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Hello, good afternoon, welcome to
the final of the 2018 Dafabet
masters. The top players are set out
on the road to land one of snooker's
most prestigious titles, now there
are just two man left with the
chance of lifting the Masters
So we are guaranteed a brand-new
name on the Masters trophy, Mark
Allen and Kyren Wilson are about to
walk out into Alexandra Palace, the
final of the triple crown event for
the first time. Stephen Hendry is
commentating this afternoon. What is
it like for these guys, the first
final of the triple crown event?
They will have grown up watching
these finals, myself, Steven Davis,
Ronnie O'Sullivan, John Higgins,
watching these players play the
event and now they are in it. In
terms of the dressing room, you are
very nervous. I almost felt sick in
the dressing room before you get
out. You just can't wait to get to
How do you handle those
You cannot teach that sort
of thing, you either cope with it or
you don't. They will just be
desperate to get to the table and
get their arm going.
about Kyren Wilson first, amazing
come back from 5-2 down against Judd
Trump, does he come in absolutely
Both players are playing
people they possibly didn't expect
to play in the final. Today there
will be more expectation, because
there is no disrespect to Mark Allen
but he will believe he can win today
so there is expectation.
he's going about his business, the
way he's going about the table, he
looks so confident.
For me, he's a
strong favourite, just through form
through the tournament going into
this. He looks like he will win
every frame at one visit, Kyren
Wilson not so much.
It gets under
way at 1:30pm, plenty of time to
look back at what has been an
eventful week at Alexandra Palace.
Intriguing first match of this
Masters. He will be nervous today,
Mark Williams. He's not been in this
event for a while.
Something crawling along the white
ball, it is a little ant! Boy, does
he pot some fantastic long balls.
has rescued the situation with an
It is not all that
What a situation! Mark
Williams had three minutes to think
about that shot, how long will the
Five reds need
replacing! Mark Williams has nicked
the white and it is in his pocket!
The referee doesn't know that. He is
a wind-up merchant.
crown -- the crowd know what has
happened, the referee doesn't. He is
looking for the white now. There we
Going for the far not -- knuckle,
It is all square, it is
one frame shoot out. No! Can you
That's a beautiful shot.
And the pink is in. The Welsh
potting machine has made a terrific
come back and he takes the match by
six frames to five.
I knew that last
red that if I dropped it in the
match was mine and it was a do or
die short. You have to commit to it,
unfortunately for me it managed to
sit over the hole.
sit over the hole.
He's from county
Antrim in Northern Ireland, it is
the Pistol, Mark Williams! What's
your second name again? Mark Allen,
ladies and gentlemen!
Ken, we got the names right.
Interesting thing there which
happened when Luca Brecel came down
with two cues. It will be
interesting to see what he does with
the other one.
positional shot as well, the black
into the left corner pocket.
into the left corner pocket. Hold
on! Hold on! Hold on! Keep going,
keep going, it is in! There you go!
That is what you call John Virgo
He seems to have a bit
of fly problem on the table.
And in the end Mark Allen was at his
absolute best for me, it mattered,
he produced and comes out a
comfortable winner 6-3.
comfortable winner 6-3. And there is
a fly. I don't know if it is the
same one as yesterday.
same one as yesterday.
The fly is
causing a little problem. On top of
the cue ball. Very hard to play when
that is there, isn't it?
that is there, isn't it? Steve Davis
must have opened his wallet!
Very disappointed, Ding Junhui.
it goes. This is marvellous stuff
and what a performance from Ryan
Day. Free century breaks he's made
against Ding Junhui's two, and it is
Ryan Day. 3-0 down he was, and he is
through to the quarterfinals.
I always like watching Liang Wenbo,
such a character. Lots of
expressions on his face. It's not
going to move, is it?
going to move, is it? He has put it
in his pocket. A bit of protein for
later. Judd Trump in the end with
that magnificent break gets himself
through to the next round and he
takes the match 6-4. If we have a
match like we had in the semifinal
last year, it will be very special.
Have a look at this, a fly has
landed on his head. He got down and
played the short as if it wasn't
Honestly, we might as well wrap up
and go home now because this is
What a performance from the
defending champion and! Absolutely
amazing. Barry Hawkins looks like he
has played his last shot in this
year's Dafabet Masters. And that is
the case. Fair play to Kyren Wilson,
he stuck at it, and he is to his
first Masters quarterfinal. --
There's been a lot of flies
I wonder if it is the
same one? If it is, it won't be
The fly is whizzing around in
Shaun Murphy made a few mistakes but
in the end it was a good tough
work-out, and might stand him in
good stead for the rest of the
The Wizard of Wishaw has waived that
magic wand. We have had another
cracking match here at Alexandra
Palace and in the end it is John
Higgins who has won this title on
two occasions that goes through to
the next round 6-4.
Ronnie won the
toss and he will get this first
quarterfinal under way.
struggling, I don't know what it is,
whether it is a virus, but I have
had it before and it is difficult
when you are getting dizzy spells.
Superb performance from Mark Allen
This looks absolutely perfect,
what a positional shot that is,
Ronnie looked out of
sorts, it has to be said, but Mark
Allen has put in a fabulous
performance here and has won the
match very comfortably indeed.
just wasn't good enough. I will miss
this year's World Championships. I
come back to snooker for different
reasons. It is just a bit passer for
me. Of time there is a fly on the
Another one bites the dust.
Well played, that was an excellent
Kyren Wilson I'm sure didn't
expect it to be that easy, but you
take what's put in front you.
take what's put in front you. I
remember the first few days when we
have the fly on the table, they were
gently trying to pick them up by the
wing, not any more!
What happened to the old spray can
be used to have?
# Everybody is kung fu fighting
# Those kids were fast as lightning,
in fact it was a little bit
What a wonderful shot, back-to-back
centuries, absolutely marvellous.
Judd Trump runs out the winner by
six frames to four.
Now he's doing
what the great Ray Reardon used to
do, putting the rest on top of the
spider. Whoops! Nearly fouled the
red with the cue there.
He likes a double, does John.
did that stay out?
John Higgins, a
comfortable winner 6-1.
Just spotted his mum and dad there,
been packed all week.
What a great
shot this is.
What is shot he has played there.
Judd Trump only needs one more to
get into the final.
Really going for
the jugular here. Great shot, full
marks for trying to make something
happen here. What a turnaround.
Well, it's hard to describe how he's
feeling inside. He is puffing his
cheeks. This has been the best
performance of his career. It
doesn't matter about that. In the
end the man from Kettering has won
four frames in a row, and didn't he
do it in style? And he gets himself
through to the final at the Dafabet
There have been some
amazing comebacks and I'd like to
think I've gone down in history for
one of them myself.
There you go,
there is a piece of wood.
want to play with it or do you want
another one? Can we ask for another
Doesn't look straight.
Very good pot.
luck? It looks absolutely perfect.
John Higgins I'm certain wishes him
good luck. There is a delight in
Mark Allen, at his first Dafabet
If I don't win it
will all be for nothing so I've got
to go out and do what I have been
doing all week and go
to go out and do what I have been
doing all week and go out on the
It has been a wonderful
muster so far and we are expecting a
thrilling final. Let's get the
review of the man himself, Barry
Hearn is here alongside Dennis
Taylor. Barry, your thoughts on what
has been a very, very wonderful
I think it's
been a great way to start the New
Year. Everything from my site ticks
boxes, ratings are well up on the
BBC which is unusual these days.
Ticket sales 25% up, every session
virtually sold out, Ronnie has been
Ronnie which is always good for some
We will come onto that.
have seen two new players who have
never made a masters final before,
different personalities, different
attacking play. I couldn't be more
pleased with the state of snooker as
it is today and this illustrates the
progress we have made. The fans are
turning out saying yes, this is what
we like to see.
I have been talking
to a few of the fans, they have come
to the venue and talk about seeing
Ronnie O'Sullivan but now they are
telling us they are coming to see
the likes of Judd Trump and Mark
Allen which is vitally important
Every sport, you need
flag-bearers and Ronnie O'Sullivan
is the most attractive player in the
world but the sport is not built
around one person, it is built
around formats and an open door
policy, around ability, absence of
mediocrity. At the highest level,
the Masters is the highest level
because it is the top 16 and they
are there by choice. They have
earned their spot and it's showing
the fans will come to watch people
playing quality snooker, period. So
that has ticked
that has ticked a lot of boxes for
me and I think we are at the stage
now where the last five years have
been a helter-skelter of emotions
and changes, and it is beginning to
pay off as we have seen with the
global side of the game which has
never been stronger.
there a slight concern the big names
like Ronnie O'Sullivan and Mark
Williams are still getting the
rapturous applause when they come
out and there is more of a muted
celebration when the youngest
players come out?
I wouldn't agree
with that because we have had packed
houses since the tournament started
and they have been fair to
everybody. They are the sort of
crowd that if the underdog produces
the snooker they will get the
respect of the crowd. Ray Reardon
always used to say if you produce
the stuff on the table you will get
the respect of the crowd. One or two
shouting out but overall, compared
to the old days when if you played
Alex Higgins in the conference
centre, I mean Stephen Hendry and
Steve Davis used to get booed but
they are very fair these days. Every
match is like a final with having
the top 16 here.
I think also you
have to say that don't forget, those
older players have earned the right,
they have been there a very long
And they are exciting players,
especially in terms of Ronnie.
have got to earn the right to get
the crowd on your side and whilst
British crowds in particular often
cheer the underdog, at quality
events they are here to watch the
quality and that is focused around
the older players that have done it
over a period of time.
onto Ronnie O'Sullivan who made
those comments in the press
conference, were you driving around,
listening on the television? He said
he may not come to the World
I always listen to
Ronnie, I think he's great. He comes
out with some stuff. We have a
system here that is very clear to
understand for everybody. No player
is forced to play in anything. We
live in a democracy, their contracts
are fairly democratic. If you don't
want to play, don't play. That is
not really an issue for me. Of
course I want to see Ronnie
O'Sullivan play but no one is
forcing him. We open opportunities
to new players as well as existing
players and it's built on ability.
You can't expect, I mean Ronnie
would like to not play qualifying
rounds. Believe me, Tiger Woods
really didn't want to play the first
three rounds of any golf tournament.
