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Hello, good evening and welcome to highlights of the 2017 Dafabet

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Masters, the best to my's match between Joe Perry Stuart Bingham to

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come but first we had a dramatic day one at the Masters and this

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afternoon's match did not disappoint in thrilling the Ally Pally crowds.

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A thrilling first round tie, this one. All eyes on the inform John

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Higgins. He was in control of the early proceedings taking a 2-0 lead

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thanks to this century. But Mark Allen had beaten Higgins in two

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previous Masters first round encounters, but he looked to have

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temporarily lost the plot. However, he battled back into the game at

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2-2. The next four frames were shared and then Allen missed the

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frame ball. The first re-spotted black of the tournament soon

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followed and Allen left no one in doubt he wanted the crowd on his

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side. And then Higgins suddenly firing the Wizard of Wishaw showing

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some of his magic and letting Allen and the crowd know he was back in

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the game at 5-5. And then the final frame turned when Higgins missed a

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key black due to a possibly bad contact. He was playing catch-up

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after that and Allen closed out the match for a famous 6-5 win to The

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Pistol. I just got a feeling something was

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going to happen out there. You normally get the feeling your

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opponent will never miss but he looked edgy today, John is one of

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the best ever and can produce when he is feeling it but I had a feeling

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something was going to happen. Tonight thinking about the missed

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black and going into the pack, that's what happens in this sport.

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You have good times and then you have bad times and this is a bad

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time and you struggle to sleep for a couple of days and then go into the

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next tournament. He sounds disappointed and John, if

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you are up, many congratulations to Mark Alan through to the

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quarterfinals. Another man facing sleepless nights over the coming

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weeks, Stuart Bingham, who became a dad once again just two days ago. It

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was touch and go whether I would make this, with him being born two

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days ago. Something has clicked in me, I would miss this to see my

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daughter being born. It is getting to that where the family side of me

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is coming out and I'm doing everything I can for my family. It's

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one of those moments I will treasure for the rest of my life. Hopefully I

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can be the best sort of dad I can. I feel a bit tired now but I will be

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giving it my all. I have a tough game with Joe first-round. Last year

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I got to the semis and this year I will hopefully go one or two steps

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further. We will see how I play, if I play well, great, if not, I go

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home to my baby girl. I'm not putting everything on the match, I

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will just see how it goes. Lovely news and congratulations to

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the Binghams. Joe Perry leads 8-3 in head-to-heads but Bingham won the

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most recent in the semifinal of the 2016 Grand Prix. We join the first

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frame, commentary from Dennis Taylor and Ken Doherty.

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COMMENTATOR: That is a nice, what we call, a nice shot to nothing, if the

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red goes in he has a chance on the brown and if he doesn't he has a

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good safety. But he hasn't got a great angle. He might be able to

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just force it. Yeah, he can do. No problem getting up, but not a lot

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available, just that red to the left of the bunch. The one to the left of

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the black might also be on so he has quite a bit to do here before it

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becomes a reasonable chance. I think he has a slight angle on the

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blue. Body language would tell us that, he's coming around to have a

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look at it. The reds into the bottom left-hand corner pocket, there is

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the angle onto the blue and there is a bit of right-hand side to help the

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cue ball down to the reds around the pink spot. He would love to get that

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pink back on its spot. If he gets the pink on its spot it will

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certainly help his cause. If he could pot the red and play a cannon

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onto the red below that he could play the pink into the right-hand

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pocket. It looks like he has a slight angle, just stung into the

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red -- stun. Nicely played, that will open things up. He played it to

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perfection. People always ask you, how many

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shots ahead are you thinking? Never really more than three. That was a

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typical example. You called the shot and joke would have worked that out

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a couple of shots ago, you are not thinking five or six shots ahead,

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you are leaving yourself with options, so it's really more than

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three shots ahead that you would be thinking. -- rarely more than three

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shots. He doesn't really have to think about the black, the black is

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well tied up. But these reds, when he starts picking them off, it will

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open the gap to the next one. Just concentrate on trying to keep the

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cue ball as close to his next pot as possible, it just makes it so much

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easier. This table, it must be terrific to

