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Hello and welcome to Snooker Extra,
extended highlights of the 2018
masters. Two former champions go
head-to-head, Mark Selby taking on
Mark Williams, who won the title in
2003. A bit of a. At the very
beginning with a re-rack but soon
the fireworks began. Commentary from
Dennis Taylor and Stephen Hendry.
COMMENTATOR: And that is a pretty
good rake off a shot.
You didn't see
his first attempt, he cut back way
too thin and hit the blue of his
first break up. That was a lot
better. Flickr contact, fifth red
the triangle. Lots of red hands --
right-hand side. What you don't see
very often from these two players
either is a very aggressive opening
shot, splitting the reds open. They
like to keep it pretty tight. He
doesn't want catch this one thick.
That was through the gap, and played
at a nice pace as well, strike left
hand side, stopped the cue ball
short to have a pot at the baulk
colour. Decent chance, this.
That was an excellent positional
shot. He floats the balls in, Mark
Williams. He is one of the few that
just drops so many in dead weight.
A chance to go into the bunch if he
so wishes, but there are two or
three loose reds, a nice angle on
the black. I think possibly Mark
Williams wouldn't go into the reds
as soon as some other players. The
first frame very important, so he
wants to get a good start in this
He may have to use
a touch of
left-hand side here.
Nice to see Joe here, that is Marc
Trestman why. Jo hasn't been too
well but -- that is Mark's wife. A
delightful lady, an absolute gem,
she is. And so is Kanan, as well.
Mark Williams oversleep played for
the red the left middle, but he
snookered himself on the blue. So
the first tricky shot of the break
If he can reach it, I
think he can pot this and just go
off the cushion for the black. It is
a bit of a reach, this, though. He
played it well, very good shot.
Worth another look at that one, and
he is perfect on the black to get
onto the red just to the right of
the back of the little bunch there.
Just a slight bit of angle to work
that way. He has played to leave one
to the middle pocket, but what has
he done there?
I do know if that was
a little bit of adrenaline or he got
into that cue ball for too much. But
it is there. Great shot. Exactly
what you would have wanted.
He made a look very easy, that was a
tough shot. Just finished a little
straight on the black this time.
straight on the black this time. He
has got into this well. He has
played that beautifully.
A good start for the Welsh potting
machine, that's his nickname.
machine, that's his nickname.
a few different nicknames for him,
but I don't think I can say what
they are (!)
they are (!)
You are still at it,
you two, winding each other? You
have done it throughout your career,
even before we came out, Mark and
Stephen were winding each other up.
Yep, when he was giving it to me, I
said I will get my own back out
there when I'm in the commentary
box, but so far I have not been able
to. This has been a fantastic start.
He has pretty much had the cue ball
on a string on this break.
Looking at a player here who has
made 404 centuries in his
professional career. Made 21 this
season, great to see Mark Williams
back where he belongs, world ranked
the button at the moment.
Another good shot.
Absolutely brilliant. He makes the
fifth century. There is a Mark
Williams special. I have never seen
any other player be able to do that.
Mark Selby said before the match if
there was one player in the draw you
wanted to avoid it was Mark
Williams. You can see why, another
shot played under Rahm. Remarkable,
how does he do that, and screw the
ball in the widget, cueing like
Yes, that has been a
phenomenal break. Before the re-rack
it looked like it would be a really
scrappy first frame. It has been
Arrow, he has a kick that what a
shame. He got one chance and he made
that magnificent break. He leads
Hardly ever see him overhit
anything, in terms of taking a swing
at it with his cue. Very controlled.
Oh, he has got away with that. Very
Mark Howard tapped the table
for the shot and Mark Selby came to
the table and tapped the table. Like
to see a bit of humour between these
two great players -- Mark had tapped
Didn't go for the pot, there was no
value. Almost got the double-kiss.
I like this shot here. That has
cleared the black.
cleared the black. Certainly
thinking very positively, and why
wouldn't he, after the opening
He hasn't really got the same escape
route here. He could leave the one
red to the right middle pocket, that
is why he is walking round the
table, making sure he covers that
read, if he does play the shot.
