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Hello. January blues? Not hear the Alexandra Palace, because we got


under way here today, the second of snooker's three big events, the


Triple Crown events, in any given season. Only the top 16 get the call


to come here in search of the prize of ?200,000, and this event has been


producing unforgettable moments since 1975. Just when you think you


have seen it all in this tournament, something else happens of the


dramatic variety, and that is exactly what happened in our opening


match this afternoon between the defending champion Ronnie O'Sullivan


who looked for all the world like he had blown his chance of making it a


record seventh win in this great event when he found himself very


definitely under the cosh against left-hander from China Liang Wenbo.


When he was convinced he was going out, but then the left-hander had


this black to complete a famous win, he won't forget that miss. Ronnie


O'Sullivan knocked it into level the match, and he powered over the line


in the decider, knocking in his highest break in the match, a first


century of 121 to send a forlorn Liang Wenbo back home. So, follow


that for pure drama. That is what was being asked of this evening's


players. Ding Junhui, and Kyren Wilson, the world number 16 and the


only debutant in this year's line-up. This fellow has rocketed up


the world rankings over the last 12 months. He actually met Ding Junhui


on his way to a breakthrough title in Shanghai in 2015, although it is


China's most decorated player who holds the aces. Ding made his debut


at six years of age -- 16 years of age, one it six years ago, and


knocked in one of the few maximums. And he made the initial


breakthrough, taking the opening frame. Could these boys match the


afternoon for pure theatre? Maybe, because take a look at what is


happening in the second frame, with Ken Doherty and John Virgo.


KEN DOHERTY: I think that Ding is on this red, it is one that Kyren


potted in the first frame. And what a shot. It was almost identical as


the very first read in the first round.


JOHN VIRGO: Yes, and it is almost a disadvantage to have the break shot.


This is wonderful cueing. Writer the heart of the pocket.


There is not many better than Ding Junhui in and around the black spot


area. He break builds for fun. And he is one of those players that


you really enjoy watching him make a break, because it is not all brute


force and getting the red site, you will see him during a break, he


plays someone the full little cannons and stun shots into reds,


very precise, the way he goes about a break. He is having a close look


here, the speed of the table caught him out. Can he get to this red? It


is tight. He is having a look at the pack


here. He has a wonderful angle on the black.


Now it is making the right connection. He is going to need a


little bit of pace, and every time you go into the pack of reds of this


black you are looking for a bit of luck.


Didn't go into it with much force, and he is closer to the cushion that


he would have liked here. Difficult to get back on the black. He is


digging down. This is a tough shot. He made it look very easy, excellent


shot, well played! APPLAUSE


This is a good shot, John. As you saw when he was striking down and


the cue ball started to bounce, but he hit it absolutely beautifully.


And he's not frightened to go for the maximum. He's made six 147s in


tournament play. Well, will he play for the black


office? -- off this? He may do. He is, he is playing down again.


Couldn't have cued that any better with that.


There is it typical example of Ding Junhui, the way he makes a break, he


had a lovely angle to go into the pack of reds there, he is going to


take the couple of loose ones, you would think, first. There is nothing


wrong with that at all. We saw from that camera angle the middle red


directly in line with the black pots as well in the corner pocket, right


in the middle of the bunch, and he might get on that here. The white


needs to travel a little bit more. It looks OK.


Now, he's got a choice here, he can play this black, come off the top


cushion and cannon into those two reds just below the pink, leaving a


choice of reds. Couldn't have played it any better. Well done, that is


eight reds and eight blacks. Could have just got away from that raid he


is cueing over, but he doesn't have to do much with the cue ball. He has


to be careful on the follow-through he doesn't touch the red. He needs


the cue ball to move. He's OK. He had to be careful he didn't clip


that Red with the cue on the way through. Wonderful shot, and it is


still an! He made a maximum in this tournament, in 2007 he made a 147


and the Masters, only the second player, I believe, to have done so.


Well, he is now past the point where his opponent needs because, so 100%


concentration, can he make the 147? Is he just about on this red, the


bottom read he was trying to get an? Looks OK.


Oh, he needs to hit it, it needs to run a little bit. He drops his head.


