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Good evening, welcome back to
Alexander Palace. The quarterfinals
of the 2018 masters are well under
way and to night we shall see one of
Snicko's brightest young talents,
Kyren Wilson, line up against
Williams the Welsh wonder.
Williams the Welsh wonder.
is going to hold in the final
It will be this time I am sure.
tremendous cheer, really deserved
for this young man.
How did that go in? Of all the
players this week he has played
consistently the best. Mark Williams
looks as though he is going to have
that trophy. That is for the
Wonderful memories and
Mark Williams' family is in the
crowd here tonight and they might
not realise that when it comes to
the head to heads, Kyren Wilson
leads Mark Williams, leading by 2-0.
And when Mark Williams won his first
Masters title Kyren Wilson was still
in school. That is the difference in
age between these two. Good evening,
Steve Davis. We have to say the way
Mark Williams is playing there is no
reason why come Sunday he is not
lifting this trophy.
magnificent in the first round,
everybody was impressed. At the age
of 32 he is putting in great
He is dangerous. What
about Kyren Wilson and you see the
way he has matured as a fine snooker
player? Do you see him as somebody
who could one day lift this title?
We all see the potential, he has got
a great all-round game, a good head
on his shoulders, and he is
competitive as well. If he keeps on
improving, he will lift trophies.
you think this one will go all the
The start is important, but it
is not the most important. How you
finish is best. But both these
players are great match players in
their own different ways and it will
We will talk to you
about Ronnie O'Sullivan in a moment.
The big story so far is running
O'Sullivan was dumped out this
afternoon by Northern Ireland's Mark
Allen. It was all very
straightforward for Mark Allen and
his record in major championships
against Roddy continues. His second
Masters win over Ronnie O'Sullivan,
the defending champion. The
favourite is out and he spoke to BBC
Radio five live after the match.
I was a football player, I would
have missed this game, but it is an
individual sport so you have to get
out there and do it.
out there and do it. I thought just
turn up and give it a go, but I was
struggling. It was a virus or
something. I have had it before and
it is very difficult when you get
dizzy spells. Give it ago and it was
good enough. If I was playing
someone who could not put a ball I
might have been all right, but he is
too good a player. I know people do
not take me seriously, but I come
back to snooker for different
reasons. It is a bit of a time
passer for me. I don't enjoy... I
have explained before I want to get
out of snooker as quickly as I can.
I still play because I have got some
snooker fans. I still play a few
tournaments. It is better that I do
a month in Australia while at the
World Championships are wrong
because I would find it difficult
not being part of it.
You are saying
you will not play at the World
Things can change,
but it has been on my mind for a
while and the best place for me to
be is away, because it would be
difficult. It is a great tournament,
but I am not going there and doing
the press and the media and the day
before and the big microscope on
you. I would rather play in these
little events under the radar, have
some fun and pot a few balls. I get
my fix that way. I am not desperate
to win another world title. Unless
the terms and conditions are
different, I would rather do
something else. I am not one of
these who is just going to drop. I
am not going to put thousands of
miles on my clock. I do not do
pressure and stress too well. There
are other opportunities out there
and I enjoy it and it is good fun
and my life is better because of it
and that is the way it is. If they
want me to play, they have to come
knock on my door. If they don't want
me, there are other people who will
do stuff with me as well.
O'Sullivan speaking this afternoon.
Somebody in the audience does not
like the sound of that. Many
watching at home will have very
strong views and some of you say
that that was predictable from
The cynic in me would say we
have heard it all before and that
was off the back of getting a
drubbing from Mark Allen and perhaps
he was a bit disappointed in the
interview. The more empathetic side
of me will say that as the years go
on, and Stephen Hendry has the
experience, as you get older you do
not relish the competitive side of
it as much as you did when you were
younger. Perhaps this is the sign
that whilst he loves playing the
game he does not enjoy the
fight as much as he used to.