Doesn't like it.
Doesn't like it. Just a little bit
of an awkward frame with the way the
two reds are either side of the blue
You won't see many mistakes made by
the two players.
the two players. Very few unforced
errors today I think in the safety
Very unlucky. He picked one out
there, and was very unfortunate
indeed. The knock the yellowing.
At least the penalty shot there
hasn't left Mark Selby with a chance
at a red. But a chance to get a
telling safety shot here. Moving the
cue along the question, trying to
push -- pick the sport he would like
the cue ball.
And pretty clever as well, because
he knocked the other one away from
the middle pocket, the one that was
pottable. And with a very clever
little shot. Let's have a look at
the way Mark played this shot.
Trying to cannon that red away. Very
It is terrific to watch the
Huybrechts going in but it is also
very entertaining to watch a good
tactical battle here, to see who is
going to make the first
going to make the first mistake. --
to see the high breaks going in.
What an effort, what an effort!
Just screwed back just a little bit
further than he wanted. The inn
offers not on because there is a red
over the middle pocket, so he
controlled this. As I said, the in
off wasn't on, the middle red but it
has worked out perfect river mark.
Almost knocked it in the pocket.
Almost knocked it in the pocket. I
will just show you the shot. He knew
he couldn't go in off. But he'll
most planted that read in the
pocket. And he is in first in the
second frame. Can he continue where
he left off in the opening frame?
Yes, it was going to take something
special to end that safety exchange,
because both players were playing
high-quality, tactical stuff.
Obviously playing this with an
element of safety, that he will be
leaving Mark Selby a similar sort of
shot, should he have missed it. If
he continues the form of the
previous frame, this should be a
second frame over, from where the
roads are. Felix in complete
control, composed, focused. Cueing
beautifully. -- he looks in complete
The two reds are touching below the
pick. -- below the pink. Nicely
Can he get through to the red? It is
quite tight. He has overran that.
quite tight. He has overran that. He
would like the one to the right,
rather than that.
rather than that. I think winning
the Northern Ireland open in
November has really given Mark
Williams a boost. It was his first
ranking title for a couple of
seasons. He had a bit of kit trouble
One more good shot here. It will
give him a great chance to secure
the second frame but it is not
I think the thing I thought was
stopping him being a competitor, as
far as winning the majors, was not
winning enough frames in one visit,
not scoring heavily enough. But that
has been put to bed this afternoon.
Yes, I think Mark is getting a great
buzz out of this terrific start this
afternoon. It really is helping him.
It is all about that red, the left
side of the table, and being a
left-hander it might not cause a
problem for the second century. He
can drop in behind it or he can
remove it. Being a left-hander, that
is how he feels.
is how he feels. APPLAUSE
What a shame. Still, you have one
chance, and this was all he needed.
Now leads the reigning world
champion two frames the mill. -- to
What a way to start a match, 135
Just a little distraction in his own
line there. A photographer in the
background. The referee from
Belgium. One of the top referees in
the game and has been for many
years, works in a hospital, and has
time off for his refereeing duties.
Oh, what a fluke. What a fluke.
Awkward bridging. Caught the red too
I'm not sure if the black, it
certainly would go in the right
corner, things are red might be
blocking it from the left corner.
The pink is available.
It would go in that pocket, and it
certainly won't go in the other, so
it is not a good chance for Mark
Williams just yet. But what a body
I think it will be a red to the
right corner. Four
so the first piece of bad cueing.
Mark Williams has put into this
match. A lot of movement there.
don't think it will cost too many
points, because the fact that he
missed the yellow, he didn't get the
cue ball anywhere near where he
wanted. There is a red double pot
between the pink and black but there
is no colour available, so there is
no value in it, really. That is why
he is not even entertaining the
He could have played that a little
He could have played that a little
better will. Mark's target here will
be hit the white somewhere near the
yellow, and he might be able to take
a shot to nothing. The red made pot
into the right corner.
