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Hello, good afternoon. Welcome back
to Alexandra Palace. The 2018
Masters has certainly lived up to
its name and reputation. The top 16
snooker players in the world have
really entertained us, and now we
are left with four men looking to
land snooker's biggest title.
So, down to the nitty-gritty, the
semifinal stages. Probably not the
line-up you would have expected?
Everybody expected Mark Selby or
Ronnie O'Sullivan to be in the
semifinals. The player that are
still in it are top players, but it
is hard to pick a winner.
is Mark Allen and John Higgins, they
usually have cracking matches
Mark Allen very
impressive, beating O'Sullivan. John
Higgins hasn't won this event for 12
years and might think it is his
What do you think of other
semifinal between Trump and Wilson?
I think it will be very aggressive,
not much safety. They like to pot
Has to start winning is?
Without a doubt, the talent he has,
he should be winning these majors.
Perhaps this is his time. He was
very strong in coming through.
will see this afternoon. This is a
When you get the weekend
here, it becomes a bit of a mad
show, really. Something you want to
be involved with. The atmosphere is
like no other. I think to be part of
that is what every player strives
You want to be getting to the
later stages of the Masters, the UK,
the worlds, this is snooker's Triple
Crown, the big event that everybody
tunes into. To do it in my second
appearance at the Masters, it is a
dream come true. I don't want it to
end there, I will try my hardest to
make sure it doesn't.
When I was
younger, I won the UK and got to the
final of the worlds, I thought it
would be easy, just keep doing that
every tournament. Now I've got to
28, you cherish every semifinal,
final that you get in.
only 26. A baby in the snooker world
these days. I'm just trying to knock
the old guard off their pedestal.
I'm gathering experience and
momentum in these big events and I
don't want it to stop there.
a couple of years younger than me.
It is always tough when you play
somebody younger. The shot selection
is a little bit different. When he
goes for his shots and they go in,
it can scare opponents. I know what
he is capable of.
I am able to score
when I need to and scrap it out when
I need to. I do know I need to play
a little bit better in the next
round to get through.
the biggest meeting between Judd and
Kyren was the Shanghai Masters in
2015, which Kyren won. Remember how
well he is doing at the Masters,
just his second appearance. Trump
won the most recent meeting in the
fourth round of the Scottish open in
2016. It's going to be a cracking
game today. Good afternoon to the,
the team, Dennis Taylor and Steve
Davis. Dennis, let me start with
you. Kyren Wilson has been giving
that interview not just to the
broadcasters but also the
newspapers, saying the same thing.
Do you think he has enough variation
in his game to win?
I have been a
great fan ever since he turned
professional and I like his
attitude. Very, very positive. He is
very confident and nice with it. But
I love his game, terrific cue
action. I think he has served his
apprenticeship. He has won one
ranking title and could go all the
way. But he's up against Judd Trump,
so it is going to be a very
aggressive and attacking semifinal.
Steve, you have been singing Kyren's
praises all week?
You don't know
until you win one of the big majors
if you have got it. It looks like he
has all parts of the jigsaw puzzle
in place. Great temperament and
great matchplay. There are players
with different kinds of abilities,
but being able to play great
matchplay, I think, is the biggest
commodity. Sometimes it is the
Dennis, in terms
of Judd Trump, if he picks up where
he left off against Sean yesterday,
it could be a tough afternoon?
has the UK title, he wants another
one. He has a great chance. He still
has to do it on the table. Nobody
will make it easy for you.
that Ronnie is not here, many fans
were so looking forward to seeing
Ronnie O'Sullivan this began. But he
is out. The very fact that Judd is
an entertainer and plays his brand
of snooker, he is going to get a
A very popular
player, and he plays in such an
attractive way. It is tough for Judd
Trump. His best seasons in the
majors, 2011-12, it looked like he
would use that as a springboard to
more success at the top of the tree.
I think perhaps the days of the
players winning the World
Championship and the big events at
the age of 21, 22, they are perhaps
going to go now because there are so
much strength in depth and good
players. It is not absolutely
imperative that Judd Trump is
winning, because he has plenty of
years left in the tank. He would
still like to. It has been a few
years since he won a big one.
stuff. I look forward to your
commentary. The players are ready.
Let's join Rob Walker.
Good afternoon and welcome to
semifinal Saturday at the Dafabet
Masters. One of the two meant at the
top of the stairs will return
tomorrow for a maiden Masters final.
Huge for both players. Too close to
call. Ally Pally is rocking in
anticipation of this massive sash
and of snooker! Here we go! --
massive session of snooker.
Please welcome a player emerging
from what is, without doubt, one of
the biggest matches of his career so
far. His first appearance in a
Triple Crown semifinal. Winner of
the 2015 Shanghai Masters, he has
already been in two major finals
this season and he will be seriously
fired up for this this afternoon.
PAs The Warrior, Kyren Wilson!
And his opponent, arguably the most
exciting player of his generation,
winner of eight ranking titles in
all and, here, bidding for his first
Triple Crown final since 2014. The
reigning European Masters champion,
in cracking form after that
brilliant quarterfinal victory over
Sean Murphy. Can he bring his own
brand of naughty snooker? He is The
Ace In The Pack, Judd Trump!
What a fantastic reception for both
players. A very good afternoon to
Thank you very much, first frame.
Judd Trump to break.
Judd Trump won
the toss and will get the semifinal
and under way. A pretty good length
with the break of
he has left one to the corner, and
if he can get around the back of the
black, Kyren might have a go at it.
A very attacking player.
Could do with a kiss. Didn't get it.
Certainly a terrific opening pot.
And early confidence booster.
I know that Judd has tremendous
support, but Kyren Wilson got a
tremendous reception from this
crowd. It has been packed all week.
In fact I have just spotted Judd's
mum and dad, there.
REFEREE: It is touching ball.
Steve and Georgina, Judd's parents.
Very proud of their son. They are at
most venues. Foul, declared it
straightaway on himself. He must
have touched it. I didn't see
anything from that shot. Obviously
he touched something, because he
declared that straightaway.
To something that a player feels.
Could have touched it. Sometimes
even with the sound of the hit, you
can sense that you have brushed the
Tempting red into the middle pocket.
Yes, very good pot from that
position, with the white tucked up
on the cushion. If he can pot the
green, there are a couple of reds
on. Decided to keep it tight and
roll behind it.
The Judd Trump of a number of years
back may have been tempted by the
green. I think he now has a
different balance to his game.
The trouble from Judd Trump's
perspective is that he got a lot of
success playing very, very attacking
snooker. As the years have gone on,
his game will change, balance wise.
But it would be nice to get some
success with it.
Just going back to that, in 2011,
when Judd lost in the final of the
World Championship to John Higgins,
I had never seen potting like it.
Unbelievable display. It looked like
he was going to win the world title
Surprised he didn't have a look at
Really no damage done at all. Unless
you fast forward to the end of the
frame, when seven points become
Somehow, a red has managed to poke
its nose over the right corner. It
will be tough for Kyren Wilson to
guarantee any kind of position from
this shot. He is going to be
careering into the pack after
potting this. If he did get the
right split of reds, the cue could
come to the left and be on the
As you said, Steve, there was no
guarantee. Look where he has
think he thought he would be going
into the black.
Perhaps he was thinking of going
Wasn't really bothered about the
black going in. Initially it was
about getting the cue ball safe.
It is tough for Judd. He comes onto
the scene, scaring every player to
bits with such aggressive snooker.
The next phase of the game and we
are starting to criticise because he
Because he is to open. Perhaps
everybody talking in his ear saying
he has to tighten up his game. Then
you don't get as much success as
when you were knocking them in off
He gets very low, down on the table.
He gets his cue as parallel as
possible. A lot more players these
days are higher up at the back.
Tries to keep his head as solid as
possible on the shot.
What does he do this time? He
refused the green previously. He is
rolling up to it again.
We said this was going to be
aggressive and very attacking
snooker, and here we are watching
them play some terrific safety play!
I think both of these players
understand the game well enough to
know that a good start is important.
Perhaps a little bit more of a
careful approach to start with.
Open up a little bit in the match
Not too much value in potting this
unless he feels he can get the cue
ball out into open play. There is a
gap for the pink into the middle
pocket. He might play for that. It
is tough to get on the blue.
Is it brand-new cloth? I think it
is. It makes a massive difference to
those pockets accepting the ball.
Perhaps yesterday that shot was a
lot harder, today The Pocket is just
sucking that red in.
They change the cloth after the
quarterfinal. The cushion was
starting to bounce.
It is amazing the difference
brand-new cloth, even from cloth
that is four or five days old. It
can make such a difference to the
effective size of the pockets.
Fractionally overscrewed that. Not
that it will cause a problem. As
long as he can reach. He could go
into the reds understood. -- and
With that title shot, I
am surprised Judd doesn't change
hands. He is so good playing with
his opposite hand. He really was
stretched, and it has caused him to
not get the cannon on the red as he
Pin good pot.