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play on. It is so fast that you just have to stroke the ball nicely, and

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when you are playing well it is a treat to play on. If you're cue

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action is off about this table can catch you out but these players are

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the best 16 players in the world and they will relish playing on this

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table -- your cue action. You could see him cueing down at the

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bottom of the ball, at six o'clock, just screwing it back. Looking at it

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you thought it might jump over it the way he was cueing so low. Just

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look how low he is, right down at the cloth but he lifted slightly as

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he came through. Yes, just lifted a little bit. A little bit of a heavy

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contact on the cue ball. Some players do that, Jimmy White was a

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great exponent of that, he addressed the ball very low, but then as soon

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as he hits the cue ball it is sort of more or less towards the middle

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of the white. That is a very well worked out break

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and it came from that red, Cannes and the other out of the way and got

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the pink back on its spot. -- the balls were tied up before he

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came to the table. That is the frame ball. This red will stop his

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opponent coming back to the table. Rob Walker introduces him as

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gentleman Joe, and he does walk around the table like a gentleman,

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he has a nice easy manner about him. He might try a little cannon on the

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red and stay on the black and bring it into play.

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It would be nice for this black to go in, possible chance of a century,

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good shot, looks pretty good, well done. Not easy when bridging over

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the red. Well, if he does go on to make a

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century here, what a start to the match. Because, looking at the balls

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when he came to the table you could not really see 30, 40 points.

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He has made centuries last season, 16 so far this season. 232 in his

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professional career. We have had six centuries so far

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this year in the Dafabet Masters. When it's a certain century just

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don't hammer this around to go for the pink, just make sure. Well done,

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Joe Perry. Look at that shot as well. I'll tell

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you what, you will not see many better centuries than this, that's

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for sure. Well played, Joe Perry, he got half a chance, and didn't he

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take it? Stuart Bingham had to sit and watch that magnificent century

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break. Joe Perry leads 1-0. STUDIO: Utterly brilliant century break from

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Joe Perry, fantastic start, then we had a bit of drama in frame two with

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Joe potting the blue, the pink and the black to tie at 65-65 meaning

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for the second time today at Ally Pally we had a re-spotted black.

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COMMENTATOR: Stroked it in very nicely and Stuart Bingham, although

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he looked favourite for a couple of minutes, we have a re-spotted black

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and you just want to win the toss. You do. I know the shot you like to

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play, the old up-and-down as many times as you like calling all

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pockets. Funnily enough John Higgins attempted it a couple of times

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today. Yes, we had a re-spotted black today. Now, what will Stuart

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Bingham play? The normal shot, black on one side cushion and cue ball on

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the other. That is a fantastic shot. He couldn't have played that much

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better. That's pretty good.

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Everybody loves a black ball finish. Good shot. I'm just wondering, will

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Stewart attempt a double into the middle pocket. He's coming around to

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have a look. He could play this as a possible shot bringing the cue ball

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back up to the black spot. He has played the double. Oh!

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This black will cut but if Joe takes it on he needs a little bit of

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something on the cue ball because the white will go dangerously close

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to the pocket there that he's just looking over. He has played it

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inside, to avoid the in-off. Stuart Bingham looked like he was going to

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level at 1-1. That this superb cut on the black means Joe Perry leads

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2-0. STUDIO: Is Stuart Bingham will be

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kicking himself at losing that. He needs to get on the board, here he

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is at the table. COMMENTATOR: That would have felt

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nice for Stuart Bingham, right in the heart of the pocket. Nice noise

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off the back of the leather. Excellent opportunity now. Needs a

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good break here, to get himself going. Pot success, menial, 74%. 94%

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for Joe Perry. Highest break, 17. In two frames, that can happen. I'm

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going to make a prediction, I think you will eat that high break, Ken.

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-- I think he will beat. Under normal circumstances, you

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would expect him to win the frame from this position, but when you are

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too- zero down, a bit more pressure. Not enough table time, to get his

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arm going. This is where he is at his best.

