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Hello. Good afternoon to you, welcome back to Alexandra Palace and
the 2017 Masters. We at the quarter-finals stage. Big crowd in
here today. Always a special atmosphere on a Friday afternoon.
Ronnie O'Sullivan safely through to the semifinals. He will meet Marco
Fu, who at the age of 39 is showing the type of form that could land him
his first ever Masters title. The longer he looks at this, the
more it's on. It's on! It's guaranteed, as well.
He has apologised, I don't know why. No attempt to get the right side of
the blue there. Just wants to get on with it. He can get 140 with the
pink. He is asking. He is asking somebody else. He played it to the
top! Hello! Superb.
Absolutely superb. It gives him a 5-2 lead with the highest break made
in the Masters this year so far. 140.
Marco has been the star of the tournament so far. Ronnie O'Sullivan
beat Neil Robertson yesterday. Marco was sparkling last night as you have
seen. Tomorrow afternoon will be a cracker. Today our live match for
you here on BBC Two, world champion Mark Selby taking on Barry Hawkins.
Tonight it's Ding Junhui taking on Joe Perry.
Good afternoon to you, Steve Davis alongside me this afternoon. Great
to see you. Marco Fu, last night you were in commentary, a brilliant
performance. Yes and the form of a player is always changing and it's
obvious that Marco Fu is in great form but what is fascinating with
Marco Fu is he has been around in the game long enough you would think
we have already seen what escapable of, but somehow he seems to have
generated another level. He is walking around the table with an air
of confidence I don't think I have seen. He looks relaxed and
comfortable and confident and he doesn't seem to be worried about
winning or losing, he is just playing. He gave himself so much to
do in that opening match against Judd Trump that he won. He was 3-0
down at one stage. Never was there any sense of panic at all in that
match? . That's the sign of somebody superconfident about his game. Has
Marco Fu regenerated himself and gone to another level? Can he win
this event? Can he win the big ones? That's the question then. Can he
win? Yeah, he can. He is well capable of it. Obviously the
standard of players around is so strong and he anything can happen,
you need to get off to a good start is to help but he is in the form of
his life. Absolutely. At the moment Marco Fu is going to be ?10,000
richer because he has the top break of 140. We have been treated to some
magnificent snooker this week. Great noise inside the venue last night
when he made that 140. Mark Selby, you expect him to get
more centuries. In the format of this Masters 28 is the record, we
are on 18 so far. It could be broken.
Our live match this afternoon here on BBC Two sees Barry Hawkins, last
year's runner-up taking on the main man, Mark Selby.
Mark Selby going for the triple Crown. Marks out of ten for his
performances so far? I think he probably say five after the first
round against Mark Williams. Talking about form, I am not sure you can
judge the absolute counterform like you can judge form over a season. If
you are looking at the performances of Barry Hawkins and Mark Selby in
the first round, yeah, Barry Hawkins is in good, Mark a bit dodgy. But
every match is different. Do you find, I have just seen Mark and he
looks relaxed, do you think given the fact he is the world champion as
well that he relishes big moments, big crowds here today, quarter-final
match? Yeah, he is a big occasion player. Barry Hawkins is also,
perhaps not regarded in the same way but he should be. Perhaps the X
Factor is there extra pressure on Mark trying to get this triple
Crown? If he feels any more pressure it's a tougher job for him. He was
in that position in 2013 in the World Championship and Barry Hawkins
beat him in the second round so there is added pressure. Barry has a
good record against Mark, they're close in matches. So expect a tough
match today. Don't expect Barry Hawkins to fold either. OK, thank
you very much. Let's have a chat with JP in the commentary box with
our boys this afternoon. I am and this is a cracking match.
As for Mark, if you are building a snooker player and add all those
qualities together he is pretty much it. He is one of probably the best,
he is up there as one of of the best match players of all time. So hard
to beat. He has won tournaments playing his B game and that's very
difficult. Every part of his game is so good and even when he is not at
the top of his game he can still beat you. He is going for this Grand
Slam, he will be trying to put that to the back of his mind, he will
keep getting reminded of that with the press, is that bringing extra
pressure? Certainly think he brought extra pressure in his first round
match against Mark Williams, to be taken to a decider. One significant
thing, we all remember Mark Williams getting a kick on the blue. He said
after, I still thought I was going to get another shot. What a
clearance it was to win frame and match. He can do it under pressure.
He is the man to beat. Thank you very much. Let's see how Mark Selby
can do this afternoon. Can he keep up his brilliant form?
Ken, the smartest dressed man in commentary!
Steve, I remember Barry Hawkins saying that's the greatest result of
his career, will he think about that today as he walks out here? I don't
know. Every match is another day. You get yourself ready for it. Mark
will be considered the favourite for this, but when you look at Barry's
CV, finalist here at the Masters and the World Championship, it's a good
pedigree. If Barry is going to win does he have to get off to a good
start just hanging on in there? It's nice to get a lead because you put
your opponent under pressure. But you have to go with the employee.
Barry can play as well from behind as in front. It's always nicer to
get off to a good start. Am I able to put you on the spoz as I have
been doing all week and say who is going to win? You can but you will
be left hanging for the answer! Thank you very much, I will ask you
again throughout the afternoon. When you look at Barry and the way he is
playing and he has made this final and knows this venue very well. Does
he walk in with added confidence? Yeah, and he has proven to himself
that he can play in the one table set-up at the Masters, some players
struggle to do that. The other thing that occurred to me this week is the
standard we have seen is always of a high standard, the fact we have had
lots of 6-5s in the afternoon, are you surprised by that? I didn't see
the script but apparently the night-time matches are quick so we
can all go home and the afternoon matches are comfortable. I just
think that perhaps there is a little bit more fire in the room in the
afternoon sessions when it's live on BBC. The night-time sessions, once
were the big occasions, somehow seem to be more flat. That's just an
observation. The afternoon sessions, massive. Let's hope we have another
cracking afternoon of snooker live here on BBC Two. It's Barry Hawkins
and Mark Selby. Good afternoon to our MC, Rob Walker. Good afternoon,
ladies and gentlemen. We are edging closer to the Crowning of the 2017
Masters champion. Today we complete the line-up for the semifinals with
a match between a three-time champion and one of last year's
finalists. We are ready to go again here at Alexandra Palace!
APPLAUSE AND CHEERING Please welcome a player who has
really found his form at the Masters in the last two visits. Runner-up 12
months ago and on Wednesday night he beat former Masters champion Shaun
Murphy 6-1 with a cracking first round win, a two-time ranking event
winner, he is poised, he is ready, here comes The Hawk, Barry Hawkins!
And his opponent, a laidback man who has an iron will to win on the
table. Coming through yet another final frame decider against Mark
Williams in the first round, he has spent more than 100 consecutive
weeks as world number one, he is your reigning world and UK champion,
the Jester from Leicester, he is Mark Selby!
Your sporting weekend starts here on BBC Two live for you. Mark Selby and
Barry Hawkins. Good afternoon again to John and Ken.
Good afternoon, Jason. Good afternoon everybody. Very
interesting match-up this. Barry Hawkins to break. The world number
one, world champion, UK champion, but the form that Barry Hawkins has
shown in his last match when disposing of Shaun Murphy in double
quick time, he will be coming into this match with lots of confidence,
Ken. Yeah, absolutely. I spoke to him afterwards and he was delighted.
Of course he got to the final last year so he has bags of experience,
Barry Hawkins. Loves playing here at the Masters. It's going to be facing
a different proposition today. Mark Selby a man in form as you said. I
am wondering whether a little bit of added pressure of trying to hold all
three majors at the same time, whether it will have any effect, he
is not that type of individual to let it affect him too much, John? I
wouldn't have thought so. He has gone through periods where he's
openly admitted that he has doubted himself and his ability.
But I think he is at one with himself now.
World number one for 100 weeks. Caught that a bit too thick.
So the first chance goes to Barry. Quite some way away from that pot.
That will unnerve him slightly. Yeah, no matter how much practice
you do on the practice table, I saw Barry with his mentor, Terry
Griffiths, nothing like when you come out here and the atmosphere.
So Mark will be relieved to get this opportunity.
He has a nice angle on the yellow. I don't think he will be going into
the pack of reds. He may try to get to the red to the right of the pink.
I am wondering whether he is drop the red in and try and take the
black next, John. He would have a nice angle on the black, if he left
the cue ball below the pack of reds and got a nice angle on the black
and he could go into the pack of reds from the black. Sounds like a
good idea to me. He can run this through and bounce
off the top cushion. Oh! He got a kick.
He has took all the pace out of the cue ball. I don't think the black is
on now. Got a heavy contact. Struggled to go in the pocket.
Can he cut the black in? I think that was the plan, the one
you suggested, Ken. Once he finished there and couldn't pot the black, he
will be frustrated with that. I have been speaking to a few players, the
table has been playing magnificently all week. Haven't seen many bounces
off the cushions or many kicks. That is one of the few occasions where a
kick has really stopped a player in his tracks. Haven't seen many of
these this week. Look at it again. Watch the red leave the table.
By and large, over the week - that's probably one of the reasons we have
seen so many century breaks, 18 so far in the tournament.
Well on the way to beat the Masters record.
I think the record is 31 centuries. That's when we had a couple of
wildcard matches, we had extra matches. I think 28 may be the
record without the wildcard matches. We are well on the way to beat that.
Yeah, the standard seems to get higher.
When you get to the nitty gritty of a tournament, as we are now, playing
for a place in the semifinal, tension does build.
A quick glance at it. He will play the easier safety shot.
That red closest to the baulk cushion is the problem red here.
Could be a little while rolling into reds and trying to get the cue ball
back on the cushion. You are not going to get much change from these
two guyses, John. No, the referee, from Malta, has declared a touching
ball, but that's not going to ease the situation because as Ken said,
you can't play safe to the baulk end.
Another attempter left here, the one to the left of the pink, to the
right middle. That's why players don't like this
type of situation, because you keep leaving attempts and eventually
someone goes and gets it and it can be a frame-winner.
He is thinking about it. He is looking at the potting angle.
But deciding against it. We shouldn't be in a position where
we have a rerack here. There may be a gap to this red, into
the green pocket but it's fraught with a lot of danger, particularly
where the cue ball is, tight to the top cushion. Again just rolling into
the red may leave a touching ball here again.
If Barry can nudge one of these reds away, because the fact they're so
close together it's easy for Mark just to keep dropping into those
two, but when he gets one away it will make his next shot more
difficult and that's what Barry is doing here.
Yeah, the essential part of this is to get a good cue ball tight to the
top cushion and he has not done that.
Is this the time when Mark Selby pushes the boat out?
As you say, now there is no easy roll-up, Ken.