Worth another look at that one. Very
difficult to score here. I don't
know if he can avoid the black and
get into the reds. He could do.
Well, he was on a red. But he's
still got to get up at least for the
blue. It is still not
It would be nice to
get the black on the spot.
He played that with his opposite
hand? He does look good playing
Not ideally on the black. Blue is an
The black, in itself, is not a hard
I'm not too sure which reds go from
this position. Surely he is not in
The bottom red was the one he was
going for. Just a bit and -- under
paced. What has he spotted? Long
range. Does he get past that red?
That is tight.
I don't think
anything goes there.
You don't want
to talk yourself into this if it
doesn't go, that is for certain.
There is a third of a pocket left
for that red.
It looks like end of break, here.
He tried the long-range plant, that
is a risk that perhaps he didn't
need to take. Has he got away with
Wow, he was fortunate there. He took
that risky plant on. We will show
you that again. That was very low
percentage chance, but look at this
white. It just kept on rolling and
rolling, and covers the red.
thing about the shot that Judd
played, fair enough, play the
long-range plant. But he must have
known that the red was going to
escape to the bottom half of the
table. Very risky.
Not easy to hide the cue ball here.
But he knows full well if he gets
into this corner it is going to be
Excellent judgment from Kyren
Wilson. Wouldn't have wanted to have
collided with the yellow. Had to be
sure of the path.
Judd has a problem. Ideally, he
would like to shift this red away
from the middle pocket. Play a long,
screw back pot. But he would not
know where the red is going. He has
spotted a cut into the same pocket.
Trying to get it down into the same
place. No collision with the
yellow... Now the red is on.
Could develop into a very good
opportunity here for Kyren. 36
That will do nicely. He's got a
terrific cue action. Generates so
much back spin. Lots of power.
Every time I see Kyren play, for
some reason he reminds me of a ten
time world champion, John Pullman,
who worked for the BBC for years. A
great commentator. Same size as
Kyren. Similar sort of style, a lot
of the older viewers will remember
I must admit, when we have seen
Kyren Wilson on the big stage, in
the World Championship and this
He doesn't look like he is overawed
by the big occasion. That is a big
This would send a big message out,
if he were to clear up here.
He has come quite a way short. This
is a thin snick required. He was
probably thinking about the red next
to the pink, the only one that is
awkward at the moment. He has other
That red that is two from the pink.
Yes, the cushions with new cloth on,
playing noticeably slower. Players
are having to adapt to that. I don't
think the practice table cloth and
questions have -- cushions have been
changed. So the cushions are playing
He was very close to the middle
pocket. As we show you this screw
back, he almost went in the middle
pocket. He can just see enough of
this red to take the pot on. Shot to
nothing. If he was to slot this red
in and not finish on a colour, and
pot Judd in a snooker, it would be a
very difficult one. He shot. -- key
It has jawed and unsafe. So, we are
going to have a close finish.
to control that shot, playing the
red and white slowly. I think I
would have preferred to have hit it
with a bit more pace, coming in and
out of baulk.
This looks very good.
Excellent. It looks like it might
have to be a two cushion escape to
get back up the table. Doesn't want
to hit the red full ball.
If he comes off
If he comes off the two cushions He
could hit that or play the one next
to the pink but look how close he'll
have to get to the blue.
This is not
nice. He may have to try and play
the two cushion snick off the red to
the pink and commit. Anything else
is a lot more dangerous. He might
give a few points away in trying to
do it though. Doesn't want to leave
a free ball, obviously.
He's having a think about that.
That would be a foul shot if you
roll in tight behind the colour and
snooker the people behind that so it
is the blue.
Great shot. He didn't want to play
that cue ball too far across the
table. He would have left a pot on
had he missed. But he also wanted to
be on a colour. It was pretty
critical where he put the cue ball
there. He's on this blue. Not
This is a terrific shot he's played
He's got an angle in this to get on
the blue in such a way that he could
then cannon the pink and red. I
don't think he can hold for the
black. Playing it right-handed
again. Down for the blue. He has a
chance to move that difficult red.
Judged the pace well off the top
cushion for that one. The cushion is
playing a little slower. A little
bit more of an angle Denis and he
might be going into the pink. He's
got to bang this in if he's going to
go straight in.
Two cushions is risky if he misses
cannoning it into the red and pink.
What is he looking at now?
thinking about there is if he pots
the blue and leaves himself in such
a way he could send the red around
the table and finish tight end
around the pink. That was the
alternate thing he was thinking
Why did he not try and play the
cannon there? Does this go from this
position, the red? I wouldn't have
No, I think it would hit
the red and pink at the same time.
There was a chance to shift the red
away from the pink. No guarantees of
course that he'd then leave it on.
So he's tried to be a lot more
precise by putting his opponent back
in trouble. But of course, every
time you leave your opponent back at
the table, escaping from a snooker,
you can always get away with it.
I think I preferred across the table
I think I preferred across the
That was tight.
You've got to be able to hit both
I'm with you, bridge over,
then try to flick the red half ball.
I suppose there is a risk you would
leave it over the corner.
Just trying to get past the middle
pocket I think.
Three cushions. Oh, dear.
Green goes safe.
Well, he only needs
the red so he'll take this on.
things even better with the green
safe, it's a bit more of an
insurance policy. But this red is
obviously an easy shot really.
That misjudgment off the top cushion
from Kyren Wilson, three reds out,
was his undoing.
But they both look in fine form
This might turn out to be the
longest frame of the match. We are
not far off 28 minutes.
at the moment.
Kyren stays in his seat.
Judd Trump in the end tames the
frame and leads Kyren Wilson 1-0.
Judd Trump in the end tames the
frame and leads Kyren Wilson 1-0.
Good start then for Judd Trump.
During the interval we'll head down
to the Cue Zone. If you have any
questions for our commentateths, get
in touch. Be nice! Intriguing
Yes, not like what
you probably expect. Interesting few
shots in there. Judd playing,
refusing to play the cannon.
Ultimately it rewarded him because
he played down and played the
snooker and then Kyren bizarrely
played out of the snooker, I don't
know quite why he wanted to make
that more difficult for himself
because ultimately he lost the frame
off it. Interesting that he refused
to play the shot, ended up winning
I noticed against Murphy
Judd was playing some strange shot
choices, we are used to him being
very aggressive and going for the
shots. I agree with John, I can't
believe he didn't play the cannon.
The balls are at his mercy, at this
level you have to be taking the
Sorry if Mark is watching
but he was so bad the other night in
his match, he wasn't forced to
In fairness he admitted that
in the press conference.
didn't really score in that. He
didn't have to score but he's got to
score heavier off the chances.
events, if you want to win them
against the big players, you have to
be taking the chances and really put
the pressure on.
A fine start for
Judd Trump. He leads 1-0. Back to
The second frame, Kyren Wilson to
This time the breakoff shot's put a
red next to the black and put it out
Picking up on John and Stephen's
analysis of Judd Trump's tactical
nous in that frame, perhaps that's
the new Judd Trump, not getting as
much success as he wants by playing
the overly aggressive game. I
suppose it's a natural instinct to
try and look at what has been going
wrong, try to rectify it, so perhaps
that's on his mind to play a hard
type of snooker. Got to get the
balance right. Didn't want to
collide with the yellow. He'll be
hoping that doesn't cost him.
That's not to say that Judd is not
going to take on the long ball.
Especially with his cue power. He
can always screw back to baulk or
toward the blue line and get out of
Just is playing the percentages.
Police Authority plawz Excellent
put. Great safety shot as well.
He's not on a colour, so...
This is more like hard match play
from Judd Trump. Perhaps in his day
he would have gone for one of those
long reds and careered it in, but
it's great to watch how a player
develops as they stay in the game.
And if he gets success with it, as
he's quite rightly doing at the
moment; why not.
I'll tell you what, he's put Kyren
in all sorts of trouble. He can't
get to a red. He'd like to land on
the left one but how does he get
round? Just watch this shot, how
many cushions he's got to hit to get
there. One, two, three cushions.
Four cushions. And not quite hard
enough. This is tough.
is playing slower and also with new
cloth. They also slide a bit more as
they come off the cushion with the
new cloth. It's debatable whether
the angles are on. They may have
been yesterday. I know it sounds
amazing to think that, but now with
the slide off the third cushion that
he's inevitably going to get, the
line might not be there. That's the
line he's looking for.
Sliding off that third cushion.
shot's not on I don't think. Hitting
it harder is not going to make too
much difference I don't think.
Inevitably going down that line, he
might be leaving Judd that red into
the left middle. He may be able to
get past, he's got to get close to
the red on the side cushion. Just
got to get past it by a fraction.
That's better, about the best he
could have possibly done but he
doesn't have the pace.
Wow. He'll do
well to find that same line again
because he was so close to the green
and he almost caught the red, the
left side of the table.
getting as close as possible to that
red on the left hand side cushion,
if he were to flick it, he may get
away with it.
