Three-time Masters champion and reigning World and UK champion Mark Selby begins his campaign against two-time former winner Mark Williams. Hazel Irvine introduces live coverage.
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HAZEL IRVINE: Good afternoon, three days, three deciders, that is what
this Dafabet has produced at Alexandra Palace. It has been a
fantastic tournament to date, with thrilling afternoon drama and
compelling theatre in the evening as well.
Here are the stats, 15 centuries have been made in only six matches
so far. Five of them in that memorable showpiece yesterday when
Judd Trump fell to a very cool and classy Marco Fu.
It seemed like he hit that harder than he needed.
A massive steel, so much more than the last frame.
That's 3-0. Possibly tempted with the double
here. What a shot that is.
Judd Trump will be sitting in his chair thinking that Marco Fu's away
with this. What another cracking frame of
snooker. He is only one behind now, 4-3.
Well, there's a bit of naughty snooker from Judd Trump, a beautiful
century break. What a fabulous response. It's 5-4.
He's missed it. He missed everything in that.
Kick, and he has still got the pot. What a way that would have been to
have lost a match in the Masters. Where's the red going? Wow... what a
fluke that is. It just doesn't get any better than
this. Absolutely brilliant from Marco Fu.
Both players at the top of their form, one has made two century
breaks, the other has made three. They are getting a standing ovation,
and don't they deserve it. He is going for the black. Oh! What
a good pot that was. Another solid pot from the
Australian. Didn't he strike that well.
Pretty impressive display, this, tonight from Robertson. A brick of a
century here. It's there and there is no way back
now for Ali Carter. What a great match and what a performer, Neil
Robertson is absolutely delighted, and has booked a date in the
quarterfinal. HAZEL IRVINE: A watchable
quarterfinal draw is shaping up. Ronnie O'Sullivan is safely through,
only just. He will now play Neil Robertson, who defeated Ali Carter
last night. It might have been Judd Trump against John Higgins, that
Marco Fu won the day against Judd Trump, and he will play Mark Allen.
Joe Perry is through to his second quarterfinal, taking on Ding Junhui,
who finally won a game at Ally Pally. And we will sort this out,
Shaun Murphy against Barry Hawkins this evening. This afternoon, it is
Mark Selby against Mark Williams. Everyone is still abuzz with that
match yesterday featuring Marco Fu and Judd Trump. Five centuries,
eight 100 school breaks. Marco Fu is now playing the best snooker of his
career. I think he is. He has reinvented himself. It was not
unfair to call him a journeyman, but now he is a winning machine. It
looks like he has got a leaf will stop I know another man with great
belief, Mark Selby. He has been world number one, at the
top of the rankings, for 100 weeks, almost two years. In some respects,
does he remind you of a certain someone like Steve Davis? You were
the Rumford robot, the winning machine. You were teased and derided
about that, do you see a resemblance in that regard? I think so.
He is a great match player. There is nothing he does wrong in the game.
He does great interviews, he turns up when he needs to do. He is a
winning machine, but there is always an element of people that watch that
don't want to see that relentless winner. They prefer to see the
vulnerable entertainer. But long-term, I think people come
around to valuing his commodity, and also liking the person.
So by the end of his reign, I think he will be much more liked than at
the moment. It is interesting. You talk about popularity contests,
you never saw it like that, yet you won one. You have the most top three
nominations of anybody in sports personality of the year. Is that a
career path for him outside snooker somehow?
I think it will be in the end. People accept gestures of champions,
and great triers. But the most important thing is, true snooker
fans like Mark Selby. The people that I don't care about are the ones
that don't like Mark Selby. They only like certain types of players.
The proper snooker fan likes all types of snooker players and what
they bring to the table. We will be watching this match with
tap in Steve Davis. You are one of the few people that have won all
three majors, the triple Crown, the World Championship, the Masters and
the UK Silver Vase. And held all three simultaneously. It is a
difficult thing to do. Mark Selby can complete a Selby Slam if he wins
the trophy this week. He would join this group of players. Only Steve
Davis and Stephen Hendry have done it twice, together with John Higgins
and Mark Williams, owning all three at the same time. Now, that is a
club. To win the triple Crown, I think, is
a fantastic feeling of satisfaction that you have truly dominated. But
the type of person that is likely to win the Triple Crown is the type of
player that has a relentlessness to their game.
In order, I would place the World Championship first, then the
Masters, then the UK. If I went through a season without winning any
of them, it would be a huge disappointment, it even if I won
three or four others. Those are the three that you'd grow up watching on
TV, and you associate with being the best player in the world.
Very few players have done it, Ronnie has not done it, amazingly,
and such a great player he is. It must be difficult if someone like
Ronnie O'Sullivan has never done it, and there are only four players that
have ever done it. It tells you how hard it is.
It lends itself to a John Higgins style player that day in, day out,
plays a bread winning game under all conditions. But as they go through a
tournament, can move through the gears as well. That is the vein that
Mark Selby is in. Coming here, knowing that I am in a
chance to join that elite group that you mentioned to hold all three
titles at the same time, it is going to be tough.
If anybody could do it and make it look not easy, but look like he was
in control, Mark Selby is the animal, the ultimate animal. The
predator. HAZEL IRVINE: Only four men have so
far done it. Steve Davis, what does it feel like to have these beautiful
things in your possession? Your own personal trophy cabinet at one time?
You have all the keys to the sweet box, you are a superhero and you
have an invincibility shield around you that lasts a bit longer for the
rest of the season. And perhaps the season after that.
Is it even harder to achieve now than it was in your day? It is 14
years since this was actually done? I think I would have to say it must
be. To do it it's hard enough. To always be on your best form, or good
enough form to get through all of the matches that you had to play
even on a bad day, is tough. But when you look at the standard of
players you come up against now, it is harder than it has ever been,
definitely. The irony is, the last man to do it,
Mark Williams, is the man that Mark Selby is playing today. It is worth
reminding you of Mark Williams's incredible invincibility back then.
He reigned supreme, 2002- 03 season in particular.
He had the code to winning matches back then. He had the formula for
getting over the line, the tightrope walk of brinkmanship with Mark,
potting pressure balls to get out of trouble. The trouble is, that bubble
at some stage bursts, and it is tough to get it back. Mark Williams
is somebody that is a potential banana skin for any player in the
game, because he is a great match player.
Let's look at the head-to-head series between the two, it is
interesting. Williams, making his 19th appearance at the Masters, he
comes with a stronger record. Selby won their most recent contest at the
Welsh last year. This is the first time they have met in a major for
four years. So John Parrott, pick the bones out of all of that. I
would do, but I don't have too. I have commentators in my midst.
Stephen, I know you don't like saying nice things about Mark
Williams, but it is his credit that he is in the last 16.
He is still winning matches, but if you look at the Golden generation,
Higgins and O'Sullivan are still winning. Mark it on. I worry if he
has given up on winning. When I speak to him, he says he does not
care if he wins or loses, he turned up, he likes his life, he doesn't
bother. That is a worrying attitude for me, but that is the way he is.
How important is it for him to school today? It is tough to play
Mark Selby. You had to compete in all departments. -- score. You don't
get many chances. If there is a weakness, he hasn't scored heavily
enough. He is up against somebody that is
brilliant with ring craft in Mark Selby, but Mark Williams's own ring
craft has given him bob runs in the past.
It would give any player problems. But Mark Selby is on a high. He is
number one in the world. -- problems. Saying about the Grand
Slam, he has the pressure of that. Maybe that could work to Mark
Williams's advantage, to keep the pressure on.
But I think Mark Selby at the moment is head and shoulders. He is
confident and everything else. He has an unerring habit of winning
not at his best, and that is a fantastic thing to have in your
armour. You could say the same thing about
Mark Williams at his best. I agree with Stephen, Mark Williams is
reinventing himself, but he needs a bit of silverware, or you lose the
will to play, if you like. Looking forward to listening to you
this afternoon. More of the same from these players, please. It has
been a fantastic week. Rob Walker, take it away.
Today, we complete the line-up for the quarterfinals of this year 's
Dafabet Masters, which so far has been a brilliant tournament. Now to
a match to be two men that have lifted this title five times between
them. Could be a lot of fun here this afternoon at Alexandra Palace.
Please welcome a player who first appeared at the Masters 22 years
ago, twice a winner of this once, twice a world champion stop he
jokingly refers to himself as the Welsh Has Been, but we know there is
a touch of magic or two left in the cue, please welcome Mark Williams.
And his opponent, a player of immense composure on the big
occasion, five times a Masters finalist, three times a champion. He
has just passed his 100th consecutive week as well number one.
Reigning UK champion, reigning world champion, he's The Jester From
Leicester hummer Mark Selby. HAZEL IRVINE: Here we go, Steve and
John, all yours. JOHN VIRGO: Thank you, Hazel, good
afternoon, everybody. This could be a very interesting match.
REFEREE: Thank you, the first frame, Mark Williams to break.
Mark Williams gets the match underway.
And a good break-off shot it is. APPLAUSE
An excellent return from Mark. Look at that. Good shot.
Two fantastic tactical brains up against each other today.
Snub you see a return back to walk here, so you'll have UK. -- it's not
easy to see. I am not sure whether the right to the left bank goes to
the right middle. No, it doesn't. So safe enough.
-- the red the left of the pink. A little bit loose there, and his
opponent with his hand on the table. You should have played a better fate
than that. I could say the same about Mark
Williams there. That was a poor shot.
The worst thing that has happened there, he has opened the black up to
the left corner. He may have two just swerve this a
touch. Should be able to hold forth black mud playing it with swerve.
He certainly didn't want to hit the red that full. OK, it has gone in,
but he wanted it a bit more on the left. He will be straight on the
black. He can still pot the black, but he has had a look at the blue.
Although the blue is an easier pot, he will be struggling to get back
amongst the reds, so he's playing the black. It's a bit high.
-- high. I don't know if the pink goes. It obviously does. Not a
problem to be on the side cushion. APPLAUSE
As we were saying before, he has got to school today from these
opportunities, winning frames in one visit.
A little bit awkward, this position of shot. Two reds beside the pink
Dodd pot. I don't think he would play for a red. Not straightforward
to get nicely on the next red. He's played that well. He now has
the natural angle just to drop on the pink.
Now, can you put this red and avoid the kiss on the pink? I am not
certain he can. He would love to... if he was
straight on the red, he could screw back for the pink on the same
pocket. But if you can't avoid the kiss on the pink, he won't be on it.
He didn't want to take the risk, so played it firmer. Always knew he
would have the blue in the far right corner, but he doesn't really want
to be playing the blue. So he's just run out of perfect
position now. I think you can pot black and screw
back for the red to the right middle. I don't think the will do
anything like going into the bunch from this shot.