Therefore looking to bailout is one
of the ways you will do that.
Stephen Hendry retired in the top
16. I did not enjoy the latter part
of my career playing against more
aggressive, younger players. Perhaps
this is Ronnie trying to work out
how he gets out of the game in some
way. But let's see how the draw
Clearly he enjoys
other aspects of his life. He has
got the creative side, he is doing
literature and television. Can you
understand why he would want to go
and do that as opposed to the sport
in which he has created his name?
Yes, if he stopped enjoying
competitive play. If he enjoyed it,
he would be driven to the match
table and the World Championships
would be the holy Grail every year.
If you are starting to not like
competitive play, and he has said he
does not care one way or the other,
if you do not like competitive play
as much as you used to, you will
look for different ways to get out
of it. But it may be the case he is
coming to the press conference after
losing and he is sulking a bit.
also should say it was a fantastic
display from Mark Allen. People will
say we are all talking about Ronnie,
but Mark Allen came out and did a
job on him.
He is competitive and
hungry and he wants to win a major,
so you have got a different state of
mind. Ronnie has done it all before
and Mark Allen is still hungry for
Perhaps that is the
answer. Let's bring you up-to-date
with the quarterfinals. So, the
seven times Masters winner Ronnie
O'Sullivan was dumped out this
afternoon by Mark Allen. John
Higgins has got two Masters titles
to his name. John Trump plays the
2015 Masters winner Shaun Murphy.
Kyren Wilson is up against the 1998
and 2003 Masters winner Mark
Williams. So, we are really looking
forward to this one tonight. It is
Williams against Wilson. Good
evening, Rob Walker.
Good evening, what a remarkable day
it has been, Ronnie O'Sullivan
knocked out by a sublime Mike Allen.
We have got two of the best in the
world waiting to go toe to toe
tonight. It is showtime once again
here in north London.
Please welcome a player who secured
his first Masters win on Tuesday
night beating the classy Barry
Hawkins 6-4. Winner of the 2015
Shanghai Masters, he has made two
filed this season already. He is
without doubt one of the sport's
elite and he will be fired up
tonight. That is why we call him The
Warrior, Kyren Wilson.
# See you later alligator,
and his opponent, a man who spent
much of the last two years telling
us he is a has-been.
Do not believe it for one single
second. There is still more than a
touch or two of magic than in that
ageing Welsh cue. In November he
produced an emotional 19th ranking
night total in Northern Ireland. On
Sunday he knocked out the world
number one Mark Selby. He has still
got it, he is the pride of Wales, he
is Mark Williams.
MUSIC: Delilah by Tom Jones.
How lovely to hear the crowd giving
Mark Williams a wonderful raw here
inside Alexander Palace. You wonder,
John Parrott and John Virgo, now
that Ronnie O'Sullivan is out
whether Mark Williams is the crowd
Good evening, I think
Ronnie losing this afternoon has
opened up the tournament for
everybody. Everybody left in it will
fancy their chances. But he is
definitely going to be a major
contender because of his experience.
That is playing on these one-table
situations at this level.
with you. It will be an interesting
match. They have played a couple of
times and Kyren has won both of
them. But there is a different
magnitude to this one.
One of snooker's class of 92. Beat
John Higgins and Ronnie O'Sullivan.
To think he is still there competing
at the highest level. His comeback
ability has been amazing. He dropped
out of the top 32 at one stage. But
this young man, Kyren Wilson, is the
future if you like. He was a bit
fortunate there. He did not hit that
safety shot well. Flicking the green
has helped him. This is an
Decided to play dead weight roll
into the pack.
into the pack. He will be taking a
miss. He is having the cue ball
clean. That was a mistake from Mark
Always the way with this game, he
played a poor safety shot and he got
away with it. A couple of shots
later there he is on the balls with
a great chance.
a great chance. It is a wonderful
arena, packed to the rafters again.
This has turned out to be a
brilliant venue, John.