This time he does clip that red.
It's not bad at all. There's one
possible put to the right middle
pocket but very difficult. He did
well to get out of that situation.
It was his fourth attempt.
It's amazing how all of a sudden,
from being in all sorts of trouble,
he's at the table with a chance.
Yes. He left Judd a missable pot.
Judd felt he had to go for that.
Tough to get that cue ball out into
open play. Get through that lot... A
load of goalkeepers there!
Got the black out. What a show that
is. Didn't think that was possible
to get enough back spin on that.
What a bonus.
Red by the black spot would be nice
to clear. Actually, perhaps it would
have been - it's hard to know
exactly how the black goes on the
spot - it would have been nice to go
on that straightaway.
on that straightaway. The red is
certainly going to interfere with
the black. And it may even go on its
Actually, could have tried to get on
the red straightaway.
Can't be touching the red if it's
Don't tell me it goes on
the pink... Certainly doesn't go on
the pink. OK so it's not the end of
He'd like that red off
the black spot and the black back on
its spot. That's the plan.
He hasn't got used to the speed of
the cushions yet.
He's having to work hard for these.
Hasn't got himself into the correct
position just yet. Can he manage it
Just overscrewed that one as well.
Fascinating from the commentary box
how you see the game positionally.
If he'd tried to get on the red that
was by the black spot on the opening
blue, none of these problems he's
now got would possibly have
materialised. But he's still
fighting to keep position.
On that red this time but not
Oh, a good shot.
Just another six inches or so and
he'd have been perfect on the black
to get up to the reds. Might still
be able to do it, he's got, as we
keep saying, terrific cue power.
He'll get that short extension there
just so that he can reach this. But
there are two reds available if he's
got the right ang toll screw back
off this black but there is an awful
lot of cue between the bridge hand
and the object ball. Look where he
is striking it. You could see the
white stop and then spin back. In
fact, he's hit it too well. But it
was difficult to judge it with that
extension. He hardly hit this but
the action he got on it...
putting that extra bit on the cue
effectively making it heavier. Get a
bit more spin on the ball if you are
not careful. So end of break and a
frustrating break from Kyren
He'd love to knock this one in Judd
and punish him.
Brought the red up this time. Needs
the brown to help him out and I
don't think it has.
Just had to hit that much thicker
than he intended.
This is a huge day
for Kyren Wilson, semi-final, OK
he's won on ranking events a couple
of seasons ago and the Shanghai
Masters but this is probably one of
the biggest matches of his career
and you can expect a little bit of
tension creeping in.
Judd was clinical in his last match.
In mopping up from a variety of
situations. Still some work to do
Getting correctly on the blue
would be nice. Once again, underhit.
Just the ride side of the blue and
an excellent shot there. It really
Got the cue ball away from the
He's in good nick, Judd
Trump. He looks very clinical in
these positions at the moment to me.
That had to be controlled well. It's
run a little bit too far.
A confident strike but he didn't get
enough screw back on that shoot. --
shot. Dived off the cushion. Tough
Oh, well done.
Nice little flick to boot.
Early days, but could this be the
new Judd Trump, the more considered
player? Still lethal amongst the
balls at the end of a frame. Oh,
kick! Awful. Awful.
Wow, that is amazing.
How crucial was that going to be.
The yellow is awkward.
The yellow is awkward. And the red
not a given to start things off.
Kyren misses a bonus in being at the
Very, very good. This is key that he
gets on the yellow in such a way
that he can get on to the green. But
wherever he finishes, he's going to
have a difficult yellow.
guaranteed to be on the yellow. It's
just how. Two cushions nailed on.
Wants to gets a close as possible
really with an angle.
Doesn't want to be straight.
Every chance now of pinching this
Kyren gets that horrendous kick on
the pink. Then this.
Blue and pink needed and that's
We always say you never settle down
until you get your first frame on
the board. Judd was very, very
Very unlucky to get the kick on the
pink, but he's got his first frame
on the board now and they're all
pink, but he's got his first frame
on the board now and they're all
square at 1-1. That was a little
tense. That is why the players are
leaving the arena, it gives you time
to get in touch with us. Any
questions and we are heading to the
Cue Zone at the interval. Any
comments and questions, we'd love to
hear from you. A bit tense out
You've got to feel for
Judd there, that was an absolute
monster kick, he looked like he'd
win the frame so he'll be really
annoyed. Haven't seen too many, that
was a monster. Shouldn't really take
players of this standard doing that.
Kyren Wilson got in with a good
chance. He's a little nervous,
played a couple of shots that were
safe. As Steve said, he should have
played for the red immediately, it
was on the black spot, played for
the black, where the black was
getting moved the other end of the
table which was wrong, but sometimes
when you want to get a frame, you
play the safe positional shot,
rather than the right one.
been in this position many times,
both players have been talking about
how to handle the nerves because
it's very different. They've had the
first run, the quarter-finals, this
is a different stage now isn't it, a
semi-final, John, because you are so
Yes, it's like they always
say about the FA Cup, get to the
semi-final, the worst place to lose,
but you can't think like that, you
have to keep playing the game the
way it is. I think Judd Trump is
best when he's being aggressive, a
far better player. We don't need him
to turn into cliff Thorburn but when
he's at his best is opening up the
balls, scoring heavily.
opponents by going that way. Nothing
more puts your opponents on the back
foot. If he thinks if I don't get
that cue ball, he's going to go for
something. That puts your opponent
in a position where they feel wary.
It's a different match and a
semi-final and you are not playing
your natural game, would you say to
yourself I should play the brand of
snooker that I always play?
to believe he's a better player and
play to his strengths. If he's think
Iing about, I would better play
tight because I'm worried, that is
the wrong attitude for me.
Absolutely. He has to go with what
he's good at. As for Kai reason, he
was really struggling on that break.
He's made a couple of breaks, 32 and
38 but the 38 was all over the
place, he didn't have the cue ball
at all -- Kyren. Scoring-wise, he
needs the cue ball tighter.
suppose pre-match Kyren is probably
thinking, let us see if I can slow
Judd Trump down.
He should be
thinking about what he is good at.
His cue ball control isn't there and
when he's getting a break, it's
looking more like when Judd is in
he's going to score and going to be
more fluent and Kyren is struggling.
At this stage of an event like this,
Judd Trump is more in the comfort
zone than Kyren Wilson.
The boys are
back. Back to Steve and Dennis.
Better learned this time with the
break-off shot. Still left that red
that he did. -- better length. Kyren
knocked that in. I wonder if he can
get around the back of the black and
red this time?
Terrific cueing. It really is. I
think winning that second frame,
pinching that second frame, as given
Kyren a little bit of a boost.
Cruel game, could have been 2- 02
I think Judd will be advised to work
out a better break off than that on
this table today. He doesn't want to
believing that one on, all of the
time. -- be leaving. Once again,
cannot hit the ball hard enough at
the moment to get the right side.
Had to leave a medium-range red. I
think he has got enough angle to get
position, but it is a bit awkward.
He has had to use the other red.
Well, he has a chance and he can can
know is two reds and would be
guaranteed to be on the one to the
right of the black.
Let the white take care of itself.
Would have liked that cue ball to
come back another ball.
Just checking to see if they red
goes into the right middle. If it
does, what could he do with the cue
He will be tempted by this red in
the middle. He will not be ideally
placed on the pink. It is better
than getting the spider out for the
A nasty cut into the middle pocket.
It is more or less guaranteed where
he is going to be playing it.
Playing the pink into the middle
pocket. Too much of a cut, as you
He did well, look at the pink. It
jumps right of the bed of the table.
Messed up the position part a bit.
Not the red into the green pocket? A
massive kick. I don't know which
chalk these lads are using, they
talk about new chalk and less kick.
Didn't seem to line that one up. The
red has poked its
red has poked its nose out. Never on
line for that one.
Now, can Judd Trump get back in the
zone after that unfortunate episode
in the last frame? It is nice to
clear your mind of that. You don't
want to be thinking that you are on
an unlucky day.
I don't want to keep going on about
it, it would be a commentator's
blog, I think he is playing great at
the moment. The way I judge him at
the moment is a potential winner of
this event. I know it is early days.
There must be one of their next to
the pink that pots.
It finished a little awkward now,
because if he drops the blue in, I
don't think he can get that red in
the left middle. He has to play with
more pace. Which he has done, played
it beautifully. If he can knock in a
sizeable contribution here, he will
quickly forget about that bad
contact of the pig that cost him the
second frame. -- pink.
This is very nasty. He has to make
sure he's comfortable before he
He would be forgiven for not playing
this, just because of the
awkwardness of the blue in the way.
Doing some stretching. He is quite a
fit young man. This game makes your
eyes water at times.
He doesn't want
to mess around with this too much.