What a shot this will be. He is going to have to go in and out of


baulk. You play on a quick table, and you just start on the hit a


little, but he had some margin of error there, he could have gone


another three or four inches further up the table and had a choice of


reds, so it is careless, but can he pot this red and get in and out of


baulk and get back for the black? Will you try to go around the brown


and back for the green? How is the cue ball? A flick on the


brown, that looks very good! What a shot! If he had it in his hand, he


couldn't have put it better than that. The adrenaline will be running


now. UMPIRE:


Now, he needs a good angle on the red to get on the final black.


In goes the black. Slowdown, slowdown! That's just about perfect.


Good plot, nice angle on the black to get up to the yellow.


Slow down, cue ball, slow down! Oh, no!


REFEREE: Settle down, please. That just shows what that little bit of


tension in the arm can do. He had a rush of blood on that final black.


Can he pull out a pot and a half now on the yellow. I think he is playing


it to the left middle. Get in, you beauty! Oh, I'm lucky.


And you can see the frustration as he rubs his head. Karen -- Kyren


Wilson just broke off, and Ding Junhui is disappointed, he has won


the frame, but you wouldn't think so.


HAZEL IRVINE: Moments later, he was in complete command of this first


round match, knocking in a 65 contribution to go 3-0 in front,


totally outplay Wilson at this point, and it could have been 4-0


until Kyren stole the fourth was a mid-session consolation, and in


Richmond built on that take the fifth, so suddenly there is only one


in it again as we head into frame six.


No, he's not quite there with These young players rely so much in


the long game. That's just off. They are going to struggle. It's better


than Ding Junhui. Four out of aid. -- eight. Didn't seem that good to


me. Just playing a little plant here, but you would think this was


unmissable. He's unlucky not to leave a straightforward pot, but I


don't think he'd make a mistake here. Of course, he has the pink


available. And this is now a very good chance.


And there's an interesting spectator, Patsy Fagan. Happy


birthday, Patsy, 66 today, the 1977 UK champion. Nice to see him here,


with Jeanette. Give us a smile. That's better. Happy birthday.


A man you would have played quite a number of times over the years? Yes,


I play him more at golf now. We need to renegotiate the handicap, he was


getting the better of me last summer. He must have a good handicap


to get the better of you, that's for sure. He has a good partner now,


hitting the ball 300 yards, playing off 22. Shouldn't be allowed.


Meanwhile, back on the table, this is a great opportunity for Ding


Junhui. Pink at the moment available on the


left corner, into the middle. He'll have the blue on its spot. Doesn't


have to bother too much about the black. Although he could get the


black interplay, in a couple of shots time.


He had the nice angle on the blues, just as said. This will certainly


help get rid of the red near the black spot, getting this in. He's


looking at the red into the right centre come but I feel if he pots


this red, gets on the back, gets it the spot.


Pot this red, will clear the black to the left hand corner pocket.


This is probably what the doctor needed, as far as Ding Junhui is


concerned. He looked a little bit edgy. Should have won the frame to


go 4-0. Looked a little bit edgy in the last frame and sometimes you


need an easy opportunity just to get your arm going again. Popp-macro a


few balls. -- Popp-macro a few We. We have seen this is when he is


at his best, in the black spot area. 68, the target. Another 23 points


required. 60 points the lead, 75 remaining.


Red cover red required. So this red to go 67 points in


front, just 59 remaining. So they do see it now, 73 ahead, no


way back. That's a bit careless. But Kyren


doesn't see any value in playing, so Ding Junhui goes two frames in front


once again. It's now 4-2. HAZEL IRVINE:


He took the seventh as well, to go 5-2 up. He's one frame away from


breaking his north London duck. He's never yet won a match at Alexandra




Potting black and potting the black spot. Doesn't lead to any great


advantage at the moment because the black is still not available to any


corner pocket. He decided to go for the blue. He


wanted a better angle on the blue, than this. Yes, he'll be


disappointed. He wanted the cue ball almost touching the cushion, or very


close to it. He would have had a nice angle putting the blue backdown


for the red but now, he's not going to be close to these reds.


