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Hello, good evening and welcome to highlights of the 2017 Dafabet
Masters, the best to my's match between Joe Perry Stuart Bingham to
come but first we had a dramatic day one at the Masters and this
afternoon's match did not disappoint in thrilling the Ally Pally crowds.
A thrilling first round tie, this one. All eyes on the inform John
Higgins. He was in control of the early proceedings taking a 2-0 lead
thanks to this century. But Mark Allen had beaten Higgins in two
previous Masters first round encounters, but he looked to have
temporarily lost the plot. However, he battled back into the game at
2-2. The next four frames were shared and then Allen missed the
frame ball. The first re-spotted black of the tournament soon
followed and Allen left no one in doubt he wanted the crowd on his
side. And then Higgins suddenly firing the Wizard of Wishaw showing
some of his magic and letting Allen and the crowd know he was back in
the game at 5-5. And then the final frame turned when Higgins missed a
key black due to a possibly bad contact. He was playing catch-up
after that and Allen closed out the match for a famous 6-5 win to The
Pistol. I just got a feeling something was
going to happen out there. You normally get the feeling your
opponent will never miss but he looked edgy today, John is one of
the best ever and can produce when he is feeling it but I had a feeling
something was going to happen. Tonight thinking about the missed
black and going into the pack, that's what happens in this sport.
You have good times and then you have bad times and this is a bad
time and you struggle to sleep for a couple of days and then go into the
next tournament. He sounds disappointed and John, if
you are up, many congratulations to Mark Alan through to the
quarterfinals. Another man facing sleepless nights over the coming
weeks, Stuart Bingham, who became a dad once again just two days ago. It
was touch and go whether I would make this, with him being born two
days ago. Something has clicked in me, I would miss this to see my
daughter being born. It is getting to that where the family side of me
is coming out and I'm doing everything I can for my family. It's
one of those moments I will treasure for the rest of my life. Hopefully I
can be the best sort of dad I can. I feel a bit tired now but I will be
giving it my all. I have a tough game with Joe first-round. Last year
I got to the semis and this year I will hopefully go one or two steps
further. We will see how I play, if I play well, great, if not, I go
home to my baby girl. I'm not putting everything on the match, I
will just see how it goes. Lovely news and congratulations to
the Binghams. Joe Perry leads 8-3 in head-to-heads but Bingham won the
most recent in the semifinal of the 2016 Grand Prix. We join the first
frame, commentary from Dennis Taylor and Ken Doherty.
COMMENTATOR: That is a nice, what we call, a nice shot to nothing, if the
red goes in he has a chance on the brown and if he doesn't he has a
good safety. But he hasn't got a great angle. He might be able to
just force it. Yeah, he can do. No problem getting up, but not a lot
available, just that red to the left of the bunch. The one to the left of
the black might also be on so he has quite a bit to do here before it
becomes a reasonable chance. I think he has a slight angle on the
blue. Body language would tell us that, he's coming around to have a
look at it. The reds into the bottom left-hand corner pocket, there is
the angle onto the blue and there is a bit of right-hand side to help the
cue ball down to the reds around the pink spot. He would love to get that
pink back on its spot. If he gets the pink on its spot it will
certainly help his cause. If he could pot the red and play a cannon
onto the red below that he could play the pink into the right-hand
pocket. It looks like he has a slight angle, just stung into the
red -- stun. Nicely played, that will open things up. He played it to
perfection. People always ask you, how many
shots ahead are you thinking? Never really more than three. That was a
typical example. You called the shot and joke would have worked that out
a couple of shots ago, you are not thinking five or six shots ahead,
you are leaving yourself with options, so it's really more than
three shots ahead that you would be thinking. -- rarely more than three
shots. He doesn't really have to think about the black, the black is
well tied up. But these reds, when he starts picking them off, it will
open the gap to the next one. Just concentrate on trying to keep the
cue ball as close to his next pot as possible, it just makes it so much
easier. This table, it must be terrific to
play on. It is so fast that you just have to stroke the ball nicely, and
when you are playing well it is a treat to play on. If you're cue
action is off about this table can catch you out but these players are
the best 16 players in the world and they will relish playing on this
table -- your cue action. You could see him cueing down at the
bottom of the ball, at six o'clock, just screwing it back. Looking at it
you thought it might jump over it the way he was cueing so low. Just
look how low he is, right down at the cloth but he lifted slightly as
he came through. Yes, just lifted a little bit. A little bit of a heavy
contact on the cue ball. Some players do that, Jimmy White was a
great exponent of that, he addressed the ball very low, but then as soon
as he hits the cue ball it is sort of more or less towards the middle
of the white. That is a very well worked out break
and it came from that red, Cannes and the other out of the way and got
the pink back on its spot. -- the balls were tied up before he
came to the table. That is the frame ball. This red will stop his
opponent coming back to the table. Rob Walker introduces him as
gentleman Joe, and he does walk around the table like a gentleman,
he has a nice easy manner about him. He might try a little cannon on the
red and stay on the black and bring it into play.
