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Halo and welcome to Snooker Extra,
extended highlights of the 2018
Dafabet Masters, an intriguing
match, as Ding Junhui of China,
winner in 2011 takes on Wales' Ryan
Day, the first Masters appearance
for him for eight years.
from Ken Doherty.
That could be quite a close one. In
the early exchanges and particularly
from Ding was my point of view, he
doesn't have the best records were
at the ali Paoli. Winner here in
2011, but his of late has been
great. You recently from
conjunctivitis, I hear. Just before
the UK Championship. Hopefully OK
and we're going to see what he is
all about and, of course, what this
young man is all about, Ryan Day.
The to see him winning his first
ranking tool that after being beaten
in four previous finals.
talent, Ryan, and comes from such a
hotbed of snooker, of course, Wales.
As usual at this level it is a case
of who can play the good safety to
create the first chance, and when
you get that chance, can you score
heavy? That is the secret of success
at this level. He played that with
the lot of left-hand side to try and
check the cue ball but the contact
was made much too thick and that is
why it careered into the the reds.
So the first chance to Ding Junhui.
Good opening red. You talked about
scoring heavily. There are not too
many better in the game than this
young man. He's had a 147, six
times. On top of the cue ball. It is
hard to play when that's there,
isn't it?! Steve Davis must have
open his wallet!
I don't know whether it was the fly
on the cue ball, but he has underhit
that. Maybe brokers concentration.
He can still pot this red that is to
the left of the black but he should
have been much further down the
table, and it is awkward now to play
it. So a bit of a let off, there,
Dink trying to get on that
red just above the black into the
bottom right-hand corner pocket. --
Ding. There was a gap between the
red and the black. He found the gap,
but he was a long way away from the
pot. He has got away with it.
Are you surprised at Ding Junhui's
record here since 2011 when he won
the final, he only won one match
It is amazing, really. He's
such a talent. But from the first
match here, you are playing the top
players, so you have got to be right
on your game from the start. If you
are just slightly below form, then
you will be out of it. In fact, the
last two meetings of these two
players, Ryan Day's won them both.
They've had some good battles in big
tournaments, like the World
Championships. The UK Championships.
It has not been best of seven
affairs. They've had some really
tough matches. Ryan Day, the word is
overuse, but you have to say that he
is an underachiever. He has got so
May be that when in
Riga at the beginning of this season
has given him an extra little bit of
belief. When you get that first
ranking tournament win under your
belt, you're always a little bit
nervous against the top players, but
maybe that will give him a bit of
belief and confidence against the
top players, and particularly on
occasions like this.
occasions like this.
He will play
the pot here, he knows he's going to
career into the second red and to be
on the black. In it goes. Maybe
should have played it with a little
bit more pace. So he is on the
black, but it's a tough one. A bit
more pace required, then.
I think that was a slight miscue. I
think that's why he's looking at his
tip. Didn't really connect with the
cue ball the way he wanted, that's
why he's missed it by quite some
Winnie is near the cushion,
most players just strike down
slightly to get a better contact but
he just keeps it very parallel, Ding
Junhui. This is an opportunity for
Ryan to get his hand on the table
and get a few points on the
He's just having a look
at the two reds. Looks like the one
nearest the pocket will pot. These
also having a look to see if the
second one will pass, and it looks
like it pots, but it is quite tight.
He has hit this to heart. He wanted
to be a bit straighter on this red.
-- he has hit this too hard.
He got the double-kiss on the red,
but he still OK.
That was the
danger, the double-kiss, but as you
say, he is still on the black. He
has got a little bit of work to do
with the cue ball here. And that's
what the problem was. He had to play
it with a lot of right-hand side to
hold for the red in the opposite
corner. And when you put side on,
you have got to allow for the
swerve, and he didn't judge it well.
Went right over on the right-hand
side to the cue ball. -- to check
the cue ball.
He has a perfect little angle just
to stardom into the red above the
black and to the left.
-- just to stun into. He's one of
the best break-builders in the game.
He has beautiful touch around the
pink and black. And he gets a kick
on that cue ball. We saw the red
Good recovery. He has a lovely
touch, hasn't he, John, and that is
why he's such a break-builder. He
has some lovely moves in and around
the black spot area. It was a good
recovery from when he got the kick.
He's having to play a different red
from the one that he would like.
Going back up the table for the blue
ray baulk,. And has landed
absolutely plumb on the blue.
Reports this he will push another
couple of reds into play. This would
certainly open things up, here.
When he pots this red, the two reds
to the left and over the pink will
pot into the middle pocket or at
least one into the bottom right-hand
corner pocket, so not too much more
work to do with the cue ball.
He hasn't played for this red, but
he has got a nice angle on it, as
you can see. He made light work of
it, as you can see. One more red,
and the first train's in the bag. --
the first frame's in the bag.