That's OK. APPLAUSE I think the one thing that could
suit him two days, Stephen, because he's not really a power player, he
likes floating bubbles in, a quick table suits his type of game down to
the ground. So that could lead to his advantage. But having said that,
on the table, he's just been a bit unlucky there. I don't think he's on
anything. You could have done with another
couple of ounces of power going into the pack there. I agree with you,
John, he's a touch player. Walking to the baulk end. That tells
you he's going to play safe with his next shot. It is not a
straightforward return to baulk, though. He has got to be careful. He
has the red near the right corner. Normally, he could glance of a red
quite easily, but I don't think that is the case here. He thinks he's
found a path. Just a touch short of pace. 38.
APPLAUSE A little unlucky.
As you can see, you can get past the brown to play a thin safety back to
ball. He is not guaranteed to get this safe. He also has another
opportunity on the left-hand side of the table. It could win him the
frame, or lose him the frame. It is decision time.
He just tried to hedge his bets slightly there. Well, he's not left
anything easy, let's put it that way. He didn't fully commit on the
pot. Yeah, there's a bit of pressure on
the spot. If he misses it, it could cost him the frame.
No, a mile away. So, that should cost in this first frame. -- cost
him. Ever since I have been covering the
snooker, John, sorry, the last two, three, four years, watching Mark
Selby, it is amazing how we first round he doesn't play well in and
goes through. Then wins the tournament. He is definitely
vulnerable in the first round of tournaments. As we said, chasing
this Triple Crown, joining the elite club, that is putting a little bit
of pressure on him as well. There are no easy matches nowadays.
I think if he has a weakness, Mark Selby, sometimes I don't think he
believes in himself as much as he should. He is a tremendous player,
and a man to beat at the moment, for me. Sometimes he doubts his own
ability. He certainly does, but a chance for Mark Williams to get a
good start you felt he needed. He should win the frame at this visit.
Obviously came very straight on the yellow, and couldn't do much with
the cue ball. So you would think, just make certain of this red, and
play the blue. I wonder if we will see one of Mark
Williams putted shops where he puts you under his arm. He wants to make
sure of the pot. -- Mark Williams's shots.
He doesn't want to make contact with a baulk colour.
You almost missed the putt there. That is why the cue ball ended up
there. He is on nothing. So that frame-winning chance now has gone.
53 points the lead, but still 75 remaining.
He will be very disappointed. Had to win the free from that visit. When
you are playing against Mark Selby, he will punish mistakes. That is
what has been happening in all the other matches in this Masters so far
this week. The standard has been incredible so far.
Touching the red, so there is not a lot Selby could do there. He is not
going to gain any advantage. Mark Williams should still the upper hand
in this tactical battle. Mark Selby is in a lot of trouble
here. He will have a play off one condition that is on the black
commission. Also Mark Williams has a 53 point
lead, the way the red Star, if Mark Selby is to get the next
opportunity, he could quickly be favourite for the frame.
He has left a red. As John said, there is pressure on it now. Look at
the way the raids are situated, if he misses it could cost him the
freedom. He is taking a while getting down to it.
I am sure Mark Williams will take this first freedom. Oh dear. I think
he has been a bit fortunate. That now puts on 60 points in front. He
played to come past the green, not come into it. He has needed three
chances to win this first frame, as Mark. He won't be counting on
getting that in most of the frames. You have got to take your hat off to
him. There was a time only a cute seasons ago when he dropped out of
the top 32. He has got the talent. We were talking about John Higgins
who turned professional at the same time. He is as talented as him. It
is strange to me that he seems to have this attitude that he is not
bothered about winning any more. Maybe in a way that it takes a bit
of pressure off. It is a get out, if you lose you have not put any
pressure on yourself. For me, he should still be competing for
tournaments and titles. Giving every shot the right care and
attention. This is the free and well and truly over, he just wants to
make sure he keeps getting the queue through straight.
So in those of the black. He reduced the world champion to only scoring
one point there. Mark Williams is 1-0 in front. A nice little emphatic
statement. How dangerous is Mark Williams? Very. I think it was
important for him to clear this up because even though he was a key
point in front, he still looked nervous, had a couple of chances to
get the points in front. That will settle down even more by the fact he
cleared the table. Steven Smith at that point, he feeds, and he knows
Markwell, perhaps he is not as bothered by women is often now. Is
that a product of age or a protection on his pot? It could be.
It could be the fact that you are getting older and you go softer in
the middle. It could also be the case that Mark has always been like
that. He has always been the most laid back, even when he was the
ultimate winning machine. It is in his nature can not put so much
emphasis on the importance of winning or losing. Perhaps a
statement that he has another life. You wonder if you have to pay the
price, but it has to hurt and if it doesn't hurt when you lose, then you
are past your best and that is what Stephen is talking about. Is he
still a player that strikes nervousness into the heart of
someone like Mark Selby? Everyone respects his game. John Baird the
point, we were talking before and I said Selby has a habit of winning
when he was not in his best. When you get too scrappy frames at the
end, he was one of the best I ever played. Very clever. They all
respect. That is why I mentioned the scoring, if he can ally that with
his ring craft, that will make in a match for anyone. The point John was
making about the fact Selby is going for the slam, how much pressure did
you feel that will exert? It could inflict pressure. But Selby doesn't
necessarily put pressure on at the start, it is when the stakes rise at
the end. That is when Mark Selby asks a lot of questions. He asked
some questions at the start of this. The boys have been answering them.
It is an interesting matchup with the two players. I am certain the
bookmakers have made Mark Selby the big favourite for this match. As
John was saying, you can never discount Mark Williams. Snooker for
the connoisseur, this is. Sit back and enjoy.
We always say, if you are going to miss that type of shot, miss it
saying, if it is too thick, the cue ball will never get past the blue
spot. First opportunity to Mark Selby. A chance for him to get his
hand on the table and partly few balls.
Well, that just shows you when you have not had any table time. If he
had the black in the middle, he looks like he has a second prize
here. Just off straight. It looked for a moment as if he had nothing to
go out. Fortunate to be on it, but a good
pop nonetheless. It goes without saying, they wanted
to get rid of is the one to the right of the black. He will be able
to do that now. He won't be going into the punch
from this shot. He will be starting to think about it in the back of his
mind. It is nice to leave that shot when there are one or two nice
reference. He might choose to play for the open
and to go into the bunch. That was the first black of the
fifth red. He will not be playing for the black now. He is hampered.
He will have two wrote this in play for pink or blue. There is a ?10,000
prize for the highest break. Held at the moment by Stuart Bingham who
made a 13 break. -- in 132 break. It was in the only match 30 one.
He is not going to hit the blue, he is just thinking about where he
wants to leave the cue ball. Maybe thinking about trying to hold the
spot. He decided to play the screw shot in the end. He felt if he did
stun run through, he would be at full stretch. Back in prime
position. He mentioned Mark Williams always
missed that long ball by a long way. It looks like it will cost him the
frame. Another possible reason why Mark
doesn't get those long pause as regularly as he would like. Applause
as that puts Mark Selby in the position where his opponent needs
snookers. You don't have to do a lot wrong to lose a frame. Still the
possibility of beating the 132 break. ?10,000 is not to be sniffed
at. Missed the cannon, but he will be on the red. Still a chance.
This had been pretty impressive except for the shot of the first
black where he was fortunate to leave a red at the pocket. He has
been flawless since then. Cleverley and purposefully potted
that. Now, I don't know if he knows what the hybrid is. We might see him
ask the referee. I think someone like Mark Selby will know. On the
right-hand side of the cue ball here. Beautifully constructed brick.
With the red and black, a possible 139 on. You would think to win the
prize you would want 142 plus. Absolutely. I was chatting to
someone about the pot of a maximum break and it is only about 8- one.
We have talked about how good the playing conditions are. The top
players love that for brick building. They never have to hit the
ball a. -- that hard. There will be many big breaks this week.
Just about perfect. He might have to just stun one of the top cushion.
Like most shots in this break, inch perfect.
That equals the hybrid. This lack to set the bar that little bit higher.
Wonderful. This is why he is the world champion and world number one.
That was exquisite. Well, that is Mark Selby's track
record at the moment. It is one each and I am really enjoying this match
from the point of view, can Mark Williams somehow get a result here?
I think the first frame took him three opportunities. That does not
bode well for me for the rest of the match. He has two step that up. If
he doesn't he will lose the match. One chance for Mark Selby and that
was it, frame over. Can he get past the green to the
right corner? I think you can just about get through to the potting
angle. We played the cannon on the red to the black.
Green looks the obvious colour to take here. If he brought the cue
ball back to where it is now it would be ideal.
A little bit more of an angle on this pot than he would have liked.
It makes it missable. Sometimes you miss these. It could hit the right
job of the pocket. Safely in. Mark Williams looked on for most of
the last frame. He will be hoping he doesn't gain. If this cannon goes
right, he could. He is on the black. A little bit thinner than he would
like. If he can get the cannon from the black, this little cannon on the
red. That was careless. Didn't get into the cue ball at all. It was a
very comfortable shot in the end. He will be very disappointed that the
break has ended this quickly. In the last frame he would have been
looking to win this frame in one visit again. He will go back to his
chair a bit frustrated. Mark Williams is playing off the
main bunch. Looks too sick. And a little bit harder and the red would
have dropped. He played the safety much too sick. Without having to do
much, Mark Selby is back at the table. Another chance to take the
frame. I can only assume the pink doesn't
go to left centre because I thought he might have played for that.
He has hit this one very well. He got into the cue ball so well there.
It goes in between the green and brown and it picks up pace.
Nice control of the cue ball, which he will need to win the frame on
this visit. The red balls are spread, but there is maybe only two
that are easy to get on. To red balls to the left of the
black, I am not certain if one or both of those are available.
As he puts one, he brings another one into the open. He still needs
three of these remaining reds to clinch the frame.
Maybe trying to play the black here. There was a little gap and he has
played it absolutely inch perfect. And after this black, he is looking
for one more red, that is why he played for the black.
Losing with confidence. -- oozing. As I say, by playing on the black,
he was able to nudge the red into the open. He is now 65 ahead, with
67 remaining. Yeah, he's beginning to make my
comment in the first round that he is vulnerable, seem like nonsense.
Yeah, he's really looking on top of his game, here.
Well, the frame was over before he missed that red. Mark Williams
concedes, and Mark Selby leads to- one.
HAZEL IRVINE: We talk about fine margins, and a safety shot from Mark
Williams went awry, and the rest is history.
There are shotguns to go where you think you can afford to hit them a
bit thick -- shots in snooker. It looks like there is no danger, he is
playing towards the left-hand side, but somehow, a bald orchestrate its
way toward a pocket that was never in that direction. But as an
experienced snooker player, that happens a lot.