The tighter he gets to this cushion the more advantage he will gain.
That's not close enough. Yeah, he will be disappointed with
that, Mark. If he was tight to the top cushion here, he would have had
Barry Hawkins in a bit of trouble but now he can easily dig into the
cue ball here and get it back to the top cushion. Got to be careful with
where he knocks the red. That's a very good shot.
APPLAUSE Now the option of rolling up to a
red is not there now. Mark Selby is going to have to find a different
shot. He is looking to see does the green pot into the yellow pocket?
Because he could possibly have a go at this red into the left centre and
put the cue ball up near the top right corner and if the red goes in
he may be on the green. But I am not quite sure from our angle whether
that green pots, John. Looking at the way the reds are
situated, the next player to pot a red could have a frame-winning
opportunity. There is no doubt about that.
All the reds are in the open, apart from one near the left cushion.
That wouldn't stop someone winning the frame.
The fact he keeps looking at the green tells me he is going to take
this red on to the left centre. He thinks if he knocks it in,
possibly a green. Yeah it was a clever shot. Had the
red gone in he was on the green and the green must pot, obviously. But
the fact where the cue ball is he has covered the red into the yellow
pocket and he hasn't left Barry a straightforward pot.
Red into the left middle is covered, as well.
It was quite a clever shot he played there. Barry has to find a safety
position now. He may be tempted which by the red
closest to the cue ball, play it to the right corner pocket.
It's pretty straight. I know it's the first frame and he
has the memory of the last pot he played he missed. This is a bit more
difficult but he is taking it on. Oh! So close. I think he thought
that was in. Has he overscrewed it and left the
red to the opposite corner. You can see the look on his face, he thought
it was in. It looked in, as well.
He has overscrewed that cue ball and left a straightforward chance now
for Mark Selby. Let's look at this again.
And how close it was to going into the pocket.
In these situations it's easy to pot red and yellow but you want to start
getting on the higher value colours and that's why he is going to play
this red now to the left middle and play on the blue. He would like to
get those reds around the pink. He didn't finish too good on that
red. He is going to play the blue. Has to avoid the cannon on the
brown. Don't think it would be a problem. Well, I said it wouldn't be
a problem! He will be disappointed with that.
That was the only thing he had to do, was avoid the kiss. Someone of
his quality you didn't expect him to run into the brown.
Didn't make the most of that opportunity.
Very edgy start from both players. APPLAUSE
A good shot. Certainly not a straightforward
safety here. This could go wrong. Would you
believe it? He might have left a path to this red. The red he played,
if he doesn't kiss it, it could get back to the Balkan end. Could Barry
just get back to the yellow? He certainly can. Oh, but at the
moment, just a fraction out. You would have expected him to get that
into the right centre. It just hit the near jaw. I did not expect the
cue ball to go that far. He was trying to cover this red.
The thing is he was so close to the condition, he just concentrated
fully on the pot, he knew he would run into other balls, but to go in
and having had the pink and the red, you have got to say it was unlucky.
This is another chance for Barry. This one is a nice easy starter, you
would think. That was nicely played and judged,
to get top side of the blue. Just looking at the two red is planted in
the centre. He is having a quick look at them now. He still has the
loose red, left of the bank. That will be handy.
I can only assume he is playing for the planned. If he was playing for
the red to the left of the pink he would not have missed. The planned
it is. He needs to be careful he does not overrun the cue ball. Well,
not bad. A little bit closer to the condition than he would like. I
assume the red to the left of the pink doesn't go to the right middle.
If it did he should have played for it. So, maybe not as straightforward
as it looks. This blue will put the points all square. So, they are all
square. They might stay that way. Nothing easy here. He is trying to
get a half ball kiss on the red, try to bring it into play. It is still
be on the other red, the right centre. This is a difficult pot. He
played it nicely. He has got an angle on the green. A nice angle.
Another good solid pot there. This black will put on 12 points in
front. He will only need the three remaining reds. The way they are
situated, it will not be easy. Being a left-hander, it is no
problem for the left-hand red a long vacation. He might be on the top red
as well. This is a little test here. Never
easy. If he wanted to be better on the black, he would have maybe
didn't touch the side. A tough black, as you say. Rolled it in. You
just saw there, the black didn't go in the middle of the pocket, it went
in off the right-hand jaw. If he had got it straight in the middle he
would have been on the red. It just went in the wrong side of the
pocket, which meant he had the black too thick. He is 20 points in the
league, but there are still 43 remaining.
Well, there is always the double. He wouldn't say he is perfect on the
black again, but he has given himself a chance. The crowd realised
the red was in even before we did. No, no, he has missed it. Had it to
the far jaw. I didn't expect him to miss that. The only saving ball for
Barry might be the pink ball. I am just wondering if he has an angle on
the red to try to knock the encounter. -- knock the pink pound.
That is what he has tried to do, but he hasn't. He has not finished in
the ideal position here. If he plays the black he will have to play it
mission first to get the ball back up for the yellow. The other
alternative is to play the green. The big problem will be the pink and
that is why he tried to disturb it when potting the red.
Well, later on in the match I wouldn't expect him to miss that. On
his first frame we have seen a pupil is missed. It is the nature of the
first frame in a very important match.
Not on the green. The green is what he is in need of. He is in the lead,
but there are 25 points remaining. He certainly will not be taking this
green on. It is too difficult to cut it into the right-hand corner
pocket. He will try to get the cue ball up behind the brown. That is
pretty good. It looks very good indeed. An excellent shot. He is
on the green, but it looks like he will have to play a thin contact. We
have seen players missing the ball completely in a shot like this. That
is superb. That is a superb shot. To hit it that thing to get the green
and bring the pink into play, remember. This frame is all now down
to two parts of the green. This was an excellent shot. Also
clever. He played that in such a way that he was going to try to bring
the pink into play as well. He is going to try to double this a cross
and get the green somewhere. The middle of the top cushion. I think
the other thing that is commendable when he played that seen in green,
if he had missed the green he would have finished up needing a snooker.
A tough shot but very well worked out. It is not difficult to play
saviour because if you knock the green to the left corner pocket,
which is blocked by the black comedy Green will be safe. Barry couldn't
have played that much better in all honesty. An excellent shot. I
wouldn't think you would want to risk playing it straight. You would
like to come off the top cushion first, but I do not think that is an
option. People have to be very delicate here, otherwise he knocks
the black in. -- he will have two be. Delicate he was.
He was lucky he was able to get to the cushion first. The green
The question is does mark Selby? If it does cut it is a thin one. It
would be a natural for the cue ball to go back to the Bocking End and
get a position on the ground. Well, he doesn't think it does cut. Using
the jaw, he could not have played that any better. Great shot.
Straightforward for Barry to hit this green. He will be careful not
to hit it too hard. He will certainly be happy with that. Mark
Selby will not be taking this green on.
The free time is just coming up to 34 minutes now. Didn't played the
pot there. Disappointed though, he could have picked a better is than
that. It is in the 35th minute now, this frame. I was expected to be the
longest of the match. I know both of them have a good tactical game, but
it is built around potting and brick building. It is just a typical first
frame. Mark Selby is 75%, Barry is 78%. You are looking at 98%. I am
sure that is what it will end up at. It is just one of these first frame
encounters that get tense. I don't think that Mark Selby
thought it would go. In it went. You see the little shrug. Snooker is
required. Didn't think it went. Just squeezed in. Good shot. Use it. 25
ahead, 22 remaining. One snooker required. Barry will not
be taking this for granted. Nice balls to snooker behind.
This was amazing. I never thought of this. Just about went in. Hit the
edge of the pocket. I did not think it was possible, especially from
that distance. An excellent report. If you don't get the snooker, you
have got to get the ball safe and he has not done that. Mark knows that
if Barry Potts is brown, it is frame over. Where is the brown going?
Barry thought it was in. Has he played in the middle?
Decided to play the brown because he didn't think he could get the
snooker offered. Now it is all about Snickers. Barry was walking round
because he thought it was in. Your chair is the other way. It could be
costly. With the pink at one end and the black at the other, definitely a
chance. They are close enough to be cushion, both balls, to lay a good
snooker. That's what they say, if your
opponent needs a snooker, you play one. Mark Wood get a snooker of this
and less he is very lucky. He has also got to get the blue safe. He
has done a bad pot well. He is still within a glimmer of a chance to win
this frame. He will be lucky to get away with
this. He lost control of that. If you don't think you can get a
snooker, your priority is to get the object ball safe. That will keep you
in the frame. He still cannot pot that belief. OK, the pink is not in
a great position for a snooker now. If you could sneak the cue ball
behind that it would be a very good snooker, a very tough one to escape
from. He would have to be so accurate. He will not want to pot
the blue. 40 minutes it has been. As he hit it hard enough? Is it hard
enough? Just an inch or two. Not a bad line. It would have been a very
difficult snooker to escape from. Barry will be aware, he will not be
taking any liberties here to try to get the blue safe or knock it over a
pocket, tried to force Mark Selby into potting the blue. As you said,
he will not want to pot the blue and stage. He might have a chance here
of two or three conditions. Now, can Barry pot this blue into the left
centre? Is it not too risky? He might be concerned about knocking
the black in, one of the black, all the negative thoughts that go
through your mind. As I say, everybody is very keen watching
this, but I think this will be the slowest frame of the match. It has
gone in. Avoided the case on the black. No way Mark Selby will carry
on. Three snooker is needed on the pink and black. An impossible task.
The referee just waiting for him to call a halt. After a frame that
nearly took 42 minutes it goes to Barry Hawkins. He leads the world
champion by 1-0. Throughout this Masters, the afternoon session, we
have had scintillating snooker and that is the largest opening frame we
have had. You are right. There was one shot at the start when Mark
Selby had a shock when he was dropping the ball in with the rest
which makes a difference to the frame. A brilliant chance because if
he drops this in, comes on the black, it is a natural angle. He
could have won the frame in one visit. That one child changed the
game. It is highlighted by the fact Mark Selby was in amongst the balls
and got a flick Nicely on the red. I am sure the
black pots into the bottom right. He will just push off the red above it.