He would have preferred to go
straight to the final round, it just
doesn't work and it's not going to
happen. Apparently I can walk up and
knock on his door and negotiate
terms and conditions, trust me when
I tell you that grass will not get
So will I be introducing
Ronnie O'Sullivan in the TV studio?
I hope so. Life is very strange as
you get older, you don't want to
have too many I should haves in your
mind. A player like Ronnie
O'Sullivan loves snooker, no
question in my mind whatsoever. He
has issues and they are for him to
solve. I believe we will see him
there and if not I believe he is
making a bad choice but it is his
choice to make.
One quick word from
you, Dennis, this is a wonderful day
for Northern Ireland.
for Northern Ireland.
fantastic, it is 40 years since Alex
Higgins lifted the trophy, and
another coming through, Mark Allen's
stepson Robbie, 13 and he made a
break of 133 in a competition so he
will be possibly winning this
masters in years to come.
have the white and green army.
a great final because they are both
Have a great
afternoon, thank you very much
indeed. We have got a great final on
Cast your mind back, it is a long
way I know, it is your first major
final. In the morning before the
match, what is your brain thinking?
I assume everyone is the same, you
wake up in the morning, you don't
need to put the snooze button on,
you are alert immediately. There are
butterflies in your stomach, that's
natural because your body is
preparing for the onslaught ahead.
You need to eat food but you don't
want it, your body doesn't want
loads of food inside it so you
shovel it in your face as best you
can. Then you have got to wait until
the match, it is like the densest
waiting room. Remember when you did
your driving test, your first job
interview, the school exams, the
build-up to those, you are so
nervous. Perhaps the dentist waiting
room, you know there will be
drilling going on, then you have
time with friends and family. You
will probably be a bit short
tempered with them, you might be
quieter. You come to the venue, you
go on the practice table, that is a
bit of respite, get your arm going
and get the tension out of your body
but then you have the dentist
waiting room again in the dressing
room. Once they call your name out
and you get on the table, it is
business as usual but the waiting is
That is the view
from down here, here is the view of
the two finalists this year.
one of the most unique venues we
play in, to be honest it's not far
behind the World Championships.
Every match is like a final, and
having 2000 people live every day is
This would be a massive
feather in my cap if I were to win
it. I cannot get too far ahead of
myself, but to win nine tournaments
in 13 years and I have never won
triple crown event, those things are
disappointing for me and I want to
Last year I turned up on
the day I was playing, I have never
seen the venue before and I didn't
take in the atmosphere. It was too
late and I didn't settle against
Ding Junhui last year, so this year
I want to take in the venue and
enjoy every match I have played, it
has been an unbelievable turnaround
for myself. To be in the final on my
second appearance is awesome.
hasn't been any really bad
performances, I have always kept a
certain level and I think that's why
I have won so many matches. I have
just worked really hard on my game,
it sounds stupid to say that, I
always work really hard but I feel
like I'm working on the right things
I just really enjoy playing
Mark to be honest. He brings out the
best in me, I feel like we have
similar qualities, good match
players and gritty and I enjoy
playing people like that because it
makes you get up for it as well.
He's done remarkably well in a short
space of time, in the top 16 he's
established himself now, won
tournament in Shanghai. He's a top,
top player but I feel like I am a
top, top player myself so I'm just
going to control my own emotions and
play my best like I have done all
It would mean everything. When
you are growing up you target the
UK, the Masters,
the worlds, the triple crown, they
are the ones that matter when you
come to retire. I have one match to
go, I will be trying my heart out. I
want to give my mum that trophy.
will be a dream come true, I don't
want to build it up too much but
this is only my second final in the
triple crown event. I feel like if I
can break free and win that first
one, it will be the start of great
things to come.
The atmosphere here inside Alexandra
Palace is building, the fans are in
their seats eagerly anticipating
what will be a great final, John, we
are expecting big things today.
really looking forward to it. We --
it is fascinating, a big prize and
someone today will be a major
champion at the end of it.
you think Kyren Wilson comes in here
today... I was talking to Stephen
Hendry about the fact he looked dead
and buried at 5-2, comes in today
thinking this is mine.
I think he
has got that type of mentality that
possibly he may be thinking I'm
lucky to be in the final but he is
there on merit as Barry Hearn was
saying so we have a situation where
both players we hope they produce in
the final. There is every reason to
believe they will do because they
have been playing so well. The worst
scenario would be they cancel each
other out with too much tension and
nerves but I think the standard of
play we have seen this week, they
will continue and at some stage
there will be fireworks.
It is so
evenly matched, isn't it?
It is all about today. Playing as if
it means nothing when it means
everything and that has encapsulated
him in this final. This is the
biggest day in their careers, can
they produce what they normally
We are so excited. One
person we haven't heard from yet is
Both sets of fans and
players in the final today. Marc
Allen's friends today, and Kyren
Wilson's family, wife Sophie, Mum
and dad, and this fella here is
thinly, only three years old. If I
could ask you, so they, had you
It's hard to say. I am very
nervous, but I'm also excited
because I know he has the potential
to do it, it is just how his nerves
are holding up.
How are they? He
looks fantastic, looks to be
enjoying it. That match against Judd
Trump was incredible. I have spoken
to him on the phone and he is
definitely ready and excited. I
didn't sense any nerves. What about
mum and dad? It must be harder
watching. How are you coping?
have got used to it over the years
to be honest. Crawling around the
country, going to be junior and
amateur stuff. You just get used to
another side of it.
Seen you in the
crowd going through the ringer when
Kyren is playing.
Imagine that for
How about you?
literally no nails, biting my nails.
To watch, fantastic.
How about you
guys? Mark has been doing so well,
how your nerves holding?
all. The first time I have over here
-- not good at all. My heart is in
my mouth. He has done so well this
Kevin, the green and white
army is growing. Where are all these
He has been
really relaxed. I have never seen
him this relaxed, even before and
after, he seems in a different side
in this week and comfortable would
be the way to describe him.
wins over Ronnie O'Sullivan and John
Higgins must have given great
I don't think there is
any easy match with the quality of
the guys, but you beat Ronnie 6-1
then Higgins 6-3 it is incredible,
and it shows the level he is playing
Both sets of families will be in
the player 's room. I have to keep
them separated. There will be plenty
of shouting there as well as
outside. Best of luck to Mark Allen
and Kyren Wilson. Let's hope a great
final. That's all from us.
staff. Thank you very much, Ken.
Imagine being a member of the family
or a friend of these two wonderful
competitors. What an arena, full
crowd here today at Alexandra
Palace, it is live all day today
here on BBC Two. The players are
standing by. Get ready, let's join
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Good afternoon, ladies and
gentlemen, this is it, it's the big
one, welcome to the 2018 Dafabet
Masters final, the first time these
guys have gone this deed in
illustrious tournament. One is about
to etch their name in the of
sporting history. It is all to play
this afternoon that Ally Pally so
let's get the boys
let's get the boys on the baize.
let's get the boys on the baize.
Please welcome a player emerging for
what is without doubt the biggest
match of his life. This is his
maiden appearance in any Triple
Crown final, the youngest Masters
finalist for seven years. Hereafter
that epic comeback against Judd
Trump yesterday, the 2015 Shanghai
Masters champion, will be cheered on
by his friends and family, who are
all here with him today, a massive
occasion for the Warrior, Kyren
occasion for the Warrior, Kyren
And his opponent, who is today the
pride of a nation, the first player
from Northern Ireland in a Masters
final 431 years, and he has been
brilliant this week. Sublime against
Ronnie, sensational against Higgins,
this is the day he has dreamt of for
years, and he is determined to
deliver here comes Mark The Pistol
Wonderful noise inside Alexandra
Palace and a lovely big smile from
Mark Allen. The big guns are out and
in our commentary box. Good
afternoon to Dennis Taylor and
COMMENTATOR: Good afternoon Jason
and everyone. The players getting
themselves ready and the
photographers are all there to get
the photographs. That's the
wonderful Waterford Crystal trophy
they are playing for. A new name on
You can see the photographers
getting the picture. Smiles all
around. A fabulous reception from
this Alexandra Palace crowd. I think
we are in for a classic with both
playing fantastically well.
will get to work, all the
interviews, all the photographs, all
the stuff you have to do before you
get into the final. Certain tickets
and passes out -- sorting tickets
and passes out for family and
friends, this is what the players
wanted to do, get to this table.
wanted to do, get to this table.
When you wake up in the morning it
seems to go so long, the time before
starting the match itself.
Paul Hunter's name on the trophy,
three-time winner, and I think
Paul's father is here this evening.
Good break off there. This is very
First chance falls to Mark Allen.
Mark Allen quite a strong favourite
today in my opinion for this but if
Kyren Wilson can get a start, start
the way he finished the match
against Judd Trump, he's got an
opportunity to win it. But he can't
keep giving Mark Allen these
opportunities because all week he's
just been in phenomenal scoring
The last two matches, Mark Allen
against John Higgins and Ronnie
O'Sullivan, he lost the first frame,
then went on to win comfortably.
if he can start a bit
Two completely different styles,
both very effective. Mark Allen's
cue action is very least -- fairly
short and on these fast tables it is
very effective. Not a longer -- lot
that can go wrong with it. Kyren has
more of a flowing action, a longer
backswing before he delivers the
And that was a good shot of the cue
action of Mark Allen there. Doesn't
grip the cue very tightly. You can
see the backhand there, a lot of
players when they start playing
gripped the cue to tightly at the
Already a test for the referee's
Yes, the Belgian officiating
in the final here.
You will definitely noticed today
that the cue ball will travel less
distance when Mark Allen is that the
table. But I think if you look at
advantages each player will have,
Kyren Wilson is a stronger long
potter. That will possibly be a way
he will look to get in the frames.
Impressed with John Higgins, didn't
make any mistakes but every time
Mark got a chance, he didn't make a
century break but make four breaks
over 60. I think the other one was
over 70, so more or less winning the
frames. With one visit. Getting
slightly difficult now. He's got a
bit of angle to work with to try and
force it over to the reds.
They are all covering each other
there, as you can see. The back of
the pink there might be available.
Well, he's gone into them, and I
tell you what, he's been a bit
unlucky there. In fact, he's very
unlucky. Played with top spin to
develop a few.