Some applause from the crowd as they
recognise that was virtually frame
ball. His opponent needs a slick but
I don't think he will be coming back
to the table after being has
finished with ease. His cue ball has
been absolutely pinpoint. --
finished with these.
That he's going for this red to the
right middle tells me that,
possibly, possibly the red just
below the pink wasn't available, but
it is, now.
We spoke yesterday about how fast
this table was playing. Being has
certainly got the pace of
straightaway. -- Ding has got the
pace of it. He has made 462 century
breaks in his career, six times a
147, only nine centuries this
season, 26 last season and that will
probably be evidence of how his
standards have dropped this season.
But this is a nice way to start off
his campaign here at the Dafabet
He finished last season so
well, losing in the final of the
World Championships du Mark Selby.
He put up a great performance. So
maybe this is his kick-start to the
season, every has a good run in this
That was a tricky black that he had
to play. A good start. And Ryan Day
just sat down and have to watch.
Eugh! And it was good watching. Ding
Junhui leads at 1-0.
That is the beautiful Waterford
Crystal trophy that they are playing
for this week. The Paul Hunter
trophy as it is
Foul and a must, Ding
Junhui, six. Of course, he won at
three times, 10-9 in every final
that he won, John, Paul Hunter. 7-2
down to Ronnie O'Sullivan and Fergal
It wasn't as if he was just picking
up the pieces. Before he was taken
away so prematurely.
away so prematurely. So that's where
it was, and that's where it is now.
Perfect. It could make all the
difference at the end of this frame.
It could make the difference between
just needing the blue, rather than
the blue and the pink.
Or the blue,
pink and black?
Or the blue, pink
He has just got to be
careful, wine, make sure that he is
not knocking a red towards the left
hand corner pocket on playing this
shot. Well... He's got to hit the
reds first, I suppose.
Foul, Ding Junhui, four.
Ding Junhui is probably thinking, I
would rather play from here, there
was a chance of getting in behind
the green off this safety. If not
the green, the brown. He played it
pretty well. He wouldn't have
expected Ryan to miss again, but is
looking to have a pot on here. If it
slows up, it needs to slow up...
It's always the way, isn't it? You
are desperate for a chance and it
keeps on running two or three inches
That was a lovely touch. He has left
Ryan Day little bit of trouble, he
can use the knuckle of the middle
pocket to try to get the cue ball
back down towards the baulk area.
That's a possible shot. Not sure if
he's good to try and, is she going
to try and use the knuckle? No, just
pushing it to safety.
This Red Bull cup, but he's got a
plate with a lot of left-hand side,
which is what he did, just to check
it out, does he have a result? A
little bit of one. The loose red
would definitely have tempted Ding
Junhui, but hampered by the brown,
he will not want to play it now.
Weak safety. Ryan just coming round
now to have a look at what's
available and whether the black
goes. Looking at the bigots
available, and the blue, but he
needs to knock this in. Big shot,
this. He's got it. -- looking at
Yes, the black does go. It is a thin
one and it what we call a blind
pocket because you can see the cue
ball, the object ball, but you don't
have the pocket in line. So you have
to pick out the angle. That is too
thin. Much too thin.
It has to be said at the moment,
Ken, that Ding Junhui isn't having
to work too hard for his chances.
He's just picking up the pieces. And
most black in the first frame from
Ryan. A missed pot in the second,
cost him the frame.
I don't blame him for taking on that
black, of course. If he thought it
he has a good opportunity to try and
win the frame himself but it wasn't
straightforward, as you said,
looking at it, it was a blind
pocket, and it was hard to see the
You just let that slip slightly.
Just put a little circle, there, the
black is portable, but that the king
could on the red to the left of the
black after potting this red and the
next black, this would certainly
open this frame up completely. That
is what is going to try and target
here, try to get a nice angle on the
black, just a little bit off
straight, and if you post this
black, try to get on that break to
the left of the black. That will, in
turn, open up the two reds just
above it. And that will give him the
frame-winning chance now.
He's missed it!
Misted by a long way. -- missed it.
When you miss when you're amongst
the balls, what has he left?
Very fortunate, there, Ding Junhui,
but this looks like a good shot.
This looks like a good shot! Has he
got the snooker? Just about.
Of course that is another thing that
can happen in this game.
he misses and gives doing the chance
to get a major break, thing is in
amongst the balls and gets nothing.
-- Ding is in amongst.
complain about the chances he's had,
Ryan Day. He's just not made enough
of them. This is a good line. This
is very good indeed.
is very good indeed. Ooh. He has
blocked the pot down the right-hand
side of the table.