It would be nice for this black to go in, possible chance of a century,
good shot, looks pretty good, well done. Not easy when bridging over
the red. Well, if he does go on to make a
century here, what a start to the match. Because, looking at the balls
when he came to the table you could not really see 30, 40 points.
He has made centuries last season, 16 so far this season. 232 in his
professional career. We have had six centuries so far
this year in the Dafabet Masters. When it's a certain century just
don't hammer this around to go for the pink, just make sure. Well done,
Joe Perry. Look at that shot as well. I'll tell
you what, you will not see many better centuries than this, that's
for sure. Well played, Joe Perry, he got half a chance, and didn't he
take it? Stuart Bingham had to sit and watch that magnificent century
break. Joe Perry leads 1-0. STUDIO: Utterly brilliant century break from
Joe Perry, fantastic start, then we had a bit of drama in frame two with
Joe potting the blue, the pink and the black to tie at 65-65 meaning
for the second time today at Ally Pally we had a re-spotted black.
COMMENTATOR: Stroked it in very nicely and Stuart Bingham, although
he looked favourite for a couple of minutes, we have a re-spotted black
and you just want to win the toss. You do. I know the shot you like to
play, the old up-and-down as many times as you like calling all
pockets. Funnily enough John Higgins attempted it a couple of times
today. Yes, we had a re-spotted black today. Now, what will Stuart
Bingham play? The normal shot, black on one side cushion and cue ball on
the other. That is a fantastic shot. He couldn't have played that much
better. That's pretty good.
Everybody loves a black ball finish. Good shot. I'm just wondering, will
Stewart attempt a double into the middle pocket. He's coming around to
have a look. He could play this as a possible shot bringing the cue ball
back up to the black spot. He has played the double. Oh!
This black will cut but if Joe takes it on he needs a little bit of
something on the cue ball because the white will go dangerously close
to the pocket there that he's just looking over. He has played it
inside, to avoid the in-off. Stuart Bingham looked like he was going to
level at 1-1. That this superb cut on the black means Joe Perry leads
2-0. STUDIO: Is Stuart Bingham will be
kicking himself at losing that. He needs to get on the board, here he
is at the table. COMMENTATOR: That would have felt
nice for Stuart Bingham, right in the heart of the pocket. Nice noise
off the back of the leather. Excellent opportunity now. Needs a
good break here, to get himself going. Pot success, menial, 74%. 94%
for Joe Perry. Highest break, 17. In two frames, that can happen. I'm
going to make a prediction, I think you will eat that high break, Ken.
-- I think he will beat. Under normal circumstances, you
would expect him to win the frame from this position, but when you are
too- zero down, a bit more pressure. Not enough table time, to get his
arm going. This is where he is at his best.
He judged that nicely. Nice little cannon, just holding for the red in
this corner pocket. Complete contrast to the previous frame,
where the balls went very awkward, getting tied up. That's why we had
an almost 44 minutes frame. The way Stuart Bingham is going, it won't
last very long, he's going along very nicely. Terrific break-builder,
when he gets going, Stuart. Just showing us here while he was
world champion just a couple of years ago. Lost the last frame on a
re-spotted black. Some players would have gone into the doldrums, not
Stuart. Straight back again with this effort. Every chance to clinch
the frame now with the one visit. Snooker needed, the pink to make
absolutely sure. Now just concentrating, seeing if the
That tells us this red pots into the corner pocket. Pink nicely into
play, as well. This is better stuff. From Stuart
Bingham. He will try to take the red off the right-hand side cushion.
We'll need that red to make a century. Nice century, 116 from Joe
Perry. How about this exhibition. Excellent shot. He will need another
good one here, to get on this red. Lovely shot.
We have had seven centuries so far in this year's masters. There is
another one. Coming just right time for Stuart
Bingham. And his supporters. ?10,000 for the highest break in
this year's masters. 121 at the moment, from Ronnie O'Sullivan. This
will put Stuart into the lead for that high break prize. Good response
from Stuart Bingham. This will make him feel much better. Highest break
of entire tournament so far. A target of 132. Boy, did the crowd
love that. Wonderful century from Stuart Bingham. He is off the mark,
still Joe Perry leads by 2-1. STUDIO: Wonderful response by Stuart
Bingham, Perry winning the next with a break of 77. Late show you what
happened in the next frame, Bingham to play, no score.