It all depends on the angle he's got
on the brown as to whether he can
get at to the reds. Well he's got
the angle to get up to the red that
Mark Selby had available, but it
wasn't any use to him, because there
was no colour available. That's well
played, but he still got a lot of
work to do here.
work to do here.
The red was closest
to the black cushion, he could have
possibly developed the black and
flicked the red away, to the right
of the black. Please this red to the
right corner, he's trusting a bit to
look with the position. -- if he
plays this red to the right corner.
He played that well. The cue ball
has gone to the cushion, but that
was pretty well controlled, the gap
he finds here.
Wasn't easy, tucked up on the
cushion, so the first half chance
falls to Mark Selby, as we show you
the blue again. When you are tight
on the cushion at that angle, it's
never easy. But it's not a good
chance for Mark Selby. Whether black
is completely out of the game, the
pink is awkward, the blue is off its
Yeah, he's looking at the red
to the right corner, I think the
pink is available to the left
I think at the moment it a half
chance, but Mark Selby won't see it
that way. He'll be looking at this
as an opportunity to get his first
frame on the board. The black is
tied up, but everything else is
pretty well situated.
With only the pink to play for,
pinpoint accuracy required with the
position, every shot.
Could have done with a good two or
three more inches there, to make
this an unmissable pink. I think he
can still hold, the two reds to the
right, he can still hold for one of
those to the left corner.
Could have gone wrong.
As long as he's not dead straight on
the blue, he's OK here, and he's got
a slight angle to work with.
Still a couple more reds available,
into the left corner pocket.
And he's doing what Mark Selby does
very well indeed when his back is
against the wall. He produces his
Needs to get into the red trust
above the black and cannon it away,
leave himself on the black. Maybe
too high, possibly.
He's run slightly out of position
there. We did see Mark's wife,
Vicki, watching on. She knows now
faced with a tricky shot.
I think he took the risk out of
covering the black and it went
slightly wrong. Can he play a good
recovery shot rushed Jamaat that's a
pretty good recovery shot, if it
keeps coming. Played to perfection,
a brilliant shot.
Yeah, it was quite natural angle on
the blue, just to drop on these
reds, but still had to play, he
played well, and it was. He's turned
this half chance in a frame-winning
visit, it looks like. He needed it.
Just this red lead -- just this red
needed. Wow, what a cracking match
we have on our hands here. One
mistake and the frame is over at the
Lets see you pot the green, Mark,
frame over. Can he flew the green?
Just the one mistake.
Gives him his first frame. He now
trails by 2-1 frames.
That's a bit unlucky, to cannon one
centred right over the pocket there.
It always can happen. He played the
shot well enough but couldn't
envisage knocking this one over the
envisage knocking this one over the
The first chance in this frame. Mark
It was a very nicely
controlled shot as well, a touch of
drag on the cue ball to make the
control easier. Nicely on the blue.
Played a little cannon into the
bunch, just to the right of the
pink. Just pulled the cue ball away
from the pack.
May be reluctant to play for the
pink. It is available to left corner
but it's going to go on the black
spot I think if he pots it and he's
coming round now to look to see if
it would be available to left
It's fascinating to watch
different players, how they break
and build their break. Stevens
suggested putting the blue map
and build their break. Stevens
suggested putting the blue map,
quite a few players would have
played that shot. Bookmark is going
about it in a slightly different
route -- but Mark is going about in
a slightly different route. The only
concern is if you keep knocking the
ball is in, that's what it's all
I don't think this is a shot
he was planning to play, but he's
going into the bunch here. That's
why, because you never guarantee
control. He wanted to be straight on
He made that look very easy, but
almost tight to the cushion, then
you need extremely good cueing.
you need extremely good cueing. And
now he's got the pink in the open
and gradually it is developing into
quite a decent chance.
