark Williams who'll be fearing the worst now. Still little bit to do,

:18:08.:18:15.

of course. Particularly with the brown, just makes it a little bit

:18:16.:18:20.

more awkward, but the blue will be going back on to its spot after

:18:21.:18:22.

this. Couple of key shots coming up now,

:18:23.:18:34.

position from yellow to green and then green to brown. He needed to be

:18:35.:18:44.

closer to the yellow. He had a shot to green to brown as a deciding shot

:18:45.:18:49.

in this frame but because he's left himself a tough shot just to get on

:18:50.:18:54.

the green, even tougher to get the right angle on the green.

:18:55.:19:07.

He's up there, saying a bad contact. It certainly looked heavy.

:19:08.:19:16.

The cue ball seemed to jump even before it got to the yellow, John.

:19:17.:19:25.

That's the thing with this superfine close, if you're striking down

:19:26.:19:30.

slightly and unless he's got the perfect angle to roll this green in

:19:31.:19:36.

and canon the brown, he's - it's a tough pot! And tough to get good

:19:37.:19:38.

position. Good pot. Where's the cue ball! Oh!

:19:39.:19:53.

Flicks off the brown. Nearly went in the middle. Now the brown is safe.

:19:54.:20:04.

Both players now needing brown, blue and pink.

:20:05.:20:30.

Good line. APPLAUSE

:20:31.:20:41.

A decent one. The only problem with this is if Mark Williams can come

:20:42.:20:47.

off the top cushion and hit this brown full in the face, you could

:20:48.:20:53.

get a snooker back here. It's in the realms of possibility. Didn't hit it

:20:54.:20:58.

full in the face, though. He looks very much under pressure to

:20:59.:21:56.

me, at the moment, the world number 1.

:21:57.:22:07.

It's a tough shot. He's had a lot at the potting angle so you feel he's

:22:08.:22:14.

going to take it on. It's difficult to say from our

:22:15.:23:12.

commentary position whether it's easier to kit in the right middle or

:23:13.:23:17.

- looks like the right middle. He's played it well. Where's the cue ball

:23:18.:23:22.

going?! Where is the cue ball going?!

:23:23.:23:26.

Yeah, whatever happens with the blue is going to be a pressure pink from

:23:27.:23:44.

distance. That cue ball is a little bit closer to the side cushion than

:23:45.:23:45.

he would have liked. Big shot. APPLAUSE

:23:46.:24:00.

And right into the pocket. Puts his cue down. He's storming off to the

:24:01.:24:05.

dressroom. Boy, he's a mighty relieved man. Just one frame away

:24:06.:24:07.

from a place in the quarterfinal. Hoping that that's his last break of

:24:08.:24:26.

the match. Because if he wins this frame, he's through to the

:24:27.:24:33.

quarterfinal. But has to be said, Mark Williams has put him through

:24:34.:24:41.

the ringer. And frames have started to be a bit more drawn-out. That's

:24:42.:24:47.

why we're just going on to the three-hour mark.

:24:48.:24:55.

Just looking at the average playing time is practically 20 minutes.

:24:56.:25:07.

He came over to look at the black. So I don't know whether he's

:25:08.:25:12.

thinking about the red that's to the right of the pink, to the right

:25:13.:25:17.

corner and stunning the cue ball across of the black in the same

:25:18.:25:22.

pocket. Now, this shot you can play it more positively around the

:25:23.:25:26.

angles, a thicker contact in the pack or you can just brush off it,

:25:27.:25:28.

which is what he's done. That was a nice little bruch-off the

:25:29.:25:39.

yellow, just blocked the left-hand side of the pack. It certainly was.

:25:40.:25:49.

He stopped the escape route down the left-hand side of the table. He's

:25:50.:25:55.

taking this red on. Oh, tremendous shot! Look at the cue ball control!

:25:56.:25:57.

