First Round: Mark Selby v Mark Williams Masters Snooker


First Round: Mark Selby v Mark Williams

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

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this Dafabet has produced at Alexandra Palace. It has been a

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fantastic tournament to date, with thrilling afternoon drama and

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compelling theatre in the evening as well.

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Here are the stats, 15 centuries have been made in only six matches

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so far. Five of them in that memorable showpiece yesterday when

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Judd Trump fell to a very cool and classy Marco Fu.

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It seemed like he hit that harder than he needed.

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A massive steel, so much more than the last frame.

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That's 3-0. Possibly tempted with the double

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here. What a shot that is.

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Judd Trump will be sitting in his chair thinking that Marco Fu's away

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with this. What another cracking frame of

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snooker. He is only one behind now, 4-3.

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Well, there's a bit of naughty snooker from Judd Trump, a beautiful

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century break. What a fabulous response. It's 5-4.

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He's missed it. He missed everything in that.

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Kick, and he has still got the pot. What a way that would have been to

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have lost a match in the Masters. Where's the red going? Wow... what a

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fluke that is. It just doesn't get any better than

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this. Absolutely brilliant from Marco Fu.

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Both players at the top of their form, one has made two century

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breaks, the other has made three. They are getting a standing ovation,

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and don't they deserve it. He is going for the black. Oh! What

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a good pot that was. Another solid pot from the

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Australian. Didn't he strike that well.

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Pretty impressive display, this, tonight from Robertson. A brick of a

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century here. It's there and there is no way back

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now for Ali Carter. What a great match and what a performer, Neil

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Robertson is absolutely delighted, and has booked a date in the

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quarterfinal. HAZEL IRVINE: A watchable

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quarterfinal draw is shaping up. Ronnie O'Sullivan is safely through,

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only just. He will now play Neil Robertson, who defeated Ali Carter

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last night. It might have been Judd Trump against John Higgins, that

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Marco Fu won the day against Judd Trump, and he will play Mark Allen.

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Joe Perry is through to his second quarterfinal, taking on Ding Junhui,

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who finally won a game at Ally Pally. And we will sort this out,

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Shaun Murphy against Barry Hawkins this evening. This afternoon, it is

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Mark Selby against Mark Williams. Everyone is still abuzz with that

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match yesterday featuring Marco Fu and Judd Trump. Five centuries,

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eight 100 school breaks. Marco Fu is now playing the best snooker of his

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career. I think he is. He has reinvented himself. It was not

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unfair to call him a journeyman, but now he is a winning machine. It

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looks like he has got a leaf will stop I know another man with great

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belief, Mark Selby. He has been world number one, at the

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top of the rankings, for 100 weeks, almost two years. In some respects,

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does he remind you of a certain someone like Steve Davis? You were

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the Rumford robot, the winning machine. You were teased and derided

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about that, do you see a resemblance in that regard? I think so.

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He is a great match player. There is nothing he does wrong in the game.

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He does great interviews, he turns up when he needs to do. He is a

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winning machine, but there is always an element of people that watch that

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don't want to see that relentless winner. They prefer to see the

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vulnerable entertainer. But long-term, I think people come

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around to valuing his commodity, and also liking the person.

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So by the end of his reign, I think he will be much more liked than at

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the moment. It is interesting. You talk about popularity contests,

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you never saw it like that, yet you won one. You have the most top three

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nominations of anybody in sports personality of the year. Is that a

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career path for him outside snooker somehow?

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I think it will be in the end. People accept gestures of champions,

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and great triers. But the most important thing is, true snooker

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fans like Mark Selby. The people that I don't care about are the ones

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that don't like Mark Selby. They only like certain types of players.

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The proper snooker fan likes all types of snooker players and what

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they bring to the table. We will be watching this match with

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tap in Steve Davis. You are one of the few people that have won all

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three majors, the triple Crown, the World Championship, the Masters and

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the UK Silver Vase. And held all three simultaneously. It is a

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difficult thing to do. Mark Selby can complete a Selby Slam if he wins

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the trophy this week. He would join this group of players. Only Steve

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Davis and Stephen Hendry have done it twice, together with John Higgins

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and Mark Williams, owning all three at the same time. Now, that is a

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club. To win the triple Crown, I think, is

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a fantastic feeling of satisfaction that you have truly dominated. But

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the type of person that is likely to win the Triple Crown is the type of

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player that has a relentlessness to their game.

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In order, I would place the World Championship first, then the

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Masters, then the UK. If I went through a season without winning any

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of them, it would be a huge disappointment, it even if I won

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three or four others. Those are the three that you'd grow up watching on

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TV, and you associate with being the best player in the world.

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Very few players have done it, Ronnie has not done it, amazingly,

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and such a great player he is. It must be difficult if someone like

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Ronnie O'Sullivan has never done it, and there are only four players that

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have ever done it. It tells you how hard it is.

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It lends itself to a John Higgins style player that day in, day out,

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plays a bread winning game under all conditions. But as they go through a

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tournament, can move through the gears as well. That is the vein that

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Mark Selby is in. Coming here, knowing that I am in a

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chance to join that elite group that you mentioned to hold all three

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titles at the same time, it is going to be tough.

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If anybody could do it and make it look not easy, but look like he was

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in control, Mark Selby is the animal, the ultimate animal. The

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predator. HAZEL IRVINE: Only four men have so

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far done it. Steve Davis, what does it feel like to have these beautiful

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things in your possession? Your own personal trophy cabinet at one time?

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You have all the keys to the sweet box, you are a superhero and you

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have an invincibility shield around you that lasts a bit longer for the

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rest of the season. And perhaps the season after that.

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Is it even harder to achieve now than it was in your day? It is 14

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years since this was actually done? I think I would have to say it must

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be. To do it it's hard enough. To always be on your best form, or good

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enough form to get through all of the matches that you had to play

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even on a bad day, is tough. But when you look at the standard of

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players you come up against now, it is harder than it has ever been,

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definitely. The irony is, the last man to do it,

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Mark Williams, is the man that Mark Selby is playing today. It is worth

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reminding you of Mark Williams's incredible invincibility back then.

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He reigned supreme, 2002- 03 season in particular.

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He had the code to winning matches back then. He had the formula for

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getting over the line, the tightrope walk of brinkmanship with Mark,

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potting pressure balls to get out of trouble. The trouble is, that bubble

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at some stage bursts, and it is tough to get it back. Mark Williams

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is somebody that is a potential banana skin for any player in the

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game, because he is a great match player.

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Let's look at the head-to-head series between the two, it is

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interesting. Williams, making his 19th appearance at the Masters, he

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comes with a stronger record. Selby won their most recent contest at the

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Welsh last year. This is the first time they have met in a major for

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four years. So John Parrott, pick the bones out of all of that. I

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would do, but I don't have too. I have commentators in my midst.

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Stephen, I know you don't like saying nice things about Mark

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Williams, but it is his credit that he is in the last 16.

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He is still winning matches, but if you look at the Golden generation,

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Higgins and O'Sullivan are still winning. Mark it on. I worry if he

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has given up on winning. When I speak to him, he says he does not

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care if he wins or loses, he turned up, he likes his life, he doesn't

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bother. That is a worrying attitude for me, but that is the way he is.

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How important is it for him to school today? It is tough to play

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Mark Selby. You had to compete in all departments. -- score. You don't

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get many chances. If there is a weakness, he hasn't scored heavily

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enough. He is up against somebody that is

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brilliant with ring craft in Mark Selby, but Mark Williams's own ring

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craft has given him bob runs in the past.

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It would give any player problems. But Mark Selby is on a high. He is

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number one in the world. -- problems. Saying about the Grand

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Slam, he has the pressure of that. Maybe that could work to Mark

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Williams's advantage, to keep the pressure on.

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But I think Mark Selby at the moment is head and shoulders. He is

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confident and everything else. He has an unerring habit of winning

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not at his best, and that is a fantastic thing to have in your

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armour. You could say the same thing about

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Mark Williams at his best. I agree with Stephen, Mark Williams is

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reinventing himself, but he needs a bit of silverware, or you lose the

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will to play, if you like. Looking forward to listening to you

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this afternoon. More of the same from these players, please. It has

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been a fantastic week. Rob Walker, take it away.

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Today, we complete the line-up for the quarterfinals of this year 's

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Dafabet Masters, which so far has been a brilliant tournament. Now to

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a match to be two men that have lifted this title five times between

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them. Could be a lot of fun here this afternoon at Alexandra Palace.

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Please welcome a player who first appeared at the Masters 22 years

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ago, twice a winner of this once, twice a world champion stop he

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jokingly refers to himself as the Welsh Has Been, but we know there is

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a touch of magic or two left in the cue, please welcome Mark Williams.

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And his opponent, a player of immense composure on the big

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occasion, five times a Masters finalist, three times a champion. He

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has just passed his 100th consecutive week as well number one.

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Reigning UK champion, reigning world champion, he's The Jester From

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Leicester hummer Mark Selby. HAZEL IRVINE: Here we go, Steve and

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John, all yours. JOHN VIRGO: Thank you, Hazel, good

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afternoon, everybody. This could be a very interesting match.

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REFEREE: Thank you, the first frame, Mark Williams to break.

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Mark Williams gets the match underway.

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And a good break-off shot it is. APPLAUSE

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An excellent return from Mark. Look at that. Good shot.

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Two fantastic tactical brains up against each other today.

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Snub you see a return back to walk here, so you'll have UK. -- it's not

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easy to see. I am not sure whether the right to the left bank goes to

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the right middle. No, it doesn't. So safe enough.

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-- the red the left of the pink. A little bit loose there, and his

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opponent with his hand on the table. You should have played a better fate

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than that. I could say the same about Mark

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Williams there. That was a poor shot.

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The worst thing that has happened there, he has opened the black up to

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the left corner. He may have two just swerve this a

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touch. Should be able to hold forth black mud playing it with swerve.

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He certainly didn't want to hit the red that full. OK, it has gone in,

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but he wanted it a bit more on the left. He will be straight on the

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black. He can still pot the black, but he has had a look at the blue.

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Although the blue is an easier pot, he will be struggling to get back

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amongst the reds, so he's playing the black. It's a bit high.

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-- high. I don't know if the pink goes. It obviously does. Not a

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problem to be on the side cushion. APPLAUSE

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As we were saying before, he has got to school today from these

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opportunities, winning frames in one visit.

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A little bit awkward, this position of shot. Two reds beside the pink

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Dodd pot. I don't think he would play for a red. Not straightforward

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to get nicely on the next red. He's played that well. He now has

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the natural angle just to drop on the pink.

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Now, can you put this red and avoid the kiss on the pink? I am not

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certain he can. He would love to... if he was

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straight on the red, he could screw back for the pink on the same

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pocket. But if you can't avoid the kiss on the pink, he won't be on it.

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He didn't want to take the risk, so played it firmer. Always knew he

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would have the blue in the far right corner, but he doesn't really want

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to be playing the blue. So he's just run out of perfect

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position now. I think you can pot black and screw

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back for the red to the right middle. I don't think the will do

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anything like going into the bunch from this shot.

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That's OK. APPLAUSE I think the one thing that could

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suit him two days, Stephen, because he's not really a power player, he

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likes floating bubbles in, a quick table suits his type of game down to

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the ground. So that could lead to his advantage. But having said that,

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on the table, he's just been a bit unlucky there. I don't think he's on

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anything. You could have done with another

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couple of ounces of power going into the pack there. I agree with you,

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John, he's a touch player. Walking to the baulk end. That tells

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you he's going to play safe with his next shot. It is not a

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straightforward return to baulk, though. He has got to be careful. He

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has the red near the right corner. Normally, he could glance of a red

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quite easily, but I don't think that is the case here. He thinks he's

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found a path. Just a touch short of pace. 38.

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APPLAUSE A little unlucky.

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As you can see, you can get past the brown to play a thin safety back to

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ball. He is not guaranteed to get this safe. He also has another

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opportunity on the left-hand side of the table. It could win him the

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frame, or lose him the frame. It is decision time.

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He just tried to hedge his bets slightly there. Well, he's not left

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anything easy, let's put it that way. He didn't fully commit on the

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pot. Yeah, there's a bit of pressure on

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the spot. If he misses it, it could cost him the frame.

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No, a mile away. So, that should cost in this first frame. -- cost

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him. Ever since I have been covering the

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snooker, John, sorry, the last two, three, four years, watching Mark

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Selby, it is amazing how we first round he doesn't play well in and

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goes through. Then wins the tournament. He is definitely

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vulnerable in the first round of tournaments. As we said, chasing

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this Triple Crown, joining the elite club, that is putting a little bit

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of pressure on him as well. There are no easy matches nowadays.

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I think if he has a weakness, Mark Selby, sometimes I don't think he

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believes in himself as much as he should. He is a tremendous player,

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and a man to beat at the moment, for me. Sometimes he doubts his own

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ability. He certainly does, but a chance for Mark Williams to get a

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good start you felt he needed. He should win the frame at this visit.

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Obviously came very straight on the yellow, and couldn't do much with

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the cue ball. So you would think, just make certain of this red, and

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play the blue. I wonder if we will see one of Mark

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Williams putted shops where he puts you under his arm. He wants to make

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sure of the pot. -- Mark Williams's shots.

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He doesn't want to make contact with a baulk colour.

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You almost missed the putt there. That is why the cue ball ended up

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there. He is on nothing. So that frame-winning chance now has gone.

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53 points the lead, but still 75 remaining.

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He will be very disappointed. Had to win the free from that visit. When

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you are playing against Mark Selby, he will punish mistakes. That is

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what has been happening in all the other matches in this Masters so far

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this week. The standard has been incredible so far.

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Touching the red, so there is not a lot Selby could do there. He is not

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going to gain any advantage. Mark Williams should still the upper hand

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in this tactical battle. Mark Selby is in a lot of trouble

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here. He will have a play off one condition that is on the black

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commission. Also Mark Williams has a 53 point

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lead, the way the red Star, if Mark Selby is to get the next

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opportunity, he could quickly be favourite for the frame.

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He has left a red. As John said, there is pressure on it now. Look at

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the way the raids are situated, if he misses it could cost him the

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freedom. He is taking a while getting down to it.

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I am sure Mark Williams will take this first freedom. Oh dear. I think

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he has been a bit fortunate. That now puts on 60 points in front. He

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played to come past the green, not come into it. He has needed three

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chances to win this first frame, as Mark. He won't be counting on

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getting that in most of the frames. You have got to take your hat off to

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him. There was a time only a cute seasons ago when he dropped out of

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the top 32. He has got the talent. We were talking about John Higgins

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who turned professional at the same time. He is as talented as him. It

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is strange to me that he seems to have this attitude that he is not

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bothered about winning any more. Maybe in a way that it takes a bit

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of pressure off. It is a get out, if you lose you have not put any

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pressure on yourself. For me, he should still be competing for

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tournaments and titles. Giving every shot the right care and

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attention. This is the free and well and truly over, he just wants to

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make sure he keeps getting the queue through straight.

