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Final: Stuart Bingham v Judd Trump - Part 2

Ian Hunt introduces live Welsh Open coverage as the final between Stuart Bingham and Judd Trump plays to a finish and the winner is crowned. A maximum of nine frames are played.


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Very nice. Yes. Very nice. Somebody could treasure that. I am deeply

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honoured, actually, very privileged. Very delighted, and to see it on

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such a lovely trophy of Waterford Crystal and what have you. And the

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words on it are just enough. Love it.

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Snooker legend Ray Reardon here tonight to present one of those

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brave men with the Welsh open trophy. A warm welcome back to the

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final. Drama earlier on, as Stuart Bingham made a dream start before

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Judd Trump fought back. This is the story of the afternoon session. One

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of the longest-running events on the smoker calendar, it's the 25th

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anniversary of the Welsh open. And fittingly, there's a new trophy on

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offer for the winner of this best of 17 final. With eight frames played

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this afternoon, Judd Trump broke down on 44, missing an easy red,

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which opened the door for Stuart Bingham, who took the first frame

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with a break of 69. And it was deja vu in the second, as the fifth seed

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once again wasted a glorious opportunity. A break of 64 not

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enough, as the world number two responded with a break of 65,

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finishing up on the black. And 2-0 soon became three. Frame four, and

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once again Judd Trump had the opportunity, but this unlucky in-off

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cost him dear. Now playing with freedom, Bingham went into a 4-0

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lead at the interval for the third match in a row. But the break once

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again seemed to unsettle the 40-year-old, and Trump got his first

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frame on the board. Confidence renewed, two half-centuries in the

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next saw him reduce the arrears further. But a fine break of 87 in

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the next restored Stuart Bingham's three frame advantage. And he looked

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set to make it four. But a nervy final frame which lasted more than

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40 minutes saw Trump taking it, to escape just two frames behind from

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the afternoon. So, everything to play for here at the Motorpoint

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Arena. Will it be Trump or Bingham? It's time to get the show back under

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way. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the six time ranking event

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winner from Bristol, Judd Trump! And the 2015 champion of the world,

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Stuart Bingham! So, let's join our commentary team

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for the big finale to the 2017 Welsh Open - Willie Thorne and Terry

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Griffiths. TERRY GRIFFITHS: Thank you, Ian.

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Great expectations for tonight, we are thinking this is going to be a

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very special one. What do you think, Willie?

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WILLIE THORNE: I think it was so important for Judd Trump to win that

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final friend this afternoon. That made a big difference.

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He will be looking to win three out of the four to get all square at the

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interval. An early misjudgement there, Stuart Bingham court that

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much too thick. First shot of the night session! So, Trump has got a

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chance, black is available. What do you think the score is going

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to be, Willie? It is an odd one, but I think it will be 9-7 either way.

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Stuart is favourite, but I think it's going to be close. The kiss has

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left him on a red into the middle. He knows how important this first

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frame is. As we all know, the two first frame this afternoon, he

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should have won them both, and lost them both.

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Well, he's not shy of winning in one visit! Often smashes them into the

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pack, clears them up. Very popular player, please all the exhibition

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shots, as we talked about this afternoon, especially when he's

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safe. But when he's in this situation, he's very, very serious.

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That last stat just showed you how close this match has been. Potted

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122 balls, but the key step is the frames. -- the key stat.

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That little cluster of reds, they all appear to be in the way of one

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another. So he might have to go into them.

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He would like to hit the joint of the two reds. You see, when you hit

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one four Forks, nothing happens. This could be end of break. And once

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again, he's only on 40. As we have discussed many times, Terry, this

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week, I think he's been 40 in front seven times, and lost five of them.

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You just hit that black too hard, didn't he?

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I was with you, if he had gone into those two reds at half the pace, he

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would have been OK. Just look at the positive side for Judd - he can keep

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losing from 40-odd in front of! Stuart Bingham, of course, very good

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early on, two good clearances. Normally once he gets in there, he

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makes the most of them. You went through a spell when he was not so

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good, shall we say, be kind to him! Yes, there was a spell where it

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looked like Judd was going to win the three frames after the interval,

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but Stuart managed to pinch one. There is almost a gap.

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Well, if he swerves around that green and blue, it would be this

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worth of the century, I should think! -- it would be the swerves of

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the century! He has looked to be careful with that red.

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Obviously, taking quite a bit of time to decide what to play. Well,

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there is an absolute legend, six time champion of the world, Ray

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Reardon. Unbelievable player, great ambassador for our game. He's

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absolutely delighted to have had his name put on this trophy. You had a

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few battles with Ray Reardon over the years, Terry? And lost most of

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them, who didn't? He was my hero, used to be down our way, playing

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exhibitions. I used to love going to watch him play. Great entertainer as

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well, his trick shots were tremendous.

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So, Stuart finally decided to go for that double, he could not see a

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safety shot, you can't blame him for that.

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He hasn't got involved, really, yet in this frame. Judd has made all the

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running. Well-controlled. He doesn't seem to

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hit the cue ball that low, but he gets a lot of backspin on it. Very,

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very talented player from a very young age. Making century breaks

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when he was about eight or nine probably I should think. Playing in

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Bristol in those days - moved down to Romford now, where he practices

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with his manager. Not a great mixer amongst the players on the circuit,

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which I don't believe is a bad thing. Taking a tip from the legend

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that was Stephen Hendry, who was never a big mixer at all. Just

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another red needed. Steve Davis used to talk to everybody, when he was at

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his best! Exactly, he was exactly the same, wasn't he?! Not quite

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going right here for Judd. I don't know why he played for that cannon,

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Terry, he only needs one more red, why would he play a cannon. The one

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on the cushion would be the easier pot. But why is he playing that

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cannon? Doesn't fancy the one behind the pink, obviously. Just one red

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needed. And he rolled it in. Well, not quite. At that pace, chance of

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it going in, very slim. And look how close he came to kissing the red and

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pink. He could have left them not on again, so once again, he's

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vulnerable when in front, for some reason. Normally a great clincher of

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frames. This week he has had a bit of trouble. He can definitely see

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two of the reds on the left of the pink.

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I can't believe that, what is he doing? Well, Judd Trump fans must be

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horrified at the shots he goes for once he's got the frame won. Oh!

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He has to pot this, otherwise he needs a snooker.

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Doesn't concede, Stuart Bingham. Players generally let the other

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player decide if he wants to carry on. Bit shaky, needed a few chances,

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and Bingham did not get started, really. Long way to go yet.

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That red he took on, it was a typical Judd shot. I don't think it

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was the right shot, I certainly don't think Ray Reardon thinks it

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was the right shot! . That's what he plays and used to play in the early

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part of his career in the qualifiers and things. But once he gets going,

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he's frightening. How good is that?! Oh, that's a

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shame. I would have loved to see him clearing up. He'll be very happy,

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though. The first friend go to Judd Trump, and now he only trails by

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one. So, for the final time this year,

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welcome to our studio, once again with a resplendent Dominic Dale

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alongside me! Dominic, it was not a flawless start to the session for

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job trumps, but it was all about winning the frame? Yes. He'll be

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happy, I can assure you. He won that frame quite easily in the end. But

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why did he play the red down the top cushion at such great pace? Did he

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not fancy just rolling it in? I'm sure someone of Judd Trump's

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sporting ability would not have missed it. And then he went for a

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ridiculous long red to try to close the frame out. Stuart might have had

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a chance to steal the frame of he had not cannoned the red. We've got

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a great final on our hands now. We have? So over Judd Trump's shot

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selection earlier on. How would the players have been feeling during the

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three-hour break? Judd Trump just doing enough to keep his hopes alive

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in that session? I was quite impressed with him to come back a

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little bit at Stuart. He will have known that he had thrown a couple of

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those frames away. But he got within a couple of frames of him, and he'll

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be very happy being just two frames down going into tonight. Both of

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them would have been gearing up for a very big start tonight, especially

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Stuart Bingham, because he might have felt that he had the final won

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after going 4-0 ahead. But Judd came back at him. It was interesting.

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Just before we came on a, it was actually Bingham who was up here

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practising, not Judd - are you surprised? I did see him practising,

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though, not long before they went out. I would not have been surprised

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if he had been practising long pots, just to get that first chance. We

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have certainly got a game on our hands now in this final.

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WILLIE THORNE: Yes. I think that's the first time Stuart has looked a

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bit edgy. Judd trying to get back into the matched, and he's done that

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now. But we keep asking the question, can he keep getting away

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with when he's 50 or 60 in front? TERRY GRIFFITHS: That was a good

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pot, very clean. Thought he might have been

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unfortunate there, but he's OK as it turns out.

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Judd Trump plays very quickly, scores very quickly when he's on

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form, and that can be unsettling when you're sitting in the chair,

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wondering if you're ever going to win a ball again. He has been

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through this many times, I'm sure. An experienced players, who world

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amateur champion in 1996. One of the few players on the tour who has won

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the world amateur and the world professional championship.

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Just the one remaining loose red. Judd is very good at playing the

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forcing stun into the pack. He decided to play for the loose one

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this time, he didn't fancy going into them. I'm not sure he can get

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topside of the blue easily from this...

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There is a lot of power needed now, he may play two cushions.

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Like I say, it was not a great pack to go into. The movement he got on

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the cue ball then, tremendous. Great power, timing to get that topspin.

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He deserved better than that for that effort.

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He doesn't often turns these difficult shots down.

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Yes, it's hard to work Judd out. Because potted it, we say, great

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shot. It looks like he's decided to go all-out attack this evening.

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Needs to bounce... It's not easy to get to the next red from here.

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He was trying to pinch of it there. -- pinch a bit. Now, Stuart, you

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need to get a foothold in this session.

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Another 40-plus break from Judd Trump, and breaking down.

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He will probably play the cello or brown rather than the black, because

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you cannot guarantee you will get nicely on a red. The yellow would be

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the better choice, but it is a harder shot than the brown. It is

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whether he get the desired amount of screw back.

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That might be fine, because he may be able to nudge a couple of

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threads. A little bit higher than he wanted,

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but these three reds are available. He is nice on the next colour. You

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can see him clearing from here. And regaining the two frame lead.

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Has he gone higher? I thought for a minute he had underhit it, but he is

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OK. He does not want to take the pink.

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That might have tied one of the reds up. He is not cueing like you got

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this afternoon, he looks very edgy. Should he clear here, that will

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certainly calm the nerves. This would change the match.

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It is always easy to play for the blue here, it makes hitting up to

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the yellow simple, or even a walk colour. I do not blame him for that

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at all. If this was not in a major final, you would see him clearing

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here, --. I am not sure he has settled yet, but it should be

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straightforward. Judd Trump started with a break of

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48, broke down in the late 40s. He is getting in first nine out of

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every ten frames. It would be a delighted Stuart

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Bingham getting down to pop this. It looked for all money that he would

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get level, Judd Trump, which Stuart Bingham cleared the table with 63 to

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go to clear again. Stuart Bingham is now two thirds of

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the way towards winning the Welsh Open here in Cardiff. He has

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re-established a two frame lead. Dominic, we have talked a lot this

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week about Judd Trump breaking down on his breaks when he gets into the

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40s or the 60s, and it has happened again. Yes, 48 this time. Stuart has

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cleared up. Judd has a good lead here.

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He is playing it as a shock to nothing. I do not blame him, it is

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the right shot, the black is waiting over the corner pocket, but the cue

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ball has come off the baulk question, the red has wobbled in the

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pocket and come to -- between the yellow and brown. A bit unfortunate.