APPLAUSE That's funny - if Mark Selby doesn't

:25:58.:26:18.

get the lucky brush off the yellow, he playing the safety shot. He was

:26:19.:26:22.

forced into playing it, he couldn't see a safety.

:26:23.:26:35.

It didn't take him long to get out of position. It's frustrating to

:26:36.:26:40.

watch, never mind how he must feel. He's got this red to the middle. He

:26:41.:27:07.

likes it a bit easier than this. In it goes. It's going to close, leaves

:27:08.:27:17.

a good angle on the blue. Now, can he just drop these in a little hole.

:27:18.:27:22.

He couldn't so he's having to play for the red along the top cushion.

:27:23.:27:30.

These are tough. Yes, specially because he's going to play with a

:27:31.:27:35.

bit of pace to get out from the black. Great shot.

:27:36.:27:42.

He's played these shots into the pack a bit tentatively so far. I

:27:43.:27:51.

wonder how he's going to play this one? Again just played the

:27:52.:27:57.

touch-shot. But it's not worked out. This red does cut to the right

:27:58.:28:03.

corner. He actually can play for the black, the bottom left-hand side of

:28:04.:28:05.

the cue ball. It was a Mark Williams special

:28:06.:28:25.

coming up there - he's the only player in the whorld who can do

:28:26.:28:26.

that. Yeah, may still be one. APPLAUSE

:28:27.:28:43.

He's given run past the baulk line. It's not a bad one. It's not bad.

:28:44.:28:51.

The red that's loose is available. It's amazing how he can talk himself

:28:52.:28:55.

into that position. Text book that, wasn't it? Text book.

:28:56.:29:04.

Rolled it in and he's perfect. In fact, the choice of two reds and

:29:05.:29:11.

playing this one and puts another one into play. What a time in the

:29:12.:29:21.

match it would be to win a match in one visit. And would take us to a

:29:22.:29:23.

decider. But once again, understood hit it.

:29:24.:29:39.

Should have been straight on this. -- underhit it. Shov have been

:29:40.:29:43.

straight on this. Going for the blue now. But it gave him an opportunity

:29:44.:29:57.

- his wife, Jo. Feeling every anguish and willing every ball into

:29:58.:30:06.

the pocket. It's worth -- worse watching them playing.

:30:07.:30:20.

This is a good positional shot. APPLAUSE

:30:21.:30:29.

Need a fraction more. I'm not sure if the pink goes to the left corner.

:30:30.:30:31.

It'd help if it would. It doesn't. So will he - he can stun

:30:32.:30:49.

down for the black. No problem. He's got a nice angle on the black.

:30:50.:31:00.

Well, that can only be bit of tension in the arm, can't be

:31:01.:31:16.

anything else. APPLAUSE

:31:17.:31:47.

Disappointing end. I thought he was going to win the frame in one visit

:31:48.:31:49.

there. A strong 53-point lead. The last thing he wants is the pink

:31:50.:32:27.

tight against the cushion. But then I suppose he is forcing

:32:28.:32:39.

Mark to bring this red away from the cushion.

:32:40.:32:44.

He's not played it well. So here is a chance for the counterattack now,

:32:45.:32:51.

for Mark Selby. Yeah, looks like if Mark Selby is to

:32:52.:33:38.

win this match, he's got to fall over the line. Oh, Mark! You can't

:33:39.:33:46.

buy a positional shot at the moment. No. He's looking at the scoerboard,

:33:47.:33:54.

he -- scoreboard at the moment. He needs red - the colour red.

:33:55.:33:57.

APPLAUSE Played it well. Played it nicely.

:33:58.:34:04.

He's on the brown. And he's on the red to clinch the

:34:05.:34:22.

frame. This red will put him 65 points in front with just 59

:34:23.:34:24.

remaining. In it goes!

:34:25.:34:35.

APPLAUSE So we'll have a decider for Jo to

:34:36.:34:37.

have to live through! Mark Selby will not be coming back

:34:38.:34:49.

to the table. He will now be preparing for the deciding frame.

:34:50.:34:57.