The players will have a tendency to hit it thin with a bit of side. Near
a cushion, you cannot put aside on. From the sublime to the ridiculous,
there is a fair bit of chat on social media about Mark Selby's
hair. He is rocking the great Gatsby look.
It is like his cue action, it is rocket straight. A bit of hair
product has been squashed over that. Not that we should analyse it. I
can't talk! Nothing wrong with a bit of product
in your head, that is what I am saying. Back we go.
REFEREE: Frame four. Mark Selby to break.
JOHN VIRGO: Mark Selby get the frame, the one before the
mid-session interval underway. As always for the man behind, it's a
big frame. You don't want to be two frames behind calm the mid-session
interval. -- come the mid-session interval. Decent line and length.
Yeah, talking about how well Selby has played in the last two frames,
he should come to this event with the best 16 players in the ward. I
loved it as World War I, competing against the other best players, and
proving why you were the number one. -- as world number one.
You can't get much closer. And he was forced into playing it.
But that, as we say, is the advantage of getting the cue ball
tight to the cushion. It makes cueing that much more difficult. And
so close, and the fact he got so close, he got the double-kiss. He
has left a nice and easy start on for his opponent.
Just about stopping short of the baulk line.
You always feel it is a good chance when the black is in the open,
available and to both corners. And a nice angle on the yellow. Now
he will be thinking about making a sizeable contribution.
Not the best angle on this black. Just coming around to see it. He
would love a red, so you can follow through to both cushions. The line
of three to the left of the bunch, the middle one may pot to the right
corner. Excellent positional shot there.
Absolutely perfect. There you see the shaking of heads
on the shot. It is almost like a swing, John, not a shake.
Yeah, I suppose it is an unnatural position that snooker players get
themselves in. But it doesn't seem to affect him.
He is pushing the cue through straight as they die.
It is almost the whole body moving from side to side, but as you say,
it does not affect him one bit. That is just the way he plays. Nice angle
to go into the bunch here. He is not going to do it this time, playing
with top skin. -- top spin. I think he will play for and angle
this time for the black. Yes, and he has got that perfect
angle now. Always knew he would have this red
to the left corner. It is just an awkward positional shot. I thought
he may have played more of a stump. He comes back he is playing now, he
could have had to the right corner. That is the problem when you are
running into another red, where is the cue ball going to finish? He has
not finished too well. If the blue is the natural angle to
miss a baulk colour, that is what he will play. If he doesn't, he could
have a problem here. Doesn't look as though he can roll
the blue in and avoid the kiss on the green. He is looking at the
black, which is eight shot. But as I say, so far, he has looked full of
confidence when he has got in. So I can't see him refusing the pot.
You have to forget that you are in perfect position, and you have a
really tough shot to play. He is so full of confidence.
Immediately pointing his cue, so he's going to play the cannon from
the blue, hit a pink fall in the face. He doesn't have to play it too
hard. The reds are loose. He would be unlucky not to be on one here.
That was the intention. Whatever, he has a nice, easy red to continue the
break with. Yeah, I think the reason he missed
was because he wanted the pink and the line landed a touch.
Fair comment. He didn't want to risk anything going wrong, because he
knew that he needed a red to carry on, and he would win the frame from
this. I think Mark Williams is resigned to that fact now.
Only potted one ball, did Mark Selby, in the first frame. But as we
say, mark needed three chances, and it's now up to 281 points without
reply. APPLAUSE 70 points the lead, 67 remaining. It
looks like a two frame advantage going into the mid-session interval.
Those two reds together to the left of the pink, one is available to the
opposite corner to this lack. -- to this black. You have to say, he has
really settled in now. He has the cue ball on a piece of string at the
moment. And that is the key to this game. If you get good cue ball
control, then you more or less make every shot that much easier.
Yeah, this is as good as I have seen Mark Selby play in a first round
match. Well, since my camera member. Still possible, this red, to the
left middle. -- since I can remember.
Yes, nicely played. A second century now looks a formality. He can't
better the 139. Lots of left-hand side here. APPLAUSE
I have to say, Stephen, at the moment, he is making the game look
ridiculously easy. Yeah, there's no better feeling than
when you are out there, and the pockets must look three feet wide at
the moment to Mark Selby. Just a little shake of the head
there. He will be disappointed with that positional shot.
And in the and, he missed the yellow. -- and. Mark Williams won
the first frame, but since then, Mark Selby has replied with some big
breaks. He goes into the mid-session interval leading 3-1.
HAZEL IRVINE: We saw Mark Williams in frame on, but not much sense. You
used the word surgical to describe what we have just seen.
That is what we have seen from Mark Selby, and that is why he's on the
brink of doing the triple Crown. Two centuries and a 62 in four
friends. Yeah, what was really impressive was
that he lost the cue ball for the one and only time in the last half
hour. He left himself tight on the cushion with a horrible black. He
got down and stroked it in. Stephen said it was the best shot of the
session. It looks like he will not everything in.
When you are winning, you enjoy the challenge of that shot. When you are
struggling, you don't want those types of shots. It is the optimism
of enjoying the challenges set for you. If you are in that vein, you
are a dangerous player. There are loads of time you come to the table
and you are at your worst, the one at the side cushion is a dangerous
one. If you can enjoy those moments, you are so strong.
It looks like it was going Selby's way at the moment. One more first
round match to complete this evening, Shaun Murphy will come
bounding into night to Disco Inferno, taking on Barry Hawkins.
That will be live online and on the red button this evening. Every ball
is live with us at the Masters on the BBC. It will certainly be well
worth watching. As you might remember, Barry Hawkins hadn't gone
past the first round of the Masters in ten years of trying until he went
on that run to the final last year. And recently, he embarked on a run
that was arguably even more risky. In the car with Steve Davis.
Hi. How are you doing? Not bad. Do I need a crash helmet? I haven't
driven a gear changed since I last had a big accident before I started
driving. You had an accident? A big one. Really? Reversed instead of
forward. I drive automatics now. I wouldn't go back, to be honest
with you. You passed your test? I have passed a test. I passed first
time. The best drivers always passed second, apparently!
Any accidents? A couple of close ones. I had a
little one in a retail car park. That's not bad.
Oh! Nearly had another accident then, that would have been funny.
Do you know your blood type? No, I don't, actually, that's
terrible, isn't it. You are in a car with me. Why don't you know your
blood type? Have you got it on your phone?
I might ring my mum. I don't know if she will know, even.
Her son... you were adopted, you never knew.
Mum, I am in the car with Steve Davis, what blood group and my, do
you know? It's not important. She hasn't got a clue. He nearly had an
accident, it was in case I needed some blood!
She doesn't even know what her owners, that's handy as well! Oh, my
God! Thanks, mum. Speak to you later. By, ma'am!
If you were going to go on, what show would you go on, a reality
show? Probably the jungle, I would say.
Strictly? No, I have got some sheds. Me and Joe Perry can throw some
shapes on the dance floor. What's the favourite style?
Wants the beat gets going, we are. The leg starts twitching. We must
look like old men on the dance floor, but we don't care. We are
having a good time. It doesn't happen so often, we so busy now. But
we make sure we enjoy ourselves when we go out.
Like any cooking programmes? Not much of a cook, to be honest with
you. What about gardening? I like it. Would you get somebody in? No.
Would you sweep up the leaves in the winter time? We tidy up a little
bit, Tara sweeps. Tara? The other half. She doesn't doom nothing else,
we have to get are doing something. Sorry!
I don't mind doing things that. It's all I enjoy that.
No, I'm lost. You have come past it. Have I gone past it? It is only a
small tent... ! I might have to do another U-turn.
Do a right at that building. It is down there. That's it. Do a U-turn.
You are good at them. I am getting used to them.
Thanks for taking me to work, Steve. Good luck in the next part of your
career. Yeah, thank you.
HAZEL IRVINE: Yes, U-turn Steve Davis and Mr Hawkins in the car.
Tara, the freight is domestic engineer, that's what it is. Don't
let them tell you different. We have been joined by Stephen Hendry.
Rumour reaches us, not about the shapes on the dance floor with you,
which I am sure are fantastic, but you are picking up the cue again
cost is this the start of a comeback? I don't think so. I will
play in the world seniors, there is a revamp, and that is in March. I
will take part. John Parrott might be dabbling as well. It is certainly
not a Faure back into the full-time arena, but I am looking forward to
it. It is a revamp, John, and you are a
former senior world chaplain as well. Can you believe he is not
playing? There is a banging techno evening I
am going to! You are so 2010, you really are. In
terms of this revamp, we are not getting any professional players
over 39 now, and that is a big change. It is open to amateurs.
It is a fantastic story for someone. Anyone that is an amateur, it opens
on Monday, anyone amateur over 40 that plays a decent standard could
qualify, beat John Parrott or myself. However wins gets to the
World Championships. Exactly. Whoever wins this one will
join in where the world another 17 will be, with three qualifying
matches. A great storing in the offing for you John, and indeed use
Stephen, getting back to the Crucible.
Luckily we are seeded for the quarterfinals. Is that a proper
incentive for you? Is that what is driving it or not?
I would have to win the thing first, both of us, to even start thinking
about that. But I look forward to it. I miss playing, it is what I am
best at. Do you think he will be trying?!
It is also a fantastic opportunity for people that have never come into
the professional game to play the likes of U2. It is a brilliant
chance. That is the biggest story of the
whole event. Some other plays do a good standard, perhaps local league.
It is best three, isn't it, so a chance to beat anybody.
Anyone over the age of 40 that is a lunatic can enter, and you could get
a complete loon in the first round. Two up against each other.
If you want to take part, it is on the website on Monday. Good luck
with that. Stephen, we are talking about the main man, Mark Selby, you
had 420 odd weeks at number one, he has reached 100, and we will hear
your thoughts on Mark Selby in a short while, because you know what
it is like to be at the top of the pile. It doesn't happen very often.
There have not been that many world number ones, but what does it look
and feel like at the top of the pile looking down on the rest of this
move is seen? Mark Selby has been talking to Ken Doherty about that
very feeling. The Masters, one of the big three
tournaments and one of the majors, of course, but this is a tournament
that you absolutely excel in and love. You have won it three times
and been in the final another couple of times.
It is a fantastic tournament, and the history of the Masters is really
special. Going out there, just one table, so every time you go out, you
feel like you are playing in the final. I love that occasion.
What is it, is it the atmosphere? Is it the history of the tournament, or
you just like the one-table set-up? The one-table set-up, because the
eyes are on you and your opponent. No other distractions, no tables
either side of you, so you can focus on the job in hand, which is to win
the match and get it won. What about this venue, the Alexandra
Palace, how does it compared to the venues you play in? It is the home
of the Masters now, it has created its own home. But do you like it?