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Difficult for Judd Trump now. He might just start to think it is

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getting away from him now. Stuart Bingham might start to see the

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finish line. Far too early. He will not take anything for granted. If

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you are Stuart Bingham, you might think, Judd has to win five out of

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the next seven, but at the end of the day, Judd is only two friends

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behind, there are two frames before the mid-session interview, he can

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win both of them. A good break off. He will not be

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happy at being two frames behind, as he had opportunities to win the last

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frame, but it is not too bad. The first 29 wins the title this year --

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the first to 9. This is the fourth of the new Coral sponsorships,

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played in England and Manchester and Northern Ireland and Belfast and in

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Glasgow in Scotland. What a great idea, to have the four legends,

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Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Alex Higgins and Ray Reardon giving away

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the Welsh Trophy. A massive round of applause that Ray got. Virtually the

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whole crowd stood up and applauded. He carried the game for a number of

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years. In the 70s. 60s and 70s. Almost unbeatable in the World

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Championship. The likes of John Spencer, who is not with us any

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more, and Alex Higgins, who is not with us, Eddie Charlton. Quite a lot

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of good players. Not as many as today. It does not matter how many

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there is, if you want to win, you have to beat them all. This is not

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easy, as if he goes into the pack, he will leave a read on. He could do

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with common behind into the bunch, but he cannot get there.

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He could leave a read on, so this is a tricky situation.

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I can only presume he is playing to hit the loose red, but this is very

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dangerous. You are having a laugh! If he played that, congratulations.

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Unfortunately, he has left a shot to nothing on. Judd has spotted and lot

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of these so far. But not this time. A great escape from Stuart Bingham.

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It is not seem interested about any safety battles. That is the reason

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why, when you can part like that. Stuart Bingham was very short on

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that last safety, you have to get near the ball ocean.

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He has won red to the left of the black. He can stun it round three or

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four questions. He hit quite hard, I say. With

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accuracy. One of the few players that can

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generate that much spin when you have to come around the baulk and

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all the time. The case will come off the second red. He made sure of the

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fall ball contact. Where the White has finished, you

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can see he potted that very thick. If it was in the centre of the

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pocket, it would have been top side of the blue. Already he has gone in

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and out of red -- baulk on three occasions. He does not have the cue

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ball on a string at the moment. But what a judgment of pace, very

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good. The first time in four tries he has

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got the right side of the blue. There is a red that pots. Once

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again, he is in the nervous 40s. Can he make this one a frame when a?

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Horrible kick. I hope he can't hear you. You are

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putting him off! That was a bad one. The only good thing was he potted

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it, because it was an enormous kick. I can not believe that a macro did

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not change direction. Do you knock the blue in or play a good safety

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shot? You never know with him. It would not be a bad idea, knocking

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the black safe, but he cannot do that and get a good white.

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He made a good fist of it, though, the black is safe. This time, a

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perfect length of cue ball. Surely he cannot lose another frame after a

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40 odd break. We keep saying it. Since the quarterfinal he has lost

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eight while being between 40 and 50 up. It shows how dominant he has

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been early on in the frames. But surely now he will win this one. It

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is so hurtful when you lose from in front so many frames at important

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times in a final of a ranking event. This is the 25th anniversary of the

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Welsh Open this year. One of the longest standing events on the

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circuit. Some great times. It was in Newport

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for many years. Some great championships have been played

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there. Back in the capital now. It has been

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here now for quite a while. They need a big venue, with 128 players

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trying to get through. Just two left.

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The ripple of applause will tell Judd Trump that he is in the safety

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position in this frame. He will be pleased he got that one,

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Stuart Bingham sits in his chair. Judd Trump is out for a breath of

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fresh air. The pressure is on. The world number four try to win the

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Welsh Open for the first time. 6-5 now. Will this go all the way? It is

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a massive frame now before the interval. If Judd Trump could go in

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at 6-6, it would be all he could have asked for. It nearly got away

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from him again, a massive kick on a red, put him out of position. He

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wants to roll through a couple of reds. You can see them leave the bed

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of the table. He can do a long blue or a very thin black, but he has

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cleared his thoughts and used intelligence and played a good

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safety shot. He has put the black on the side cushion, and Stuart Bingham

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knows the black is out of commission. That can deflate you

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slightly. He has just done enough to force an error from Stuart Bingham,

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who left Judd Trump straight back in, so that is good from Joad. He

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made his thoughts clear, Judd Trump, on the initial mistake. Game on once

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again. Stuart Bingham knows he has to win

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this frame to keep the two frame advantage. That is what his mindset

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would have been, share the frames, do not lose a mini-session. Again,

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very short of the baulk cushion. Luckily for him, he has not left a

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shot to nothing. Has he spotted a three-ball plant? Those two reds are

:52:31.:52:40.

set, but I do not think he can get to it. Can he play the red onto

:52:41.:52:49.

those reds? If he catches it three quarters ball... Is this worth the

:52:50.:52:55.

risk? It will be a great shot if it goes in, but I am not sure it is

:52:56.:52:57.

worth the risk. He decided discretion was better.

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That is not his best shot by any stretch of the imagination, a very

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poor safety. A very delayed pause on that shot.

:53:23.:53:54.

He try to get into the cue ball. He did not hit it with his normal

:53:55.:53:55.

authority. This red pots. I wonder whether he will play an

:53:56.:55:11.

aggressive shop here, pot the red and the into the pink and black. The

:55:12.:55:20.

black will go behind the pink ball. I would risk going into the bunch at

:55:21.:55:28.

pace here. He just played for the loose one, though. He has not played

:55:29.:55:30.

it very well. If you play the black into the pack,

:55:31.:55:42.

he could have freed the pink spot. The black will still pot. But not

:55:43.:55:48.

from the angle he has got from the red. He will go up for blue or baulk

:55:49.:55:51.

colour. A great pot, but the yellow is not

:55:52.:56:27.

good. Look at that. The pace he put on that. Tremendous. How that

:56:28.:56:32.

greenest aid in the pocket, I don't know. Unfortunate to catch the

:56:33.:56:40.

brown, he was hoping to go straight into the pack. There is aggressive

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and there is aggressive! If this is a 4-ball plant, he is fortunate.

:56:49.:57:01.

No shot to nothing this time for Stuart.

:57:02.:58:24.

Having a look to come off two cushions and clipped the side of the

:58:25.:58:29.

tent macro. Well played. That could have gone

:58:30.:58:45.

wrong. You don't see that very often, a

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player just touching it like that. The referee, heated to them a

:59:46.:59:51.

warning this afternoon that they were doing this type of thing, and

:59:52.:59:56.

he said, I'll give you three more shots, and then it'll be a re-rack,

:59:57.:00:05.

which he's entitled to do. And of course the players themselves can

:00:06.:00:07.

ask for a re-rack. Somebody who is 20-odd points in

:00:08.:00:23.

front will not be asking for a re-rack. I think the man is in

:00:24.:00:30.

front, generally, if it comes to these awkward situations, tends to

:00:31.:00:39.

leave the safety shot shot on for his opponent. 26 in front, it's not

:00:40.:00:46.

a lot, really, by today's standards, with all this break building going

:00:47.:00:47.

on. I don't think Stuart has got into

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the game so far this evening. He looked brilliant this afternoon, and

:01:16.:01:19.

tonight he looks like he's trying not to lose, rather than trying to

:01:20.:01:24.

win it. He was free-flowing this afternoon, and looked very, very

:01:25.:01:28.

dangerous every time he got in. I'm not sure he's got the same mindset

:01:29.:01:30.

as if he could well get it back. Yes, it only takes a good pot, it's

:01:31.:01:54.

surprising how you can pick up again. Had a bit of a rough ride

:01:55.:02:00.

since 4-0. Stuart has got a long pot on here,

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it's a kind of shot he would normally take on. He has got to be a

:02:20.:02:35.

bit more positive, as Willie said. But it's easy when you're in the

:02:36.:02:39.

commentary box, I suppose. He hit that one nice. Fabulous shot. And

:02:40.:02:45.

the beauty of that, he finished low on the black, so in putting this

:02:46.:02:49.

black, he'll move the pink away. That was a good shot, just at the

:02:50.:03:20.

right bout of spin on it to get the right side of the blue and bring the

:03:21.:03:22.

reds into play. He decided to wait for a better

:03:23.:04:35.

opportunity. Those two reds which are tied up as no problem. He will

:04:36.:04:43.

be disappointed with that, he underhit it by some 2ft. He had the

:04:44.:04:54.

two reds in the middle pocket as well. You don't always catch the cue

:04:55.:05:08.

ball as you'd like. Timing is very important. He'll be very

:05:09.:05:16.

disappointed, because he knows that would have been a real body blow for

:05:17.:05:27.

Judd again. Social on that last one. -- so short on that last blue.

:05:28.:06:19.

I think Judd's going to play to get it back into baulk here.

:06:20.:06:28.

Brilliant shot. You would never say that was the wrong shot, because

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he's got the cue power to get to the baulk cushion. One of the benefits

:06:42.:06:48.

of cue power is that you don't have to hit it so hard to get the spin

:06:49.:06:56.

on. But I think that red would have been in that any speed. It was dead

:06:57.:07:00.

centre. Stuart Bingham had a good chance

:07:01.:07:25.

earlier on. Got the black and pink open, and lost position.

:07:26.:07:33.

These reds on the side cushion are OK for a right-hander, but not for a

:07:34.:07:42.

left-hander. Not guaranteed to hit these perfectly. Now, has he left

:07:43.:07:51.

one on? If he had been stunning it into them, I would have guaranteed

:07:52.:07:58.

him getting onto a red. But he has not got the desired kiss, so end of

:07:59.:08:01.

break. He's looking at a plant now. Not far

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out, only about six inches! And about three or four inches between

:08:27.:08:30.

the two balls as well! He's having a go... Yes, he got close. But he had

:08:31.:08:36.

the easiest safety shot in the world. Up in behind the yellow. Wide

:08:37.:08:45.

as he keep giving people chances? He's great, love him to death, but

:08:46.:08:48.

very reckless at times. He has left one down the cushion for

:08:49.:09:52.

Stuart with the long rest, which is never the easiest shot. He had a

:09:53.:09:58.

couple of safety options, which he turned down. That's his choice.

:09:59.:10:09.

I'm sure he can pot this with some side and bring the reds into play.

:10:10.:11:20.

He could have, but he caught it has nothing. Thing is not happening for

:11:21.:11:31.

Stuart at the moment. -- he caught it too thin. Somehow or other, Trump

:11:32.:11:52.

may have rattled him a bit. Still 6-5 in front, though. . Yes, he

:11:53.:11:58.

looked very bemused in potting that green. Just got to be very careful

:11:59.:12:10.

he doesn't make contact with the black on the way back here... That's

:12:11.:12:14.

not a bad pace, either. One of his better safety shots

:12:15.:12:35.

there. Or should I say better shot selection?

:12:36.:12:58.

How did that stay out? Almost hanging over the edge of the slate

:12:59.:13:09.

there into the pocket. Awkward bridging from the maul he'll take

:13:10.:13:18.

pot on into the right corner. -- awkward bridging from there.

:13:19.:13:26.

This frame has become a little bit of a battle now.

:13:27.:13:58.

Putting colours safe - he's cracking up!

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First 29, though. Bingham needs three, Trump needs four. -- first to

:14:16.:14:37.

nine, of course. Got to worry about the object ball here. Where are the

:14:38.:14:44.

reds going to finish, is the problem. Just a fraction too hard, I

:14:45.:14:50.

thought he had got the snooker. But we know that Judd's going to be

:14:51.:14:55.

tipped it. -- going to be tempted. I think he will just play off top

:14:56.:15:12.

cushioned just rest on the red. He can't do an awful lot with the

:15:13.:16:49.

cue ball. Must get the object ball safe, it doesn't matter so much this

:16:50.:16:53.

time about getting the cue ball in the right place.