To be honest,
I did not think anything could
replace the Wembley conference
Centre but this has.
Centre but this has. Only his second
appearance in the Masters, Kyren.
First time in the quarterfinals. So
there will be a lot of nerves there.
We'll be giving every shot the
utmost respect. Winning the first
frame, nothing would settle you
better, particularly if you could do
it in one visit. But he has a bit to
do yet. He has got to bring the reds
I thought that cue ball was going to
stop short, but it has just about
got an angle on the blue.
it is the new cloth.
I would have
Shaun Murphy thought it
was on its way out yesterday. You
would think they would put a new
course on for the next round. You
will expect it to be a bit lively
and a little easier on the jaws as
well. Balls sometimes tend to slide
in a little easier.
That time short of the blue. That is
probably a bit of tension in his
There is one red sticking out on the
edge which could go.
edge which could go. But he will
have to play it with some pace to
bring any ball into play.
bring any ball into play.
Make sure that your flashlights are
switched off, please.
I am surprised he played that in
But at least he didn't miss.
That is the problem
with a player like Mark Williams,
his tactical noose. He finds himself
in big trouble.
That was a lovely
touch. Not absolutely
straightforward for getting out of
REFEREE: Foul and a miss. Mark
That was the line he was looking
for. Mark will not have this
replace. He will fancy taking it on
to the far right corner.
A nice confident stroke. He decided
that was the right shot to play.
Kyren was in with a chance first and
this is Mark Williams' first chance
of the evening.
I don't think the pink is available.
He has played for the black. He will
do well here to get on another read.
I am surprised.
He chose the wrong
red. Those two reds on the left, if
he had taken the right-hand side .0,
he would be on the bottom of the
pack. It looks like end of break
unless he can find something.
You mentioned that class of 92,
John. What three players they were
to come through at the
to come through at the same time,
Higgins and Williams. All multiple
world champions. It must have been a
tough year playing as a junior if
you got one of them.
Yes, I remember
seeing some of the qualifiers in
Blackpool and Ronnie played 76
qualifiers and 174. Do not ask me
who were the two who beat him!
He did not have a look at the plant
so I assume he noticed it was there.
Now he has got an angle on the
green. He knocked it in
nonchalantly. He did not appear to
apologise to Kyren.
He would like
that cue ball to be a lot closer
That was about as good as he could
do from there.
This red will cut.
It needs to stop short of the baulk
line. Not quite.
Surely he is not looking at the pot.
This is extremely acute this angle.
He was and he took the chance. But
that was extremely thin. Now he has
missed it and it gives his opponent
a chance. It was a tough shot, John.
It was. But he felt it was a natural
cannon into the cluster. If it had
gone in, it could have won him the
frame. It did not, it could cost
He would have liked to have been on
the blue, but he will settle for the
brown. As soon as the back spin
touches the cushion, it turns into
top spin. He should be hitting that
just below centre. He could have
played better than that.
He would have liked to have been
closer to the red.
I think he has
found a planned. I think that is why
he was not bothered with the cue
He had to catch the first one just
right and he caught it a bit full.
I think that red going in was an
example of what we were talking
about with that new cloth being on
the table. It's
the table. It's sliding off the jaw.
Mark Williams' decision to take that
very tricky brown might be his
undoing in the opening frame.
Another 24 points needed at this
He played that nicely.
The wrong side of the blue. A bit
more to do than he should have had.
Still looking for a red, a colour,
Never really had the cue ball in
this break. He is 40 points ahead
with 43 on the table. This red
should be enough for the first
frame, but this has been hard work
this break. Even with the
Even with the plant.
But for a couple of snooker 's Kyren
Wilson will have the first frame in
It is not etiquette, you do not
concede when your opponent is coming
to the table.
That is definitely the end of that
frame. It has been a little scrappy
for sure. Both players had chances.
