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Good evening and welcome to
highlights of the fourth day of the
Dafabet Masters at Alexandra Palace.
We will feature the concluding match
of the first round between John
Higgins and fellow Scots, Anthony
But let's bring you up today
between the encounter between Shaun
Murphy and Ali Carter.
COMMENTATOR: yes, to reflect shot.
He is favourite for the frame now.
What a strike that was, he hits
those so well. His head stays
They go to the mid-session interval,
Shaun Murphy leads 4-0.
Shaun Murphy leads 4-0.
positively, made sure he got
position. He's definitely going for
Needs to get it. And got it.
Here is the blue for that song. Well
played. Very well played indeed. It
is now 4-2.
is now 4-2.
Great breaking long pot.
It is there.
He's now only one behind, 5-4.
miscible. He made that look a lot
easier than it was.
easier than it was.
I don't think
Ali Carter is going to carry on and
he's not. He offers his hand and
Shaun Murphy wins 6-4 and is through
to the quarterfinal.
It was going so well. Top players do
what they do, they don't give up and
this is the second biggest
tournament on the planet. Ali played
nicely after the interval. I missed
a couple and he capitalised. I don't
have a great record against him. The
score shouldn't have been 4-0 and I
thought, I can only lose from there.
Here is your chance to win, what can
you do and fortunately I managed to
pull it out the back, but it's not
always like that.
Sean is normally
very one dimensional but he changed
his game plan. He knew he had to to
beat me. Match Luke, I think my game
is probably better than his. I am
struggling this year. But they
turned it round, had a good week
last week at Coventry. I am
competing against the best players
in the world, so lots of positives.
A good win for Sean and he will meet
Judd Trump in the quarterfinals on
And so a battle of youth
versus experience, John Higgins
making his 20 for the periods at the
Masters against Anthony McGill, a
first timer at Ally Pally.
John Higgins took a 2-0 lead before
Anthony McGill dug deep in frame
three. Your commentators are Dennis
Taylor and Stephen Hendry.
COMMENTATOR: This red coats back to
the left corner. The cue ball has
gone into the the reds.
gone into the the reds. The fact he
could get a thick enough contact,
good shot. Second chance in this
I know this shot you play Stephen.
You would pot the black, cannon into
the bunch of roads.
As long as he
hits the left-hand side of the pack,
there is no danger of not being on
He knows he still has another form
more red is available.
He could have played this one little
bit better. Might still be able to
pot this and run through for the
black. Has to be careful with a
little nudge. OK, played it well.
Just two more red is available and
then he has got to get a cannon.
He is looking at the bunch. He needs
to go into the pack from this black.
He may feel he can play for the red
that's in the left middle. Go into
the pack from the blue. Depends on
the angle here. I think this angle
is decent to go into them. He has
got the loose red as a little bit of
insurance. He couldn't have hit that
any better. He deserves to be on an
easy red and he is.
Look at where the reds are and keep
your concentration, Anthony. Cruise
to victory in this fourth frame. Has
done well from 2-0 down, great
clearance from the previous frame.
John Higgins was starting to
dominate the match. Won the first
two. As it is, every chance now it
is going to be 2-2, a couple of more
pots would be enough. Pink and one
more red, to make absolutely certain
of this fourth frame.
Somehow, I was expecting this from
Anthony McGill, because he does
enjoy the big stage and there is
none bigger than this. Just the one
table, almost 2000 people in. As you
said, he has grown up watching and
loving the game and he will have
watched the Masters so many times
and here he is out there and he will
be two frames over with the twice
winner of this title, John Higgins.
He has given John a bit to think
about in the interval.
about in the interval. John looked
to be cruising along in this match
at 2-0 and then as Dennis said, he
missed the pink, which probably
would have won him the third frame.
He needs this difficult red to give
himself a chance of making his 122nd
century of his career. Playing
left-handed and he looks good
playing left-handed. Some players
switch hands and they look awkward,
but Anthony, it looked natural to
him. Looks like he is a left-handed
The 20th century in this year's
Masters. His nine this season, he
made 19 last season. And this one
coming at just the right time for
him. Always nice to show a big crowd
like this how well you can play.
Two very quick frames by Anthony
McGill to the midsection interval.
He will be very pleased with his
STUDIO: That was the
20th century of this year's
tournament. We will pick it up with
John Higgins 14 points behind.
COMMENTATOR: I don't know if he got
bad contact, but that was a poor
shot. Bad misjudgement. He potted
the red thick into the right-hand
side of the pocket. This isn't easy.
Got a good angle. No. He is under at
the moment, John Higgins. He has
lost his concentration completely.
Slight heavy contact, but he is OK
and he's straight on the black. He
has plenty of loose reds to play
for. Although having said that, they
are all covering each other, but
there are a few that are available.
He could have played this one a
little better. Wanted to be further
out into the table than this.