Had that Cameron worked out, every
chance he would have taken this
opening frame with one visit.
That was a very difficult one he was
attempting there but he hasn't done
too badly because the one bread
available to carry the black is
hampering him to take that up into
the corner pocket -- the one red
And he is looking down at the corner
pocket there. He has to be careful
he doesn't need the red at the
middle pocket. He has to cover that
if he plays up into that area.
if he plays up into that area. He's
played the back double. That was a
Obviously couldn't see an easy
safety shot and thought he would
have a go at the double.
have a go at the double.
This is a
much trickier pot than it perhaps
looks on your screen.
looks on your screen. There you see
the angle. Now he has left a
possible part for -- pot for Kyren
Wilson. You see the angle where he
can follow through two cushions or
stand for the blues.
It would be an
early confidence booster if he could
knock this in.
Must feel good to hit a ball as well
as that. So Mark Allen was in first
with 39 that this is an excellent
chance. -- but this is an excellent
He may have to play for the red that
is on the black cushion here. Six
reds in the middle of the table are
all covering each other.
That is well played. Perfect on this
thread. Doesn't really have to play
a lot of pace, and natural angle
just to come out for the black. -- a
As long as he doesn't
catch the near cushion there, you
have the perfect picture to watch
He's just hit that a bit hard. He
did that a lot yesterday, overhit a
lot of positional shots. If he just
dropped it in, you have to make sure
you're leaving yourself low on the
black Blair. It's awkward now. --
the black ball there.
I don't think there is anything
available, I don't think they've
read passes the pink, but he did
leave himself or awkward on the
black, and that is very tight -- the
red passes the pink. If it touched
the right-hand jaw of the pocket...
It wouldn't go in, but he's having a
look at it from both ends. It looks
as if he's going to attempt it, but
he'll have to be very, very precise.
I think it will go.
in the right half of the pocket, you
would say. He did well with that
black to be fair.
Definitely got an advantage in the
cue power department as well, I
think. Because of that very long
backswing, more orthodox cue action.
It's quite mechanical, his style.
After play the cannon into the three
reds here. -- off to play.
Did very well. Good chance. Even
though he can't see the table. That
is Kyren's son with his grandma
Sonia and Grandad Rob. He is getting
a bit tired, he won't be here that
long, I don't think. But this is a
terrific effort from Kyren here.
There wasn't that many on when he
came to the table but look at how he
-- look how he has got all now, and
we are all square at 39 points each.
I just hope both players play at top
of their form because I think this
could be a terrific final.
I agree, although I said I would
make Mark Allen favourite, I don't
think he will win comfortably. I
think this will go pretty much all
These are the sorts of chances you
have to take.
They have played each other six
times, it is three each. Kyren had
the big win in the World
Championship 2016, 13-9. Of course,
when Kyren won his first ranking
title, he defeated Mark in the
semifinal. That was in the Shanghai
Masters and he beat him 6-1 in that.
So there is not a lot to pick
between them, although Mark Allen is
the more experienced.
I think both players coming in today
will have very high expectations of
winning. If either of them played
maybe Selby or Sullivan in the final
they would slightly have the
attitude they have nothing to lose
being the underdog, but I think both
players fancy the job. So that
always puts pressure on as well,
when you put pressure on yourself to
26 in front, so this last red
with any colour will leave mark
needing the snooker. Another couple
more inches, this would have been
unmissable. This red now is a little
bit of a cutback. No. I'm surprised
he played it at that pace. All he
had to do was drop it in. The harder
you hit that the more difficult that
It's difficult to play
especially on pressure shots,
playing them with a bit of pace. He
can use the green as a stopper here
to keep the red on that cushion. He
needs to cover. It looks a good
line. Has he got the gap?
think he's got the gap, looking at
Mark 's body language as he walked
away. Good effort to get in behind
the black bear.
the black bear. -- the black ball
there. Can he not this long-running
pass the green? Mac this long one
Believe it or not, that was more
difficult than the one he missed
into the middle pocket, but that is
the frame secure now.
Mark Allen started off with a break
of 39. He was very unlucky when he
went into the reds, very
unfortunate, but Kyren Wilson, well,
he looks in fine form.
Just a quick check of the
scoreboard, but he is well safe.
He did miss a few against Judd
Trump. Doesn't matter about the
blue. In the end, it's Kyren Wilson
who takes the opening frame. 1-0 to
the man from Kettering STUDIO: It is
indeed. Nerves, what nerves?
Unlucky, Mark, got 39, went into the
pack, didn't land on anything. Kyren
potted a solid long red, just the
one you want to start a final with.
I was surprised the way he played
they want a Mac in the middle, I
thought he would drop it in but he
didn't and ultimately got away with
it. -- played red.
it. -- played red.
We haven't got a
clue how the friends would unfold
and there is luck attached, splits
can go for or against you. Generally
be operative -- observation may be,
it is an advantage to Kyren Wilson
not to have to wait to get into his
first major mine as opposed to Mark
Allen. -- major final. He might grow
in stature of the match unfolds and
while they starts off as a player
you think you might not necessarily
be on the winners rostrum all the
time at a young age, the next you
will say, it was written in the
stars. As the match unfolds, you
never know, but Allen has been
playing great stuff.
When you look
at Wilson, especially the red he
potted, he is a class act.
cue as well, but what was impressive
there was it was his first real
chance looking at a ball in the
final and it went straight into the
middle pocket so he is obviously
unfazed. The boys were talking about
their head-to-head record. The World
Championships is big, if you can
beat somebody over a distance of
ground like that and Kyren beat Mark
13-9, that has too stand you in good
Takers in there, when you win
the opening frame of the big event
like this, how do you feel?
settles your nerves a bit better
than if you need a couple of bites
to get over the line in the frame. I
was impressed with Wilson when I saw
him in the World Championships.
Anybody who can cope with the
Crucible I always feel is a great
player. This is another stage, and
other event. I don't think Kyren
Wilson played in front of as many
people as this, maybe in China, I
don't know. But you know when you
come out of this it is exciting, and
also, it tells you questions about
yourself. If you can handle this you
can handle everything.
prestige as well, this is the
Masters, and his second appearance.
This is huge, and major
Championship. We love winning
ranking events, but ultimately, when
you look at your record, if you come
to majors, this is what it's all
Here we go, frame two, back
to Dennis and Stephen.
COMMENTATOR: So, Mark Allen comes to
the table, continues his pattern in
matches of losing the first frame.
We will see if he bounces back.
Who's got an early chance into the
right corner but the black is tied
up. I wonder if he will go
full-blooded to cannon that red away
from the black. What a shock this
will be. -- what a shot.
very good pot.
very good pot.
The break-off shot so
important. That's the sort of thing
that happens if you don't leave the
white near the cushion.
And with the pink and black tied up,
Mark will go straight into the pink
ball and have a look around, make
sure there are no plants. But this
could develop quite a few of them,
and hopefully the pink and possibly
the black, depending on how had he
gets it. No, he's just playing the
loose one, which... Surprises me.
OK, I didn't see this red going but
I still thought it was worth it, as
you say, to bring the pink
interplay, at least. But he can play
from the pink from this read. --
play for the pink. He is so good at
making breaks, picking off loose
threads, cannons and cue ball
control is excellent.
Asking for the pink to be respotted,
as it's important as to whether it
is available there. As you can see
into the middle pocket. But that
doesn't look as if it will go. It
might go into this corner pocket.
Settle for that little nudge.
See how close his hand is to the cue
ball there. That's the way he plays
sometimes. Quite close to the cue
ball with his bridge hand.
the cue ball into position to be
with these three reds. Can't avoid
the cannon and the reds here.
I felt that was another good chance
to go to the blue there. This is
pressure on this pink now.
Especially after what happened in
the previous frame.
Needs to avoid the yellow. Repots
the blue here.
And he has done.
Very well played indeed.
That was handy. That natural angle.
To just concentrate on potting the
blue knowing the cannon wasn't on
the yellow. They are back in a good
It's nice to see his dad here. I
haven't seen him for a while. I know
his mum's not in the best of health,
but I am sure she'll be glued to the
screen here and be very proud
watching her son play in the final
of the masters.
Over ran the cue ball, playing for
the pink, so a bit of work to do
The blue into the yellow pocket.
Makes it easier this position side
of the shot. Right in the middle of
They wanted to finish high in the
pink, so an angle to just disturb
the four reds.
I think it's come too far.
He potted the blue on the left-hand
side of the pocket. He was playing
to the red, just to the left of the
Because he potted the blue on the
left-hand side of the pocket he's
further away from this.
needs this red.
Just overcut it.
Perfect angle on the pink to disturb
the three reds.
This is absolutely cracking
positional shot he's played there.
If it wasn't for that black and red
so close together
so close together, we'd have a new
favourite to thr game.
He can maybe leave a little angle to
screw off the black. Nudge the other
That's a couple of shots away,
Just looking at the angle now that
he wants on that red.
You can almost see the body
language. He knows how important
this is, so early in the final.
Adrenaline will be pumping now.
So this, the key shot now. Can he
get an angle on this red to the
right of the black?
He's 41 behind, so he's got a few
points to play with. With all the
colours on their spots, as Stephen
said, this is the key shot coming up
now. I don't know if he can come off
the cushion and just flick the red
away? Might be able to do that. That
would be even better.
Just a little awkward. . He's OK
with this pink. It's a thinner cut,
but it's a natural angle. Just
concentrate on the pot,
automatically would be on the red.
Nothing to do with the cue ball.
Never looked in. Didn't look like it
would miss by that far, Denis.
is the way the old tables used to
play. Just a simple red for Mark
Allen. There was a chance there. It
wasn't an easy one. But it would
have been a steel.
So Mark Allen,
he's lost the first frame in all his
previous matches N this masters he's
done the same again today.
But probably didn't know that ran
With the cloth in the olden days it
automatically went in that way.
Got him the second frame and it is
That was very interesting. That pink
to see it, that is the coach there.
That's Barry, I don't know what's
going on there. That's the first
time I have ever, ever seen that in
my years as a professional player -
changing waist coats at the table.
