Quarter-Final: Match 4 Part 1 Masters Snooker


Quarter-Final: Match 4 Part 1

The fourth quarter-final gets underway this evening at Alexandra Palace. Hazel Irvine introduces live coverage from the opening frames.


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Good evening to you. It's been a big day for the 45th President across

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the pond and an important evening for us in the 43rd playing of

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snooker as Ally Pally. We still don't know who will rule in this

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particular place come Sunday night. We are at the quarter-final stage.

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One more match to be played in the quarters. These are the three who

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have made it through. Defending champion, Ronnie

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O'Sullivan could reign for a seventh time. Beating Neil Robertson in an

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oddly fragmented match yesterday. Ronnie is to play Marco Fu tomorrow.

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A former runner up in the event. Marco Fu's form is immaculate as

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Mark Allen found to his cost, losing 6-3. All eyes on Mark Selby, the

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world number one, who faced a tricky opponent in last year's runner up,

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Barry Hawkins. Barry ground his way into the lead for a spectacular

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frame. In the next, the Jester got in the scoring groove and levelled

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the match with a 76. And by frame three, it was starting

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to go wrong for Mark Selby, the reigning world and UK champion, and

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by the interval, Hawkins had stretched his lead to two frames.

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His long potting giving him the edge here.

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After the break, Hawkins threw away a great opportunity, when he could

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not split the reds, and Selby showed resilience with a gutsy 71.

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Hawkins took the next, then Mark Selby made the only century in the

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match to still remain in touch. Last year's runner up, Hawkins, he was on

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top early in frame eight to go 5-3 in front. But Hawkins went through

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again for the second semi-final, sell sexual abuse's chance of a slam

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has gone. A great win for me. Up there with

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one of my best wins definitely. Especially in a venue like this. Up

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there with beating Ronnie in the Crucible. I think. He is the world

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number one. Any time you beat the world number one, you are doing

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something right. Obviously disappointed to lose. Not at any

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stage did I stump my authority on the match. Barry was getting in

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first in all of the frames apart from the last. I was clearing up

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from behind. You can't keep doing that.

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I seem to enjoy the big occasions. There is massive buzz when you win a

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match like that. No better feeling. I am through to the final again.

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And up next is Ding Junhui against owe Perry. The Chinese player has

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only won once at Alexandra Palace, one match since then. This is the

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second time ever that 42-year-old Joe Perry has gotten past this round

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in the Masters. It is fully two years since they

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faced one another. Two time Masters finalist is our trump card, Mr

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Doherty. Quarter-final appearances off late have been rare for both of

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these men. How nervy, how big an occasion for both? It is a nervous

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occasion, a big occasion. There is a full house tonight. The semi-finals

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of the Masters at stake. But they are experienced players. They love

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this atmosphere. They want to perform. That's always a little bit

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of pressure. I'm sure it will be a really good match.

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Let's talk about Joe Perry. He had been in the doldrums. Not in great

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form since a final last July. And then he beat the world number two

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and the former world champion, Stuart Bingham. Where did it come

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from! Beware of the guy with a care free attitude. He was not expecting

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too much. It freed him up a little bit. I commentated on the match. I

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saw him playing as well as he has for a long time. It is there, it is

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just a matter of bringing it out. And his success at Alexandra Palace,

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he had one at Wimbledon but that was way back.

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When he is on form, he can beat anybody. But spriting he has only

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won one match here but this is a good opportunity for Ding Junhui

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now. A good opportunity for both players.

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And they will not be playing Mark Selby but Barry Hawkins. And from

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Mark's perspective the chance to become the fifth man to hold the

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slam, that will hurt? He was really, really disappointed today. But fair

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play to Barry Hawkins. Any time that Mark Selby posed the question to him

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he answered with great aplomb. He played solid. He loves this

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tournament. He was a finalist here last year. OK. Well a quarter-final

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place to be decided. Who is making it to the semi-final? Rob Walker

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officially in charge, over to you. Good evening ladies and gentlemen

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what a match in prospect. Friday night, we're in London and that is

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the last quarter-final of the Masters. A world-class weekend of

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snooker starts right here, right now!