And that yellow, if the yellow is on
its spot, that's almost exactly the
one where it hit the cushion, with
the cue ball, whether yellow is now,
so has to play off the Bolt cushion,
it's made the shot a little bit
awkward. If you squeeze past the
yellow he can get too much side on
it. -- if he screws past the yellow,
he can get too much side on it and
that's why he's played to get the
cue ball down the right-hand side of
the table and pretty good.
He's just finished a little awkward
with that angle he has here.
Straight would have been better,
just to screw back off percussion
for the pink. He can still do it but
it's a slightly more awkward angle.
And that's... Well, I think he's OK.
He can hold from the right of the
three reds there.
Yeah, he actually hit that last shot
really well. Quite a good angle on
the red, a big angle. You can see by
the reaction of the cue ball how
well he timed that.
He just seems to have moved up a
gear, Mark Selby. Seems to be just
slowly starting to dominate this
Couldn't do much in the first two
frames that he lost, just sat in his
chair, but since then this has been
an excellent reply.
I think it hurt him really badly,
losing the first round of the UK
championship. He wants to be
involved in the biggest events,
right to the end. I think he's
absolutely piled the hours on the
practice table since then.
when your reigning world champion
and world number one, those defeats
don't half hurt.
You can see the head movement very
slight now from Mark Selby. Stephen
Hendry was talking about five or six
years ago, movement was much more
than it is now. You can see that
eyes, just focused on the object
ball, just before he delivers the
cue. Just watch the eyes glance up
there to the object ball.
there to the object ball.
snooker players, still an incredible
amount of shaking in the head, but I
bet he doesn't even feel it.
Will he risk going into the bunch
from the blue? If he wants to keep
the break going, he has to.
Yeah, he's a bit unlucky there,
isn't it? But he made sure of the
blue. He's glancing at the
scoreboard there. He knows that Mark
Williams now needs a snooker. A bit
unlucky to get the double kiss here.
That red is going very close to the
corner pocket. It's in.
I think he thought the red would
probably cannoned into the blue, or
maybe the yellow. Kept on going. A
good thing it did drop in because he
could have left Mark Williams with a
chance. He could have got through to
that red with a little bit of swerve
will stop just trying to get the cue
ball is tight on the baulk caution
Left attempt to the far right
corner. -- left attempting one to
the far right corner.
if that's the one that he could be
tempted with, but there might be
another one to the right middle
pocket, if it passes the reds, could
play it in such a way that he'd
finish on the black and he'd leave
it fairly safe if you missed it. I
think that red must pot.
are right, that's the shot.
It's a lot easier when you know you
are not leaving a lot but still a
great pot into the two reds. Hold
for the red to the left corner and
all of a sudden he's turned this
into a great opportunity will --
great opportunity. Definitely start
to take a hold of this match, Mark
Steve Davis mentioned at the start
of the match that the table seems to
be very, very quick. That's how the
players prefer it. The last shot he
played, timed it so well, the quick
cloth much easier to play.
cloth much easier to play. When you
are playing well, these fast tables
are terrific to play on.
are terrific to play on.
It's been such an entertaining match
so far, Mark Williams with breaks of
135 and 89, two 70 breaks and there
could be a few more here.
It's amazing, just one point, the
difference with a total points
scored. There's a little fly on the
white, I think it's gone.
You could see it, just crawling
along the white their! It's up
little ant, a baby ant! I think
that's a first.
Didn't hit that one as well as he
would have liked. Got a slightly
heavy contact, but didn't get the
action at all and the cue ball, a
little bit of a jump from black.
Maybe that's what caused the lack of
He's just a bit in between both
shots here. The red that he looked
at first to the right middle, he's
going to create a path for the cue
ball to miss the yellow.
I think he thought he was going to
get a full ball cannon...
That red won't pass the other red
into the middle pocket and the brown
is blocking the path through to the
red that's near that pocket.
red that's near that pocket. What a
shot, what a brilliant shot.
Probably, I have to say, one of the
best in the business that that type
of shot, just dropping it in.