I do. I prefer it to the Masters arena, where I won a couple of
times. It held about 15,000. The venue was 2500.
This one, I am not sure how many it holds, but it is more compact, and
the atmosphere is better. You beat me in the semifinal there,
I vaguely remember, it set you on its way. I got all my confidence
after that! You are one of the few players that
can hold all three majors at the same time, along with Steve Davis,
Stephen Hendry, John Higgins and Mark Williams. That would be very
special, wouldn't it? It would be. I still have a tough
four matches if that is the case. Just to even be in this position to
try to join that elite group that you have mentioned is a fantastic
feeling. I will go out confident, looking forward to it, and who
knows, thinkers crossed at the end of the week I can join these people.
Hopefully I will. Does it make you try harder? Do you
want to be part of that history? I think so. Winning in general, once
you have won one tournament, and you have the feeling of the winning
mentality, you want to repeat that all the while. I want to try to
repeat my one win so far. If it is winning another Masters, that is
what I entered it. You have had a few peaks and troughs
through your career, but you are on the crest of a wave at the moment,
what is the difference this season? I think a few years ago, beating
Ronnie in the world final to win my first world final. From then, I have
doubted myself before that, people said I shouldn't do that, but I have
always been that kind of person, doubting myself about my game. But
to beat Bony world final in the biggest Ford would we play in live
on the BBC, and the way I won it, coming from behind. I told lies, if
I do not get confidence on that, I will. From then, I have been
confident and believed in my own ability.
Winning the UK as well, just before Christmas, that was a nice notch on
the board as well. That will give you tremendous confidence coming
into this one. I played well. It was a great final
in the end, especially the second session, me and Ronnie both played
well. Sometimes coming back, the wave he wasn't coming back winning
frames, one visit, one visit, for 4-5 frames, to stand up and do the
same bag of him, I was proud of it. Your relationship has simmered a
little bit over the last year, it seems that way looking from the
outside in. A little bit, to be fair, I would
see him at tournaments and say hello, not knowing him as a person.
But over the last few years, we have spoken more, and seen eye to eye a
bit more, doing a few exhibitions together, and spending time
together, and we are getting better, which is good. The media seem to
hype it up a little bit. But I don't hate anybody, hate is a big word.
Playing Ronnie, one of the greats of the game, it is a great feeling
here. You are also playing another great
over the last number of years as well, Mark Williams. He has won this
tournament, the world and the UK, always a tough opponent as well. How
is your history with him? I'm not too sure. I have played him
quite a few times. I played him many is ago on my first year on the tour,
and he beat me 9-0, which he reminds the opt out! He was world number one
at the time. Mark is one of the all-time greats of the game as well,
like you say. In the last few years, he has struggled, but in practice
this year he has played some great snigger. You sometimes looks back to
his best. I know it will be tough, he will not go out and freeze,
because he has been out there and done it. It will be a tough match.
That is the beauty of the tournament. The top 16, any match
could grace the final. That is why someone like Stephen
Hendry puts this in front of the UK tournament, because it is the cream
of the crop, the top 16 in the world, and every match is capable of
being the final. What would it mean to Mark Selby to
lift the Masters trophy on Sunday night?
Yeah, it would be amazing. Holding or three tournament at the same time
would be a fantastic feeling. To win it for a fourth time, and join the
group United before. Better than Leicester winning the
premiership? Yeah, I have two be selfish.
He traded number one spot with Neil Roberts. There was Judd Trump and, I
forget actually, Ding Junhui. He wasn't comfortable with the mantle
of the first time. What is it that hard to get used to about being
number one? You put massive expectation on yourself to prove
what you are number one. You come to events, you are introduced as that.
Sometimes players feel they have to live up to it. When Stuart Bingham
became world champion, the season after, he put himself under huge
pressure. Some players, when it first happens, it maybe takes you a
while to get used to. Not Mark Selby is completely comfortable. He wears
it well. It might be why some players who win the world champion
don't do well at the Crucible. When he completed the win over Ronnie in
the UK final, that was in effect a triple Crown final against Ronnie.
He has done the plot against Ronnie. That is a massive thing. And beating
him as well. He is as good as you have ever seen. I don't say that
lightly. O'Sullivan is as good as you have seen. For him to beat him
in those finals, if that isn't a boost, nothing is. We talked about
his popularity. He is greatly appreciated. He went through the
period where is the game was all he was producing. Clearly, that has
been wiped away and we are seeing more great stuff from him. He has
looked vulnerable in first rounds of Germans, but today, when you come
here as a top 16 player, you are with number one, world champion, you
want to enjoy this venue and prove what you are the best. He is loving
every minute. As the standard gets ever higher and the players bunch up
in what is achievable, it becomes a psychological game. It becomes which
player believes the most. Mark Selby has the ultimate belief. It is
amazing to think, he was sending text messages saying do you think I
played well? I am thinking, you have just played as good as anyone could
possibly play. That has stopped happening and he is not asking the
opinion from other people. Let's get back. These men have won the Masters
between them five times between them. Three for Mark Selby and two
for Mark Williams. Well, Mark Selby is playing brilliantly so far in
this match. He will not be scoring off this one. That is the break from
Mark Williams. He is not guaranteed to get this safe. He is going to
have to come off two cushions, nestle into the cluster just below
the pink, avoided the blue. As he judged it? He has. Perfect. Very
well played. He may have left a pot on to the red
corner, but with the cue ball tied to the Kishan, it is a tough pot.
The black isn't available into the opposite corner. Is there any value
in taking it on? Playing the containing safely. I the
road to the left of the black is not going be available.
Looking for a position to leave the cue ball where you would not like it
to be. There is the view from behind the
pocket, so to speak. It is always difficult, cueing when you are right
in the job like this. Not much room to bring the Chewbacca. No attempt
at a pot, just trying to play the containing safely.
Caught the red to sin. He just avoided the double-kiss.
When it here, he courted too soon. Just avoided the double-kiss. Had he
got the double-kiss and left the cue ball by the blue it would have been
a good chance. Nothing that will tempt marquee. He is playing safe.
Cat that much too sick. But he has left nothing. When you're playing
well, you always seem to get the run of the balls. Mark Williams would
like to have that one occasion. -- that one occasion.
It is not a straightforward return to the baulk end. At least with his
hand on the table he can venue for the cue ball better than he could
have done had it been paid to the baulk cushion.
You could save Mark Selby certainly did not want but interval. He was
absolutely flying. He was more concerned with getting
the cue ball back to the baulk end. Had it gone in it would have been a
bonus. More than 40 minutes since Mark
Williams last pot of a ball. -- potted a ball.
They were good shots, but just thinking, is there a gap, is there a
red that might be pottable into the red corner here. He can just get to
the potting and. He might have a chance at this. There was no easy
safely. He was so close to the cushion so he
had to just put the blue in. He would have liked to court the red
ball a bit harder to catch the cue ball. It is a little bit awkward,
this. That was really well controlled.
Very well played. He has got an angle if he wanted to go into the
black and the red. With the pink being in the open, he does not have
complained that shot. The way he was going in the last
three frames, I would have to say, there is a strong possibility of 4-1
from this visit. He has not scored a point since winning the first frame,
Mark Williams. Of course, that is one of the things
that is unique to snooker. When your opponent is at the table, all you
Kunduz sit and watch. You have no right of reply. You have to sit
there and suffer. He has a problem with this right
corner pocket. There are five Red Bull is all covering each other.
He would like to finish high on the pink to give him the angle to
stumble across. He is going for the blue. If he finished high on the
pink he could stun off the black cushion and go into the five reds.
He can still do it offer this glue. Brilliant. If he had another 50
shots, he would not do that again. How has he not made contact with a
red. That is amazing. If the cue ball had gone another couple of
inches he would have snookered himself. The balloon would have gone
back on its spot. He held the blue spot and the brown spot was
available. Had to bite the bullet and put every
effort into playing a good safety, which he has done.
That was a bit careless. I think he has left this red on. If he has left
the red, that is as bad a shock as you will see Mark Selby play. He has
an angle to go into these five reds as well. The first ball he has
partnered since the first frame. Gifted it, you could say. There is
pressure on this pink, I will tell you. Good shot. It is not easy when
you have been frozen out. This was the gift. He just caught the red
little bit too thick. Mark their needs to screw back. He was playing
to hit a bit thinner. When you're flying in a match and everything is
going well, the thing you battle against is a lack of concentration.
He is on the pink in a fashion. He might be able to pot the pink and
carried the two reds on the right-hand side of the table.
Stunned across. The one on the extreme left, he must feel he can
get through to that. A good shot on the pink. The only thing he doesn't
want to become too straight on the pink. He has. He might have the
angle to play top spin and cannon into the two reds on the side
cushion. He won't have angle to force into the black, will he? This
is tough. He will have to play with a bit of Pierce to get the cue ball
out. He will probably just play for the
pink it was always going to be tough. That was a pretty good
contribution. Remember he hadn't potted a ball for three frames. Then
he had the mid-session interval. He got some good balls there. He got
himself right back in this frame. Just 11 points behind.
Excellent safety. I don't know if he can play the pot on this red and
avoid the case and the two reds. In the end, I don't think he even
played the pot, he just had the city. He could not afford the colour
on the baulk line. It is never going to be that good a safety. It is
quite a big target now. Green, brown, blue, to try to hide behind.
It is going to be a bits and pieces end to this frame. You wouldn't
expect the next mistake will cost the frame. I just get the feeling
that this is the type of frame that Mark Williams has got to win.
That is probably the recent Mark Selby has taken that red on. He
knows it would not have cost them the frame. In fact, it hasn't. It
won't cost anything. Even if he left the red on, you could safely say,
Mark Williams would not have cleared up.
It is going to be a game of cat and mouse.
Why was he looking at the pot on this red?
I thought the only red he could leave was the one he was playing. He
got close, but he has not left that one. That was a sort of half-hearted
attempt at the double. As you say, Stephen, Mark Selby
looks to me, and the opportunity he will go for it. If he knocked the
red in, it could build on his 11 point advantage. He got close, but
once again, I think, looking at Mark Selby's facial expression, that Mark
Williams can just get past the yellow. As we said, the chances of
winning the frame on this visit, practically impossible.
That was a lovely little shot. A beautiful touch.
That one was as bad as the last one was good. Just got into the cue ball
a little too much. The little flick on the green ruined his position.
There are only five points in it now.
That was a good head. Excellent shot.
