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Hello and welcome to Snooker Masters Extra, extended highlights of the
quarterfinal match between Mark Selby and Barry Hawkins. Hawkins
famously beat Selby in the second round of the 2013 World Championship
when he made the final only to lose to Ronnie O'Sullivan. But this will
be a stern, stern test against the world number 1. Barry took a
tactical first frame. We join it in frame 2. Your match commentary team,
John and Ken. Can he get past the yellow to play
the red? Mmm. Maybe just can't get enough. He could maybe bend it a
little bit aside, but he's got an alternative, right to the left
corner. Now he's deciding he is going to bend this. Playing this
with a lot of left-hand side. Just bend it around the yellow. Judges it
That left-hand side, you see how it... It brought the cue ball away
from the cushion. And perfectly on the blue.
Nicely on the red. I'm sure the black pots into the bottom rrnd
corner pockets will... Just managed to miss it, but, still, nicely on
the black. Yeah. Imperative now he gets on the red that's just to the
right of the black. That will clear the black for both corner pockets.
He is perfect on the black. I don't know what he's thinking about here.
Maybe looking a few shots ahead, but he's got to play for the red here.
Well, he didn't. That does surprise me. Might not get a better chance.
Any reason why he wouldn't play for that, do you think, Ken in # -- Ken?
He was hedging his best, guaranteed to be on the red. I think he just
wanted to be on the black a little bit straighter, just so he can take
that red. But I totally agree - he was sort of playing two shots in one
there. If he overran it it was always on the red. If he underhit
it, he was on the red to the right of black. But he will be OK. Still a
few options for him here. If he is on the black now, well, he can pot
it and just... You see here he wanted to be a bit straighter. Mmm.
This red to the right, he is stopping the black basically being
available into both corn because he can't get position for the black
into the left corner. He's had to play the cannon. If it's gone wrong,
he's only himself to blame. Yeah. Totally agree. Sort of didn't have
the confidence a couple of shots ago to take that red out of the way.
He may have to... I don't think he can bend it enough to pot that red.
APPLAUSE Let's have a look at the black he
played. Now, he's probably playing it in such a way, John, fa if he
overhits it, he will be on the red here. Still on the red to the right
of the black and... Probably didn't - wasn't confident enough to just
track it straightaway. Yeah, but I thought first time around he looked
absolutely perfect. Yeah. He had the line, just had... A bit slower. It
was essential to get that red away from the black. That isn't the best
safety shot, unchoose it creeps be -- unless it creeps behind the brown
and covers the pot. He is a bit fortunate there. He could well have
left the red. Seemed to just roll it off to... To have these two reds
covered by the brown. That isn't what he played.
APPLAUSE To get to the potting angle of that
was a good pot. Not perfect on the yellow or brown. But a lot of the
players now would screw this brown in to the right middle and draw off
the back cushion. But he doesn't want anything to do with that, just
take a look behind the yellow. APPLAUSE
Looking at Barry's expression, he pulled his face a little bit. He
wanted to be touch tight to this yellow to cut out the one-cushion
escape. He hit it a little bit too hard.
Yeah. There is the escape. A little bit of side, just to widen the
angle. Should be OK. Just overhit the cue ball slightly.
Wanted to be nestled tightly to that bunch of reds.
Yeah, you could tell from Mark's body language he thought he hit that
red a little bit too thick. Worst case scenario is that a baulk colour
full in the face. If you do that, invariably you will leave a pot on.
This red's on to the right corner, and I think the black is available
to the opposite corner. Across that slight she -- slightly.
Decelerated. Pushing it through. So, a chance here. One of those, if you
just half quit on the shot, the cue ball doesn't go... The only downside
for Mark Selby is he is tight under the cushion. So a good pot needed
here, but a good angle to get up for the blue. A good shot! Where's the
cue ball going? Where's the cue ball going?
CROWD: Oh! APPLAUSE
I'm surprised he played it so hard. He always knew it was going to go
close to the middle pocket. Should have put less pace into it. Yeah.
Surprised as well. Gifted an opportunity here to Barry Hawkins.
A couple of reds available here, just to the right of the pink and
one to the left of the pink. One at the bottom of the pack, potted into
the left-hand corner pocket as well. Doesn't want to hit the middle
pocket here. Mmm. Still got a pot on, but a bit more tricky than he
would have liked. Going to try to screw the red in and use the pink to
get pack up for the blue, with the cue ball. Deep screw here. He's hit
it nicely. APPLAUSE
He's brought the pink into play, but, again, not straightforward,
this... Just a matter of potting the pink,
no problem, but he's got to put a little bit of pace on the cue ball,
so he will be positioned on the next red. In the end, decided not to take
it on. Little bit surprising. Obviously part of his game plan.
Don't take too many undue risks. He's playing the world champion,
world number 1, UK champion... So, giving him every respect.
Wonderful shot. I don't think there is many players in the game now who
could play that shot better than Mark Selby. Played to perfection.