Yeah, people say the best single
point, I still don't know what that
means but it's definitely a Mark
Williams special, when he just
dropped it in, dead weight. It's the
sort of shot when you are sat in the
chair that Mark Selby, you don't
think he's going to go for it. As he
put himself in a bit of bother here?
He was a wee bit unlucky with that
cannon, he opened all the game up
and it's finished a little awkward
for him. I'll show you again,
probably just hit that red a little
fuller than he wanted but still
unlucky not to be nicely on an easy
red. This one that's near the other
red it's an awkward one. Might have
to play it with the trace aside to
make the potting angle.
I think in practice he would
probably have already been playing
that red with a touch of right-hand
side to square up the angle.
What a chance, a fantastic opening
Got a bounce there, stopped in his
tracks when he walks around the
That doesn't look as if it pots from
An important visit to the table
this, for Mark Williams, if you can
win this in one visit. He's pretty
much sat out for three frames. Mark
Selby started to dominate the match.
This is a big moment.
Back looking at those two roads
again. He still has two easy --
reds. That is not a bad choice of
there. Brilliant shot.
there. Brilliant shot. The refit
thinking because he knew he was
bound to be on a red.
bound to be on a red. And he thought
it was very, very tight. They still
Yes, we talk about top
players having great touch, that
cannon was excellent example, the
pace he played at.
The yellow is obviously the only
problem he could see for Mark
Williams winning frame at this
visit. Good idea to play brown or
It is one of those can
play the drop in behind the yellow,
rather than try to move it, see how
he has finished. Yes, just dropped
in behind it. He has played it
From the opening long red he dropped
in dead weight, this has been a
tremendous response from Mark
Williams to losing three frames in a
I think it's the reason he has
been one of the top players in the
game for so long, as we show you the
shot that Stephen mentioned. This
was the one that paved the way for
this effort. The comeback and
produce this is absolutely superb.
Just at the right time, Mark Selby
was getting hold of that much. Mark
Williams is all square. It is three
So never write the Smirnoff.
While come what a cracking pot on
the red, but isn't it amazing how he
can knock the black in, sort of
hoping he might go back around the
back of the black, and then to knock
the black in, amazing.
So a little bit of mixed fortune, it
might just open the door slightly
for the Welsh sporting machine --
Again, you might
have seen a lot of players stunned
into the black. But Mark has a
different way of playing the game.
Just likes to pick the reds off
almost one by one.
A little bit unlucky here, to be
Again trusting a little bit
to luck with the cue ball.
to luck with the cue ball. As
happens so often with the
follow-through shot when you are
going through the bunch, and the cue
ball jammed in the side cushion.
Yes, I don't think there is much use
in taking the black on, unless he
has a bit of angles, as we show you
that well played and well executed
shot, but lucky to finish near the
cushion. A slight bit of angle. Not
Just decided to take the seven
points. Could have played a safety
shot of a baulk colour but decided
the points might prove valuable
That is a brave shot. Of the
cushion. He has the upper hand now
but what a terrific attempt from
almost typed on the cushion.
all out attack? No, I think this is
the shot. Has to be more aggressive,
take the shots on. That was an
excellent shot. A clever shot, you
could say. There was the only red he
If he hadn't slipped
past the yellow there, he would have
won the frame. OK, he has got Mark
in all sorts of trouble here. I
think he was so determined, when he
hit the yellow, that is what he
thought about it. But, as I
mentioned. You would do well to get
That is about the best he could do.
From that position, it was
Not bad. He needs to keep on
running, otherwise he will leave
this red to the right to the black.
I think he has left that, and also a
red to the right middle. So that
point advantage could disappear
It is starting to look ominous now
for Mark Williams.
for Mark Williams. It is hard to see
where Mark Selby will go wrong here.
Looking better by the shot from Mark
If he does go to convert from
this opportunity, this is a good
win, a very good win this afternoon
fervour Mark Selby. He will be
disappointed he did not win in the
first round of the UK. This is the
second of the Triple Crown. He was
2-0 down, didn't do anything wrong,
but as I say if he does convert, he
has won six of the last seven
frames. Very solid indeed.
frames. Very solid indeed.