He has managed to miss it. Still, nicely on the black. It is
imperative now that he gets on the red that is to the right of the
black and cleared the black. He is perfect and the black. I don't know
what he is thinking about here. Maybe looking a future ahead. He has
to play for the red to the right of the black ear. He didn't. That does
surprise me. He might not get a better chance. And a recent wife he
wouldn't play for that? He was hedging his bets. He was guaranteed
to be on the spread and he just wants to be on the black little
straighter and so he can take the red. He was trying to play two shots
in one there. If he overran that he was on this red, if the overheated
he was on the red to the right of the black. Still a few options for
him here. He wanted to be a bit straighter. This red is stopping the
black being available to both corners. He cannot get position for
the black onto the left corner. He has had to play the cannon. If it
has gone wrong, he only has himself to blame. I totally agree. He didn't
have the confidence a couple of shots to the red out of the way. I
don't think he can bend it enough to get that bread. It might be the end
of the break. Let's have a look at that black he
played. He is probably playing it in such a way that if the overheads
that he will always be on this red here. He was still on the red to the
right of the black and probably wasn't confident enough to track it
straightaway. The first time he looked perfect. He
had the line. He had to hit it a little bit slower. It was essential
to get that red away from the black. That's not the best safety shot from
Mark unless it creeps behind the brown.
He is a bit fortunate there. He could well have left the red...
APPLAUSE That was a good pot, not perfect on
the yellow or brown, but a lot of the players now would screw this
brown into the right middle and screw off the baulk cushion but he
doesn't want anything to do with that.
Just looking there at Barry's expression, pulled his face a little
bit. He wanted to be tight to this yellow to cut out the one-cushion
escape. He has hit it a little bit too hard.
Yeah, there is the escape. A little bit of side, just to widen the
angle. Just overhit the cue ball slightly.
Wanted to be nestled tightly to that bunch of reds.
You can tell from Mark's body language he thought he had hit that
red too thick. This red is on to the right corner
and I think the black is available to the opposite corner.
It's across slightly. It just decelerated. So a chance here.
If you just half quit on the shot, the cue ball doesn't go... The only
downside for Mark is he is tight on to the cushion.
A good shot. A little bit surprising, but
obviously part of his game plan. He doesn't take too many undue risks.
He's playing the world champion, the world number one, UK champion, so he
will give him every respect. Good attacking safety. And Mark
Selby is in a real spot of bother here. If it doesn't get this safe,
then Barry Hawkins, you would think, would win this frame.
Sensational. Helen lucky to catch the blue. What a tremendous hit that
was. Unlucky, as I say, to make contact with the blue, which stopped
the White in its tracks. Yes, that was the great escape. Let's have a
look at this again. Got a perfect contact on the red, just so unlucky
to hit the blue full ball. Chance again for Barry Hawkins.
Just overran the cue ball slightly. Going into the red just above the
black ear and... Has to just be careful. Just had a quick look at
the red to the right centre. No. No. Still a bit edgy, both players.
Didn't expect him to miss that. Neither did I, he set up the frame
winning opportunity and didn't take it. And when you miss those few
chances, it can really hurt if you lose the frame.
It wasn't the cleanest hotpots, but it has gone in -- of pots. And it
has given a chance to Mark Selby. The three reds around the pink spot
area, certainly one is available into the right middle. Maybe the
bottom one, the one nearest the blackspot, is available to the right
corner. He has played for that read you
spoke about into the right centre. -- that red. Doesn't look like it is
touching ball, it may pot. Good part, back, into the centre. Now the
two reds above the black, I think the top one will pot. Not sure about
the bottom one. If he pots this read, try and get on
the pink here. -- this red. He's so good in these type of
situations, John, the back is against the wall a little bit, a
little bit nervy, but when he gets a chance to win the frame, he is so
deadly, his positional play is always very, very good. But he has
great bottle, as we say. Yes, and as you say, the positional side of it,
the cue ball control... It is or was made a little bit easier towards the
end of the frame because there is not the congestion of the Reds, you
don't have to play Canons. Although he ended up playing one there. If he
had been on the practice table, he would have played that with a lot
more left-hand side and played for the opposite corner, but a little
more tension in the arm, you don't want to risk playing with a lot of
side. Could have been better on this red. No problem. No the cue ball is
having to travel up and down the table. I think he is just about OK
on this Brown, deep screw on the -- off the cushion.
Looking at his body language there, I think he played the cannon on the
red, to hold for the pink. I am not sure there was any need to, plenty
of room around the red. He is going to need a good part on this blue
now. -- a good pot. Nicely on the red. And he can pop
this red and leave the cue ball somewhere in the vicinity where the
red is now and have a nice angle to get up for the yellow.
Is he a little bit straight? I think he may be. He didn't want to play
the yellow. He didn't want to be playing the yellow into the far left
corner, wants to be playing it in the far right corner because there
is always a possibility that if you don't screw back far enough, you
could snooker yourself with the brown coming down the other side of
the table -- and coming down the other side of the table, it wouldn't
be a danger. You can overdo it but he looks to have played this
absolutely inch perfect. Yellow, green and brown required.
Good angle on the green. If he pots it, bound to be on the brown.
In it goes and nicely on the brown and this brown will take him 23 in
front with only 18 remaining. So the disappointed Barry Hawkins
there. Yes, that Mr Black, a good opportunity. He has had a couple of
opportunities in this frame, Barry Hawkins, but Mark Selby showing a
lot of character here. He did it in his last match in the last frame
against Mark Williams. He is so good when his back is against the wall
and if you give him a chance, that is what -- he will take it and that
is what you're up against in this man. A 76 break, Mark Selby the
match. 1-1, that is more like it from the
world champion, but when will we see the Mark Selby we are used to seeing
at this tournament? It goes to show that when you are number one and
fancied to win, you can be nervous and make poor decisions. In the
beginning of the frame, he had a red in the corner off the far cushion
and you know the middle pocket is there, you know it is not moving,
but why play it at that place where you can bring the middle pocket into
play? He has looked a bit nervous in his chair and that break was a lot
better than it looked because he lost the cue ball a few times. You
don't expect Mark Selby to be nervous in an event like this, do
you? You would think not but I suppose every tournament, every
situation you come into on the day, if you don't get off to a wonderful
start, you don't settle down. I do think the start of a match, you
can't make yourself play well first frame but if you are in the zone,
sometimes you get off to a good start. But your form will always go
up and down, so perhaps he is not in the best of form, perhaps he hasn't
been practising well over Christmas and has lost a bit. On the other
hand, it may be the way the games have started. If I was Barry, I
would be kicking myself, in with good chances, the Black off the
spot, he should be 2-0 up. If you flick through the newspapers, when
they talk about Mark Selby, they talk about the triple Crown, he has
won the world championship, UK Championship. Does that help or we
don't know, we are not inside his brain but we don't know how much he
is carrying around with him as excess luggage, if you like, but
maybe it is having a bearing. What do you think, boys?
JOHN VIRGO: Just nice to be in a position to win the triple Crown!
KEN DOHERTY: we wouldn't know what it feels like. But I would like to
have been there. And embrace it. Maybe it is wearing a little bit, he
hasn't looked at his normal imperious best. Showed great form in
the UK championship, beating Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final, but didn't
play particularly well against Mark Williams, although he made that
wonderful break in the last frame. Has looked a bit nervy in the
opening exchanges of this match, but maybe that last break will settle
him down a little bit. Yes, you have got to agree with JP in the studio,
Barry will be absolutely kicking himself. He played a terrific safety
shot, put Mark in trouble and then didn't take advantage.
Where has the cue ball gone? First time today, John. It is amazing how
many times that can happen. You have got a slight angle, you think you
can run through and you just catch it that little too full and bang,
you go in with it. And he had to force it back of the table because
you can see the black's tied up. Mark Selby will have do do the same
here. He knocks it in. And there is
probably value here in playing the blue and playing the cannon into the
king. The reason I say that is because the pink is tied up at the
moment and if he does hit the pink full ball with pace, there is a
chance the red could release the black. He has to hit this pink full
ball, lots of pace in it, screw. Well, it's not too bad. He didn't
get the screw but he is still on this red to the left corner pocket.
The only problem there is he hasn't brought the pink into play but he
will get another chance at it. It's amazing, when the red are just
slightly loose, he hit that pink absolutely perfect and hardly
anything moved. But they are just slightly loose, so
they are all going into one another and stopping one another from
moving. As Ken said, he has another chance to play the same shot. I see
no reason why he wouldn't, it is hard to win a frame with only the
blue and baulk colours available. There is definitely value going in
between the red and the pink into that little gap. He's a little
hesitant in case he may block that red but he should be OK. He needs
that pink into play. Didn't hit into the gap. And again, not on the red.
Just wanted to hit into the gap, but he cut the pink first -- caught the
pink first. Is this red on up into the green pocket?
Well, just about passes the blue but he will be more concerned where the
cue ball finishes, because there is a red ball over this right corner.
He doesn't want to leave that one, because this is a tough pot. It is
not there. A little bit surprised. I was
talking earlier about Barry Hawkins's game plan, I don't think
he would have been playing that red. It was a very risky shot to go for.
Just felt it was more out of frustration that he went through it,
he had an easy safety shot on. Pushed the boat out there.
Doesn't matter that he is the wrong side of the blue, that red on the
baulk cushion, he can play that easily enough. Points now all
square. It is not going to be the easiest to
win this frame in this visit. But there are more chances of you
winning it when you are at the table than when you are sat in your seat.
Yeah, well, not that last red, the second last red, has opened the path
of the pink into that bottom right-hand corner pocket, so have
got to wreck it on the brown and try and get the pink back on its spot.
It is a little straight but he can either screw for blue or pink.
He is coming around to have a look at the pink.
25 points, the lead now. So these three raids in the opener, with
pinks, would be enough to get into the snooker is required stage. So he
doesn't have to be concerned about bringing the black into play. Just
needs to keep close control of the cue ball.
He has become a very solid, reliable player over the last few seasons. He
certainly has. His all-round game is very good.
I think getting to the final of the World Championships certainly helped
him. And of course, he has got Terry Griffiths in his corner. He will be
giving him all the words that give relief to a player. -- belief to a
player. Sometimes you do doubt your ability when you are not getting
results. Yeah, he has been to, of course, the world final and won a
couple of ranking tournaments as well and was a finalist here last
year. That was a great experience -- wasn't a great experience, he only
won the one frame. But he has become very consistent over the last few
years and, of course, when you win those first ranking tournaments, it
gives you that extra little bit of confidence for the bigger stage.
Incurs the pink, nice can. Mark Selby won't be getting back to the
table here, I don't think -- in those the pink, nice cannon.
It is one of those situations, you might as well make certain of the
red because if he does that, Mark Selby won't be going back to the
table, you would think. So just make sure of this red, don't worry too
much about position. Well, it's not there, but as I say,
doubtful that Mark... Yes, another concession. So Mark Selby was all
guns blazing and no Barry Hawkins in a 2-1 lead.