Anyway, that was a very, very
important frame. There was a chance
to pinch it. Looked as if it was
going to the pocket there. Watch it
at the end. To the left-hand jaw.
am sure at the interval that they
will look at that. That's, that
can't be allowed to stay like that.
A costume change. I have never seen
that in a final before, Denis.
are back to the secretary 70s and
early # 0s, where the players in the
afternoon wear a normal tie and in
the evening they wear a bow tie.
Maybe it is a more comfortable
waistcoat. It is strange, it is blue
the new one. It doesn't go with the
Maybe all the people here in the
Ally Pally thought it would drop. It
has finished in such a way he can
see the cushion along the black. The
angle's stopping him... Look at
that. It is not often you see that.
A treble will do. It doesn't matter.
Finished up with a treble.
Look at Mark Allen's body language
as he walked away. He did get the
Mike wanted to block off the escape
route into the right side of the
reds, as we look at it because that
would be straightforward safety
shot. It's more difficult now
because he's blocked that route off.
Having to swerve this.
A bit of an angle and knowing Mark
he might just take this on. He's
quite an attacking player.
The red was always going to come
away from the pocket.
Nice pot. Very nice pot. Just screw
into the left-hand side of the bunch
as we watch this again. This was
well picked out. On the main bunch
of reds, to leave the red in the
open between the black and the bunch
to the right corner.
Doesn't hit this too hard.
Not a bad chance this.
Four reds still available.
That's amazing. That against Judd
Trump... Usually he's very, very
good with the rest. Very surprised
That was a shocker. Missed it by
about a mile.
That's what he thinks about it.
I think he prefers to punch the
balls in, rather than drop them in,
the way he played it.
Those misses don't do your
confidence any good. Watch the cue.
It sort of goes up and down.
A long way off.
He cannot keep leaving Mark Allen
opportunities like this with the
balls. He's just got to mop them up
more often than not.
It is a bit worrying. Mark Allen
when he is in, looks like he is
scoring good. The cue ball is
excellent but he is not getting to
70 where he has won the frame in one
Both players as yet haven't
totally settled down. The standard
has been good. Expect tonight the
pace will rise a bit. These first
eight frames are a strange situation
because there is no end to the match
in the eight frames. It is about
trying to build up a lead or keep in
touch. Interesting to see how it
I have never seen a waistcoat
change. One more frame before the
A decent break off from Kyren.
If he comes off the right side
cushion and lands there he will be
OK. It is a
FOUL AND A MISS.
He will have it put back. Nothing
available. He'll have to do a slight
He will have to ask Marcel Eghert to
have a look at the monitor.
Keep going? Good?
That's where I had my line, so it is
We have Nick in from the Kaiser
Chiefs, in with his sad. Not a bad
player either. I think slightly
better than Nick. This is all he
could do. Is it hard enough, is it
going to reach?
Foul and a
We haven't had too much tactical
play but both these players as well
as being great break players are
great safety players. He had a look
at the pack there.
He doesn't want to knock one over
the pocket. . Oh what a shot.
He has been very unlucky. He tried
to make the plant and take the pot
on at the same time. So he tried to
pot two reds there and almost pulled
it off. He is very unlucky with
where the cue ball is finished. But
for someone that was brought up
playing billiards, he spotted one
there. The canon was terrific.
Pot this to the left and make the
Very aggressive safety shot. Opened
them up. The cue ball is not tight
on the balk cushion but still a
The first glance is hard to pick
out. To get the cue ball back to
balk. The red, closest to the right
corner, you could possibly could
about www. That pot with lots of
left-hand side and take the cue ball
in a straight line up the table.
I think he's going to get through to
Playing the containing safety shot.
That is Alan Hunter, Paul Hunt ears
father here. Great to see him here.
The trophy named after his son. He
won it three times. I can't believe
it's 12 years since Paul passed away
but nice to see his dad here. And
there it is. A terrific player he
was. Would have been a World
He was a star.
He was like the David
Beckham of the snooker world. He
Tremendous victories at this event.
I think he was 7-2 down twice. At
A dangerous shot. If he had missed
the pot that could've left the cue
ball down this end of the table, in
amongst all the reds. Had to get it.
That's such a difficult shot to
play. Just a roll up and land on the
yellow. From the cue ball. Being on
the cushion. Very difficult to
judge. You don't want to leave it
short, otherwise you leave your
opponent in with the free ball.
You can see the red there in front
of the black. Sometimes you play a
screw back off that and hope that
you can keep the reds all up this
end of the table. Is he going to try
a thin off it?
An excellent shop. I remember big
Bill Wovernick, when he was in
trouble he got down and screwed it
back into the balk error but Mark
Allen found a gap there and it had
to be judged to perfection.
Foul and a miss.
A touch closer?
All three having a
look at the monitor.
Just a fraction.
A ball? A full
We are getting there. That's
where it was. Not too far away.
It's a very delicate little shot he
is playing. He just has to land on
the red off the two cushions.
This is quite a tactical battle
between these two young players
here. Just 26 years of age, Kyren.
Just the slightest of double kisses
there. He would have been a bit
anxious as he watched the white go
towards that red.
I presume Mark
Allen can't get through. The two
reds at the right corner, you would
think he would have a go at the
plant. He hasn't looked at T I
presume he can't get through to the
red furthest away from the pocket.
It's not a straight plant by any
means but from where he was hitting
the cue ball from it would've been
Risky. He is playing the cushion
first to pot the red or is he just
playing the safety? He may just be
playing the safety, leaving the cue
ball in the jaws of the pocket.
No, it was the pot. Very, very risky
that shot. There was a lot of
distance between the red and the
pocket. At first glance, he hasn't
left anything easy.
end it was Mark Allen who won the
tactical battle and Kyren tried that
pot. So in with a chance here. They
are awkward around that corner
Oh, no, the wasp back again. Here we
go again. He is on his back. He
should be able to get him this time.
Thank you, settle down,
please. Sorry about that.
Well, Mark keeping focussed here,
He'd love to go to the mid-session
When that was
going on, the referee dealing with
the ref, Mark didn't flinch. Very
Well he is always up for a
joke with the referees and that but
this is the final of the Masters and
he has to keep that focus.
And if you just watch Mark's face
here, he is not flinching. He is
keeping his focus.
That needs to pull up a bit. It is a
little awkward for him. He might
need the rest again.
It is getting a bit more complicated
now with those five reds all around
the pocket. They are all sort of
covering each other.
He could easily snooker himself on
the red here, if he is playing for
the one next to the pink. He has hit
it at a decent pace to make sure
that didn't happen. A pretty good
shot, to be fair. There would have
been frustration in his mind from
not being on the blue nicely.
Whenever he gets to the point of
playing some sort of cannon to
loosen the four reds by the right
corner pocket, it's going to be...
There is going to be a bit of danger
attached to it because he doesn't
want to pot a red.
Wow, maybe he could've hit that with
a bit more pace. Maybe it drifted to
the jaws. Let's look. I don't think
he was quite in the pocket there.
But the frames are all following the
same pattern. Mark Allen is getting
in first and in the making enough.
-- and not making enough to finish
the frame off.
Off two cushions for the red at the
right corner, off the right-hand
Played it well.
It was all about getting a good
angle on the blue again, to get into
those very awkward five reds, so
imperative he gets a good angle on
the blue here.
He could even do it from the pink
but as Stephen said he has to be
careful not to plant the red into
the corner pocket, depending on how
hard he hits this.
That's amazing the way that has
It's finished so awkward, he hasn't
even got an easy safety shot.
He could play that shot another ten
times and not get that result.
Already the longest frame in this
And it could go on for a while, the
way these balls are situated.
spread around, Mark Allen has left
an attempt here.
A fabulous pot from the red. Well,
you could argue he has not got any
advantage from it, because he has to
play not only positive, a tricky
safety, but what can you leave, it
doesn't matter where you put the cue
Yes, he went for the pink and six
Well, a fantastic pot.
He might even have a go at the
double because it's the only red he
Always worth the risk there, having
a go at the double. The only
problem, as we'll show you, he was
pretty close to it.
Although it is the best of 19. You
play longer matches, in little mini
You set your stall out to
maybe win the first session 3-1.
Quite a tense fourth frame here,
before we go to the mid-session
He didn't want to risk playing back
down the table because if he had
come up short he would've left the
one close to the blue. That's yes
chose a different shot.
He'd rather this red would go off in
off the blue. He could cut it in
directly. It is a big pocket.
He has cut it. Great shot. A good
pot but once again, a little
pot but once again, a little bit
unfortunate with the green. I'll
show you the snick shot. Look at the
reds but the green made it awkward.
He is trying the black to try to
develop the reds.
I think this is a
I think this is a first real scrapie
frame That he's been involved in,
the majority of this tournament.
That's a pretty good shot.
It is a tricky safety for Mark Allen
He felt the white drifted a little
bit there. Is there a gap through to
the red? No, I don't think so.
the red closest to the cue ball.
Certainly available, I think, to the
far left corner.
A push shot, but why hit that so
hard? I don't understand that shot
If you're going to go for the pot,
why not just stand across from the
pin took the middle pocket?
pin took the middle pocket? A
strange choice of shot to me there.
He got away with it. This is very
difficult for Mark Allen here.
I wonder if he's looking at the
angle to cut this in the middle
pocket. It would have to be a thin
He looked at the angle to cut the
red in the middle. Tried to pot the
other one. So, that tells you that
red isn't cuttable.
Eight frames to be played this
And this frame not far off. 35
minutes, but the balls did go a
little awkward. There were some
brilliant tactical play from both
Mark Allen is thinking about taking
this pot up into the left corner and
screwing back with a bit of safety
in mind. When you have played a
longish frame, the last thing you
want to do is let your opponent in.
Making a mistake.
Making a mistake. That is what he's
tried. Where's the red going to
Wasn't an easy position there for
Getting a little bit flustered Mark
Allen out there. He's looked very
calm and composed this week.
A let off. I say a let off, because
he missed the pot, but has he left
The first sign of tension
in this final.
He wanted to hit red first. Just
watch the cue ball here. Just hits
the cushion before the red.
Is it still cuttable?
One good shot to play for the rest.
It's done off a couple of cushions.
It is amazing. It has added a bit of
tension to this very important
frame, even though it is the best of
Both players missing balls that they
wouldn't normally miss.