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So in those of the black. He reduced the world champion to only scoring

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one point there. Mark Williams is 1-0 in front. A nice little emphatic

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statement. How dangerous is Mark Williams? Very. I think it was

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important for him to clear this up because even though he was a key

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point in front, he still looked nervous, had a couple of chances to

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get the points in front. That will settle down even more by the fact he

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cleared the table. Steven Smith at that point, he feeds, and he knows

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Markwell, perhaps he is not as bothered by women is often now. Is

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that a product of age or a protection on his pot? It could be.

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It could be the fact that you are getting older and you go softer in

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the middle. It could also be the case that Mark has always been like

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that. He has always been the most laid back, even when he was the

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ultimate winning machine. It is in his nature can not put so much

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emphasis on the importance of winning or losing. Perhaps a

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statement that he has another life. You wonder if you have to pay the

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price, but it has to hurt and if it doesn't hurt when you lose, then you

:38:36.:38:40.

are past your best and that is what Stephen is talking about. Is he

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still a player that strikes nervousness into the heart of

:38:45.:38:49.

someone like Mark Selby? Everyone respects his game. John Baird the

:38:50.:38:53.

point, we were talking before and I said Selby has a habit of winning

:38:54.:38:59.

when he was not in his best. When you get too scrappy frames at the

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end, he was one of the best I ever played. Very clever. They all

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respect. That is why I mentioned the scoring, if he can ally that with

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his ring craft, that will make in a match for anyone. The point John was

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making about the fact Selby is going for the slam, how much pressure did

:39:21.:39:27.

you feel that will exert? It could inflict pressure. But Selby doesn't

:39:28.:39:31.

necessarily put pressure on at the start, it is when the stakes rise at

:39:32.:39:35.

the end. That is when Mark Selby asks a lot of questions. He asked

:39:36.:39:42.

some questions at the start of this. The boys have been answering them.

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It is an interesting matchup with the two players. I am certain the

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bookmakers have made Mark Selby the big favourite for this match. As

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John was saying, you can never discount Mark Williams. Snooker for

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the connoisseur, this is. Sit back and enjoy.

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We always say, if you are going to miss that type of shot, miss it

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saying, if it is too thick, the cue ball will never get past the blue

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spot. First opportunity to Mark Selby. A chance for him to get his

:40:32.:40:37.

hand on the table and partly few balls.

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Well, that just shows you when you have not had any table time. If he

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had the black in the middle, he looks like he has a second prize

:41:11.:41:21.

here. Just off straight. It looked for a moment as if he had nothing to

:41:22.:41:23.

go out. Fortunate to be on it, but a good

:41:24.:41:42.

pop nonetheless. It goes without saying, they wanted

:41:43.:42:03.

to get rid of is the one to the right of the black. He will be able

:42:04.:42:09.

to do that now. He won't be going into the punch

:42:10.:42:54.

from this shot. He will be starting to think about it in the back of his

:42:55.:42:59.

mind. It is nice to leave that shot when there are one or two nice

:43:00.:43:00.

reference. He might choose to play for the open

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and to go into the bunch. That was the first black of the

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fifth red. He will not be playing for the black now. He is hampered.

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He will have two wrote this in play for pink or blue. There is a ?10,000

:43:50.:44:02.

prize for the highest break. Held at the moment by Stuart Bingham who

:44:03.:44:11.

made a 13 break. -- in 132 break. It was in the only match 30 one.

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He is not going to hit the blue, he is just thinking about where he

:44:45.:44:52.

wants to leave the cue ball. Maybe thinking about trying to hold the

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spot. He decided to play the screw shot in the end. He felt if he did

:45:00.:45:04.

stun run through, he would be at full stretch. Back in prime

:45:05.:45:14.

position. He mentioned Mark Williams always

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missed that long ball by a long way. It looks like it will cost him the

:46:41.:46:42.

frame. Another possible reason why Mark

:46:43.:47:05.

doesn't get those long pause as regularly as he would like. Applause

:47:06.:47:15.

as that puts Mark Selby in the position where his opponent needs

:47:16.:47:21.

snookers. You don't have to do a lot wrong to lose a frame. Still the

:47:22.:47:35.

possibility of beating the 132 break. ?10,000 is not to be sniffed

:47:36.:47:45.

at. Missed the cannon, but he will be on the red. Still a chance.

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This had been pretty impressive except for the shot of the first

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black where he was fortunate to leave a red at the pocket. He has

:48:19.:48:20.

been flawless since then. Cleverley and purposefully potted

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that. Now, I don't know if he knows what the hybrid is. We might see him

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ask the referee. I think someone like Mark Selby will know. On the

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right-hand side of the cue ball here. Beautifully constructed brick.

:49:09.:49:21.

With the red and black, a possible 139 on. You would think to win the

:49:22.:49:30.

prize you would want 142 plus. Absolutely. I was chatting to

:49:31.:49:37.

someone about the pot of a maximum break and it is only about 8- one.

:49:38.:49:50.

We have talked about how good the playing conditions are. The top

:49:51.:49:54.

players love that for brick building. They never have to hit the

:49:55.:50:07.

ball a. -- that hard. There will be many big breaks this week.

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Just about perfect. He might have to just stun one of the top cushion.

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Like most shots in this break, inch perfect.

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That equals the hybrid. This lack to set the bar that little bit higher.

:51:05.:51:21.

Wonderful. This is why he is the world champion and world number one.

:51:22.:51:22.

That was exquisite. Well, that is Mark Selby's track

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record at the moment. It is one each and I am really enjoying this match

:52:41.:52:44.

from the point of view, can Mark Williams somehow get a result here?

:52:45.:52:52.

I think the first frame took him three opportunities. That does not

:52:53.:52:56.

bode well for me for the rest of the match. He has two step that up. If

:52:57.:53:03.

he doesn't he will lose the match. One chance for Mark Selby and that

:53:04.:53:05.

was it, frame over. Can he get past the green to the

:53:06.:53:29.

right corner? I think you can just about get through to the potting

:53:30.:53:35.

angle. We played the cannon on the red to the black.

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Green looks the obvious colour to take here. If he brought the cue

:54:00.:54:09.

ball back to where it is now it would be ideal.

:54:10.:54:34.

A little bit more of an angle on this pot than he would have liked.

:54:35.:54:41.

It makes it missable. Sometimes you miss these. It could hit the right

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job of the pocket. Safely in. Mark Williams looked on for most of

:54:48.:55:18.

the last frame. He will be hoping he doesn't gain. If this cannon goes

:55:19.:55:31.

right, he could. He is on the black. A little bit thinner than he would

:55:32.:55:43.

like. If he can get the cannon from the black, this little cannon on the

:55:44.:55:54.

red. That was careless. Didn't get into the cue ball at all. It was a

:55:55.:56:05.

very comfortable shot in the end. He will be very disappointed that the

:56:06.:56:09.

break has ended this quickly. In the last frame he would have been

:56:10.:56:13.

looking to win this frame in one visit again. He will go back to his

:56:14.:56:19.

chair a bit frustrated. Mark Williams is playing off the

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main bunch. Looks too sick. And a little bit harder and the red would

:56:47.:56:50.

have dropped. He played the safety much too sick. Without having to do

:56:51.:56:57.

much, Mark Selby is back at the table. Another chance to take the

:56:58.:56:58.

frame. I can only assume the pink doesn't

:56:59.:57:19.

go to left centre because I thought he might have played for that.

:57:20.:57:35.

He has hit this one very well. He got into the cue ball so well there.

:57:36.:57:52.

It goes in between the green and brown and it picks up pace.

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Nice control of the cue ball, which he will need to win the frame on

:58:33.:58:40.

this visit. The red balls are spread, but there is maybe only two

:58:41.:58:43.

that are easy to get on. To red balls to the left of the

:58:44.:59:49.

black, I am not certain if one or both of those are available.

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As he puts one, he brings another one into the open. He still needs

:00:03.:00:09.

three of these remaining reds to clinch the frame.

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Maybe trying to play the black here. There was a little gap and he has

:01:02.:01:11.

played it absolutely inch perfect. And after this black, he is looking

:01:12.:01:15.

for one more red, that is why he played for the black.

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Losing with confidence. -- oozing. As I say, by playing on the black,

:01:32.:01:37.

he was able to nudge the red into the open. He is now 65 ahead, with

:01:38.:01:42.

67 remaining. Yeah, he's beginning to make my

:01:43.:02:13.

comment in the first round that he is vulnerable, seem like nonsense.

:02:14.:02:22.

Yeah, he's really looking on top of his game, here.

:02:23.:02:50.

Well, the frame was over before he missed that red. Mark Williams

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concedes, and Mark Selby leads to- one.

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HAZEL IRVINE: We talk about fine margins, and a safety shot from Mark

:03:06.:03:11.

Williams went awry, and the rest is history.

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There are shotguns to go where you think you can afford to hit them a

:03:14.:03:22.

bit thick -- shots in snooker. It looks like there is no danger, he is

:03:23.:03:27.

playing towards the left-hand side, but somehow, a bald orchestrate its

:03:28.:03:31.

way toward a pocket that was never in that direction. But as an

:03:32.:03:36.

experienced snooker player, that happens a lot.

:03:37.:03:39.

The players will have a tendency to hit it thin with a bit of side. Near

:03:40.:03:48.

a cushion, you cannot put aside on. From the sublime to the ridiculous,

:03:49.:03:52.

there is a fair bit of chat on social media about Mark Selby's

:03:53.:03:57.

hair. He is rocking the great Gatsby look.

:03:58.:04:02.

It is like his cue action, it is rocket straight. A bit of hair

:04:03.:04:08.

product has been squashed over that. Not that we should analyse it. I

:04:09.:04:12.

can't talk! Nothing wrong with a bit of product

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in your head, that is what I am saying. Back we go.

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REFEREE: Frame four. Mark Selby to break.

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JOHN VIRGO: Mark Selby get the frame, the one before the

:04:31.:04:35.

mid-session interval underway. As always for the man behind, it's a

:04:36.:04:44.

big frame. You don't want to be two frames behind calm the mid-session

:04:45.:04:59.

interval. -- come the mid-session interval. Decent line and length.

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Yeah, talking about how well Selby has played in the last two frames,

:05:25.:05:38.

he should come to this event with the best 16 players in the ward. I

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loved it as World War I, competing against the other best players, and

:05:44.:05:49.

proving why you were the number one. -- as world number one.

:05:50.:05:54.

You can't get much closer. And he was forced into playing it.

:05:55.:06:00.

But that, as we say, is the advantage of getting the cue ball

:06:01.:06:04.

tight to the cushion. It makes cueing that much more difficult. And

:06:05.:06:08.

so close, and the fact he got so close, he got the double-kiss. He

:06:09.:06:13.

has left a nice and easy start on for his opponent.

:06:14.:06:52.

Just about stopping short of the baulk line.

:06:53.:07:06.

You always feel it is a good chance when the black is in the open,

:07:07.:07:09.

available and to both corners. And a nice angle on the yellow. Now

:07:10.:07:25.

he will be thinking about making a sizeable contribution.

:07:26.:07:38.

Not the best angle on this black. Just coming around to see it. He

:07:39.:07:48.

would love a red, so you can follow through to both cushions. The line

:07:49.:07:53.

of three to the left of the bunch, the middle one may pot to the right

:07:54.:07:55.

corner. Excellent positional shot there.

:07:56.:08:01.

Absolutely perfect. There you see the shaking of heads

:08:02.:08:21.

on the shot. It is almost like a swing, John, not a shake.

:08:22.:08:26.

Yeah, I suppose it is an unnatural position that snooker players get

:08:27.:08:27.

themselves in. But it doesn't seem to affect him.

:08:28.:08:39.

He is pushing the cue through straight as they die.

:08:40.:08:45.

It is almost the whole body moving from side to side, but as you say,

:08:46.:08:51.

it does not affect him one bit. That is just the way he plays. Nice angle

:08:52.:08:56.

to go into the bunch here. He is not going to do it this time, playing

:08:57.:08:57.

with top skin. -- top spin. I think he will play for and angle

:08:58.:09:19.

this time for the black. Yes, and he has got that perfect

:09:20.:09:20.

angle now. Always knew he would have this red

:09:21.:09:44.

to the left corner. It is just an awkward positional shot. I thought

:09:45.:09:48.

he may have played more of a stump. He comes back he is playing now, he

:09:49.:09:55.

could have had to the right corner. That is the problem when you are

:09:56.:09:59.

running into another red, where is the cue ball going to finish? He has

:10:00.:10:01.

not finished too well. If the blue is the natural angle to

:10:02.:10:12.

miss a baulk colour, that is what he will play. If he doesn't, he could

:10:13.:10:19.

have a problem here. Doesn't look as though he can roll

:10:20.:10:32.

the blue in and avoid the kiss on the green. He is looking at the

:10:33.:10:41.

black, which is eight shot. But as I say, so far, he has looked full of

:10:42.:10:45.

confidence when he has got in. So I can't see him refusing the pot.

:10:46.:10:53.

You have to forget that you are in perfect position, and you have a

:10:54.:11:12.

really tough shot to play. He is so full of confidence.

:11:13.:11:51.

Immediately pointing his cue, so he's going to play the cannon from

:11:52.:11:58.

the blue, hit a pink fall in the face. He doesn't have to play it too

:11:59.:12:05.

hard. The reds are loose. He would be unlucky not to be on one here.

:12:06.:12:13.

That was the intention. Whatever, he has a nice, easy red to continue the

:12:14.:12:15.

break with. Yeah, I think the reason he missed

:12:16.:12:25.

was because he wanted the pink and the line landed a touch.

:12:26.:12:33.

Fair comment. He didn't want to risk anything going wrong, because he

:12:34.:12:39.

knew that he needed a red to carry on, and he would win the frame from

:12:40.:12:43.

this. I think Mark Williams is resigned to that fact now.

:12:44.:12:51.

Only potted one ball, did Mark Selby, in the first frame. But as we

:12:52.:12:59.

say, mark needed three chances, and it's now up to 281 points without

:13:00.:13:08.

reply. APPLAUSE 70 points the lead, 67 remaining. It

:13:09.:13:15.

looks like a two frame advantage going into the mid-session interval.

:13:16.:13:35.

Those two reds together to the left of the pink, one is available to the

:13:36.:14:09.

opposite corner to this lack. -- to this black. You have to say, he has

:14:10.:14:15.

really settled in now. He has the cue ball on a piece of string at the

:14:16.:14:19.

moment. And that is the key to this game. If you get good cue ball

:14:20.:14:23.

control, then you more or less make every shot that much easier.

:14:24.:14:35.