:16:54.:17:36.

He was trying to get behind the black off two cushions.

:17:37.:17:58.

Did not want to put the black safe there. He's 14 points behind. He

:17:59.:18:06.

would have preferred the black to stay in place. So, Judd at this

:18:07.:18:17.

moment in time is strong favourite to win this frame. Even stronger

:18:18.:18:24.

now. He did play the double. What kind of kiss is he going to get on

:18:25.:18:30.

the red and green? He just played the snooker. I'm surprised he did

:18:31.:18:36.

not play the cannon, because it looked a straightforward cannon.

:18:37.:18:51.

As we say many times, it's not about hitting it, it's getting it safe.

:18:52.:19:29.

He's 20 points behind now, he does not want to be giving too many fouls

:19:30.:19:38.

away at this stage. That's a good attempt. Very well done.

:19:39.:19:40.

Really tough one. Huge round of applause, the crowd were aware of

:19:41.:19:58.

it. You don't always get that for a safety shot.

:19:59.:20:05.

One good safety shot here would get Stuart in trouble again. Once again,

:20:06.:20:18.

played the double - and got it. 21 points in front now. If he had left

:20:19.:20:33.

Stuart on peace, we would have been saying, why has he gone for the

:20:34.:20:35.

double? But that's the way he plays. Is he putting it safe what is he

:20:36.:20:56.

trying to pot it? Soon find out... That was an excellent shot. One of

:20:57.:21:00.

his best so far. Of course, he will be needing

:21:01.:21:24.

snookers if he misses this. And he does.

:21:25.:21:35.

If it had been 27, Terry, I think it could have still been called a miss.

:21:36.:22:05.

Yes. The problem is, he could possibly missed the brown and go

:22:06.:22:15.

in-off. He's got it, though. And he hasn't gone in-off.

:22:16.:22:18.

He's going to go into the interval at 6-6 come having been 5-2 behind.

:22:19.:22:41.

I wonder whether Stuart will carry on, even if he misses this.

:22:42.:23:16.

29 points in front, so still needs three snookers. Two, actually. But

:23:17.:23:26.

still plenty to do. This is a good effort. What a good

:23:27.:23:36.

effort that was. It has just been a series of 40

:23:37.:24:44.

breaks once again tonight for Judd, but he's won three of the four

:24:45.:24:48.

frames. He caught that one too thin. This

:24:49.:24:59.

brown for 6-6. Clearly not happy with the position

:25:00.:25:22.

of pink and black there. At this standard, when a person

:25:23.:26:25.

needs two snookers, you would have to think you would have to lay about

:26:26.:26:31.

seven or eight to get your opponent to miss two.

:26:32.:27:10.

Well, this has been a remarkable effort. Precious little room behind

:27:11.:27:24.

the back of the black to play it that way and almost get the snooker.

:27:25.:27:33.

Very tough. Could do with the pink or black being further off the

:27:34.:27:39.

cushion if he gets the chance to do that. And that I am pretty sure will

:27:40.:27:56.

be the end of frame. He'll be very, very please, Judd Trump, and so will

:27:57.:28:02.

his army of fans who have travelled down from Bristol. It hasn't been

:28:03.:28:11.

vintage Trump, but that doesn't matter when you get yourself back

:28:12.:28:21.

from 5-2 behind. So, Judd Trump did what he had to do, winning three of

:28:22.:28:25.

the four frames in that session to level the match.

:28:26.:28:32.

Well, this is a situation that few of us could have predicted earlier

:28:33.:28:38.

on, when Stuart Bingham went 4-0 up. But by hook or by crook, Judd Trump

:28:39.:28:43.

has got himself level here in Cardiff. And it is anyone's match

:28:44.:28:52.

now, Dominic! Well, Judd doesn't give up, Besson an attacking player,

:28:53.:29:01.

always at your heels, and he's putting Stuart under pressure now,

:29:02.:29:12.

and it's beginning to tell. And we're going to show you a triple

:29:13.:29:20.

double, three double shots from Judd Trump, which demonstrates his

:29:21.:29:24.

growing confidence. Absolutely. This one was whiskey-ish, but it was a

:29:25.:29:29.

great one to get big as it gave him position on the blue. Two of them

:29:30.:29:37.

were quite difficult doubles, one of them he would have expected to get.

:29:38.:29:44.

But yes, he's feeling confident now, and probably not feeling the

:29:45.:29:48.

pressure that Stuart Bingham is beginning to feel. Probably Stuart

:29:49.:29:54.

will be remembered fact that he was 4-0 up in this match. But this

:29:55.:29:58.

interval has come at a good time for him. I guess we seen a little bit of

:29:59.:30:05.

the flamboyance that you associate with Judd Trump? Yes, Judd plays in

:30:06.:30:12.

the manner of Jimmy White or Alex Rins. But in that era, you could

:30:13.:30:17.

probably make three or four mistakes in a frame and still win it. You

:30:18.:30:21.

can't do that these days, so for somebody to be at the top of the

:30:22.:30:25.

sport saying in that manner is amazing. And it's testament to how

:30:26.:30:31.

good a player Judd is. I have criticised him in times gone by for

:30:32.:30:35.

his cue ball control, and maybe that has sometimes let him down when he

:30:36.:30:39.

has broken down on current. But when the balls split favourably for him,

:30:40.:30:46.

he still makes 100 breaks. He's made 40 centuries this season, so he must

:30:47.:30:49.

be playing well. You may have seen a fair number of

:30:50.:30:58.

new faces around the arena this week. Not just players, but new

:30:59.:31:06.

referees on the circuit. 19 ranking events now, and 12 countries staging

:31:07.:31:10.

tournaments, more referees are required. What makes you want to do

:31:11.:31:14.

the job, and how do they go about finding the ones?

:31:15.:31:23.

They come to us on the European tour, so they are already qualified

:31:24.:31:28.

from their national governing bodies. They already know what they

:31:29.:31:33.

are doing from a basics point of view. We can identify them after

:31:34.:31:38.

watching them for a few matches, we know the ones to look at, who have

:31:39.:31:43.

the natural ability and can follow the game very well. We spent a bit

:31:44.:31:47.

more time with them and try to bring them along. I started watching

:31:48.:31:55.

snooker when I was 13. But we did not have any snooker tables in my

:31:56.:31:59.

hometown. So a few years later, when I moved to Sophia, I took a course

:32:00.:32:07.

and became a referee. I first started watching snooker 11 years

:32:08.:32:10.

ago, it quarterfinal of the Welsh Open. I did not think I could become

:32:11.:32:17.

a referee, cos we did not have any tournaments or players in Bulgaria,

:32:18.:32:21.

so there was no need for referees. Started growing bigger in Bulgaria,

:32:22.:32:29.

so I wanted to make the next step and become a referee. Some of the

:32:30.:32:34.

bigger names to play on the back tables, they are not in the

:32:35.:32:38.

limelight, and that is a good chance for the up-and-coming referees to

:32:39.:32:42.

get the experience of refereeing those but not putting them in front

:32:43.:32:45.

of a thousand people, which could put them under pressure. Discipline,

:32:46.:32:51.

concentration. It is not just on the table, but of the table, you are on

:32:52.:32:55.

time, you set your table up, discipline, that is what we drill

:32:56.:33:00.

into them. When they are on the table, it is the same again, is up

:33:01.:33:04.

and, concentration. It is a pressure job. The ultimate aim is each event

:33:05.:33:11.

gets refereed the same way. No matter who the referee is. We want

:33:12.:33:18.

every big to be consistent. I did the final here in 2002 when Paul

:33:19.:33:22.

Hunter won it. Any big final is massive. The Crucible is the one,

:33:23.:33:29.

but all of the finals come once you get a crowd involved, two good

:33:30.:33:34.

players, and you get immersed in it. If you cannot concentrate there, you

:33:35.:33:39.

will never concentrate. It is a huge honour to do any ranking event, this

:33:40.:33:42.

is my fifth one, and the second Welsh. Might get a bit nervous to

:33:43.:33:49.

start with, but once you get into the routine it is a joy. Totally

:33:50.:33:53.

neutral, but I am hoping for a cracking final.

:33:54.:34:00.

Plenty of new refereeing talent coming through, but what about

:34:01.:34:03.

players? We got eclipse of the future this week with the two Welsh

:34:04.:34:09.

wild cards who have been competing here, and Terry Griffiths has been

:34:10.:34:12.

taking a look at the state of the game in this country.

:34:13.:34:18.

Every youngster who picks up a cue to play this wonderful game dreams

:34:19.:34:25.

of winning, of becoming a champion. We may be a small nation, but like

:34:26.:34:31.

our rugby, we have a proud tradition of producing great players. Max

:34:32.:34:39.

Boyce sank of a Welsh outside half factory, a production line of gifted

:34:40.:34:44.

players built from south Wales coal. There was a time when we had a

:34:45.:34:47.

snooker factory, manufacturing magicians of the baize, at that has

:34:48.:34:55.

started to run dry. Will we ever produce another Ray Reardon or Mark

:34:56.:35:03.

Williams? This week at the Welsh Open two young talented Welsh

:35:04.:35:06.

amateur players were given wild cards to play with the big boys and

:35:07.:35:12.

to experience the big stage. Tyler Rees from my hometown, Llanelli, and

:35:13.:35:20.

Jackson page, from Mark Williams country, Ebbw Vale, came here and

:35:21.:35:25.

created huge interest. Who is Jackson? 15, from Ebbw Vale. He is

:35:26.:35:35.

living his dream, buzzing. Should you not be in school? Yes. I have

:35:36.:35:44.

had a bit of time off this week. One of the best bits is going to the

:35:45.:35:47.

players' lounge and practising amongst the pros see what they do

:35:48.:35:54.

with their time, being around this place am feeling like a player, like

:35:55.:36:00.

you should be here. It is the right decision to put them as wild cards.

:36:01.:36:05.

There should not be any of the older people getting wild cards. Any

:36:06.:36:11.

experience they can get has got to be good. Jackson enjoyed his time in

:36:12.:36:17.

the limelight. Winning two matches before running into Judd Trump,

:36:18.:36:21.

himself a child prodigy a decade ago. The wild cards are perfect.

:36:22.:36:26.

They should only really go to younger players that are looking for

:36:27.:36:33.

a chance. It is great experience for them, I would have loved to have had

:36:34.:36:37.

that opportunity before I was 16 to see where I was at. Almost unseen

:36:38.:36:42.

here, we got a glint of the future of the game. Within a few hours of

:36:43.:36:48.

Jackson's televised match with Judd Trump, on the same table a young

:36:49.:36:54.

Chinese 17-year-old beat Mark Selby. He has been talked about for over a

:36:55.:36:58.

year, he has had a good season so far. He showed what a great player

:36:59.:37:02.

he is, he held himself together well. The Chinese production line is

:37:03.:37:08.

in full flow, with so many talented players coming through. All of the

:37:09.:37:13.

wild cards over the past five or six years, playing at the start tables,

:37:14.:37:18.

it is one of the main reasons they are as good as they are now. The

:37:19.:37:21.

youngsters from China are unbelievable. We need to start

:37:22.:37:26.

giving the youngsters a chance. There are some talented ones out

:37:27.:37:31.

there. Give them a chance and hopefully they will enjoy it. I

:37:32.:37:37.

returned's mantra is that sports entertainment will thrive when

:37:38.:37:40.

competition is at its most fears, but is more than elite snooker to

:37:41.:37:45.

brutal? It is brutal, you feel like you cannot win a match after a

:37:46.:37:50.

losing streak. I barely lost as a teenager. A massive step up then,

:37:51.:37:59.

and I got on the tour, and you cannot win to what three matches in

:38:00.:38:03.

a row. When I was coming through, it was how it should be, you can build

:38:04.:38:07.

momentum, against the lower ranked professionals, and get to the final

:38:08.:38:13.

venue and play the top players. Nowadays it is a bit too hard for

:38:14.:38:18.

the younger players. We need to give the next generation every chance to

:38:19.:38:22.

flourish in this brave new world of fierce competition. Let's hope it is

:38:23.:38:27.

not too long for our young Welsh players left the Ray Reardon Trophy,

:38:28.:38:33.

to continue our proud legacy as one of snooker's superpowers.