Kyren Wilson will take the opening
frame and you always settle down in
a match if you take the opening
Oh, hello! Save them for when you
need them, son.
need them, son. Yes, he wanted the
frame to end there. That was very
risky, but he is a percentage
player. The percentage went against
him and Kyren Wilson took it.
is the one thing we have spotted
from the Masters, it is important to
get a good start in a match. Very
confident from Kyren Wilson.
presented with a final opportunity
by Mark Williams with a risky brown.
In hindsight he should not have gone
for it, but if he had potted it, he
would have had the frame. It was a
tough cut back. You could argue in
the first frame you could keep it a
bit tighter. But the end result is
that Kyren Wilson has got off to a
good start. We will see how much
that influences the match.
In the opening frame, there were a
couple of great pots, to relieve the
It's a sign of a player who
isn't overawed by the occasion and
will probably go forward in his
career that he can get off to a good
start. He will have some nerves,
positive nerves, as opposed to being
He's got a lovely way
about him, hasn't he?
everybody who has seen him play, he
impressed at the World Championship
and we all went, well, he's a player
can you know, and you can spot them.
It's no surprise he's in the top 16
already this year.
This is only his
second appearance. That win over
Barry Hawkins was his first win at
Yeah, whether or not
that gives him a confidence I don't
know, but he's on the way up.
up against someone who is very
experienced, in Mark Williams. Let's
gone back to John Virgo and John
Is Kyren Wilson to break off
WinFrame two. Whilst that wasn't
riveting opening frame, he won't be
too bothered about it. It's got a
number one next to his name, he's
taken the opener, which is a good
start to any match. He's a very
competent matchplay is Kyren.
Doesn't seem to get flustered by too
much. He's definitely on the
Can he pot this red? More interested
in getting the cue ball back to the
end of the table. Made a pretty good
job of it. OK, not close to the
baulk question, but he was the sport
of there. -- baulk Russian.
A bit thick with that one. But in
the end it's turned out OK.
I think this is going to be a proper
match don't you? It's going to be
competitive for every shot, every
chance, you will have to recount.
You are going to have to earn your
corn, aren't you? Players are low is
to hit the sides of the pack here
because reds open up so easily.
That's why Mark Williams is shaking
his head, he doesn't really want to
play off the side of the pack. He
can't guarantee where the reds are
going to go.
also, when you are
playing someone like Kyren, who is
probably his biggest friend, is his
long potting, which it is when you
are young and your eyesight is
better, so just to prove John
Wright, just played the negative
Whether that will work in the long
run or not is another matter.
He played one in the last frame that
was way short. So is that.
I tell you one thing I notice about
Kyren Wilson, I did his last match
against Barry Hawkins, he does love
a double. He loves a double.
Interesting, putting them back in to
bat, there is no great advantage, he
could easily have played off the
loose red himself, Haran, and played
a safety shot.
I think he was eyeing
up the double but didn't feel he
could get petition on the colour. As
you say, a straightforward escape.
Just needs more pace.
So is Mark Williams going to keep
the frames tight and the reds off
his safety, do you think Kyren
should maybe play a bit more
I don't think
that will be happening, he will play
it as it is that at some point it
will open up, surely. It was a very
strange shot that Mark Williams
played, when he pushed the reds to
the top cushion. That was as
negative as you are likely to see.
Yet he lost the first frame by
playing the most aggressive shot
you're likely to see. Good safety
If he misses the brown, it would be
a good safety. He didn't. But the
red closest to the corner is covered
by another red.
Now, can he pot this and stun across
the side of the pack? Like that. He
did, but he didn't have the control
on the cue ball, didn't get into it
enough. That was a natural angle for
that, it was a great pot, just
didn't get hold of the cue ball.