COMMENTATOR: Not a bad effort. What did you say about not leaving
anything? Got so close to the pocket. It lived in from there. --
looked in. A little straight on the red. Coming
round, to see whether he can roll the cue ball in for the red closest
to the blue. Although one right of the pink. Going to be the one just
right of the pink. Get on the black after that.
Nice shot. Played it well. Judged the cannon on the red nicely. He
will need another little nice cannon hair. Nestling on to the red above
it. Played that one perfectly, as well.
Some players may go into the pack from this particular black, not sure
whether Joe is one of these players. Likes to take the loose reds first.
Nice angle on the red here. Pot the red, just go off the corner of the
pack. One of those type of players, nudges reds out, instead of just
smashing them up straightaway. What you are saying, he is a nudger.
He is, very effective. Picking off all the loose ones. Only one more
easy red available, then he will have to get the cannon, hopefully
from the blue onto the pink, his best bet. Although having a look at
where he has finished, don't nobody can get that side of the blue now.
It will have to be off the black, slightly more difficult than coming
from the blue. Because of the way the reds are situated. So easy to
stick off the back of the reds. Easier to play it as a stand shot.
Needs to hit it pretty hard, and get some action on it.
It's not bad. Did not generate an awful lot of pace into the cue ball.
Possible red to the left centre, and right-centre. The way he has been
playing, you would fancy him strongly to knock one of those in,
wouldn't you curse has a lot to do with the cue ball. -- wouldn't you?
He has a lot to do with the cue ball.
There is a red that will go into the middle pocket.
This is the last thing that Stuart Bingham wanted to see. He thought he
had a free shot. Got so close to the opening attempt, thinking I will not
be able to leave anything. Got so close to the red is just wobbled,
and stayed there. It has to be said, Joe Perry, this evening looks very
good indeed. 116 in the second frame. 77 in the previous frame, and
already Stuart requiring a sneaker. Looks like he will take the frame
with one visit. Hard to beat a player when he's playing like this,
Ken. Looks pretty confident as well. He has got the cue ball under very
good close control. AJ, missing the red into the right-centre. Stuart
may come back to the table. Excellent break, Dennis. Barring a
sneaker, gone further ahead, 4-1. There was too much for Stuart
Bingham to do and Joe Perry making light work, two friends from the
quarterfinals, into the next frame and Stuart to play.
Those type of shots are always more difficult, especially when you are
one -- 4-1 behind. He has a choice here, he can try and
get on the loose red just above the green spot, or try and pot the green
and get on the red to the left of the pink.
He played that nicely. We spoke at the top of this match, Dennis, about
how fast this table is and it seems Joe Perry has adjusted very quickly
to the table. The very first game he made that wonderful 116 break. His
pot success is 94%. Pretty good. He has potted nine out of 13 long
pots he has gone for. Nice little pot into the centre, developing
another couple of reds from the pack.
He seems to enjoy playing Stuart Binny De Micheal Bingham because I,
like you, thought it would be pretty close given the record. So obviously
that gives you a bit of confidence -- Stuart Bingham. It's the first
time they have played in the Masters against each other.
Joe Perry's record in the Masters wouldn't be the best. I mean, he has
played nine matches and only won one match, a quarterfinal in one year,
2015, lost 6-4 that year to Mark Allen. When you consider the frame
Stuart Bingham has won, 132 break in the frame, he has been kept out and
it has been good, solid snooker from Joe Perry at the moment.
Yeah, if you wipe away the second frame that lasted 43 minutes and 43
seconds where the balls got tied up, the rest of it has been so
impressive. 116, 77 and 66. Even his shot time has speeded up as
well. It was about 23, 24 seconds. It's down to 20 now. Obviously
playing with a lot of confidence. He has looked very good at the moment.
Stuart Bingham is sitting in the chair and there is not much he can
do about it. No, he was pretty relaxed in the mid-session interval,
we were having a chat and he showed me a lovely picture of his daughter
born on the weekend. Michelle is in fine form as well. He would want to
do well here but he is not getting a chance. Look at that shot he has
just played. As we show you this cannon again,
that looks like a frame-winner. Already 47 in front, the red he can
and might still be on, the one at the back of the bunch of reds, and
it is, as you can see. He has played to get on that. I think the turning
point in this match, Dennis, was the wonderful fourth frame. Stuart was
in early, made a 32 break previously, got in, made a 32 break
and didn't capitalise, he missed the blue into the left-centre and Joe
Perry duly obliged with a wonderful 77 break to win the frame and it
turned the match on its head completely. Should have been 2-2 at
the interval, he is 3-1 up and, OK, he has got a horrendous contact on
that... But as we watch this have a look at the cue ball jumped and the
red. That was a wonderful break under the circumstances. That could
set the tone for the rest of this match at the moment. He still needs
the pink, the. So easy to have a heavy contact. -- would have been so
easy without a heavy contact. We will see how his concentration is
because it is a little bit more difficult with the rest.