Shia Barry Hawkins was very disappointing in the UK
Championships, but promising signs. Yes and from Mark Selby's position,
perhaps a few decisions he has made wrong. I hesitate to criticise the
world champion and UK number one, but I thought he was in trouble
playing this softer, he could have played it harder and this one, this
is eggs and baskets, I don't know how he was trying to get out of
jail, committing to a shot where he is guaranteed to stick his opponent
up. Very strange choice, he could be sitting there and will has knocked
it in but that's not the point. Percentage-wise, you go to the pack
and your disappointed you're not on one and force yourself to take one
but not Mark Selby, his shot selection is usually sorted out. Not
desperation but a little bit like trying to push the boat out.
It is easy setting up your end criticising. You do play the shot
you see. On another Day he would have taken different shots. Barry
Hawkins took his chance and he will keep taking them. He was nervous at
the start but that was an excellent break. It was very well constructed.
He had great shoot control. Barry immediately comes to the table. He
has a party to the left corner. It looks like a potting angle where he
could find a path back to the baulk and -- book end. He will be going
all out for this. A good opening red. He purposefully left the cue
ball short of the bold colours. Attacking the red just above the
black and it is absolutely inch perfect. He has a nice angle on this
red. He can push the red out of the way.
Just tidying up a few loose red Sea. Before he contemplates going into
the pack. He has a couple of choices here. They couple of reds to the
left corner. He has wandered to the right centre. -- he has won to the
right centre. The rate at the bottom of the pack is also available.
A little bit low. A little shake of the hit. He can pot this. There is
an alternative to the right middle that he has not look that yet. You
want to be on position where if you pocket you are guaranteed the next
ball. The red he is playing now, it is not guaranteed. Keep your eye on
the cue ball. Well, he just managed to get enough on it. That was a good
shot. When you play that type of back spin shot, the harder you
headed, the less chance you give it for the back spin to take effect. He
did that nicely. Obviously the pink spot is
available. He will have to get as close to his own spot as he can. It
looks to me as though it will be just above the black. For the red is
just above the black. Not touching. The direct line between the black,
the blue and the red. Pretty good. On the blue and I wouldn't think he
would risk playing a cannon here. From what we have seen so far, he is
quite prepared to take loose red balls early on in the break. The top
red of the cluster does go to the left corner. He undertook that a
fraction, but it shouldn't be a problem. If he gets a good angle on
the blue he might consider playing a little cannon. He has got to loose
red and he will be thinking he would be unlucky not to be on one of them.
He cannot win this frame without opening that little cluster of six.
He could play a little cannon, as you said. Just not the blue game. He
will always be on the red to the right centre if he gets a full ball.
He will have to get it from though at the apex red. And he didn't hit
the red at the top of the pack. Is he unlucky? Look at his body
language. He is not on it. I am surprised he played with so much
place. I did not think it was necessary. If he could've ended at
the top of the red he didn't need it. It is the end of the break. He
could be considered a little bit unlucky, but you always take a
chance when you play a cannon. A nice safety shot to finish with. A
44 point lead. Still 91 available. This is a big shock. He is more
intent on getting the cue ball back to the Balkans. He thought the red
might ruffle the jaws at this end, not at the other end.
This could be the frame-winner. Put it in a delightfully. He only has
two drop the blue in. He doesn't have to do anything with the cue
ball. That looks for my money likely will have a two frame advantage, the
interval. It has to be said, Mark Selby has still not found his best
form. No. The devoted could be coming at a good time for him to
gather himself, his thoughts, clear his hit a little bit, because he
looks a little bit nervous at the moment.
I think he is OK. I think you can avoid the kiss on the thing. He
couldn't. It has gone slightly wrong. What looked a formality is
not only more. On this the red is available. It looks as though it is.
Lucky to have this. He didn't have to do anything with the cue ball,
just roll the blinking. Just a red needed. He will go 64 ahead with 59
remaining. Well, it looked for all the world he could pot that red.
Maybe he couldn't. I would like to see that won the game. How did he
miss that? He has left a half chance here for
Mark Selby. 63 points behind, 67 remaining. This would be a blow to
Barry Hawkins, but this is the big shock. Not there. He won't be
getting another chance. It could have been a different game.
When Barry missed that red. Sometimes if you are having a bad
Day you give your opponent an easy start. That was a difficult shot he
left for Mark. Very difficult. He is trying to hold for the black as
well. Just came across it slightly. It has been pretty decent stuff
after the break Mark Selby in the second frame. It looked like he
would get going, but Barry rallied in the last two. I think Barry has
got a plan. I am not certain what Mark is planning. You can never
addicted what will happen, but in the last frame when he pushed the
ball out, played the very difficult rate, it is not something Barry
Hawkins would have played. We had a 42 minute first frame. We had a 20
minute frame and then one that only lasted 12 minutes. It has not been
slow since the first frame. He is taking these nicely. A break
of 63. His tea will taste nice during the mid-session interval. He
leads the world champion by 3-1. Initiative to Barry Hawkins. We will
talk about in a moment. Something is happening with Mark Selby. He does
look happy. That last chance was difficult. It was a difficult shot.
I don't know, he just looks so nervous. He is not imposing himself
at all. He is just not right at all. It is a two horse race but only one
is galloping. When I said, if you are giving marks out of ten for Mark
Selby you would give him a five. As we also said at the start, at any
one time in a game of snooker, there are players in form and going out of
form. We are so used to sing Mark Selby in good form, whether it is
imperious or great fighting form, it is a shock to see him a bit
underpowered. If he has come into some bad form, the fascination is
how does he dig himself out of this hole. Every time you go to the table
it is a new test. It is only snooker, it is not football that is
so energetic, but how much did the Mike Williams much to him mentally.
He went through the ringer. Has left a little sky. Barry Hawkins has the
lead and he has been talking to Ken Doherty because Barry was knocked
out quite surprisingly in the early stages of the UK championship in
York. Now he is keen to do well here and at the Crucible in April.
Welcome. Congratulations on your first round win. Six when -- 6-1
win. Not a bad start, beating John Murphy. Easier than you would have
expected. It a lot easier. To play pretty solid was quite pleasing. I
didn't expect to beat him with such an easy scoreline. He made a few
uncharacteristic mistakes, a couple of easy safety shot the giving me an
opportunity. I was delighted. You look very comfortable. Even from the
first ball. I felt pretty comfortable. I was very nervous. I
settled pretty quick and having the run last year helped me to settle a
bit quicker. Let's talk about last year. We have a lot in common
because Ronnie Beeney in a final. I was lucky to get one. I spoke to you
afterwards and he said I was embarrassed. Sometimes you get like
that. It hasn't affected you, is it? No, I was disappointed straight
after. You want to put a good show one for yourself. You want to win,
that is why you are there. To get battered 10-1 is demoralising. When
you are sitting out there, you just want to go home. Overall I can't be
too hard on myself. It was the final of the Masters. When you reflect on
it, easy it was a good run, a good experience. The next time, which he
did in the would championship, you got your revenge. Is that what you
reflect on? I think I did. I definitely worried about him more
than myself in the final. I didn't play my game at all. Taking nothing
away from Ronnie, when he starts steam-rolling, it is hard to stop
him. I was definitely worried about him. I did learn from the final and
tried to use that in the World Championship and not worry about him
as much. It worked out well for me. Was that one of the best
performances you have had on TV? To beat Ronnie was a love in as well?
Definitely one of the biggest wins of my career. To be Ronnie was
living in his own backyard, especially because he didn't play
badly at all cost of it was a great standard. Coming through that much
give me a little more confidence. We have won a couple of ranking
tournaments as well. The next stage is one of these majors. You have
been right at the business end of the would championship and the
Masters. It is good. You want to keep doing well. If I can win one of
the big ones, that would be great, because they are the majors. They
are the ones you watch on TV all the time. If I can win one of the big
ones by the time I am finished, that would be great. What about the
influence of Terry Griffiths, what influence has he had? Since you have
been with them you have gone up the levels. He has definitely help me. I
have been with them for maybe six years or something like that. As
soon as I started working with him I've noticed a change straightaway.
He covered a couple of technical things I was doing wrong that I
didn't notice. Sometimes it takes somebody like that to point them out
for you to realise you are doing something wrong. The only help you
can get is that. It can get a bit lonely out there. I listen to him
and I have been working with him for quite a while. He has definitely
made my game improve a bit. I would have known you for a long time on
the circuit. People watching you on TV as well. They don't know anything
about Barry Hawkins, away from the secretive. You keep your private
life private, but what do you do, what do you like doing, what other
sports do you do? Nothing. I just play snooker. I love going down the
social club and having a drink with my friends. When you are playing
snooker, it is serious. You are planning for your living. I try to
provide for my family and win tournaments and all that sort of
stuff. Behind the scenes I love having a laugh and joke and a few
beers with boys. I suppose, it has changed since the old days. It is
more professional manner. I am not but boring. As being a family Mann
changed a bit? Yes. Having a son, it is a cliche, but you look at things
differently. My life revolves around him and the wife. A term I get some
spirits and we do stuff together. It is so busy now, the jerk. You don't
get that much time at home. What about your next opponent? He is
going for the triple Crown. Only four other people have held the UK,
the world and the Masters in the same year. Mark Selby will be a
tough opponent. He is the best player by far in the world. So
consistent. He wins tournament with his second game. That shows you how
good he is. We have a similar game, a similar style. Not as well as him.
It is something that needs to improve a little bit more, my second
game. He inspires me. He works really hard on his game and I think
I am one of those players as well. If I am not of the time then I
notice the difference. I try to put the hours in when I can. He is
someone to the property and I keep working hard and he shows you what
you can achieve. Best of luck. What a lovely gentleman. What a nice
little watch that was. He is a lovely lad. I was chatting to him.
We were having a laugh and he is a good lad to have around. Have you
seen an improvement in his game when he has been working with Terry? We
have seen an improvement in his game over time. His stature is growing in
the game. There was a time when he was disregarded as a potential
champion in defence but he has got rid of that now. He is genuinely
guaranteed a top 16 players and has produced astonishing stuff. I am not
sure of the time frame from Terry Griffiths, if you do with Terry as a
coach, you have someone who is committed to you, not just your
technique, but mental well-being. Also someone who has been in the
pit. It is easy to live with someone when they have been there. Did you
expect Barry to push on? He unexpectedly made the final in 2013,
losing to Ronnie or southern. Did you expect him to push on after
that? It is difficult to push and because of how many players there
are cueing up with in the win tournaments. All you Kunduz put
yourself in the frame that you are now one of the elite. He has done
that. The next phase is can he have a period of time dominating the
game. It is so hard to do. Especially when there are so many
top players. The other players will look at the draw and see him and say
I am glad he is in my section. He is a great matchplay. Very confident,
thinks the game, works hard. You know you are in for a match with
them. He is 3-1 up against the world champion, a Mann he has trouble
against. I don't feel that in the situation today that if he gets the
chances he will baulk at them. After his first-round match, which him
well, it is not necessarily a yardstick. He might be in these and
a bit quicker mid-to-late than Mark Selby who struggled in his first
round match. The last three matches he played, he hasn't won a free over
Mark Selby. He has lost 4-0 and 3-0. Now he has a lead at the interval.
