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Good evening. Welcome back to the 20 17th Dafabet masters. We will show
the best of the action between tonight's match between Shaun Murphy
and Barry Hawkins. The prize at stake, and meeting between Mark
Selby and Mark Williams. Two former Masters champions. They met this
afternoon, and we had another nailbiter. This was a tale of two
Marks, it was also a tale of to halves. It was Williams who got the
first frame on the board after a long tactical battle. After that,
Selby started cooking up a treat, first at the highest break of the
tournament, 139. He took the next, got his second time in three frames,
for a 3-1 lead. He was strangely out of sorts after his half-time cuppa.
It was all square, no laughing matter for the jester. The Welshman
should have taken the lead, how costly this green proved? Williams
only had his to -- had himself to blame he many
other chances, could not take them. He trailed 5-4. His temperament came
to his rescue, levelling the match. Just when you look like curtains for
Selby, a terrible kick ruined Williams, much to the horror of his
wife. When Selby sniffs a chance, he is like a dog with a bone. Not a
pedigree performance, but just enough. An excellent 89 followed,
the Triple Crown dream stays alive. Edging through, 6-5. I'm thinking, I
am out of the tournament, played fantastic start of the match, Mark
played well to come back in, shut me out to a degree. Related chance. I
had one red in the middle, horrible shots, had to go for it.
Unfortunately, Mark had the kick, if he does not get it on the blue
committee wins and one visit. I have had plenty of good luck in my
career, when I was young, 25, 30. At this moment in time, I'm getting a
lot of bad luck. Towards the end of matches. I can take that, what
difference does it make? I had my lucky years ago. Having bad luck
now, that his life. Well done to Mark Selby. Almost there with the
quarterfinal line-up for the 2017 masters.
I have beaten him a couple of times, he beat me last time in a big
tournament, in the World Championship. He hammered me by all
accounts. Phenomenal in that match. I have to be out of my game tonight.
He's a great player all round really. Nice to know that more times
than not, things have worked out well for me against Barry. Some good
matches over the years. Thinking back to the world semi-a couple of
years ago, played great snooker, could have won the match in three
sessions. Did not. All that does not really mean anything. Head to heads,
to the players, don't really count. When you walk out and play, it will
just be Barry against myself, first man to six wins. Sometimes there is
no safe place on the table. If those long balls are going in, he is near
enough unplayable. Very attacking, scores very heavy. If the long ones
are not going in, he tends to keep going for them sometimes. That is
when you get your opportunities. A matter of taking them really. I
cannot worry about him too much. Just focus on what I'm doing.
Hopefully can play to my best. The 2015 Masters champion, Murphy
leading the head to heads, 7-1. Barry's only win coming in 2013, the
UK championship. The year he made the Crucible final, only to lose to
Ronnie O'Sullivan. We joined the action in frame one. Shaun Murphy to
play,, tree from Dennis Taylor and Ken Doherty.
COMMENTATOR: Red over the right corner. That turned out very nice.
Amazing how the brown was over the one pocket, the red over another.
All of a sudden, not a fair chance. If he can control the Duke ball,
should finish on pink, or blue. -- the cue ball. That is just about
perfect. Great positional shot. So difficult to control the cue ball
there. He has missed it. Well that was just
a lapse in concentration. No kick from just not ready to play the
shot. Shows you, if you don't give it 100%, you can miss the easiest of
shots. Little lapse in concentration from Shaun Murphy.
Taking a chance there. Wanted to bring the black into play. Not quite
sure where the reds would finish. Leaving half a chance for Barry.
Coming down to see whether this red pots. I'm sure it does, if not the
one above it will, as well. Just about perfect there. Barry
played fantastic snooker here last year. In the final never gotten
looking. Ronnie beating him 10-1. This frame safely in the bag now.
Not that many pots from securing it. Just one more red. That'll do.
Making it as awkward as possible, the cue ball tight on the cushion.
Should not be a problem though. He had a chance to get right back
into this opening frame, but Barry Hawkins who will take it. You would
say he has taken it in bits and pieces. I cannot remember who sang
that, back in the 1960s. The Dave Clark Five. Came to me at the last
moment. Does not matter that that's red.
Needed a couple of chances, but will be quite pleased. Shaun Murphy
missing a sitter of a red. Barry Hawkins takes the opening frame.