And if it
is clinched the match here he has
quite a bit of a break before his
quarterfinal match. He won't play
again until Friday. He will probably
head home with his wife, Vicky.
There is Vicky there, watching on.
He knows he still has a little bit
to do to clinch the match.
to do to clinch the match. Got a
kick, he got a terrible kick there.
Just when he was about to clinch the
match, this happens. You could see
the red jump there. While, amazing.
That is incredible, it really is. It
looked for all the money that it was
game over, 6-3.
A slight grimace, he left soft edged
rate in the.
So having to play a
yellow from further away than he
would have liked. Nice angle, just
didn't follow through the cue ball.
Straight enough to be able to play
over the bottom.
Waterboard a little bit but safely
in the pocket.
I am sure he felt that he was in the
quarterfinal. What a time to get a
kick. But that is the sort of thing
that happens at this game but when
it is not your fault, it is pretty
annoying. Have a look at it again.
He would have been in the
quarterfinal. As it is, Mark
Williams is not finished yet. He was
offered a lifeline there, and he
took it, and he is still in this
year's masters, but he still trails
Mark Selby 5-4.
Mark Selby get this tent frame under
way, not the best break he has made
this afternoon. He will want to put
that heavy contact and kick he had
out of his mind as quickly as
possible. Easier said than done.
He needs the brown to come to the
rescue under the kit has. He played
a pretty good safety shot.
I think he might be tempted into
taking this read on. A big shock.
Fabulous long pot from Mark
Williams. Look where he put the cue
ball. Oh, would you believe it? He
put the red and he left it in such a
way that he wasn't leading the red.
Played a shot to nothing, and then
after that fabulous read, he misses
a blue that he normally would knock
But not an easy position shot here,
the black only available into the
pocket that is taking this red.
pocket that is taking this red. Have
to find a path of the cue ball here.
Verse three roads were awkward, if
the red, he will can end into one of
those behind the pink. So he is
getting plenty of work on the cue
ball, look where he is striking down
on it. Beautiful shot. Rimshot.
-- brilliant shot. He won't see many
better controlled positional shots
Now this is exactly what
he needed, after what happened in
the last frame. A good chance,
Look how low he is, right down the
bottom of the cue ball to get that
action on it. Brilliant. You don't
get to win three World Championships
in the last four years without being
unable to cope with that kick and
then come straight back like this.
Yes, snooker, or indeed any sport at
this level, is about temperament.
He trusted a bit to luck that shot.
Thought he might have played to the
right middle. Powered through of two
cushions. Tried to play with a lot
of left-hand side. Always going to
be a tough shot.
That has turned out OK. He was a bit
short with his safety shot, but the
fact he has finished in front of the
brown makes it quite difficult.
Mark Selby there you might have
heard that just tapped the talk --
chalk on the table, in
acknowledgement of the safety shot.
We have had some great battles down
the years, they first played each
other way back in 1999. Mark
Williams has got ten wins to Mark
Selby's nine. In their first
meeting, I'm sure Mark Selby has
long forgotten, that was in the UK
championship in 1999, and Mark
Williams defeated the reigning world
champion. 9-0, believe it or not.
Far too thin. Much too thin a
contact. Unusual fervour Mark Selby.
The pink goes to the left corner so
nothing to do with the cue ball
here, just concentrate on keeping
Got to get a thick contact on the
bunch. Thiney the side he can lose
the cue ball. Even going off, that
is why he played it at a very soft
pace but needs to be harder than
that. He played it at that pace
because it didn't want to lose the
cue ball near either corner pocket.
Surely that doesn't go.
Surely that doesn't go. Is he
looking at the plant?
I don't think he can hit the first
red thin enough to make the first
plant. If he was in behind the first
red you would have a good chance of
making it, but this has to be struck
so thin to send the other red onto
the red to make the plant. I don't
know if he can hit this hard enough.
