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Hello, good evening. Welcome back to
Alexandra Palace and highlights of
the 2018 Dafabet Masters. We have
reached the quarterfinals. Coming
up, the best of the match between
Kyren Wilson and Mark Williams.
First, let's show you what happened
when Ronnie O'Sullivan, seven times
winner at the Masters, took on
Northern Ireland's Mark Allen. Well,
the Rocky capitalised on -- Ronnie
O'Sullivan capitalised on a mistake
to take the first, but the Northern
Irishman made it 1-1. We join it in
No. It wasn't easy.
Just a couple of reds available at
It's just a bit awkward. It's not a
good chance just yet.
Well, he could play a little cannon
on the reds just above the black, or
he could play for the loose red, if
There is one more loose red
available, just to the right of the
pink spot, into the bottom right
Not straight enough on it. That is
why he was shaking his head. He
wanted to be straight on this red.
Watch the cue ball. It could go in
the left middle. No, he judged it
nicely. And he has a nice angle on
Must need a nice angle on the blue
now to go into the pack, because
gnome or lose reds available. And he
has judged it to perfection. One
nice split and the frame will be at
his mercy. Has he got it? Is this
red on into the bottom right-hand
corner pocket? He is having a quick
look, and the body language suggests
that it is. Their use yet. -- there
you see it.
This time, a quick look at the
scoreboard to see how many he needs.
Well, he only needed one more red. I
don't think he played to cannon
that. He played to slip past the
reds and leave the one to the right,
which would have been an easy pot to
secure the frame again. He did not
intend to cannon that.
I think he
has been lucky and he has knocked
the plant on. There is a bit of
distance between the reds, but...
Well, he got away with that one.
That was very fortunate.
Well, the next shot will open up the
reds. But it looks like he is
screwing back for the blue. The
white was close. It is OK. In fact,
he really got into that. He has gone
further up the table, but that will
do very nicely.
do very nicely. And he is throwing
the gauntlet down for Ronnie
O'Sullivan, who just missed a red
when he was typed on the cushion. --
tight on the cushion.
65 break in the previous frame. This
was the one that Ronnie missed.
We have had 20 centuries this year
in the Dafabet Masters. He has made
357 centuries in his career, Mark
Allen, one of the great
break-builders of the game. And that
is another one. Superb performance
from Mark Allen here.
from Mark Allen here. That is
certainly going to make this
quarterfinal very, very interesting
He knew the black was in. Oh, it is
not in. It doesn't matter. He lost
the opening frame but then he had
breaks of 65 and that magnificent
break of 115, and Mark Allen leads
Ronnie O'Sullivan to- one.
STUDIO: Wonderful scoring from Mark
Allen, the 21st-century of the
tournament so far. Into the next
He has hit it far too thin, because
there is a red near the left corner
and Mark can pot that and get onto
the black. If this shot works out,
an early opportunity in this fourth
He played it well.
Mid-session interval coming up after
this frame. What a result that would
be, if this man could go there 3-1
in front, after losing the opening
Not only that long pot, Dennis, but
have a look at the little kiss,
knocking the red away from the black
spot as well. And purposely played.
So that it would open up the black
into both corner pockets. A double
whammy. Excellent shot.
He would like to get one of these
reds below the black out of the way.
He has an angle to do that now.
Just a little short with the cue
ball. Still can just about hold it,
I'm sure. Just about.
He is looking good, Denis.
Yes, totally different action to
Ronnie O'Sullivan, as Steve Davis
was saying. A little short, does not
pull the cue back that far. It is
very effective on these fast cloth
is. He finished a little awkward
I am sure a lot of this packed house
in Alexandra Palace came along
thinking Ronnie O'Sullivan was going
to carry on the way he played
against Marco Fu. That was an
incredible session. But in snooker,
it can change from day to day. And
the reason it is one of the most
difficult sports to play is that
only one player can play at the
table. In golf, if your opponent
it's a good shot, you can hit a good
shot. In this game, if you make a
mistake, you are sitting in your
seat. And this is a terrific
performance from Mark Allen, it has
to be said.
Quite cleverly took the
pink out of the way there, because
that opened up those two reds. He
just covered that red there. He did
not mean to kiss into the other red.
That is why he was shaking his head,
because that red was open and by
nudging it slightly, he can't pot it
So this is Ronnie's, you would have
to say, last hope in this frame.
It is a tricky red for Mark Allen
but if he gets it, you will win the
frame. It is there.
frame. It is there. Good break,
A lot of the spectators might be
surprised, but none of the players
will be. They know what he is
capable of, this player.
He can relax now and see if he
cannot in another century. -- see if
he cannot in another century.