It puts the pressure onto pot it in
the end. Perhaps working something
else out on the red over the middle
pocket, in this instance, is not a
He is a delight to watch brick
building. He really is.
Sluggish, that top cushion coming
off very slow.
Not sure if John Higgins or Mark
Allen will be watching this match
unfold. They have more important
things in one respect to think
about. But it is important to know
the surface he will be playing on.
That red might be next to the pink,
but even if it is not, he could
leave Kyren at the snookers required
So, the pink or black to leave Kyren
needing a snooker.
If the pink pots.
The pink would put him 36 in front,
with just 35 remaining.
This red to make absolutely certain
they can play it in such a way and
screw in behind the pink. He can get
the snooker or run it in as normal.
Even if the red didn't go in, he
would have the snooker.
That looks good as well.
It went absolutely true, that pink.
It didn't deviate.
A little bit of Judd Trump naughty
snooker to finish off with.
That is one way of getting on the
We nearly messed that. A terrific
break from Judd Trump. That 83 has
given him the lead.
Two Some very interesting stats.
It is such a big crowd, and it is
taking a while to get them back into
their seats after a frame,
manoeuvring them around. Most of the
week, sometimes the players have
just got to wait a little bit longer
for the start of the frame. But all
week, the crowds have been
fantastic. They really have. From
day one. They really love their
snooker and they are also very fair
to all of the players. They have
their favourites, but if you do it
on the table, you get the respect
from this Ally Pally crowd. There is
The interval is coming up after this
frame. He would like it. But 3-1,
best of 11, isn't that bad. But he
doesn't want to let Judd get up a
Head Of Steam.
No damage done. At least I don't
think so. Is there a gap? I don't
know if there is.
Kyren can play this in such a way to
not leave a red on, which makes it
So, a little bit of pressure on
Kyren to convert a decent chance. He
hasn't done that yet.
It's not all out in the open, but
they are quite nicely situated. That
red at the bottom of the pack could
come in useful.
Would like to be able to get on that
red at the bottom of the pack to
open up more red and get an angle on
Could go into the left-hand side of
the pack for that red. Could use the
red to break open even more red.
That is the screw buckshot, pot the
red, back across the face of the
Chose to come off the cushion Rather
than playing it short.
Very well executed there. Did well,
not fully with the pot but with the
That was careless.
Just watch this. Just didn't push
the cue through on a straight line.
I wonder if the red down in the
bowled area was affecting his
follow-through. He sort of curtailed
it a bit. -- baulk area.
Always aware of a ball in your
follow-through area for the rest.
Judd has the ideal angle to go into
the reds. You would expect them to
shift it. Just needs to get on one.
It wasn't guaranteed. It wasn't a
nice pack to go into.
Could not have hit it better.
have hit it harder, but I think he
thought it was hard enough. In
hindsight, he would have liked to
have hit it harder.
Doesn't hit that very hard. That was
all he had available. Finished very
He's not going for the pot, is he?
He certainly is.
Judgment shot, just
has to get the judgment right. I
don't think that Judd was expecting
Well, was that the right shot to
Normally brilliant with the rest,
but he has missed two now.
Second bite of the cherry for Judd
Trump. How many can he score this
Bonus if he is on this red.
Thought he was going to be on the
red over the corner. Has that gone
wrong? Just about on the pink. Very
much in the driving seat. If he can
get this frame on the ball, Judd
Wouldn't need the red on the baulk
cushion, but he needs the ones that
are together on the side cushion, as
you can see. They do go into the
left corner. One of them probably
goes into the left middle. Both of
them go into the left middle.
At some stage in this break, you
would expect Judd Trump to drop in
behind the two reds. He won't want
to drop in behind them.
Another kick, destroyed the back
I think that pink has gone in an
awkward position. Steve mentioned
the two reds would go in the middle
pocket, the pink is blocking that,
as you can see. That is a few shots
ahead. But Judd will be well aware
of that now.
It is just that the order of taking
the balls has become more critical.
Red, can he stay on the blue? It
would be nice if he could.
I'm not sure if they are available
past the black into the left corner.
He has other options here.
That is all right.
That was a big risk, playing it like
that. Could easily have gone wrong.
That wasn't good, totally misjudged
Now he is between. When you have
that amount of cue power, it is
coming round the table.
It is the power that Judd Trump can
inject into that keyboard that gives
him more options all the time.
him more options all the time. He
has this strange idiosyncrasy.
has this strange idiosyncrasy. When
he is hitting it firmly, he seems to
be able to judge it very well.
What have you done there, Judd?
He could have got over it and still
been OK. If he takes the long pink,
that would put him in front with 35
on the table. As long as he doesn't
snooker himself on the red. You
would think up to the corner would
be the safer option. He only needs
that, that is what he is looking at.
With having a think about this.
Putting the black safe and having a
If Kyren gets out of this and leaves
it safe, you would be saying, well,
potting that pink might have been
the shot. But it is a difficult one.
Still playing the percentages.
The shot not to leave himself on the
black was pretty poor. Can he hit
this and get it safe? That is the
big question. Can just get past the
brown of the left-hand side cushion.
Foul and a miss.
He got the black
and the snooker. Free ball, is it?
Perhaps it is not. Would have been
nicer if it was a free ball. Kyren
has one more chance to get out of
Just enough, half a ball of this red
off the side cushion.
He's got a full house. He's 38 in
front, Kyren now needs a snooker,
he's got a free ball so his choice,
just play the snooker and play the
I wonder if the Judd
Trump of old would have tried to pot
the pink into the green pocket.
Perhaps not, but...
Perhaps not, but... Thinking
carefully because there are still
problems. You've got to play the
pink to the middle pocket, you have
to think to pot it, but is he
working out something else? Trying
to keep the lid on this frame.
may be overthinking it a little bit.
It's worthwhile making your
mind up first. Nothing worse than
Played the snooker at the same time.
Clever shot. I think he played it.
He played it like that. Trying to
pot the pink but he knew full well
putting the cue ball there was also
He's definitely going to be 3-1
behind now. As I say, with it being
first to six, 3-1 behind is not
ideal but it's not all that bad.
I think the more worrying thing from
Kyren Wilson's perspective is, he's
been amongst the balls a few times
and hasn't really made anything
These days, you are just not going
to win matches without winning a
huge amount of frames in one visit.
He's a bit reluctant to pot the red
here, but it makes it much more
difficult, you don't get the free
Couldn't do much else there. The
blue and the pink are in ideal
positions for snookers.
I never like taking the red off the
table when there's more than one
Perhaps he felt he didn't have a
good safety shot on.
Kyren Wilson. Eight.
At the moment he needs two 4-point
snookers to tie. They are nicely
situated now. The pink trying to get
in behind them.
A pretty good effort.
Terrific, terrific shot.
I don't know the stats on it, but
you don't win many frames from
requiring two snookers. Far better
usually to leave the red on the
table, always options of free balls
A decent effort. Could it get behind
Tough to get behind that.
A bit of a bonus, gets the snooker
back. This might be the end of this
frame, depending on what happens
here. Where's the yellow going to
finish? That's it. And Kyren looks
over to Judd. He says, that's
enough. Judd Trump very measured,
Judd Trump, as we go to the mid
session interval, we'll be very
pleased, leading Kyren Wilson
session interval, we'll be very
pleased, leading Kyren Wilson 3-1.
We have made a trip from the
comfortable studio to a very cold
Cue Zone, I have to say, a bit
chilly here. We'll be back there
shortly. Some of your questions
coming in as well. Thank you very
much for getting in touch on social
media. We have to remember that Judd
Trump was in front yesterday against
Yes. Sliectly different
match today. I think he's better
with the cue ball at the minute.
When he's in amongst the balls he
looks like he's going to score the
points. Kyren Wilson hasn't got the
cue ball for whatever reason.
Judd Trump just looks the
more established and comfortable
player, he looks the higher ranking
player in every department.
counts for so much, that, the
experience of being in a semi-final
and being in these big events.
Kyren's been around enough, he has
won a ranking event. I know this is
the Masters, but you would think
he'd have enough experience, at the
moment he's just not at it and when
he's in amongst the balls, two or
three shots and he's lost the cue
ball, he's not tight in around the
pink and black all the time which
Judd looks better with.
Kyren's camp do?
I don't know
whether he's practising at intervals
or going and sitting in a quiet
place but I think just get some reds
around about the pink and black and
some rhythm and control of the cue
And for you?
Just the same.
Don't change your game, don't get
negative, keep doing what you are
good at which is being open and
Good yeses from the
viewers, we look forward to those.
We'll do some of those in a moment.
Let's hear from Judd who has been
talking to rod Walker. Back at the
business end of a Triple Crown event
and I get the feeling you are a man
who thrives on these big pressure
big stage occasions?
Yes. I think
I've always thrived on the
atmosphere, playing in the big BBC
events. I think over the past couple
of seasons I've really struggled,
maybe putting too much pressure on
myself, and especially last season,
I went out early in every single
event so it wasn't nice watching it
on TV. I think this season,
especially in this tournament, I've
kind of just tried to treat it like
another tournament, rather than
build it up to a massive event.