There you see, they are dead in
line, so he would have to have that
first red full ball. I don't think
the shot is on, but he is looking at
He's looking at the cut to the right
Lovely shot, lovely shot.
Lovely shot, lovely shot. Look at
the side, the cue ball, killed the
pace. Don't take your eye off the
pot. Playing the cannon. Great shot.
Well, that little smile tells me
he's going to have to bend it
slightly. He's playing it with side,
to make the pot.
Every difficult with the reds as
they are. -- very difficult.
Could try and bring one of them into
play, if he's got a good enough
angle, but I don't think he has,
here. A little bit more angle, he
could have cannoned the one near the
middle pocket and he'd be guaranteed
to be on the one to the left of the
blue spot there.
Had a long hard
look at the red near the right
middle. He's not going to take the
A wee bit unlucky. Is he going to
risk this with the other reds being
safe? This is tough, if he's taking
this on. Brilliant.
Is it unnatural to cannon that red
out? It might be. The black is in.
Is he going to cannon that red out?
27 in front, as we show you this
attempt just to develop that red.
The other one will pot, but it's a
If he was to pot the red and the
black, he'd be 35 in front, with 35
on the table. And he's going to play
at... Changed his mind.
Well, there's a bit of a chance now
for Mark Selby.
As we show you the rest, once you
touched the near jaw, they don't go
in. But if you can pot this read and
get on the black, if that red
doesn't pot into them, he could have
an angle to just nudge it out.
An anxious look to see if he's
covered that one and I think he has,
has he? Yeah.
He had to bring that red into play,
and now although he's got that 27
point advantage, you'd think whoever
pots the first red here will take
the frame and in Mark's case, the
Just looking to see if he can see
enough of it to cut this red in. If
he hits it correctly, he went cannon
into the black. -- won't come into
the black. A tough shot though.
Allgood effort and he's left it over
the pocket, so we could have our
He's in his chair, thinking about
that kick on the red, when it looked
like he would win 6-3. He's
thinking, shouldn't still be in this
All credit though to Mark Williams,
for keeping this match alive.
Well, it has been a cracking match.
The standard has been superb. It's
fitting, the deciding frame,
although as Stephen said it looked
all over until that bad contact on
Mark Selby. But it's now one frame
shoot out. Here that special shot
that he has made his own.
A terrific performance from this
Welsh potting machine, as he's
What much we've had here this
afternoon. It's all it's 5-5 frames.
Lessons and deciding frame,
Mark Williams to break. -- 11th and
Very little tactical play earlier on
in this match. Both players playing
some superb snooker.
And as John Parrott always says, the
deciding frame, you just want to get
one chance. That's all you want.
Either you take it
Either you take it on -- or not,
it's another story.
Well, that's an attacking safety
shot, catching the green wasn't the
order of the day, but he played it
in such a way that he was opening
the reds right up.
Boy, does he pot some fantastic long
balls. Potted nine out of ten.
balls. Potted nine out of ten.
just watching Mark Selby when that
red went in and there was a little
shake of the head. It was almost
like one of them resigned shakes of
the head. You think after that kick,
is it destined for me to lose this
Mark Williams is normally very good
at taking match-winning chances.
An excellent shot, excellent shot.
As we've mentioned, he lost 6-5 to
Mark Selby last year, 2016 at this
stage she lost 6-5 to Ronnie
O'Sullivan will stop is it going to
be the Welsh man's year? A long way
He'd love to get on that red just to
the right of the black but he can't
at the moment.
at the moment. He tried to, he tried
to drop on its there and it's gone a
little bit far. It was very
difficult. He had to find the gap
there but if he had have finished in
that gap and been able to pot that,
he would have freed the black and it
would have been a terrific chance.
Well, he's rescued the situation
with an excellent pot. A clever
He may have a red, I thin cut back,
to this right corner. Again, he can
play it in such a way that he can
put the cue ball near the baulk
caution, the green is available. --
the baulk caution, the green is
The green certainly is available and
he's got the angle to get back up to
This is finishing a little bit
Certainly not making
But he keeps potting the balls.