Well, what a shame. No century
break. But one visit was all he
needed. He lost the opening frame
but he has played magnificent stuff
to take the next three and he goes
to the mid-session interval leading
Ronnie O'Sullivan 3-1.
And it got
even better. Allen needed less than
an hour and a half to seal a famous
6-1 win over an out of sorts of
O'Sullivan. Allen's third win in a
major tournament over the Rocket,
who will still make the back pages
in the morning newspapers after
giving this interview to BBC Radio 5
giving this interview to BBC Radio 5
If I was a football player, I
probably would have missed this game
and they would have put someone else
in form E. In an individual sport,
you have to get out there and do it.
If I had pulled out, there would
have been murder, everyone shouting
and screaming. I thought, turn up
and give it a go. But I am
struggling. I don't know if it is a
virus or whatever, but I have had it
before. It is very difficult when
you are getting dizzy spells. I gave
it a go and was not good enough. If
I had been playing someone that
could not pot a ball I might have
been all right but Mark is too good
to not put him under pressure. I
know people don't take me seriously
but I probably will miss the World
Championships. I came back to
snooker for different reasons. It is
a bit of a time passer for me. I
don't enjoy, listen, I have
explained before, I want to try and
get out of snooker as quickly as I
can. I still play because I have
some fans that love to watch me
play. I will still play a few
tournaments but as far as I'm
concerned, it is probably better to
do a month in Australia while the
World Championships is on. I would
find it difficult at home watching
the World Championships and not
being part of it.
You are saying you
will not play the World
Things can change but
it has been on my mind for awhile. I
think the best place to be during
the World Championships would be to
be away. It would be difficult
because it is a good tournament. But
I am not going to do press, media,
17 days, the microscope on you. I
would rather go and play in little
events, under the radar, have a bit
of fun, pot some balls and get my
fix that way. I am not desperate to
win another world title. Unless the
terms and conditions are right for
the World Championships, I will do
something else. I would not want to
be employed by Barry Hearn. He likes
to work you to the bone. I am not
built like that. He ain't going to
put thousands of miles on my clock.
I like a bit of quality-of-life and
I don't do pressure and stress well.
There are other opportunities, and I
really enjoy it and my life has
never been better because of it.
That is just the way it is. If they
want me to play in a tournament,
they will have to come knocking on
my door. If they want me that bad,
come and talk to me. If you don't,
there are other people that will do
stuff with me.
It was a riveting
interview, but let's not forget how
well Mark Allen played.
Congratulations to him, through to
his third semifinal at the Masters.
And so to the second quarterfinal,
Kyren Wilson against Mark Williams,
who has won the Masters on two
Kyren Wilson against Mark Williams,
who has won the Masters on two
occasions. When we left you earlier
on BBC Two, Kyren Wilson was 1-0 up,
close to making it to- zero. He
rapped that up and we join it in the
third with Wilson to play.
Kyren try to get on the black
straightaway. He does not have a
great angle, he will have to force
It begs the question why, when
it will not go on its spot. It will
not be available. It won't go
anywhere, so now pink and black are
tied up. So he is going to have to
concentrate on blue and baulk
colours. For the next two or three
That is not perfect. He played it
with a trace of right-hand side and
it just came off the cushion a
little bit quicker than he thought.
He will have to go back up for the
blue, but those reds near the
right-hand cushion, he has to avoid.
And he didn't. That was a poor shot,
it has to be said.
Well, that's a double whammy. Not
only has he missed the blue, but he
has knocked the pink interplay.
has knocked the pink interplay. --
He let the cue ball girl a little
bit there. Overscrewed that. -- he
let it go a little bit. Not an easy
chance with three reds at least tied
up. He would do well to win the
frame from here. But you have to pot
the blue first, Mark. As I say, he
has looked so sensitive this
evening. Not the same player who
beat Mark Selby, that's for sure.
picked up on that when he played one
or two containing safeties,
frightened to come thick of the
pack. I think he is showing the
young man a little bit too much
He is worried about him. I
don't know. It is not like Mark
Williams not to be positive playing
this game. He will have to wake
himself up in a minute.
That will help.
I told you he loves
a double earlier on. No surprise to
me that he played that. Obviously he
was concerned about getting the cue
ball back to the baulk end. He has
an angle on the brown. He could run
down for one of the two reds on the
right-hand side of the table.
A good part, that, nice and clean.
He thinks he can get position on the
pink, and he has played it very
nicely. Now, does he popped the pink
off the top cushion and flick the
black out? That should be the shot.