He can put the things that have gone before him behind and he is doing
that today. This is our first quarterfinal for you today. The
other is Joe Perry digging on Ding Junhui. Better a look at the hit to
hit here. They have played 14 matches. They first met in the
Masters in 2004, but Perry won the last meeting here two years ago.
Ding Junhui has been talking to Steve. Looking back at 2016, here is
a question, this moment? Winning the Shanghai Masters or final in the
World Championship? That is a big question. You want me to pick it?
What do you think? Winning is good. They would championship is still the
biggest event. I don't know. I think it is the final. This has always
been my dream, to get in the final first and then think about winning a
tournament. I've had one Shanghai before, this is the second time.
This is a good moment to win the second time, but they weren't final,
it was my first time. It is massive. You were very emotional when he won
in Shanghai. The few tears. Yes. I was so excited. That was your 12th
ranking event victory and only five players have won more than 12
events. You have a good record in building up. I hope I can do more. I
tried my best. I cannot stay in my best form of year, all season, all
of my career. I do however much I can because when I get older, I will
maybe not be as good. I want to win more. I wanted to try my best in
every tournament. If I can do better and better, when I am looking back
when I get older, I think I will have nothing to regret. I think I
have done a good jaw. There is nothing to think about, I missed
this or that. The only thing that really, and everybody talks about
it, the only thing left for the record it for you is the World
Championship. This last year he got to the final, it is another step
further forward. It is a big help. Mark Selby told me a lot. To do it
in a word final is a massive experience. You need to learn of the
tables, the different styles, because it is a different compared
to the semifinals. This is a new stage. And regularly practice
routines, you are just doing exactly the same, you are not changing
anything, you are not trying to get something else? I don't want to put
myself thinking too much, overthinking. I wanted to play
naturally. I try to play my regular game every shot. I want to be the
same in the match. Turning our attention to the Masters. You have
won the Masters in 2011. If you are back to the time of the famous match
with Ronnie, a long time back, you look at yourself now. DEV a
different person? Yes. I feel more relaxed. The crowd like you. Yes.
The one thing I will do good in is my jaw. If people come to watch.
Good luck today. Thank you. One of the first men through to the
quarter-finals and in many ways he has gone under the radar. We have
not spent much time talking about him. No, I don't think he is back to
his best. He did enough to win the other day. It's an interesting
match-up with Joe Perry. Originally he had a good record against him but
the last two occasions it's been Perry beat him 6-4 and 4-1, I think.
He has knocked him out in a couple of events. That's an interesting
match tonight. You sat opposite him, did you detect a more relaxed Ding
Junhui? We all do, it may be he has a better command of the English
language and you can have more chat with him, I think he has matured as
a person and player. He knows he can't win every match. He is a
little bit more philosophical I think because of that and probably a
better player. Yet the fact he got to the final of the World
Championship last year, even if there is no too much more room for
improvement he is still improving. You have to wonder as well whether
in many ways it goes back to what we were saying about Mark Selby and
talking about the triple Crown. We were always talking about Ding
Junhui and the world Crown and when is he going to win it? You wonder
whether he has come to terms with that added pressure? He has been
close. The semifinal before one year when he should have got through. He
is knocking on the door. It's so hard, so many good players about and
you have to hope it's your year. Maybe it's Joe Perry's year after
all he beat Joe Bingham. There's plenty of people that fancy the job
here. They know full well that every best of 11 matches is a winnable
experience these days. ' All fancy they're good enough. Every player
that comes to this tournament has won events, therefore, they have
inner confidence in some shape or form, even if they're not
necessarily totally in current form, they've won.
Yeah, Joe's going to be a dangerous opponent. The other day he was
saying he wasn't really enjoying his snooker and had been on a bad run
but nothing like winning a match to give you confidence. You can watch
it live on enBBC Two tonight. Then you will need to press your red
button and Hazel will have highlights on BBC Two.
Let's bring you up to date with this afternoon's quarter-final. Mark
Selby and Barry Hawkins. The world number one slightly
nervous as he walked out to the Alexandra Palace today.
Hawkins took the first frame with a fantastic pot. Mark didn't really
like that. Mark roared back in the second frame. With a break of 76.
Then this misread from Mark Selby allowed Barry Hawkins to get back
into it. He followed up with a break of 63 to lead 2-1.
Barry much more relaxed, move comfortable in frame four.
He leads at the mid session interval by 3-1.
Many a time the interval has changed the match. For him he will have to
hope it's happened today. If he plays like before he is in big
trouble in this match. We analyse these pictures a lot, Steve, when we
look at Mark there, there is something today that is affecting
him. Doesn't look content at all. I think once again he hasn't got a
good start. Every player would love to get off to a flyer. It hasn't
happened, so he is playing catch-up, hopefully from his perspective he
got a bit of rhythm going on the practice table. Can Barry Hawkins
seal a place in the semifinal? Let's join John.
Yes, a question to ask now for Mark Selby. When we talk about games like
this and I said before the interval, Ken, it's hard to have a game plan,
but there is certain shots you are going to take on and certain shots
you are going to refuse. At the moment I think that Barry Hawkins
seems more comfortable in his skin than Mark Selby. Yeah and
particularly in that frame where he took that risky red up into the
green pocket and left Barry a chance to win the Graham. It's amazing how
intervals can sometimes -- to win the frame. It's amazing how
intervals can sometimes win matches. He has left the pot here.
I didn't see him in the players' room or the press room in the
interval, Mark. Barry was in there talking with Terry. I assume Mark
went to the practice table. I did see him in the practice room. I
think he has to dig in now. You have to say there is not many
better players at digging in than Mark Selby. That's a mistake from
Barry. Left a chance for this red.
OK, it's not easy being close to the baulk cushion but it's a chance.
You can tell from the angle there it's not straightforward. Would have
liked to have been straighter on that red. The cue ball looks to be
going towards the blue. Again this is a tough pot.
If he misses it he will be leaving... Digging down into the cue
Well, thought he was going to get away with it there when the cue ball
careered into the red and black. Would have made it more difficult
playing it that way, John. As you say, if he rolled it in he would
have probably finished up not on a colour, trying to force the angle to
get on a colour. If this red goes to the right middle
he doesn't have a lot to do, Barry. He is bound to be on the black and
it definitely goes to the right middle.
APPLAUSE Played it very nicely.
A few reds in the open. He will be already contemplating about going
into the pack of reds. And working out how he is going to develop them.
Yeah, it's one of those situations, there is a red above the black which
is available sometime, if he could come low on that red, that's
separated from the bunch, he could pot that and bring other reds into
play. He has played on it almost
immediately. In potting this he can bring things
into play. Two ways of playing this, the run through or the screwback.
You felt as if you had more control with the screwback. Sometimes you
play with top spin it runs through too far.
How will he play it? Above centre or below centre?
Above centre. Keep your eye on the cue ball.
Controlled it lovely. Didn't play with too much pace so he
wasn't going to open too many reds but still brought in another couple
of reds into play. The red at the bottom of the pack to
the left pots, as well. He is not lacking in the cue power
department. He can play this both ways around the angles, or deep
screw it. He played it very nicely indeed.
Excellent shot. APPLAUSE
A similar situation, he could go up for the blue here, if he wishes.
Four reds, four blacks. But I am sure his main priority is winning
the frame. Will he stay on the black here?
Looks like he is going to. As I said, that red just above the
black to the left will pot into the bottom right corner pocket.
If he goes too far he always has the red into the left centre.
I don't think he will have maximum on his mind just yet. The obvious
shot here seems to be to play for the red to the left middle, leave a
nice angle on the blue to play the split.
He has not got a great angle on the black here to go into the reds.
The frame is more important than the maximum.
He didn't get op the red in the left middle to be able to play for the
blue. So it's back for the black. Needs a good angle on the black,
though. That's not it.
Too straight. More of an angle he could have
stunned off the top cushion into the reds. Now he is looking to see
anything is pottable by dropping the black in.
Maybe the outside red? Yeah, this red is the only one you
would say. Two reds at the bottom to the right and maybe a plant that he
could make into the right centre. But the obvious red is that one, the
extreme left of the bunch. That's not good, he is going to be
hampered by the black. Wanted to take that red on up into the yellow
pocket. He has looked at the two reds right of the pack.
Is is he going to have another look? No, he is going to take this up into
the yellow pocket. He won't be holding for the black this time.
Excellent shot! APPLAUSE
OK, wrong side of the blue but a nice angle - we watch that again. It
was a superb pot. Didn't go all out for good position.
He has got into the pack. What is he on?
Head down tells me nothing. You have to say a little bit unlucky
there. OK, could have hit it harder, but still it was a very good shot.
You would expect into a pack of seven reds and a pink something is
going to come out. Have to concentrate on getting that
cue ball tight to the baulk cushion. Yes, he will finish with a 62-point
lead, but still 83 remaining. In this situation you like to put a red
against the cushion, but don't do that and sacrifice a good safety.
Don't see the point in that. Mark Selby coming down this end of
the table, it must be pretty tight. There is a lot of distance between
cue ball and red, so he could swerve it.
It's a big shot. He knows if he makes a mess of it and leaves Barry
one more chance it will be end of frame.
But it's a terrific pot. APPLAUSE
A good pot this. Yeah, fantastic, wasn't it? As you said, John,
pressure on it, as well. Now, what can he do?
In a way it is unfortunate, I mean, he can play the brown, but the green
looks the obvious ball and the yellow is slightly hampering him.
Well, not really. Just about judging the pace of the shot.
He has played that very well. This would be a steal.
He has had a look at the red above the black.
That 62 point lead could soon evaporate with the position of the
balls at the moment. But again a bit of pressure on Mark Selby here. He
produced a good break in the second frame when he was behind. But since
then he's looked a little bit nervous, John. Yeah, doesn't look
comfortable with his game so far. But this could really be giving him
a big boost of confidence. 44 points behind and 59 remaining so
plenty of points to spare. That's the red he would like to get
on, the one to the left of the black.
I don't think the black pots. I think the red just above it does.
He will have to clear all these rip maining balls to win the frame at
this lift. -- remaining. He will be just happy to have the opportunity.
Yeah. A little awkward on this pink.
Wanted to be higher with the cue ball. He doesn't have the angle now.
Having a quick look at the blue. The problem is he if plays the pink
he will have to run around the two cushions. I don't think he is
straight enough to hold the spot. If he plays the pink he will have to
really cue this well to run around off two cushions.