Good recovery. That was played to
perfection. Those six reds are all
blocking each other.
blocking each other. Just the one at
the back. He will be disturbing if
you opt the reds, so it is important
he gets the cannon and doesn't leave
himself hampered on the black.
What a chance now. It is hard to see
where he can go wrong from here.
Just got to really keep his
concentration, Anthony McGill. He's
got John Higgins on the back foot,
he doesn't want to let him back in
with an easy chance. That is the
thing about the top players in the
game. You think they are down and
out, but even one sniff of a chance,
and they take it.
And that is what I mean. Straight on
the black. Got to keep control of
the cue ball. It is just care less.
Making it difficult when it doesn't
need to be. Only needs a couple more
reds. He hit that very well. He
struck that well. Good shot.
That is going to be four in a row.
Definitely worrying times now that
the two time champion, John Higgins.
Anthony has 12 ranking titles, the
Indian open in 2016. The shoot out
in 2017, but that is only one frame
and a lot of people are surprised it
is a ranking event, with playing
just the one frame, but he has two
ranking titles to his credit. And he
is enjoying himself out there,
Yes, why not. He has won
four frames in a row against John
Higgins. In this magnificent arena.
He will know there is still a long
way to go in this match.
way to go in this match. It is a
pity. But it is another frame one in
STUDIO: After losing four frames in
a row, John Higgins Teddy Bishop in
frame seven. -- steadied the ship.
So it is into frame eight.
COMMENTATOR: Another excellent cue
ball. Far from easy. Another test
for John Higgins.
This is some shots
he is taking on here, I can tell
you. Watch the cue ball...
He had to get that pot. He is on the
black, he deserves to be on the
black. Absolutely brilliant, to take
that on. He wasn't sure what was
going to happen with the cue ball,
but he deserves a bit of good
That is what you call
bottle, right there. The long red in
the last frame and then that one
there. When you know you are leaving
the world on if you missed it.
It doesn't take much with a player
of John Higgins' calibre, when you
let him back in and he gets his
focus back. Those two long pots will
have given him tremendous lift.
Three reds, three blacks. And the
reds are not in a bad position.
has made eight maximum breaks, but I
remember the first one, he hadn't
even made one in practice.
even made one in practice. If you
remember the nation cup when
Northern Ireland played Scotland and
somehow I managed to beat you on the
pink in a frame and then one frame
is against John Higgins. He broke
off and he made his first ever
maximum break. I don't think anyone
else has done it in one frame match.
This is exactly how you want the
reds. All around the middle of the
table. Believe me, he won't be
thinking about it at the moment. The
most important thing is getting back
on level terms in this match. But
just the weather reds are, he almost
had to play for the black, unless he
plays a bad positional shot. It is
automatic at the moment.
the highest break, but no individual
prize for a maximum break. I know
you are not a big fan of that?
don't get me started.
Looking at the scoreboard, I think
actually he forgot he was on it.
actually he forgot he was on it. It
is in the back of his mind.
Playing for a choice of reds. Just
getting the cue ball into the middle
of the table. He knows there will be
a red to either corner, left or
He has got a lovely angle on the
black. Maybe cannon into the middle
bread. But the cue ball might not
travel forward far enough. He may
not have the angle to play for the
black again. He got the middle red
and he is perfect.
and he is perfect.
There is quite a
buzz now around the Alley Pali.
He needs that cue ball to travel.
That is the frame, still in
And there is a little bit
of history on here, if he was to go
on and make a maximum. It is a long
way to go, but. There has never been
a UK snooker player made a maximum
in the Masters. Kirk Stevens from
Canada, Ding Junhui and Marco Fu,
three maximum is ever in the
Got to play a good shot
here. Just drop it in. I think it is
a joke there is no special prize for
a maximum, but to do one in this
arena and this atmosphere would be
The black seem to
straighten up. He will be a little
bit disappointed, but he won't be
disappointed with the way he won.
That gets him back all square. The
Wizard of Oz shard is back again.
This match started this evening at
7pm. The best of 11 frames. It is
now down to just the best of three,
the first to 6 goes through to the
I do not know if he has got the
angle to pot this and get himself
onto the black. Almost 26 minutes
since his last pot. It would be
special if he manages this.
STEPHEN HENDRY: He has landed pretty
straight on the black. He enjoyed
I tell you what, the crowd enjoyed
He did have just enough angle. This
is an attacking shot. He will have
to go into the bunch, screw the cue
ball back off the side cushion and
stay on the black in the same
The more controlled shot, less
space. He played it well. -- less
pace. This match is boiling up now,
He just cued across it slightly but
hang on, has he covered the pocket?
Maybe not. He was cueing so well but
that did not push the cue through in
a straight line and the red passes
the black, so after that brilliant
opening red... He just didn't push
the cue dead straight.
Will John go
into the pack from this red.
He might go into the pack off the
black the way it has finished,
because he has finished awkward on
the pink and blue.
How is your luck?
At first glance, it looks like red
to write middle.
to write middle. -- right middle.