That's when it goes wrong for me
because I want to win it so bad, I
put too much pressure on myself.
When the games get tight, sometimes
I think I put a lot of pressure on
myself to make sure I win and get
through and I kind of, not twitch
up, but just want it too bad and
miss something simple or run out of
position whereas my two game s so
far here have been very good when
the pressure's come on, that's when
I've hit my best.
One thing I like
about watching you is, of course you
want to win the matches but there's
a little bit of you that definitely
cares about the style and the manner
of the win. You like to entertain
the public don't you? That is
something that motivates you?
don't really take much enjoyment out
of a bad win. I think when I take
the shots on, especially at the
Masters, I think they Prince of
Wally appreciate it. When you hear a
roar -- I think the public really
Do you improvise when
you are on the table and feel good
and when you can sense that
atmosphere from the crowd?
of just flows for me. In practise
when no-one is looking, I play the
same shots, so I think there are
some points in games when I kind of
get on a roll and it comes
naturally. Some other players like
to pot every single ball and make
sure they don't miss, but I think I
just like getting everyone on the
edge of their seat at the end of the
frame. It's always come naturally to
me and it's probable something I'll
One thing that has been
really nice this week is to see
players getting further in the
Masters than ever before. You have
been in the semis before but it's a
massive opportunity for you and
Kyren to make a maiden Masters
final. Although we cherish and
respect the class of 92, it's great
to see the younger players like you
coming through and starting to
dominate some of the Triple Crown
Yes. It's always nice to see
some of the younger players coming
through and helping me out. Over the
past six or seven seasons it was
kind of just me and I think over the
last two or three seasons now you
have seen a lot of younger players
coming out of their shell. There's
not the same kind of pressure as
when you do play the top players, so
I think certainly over I would say
the next two or three years, you
will probably see the big change. I
think the class of 92 are just on
the edge now I think, just having
one last burst cleaning up as much
as they can. I think maybe in two or
three seasons, I think you will see
them probably fade away.
We know from your accent that you
are a proud Bristolian but this is
down the road from your place in
Essex now, does Essex now feel like
your home and do you miss anything
I've lived here for
about eight years now in chilling
well, Essex. I still probably get
the feeling of home when I drive
into Bristol, when I drive through
the town centre. I think that will
always be home for me but it would
be nice to get home at some point in
two or three years and move back to
Bristol and spend time with my
family and friends when I feel like
I've fully established myself and
done what I wanted to. So I think
it's tough missing your family and
friends but I feel like I've given
snooker my very best shot, I've
really dedicated myself over my
prime 20-30, 35 and really given it
One area of your approach to
snooker that's definitely improved
over the years, and you say this
yourself, is you're gaining a mental
strength. The best example that I
can remember of that is when you won
the world Grand Prix a few years
I've always been quite good
from behind I think. I've always had
that belief in myself to come back
against anyone, even when you're 5-1
down, like 7-4 down against Ronnie,
I've always felt if I get on a roll
I can rattle off five or six frames
easily. I feel like, especially in
this tournament so far, I've just
got the belief that when it gets
close, I can step up the gear and
get over the line. So I think I
probably didn't have that at the
start of my career, I just went into
my shell when things got tough but
now I think I have the grit and
determination to get out there and
Finally, now you are one of the very
best in the world and fully
established, do you still enjoy it?
After all the travel, the pressure
and interviews, is it still the
sport that you took up when you
first picked up a cue when you were
I think at times it is. I
think sometimes when you are playing
in the small auditoriums in the
qualifying, it can be very tough
after you play in a massive event in
front of 1,000 or 2,000 people, you
go back and play in front of like
ten people and there are eight other
tables going on around you. But
you've got to manage it. It's the
same for everyone and I think, as
you get older, you just kind of
appreciate your success a lot more.
I think when you get to the
semi-final or a final of a
tournament, for me, it's been
quite... Over the past couple of
seasons I've reached a lot of semis
and finals, so to reach the
semi-final of this event, the
Masters or the Royal Championship,
you have got to take it in and enjoy
the moment because there is a lot of
top players around and it doesn't
happen all the time any more.
we are delighted that you have been
banging 'em in this week. Long may
Thank you very much.
very good interview from Rob Walker.
Some questions to Stephen from Chris
Sinclair who says what would a
normal day's practise consist of
back in the day?
For me I used to
get back in the snooker hall early,
I had to brush and iron six tables,
18 in there, three days they got
cleaned, six tables, brushed and
ironed, free light and I would be in
there from about 11 o'clock playing,
have lunch, a couple of hours off,
then four or five hours after that.
Two hours for lunch?
No, an hour off
for lunch then three or four more
hour, home about six o'clock and the
club around the corner I would
probably play some more.
reach a point where you knew it was
time to pack up the cue and go?
you were playing really good, the
only thing you were going to to was
miss, that was the time to say, I'll
For any budding snooker
players out there, what is your
advice on practise?
You have got to
play as long as you are enjoying it.
People start now at eight or nine
years old. You have to enjoy the
game. When you get to professional,
you have to enjoy it. You have to
treat it as a job almost when you
are putting in so many hours.
he was your day like?
Two or three
hours, lunch, watched Neighbours, I
always used to watch Nay four burrs,
when it finished, I was back to the
table -- Neighbours.
That was back in Scott
and Charlene days, a long time ago.
I once had lunch with Harold bishop.
Claim to fame!
And now look at me,
standing next to you two! Mike
Martin says, there are many left
handed players that use the rest
right-handed, Trump, and Hawkins,
any players that do it the opposite
I can't think of one
player. He's quite right. Quite a
lot of left handers but then not the
Kai says, hello, I've had
success with both but should I play
with my natural cue action or to a
routine? I'm stuck between the two
at the moment.
Obviously if you are
not striking it properly putting
aside the cue ball, perhaps you
could go to a more manufacturered
You should be playing
like you want to play, it's
difficult to try to play like
As long as you are in
a straight line at impact, that's
all that matters.
JP, in the studio
we were talking during one of the
frames about Kyren's stance, you
spotted it and Duncan did as well
and Duncan says, could the pundits
discuss his stance because it
appears to be toes in, a bit like
He seems to have both knees
bent as well. Mark King is like that
as well. Generally most players will
walk in with the right leg on the
shot if they are right handed, put
the other one naturally to the other
side. It's slightly different what
he's got but it doesn't stop him
What advice would you give
the youngsters watching at home?
mean, you get the camera views to
watch them this week, you can do
worse than follow what the play, are
doing this year.
To both of you from
Rory Forest asking this on live
television, which one miss in your
whole career most upset you still to
this day? Is there one miss?
mine has been well documented.
have spent a lot of time showing
I am pretty sure there will
Did you miss?
I've Blanked them.
Nick says, good afternoon, any tips
on how to keep your cue in good
condition, I've been using bee wax
over the past year and seems to be
doing a good job?
A damp cloth and a
dry cloth is all I used. That's all
you need. Sticky and dirty, just use
No bee wax?
No bee wax?
Keeping your cue
nice and clean, Lynn seed to feed
the wood. But you don't have to go
over the top.
The final question
from Dara who says, any suggestion
on what tip shape to use for a
beginner? Specifically for a
beginner, any more forgiving than
the others, mushroom tip, comb tip,
how does it affect the relevant
When you get to a point where
you are doing all the shots like
screw shots, you are going to miss
cue so it needs to be a bit round.
Any tips on tips?
That is it. Have a
bit of domage going on and it will
grab to the cue ball better. Make
sure obviously, occasionally break
up the leather on the top so it
takes the chalk properly and away
Aren't we delighted some of
my friends didn't call me when I had
my phone out answering questions
there! John Higgins against Mark
Allen, this has the makings of being
a real cracker tonight on BBC Two.
Should be. They have really good
matches. I've been privileged enough
to commentate when these two have
played a few times and generally
it's been one little mistake. A
couple of seasons ago there was a
fantastic match, John Higgins just
sneaked it. But Mark Allen is not
afraid to play.
In the head-to-head, Allen leads
Yes. Carry on from his match
against O'Sullivan, you know, if he
can keep winning frames in one
visit, it will put John under a lot
of pressure. John is a seasoned
campaigner but he's not won this for
12 years, so he might be desperate
to win this week.
When you look at
Mark Allen and the way he's come
through this, he threatens, that's
the best way politely to describe it
isn't it, he threatens damage in the
latter stages of a tournament and
never really sees it through. Have
you seen a different Mark?
do, he's playing well enough. The
one thing you have to do is score.
You are playing the best in the
world and he's doing that. He's
touching the pink and black spot.
Talking about Kyren struggling. When
you can score like he can, he's a
match for anybody.