Let's show you what happened in frame two. We join it in the opening
stages, Shaun to play. COMMENTATOR: His safety has
certainly been lacking a little bit so far. Only on the second frame,
but he has played a few very poor safety shots, it has to be said. You
cannot keep leaving your opponent with these sorts of chances.
Just enough room for the black to pass the red.
He may have finished a little straight on this. He has a slight
angle. No problem at all. Enough angle there.
This now turning into a very good chance in the second frame.
Both reds pot into the same pocket as the black. Plenty of reds
available. It was a gift of an opportunity, it has to be said.
For easy red. The five reds Aranda think all covering each other into
the corners and middle pocket. Might be time to play the cannon. If he
was the cannon two reds, would be absolutely perfect. Delicate little
screw shot. That is the one, stunning into the two reds, that
would be perfect. He hit the wrong red. Might just be OK.
Is he a K? The one into the middle, he is just on it. Only just. -- is
he OK? Wanted to be a little bit higher up
with the keyboard there. I think you still OK. He has a red to the right
of the thing. Was not playing for this red.
He few more pots away from securing this second frame.
That was frame ball. A little bit of contemplating to do, Shaun. Safety
not scratch. A lapse in concentration in the first frame.
Straightforward safety shot in this frame giving the opportunity to
Barry Hawkins here is the straightforward shot, did not get
enough side, did not need to be anywhere near that red.
I think it was just miss it. He had half the table to play with to get
the white over towards the brown on the yellow and blue. Just far too
thin. This standard you cannot afford any mistakes that. Certainly
costing him the second frame, that is for sure. Very difficult to make
a century break it. This would be some shots, to pot this, and move
the rents. Great effort. Just hit it as hard as you can.
A good start from Barry Hawkins. Last year's finalist. Leading Shaun
Murphy 2-0. STUDIO: Terrific stuff from Mr
Hawkins. This is what happened in frame three. Barry has already made
a break of 48, and he's back at the table.
COMMENTATOR: Barry Hawkins with that type of shot, I don't think there is
anyone better in the game of floating those in.
geared at cueing. The other one he plays them like that is Mark
Williams. Just floating them into the pocket. -- so good.
He's looking very comfortable out there, Barry Hawkins. You would not
think Shaun Murphy has won seven out of the meeting. Shaun cannot do much
about this. You do not see that often. When to pick the rest up,
knocking the yellow to the side. It was a handball, Dennis. Penalty.
Very rarely He has tried to force a little
smile. So unusual to see it happen like that. Sometimes you just touch
it. I don't know what happened. Let's have a look. He dropped it,
just dropped it slightly. What a steal this would be for Shaun
Murphy. He has plenty of points to play with. Barry Hawkins in the
background, looking at his hand. Just slipped out of his hand. Could
be a turning point. He has a lot of work to do. He has played this
nicely. The red, just below the think we'll pot as well. -- below
the pink we'll . When he pots this, clearing the
path to the think. It is that yellow. I have put three whites in.
Any of those positions, he will be on that difficult last red. Just
wondering whether he could play for the pink into the right centre.
Very interesting to see how he goes about getting to that final red.
Coming around to have a look, he could leave himself on the brown and
pink, to bring it into play. That would really knock it into the open.
Otherwise he would have to leave it in one of the positions. Let's see
whether he plays for brown or pink. It is the Kent.
-- it is the pink. Will he bring it out? Possibly, needs to be judged to
perfection. Did not judge it to perfection. The nice angle on the
pink, so much room behind the red. That is why he thought he could drop
in behind. Where is the red going? I was going to say the only
consolation is the yellow is safe. That will not matter, Barry is 24 in
front. The red and any colour. He let a real good chance go there.
Barry will trace chilly take the frame. Dropping the rest will be
wiped from his memory bank. If he had lost the frame, it would not
hurt. Does not matter about the double. He has the snooker, a bit of
a bonus. STUDIO: Hawkins winning their frame
to go 3-0 up. Murphy will be kicking himself. Hawkins looking for the
early finish. The next frame, there has been no school.
COMMENTATOR: Look at this for a shot. Absolutely delightful. He knew
he could not force that one in because of the red on the cushion.
We have seen him knocking. That cannon was exquisite.