It is an option to drop onto the two
reds that are close to the left-hand
pocket. Has taken a more expansive
route. Doesn't want to leave a free
he come off the left-hand cushion
and nestle into the two reds? Seems
like a straightforward shot. Big
I cannot give you a reason
why not. The shot he is playing, you
have got to be perfect. If he
catches the reds too thick, you can
possibly leave the frame on. As you
say, that line, just past the middle
pocket, nestle onto these two reds
neither cushion. Strange choice.
He is now talking about the fact he
can hit this thread next to the
pink. He can always hit back, but it
might need a lot of side.
hasn't even looked at that shot.
Maybe he feels the questions are
sliding and he cannot hit those two
reds. But from this angle where we
sat, it is a straightforward shot.
Just past the middle pocket.
he catches this too thick, it could
cost him the frame.
It could be a
free ball this time. Just gets a
kiss on the green, it might have
been a free ball, maybe.
Maybe just feels that shot, with the
two reds, just nestling into the
question, that the questions are
sliding and he will miss those two
This is where it was. This is where
it it is now. That looks perfect to
Try number three. He got it this
I am sure he had the rhetoric say to
him, am I boring you?
him, am I boring you?
No, I think he
said, I am not warning you.
>> guest-macro: Oh, I thought he
said I am not boring you.
Where is the black ball going? Now,
is this a free ball? Probably not.
He will have a look.
He will have a look. He cannot be
snookered by another red. So just
the fact he might not be able to hit
a red full-ball. If it is covered by
another red, then it wouldn't be a
free ball. He hasn't called it, the
referee, so assume it isn't.
referee, so assume it isn't. But
Ryan, of course, has the option to
make his opponent play from where
the ball is.
the ball is. Desperately needs the
next chance here, Ryan Day. Got to
try and get a foothold in this
No, that's not good enough. He has
left a pot on here. Down to play
this thread to the left or right
corner. If he gets me the ball
Klein, he's bound to be on the
yellow. -- baulk line. Just got to
get past the green. Doesn't want to
nudge the green. He's OK, he is on
He looks to have a nice angle to get
up to the reds around the black
spot. It looked like it was going to
run out. But it slowed up to much.
Just wondering if he can play a
little cannon potting this red into
the left-hand corner pocket.
He played it very well. That was a
lovely shot. Nicely played.
Average uptime and Ding, 19 seconds.
Pretty quick. Nice angle on the
black. Can go into the reds. He
doesn't have to because he has a 46
point lead. Played it very well.
Excellent shot. Could be a
frame-winner. Such lovely touch.
To leave the jaw. But it is enough
for Ryan Day. Ryan at the moment,
desperately looking for a frame.
There is no sign of it just yet.
Ding Junhui, gets the fifth frame
under way. Just coming up to one
hour 14 minutes. Apart from the
third frame which took over 22
minutes, it's been pretty quick.
Average uptime, 19 for Ding, that is
about normal. 26 seconds for Ryan,
bit on the slow side. But he hasn't
had much to go at before the
If he's going to go back to the ball
ends he needs to find the cushion
with this cue ball.
-- baulk end. Now he gives Ding the
problem, puts pressure on the red in
the middle of the table, next to the
There is a pot on here.
He doesn't have to do much with the
cue ball to get a nice position on
the blue. He can fully commit to
this. And he did. He played it well.
Great shot. Right above
Straight on this red into the corner
Ryan, what did you do?
Well, just trying to pinch a bit, it
looks. But you cannot afford to miss
when you are in. After the good
opening read, what an opportunity he
let go begging there.
Was in his
initial choice from the blue. Was
trying to get on the red just above
the black. He might have been better
taking that instead. But he still
shouldn't have missed that straight
red. That's gone wrong from Ding.
A let off for Ryan Day. Didn't
expect to be coming back to the
table so soon.
It is noticeable, since the first
frame, Ding has dropped his
standards somewhat. Hasn't been
flawless by any means. His pot
success was in the 90s, it's now
below 90, which isn't great at this
level. And long pot success, very
This red has somehow gone over the
corner. It's not going to be easy.
It's gone near the side cushion.
He's not even looking at it.
He hasn't got behind the yellow. As
the brown covered it? No. A chance
here for Ryan. Doesn't want to
overhit this. Has enough cue power
to stun this and screw back a couple
of inches. Played it well. Nicely on
the black. And the chance.
controlled. Doesn't have to go into
the pack of reds here. Has played
Now, just like in the last frame,
he's got an opportunity. Made a nice
79 break. Enough to win the frame
from this position here.
from this position here. May have
detected a slight heavy contact on
the cue ball. A cause of that, he is
a bit straighter on the black now
than he would have liked. The red
jumped very slightly.
Just about stopped in time. I think
this red is on to the right corner.
He is playing another one. I thought
maybe the one that was in direct
line with the cue ball to this right
corner. But maybe that doesn't go.
Just about got there. The red, just
to the right of the pink, he only
has to roll it in the position.