Yeah, this is as good as I have seen Mark Selby play in a first round

:14:36.:14:45.

match. Well, since my camera member. Still possible, this red, to the

:14:46.:14:54.

left middle. -- since I can remember.

:14:55.:15:02.

Yes, nicely played. A second century now looks a formality. He can't

:15:03.:15:14.

better the 139. Lots of left-hand side here. APPLAUSE

:15:15.:15:23.

I have to say, Stephen, at the moment, he is making the game look

:15:24.:15:29.

ridiculously easy. Yeah, there's no better feeling than

:15:30.:15:36.

when you are out there, and the pockets must look three feet wide at

:15:37.:15:39.

the moment to Mark Selby. Just a little shake of the head

:15:40.:15:52.

there. He will be disappointed with that positional shot.

:15:53.:15:57.

And in the and, he missed the yellow. -- and. Mark Williams won

:15:58.:16:09.

the first frame, but since then, Mark Selby has replied with some big

:16:10.:16:14.

breaks. He goes into the mid-session interval leading 3-1.

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HAZEL IRVINE: We saw Mark Williams in frame on, but not much sense. You

:16:19.:16:27.

used the word surgical to describe what we have just seen.

:16:28.:16:30.

That is what we have seen from Mark Selby, and that is why he's on the

:16:31.:16:42.

brink of doing the triple Crown. Two centuries and a 62 in four

:16:43.:16:46.

friends. Yeah, what was really impressive was

:16:47.:16:50.

that he lost the cue ball for the one and only time in the last half

:16:51.:16:55.

hour. He left himself tight on the cushion with a horrible black. He

:16:56.:16:59.

got down and stroked it in. Stephen said it was the best shot of the

:17:00.:17:03.

session. It looks like he will not everything in.

:17:04.:17:06.

When you are winning, you enjoy the challenge of that shot. When you are

:17:07.:17:10.

struggling, you don't want those types of shots. It is the optimism

:17:11.:17:13.

of enjoying the challenges set for you. If you are in that vein, you

:17:14.:17:18.

are a dangerous player. There are loads of time you come to the table

:17:19.:17:26.

and you are at your worst, the one at the side cushion is a dangerous

:17:27.:17:30.

one. If you can enjoy those moments, you are so strong.

:17:31.:17:33.

It looks like it was going Selby's way at the moment. One more first

:17:34.:17:37.

round match to complete this evening, Shaun Murphy will come

:17:38.:17:44.

bounding into night to Disco Inferno, taking on Barry Hawkins.

:17:45.:17:48.

That will be live online and on the red button this evening. Every ball

:17:49.:17:52.

is live with us at the Masters on the BBC. It will certainly be well

:17:53.:17:58.

worth watching. As you might remember, Barry Hawkins hadn't gone

:17:59.:18:02.

past the first round of the Masters in ten years of trying until he went

:18:03.:18:06.

on that run to the final last year. And recently, he embarked on a run

:18:07.:18:10.

that was arguably even more risky. In the car with Steve Davis.

:18:11.:18:19.

Hi. How are you doing? Not bad. Do I need a crash helmet? I haven't

:18:20.:18:45.

driven a gear changed since I last had a big accident before I started

:18:46.:18:51.

driving. You had an accident? A big one. Really? Reversed instead of

:18:52.:18:59.

forward. I drive automatics now. I wouldn't go back, to be honest

:19:00.:19:04.

with you. You passed your test? I have passed a test. I passed first

:19:05.:19:11.

time. The best drivers always passed second, apparently!

:19:12.:19:13.

Any accidents? A couple of close ones. I had a

:19:14.:19:18.

little one in a retail car park. That's not bad.

:19:19.:19:27.

Oh! Nearly had another accident then, that would have been funny.

:19:28.:19:37.

Do you know your blood type? No, I don't, actually, that's

:19:38.:19:40.

terrible, isn't it. You are in a car with me. Why don't you know your

:19:41.:19:47.

blood type? Have you got it on your phone?

:19:48.:19:52.

I might ring my mum. I don't know if she will know, even.

:19:53.:20:00.

Her son... you were adopted, you never knew.

:20:01.:20:04.

Mum, I am in the car with Steve Davis, what blood group and my, do

:20:05.:20:11.

you know? It's not important. She hasn't got a clue. He nearly had an

:20:12.:20:15.

accident, it was in case I needed some blood!

:20:16.:20:18.

She doesn't even know what her owners, that's handy as well! Oh, my

:20:19.:20:24.

God! Thanks, mum. Speak to you later. By, ma'am!

:20:25.:20:30.

If you were going to go on, what show would you go on, a reality

:20:31.:20:35.

show? Probably the jungle, I would say.

:20:36.:20:44.

Strictly? No, I have got some sheds. Me and Joe Perry can throw some

:20:45.:20:47.

shapes on the dance floor. What's the favourite style?

:20:48.:20:56.

Wants the beat gets going, we are. The leg starts twitching. We must

:20:57.:21:01.

look like old men on the dance floor, but we don't care. We are

:21:02.:21:04.

having a good time. It doesn't happen so often, we so busy now. But

:21:05.:21:10.

we make sure we enjoy ourselves when we go out.

:21:11.:21:15.

Like any cooking programmes? Not much of a cook, to be honest with

:21:16.:21:21.

you. What about gardening? I like it. Would you get somebody in? No.

:21:22.:21:29.

Would you sweep up the leaves in the winter time? We tidy up a little

:21:30.:21:42.

bit, Tara sweeps. Tara? The other half. She doesn't doom nothing else,

:21:43.:21:49.

we have to get are doing something. Sorry!

:21:50.:21:56.

I don't mind doing things that. It's all I enjoy that.

:21:57.:22:06.

No, I'm lost. You have come past it. Have I gone past it? It is only a

:22:07.:22:13.

small tent... ! I might have to do another U-turn.

:22:14.:22:18.

Do a right at that building. It is down there. That's it. Do a U-turn.

:22:19.:22:23.

You are good at them. I am getting used to them.

:22:24.:22:29.

Thanks for taking me to work, Steve. Good luck in the next part of your

:22:30.:22:31.

career. Yeah, thank you.

:22:32.:22:36.

HAZEL IRVINE: Yes, U-turn Steve Davis and Mr Hawkins in the car.

:22:37.:22:44.

Tara, the freight is domestic engineer, that's what it is. Don't

:22:45.:22:48.

let them tell you different. We have been joined by Stephen Hendry.

:22:49.:22:52.

Rumour reaches us, not about the shapes on the dance floor with you,

:22:53.:22:56.

which I am sure are fantastic, but you are picking up the cue again

:22:57.:23:00.

cost is this the start of a comeback? I don't think so. I will

:23:01.:23:05.

play in the world seniors, there is a revamp, and that is in March. I

:23:06.:23:09.

will take part. John Parrott might be dabbling as well. It is certainly

:23:10.:23:15.

not a Faure back into the full-time arena, but I am looking forward to

:23:16.:23:18.

it. It is a revamp, John, and you are a

:23:19.:23:23.

former senior world chaplain as well. Can you believe he is not

:23:24.:23:26.

playing? There is a banging techno evening I

:23:27.:23:32.

am going to! You are so 2010, you really are. In

:23:33.:23:36.

terms of this revamp, we are not getting any professional players

:23:37.:23:40.

over 39 now, and that is a big change. It is open to amateurs.

:23:41.:23:45.

It is a fantastic story for someone. Anyone that is an amateur, it opens

:23:46.:23:51.

on Monday, anyone amateur over 40 that plays a decent standard could

:23:52.:23:55.

qualify, beat John Parrott or myself. However wins gets to the

:23:56.:24:00.

World Championships. Exactly. Whoever wins this one will

:24:01.:24:05.

join in where the world another 17 will be, with three qualifying

:24:06.:24:10.

matches. A great storing in the offing for you John, and indeed use

:24:11.:24:12.

Stephen, getting back to the Crucible.

:24:13.:24:16.

Luckily we are seeded for the quarterfinals. Is that a proper

:24:17.:24:23.

incentive for you? Is that what is driving it or not?

:24:24.:24:26.

I would have to win the thing first, both of us, to even start thinking

:24:27.:24:30.

about that. But I look forward to it. I miss playing, it is what I am

:24:31.:24:33.

best at. Do you think he will be trying?!

:24:34.:24:39.

It is also a fantastic opportunity for people that have never come into

:24:40.:24:43.

the professional game to play the likes of U2. It is a brilliant

:24:44.:24:46.

chance. That is the biggest story of the

:24:47.:24:50.

whole event. Some other plays do a good standard, perhaps local league.

:24:51.:24:56.

It is best three, isn't it, so a chance to beat anybody.

:24:57.:25:00.

Anyone over the age of 40 that is a lunatic can enter, and you could get

:25:01.:25:07.

a complete loon in the first round. Two up against each other.

:25:08.:25:11.

If you want to take part, it is on the website on Monday. Good luck

:25:12.:25:16.

with that. Stephen, we are talking about the main man, Mark Selby, you

:25:17.:25:22.

had 420 odd weeks at number one, he has reached 100, and we will hear

:25:23.:25:25.

your thoughts on Mark Selby in a short while, because you know what

:25:26.:25:30.

it is like to be at the top of the pile. It doesn't happen very often.

:25:31.:25:34.

There have not been that many world number ones, but what does it look

:25:35.:25:38.

and feel like at the top of the pile looking down on the rest of this

:25:39.:25:42.

move is seen? Mark Selby has been talking to Ken Doherty about that

:25:43.:25:43.

very feeling. The Masters, one of the big three

:25:44.:25:54.

tournaments and one of the majors, of course, but this is a tournament

:25:55.:25:58.

that you absolutely excel in and love. You have won it three times

:25:59.:26:01.

and been in the final another couple of times.

:26:02.:26:05.

It is a fantastic tournament, and the history of the Masters is really

:26:06.:26:10.

special. Going out there, just one table, so every time you go out, you

:26:11.:26:13.

feel like you are playing in the final. I love that occasion.

:26:14.:26:18.

What is it, is it the atmosphere? Is it the history of the tournament, or

:26:19.:26:22.

you just like the one-table set-up? The one-table set-up, because the

:26:23.:26:28.

eyes are on you and your opponent. No other distractions, no tables

:26:29.:26:31.

either side of you, so you can focus on the job in hand, which is to win

:26:32.:26:35.

the match and get it won. What about this venue, the Alexandra

:26:36.:26:39.

Palace, how does it compared to the venues you play in? It is the home

:26:40.:26:44.

of the Masters now, it has created its own home. But do you like it?

:26:45.:26:50.

I do. I prefer it to the Masters arena, where I won a couple of

:26:51.:26:56.

times. It held about 15,000. The venue was 2500.

:26:57.:27:03.

This one, I am not sure how many it holds, but it is more compact, and

:27:04.:27:06.

the atmosphere is better. You beat me in the semifinal there,

:27:07.:27:13.

I vaguely remember, it set you on its way. I got all my confidence

:27:14.:27:16.

after that! You are one of the few players that

:27:17.:27:24.

can hold all three majors at the same time, along with Steve Davis,

:27:25.:27:29.

Stephen Hendry, John Higgins and Mark Williams. That would be very

:27:30.:27:32.

special, wouldn't it? It would be. I still have a tough

:27:33.:27:36.

four matches if that is the case. Just to even be in this position to

:27:37.:27:40.

try to join that elite group that you have mentioned is a fantastic

:27:41.:27:44.

feeling. I will go out confident, looking forward to it, and who

:27:45.:27:48.

knows, thinkers crossed at the end of the week I can join these people.

:27:49.:27:51.

Hopefully I will. Does it make you try harder? Do you

:27:52.:27:57.

want to be part of that history? I think so. Winning in general, once

:27:58.:28:01.

you have won one tournament, and you have the feeling of the winning

:28:02.:28:04.

mentality, you want to repeat that all the while. I want to try to

:28:05.:28:11.

repeat my one win so far. If it is winning another Masters, that is

:28:12.:28:13.

what I entered it. You have had a few peaks and troughs

:28:14.:28:19.

through your career, but you are on the crest of a wave at the moment,

:28:20.:28:22.

what is the difference this season? I think a few years ago, beating

:28:23.:28:26.

Ronnie in the world final to win my first world final. From then, I have

:28:27.:28:33.

doubted myself before that, people said I shouldn't do that, but I have

:28:34.:28:37.

always been that kind of person, doubting myself about my game. But

:28:38.:28:41.

to beat Bony world final in the biggest Ford would we play in live

:28:42.:28:45.

on the BBC, and the way I won it, coming from behind. I told lies, if

:28:46.:28:49.

I do not get confidence on that, I will. From then, I have been

:28:50.:28:54.

confident and believed in my own ability.

:28:55.:28:59.

Winning the UK as well, just before Christmas, that was a nice notch on

:29:00.:29:02.

the board as well. That will give you tremendous confidence coming

:29:03.:29:06.

into this one. I played well. It was a great final

:29:07.:29:10.

in the end, especially the second session, me and Ronnie both played

:29:11.:29:18.

well. Sometimes coming back, the wave he wasn't coming back winning

:29:19.:29:23.

frames, one visit, one visit, for 4-5 frames, to stand up and do the

:29:24.:29:29.

same bag of him, I was proud of it. Your relationship has simmered a

:29:30.:29:34.

little bit over the last year, it seems that way looking from the

:29:35.:29:36.

outside in. A little bit, to be fair, I would

:29:37.:29:44.

see him at tournaments and say hello, not knowing him as a person.

:29:45.:29:48.

But over the last few years, we have spoken more, and seen eye to eye a

:29:49.:29:52.

bit more, doing a few exhibitions together, and spending time

:29:53.:29:55.

together, and we are getting better, which is good. The media seem to

:29:56.:30:02.

hype it up a little bit. But I don't hate anybody, hate is a big word.

:30:03.:30:06.

Playing Ronnie, one of the greats of the game, it is a great feeling

:30:07.:30:08.

here. You are also playing another great

:30:09.:30:12.

over the last number of years as well, Mark Williams. He has won this

:30:13.:30:16.

tournament, the world and the UK, always a tough opponent as well. How

:30:17.:30:20.

is your history with him? I'm not too sure. I have played him

:30:21.:30:24.

quite a few times. I played him many is ago on my first year on the tour,

:30:25.:30:29.

and he beat me 9-0, which he reminds the opt out! He was world number one

:30:30.:30:33.

at the time. Mark is one of the all-time greats of the game as well,

:30:34.:30:37.

like you say. In the last few years, he has struggled, but in practice

:30:38.:30:40.

this year he has played some great snigger. You sometimes looks back to

:30:41.:30:44.

his best. I know it will be tough, he will not go out and freeze,

:30:45.:30:47.

because he has been out there and done it. It will be a tough match.

:30:48.:30:51.