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APPLAUSE Please, welcome a player in

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unchartered territory, bidding for a first Masters semi-final in nine

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visits. Booking his place after a win against Stuart Bingham. Runner

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up at the World Open earlier in the season, here comes the gentleman,

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Joe Perry. MUSIC:

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"Happy." And his opponent, a player bidding for his first Masters

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semi-final since 11, the year he won the title at Wembley. This year,

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winning the Six reds and the Shanghai Masters. A national hero in

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China, enter The Dragon, Ding Junhui!

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APPLAUSE Oh, it's a lively crowd in tonight.

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In charge in the commentary box are two former Masters champions,

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Stephen Hendry and Dennis Taylor. Ready for a Friday night in, fellas?

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We are, Hazel. And this crowd, once again, a fantastic reception for

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both players. APPLAUSE

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It's a beautiful trophy that they are playing for. Thank you. The

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first frame. Joe Perry to break. Joe has won the toss. He's getting

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the quarter-final under way. It was great to see Ding coming in with a

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big smile on his face. In the early day, Ding, in a strange country, a

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little shy but it's great to see that big smile. A very likeable lad,

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Stephen, you have been in China with him a number of times, I'm sure.

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Yeah, I think he has grown accost Yomed to the venue now. I remember

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years ago he suffered at the hands of Ronnie O'Sullivan in the final.

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But it has made him a stronger person and player for that

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experience. I think you used to have a suit like that, Stephen, didn't

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you? It's a little bit of tartan going on there.

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See if Joe can carry on with the scoring. In his first-round match he

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scored very heavily. Very impressive.

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APPLAUSE A good pot to start. It is always

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nice the first time. That was timed beautifully. He is looking as once

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he pots the black it will be blocked up. It looks pretty straight on the

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black. Not straightforward this little

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opening. Easy to get in a red but obviously, after that, which colour

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do you play for? Now he could play this red to the right corner and

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stun it off the cushion and knock it away from the right-hand side of the

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black. But I don't even know if the black can pot the left-hand corner.

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It could be a power shot up for the blue.

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He doesn't go. So that takes that out of the equation. This has to be

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hit well. It's the top, left-hand side.

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Now, does the pink go? I didn't see that one.

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It's pretty tight. But he can just see enough of it.

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If you hit the pink and the red at the same time, it's a foul shot but

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clearly he made contact with the pink first. It's what is called a

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split ball when you hit them both together. But that was definitely

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the pink. I think this will be a high-scoring

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match tonight. Both players are carrying form.

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Both have two first-round centuries. It could be who makes the most of

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their opportunities. He wants the cue ball to stop... Ding just caught

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out there with the pace of the table. He has landed touching the

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red so he can shoot it away down the table. Such a lively cloth. I think

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that is the reason we have had so many century breaks, the table has

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been playing beautifully. Well-judged to get in behind the

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yellow. It's not an easy escape. No red to come off the curb good

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afternooned just land on. He would like to land on the one to the left

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of the black. But as you can see it's difficult to find an angle to

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land tonne that one. He'll have to be precise with this.

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Well, you can't get any better than that!

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That was very well judged indeed there, from Joe Perry. Yeah, that

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match, to beat Stuart Bingham 6-1, and that time, Stuart, in the only

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frame he won, he made the highest break. 132 but that was surpassed by

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Marco Fu who made a magnificent 140. Now that might be touching. It

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seemed to nestle back. Because of the closeness to the pink

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he can't get at the table. So no real advantage from the touching

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ball this time. Don't forget he can't do much with

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it. It's a little bit of a stalemate at

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present. Ding Junhui with a 4-point advantage will want this resolved

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before the referee might just say, a few more shots, Boyce and then maybe

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set them up again. This time he can get up the table,

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so no chance of a re-wrack. Back to normal!

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This red will pass the gene, so. Ding Junhui caught that far too

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thick, that's why the red came back up the table with the cue ball.