Now he will have to go back up for
the blue once again. Needs to make
certain he has the potting angle for
Couple of loose reds. He has a nice
angle on the blue.
He has got to be
aggressive and try and go into the
pack of reds. Take his chance.
couldn't have worked out better.
As soon as he played that, he looked
at where he finished on the black
and he was smiling. No way he should
have been straight on this black.
This is careless.
He is in a little bit of bother now.
Anything but straight on the black
and it was a formality to get onto
the next red.
That is the difference
between the two players when they
are break-building. Ding, his cue
ball is more on a string. Never any
more than 18 inches away from his
next pot. Ryan is struggling with
the pace here.
Be careful here.
Couldn't do much with the cue ball.
Couldn't play the run-through.
Little bit of pressure on this blue
now. Just talking in his waistcoat
because this red near the right
corner could come into play.
Good shot. Good shot.
played that any better.
Quick check of the scores. 41 points
ahead. Potting this red on the
left-hand side of the three reds
will open up the other reds into the
opposite corner pocket.
I suggest this match is completely
turned around on its head. He was
3-1 down, struggling, his safety
play wasn't good. Doesn't take much,
get in with one frame at one visit
and get your confidence going. And
Bingjie Li -- Ding had a good chance
in this frame but he won't be
getting another one.
Ryan is playing
with a bit of confidence. But there
will be a few doubts in his mind.
We had a century in the first frame
from Ding Junhui, 111. Possibility
for Ryan Day now, to respond with a
century of his own.
Needs to bounce. The yellow, for the
century. Well played. Well played.
We have an match on now, John. We
certainly do. This looks good. May
nudge the pink into play. Have a
look at this shot... Of all four
He was 3-0 down. He has now reduced
the deficit to just one frame. What
a magnificent frame.
Ryan Day breaks off, frame six. Can
he completely recover it, win this
frame and then it is all square. His
potting success is now better than
Ding Junhui. Earlier on he was down
at 50%. Has been a bit of a
There was half a chance. But the way
he has missed it commonly has left
it on. I am surprised he played it
Let's see what Ding Junhui can make
of this chance. I agree with John
Parrott, he has gone a little bit
off the boil in the last few frames.
Need to go on to the pack of reds.
There is a loose reds there and also
a loose red at the bottom of the
pack as well. And if you get a nice
angle when potting this black com he
doesn't want to be straight on the
Gone too far. 40 might have left the
cue ball a little bit lower. --
Played this with lots of top spin
off the top Russian and into the
pack. Not sure, but he will have two
generate a lot of power with this
shot. Didn't get the power, but may
have got second best. Have a look at
this... What a result.
this... What a result. Smile from
Ryan Day. He knows that was very
fortunate. Hasn't made the most of
it. Just trying to hold the cue
ball. Forgot about the pot.
shown us in the last few frames, he
can miss. Normally when these
players are playing well, they don't
miss anything easily. Top players
don't miss easy shots.
Ryan has played that beautifully
just to cannon of the second red.
Nicely on the black. Big chance,
Afraid of overscrewing it. He will
have to negotiate the cue ball back
up for the pink or the blue, here.
That little kiss on the red. The red
has blocked the path for the pink
into the right centre.
could have worked out better. It is
a pressure green, I think. He could
play safe, but you just feel at this
moment, I don't think the pink will
cut to the right middle. So you
think the green is the ball to take
on. Bit of pressure on it, the way
the reds are. He is taking it on.
the reds are. He is taking it on. I
would want my hand closer to the cue
ball than this. He is bridging long.
Just got to get yourself
comfortable. It is a big shot. But
it's a good one. It's OK.
Again, it's not straightforward
here. He's got to use the second red
to screw back for the pink.
to screw back for the pink. Overshot
for the pink and blue.
Didn't need the kiss on the red. How
does this look? He's on the red into
The worm is beginning to
The black doesn't go to the right
corner pocket at the moment.
corner pocket at the moment. Could
have done with a bit more of a
bounce, there. Good visit, and this,
now in the context of the match.
Ding Junhui had a good chance for
the easy red the middle and could be
punished. The starting to cue very
nicely now, is Ryan.
One good positional shot here
possibly for the red to the right of
the black or the two reds to the
right of the pink spot. And he has
got on these nicely. Excellent shot.
I assume the black doesn't go to the
right corner. Every time he goes
after the pink audibly finishes on
the wrong side of the blue. It is
one of those. If you were right
behind it you would fancy the black.
With not all the pocket available.
Now playing for the red closest of a
cushion, the one that is making it
slightly tight for the black.
Decided to play for the other one. I
don't blame him.
don't blame him. It was natural to
try to get strict on this red with
30, 31 points from this position.