That was strange.
The green is on but there is a red
hampering him, that is why he's
getting the extension so he does not
foul the red. He will have to lean
He has played it well. It needs to
keep going. He wanted to be straight
on the red to the left of the bunch
of reds and he could have rolled
through for the black, but that is
not available now.
not available now. He found the gap
nicely and this looks to be perfect.
He has also found a deer. --
And I think it is Top Gear.
A couple of years ago I was in
Poland with Ken Doherty and watching
John, he was playing in China in the
final with Stuart Bingham, and
invitational tournament, and he made
three centuries in a row to clinch
It shows you what he can
do when the pressure is on. And he
has done it from 4-2 down, with
breaks of 67 and 81.
It is amazing the change in body
language, John Higgins. From where
he went 4-2 down.
The way he is striking the ball now,
with so much more authority.
There is no need to play any
Has he hit that hard enough? Looking
at his expression, he has left it
very tight. I thought he could hold
for the other one at the back. He
will have to play this with
left-hand side to straighten out red
I thought he would play for the
red closest to the black.
He has a
lot of side on this. And he has
played it well.
It is amazing that shot, the normal
swerve you raise the cue. But the
little bit of side squares up the
A quick glance at the scoreboard. A
little bit early for that. He will
need a few more pots.
Those two reds near the pink spot,
I'm not sure if one is available
into the right middle pocket.
into the right middle pocket. 15
front. He needs one off them and he
has the perfect angle on the blue to
cannon those two. He would be very
unlucky not to be one.
Ideal to hit
right in the middle of the two,
which he has done.
Well... He is coming to the table
but barring snookers, John has got
himself one frame in front.
STUDIO: Just one frame away from a
place now in the quarterfinal.
DENNIS TAYLOR: John Higgins is faced
with a red and we have seen him
knock a couple of these in. 41
points behind, can he knock a third
one in? The previous was similar to
this. Where is the cue ball going?
It will be awkward. He might have a
slight angle on the yellow to get
back up to the reds. He has to get
past the blue spot at the least. I
think he has enough angle to stun
He might have to run through for the
blue. He is OK, he's perfect! I
thought he was covered on that. He
is perfect. This is a chance. To get
right back in this frame, a frame
that will take him into the next
Somebody just sneezed. Very
If he wins the match from
this visit, from 4-2 down, it has
been the story of three fantastic
long pots from the left-hand side
Just a couple of reds are awkward.
The one near the pink I do not think
will pot and the one near the
cushion, so a still long way to go
in this frame. It will be some
clearance if he can clinch it, the
way the balls are situated.
I think if he gets the angle on the
black he will play the cannon on the
red next to the pink.
red next to the pink. He knows if it
does not come off, there is every
chance of there being the loose...
Well, he did the one thing that was
going to pull him out of position,
hitting it full ball. If he hits the
red half ball, it was knock -- not
quite full ball.
A fantastic pot.
Control of the cue ball. A lot of
players would have hit that 100 mph
and hope to be on something.
Will he tries to drop in behind the
difficult red? He tried it from
there and the cue ball is close to
the corner. He tried to cannon the
red out from that position. He
thought he had a good enough angle
to screw back and nudge out the red.
Not a bad choice, he would have been
unpicked macro, or black. But he
misjudged it. Now we are -- he would
have been on pink or black. Now we
are in for a tense frame.
leave the cue ball near the yellow
pocket, you are there.
Quite clever to push the blue said.
He knows he can win the frame
without the blue but he knows if
Anthony gets a chance will need the
He did not hit it hard enough and
has left John Higgins with a similar
shot. He has potted about five like
this. But this has got added
pressure. This could give him the
match, if it goes in.
He was planning a headache smack
that is quite amazing. He put the
blue safe and got an unintentional
cannon on it.
It has been a cracking, absolutely
cracking match between these two
very talented Scottish players.
would have to say tremendous
character John Higgins has shown
from 4-2 down. The red he potted
with no safety was phenomenal. He
potted one in this frame.
potted one in this frame.
brown needed. Anthony McGill, first
time at the Masters, has put up a
But in the end of the Wizard of
Wishaw has waived that magic wand.
Well played. The best of friends.
Smiles all around. Another cracking
match at the Alexandra Palace and,
in the end, John Higgins, who has
won the title on two occasions, goes
through to the next round.
buzzing to beat Anthony. When I was
4-2 behind it was not looking good
and he was hitting the ball well and
dominating me. To come back to beat
him 6-4, I am buzzing. I knew it
would be a dogfight to get over the
line. Over the moon to come back and
win because at 4-2 it was not good.
STUDIO: We are down to the last
eight and this is the quarterfinal
We should not be surprised there are
more great matches to come.
of the legend still involved, Ronnie
O'Sullivan, John Higgins, Mark
Williams, Shaun Murphy.
highlights of Shaun Murphy and Ali
Williams, Shaun Murphy.
highlights of Shaun Murphy and Ali.