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He can play it well, he can get a screw shot, he can get the white

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somewhere on the angle to get back up to the reds. It depends on the

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angle. Looking at the table he has a lovely

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angle on the green. I don't think he will play his shot, as it's his

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first scoring visit. But he has every chance of finishing

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on a red. He has got the pink in the open. But maybe a bit too aggressive

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at this stage of the first frame. If he does pot the pink, that's going

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to be blocked up when it goes back on its own spot.

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Always aims low on the cue ball, Dennis, doesn't he? A little bit

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like Jimmy White. Touching the cloth, actually, and

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delivering the cue slightly high every. -- lightly higher.

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You could see the chalk transferring tonne the cloth when he played that

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screw-back. That was a beautifully struck shot

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it really was. It's the reason that the table is

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brushed at the mid-session interval to get rid of all of the finger

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marks, chalk marks. Nicely on the blue again. There is

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an interested spectator. That's Joe's father, Peter. He's been here

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for both his matches. Oh, hit the wrong ball there,

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Stephen, didn't he. If he was going into the pink, he

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needed a full-ball contact. He must have been going into the

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pink but catching the side of this. There is still this red to the right

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middle. It's a tough shot but it's the only one he can leave. Should he

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miss it... No, a lovely shot! That is an ab-Hewitt cracking pot from

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where the cue ball was. He just looks so relaxed out there.

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He did against Stuart Bingham. A nice mannerism around the table.

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Walker introduces Joe as Gentleman Joe Perry, and that's certainly what

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he is. Fact he didn't pot the red cleanly,

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means that the cue ball hadn't travelled as far as it would have

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done. Somehow he has an awkward angle on the pink. He can play for

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the red over on the left side cushion but it's not what he was

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after. The other three are tied up

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somewhat, they maybe available into the right middle pocket.

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Well, he decided to take the more difficult pot to gain position.

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If Ding has the angle he can follow through and flick the black away,

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leaving himself on the pink. He's on this black. He's going to

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have to go around the table. The red that's closest to the cue ball only

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pots to the right corner. So between green and the brown.

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He could go yellow and brown but he isn't anywhere near, you can see by

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his reaction. He was a long way short that time.

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So it's a close opening frame here. It's always nice, eve no-one the

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best of 11, to get the first frame under your belt.

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He didn't want the cannon on the yellow. This is a shot to nothing

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for Joe Perry. He'll be playing a safety as well as

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taking the pot on. Contact on the brown that he would

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have liked. It almost looked certain like he was going to finish on the

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yellow. So tacking the white in behind the yellow.

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He couldn't risk trying to nestle on the yellow to block off the escape

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route down the right side of the table. It happened earlier, I can't

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remember who, planning to roll up on the ball but didn't reach it and

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left a three ball after the foul. So Joe didn't want that to happen

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there. I think he has blocked the escape route down the right side to

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land on that right that is tight on the cushion.

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I think Joe Perry is one of the best tactical players in the game. That

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was very clever the way he played that shot.

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He had to swerve it. Has he hit it hard enough? This is a good escape

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because he had to swerve it to make the angle!

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Stephen mentioned earlier, there, Joe Perry was one of the best

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tactical players in the game, and proving it again there with that

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very good safety. He doesn't have to swerve it this

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time but head like the same outcome just to land on this red. That's

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going to come up a long way short. It's a fast cloth but it's not that

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fast. Joe will have a look at the red near the blue. If he is hammered

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with the black he'll have it put back, and he is.

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He must be careful not to overcompensate here.

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Leave it to the left, to the corner pocket.

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APPLAUSE He might be able to swing the white

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over towards the yellow. He has to be careful not to put the red into

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the pottable position. Head rather go for the bigger target

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of the green and the brown but from this angle he can't really get over

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there. As though he was frightened of

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bringing that red into play. Will Ding attempt that?