Amazing opening. He would like to get rid of the red just above the
black to the right. Cannot do that on this occasion. Having a look to
see whether there is a pathway back to the blue. Not sure he can pot red
and stay on the black. At its case would have liked to be
in straight on that blue. Could have used them think all the red
free-macro next to it. -- could have used the pink.
Could have played that it better. Cannoning the other side, the pink
side. Played to hit the pink fourball. -- full ball. He still has
a red, is hampered a bit. If he pot this red, not guarantee good
position. If he hits agree. When you are playing reasonably well, you get
that sort of Karen. The slight angle, he needs to get some action
on this. -- the cannon. He managed to get the
cue ball up past the blue. What a chance now.
Created by that first fantastic shot. You won't see many better than
that opening red come to flick that a red away from the black. You just
don't see many better positional shots than this. Tough enough pot,
but to judge the cannon with enough side, that was perfection.
Is he going to get a chance in this frame? Before the mid-session
interval. A long way back from 4-0. At least it is first to 6. As long
as your opponent needs a couple of frames, you are in with a chance. Is
he going to get a chance in this frame, that is the question.
He cued that one up nicely. Nice action on the cue ball, back, in a
straight line. He would love to get on the two reds to the left of the
black. Or the green to the right of the black. If you can get on those
two reds, can play for the black. That is inch perfect.
That thread just above the blood to the right, it's the one who would
like to get rid of next because that will open up the black into both
corner pocket. -- black to the right. He looks like he would win
the previous frame with one visit until he missed the rest. Almost
pinched the frame but you can't really see where he could go wrong
here. Already 48 in France, he would have to do something careless to not
secure this fourth frame. It doesn't have to stay on the black, could go
for the blue here if there is any element of risk, he feels he can get
off the black on this one. Nicely played. Hampered but that doesn't
matter. Just has to drop the black in and he is on the road.
It's all looking very good for Barry Hawkins at the moment. He got to the
final last year so he enjoys playing at Alexandra Palace, he didn't enjoy
the final which we lost 10-1 to Ronnie O'Sullivan but it's looking
good here. Gone a little bit too far from the
blue. He's only a few pots away from securing this fourth frame. And I
wouldn't be surprised if I don't see Sean heading to the practice room
because when he missed that easy early read it seemed to turn
everything around and he hasn't got any fluency going at all. Yes.
CROWD CLAPPING I'm sure he will try to loosen up
because he has not had much table time.
Short of the cue ball here. You can see the table time, Murphy at 29%.
71% for Hawkins. We have seen in the past intervals
have changed matches many times. That is what Shaun will certainly be
hoping for. Barry will be hoping for a possible century. That would make
him feel pretty good. We have had 17 century so far.
That might just have spoilt a century break. It's close. It might
still going. Didn't get the flu, read but Shaun Murphy goes to the
mid-session interval, I'd tell you what Barry Hawkins will be
delighted, he leads the former champion by 4-0. Barry Hawkins
runner-up here at the Masters last year, can he make final this year,
he is playing well enough and it is a horror show for Shaun Murphy so
far, can Hawkins make it 5-0? Couldn't play better positional shot
than that, the pink spot will be covered. That will tie the pink up
on the black spot. Unless he has an angle on this pink, he could play a
cannon into the red on the pink spot. He has the angle, he could
push the red away from the pink spot if he wishes.
Didn't attempt it. That's not the best shot in the world because the
pink will block the path of the red to the left corner pocket. OK he
will be on red into the right-hand corner but it would be awkward.
That's a big extension he has put on the quay there. -- cue. Just so
awkward here. He has to be careful and make sure that he doesn't foul
as he did in the previous frame that almost cost him.
Try to put the yellow and swing that cue ball around the three cushions
and maybe get the red to the right of the pink.
This looks absolutely perfect excellent shot. Perfect. What a
fantastic shot that was. Worth another look because to finish on
the red as you said, the pink was only available to one part as you
can see from the picture but that was superbly judged. And every
chance now to take another frame. Shaun Murphy, it's one of those
situations where you just cannot get involved in the match. He has never
been whitewashed at the Masters. He has played here 12 times before. A
winner in 2015. Barry has only beaten Sean on the
one occasion. Shaun has won several times against this man so he has
that slight foot in his head, it is all about the match you are playing.
-- thought. Is that going to run far enough? Just about.