Doesn't work that difficult. You
take nothing for granted, though.
take nothing for granted, though. --
doesn't look that difficult.
got an angle just to stun or screw
out into the middle of the table to
give himself a choice of a couple of
reds. He has overscrew down. By
quite some distance -- he has
overscrew that. The left and red
doesn't pot to the middle.
are? You would not expect him to
miss this. But when that cue ball
keeps going up and down the table
you can lose absolutely pinpoint
position. And who knows the
importance of this visit.
Played it nicely.
34 points in the league. -- lead.
Just looking for red, colour, red,
and it will be all square. What a
turnaround. Ding will be getting a
This red, to go 43 points ahead, 35
Could see him getting another
Good comeback from
Ryan Day. 79, 125, this, and
counting, three frames in a row. And
Ding, of course, had a first
opportunity in this frame and Mr
straightforward red into the left
pocket. -- missed a straightforward
Was looking to be on the red,
and to miss that was unforgivable.
Fair play to Ryan, he didn't have
complete control of the cue ball,
but he has dug in.
He potted a great
green when he was slightly hampered.
That was the big pressure pot in the
Pink and black for back-to-back
centuries. Wonderful, well played!
And maybe he has just got the edge
now. Three apiece.
The referee has called a miss, but
that would be taken. The angle he's
got surely he can run into the reds
along the top cushion.
He could stun
into the red sand still be on the
black, yes. A bit closer. He's in
trouble, here. He's in trouble here,
two reds going over the left corner
pocket. He's still on the black. He
may be forced into taking this black
on. It's so difficult.
on. It's so difficult.
He's got to
play up pot. Might as well be the
black. Just got to get down, play
the shot, keep your head down.
going to try and cut the blue in?
Does he think the blue is an easier
shot? Could be right. Got to get it.
He overcut it. Overcut it.
He overcut it. Overcut it. I don't
blame Brian for playing the shot he
did. The one previous. A little
unlucky to come tight onto the
cushion like that.
That was shot that if it went right,
could have won you frame.
could have won you frame.
bit of work to do here.
thinking the same myself. He's not
shown any great form in the last few
frames. We will need to see what
Ding Junhui can make of this
Are looking to pot this
red and leave an angle on the black
to try and disturb this red. But the
way they have been going along this
black top cushion... Gets a nice
angle on it. Might not need to take
it out. But he has decided to, and
it can always go wrong, just like
that. Would rather red has finished.
He's a straightforward simple finish
year. And the pink over the middle
As you say, he was fortunate to have
that red in such close proximity to
the pink. It has made it an easy
snooker. And if he's not hitting the
red, turn around and get it safe.
red, turn around and get it safe. As
I say, it wasn't hitting the red,
Kenny get it safe? Unfortunately,
because he cut it thin, he has left
the red to the corner.
That is the
red that is going to determine the
outcome of this frame, the one
closest to the right side cushion.
He has got a straightforward red
here, he's got to get nicely on his
next colour. And then try to get
close to that red. Pits on this
black. -- a bit straight on this
black. Will need to cushion to get
close to the red.
close to the red. Could have done
with another six inches. This shot,
with the rest, as going to be very
tough indeed. He could take it on
and bring the cue ball back into
baulk. 22 points ahead, so he's
going to need red and blue.
going to need red and blue.
frame of the tournament so far. He
has decided not to play the risky
pot, although it looked like it
could have been a shot to nothing,
but you never know. It looks easy
enough snooker to get out of, this.
With a one-cushion escape. But you
don't want to catch it to fall, and
knock it over into the far corner.
Got to get the safe otherwise you
lose the frame. Unforgivable to miss
the red. And if it is a free ball...
Well, it's not mentioned. I can't
believe he's missed this.
believe he's missed this. Just
doesn't get enough side on it. When
you can see him trying to get right
in the hide it and hit it fullbore,
that was a bad misjudgement, and he
was lucky not to leave a free ball.
The slower you hit the slopes, it
gives the cue ball a bit more time
for the swerve to take.
If you hit
it with a bit more pace, I think it
is more difficult where the referee
has put it, there, it has got to go
towards the cushion a little bit
Having a word with the assistant
referee, the VAR man. And that's how
we wanted to head it the first time,
and the second time he has got it
safe, and that was the main object
of the exercise.
of the exercise. There is the VAR
man, Olivier Martin.
Too hard with the cue ball. A
possible chance for Ryan Day.
possible chance for Ryan Day. A long
way away. Didn't fully commit to
You could sense that he was
edging on the side of, if I miss it,
don't leave it. It was a chance.
don't leave it. It was a chance. He
has shown good strength in the last
few frames. Miscue, now this could
be a free ball, and if it bouncers,
Ryan Day could be on the black.
Miss, and a free ball.
Well, that's amazing. What a
turnaround this could be. There you
we did say before when he
plays near the cushion, he does not
sort of elevate the butt of the cue
to strike down on the cue ball,
which most players do. But what a
Got a nice angle on the yellow or
brown. Just needs to bounce slightly
off the baulk cushion to be on the
red. Let's have a look. He's going
to need the pink, no matter what.