Well, his # -- this is top drawer! APPLAUSE
Good, attacking safety. Mark Selby is in a real spot of bother here. If
he doesn't get this safe, then Barry Hawkins, you would feel, would win
the frame. Ah! Sensational. Unlucky to catch
the blue. What a tremendous hit that was! Unlucky, as I say, to make
contact with the blue, who stopped the white in its tracks. Yeah. That
was a great escape. Let's have a look at this again. Had to get a
perfect contact on the red, so unlucky. A chance again for Barry
Hawkins. A better pot. Overran the cue ball slightly. Going into the
red to the - just above the black here and he's going to, again,...
Just be careful. Just willed a quick look at the -- just had a quick look
at the red into the right centre. No. No.
CROWD: Oh! A bit edgy, both players here. Didn't expect him to miss
that. . No, no neither did I. Set up the frame-winning opportunity.
Didn't take it. When you miss those few chances it can really hurt if
you lose the frame. Yeah. Not the cleanest of pots. It's given
a chance now to Mark Selby. The three reds around the pink spot
area, certainly one was available into the right middle. Maybe the
bottom one, the one nearest the black spot available to the right
corner. He's played for that red you spoke
about into the right centre. He is looking at the two reds just below
it. Any of them pot into the... Doesn't look like... It is touching
ball. It may pot but... A good pot, that into the centre. Now, the two
reds just above the black, I think the top one will pot. Not quite sure
about the bottom one. He # pots the red, maybe trying to
get on to pink here. He is so good in these types of
situations, John. The backs against the wall a little bit and... Looked
a little bit nervy, but can always... When he gets a chance to
win the frame, so deadly. Positional players always very, very good. When
he's got great bottle, as we say. Yes. As you said, the positional
side of it, cue ball control. It is always made easier near the end of a
frame because there's not the congestion of the reds, you don't
have to be playing cannons. He finished up playing one there.
Quite amazing. If he had been in the - on the practise table, he would
have played that with a lot more left-hand side and played the reds
on the opposite to the black. A bit of then'tion in the arm. You don't
risk playing... Could have been better on this red. No problem. Now
the cue ball is having to travel up and down the table. I think he's
just about OK on this brown. Deep screw off to side cushion.
Well! Looking at his body language there, I think he played a cannon on
that red to hole for the pink. Not quite sure there was any need to,
was there? Plenty of room around the red. He's going to need a good pot
on this blue now. A good pot. Nicely on the red... And
he can pot this red. He can leave the cue ball somewhere in the
vicinity where the red is now. He will have a nice angle on the pink
to get up for the yellow. Yeah. A little bit straight, is he?
I think he may be. He didn't want to may the yellow, but - a bit
straight. He didn't want to be playing the yellow into the far left
corner. He wanted to be playing it on the far right corner, because
there's always a possibility here, if you don't screw back far enough,
you could snooker yourself with the brown, coming down the other side of
the table. That wouldn't have been a danger.
In trying to make certain you are not snookered by the brown you can
overdo it. But looks to have played that absolutely inch perfect.
Perfect ahead. Yellow, green and brown required.
A good angle on the green. If he pots it... Bound to be on the bound.
In it goes! And nicely on the brown. This brown is a good 23 points in
front, with only 18 remaining. APPLAUSE
Disappointed Barry Hawkins, Ken. Yeah. That missed black... A good
opportunity. He's had a couple of opportunities in this frame, Barry
Hawkins. But Mark Selby showing a lot of character here. Did it in his
last match in the last frame against Mark Williams. He is so good when
the back is against the wall. You give him a chance, he's going to
take it. That's what you are up against when you are playing this
man. The black goes in for a lovely 76 break. And Mark Selby levels the
match up now. APPLAUSE
One frame all. Where's the cue ball gone?
LAUGHTER First time today, John.
Amazing how many times that can happen. You just have to slight
angle, you think you can run through, and you catch it a little
bit too full and, bang, you go in with it. And he had to force it back
off the table, because you can see the black's tied up. Mark Selby will
have to do the same here. Knocks it in.
APPLAUSE And there is probable value here in
playing the blue and the cannon into the PIN. The reason I say that is
because the pink is tied up. If he does hit the pink full ball with
pace, chance the red could release the black. Yeah, he has to hit the
pink right full-ball, lots of face. Screw. Well... It's not too bad.
Didn't get the screw. But he is still on the red. Left corner
pocket... The only problem there is he hasn't brought the pink into
play. But he will get another chance at it. It is amazing, when the reds
are just slightly loose... I mean, he hit that pink absolutely perfect
and hardly anything moved. LAUGHTER
But just slightly loose. So, they were all going into one another and
just stopping one another from moving. As Ken said, he has another
chance to may the same shot. I see no reason why we wouldn't. It is
hard to win a frame with only the limited colours available. Yes.
Definitely value going into sort of between the red and the pink, to
that little gap there. He's always going to be on the red over the
corner pocket. Just a little bit hesitant, in his he may block that
-- in case he may block that read but he should be OK. He needs that
pink in the play. Didn't hit into the gap. And... Again... Not on the
red. Just wanted to hit in the gap. Got the pink first and that's why
he's gone over to the left-hand side of the table. Now, is his red on,
open to the green pocket? Well, it just about passes the blue,
but he would be more concerned where the cue ball finish, because there
is a red over the right corner. He doesn't want to leave that one.