There's a pathway when potting this red, he can just go left of the


black, try and missed the red close to the top cushion on the left-hand


side and back-up for pink or blue. He's found the gap nicely. Now how


was the cue ball? Not bad. That was a nice pot. Leaves that --


needs that cue ball to slow up a little bit but he's just about on


the left to right corner. Just a bit short of pace. Another


couple of inches would have been perfect on the blue. He'd be in a


perfect position. Now, he's got a bit of work to do with the cue ball


in playing this more difficult pink. 35 points, the lead, but still


plenty of points left. Good cue ball control. Well, that's


not too bad. It's not great. That's the problem with that. When


you are going up for the blue, it's OK if you get a nice angle on the


blue, but he's got a Finnish blue, looks like he's very straight on the


brown. A little bit of work to do here.


Played it nicely though. And surely that's the shot that will win him


this frame. That was a similar blue that Ding missed. Earlier in this


frame. As you said, the black will put him


57 ahead, 59 remaining. That was a fine ball. Sense a little


signal out to Ding Junhui that take your concentration, let it lapse for


a second, there's still a match on here. Already this is his highest


break of the match so far. 120 from Ding in the match, and this


is the highest here from Kyren. This is a lovely shot.


APPLAUSE Very nicely played.


This would be a nice little feather in his cap if he could make a


century here on his debut at the Masters.


Oh, he just needed to avoid the black. Can he cut the green in? This


will be some shot. Oh, what a shot that is! Fantastic.


APPLAUSE He is going to need the black for a


century. Yes, the pinks and 99. Well played! The scoreline has


improved somewhat, too, but his first time at the Masters, debut


with a century, but he still trails by two, and Ding is still one place


away from a place in the quarterfinal.


HAZEL IRVINE: Well played, Kyren Wilson marks his debut with a fine


century, there is life in his opening campaign yet. The


25-year-old from Kettering is the youngest and lowest ranked player to


make it to the Masters this year, and he is in the balls again on a


break of 16 in frame nine. JOHN VIRGO: Slowly but surely


building up a lead, but as Ken said, he has got to somehow get in


position to open that cluster of reds below the pink. He won't be


able to get anywhere near the winning line in this frame without


doing that. We thought earlier on the left-hand


side of these two reds went to the far corner, obviously it didn't.


Possibly now trying to play into the middle.


Well, he could have played that better. He may now have to play for


the red near the right-hand side cushion.


Well, didn't want to risk playing for the red near the right-hand side


cushion, and at that pace, that was a good pop. That was a tremendous


pot at that pace. Not too bad, he played a yellow. He has missed the


pack completely. Expecting to get the cannon here, and this could be a


frame-winner. Same thing, got into it too much. It


was a straightforward cannon. Seemed to get a little too much side on it.


He managed white write a few reds, but with low value colours, he has


only got a 34 point lead. Well, I was going to say he couldn't


have played that any better, but now the red has gone safe, I will say


it, he couldn't have played that any better!


APPLAUSE What a pot that was. Is anything


safe? Very straight on the black. I don't


see how he can get enough pace to open those reds up. Mind you don't


miss cue. Well, that was a good effort, but being so straight on the


black and so close, he had to get the cue out of the way pretty quick,


and it was hard to get the amount of pace. That is why he didn't get the


pace on the cue ball, but he just missed them anyway, it was a great


effort. And I think here, Ken, just signs that Kyren is beginning to


fancy the job here. Yes, there is a bit more of a spring in his step.


From Ding's point of view, you can't let your guard down for one second,


not at this level. Kee will be disappointed, if he


doesn't catch the beginning of the green for safety, this is it now. A


half chance for Ding Junhui. He just needs to avoid the kiss on the red


here. Well played. He is nicely on the blue. And we saw from that


camera angle the red that is closest to the pink will pot as well, so he


has got a choice of reds here. The red just below the pink does pot.


Also the red to the right of the black, so he has more of a margin of


error, so a chance for Ding Junhui. Nicely on the red, would have been


nice to have an angle to try to restore some of the reds here, but


he is pretty straight. Well, that is OK, but I would have thought he


would make a bit more of an effort to try to nudge those four reds into


play. OK, it may have involved him playing a little stunned, and


imperative he gets a good angle on a colour here. Because none of those


four reds in the middle of the table are available at the moment.