Just a quick glance at the
scoreboard. With the pink not being
on its spot just makes it a little
bit less straightforward.
I think this has come to a stage
where it is about holding yourself
Yes, massive frame. Ding
will be worried that he may not get
another shot. The big shot in this
frame will be from blue to pink. No
Anywhere but straight on the blue.
When he gets, the closer to the blue
he can get to the pink, the easier
the pink will be. And it will make
the comeback well and truly
complete. 3-0 down, and blue and
pink, to go 4-3 front.
pink, to go 4-3 front. -- in front.
This pink, for 4-3.
Ryan Day taking the next four frames
and worrying times for Ding Junhui,
4-3, to the man from Wales.
An interesting thing we were talking
about to start the match, when it
seemed relevant, looking at they had
their heads, Ryan Day winning it,
and Ding Junhui winning four, but in
the last few meetings it has been
Ryan Day who has come out on top.
Also down to the fact that Ryan Day
is a different sort of animal than
he was a couple of years ago.
Growing in confidence. We talked
about his ranking tournament win at
the beginning of this season, the
extra lift it would give him,
particularly against the top players
on the big stage here, at the UK and
World Championship of course. And he
has certainly grown in stature in
this match. Looked very nervous in
the beginning. And he has a lot more
confidence. Can use the red here to
bring more reds into play. Then on
Played it nicely.
Perfectly. The type of shot that UC
O'Sullivan playing a lot, bringing
the other reds into play. Couldn't
have played better.
have played better. Might have the
red to the right middle now to fall
I would take the red into
the left corner, stay on the black.
Just looking at how much work he's
got to do with the cue ball, he's
taking the chance, you don't have to
play for the black in the same
pocket as the red.
pocket as the red. Nothing but
straight on this black.
He should have gone up for the blue.
He was trying to make the angle. He
was just a little to the wrong side
of straight, if you like what he had
no need to play it with that amount
of pace. It appears, unless there is
something that we can't see, that he
has not made the most of this
opportunity. And it was a good
Well, what a shot he's pulled out of
the bag, there.
Nicely on the black now. Can he use
that as his inspiration to try to
get back into this match, to try to
get that spark back? He's certainly
lost it. Sometimes it just takes one
pot or break, just to get it back,
just to get your concentration and
confidence. Because at the moment,
he's lost it.
he's lost it. That shot might just
be the catalyst. We'll wait and see.
He's got to be careful here. There
are two reds in the middle of the
bunch. If he hits them too hard,
there is the possibility of a plant.
He played it very nicely. Perfect.
Role-played. -- well played.
That was a better shot than it
looked. Nicely on this black.
So, John, that double, may be just a
little bit of inspiration when he
needed it. Inspiration or
frustration, I don't know which, but
it went in.
it went in. This black will take him
15 points in front. He will need at
least four of these reds to clinch
the frame at this visit. Normally
you would say it was a formality,
but you wouldn't say so, just yet.
Hmm. That is a mistake. Wrong side
of the blue. He needs to get a
better potting angle on the pink and
avoid the baulk colours. He played
Played it well. Played it perfectly
and got the perfect line.
and got the perfect line.
That was a
beautiful positional shot. Look at
the cue ball negotiating between
green and brown. Perfect. And the
30 points, the lead, now. Two
the reds, two high value colours and
we will be all square once again.
Could be a little straighter on this
That little kiss on the red
has knocked those two reds into an
awkward position now.
He could play
the cannon on the pink, and he did,
but he didn't quite get it. OK, he
has got this red on the right-hand
side of the table, but he's going to
be hampered by the blue. This isn't
straightforward any more. 38 points,
the lead, 51 remaining.
the lead, 51 remaining. Referee Mike
Foul. Ryan Day, five.
Foul. Ryan Day, five.
will be very disappointed, Ding
Junhui. Just that simple little
short, the red into the corner
pocket, and he urged the red into a
awkward position when it was already
in a portable position. And now,
what can Ryan Day? This is not
straightforward. Good shot, great
shot. Well... How costly war that
foul be, that little blue with this
When the pink is spotted, no
problem, he is on this red. We have
a new favourite for this frame now.
Decided to go for the blue, but he
couldn't have played it better.
Absolutely inch perfect.
20 points behind.
Playing for the black means he will
need up to and including the pink.
Just saw it rocking. Careless to do
that will stop and Ryan has played
that absolutely inch perfect on the
yellow. He now needs up to and
including the pink.
including the pink. Having a two
frame advantage and just one frame
away from a place in the
Well, he must be bemused at what
happened. As I say, it looked all
plain sailing. And when he got that
double and finished in amongst the
balls, you thought he was going to
win this frame and level the match.