Should you go out there and wash your hands or should you just wait

:34:58.:35:02.

there until the referee sets the balling up?

:35:03.:35:09.

We have already had three of these first-round matches going into the

:35:10.:35:17.

deciding frame. I don't suppose you expect to have any runaway

:35:18.:35:21.

victories, particularly as the top 16 players in the world.

:35:22.:35:29.

But I'll be honest with you, Stephen - when Mark Selby was 3-1 in front,

:35:30.:35:37.

dent see this. -- didn't see this. No, not at all. We have mentioned

:35:38.:35:42.

that shot that went for Mark Selby when it looked like he was going to

:35:43.:35:47.

go 4 and up. But since then, every credit to Mark Williams. We keep

:35:48.:35:52.

mentioning he hasn't won a frame in one visit, but tremendous character,

:35:53.:35:53.

tremendous match-play. Could he be saving the frame for the

:35:54.:36:19.

win in the decider. As we say the decider can be the toss of a coin.

:36:20.:36:26.

So world champion, United Kingdom champion, world number one. The

:36:27.:36:36.

chances of all in the three Majors at the same time are all going to be

:36:37.:36:39.

down to a deciding frame. Not on the blue, but he's not

:36:40.:36:45.

bothered. So Mark Williams, once again, we are

:36:46.:37:05.

parity, but this time it's five a piece. First to six - decider to

:37:06.:37:07.

come. Thank you. The deciding frame. Mark

:37:08.:37:09.

Williams to break. Well, the break-off, but left a

:37:10.:37:38.

possibility of a pot. And not getting the cue ball so close to the

:37:39.:37:42.

baulk cushion, not too difficult a safety shot either.

:37:43.:38:22.

Looks like he's playing the containing safety. Surprises me a

:38:23.:38:29.

little bit. I thought he may have tried to get back to the ball. I

:38:30.:38:35.

assume he's not left this red to the side of the black because he can't

:38:36.:38:37.

get to the pot in that order. I wonder if he can play the double

:38:38.:38:55.

in this red, the right of the black. That's a shot to nothing. Can still

:38:56.:38:59.

retain some sort of position on the black. He's played it. Has he left

:39:00.:39:06.

the right to the right middle though? I thought he may have left

:39:07.:39:10.

the cue ball a by further to the right-hand side of the table there.

:39:11.:39:12.

This is definitely on. Didn't appear he can get to the red

:39:13.:39:28.

to the left middle there. The problem with the one on the right

:39:29.:39:31.

middle is it's definitely missble. Has to play it, though. He's not

:39:32.:39:36.

happy, though. He's not - if he was comfortable with the shot, he'd be

:39:37.:39:42.

down by now. So he's feeling it. Yeah, I think the comfort zone is

:39:43.:39:47.

long since gone. -- gone in this match for Mark. Yep, I'm shocked at

:39:48.:39:55.

that that he's refused that red. The cue ball may have been canoned into

:39:56.:39:59.

baulk covers but still you get a good kiss, you land on the ball

:40:00.:40:03.

colour. Get a better chance than that.

:40:04.:40:17.

He's now looking at this long red to the left corner and a dead weight

:40:18.:40:53.

for the black, is he? Or looking at another containing safety? I suppose

:40:54.:41:00.

if he rolled it in, he could get position on the black, but... I

:41:01.:41:08.

think he's getting a little bit bogged down. It can get you, the

:41:09.:41:18.

game. It's not been smooth. It's just getting to him a bit. Yeah, can

:41:19.:41:22.

only presume he couldn't see the red on the right-hand side cushion

:41:23.:41:27.

because of the yellow, because it's quite a simple shot to get the cue

:41:28.:41:29.

ball back to That could be a mistake. He's left

:41:30.:41:43.

his red on to the middle. He won't refuse this one.

:41:44.:41:49.