:38:34.:38:38.

We will talk about the future in a moment, but I am delighted to say we

:38:39.:38:42.

have been joined by a big star of years gone by, the Welsh sporting

:38:43.:38:50.

legend Ray Reardon. How are you? I am very well, nice to be here. You

:38:51.:38:54.

live in Devon these days. That is right. I have not been back here for

:38:55.:39:05.

three years. It is too long. Enjoying your stay? It is an up and

:39:06.:39:11.

back job today. One night in Cardiff. It does not give me a

:39:12.:39:19.

chance to see my relatives. You are here because the wonderful trophy

:39:20.:39:24.

that we saw there is now named after you. How does that feel? Whoever

:39:25.:39:30.

wins that, it is a tough match out there at the moment, but it is a

:39:31.:39:34.

lovely trophy. It is one for the sideboard. Pride of place. A nice

:39:35.:39:45.

bit of Waterford Crystal. I identified it immediately! The last

:39:46.:39:49.

time I saw him, I spilt red wine down his shirt and tie at the 2006

:39:50.:39:54.

World Championship. I am lucky I change my Thai! It is a different

:39:55.:39:59.

one! What does it mean to you, for the trophy to be named after you? It

:40:00.:40:07.

came as a big surprise. When it came by letter, I was over the moon. It

:40:08.:40:15.

is nice. I was deeply honoured. Very excited. It is very kind of them.

:40:16.:40:21.

All the people who made it possible, thank you very much indeed. I do not

:40:22.:40:25.

know if people still have mantelpieces, but it should take

:40:26.:40:32.

pride of place on one. They will have one in Wales! How are you

:40:33.:40:38.

enjoying the final? It is nipped in to. It is anybody's game, it is

:40:39.:40:45.

good. They are in and not working it out properly. The table is speedy.

:40:46.:40:49.

You know the table is better than me, they are fast, which is ideal

:40:50.:40:54.

for making breaks will stop wonderful. Ronnie Wood love it in

:40:55.:41:00.

there. That is why he wins so many tournaments these days will stop it

:41:01.:41:05.

is like being on a golf course with fast greens. Augusta. Magic. Give me

:41:06.:41:11.

your thoughts on the state of the modern game and what you think of it

:41:12.:41:15.

compared to your era. It is very good, I love it. They have changed

:41:16.:41:20.

the format, there are more tournaments. The best-of-7 frames,

:41:21.:41:30.

it is anybody's game. Anybody out of the top 16 would love it. Maybe the

:41:31.:41:34.

ones above would not think so much of it. It is a give and take

:41:35.:41:38.

business. It was introduced for the spectators. They see two games

:41:39.:41:44.

rather than one, so they get better value for money, more people can see

:41:45.:41:48.

a surprise result, and nobody seems to be domineering in the way they

:41:49.:41:54.

did in the 80s and 90s. Not forgetting my bit in the 70s,

:41:55.:41:58.

obviously! Just the six world titles! F8's they played the final

:41:59.:42:04.

in Preston last week, Barry Hawkins and Ryan Day, they were down here on

:42:05.:42:10.

the Monday, so they had to drive from Preston. I do not suppose they

:42:11.:42:15.

got to bed until 2am, then they have to drive down here and play on the

:42:16.:42:18.

Monday, they should have a day's grace. The organisation should sort

:42:19.:42:27.

that out. You undecided. What about these two. Fantastic, great players.

:42:28.:42:34.

There are so many great players today, it is difficult to pick a

:42:35.:42:39.

winner. In my day, there would be half a dozen who could win it, but

:42:40.:42:43.

now there must be 50 or more. It is tough. I heard you talking about the

:42:44.:42:52.

15-year-old from Wales. As a young lad in the audience now, Ivan

:42:53.:42:59.

Davies, his father rang me up a couple of weeks ago, I got him to

:43:00.:43:05.

meet me in the audience, 11 years of age, he has made a 108 break, that

:43:06.:43:10.

is nice. It shows how the game is progressing. We will hope to see

:43:11.:43:14.

Tyler Rees and Jackson page make their way. 6-6 in this final, what

:43:15.:43:21.

do you see happening? I think it will be one all lost mentally,

:43:22.:43:26.

whoever takes the chances the best and deals with adversity the best.

:43:27.:43:31.

Judd Trump will try to pop his way to victory and Stuart Bingham will

:43:32.:43:36.

try to score heavily but mediate his shot choices a bit more. Who for

:43:37.:43:43.

you, Ray? I wish them both the best of luck. There is not much in it. It

:43:44.:43:52.

is touch and go. You know me, it takes a long time to say something!

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Ruble go back into the arena, it is time to get show back under way.

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Here comes the climax. These welcome back your players, Stuart Bingham

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and Judd Trump! E join our commentary team for the

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final session here in Cardiff of the 2017 Welsh Open final, Darren Morgan

:44:37.:44:39.

and Willie Thorne. What a pleasure it was to see Ray

:44:40.:44:48.

Reardon in the studio there. Six time champion of the world, an

:44:49.:44:54.

absolute legend. Judd Trump is level. I thought Stuart Bingham in

:44:55.:45:01.

the first four frames this evening looked a bit cautious, Darren. Yes,

:45:02.:45:09.

it has a different start from what he had earlier this afternoon. It is

:45:10.:45:20.

game on again now. We were saying earlier at the end of the last

:45:21.:45:23.

session Judd Trump needed to win the frame to come in tonight at least

:45:24.:45:32.

5-3. He would have been coming out looking to win the first session 3-1

:45:33.:45:36.

to level everything up. Again, which he has done. This is an important

:45:37.:45:47.

frame. They are all important. But I think it is more imperative for

:45:48.:45:52.

Stuart Bingham to get a frame back on the board and re-establish his

:45:53.:45:54.

authority. The key stat is should Bingham's pot

:45:55.:46:11.

success has dropped below 90%. You have to be above 90 to win any

:46:12.:46:13.

tournament. But that is excellent. It has to be above 92 win at this

:46:14.:46:28.

level. If he goes on to win this match, it will be above 90, I am

:46:29.:46:34.

sure. I do not think the black or pink art in play, so he may go brown

:46:35.:46:39.

or green into the pink. The brown has a perfect angle to do that.

:46:40.:46:43.

There is a bit of mileage to playing into the pink and reds.

:46:44.:47:08.

I can only presume he has played for the wreck above the black. He has

:47:09.:47:19.

gone into it a bit too much. From that angle he would have been on

:47:20.:47:26.

that perfect. It would have been tight where ever he had finished.

:47:27.:47:29.

That is why I thought he would play into the pink. He had to be into the

:47:30.:47:34.

inch, whereas if he had played into the pink and reds, a slight chance

:47:35.:47:40.

he would have brought it all into play. He has a safety shop now,

:47:41.:47:42.

unless he takes the long one on. No attempt at the pot there, just

:47:43.:47:51.

try to play the good safety. He can play a run through with top

:47:52.:48:31.

spin. He is just looking very edgy to me,

:48:32.:48:52.

Stuart. He has been slotting these in all week, bread and butter shot.

:48:53.:49:01.

A lot more pressure at the moment, coming right to the business end of

:49:02.:49:03.

the event. This is Judd Trump's best chance of

:49:04.:49:18.

going into the lead in this match for the first time. If he puts the

:49:19.:49:25.

colour, red and colour, it will be the first time he has gone into the

:49:26.:49:28.

lead. He has always been chasing. That looks absolutely perfect and

:49:29.:49:44.

the red apathy that goes. This blue and he takes the lead for

:49:45.:50:00.

the first time. Clearly not a frame-winning

:50:01.:50:42.

opportunity at the minute, with that red very tight. He will do well to

:50:43.:50:55.

score above 40. He has had a good look at this red. It is not look

:50:56.:51:02.

like it pot. The red looks like it is on the way. We will know after

:51:03.:51:12.

this if he thinks it pot. He does. If it does, he can hold it for the

:51:13.:51:20.

pink. You have to play it now, you have looked at it twice, and nothing

:51:21.:51:22.

has moved since. I was with you on that. I could

:51:23.:51:40.

clearly see that that did not go. He thought he could pinch it off the

:51:41.:51:46.

draw. That looked like it would not go by a mile.

:51:47.:51:53.

No damage done, though. Still just left with a safety to be played.

:51:54.:53:02.

He has not been finding the baulk cushion so far this evening. That is

:53:03.:53:10.

why Judd Trump has been potting a lot of shots do nothing. That is

:53:11.:53:15.

where he needs the cue ball to keep Judd Trump off the table. That will

:53:16.:53:26.

be called Amis. I think Stuart is entitled to have it put back. Even

:53:27.:53:31.

if he catches one of the reds, he could knock one on.

:53:32.:54:06.

Stuart suggesting there is a chalk mark from his tip. Sometimes it does

:54:07.:54:16.

not make any difference, I always used to say to the referee, if he is

:54:17.:54:20.

still going to play the same shot, I am happy. I agree. Before this came

:54:21.:54:29.

in, with the use of the TV monitor, it was down to the players and the

:54:30.:54:35.

referee to decide anyway. With the shot he is playing, he is going to

:54:36.:54:39.

play the same shot every time to get into the back of the pack. This one

:54:40.:54:51.

he has gone wide. He is never going to do damage here, so he will make

:54:52.:54:58.

another adjustment. It is a very big target, in fairness, six or seven

:54:59.:55:02.

inches of pack he can hit of the questions.

:55:03.:55:10.

I am sure he can see a ball full ball and he may get warned. Maybe he

:55:11.:55:19.

cannot see it full ball, because he has not been warned.

:55:20.:55:31.

Touching ball declared. He might try to put the white back in the same

:55:32.:56:20.

place as it was. He will play in behind the yellow this way. Not

:56:21.:56:25.

tight, but tight on the baulk cushion, around the yellow spot.

:56:26.:56:58.

If the black had been out in the open, Stuart Bingham might have been

:56:59.:57:04.

tempted to go for the red into the right corner. But the pink and black

:57:05.:57:09.

are tied up, so I cannot see much value. He would have to played with

:57:10.:57:15.

a lot of pace. A good safety is the order of the day.

:57:16.:57:32.

Under normal circumstances even the pink and black are tied up, Judd

:57:33.:57:44.

would be having a go at it. As it happens, he has a shot to nothing.

:57:45.:57:52.

His long potting right throughout this tournament has been terrific.

:57:53.:58:20.

The only thing that has been missing is a century break. It will be tough

:58:21.:58:28.

to get on from here, where the balls are, but nice breaks. A bit of

:58:29.:58:42.

movement in the crowd. Topside of the blue, then he can get good of

:58:43.:58:49.

the red below the pink. That was a long way away.

:58:50.:58:58.

That is unbelievable, after the red he knocked into get in. He will not

:58:59.:59:03.

have expected to have missed that. He was hoping for the cue ball to

:59:04.:59:36.

run another three or four inches. He will have to pot either a tricky

:59:37.:59:37.

brown or green. He did not have to do a lot with the

:59:38.:59:44.

cue ball. It was a solid shot. In the context of this match, this

:59:45.:59:57.

is a very big frame, really important.

:59:58.:00:10.