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He judged that nicely. Nice little cannon, just holding for the red in

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this corner pocket. Complete contrast to the previous frame,

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where the balls went very awkward, getting tied up. That's why we had

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an almost 44 minutes frame. The way Stuart Bingham is going, it won't

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last very long, he's going along very nicely. Terrific break-builder,

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when he gets going, Stuart. Just showing us here while he was

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world champion just a couple of years ago. Lost the last frame on a

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re-spotted black. Some players would have gone into the doldrums, not

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Stuart. Straight back again with this effort. Every chance to clinch

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the frame now with the one visit. Snooker needed, the pink to make

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absolutely sure. Now just concentrating, seeing if the

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That tells us this red pots into the corner pocket. Pink nicely into

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play, as well. This is better stuff. From Stuart

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Bingham. He will try to take the red off the right-hand side cushion.

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We'll need that red to make a century. Nice century, 116 from Joe

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Perry. How about this exhibition. Excellent shot. He will need another

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good one here, to get on this red. Lovely shot.

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We have had seven centuries so far in this year's masters. There is

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another one. Coming just right time for Stuart

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Bingham. And his supporters. ?10,000 for the highest break in

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this year's masters. 121 at the moment, from Ronnie O'Sullivan. This

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will put Stuart into the lead for that high break prize. Good response

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from Stuart Bingham. This will make him feel much better. Highest break

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of entire tournament so far. A target of 132. Boy, did the crowd

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love that. Wonderful century from Stuart Bingham. He is off the mark,

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still Joe Perry leads by 2-1. STUDIO: Wonderful response by Stuart

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Bingham, Perry winning the next with a break of 77. Late show you what

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happened in the next frame, Bingham to play, no score.

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COMMENTATOR: Not a bad effort. What did you say about not leaving

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anything? Got so close to the pocket. It lived in from there. --

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looked in. A little straight on the red. Coming

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round, to see whether he can roll the cue ball in for the red closest

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to the blue. Although one right of the pink. Going to be the one just

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right of the pink. Get on the black after that.

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Nice shot. Played it well. Judged the cannon on the red nicely. He

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will need another little nice cannon hair. Nestling on to the red above

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it. Played that one perfectly, as well.

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Some players may go into the pack from this particular black, not sure

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whether Joe is one of these players. Likes to take the loose reds first.

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Nice angle on the red here. Pot the red, just go off the corner of the

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pack. One of those type of players, nudges reds out, instead of just

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smashing them up straightaway. What you are saying, he is a nudger.

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He is, very effective. Picking off all the loose ones. Only one more

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easy red available, then he will have to get the cannon, hopefully

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from the blue onto the pink, his best bet. Although having a look at

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where he has finished, don't nobody can get that side of the blue now.

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It will have to be off the black, slightly more difficult than coming

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from the blue. Because of the way the reds are situated. So easy to

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stick off the back of the reds. Easier to play it as a stand shot.

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Needs to hit it pretty hard, and get some action on it.

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It's not bad. Did not generate an awful lot of pace into the cue ball.

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Possible red to the left centre, and right-centre. The way he has been

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playing, you would fancy him strongly to knock one of those in,

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wouldn't you curse has a lot to do with the cue ball. -- wouldn't you?

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He has a lot to do with the cue ball.

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There is a red that will go into the middle pocket.

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This is the last thing that Stuart Bingham wanted to see. He thought he

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had a free shot. Got so close to the opening attempt, thinking I will not

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be able to leave anything. Got so close to the red is just wobbled,

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and stayed there. It has to be said, Joe Perry, this evening looks very

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good indeed. 116 in the second frame. 77 in the previous frame, and

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already Stuart requiring a sneaker. Looks like he will take the frame

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with one visit. Hard to beat a player when he's playing like this,

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Ken. Looks pretty confident as well. He has got the cue ball under very

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good close control. AJ, missing the red into the right-centre. Stuart

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may come back to the table. Excellent break, Dennis. Barring a

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sneaker, gone further ahead, 4-1. There was too much for Stuart

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Bingham to do and Joe Perry making light work, two friends from the

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quarterfinals, into the next frame and Stuart to play.