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Well, he has the white back up the table but it's costing him seven

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pints it's left a half chance. He hit that far thicker than he

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intended. Is that could prove to be a

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frame-winner. 20 points the difference. The black

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tied up so he's going to need the blue, the red and yellow. Needs to

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pull over. Otherwise he will be the wrong side of the yellow when he

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pops the blue. -- pops the. It needs to keep going. And it has. That is

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why we have had so many century breaks. Just be alone needed to win

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the opening frame. Just over 23 minutes.

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Pretty solid first frame from Joe Perry. All departments of his game

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look pretty sharp. On point with safety. Looks very confident.

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It doesn't really matter, the fact that he hasn't got on the pink. Try

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a little trick shot here. No fireworks in this opening frame.

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Very tactical but Joe Perry looking very solid here this evening. He

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takes the opening frame and leads 1-0. He's been scoring heavily.

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There were a couple of pots bear that indicate the form is very much

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with him. That particular shot, you have to be so accurate. Into the

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middle pocket. There is the red that set up winning the frame. Safety has

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always been very good. Those particular pots are evidence that

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he's cueing very well. He has that carefree attitude. We

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heard that he had fallen out of love with the game but it seems to be

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working well for him. Can you identify with that? I think every

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player can. Every player goes through the bad times as well as the

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good ones. Sometimes you get so frustrated practising and practising

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and you are not seeing the fruits of your labour. It can be very

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frustrating. Every player would have gone through that, I'm sure. At the

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age of 42, he's talked a lot about players of that vintage having an

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awful lot to do with the younger players blowing hot and cold. They

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might beat a big-name player and then they fall. The consistency,

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does that come with it age? It's not a young man's game any more. It is

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the fortysomethings playing better than they did in their 20s. It's

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quite bizarre. It comes with age and experience. So many good young

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players on the circuit now. A lot of the lads in their latte years are

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playing some of their best snooker. Ding Junhui is 29, Joe Perry is 42.

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It is the veteran who has taken the lead.

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COMMENTATOR: A couple of veterans in the commentary box here. One a lot

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older than the other. It will be great to see Stephen Hendry getting

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his cue out again for the world seniors. Who knows, if he wins that,

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gets a wild card, you might see the former world champion back at the

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Crucible. Wouldn't that be something special?

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I think he's just OK. I thought he was going to leave a red to the

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right corner but he has gone far enough. To keep it safe. Not that

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many years ago, they were all saying about a young man's game. But a lot

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of the 40-year-old to well. The great John Spencer, three times

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world champion, Ray Reardon, six times world champion, they were at

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their peak in their early 40s. Played their best snooker. They had

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a great final way back in 1975 at the New London Theatre. Somebody has

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a problem with the APs. Can you turn it off for the time being. We are

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hearing the interference in. It was one of the great finals, of the

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Masters in 1975. John Spencer won it on the black.

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Looks as though he can see enough of this red. Or is he playing the one

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in front? It's quite difficult. Nice little double-kiss that led him

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to miss that red. I think it would be a good strategy

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for Ding to play aggressive safety shots to get the reds opened up.

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This kind of exchange will suit Joe Perry more. I think, in my opinion,

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he's the better tactical player, the clever player, in this sort of

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situation. I think that just indicates what

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Stephen was saying. 83% safety success to Ding's 77%.

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He has the opportunity to play-off the bunch here. The more aggressive

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shot. You can never be entirely sure whether reds will end up. So, he

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will play the more conservative shot.

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Ding will certainly open them up here, you feel. He might have fluked

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it. It looked on. That shot. The red was always going to go towards that.

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A three-ball plant. It's always going to go close. It's gone in his

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favour. If this is dead straight on this

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red, it could leave the black into the opposite corner and it clears

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the black spot area. Fantastic petition will shot. -- fantastic

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positional shot. What a chance now. That wasn't easy by any stretch. You

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can see, there is no other reds available in that area. So he played

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for that. Great shot. From that fluke, he did raise his hand, he has

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created a great opportunity here. This is definitely his strength.

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Very few, if any, in the game better, in my opinion. Absolutely.

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He's up with the all-time greats in the century department. He has made

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435 in his career. Meanwhile, he just overscrewed that

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slightly. Should be much more comfortable on the black than this.