But he's not going to get the
opportunity to do it now. Because
this pink is all that Ryan Day
needs. It is five in a row. From 2-0
down, he's won the next five. And
now, as he tries a trick shot, just
one frame away from a place in the
quarterfinal. Ryan Day leads Ding
Ding Junhui's that is firmly against
the wall here.
the wall here. Remaining three
frames to stay in this year's
Dafabet Masters. Very disappointed,
using the last frame. Ryan, on the
other hand, has completely turned
this match around.
this match around. All the stats
were very low down in those first
few frames, looked very edgy, very
nervous. Got the most important
frame for himself, just before the
interval. That was the springboard
for this amazing comeback. But as we
always say, the hardest one to win
is the last one. He will be aware of
Just catching the yellow has left
Ding Junhui the chance of a pot. But
he is turning it down in favour of
safety. Thinking the yellow and
brown is a nice target to try to
snooker behind. The flick of the
yellow has brought the green into
play. But there is a red here that
will cut. He can't get through to
the one closest to the pocket, but
he can get to the one to the left of
Not quite thin enough. He has left
this pot on for Ding Junhui but
where the colour comes from is
He may choose to take this red on
into this corner pocket. If he is
not on the pink, he certainly has
the green. It is worth having a go
at this. Good potting
at this. Good potting macro -- good
pot. He is on the pink. Excellent
It looked nervous, that one. This
frame is always the hardest one. The
frame you need to get across the
line. But look very nervy Timmy. Has
got to keep himself together, has a
great opportunity to win this match.
He is going to get another chance.
This is an amazing turnaround. Talk
about football being a game of two
It is about night and day.
And Ding being night. Like it.
That was a bit more positive. Has
the red covered the middle for the
green? Unlucky. He played the right
shot, nothing wrong with the choice.
But the only way he can keep it
going now, he has every entitlement
to go into the pack. Was bound to be
on the green and then a red appeared
He has got to take the
He put a tremendous
green under pressure a couple of
frames ago, when he was bridging.
He's not bridging this time.
He's not bridging this time.
squeezes in. Now, can he get past
the brown? Looking at his body
language, he thinks he can.
a great shot. Not a lot of pocket to
work with there, for the blue. Where
has he gone here?
He got a reaction
there from that. I don't think he
will be too happy to want to take
this black on. But what else can he
do? Didn't expect the cue ball to
spring up the table like it did. He
doesn't have too played the black,
of course. Has a safety shot.
If he played the safety shot he
would have left the cue ball in the
jaws of the other pocket. But that
might have been the better choice
and I'm not been wise after the
If the pots the black, the
red was waiting for him and it would
have been frame and batch. Now what
can Ding Junhui do? Straight on the
He missed the red with the rest
earlier in this frame.
Played that well. Played the cannon
nicely to leave himself on the
black. A few reds in the open, but
they all seem to be covering one
another. Needs a good positional
Having a walk round, giving himself
a little bit of thought.
a little bit of thought. I don't
think it is straightforward.
think it is straightforward.
It is a
wonderful touch to get on the red
like that. Looked at the two reds
next to the black spot. Possible
plant into the corner pocket. Also
the two reds that are above the
black. They almost look like a plant
as well. The two reds to the left of
the black are definitely a plan to.
He doesn't want to do too much with
the cue ball here.
I have to say coming he could have
played that better. If he hasn't
gone far enough, can he get to the
angle of the first one? He thinks he
can. And he could.
can. And he could. He is OK. I
thought he might have come a
There may be another
plant at the bottom. He has had a
couple of it -- a good look at it.
The fact he has played that in such
a way as to not disturb those two
reds immediately above the black. As
you can see, they are a plant into
Basically, what it means, the fact
it is a plant, he doesn't have to be
playing any cannons. He doesn't have
to trust the position to look. 30
points the lead, still needing at
least four of these reds.
nicely. Has got a couple of reds to
go out here. The one nearest the
black and the one nearest the pink
Almost got to the winning post in
the last frame. But failed. Only a
few more pots away from winning this
We have been blessed with a couple
of great matches already in this
year's championship. Mark Selby and
Mark Williams. High encounter. Mark
Allen against Luca Brecel last night
was another high-quality match. And
this one is the same. Fantastic
snooker. Exciting, lots of nerves,
lots of good breaks. Lots of Mrs.
Really engrossing as so often, the
Masters at the Alexandra Palace
seems to produce. This match is very
As all great champions do, they
sometimes find something when they
are at a point of no return. And
that is what Ding Junhui has managed
to find in this frame so far. Still
got to do it in the next couple as
well, but in with a chance. Good
And the chance of the fourth
century of the match. Ding Junhui
has made wrong, the 111 he made in
the first frame. Ryan Day has made
105 and 125. Been a few scrappy
games, but you don't want everything
So this pink for the fourth century
of the match. Quality. High-quality.