That is the beauty of the tournament. The top 16, any match

:30:52.:30:55.

could grace the final. That is why someone like Stephen

:30:56.:30:59.

Hendry puts this in front of the UK tournament, because it is the cream

:31:00.:31:02.

of the crop, the top 16 in the world, and every match is capable of

:31:03.:31:05.

being the final. What would it mean to Mark Selby to

:31:06.:31:09.

lift the Masters trophy on Sunday night?

:31:10.:31:11.

Yeah, it would be amazing. Holding or three tournament at the same time

:31:12.:31:15.

would be a fantastic feeling. To win it for a fourth time, and join the

:31:16.:31:21.

group United before. Better than Leicester winning the

:31:22.:31:23.

premiership? Yeah, I have two be selfish.

:31:24.:31:32.

He traded number one spot with Neil Roberts. There was Judd Trump and, I

:31:33.:31:42.

forget actually, Ding Junhui. He wasn't comfortable with the mantle

:31:43.:31:46.

of the first time. What is it that hard to get used to about being

:31:47.:31:53.

number one? You put massive expectation on yourself to prove

:31:54.:31:57.

what you are number one. You come to events, you are introduced as that.

:31:58.:32:00.

Sometimes players feel they have to live up to it. When Stuart Bingham

:32:01.:32:05.

became world champion, the season after, he put himself under huge

:32:06.:32:11.

pressure. Some players, when it first happens, it maybe takes you a

:32:12.:32:16.

while to get used to. Not Mark Selby is completely comfortable. He wears

:32:17.:32:26.

it well. It might be why some players who win the world champion

:32:27.:32:31.

don't do well at the Crucible. When he completed the win over Ronnie in

:32:32.:32:35.

the UK final, that was in effect a triple Crown final against Ronnie.

:32:36.:32:41.

He has done the plot against Ronnie. That is a massive thing. And beating

:32:42.:32:48.

him as well. He is as good as you have ever seen. I don't say that

:32:49.:32:52.

lightly. O'Sullivan is as good as you have seen. For him to beat him

:32:53.:32:56.

in those finals, if that isn't a boost, nothing is. We talked about

:32:57.:33:04.

his popularity. He is greatly appreciated. He went through the

:33:05.:33:08.

period where is the game was all he was producing. Clearly, that has

:33:09.:33:12.

been wiped away and we are seeing more great stuff from him. He has

:33:13.:33:19.

looked vulnerable in first rounds of Germans, but today, when you come

:33:20.:33:23.

here as a top 16 player, you are with number one, world champion, you

:33:24.:33:26.

want to enjoy this venue and prove what you are the best. He is loving

:33:27.:33:32.

every minute. As the standard gets ever higher and the players bunch up

:33:33.:33:38.

in what is achievable, it becomes a psychological game. It becomes which

:33:39.:33:42.

player believes the most. Mark Selby has the ultimate belief. It is

:33:43.:33:49.

amazing to think, he was sending text messages saying do you think I

:33:50.:33:54.

played well? I am thinking, you have just played as good as anyone could

:33:55.:33:57.

possibly play. That has stopped happening and he is not asking the

:33:58.:34:01.

opinion from other people. Let's get back. These men have won the Masters

:34:02.:34:11.

between them five times between them. Three for Mark Selby and two

:34:12.:34:21.

for Mark Williams. Well, Mark Selby is playing brilliantly so far in

:34:22.:34:25.

this match. He will not be scoring off this one. That is the break from

:34:26.:34:38.

Mark Williams. He is not guaranteed to get this safe. He is going to

:34:39.:34:42.

have to come off two cushions, nestle into the cluster just below

:34:43.:34:50.

the pink, avoided the blue. As he judged it? He has. Perfect. Very

:34:51.:34:52.

well played. He may have left a pot on to the red

:34:53.:35:56.

corner, but with the cue ball tied to the Kishan, it is a tough pot.

:35:57.:36:00.

The black isn't available into the opposite corner. Is there any value

:36:01.:36:05.

in taking it on? Playing the containing safely. I the

:36:06.:36:20.

road to the left of the black is not going be available.

:36:21.:36:35.

Looking for a position to leave the cue ball where you would not like it

:36:36.:36:41.

to be. There is the view from behind the

:36:42.:37:18.

pocket, so to speak. It is always difficult, cueing when you are right

:37:19.:37:27.

in the job like this. Not much room to bring the Chewbacca. No attempt

:37:28.:37:33.

at a pot, just trying to play the containing safely.

:37:34.:38:14.

Caught the red to sin. He just avoided the double-kiss.

:38:15.:38:26.

When it here, he courted too soon. Just avoided the double-kiss. Had he

:38:27.:38:36.

got the double-kiss and left the cue ball by the blue it would have been

:38:37.:38:42.

a good chance. Nothing that will tempt marquee. He is playing safe.

:38:43.:38:53.

Cat that much too sick. But he has left nothing. When you're playing

:38:54.:39:04.

well, you always seem to get the run of the balls. Mark Williams would

:39:05.:39:20.

like to have that one occasion. -- that one occasion.

:39:21.:39:32.

It is not a straightforward return to the baulk end. At least with his

:39:33.:39:38.

hand on the table he can venue for the cue ball better than he could

:39:39.:39:41.

have done had it been paid to the baulk cushion.

:39:42.:40:41.

You could save Mark Selby certainly did not want but interval. He was

:40:42.:40:44.

absolutely flying. He was more concerned with getting

:40:45.:41:20.

the cue ball back to the baulk end. Had it gone in it would have been a

:41:21.:41:22.

bonus. More than 40 minutes since Mark

:41:23.:41:42.

Williams last pot of a ball. -- potted a ball.

:41:43.:42:28.

They were good shots, but just thinking, is there a gap, is there a

:42:29.:42:34.

red that might be pottable into the red corner here. He can just get to

:42:35.:42:44.

the potting and. He might have a chance at this. There was no easy

:42:45.:42:45.

safely. He was so close to the cushion so he

:42:46.:43:28.

had to just put the blue in. He would have liked to court the red

:43:29.:43:33.

ball a bit harder to catch the cue ball. It is a little bit awkward,

:43:34.:43:34.

this. That was really well controlled.

:43:35.:44:16.

Very well played. He has got an angle if he wanted to go into the

:44:17.:44:20.

black and the red. With the pink being in the open, he does not have

:44:21.:44:22.

complained that shot. The way he was going in the last

:44:23.:44:42.

three frames, I would have to say, there is a strong possibility of 4-1

:44:43.:44:54.

from this visit. He has not scored a point since winning the first frame,

:44:55.:44:55.

Mark Williams. Of course, that is one of the things

:44:56.:45:14.

that is unique to snooker. When your opponent is at the table, all you

:45:15.:45:19.

Kunduz sit and watch. You have no right of reply. You have to sit

:45:20.:45:20.

there and suffer. He has a problem with this right

:45:21.:46:09.

corner pocket. There are five Red Bull is all covering each other.

:46:10.:46:23.

He would like to finish high on the pink to give him the angle to

:46:24.:47:00.

stumble across. He is going for the blue. If he finished high on the

:47:01.:47:06.

pink he could stun off the black cushion and go into the five reds.

:47:07.:47:12.

He can still do it offer this glue. Brilliant. If he had another 50

:47:13.:47:27.

shots, he would not do that again. How has he not made contact with a

:47:28.:47:32.

red. That is amazing. If the cue ball had gone another couple of

:47:33.:47:36.

inches he would have snookered himself. The balloon would have gone

:47:37.:47:42.

back on its spot. He held the blue spot and the brown spot was

:47:43.:47:43.

available. Had to bite the bullet and put every

:47:44.:48:14.

effort into playing a good safety, which he has done.

:48:15.:48:57.

That was a bit careless. I think he has left this red on. If he has left

:48:58.:49:12.

the red, that is as bad a shock as you will see Mark Selby play. He has

:49:13.:49:18.

an angle to go into these five reds as well. The first ball he has

:49:19.:49:31.

partnered since the first frame. Gifted it, you could say. There is

:49:32.:49:36.

pressure on this pink, I will tell you. Good shot. It is not easy when

:49:37.:49:51.

you have been frozen out. This was the gift. He just caught the red

:49:52.:50:01.

little bit too thick. Mark their needs to screw back. He was playing

:50:02.:50:11.

to hit a bit thinner. When you're flying in a match and everything is

:50:12.:50:15.

going well, the thing you battle against is a lack of concentration.

:50:16.:50:51.

He is on the pink in a fashion. He might be able to pot the pink and

:50:52.:50:58.

carried the two reds on the right-hand side of the table.

:50:59.:51:10.

Stunned across. The one on the extreme left, he must feel he can

:51:11.:51:14.

get through to that. A good shot on the pink. The only thing he doesn't

:51:15.:51:28.

want to become too straight on the pink. He has. He might have the

:51:29.:51:38.

angle to play top spin and cannon into the two reds on the side

:51:39.:51:43.

cushion. He won't have angle to force into the black, will he? This

:51:44.:51:50.

is tough. He will have to play with a bit of Pierce to get the cue ball

:51:51.:51:56.

out. He will probably just play for the

:51:57.:52:09.

pink it was always going to be tough. That was a pretty good

:52:10.:52:15.

contribution. Remember he hadn't potted a ball for three frames. Then

:52:16.:52:21.

he had the mid-session interval. He got some good balls there. He got

:52:22.:52:26.

himself right back in this frame. Just 11 points behind.

:52:27.:53:37.

Excellent safety. I don't know if he can play the pot on this red and

:53:38.:53:48.

avoid the case and the two reds. In the end, I don't think he even

:53:49.:53:52.

played the pot, he just had the city. He could not afford the colour

:53:53.:53:59.

on the baulk line. It is never going to be that good a safety. It is

:54:00.:54:04.

quite a big target now. Green, brown, blue, to try to hide behind.

:54:05.:54:18.

It is going to be a bits and pieces end to this frame. You wouldn't

:54:19.:54:51.

expect the next mistake will cost the frame. I just get the feeling

:54:52.:55:03.

that this is the type of frame that Mark Williams has got to win.

:55:04.:55:23.

That is probably the recent Mark Selby has taken that red on. He

:55:24.:55:28.

knows it would not have cost them the frame. In fact, it hasn't. It

:55:29.:55:34.

won't cost anything. Even if he left the red on, you could safely say,

:55:35.:55:40.

Mark Williams would not have cleared up.

:55:41.:55:59.

It is going to be a game of cat and mouse.

:56:00.:56:13.

Why was he looking at the pot on this red?

:56:14.:56:30.

I thought the only red he could leave was the one he was playing. He

:56:31.:56:37.

got close, but he has not left that one. That was a sort of half-hearted

:56:38.:56:44.

attempt at the double. As you say, Stephen, Mark Selby

:56:45.:57:23.

looks to me, and the opportunity he will go for it. If he knocked the

:57:24.:57:32.

red in, it could build on his 11 point advantage. He got close, but

:57:33.:57:45.

once again, I think, looking at Mark Selby's facial expression, that Mark

:57:46.:57:50.

Williams can just get past the yellow. As we said, the chances of

:57:51.:58:03.

winning the frame on this visit, practically impossible.

:58:04.:58:19.

That was a lovely little shot. A beautiful touch.

:58:20.:58:35.

That one was as bad as the last one was good. Just got into the cue ball

:58:36.:58:49.

a little too much. The little flick on the green ruined his position.

:58:50.:58:53.

There are only five points in it now.

:58:54.:59:06.

That was a good head. Excellent shot.

:59:07.:59:39.

Well, Wilma pink stop or drop? It stopped. He was a bit fortunate

:59:40.:59:48.

there because the red knocked the pink out of the way because it might

:59:49.:59:50.

have run into the pink. Believe it or not, I'm sure that was

:59:51.:00:08.

an attempt at up pot, when you play that sort of shot, you always error

:00:09.:00:20.

on the side of hitting it to sin. -- seven. Quite easy to play safe now

:00:21.:00:26.

with the pink in the left corner. I wonder if he'll play the shot we

:00:27.:00:44.

saw Ali Carter play, the red tape to the cushion, fitted full ball and

:00:45.:00:47.

get the double-kiss to get the cue ball back to the baulk end. That's

:00:48.:00:54.

what he's played. But the problem is with that shot you're never certain

:00:55.:00:58.

how much the cue ball's going to go back on the red is going to come out

:00:59.:01:02.

and he's left the pot on for his opponent.

:01:03.:01:08.

APPLAUSE Good pot. Didn't overhit it. Stroked

:01:09.:01:17.

it in nicely. That was a good shot. That's

:01:18.:01:25.

unlikely. -- unlucky. Slowly but surely he's got a two

:01:26.:01:48.

advantage in this frame. The reason he wanted to play safe

:01:49.:02:33.

from the red, he feels he can get in behind the yellow, blue or brown but

:02:34.:02:42.

he doesn't feel he can get it with this red at the top cushion. He

:02:43.:02:48.

didn't hit that one at all. Norway she should be leaving pot on.

:02:49.:02:57.

Misjudgement. I think he oversaw tip, really. -- over thought it.

:02:58.:03:18.

Mark Selby has definitely been knocked out of the rhythm he was in

:03:19.:03:26.

before the interval. Long way away from that pot.

:03:27.:03:56.

APPLAUSE Good pot there from Mark Williams.

:03:57.:04:09.

Here's a short maker. And he pulled one out there. -- shot maker. But

:04:10.:04:15.

didn't play that position will shot very well but is a good opportunity

:04:16.:04:22.

to get the cue ball back to the old cushion and get the snooker behind

:04:23.:04:26.

the yellow, blue or brown to give them a real good advantage. I

:04:27.:04:31.

wouldn't be concerned by the red finishes, just get the cue ball down

:04:32.:04:42.

in that area. He's got the snooker. To take it to the frame now, ten

:04:43.:04:47.

points in the lead. Mark Selby faced with the age-old problem, got to hit

:04:48.:04:51.

the red and somehow get it safe. So here's a chance. But he cannot

:04:52.:05:32.

this red in and get on a colour, it should be a free man. A frame he

:05:33.:05:37.

needs badly. -- should be a frame-winner.

:05:38.:05:41.

Yes, you can almost see it was like a typical Mark Williams winning

:05:42.:06:08.

frame. Always been so good at winning this type of frame. He's

:06:09.:06:15.

just left a tricky angle where he cannot avoid the cannon on the blue,

:06:16.:06:25.

can he? He could, comfortably. Don't know what the problem was there.

:06:26.:06:38.