Did he hit the black? He's missed it
and the cue ball, he's lucky the cue
ball didn't go in. Miss has been
called but I think maybe Kyren can
get through to this red, through the
blue. No point in having it put
back. He's not going to Mr black
It's one of those
situations, do you want to take this
on yourself? Here we C Mark Williams
attempting to get the thin clip off
the black, which he misses, so he's
going to try to take it on, Kyren.
He prefers to play at himself.
He prefers to play at himself. -- it
himself. He probably felt the only
red he could leave was the one he
was playing and that's run safe, so
no harm done, but there is a target
behind the brown marker we are
looking for here.
He'll be disappointed with that
Yeah, and, well, you
mentioned earlier that Kyren's long
game is very good stuff it's the
first test of it, this evening.
Yeah, that's pretty good. Beautiful,
straight through the ball, perfectly
on the black, and excellent shot.
It's not worked out too bad. He's
got the red to the right corner.
It's a full enough contact, potting
contact, that he can hold for the
black, into the same pocket. A
decent chance, this.
One of those little shots that you
like to play with the dab aside on
it to help the pot and unfortunately
when you do that and it hits the
cushion, it takes the cue ball
closer to the left-hand side
cushion. It just looks like it's
slightly off straight, which isn't
He'll settle for that. Trusting a
little bit to look. He's pinched a
little bit of Lee Angol. He's got a
red to the left middle. He's got one
to the right corner. His choice.
Obviously the pink is available.
Well, I thought it must be, the way
he's playing it. Well, it doesn't
go, so why didn't he play the red to
the right corner?
It needs to run a bit, this. Just
about got there, I think.
His position isn't as he'd like it
at the moment. It's one good shot
just to get right back into correct
It's been a struggle, this break, it
really has. The red he dropped in
the middle to play for the blue, he
could have just dropped it and left
more often angle, if he wanted to go
up and down the table, but he didn't
do that. So it will be the safety
Of course break building is all
about shot selection.
So didn't make the most of that
opportunity. OK, he's finished with
a decent safety, but I frame-winning
The Chancellor long pot here. --
chance of a long pot here. Not close
this time. But not a bad nudge off
Definitely in the ascendancy at the
moment. Mark Williams just can't
quite get a foothold in this frame.
Trying to sneak that cue ball in
behind the yellow, but it was an
almost impossible task. When there's
only two balls in the baulk and it's
hard to play a good safety. The only
good safety you can get it if you
get the cue ball tight to the baulk
cushion, and that's not the best
shot from him.
It may not be a pot that Kyren
fancies, but the cue ball being so
far away from the cushion, you
expect them to play better safety
shot than Mark's.
Trying to push a red down here, but
the cue ball behind the blue. Played
Now, unless there's a long cushion
escape here, he's got a bit of a
problem. It depends how close the
cue ball is to the blue. If he's
tied to the loo, well, he is,
couldn't be much tighter. -- if he
is tight on the blue.
He's basically looking for a red he
can play for, but he's going to have
to go for at least two War
three-cushions, you'd have thought.
He's going to use the spider.
He's going to use the spider. I
didn't realise it was going to be
I mean, the cueing itself is
extremely difficult. He's going to
play sides cushion, top cushion, try
to hit the loose one, by the green.
Round the back, is he? Yeah.
Mark will have a quick look but I
think you'll have it replaced. I
don't see any value in not having it
replaced. This is a very difficult
way to escape from this snooker.
funny thing is, I think the middle
pocket might be in the way as well,
the way he's trying to play off side
cushion, I think the bump in the
middle might be close.
first I thought he was mainly going
to play at off one cushion and try
to hit the red on the right-hand
side and not the one to the top
cushion but the place -- the pace he
played it, he's trying to come off
He's checking again,
but it is tougher playing it this
way. Maybe thinks he can do it.
And there, as you said, the middle
pocket in the way. Free ball but no
value the free ball. -- no value in
a free ball. I'd be surprised if he
doesn't have it put back, because if
he doesn't hit the middle pocket and
he runs down the top cushion, there
are a couple of reds that will go
but he's decided to take the blue on
but it's tricky. It counts as red,
should it go in.