. You can just see a little bit of
redness around the face, Mark Allen.
He doesn't look as calm and as
Mark Allen knows that Kyren should
have got closer to this green.
Further than he would have liked.
Switch that phone off, please.
It is a very important shot this
that Kyren is facing. He didn't get
as close to the green as he should
That's ridiculous. It is.
point that person out? Come on
please and that's it. He can go.
Trying to find the culprit.
Hurry up, please.
Don't kick him
out. Just turn it on silent.
Let him in after the interval, yeah?
Bless him. He's a fair chap. He
won't probably know how to switch
the phone on to silent.
the phone on to silent. That was
really nice of him there.
To have the concentration after all
that, to regain your focus and the
job in hand, potting that green.
He's still got quite a bit to do
Instead of being straightforward,
he's got a problem. Just wanted to
come between the green and pink.
That's no not the best shot he's
ever played. So both players are
feeling the tension out there.
This key frame, before the
That's a good shot from Mark Allen
He hadn't got the angle there. He
made sure he got a good green and
he's got a pretty good cue ball.
That is a bit unlucky of the hit
one, middle pocket, and go across
over the other. The only thing with
this shot, I don't know if he can
hit it thick enough to avoid the
white going up into a corner pocket.
He has to be a wee bit careful with
Believe it or not, this is now the
longest frame of the tournament. The
previous longest was John Higgins
He needs the brown, the blue and the
Black doesn't really matter. It is
all about who pots blue and pink.
How hard did he hit that? That is
pure tension that caused him to miss
that. Why hit it so hard? That's
what you can do under pressure. Just
needed to push the cue through in a
straight line and well, wouldn't it
be ironic if Mark Allen was to pot
this and bring the black into play.
Didn't play the double. He's played
this very well indeed. Excellent
All of a sudden, Mark Allen has just
gone favourite for this black ball
fight and the way it's finished.
There are some players who attempt
the double in this sort of
It's not the done thing these days.
Sent it on to the side cushion. Get
a little bit of drift, so...
you what, this isn't a gimme. Mark
Allen looked away. I think it's dead
straight. OK, he should pot it nine
times out of ten, but...
The frame has lasted almost 47
minutes and Mark Allen, well, he
will be delighted to pinch it in the
end. It is 2-2.
What a reaction from Mark Allen. A
fist going on there. A bit of a
He got away
with one there. Didn't he? He played
a brilliant shot on the black. What
was Kyren Wilson doing with a
straight pink? Somebody who cues as
well as he does as well. He nearly
missed the jaws. He did miss the
Is that tension though?
purely that T I still expected him
to knock that in.
He seems to be
under pressure. Perhaps he hits the
ball too hard. It is OK if they are
going in the pockets. When they
miss, it looks like he panicked a
bit. What that does for his
confidence for the rest of the match
is in question. Those shots are
debilitating. What a confidence
builder for your opponent if you are
playing somebody who might not be
ability to clinch a frame.
He had a
few bites of the cherry. We are
looking at the end, but he had two
or three chances. He was in on the
colours first out of the two
players. He's not giving away one,
he's giving away three.
the phone situation - had that not
happened he would have potted the
green better. He didn't pot it in
the best part of the pocket. He
wasn't on the yellow. He made the
positional shot with the yellow. Who
knows what would have happened if he
got free flow of that? That pink,
with the black safe is a free shot,
it is like a penalty. He butchered
When will people get the message
about taking phones into events like
this, cinemas or theatres. Back with
you very, very shortly. Back to the
live action. 2-2 as it stands. Let's
hear from Mark Allen. He's been
talking to Rob Walk our.
Mark, I always look forward to
speaking to you, because you are
someone who is so honest. There was
no better example than how you had a
laugh with Denis, walking down the
stairs having been introduced as
It's the Pistol Mark Williams...
What's your second name again? Mark
It was funny being
introduced as Mark Williams. I had a
joke he's getting sacked in the
I didn't ask you to say
that! The interesting thing about
that is you weren't offended and it
didn't interrupt your momentum in
the match and you are someone, I
think, who reacts quite well on the
big occasions in the big matches.
I think that's something just about
my personality really. I try and
have fun out there, whether in the
build up or in the match to try and
enjoy myself. I am very fortunate to
do what I do for a living. You have
to try and enjoy it as well with.
You are on three ranking titles, two
of which came in China and you won
the grand finals. Would you have
expected more silverware by now,
bearing in mind how long you have
been around the top 16? ? Well I
hope it does not sound arrogant, but
I did expect more. I came on the
back of a good hammure record. I was
used to winning. I have won nine
times on tour. For me, it is not
Do you think people outside the
circuit may underestimate the
difficulties of being away from home
for so much. I am sure you are
grateful for the living snooker's
enabled you and your family to have,
but it is not as glamorous as what
First of all I am very
grateful for what the game's given
me. People will never understand
what we go through as sports people
and being away from home so much.
People say, how would you like a
9-5? If you do have 9-5 you see your
family. That is something we don't
know. Living out of a suitcase,
eating room service on your own
nearly every night. That is not all
what it's cracked up to be.
Well, it is always a delight to see
you in amongst the balls. Thank you
for your honesty again.
Ranked number eight in the world.
He's a good talker if you catch him
in the right sort of mood.
great lad. We talk a lot about
football and golf together. He's
been very relaxed around the venue
all week. If you beat Ronnie
O'Sullivan and John Higgins, you are
hitting the ball all right.
a big difference if you are feeling
It is hard to feel relaxed
when things are going wrong on the
table though. Today they have done
for Mark Allen. He will be relieved
to have got that full frame under
his belt and wiped the slate clean
and start again. As I said earlier,
this opening session of eight
frames, with 11 tonight, perhaps you
think, OK, the match starts tonight
more. You hope to get parity at the
very least. It is a chance to get a
big lead on your opponent. If not,
it is parity and wait for tonight.
In the context of Mark Allen and
where he's going in his snooker
career, we have discussed, he's got
the talent to win these major
titles. If, for example, he wins
tonight, does that mean he goes to
the World Championship full of
confidence and we talk about him
winning at a cruisable as opposed to
the Selby, the O'Sullivan?
Absolutely. It makes a difshs to
know you can go and -- difference to
know you can go and do it. I have
seen some brilliant performances
when he's been nicked on the line by
performers who have played that bit
better than him. If he wins one of
these, who knows what it will do for
him confidence-wise. It has to be a
The more who win Major
events, the more every player is
saying to themselves, I am good
enough to win. The field of players
getting bigger and bigger. From Mark
Allen's perspective, he would like
to be in that group.
This is Kyren
Wilson, really good listen, this.
So, second masters and it must be so
nice to be now in this elite
bracket, where only the best of the
best get invited here.
It seems to
be getting harder and harder,
doesn't it? There are so many
seeding cut offs now. There's no
rest in there. On a good win, back a
couple of months ago, you have to
keep on producing. And yeah, I'm
very pleased to be in that 16 once
again for the second time.
Your year leading up to qualifying
for the Masters was massive, wasn't
it? You went from outside the top 50
to suddenly being in the 16. You
just seemed to click in so many
I have got to put that down to
my coach, Barry. We have worked hard
technically. It set me back for a
good two years. Inevitably it has
put me two steps forward. We have
not looked back since we worked on
that. I managed to win Shanghai. It
is very important to be consistent.
From then on you don't want to be a
one-hit wonder. I am chasing that
second title. I am knocking on the
door. I am getting closer and
closer. That is what you have to do.
It is so tough these days. You
cannot be too tough on yourself and
have to set realistic goals.
you balance being a young father.
You have fin lay and Bailey. Those
Bailey is only four months old. You
are spending months and months away
from home and in many cases away
from the country on a different time
It is very tough. Sometimes
this year especially I have gone out
the door and my little boy has
shouted down the stairs, "Dad,
please don't go." He is three. He
wants his dad around him. In a few
years' time hopefully he will enjoy
the life I have given him. My wife,
Sophie, she had never been abroad
before we got together. Now there
are the countries she has seen. You
have to take the rough with the
smooth. It is not easy. I am
enjoying what I am doing. I am
hungry. I have to be selfish and put
my snooker first. In that sense I
will always give my family a better
life for that reason. It's not easy,
but I am coping with it quite well.
It sounds as if your wife and your
children and your parents are really
proud of you. Congratulations on all
the success so far. And may that
second title be coming sooner rather
Thank you very much,
I am down here in the
Cue Zone. Before I speak to his
mother and father and brother, I am
putting my phone away. How is your
phone? Is it switched off?
a tense last frame that was.
Kyren will be disappointed. They
will be disappointed. They both
missed balls they would normally
get. Going into the break 2 will 2,
I am sure Kyren would have preferred
it to be 3-1.
How are the nerves?
Can't stand to watch, sometimesvy to
look away. The atmosphere in there
A great last frame.
Absolutely. Just the phone thing. It
threw him a little bit and unsettled
him. He needed to get back into the
game, resettle and go again.
play to Kyren, he didn't want the
chap thrown out. A nice touch.
was. He lost his grandfather earlier
in the year and I am sure he was
thinking about him and how he would
have wanted him to be treated.
to have you over here, you must be
delighted with that. He gave you a
It wasn't just me. It was
everybody in the crowd.
A big family
Just me and his brother
and sister. His wife and kids are
over. They are proud. Unbelievable.
The final ball was potted, everybody
was pressing, buy the tickets, buy
More tickets for
Going 3-1. Don't want too
many frames like that.
frames, no more phones.
to Kyren, remember he didn't want
the guy put out. Credit where
That is it from here
in the Cue Zone. Looking forward to
the next few frames. Kyren Wilson is
a very, very lovely guy as well.
Yes, you are right, he didn't want
the gentleman thrown out of the
arena. I hope the family and friends
have a great time there. Right,
we've had sensational snooker over
the last couple of days and some
He's got great cue power here. There
you go... Excellent shot. That's not
too bad. Played that very, very
Tucked the red away from the black
He must feel that red will go.
Look at this shot, if it does go.
He does generate incredible cue ball
speed, Judd Trump.
P He played that beautifully.
Perfect execution there. He hit the
cue ball full on the face.
It is just unfair, Denis, isn't it?
The cueing is just wonderful.
Good shot. Good shot.