Steve, one final
question on John Higgins, you know
him so well. We were talking about
other sports, around your 30s, 35s,
#40s, you start thinkingening OK
maybe I need to hang up my cue,
boots, whatever it is I do. How is
it John Higgins continues to look
like a top, top player?
back from the practise because there
are so many tournaments. He's still
better than most players around,
simple as that though.
thing is, if you play the right shot
to a high standard all the time,
that's going to mean you are going
to be around a long time.
decision-making in practise?
one of the best match players, if
you keep playing the right shot to a
high standard, you will still win
Thank you very much
indeed Steve and John and thank you
for answering the viewers' questions
as well, brilliant, thank you very
much. Keep them coming. A semi-final
on our hands now, back to the very
warm and comfortable television
studio, let's hand you back to Denis
studio, let's hand you back to Denis
and Steve. Thank you, Jason. Judd
gets this first frame after the mid
session interval under way and he's
still left that red for the left
Maybe he can get his confidence up
straightaway after the interval.
Might be able to take the yellow and
it looks as if there are two reds
between the black and the little
bunch of reds. If he could get on
one of those, he could really give
himself a chance. You can see what
he's faced with, but can he get the
white into the correct place. He's
got the one to the right of the pink
The loose one he's played for this
No. It's not quite happening for
Kyren at the moment.
Just the yellow, the way he played
it, he could have left himself a
little better on a rod. Judd when he
plays with the rest changes hands.
Plays right handed with the rest.
I know it's the best of 11 but Kyren
has a tall order here.
A wee bit unlucky to flick the black
and finish tight at the baulk
cushion. He's potted some terrific
long pots into both corner pockets.
His position's let him down a little
bit this afternoon.
Kyren has his wife Sophie with him
here. Just had a brief chat with
her. He's got a three-year-old son
now. That's Sophie there.
now. That's Sophie there. They have
a 16-week O-levelled baby too. He's
called Bailey. -- 16-week old.
That is a bit of a nightmare.
It looks so simple
but that takes some play. It's a
deliberate Miskiw... Have a look at
this, you don't see it very often.
Ian McCullough from Preston used to
You've got to hit the ball
with the tip of the cue.
Actually, I think you've got to hit
the ball with the tip. I'll have to
think about that.
I'll leave that
one with you.
decided to start again. It was a bit
of a stalemate so a good decision.
It wasn't going anywhere, that.
Still thinking about that?
You have to hit it with the tip, I
Judd's got his family here, his dad
Steve and Georgina and his
girlfriend here as well. It's nice
when you have the support with you.
That's Judd's parents and girlfriend
It's gone very quiet in the
Ally Pally at the moment.
Can he get a better break-off shot
It's certainly opened the reds up,
that is Fisher.
-- that is for sure.
A nice safety shot from Judd Trump.
Cuff off the right-hand side of the
table and left Kyren with a tricky
safety shot back. He has got to
catch this outside red pretty thin
to avoid wobbling in the jaws of the
top left corner pocket.
It looks like that is probably the
right shot, the containing safety.
Has he left a tempter into the right
middle, with an element of safety
involved for Judd Trump? What a
great shot this is.
I think Kyren played the safety
shot. He could have played across
the face of the red and he would not
have left this red on. I don't think
he even thought about the middle
Playing match snooker at the moment,
Judd. Don't want to go on about it,
but very impressed.
That is a shocker from Judd. Cued
across that one. He will go back to
his seat and he will not be very
pleased as we show you this shot
Something Stephen Hendrie
picked up on, Judd prefers to stun
the ball, rather than roll them.
Because of that idiosyncratic action
of going across the ball, perhaps
that cue, when he hits the ball
slower, he does not get as well
online as when he is punching them.
This is tough. Bridging over that
red is making the shot a lot harder.
Terrific cueing from that awkward
position. That positional shot,
there is a red, a couple of reds,
but the right-hand one is available
for the right corner.
Lots of side to swing the white up
towards the red, and he has played
He wanted a slightly more angled one
on the black and he could have
cannoned into the red and been
guaranteed to be on the one next to
That developed definitely one more
This would be nice for Wilson
to make a telling break, punishing
Judd for the mistake, make a
Just couldn't open those reds up as
nicely from that straight on
position. Got a bit more movement of
the pack. Still some work to do in
If he got the correct angle, the
blue would not be a bad ball to go
into the pack from. But I don't
think he has got it here.
Time for Kyren to go to work. His
highest break so far has only been
He hit that harder than he wanted.
He should have been better for this
red on the right middle pocket.
could have played for the red on the
left-hand side cushion first. But he
chose this shot well out of
That is a great recovery. One good
shot, as we show you this terrific
pot from that angle. One good cannon
and he can really open the game.
Heat played that almost perfectly,
other than overheating at a
fraction. That was understandable.
Just cleared the cue ball from the
reds. Nicely played. Could have
stuck in those reds. Greater chance
now. You get the feeling that he
must convert. He's got to start
stamping his authority on this
Judd will have something to think
about after missing that sitter of a
red into the left corner. This was
Screwed that back a little bit
further than he intended.
He played that well. Tantalisingly
close to the finish line. A couple
of reds and he is over the line.
Just hoping for a good split here.
Lost the cue ball.
This is a key pot coming up. It is a
very difficult one. Just needs the
red to leave Judd leaving a snooker.
Terrific. You can't hit the ball any
better than that from that close to
the cushion. We would call that a
John Parrott special. One of the
best in the business.
He will be feeling much better now,
Kyren, this is more like it. Winning
the frame with one visit.
A bit unlucky. Will be very
difficult to make the century unless
he can cut this to the right corner.
Just overcut that. But he will not
be too concerned. Careless mistake,
and Kyren Wilson did what he had to
do and won the frame with one visit,
with a break of 81. He is now just
A whole new reflection on the game.
Now we are
talking. In one visit, OK, the cue
ball was not brilliant. There was
one shot where he lost it and potted
a screaming red in the middle
pocket, another good one off the
side cushion. To win in one visit,
that is what he had to do.
been talking about not just mixing
up his game in terms of safety, when
he gets in, taking opportunities?
That is what you have to do at this
level. You can win frames in two
three visits. OK, you are winning
the frames. Nothing but your
opponent under pressure like winning
it in one visit. Judd will be
disgusted with that red he missed.
You are in a position where it is
time to put your authority on to the
match, put the hammer down. To miss
that is unforgivable.
Yesterday, let's not forget that
Judd Trump was in front?
If he had
been playing Stephen EU Steve Davis,
they would not be missing up a 3-1,
I can guarantee.
The art of being a
front runner is keeping your
concentration and the job in hand is
just to keep your opponent down,
keep punishing them. He has given
Kyren Wilson a lifeline. Fair play,
he has taken it and will be feeling
That is the keyword, concentration.
Does that travel Judd, he sees 3-1
and he relaxes too much?
that he has not won when he should
have done, it means there are
serious problems with concentration
and focus. He is a massive
underachiever when you look at the
talent he has got. Missing balls
like that when you are 3-1 up, if he
goes on to lose this match, I know
it is one shot, but you look at it
as the start of the downfall.
is what you're talking about?
an idiosyncratic flaw, when he plays
the slow roles, his cue action gets
affected. That is why he prefers to
punch it. Sometimes he can cue right
across, and that was an example.
What noticeably that has achieved so
much, like you, we're talking about
somebody that obviously has genuine
natural talent, but he that
Yes, it is
something that you cannot just...
You can't really teach that. If you
haven't got that killer instinct to
pound your opponents, time after
time, sometimes he does he doesn't
do it consistently enough.
I am the
unluckiest man in the world, I got
the two of them, one after the
other, I got Steve Davis and hem.
They would not give you the steam.
That marks out the best sportsmen
and women in the industry.
lovely fellows now, you have no idea
what it was like to play them.
glad I met them at this stage of my
Not a great break-off shot.
It's an amazing game, isn't it?
Missed a sitter in the previous
frame and then just gets down and
knocks it in as if it was over the
Floated that one in and then nothing
wrong with judging the cue action on
A nice way to get the confidence up
again after missing a
straightforward shot would be to get
in a big break here.
It is one of the great attributes
the top players have.
A little bit short of pace for ideal
position on the blue to go into the
pack at speed. He would have to
really annihilate this to get...
Which he can do. It was harder to
get an ideal contact on that apex
There is a red that goes.
that when Judd Trump is at the
Good safety needed here.
Judd may be playing the right shot,
but the red is going to go to the
right corner area.
right corner area. Played a
different shot. A bit unlucky to get
that read coming over there. -- that
red. It wasn't really anything he
could have foreseen.
It is all about the cue ball. He is
pretty good at this kind of pot. The
white is going to go towards the
pink and red. You would think you
would be guaranteed to be on a
He is on a colour and knocked the
red over the pocket.
The black might go past the red.
Could get the black on the spot
again. He has refused to play red
and blue here.