Because this is a tough pot. It isn't there. Mmm. A little bit
surprised. I was talking earlier, Ken, about Barry Hawkins, his game
plan. I don't think he would have been playing that red. That was a
very risky shot to go for. Just felt it was more out of
frustration he went for it. He had an easy safety on. Pushed the ball
out there. Doesn't matter he's wrong side of
the blue with that red near the baulk cushion. You can play on that
easily enough. The points are now all square. It
isn't going to be the easiest to win this frame, this visit.
But there is more chances of you winning it when you are at the table
than when you are sat in your seat. Yeah. Well, taking that... Not that
last red, the one - second last red, it opened the path of the pink into
this bottom right-hand corner pocket. So, got the red on the brown
and try and get the pink back on its spot.
It is a little straight, but he could either screw for blue or pink
here. He is coming around to look at the
pink. 25 points the lead now. So these
three reds in the open with PINs would be enough -- PINs would be
enough -- pinks would be enough to get him to the required stage. I
wouldn't be concerned about bringing the black into play. Just needs to
keep control of the cue ball. He's become a very solid, reliable
player over the last few seasons, hasn't he? Yeah, he certainly has,
yep. His all-round game is very good.
I think getting to the final of the World Championship certainly helped
him. Of course, he's got Terry Griffiths in his corner. He will be
giving him all the words that give belief to a player. Because
sometimes you do doubt your able, when you're not getting results.
Yeah. He's been to - across the world final and won a couple of
ranking tournaments as well, and a finalist here last year. Wasn't a
great experience at the final, of course, he only won the one frame,
but... He's become very consistent over the
last few years, hasn't he? Of course, when you win those ranking
tournaments, it gives you that little bit of extra confidence for
the bigger stage. APPLAUSE
Nice cannon. Mark Selby won't be getting back to the table here, I
don't think. Already 46 ahead, 43 remaining.
Looking at the scores, it is one of the situations - you might as well
make certain of the red. Because if he knocks the red in, Mark Selby
won't be coming back to the take, you wouldn't have thought -- back to
the table, you wouldn't have thought. Just make certain. Don't
worry too much about position. APPLAUSE
It's not there. As I say... Another concession.
APPLAUSE Mark Selby still all guns blazing,
but Barry Hawkins sneaks into a 2 frame to 1 lead.
Barry immediately comes to the table. He has a pot here to the left
corner, and it looks like the angle where he could find a path back to
the ball, Ken. So he will be going all-out for this.
APPLAUSE Yeah, a good opening red. Cued it
nicely. And... Purposely left the cue ball short of the ball colours.
Attacking the red, just above the black. And it's beautiful
inch-perfect. He has a nice angle on this red, he can just push the
red... The black just out of the way...
APPLAUSE Just tidying up a few loose reds
here before he contemplating going into the pack. A couple of choices
here. A couple of reds to the left corner. He has the red to the right
centre. I would be taking one of these to
the corner. The red at the bottom of the pack is also available after
the... His next colour. Well, a little bit low, and as I
say, a little bit of an Islamic # -- shake of the head. There is an
alternative to the right middle he's not looked at yet. You want to be on
position on a ball where you are potting, you are guaranteed to be on
the next ball. But this red he's playing now, he's not guaranteed.
Keep your eye on the cue ball. Well, he just managed to get on it enough.
That was a good shot. APPLAUSE
When you play that type of back-spin shot, the harder you hit it, the
less chance you give for the back spin to take effect. Cued that
nicely. Obviously the pink spot not
available. Close to the spot he can in the middle of the line with the
top cushion. That looks, to me, like it will be just above the black. The
red is just above the black, not touching. But in a direct line. The
black, the blue, and the brown. On the blue. I wouldn't risk he
would think playing cannons here. From what we have seen from his game
plan, he is quite prepared to take loose reds early on in the break.
And the top red of the cluster does go to the left corner. Underhit that
a fraction. But shouldn't be too much of a problem. I think if he
gets a nice angle on the blue her, though, he may consider playing a
little cannon. Because he's got two loss reds Yan he will be thinking I
will be unlucky enough to be on one of them and he can't win this frame
without opening that little cluster of six. Jury r. Yeah. He -- yeah. He
could play a little cannon. Be on the red to the right centre, if he
hits it fall ball. He has to hit it fall-ball, though, that apex red. He
didn't hit the red at the top of the pack, and is he unlucky? Well, look
at his body language. He is not on it. I'm surprised he
played it with so much pace. I didn't think it was necessary. If he
caught the top red he could have just hit it medium pace. The cue
ball knit middle of -- cue ball in the middle of the table. End of
break. He could consider himself unlucky, but... You all take a
chance when you play the cannon. APPLAUSE
44-point lead, but still 91 available.
This is a big shot. He was more intent on getting the cue ball back
to the ball. If he thought he was close to the pot that red would have
rattled the jaws, the jaws at this end, not at the other end.
This could be the frame winner! APPLAUSE
In delight - fully. He doesn't have to drop the blue in, doesn't have to
do anything with the cue ball. Looks for all money now he will have a
two-frame advantage come the mid-session interval. It has to be
said, Ken, at the moment Mark Selby has still not found his best form.