He must really be enjoying this this evening, because he's missed
precious little in this match. The break goes to 85, pink and black
with two reds would be another century for Joe Perry. It really has
been top-quality stuff. He won his first ranking title in
2015, the players championship in Bangkok, Thailand. And he was
runner-up in last year's World Open. He got another heavy contact, but he
could go on and beat Stuart's high break of 132. That really would be
rubbing salt into the wound, wouldn't it? There is enough there,
he is on 99, the red will give him his second century in this match.
Very straight on the black, as you can see, so he will have to pull out
a cracking pot on the yellow if he's going to go on to beat the high
break that Stuart holds of 132. He doesn't beat the high break but only
one chance needed again and he made a century break. Joe Perry is one
frame away from victory. He leads Stuart Bingham 5-1.
STUDIO: Joke has played ever so well tonight, can he seal the deal now?
Let's show you what happens in the next frame, Stuart leading and
fighting to stay in this one. REFEREE: One. COMMENTATOR: It is not
straightforward by any means, he has the brown but he must somehow get
onto the yellow. So he has got to put a little bit of
action on this. Unless if the yellow goes... Yes, it does. That's better.
That is much better. But he has overscrewed it.
If he is going to go all the way round the table he has got to avoid
the black, he has got to avoid the pink and the blue is in a slightly
awkward position to drop back onto the yellow again. He has got to be
careful. If he does take the yellow into the green pocket he is going to
be coming off two questions, the cue ball going perilously close to the
left-centre pocket. Keep an eye on the cue ball here. He went the other
way and made it a little bit more difficult. Where is the white ball?
He doesn't want it in the pocket... REFEREE: Stuart Bingham, three. They
say it never rains but it pours, it was the positional shot onto the
yellow that caused Stuart the problem there and could that be his
last shot at this year's Dafabet Masters, seeing that white
disappear? Blue and pink will put him seven
points ahead with seven remaining so he is going to need the black as
well here. Oh! Well, well. He didn't play a good shot on the
brown. He left the wrong angle on the blue for himself.
Well, there is certainly nothing inviting about that shot. No wonder
he is scratching his head. He is having a look at the scores, blue
and pink required. I wonder if he will play the slow drag on the blue
into the corner pocket and if he misses it he might get the cover
with the pink. Very dangerous shot, though, at this stage. It is a
possibility. He could play a safety shot and mess it up completely so
there might be a bit of value in taking the blue down this cushion.
As I said he could play the safety shot and leave the blue up, so it
may have been the best choice just going for the blue there. It was a
difficult shot to play. There was certainly value in having a go at
that blue. If you're going to play the safety shot you've got to make
sure you get the object ball safe, and he didn't.
Pink is there. Is he on the black? What's a
-- what a kiss. The black is there. He's in the quarterfinal of the
Masters. Beating the former world champion. 6-1, finding himself in
the quarterfinals of the 2017 masters.
I haven't played like that since my good friend Neil Robertson.
I've not been practising enough, but I don't really blame myself for that
- the calibre's full up, because I'm privileged enough to be sort of
high-ranked. I've been playing a few events in China that not everyone's
in, and I've come home, and then it's a case of spending time with
family or going to practise. At the stage of my career at the moment,
it's - spend time with family. So practise took a bit of a hit.
Obviously then confidence takes a bit of a hit. Doubts creep in. And
it's just a bit of a snowball, really. Friday night at the Masters
- if tonight's anything to go by, the atmosphere will be, like,
incredible. It was brilliant tonight. So, quarterfinal, Friday
night in London - bound to be good. Looking forward to it. That's sort
of performance has given me a bit of confidence. Hopefully I'll go into
it with exactly the same mindset. Don't know if I'd have to do that or
not, but that will be my intention. Thing is, like you say, when he's on
his game, what he's done a couple of years ago when he won all those
tournaments, and at the start of this season, he started off well
again. Sometimes when he doesn't perform, he looks probably worse
than all the other top players when they don't perform, for some reason.
But when he's on, he's definitely one of the best we've ever had in
the sport. Ding Junhui next, then, for Joe
Perry, who played very, very well tonight. Incidentally, all eight
players over the past two days here at the Masters have made century
breaks. Let's hope that continues into the week. Snooker Extra is up
next with Hazel - extended highlights of Higgins versus Allen.
Then we are back with more live coverage at 1:00 on BBC Two as Marco
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