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Those type of shots are always more difficult, especially when you are

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one -- 4-1 behind. He has a choice here, he can try and

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get on the loose red just above the green spot, or try and pot the green

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and get on the red to the left of the pink.

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He played that nicely. We spoke at the top of this match, Dennis, about

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how fast this table is and it seems Joe Perry has adjusted very quickly

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to the table. The very first game he made that wonderful 116 break. His

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pot success is 94%. Pretty good. He has potted nine out of 13 long

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pots he has gone for. Nice little pot into the centre, developing

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another couple of reds from the pack.

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He seems to enjoy playing Stuart Binny De Micheal Bingham because I,

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like you, thought it would be pretty close given the record. So obviously

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that gives you a bit of confidence -- Stuart Bingham. It's the first

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time they have played in the Masters against each other.

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Joe Perry's record in the Masters wouldn't be the best. I mean, he has

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played nine matches and only won one match, a quarterfinal in one year,

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2015, lost 6-4 that year to Mark Allen. When you consider the frame

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Stuart Bingham has won, 132 break in the frame, he has been kept out and

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it has been good, solid snooker from Joe Perry at the moment.

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Yeah, if you wipe away the second frame that lasted 43 minutes and 43

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seconds where the balls got tied up, the rest of it has been so

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impressive. 116, 77 and 66. Even his shot time has speeded up as

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well. It was about 23, 24 seconds. It's down to 20 now. Obviously

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playing with a lot of confidence. He has looked very good at the moment.

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Stuart Bingham is sitting in the chair and there is not much he can

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do about it. No, he was pretty relaxed in the mid-session interval,

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we were having a chat and he showed me a lovely picture of his daughter

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born on the weekend. Michelle is in fine form as well. He would want to

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do well here but he is not getting a chance. Look at that shot he has

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just played. As we show you this cannon again,

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that looks like a frame-winner. Already 47 in front, the red he can

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and might still be on, the one at the back of the bunch of reds, and

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it is, as you can see. He has played to get on that. I think the turning

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point in this match, Dennis, was the wonderful fourth frame. Stuart was

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in early, made a 32 break previously, got in, made a 32 break

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and didn't capitalise, he missed the blue into the left-centre and Joe

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Perry duly obliged with a wonderful 77 break to win the frame and it

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turned the match on its head completely. Should have been 2-2 at

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the interval, he is 3-1 up and, OK, he has got a horrendous contact on

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that... But as we watch this have a look at the cue ball jumped and the

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red. That was a wonderful break under the circumstances. That could

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set the tone for the rest of this match at the moment. He still needs

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the pink, the. So easy to have a heavy contact. -- would have been so

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easy without a heavy contact. We will see how his concentration is

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because it is a little bit more difficult with the rest.

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He must really be enjoying this this evening, because he's missed

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precious little in this match. The break goes to 85, pink and black

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with two reds would be another century for Joe Perry. It really has

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been top-quality stuff. He won his first ranking title in

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2015, the players championship in Bangkok, Thailand. And he was

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runner-up in last year's World Open. He got another heavy contact, but he

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could go on and beat Stuart's high break of 132. That really would be

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rubbing salt into the wound, wouldn't it? There is enough there,

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he is on 99, the red will give him his second century in this match.

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Very straight on the black, as you can see, so he will have to pull out

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a cracking pot on the yellow if he's going to go on to beat the high

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break that Stuart holds of 132. He doesn't beat the high break but only

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one chance needed again and he made a century break. Joe Perry is one

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frame away from victory. He leads Stuart Bingham 5-1.

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STUDIO: Joke has played ever so well tonight, can he seal the deal now?

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Let's show you what happens in the next frame, Stuart leading and

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fighting to stay in this one. REFEREE: One. COMMENTATOR: It is not

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straightforward by any means, he has the brown but he must somehow get

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onto the yellow. So he has got to put a little bit of

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action on this. Unless if the yellow goes... Yes, it does. That's better.

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That is much better. But he has overscrewed it.