It should be all over now. Just the brown needed to go 24 ahead with 18

:06:39.:06:52.

remaining. Battled hard to get this frame on the scoreboard. And that's

:06:53.:06:57.

why I thought it was an important frame for Mark. If you can't win

:06:58.:07:01.

scrappy once he's not going to get anything out of this match. As you

:07:02.:07:10.

alluded to, Stephen, knocked Mark Selby out of his stride here a

:07:11.:07:15.

little bit with this type of frame. But they all count. There are no

:07:16.:07:22.

pictures on score boards, Mark Williams is back in the match, just

:07:23.:07:26.

one behind, 3-2 to the World Championship. STUDIO: It's not a bad

:07:27.:07:32.

effort considering that half an hour of playing time he didn't pot the

:07:33.:07:37.

ball and then had the interval, so almost on our he's had to wait

:07:38.:07:40.

before getting himself right back into the thick of this match. I hate

:07:41.:07:44.

seeing vintage Williams because he's obviously a scoring machine as well

:07:45.:07:49.

at his big but that frame is why he's been a champion he's been

:07:50.:07:52.

because I don't know many players who can play and quite horrible type

:07:53.:07:57.

of frame better than he can play. Mark Selby's good at it but Mark

:07:58.:08:01.

Williams was absolutely superb. Individual pot, lost position a

:08:02.:08:05.

couple of times. Individual potting, Aqua charts, leaving his opponent in

:08:06.:08:11.

awkward positions, that was a fabulous frame for Mark Williams to

:08:12.:08:16.

win. Stephen put it, potting the champion out of his stride, the

:08:17.:08:18.

world number one actually looking slightly uncomfortable for a minute.

:08:19.:08:22.

Possibly, the interval changes thing sometimes, one of those types of

:08:23.:08:25.

frames. Mark Williams had a chance with the second to last red and

:08:26.:08:30.

potted the black and failed to get position. He's not clinching but

:08:31.:08:34.

he's scrapping and would be very unfair to criticise him because he's

:08:35.:08:38.

3-1 behind and playing against one of the greatest players of the

:08:39.:08:41.

modern-day game. Every credit in that respect for him to win this

:08:42.:08:44.

match, somewhere down the line he has the stamp his authority more in

:08:45.:08:48.

the match and win a bit more comfortably in frame. Job done. He's

:08:49.:08:54.

got his way back. He dollar Mark, you're looking at 4-1 and probably

:08:55.:09:00.

all over. Very much so, very much with Mark Selby in the form he's in.

:09:01.:09:05.

In the context of the match, a very important frame. Vintage Williams,

:09:06.:09:08.

it was a nightmare playing against them when you had things like that,

:09:09.:09:12.

so you think it's a clever shot, I'm in trouble here, clever shot. He's

:09:13.:09:17.

very adept at it. Makes you think, that's the mark of a champion. Two

:09:18.:09:21.

great champions out there. It's getting close, only one frame

:09:22.:09:25.

between them now as we head into the sixth.

:09:26.:09:56.

Fees on the green. Doesn't look to have the perfect angle.

:09:57.:10:24.

Just dropping in, that will ease himself that long straight red. The

:10:25.:10:34.

black is available to the opposite corner, soulful concentration on

:10:35.:10:38.

this one. Got to fully commit to these. And dead and played it

:10:39.:10:44.

superbly. APPLAUSE Yes, good confident pot. That was a

:10:45.:11:11.

valid point that Steve Davis made in the studio,. You can hang on in the

:11:12.:11:17.

match in those scrappy frames but when he gets opportunities like that

:11:18.:11:20.

he's got to start winning frames in one visit.

:11:21.:11:32.

Needs to run. He's on the red but hampered. It's amazing how many

:11:33.:11:48.

times Mark Williams gets out of position. He still on this red...

:11:49.:12:00.

Again, didn't play that with the power a lot of players would have

:12:01.:12:44.

played with. It's end of break. So, again, not able to win the frame in

:12:45.:12:46.

the first scoring visit. Much too thin and very fortunate.

:12:47.:13:49.

He's cannoned into the green but the blues covering the red to the left

:13:50.:13:50.

corner. As you can see. Typical Mark Williams. One of the

:13:51.:14:30.

best ball putters the game has ever seen. -- potters. I was gone to say

:14:31.:14:39.

that but I never understood really what it meant. I think what it means

:14:40.:14:45.

and I remember Ray Reardon, they always seemed to be able to pot

:14:46.:14:49.

these balls with an element of safety, they always aimed to see it

:14:50.:14:55.

as shot to nothing. There's no doubt, he has started to knock the

:14:56.:15:00.

long ones in. Four in a row the last of frames. I think a lot of players,

:15:01.:15:06.

when they actually play to pot a ball, they're determined to get

:15:07.:15:10.

position on the next one but I think Mark has bat that he thinks it's a

:15:11.:15:14.

difficult shot, you can just put all concentration into the red and not

:15:15.:15:19.

be too bothered about position. Sometimes it's hard to tell yourself

:15:20.:15:24.

to do that. Yeah, I suppose, it's like when you bring a pot and you

:15:25.:15:28.

know you possibly not going to get anything from it, just making sure

:15:29.:15:33.

of the pot so you're playing the next shot. So close, just the pace

:15:34.:15:41.

kept it out but fortunately he missed the cannon.

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APPLAUSE Was only the pace that kept it out.

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Rattle, rattle, rattle. APPLAUSE

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Good length. Asking a question of Mark

:16:06.:16:24.

Williams, 32 point advantage in this frame. We'll have to be a good

:16:25.:16:31.

safety year. -- will have to be a good safety here. That's the

:16:32.:16:36.

player's view. He could hit the red on the

:16:37.:16:46.

left-hand side of the table but you'd try to get back to baulk of

:16:47.:16:50.

that, you could easily get a double-kiss. Just nudging into it.

:16:51.:16:57.

Feels as though that's going to be safe enough. He didn't want to risk

:16:58.:17:01.

playing off the main bunch because he could have knocked one over the

:17:02.:17:05.

corner pocket, so just played a containing safety.

:17:06.:17:28.

Struck it beautifully. Struck the right side of the blue but couldn't

:17:29.:17:51.

have played that much better. Trace of right-hand side. Not enough

:17:52.:18:02.

right-hand side. That's careless. I mean, that was so

:18:03.:18:50.

obvious that red was going to go to the right corner. He's just lost his

:18:51.:18:58.

focus, it appears, at the moment. I did see. That's a shocker from Mark

:18:59.:19:05.

Williams. I did say the only thing that Mark Selby is going to battle

:19:06.:19:08.

against this lack of concentration when everything is coming so easy

:19:09.:19:15.

for you. This is a tough black that Mark Williams has left himself.

:19:16.:19:25.

Lovely shot. At first glance I don't know how the next red is coming

:19:26.:19:29.

from. Typical Mark Williams pot this. Dropping it in dead weight. I

:19:30.:19:39.

think he's on this one along the black cushion. How will he play it?

:19:40.:19:45.

As a shock to nothing so he comes away from the pocket? He's gone all

:19:46.:19:50.

out and it's a great pot. Looks like he might have the natural

:19:51.:20:03.

angle just to miss the yellow of two cushions for a choice of raids to

:20:04.:20:13.

the right corner -- reds. Just picked a lovely time to leave the

:20:14.:20:14.

arena. Hard enough, is it? Maybe he can

:20:15.:21:42.

just get through to the bottom red. He do it and it was commonly easier.

:21:43.:21:53.

Only the red required that 55 points in front with one remaining.

:21:54.:21:57.

Comeback complete. Highly unlikely that Mark Williams

:21:58.:22:31.

will be asked to play on here. Mark having a look. 62 points difference,

:22:32.:22:33.

51 remaining. That equates three, four point snooker is

:22:34.:22:53.

required. Where's the blue ball going? Only a half-hearted attempt,

:22:54.:23:06.

so unbelievably of the mid-session interval Mark Williams is now all

:23:07.:23:07.

square. 3-3. And would you believe it, Mark

:23:08.:24:13.

Williams is mopping them up again? He's been in float mode.

:24:14.:24:25.

I disagree with you. You don't have to win in one visit, he are

:24:26.:24:31.

uselessly at this level but is 12 things with 36 and 59 breaks. In a

:24:32.:24:42.

perfect world is one of the few. Full of shots raising heavily saying

:24:43.:24:48.

that Mark Williams Bilis 's office says that once again. Yes,

:24:49.:24:51.

Featherweight frothing device if this affect positional shot. Potting

:24:52.:24:56.

along the top position to commit to the positional shot. Nothing wrong

:24:57.:24:59.

with his bottle, perhaps he just needed a bit more confidence and we

:25:00.:25:03.

all need that. Fascinating the first four frames, saying we have the best

:25:04.:25:14.

-- the best we've seen absolutely. You can play well for the two is a

:25:15.:25:19.

different contracts. Mark Selby can graft as well and a great match

:25:20.:25:24.

played at the end of matches. A strike rate winning the last rate

:25:25.:25:27.

was important. I think Mark Williams's style, definitely

:25:28.:25:32.

contracting the world number one. Real test of nerve for them both

:25:33.:25:34.

coming up. COMMENTATOR: All look so good at

:25:35.:25:50.

3-1, 3-3 now. We're going to show you a shot year. Playing the blue

:25:51.:25:53.

into the five reds in the corner, if he makes contact with a red dirt on

:25:54.:25:59.

its 4-1 and it could be a completely different match. In the late lost

:26:00.:26:05.

concentration and focus. But now that shot the opening long red Sea

:26:06.:26:17.

life of the mission. Unless he's lining up an angle on this thread to

:26:18.:26:20.

make a cannon on the black. It's very risky. -- lining up an angle on

:26:21.:26:32.

this red. Olly tempted to play the cannon on

:26:33.:27:04.

the black. It might bring one of those players well. In the cannon

:27:05.:27:19.

and got the cannon. Might just have one of the wrecked it is just that

:27:20.:27:25.

it out. When that black move, just like a red and black is available

:27:26.:27:32.

into the same pocket. When it's free spotted.

:27:33.:27:42.

Just watch the black it just nudges this red. Was that enough to make

:27:43.:27:47.

the black available? He can play the cannon you possibly.

:27:48.:27:59.

The red to the left corner of the cushion. To the right of the black.

:28:00.:28:04.

Can he do that without missing the black? He didn't get anywhere near

:28:05.:28:15.

enough side on the cue ball. He got no reaction.

:28:16.:28:27.

Make the best of that opportunity. -- didn't make the best.

:28:28.:28:55.

Missed it. And left it. One of those reviewed play date shot and think

:28:56.:29:11.

the only red you are leaving is the one you are playing. You don't want

:29:12.:29:16.

the red to come back to the baulk with the cue ball.

:29:17.:29:23.

Not the best positional shot from Mark Selby. Clear

:29:24.:29:57.

From here onwards, the best it is going to be tough match snooker of

:29:58.:32:27.

these two. Yeah. And this type of frame, as we have alluded to a few

:32:28.:32:31.

times, suits Mark Williams more than Mark Selby. It is probably the only

:32:32.:32:40.

time we would say that, that this sort of friends sued someone over

:32:41.:32:47.

Mark Selby. -- this sort of frame suits someone better. A better way

:32:48.:32:53.

of explaining it is to say someone is comfortable playing this type of

:32:54.:32:54.

frame as Mark Selby. A mistake. The green is not coming

:32:55.:33:01.

to his rescue. He is certainly rolling back the

:33:02.:33:11.

years now. Well, I say that, and he misses it.

:33:12.:34:06.

But he may have just about got away with that. That was pressure. It was

:34:07.:34:18.

like he had seen a chance to go 4-3 ahead. That was a much easier shot

:34:19.:34:32.

than the peak he just ported. But the black and pink have come to his

:34:33.:34:34.

rescue. I thought it was a bit too thick,

:34:35.:35:26.

but such is the pace of this table that he has played it perfectly.

:35:27.:36:13.

That is a bit thick. Mark Williams can't get through to the red.

:36:14.:36:29.

Is he forced into playing the plant here? I don't know if the red that

:36:30.:36:45.

is nearest the black goes past. It is one of those situations where the

:36:46.:36:52.

safety is as difficult as the pot. Very difficult, the plant.

:36:53.:38:02.

Sometimes, when you're in this type of situation where you can't see a

:38:03.:38:08.

safety, you try and put your way out of trouble. -- pot your way out of

:38:09.:38:20.

trouble. But he can't even do that, I don't think.

:38:21.:38:33.

Coming up to one and a half minutes of thinking time.

:38:34.:39:07.

He thought he could find a safety, and boy, that's a good shot. That is

:39:08.:39:13.

an absolute cracker. It's funny how the run of the ball

:39:14.:39:49.

is just turning slightly. Not like that good safety shot from Mark

:39:50.:39:53.

Selby. The blue this time comes to Mark Williams' rescue. That is more

:39:54.:40:06.

like the Mark Williams of old. I think he used to say the same thing

:40:07.:40:08.

about you, Stephen! Has he got away with that again? I

:40:09.:41:11.

think he was half-heartedly playing the plant and then he was saying he

:41:12.:41:15.

thought it rolled off, but he has not left the easy read. There are

:41:16.:41:21.

couple of other reds that are pottable, but they are very awkward.

:41:22.:41:25.

Funnily enough, Mark has put his hand up and apologise. But I just

:41:26.:41:30.

looked at Mark Selby's face, and he was getting a bit frustrated it all.

:41:31.:41:38.

As we said before, bar for the cannon, he probably would have been

:41:39.:41:46.

4-1 up. When things start running against you, there have been three

:41:47.:41:50.

occasions here were Mark Williams was entitled to leave with a pot on.

:41:51.:41:59.

You think, is it not my day? Well, he has got the plant. He is on the

:42:00.:42:16.

brown, so a chance. Let's see if he can get back to focusing on where he

:42:17.:42:21.

was before the mid-session interval. This brown is not as easy as it

:42:22.:42:23.

looks on the screen. Before the interval, you said this

:42:24.:43:26.

was frame over. He needs to be straight on the blue

:43:27.:43:46.

than this. Just over two hours of playing time.

:43:47.:44:09.

Still not back in prime position. The pot on the red is easy enough,

:44:10.:44:13.

but he has a bit of work to do with the cue ball. He has got to Matt

:44:14.:44:24.

Angle on the red. -- too much angle on the red.

:44:25.:45:15.

The two reds to the left of the pink, at least one of them is

:45:16.:45:19.

available into the opposite corner. Would you believe it? He kept slowly

:45:20.:46:15.

but surely running out of position and in the end, it caught him out. I

:46:16.:46:26.

didn't see him missing that, but of course, when you have to do a little

:46:27.:46:30.

bit with the cue ball, you can always just take your eye off the

:46:31.:46:33.

pot. And got one. Excellent shot. He

:46:34.:47:02.

would love to be open to play the red below the black for the right

:47:03.:47:03.

corner. It is a good shot, but he never had

:47:04.:47:53.

the perfect angle to screw a bit further across to be on the red.

:47:54.:47:57.

He's not going to win the frame at this visit.

:47:58.:48:10.