Stuart, having been in total control in this match, has seen Judd Trump

:00:11.:00:22.

begging him back. Look at one stage that he was going to be having an

:00:23.:00:31.

early bat and on his way home. Could have done with another 2ft of pace

:00:32.:00:38.

in that cue ball. He would have liked to have been on the one next

:00:39.:00:44.

to the pink. He will have to go up for the blue again now. He just has

:00:45.:00:50.

to make sure he gets top of the blue. Amazing, isn't it? Two inches

:00:51.:01:04.

shorter, it's absolutely perfect. But from that position, not sure

:01:05.:01:18.

whether he can hold it for the pink. And he's nicely on the red - good

:01:19.:01:21.

shot. Well, that was a miscalculation. He

:01:22.:01:50.

has played to move the two reds. I can only think the pace of the cue

:01:51.:01:56.

ball has just changed the angle in striking the red, so all he can do

:01:57.:02:07.

is lay the snooker. He knows that's one that's Ottaway. Still in the

:02:08.:02:10.

driving seat. -- that's what a way. He has got this tricky red across

:02:11.:02:37.

the cush, but at this stage of the match, is he going to be tempted?

:02:38.:02:44.

He's been very cagey tonight, Stuart Bingham. First four frames earlier

:02:45.:02:51.

on, he would have been playing that red. He's played quite good safety.

:02:52.:03:04.

Looking at this, he can just get past the blue to the potting angle

:03:05.:03:07.

of this red nearest the pink spot. Always better when you're playing

:03:08.:03:33.

that shot on the thin side. Trying to get in the back green and brown.

:03:34.:03:46.

-- in behind green and brown. Stuart's safety has been poor this

:03:47.:03:52.

evening, hasn't found the baulk cushion very often. You can see the

:03:53.:03:53.

frustration in his face. He's very close to the baulk cushion

:03:54.:04:50.

this time. Awkward cueing. He could be pushing a red towards

:04:51.:05:10.

the right corner. He's head that a lot thicker than he would have

:05:11.:05:14.

liked. But he's OK. He will have to be careful he does

:05:15.:05:33.

not push a red over the corner this time. Another two inches of pace, it

:05:34.:05:43.

would have been absolutely perfect. Good safety shot, that.

:05:44.:06:13.

I don't think I've ever seen that before, where he's asked Stuart to

:06:14.:06:20.

look rather than the referee to look. He feels he can get through to

:06:21.:06:26.

this red, and Stuart would probably think he was taking advantage if he

:06:27.:06:30.

plays it next time and can hit the red. I don't think I've ever seen

:06:31.:06:34.

that before. It's always the referee, and the player should stay

:06:35.:06:39.

away from the shot. That was very strange. But he feels he can hit it.

:06:40.:06:44.

And he could. Well played. Unlucky. And both these players good friends

:06:45.:08:02.

off the table. In fact, as this tournament finishes tonight, another

:08:03.:08:14.

one starts tomorrow. Seven players playing in it, and who is up first

:08:15.:08:21.

match? Judd Trump and Stuart Bingham. It's quite ironic. I don't

:08:22.:08:28.

think Judd Trump has brought his car with him, and I think he might be

:08:29.:08:32.

having a lift to the tournament tomorrow with Stuart! Not friends

:08:33.:08:38.

out there at the moment, though. It's war!

:08:39.:09:26.

Well, again, another great long pot from Judd Trump. There wasn't much

:09:27.:09:38.

room there, either. . He has to be careful he doesn't cannon into the

:09:39.:09:42.

pink or black, because he could find himself snookered. Amazingly, he

:09:43.:09:47.

went right through the middle of both of them. He's not happy, who

:09:48.:09:56.

does not appear to be on the middle of the three reds, which was the one

:09:57.:10:07.

he played for. Just a fraction too hard. Is he going to risk the long

:10:08.:10:19.

pink into the corner? I don't blame him for taking this on. He's behind

:10:20.:10:28.

and he knows that if he pots this, he could take this friend. -- he

:10:29.:10:37.

could take this frame. So there is an advantage in taking this on. It's

:10:38.:10:44.

there. Bringing the black into play as well. He generates so much power,

:10:45.:10:49.

with very little backswing. Is the black going to go on its own

:10:50.:11:09.

spot comfortably? If it doesn't, he might have to take the black.

:11:10.:11:30.

And if there is anybody interested, incidentally, to watch this

:11:31.:11:40.

Champions League, in Essex, it starts tomorrow, and you can see

:11:41.:11:44.

these leaf wonderful players battling it out yet again. I was so

:11:45.:11:55.

surprised he played to pot the black, because he was tying up the

:11:56.:12:05.

red and black. Unlucky not to have a straightforward shot on the pink or

:12:06.:12:06.

black. He has given Stuart a big advantage

:12:07.:12:45.

in this safety exchange now. He can at him in behind the yellow and

:12:46.:12:48.

blue. -- he can put him in behind. Well, he wasn't far away from that

:12:49.:14:06.

long red there. I gave some wrong information a couple of minutes ago.

:14:07.:14:12.

So I'm going to correct myself because I don't want people coming

:14:13.:14:15.

to find out where I live and taking it out on me. As you can see, the

:14:16.:14:28.

match time is up to four powers. And I think there is still quite a way

:14:29.:14:32.

to go before we get a conclusion to this. A little bit fortunate, but he

:14:33.:14:45.

will take it. Back to my wrong information - the play tomorrow is

:14:46.:14:50.

at the Ricoh Arena, and you can watch it live streaming. You won't

:14:51.:15:01.

be allowed in. Where is that brown going? That's the worst possible

:15:02.:15:07.

outcome for Stuart Bingham. A lot of distance between both balls.

:15:08.:15:20.

He does play those shot is very, very well. Still a lot to do in this

:15:21.:15:33.

frame. And he must be thinking, this is starting to slip away slightly.

:15:34.:15:40.

In total control at the 4-0 up. Looked like going 6-2. So close.

:15:41.:15:52.

Yes, a right-handed player would not have played that. He missed it by

:15:53.:16:03.

just a fraction. Worse still, he doesn't have an easy safety shot.

:16:04.:16:15.

You can't help feeling that the run is slightly helping Judd Trump now,

:16:16.:16:41.

he's in the ascendancy. That was a very well played shot, no luck

:16:42.:16:42.

involved there whatsoever. Now, Judd has played it firm to

:16:43.:16:58.

leave distance between the cue ball and object ball. Well, what a result

:16:59.:17:04.

that is for Stuart Bingham. A few seconds ago, you would have thought

:17:05.:17:11.

he would have been out of the frame. Green to brown is not

:17:12.:17:16.

straightforward here. The green going back onto its own spot would

:17:17.:17:19.

help, so I wonder if he will play for the green off this red.

:17:20.:17:28.

For me, that's definitely the right shot.

:17:29.:18:06.

And I just said it looked like the run had changed in favour of Judd

:18:07.:18:23.

Trump. Commentator's curse! I think Willie is right, red to green would

:18:24.:18:31.

make things a little bit easier for him.

:18:32.:18:47.

And now, the clearance should be OK. Any sort of angle on the green is

:18:48.:19:00.

good, anything but straight. And that's OK.

:19:01.:19:07.

This will hurt Judd Trump, because it looks like for the first time he

:19:08.:19:15.

was going to take a one frame advantage in this match. Stuart may

:19:16.:19:31.

have a bit of a bounce in his step again now, if he takes this frame.

:19:32.:19:44.

Mind you, what's happened there? That pink was harder than it should

:19:45.:19:48.

have been. For in it goes, and Stuart Bingham will take a big sigh

:19:49.:19:50.

of relief. Stuart Bingham will be a lot happier

:19:51.:20:05.

now. It's just so difficult. We thought earlier that it would go the

:20:06.:20:08.

distance, and it looks like it could. The momentum is swinging one

:20:09.:20:15.

way and then the other? Yes, it is. That was a chance for Judd Trump to

:20:16.:20:19.

take the lead for the first time, at a crucial stage, and I was beginning

:20:20.:20:27.

to think that the tide was turning in Judd's favour. But Stuart played

:20:28.:20:37.

a really good shot out of a snooker, which Judd had been fortuitous to

:20:38.:20:44.

leave. Judd was very unfortunate to go in-off. A lot of side spin on the

:20:45.:20:51.

cue ball which helped it in. And the worst thing ever for Judd, the red

:20:52.:20:58.

has gone into baulk, and it's a fairly simple clearance. Was a long

:20:59.:21:03.

frame, 35 minutes. And they have been in action since one o'clock,

:21:04.:21:09.

with that break in the middle. To what extent does tiredness start to

:21:10.:21:12.

creep in, because that was a really scrappy frame? Hallam adrenaline

:21:13.:21:19.

kicks in, and they will not be particularly mentally tired, really.

:21:20.:21:31.

It is a very close affair now, very tense, every frame is vital. And you

:21:32.:21:41.

were saying that you felt that Judd was starting to make sure folder

:21:42.:21:46.

wobble under pressure perhaps? Yes. But I still think this final could

:21:47.:21:50.

go all the way. This next frame is enormous now. Of Judd Trump can win

:21:51.:22:00.

it, he's right back in there. If Stuart Bingham can win it, he's got

:22:01.:22:08.

a bit of daylight. What drama we've got, then, in the final, in Cardiff.

:22:09.:22:17.

So, here we go. Stuart Bingham breaking off, he'll be very relieved

:22:18.:22:30.

that he's managed to keep his lead. We're going to see another trademark

:22:31.:22:34.

Judd Trump special. He has been knocking these in all day. More

:22:35.:22:40.

pressure now, though. Still, again, never in doubt, really. His long

:22:41.:22:50.

game has been absolutely fantastic. Yes. Stuart's going to have to work

:22:51.:22:57.

on his break-off. He has left that shot to nothing in at least half the

:22:58.:23:04.

frames where he has broken off. I can't tell you how hard it is to

:23:05.:23:09.

play them that strength, and there wasn't a very big gap between black

:23:10.:23:17.

and red. If he gets a good angle on the next black, he'll finish on the

:23:18.:23:23.

red behind the pack and open some more out. Two long frames, the last

:23:24.:23:39.

two, 35 minutes and 36 minutes - I did not expect to see any frames go

:23:40.:23:49.

that long in this match. It's like a forcing screw, that shot. Oh! I did

:23:50.:23:58.

not see that coming, I've got to say, that was a twitch. A lot of

:23:59.:24:02.

movement on that shot as he played it

:24:03.:24:10.

. Not as bad as I thought it was at first glance, but it's definitely a

:24:11.:24:17.

twitch. REFEREE: Foul, Stuart Bingham one,

:24:18.:25:23.

Judd Trump, five. WILLIE THORNE: He's in trouble now

:25:24.:25:42.

with the safety shot, because Judd will put him back into bar

:25:43.:25:47.

theatrical visitor free ball? No, it's not. -- he will put him back

:25:48.:26:01.

into bat here. Is it a free ball? Surely it's not.

:26:02.:26:21.

He's having a look at something. I'm not sure what he thinks he has

:26:22.:26:28.

found. There is certainly no plant there. I cannot imagine he's going

:26:29.:26:35.

to attempt to play this shot. He has now asked if there IS a free ball.

:26:36.:26:42.

It must be close, because if you took the four reds from just to the

:26:43.:26:47.

right of the pink... It's not going to matter now. He has put Stuart

:26:48.:26:49.

Bingham back in. Well, they don't come much better

:26:50.:27:59.

than that. He's played that with a lot of bottom and side. Great pot.

:28:00.:28:07.

I think what might have frustrated Judd all day today as well, he's

:28:08.:28:16.

been the wrong side of the blue more than he's been the right side, so

:28:17.:28:29.

he's have played these long pots. -- so he's had to play these long pots.