He is leaving himself a red that he knows he will have to use the rest
with the extension. It's not perfect. He needs a good
angle on pink or blue here to get on the awkward last red.
Decided to go up for the blue and he's not quite far enough.
He is too straight. The pink is no good. He is looking
at the brown, swinging it round off two cushions. A tough pot.
Excellent pot. APPLAUSE
Yeah, it's OK. Would have loved to have been straighter on this red
because the cue ball is going into the black. Doesn't want to knock the
black safe. That's OK. Did that red go in off
the black or the cue ball? I think the cue ball just hit it on the way
around. Just have another look. Anyway, it went in. That's all you
are bothered about now. One good positional shot from pink to yellow
now. What a steal this would be.
He has played for it in the right middle. It needs to run.
Just about perfect, I think. Wouldn't fancy him missing now. Just
so good in these positions when he is behind and just enough points on
the table. He did it in frame two when he was behind. Yeah, it's like
his concentration goes up a notch. This could be a massive turning
point in this match. Barry Hawkins had a 62-point lead and went into
the pack of reds off the blue and nothing came available.
Well, just hold on a minute. Hold on a second. He has hit that much too
hard. With the black not being on its spot
and close to the pocket, you would think he would be able to get in and
out of baulk. Should have been easier than this.
It's OK. But it still needs due care and
attention. Superb! He leaves the arena. He knew
how big a frame that was. Barry Hawkins made a break of 62.
Matches and moments like this can turn on pivotal moments in sport and
that could be potentially be one. It's a tremendous clearance,
considering he has looked nervous and out of sorts. His cue ball
hasn't been great. Barry Hawkins, you are cursed. He has played a
brilliant shot off the blue, couldn't hit it any better. For all
those balls to split up like that, for all the world you think you are
going to be on one. Game over. To finish there He drops his head, so
unlucky. It's taken nothing away from the clearance. You couldn't hit
that harder, he controlled it as well as he could have done. He got
into that area of the pack. That's the way it goes in snooker, but from
there on in Mark Selby proves why, he may be a different style to
others in the game, he is still huge box office because the tightrope
walk he produces sometimes. We saw it in the World Championship against
Ronnie O'Sullivan under pressure. He is producing under pressure, where
other players would crumble and he is doing it on the table. That's why
he has great admiration amongst players and also the fans. John made
a good point in commentary, as if his concentration level goes up a
notch. It's like they need a challenge to get them going, it
might be the challenge that kicks him on, because he has been second
best. Your back is against the wall and sometimes you can think clearer.
At that point he is not woring about being champion, he has to clear the
balls. It probably focussed his mind. We have said this the mid
session interval comes at the wrong time for Barry, he is playing well.
Suddenly Mark has this opportunity to go back. There was a moment as
Mark was clearing up there, a moment our cameras caught Harry Hawkins. A
raised eyebrow. He knew what was going on. -- Barry. When you have
had a shot like Barry had and you know sitting in the chair the player
you are playing against is going to get the first long red, you just
know that. That was your chance to win the frame t didn't work out. A
funny thing and you are sitting there thinking he is going to make
this and it's the realisation he is going to clear up. Very much so.
It's all to play for. Barry Hawkins leads 3-2. Back to John and Ken.
Wondering will he take this red on? He could leave the cue ball in such
a way it would only leave the red should he miss, but a difficult pot.
He decided against it. He could have played that a little
bit better. He wanted that cue ball tight to this top cushion. He has
left a chance here for Mark Selby. Not sure he is on the red closest to
the black but he is on a red up into the green pocket.
Yeah, obviously can't get through to the red just to the right of the
black but he has this one to the far right.
No, so still not firing on all cylinders.
Here is the black in the last frame. A bit of a reaction here as well
from Mark Selby. Geeing himself up. He knew how important that break
could turn out to be. It only wins one frame.
Barry with a chance here. APPLAUSE
He is on the pink. He gets the first good chance.
The red above the black is the one I am sure he will be trying to get on
next because he can use that to open up some more reds. He has to stay
low on this, get the cue ball somewhere where it is now.
Could go into the pack here because he has a wonderful angle.
Normally he likes to mop up the open reds before he goes into the pack.
Certainly has a lovely angle here, John. Plenty of value going into the
pack because of the loose red. I was surprised when he potted the last
red he didn't try to screw off the bottom of the cluster and bring a
few into play. Once again decided against it. I
think he's come out, don't know whether he discussed it with Terry
before the match, not to take undue risks. Feeling that Mark may be
under pressure with this thought of winning the three majors and don't
push the boat out too far. So far, it's been working. You have
to say, as the guys in the studio said, in the last frame when he got
62 unlucky not to be on one of the reds. If he had been on one that
would have been the end of frame. He played that well.
He has landed perfect on the blue to play the cannon. He has to avoid the
loose one. That line of four, he wants to hit that one full in the
face. No, catch the loose one, or you're
likely to finish on nothing, and that's the case.
There's no need to miss this red. It just shows you he had a couple of
opportunities to bring the reds into play. He decided to play for the
loose reds, now he needs a good pot to keep this play going. He'll take
it on. But they are difficult, those.
Now, has he got away with it? P APPLAUSE
He can go back to his seat, now, Barry. He will be thinking he should
have made more of the chance, and he should.
He had a wonderful angle to go into the pack.
. Maybe he should have taken the opportunity then.
This is certainly no gimme, this red, into this pocket.
No. Overcut it! It wasn't straightforward. The cue ball in the
pocket... It make it is that much easier for Barry Hawkins. Cue
ball-in-hand, a choice of reds to play for. He's still got the problem
of bringing the reds, the main bunch of reds into the main play if he is
going to win the frame at this visit. But it's a chance. You would
think you'd want to do it now, Ken? Get a nice angle on this red.
Knowing you have the red in the far right-hand corner if it doesn't go
well. That's the reason he is taking this
on. Leaving the red as insurance. He doesn't have to go into the pack
with full pace here but he's got to try to hit that red right up the
pink spot for the ball, if he can. APPLAUSE
It's OK. It's OK. You know, when I looked at that
cluster, I thought, if that red were going off the pink into the pocket?
It was close enough. That would have deterred me from hitting it, it was
so much pace. But as you say, Ken, it's turned out all right.
It's a little thicker than was needed.
It dropped. Obviously the red in the middle of
the table will go. And he's landed on it absolutely plum. There was a
little shake of his head there, I don't know if that was a red he
would play for but he'll be happy with it.
I don't think it was but he'll certainly take it. This is a good
response from Barry Hawkins. Just a couple of pots away now to
reassert his two-frame advantage. That equates to just this red and
sexual abuse sexual abuse, as we have said, be two frames behind
again. Snookers required.
APPLAUSE It's always nice to win a frame when
your opponent has stolen a frame from you in the manner had did in
the last game. When you talk about turning points
in matches, you felt it would have been a turning point had Mark Selby
won this frame. . Yes.
But you could say that Barry's now steadied the ship somewhat.
Well, he won't be too bothered about missing the red.
A nod to the referee, on and Barry Hawkins reasserts that two-frame
lead at 4-2. What are we thinking chaps, one of the upsets of the
Masters? I don't think so. Barry Hawkins, by his nature is a top 16
player but at the moment he's in better form. The two players are
top-class. Mark is not firing on all cylinders and he's gone about his
game very well, Barry Hawkins. And a good temperament there, he had to
watch Mark Selby go ahead, and then there was a good response.
And there is a frustration for the player, you have some problems, and
it's not happening at the moment but he's running out of time.
And how much is it down to Barry catching Mark on an off day? It's an
advantage he has got. There are many times you catch a top player on an
off day and you crack at the chance of beating them. It is strength of
character. And talking about centuries earlier, 18 so far in the
tournament but yet to have one this afternoon.
Back to Ken. The obligatory red is being left on here.
Mark will take this on. He would love to knock this in.
Oh, at the moment he has a touch of the nearlyis and the kiss on brown
has not helped. As a player, Ken, that type of red
that Mark's played, halfway there, you would have thought he would have
potted it? He got so close, that's why he's left it.
His body language will tell us he might take this red on into the
bottom left-hand corner pocket, leaving the cue ball down on the
right-hand side. Pot a black. I think he was more concerned
leaving the cue ball near the top cushion.
If this has the pace, he could tie it behind the yellow here.
Just a fraction short, that was all. He doesn't have the edge of the
reds, then this could go wrong this safety shot. He could not the red
out of the right-hand corner pocket here. He's got to be careful.
He needs a cover. I think he may have got one. Fair play. He's got an
excellent cue ball but he hasn't got the cover. But the red being so
close to the side cushion is no gimme.
But... It begs the question, what's the alternative?
This is a possibility. A line up that red.
Trying to come back down the left-hand side of the table and try
to cover the red that's closest to the bottom right-hand corner pocket.
He could be knocking this red over the hol eas well.
Yeah, he needs a good cue ball, though, doesn't he? Oh, and he's got
one. That's an excellent shot. Top drawer.
Well, I can't see a pot-on. Well, not one that could get you on a
colour. He will have to be very accurate
with his contact on the red. So accurate.
He's got to catch that red just so. He's playing in another red but it's
a similar sort of line. Too thick. Too thick. So here's a
chance for Barry. I'm not certain of the availability of the black to the
left corner. a red to the left corner, that
wouldn't give him position on the black. Maybe that blacks just a
little too tight to go. He can still look for the blue. One
good pot and it will give him a great chance.
Excellent pot, right in the heart of the pock E
He's got an angle on the blue. Back up for the red close to the cue
ball here. The fact that the yellow and brown
weren't on the spots made it a simple shot. It's all about judging
the pace and he's done that perfectly. Let's have a look to see
if the pink is available... Not for now, I'm sure he'll play for the
blue but yes, that pink goes. Is he going to play for it now or
play this red with the rest? Head love the pink spot to be
available. I'm not sure whether it is or not. Where is the pink spot?
It's hidden! There it is. Pink won't go in its own spot but the highest
available, which would be the brown spot. He's going to have to
concentrate on the blue for the time being.
Yeah, this is the red that he'd love to get rid of. Thinking, a few shots
ahead here, he could get the top side of the blue and then try to get
on to that red to the left of the black. That's the one he's looking
at. If you can put the cue ball into a position to get on that red it
would be perfect to try to win the frame from this position, it would
open the black to both pockets. He has to be precise with this
positional shot. This is a good bit of key shot to
the frame. It looks inch-perfect. It looks
absolutely inch-perfect. Well, as long as he can pot this red and not
disturb the black... Nice little shot.
The chance is there now. Well, this game never creases to
amaze you. He looked as if he had done all the hard work. And maybe
that's what he thought. He just took the plaque for granted. You cannot
drop your guard for a second! What a miss.