Yes, he played it nicely. And what
looked like an awkward position when
he came to the table, now all of a
sudden it looks like a frame-winning
This pink will put him 18 points in
front. So the last two reds... He
thinks the blue will be easier to
get position on the next red. But it
still means that these last two
reds, with high value colours, and
he would be at the snooker is
Now, what sort of an angle has he
got on the black? Not too bad, if he
plays with a trace of right-hand
side. The closer you are to the red
along the top cushion, the better.
At first glance, he looks to be a
little straight on the pink. He
wants to get as close to the red as
He did play it with the right-hand
side. And the cannon has worked out
nicely. It has worked out a
beautifully. Just this little
awkward shot, maybe because it is
into a blind pocket. You can see the
object ball but you can't see the
pocket. Red and a colour needed.
want to drop those in the jaws nice
and slowly if you can. Well, he
potted it so confidently. This has
been an excellent break, it really
has, ever since he had the double
that you mentioned, the cross
double. He has made these into a
very interesting contribution,
that's for sure. It didn't look like
he could clear up. But this has been
superb. OK, he might not clear up,
but it is enough to take a 3-0 lead.
He is sat there with a lot to think
And but for snooker, Kyren Wilson
will have a 3-0 lead over the
champion. -- but for a snooker.
And Mark has said OK, if you like.
And of course, Kyren is not going to
refuse the concession. So Mark
Williams, with one frame to play
before the mid-session interval, is
in deep trouble, trailing 3-0.
he is in big trouble and the
Englishman is playing very well.
That's go back to John Parrott and
John Virgo. -- let's go back to John
Parrott and John Virgo.
quality of his cueing on those
individual long parts is fantastic.
Each use those as straight as
anybody. That is so tough on the
bottom cushion but it never looked
anywhere else but in. This is a big
shot though. Once again, sweetly
If you were to be critical
of one aspect of his game tonight,
he has not been winning frames with
one visit. But he has certainly
knocked in some wonderful long
What has been as impressive as
anything... He will not be pleased
with that positional shot. He played
for the pink, believe it or not. He
might be thinking about the blue
now, but he played for the pink.
now, but he played for the pink. He
has competed in the safety game, and
his potting has been better. That is
why he has the 3-0 lead, but this is
a big shot.
Right in the heart of the pocket.
And Mark Williams is staring a 4-0
deficit at the mid-session interval.
That was a poor shot, a total
miscalculation. He did not think he
would be getting the flick cannon
off both balls. And this is granite
A poor positional shot caught him
out. A let off for Mark Williams.
Can he take it?
Used all the pocket! I think he
thought he had missed it. Now just
having a quick glance at the
scoreboard. With this black, he
would go four points behind. So he
is going to need... Well, the green
is awkward, but the brown awkward as
well. It is not going to be an easy
run to the winning line in this
all-important frame. But he will be
glad of the opportunity.
Well, the shot before the black was
very strange, he just sort of
dropped it in, as if he was making
sure of the red. He should have been
stunning it in and getting a better
angle on the black, for me.
like he was making certain he did
not miss the red, and he left the
missable black. Kyren Wilson still
has the problem with the green and
the brown. That is the only saving
grace for Mark Williams.
This green will make the points all
He was looking to see if he could
play the cannon, popped the green in
the middle and chip the brown out.
He played a dead weight in behind,
probably the better shot. Boy is
this one tricky.
this one tricky.
Yeah, just off the
cushion. Very missable.
But in it goes. He doesn't want to
be too straight on the blue because
the pink is not available into the
right corner. He is looking for blue
and pink to go to the mid-session
interval with a 4-0 lead.
Well, Mark Williams had his chances.
Will he get another? Just the pink
In it goes. He goes in in a deserved
Brilliant stuff from Kyren
Wilson, and he made it 5-0 in the
fifth, thanks to a break of 63.
Let's show you what happened in
frame six. It is Wilson to play,
trailing by 58. Back to John Virgo
and John Parrott.
Good pot. Not perfect. The brown is
going to make slightly awkward
cueing. He is a little thin on the
blue than he would like. The brown
this just where he would like to put
his bridge hand.
Now, he doesn't want to be too
straight on the red to the corner.
He has a choice of reds.
He has a choice of reds. That one is
a danger. He may just flick the
black. The one closest to the corner
looks as though he can run round off
two cushions for the pink into the
right middle. He doesn't have to do
much with the cue ball playing it
this way. Yes, no problem.
an absolute natural, didn't it?