No. The interval may come at a good time for him, just to gather
himself, his thoughts, and clear his head a little bit, because he looks
a little bit nervous at the moment. I think he is OK. I think he is put
a kiss on the pink. Oh! Well, he couldn't. He couldn't. Gone slightly
wrong. What looked a formality isn't anymore. Unless this red, there is
one second up from the top cushion, is available. Then he doesn't have
to do anything with cue ball in potting the pink. And it looks as
though it is. Looking to have this is plan B.
Didn't have to do anything with the cue ball, just rolled the pink in, a
quick glance at the scoreboard. Just the red needed. 64 ahead with 59
remaining. CROWD: Oh! Well, it looked for all
the world he could pot that red. Maybe he couldn't! I would like to
see that one again. Well, that is amazing! How did he
miss that?! LAUGHS
He's left a half chance here for Mark Selby. Yeah. 63 points behind,
67 remaining. This would be a blow to Barry Hawkins, but this is the
big shot. No. Not there. And he won't be getting another chance.
APPLAUSE Funny game sometimes. When Barry
missed that red... I mean, some time you are having a bad time and you
leave your opponent with a nice, easy starter but that was a tough
shot that he left Mark. Yeah, very tough. Of course, he is trying to
hole for the black as well. Yeah. Trying to hole for the black,
using the other red. Just came across it slightly. He's -- it's
been decent stuff, particularly after the break that Mark Selby made
in the second frame. I thought he was going to get going. Barry
rallied in the last two. Yeah. I think Barry's got a plan. I'm not
certain of what Mark's plan is. I mean, you know, you can never
detective -- dictate what is going to happen. The last frame, when he
pushed that ball out and played that difficult red with no thought for
safety, as I say, it isn't something that Barry Hawkins would have
played. We had a 42-minute practically first frame. I said it
was going to get quicker. Next frame 20, then a 12-minute, and this has
just gone over 12.5 minutes. It hasn't been slow since the first
round. Taking these nicely. A break of...
60 break for Barry Hawkins. His tea will nice during the mid-session
interval. He loads the world champion and the world number 1 by
three frames to 1. You just get the feeling that when
we talk about game plans, and I said before the interval, it is very hard
to have a game plan, but there is certain shots you are going to take
on, and certain shots you are going to refuse. I think at the moment if
you like Barry Hawkins seems more comfortable in his skin than Mark
Selby. Yeah. Particular his in that frame where he took that very risky
red on up into the green pocket and allowed Barry the chance to win the
frame. Amazing how intervals can sometimes change matches. Wow! A
long way out with that particular pot. He's left the pot here.
Yeah. Sometimes the interval can change. I didn't see him in the
players room or the press room, Mark Selby. Barry was in there and was
talking with Terry Griffiths. I presume Mark Selby went to the
practise table and hit some balls and got his arm going. Yeah. I did
see him in the practise room. I think the thing where he's got to
do, he has to dig in, and you have to say that there isn't many better
players in the world at digging in than Mark Selby. That is a mistake
from Barry. Left a chance with the red. OK, it isn't easy. Being so
close to the baulk caution, but it is a chance.
Yeah. You can tell from the angle there it isn't straightforward. It
would have looked to be a bit straighter on the red, drop it in.
But the cue ball looks to be going towards the blue. So, again, this is
a very tough pot. If he misses it, he will be leaving, digging down
into the cue ball. Yes. Oh! CROWD: Oh! Well... I thought he was
going to get away with it there when the cue ball careered into the red
and black. Made it more difficult playing that way, didn't it? Yeah.
As you say, if it rolled in, it probably would have finished up on
another colour, trying to force the angle to get on a colour. And if the
red goes to the right middle, he doesn't have a lot to do, Barry. He
is bound to be on the black. And it definitely goes to the right middle.
A few reds in the open. He will be already contemplating about going
into the pack of reds and working out how he is going to develop them.
Yeah, you think it is one of those situations, there is a red
immediately above the black which is available at some time. He could
come low on that red, that red that's just separated from the main
bunch. He could pot that and bring a few other reds into play. And he's
played on it almost immediately. So in potting this, he can bring things
into play. Two ways of playing this. I prefer the screw. You felt as
though you had more control of the cue ball. Sometimes you play with
top spin, and it just runs through too far. So, how is he going to play
it? Above centre or below centre? Above centre. So, keep your eye on
the cue ball. Controlled it! APPLAUSE
Didn't play it with too much face so, therefore, wasn't going to open
too many reds. But he still brought in another couple of reds into play.
He's had a couple of reds here. The red that... The bottom of the pack
to the left pots as well. Not the best angle on this black.
But he will feel that worse way will be on the red to the left middle if
he doesn't get into the cue ball enough not lacking in the cue power
department. He can play this bolt ways around the angle, or deep
screw, a little bit of right-hand side. Played it very nicely indeed.
Excellent shot! APPLAUSE
A similar sort of situation. Could go up for the blue here, if he
wishes. OK, four reds, four blacks, but I am sure his main priority is
winning the frame. Will he stay on the black here? Looks like he's
going to. As I said, that red, just above the black to the left will pot
into the bottom right-hand corner pocket. If he comes too far, he has
always got the red into the left centre.
As you said, I don't think he will have maximum on his mind just yet.
The obvious shot here seems to be play for the red to the left middle,
leave a nice angle on the blue to play the split. He's not got a great
angle to go into the red. And the frame is more important than the
maximum. He didn't get on the red in the left
middle. It is back for the black. He is a good angle on the black,
though. And that's not it. Too straight. More of an angle he could
have stunned off the top cushion into the reds. Now he is looking to
see if there is anything possible but just dropping the black in.