Delicate little screw shot, as long as he doesn't get the White tight on
the cushion he will be OK here. Just the pink now. The frame ball
and that sin again. That's another frame. The miss read with the left
into the corner pocket has cost. An awful lot to think about. The
loneliest seat in the world at times. In the arena, a fabulous
crowd, it has been packed out for most sessions and you just can't get
to the table. That's the tough part about this game, we've all been
there. You are looking forward to a good match against opponent and it
just doesn't happen. You start feeling a bit embarrassed, you want
to show and to show what you can do and it is all one-way traffic at the
moment. We saw exactly what happened to
Barry in the final last year, he played so well to get to the final
and then just won one frame against Ronnie in the final so he knows what
it feels like. Sean is one of the best break-builders in the game and
his highest break has been 36. That was in the third frame. It has to be
said, Barry has played top quality matched here the safety has been
good, his long parting has been excellent. And his break-building
has been OK to. Barry's highest break came in the
last frame, a break of 89 but has also had a break of 79 on frame two
and a couple of 40s. I'm sure Barry wasn't expecting to be leading 5-0.
It's not often you see Shaun Murphy miss a very comfortable shot but
that's what he did and he sat on a seat by Barry Hawkins made a
beautiful 85 break and is now one frame away from a place in the
quarterfinals. 5-0, who would've thought it. The snooker we have had
here has been top class and this is a magnificent performance from Barry
Hawkins. Although I should tell you that Hawkins once led 5-0 against
Nigel Bond in the 2014 UK championship and lost 6-5. Surely
not again. Absolutely not because as Dennis mentioned, Shaun has never
been whitewashed at the Masters and pulled one back to make it 5-1. The
big question now of course is can Barry seal the deal.
That is a poor shot. He has left the red for the middle, he took that pot
on and I thought he would play the safety behind the black book that
was tough. This is a chance for Barry Hawkins.
He will give itself a great shot for the match with this. It all depends
on the case. If this passes the pink he's perfect. If it doesn't then the
other one is slightly awkward. I think that maybe just goes,
certainly in-off the left jaw. Not much work to do with the keyboard. A
nice little kiss. The way the red sat around the pink. The one in the
open now as well, will it be enough? A quick glance at the scoreboard
there. Just to work out what he needs. On reflection you just have
to say Shaun will have to chalk this up as a bad day at the office. Just
one of those days. He never really got going did he? And he missed that
very easy read and that was in the second frame? The first. It
unsettled him, it definitely unsettled him.
The fact he got that thread after missing, it was easy enough for the
blue and I don't know what happened. Didn't get a kick. And the perfect
angle and another quick glance at the scoreboard, he can pop the black
and sly parser to read for the opposite corner pocket. -- past the
red. When you think Barry has only beaten Shaun on one occasion and
Shaun has won on seven occasions, this is quite a victory against the
former champion. And Shaun, the gentleman that is will come forward
and wish Barry all the best. And the rest of the Masters but as Ken said
it is what he : a bad day at the office.
From Barry's point of view, a very solid performance. He will be
looking forward to playing the world champion. I mean it doesn't matter
about that. There he is wishing Barry all the best. He never got
going from missing that thread early on and once again wishing Barry all
the best. In the end Barry Hawkins with just the -- was just far too
good for Shaun Murphy. The comfortable win. 6-1. It is never
comfortable until you win so like felt pretty good to know. Played
some decent stuff so to get 6-1 win is a fantastic result. Made some
good breaks, the anything I didn't do was make a century which would've
been nice but overall it was about getting a result and I'm delighted.
You work or your career to get into the top 16 and then get invited to a
tournament like this so you want to stay as long as possible. It's a
fantastic atmosphere, all the big crowds, live on the BBC, one of the
biggest tournaments you want to be here as long as possible. You don't
know how long you will place you have to relish moments like that.
You do indeed so we have our quarterfinal line-up for the 2017
Masters. That's it from us but smooth texture
follows this programme and then we're back at 1am for live coverage
for the Dafabet Masters, what eight tournament this is turning out to
be. The Alley Pali roof will be raced for Ronnie. Goodbye for now.
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Jason Mohammad introduces highlights from Wednesday evening's match, where 2015 champion Shaun Murphy takes on 2016's runner-up Barry Hawkins.