He could play snookers behind the
black now. That's in a nice place.
Now so is the cue ball.
A monster. Retained perfect control
with the cue ball.
The perfect indication of a shot
played with side there. Right down
the cue of John Higgins. Look at the
shot he played! #
The same pocket as the pink or
I think you'd have to play to
the middle. He decided to run
around. Oh, wow, look at the way he
has played this. Boughtfully played.
Bought -- beautifully played.
Angelle where he can move through
and manoeuvre a couple of reds into
position. -- on an angle.
now looking at the yellow. Hems be
feeling confident if he is going to
take this on.
Going for the jugular here. Great
shot. Full marks for trying to make
something happen here.
Some excellent shots. If you want to
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Lots of good shots. You are right.
We'll give you the result later when
we return for the final.
2-2 at the interval. The story of
the match so far.
Mark Allen makes a break of 3 in
frame 1 before Kyren Wilson took his
chance. He had a chance to steal the
frame but missed a pink into the
middle and Allen mopping up to make
The big talking point in frame 3.
The missed Fred Allen, presenting
Wilson with yet another chance.
Kyren taking full advantage,
knocking in another break of 52. A
little disturbance in the arena with
a phone going off three times, we
wonder if that threw Kyren ever so
slightly. 46 minutes, 46 seconds,
look at that celebration from Mark
Allen. Stealy determination. 2-2.
There is no separating these two.
This is the 2018 Dafabet Masters
final live here on BBC Two. Change
in the commentary box, good
afternoon to Ken Doherty and John
Virgo. JOHN VIRGO: You can feel the
tension in the air. At the moment,
Ken I would suggest the occasion
getting the better of all players.
Well, a scrappy few frames but like
it now and ge. Full of tensions. I
don't think we'll see too many more.
I think the boys will have settled
down and relax after the mid-session
interval and we'll see some of the
great snooker they have produced
already this week. Well, they can't
be separated at the moment. A good
break on for Mark Allen. You can't
blame them for a little bit of
tension, John, a little bit of
nerves creeping in. It is such a big
opportunity for both players, to get
their hands on that wonderful trophy
and go into the history books. There
is a lot at stake.
Looks like a good break-off shot
from Mark Allen. If he catches this
right, though, there are a couple of
reds available. A little thin.
That's why the cue ball is bouncing
in and out of balk.
So an opportunity for Mark. After
winning that last frame.
Right in the heart of the pocket.
Right in the heart of the pocket.
Well, he jumped up off that quite
short. I don't think it was a kick.
Maybe he felt that the cue ball
Any harder and I'm not quite sure
whether that blue would've dropped
in but he is OK.
Yeah, I agree with you, I think he
thought he missed it. Maybe the cue
ball did roll off slightly but
playing at that pace, it could roll
over a finger mark. Anyway, it
dropped. No, and that's not the
first shot he's missed with the rest
in this match. So still not really
It might settle on the blue.
are a couple of reds. He can go
after the one just above the black
at the bottom of the pack. He may
try to get on that one. Overhit it.
He always had this red.
Snr the reason Ken is suggesting
that, if he was on the other red he
could roll it in and play for the
black and cannon into the reds and
bring other reds into play and still
have this one near the corner.
It is little fractions and shots
like that that can catch up with you
and just make it a little bit more
Now he will probably go into them
but he just has to be a little bit
careful that he doesn't get too far
into the middle of the cluster. You
would think he would bound to be on
the reds at the right corner but it
could go wrong.
Well, when you are blessed with lots
of cue power, as Kyren is, he is
going to need it here. You see
that's the problem of not being on
that red that we mentioned, John, it
made it that little bit more
difficult. Overshot the blue.
difficult. Overshot the blue.
should have potted the black, of
He was trying to make the game as
easy as possible, particularly with
so much tension in the air.
players feeling it now.
If the pink doesn't go on its own
spot it'll go on the highest
available, the black. It has done.
That won't bother Mark.
Straighter on the blue he would've
had a lot more control of the cue
ball. Now he's having to play a
baulk colour and the cue ball will
be travelling a lot further than it
should have been.
Not out of the woods yet.
No. He would've liked to have been
straighter on this red so he can
drop it in and get back on the pink.
But now he's going to have to screw
it off the side cushion, get top
side of the blue.
Well how is his position? Still not
This looks good. Needs a bitted of
luck. It's not too bad. Could've
been better. An excellent shot.
has this red into the right centre.
The balls are very close to each
He has to play baulk shot. And the
ball possibly between brown and
So a choice of reds. He can just
drop this red in and still hold for
the pink. Brush off the red to the
right and bring that into play. And
now back into prime position.
Now back on its own spot. Certainly
available into the left corner, the
pink. Looking to see if it is
available into the right corner.
Well, it does go to the right
corner, so couldn't ask for a much
better chance than this. All the
reds you require, nicely open.
Slightly hampered by the red. He can
just about cue by it. And if he
could find a gap between the two
40 points in the lead now. Two reds,
two colours would do the trick.
Gone wrong. Once again he could have
he a used a little right-hand side
to avoid the red off the cushion. Of
course he's hampered by the red
close to the cue ball. But with a
44-point read looking to put a baulk
colour safe but he will be very
disappointed he didn't win the frame
infrastructure that position.
Yes, it all looked plain sailing.
But a poor positional shot. Back in
his seat, 44 points in front but
still 59 remaining.
Knocking the red towards the corner.
He needs the cover badly. He has not
So there goes the red. This blue to
go 50 points in front with 51
remaining. So one more red still
required. Needs to slow up. Slap
bang in the middle of nowhere.
That's quite amazing. A couple of
inches further down he is on the red
below the pink. A couple of inches
slower and he boof been on the red
to the right of the pink into the
bottom right-hand corner pocket.
Anywhere but there.
Well, he has had two golden
opportunities now to clinch this
frame and not done it.
Is there another twist in the tail?
Not found the baulk cushion, so this
red effectively frame ball.
But, remember, if Kyren Wilson gets
an opportunity, he needs three reds,
Otherwise he couldn't win it in one
He played that with a lot of check
side. Oh, is he going to sneak
behind the green? Is it going to
sneak behind the green?
Unbelievable. It was hard to see
that coming! He has Mark Allen in
It is one of these situations where
Mark Allen has a big target for the
two reds but he's just got to try to
make sure he hits T he doesn't want
it give four points away. Good shot.
Well the importance of that was
Kyren needs, as John said, three
reds and three backs. So any
four-point foul and he has a little
bit of room to manoeuvre.
I just wonder is that a plant, the
pink? No, it doesn't look like it
thought the red below the pink may
have been a possible plant. He
played a three-ball plant in an
earlier frame but this looks fairly
good. He played it W it could be
frame ball, he could drop in behind
the green here. -- played it well.
snookers required at the moment.
He is just putting the yellow on the
cushion for assurance. He has got
the snooker and that's enough for
Kyren Wilson. He didn't do it in one
visit but eventually crept over the
line, back in front 3-2.
STUDIO: Mark Allen very much in
front. You have to say John and
Steve, that frame just before the
interral is crushing.
Steve, that frame just before the
interral is crushing.
-- is crucial It made a difference.
The problem in the final, the frames
aren't being won in one visit,
people are getting 45s, 30s, 40s and
all of a sudden it is hard-fought
frame near the end. There is no real
flow. Someone is not getting in and
getting 70, 80, 90 and moving and it
is making it bitty at the end of
It's tense but in the great
snooker. Mark Allen has lost his
accurate positional plain even
worse, Kyren Wilson has lost his
potting. The black he missed going
into the pack is not not
unforgivable but a debilitating
shot. He has to get it back on and
Mark Allen, if he can get going and
get his owent on the ropes, he might
get the positional play back.
were you expecting a hay-scoring
final given the fact we have two
relatively inexperienced campaigners
out there who have never been in
I would expect them
to be scoring higher. Mark Allen has
got to the final by scoring higher
all the way through the tournament
and kie reason Wilson upped it
slightly near the end in his Judd
Trump match I would've expected
Kyren because his cue ball has been
good all week but it is one of those
games at the moment that hasn't
It is understand that two
players who have never been to a
major major final before, a bit of
rabbit in the headlines, having it
thrown at them but somewhere in the
best of 19, you will settle down,
you hope you are not too far behind.
It is a showspees final. Remember
Be a -- a show piece final.
Ye, but if your cue ball has been
good all week, it shouldn't desert
you. I know it is a fill but still a
gym of snooker. These he boys know
what they are doing.
Shot of the
turn A. -- tournament. Anything
going through your mind?
I don't don't mean in life.
Lots of friends and other snooker
players texting me, saying, oh, no,
you are not allowed that.
of shot of the tournament?
our ideas. Our heads together.
like both of Kyren's shots, but
there are other we like as well.
are just not giving it away.
Why should we?
Lots of people
coming in and out here at Alexandra
Palace, popping out having a drink
and come back in. That's why there
is a delay. World Snooker officials
trying to get everybody seated. Not
panicking but I can see one official
outside our studio briefing the
referee on what is going on?
Logistically it is not easy. Plenty
go out for obvious comfort breaks
and trying to get in at the back end
of the frame and with this amount of
people and with the crowd it is not
easy to get organised.
say they are settled now as we join
Ken and John.
Take your seats quickly,
Thank you. Kyren Wilson to break.
JOHN VIRGO: When breaking off,
whatever you do, don't hit the blue.
He caught the red much too thin,
which is why he caught the blue and
left a half-ball pot on for his
Needs to stop short of the baulk
line. Well just past it will be OK.
He will be on the blue and he is.
KEN DOHERTY: And a couple of reds to
play on. The one to the extreme
right of the pink and the one behind
the black. Well, decided to go in
and needs a bit of luck. How's your
luck? Not good.
Yeah, it was obviously in Mark's
mind at the moment to be a bit more
aggressive. It wouldn't have been my
choice actually. I always like, if
the black is available to both
corners, I don't mind bringing them
open but the black wasn't.
Oh, tried to knock one into the
other. Misjudged it and he has left
a chance for Kyren. Now, Kyren needs
to get Nis potting boots back on. --
get his potting boots back on. A bit
of pressure on this but it is a
Good pot, right into the middle of
the pocket. And nicely on the black
You feel it is only a matter of time
before the standard steps up and
these guys will start winning frames
in one visit but as we said, there
is a lot of pressure on them.