He wants to play the red that's in the open. If he's straight enough, I
know he's close to the red but he's only got to dab it in, so to speak,
and he will be on the black. It was a good dab! It was a
dab-a-dab-doo! Now, what can Mark Selby do here? If ever he needed
another good frame-winning break, it's here.
He needs this start. He's done it on a couple of frames.
Well, Barry will be sat there, bemused and bewildered at missing
that black. Just thinking maybe he went too
straight on the red. Mark is in perfect position. Barry
will be sitting there and suffering. Just the angle to run around off two
cushions. He now takes the lead. He's got a
four-point advantage. Make that 11 points. So the red's in
the open. The one close to the right corner, he'll save that as a reserve
if he does run out of position. Just a matter of keeping your
concentration now, and not playing a careless shot as he opponent did.
Yes, and here's the black again. He got himself into a prime position
and then took his eye off the black, concentrating on the little cannon
into the reds. And we saw when Barry missed it, you
saw him stand up - it's a real shock to the system, isn't it? Shock
horror, it really is. Yes, this will probably hurt him a
lot more than the 62-point lead he had a couple of frames ago. And as
you said, John, it's the shock of missing it. It really unnerves you.
As you say, when he made the 62 break he could consider himself as
unlucky. And you can put that behind you, then.
But that wasn't the case here, 33 points to lead, red cover, red
required. He's hanging in there, Mark, no
doubt about it. He's been thrown a life line and he's Dooley taking it
so far. Just the blue and the red required.
He's got to be careful he doesn't cover the pocket with the other red
when he's screwing back to the side cushion. But no danger of that so.
This red to go 40 points ahead with just 35 remaining.
APPLAUSE So the miss on the black has cost
him the frame. And it's cost him not only the
frame, John but a 5-2 lead. One frame away from victory, it would
have been. Now all those negative thoughts will
be running through Barry's mind now. If he can get the pink, he can make
a century. He's got the red. He can make the century with the
black and the six remaining colours. Quite funny, Jason Mohammed in the
studio, said there hadn't been a century break in this match so far
but we might get to see one now. We've had 18 in the tournament so
far. This is again, John, it's been a
wonderful break under the pressure that he has been put under by his
opponent. Well not the right side of the blue but, the century's only for
record purposes. As far as he's concerned he's already made 452
centuries, which is amazing in the time he's been a pro. He played it
solid. Beautiful shot.
Took the gift that Barry hawkins offered him up. Easy, the black off
the spot. He's still one behind but he'll be
feeling a lot better now. We could be in for a long afternoon. That was
sheer class from Mark Selby. Yes, is the ultimate predator of the
game going to whoop in on the Hawk. But it is ominous, isn't it? All of
a sudden you get the feeling he is tuning in. It's a funny thing in
this game. He missed a spot on the black. He can't believe he's done it
himself. I'm not saying this is the reason for it but sometimes it
happens, after you have played a shot that is really good the one
before, because this is class. He is stunning this, not cannon the black
and miss the flick on the red. He is so happy with the shot he made, put
all of the cons station to that one and missed the next one.
And a they get into the comfort zone, and all of a sudden a lapse in
concentration? Yes, so glad to get that one done, and don't concentrate
on the next one. And sometimes, you put a fraction
more pressure on yourself. You could see the shock on his face. The hand
went like that, "oh, my God" And we read so much into the body language
from here. What I have to say is, where does he keep finding the
clearances from? He is second best, and when he comes to a clearance, he
keeps making them. And Mark Selby, he revels in all
different types of snooker. He enjoys the game. Everything's a
challenge and he rises to the challenge. 19 centuries. Very good
standards as you expect. The tables have been playing lovely. It will be
reclothed, the tables, they are only two days old. But it will be done
tomorrow night before the final. Steve, can you see us getting more
in the current stage as to where we are now? Could that record of
centuries be beaten? I think, from the current stage, I think that
record might be beaten. Not the best break off, Mark Selby. As I said,
when he stalled frame five, he's within one. He needs to get to make
the frames, turning points to get level. But he's given Barry a chance
here. And fair play to Barry. He is getting the disappointments
but it doesn't knock him off. On the next frame, he's potting.
Excellent pot. A little kiss on the red and it would have been top side
of the blue. But he's still OK. He can pot the blue and get down to the
two reds and the black spot. Especially the one to the right of
it. That's pretty good. He's on that red
perfectly. An excellent shot. Yes, he played for the red to the
left of the black now. Clearing the black for the corner pockets.
He won't be taking anything for granted, though. He looked as if he
was to win the last frame and missed the black off its spot, so that will
sharpen his senses somewhat. You could say he stalled all three
of them really. He's never really been first in and built up a lead in
any frame. He's always been playing catch-up in frames.
It's like he's been hanging on to Barry's coat tails. He will be
disappointed with that break, Mark Selby, to leave this opening red. It
was an excellent pot, nonetheless. He has plenty of options here,
Barry. This red will pot and when he pots this the one to the right of it
will be pottable, as well. Just kissed it into the pack. Certainly
to the right centre. He has a nice angle, as we see
Mark's break-off. Look at this. He has done this a couple of times,
just not swinging it in behind that yellow.
Yeah, you have - maybe a foot this side of the baulk line to get behind
the yellow. If you don't get behind the yellow
you are always going to - not perfect here but you wouldn't expect
Barry to miss this. Solid. I don't think the red at the
top of the cluster is available. We saw him nudge it into the cluster.
Ken mentioned it. He is going to have to play - there you see it
doesn't go. If he plays to the right of the pink he will cannon into the
pink. He may favour the one down the right side of the table.
If you can't avoid the pink, positional side could go wrong. Oh,
well, he could avoid it, so no problem.
Maybe a little bit more angle than he would like.
To win the frame at this visit he's got to bring some reds into play in
that cluster. Won't be happy with this. Won't be
happy with that. Yeah. Certainly won't. He was
stretching a little bit there. Didn't get the follow through and
the back swing. Should have got the little extension.
Schoolboy error there from Barry. A good chance to win the frame from
that position or put himself in a position where Mark would have
needed snookers. Now he is going to try and get green or yellow safe.
That was a golden opportunity, as you say, all because he didn't put
the little extension on to his cue. He was overstretching. It's little
things like that, just drop your guard as we have seen in a couple of
frames so far this afternoon, it can cost you frames. OK, Mark Selby has
the problem of getting this safe. Just overstretching.
A good safety shot needed here. He is going to leave a pot on here.
Needs the cover, hasn't got it. So Barry Hawkins is going to get
another chance immediately. He's been solid with these
particular pots. Got one at the beginning of this
frame. He has been knocking these in throughout the match.
Yeah, very solid and secure on that particular type of shot. It's not
too bad. Excellent pot. Got to avoid the kiss on the yellow.
This looks to be absolutely inch perfect. Two reds, two colours,
would be more than enough to put him one frame away from a place in the
semifinal. And the world champion firmly on the
ropes. Can't see a problem now.
The black and the red will be enough.
That takes him 62 points ahead with only 59 remaining.
And Mark Selby has only had two shots. Poor break-off and couldn't
get the next one safe that he had. That's how quickly and easily a
frame can slip away. No matter how good you are.
And that will mean Mark Selby will not be getting back to the table.
Really up against it now. Every time Mark Selby got himself
back into the match Barry Hawkins has responded. Just when you think
he might see the winning post, he's definitely responded in superb
fashion. Yeah, you know, a lesser player
losing the type of frames he did you thought it would affect his
confidence, but he's knocked in good long balls.
Doesn't matter about the red. He took the chances that Mark Selby
gifted him. Now with one frame away from a place in the semifinal. The
world champion with it all to do. If successful he will play either
Ding Junhui or Joe Perry, that match is live on Dean two tonight at 7pm.
He is one frame away. On the evidence of what we have seen today
thoroughly deserved, John. It's the right scoreline, probably should be
all over if we are honest. A couple of chances he has had, he has been
the best player in every department. His safety and score something bet
every -- better. He deserves to be in front. I don't sense Barry is
going to throw it away. Mark has to steal it from him. That requires a
massive upturn in his form. And he has left it late if that's going to
be the case. The boys in commentary said in many ways Mark Selby stolen
the frames from Barry. Is that a fair assessment? It seems to be, the
only time he gets his concentration levels up is when those clearances
can be made. The rest of the game his safety has been poor. Even the
safety shot off the side of the pack there that Barry knocked a long red
in, he is trying to hide the white but he hit it too thin. He has been
out of sorts. It's unusual to see the world number one like that. If
Barry Hawkins holds himself together he has won this match. One more
frame. Barry Hawkins needs to make the last four of this year's
Masters. Excellent break-off shot there from
Barry. I agree with the guys in the studio,
Ken, been the more solid player in this match this afternoon. Yeah, and
there is a good break-off, as well. The cue ball hiding behind the
green. Well, turned out he played it very
Needs a few more of those to keep Barry Hawkins at bay.
Left a chance for this red. There is an interesting couple.
Elaine and Mick, good afternoon. They met 50 years ago at a roler
disco here at the Ally Pally. Mick is 72 today.
You look well, bud! 50 years, eh! Roler disco.
That was a lovely pot from Mark Selby.
Great pot. The stage of the match now where he
has to play don't-miss snooker. Leaving the cue ball low on this
black, now needs a good split on the reds.
It's not an ideal pack the way they're situated to go in. That red
to the right - doesn't want to be hitting that full ball. Has to hit
the one directly above the black, almost like half-ball. He is blessed
with a lot of cue power. Maybe the gap of those two reds might help, as
well. The one thing you don't want to do is for the cue ball to stick
in them. Unless it's obvious if you nudge one
red you are going to be on another. In these situations you always rely
a little bit on luck. He found the gap.
He's just about on a red to the right corner.
And maybe one to the right middle. It may timent him even more.
-- tempt him even more. A bonus that the pink is available
to this left centre. The referee just checking to see the
pink spot. He has had a look at the two reds
above the black. Are they a plant into this bottom right corner
pocket? Doesn't look like it from that camera angle.
He will try and take these loose reds and look at a better
opportunity. If this red wasn't here he just
rolls the green. He has to put the cue ball on the right side of the
table. But that's not good. Particularly if Barry can get past
the yellow to play safe off the red near the baulk line.
Mark will be kicking himself there. He had a good chance. Poor
positional shot. He certainly knows his way around
the snooker table, Mark Selby. But he is not guaranteed to get this
safe. There is the player's view.
Easy to hit a red, but as I say, the main object is not to leave your
opponent the chance. Of course he will be thinking if he does leave
his opponent the chance, it could be end of match.
Foul and a miss. He turns away in disgust.