Would like to have been a bit closer
to the black. This isn't 100%
I think it is three he has messed
with the rest. As I say, he is one
of the best in the business with it.
I am surprised he has missed that
many. A shake of the head, telling
you what he thinks of it.
initial green wasn't very good.
Excellent shot from Judd Trump.
The mind games start. Can Judd
punish Kyren for a mistake,
relatively simple at this level.
Never in doubt, even though there
were a few oohs and aahs in the
Could risk going into the pack,
players would not like to do that
gambling on the outcome. Can get
past the pink, but that is OK.
Very nicely played.
This is Judd's eighth appearance at
the Masters. He has had two
semifinals, and he's looking to get
into his first-ever Masters final.
Will have to do something very
careless not to clinch this frame
here. But we saw what happened in
the previous frame.
You can see the cue goes across it a
little bit, but that is the way he
has always played.
It would be nigh on impossible for
Judd Trump to go back to basics and
rectify that, if he considered it a
problem. Makes a mockery of the
technique book, really, doesn't it,
when you see a player going across
the face of the ball. Bit out of
position on this one. Good response
from Judd Trump.
Effortlessly, really. Perhaps this
frame to bed.
Must admit, I get the feeling that
every player probably comes here
hoping to win the event. Judd Trump
has come here looking to win this
Masters, not hoping.
He had his chance there.
We have had 24 centuries in this
year's Dafabet Masters.
year's Dafabet Masters. Judd has had
two already, this will be his third.
He has made 504 in his career. What
about this for a figure? He made 70
last season, already on 45 this
season. One of the game's greatest
A bit short on the pink. Is he going
to play some naughty snooker to get
on the black? Of course he is. All
of the way round. He needs to hit
that hard. He will need to float the
Up and down the table, no century
break. Kyren made one mistake, and
Judd made that break of 96. He now
leads by two frames. 4-2.
Kyren had a great chance. He was in
the balls. As I say, very unusual
for him to have missed three shots
with a rest. There was enough room
for the black to go. He just hit it
a little bit harder than he probably
needed to. I tell you what, he had a
terrific chance to level up at 3-3.
Yes, basically halted his progress
back into the match. Sometimes it is
all about momentum. Back to square
one. Two frames behind.
one. Two frames behind.
pressure on both players. Judd
looking to get into the final, he
has had two semifinals and this is
the one he wants to get under his
belt. He has the UK title, the two
he would love to get this one and
the World Championship, the three
big ones, as we say. He is playing
solid enough. Just the odd mistake.
He has a two frame advantage. He has
Kyren Wilson right under pressure
This time he has made a good break
of shot. He hasn't left the one for
the left corner.
Putting a bit more pace into that
Tough one for Kyren. Looks like he
has the path through the gap. Got to
be pleased with that.
Judd tapping the table, because
Kyren had to play that with a little
bit of side, to swerve that.
has the same type of shot if he
should wish. Not a nice pot to have.
The same path for the cue ball. He
caught that a bit thicker. In that
case, it is going to be better
placed behind the yellow, the brown.
On first glance, maybe an even
bigger problem for Kyren from this
shot. How on earth can he get back
down the table? I can't see a path.
He will think about it and he might
have to come off a couple of
cushions, to get to the black spot.
He could just nestle into the side
of the reds. He is giving that quite
a bit of thought. What has he
spotted here? Not much to look at.
think two cushions, as you say, do
hit the red by the black spot, that
is probably going to be OK.
Let us see what he has spotted here.
What has he spotted? He can drop on
it dead weight. He's got to make
sure it doesn't roll off.
rolled off a fraction and he's left
No, he hasn't. Thought for a
minute he had... Underhit it enough
that he left a red on.
The ball might have rolled off a
fraction but then could be on a
Got to be absolutely
spot on with it though.
He was more
or less playing full ball on to the
red, to the left of the pink, so not
too sure that white is in exactly
the same position. Perhaps it is
We have got a top referee there.
He will play the same shot again. He
will hit it that bit harder and it
would still be OK.
would still be OK. Let us see if
Kyren can play the roll up again
What is he looking at here? Not a
three-ball plant, that's madness
isn't it, surely, or a route to
Play the same shot, you get another
go at it, then you have to do
something different because it's a
shot and a miss, something awarding.
We weren't making funny jokes, but
Well, I'm sure he should have
definitely played the same shot
again. Why take that on? !
Even though there was a disturbance
to Kyren's concentration, it was
more the decision to take the plant
on which was questionable. Just
didn't think it was the right shot.
The plant is either guaranteed to be
on or not.
on or not.
Great chance for Judd
Trump to really put the boot in.
OK, the black spot's tied up a bit.
Judd Trump clinically going about
his work here so far.
He's got a few problems to solve
Bounce off the cushion there but
still OK. Had every chance to go
into a 5-2 lead and, well, Kyren
Wilson would have to have all
remaining frames then. He's just let
the white slip a little further away
there. No problem with the pot, just
means it's a little more difficult
with the cue ball.
Well, out of position and not as
easy as it looks on the TV screen.
Made to look a lot easier than it
was across the table.
All a bit congested there around the
black, he picked a nice one out and
he has choices here, he can bring
that black into play. He can play it
forward for the pink. He had options
there. And with a 52-point
advantage, didn't want to be risking
that little cannon there.
He did that with Sean Murphy and he
finished that match in fine style.
really do think Kyren should have
had another go at rolling up to the
red before he played that plant, if
that was the only thing he could
see. He wasn't guaranteed to have
won the frame, but it now looks very
Just a quick glance at the
score board, one more red and colour
would be enough.
She was himself a little tricky
there with the pink.
Still a possible 67 on the table.
And that is the frame safe you would
have to say.
Doesn't really matter at this stage
that he's run out of position. Balls
all over the table, but that doesn't
An unexpected chance. If Kyren
played that amazing plant, it might
have been different. He only needs
one more to get into the final, Judd
Yes, he is closing in on his
first Masters final appearance. But
the big talking point has to be, on
on earth was Kyren Wilson doing?
have absolutely no idea. As a
percentage shot, less than 10%, he's
trying to hit this 100mph, get a
plant on to the red that goes into
the corner. There's just absolutely
no value in that whatsoever. He
could stay there a month and he
wouldn't get that.
I suppose it's
wouldn't get that.
I suppose it's
what we have talked about Why would
you play a shot like that when you
are playing against Judd Trump whose
strength is very much walking up to
a table and thinking, well, this is
just food and drink to me.
coming from me going for a crazy
shot but I fail to see the reason of
that at all. It doesn't matter who
you are playing at all, it just
seemed to be a shot of desperation.
At 4-2 up, a fraction, you can say,
but even then...
I can't even see
4-2 up. There's no value in it.
Johns specially given what is at
He's obviously talked himself
into it but he should have tried to
play the roll up again. Whichever
way it was, I mean look at this,
there is two foot between the plant
he's playing on to the other one.
You see the look
on his face, it's almost like a
resignation of, not the match, but
it's like a shot of, you know,
basically I just can't think of
anything else so I'm just going to
do this and see what happens.
boys in commentary were saying there
may have been a distraction, but
certainly at this level...
bit of luck it might have distracted
him from playing the shot but he
didn't. It's lovely when you have
been presented with a chance like
that, there's no effort in that
frame for Judd, everything was put
in front of him.
Judd's just walked
back in, a glance at the score board
as well. He knows what is at stake,
one frame away from a place in the
one frame away from a place in the
Kyren gets this eighth frame under
He's got to win four in a row. Very
Cutting off both escape lines.
As a left hander, he can take this
in and go for the black. I think
that is what he will attempt.
Good chance to pot this and get on a
Same for this shot. No guarantees
though that Judd will play the pot.
Kyren had another look at the plant
earlier from the side cushion and he
spotted three-ball or four-ball
plants. I don't think... There's a
four-ball line-up that's never going
to go in. Perhaps he's checking from
a safety perspective.
The black is in an awkward spot to
come down the table.
That is why he's gone down the other
side but hit it far too thick.
Dropped his head as he played the
shot. Judd looks like he can play a
stun to the same position.
Cut off the escape route. The black
in the way at the other side so he's
got to be careful not to catch the
Might send one over the right corner
pocket. A couple of problems here.
Looked at that a few times. In the
end, you don't see it very often but
that was a four-ball plat that you
just witnessed. Could have played
that at an earlier stage, I suppose.
It's far from straightforward here.
A wee bit unlucky. He's got the
yellow as an alternate.
less travelling and he could have
potted the blue and tried to develop
By no means guaranteed the right way
to go about things but... Can keep
on playing in the blue. That blacks
nicer, it's on the spot.
Looks as if he's finished straight
on the blue. Can leave that red to
the left corner, but just means he's
got a bit more work to do with the
positional side of things here. It's
all about keeping it as simple as
possible for yourself.
Running slightly out of position.
Just lost a bit of confidence at the
moment, has Kyren.