Certainly a good opportunity here
just to settle his nerves, since he
has missed that pink. Looking a
little bit fragile.
And, of course, John, nothing like a
frame-winning break to just get you
back on track.
Yes, certainly it
gives your confidence a boost.
Of course, it also sends out a
signal to your opponent - make a
mistake and just one mistake will do
Just about OK. Not that
straightforward here. He will be
hatchered cueing. Ed -- hampered
cueing. I don't think it is a case
of just dropping in on the colour. A
little bit of work to do with the
cue ball but we have seen, so many
times, Ken, in matches, when it is a
bit scrappy and then you just get
one player to make a sizeable break
and then the other guy sort of kicks
in to gear.
Yeah, it's like they
almost get inspired. This could've
been, as you said, could've been a
He played it very well. Well-played.
It was a good shot.
The last black he played didn't go
into the heart of the pocket.
He needs to steady himself a little
bit. Still a couple of loose reds to
go after this one.
So far, so good.
He had to one little scare when
He had to one little scare when he
used that. But he has nice control
of the due ball at the moment.
There he is, and his partner,
Jeanette. 1977 champion.
He can probably play for the pink.
Just a little screw back. The one
he's playing, just to the right of
Pink, to go 57 points in front.
Looking really, another couple of
reds, a couple of colours would see
him way past the winning line.
He's looking at the pink spot. Looks
close. He's hoping that it doesn't -
it looks very, very close. It may go
back on its own spot. If it doesn't,
the red to the left of the pink spot
is open to the corner pocket.
Well, he obviously feels that the
pink. That little marker will tell
us it may do.
What does it tell us,
that little marker? When the cross
is in the middle, does that tell us
the pink will go?
go on this spot then.
This black and one more red and he's
won a frame in one visit. This will
really give him a boost in
The hardest break of the match so
What's he on? Well, there's nowhere
else for the pin took go.
He's trying to get as close to his
old spot. He does like a double,
does Kyre nerks.
You like a double,
don't you John -- Kyren. You like a
double, don't you John? Especially
if someone else is paying for it.
How's it not gone in? Well, it
doesn't matter. He won the frame in
one visit and that's a bit more like
it. But Mark Allen gave him that
chance and Kyren Wilson grabbed it
with both hands. We are all square
again. Three a piece.
Frame seven. Mark Allen to break.
Two more frames to be played in this
last session of this master's final.
Couldn't be closer. We've had
mistakes T quality rolls there from
Kyren. Maybe that will spark Mark
Allen into a bit of life.
Skiems can be the case in these two
session -- sometimes can be the case
in these two-session matches. It has
been why these players have been a
little bit tentative.
Just managed to miss the blue there.
He has left the red to the bottom
left-hand corner pocket. There is a
gap between reds and black. Back
down towards the baulk. Very
proficient with this type of shot.
Will take the bull by the horns
here. Take this yellow one into the
right centre. There's plenty of
value. After that nice break in the
last frame he'll be feeling a bit
better. Looks like he's shaping up
to take it on.
Straight on this red to the left
corner. Been a formality to stun it
in and beyond the black. But not
straight. Can he haul for the black?
I think the pink may be available to
the right middle as well. It is a
delicate shot if he'll try and hold
The black, of course only available
into the right corner.
Didn't fancy playing it delicately.
But has played it well enough to be
on the pink. Not quite certain where
the next red comes from.
He'll have to find a gap to be on
the next red.
I don't think there's anything
available into the right-hand corner
Trusting him with a bit of luck for
this shot. A good line.
Kiss those reds into open play. The
pink is on, as we saw from that
camera angle. He can stay on the
pink or go up for the blue if he
... The cue ball to such an extent I
don't think he's on anything. He's
looking to get to this red corner,
but it looks mighty tight.
Can he see enough of it? I don't
think so. The fact he's put the rest
back in its holder tells me he's
just going to play it safety.
Is there a possibility of a plant -
this second red flicking off the
pink. Doesn't look like it
path back to the baulk. Have to find
the baulk cushion on these safeties.
All things considered, that is a
very poor shot.
I mean to leave a pot on when you
are that close to the reds, it is a
Try to find the gap between pink and
black. Back up for the blue.
Would be leaving very simple safety
shot for his opponent. Could try and
nestle into the yellow as went is he
going to take this pink on? This is
It is one of those shots, you think,
as soon as I possibly can, it will
go in. Overcut it. Couldn't have
seen that. But as you say, Ken, it
was a risky shot.
And it may be very costly because
this red's on to the left middle.
If the shot goes in, he wins the
frame. If he misses it, it could
cost him the frame.
To be fair, there was nothing
controlled about that positional
shot. Just trusting a little bit to
look. Anyway, he's had it.
Shouldn't be a problem, but when the
object ball is in the jaws of the
pocket like this, sometimes it is a
little bit more difficult to judge
how a cue ball's going to come away
from the pocket.
He's found a gap there. I don't know
where the gap came from. Now can he
get past the pink?
Finished in inch-perfect position.
He doesn't like the angle. Back up
for the pink.
Looks to be straight on this pink.
Doesn't want to be ham perred by the
pink here. He has an alternative red
to the right corner. If it's the one
he's choosing. Obviously it is a lot
easier to cue this than the ones to
the opposite corner.
This to go 48 points in front. Three
more reds required after this black.
Just that little comment when
somebody sneezed and he said, bless
you. It just makes
you. It just makes you feel that
Kyren is comfortable.
A chance of a century here.
The applause tells you, but I don't
think there's going to be anyway
back to the table for Mark Allen
here. The only question is, are we
going to see the 28th century of
this year's masters?
A risky shot, it has to be said,
John, he's stretching. I couldn't
believe he overcut the pink. Left
Kyren in for this opportunity and
he's taken these very well.
Would you go for that pink, John?
Because it wasn't a very good
safety, I don't blame him playing
for it. It was only a fraction from
dropping. As you said at the start
of the frame, Kyren, when he got
that opportunity, having made the 86
in the last frame was in stroke, so
to speak, so he's certainly shown
that that's really given him a boost
of confidence in last frame.
Six remaining covers for a break of
We can all be wise after the event
and say he shouldn't have played it.
As I say, it was just a fraction
away from dropping for Mark Allen.
It's hard to believe that was
overcut, isn't it?
overcut, isn't it? Big last frame.
One going into this evening's
session, leading 5-3. Mark Allen
would love to draw level once again.
He could have left himself easier on
this pink. A good pot needed here.
A decent break of 89 for Kyren
Wilson. He's back in front. 4-3.
That is more like it will, Steve.
Crisis over for Kyren Wilson. I
expected the player, if either could
break free of the shackles to be
Mark Allen first. That has not
happened. An interesting last frame
we have this afternoon.
something for the fans to just maybe
enjoy a little bit more. Especially
that long frame of 46 minutes and 46
seconds was a little bit tedious.
was as if the boys could sense we
were talking. All of a sudden Kyren
has won the last two. There's
nothing better for your confidence.
He's 86 and 89. From 3-2 behind. 4-3
in front, with a bite of the cherry
for the last frame to get two frames
If he were to win
5-3, that is a bonus because he
didn't necessarily deserve to be
that at the start. It was very tense
out there, you could probably
expect. A two-frame deficit going
into this evening, Mark Allen is on
the back foot.
When you have knocked
in 86 and 89 and not got in your
rhythm, what does that do? When
Kyren is sitting there now, what is
He's playing properly.
Mark Allen is scratching around for
a good chance. I don't blame him for
taking the pink on in the last. It
was one of those shots. The balls
have been dropping in a bit on the
cloth this week. It has been
dropping in. I don't blame him
taking that on. He needs to get his
hand on the table with a good
Mark Allen has got to this
position by playing positional
snooker. He's been so in control of
the cue ball. It's not happened in
the final. If it happens tonight
he'll be back on track. You have to
weather the storm for one more
And Kyren has got this far as
well by playing his shots. You don't
want to go too cavalier, do you?
wonderful chance for a 5-3 lead
We should say hello to the
Alexsia. Especially to John who has
got in touch with us. They have set
up their own fan zone in Antrim
town. Come on the Pistol, they say.
Hope you're having a good afternoon.
A lot of people back in Antrim will
be watching today and cheering Mark
on. Of course, Ronnie and his
brother both came over this morning.
Lots of friends as well here in the
audience. Had the green and white
army. Got all those lads tickets as
His brother eagerly awaiting.
See what will happen in this last
frame - a big frame for Mark Allen.
A great shot. That's a good start.
A good pot, this. Now what sort of a
pot has he got on the yellow? Can he
get the cue ball? He's got a slight
angle to get the cue ball back to
the business end.
Does this red pass the pink? If it
doesn't then he's got this red along
the top cushion and you see the red
doesn't pass the pink. This is a
Played it beautifully. Saying last
night, Ken, he's the type of player,
Mark, you feel there's anything he
could pot if he put his mind to it.
Now, can he get into the reds? I
Now, can he get into the reds? I --
he hit the pink, perfectly. He'll be
unlucky if he's not on one here.
That is unfortunate. Couldn't have
hit the pink any better.
agree. Got it where he wanted to.
Look at this - right down the middle
of it. He's very unfortunate not to
be on a red there.
Doesn't look straightforward to
slide off the red he's closest to.
The red centre pocket is in the way.
So it will have to play a heavier
shot. He's played that very well. A
Noticed with both players did rarely
find that baulk cushion. You find
the baulk cushion and it takes any
pot out of the equation and makes
the safety shot difficult as well.
Turned down the pot.
Catching the yellow full in the
face. Doesn't make it a good safety.
There may be a red now down to the
left corner. If you knock it in,
would haven't to do much with the
cue ball. Would automatically be on
the pink or black. But pressure. A
big frame, this.
Can play this now.
Knowing he will not leave anything
if he misses.
Except for the red that he plays and
again that's very unlucky.
He could only leave that red and
sometimes that may, if he misses it,
sometimes hits the jaws of the
pocket and goes safe. This time he
stuck it up.
Not having the best of a run at the
Certainly signs that Kyren Wilson
has upped his game here.