Just one red left on the table, easy to hit. But you have got to get it

:48:11.:48:28.

safe. The lead that Mark Selby has no count for nothing if he leaves

:48:29.:48:29.

the red on. Would you believe it? He has left

:48:30.:48:51.

the red now. Boy, this game sometimes will have you tearing your

:48:52.:48:53.

hair out. He looked to have hit the red

:48:54.:49:03.

absolutely perfect. The yellow must have been too

:49:04.:49:33.

straight. He is just the wrong side of this green. I don't think he can

:49:34.:49:36.

drop it in dead weight, he will have to come in up and off the table.

:49:37.:50:01.

He has thought about playing it into the corner pocket.

:50:02.:50:12.

We have seen him so many times drop these types of shots in dead weight,

:50:13.:50:19.

but he would still be living a distance between himself and the

:50:20.:50:24.

brown if he played it that way. He has gone for the corner pocket. Oh,

:50:25.:50:29.

so close! But not there. A great effort at the pot, but he

:50:30.:50:48.

has missed a fantastic opportunity to win the seventh frame. This isn't

:50:49.:50:50.

easy. Never easy to judge when the object

:50:51.:51:04.

ball is right in the jaws of the pocket. Still needs brown and blue.

:51:05.:51:29.

Well, it's wobbled its way in and the blue is all he needs.

:51:30.:51:41.

Mark Williams missed a golden chance and he won't be getting another one.

:51:42.:51:53.

Mark Selby led 3-1. He was pulled back to 3-3 and looked to be

:51:54.:51:57.

wobbling a bit. Mark Williams let him off the hook there.

:51:58.:52:03.

HAZEL IRVINE: and stopped the rot after the last couple of frames,

:52:04.:52:10.

having won by Mark Williams. There was a really good opportunity for

:52:11.:52:13.

Mark to close that out and make it three in a row. What was the

:52:14.:52:17.

situation you are about to refer to? Mark Selby has knocked the red

:52:18.:52:21.

towards the bolt and unluckily gone off in the corner pocket and he

:52:22.:52:24.

leaves Mark Williams with the cue ball-in-hand. Here is the situation.

:52:25.:52:30.

I might have been tempted, the yellow into the green might be the

:52:31.:52:32.

awkward position of shot. I might have been tempted to drop that in

:52:33.:52:35.

and leave myself virtually straight on the green. I pot the green with

:52:36.:52:40.

the rest, I'm on the yellow and the rest of the break is easy. The

:52:41.:52:46.

difference between a player who is confident and absolutely on former

:52:47.:52:48.

is that they make clear decisions under pressure. He plays the shot,

:52:49.:52:54.

he's got a bit of an angle. He gets on the blue, he gets back on the

:52:55.:52:59.

green. He probably thinks he will be able to play yellow to green well,

:53:00.:53:03.

but he misjudges the pace of deep positional shot, which he has done a

:53:04.:53:06.

couple of times already. But putting the green on its spot is so much

:53:07.:53:12.

easier. So this is the pressure manifesting itself when you are out

:53:13.:53:16.

there. To think clearly is easier said than done. Of course it is. It

:53:17.:53:22.

is a lot easier sitting up here in judging it, but if you showed that

:53:23.:53:26.

to Mark Williams again, he would go, you're right. But there is such a

:53:27.:53:30.

dramatic change in the rhythm of this match. This is the key thing to

:53:31.:53:34.

it. I haven't been in the seat that long, but I can't remember playing

:53:35.:53:39.

Mark Williams. It gets bitty and awkward. The frames become horrible.

:53:40.:53:43.

And to score when all of that is going on is why Mark Williams is

:53:44.:53:46.

brilliant at winning these friends and other people find it more

:53:47.:53:49.

difficult. Mark Selby is one of those that can do that, but it is

:53:50.:53:54.

difficult to play. It is the world number one who is on top again.

:53:55.:54:09.

They just had to play a slight swerve. There was a possibility he

:54:10.:54:15.

could have parted the red, but that was the last thing on his mind. Just

:54:16.:54:19.

wanted to contain the situation, which he has done well enough.

:54:20.:55:17.

He needs a bit of luck here. Is he on one? The one to the left of the

:55:18.:55:26.

black is available, but is the one above the black? He thinks he can.

:55:27.:55:36.

A difficult pot, but a good one. Wrong side of the blue.

:55:37.:56:17.

Every time Mark Williams gets to the table, you sense that he is battling

:56:18.:56:24.

the whole time to keep the break going. He is eyeing up this red to

:56:25.:56:33.

the right of the bunch. Excellent reply there. We have seen

:56:34.:56:39.

some very good safety. What we are seeing here is the fact

:56:40.:58:17.

that Mark Selby and everyone saying he is the number one player and has

:58:18.:58:22.

been now for nearly two years, and he is the man that everybody has got

:58:23.:58:26.

to beat. But fair play to Mark Williams, he is certainly bring the

:58:27.:58:34.

game to him. Absolutely. He is maybe not winning frames in one visit, but

:58:35.:58:39.

he is in this match. Another excellent safety shot their,

:58:40.:59:08.

and I can't see another path back to the baulk at first glance.

:59:09.:59:31.

Touching ball, which means that Mark Selby can now fire away.

:59:32.:59:52.

Steady hand needed. He has not managed to do it.

:59:53.:00:27.

These players are both excellent at playing Finn glances -- thin

:00:28.:00:36.

glances. not as thin as that. But again, no

:00:37.:00:54.

damage done, I don't think. Looking at this plant but it's the

:00:55.:01:13.

safety shot that's the most important part of this. He'll be on

:01:14.:01:22.

the green if he gets it. That cue ball travel.

:01:23.:01:44.

If you could easily get black and played. But he can't. He's just

:01:45.:01:48.

playing the safety. They clapped in the wilderness. But

:01:49.:04:23.

that's the only thing he could do, of course. That's the danger ball to

:04:24.:04:32.

the right corner, got to cover that. Needs to. Have done. Good shot, that

:04:33.:04:42.

was a more attacking safety. Having replaced because he can get

:04:43.:05:36.

through to this red to the right corner.

:05:37.:05:50.

And that's where it was, that's for it is now. Looks pretty good to me.

:05:51.:06:12.

Had to catch it didn't, he caught it too sick. -- caught it too sick. It

:06:13.:06:25.

might be Mark Selby's turned to be fortunate.

:06:26.:06:39.

Unless someone does something drastically wrong, which you

:06:40.:07:19.

wouldn't expect or these two players were in for a long frame. The red

:07:20.:07:26.

just below the pink might be available to the right corner. And

:07:27.:07:34.

it is. There's up path back to baulk, so he can play this. Caught

:07:35.:07:45.

it two Extra seven. He's not got a bad cue ball, not bad at all.

:07:46.:08:30.

Well, better to miss them than them on the way down. There is a red left

:08:31.:08:40.

of the black spot that is portable to the left corner.

:08:41.:08:54.

Surely he can't refuse it. He is, he's having it put back. Surprises

:08:55.:09:16.

me a little. Me to. The way the balls are situated on the way this

:09:17.:09:19.

frame is going, it's half chances that you've got to take.

:09:20.:09:35.

That looked almost all. Mark Williams missed a trick there.

:09:36.:09:51.

The red he's looking at, he could come off

:09:52.:10:34.

Is hoping to force a mistake from Mark Selby but could be a long time

:10:35.:10:57.

waiting for that. Did well to take on that red there. Good pot from

:10:58.:11:05.

Mark and just a little bit too far. We'll just add to his frustration.

:11:06.:11:23.

Not certain how much she can get on this. Might have to play a little

:11:24.:11:30.

bit site. That's one way. Just don't want to

:11:31.:11:46.

put too much side on it and hit the reds on the way down. Follow the

:11:47.:11:55.

white line all the way down. Brilliant.

:11:56.:12:35.

Now this is top quality. Tactical smoker. -- tactical snooker.

:12:36.:13:07.

Looks like just another containing safety here. Get the ball up to

:13:08.:13:17.

these riots. -- these reds. Is it going to reach? That's so careless.

:13:18.:13:37.

Left with choice of three reds. Just trying to drop on the red and as

:13:38.:13:50.

soon as he hit it he knew he didn't hit it hard enough.

:13:51.:14:10.

The cue ball. He's got three reds near this right corner. , the

:14:11.:14:18.

right-hand one will go to the right corner pocket, got to be closer to

:14:19.:14:21.

control the cue ball. Yes, this moment in time, and

:14:22.:14:38.

definitely getting two marks. 34 points is the lead. Four reds by

:14:39.:16:41.

slit open. But as it would be enough to get because at that stage.

:16:42.:16:57.

And he does win the frame at this minute, it would become the best of

:16:58.:17:04.

these. Red and colour. He's on the pink.

:17:05.:18:07.

That will put him 62 points in front with just 59 remaining. Mark Selby

:18:08.:18:16.

has caught about along here. Bart Williams is potting Mark Selby

:18:17.:19:03.

under a lot of pressure. STUDIO: He seems to be unsettling him. Doesn't

:19:04.:19:07.

matter how well you've been playing in the past. Number one in the

:19:08.:19:14.

world, well ahead as number one. You have to keep proving it every time

:19:15.:19:21.

you go on the table you can turn this around. You really want the

:19:22.:19:29.

entry, top quality and safety we're watching. Paramedic or Stephen

:19:30.:19:33.

Hendry in the commentary box! He's absolutely right. It happens in the

:19:34.:19:39.

Gimelstob and Mark Williams at the moment is playing a brand of sticker

:19:40.:19:42.

that's very difficult to play against. Done that everything gets

:19:43.:19:53.

petty, look at the scoreboard, 139, 69 and 100 and since then Mark

:19:54.:19:55.

Selby's biggest break is 39. Mark Selby is used to playing a lot

:19:56.:20:18.

more open, aggressive Snooker amongst the players he is bumping

:20:19.:20:22.

into often, so he is not getting so much of the style.

:20:23.:20:28.

As it is, it has become an old-fashioned style game and that is

:20:29.:20:35.

more to Mark Williams' likely than Mark Selby, who is becoming pretty

:20:36.:20:40.

free amongst this scoring department. It is fascinating. 100%.

:20:41.:20:49.

I think they are matched up in that department. Ring craft is a massive

:20:50.:20:54.

part of the game. Maybe is not as much as it used to be, but both

:20:55.:20:57.

these players have tonnes of it. So when you get these two players,

:20:58.:21:03.

where it is going, Mark might even be favourite. Best-of-3, boys.

:21:04.:21:19.

They were talking about winning frames in one visit and since the

:21:20.:21:36.

interval, that break from Mark Williams has been the highest break

:21:37.:21:43.

on offer. They say there are no two friends alike in snooker. But the

:21:44.:21:52.

last four frames have been very tactical. Any idea what Mark Selby

:21:53.:22:00.

could do to change the flow? I was about to say, maybe play a more

:22:01.:22:05.

aggressive safety shot, get the reds opened up early, force Mark Williams

:22:06.:22:15.

into scoring again. At the moment, Mark Williams is outSelbying Selby!

:22:16.:22:38.

He thought he could play that as a shock for nothing. Has he got away

:22:39.:22:52.

with it? Has he covered it? Mark Selby must be thinking, what has

:22:53.:23:01.

happened here? You can't take away from Mark Williams to get back into

:23:02.:23:06.

this match. He has scrapped so hard. The boy has had a tremendous run of

:23:07.:23:11.

the ball since the interval. The strange thing about this one is that

:23:12.:23:15.

if he could hit the right-hand side of the cue ball, he could maybe

:23:16.:23:19.

swerve this slightly to pot this red, but he can't because the yellow

:23:20.:23:22.

is in the way. It is a double whammy. Look at the opportunity if

:23:23.:23:32.

he can get the black in the open. If you tempted by a double here?

:23:33.:23:49.

A puff of the cheeks. It is hard work at the moment.

:23:50.:24:13.

Come on, JV. In all honesty, I can't see one. I can see how you could hit

:24:14.:24:25.

a red, but to cover or not leave a pot on is nigh on impossible for me.

:24:26.:24:36.

It is one of those situations where you just hit in hope.

:24:37.:24:46.

You would think he could flick on. But he is so tight to the green.

:24:47.:25:02.

He would love to nestle on the red that is near the corner pocket.

:25:03.:25:39.

Looks like this red just goes past the red that is closest to the

:25:40.:25:56.

pocket. He doesn't have to do anything with the cue ball to get

:25:57.:25:58.

position on the pink. He let that cue ball run three

:25:59.:27:10.

inches too far. Still shouldn't be a problem, but he has had to think

:27:11.:27:12.

about it. I think the red immediately below

:27:13.:27:27.

the pink is available. Those two reds to the left of the

:27:28.:28:29.

red he has just put it look as though they are almost set for a

:28:30.:28:33.

plant. He is just having a look at it now. It certainly could be made.

:28:34.:29:08.

If he does have to squeeze it, he will not be playing for the black.

:29:09.:29:16.

He's going to have to hit the right-hand side. The positional side

:29:17.:29:30.

of this is not straightforward now. It is not a formality to get

:29:31.:29:34.

position on the pink. He could play the red to the left of the two

:29:35.:29:37.

together and stun up for the pink or blue.

:29:38.:29:49.

He is on the pink, but not as he would like.

:29:50.:30:07.

Hmm, not there. He was taking full advantage of those types of

:30:08.:30:19.

opportunities. He has dried up since the interval.

:30:20.:30:31.

He was automatic before the interval. Didn't have to think about

:30:32.:30:39.

any shot. Almost every single shot in that break, he had to get up and

:30:40.:30:42.

down, look at the situation. And remember, that plant is still

:30:43.:31:07.

there. He could play it. I can see no reason why he wouldn't. He is

:31:08.:31:13.

nice and high with the cue ball, so he can play this comfortably. I

:31:14.:31:19.

understand why he is not playing it already. From where the cue ball is,

:31:20.:31:22.

it looks unmissable. He had a huge margin for error to

:31:23.:32:17.

finish on a red there. This was where he thinks he had a big bounce.

:32:18.:32:32.

Poor shot. It is situations like that that might just make Mark Selby

:32:33.:32:36.

settle a little bit. When he missed the pink, he thought it could have

:32:37.:32:41.

cost him the frame. It hasn't done. In fact, it didn't cost him much at

:32:42.:32:42.

all. A chance for Mark Williams. It is

:32:43.:33:03.

getting tough out there for both of them.

:33:04.:33:13.

15 points behind. That will equate to taking the remaining reds with

:33:14.:33:38.

colours to get to snooker's required stage.

:33:39.:34:19.

This pink to just go one point behind.

:34:20.:34:47.

That wasn't a clean pot, but in it went. The red that is close to the

:34:48.:34:59.

blue, I think he can get on that to the left middle.

:35:00.:35:20.

It was a bit careless to leave himself short.

:35:21.:35:33.