He's got it, dropped it in. And can
just about hold for the blue. He's
got a slight angle on it.
Yeah, so what looked like a little
baby snooker, could be one of the
best shots he's going to play,
because it's forced this
opportunity, it's pottable,
certainly this one is. As we always
say, it's not getting out of the
snooker is, it's what you leave.
Book fair play to Mark, it must be
sorely tempting to have it replaced,
but you play the tricky blue and
it's given him this chance. He'll
try to hold the pink spot here.
Has he holed-macro the pink spot?
Certainly has. It's underneath the
This is an excellent opportunity.
The pink spot is now available, but
that red to the right of the pink
spot will also be available, so it's
a choice. You can either play the
black or the pink.
This is excellent match play from
Mark Williams at the minute. Hasn't
really been involved so far this
evening. He had that chance on the
brown, didn't quite live it soon
enough on the first and it wasn't
subtle -- it wasn't looking so good
in the second frame but that roll-up
behind the blue, the snooker and his
positional play has got him right
back on this particular frame will
positional play has got him right
back on this particular frame will.
He's one of those players I
absolutely love to watch. He's very
clever. He plays shots other players
He placed shots of the
players don't even think of. -- he
plays shots other players don't even
think of. He just got into that
little bit too much, wanted a better
angle on the black than this.
There must be a red available to the
middle. The fact he was straight on
the black, well, it's not perfect,
but he didn't have to do much with
the cue ball. This is a tricky red.
He doesn't show much emotion, Mark,
but I see him in his seat there and
he looks a little bit annoyed with
himself. An opportunity missed will
he looks a little bit annoyed with
himself. An opportunity missed will.
Good pot, very close to the middle
pocket. But he's OK, so good shot.
Did to Mr Green. -- did well to miss
So the opening red was excellent.
This red coming up is very important
in this frame. A good pot, position
on the pink and the red at the top
of the cluster of four definitely
Now, has he got a decent angle to
get back over for that? Because it
only pots, you can see at their
available, only pots in the same
pocket as the pink, or the middle,
if he chooses to go that way.
think he'll have to play for it in
the middle. He's decided to run
round, look at the way he's played
this. Absolutely beautifully played
What a great positional shot this
Shot of the match so far for me.
Absolutely wonderful and it is on an
angle where he can run through and
manoeuvre a couple of reds into
position. Which is what he's tried
to do. A force. Will
to do. A force. Will -- a forceful
stun. That was a brilliant shot.
Ten points, the lead now, so these
three reds. They will see him past
the winning line in this frame.
So Mark Williams was quite right to
have a little grimace to himself in
the chair, when he missed that red
in the middle pocket.
It's been an excellent response from
Kyren. The opening red was very good
and the positional shot round the
angles off the pink, that was the
shot of the match so far.
Yeah, the one thing he had to do,
cue its move so it avoided the kiss
on the green. Got through it so
well. That will give him lots of
confidence when you hit a ball as
sweet as that. Applause, as the blue
is in, now 31 points the lead, just
27 remaining. I don't think any
heroics with this yellow. At the
warmer -- at the moment, two
snookers will be required. That's
the way to do it, just make certain.
Because Mark Williams is one of
these players that will carry on, if
he needs one, two snookers, so take
nothing for granted.
But it looks as though Kyren has
done enough the front. -- to be in
Once again, those situations where
I'm sure Mark Williams was nodding
and saying, you've got the frame,
the pink has made it awkward cueing,
so this isn't an easy pot.
Two four point snookers needed to
Well, it looks as if Kyren Wilson
has done enough to win the second
frame of this quarterfinal contest.
He leads 1-0. Coverage continues on
the BBC Sport website, we are out of
time on BBC Two. My thanks to Steve
Davis. I hope you can join us for
quarterfinal highlights tonight.
Goodbye for now.