This is, again, one of these that looks very easy on the screen, but

:41:50.:41:58.

under this pressure, it's very smelly indeed. Yeah, and the fact

:41:59.:42:07.

that you got to roll it in dead weight, if he plays it with any

:42:08.:42:15.

pace, you got to trust the table and trust your cueing and hit the centre

:42:16.:42:17.

of the cue ball. He's missed it! So the first chance

:42:18.:42:47.

faults to Mark Williams. Looks like the red left of the middle is one to

:42:48.:42:50.

play. Looks slightly hampered. APPLAUSE

:42:51.:42:54.

Played it well. Surely not! Surely not! Had a choice

:42:55.:43:53.

of two reds, the one below the pink and one past the pink to the

:43:54.:43:56.

right-hand side. Surely he's on one of them. Again, it's the position

:43:57.:44:02.

that's letting him down, isn't it, John? Yeah, but to be fair, you'd

:44:03.:44:09.

have to say it's a little bit unfortunate. You play a twin area,

:44:10.:44:15.

as you say there's a couple of reds you could be on, to not be on one of

:44:16.:44:20.

them is unbelievable really. He's now having to play this very risky

:44:21.:44:24.

pot. CHEERING AND APPLAUSE

:44:25.:44:28.

Good shot. That's what it's like, folks -

:44:29.:44:44.

watching your hubby play snooker. Oh, he got the kick. Has it thrown

:44:45.:45:43.

the blue off-line?! It has! He's had a very good run of the ball, but

:45:44.:45:49.

that was cruel. If that's cost him the match, that's awful.

:45:50.:45:57.

The worst type of bad contact, the fact that it threw the blue

:45:58.:46:18.

off-line. Could have played this better. Yeah, why was he playing for

:46:19.:46:33.

the blue? OK, but, when you play blue, but now using the rest, OK, I

:46:34.:46:41.

mean, he's - he's quite capable of playing the deep string to get the

:46:42.:46:47.

cue ball to this end, but the more distance the cue ball has to travel,

:46:48.:46:51.

the more likely it's not getting back to perfect position.

:46:52.:47:02.

He's played this well. APPLAUSE

:47:03.:47:10.

So now at that stage it's just one shot at a time. You can't start

:47:11.:47:20.

thinking ahead of yourself now at this stage.

:47:21.:47:51.

He's on the pink, but not perfect. Clear Now, the referee just heard

:47:52.:48:16.

him say, "Give me a second, Mark." Because I don't think the pink spot

:48:17.:48:21.

is available. It's definitely one red that's on. So it's not going to

:48:22.:48:26.

affect the next pot. Just reminding Pot this and try the nudge the red

:48:27.:48:45.

near the right middle. Just try to nudge that over the middle. He'll

:48:46.:48:50.

still be on the blue. That's what he's played. Didn't want him to

:48:51.:48:54.

drop. That's the last thing he wanted. He didn't want that. He

:48:55.:48:57.

wanted that red to stay over the pocket. Now it's gone in, he's going

:48:58.:49:03.

to have a problem getting on to the next red.

:49:04.:49:14.

Oh, that's a good shot. Well, a good shot, he's cued it well. But you

:49:15.:49:21.

have to say sometimes, depending on the potting angle and the potting

:49:22.:49:25.

angle is absolutely perfect, to play the blue and wring that red into

:49:26.:49:30.

play. It was a natural, wasn't it? Unfortunate to knock the red in the

:49:31.:49:36.

middle but fortunate to have that natural angle. Now green and into

:49:37.:49:40.

the bunch of five reds and the pink and this could be the frame and

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match-winning shot coming right up here.

:49:44.:49:53.

Could have been better. Could have been better. Absolutely once you got

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into him, you thought he'd have a nice easy red to continue with but

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that's not the case. Yeah, he almost kneaded to hit the

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pink there, I think, to get the perfect split. And this red is

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looking at to the left middle, I think you can play to the black

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perhaps to the left corner. Wouldn't leave anything should he miss it.

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He's looking to see where's the cue ball. He's looking to play this to

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the Far Left core next the yellow pocket. Again playing for the black,

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but he's playing that shot under pressure.