Maybe the outside red could be... Yeah, this red is the only one.
There is two reds at the bottom of the pack to the right. It may be a
plant that he could make into the right centre, but the obvious red is
that one, the extreme left of the bunch. That's not good. He is going
to be hampered by the black. Wanted to take that red on, up into the
yellow pocket. He's had a look at the two reds to the right of the
pack. He is he going to have another look? No. He will take this up until
the yes low pocket. He won't be holding for the black this time.
Excellent shot! APPLAUSE
57. A good cuing. Hampered by the black. OK. Wrong side of the blue,
but a nice angle to, as we watch that again, that was the superb pot.
Didn't go all-out for good position. So in and out of ball, right-hand,
two cushions into the pack. He's got into the pack, what's he on? What's
he on? Head down. Tells me nothing. You would have to say he is a little
bit unlucky there. OK, could have hit it a little bit harder, but
still, it was a very good shot. You would expect into a pack of seven
reds and a pink that something is going to come out. Just going to
concentrate and get that cue ball tight to the red cushion. Yes. And
he will finish with a 62-point lead. But, still 83 remaining. In this
situation, you like to put a red against the cushion, but don't do
that and sacrifice a good safety. Obviously the point in that...
APPLAUSE Has he covered this red? To the
bottom right-hand corner pocket. Mark Selby coming down this end of
the table. Must be pretty tight. A lot of distance between cue ball and
red, so he could swear, but, no, he is definitely on it. It is a big
shot, though, because he knows if he makes a mess of it it leaves Barry
one more chance at the end of frame. It is a terrific pot.
APPLAUSE A good pot, this. Yeah. Fantastic,
wasn't it? As you said, John, a bit of pressure on it as well. What can
he do? He is a little bit unfortunate. I mean, he can play the
brown, but the green looks the obvious one. The yellow is slightly
hampering him. Well, not really. So, it is just about judging the pace of
the shot. Board -- he's played that very well. This would be a steel.
APPLAUSE He's had a look at the red, of
course, above the black. I'm oh 6 sure that -- I'm sure the pot is
into the bottom as well. That is 62-point lead could soon evaporate
with the position of the balls at the moment. But, again, a bit of
pressure on Mark Selby. He produced a good break in the second frame
when he was behind. But since then he's been - looked a bit nervous,
hadn't he, John? Yeah. He's... As I say, he doesn't look comfortable
with his game so far, but this could really be... Give him a good boost
of confidence. That puts him 44 points behind. 59
remaining. He has plenty of points to spare. That's the red he would
like to get on sooner rather than later, the one just to the left of
the black. Certainly the black doesn't pot - well, I say I'm
certain. I don't think it pots. Like you, Ken, I think the red just above
that does. He is having a good, close look.
He will have the clear all these remaining balls to win the frame at
this visit. He will be just happy to have the opportunity. The second
frame has become awkward on the pink. He wanted to be up higher with
the cue ball. Yeah, you see it. Wanted to be higher with the cue
ball, so if you just run the pink in and take the red to the right of it,
but he doesn't have the angle to do that now. It may hold a spot. But
then the pink has gone, become to the yellow spot, so that won't be in
his favour. Having a quick look at the blue. The problem is if he plays
the pink, he is going to have to run around the two cautions. I know what
you are saying about the spot, but I don't think he is straight enough to
do that. If he plays the pink he is going to have to really cue this
well to run around off two cushions. He is playing with bottom, so...
He's just going to leave himself a red that he knows he is going to
have the use the rest with the extension. He thought this was was
the only ray to guarantee position. It isn't perfect. He needs a good
angle on pink or blue here to get on the awkward last red.
APPLAUSE Went for the blue. Not quite far
enough. He is too straight. Just can't force an angle. The pink is no
good. He's looking at the brown, swinging it around off two cushions.
Tough pot. APPLAUSE
Excellent pot. Yep. That is OK. It is OK.
APPLAUSE Would have loved to have been a bit
straighter on this red because the cue ball is going to be going into
the black. He doesn't want to knock the black safe.
APPLAUSE That's OK.
Did that red go in off the black. The cue ball, just hit them on the
way around. Have another look. Anyway. It went in. One good
positional shot from pink to yellow. As I said at the start of this, what
a steal this would be. Play for it in the right middle. It needs to
Just about perfect, I think. You wouldn't fancy him missing now.
Is so good in these positions, when he is behind, and just enough points
on the table. He did it in frame number two when he was behind. It's
like his concentration level goes up a notch. This could be a massive
turning point in this match. Barry Hawkins. A 62- point lead, went
in-off the blue. Just hold a minute, hold it a second. He hit that much
too hard. With the black not being so close to the pocket, you would
think he would be able to get in and out of it. It should have been
easier than this. It's OK, it's OK. But it still needs
due care and attention. Superb, superb. He knew how good that was.
Barry Hawkins is going to make 62, battered with a 71. Now just one
frame in front is Barry Hawkins. -- bettered.