So he's got the angle on the black, if these four reds brick nicely, it


could be a frame and match-winning chance. S it's OK. That red has just


flicked the pink, just look at this red, it just flicks the pink. It


goes into a portable position to the left centre.


Not completely ideal, he has to drop the pink in, but he has to judge the


pace here. It needs to run a little bit. That


is pretty good. Very good. APPLAUSE


He needs a nice angle when potting this red on the black. He doesn't


need to be too straight, just needs to play it off the top cushion. And


a little bit of left-hand side, the cue ball over towards the red, for


possibly the left centre pocket here.


He has played it perfectly, excellent shot.


In these situations, you look what could go wrong, and the fact that


the green is half covering a straightforward yellow. He needs a


good angle on the blue, so he has just got to be a little bit wary


here that he doesn't bring the green interplay when playing position for


the yellow. If the green was on its spot, there would be no danger, I


would think he would win the frame and match, but it is just a little


bit more awkward. You just wonder, will he try to check the cue ball of


the baulk cushion. Well, that was a strange choice of positional shot,


I'm not quite sure why he didn't just to write a check it up in a


straight line, back-up between the gap of green and yellow. He could


still have a go at this yellow into this bottom left-hand corner pocket.


The green will act as a possible cover.


Or he could just play the snooker, but it is worth having a go. What


would be your choice, John? It is a frame and match-winning chance, I


would take the yellow one. But he didn't, he decided to play


safe, he has done it well and got the snooker, and a little tap on the


table from Kyren Wilson. You have decisions to make, and now that


looks like it was the perfect one, because Kyren has got the age-old


problem, he has got to hit the yellow, got to get it safe, got to


get it safe. And he has done! Superb.


Where is this yellow going? Close to this bottom left-hand corner pocket.


It definitely cuts. It's all about controlling the cue ball. Just


beware of the right middle pocket. And if he gets position on the


green, we have a new favourite for the frame.


Watch the right middle pocket! Watched the right middle pocket!


Oh... Those pockets are always in the same position. They never move.


Settle down, please, thank you. Green and brown for a place in the


quarterfinal. Looks all over now, Ken. Yes, that


was an excellent shot on the green. Disappointment for Kyren Wilson. But


he will have learned a lot from this experience. He knows he can play


better. Just sometimes let the occasion get the better of you. He's


had his chances. There's no doubt about that. But Ding Junhui, well,


the second frame, if he hadn't have played a poor positional shot off


the black, could have had a maximum. He has scored the heavier of the two


and deserves this victory. Kyren Wilson will be disappointed, but


Clare played to Ding Junhui. He's proved once again he's one of the


top players in the world and certainly one of the top


break-builders and he will be a handful for anybody. He moves into


the second round. He beats Kyren Wilson by 6-3 frames. I played well


today and I'm a bit disappointed with that maximum. I'm surprised to


win, leading the game first. I've been away in the tournaments, the


last tournament I haven't entered. But I did well today and I'm looking


forward. I'm happy. I hit it so hard, the black, it's overhit, but


is too much side spin. Too far. The first time I won six years, it's


good, after New Year it's a good present.


HAZEL IRVINE: He makes a good point because after


winning in 2011 the event moved here to Alexander Palace and that was


Ding Junhui's first win here in this venue since then. It's been quite a


run of ill luck from his point of view, but he's through. After that


maximum attempt earlier on, Judd Trump tweeted that Ding Junhui


looked like he was beginning to become the first man ever to make a


147 and his pyjamas. It's quite an eye-catching suit, isn't it? We'll


have the breathless finale to that Ronnie O'Sullivan Liang Wenbo match


coming for you next. It's in Snooker Extra. We are back at 1pm on BBC


Two, with more live first-round action as John Higgins, the two time


Masters winner, who is having a fantastic Masters season, takes on


Mark Allen, a man who knows how to knock him out of this event. Twice


before. It should be a cracking match. I hope you can be with us for


it. Until then, it's goodbye from a Zaw Lin north London. -- it's


goodbye from us all, in north London.


To break someone physically... Agh! not a problem.


Nectar of the gods, I'm telling you. Thank you, Colonel.


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