Looks like he has come fairly
straight on this pink, so it is all
about the little screw back. He has
to make sure he has position. Hang
on a second, there is somebody
coming down the stairs.
coming down the stairs. Thankfully
it did not put him off. A gentleman
decided he had to go home at that
I don't know what time the
last bus is. Not yet, is it? Anyway,
he will be disappointed with that
positional shot. He has left this
more awkward than it should have
been. It is a delicate little pot on
the red and a little drop cannon on
the black. He will be thinking he
will still be on the pink. But a
delicate shot. Always tricky, those.
It is not a full shot, that is the
problem with them. Someone shouted,
come on, Mark, but he can't get
directly through to the red over the
corner. 45 points, the lead. Red in
a -- and a reasonably sized colour
would win him the frame. And he has
a chance of that now. The pink, to
go 52 points in front with 51
remaining. A good swerve.
A good shot on the pink. Stopped the
There is his son. During the
interval, before the start of the
frame, he came out of his seat and
went down to his dad and gave him a
bit of advice.
Did not matter whether that went in
because Kyren would not come back to
the table. But it did go in. So the
Williams family have a little bit to
smile about. Not bothered about the
black. Mark just wants to get the
next frame under way. Both players
leave the arena. Well, you have to
start somewhere, but it still looks
the impossible dream for Mark
Williams at the moment. You never
Yes, at last, something for
Little Williams to cheer in the
audience. Into the next frame,
Williams leading by three points.
Well, is there a pot on here, with a
path back to Bulka? There may well
be. Well, there was not a path back
to the Bulka cushion, and it was a
dangerous shot to take on.
OK, he caught it a bit thick, but
you can't afford to give nice easy
starters to Kyren. He is just
looking for one frame. And this is a
golden opportunity. Now we will see
how he is feeling.
He would love to get rid of the red
that is below the black on the
right-hand side. And he can do it
now. Drop it in, cue ball off the
cushion and back for black in the
Could have done with a little more
there. Noticeable how quickly he
played that shot.
He will have to go for the blue.
Maybe the pink is available, but you
just feel a more positive strike to
play up for the blue.
He judged the cannon nicely to hold
for the pink. And has developed that
read. Good shot. -- developed that
One of the family of flies is back.
Got to be careful with the cueing
here. Little bit shaky.
Got to be careful with the cueing
here. Little bit shaky.
here. Little bit shaky. I am pretty
sure the red kneed the pink spot
goes through the gap. That is what
he will be playing on.
he will be playing on.
have landed on it better. He is
straight enough to go through for
the black in the opposite corner.
He will be trying like mad to get
this match over with.
this match over with. Give yourself
the easiest, possible results.
He is helped by the fact imparting
this there is a gap for the blue.
Maybe play it with a bit more pace
and go for the pink. But there is a
nice to go through.
Just feel that one more, good
positional shot and the frame and
the match is at his mercy.
He probably could have done without
that flick. He'd have missed the
blue and would have had two options.
That is tight. He seems to think it
And it does. Good shot.
Well played. That was an excellent
That could be the matchwinner.
Doesn't have too play any more
cannons. The reds he needs are
available. Inch perfect on the blue.
Nice positional shot.
Read and the colour for a place in
semifinal. In goes the red.
There is Kyren Wilson's parents.
Just the black required. And then it
goes. Right into the heart of the
pocket. Kyren Wilson will surely now
have booked his place in Saturday's
semifinal. And no way back to the
table now for Mark Williams.
hasn't been his evening at all, take
nothing away. Kyren Wilson has done
his job. He has taken these
brilliantly well. Great way to
finish the match.
disappointed he's not on a red, but
Mark Williams won't be coming to the
table. He will be disappointed after
his victory over Mark Selby. He was
hoping for something better than
this. It was just hit and hope. But
it doesn't matter. Mark Williams
congratulates Kyren Wilson.
congratulates Kyren Wilson. I am
sure he didn't expect it to be that
easy. But you take what is in front
of you. Whatever was put in front of
him, he played by far the better
this evening and he plays for the
first time in a Dafabet Masters
semifinal by beating Mark Williams
The key to it was hanging on
and keeping my discipline.
I could sense he wasn't there. I
wanted to keep him under pressure. I
was lucky I caught him on an off
day. First time into the semifinals
of the Masters, on my second
appearance, it is what dreams are
made of. But I will be trying my
best to make sure it doesn't stop
STUDIO: Weldon Kyren Wilson, he will
play either Ryan Day or John
Higgins. Judd Trump and Shaun Murphy
is our next match here. That is it
for now, but coming up after this
programme, extended highlights in
Snooker Extra of Ronnie O'Sullivan
and Mark Allen. We are back with
more live coverage from the 2018
Dafabet Masters as Judd Trump takes
on the 2015 Masters winner Shaun
Murphy. A great start to your
weekend. Goodbye for now.