Not the best positional shot, but this gives him another opportunity.

:35:34.:35:46.

The only problem with leaving the red behind the black till last is

:35:47.:35:49.

that now he will have to play a decent positional shot to get on

:35:50.:35:58.

that. And it is not going to be easy from there.

:35:59.:36:12.

You see the disappointment on Mark's face that he didn't win the frame on

:36:13.:36:48.

that visit. He is a big favourite now.

:36:49.:37:03.

Good hit, and a double-kiss. Mark Selby suddenly put his hand up to

:37:04.:37:10.

apologise. I don't think I would have been apologising. He has been

:37:11.:37:16.

favouring his opponent for the last couple of frames. But even though he

:37:17.:37:25.

has left this red safe, there is every chance that Mark Williams can

:37:26.:37:27.

lay another snooker here. That wasn't the best shot for me. He

:37:28.:37:53.

has not put Mark Selby in any trouble here. So any advantage he

:37:54.:38:01.

had in this tactical exchange has gone now. Mark Selby is brilliant at

:38:02.:38:11.

digging himself out of holes in matches, and he is going to need

:38:12.:38:23.

that. He is in one here. He is scratching his head now. I know he

:38:24.:38:29.

can't hit the right-hand side of the wreck, but he could try answering

:38:30.:38:31.

around behind the angles. Normally, he wouldn't think twice

:38:32.:38:42.

about it. I think he has left this red.

:38:43.:39:42.

Certainly, he has left a pot one. That does surprise me a little bit.

:39:43.:40:21.

I thought he might have been tempted by the pot there.

:40:22.:40:35.

You wouldn't believe there was a gap around the back of that read. You'll

:40:36.:40:39.

have it replaced. The fact he's got this natural two

:40:40.:41:02.

cushion escape. He is looking to hit the red full in the face, leave the

:41:03.:41:06.

cue ball at this end. Just a minor adjustment required. But misjudged

:41:07.:41:16.

it again and now this time we will be taking this red one. This is a

:41:17.:41:28.

test, this first red. He's not been comfortable, not comfortable at all,

:41:29.:41:31.

since the interval, certainly since that break he was on in the fifth

:41:32.:41:49.

frame. There is pressure on this. Good shot. Here, Mark Williams will

:41:50.:42:05.

be fearing the worst now. Still a little bit to do of course.

:42:06.:42:09.

Particularly with the Brown not being on its box, makes it a little

:42:10.:42:14.

bit more awkward. The blue will be going back on its spot after this.

:42:15.:42:21.

Couple of key shots coming up now. Position from yellow to green, then

:42:22.:42:27.

green to brown, if he can cope with those three, then the frame's at his

:42:28.:42:36.

mercy. Yeah, he needs to be closer to this yellow. The shot from green

:42:37.:42:40.

to brown is the deciding shot in this frame but because he's left

:42:41.:42:44.

himself a tough shot just to get on the green... Even tougher to get the

:42:45.:42:48.

right angle on the green. He's up there saying it's a bad

:42:49.:43:11.

contact. It certainly looked heavy. The cue ball seemed to jump. That's

:43:12.:43:19.

the thing, if you're striking down slightly. Unless he's got the

:43:20.:43:26.

perfect angle to roll this green in and can the Brown... It's a tough

:43:27.:43:30.

pot. Tough to get good position. Good pot, where is the cue ball?

:43:31.:43:47.

Flicks off the Brown. Nearly went in the middle. The other downside,

:43:48.:44:00.

knocked the Brown safe. The difference, three points. Both

:44:01.:44:10.

players now needing brown, blue and pink.

:44:11.:44:24.

Good line. Isn't length, the only problem with this is if Mark

:44:25.:44:38.

Williams can come off the top cushion and hit this brown full in

:44:39.:44:44.

the face, he could get a snooker back here. Not beyond the realms of

:44:45.:44:53.

possibility. Didn't hit it full in the face, though. So Mark Selby gets

:44:54.:45:01.

another chance. He looks very much under pressure,

:45:02.:45:51.

to me, at the moment, the world number one.

:45:52.:46:02.

This is a tough shot. But he's had a look at the potting angle, so you

:46:03.:46:06.

feel as if he's going to take it on. So close. He hit that good, didn't

:46:07.:46:23.

he? He's left a very awkward Brown. It's difficult to say from our

:46:24.:47:06.

commentary position whether it's easier to cut it in the right,

:47:07.:47:12.

Middle or... Looks like the right middle. He's played it well, where

:47:13.:47:16.

is the cue ball going? Where is the cue ball going? Four. Still needs

:47:17.:47:29.

blue and pink. Whatever happens with blue, it'll be a pressure pink from

:47:30.:47:38.

distance. That cue ball is a little bit closer to the side cushion than

:47:39.:47:39.

he would have liked. Big shot. Right into the heart of the pocket,

:47:40.:47:57.

puts his cue down. You storming off to the dressing room. He's a mighty

:47:58.:48:02.

relieved man just one frame away from a place in the quarterfinal.

:48:03.:48:06.

He is, really having to work hard for this, a fight on the Brown, then

:48:07.:48:12.

the difficult cue ball went over the pink. There was a situation early on

:48:13.:48:16.

in the frame, Mark Williams possibly could have passed on from here. This

:48:17.:48:21.

different from Mark Williams in his prime and now, perhaps the thinking

:48:22.:48:27.

process isn't as good. He's in full control of the table. You don't

:48:28.:48:30.

leave the last red on the top cushion, as Stephen Hendry said,

:48:31.:48:35.

until last, it can go wrong positionally. He gets himself a bit

:48:36.:48:38.

in trouble and has to play the safety shot. It was good, but let

:48:39.:48:43.

his opponent back to the table. Mark Williams of old would have

:48:44.:48:47.

identified it quicker, made sure he got on the last red, second to last

:48:48.:48:51.

red, then all of a sudden it makes it easier. In that break we were

:48:52.:48:57.

talking about it, he only had two reds left, what next the blue

:48:58.:49:00.

committee should have made sure he was high the other side so he didn't

:49:01.:49:04.

have to play the cannon on the blue, making the top red easier. You sit

:49:05.:49:09.

here watching but in the pit it's a lot more difficult. Mark Williams

:49:10.:49:13.

still sitting out there. Is there one last gasp left in him in this

:49:14.:49:17.

match? He played a good shot with the rest, could have gone in, he

:49:18.:49:21.

played it to the far jaw, the right place to play it. Still skin of the

:49:22.:49:26.

cheap stuff. Not easy to predict the outcome because both players are

:49:27.:49:30.

looking slightly wobbly, no one has quite got control of the game.

:49:31.:49:33.

Williams has to take confidence the way he's come back into this match,

:49:34.:49:38.

the way Mark Selby was flying before the interval. The old craft has come

:49:39.:49:42.

back. I don't subscribe to him not caring about winning or losing, it's

:49:43.:49:47.

a mechanism for taking pressure off. If somebody was like that he

:49:48.:49:51.

wouldn't be trying as hard as he is this afternoon. He is still in

:49:52.:49:54.

there. I agree with Stephen in commentary, he's had a good run of

:49:55.:49:58.

the balls as well. People may expect me to go out, nothing to lose, I'll

:49:59.:50:03.

keep plugging away. Mark Williams is still in the top 16, hasn't been

:50:04.:50:06.

winning events. It's a step back up the ladder to beat Mark Selby in the

:50:07.:50:12.

Masters. It's an OK win for Mark Selby if he gets over the line but

:50:13.:50:16.

it would be an excellent win for Mark Williams, the position he's in

:50:17.:50:22.

in the game, players struggling a fraction. I read some very funny

:50:23.:50:26.

quotes from him the other day, he said he had to laugh at himself, the

:50:27.:50:31.

fact he's still in the top 16. He's very self-deprecating, does himself

:50:32.:50:36.

down, that could be a mechanism. No danger of that, Hazel, he's too good

:50:37.:50:41.

a player, he knows deep down. His game still stands up to as close

:50:42.:50:45.

scrutiny. If Mark Selby comes through this, this will have been a

:50:46.:50:48.

proper work-out for him, make no mistake. I was about to mention this

:50:49.:50:53.

time last year when Ronnie O'Sullivan was in here and it was

:50:54.:50:56.

Mark Williams who gave him the toughest work-out of the entire week

:50:57.:51:02.

with a final frame decider. We've got history when it comes to causing

:51:03.:51:07.

quite a few banana skins for top player Mark Williams. Here we go,

:51:08.:51:08.

with the break. Hoping that his last break shot of

:51:09.:51:21.

the match. If he wins this frame he's through to the quarterfinal.

:51:22.:51:29.

Mark Williams has put him through the ringer. Friends have started to

:51:30.:51:39.

be a bit more drawn out, that's why we're onto the three hour mark.

:51:40.:51:51.

The obvious frame time is practically 20 minutes.

:51:52.:52:02.

He came over to look at the black. Thinking about the red, to the light

:52:03.:52:11.

of the pink, stunning the cue ball across... Now, this shot, you can

:52:12.:52:19.

play it more positively around the ankles, thicker contact on the pack,

:52:20.:52:23.

or you can just brush it, which is what he's done. That was a nice

:52:24.:52:32.

little brush off the yellow, blocked the left-hand side of the pack. It

:52:33.:52:41.

certainly was. Stopped the escape room down the left-hand side of the

:52:42.:52:50.

table. He's taking this red one. Tremendous shot. Look at the cue

:52:51.:53:07.

ball control. Brilliant pot. If Mark Selby doesn't get the lucky brush

:53:08.:53:11.

off the yellow he plays a safety shot, Mark Williams. Absolutely. He

:53:12.:53:16.

was forced into playing it because he couldn't see safety.

:53:17.:53:29.

Again, doesn't take him long to get out of position. Frustrating to

:53:30.:53:35.

watch, never mind how he must feel. He's got this red to left middle. He

:53:36.:54:01.

likes it easier than this. In it goes. He needs a good angle on the

:54:02.:54:11.

blue. Then he just dropped this in and hole for one of those two reds,

:54:12.:54:16.

to the right of the cluster. He couldn't, he's having to play for

:54:17.:54:21.

the red along the top cushion. These are tough. Especially because he's

:54:22.:54:29.

going to play it with a bit of pace to get out for the black. Plenty of

:54:30.:54:39.

shots into the pack. A bit tentatively so far. How is he going

:54:40.:54:46.

to play this one? Again, played a touch shot. It's not worked out.

:54:47.:54:55.

This red does cut to the right corner and he can play for the

:54:56.:55:00.

black. With lots of bottle. On the left-hand side, with the cue ball.

:55:01.:55:16.

That was a Mark Williams special coming up there, the only player in

:55:17.:55:18.

the world who can do that. Now, is he on a colour? Does he get

:55:19.:55:39.

a good angle on the green? It's not a bad one. It's not bad. The red

:55:40.:55:46.

that's loose is available, amazing how he can contort himself into that

:55:47.:55:59.

position. Textbook. Rolled it in and it's perfect on the next red. Choice

:56:00.:56:05.

of two reds and in playing this one he will nudge another interplay. --

:56:06.:56:13.

into play. What a time in the match to win a frame in one visit. It'll

:56:14.:56:16.

take us to a decider. Once again, under hit it. Should

:56:17.:56:34.

have been straight. He'll go for the blue now. But it gave him an

:56:35.:56:47.

opportunity. His wife, Jo, feeling every anguish, willing every ball

:56:48.:56:56.

into the pocket. It's worth watching them playing.

:56:57.:57:16.

This is a good positional shot. If you're being picky, you would say

:57:17.:57:27.

maybe it should have been a fraction more.

:57:28.:57:32.

It doesn't. I think he can stun down for the black. No problem. He's got

:57:33.:57:44.

a nice angle on the black. Mark. It can only be a little bit of

:57:45.:58:09.

tension in the arm, can't be anything else.

:58:10.:58:40.

A disappointing round. He was going to win the frame in one visit there.

:58:41.:58:47.

A strong 53 point lead. The last thing he wants is the pink

:58:48.:59:31.

tight against the cushion. But then I suppose he is forcing Mark to

:59:32.:59:35.

bring this red away from the cushion. He's not played it well. So

:59:36.:59:45.

here's a chance for the counterattack now, for Mark Selby.

:59:46.:00:15.

Well, I think decider here we come. Looks like Mark Selby is going to

:00:16.:00:30.

win this match, he'll have to fall over the line. -- if Mark Selby is

:00:31.:00:33.

going to win, you'll have to fork over the line. He can't buy a

:00:34.:00:43.

positional shot at the moment. Nope. He's looking at the scoreboard, he

:00:44.:00:57.

needs red - colour- red. Played it well, upload it nicely. It's on the

:00:58.:01:01.

Brown. And he's on the red to clinch the

:01:02.:01:17.

frame. This red will put him 65 points in front with just 59

:01:18.:01:28.

remaining. It goes. We're going to have a decider for Joe to have to

:01:29.:01:40.

live through. -- for Jo to have to live through. Mark Selby will not be

:01:41.:01:44.

coming back to the table, even now he will be preparing for the

:01:45.:01:50.

deciding frame. Should you go out the arena and wash your hands or sit

:01:51.:01:53.

there and wait for the referee to set the balls up? We've already had

:01:54.:02:05.

three of these first-round matches that have gone to a deciding frame.

:02:06.:02:14.

I don't supposed you'd expect to have any runaway victories.

:02:15.:02:18.

Particularly with the top 16 players in the world. I'll be honest with

:02:19.:02:27.

you, Stephen, went Mark Selby went to the midsection interval three in

:02:28.:02:33.

front, I didn't see this. No, not at all. We have mentioned that shot

:02:34.:02:37.

that went wrong for Mark Selby when it looked like he was going to go

:02:38.:02:41.

for one up. Every credit to Mark Williams. He keep mentioning he

:02:42.:02:47.

hasn't won a frame in one visit. Tremendous character, tremendous

:02:48.:02:47.

matchplay. As we all say with a decider, it

:02:48.:03:18.

literally can be the toss of a coin. World champion, UK champion, world

:03:19.:03:26.

number one... And the chances of holding the three majors at the same

:03:27.:03:34.

time are all going to be down to a deciding frame. Not on the blue, but

:03:35.:03:42.

he's not bothered. Once again, we have parity. This

:03:43.:04:02.

time it's five apiece. First to six. Decider to come.

:04:03.:04:06.

Isn't it ironic, the man who last held all three of snooker's majors

:04:07.:04:15.

simultaneously, Williams coming 2003-2004, goodness me, could he be

:04:16.:04:19.

the man to prevent Selby from doing it? Yes, not necessarily in the

:04:20.:04:23.

style you were big, nicking this particular match would be a feather

:04:24.:04:29.

in Mark Williams's cap. It would be. Mike Williams cue ball patrol is not

:04:30.:04:31.

vintage but he's getting away with it. You said it's an under suit at

:04:32.:04:37.

the moment but he's finding a way. Yeah, he was always very good at it.