:28:30.:28:36.

And again, he's going to have to play another good pot. Did not want

:28:37.:28:37.

the cannon on the red there. The only thing I can think of is the

:28:38.:28:55.

plant just to the left of the pink, and that's what he's played for.

:28:56.:29:09.

It's just a safety. That's the only thing I feel with Judd Trump this

:29:10.:29:20.

week, he just hasn't scored. His long potting has been good, his

:29:21.:29:25.

safety has been good, he's just struggled to score. I'm sure he's

:29:26.:29:33.

had more 40s and 50s than anybody else. And we know he has certainly

:29:34.:29:37.

lost more frames than anybody else from 40-odd in front. I can think of

:29:38.:29:44.

at least seven frames that he's lost from that position. Once again,

:29:45.:29:48.

Stuart not finding the baulk cushion. So that makes this safety

:29:49.:29:54.

shot quite straightforward. And the back red I think cuts in the corner,

:29:55.:30:09.

so he will be playing the pot. This time, though, it did not go in. And

:30:10.:30:16.

Stuart can play it quite confidently, knowing that he's got

:30:17.:30:17.

the blue in play. He would like to be on the Hof Paul

:30:18.:30:33.

Green, that would be perfect. That could be a frame-winner, because you

:30:34.:30:40.

would expect him to get 30 or 40, nicely on the red, because black and

:30:41.:30:41.

pink art available. This is a chance. A great chance to

:30:42.:30:48.

go 8-6 in front. He can get through to this red. Even

:30:49.:31:43.

though Judd Trump is a frame behind, he has scored more points. This

:31:44.:31:50.

frame has taken the same pattern as quite a few of the others, Judd has

:31:51.:31:56.

gone in with 30 or 40, all the are awkward, he has got himself a

:31:57.:32:02.

thread, and he has thrown a lifeline to Stuart Bingham when the balls of

:32:03.:32:07.

a lot clearer in the table is a lot less messy. He played for the pink.

:32:08.:32:13.

Disappointed with the way it came off the cushion.

:32:14.:32:22.

He has underscrewed it. He did not get into that at all. Quite a big

:32:23.:32:30.

margin of error there, he could have screwed back another two feet. He

:32:31.:32:34.

was more concerned with overscrewing it. He wanted the white back to

:32:35.:32:39.

where his hand is. A lot wider than he wanted. Will he take this red on?

:32:40.:32:51.

He can play this as a shock to nothing, screw it in and get onto

:32:52.:32:55.

the blue. He will be disappointed he did not

:32:56.:33:06.

score heavily there, that was a great chance.

:33:07.:33:37.

If you can get through to this red to the right corner... That. The

:33:38.:33:45.

best safety shot he has played. How confident is he? He has played the

:33:46.:33:58.

follow-through. He could have done without a cannon on the pink. Still

:33:59.:34:09.

a good strike. A lot thinner on the pink than he would like. He has

:34:10.:34:14.

spotted quite a few of these greens today. One good shot away from

:34:15.:34:23.

potentially putting himself in a winning position in this frame.

:34:24.:34:35.

He played the more difficult shot. He is not very happy. A couple of

:34:36.:34:44.

little hand gestures going on, that he has got away with that a little

:34:45.:34:50.

bit. This was a real difficult shot, this blue. He was playing it with

:34:51.:35:01.

loads of left-hand side. A miracle to get away with it. Any sort of

:35:02.:35:05.

space of the question, these words would have been available. He has

:35:06.:35:07.

not left anything on. Another very well played safety. He

:35:08.:36:11.

has found the baulk cushion this time, Stuart Bingham. He has Judd

:36:12.:36:13.

Trump in a bit of trouble here. Not a bad shot wide Judd Trump. He

:36:14.:36:40.

has dangerously gone close to the corner pocket. It did not look like

:36:41.:36:45.

he could play that shot. He took a bit risk, but he has given Stuart

:36:46.:36:51.

Bingham a shock to nothing. The red below the pink. The cue ball will

:36:52.:36:57.

come down towards the blue. Excellent execution of a shot you

:36:58.:37:09.

think. It is going awkward for both players

:37:10.:37:45.

at the moment. They cannot seem to get perfect position.

:37:46.:37:55.

Can he get the position on this one red below the black? He could do

:37:56.:38:04.

with finishing close to it to make it easier to get onto the black for

:38:05.:38:10.

the next shot. I think he can screw back directly from the green and

:38:11.:38:13.

come off one, maybe two cushions, get onto the red. He is blessed with

:38:14.:38:20.

a lot of key power. He has played the direct screw, this looks OK. But

:38:21.:38:27.

another two inches would have been perfect.

:38:28.:38:46.

That was not easy. And at pace, trying to go down for the blue. They

:38:47.:38:56.

have no chance when it hits the near jaw. Judd Trump has not played the

:38:57.:39:02.

best shot ever there, it has gone in the right jaw. He stunned instead of

:39:03.:39:09.

dragging back a couple of inches. It is awkward to play the shot he is

:39:10.:39:14.

looking at. He would love to go in and out, between the yellow and

:39:15.:39:19.

brown. He will have to go between brown and green, I think. That is

:39:20.:39:27.

what he has played. How is his luck? Not very good. Still a great shot. A

:39:28.:39:36.

brilliant effort. It really was a great effort.

:39:37.:40:08.

Court that one little bit too thick. Again, he has left a pot on, either

:40:09.:40:19.

the cut into the middle or the stunned into the corner.

:40:20.:40:33.

Anywhere but there, unless the blue passes I cannot see him taking the

:40:34.:40:44.

pot on here. He can see the pink, just, but cannot get close to the

:40:45.:40:48.

red to make it easy. Just enough room on the pink to come off two

:40:49.:40:56.

cushions, but he would finish two feet away from the red. Is it worth

:40:57.:41:01.

taking the green? He is a good player with the rest.

:41:02.:41:17.

Even if he gets on the red, it is not easy. I am dumbfounded he has

:41:18.:41:31.

even tried to play that. Even if he gets perfect on the red, he is under

:41:32.:41:36.

all kinds of pressure to drop it in to make the pot. He is in the

:41:37.:41:41.

driving seat in this frame. A strange choice of shot.

:41:42.:41:49.

It is not easy to get this safe either, because if he tries to push

:41:50.:41:55.

it up and down the table, he will push it towards a pocket, but if he

:41:56.:41:59.

plays it thin, he has to make sure he does not knock it into a portable

:42:00.:42:05.

position, which he may have done. What a little nudge that is.

:42:06.:42:49.

You see how much side he had on the cue ball firm. It pinged off the

:42:50.:43:23.

cushion. He has played that very well. That

:43:24.:43:38.

could have gone wrong, if he had kissed into the back of the brown.

:43:39.:43:49.

Barring a catastrophe, it looks like Judd Trump will level this match up.

:43:50.:44:01.

This brown... Stuart Bingham knows he has had a couple of chances to

:44:02.:44:12.

extend his lead to two. This has got the final frame all over it.

:44:13.:44:24.

You would have to say it is another frame that has been a little bit

:44:25.:44:30.

scrappy, a lot of pressure out there. Judd Trump will probably be

:44:31.:44:38.

feeling the better out of the two. A couple of exhibition shots.

:44:39.:44:48.

The black does not go in, but Stuart Bingham is leaving the room to

:44:49.:44:55.

gather his thoughts. He knows he had a chance to extend his lead, but

:44:56.:44:57.

Judd Trump draws level. All square again. You would still be

:44:58.:45:10.

brave to call this one. We still possibly have three frames left.

:45:11.:45:21.

Regardless of what happens tonight, Judd Trump will move up to third.

:45:22.:45:29.

John Higgins goes down to sixth. Mark Williams hanging onto his place

:45:30.:45:34.

in the top 16. He went out in the first round, a really disappointing

:45:35.:45:39.

week. He is hoping to hold onto his spot ahead of the World

:45:40.:45:43.

Championships. We talked about this earlier, the fact that the top 16

:45:44.:45:48.

qualify automatically, everybody else has to go through three

:45:49.:45:52.

qualifying rounds. Yes, it happened last year, with Ding Junhui, the

:45:53.:45:59.

great player from China, one of the greatest, he has won five ranking

:46:00.:46:05.

events in one season, he finished number 17, he had to win three

:46:06.:46:09.

matches to qualify, and it is tough. And a few days later, you have to

:46:10.:46:16.

actually play at the Crucible, so you are already jaded by the time

:46:17.:46:20.

you get there. A nervous couple of months for Mark Williams. Let's look

:46:21.:46:26.

at a bit of analysis. It is still difficult to know who will be

:46:27.:46:29.

picking up the trophy in an hour, two hours, who knows! A bit of

:46:30.:46:35.

fortune for Judd Trump in this one. In the previous frame he was

:46:36.:46:40.

unfortunate with an enough, he put the remaining red into baulk. Here,

:46:41.:46:47.

he gets a bit fortunate. The bump on the middle pocket was butcher it is,

:46:48.:46:52.

because it made the last red more missable. As it was, it goes on

:46:53.:46:59.

behind the blue. Stuart escapes from the easy snooker, but he puts the

:47:00.:47:06.

red in the yellow pocket, and Judd Trump clears up. It is a seesaw.

:47:07.:47:12.

There has not been a 30 break in the last three frames, so if anybody can

:47:13.:47:17.

get their potting boots on, they can take it by the scruff of the neck.

:47:18.:47:22.

Get your potting boots on! Who has got them on?

:47:23.:47:28.

Judd Trump has them on on the long shots, but when he gets in, he is

:47:29.:47:33.

not winning the frame in one visit. And nor is Stuart now. No breaks of

:47:34.:47:43.

any strength in the last three games. There has not been a 40 break

:47:44.:47:47.

in the last three games, very bits and pieces.

:47:48.:48:11.

Another long pop. There has not been a break over 30 in the last three

:48:12.:48:19.

frames, that is how scrappy it has been. A little unlucky not to have

:48:20.:48:26.

some sort of shot on the blue or pink. Again, the safety is not

:48:27.:48:33.

straightforward, with the red being in baulk. He has to cover it with

:48:34.:48:37.

the yellow. You do not want to put the thing out

:48:38.:48:54.

of commission, you would like to leave it in play. I thought it had

:48:55.:49:02.

hit the yellow then for a minute. Yes, I think he did as well. As it

:49:03.:49:08.

is, it is not bad. He has forced Stuart Bingham into an attempt at

:49:09.:49:15.

the left corner. He will definitely play it if you can find the gap. He

:49:16.:49:24.

might feel it is too much of a risk at this stage of the match. He is

:49:25.:49:30.

faced with a very tricky safety as well. He could play the red that is

:49:31.:49:38.

nearest to the right corner and drop it in, or just played off the two

:49:39.:49:44.

cushions, leave the white there. He went for it wholeheartedly. The

:49:45.:49:49.

trouble is, even if he had made it, I do not think the pink or black

:49:50.:49:51.

went. Again, Judd Trump has lost the cue

:49:52.:50:12.

ball. It has become a little bit of a scrappy affair.

:50:13.:50:37.

He is one of those players that likes all of the big balls in play.

:50:38.:50:45.

He might like to bring pink and black into play. I was surprised he

:50:46.:50:52.

did not play to nudge the pink or black of the first red, rather than

:50:53.:51:01.

go up for the blue. Pink and black are now available. But he might have

:51:02.:51:06.

liked a bigger gap than that. He would have got away with that.

:51:07.:52:49.

But I think this red is onto the right centre. Not an easy starter.

:52:50.:53:05.