Well, Wilma pink stop or drop? It stopped. He was a bit fortunate
there because the red knocked the pink out of the way because it might
have run into the pink. Believe it or not, I'm sure that was
an attempt at up pot, when you play that sort of shot, you always error
on the side of hitting it to sin. -- seven. Quite easy to play safe now
with the pink in the left corner. I wonder if he'll play the shot we
saw Ali Carter play, the red tape to the cushion, fitted full ball and
get the double-kiss to get the cue ball back to the baulk end. That's
what he's played. But the problem is with that shot you're never certain
how much the cue ball's going to go back on the red is going to come out
and he's left the pot on for his opponent.
APPLAUSE Good pot. Didn't overhit it. Stroked
it in nicely. That was a good shot. That's
unlikely. -- unlucky. Slowly but surely he's got a two
advantage in this frame. The reason he wanted to play safe
from the red, he feels he can get in behind the yellow, blue or brown but
he doesn't feel he can get it with this red at the top cushion. He
didn't hit that one at all. Norway she should be leaving pot on.
Misjudgement. I think he oversaw tip, really. -- over thought it.
Mark Selby has definitely been knocked out of the rhythm he was in
before the interval. Long way away from that pot.
APPLAUSE Good pot there from Mark Williams.
Here's a short maker. And he pulled one out there. -- shot maker. But
didn't play that position will shot very well but is a good opportunity
to get the cue ball back to the old cushion and get the snooker behind
the yellow, blue or brown to give them a real good advantage. I
wouldn't be concerned by the red finishes, just get the cue ball down
in that area. He's got the snooker. To take it to the frame now, ten
points in the lead. Mark Selby faced with the age-old problem, got to hit
the red and somehow get it safe. So here's a chance. But he cannot
this red in and get on a colour, it should be a free man. A frame he
needs badly. -- should be a frame-winner.
Yes, you can almost see it was like a typical Mark Williams winning
frame. Always been so good at winning this type of frame. He's
just left a tricky angle where he cannot avoid the cannon on the blue,
can he? He could, comfortably. Don't know what the problem was there.
It should be all over now. Just the brown needed to go 24 ahead with 18
remaining. Battled hard to get this frame on the scoreboard. And that's
why I thought it was an important frame for Mark. If you can't win
scrappy once he's not going to get anything out of this match. As you
alluded to, Stephen, knocked Mark Selby out of his stride here a
little bit with this type of frame. But they all count. There are no
pictures on score boards, Mark Williams is back in the match, just
one behind, 3-2 to the World Championship. STUDIO: It's not a bad
effort considering that half an hour of playing time he didn't pot the
ball and then had the interval, so almost on our he's had to wait
before getting himself right back into the thick of this match. I hate
seeing vintage Williams because he's obviously a scoring machine as well
at his big but that frame is why he's been a champion he's been
because I don't know many players who can play and quite horrible type
of frame better than he can play. Mark Selby's good at it but Mark
Williams was absolutely superb. Individual pot, lost position a
couple of times. Individual potting, Aqua charts, leaving his opponent in
awkward positions, that was a fabulous frame for Mark Williams to
win. Stephen put it, potting the champion out of his stride, the
world number one actually looking slightly uncomfortable for a minute.
Possibly, the interval changes thing sometimes, one of those types of
frames. Mark Williams had a chance with the second to last red and
potted the black and failed to get position. He's not clinching but
he's scrapping and would be very unfair to criticise him because he's
3-1 behind and playing against one of the greatest players of the
modern-day game. Every credit in that respect for him to win this
match, somewhere down the line he has the stamp his authority more in
the match and win a bit more comfortably in frame. Job done. He's
got his way back. He dollar Mark, you're looking at 4-1 and probably
all over. Very much so, very much with Mark Selby in the form he's in.
In the context of the match, a very important frame. Vintage Williams,
it was a nightmare playing against them when you had things like that,
so you think it's a clever shot, I'm in trouble here, clever shot. He's
very adept at it. Makes you think, that's the mark of a champion. Two
great champions out there. It's getting close, only one frame
between them now as we head into the sixth.
Fees on the green. Doesn't look to have the perfect angle.
Just dropping in, that will ease himself that long straight red. The
black is available to the opposite corner, soulful concentration on
this one. Got to fully commit to these. And dead and played it
superbly. APPLAUSE Yes, good confident pot. That was a
valid point that Steve Davis made in the studio,. You can hang on in the
match in those scrappy frames but when he gets opportunities like that
he's got to start winning frames in one visit.
Needs to run. He's on the red but hampered. It's amazing how many
times Mark Williams gets out of position. He still on this red...
Again, didn't play that with the power a lot of players would have
played with. It's end of break. So, again, not able to win the frame in
the first scoring visit. Much too thin and very fortunate.
He's cannoned into the green but the blues covering the red to the left
corner. As you can see. Typical Mark Williams. One of the
best ball putters the game has ever seen. -- potters. I was gone to say
that but I never understood really what it meant. I think what it means
and I remember Ray Reardon, they always seemed to be able to pot
these balls with an element of safety, they always aimed to see it
as shot to nothing. There's no doubt, he has started to knock the
long ones in. Four in a row the last of frames. I think a lot of players,
when they actually play to pot a ball, they're determined to get
position on the next one but I think Mark has bat that he thinks it's a
difficult shot, you can just put all concentration into the red and not
be too bothered about position. Sometimes it's hard to tell yourself
to do that. Yeah, I suppose, it's like when you bring a pot and you
know you possibly not going to get anything from it, just making sure
of the pot so you're playing the next shot. So close, just the pace
kept it out but fortunately he missed the cannon.
APPLAUSE Was only the pace that kept it out.
Rattle, rattle, rattle. APPLAUSE
Good length. Asking a question of Mark
Williams, 32 point advantage in this frame. We'll have to be a good
safety year. -- will have to be a good safety here. That's the
player's view. He could hit the red on the
left-hand side of the table but you'd try to get back to baulk of
that, you could easily get a double-kiss. Just nudging into it.
Feels as though that's going to be safe enough. He didn't want to risk
playing off the main bunch because he could have knocked one over the
corner pocket, so just played a containing safety.
Struck it beautifully. Struck the right side of the blue but couldn't
have played that much better. Trace of right-hand side. Not enough
right-hand side. That's careless. I mean, that was so
obvious that red was going to go to the right corner. He's just lost his
focus, it appears, at the moment. I did see. That's a shocker from Mark
Williams. I did say the only thing that Mark Selby is going to battle
against this lack of concentration when everything is coming so easy
for you. This is a tough black that Mark Williams has left himself.
Lovely shot. At first glance I don't know how the next red is coming
from. Typical Mark Williams pot this. Dropping it in dead weight. I
think he's on this one along the black cushion. How will he play it?
As a shock to nothing so he comes away from the pocket? He's gone all
out and it's a great pot. Looks like he might have the natural
angle just to miss the yellow of two cushions for a choice of raids to
the right corner -- reds. Just picked a lovely time to leave the
arena. Hard enough, is it? Maybe he can
just get through to the bottom red. He do it and it was commonly easier.
Only the red required that 55 points in front with one remaining.
Comeback complete. Highly unlikely that Mark Williams
will be asked to play on here. Mark having a look. 62 points difference,
51 remaining. That equates three, four point snooker is
required. Where's the blue ball going? Only a half-hearted attempt,
so unbelievably of the mid-session interval Mark Williams is now all
square. 3-3. And would you believe it, Mark
Williams is mopping them up again? He's been in float mode.
I disagree with you. You don't have to win in one visit, he are
uselessly at this level but is 12 things with 36 and 59 breaks. In a
perfect world is one of the few. Full of shots raising heavily saying
that Mark Williams Bilis 's office says that once again. Yes,
Featherweight frothing device if this affect positional shot. Potting
along the top position to commit to the positional shot. Nothing wrong
with his bottle, perhaps he just needed a bit more confidence and we
all need that. Fascinating the first four frames, saying we have the best
-- the best we've seen absolutely. You can play well for the two is a
different contracts. Mark Selby can graft as well and a great match
played at the end of matches. A strike rate winning the last rate
was important. I think Mark Williams's style, definitely
contracting the world number one. Real test of nerve for them both
coming up. COMMENTATOR: All look so good at
3-1, 3-3 now. We're going to show you a shot year. Playing the blue
into the five reds in the corner, if he makes contact with a red dirt on
its 4-1 and it could be a completely different match. In the late lost
concentration and focus. But now that shot the opening long red Sea
life of the mission. Unless he's lining up an angle on this thread to
make a cannon on the black. It's very risky. -- lining up an angle on
this red. Olly tempted to play the cannon on
the black. It might bring one of those players well. In the cannon
and got the cannon. Might just have one of the wrecked it is just that
it out. When that black move, just like a red and black is available
into the same pocket. When it's free spotted.
Just watch the black it just nudges this red. Was that enough to make
the black available? He can play the cannon you possibly.
The red to the left corner of the cushion. To the right of the black.
Can he do that without missing the black? He didn't get anywhere near
enough side on the cue ball. He got no reaction.
Make the best of that opportunity. -- didn't make the best.
Missed it. And left it. One of those reviewed play date shot and think
the only red you are leaving is the one you are playing. You don't want
the red to come back to the baulk with the cue ball.
Not the best positional shot from Mark Selby. Clear
From here onwards, the best it is going to be tough match snooker of
these two. Yeah. And this type of frame, as we have alluded to a few
times, suits Mark Williams more than Mark Selby. It is probably the only
time we would say that, that this sort of friends sued someone over
Mark Selby. -- this sort of frame suits someone better. A better way
of explaining it is to say someone is comfortable playing this type of
frame as Mark Selby. A mistake. The green is not coming
to his rescue. He is certainly rolling back the
years now. Well, I say that, and he misses it.
But he may have just about got away with that. That was pressure. It was
like he had seen a chance to go 4-3 ahead. That was a much easier shot
than the peak he just ported. But the black and pink have come to his
rescue. I thought it was a bit too thick,
but such is the pace of this table that he has played it perfectly.
That is a bit thick. Mark Williams can't get through to the red.
Is he forced into playing the plant here? I don't know if the red that
is nearest the black goes past. It is one of those situations where the
safety is as difficult as the pot. Very difficult, the plant.
Sometimes, when you're in this type of situation where you can't see a
safety, you try and put your way out of trouble. -- pot your way out of
trouble. But he can't even do that, I don't think.
Coming up to one and a half minutes of thinking time.
He thought he could find a safety, and boy, that's a good shot. That is
an absolute cracker. It's funny how the run of the ball
is just turning slightly. Not like that good safety shot from Mark
Selby. The blue this time comes to Mark Williams' rescue. That is more
like the Mark Williams of old. I think he used to say the same thing
about you, Stephen! Has he got away with that again? I
think he was half-heartedly playing the plant and then he was saying he
thought it rolled off, but he has not left the easy read. There are
couple of other reds that are pottable, but they are very awkward.