And untimely cough there, just on
Just enough to upset Mark Williams'
concentration there. He got up from
the shot and back down again.
Yeah, that wasn't good timing there.
Just enough to put him off.
He hasn't played the best positional
shot there, so he needs a good
recovery here, that's for sure.
Yeah, that was a shocker, really. So
much margin for error. Pink, blue
ball colour. He's not even going to
go for a pot now.
Just seems to have lost a little bit
of composure at the moment, Mark
There is an escape route, he has to
be careful he doesn't push a red
over the right corner. It it soon
enough. Two of -- hit it thin enough
to avoid doing that, come up a
little bit short but he didn't want
to hit it with any more pace. So 38
points, the difference. Come Mark
Selby create a chance for himself
with a very good safety?
Mark Selby is worried about doing
exactly what Mark Williams was
concerned about, pushing a red
towards the right corner. He knows
that one mistake and this Masters
could be over.
At first glance, Mark Williams may
be forced into taking this red on in
the far corner. I don't see shot to
the cue ball, on the left-hand side
table, to get the cue ball back to
baulk. He'll have to pot himself out
of trouble here.
A very generous round of applause
for that excellent safety shot. Now
with the black in the situation that
it is, that's a big advantage for
Mark Williams cover with that 38
A terrific long pot there. And look
at the Gap he had to find.
So two fairly easy reds and then
we've got four reds almost tight on
this cushion behind the black.
This could go right down to the
He's left himself straight on the
red, but as the black go to the left
corner? That's the reason he's left
himself straight. He's not even
straight. It's not the best angle on
He's playing the cannon, he's
trusting to look with position.
That will do.
It will be some effort to win the
match from this visit to the table.
He'd like to pot at least a couple
more reds and blacks, get right back
into this frame.
This time there was a bit of noise
backstage that caused Mark to step
away from the shot.
He may have an angle just to take
that red out to the left of the
He just wants a half-ball
contact on the red. To send, too
thin, but he's got the red to make
the corner but there is pressure on
We've talked about possibly pockets
being a little bit generous this
afternoon. Mark Selby needs all of
that now. Play for the far knuckle.
Yeah, very good.
He can play the below the black if
he wants, he may feel it's risky,
he's got a lovely angle. If you
leave yourself dead straight to the
red on the left corner, it's a
Oh, he's played it well.
The reigning world champion, four
reds tied up on this back
reds tied up on this back cushion.
He's got to get high on the black.
He's dead straight, that's fine, he
can just drop on this red. I don't
know if he's got an angle to follow
off two cushions, or if he's just
going to drop it in.
little shot along the caution and
the yellow being off its sport makes
it slightly more awkward, but all
this effort will be on the red.
The ball was tricky.
Quieten down, please.
With the yellow being off its spot,
makes it slightly awkward for the
I wonder whether they
risk the cannon on the brown.
risk the cannon on the brown. If he
plays a drop off the cushion other
drop off the yellow, there's
definitely brown, but the green as
well, you could slip yourself
behind. He could play it in between
the yellow and brown for the yellow
to the right-hand side corner. Or in
actual fact he could hold it, that's
a beautiful shot. As long as that's
Have a look at the scores,
5-5, 45 - 45. What an opening match.
And look at the points, just six
points separating them.
It needs to pull up or it needs to
run on a bit further...
Well he couldn't have landed it any
Just the blue.
A cracking match from these two
players this afternoon.
Its own. Mark Williams has won the
last three frames. Mark Selby was
unlucky. But the Welsh potting
machine has made a terrific comeback
and takes the match by 6-5 frames.
Congratulations to Mark Williams.
The Welshman is through to the
quarterfinals of the 2018 Dafabet
Masters. We are back later today,
with live action from Alexandra
Palace as Ding Junhui takes on Ryan
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