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There's some of background noise. Ding Junhui can hear it. APPLAUSE

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He might not be on a red. That was all caused by the previous

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positional shot when he didn't get on the black, as intended. It's end

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of break unless he takes on a very risky double. He can't really

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because he would leave a read. Good safety shot. Like Stephen, I thought

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he was going to go on and make a sizeable break there. APPLAUSE

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This is the shot where he was hampered slightly. Just overscrewed

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it slightly. I don't think it will be getting put

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back. The pink is available. Needs a good positional shot. He can

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get on the black. Something banged just as he knocked the pinking.

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There was a noise. On his backswing. He couldn't even stop. Not sure if

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it is backstage. This is a tough shot no. He got up

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very quickly. Indicating immediately he got a bad contact. At first

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glance, he hasn't seen anything. -- left anything.

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Just that last shot that Ding played just as he was about to deliver the

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cue, I certainly heard a noise. There was quite a bang somewhere. He

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couldn't stop himself. Has he got away with that? He made a

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mess of the safety shot. Look where the finished... So close to the red

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he can't even planned the red in. It is far too thin, careered into the

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other red. Look where the cue ball finished. No wonder Joe was

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scratching his head. I don't know if you can see the bottom cushion. Just

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missed the red to the right of the green. Get up to the red, get on the

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black and clear up. The most important thing was to make

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sure he potted the red. He has had to play that with check side to

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secure the angle. That is a great shot. What a chance. These are

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tough. Especially if you miss it, you are guaranteed to leave it on.

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Just got into it a bit too much. It all depends on the angle he has on

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the red. Just depends whether he can get the correct side of the blue to

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keep the break going here. Pretty straight. APPLAUSE

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He might just be able to screw back and leave the reds to the left of

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the four reds and pink. That's where he wants to place the cue ball. Just

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a matter of screwing it back about 18 inches. He is thinking about the

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more difficult yellow. I think the blue is the better one. Just leave a

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medium length pot. There is a shot to play lots of top spin of the

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blue, four cushions to leave the black in the right-hand corner. He's

:51:16.:51:28.

not look that that one. Or has he? I think he looked at the possible

:51:29.:51:35.

plant. Once again, might get that red in the middle of those. If he

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hadn't got into that area, he might have got onto that. But he can still

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have a go at the plant. Pick a spot where you would want to hit the

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first red. Hit the spot on the question just to the left of the

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pocket. If he does take it on, it is an element of safety in his mind. In

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fact, he's not even going to bother with the plant. APPLAUSE

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What a pot that was. He's not on the green but he will be tight in behind

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it. He will be disappointed that he

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didn't win the frame at that visit. A couple of slack positional shots

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earlier on. I think if he was straight on that

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red to the yellow pocket he would take it on but the angle wasn't

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right to come back for the black. Don't know if Joe can take this red

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to the left corner and avoid contact with the black. I don't think so.

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You need to get some contact on the cue ball. He's just had a look at

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that shot you mention. He'll go close to the black, you'd say.

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Change of plan. So important to get close to the

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cushion. The modern day players are such good long potters. You will see

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them setting up long pots to practice.

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Almost got the snooker. Not quite. Needs to get back to the safety

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area. We've had a couple of fairly

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tactical frames. The first frame lasting almost 25 minutes. This one

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has been going just over 21. He can take the red on this time and get

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back down the table. Terrific cueing there. Tucked up

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behind the brown. He hasn't covered the easy out to

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the left-hand side of the table. Careless.

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I think he can score enough without needing the rednecks to the pink.

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He's looking good. -- without needing the red next to...

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STUDIO: Joe Perry looking good for a 2-0 lead here. If you want to follow

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this match, it continues all evening until the last ball drops via the

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BBC sport app or the red button. If you've are the plans, I'll be back

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later but in the meantime, from Ken and me it's farewell.

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Why would James Delaney hate the India so?

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If they have a fear of water, God help them.

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The fourth quarter-final gets underway this evening at Alexandra Palace. Hazel Irvine introduces live coverage from the opening frames.


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