A decent length with the cue ball. Will he take this red on? A
difficult pot. He decided against it. But he could have played that a
little bit better. He wanted that cueball tight on the top cushion and
he has left it to chance. I'm not sure he is on the red closest to the
black but he is certainly on the red up to the green pocket.
He obviously can't get through to the red which is just to the right
of the black can respond in the right corner. No. Still not firing
on all cylinders. Here is the black in the last round. Geeing himself
up. He knows how important that break could turn out to be. Barry,
with a chance here. He is on the pink. He gets the first good chance
of this 6- frame. The black just clears the path. Both
pockets now. And the red, just above the black. The one he will be trying
to get on next. He's got to stay low on this. 23.
He could go in here because he has a wonderful angle but he normally
likes to mop up the open reds before he goes. He has certainly got a
lovely angle here. Plenty of value because of the red as well. I was a
bit surprised that he didn't try. -- bring a few reds into play. He's got
a good angle now. As I say, I think he has come out and discussed it
with Terry Griffiths bought for the match, not to take any undue risks.
He may be under a bit of pressure. Winning the three majors. Do not
push the boat out too far. So far, it's been working. You've got to
say, as the guys in the studio have been sagging, when he got 62 in the
last round, very unlucky not to be on one. -- have been saving. -- have
been saying. He's just got to avoid the loose one. He wants to hit that
one full in the face. He caught the loose one, and doing that, you are
likely to finish on nothing and that is the case. An opportunity to bring
the reds into play. It is a good pot to keep this alive. But they are
difficult, Bose. Barry Hawkins, 37. He should have got more from that
chance. He just got back to the black one. He had the loose red and
a wonderful angle to go through the pack. He maybe should have taken the
opportunity down. This is certainly no gimme, this red, in this pocket.
It wasn't straightforward. The cueball in the pockets. The result
please, thank you. The cueball in hand, the choice of reds to play
for. He has the problem of putting in the reds, the main bunch of reds.
It is a chance. You'd think you would want to do it now, wouldn't
you? Get a nice handle on it. Knowing that he would always have
the red in the far right corner if things didn't go well. I think the
reason he has taken this red on, he's got to leave it up there. Just
delivered of insurers. He doesn't have to go into the pack at full
pace you. He's got to try and hit that red. Just light of the pink
spot, if you can. -- just write off the pink spot, if he can. -- right.
I was looking at that cluster. I was wondering if go off the pink into
the pocket. -- if it would go. It has turned out all right.
It's a little bit thicker. It dropped. The red in the middle of
the table. He has landed on an absolutely plumb spot. A little
shake his head there. -- shake of his head there. He will certainly
take it. Just a couple of pots away to
reassert his 2- frame advantage. It equates to just this round. He
will be two frames behind again. Coming back to the table. It is
always nice to win a frame, isn't it. He stole the frame in a manner
he did in the last. You talk about turning points in matches, you felt
it would have been the turning point. You could say that Barry has
now steadied the ship somewhat. Well, he won't be too bothered about
missing the red. Barry Hawkins reasserts that 2-frame lead.
The obligatory red has been left on here. There is a path around the
black in the red. He would love to not miss it. -- and. The kiss on the
ground has not helped. That type of reds that Mark has played, halfway
there, you would have thought he potted it. That's why he's left it.
Into the bottom left-hand corner pocket, leave the cueball to
right-hand side. I think it was more concerned about
leaving the cueball near the top. If this has got the pace, he could
be tight behind the yellow each year. Just a fraction short, that
was all. He doesn't have the edge of the
reds. This could go wrong, he could red on the right-hand corner pocket.
He's got be careful. He needs a cover. I think you may have got one.
Fair play, he has an excellent cueball but he has not got the cover
but this red, being so close to the side cushion is no gimme. But it
begs the question, what is the alternative?
This as a possibility. Just trying to come back down the kind --
left-hand side of the table, what is closest to the right-hand corner
pocket. He could be knocking this red into the hole as well. He needs
a good cueball, though, doesn't he? And he's got one. That is an
excellent shot. I can't see a pot ball. He is going.
-- is going to have to be very accurate on the red. Ken has put a
line up there but as I say, he has got to catch that red just so. It is
a similar sort of line. Too thick, too thick. I'm not sure of the
availability of the black. In that corner. But he is looking towards
the corners of that will not give him position on the black. The black
is just a little bit too tight to go. But he can still do it for the
blue. One good pot and it will give him a great chance.
Excellent pot, right into the heart of the pocket. If he's got an angle
on the blue, backup up the red possibly that is close the cueball.
The fact that the other one, the brown, is on the spot has made that
quite a simple shot. It's all about judging the pace and he's done that
perfectly. Let us see if the pink is available. Not now. I'm sure he will
play for the blue. He's going to play this red with the
rest. I'm not certain whether will go. He will love it. The pink will
still be available in this corner. Where is the pink spot? It is
hidden. There it is. Pink won't go on its own spot. He is going to have
to concentrate on the blue for the time being. This is the reds that he
would love to get rid of. He has all this he taken a few shots ahead here
to get top side of the blue. Just to the left of the black. That is the
one he is looking at. If you can put the cueball in such a position where
you can get on that red, it would be perfect. It will open the black. He
must be very precise with this position or shot. The key shot into
the frame. It looks perfect. It looks absolutely perfect. If you can
do it and not disturb the black... Nice.