The black doesn't matter but Ding
Junhui steps up to the plate and
produced the goods. Now within one
of Ryan Day. But Ryan Day is still
one away from victory, 5-4.
Not the best break off.
Terrific opening red. And he has
finished on the black. It shows you
the difference now having that cue
ball near the baulk cushion. Where
is the Red Bull going?
is the Red Bull going? Well, that is
a result, in a way. I doubt whether
he would have been on anything, but
for knocking that read towards the
middle. -- red. Well, perfect on the
blue for the smash, if that's what
he feels like.
he feels like. It's not unlucky
comic he played to cannon the pink
full on the face but got into the
cue ball too much. That is what he
was after, just catching the red
half ball. A few twists and turns
now. They all in magnitude.
now. They all in magnitude. Every
bit of bad luck, a bad run of the
ball could cost you the match. Now a
chance for Ryan.
Played it well. Played it with lots
of bottom and dragged it in to hold
for the black. Played it nicely.
Just needs to nudge the two reds.
Just above and to the right of the
black. Just urge into a pottable
position. Has played that very well.
Played it with a lot of power.
Watched the cue ball bounce through
the reds. It has certainly opened
things up lovely now. Two reds above
the black bar open. If he puts this
red come he may go back up for the
blue or a ball colour. -- baulk
colour. The pink is on as well. He
will get a better opportunity than
We say it so many times, but it is
just a case of holding yourself
together now. He has produced some
good snooker in this match to get
back into a winnable position. So,
he shouldn't be doubting himself at
this crucial moment.
Just checking to see Will the pink
go into the left, centre pocket.
Really want to be straighter on this
red just so he can get closer to the
black. Can play the red closest to
the black but he has to play a
delicate cannon on the black and
that could go wrong.
He is certainly
giving it plenty of thought. But
don't overthink it and lose your
Looks as though he is on the black.
He's down quick, so he must like the
potting angle. He was absolutely
inch perfect. I agree with you,
couldn't ask for a better chance
The red, just by the pink is
available into the left middle.
Still in a good position.
Screw back for the two reds on the
right-hand side of the table.
right-hand side of the table. He
will have the two reds into the left
centre. Screw back in a straight
Just looking at Ding Junhui,
sat in his seat. You just wonder,
has his race been run? He will be
thinking coming he might not get
back to the table.
Played that nicely. So the frame and
the match at his mercy.
Well, it could have gone wrong, but
the full-ball kiss on the red has
left him, once again, in a good
Over two hours and 15 minutes so
far. Has been high-quality,
entertaining first-round match.
entertaining first-round match. We
have already seen for centuries.
Because see another one. Ryan
certainly won't be thinking of that.
Glancing at the scores, he is 50
50 points ahead, that
equates to two reds, two pinks would
And a lesson for a lot of young,
aspiring snooker players. At 3-0 it
was a one-horse race. Brian wasn't
contributing to the match, not
putting Ding Junhui under any
pressure and now just a couple of
pots away from victory. Against the
world number four.
It just shows you
how quick a match can turn around.
You never give up, always keep
Please turn it off.
He won't be
putting Ryan off, he is in his
comfort zone. He only needs another
red and a colour.
red and a colour. Another
disappointing performance from Ding
Junhui, it has to be said.
This has been a tremendous
performance from Ryan Day. One more
red, just to make sure.
It is there. Well played.
cue ball slightly, but as you said,
just that read that will leave Ding
Junhui in his seat. I would like to
see this rolled in. I would like to
see another century. Every chance we
will now. Five centuries in ten
frames. That will be a very high
He certainly, live. We said, when he
won the frame before the mid-session
interval, would it give him the
impetus to go on? And it certainly
Just the red and the black for
another century. In it goes. This
has been marvellous. What a
performance from Ryan Day. You have
got to take your hat off to him. 3-0
down, going nowhere and he is
finishing in style. Wonderful
performance. This will give him
great encouragement. His fellow
Welshman, knocked out, the world
number one yesterday. He is about to
knock out the world number four.
First time he has played in the mass
to since 2010. -- the Masters. And
never at the Alexandra Palace. The
way it started off, it did look as
though he was going to get much out
of it. But he stuck to his guns. And
in the second half of this match, he
has been superb. Three century
breaks, he's made. Against Ding
Junhui's two and it is Ryan Day, 3-0
down he was to Ding. But he hung on
and since the mid-session interval
he has outplayed Ding Junhui and is
through to the quarterfinal.
through to the quarterfinal.
He wins by 6-4. A fantastic
performance from Ryan Day. He is
through to the quarterfinals. That
visit, but joined us later for more
coverage from the Alexandra Palace
as Ronnie O'Sullivan gets his master
's campaign underway against Marco