Funnily enough, Mark has put his hand up and apologise. But I just
looked at Mark Selby's face, and he was getting a bit frustrated it all.
As we said before, bar for the cannon, he probably would have been
4-1 up. When things start running against you, there have been three
occasions here were Mark Williams was entitled to leave with a pot on.
You think, is it not my day? Well, he has got the plant. He is on the
brown, so a chance. Let's see if he can get back to focusing on where he
was before the mid-session interval. This brown is not as easy as it
looks on the screen. Before the interval, you said this
was frame over. He needs to be straight on the blue
than this. Just over two hours of playing time.
Still not back in prime position. The pot on the red is easy enough,
but he has a bit of work to do with the cue ball. He has got to Matt
Angle on the red. -- too much angle on the red.
The two reds to the left of the pink, at least one of them is
available into the opposite corner. Would you believe it? He kept slowly
but surely running out of position and in the end, it caught him out. I
didn't see him missing that, but of course, when you have to do a little
bit with the cue ball, you can always just take your eye off the
pot. And got one. Excellent shot. He
would love to be open to play the red below the black for the right
corner. It is a good shot, but he never had
the perfect angle to screw a bit further across to be on the red.
He's not going to win the frame at this visit.
Just one red left on the table, easy to hit. But you have got to get it
safe. The lead that Mark Selby has no count for nothing if he leaves
the red on. Would you believe it? He has left
the red now. Boy, this game sometimes will have you tearing your
hair out. He looked to have hit the red
absolutely perfect. The yellow must have been too
straight. He is just the wrong side of this green. I don't think he can
drop it in dead weight, he will have to come in up and off the table.
He has thought about playing it into the corner pocket.
We have seen him so many times drop these types of shots in dead weight,
but he would still be living a distance between himself and the
brown if he played it that way. He has gone for the corner pocket. Oh,
so close! But not there. A great effort at the pot, but he
has missed a fantastic opportunity to win the seventh frame. This isn't
easy. Never easy to judge when the object
ball is right in the jaws of the pocket. Still needs brown and blue.
Well, it's wobbled its way in and the blue is all he needs.
Mark Williams missed a golden chance and he won't be getting another one.
Mark Selby led 3-1. He was pulled back to 3-3 and looked to be
wobbling a bit. Mark Williams let him off the hook there.
HAZEL IRVINE: and stopped the rot after the last couple of frames,
having won by Mark Williams. There was a really good opportunity for
Mark to close that out and make it three in a row. What was the
situation you are about to refer to? Mark Selby has knocked the red
towards the bolt and unluckily gone off in the corner pocket and he
leaves Mark Williams with the cue ball-in-hand. Here is the situation.
I might have been tempted, the yellow into the green might be the
awkward position of shot. I might have been tempted to drop that in
and leave myself virtually straight on the green. I pot the green with
the rest, I'm on the yellow and the rest of the break is easy. The
difference between a player who is confident and absolutely on former
is that they make clear decisions under pressure. He plays the shot,
he's got a bit of an angle. He gets on the blue, he gets back on the
green. He probably thinks he will be able to play yellow to green well,
but he misjudges the pace of deep positional shot, which he has done a
couple of times already. But putting the green on its spot is so much
easier. So this is the pressure manifesting itself when you are out
there. To think clearly is easier said than done. Of course it is. It
is a lot easier sitting up here in judging it, but if you showed that
to Mark Williams again, he would go, you're right. But there is such a
dramatic change in the rhythm of this match. This is the key thing to
it. I haven't been in the seat that long, but I can't remember playing
Mark Williams. It gets bitty and awkward. The frames become horrible.
And to score when all of that is going on is why Mark Williams is
brilliant at winning these friends and other people find it more
difficult. Mark Selby is one of those that can do that, but it is
difficult to play. It is the world number one who is on top again.
They just had to play a slight swerve. There was a possibility he
could have parted the red, but that was the last thing on his mind. Just
wanted to contain the situation, which he has done well enough.
He needs a bit of luck here. Is he on one? The one to the left of the
black is available, but is the one above the black? He thinks he can.
A difficult pot, but a good one. Wrong side of the blue.
Every time Mark Williams gets to the table, you sense that he is battling
the whole time to keep the break going. He is eyeing up this red to
the right of the bunch. Excellent reply there. We have seen
some very good safety. What we are seeing here is the fact
that Mark Selby and everyone saying he is the number one player and has
been now for nearly two years, and he is the man that everybody has got
to beat. But fair play to Mark Williams, he is certainly bring the
game to him. Absolutely. He is maybe not winning frames in one visit, but
he is in this match. Another excellent safety shot their,
and I can't see another path back to the baulk at first glance.
Touching ball, which means that Mark Selby can now fire away.
Steady hand needed. He has not managed to do it.
These players are both excellent at playing Finn glances -- thin
glances. not as thin as that. But again, no
damage done, I don't think. Looking at this plant but it's the
safety shot that's the most important part of this. He'll be on
the green if he gets it. That cue ball travel.
If you could easily get black and played. But he can't. He's just
playing the safety. They clapped in the wilderness. But
that's the only thing he could do, of course. That's the danger ball to
the right corner, got to cover that. Needs to. Have done. Good shot, that
was a more attacking safety. Having replaced because he can get
through to this red to the right corner.
And that's where it was, that's for it is now. Looks pretty good to me.
Had to catch it didn't, he caught it too sick. -- caught it too sick. It
might be Mark Selby's turned to be fortunate.
Unless someone does something drastically wrong, which you
wouldn't expect or these two players were in for a long frame. The red
just below the pink might be available to the right corner. And
it is. There's up path back to baulk, so he can play this. Caught
it two Extra seven. He's not got a bad cue ball, not bad at all.
Well, better to miss them than them on the way down. There is a red left
of the black spot that is portable to the left corner.
Surely he can't refuse it. He is, he's having it put back. Surprises
me a little. Me to. The way the balls are situated on the way this
frame is going, it's half chances that you've got to take.
That looked almost all. Mark Williams missed a trick there.
The red he's looking at, he could come off
Is hoping to force a mistake from Mark Selby but could be a long time
waiting for that. Did well to take on that red there. Good pot from
Mark and just a little bit too far. We'll just add to his frustration.
Not certain how much she can get on this. Might have to play a little
bit site. That's one way. Just don't want to
put too much side on it and hit the reds on the way down. Follow the
white line all the way down. Brilliant.
Now this is top quality. Tactical smoker. -- tactical snooker.
Looks like just another containing safety here. Get the ball up to
these riots. -- these reds. Is it going to reach? That's so careless.
Left with choice of three reds. Just trying to drop on the red and as
soon as he hit it he knew he didn't hit it hard enough.
The cue ball. He's got three reds near this right corner. , the
right-hand one will go to the right corner pocket, got to be closer to
control the cue ball. Yes, this moment in time, and
definitely getting two marks. 34 points is the lead. Four reds by
slit open. But as it would be enough to get because at that stage.
And he does win the frame at this minute, it would become the best of
these. Red and colour. He's on the pink.
That will put him 62 points in front with just 59 remaining. Mark Selby
has caught about along here. Bart Williams is potting Mark Selby
under a lot of pressure. STUDIO: He seems to be unsettling him. Doesn't
matter how well you've been playing in the past. Number one in the
world, well ahead as number one. You have to keep proving it every time
you go on the table you can turn this around. You really want the
entry, top quality and safety we're watching. Paramedic or Stephen
Hendry in the commentary box! He's absolutely right. It happens in the
Gimelstob and Mark Williams at the moment is playing a brand of sticker
that's very difficult to play against. Done that everything gets
petty, look at the scoreboard, 139, 69 and 100 and since then Mark
Selby's biggest break is 39. Mark Selby is used to playing a lot
more open, aggressive Snooker amongst the players he is bumping
into often, so he is not getting so much of the style.
As it is, it has become an old-fashioned style game and that is
more to Mark Williams' likely than Mark Selby, who is becoming pretty
free amongst this scoring department. It is fascinating. 100%.
I think they are matched up in that department. Ring craft is a massive
part of the game. Maybe is not as much as it used to be, but both
these players have tonnes of it. So when you get these two players,
where it is going, Mark might even be favourite. Best-of-3, boys.
They were talking about winning frames in one visit and since the
interval, that break from Mark Williams has been the highest break
on offer. They say there are no two friends alike in snooker. But the
last four frames have been very tactical. Any idea what Mark Selby
could do to change the flow? I was about to say, maybe play a more
aggressive safety shot, get the reds opened up early, force Mark Williams
into scoring again. At the moment, Mark Williams is outSelbying Selby!
He thought he could play that as a shock for nothing. Has he got away
with it? Has he covered it? Mark Selby must be thinking, what has
happened here? You can't take away from Mark Williams to get back into
this match. He has scrapped so hard. The boy has had a tremendous run of
the ball since the interval. The strange thing about this one is that
if he could hit the right-hand side of the cue ball, he could maybe
swerve this slightly to pot this red, but he can't because the yellow
is in the way. It is a double whammy. Look at the opportunity if
he can get the black in the open. If you tempted by a double here?
A puff of the cheeks. It is hard work at the moment.
Come on, JV. In all honesty, I can't see one. I can see how you could hit
a red, but to cover or not leave a pot on is nigh on impossible for me.
It is one of those situations where you just hit in hope.
You would think he could flick on. But he is so tight to the green.
He would love to nestle on the red that is near the corner pocket.
Looks like this red just goes past the red that is closest to the
pocket. He doesn't have to do anything with the cue ball to get
position on the pink. He let that cue ball run three
inches too far. Still shouldn't be a problem, but he has had to think
about it. I think the red immediately below
the pink is available. Those two reds to the left of the
red he has just put it look as though they are almost set for a
plant. He is just having a look at it now. It certainly could be made.
If he does have to squeeze it, he will not be playing for the black.
He's going to have to hit the right-hand side. The positional side
of this is not straightforward now. It is not a formality to get
position on the pink. He could play the red to the left of the two
together and stun up for the pink or blue.
He is on the pink, but not as he would like.
Hmm, not there. He was taking full advantage of those types of
opportunities. He has dried up since the interval.
He was automatic before the interval. Didn't have to think about
any shot. Almost every single shot in that break, he had to get up and
down, look at the situation. And remember, that plant is still
there. He could play it. I can see no reason why he wouldn't. He is
nice and high with the cue ball, so he can play this comfortably. I
understand why he is not playing it already. From where the cue ball is,
it looks unmissable. He had a huge margin for error to
finish on a red there. This was where he thinks he had a big bounce.
Poor shot. It is situations like that that might just make Mark Selby
settle a little bit. When he missed the pink, he thought it could have
cost him the frame. It hasn't done. In fact, it didn't cost him much at
all. A chance for Mark Williams. It is
getting tough out there for both of them.