He's getting the cue through a lot
smoother. I know he likes to play
the shots firm, but pots are going
nicely in the middle.
That's a good positional shot.
He's been very impressive how he's
got himself back on track.
Been a little bit shaky after the
interval. Of course that was all
down to that missed pin income the
fourth frame -- missed pink in the
fourth frame. Managed to find the
form that comes from knocking the
balls in, getting a bit of
confidence, but also being able to
control the emotions and have plenty
That's the key as well. It's not
easy sometimes, when you are not
playing that well, it is easy to let
your head drop, but he's not done
that. He's stuck at it,
that. He's stuck at it, knowing the
form is there it is easy sometimes
when things are not going well and
you miss a few easy shots, it does
affect your confidence and affects
the next frame.
It is the one just above the
black that will go to the corner. It
looks like he hasp landed on it
perfectly, as you can see.
The red directly above the black
pots into the that pocket. As you
He wants it get top side of that
blue. Just about managed it.
That worked out nicely. The only
down side is the black is only
available into one corner pocket
now. But he may able to screw across
the face of the black. Well he is
playing with top spin so up for pink
or blue here.
or blue here. He judged it well.
This is the perfect examp, he has
made the breaks in the last few
fra.s so he got the pace of the
table and cue arm is working nicely.
Every time he is getting that side
of the blue, it helps. A good
positional shot. At the moment he
has the cue ball on a string.
When he pots the one in the corner
pocket, the one to the right of it
will be available to the left corner
Well he is straight on that blue.
couldn't have come at a worse time.
Can he force an angle? Maybe.
No, he couldn't. He ran through and
caught the jaw of the middle pocket.
Taken him away from the red. 43
points the lead but still 67
remaining. He needs a good pot here
to keep this going. He has a couple
No, not this time but where is this
cue ball going? Where is the cue
ball going? Oh, it just crept past
the green. It is fair, really. He
didn't play the snooker. He played
the pot. But you can see as he
slumps back in his seat, what a good
chance he has let go there and this
Mark Allen will still be glad to
have the chance Bunce again he has
not found a good length with the cue
ball and left a long pot for Kyren.
-- but once again he has not found a
good length with the cue ball.
Well, has he left the red below the
pink? I don't think he can see
enough to have a go at the pot. No,
just a safety.
He will be trying it
get in behind that yellow if he can.
It is a good line.
Well, just caught the yellow and he
has left a pot on. That's the one
thing that Mark couldn't afford to
Every time he comes to the table at
the moment, Kyren, he has something
to go at. He is only looking for a
couple of more reds and colours.
Well, he has not left anything easy.
He was nowhere near the jaws.
Looking not to leave anything easy.
Well, he has left the pot on, but
fraught with too much danger. As you
said before, John, a big target up
behind the yellow.
again he has not put it in behind
it. If Mark Allen gets the next
chance could become the new
favourite for this game. OK, one
difficult red at the cushion, but he
would like opportunity, would Mark.
R Looks a better length of cue ball
This is a big frame.
Psychologically, for Kyren Wilson,
as we said he made breaks of 86, 79
and he has had three golden
opportunities to win this one. If he
was to lose it and go into the
mid-session interval all square,
psychologically, you'd think Mark
Allen would just have the edge.
Well, he is looking at the red close
to the pink but this is a possible
shot, if he could get enough spin on
T he is going to take the red above
the pink. As a possible plant but he
wants that cue ball up behind the
This looks good. Very, very good
indeed. Great shot. What a shot that
Yes, Mark Allen has had a couple of
attempts to get that cue ball in
behind the yellow and didn't do it.
But we were always saying that that
was the target. I don't think it's
an actual snooker. I think there is
an edge of the red sticking out but
what you do with it, I don't know.
I mean, if you could hit enough of
it, he could maybe try and dig down
and get that cue ball to the baulk
end and send the red up and down the
table twice. That's what he is
Well, he got it to go into the pink,
which is just as good. Look at the
cue ball. He got the desired result
with the white.
Look at the cue ball, played into
the pink with the red, which killed
the pace of the red and kept it up
this end of the table.
As you said, John when you get the
cue ball so close to that baulk
cushion, it makes every shot so
difficult. Needs good cueing.
You said it needed good cueing.
excellent shot. Fair play to Mark
Allen. Saying "good shot" as he came
to the table. Good sportsmanship.
A great shot. On the green. That
little nod we saw from Kyren Wilson.
What a pot that was.
So he has a chance. It's all about
good cue ball control now.
He has been a little bit suspect
with the rest in this match so far.
He's had eight attempts and only got
five of them. Looks to have just the
right angle, just off the cushion
for the black here.
Keefe just done with getting into
the cue ball a little bit more
there. Straight on this black would
have been absolutely ideal. May just
be able to drop it in and hold.
He could. So now, no need to tell
you what the key shot will be here.
The red that is closest to the top
cushion. The other two with blacks
look a formality. What a frame this
would be to steal. Massive.
It'll be interesting to see which
way he goes, he could try to knock
the red off the top cushion or just
play on the loose one.
Decided to play on the loose one.
Now, after potting this red, we will
have to see what angle he gets on
the black. And what will he try and
do? Tribe get behind the red and try
and drop it down along the top
It needs a good angle when potting
Anything but straight on
this red much he is nicely on the
black. The yellow appears, passes
the pink to the normal pocket. The
green is near its spot. The brown is
there. The way he is thinking about
this, which is a little bit worrying
- is he just going to roll it in and
play the snooker off the last red
and maybe risk the pot off the
Well, he tried to bring it into
play. He didn't fancy it along the
top cushion. I'm surprised. OK he
can lay the snooker now.
I'm a little bit surprise thread
didn't go all out and pot the last
red and another black.
A possibility into the middle pocket
to hit it full in the face.
Foul and a miss. Mark Allen, six. It
looks like a free ball from here.
This could be crucial.
Well, maybe because the red is just
in front of the green, that's what
the referee Olivier...
the referee Olivier...
I did call a
miss. Yeah, a miss was called, so he
can put the cue ball back behind the
black but no free ball called.
Pink is the most important ball here
to be replaced. We saw that the
yellow went between the gap of brown
The way he misjudged it coming off
the side cushion, just before the
middle pock eted, made me wonder
whether that was on?
. I just don't think he got enough
left-hand side on the cue ball,
That's where it was.
OK, Mark, thank you?
I think he has
a little bit more left-hand side on
this cue ball to widen the angle
slightly. But it is not the problem
of hiteding the red. It is getting
it safe as well.
Foul and a miss and a free
Yes, and he will not be having
Foul, miss, free
So just six points behind now.
He has ten points out that of
The blue just making it slightly
Well, I can only assume that the
green goes. Well it doesn't matter
now because he has come far enough
for the brown. And of course the
brown counted as a red. So brown to
This is such a massive frame here
for Mark Allen. For all the world,
Kyren looked like he was going to
Yeah, he had so many
You never know he might put a brave
face on and say - I would have
settled for 4-4 the way I have
played but the opportunity he has
had in this frame, he should have
had a two-frame advantage going into
this evening's session.
would have been massive but what a
boost this would be for Mark Allen.
And particularly for coming back out
tonight. He has to hold himself
together. Needs just green, brown
It could be a turning point this in
the whole match.
Yes but it is boiling up nicely. It
should be a terrific session
tonight. Both players trying to get
the name on the Masters' trophy.
Mark alwill be to join the Northern
Ireland greats of Alex Higgins and
Denis Taylor. Kyren Wilson trying to
establish himself as one of the
So it is all on for this evening.
And Kyren Wilson may be the more
disappointed of the two now. But it
is there in black and white. It's
4-#4, all to play for tonight.
STUDIO: John is bang on. We will be
back at 7.00pm for the evening
session of the 2018 Dafabet Masters
final and there is no splitting
these two, 4-4 today. 3-3 in career
Nothing between them.
But Mark Allen will be jumping
through hoops to win that last
frame. For all the world he looked
like it was over. Kyren lost the cue
ball and came up short on the blue
where he was in and it looked like
he was going to win and go ahead so
to win that from 50 behind, Mark
Allen will be delighted.
puff of the cheeks there, the
puff of the cheeks there, the
Yes it hasn't been a
fantastic session for Mark Allen or
Kyren Wilson, but nonetheless,
fascinating and set up nicely for
tonight. You would expect at some
stage for one player to get on a
roll this evening and, therefore,
maybe it is the case that whoever
does get off the blocks fastest
tonight will have a big advantage
John, in the context of the
tournament, we keep saying this - we
have had some wonderful snooker and
seen thrilling matches. There maybe
some people watching at home. I have
seen what people are saying on
social media, who are dispointed
with the quality?
Well there is
bound to be somewhere through the
tournament where you have a session.
Mark Allen has been fantastic from
start to finish but it hasn't
happened today. He hasn't had the
cue ball anywhere near the same
standard he has had all week I
thought he would play as good as he
could do the way he was scoring, it
has not happened so for him to have
that session where not all there for
him, to come out 4-#4, he will be
delighted when he starts tonight
fascinating thing about snooker, I'm
in the trying it sell it as a sport
we know how exciting it k but if the
standard is not unbelievable, 100,
100, 100, snooker can be very
exciting, and sometimes the exciting
moments are on the colours. If you
get frames that don't go in one
visit, you get more colours action
action. So it doesn't work badly as
a game when it is not top notch.
we can just take one moment to
reflect on what we have seen in the
opening session, that missed pink,
it could prove crucial
Well, it's a
fair old while ago but I mean really
you would've expected him to have
knocked this in. It didn't affect
him that much, he came out and had
86 and 89.
But he could have been
Yes but there ares of and
buts and maybes between that shop
and the rest of the afternoon. He
blanked that put it to the back of
his mind, made 86 and 89. An
experienced match player.
The great players and
the players who have qualified for
the event don't worry about what has
gone, so, therefore, they are always
optimistically looking at the next
session to turn it around. More
practise on the practise table
before they play tonight and then
Good stuff. Thank you
very much. A little reminder then we
are back at 7.00pm on BBC Two with
the evening session, Mark Allen 4,
Kyren Wilson 4, all to play for. Mr
Parrot and Mr Davies, thank you for
your company. We will see you at
7.00pm. Bye for now.