He's had a tough
day today. He hasn't controlled the
cue ball well enough and maybe his
thinking process hasn't been as
clear as it would have needed to be
in such an important semi-final.
Head scrambled a little bit. He
needs to clear his head. What is he
playing here, deep, long screw back.
Played in such a way that he hoped
the only ball he could leave was
that red. Made a good fist of it
Luckily he's finished. Snookered
himself... Got to be careful with
that red up the other end of the
table. He was just a fraction away,
as we show you it again. As he finds
the gap there, he would have been
perfect on the blue.
It would be a hard pot for Kyren
into the pocket.
He could travel on a bit further and
get the snooker behind pink and
I'm sure he can get just past the
middle pocket and hit the yellow. He
could play the swerve but... No real
need I don't think.
That is a difficult pot.
It's not often you see the reds all
up this end of the table and the
colours all up the other end of the
Wow. Well, we'll never know how that
would have panned out had he hit it
properly but he was a mile out. If
he'd have caught more of the red
he'd have screwed the cue ball back
That looked on the face of it to be
crazy as the shot Kyren played
earlier. Again, it was a long way
out of the pot.
You would think Kyren's got to take
this frame now but the scruff of the
neck. Try and salvage something from
the match, use it as a spring board.
But it's not the best chance in the
Should be able to get enough points
Keep taking blues.
Quite a way... Going to have to take
the yellow now.
the yellow now. Positionally, Kyren
has been pretty weak today.
He's normally excellent with that.
That's more like it.
He was handed a golden opportunity.
Difficult really to take on and he
scattered them all over the table.
Reverse side on that. Didn't he play
that well. Such a difficult shot to
Right hand side. Hits the cushion
and it spins towards the blue.
He's taken these well.
That means that Judd is at the
snookers required stage. This to
make absolutely certain and keep
Judd in his seat.
He's not out of this match yet.
Judd has played the percentages all
the way through this match so far.
That was the first rash one he took
on and he's paid the price.
Some naughty snooker from Kyren.
There we go! A bit more of the
white. Very close.
That was a brilliant double. Doesn't
matter about that, you'll be more
than delighted. Judd with a chance
and he took it. He keeps himself in
this semifinal but still trails by
five frames to three. STUDIO: Comedy
map showing character but this time
it is Judd Trump's turn to go a
little bit crazy.
Honestly, what a
shot he's taken on. He's absolutely
splattered them everywhere. He has
simple shots to play if he wants
them but he's decided to go for it,
looks like someone who has just seen
the winning post for the first time
thinking if I can knock this one a
night got a great chance. Of course
he misses it, so he has to face the
We pre-empted the next
contribution from you in terms of
concentration. Yet again.
said, but of desperation, seeing the
winning line he has been very
patient all day. His game plan went
out of the window. I see this shot,
I see a way of winning the match.
But when you are 5-2 ahead, you make
your opponent to take the risk. You
don't need to take risks any more,
he's the one under pressure who
can't afford any mistakes. This rush
of blood, or whatever, if it goes
in, we will say, what a shot to win
the match. But it was the wrong
I said to you, does Judd take
this on. In his position what would
you have played?
I wouldn't have
played it but I don't have his cue
power. There was nothing measured
about it. Some very aggressive pot
you go reason behind it. That one
just looked like, I don't want to
think of anything else, I want to
get the match over as quickly as
possible and that is the way of
doing it. Every ball on the table
What would you have done,
John? Slightly dangerous, still only
5-3 committees not completely out of
this. You've still got to give
respect of the balls and to the
table that you have done. It's got
him 5-2 in front, to be honest.
You've got to be mindful of who you
play against. These players can win
two or three frames in quick
fashion. Especially when they relax.
At the point of no return, they
haven't perhaps got the belief they
are going to win the match any more
so they... Everything relaxes, you
start putting balls and see what
happens. He's a very dangerous
opponent, Kyren Wilson, he can knock
up friends quickly. Judd has to get
back to his game plan, forcing
mistakes out of his opponent.
said in commentary about Kyren
lacking confidence this afternoon.
If you've got your opponents on the
rope why do something like that?
Only he can answer. It looked to me
like he'd seen the winning post so
he thought, if I knock this one in,
there is a great chance for me. Once
again, go back to what is the right
You have to say a little bit
of spring in Kyren Wilson's step
once again. COMMENTATOR: Absolutely,
and why not? Made a break of 57,
which has restored the confidence. I
mean, Davies a chance to get through
to the final at the Masters. This
will tell us something, this shot
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant.
As Judd looks on, Kyren is faced
with a brown that is not the right
angle. To pot and get up the table.
Now looking at the yellow and all of
a sudden he must be feeling very
confident if he's going to take this
on. What a shot this is.
roll-up, but he will feel is not
going to get any advantage. He's
going for the jugular here. Great
shot. Absolutely full marks for
trying to make something happen
here. Trying to get Judd Trump
Look at the chance he's
created for himself here. Worth
another look at this. Played it with
a touch of sides to make sure he got
on the red.
on the red.
5-4, then there is
pressure on Judd.
pressure on Judd. It's become a
fascinating moment in this match
now. Kyren sensing there was a
little bit of momentum swinging his
Though Judd leads the head-to-head
4-2, when Kyren won his first
ranking title in 2015 at the
Shanghai Masters, he beat Judd Trump
10-9 in the final. Maybe he's got
that on his mind to help him along.
Couldn't really play that shot in
any way to put the red and open up
more of it. Not an easy pack to
disturb. Needs an angle, low on it.
He's done that right. Stunning into
the right-hand side as we look, not
a screw back, more of a stunner
shocked. Keep the cue in open play.
Not too low on the white ball.
It is a harder shot, stunning in,
than screwing in, for some reason.
He took his eye of the pot. But
listen, as he bowed his head, as he
looks back at the table, he hasn't
left anything for Judd. He's got
away with it, he's had a result
there. What a result he's had.
Perhaps would like to get the cue
ball down into this corner. Hide
that red with the blue.
Can't get to
that road. That is why everything
A bit short of pace. Has
he got away with that?
he got away with that?
He's left a
gap, can you believe it?
All of a
sudden. The wheel has gone a bit
wobbly on Judd Trump's cart. Not
saying that this is a certainty, but
I think you'd expect, the way Kyren
Wilson is approaching the game, he's
going to knock this in. He's got
nothing to lose.
I can't believe it,
they're coming down the steps.
Right in the line of sight
Once safely in, but more
importantly, perfect on the blue.
Well, every chance now. Judd is
going to have to sit there and
What a match to turn around this
would be for Kyren Wilson.
One frame at a time of course,
but... Is looking a lot happier and
more comfortable amongst the balls
than he was earlier.
before the match started how
mentally strong Kyren Wilson is, and
feels he can beat anyone in the
game. He's got a great attitude.
Very modest fellow but with regards
to snooker... He feels he can beat
anyone in the game. And he's just
let that slip away. Just a fraction
too far. That's what he thinks of
it. Only a couple of pot away from
clinching this frame. This is a
tricky little one. He's quite close
to it. Delicate little shocked.
to it. Delicate little shocked. Well
played, though. He's going to need
another red after the pink.
Amazing game, snooker, it wasn't
that long ago it looked like Kyren
Wilson had lost the plot a bit
today. All of a sudden with a little
bit of help from Judd Trump he's
He's using the rest.
He's using the rest. 59 whites on
the table. And he's got a 66 point
advantage. And Judd stays in his
seat. Kyren Wilson is on his way
back again. Another frame he takes.
He is only one behind now. 5-4, game
one. STUDIO: Dennis is right, Game
one, looks like Judd Trump strolling
into the final.
You should never
take liberties with this game, that
shot Judd Trump took before, when he
saw the winning line, has turned
this on his head. He had this match
done and dusted 5-2, looking like
you would get over, he took that one
shot... It's done his own confidence
in and given him a filler and he's
had a pick-up. From 5-2 it is 5-4.
said to Dennis, you could see in his
body language that Kyren knows he's
been given a lifeline.
played the crazy shot there was
resignation in his body language can
he looked almost beaten. All of a
sudden he's won the frame through
Judd's rash shot and has come up
with a yellow he potted
straightaway. To follow through
committees leaving everything on. A
fantastic shot. Judd has never been
to the tournament final either. For
all he has done. He will be
you cannot take
a liberty with this game it as if
the balls have a memory and don't
forget. You want to play that job,
did you? Sit in your chair for a
couple of frames.
Judd Trump has
somehow got to try and get that shot
out of his mind. It's probably still
playing on his mind.
He's got to get
positive thoughts back in. He has
two chances to win the match. He'll
go back to his game plan, he has to
concentrate and focus to get into
this match because his opponent has
a head of steam up. Lots of cries of
come on Kyren.
A very warm welcome to viewers on
BBC Two, you're watching live
pictures of the 2018 Dafabet
masters. Judd Trump leading Kyren
Wilson five frames to four.
And this is where we leave you on