This game never ceases to amaze you. It looks as though he had done all
the hard work, and maybe that is what he thought, he just took the
black for granted. You cannot drop your guide for a second. What a
mess. -- miss. He wants to play the red that is in
the open. I know he is close, but he is only going to nudge it in. If he
does, he will be on the black. That was a good damp. It was a dabba
dabba doo. If he has a good frame-winning
break, it will be here. He needs to start firing. He has done it on a
couple of frames already. Barry will be sat there and used in the welded.
Just thinking it might go a little bit too much on that and now it is
in perfect position. Barry will certainly be there, sitting and
suffering. Just running around of two cushions. He now takes the lead.
He has got an advantage of four points. Make that 11 points. The one
close to the right corner. A careless shot. Here is the black
again. He got himself into prime position and took its eye off the
black, concentrating on that little tannin, into the reds. We saw when
Barry missed it, it was a real shock to the system. Shock horror, it
really is. This will probably hurt them a lot more than the 62 point
lead he had a couple of frames ago because he did not do much wrong
where is in this instance, he has missed the black. It is the shock of
missing it which really unnerves you. It was, as you say, when he
made the 62 break you can put that behind you. That wasn't the case
here. 33 points per lead. Red colour, red required. He is hanging
in there. No doubt about it. He has been thrown a lifeline and he is
duly taking it, just the blue and the red required. You've got to be
careful here that he doesn't cover the red over the pocket with the
other red. No danger of that. This is ready to go 40 points ahead with
35 remaining. It has cost him the frame. It has
cost him the lead. One frame away from victory, it would have been.
All those negative thoughts would be running through Barrymind right's
now. If he can get the pink, he can make a century.
He can make this century with the black in the six remaining colours.
It is quite funny. Jason in the studio said, there hasn't been a
century break but we might get to see one now. We have had 18 in the
sofa. -- in the tournament so far. The pressure he has been put under
by his opponent... Not the right side of the blue. But a century is
only for record purposes as far as he is concerned. He has already made
452 career centuries which is amazing, in the time he has been a
pro. Perfect. What a great shot. advantage. He is still one behind
but he'll be feeling a lot better now? Not the best break-off shot
that from Mark Selby. . As we said, when he stalled frame five, he's got
within one. He needs to get to make these frames turning points to get
level. Fair play to Barry. He keeps getting the disappointment but it
doesn't knock him off. Next frame and he's potting. Excellent pot.
He'll look for that little kiss on the red. He is still OK. He has a
nice angle. He can pot the blue. Get down to those two reds from around
the black spot, particularly the one just to the right of it.
That's pretty good. He's armed that red perfectly. Excellent shot.
The play for the red just the left of the black now and clear the black
for both corner pockets. He won't be taking anything for
granted though because he looked as though he was in to win the last
frame and missed the black off the spot so that would have sharpened up
his senses somewhat. It's funny, isn't it, Ken, when you
look at it, the three frames that Mark Selby has won you could say
that he stole all three of them really. Yeah. He has never been
really fist in and built up a lead in any frame. He has always been
playing catch-up in frames and his particular game.
It's like he's been hanging on to Barry's coat-tails. He would be very
disappointed with that break-off, Mark Selby, to leave this opening
red. It was an excellent putt Nonetheless. He has plenty of
options here, Barry. He will putt and when he putts this the one to
the right of it will be puttable as well. He has just kissed it into the
pack. Is it puttable, maybe not into the corner now, but certainly into
the right centre. But the red next to the pink and one at the bottom of
the pack also putts. He has a nice angle as we see Mark
Selby's break-off. Look at this. He has done this a couple of times in
this match, just not swinging it in behind that yellow.
You've got to - it's maybe a foot this side of the line to get in
behind the yellow. Thrvr 23 you don't get in behind the -- therefore
if you don't get in behind the yellow you will always leave that.
Not perfect here but you wouldn't expect Barry to miss this. M'mm
solid. I don't think the red at the top of the cluster is available. We
saw him just nudge it into the cluser. Ken mentioned it. He will
have to play - there you see it doesn't go. If he plays the one to
the right, the pink, he will canon into the pin. He may favour the one
down the right-hand side of the table. If you can't avoid the pink
the position could go wrong here. He could avoid it so no problem.
Maybe a little more angle than he would like on the blue.
He felt as though he could roll in and hold and he was right.
To win the frame at this visit he's got to bring some reds into play in
that cluster. He won't be happy with this. He
won't be happy with that. Yeah, he certainly won't. He was stretching a
little bit there and didn't get the follow through on the back swing. He
should have got the little extension. A school Boyeror there
from Barry and a good chance to win the frame from that position and put
himself in a position where Mark would have needed snookers but now
he's going to try to get green or yellow safe.
He will be very disappointed there. That was a golden opportunity, as
you say, all because he didn't put the little extension onto his cue.
As you say, he was over stretching. It is little things like that, just
drop your guard, as we have seen in a couple of frames so far this
afternoon, it can cost you frames. OK, Mark Selby has got the problem
of getting this safe. Just overstretching.
Good safety shot needed here. He will leave a pot on here. He needs
the cover, hasn't got it. So Barry Hawkins is going to get another
chance immediately. Well, he's been so solid with these particular pots.