15 points behind. That will equate to taking the remaining reds with
colours to get to snooker's required stage.
This pink to just go one point behind.
That wasn't a clean pot, but in it went. The red that is close to the
blue, I think he can get on that to the left middle.
It was a bit careless to leave himself short.
Not the best positional shot, but this gives him another opportunity.
The only problem with leaving the red behind the black till last is
that now he will have to play a decent positional shot to get on
that. And it is not going to be easy from there.
You see the disappointment on Mark's face that he didn't win the frame on
that visit. He is a big favourite now.
Good hit, and a double-kiss. Mark Selby suddenly put his hand up to
apologise. I don't think I would have been apologising. He has been
favouring his opponent for the last couple of frames. But even though he
has left this red safe, there is every chance that Mark Williams can
lay another snooker here. That wasn't the best shot for me. He
has not put Mark Selby in any trouble here. So any advantage he
had in this tactical exchange has gone now. Mark Selby is brilliant at
digging himself out of holes in matches, and he is going to need
that. He is in one here. He is scratching his head now. I know he
can't hit the right-hand side of the wreck, but he could try answering
around behind the angles. Normally, he wouldn't think twice
about it. I think he has left this red.
Certainly, he has left a pot one. That does surprise me a little bit.
I thought he might have been tempted by the pot there.
You wouldn't believe there was a gap around the back of that read. You'll
have it replaced. The fact he's got this natural two
cushion escape. He is looking to hit the red full in the face, leave the
cue ball at this end. Just a minor adjustment required. But misjudged
it again and now this time we will be taking this red one. This is a
test, this first red. He's not been comfortable, not comfortable at all,
since the interval, certainly since that break he was on in the fifth
frame. There is pressure on this. Good shot. Here, Mark Williams will
be fearing the worst now. Still a little bit to do of course.
Particularly with the Brown not being on its box, makes it a little
bit more awkward. The blue will be going back on its spot after this.
Couple of key shots coming up now. Position from yellow to green, then
green to brown, if he can cope with those three, then the frame's at his
mercy. Yeah, he needs to be closer to this yellow. The shot from green
to brown is the deciding shot in this frame but because he's left
himself a tough shot just to get on the green... Even tougher to get the
right angle on the green. He's up there saying it's a bad
contact. It certainly looked heavy. The cue ball seemed to jump. That's
the thing, if you're striking down slightly. Unless he's got the
perfect angle to roll this green in and can the Brown... It's a tough
pot. Tough to get good position. Good pot, where is the cue ball?
Flicks off the Brown. Nearly went in the middle. The other downside,
knocked the Brown safe. The difference, three points. Both
players now needing brown, blue and pink.
Good line. Isn't length, the only problem with this is if Mark
Williams can come off the top cushion and hit this brown full in
the face, he could get a snooker back here. Not beyond the realms of
possibility. Didn't hit it full in the face, though. So Mark Selby gets
another chance. He looks very much under pressure,
to me, at the moment, the world number one.
This is a tough shot. But he's had a look at the potting angle, so you
feel as if he's going to take it on. So close. He hit that good, didn't
he? He's left a very awkward Brown. It's difficult to say from our
commentary position whether it's easier to cut it in the right,
Middle or... Looks like the right middle. He's played it well, where
is the cue ball going? Where is the cue ball going? Four. Still needs
blue and pink. Whatever happens with blue, it'll be a pressure pink from
distance. That cue ball is a little bit closer to the side cushion than
he would have liked. Big shot. Right into the heart of the pocket,
puts his cue down. You storming off to the dressing room. He's a mighty
relieved man just one frame away from a place in the quarterfinal.
He is, really having to work hard for this, a fight on the Brown, then
the difficult cue ball went over the pink. There was a situation early on
in the frame, Mark Williams possibly could have passed on from here. This
different from Mark Williams in his prime and now, perhaps the thinking
process isn't as good. He's in full control of the table. You don't
leave the last red on the top cushion, as Stephen Hendry said,
until last, it can go wrong positionally. He gets himself a bit
in trouble and has to play the safety shot. It was good, but let
his opponent back to the table. Mark Williams of old would have
identified it quicker, made sure he got on the last red, second to last
red, then all of a sudden it makes it easier. In that break we were
talking about it, he only had two reds left, what next the blue
committee should have made sure he was high the other side so he didn't
have to play the cannon on the blue, making the top red easier. You sit
here watching but in the pit it's a lot more difficult. Mark Williams
still sitting out there. Is there one last gasp left in him in this
match? He played a good shot with the rest, could have gone in, he
played it to the far jaw, the right place to play it. Still skin of the
cheap stuff. Not easy to predict the outcome because both players are
looking slightly wobbly, no one has quite got control of the game.
Williams has to take confidence the way he's come back into this match,
the way Mark Selby was flying before the interval. The old craft has come
back. I don't subscribe to him not caring about winning or losing, it's
a mechanism for taking pressure off. If somebody was like that he
wouldn't be trying as hard as he is this afternoon. He is still in
there. I agree with Stephen in commentary, he's had a good run of
the balls as well. People may expect me to go out, nothing to lose, I'll
keep plugging away. Mark Williams is still in the top 16, hasn't been
winning events. It's a step back up the ladder to beat Mark Selby in the
Masters. It's an OK win for Mark Selby if he gets over the line but
it would be an excellent win for Mark Williams, the position he's in
in the game, players struggling a fraction. I read some very funny
quotes from him the other day, he said he had to laugh at himself, the
fact he's still in the top 16. He's very self-deprecating, does himself
down, that could be a mechanism. No danger of that, Hazel, he's too good
a player, he knows deep down. His game still stands up to as close
scrutiny. If Mark Selby comes through this, this will have been a
proper work-out for him, make no mistake. I was about to mention this
time last year when Ronnie O'Sullivan was in here and it was
Mark Williams who gave him the toughest work-out of the entire week
with a final frame decider. We've got history when it comes to causing
quite a few banana skins for top player Mark Williams. Here we go,
with the break. Hoping that his last break shot of
the match. If he wins this frame he's through to the quarterfinal.
Mark Williams has put him through the ringer. Friends have started to
be a bit more drawn out, that's why we're onto the three hour mark.
The obvious frame time is practically 20 minutes.
He came over to look at the black. Thinking about the red, to the light
of the pink, stunning the cue ball across... Now, this shot, you can
play it more positively around the ankles, thicker contact on the pack,
or you can just brush it, which is what he's done. That was a nice
little brush off the yellow, blocked the left-hand side of the pack. It
certainly was. Stopped the escape room down the left-hand side of the
table. He's taking this red one. Tremendous shot. Look at the cue
ball control. Brilliant pot. If Mark Selby doesn't get the lucky brush
off the yellow he plays a safety shot, Mark Williams. Absolutely. He
was forced into playing it because he couldn't see safety.
Again, doesn't take him long to get out of position. Frustrating to
watch, never mind how he must feel. He's got this red to left middle. He
likes it easier than this. In it goes. He needs a good angle on the
blue. Then he just dropped this in and hole for one of those two reds,
to the right of the cluster. He couldn't, he's having to play for
the red along the top cushion. These are tough. Especially because he's
going to play it with a bit of pace to get out for the black. Plenty of
shots into the pack. A bit tentatively so far. How is he going
to play this one? Again, played a touch shot. It's not worked out.
This red does cut to the right corner and he can play for the
black. With lots of bottle. On the left-hand side, with the cue ball.
That was a Mark Williams special coming up there, the only player in
the world who can do that. Now, is he on a colour? Does he get
a good angle on the green? It's not a bad one. It's not bad. The red
that's loose is available, amazing how he can contort himself into that
position. Textbook. Rolled it in and it's perfect on the next red. Choice
of two reds and in playing this one he will nudge another interplay. --
into play. What a time in the match to win a frame in one visit. It'll
take us to a decider. Once again, under hit it. Should
have been straight. He'll go for the blue now. But it gave him an
opportunity. His wife, Jo, feeling every anguish, willing every ball
into the pocket. It's worth watching them playing.
This is a good positional shot. If you're being picky, you would say
maybe it should have been a fraction more.
It doesn't. I think he can stun down for the black. No problem. He's got
a nice angle on the black. Mark. It can only be a little bit of
tension in the arm, can't be anything else.
A disappointing round. He was going to win the frame in one visit there.
A strong 53 point lead. The last thing he wants is the pink
tight against the cushion. But then I suppose he is forcing Mark to
bring this red away from the cushion. He's not played it well. So
here's a chance for the counterattack now, for Mark Selby.
Well, I think decider here we come. Looks like Mark Selby is going to
win this match, he'll have to fall over the line. -- if Mark Selby is
going to win, you'll have to fork over the line. He can't buy a
positional shot at the moment. Nope. He's looking at the scoreboard, he
needs red - colour- red. Played it well, upload it nicely. It's on the
Brown. And he's on the red to clinch the
frame. This red will put him 65 points in front with just 59
remaining. It goes. We're going to have a decider for Joe to have to
live through. -- for Jo to have to live through. Mark Selby will not be
coming back to the table, even now he will be preparing for the
deciding frame. Should you go out the arena and wash your hands or sit
there and wait for the referee to set the balls up? We've already had
three of these first-round matches that have gone to a deciding frame.
I don't supposed you'd expect to have any runaway victories.
Particularly with the top 16 players in the world. I'll be honest with
you, Stephen, went Mark Selby went to the midsection interval three in
front, I didn't see this. No, not at all. We have mentioned that shot
that went wrong for Mark Selby when it looked like he was going to go
for one up. Every credit to Mark Williams. He keep mentioning he
hasn't won a frame in one visit. Tremendous character, tremendous
matchplay. As we all say with a decider, it
literally can be the toss of a coin. World champion, UK champion, world
number one... And the chances of holding the three majors at the same
time are all going to be down to a deciding frame. Not on the blue, but
he's not bothered. Once again, we have parity. This
time it's five apiece. First to six. Decider to come.
Isn't it ironic, the man who last held all three of snooker's majors
simultaneously, Williams coming 2003-2004, goodness me, could he be
the man to prevent Selby from doing it? Yes, not necessarily in the
style you were big, nicking this particular match would be a feather
in Mark Williams's cap. It would be. Mike Williams cue ball patrol is not
vintage but he's getting away with it. You said it's an under suit at
the moment but he's finding a way. Yeah, he was always very good at it.