No problems, though, and he is nicely on the blue. We are going to

:53:06.:53:15.

have a player when a frame in one visit. It has not happened all

:53:16.:53:25.

evening. But these balls are spread far and wide. A great chance here

:53:26.:53:34.

for Stuart to score a frame-winning break. A lot of players may have

:53:35.:53:44.

rolled it into the middle, but Stuart punched it in and finished

:53:45.:53:45.

perfect on the blue. He would like to take the pink out

:53:46.:54:06.

of the way, could's because it is stopping the black potting into the

:54:07.:54:14.

corner. Judd Trump realises he could in a few minutes' time be one down

:54:15.:54:16.

with two to play. He looks to have the angle on the

:54:17.:54:31.

black to play for the red into the same pocket. He has got a nice

:54:32.:54:33.

angle. That is what he has played for. He

:54:34.:54:46.

could do with being fairly straight, and he is not. Work to do. If he

:54:47.:54:53.

screws it in, I did not know if he can avoid the kiss on the red that

:54:54.:54:57.

is loose. If he runs through, he will force reds all over the place,

:54:58.:55:03.

so he will not guarantee where the White will finish. Not ideal. Just

:55:04.:55:10.

has too avoid the kiss on the red above the white. Which he has not

:55:11.:55:20.

done. This is a lot more tricky than it should be.

:55:21.:55:47.

That is one of the better shots he has played for a couple of frames.

:55:48.:55:55.

Was not easy, begin down, playing with bottom right-hand side.

:55:56.:56:15.

He has got to get the pink out of the way. Still has a couple of loose

:56:16.:56:22.

reds. He played the deep screw to disturb

:56:23.:56:37.

the reds, he was not happy with that. You could see his reaction. He

:56:38.:56:48.

did not need to do that. Just did not quite get into the cue ball

:56:49.:56:49.

enough. Excellent recovery. The cue ball has

:56:50.:57:22.

travelled a fraction too far, but this is one of those where if you

:57:23.:57:26.

are confident, you put the black and flick off the outside of the pack. I

:57:27.:57:30.

think he will roll this in and avoid the inn off. Well played.

:57:31.:57:55.

He felt he was hitting it thin rather than thick.

:57:56.:58:04.

The magnificent arena, the crowds have been excellent all week. A

:58:05.:58:42.

little disappointed in terms of brick building in this match, but it

:58:43.:58:46.

has lots of tension, both players are feeling it out there.

:58:47.:58:59.

He would have been better off getting a red safe. But once again,

:59:00.:59:09.

the white nowhere near the baulk cushion. When you are playing Judd

:59:10.:59:15.

Trump, you need to get near the cushion possible, because the reds

:59:16.:59:17.

disappear more often than not. If you are chewing Indian hoping to

:59:18.:59:37.

watch Dragons Den, that will follow our coverage of the final. Dragons

:59:38.:59:43.

Den is delayed. Still waiting to see who will be given the cheque for

:59:44.:59:45.

?70,000 here in Cardiff. Stuart will be distraught at the

:59:46.:59:57.

last safety shot he played. He looked bemused, the way he played

:59:58.:00:02.

it. He was not expecting to make contact with the pack, and he was

:00:03.:00:06.

expecting the cue ball to finish near the baulk cushion. Both things

:00:07.:00:13.

went wrong. Maybe it is Stuart Bingham's turn to lose a frame from

:00:14.:00:15.

40 points in front. This was the shot from Stuart.

:00:16.:00:35.

Obviously, he's trying to get a good cue ball. The bad thing is, the

:00:36.:00:47.

white is nowhere near the cushion. He's thinking, I might as well of

:00:48.:00:53.

her other shot at the red into the other pocket. If it had gone in,

:00:54.:00:57.

probably would have sprung the frame. But has made sure this time

:00:58.:01:02.

he's the right side of the blue. If this goes right... He could be

:01:03.:01:11.

pinching this frame. And it hasn't. The cue ball as stock. He just hit

:01:12.:01:27.

the one red a little bit full in the face. He could have done with it

:01:28.:01:35.

half-ball and been able to come away from the cluster.

:01:36.:01:46.

Both players are feeling it's no. -- both players are feeling it now.

:01:47.:02:22.

He has pulled some gestures in the last couple of frames, Stuart. A

:02:23.:02:30.

little bit of frustration starting to show. It's not what Judd played.

:02:31.:02:40.

He IS on this black. I think he's one of the few players

:02:41.:03:06.

who would have the guts to play that shot at this stage of the match.

:03:07.:03:13.

Both players are struggling to play the screw back shot. Left himself

:03:14.:03:19.

hampered during. Cued it nicely. And he has become

:03:20.:03:45.

favourite to be one up with two to play. A few moments ago, we were

:03:46.:03:51.

saying exactly the same thing when Stuart Bingham was at the table.

:03:52.:03:59.

This, the key shot - how close can he get to this red to make it easy?

:04:00.:04:12.

Tried to get really close, and he may have over-screwed it a little

:04:13.:04:17.

bit. This is not as easy as it looks on the TV. He would have been a

:04:18.:04:29.

strong favourite to pot it. Still should pot it, but not

:04:30.:04:32.

straightforward. And there you see why. It's amazing what you can miss

:04:33.:04:40.

under pressure. But that was not about shot, it was the shot before,

:04:41.:04:43.

where he over-screwed the black. And obviously, this is not easy. The

:04:44.:05:06.

red to the right centre. He will be over the moon that he has got this

:05:07.:05:19.

opportunity at this red. Judd Trump has just not been able to get in

:05:20.:05:24.

front of Stuart Hunter liked. Every time he draws level, something

:05:25.:05:28.

happens, he goes one behind. And in goes the red. He's not quite on this

:05:29.:05:38.

brown in the way he's like. He might be able to run through with

:05:39.:05:39.

left-hand side. The only problem is, the green could

:05:40.:06:00.

go safe. Where will the greens and up? Well, he's played it quite

:06:01.:06:11.

nicely, but unfortunately for him, not nicely on the yellow. I think

:06:12.:06:14.

he'll be playing the snooker. He wanted to keep the yellow in

:06:15.:06:55.

play. You would have preferred that yellow to be in between the pink and

:06:56.:07:07.

black area. Looking at it, it is hard to hit. Green in the way one

:07:08.:07:14.

way, blue in the way the other way. I think he will have to play this

:07:15.:07:23.

two cushions. The only trouble is, then, Darren, leave the advantage to

:07:24.:07:29.

Stuart, to play the snooker in behind the black. It's very tricky.

:07:30.:07:38.

Yes, I think Judd Trump would be quite happy with that, if he hits

:07:39.:07:45.

the yellow leaves that shot on. This is very, very tricky. He doesn't

:07:46.:07:54.

want to be giving too many points away at this stage in the frame, but

:07:55.:07:59.

this is really tricky. We could see him giving away quite a few points.

:08:00.:08:05.

Yes, he's having to play off two cushions. Very well played.

:08:06.:08:22.

Excellent. And he has not left the chance to end up behind the black.

:08:23.:08:27.

Yes. He could have missed that four or five times. As it happens, that's

:08:28.:08:33.

about as good as he could have hoped for.

:08:34.:09:05.

It's amazing how Stuart lost the advantage with that excellent safety

:09:06.:09:15.

shot he played on the yellow. You would have to suggest, whoever pots

:09:16.:09:20.

the yellow is going to win this frame and go one up with two to

:09:21.:09:22.

play. Who will it be? Nearly got in behind the pink. I

:09:23.:09:52.

think we'll see Judd Trump definitely playing this yellow in

:09:53.:09:58.

the left corner. He could play it with loads of bottom and right-hand

:09:59.:10:03.

side, slow drag, or he can play it with pace.

:10:04.:10:05.

He needs to slide past the pink... And his body language is saying he

:10:06.:10:20.

has snookered himself. Either that or he can't get to the porting angle

:10:21.:10:29.

of the green. It's amazing what can happen in the game of snooker, isn't

:10:30.:10:33.

it? Plays your shot, tries to hold it. The table is so fast, it's hard

:10:34.:10:40.

to hold the ball at distance. In the olden days, on a thicker cloth, you

:10:41.:10:50.

could play it and finish somewhere near the blue spot. These days, it's

:10:51.:10:54.

very easy to lose the white, which he has done there. Where is this

:10:55.:10:58.

going to end up? Good shot. To be honest, it has not been the

:10:59.:11:31.

final I expected. He has left this on. Saying that, Judd is thinking it

:11:32.:11:42.

might have gone a bit past the porting angle there. From our

:11:43.:11:49.

position, it looks cuttable. Yes, it is a thin one, isn't it? No

:11:50.:12:05.

control over the cue ball, that's for sure. One of those, you have to

:12:06.:12:16.

hit it hard, because then you avoid the in-off. Well played. And

:12:17.:12:26.

absolutely perfect on the brown. Amazing. But he will need all his

:12:27.:12:35.

cue power here to get nicely on the blue.

:12:36.:12:48.

It's amazing, another inch of pace, it would have been a straightforward

:12:49.:13:02.

blue. Still needs the pink, though. It's there.

:13:03.:13:03.

Stuart Bingham started this frame with a break of 41. You can see what

:13:04.:13:23.

that meant to Judd Trump. He has gone into the lead for the very

:13:24.:13:26.

first time in the match. He's now one away from victory.

:13:27.:13:30.

Quite astonishing, isn't it? Considering that Stuart Bingham led

:13:31.:13:39.

4-0 early in this match. But we can see what that meant to Trump, taking

:13:40.:13:48.

the lead for the first time, what a relief that must be? Yes. These last

:13:49.:13:55.

four frames have thrown up all kinds of eccentricities, if you will.

:13:56.:13:58.

Interestingly, there's been two breaks over 30 in the last five

:13:59.:14:04.

frames, both of 41. So it shows, there's a lot of tactics, a lot of

:14:05.:14:11.

missed pots, but finally, after hours of trying, Judd Trump take the

:14:12.:14:16.

lead in the final furlong. Can he finish it off now what? I don't

:14:17.:14:25.

know, I wish I could tell you! How hard was it to play this? I can

:14:26.:14:33.

assure you, Judd did not intend to play this quite so thin. He would

:14:34.:14:38.

not have known he could have finished so nicely on the brown,

:14:39.:14:41.

that was more hope than judgment, I feel. He played a pretty good brown,

:14:42.:14:49.

I have to say. Fortunately the Judd, that cue ball just ran those extra

:14:50.:14:54.

few inches to leave the green on. Now, you would have to be backing

:14:55.:15:00.

Judd Trump? Would UCAS can you tell me! That was a really big setback

:15:01.:15:09.

for Stuart Bingham? Yes, it was. But maybe the pressure will now transfer

:15:10.:15:14.

to Judd. He has not won on home soil for about six years. There is a lot

:15:15.:15:22.

of pressure on both of them. Will it come down to the run of the ball,

:15:23.:15:28.

who knows? Judd is in the driving seat, but there is now pressure on

:15:29.:15:32.

him, and maybe Stuart Bingham can relax a bit. Keeping Stuart Bingham

:15:33.:15:41.

waiting just a bit longer. Drug instead will follow our coverage of

:15:42.:15:52.

the snooker here in Cardiff. -- Dragons' Den will follow. Stuart

:15:53.:16:03.

Bingham will be disappointed. He has lost those last few frames lately.

:16:04.:16:11.