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APPLAUSE He didn't leave the red to the right

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corner. But he won't be taking this for granted. No, Liang Wenbo will

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tell you that. Great shot. OK, can't play for the black after this, but

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this was a much better pot than it looked.

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The kick on the blue. It would be a terrible way to lose a match. This

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was it. Straightforward blue, you'd never fancy a miss here, you got the

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heavy contact and you see through his cue on the table because apart

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from the heavy contact, it threw the blue off-line. So 18 points the

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lead. Three reds, red colours. And he's

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got three reds in the open. It would take him into the quarterfinal. He

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may have to take this red with the rest. He's finished awkward on that

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red beside the pink. Just got a positive stroke on this.

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Decelerate in any way, he'll miss it to the left knuckle. Matter of fact

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he's screen back to the blue. He hasn't gone far enough. He'll

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probably play in between green and brown, lots of right-hand side.

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Baulk cushion, right-hand side cushion.

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That's a good shot. I thought maybe he wouldn't play that because if you

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get too much side in it... APPLAUSE

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If the black doesn't go to the right corner, and the pink is tied up,

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he's got to come back to the blue, it's not a formality this, to win

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the frame at this visit. Good pot. Now, what sort of an angle

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does he get on the blue. Absolutely inch-perfect!

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CHEERING AND APPLAUSE Under pressure.

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Is it too hard?! Is it too hard?! It's too hard! And I don't think he

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can see enough of the red above the pink to pot it in the right middle.

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So the chance of winning the frame in the match is gone. He's looking

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at the cushion there. Unlike you, John, I thought it was too hard to

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start with. Yes, as soon as it came off the blue, it looked to me as

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though he put too much pace into it. Can he hit that red to pot it in the

:55:01.:55:06.

middle. It's not what he played for. I don't know, it's tight. He needs a

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red and a colour. He thinks he can pot it.

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He's lucky to have this alternative. It's not the red he played for.

:55:18.:55:24.

Yeah, if you're in the practice room, you can play this on the

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right-hand side to make the angle thicker, to let yourself to pot it.

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A brave man to play that shot here. I think he's convinced himself to go

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for it. Certainly when you're right down

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behind it, whether you can feel you can pot it or not, but... This is

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decision, and he's playing it now with his right-hand side, you can

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see that to try to square the red up. And he did it! He's done it!

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APPLAUSE And that's frame and match.

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He knows he didn't think that red could go, he didn't play for that -

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Mark Williams. Mark Williams must be cursing his luck. How hard he's

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battled in this match. APPLAUSE

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. Fortunate to still be on the red,

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but he looked completely under pressure of sorts. Terrible bad

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fortune for Mark Williams but this has been an awesome break to win the

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match. Yes, as we were saying in the studio last year, Mark Williams took

:57:12.:57:24.

it all the way. Bad habit to have - taking the top players all the way

:57:25.:57:28.

and losing it by a frame. Extending hand, in goes the pink.

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APPLAUSE And in the black. Mark Selby, world

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number one world champion, UK champion. Eventually gets over the

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line. Mark Williams really pushed it all the way, but the triple crown is

:58:18.:58:23.

still on. He's through to the quarterfinal. He wins six frames to

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five. What might have been for Mark

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Williams, if it hasn't been for that kick on the blue in that final frame

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decider, but a great match and sell el sell, the world number one comes

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through in fine style in the end, the Selby Slam is very still very

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much on. Our next live snooker for you is this afternoon 1 o'clock when

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the defending, six time champion, Ronnie O'Sullivan, meets Neil

:58:53.:58:56.

Robertson of Australia. In the meantime, sleep well. Looking

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forward to seeing you soon. Bye.

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Hazel Irvine introduces highlights from Wednesday afternoon's match featuring three-time Masters champion Mark Selby, who is hoping to add the title to his current World and UK crowns. He is up against Mark Williams, himself a two-time winner of this event.


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