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


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


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


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


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


have made it through. Defending champion, Ronnie


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


His long potting giving him the edge here.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


something right. Obviously disappointed to lose. Not at any


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


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


from behind. You can't keep doing that.


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


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


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


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


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


in the Masters. It is fully two years since they


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


he had one at Wimbledon but that was way back.


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


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


now. A good opportunity for both players.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


snooker starts right here, right now!


APPLAUSE Please, welcome a player in


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


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


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


Joe Perry. MUSIC:


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


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


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


China, enter The Dragon, Ding Junhui!


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


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


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


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


both players. APPLAUSE


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


scored very heavily. Very impressive.


APPLAUSE A good pot to start. It is always


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


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


black. Not straightforward this little


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


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


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


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


It could be a power shot up for the blue.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


match tonight. Both players are carrying form.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


angle. Looking at the table he has a lovely


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


first scoring visit. But he has every chance of finishing


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


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


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


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


like Jimmy White. Touching the cloth, actually, and


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


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


screw-back. That was a beautifully struck shot


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


after. The other three are tied up


somewhat, they maybe available into the right middle pocket.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


yellow. So tacking the white in behind the yellow.


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


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


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


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


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


land on that right that is tight on the cushion.


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


was very clever the way he played that shot.


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


because he had to swerve it to make the angle!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


He must be careful not to overcompensate here.


Leave it to the left, to the corner pocket.


APPLAUSE He might be able to swing the white


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


the pottable position. Head rather go for the bigger target


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


there. As though he was frightened of


bringing that red into play. Will Ding attempt that?


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


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


intended. Is that could prove to be a


frame-winner. 20 points the difference. The black


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


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


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


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


the opening frame. Just over 23 minutes.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


always been very good. Those particular pots are evidence that


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


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


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


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


good ones. Sometimes you get so frustrated practising and practising


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


It is the veteran who has taken the lead.


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


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


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


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


Crucible. Wouldn't that be something special?


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


situation. I think that just indicates what


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


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


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


will play the more conservative shot.


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


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


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


favour. If this is dead straight on this


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


435 in his career. Meanwhile, he just overscrewed that


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


keep the break going here. Pretty straight. APPLAUSE


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


it. He will be disappointed that he


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


earlier on. I think if he was straight on that


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


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


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


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


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


Change of plan. So important to get close to the


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


them setting up long pots to practice.


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


area. We've had a couple of fairly


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


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


back down the table. Terrific cueing there. Tucked up


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


the left-hand side of the table. Careless.


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


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


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


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


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


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


Why would James Delaney hate the India so?


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


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