Got one at the beginning of this frame and he has been knocking these
in throughout the match. Yeah, very solid and secure on that
particular type of shot. Got to avoid the kiss on the yellow,
which he did. This looks to be absolutely inch perfect. Two reds,
two colours, would be more than enough to put him one frame away
from a place in the semifinal. A new world champion firmly on the ropes.
Can't see a problem now. The black and the red will be enough.
So that takes him 62 points ahead with only 59 remaining. Mark Selby's
only had two shots. Poor break-off and couldn't get the next one safe
that he had. And that's how quickly and easily a frame can slip away. It
doesn't matter how good you are. That will mean that Mark Selby will
not be getting back to the table so really up against it now.
Every time Mark Selby got himself back into the match, Barry Hawkins
has responded. Just when you think you might see
the winning post, you know, he has definitely responded. He has
responded in a superb fashion. You know, a lesser player losing the
type of frames he did, you thought it would affect his confidence but
he has knocked in some good, long, balls.
It doesn't matter about the red. He took his two chances that Mark Selby
gifted him and now, he is just one frame away in a place in the
semifinal. The world Champion with it all to do.
He has a big target he could slide off the back of the pack here and
try to get the cue ball up behind the brown again.
Has he left a path to this red to the left corner? I think he may have
done. He's been knocking plenty of these in in this match. There's
another one. He can win the frame and match with
high value colours and just the reds.
What an opportunity. -- what an opportunity for Barry here.
I thought it was risky to play for the red into the same pocket as the
black so play for the red in the middle. This will release one of the
other reds to more open play. Perhaps he has given it a little bit
of thought. It is not absolutely ideal otherwise he would have been
down playing it by now. The one on the right may be a bit too straight,
playing with top spin running up for the blue. Cued it beautifully
though. It is a good sign when you can cue it as smooth as that under
pressure. Yeah, couldn't have played it much better, as you said. He will
get on that red now, the loose one just above the black. Has he hit it
hard enough? Just the belt maybe. The only red that may pose a problem
is that one that is close to this bottom right-hand cushion. Yes, and
in playing that awkward red, he will need a colour off it. It is not just
a case of just dropping behind it and rolling it in. Another good,
solid shot. 7 points the lead. Three reds, three high-valued colours. The
world number 1, UK Champion, world Champion will be out.
He might have just lost the cue ball slightly but needs an angle on the
blue and pink here. Looks pretty good. He doesn't want to be just
potting this pink. Doesn't want to be straight on the red. Just slight
little angle. The cue ball will be able to come off the cushion. He has
the slight angle to drop behind it and the closer we can get to this
red on the cushion the easier the pot will be but he will still need
this red and a colour. He's going to leave himself a tricky
black because he has to make sure he pots the red and he can't get the
cue ball away from the cushion. No. No. Oh, would you believe it? If
you miss it you leave it but you don't blame him for playing it like
that. Wow, are we going to have another twist as we see this red
again. He wasn't comfortable on it. He could have played that a bit
better. Another missed opportunity from Barry Hawkins. This positional
shot from blue to yellow made easier, of course, with the brown
not being on its spot but that brown not being on its spot makes it a
difficult clearance. He has underhit that. It has bounced nicely. I
thought that it was going to be a little bit straight on that yellow
but it just came off the cushion nicely. Now yellow's no problem.
He needs an angle on this green to get over behind the brown and he has
a nice angle. This is the shot. Yeah, this is the one. Just got to
adjust the pace. He just wants it to bounce just a little bit off the
cushion. Brown, blue, pink and black, for
another steal. This is just a little bit awkward.
Would have loved to have been another few inches with the cue ball
off that side cushion. A big shot. Just a little bit awkward.
REFEREE: Settle down, please. COMMENTATOR: That type of shot, I
sort of prefer to play it rounding off two or three cushions. Anyway,
it's run safe so all's not lost but it was a golden opportunity that's
gone. That's not Barry's best shot. If he
doesn't kiss the pink there's a chance he'd be available into the
right corner. He is certainly available into the left corner.
No, if you are going to play them, of course, you always err on the
side of it being too thin. It was such an important brown and Barry
Hawkins has a chance of potting it now. And this, if he was to
president here and get onto the blue, would be the match winner.
Well, in the end he decided not to play it. Will he get a better
chance? I'm a bit surprised he didn't take
the brown on and just fire enough past the middle pocket. Mark Selby
can't pot it there but... He has to be careful here. If he play s the
brown across off the side cushion to try to get it into the middle of the
ball cushion there is a possibility the brown could go towards that
green pocket but he plays to try to bring the brown back towards the
black he could get a double kiss so...
Needs a good length for the brown here, needs it to run, and it
hasn't. He's left another chance. He has been knocking these in all
day. A bit of pressure on this one though.
Yes. Stroked it in. Now you saw Mark Selby had a glancing look at his
opponent. He knows it is all over now. He has played some superb
snooker. Mark Selby gives him a handshake. He will be a little bit
disappointed but Barry Hawkins, last year's beaten finalist is absolutely
delighted that he is through to the Masters semifinal. He wins by six
frames to three. Well played. So a famous victory for Barry Hawkins.
There will be no triple crown for Mark Selby this year. That is from
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