That was nowhere near. A miss? Could have been called a wide!
He has the red but he hasn't got position. Now, will he have a look
at these two reds. Can he make them into a plant? Needs to below on the
two of them. Yeah, I think the position he has landed on the black,
that's the only thing he can play is for the plant. As you say they're
not dead set. But because it's a chance to win
frame and match, is it worth the risk?
He can certainly make it. The first red he is going to hit is going to
be pushing into the other five reds and it's going to bring them all
into play here. He has left this red but it's
certainly no gimme. It's tight to that side cushion.
He's played a decent shot. I was going to say he may force Barry to
take it on but he's covered it with the blue.
It's funny, I get the feeling earlier on in the match Mark Selby
would have taken that red on. He is at that point where he can't afford
to make any more mistakes. He has a big target, he could slide
off the side of the pack here and try and get that cue ball up behind
the brown again. Has he left a path to this red to
the left corner? I think he may have done.
He's been knocking plenty of these in.
And there is another one. APPLAUSE
Just about on the yellow. APPLAUSE
A chance. A lovely positional shot. He can win frame and match with high
value colours and just the reds. What an opportunity.
Thought it was risky to play for a red into the same pocket as the
black, so will play for the red to the middle. This will release one of
the other reds into more open play. He is giving a little bit of
thought. The one on the right may be too
straight. Playing with top spin running up for the blue.
Cued it beautifully. APPLAUSE
It's a good sign when you can cue it as good as that under pressure.
Couldn't have played it much better. He will get on that loose red now.
Has he hit it hard enough? Just about maybe.
The only red that may pose a problem is that one that's close to this
bottom right cushion. Yes and in playing that awkward red, as you
point out, Ken, he is going to need a colour off it.
Another good solid shot. Seven points is the lead. Three reds,
three high value colours and world number one, UK champion, world
champion, will be out. Just lost the cue ball slightly.
Needs an angle on the blue or pink here. Looks pretty good. Doesn't
want to be potting this pink, doesn't want to be straight on the
red. A slight little angle with the cue ball will be able to come off
the cushion. He has a slight angle to drop behind
it and closer you can get to this red on the cushion the easier the
pot will be. But he will still need this red and the colour.
He is going to leave himself a tricky black because he has to make
certain he pots the red and he can't get the cue ball away from the
cushion. No! Would you believe it! If you
miss it, you leave it. I don't blame him for playing it like that.
Wow! Are we going to have another twist
as we see this red again? He wasn't comfortable on it. What has Mark
Selby got left? Could have played that a bit better.
Well, another missed opportunity from Barry Hawkins.
This positional shot from blue to yellow made easier with the brown
not being on its spot. But that brown being on - not being
on its spot makes it a difficult clearance.
It's bounced nicely. I thought it was going to be a little bit
straight on that yellow. It came off the cushion nicely.
The yellow is no problem now. He needs an angle on this green to
get over behind the brown. He has a nice angle. This is the shot. Yeah,
this is the one. Just got to judge the pace.
Just wants it to bounce just a little bit off the cushion.
Brown, blue, pink and black for another steal.
This is a little bit awkward. Would have loved to have been another
couple of inches with the cue ball off that side cushion.
A big shot. Just a little bit awkward. Thank
you, settle down please! Yeah, that type of shot, always
prefer to play it sort of around off two or three cushions. It's run
safe. All's not lost. But it was a golden opportunity
that's gone. No. You always err on the side of
hitting it too thin, it was such an important brown and Barry hau
conditions has a chance of potting it now.
If he was to pot this and get on the blue it would be the match winner.
Well, in the end he decided not to play it. Will he get a better
chance? Surprising he didn't take the brown on and just about fired
enough past the middle pocket. Mark Selby can't pot it there but... .
I'd' be careful here. If he plays the brown across off the side
cushion to get it into the middle of the ball cushion, there is a
possibility the brown could go towards that green pocket. If he
plays to try to bring the brown back towards the black he could get a
double-kiss. He needs a good length for the brown
here. He needs it to run. And it hasn't.
Well he's been knocking these in all day.
A bit of pressure on this one, though. Yes!
APPLAUSE Mark Selby, he knows it's all never
now. Barry hawk yearnings well, you could
say it could have been easier than this but never the less, he's played
some superb snooker. Barry Hawkins, last year's beaten
finalist is absolutely delighted and he's through to the Masters
semi-final. He wins by 6-3. Well played! The world champion,
Mark Selby is out of this year's Masters. That is Barry Hawkins'
seventh career win over Mark Selby. The last time he beat him was in the
Shanghai Masters, and goodness me, that was pulsating stuff.
Listen, Jason, he was the best player this afternoon. It seems
strange to say it but Mark Selby had breaks of 71, 76 and a century but
always second best. You can see how he won it, Steve? Barry was not
imperious but he did enough to win the match. Mark Selby was under par
and could not dig himself out of the hole he has been able to achieve in
the past. The miss on the brown, he will be disappointed with that
performance. Barry, he missed that brown as well but saw no signs of
being tetchy. In previous tournaments there have been brig
pressure moment, John, he has admitted it himself, there was
hesitation there. We didn't expect him to miss that brown? It's a
massive scalp to get through. A big event. I was more impressed for him
to come back on the frames he lost. Well done, Barry.
Big cheer, Barry, you are through to the semi-final, how do you feel?
Very good. I ain't going to feel bad, am I?! Well, you could,
sometimes people say, they have won but did not play so well? Well, I
have battled. You impressed us today. Obviously
you can get sickened by some of the mistakes.
Oh, yeah. I missed a couple but then started to feel good, then Mark
would punish me, and then I had to come back strong.
And on the brown, we thought you were going to get the brown. But
then the massive cheer from the crowd? It is a good atmosphere. But
a horrible sort of shot. You just have to play it right and drop it
in. Did you sense Mark had not settled
down and not firing? You were involved in your own game but he
didn't seem as comfortable? No. If he got off to a better start, he
might have settled quicker but the first round was a scrappy affair.
It was a long one. 41 minutes and 6.seconds.
And Mark Selby, with some of the shots, a kick in the pack and
another story unfolds. It is weird how some things happen.
And Barry, the moment at which you won the first-round match, did you
come into the match feeling confident? I would not say really
confident. Quietly confident in my game. I had played well against
Shaun. But the last couple of times I have played against Mark, I have
not settled at all. I played him and not the table.
What is it like playing against Mark Selby? I remember you gave an
interview after beating Ronnie, you admitted to being tetchy when Ronnie
is in full flow, it is really tough. What is it out there, playing the
world number one? You put the extra pressure on yourself. Not so much a
couple of years ago but off late, he's been a machine. So starting to
create that aura about him. Getting the way like Ronnie does, oozing
confidence around the table if you like.
Are you ever really comfortable playing players like that? They have
a way of digging themselves out of situations, and you think it could
happen to you. He is such a player, he is granite.
And did you think you had thrown it away? Oh, yes, I dropped in the red.
I had to drop the black, I came across it a bit. I missed it.
It was never going in. And did you think he would pot the
brown? I still fancied it for him even under pressure.
That's exactly what he said up here! It looked a little smelly.
From our angle, not totally smelly, just a little bit whiffy. A tiny
bit. And the next round, Joe Perry? You
don't care, do you? No, I don't care, I'm still in.
Joe has played great against Bingham, and everyone nows about
Ding. The crowd gave you a massive welcome
but when you walked out, in the last few minutes, what Foreign Secretary
does it have on you when you have the fans on your side? You are under
all sorts of pressure, when they start to go mad, especially if you
have had a chance, an opportunity to win. Then it can build. That is the
heart of it, trying to stay as calm as you can under a lot of pressure.
Well, Barry, the best of luck. And another treat, Steve Davis has
been out in the car, this time with Ding Junhui.
Anyone order a taxi? Right.
Are you driving? I'm driving. OK.
Are you a good passenger? Not sure. What it like for you in China? Me?
Generally, when you go out to a bar, can you do this? Or are you so
famous in China that they go crazy? What's the experience like?
Actually, I never did that before, so I don't know what is going on.
Every time, I am just on a tournament or between tournaments
and it's big. So on a normal day I take sunglasses. I just want my life
back. I live in the UK. I'm enjoying it, very relaxed. Nobody coming. No
excuse... If one person is coming, maybe. Some people are too excited.
They shout and then everybody hears that and it comes together. So,
sometimes it is mad. I step carefully.
And the equivalent of Twitter, Weebo, how many followers have you
got now? Over 5 million. 5 million! That's David Beckham
territory! Sorry! Surely if you go back to China, you can get a
helicopter everywhere? Helicopter? I haven't.
No? Why not? I haven't tried a helicopter before.
Have you never been in? It's great. More fun than a plane.
OK, I will take the chance. What have you got on your list of things
to do? Have you heard of bucket list? Bad list? Bucket list. It's a
thing, a bucket, you make a list of ten things you want to do in your
life. Ten things you haven't yet done.
OK. What would you say? Ten things you
want to do on your list. Would you like to jump out of parachute? Yes.
You want to do that? Yeah. That's number one.
Bungie jump? No, not yet. Do you want to? Oh, maybe I have to
take a long time to get ready! Do you think you would jump or would
you have to be pushed? I think I would jump. It's the thrill seeker
in you. The adrenaline rush! Sometimes I am like that, I go for
it, then there's nothing to lose. You have to trust that somebody has
tied the rope around your legs properly! Oh, yes, I have to trust.
You want your friends to do it for you? I would like my friends to pack
my parachute. Somebody you trust. Yeah, yeah,
totally. Yeah, thank you very much at the last event in China, I was
presented with a special tea pot from your father.
Yes. He makes tea pots? Yeah, my father
makes tea pots. How long has he been doing that for?
He likes tea pots. He got his business about now for about four
years. He loves that. He loves to fly with the pigeons.
Oh, racing pigeons?! Oh, yeah? Yes. Oh, great.
They are things I couldn't understand. Maybe too young for
that. But I like to have a tea, Chinese tea.
They are all waiting around! Where's he gone? Has he gone straight to the
airport? No, back to the hotel, first.
They are phoning up to find where you are! Cheer, Ding.
Thank you very much. Cheers. Thank you! Yes, thank you.
And Deng will be out of the car and into Alexandra Palace this evening.
He takes on Joe Perry tonight. -- Diing.
Ding to win tonight? I don't know. It's hard to judge. But if he gets
on a roll. Maybe. So, lots to reflect on. Mark Selby,
the world champion, out. Barry Hawkins deserved his win. A
bad day at the office for Mark Selby.
Well, that's it for today. The big story from Alexandra Palace is Barry
Hawkins has knocked out the world champion. Goodbye for now.
To break someone physically... Agh! ..is not a problem.