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If he is going to go all the way round the table he has got to avoid

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the black, he has got to avoid the pink and the blue is in a slightly

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awkward position to drop back onto the yellow again. He has got to be

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careful. If he does take the yellow into the green pocket he is going to

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be coming off two questions, the cue ball going perilously close to the

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left-centre pocket. Keep an eye on the cue ball here. He went the other

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way and made it a little bit more difficult. Where is the white ball?

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He doesn't want it in the pocket... REFEREE: Stuart Bingham, three. They

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say it never rains but it pours, it was the positional shot onto the

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yellow that caused Stuart the problem there and could that be his

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last shot at this year's Dafabet Masters, seeing that white

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disappear? Blue and pink will put him seven

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points ahead with seven remaining so he is going to need the black as

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well here. Oh! Well, well. He didn't play a good shot on the

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brown. He left the wrong angle on the blue for himself.

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Well, there is certainly nothing inviting about that shot. No wonder

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he is scratching his head. He is having a look at the scores, blue

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and pink required. I wonder if he will play the slow drag on the blue

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into the corner pocket and if he misses it he might get the cover

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with the pink. Very dangerous shot, though, at this stage. It is a

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possibility. He could play a safety shot and mess it up completely so

:44:52.:44:55.

there might be a bit of value in taking the blue down this cushion.

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As I said he could play the safety shot and leave the blue up, so it

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may have been the best choice just going for the blue there. It was a

:45:08.:45:13.

difficult shot to play. There was certainly value in having a go at

:45:14.:45:18.

that blue. If you're going to play the safety shot you've got to make

:45:19.:45:21.

sure you get the object ball safe, and he didn't.

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Pink is there. Is he on the black? What's a

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-- what a kiss. The black is there. He's in the quarterfinal of the

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Masters. Beating the former world champion. 6-1, finding himself in

:46:09.:46:13.

the quarterfinals of the 2017 masters.

:46:14.:46:34.

I haven't played like that since my good friend Neil Robertson.

:46:35.:46:41.

I've not been practising enough, but I don't really blame myself for that

:46:42.:46:45.

- the calibre's full up, because I'm privileged enough to be sort of

:46:46.:46:48.

high-ranked. I've been playing a few events in China that not everyone's

:46:49.:46:52.

in, and I've come home, and then it's a case of spending time with

:46:53.:46:55.

family or going to practise. At the stage of my career at the moment,

:46:56.:46:59.

it's - spend time with family. So practise took a bit of a hit.

:47:00.:47:02.

Obviously then confidence takes a bit of a hit. Doubts creep in. And

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it's just a bit of a snowball, really. Friday night at the Masters

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- if tonight's anything to go by, the atmosphere will be, like,

:47:11.:47:12.

incredible. It was brilliant tonight. So, quarterfinal, Friday

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night in London - bound to be good. Looking forward to it. That's sort

:47:18.:47:22.

of performance has given me a bit of confidence. Hopefully I'll go into

:47:23.:47:26.

it with exactly the same mindset. Don't know if I'd have to do that or

:47:27.:47:31.

not, but that will be my intention. Thing is, like you say, when he's on

:47:32.:47:35.

his game, what he's done a couple of years ago when he won all those

:47:36.:47:39.

tournaments, and at the start of this season, he started off well

:47:40.:47:42.

again. Sometimes when he doesn't perform, he looks probably worse

:47:43.:47:45.

than all the other top players when they don't perform, for some reason.

:47:46.:47:48.

But when he's on, he's definitely one of the best we've ever had in

:47:49.:47:51.

the sport. Ding Junhui next, then, for Joe

:47:52.:47:54.

Perry, who played very, very well tonight. Incidentally, all eight

:47:55.:47:57.

players over the past two days here at the Masters have made century

:47:58.:48:01.

breaks. Let's hope that continues into the week. Snooker Extra is up

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next with Hazel - extended highlights of Higgins versus Allen.

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Then we are back with more live coverage at 1:00 on BBC Two as Marco

:48:11.:48:15.

Fu and Judd Trump enter Alexandra Palace. From all of us here,

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goodnight.

:48:18.:48:19.

Jason Mohammad introduces highlights from Monday evening's play, where Stuart Bingham, a semi-finalist in 2016, takes on Joe Perry in a battle for a place in the quarter-finals.


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