:04:38.:04:42.

He is under enormous pressure. I still believe he wants to win as

:04:43.:04:45.

hard as he ever did, I'm not falling for that line. He's in they're

:04:46.:04:51.

competing, his matchplay has been exemplary, he's not been scoring in

:04:52.:04:55.

one visit. He's tough to play against and the games get fractured

:04:56.:04:59.

and broken up and you have to beat him when he plays like that. You

:05:00.:05:03.

come to the table and every time you come there is something awkward

:05:04.:05:07.

about him. He's saying, that is the shot I played, play better than

:05:08.:05:10.

that. I say, Mark Selby has been on the end of it this afternoon, it's

:05:11.:05:14.

been a very hard work-out for him. Does he seem like a man under

:05:15.:05:19.

pressure this afternoon? The hole has been dogged by not keeping the

:05:20.:05:23.

pressure on Mark Williams. Whilst the? May still be if Mark Williams

:05:24.:05:28.

gets a chance in the last frame can he hold it together and keep

:05:29.:05:32.

position? There are? Over whether there is a little bit of tension.

:05:33.:05:38.

And expectation. More so on this man than we think. He's succumbed a bit

:05:39.:05:43.

to the problems of thinking too much ahead, as to what it would be like

:05:44.:05:48.

to hold the grand slam victories. He's now in a pressure situation in

:05:49.:05:52.

a match and it's about a pure fight, how much but has he got? Is that

:05:53.:05:57.

you're reading? The fact these factors might come in. Stephen made

:05:58.:06:00.

a point about the concentration, when you're playing that well and

:06:01.:06:06.

things are coming easily, how easy is it to lose focus when it's going

:06:07.:06:12.

your way? The hard bit is getting it back, it's not some you can switch

:06:13.:06:15.

on and off. One point he made, we've seen time and time again, the

:06:16.:06:19.

interval came at the right time, Williams and the wrong time for Mark

:06:20.:06:23.

Selby. Mark Williams lost the final frame decider. At this point last

:06:24.:06:28.

year, to Ronnie O'Sullivan. Will there be a sting in the tail this

:06:29.:06:32.

time? Can he defeat the world number one?

:06:33.:06:44.

The brake off. Left a possibility of a pot. Not getting the cue ball so

:06:45.:06:55.

close to the cushion. Not too difficult a safety shot either.

:06:56.:07:32.

Looks like he's just going to play the containing safety. Surprises me

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a little bit. I assume he's not left this red to the right of the black.

:07:47.:08:02.

I wonder if he can play the double. A kind of shot to nothing. He can

:08:03.:08:14.

maintain some sort of position on the black. He's played it. He

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thought he would leave the cue ball further to the right-hand side the

:08:20.:08:22.

table. This is definitely on. It doesn't appear he can get a read

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to the left middle, the only problem with the one to the right middle is

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it's definitely miscible. He has to play it and he's not happy, though.

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If he was comfortable with the shot he would have been down by now, so

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he's feeling it. The comfort zone has long since gone in this match,

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Vermaak. I'm shocked that he has refused that red. Fair enough, the

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cue ball might have been cannoned into ball colours. Will he get a

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better chance than that? He is looking at this long red to

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the left corner. A dead weight for the black or is he looking at

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another containing safety? I I suppose if he rolled it in he

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could get position on the black, but... I think he's getting a bit

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bogged down now, it can get you, the game, it has not been smooth, smooth

:10:24.:10:28.

running in the last few frames, and he is just getting to him a bit.

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Yes, I can only presume he couldn't see the red on the left hand cushion

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because of the yellow, a simple cue ball to bring it back to where it

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was. That could be a mistake, he has left

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his red on to the middle. He won't refuse this one.

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This is, again, one of these that looks very easy on the screen. But

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under this pressure, it is very smelly indeed. And the fact that you

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have to roll it in dead weight, if he plays it with any pace, he is not

:11:19.:11:22.

certain to be on a colour, he wants to roll it and be on the blue. You

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have to trust the table and trust your cueing and hit the centre of

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the cue ball. Oh, and he missed it. So the first

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chance falls to Mark Williams. Like the red to the left middle is

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the one to play, but slightly hampereded so no gimme.

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-- hampered. Surely not! Surely not. He had a

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choice of two reds, the one below the pink and the one past the pink,

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to the right-hand side. Surely he is on one of them. Again, it is the

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position that has let him down, isn't it John. Yes, but to be fair,

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you would have to say there a bit unfortunate. I mean you play to an

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area, as you say there was a couple of reds you could be on, but to not

:13:24.:13:29.

be on one of them, it is unbelievable really.

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So he is now having to play this very risky pot.

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Good shot. To wipe the dispointsn't of not being on an easy red, that

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was fantastic temperament. -- disappointment.

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That is what it's like, folk, watching your hubby play snooker.

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Ooh, he got the kick. Has it thrown the blue off line? It has. He has

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had a very good run of the ball since the interval but that was

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cruel. If that has cost him the match, that is awful.

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This is horrendous. And the worst type of bad contact, the fact that

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it threw the blue off line. Count have played this better. Yes, why

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was he playing for the blue? Well, OK, he might think he wanted it on

:15:37.:15:41.

the spot, but I mean you play it hard enough so you are on blue or

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baulk colour. Now using the rest, OK, I mean he's, he is quite capable

:15:49.:15:54.

of playing the deep screw and getting the cue ball back to this

:15:55.:15:57.

end. The more distance the cue ball has to travel, the more likely it is

:15:58.:16:00.

to not get perfect position. He has played this well. At this

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stage, it is just one shot at a time. Can't start thinking ahead of

:16:28.:16:30.

yourself at this stage. Now referee Paul Collier probably

:16:31.:17:29.

here him say give me a second Mark, because I don't think the pink spot

:17:30.:17:35.

is available. There is one red that is on. So it is not going to affect

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the next pot. Close to its spot, not touching the red, as it can go. He

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will pot this and try and nudge the red near the right middle. Just

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nudge it over the middle. He will still be on the blue.

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That is where he played. Didn't want it to drop. That is the last thing

:18:03.:18:06.

he wanted. He didn't want that, he wanted that

:18:07.:18:11.

red to stay over the pocket. Now it has gone in, he will have a

:18:12.:18:23.

problem getting on the next red. Oh, that is is a good shot. Well, a

:18:24.:18:30.

good shot. He has cued it well, but, you have to say sometimes it just

:18:31.:18:35.

dedepends on the potting angle and it was perfect to play the blue and

:18:36.:18:39.

bring that red into play It was a natural, wasn't it.

:18:40.:18:43.

Unfortunate to knock the red in the middle, but a bit fortunate to have

:18:44.:18:49.

that natural angle. Now, green and into the bunch of

:18:50.:18:52.

five reds and the pink. This could be the frame and match winning shot,

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coming right up here. Could have been better. Could have

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been better. Yes, absolutely once you got into

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them, you thought, well, he will have a nice easy red to continue

:19:16.:19:24.

with, but that is not the case. He almost needed to hit the pink

:19:25.:19:29.

there to get the perfect split. And this red he is looking at, to

:19:30.:19:33.

left middle. I think he can play for the black to perhaps the left

:19:34.:19:37.

corner, but he won't leave anything should he miss it.

:19:38.:19:50.

Looking to see where the cue ball... He is locking at playing this to the

:19:51.:19:54.

far left corner, the yellow pocket. Again playing for the black, but, I

:19:55.:19:59.

wouldn't like to be playing that shot under pressure.

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Back to this one. Good shot. He won't be taking this for granted.

:20:05.:20:33.

Liang Wenbo will tell you that. Great shot.

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OK, can't play for the black after this, but this was a much better pot

:20:40.:20:41.

than it looked. The kick on the blue, it would be a

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terrible way to lose a match. This was it, straightforward blue,

:21:07.:21:11.

you never fancied to miss it. You got the heavy contact and you see

:21:12.:21:14.

through his cue on the table, apart from the heavy contact, it threw the

:21:15.:21:17.

blue off line. So 18 points the lead. Three reds,

:21:18.:21:32.

three colours. And he has three reds in the open.

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Would take him into the quarterfinal. He may have to take

:21:41.:21:46.

this red with the rest. He has finished awkward on that red beside

:21:47.:21:47.

the pink. Just got to put a positive stroke on

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this. Decelerate in any way, he will miss to it the left knuckle.

:22:12.:22:17.

He is screwing back for the blue to take that out of the equation, this

:22:18.:22:28.

is a more positive way of playing. He has not gone far enough.

:22:29.:22:33.

He will probably play in between green and brown, lots of right-hand

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side, baulk cushion, right-hand side cushion.

:22:40.:22:52.

That's a good shot. I thought maybe he wouldn't play it, because if you

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have too much side on it you end up nowhere. He couldn't have played it

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better but if the black doesn't go to the right corner, it is not a

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formality to win the frame at this visit.

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Good pot. What song of angle on the blue? Absolutely inch perfect.

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Is he too hard? Is he too hard? He's too hard.

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And I don't think he can see enough of the red above the pin. To pot it

:23:53.:23:56.

in the right middle. So the chance of winning Frayne and match has

:23:57.:23:58.

gone. -- frame. He was looking at the

:23:59.:24:04.

cushion, like a big bounce, unlike you I thought it was too hard toe

:24:05.:24:08.

start with. As soon as it came off the blue it looked like he has too

:24:09.:24:13.

much pace on it. Can he hit enough of that red to pot it in the middle?

:24:14.:24:19.

It is not what he played for. I don't know, it is tight.

:24:20.:24:25.

Needs a red and colour, he thinks he can pot it.

:24:26.:24:33.

He is lucky to have this alternative. It is not the red he

:24:34.:24:36.

played for. If you are in the practice room you can play this

:24:37.:24:40.

right-hand side, to make the angle thicker to allow yourself to pot it.

:24:41.:24:52.

Brave man to play that shot here. I think he is convincing himself to

:24:53.:24:54.

go for it. It o only when you are right down

:24:55.:25:13.

behind it you feel you can pot it or not. This is decision, he is playing

:25:14.:25:20.

it with right-hand side, you can see that, to try and square the red up.

:25:21.:25:30.

And he did it. He has done it. And that is frame and match.

:25:31.:25:36.

He knows he didn't think that red could go, he didn'tn't play for that

:25:37.:25:47.

red. -- didn't play for that red. Mark Williams must be cursing his

:25:48.:25:51.

luck, how hard he has battled in this match.

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APPLAUSE Fortunate to still be on this red,

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but he looked comely -- completely under pressure, out of sorts.

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Terrible bad fortune for Mark Williams but this has been an

:26:17.:26:21.

awesome break to win the match. Yes, Hazel said in the studio, last

:26:22.:26:26.

year, Mark Williams took Ronnie O'Sullivan all the way. It is a bad

:26:27.:26:35.

habit to have, just losing in the odd frame. It is a heart pill to

:26:36.:26:40.

swam hoe, particularly the way it has gone, without bad contacts on

:26:41.:26:43.

the blue. -- swallow.

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Extension in hand, ready to leave the arena.

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In goes the pink. APPLAUSE And in goes the black, so

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Mark Selby, world number one, world champion, UK champion, eventually

:27:24.:27:27.

gets over the line, every credit to Mark Williams, really really pushed

:27:28.:27:31.

it all the way. But the Triple Crown is still on. He is in threw to the

:27:32.:27:39.

quarterfinal. He wins 6-5. HAZEL IRVINE: It was tough. Very

:27:40.:27:43.

very tough. The world number one knows all about that, if it hassen

:27:44.:27:47.

been for that kick on 20, from Mark Williams, it moo have been a

:27:48.:27:52.

different story. A fourth day afternoon, on the trot we have had a

:27:53.:27:56.

decider. People think we are setting it up. Unbelievable match. I feel

:27:57.:28:00.

sorry for him. There is no way worse to lose than a kick like that. He

:28:01.:28:04.

was playing the shot and I thought we haven't had many kick, the table

:28:05.:28:09.

seems to be good. He gets a monster kick, after that Mark Selby showed

:28:10.:28:13.

why why he is world number one. The cue ball jumped up in the air. It's

:28:14.:28:16.

a horrible way to lose. It is not great. Mark would be honest and say

:28:17.:28:21.

his positional play let him down, sometimes if you start at the top of

:28:22.:28:25.

the table you wouldn't have got that anning but in the end Mark Selby

:28:26.:28:31.

showed what he was worth, he has been under pressure situations so

:28:32.:28:34.

often you fancy she going to get out of jail. Mark Williams, there is no

:28:35.:28:42.

way it won't hurt. Yes. And Mark Selby thought long and hard there,

:28:43.:28:45.

but it went for him. You said it was going to go. Steve said it would

:28:46.:28:49.

pot. It is one of those you don't want to play. Congratulations Mark.

:28:50.:28:55.

Briefly, he put you through the wringer there. Yes, he showed his

:28:56.:29:00.

class, he didn't win that many frames in one visit but he is such a

:29:01.:29:03.

clever player, he puts you in trouble. Pots a great long red and

:29:04.:29:09.

that is how he found his way back, to shut me out for a while. You had

:29:10.:29:15.

the run of three, two on thes and a 60 break and what happened to turn

:29:16.:29:20.

things round? Frame five. I was in control. I played a blue to go into

:29:21.:29:25.

reds, went through the gap but later on I played like, just amateur

:29:26.:29:28.

safety shot. I am clipping off the red and left him a cut back in the

:29:29.:29:32.

middle. He got back and showed his class then the match seemed to turn

:29:33.:29:36.

on that point. It did. We were talking about that kick in the final

:29:37.:29:41.

frame. If I am playing I would probably punch it in to take the

:29:42.:29:47.

kick out, but that is the way Mark play, he rolls everything and it has

:29:48.:29:53.

won so much so why should he change, it is unfortunate. Selby slam is

:29:54.:29:59.

alive but how much extra weight does it carry? That was on my mind coming

:30:00.:30:04.

here, it is such a tough tournament to win, but it will be better if I

:30:05.:30:08.

go out there and just play and I did that at the start. Well played. We

:30:09.:30:12.

will have to leave it there. You can get your breath. Thank you for

:30:13.:30:19.

coming in. Mark will play either Shaun Murphy or Barry Hawkins, you

:30:20.:30:23.

will see it live on the red Button and online, Jason will be back with

:30:24.:30:28.

the highlights at 11.15. But, goodness me, another afternoon of

:30:29.:30:33.

high drama, after noons are made for pure neat a at Ally Pally. Thanks

:30:34.:30:37.

for being with us here. Tara for now.

:30:38.:30:39.

-- pure theatre. To break someone physically... Agh!

:30:40.:30:52.

..is not a problem.

:30:53.:30:57.

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.


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