He is under enormous pressure. I still believe he wants to win as
hard as he ever did, I'm not falling for that line. He's in they're
competing, his matchplay has been exemplary, he's not been scoring in
one visit. He's tough to play against and the games get fractured
and broken up and you have to beat him when he plays like that. You
come to the table and every time you come there is something awkward
about him. He's saying, that is the shot I played, play better than
that. I say, Mark Selby has been on the end of it this afternoon, it's
been a very hard work-out for him. Does he seem like a man under
pressure this afternoon? The hole has been dogged by not keeping the
pressure on Mark Williams. Whilst the? May still be if Mark Williams
gets a chance in the last frame can he hold it together and keep
position? There are? Over whether there is a little bit of tension.
And expectation. More so on this man than we think. He's succumbed a bit
to the problems of thinking too much ahead, as to what it would be like
to hold the grand slam victories. He's now in a pressure situation in
a match and it's about a pure fight, how much but has he got? Is that
you're reading? The fact these factors might come in. Stephen made
a point about the concentration, when you're playing that well and
things are coming easily, how easy is it to lose focus when it's going
your way? The hard bit is getting it back, it's not some you can switch
on and off. One point he made, we've seen time and time again, the
interval came at the right time, Williams and the wrong time for Mark
Selby. Mark Williams lost the final frame decider. At this point last
year, to Ronnie O'Sullivan. Will there be a sting in the tail this
time? Can he defeat the world number one?
The brake off. Left a possibility of a pot. Not getting the cue ball so
close to the cushion. Not too difficult a safety shot either.
Looks like he's just going to play the containing safety. Surprises me
a little bit. I assume he's not left this red to the right of the black.
I wonder if he can play the double. A kind of shot to nothing. He can
maintain some sort of position on the black. He's played it. He
thought he would leave the cue ball further to the right-hand side the
table. This is definitely on. It doesn't appear he can get a read
to the left middle, the only problem with the one to the right middle is
it's definitely miscible. He has to play it and he's not happy, though.
If he was comfortable with the shot he would have been down by now, so
he's feeling it. The comfort zone has long since gone in this match,
Vermaak. I'm shocked that he has refused that red. Fair enough, the
cue ball might have been cannoned into ball colours. Will he get a
better chance than that? He is looking at this long red to
the left corner. A dead weight for the black or is he looking at
another containing safety? I I suppose if he rolled it in he
could get position on the black, but... I think he's getting a bit
bogged down now, it can get you, the game, it has not been smooth, smooth
running in the last few frames, and he is just getting to him a bit.
Yes, I can only presume he couldn't see the red on the left hand cushion
because of the yellow, a simple cue ball to bring it back to where it
was. That could be a mistake, he has left
his red on to the middle. He won't refuse this one.
This is, again, one of these that looks very easy on the screen. But
under this pressure, it is very smelly indeed. And the fact that you
have to roll it in dead weight, if he plays it with any pace, he is not
certain to be on a colour, he wants to roll it and be on the blue. You
have to trust the table and trust your cueing and hit the centre of
the cue ball. Oh, and he missed it. So the first
chance falls to Mark Williams. Like the red to the left middle is
the one to play, but slightly hampereded so no gimme.
-- hampered. Surely not! Surely not. He had a
choice of two reds, the one below the pink and the one past the pink,
to the right-hand side. Surely he is on one of them. Again, it is the
position that has let him down, isn't it John. Yes, but to be fair,
you would have to say there a bit unfortunate. I mean you play to an
area, as you say there was a couple of reds you could be on, but to not
be on one of them, it is unbelievable really.
So he is now having to play this very risky pot.
Good shot. To wipe the dispointsn't of not being on an easy red, that
was fantastic temperament. -- disappointment.
That is what it's like, folk, watching your hubby play snooker.
Ooh, he got the kick. Has it thrown the blue off line? It has. He has
had a very good run of the ball since the interval but that was
cruel. If that has cost him the match, that is awful.
This is horrendous. And the worst type of bad contact, the fact that
it threw the blue off line. Count have played this better. Yes, why
was he playing for the blue? Well, OK, he might think he wanted it on
the spot, but I mean you play it hard enough so you are on blue or
baulk colour. Now using the rest, OK, I mean he's, he is quite capable
of playing the deep screw and getting the cue ball back to this
end. The more distance the cue ball has to travel, the more likely it is
to not get perfect position. He has played this well. At this
stage, it is just one shot at a time. Can't start thinking ahead of
yourself at this stage. Now referee Paul Collier probably
here him say give me a second Mark, because I don't think the pink spot
is available. There is one red that is on. So it is not going to affect
the next pot. Close to its spot, not touching the red, as it can go. He
will pot this and try and nudge the red near the right middle. Just
nudge it over the middle. He will still be on the blue.
That is where he played. Didn't want it to drop. That is the last thing
he wanted. He didn't want that, he wanted that
red to stay over the pocket. Now it has gone in, he will have a
problem getting on the next red. Oh, that is is a good shot. Well, a
good shot. He has cued it well, but, you have to say sometimes it just
dedepends on the potting angle and it was perfect to play the blue and
bring that red into play It was a natural, wasn't it.
Unfortunate to knock the red in the middle, but a bit fortunate to have
that natural angle. Now, green and into the bunch of
five reds and the pink. This could be the frame and match winning shot,
coming right up here. Could have been better. Could have
been better. Yes, absolutely once you got into
them, you thought, well, he will have a nice easy red to continue
with, but that is not the case. He almost needed to hit the pink
there to get the perfect split. And this red he is looking at, to
left middle. I think he can play for the black to perhaps the left
corner, but he won't leave anything should he miss it.
Looking to see where the cue ball... He is locking at playing this to the
far left corner, the yellow pocket. Again playing for the black, but, I
wouldn't like to be playing that shot under pressure.
Back to this one. Good shot. He won't be taking this for granted.
Liang Wenbo will tell you that. Great shot.
OK, can't play for the black after this, but this was a much better pot
than it looked. The kick on the blue, it would be a
terrible way to lose a match. This was it, straightforward blue,
you never fancied to miss it. You got the heavy contact and you see
through his cue on the table, apart from the heavy contact, it threw the
blue off line. So 18 points the lead. Three reds,
three colours. And he has three reds in the open.
Would take him into the quarterfinal. He may have to take
this red with the rest. He has finished awkward on that red beside
the pink. Just got to put a positive stroke on
this. Decelerate in any way, he will miss to it the left knuckle.
He is screwing back for the blue to take that out of the equation, this
is a more positive way of playing. He has not gone far enough.
He will probably play in between green and brown, lots of right-hand
side, baulk cushion, right-hand side cushion.
That's a good shot. I thought maybe he wouldn't play it, because if you
have too much side on it you end up nowhere. He couldn't have played it
better but if the black doesn't go to the right corner, it is not a
formality to win the frame at this visit.
Good pot. What song of angle on the blue? Absolutely inch perfect.
Is he too hard? Is he too hard? He's too hard.
And I don't think he can see enough of the red above the pin. To pot it
in the right middle. So the chance of winning Frayne and match has
gone. -- frame. He was looking at the
cushion, like a big bounce, unlike you I thought it was too hard toe
start with. As soon as it came off the blue it looked like he has too
much pace on it. Can he hit enough of that red to pot it in the middle?
It is not what he played for. I don't know, it is tight.
Needs a red and colour, he thinks he can pot it.
He is lucky to have this alternative. It is not the red he
played for. If you are in the practice room you can play this
right-hand side, to make the angle thicker to allow yourself to pot it.
Brave man to play that shot here. I think he is convincing himself to
go for it. It o only when you are right down
behind it you feel you can pot it or not. This is decision, he is playing
it with right-hand side, you can see that, to try and square the red up.
And he did it. He has done it. And that is frame and match.
He knows he didn't think that red could go, he didn'tn't play for that
red. -- didn't play for that red. Mark Williams must be cursing his
luck, how hard he has battled in this match.
APPLAUSE Fortunate to still be on this red,
but he looked comely -- completely under pressure, out of sorts.
Terrible bad fortune for Mark Williams but this has been an
awesome break to win the match. Yes, Hazel said in the studio, last
year, Mark Williams took Ronnie O'Sullivan all the way. It is a bad
habit to have, just losing in the odd frame. It is a heart pill to
swam hoe, particularly the way it has gone, without bad contacts on
the blue. -- swallow.
Extension in hand, ready to leave the arena.
In goes the pink. APPLAUSE And in goes the black, so
Mark Selby, world number one, world champion, UK champion, eventually
gets over the line, every credit to Mark Williams, really really pushed
it all the way. But the Triple Crown is still on. He is in threw to the
quarterfinal. He wins 6-5. HAZEL IRVINE: It was tough. Very
very tough. The world number one knows all about that, if it hassen
been for that kick on 20, from Mark Williams, it moo have been a
different story. A fourth day afternoon, on the trot we have had a
decider. People think we are setting it up. Unbelievable match. I feel
sorry for him. There is no way worse to lose than a kick like that. He
was playing the shot and I thought we haven't had many kick, the table
seems to be good. He gets a monster kick, after that Mark Selby showed
why why he is world number one. The cue ball jumped up in the air. It's
a horrible way to lose. It is not great. Mark would be honest and say
his positional play let him down, sometimes if you start at the top of
the table you wouldn't have got that anning but in the end Mark Selby
showed what he was worth, he has been under pressure situations so
often you fancy she going to get out of jail. Mark Williams, there is no
way it won't hurt. Yes. And Mark Selby thought long and hard there,
but it went for him. You said it was going to go. Steve said it would
pot. It is one of those you don't want to play. Congratulations Mark.
Briefly, he put you through the wringer there. Yes, he showed his
class, he didn't win that many frames in one visit but he is such a
clever player, he puts you in trouble. Pots a great long red and
that is how he found his way back, to shut me out for a while. You had
the run of three, two on thes and a 60 break and what happened to turn
things round? Frame five. I was in control. I played a blue to go into
reds, went through the gap but later on I played like, just amateur
safety shot. I am clipping off the red and left him a cut back in the
middle. He got back and showed his class then the match seemed to turn
on that point. It did. We were talking about that kick in the final
frame. If I am playing I would probably punch it in to take the
kick out, but that is the way Mark play, he rolls everything and it has
won so much so why should he change, it is unfortunate. Selby slam is
alive but how much extra weight does it carry? That was on my mind coming
here, it is such a tough tournament to win, but it will be better if I
go out there and just play and I did that at the start. Well played. We
will have to leave it there. You can get your breath. Thank you for
coming in. Mark will play either Shaun Murphy or Barry Hawkins, you
will see it live on the red Button and online, Jason will be back with
the highlights at 11.15. But, goodness me, another afternoon of
high drama, after noons are made for pure neat a at Ally Pally. Thanks
for being with us here. Tara for now.
-- pure theatre. To break someone physically... Agh!
..is not a problem.
Three-time Masters champion and reigning World and UK champion Mark Selby begins his campaign against two-time former winner Mark Williams.
Hazel Irvine introduces live coverage as the players vie for a quarter-final place.