Bring -- Stuart Bingham to break, then. Is there another twist in this

:16:12.:16:13.

magnificent 2017 final? What a green that was. He could try

:16:14.:16:30.

that 50 times again and not finish on that brown is good. And he slots

:16:31.:16:35.

in another long red. I've said it all week - his long potting has been

:16:36.:16:42.

unbelievable. And all of a sudden, he has struggled to score all week -

:16:43.:16:48.

could this be the frame that he finds his scoring? The one that he

:16:49.:16:57.

needs to win this year's Welsh Open? And as I've said that, he's a good

:16:58.:17:03.

foot short with the cue ball. You could see him talking the end of his

:17:04.:17:08.

cue tip very aggressively. And looking at this, he will do well to

:17:09.:17:16.

miss the case on the black - that's why he's playing with bottom, trying

:17:17.:17:20.

to make something happen. And it hasn't. The only problem for him is,

:17:21.:17:29.

he has put both black and pink out of commission. This is a similar

:17:30.:17:36.

shot to what begins played years ago, where he screwed it in and came

:17:37.:17:42.

back into the middle of the table, but it's very risky playing it over

:17:43.:17:48.

the pack of reds. He's playing it, though. That blue is not in. Neither

:17:49.:17:59.

player has played great this evening, it's been a little bit of a

:18:00.:18:05.

struggle out there. Even if that blue had gone in, Judd

:18:06.:18:25.

had left himself horrible on this red.

:18:26.:18:37.

He's just going to roll the red, there is no value for me in this.

:18:38.:18:46.

He's going to play safe. But that could have gone wrong. At least he

:18:47.:18:59.

can bring a peak colour back into play. I think on reflection, we

:19:00.:19:14.

probably deserve an 8-8, don't we? That would be nice - not for the

:19:15.:19:17.

players. He can play an aggressive shot here,

:19:18.:19:33.

to bring the black into play and get the cue ball as tight in behind the

:19:34.:19:39.

green and blue as possible. How is the cue ball...? Not quite.

:19:40.:20:18.

He's caught that a little bit thicker than he would have liked. No

:20:19.:20:24.

damage done, though. I say no damage done, what a clever

:20:25.:20:56.

shot he's played there. That was very well thought out. Absolutely.

:20:57.:21:10.

He's looking at the potting angle, to see whether he can pinch a little

:21:11.:21:21.

bit of the pocket. I thought the brown would have been a better

:21:22.:21:32.

choice there. Safety shortcomings. -- safety shot coming. You have to

:21:33.:21:37.

say, he deserves more than six Riise that fantastic red Henoch in. --

:21:38.:21:51.

more than six off that fantastic red he knocked in. Neither of these two

:21:52.:22:01.

have played anywhere near their best. Just past five hours of play.

:22:02.:22:09.

And we still don't know who is going to win.

:22:10.:23:18.

He can just see the edge of this red. Can get back to the baulk area?

:23:19.:23:28.

Just played what he thought was a short to nothing. He may be able to

:23:29.:23:35.

get through the gap to cut that red in. If it is printable, he'll take

:23:36.:23:51.

it on. There's someone at the moment having a bit of a coughing fit in

:23:52.:23:57.

the arena. She has stood up and composed herself. And that red has

:23:58.:24:03.

done everything but go in the pocket. And I don't think the blue

:24:04.:24:09.

is going to come to his rescue. Well, everybody's coughing now. They

:24:10.:24:17.

have started a trend out there. Pink and black out of commission, so Judd

:24:18.:24:23.

Trump will not expect Stuart to school too heavily. That's pretty

:24:24.:24:32.

good. Ideally he would like to get onto the middle of the three reds

:24:33.:24:41.

surrounding the black. He needs that black back in play if he's to have

:24:42.:24:42.

aspirations levelling at this visit. Another two inches of pace, he could

:24:43.:25:00.

have played the middle red of those three. You can just see, just a

:25:01.:25:11.

fraction away from being on it. Well, he feels he can still play it.

:25:12.:25:22.

What an effort that was. I've not to be honest, a little unlucky. Look at

:25:23.:25:31.

the side he has played that with to make pot.

:25:32.:25:43.

Another inch, there would have been no problem, he could have just

:25:44.:26:17.

screwed into the pack and played for the loose red. He could lose the

:26:18.:26:25.

white here... That was the problem, always going to lose the white

:26:26.:26:26.

playing it that way. He has actually left himself a with

:26:27.:27:00.

a tricky safety. The black back on its spot, you feel

:27:01.:27:25.

if he had been lucky there and got on something, that could have been

:27:26.:27:29.

the end of this frame. Got to be careful here.

:27:30.:27:40.

He's looking to get the cue ball down in the baulk area. Needs the

:27:41.:27:49.

white to be good... And it is. Stuart is having a look to see if

:27:50.:28:10.

the red near the pink spot goes into the corner. I think it's very, very

:28:11.:28:11.

tight, it would be a big ask. Can play it as a shot to nothing,

:28:12.:28:32.

though. Just got to miss the jaw of the middle pocket. That was close.

:28:33.:28:56.

Stuart has got to make sure he finds the baulk cushion here. This could

:28:57.:29:14.

be end of frame and match. This is the tempter that Judd's been waiting

:29:15.:29:19.

for. He just pots so many long balls -

:29:20.:29:39.

can he score heavily for the first time this evening and get past the

:29:40.:29:46.

winning line? Now, normally you would suggest the next five reds and

:29:47.:29:52.

colours are pretty straightforward, but not in this situation, the way

:29:53.:29:56.

they're both playing. There is her girlfriend, looking on.

:29:57.:30:37.

She knows this is a chance for him to win frame and match.

:30:38.:30:59.

The black will take him in front. He needs all the remaining reds. Three

:31:00.:31:09.

of them are not in favourable positions. This is the first break

:31:10.:31:18.

above 30 since frame 11. Can you believe that, with these players?

:31:19.:31:28.

That is for Judd Trump, I mean. Anything but straight here, Stuart

:31:29.:31:32.

Bingham knows he will possibly get back onto the table.

:31:33.:31:40.

He will play for the red in baulk next. That red is no problem. Can

:31:41.:31:56.

you believe it? You just do something would happen, the way

:31:57.:31:57.

things have gone. They are not easy across the

:31:58.:32:20.

cushion. Gave it every chance, played at the right pace. I am sure

:32:21.:32:28.

Stuart Bingham was thinking the championship was all over. All of a

:32:29.:32:37.

sudden, he has got another chance. Albeit not a great one. Still a lot

:32:38.:32:40.

of work to be done. Played that really well, and he has

:32:41.:33:11.

a nice angle on the blue to bring the red into play.

:33:12.:33:29.

Not enough cheque side. Will he attempt the pot? I think he will and

:33:30.:33:41.

run through to the black. This is to stay in the match or possibly lose

:33:42.:33:43.

it. Did not play the pot. Why did he not

:33:44.:33:49.

play the pot? He has lost the cue ball, but what a

:33:50.:34:21.

horrific long pot. -- terrific. He has left himself... A very positive

:34:22.:34:34.

player. He has a brown into the centre, which is horrible, but if it

:34:35.:34:40.

was to go in, it would guarantee him the tournament. But surely he would

:34:41.:34:45.

play safe. He would just roll onto the green, wouldn't he?

:34:46.:34:55.

If he plays the brown, I would be amazed.

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Stuart would hit the yellow, you would think, but surely he has to

:35:04.:35:11.

roll up to the green. I don't believe this. I thought he was!

:35:12.:35:20.

Played a very good safety shot, as it happens. Nothing wrong with that

:35:21.:35:27.

at all. Why he risked it, I don't know, because surely rolling onto

:35:28.:35:28.

the green would have been easier. A quirky one now. Does he put him

:35:29.:35:53.

back in? If he gets the right angle coming out of the snooker, he could

:35:54.:36:00.

stick the white behind the brown. He has elected to put him back in.

:36:01.:36:10.

Trying to come off the baulk cushion, catch it half ball, in

:36:11.:36:18.

behind the brown. Just making sure the balls are put on the right

:36:19.:36:19.

place. You could see where the tip of the

:36:20.:36:45.

cue was on that last shot. He will still play one cushion. He needs to

:36:46.:36:52.

hit it thin, get plenty of distance between cue ball and object ball.

:36:53.:37:01.

That is as good as anything. That is a bit of good fortune.

:37:02.:37:12.

That looks to be a yellow ball game. Judd Trump to win it, Stuart Bingham

:37:13.:37:19.

to stay in it. That is pretty good. The only thing that could go wrong

:37:20.:37:37.

the yellow make contact with the black. I am not sure if he has

:37:38.:37:43.

played it hard enough. A poor safety shot. Has he got the cover? He

:37:44.:37:54.

certainly has. That is fortunate, as he did not play that at all well.

:37:55.:38:16.

Similar scenario, you can stun it round... He did not want to kiss the

:38:17.:38:30.

black. Without the kiss on the black, he would have been snookered.

:38:31.:39:01.

Stuart Bingham at the minute is in control of this little mini safety

:39:02.:39:09.

battle. But there is a lot of tension out there. Everything must

:39:10.:39:13.

be looking hard to both players. He is having a little book. The

:39:14.:39:40.

black is close to the corner pocket. He is a bit far away... That is what

:39:41.:39:48.

he played. But it is a great shot. If someone would have told me the

:39:49.:40:06.

highest break in this session would have been 63, I would not have

:40:07.:40:11.

believed them, but it shows how much winning the Welsh Open means to both

:40:12.:40:15.

of them. They are both cueing all right, just cannot seem to score.

:40:16.:40:24.

That is an excellent safety shot. If the yellow makes contact with the

:40:25.:40:27.

brown on the way back, he could stick the yellow over the middle.

:40:28.:40:35.

Played this nicely. Very good. Played it well.

:40:36.:40:47.

He has pushed the brown close to the cushion.

:40:48.:41:11.

Did not fancy playing it the aggressive way. I thought he may

:41:12.:41:32.

have played it more confidently. He is worried about where the yellow

:41:33.:41:52.

will end up. He has to be worried that the yellow

:41:53.:42:00.

does not career into the green. You cannot impart any back spin. He

:42:01.:42:20.

is just playing the yellow up and down.

:42:21.:42:26.

That is as good as he could have done, I think.

:42:27.:43:00.

That is a real error. I do not think Stuart will have these put back,

:43:01.:43:09.

because the awkward pink is now off the side cushion. It is a ball that

:43:10.:43:20.

both players will now need. He could hit the ball -- the yellow from

:43:21.:43:26.

behind and send it up towards pink and green.

:43:27.:43:39.

A little unlucky, he played it nicely. Will he knock the yellow in

:43:40.:43:51.

and play the cannon onto the brown? If he takes the pot on, that is what

:43:52.:43:56.

people think. It is not an easy safety shot, he may have to play the

:43:57.:43:58.

pot. The double is dangerous, but if he

:43:59.:44:24.

gets it, he would be nicely on the green.

:44:25.:44:30.

Very straightforward to play white behind the green as well. He

:44:31.:44:40.

overheated. Both players are really struggling at the moment.

:44:41.:45:01.

A great bout of safety play. Neither player giving an inch.

:45:02.:45:13.

It is nice to see breaks made and fantastic pots, but it is nice to

:45:14.:45:22.

see the tactical side sometimes. It shows how much this game means to

:45:23.:45:28.

both players. He has played a very good shot there, he has used the

:45:29.:45:36.

green assay buffer. The only downside is the green has gone onto

:45:37.:45:37.

the side cushion. I think the brown has just come to

:45:38.:46:02.

block it getting through to the yellow. We might see him do a

:46:03.:46:18.

swerve. That was the problem. Judd Trump was very fortunate then. He

:46:19.:46:25.

will do well to win this game and match with this effort. Is it a free

:46:26.:46:32.

ball or can he hit both sides of the yellow? I know it is risky, but he

:46:33.:46:38.

could take the free Paul black and bring the green into play. But no

:46:39.:46:39.

free ball. He tried to lock the cue ball and

:46:40.:46:54.

get close to the green. Now this is really tough. He will have to play

:46:55.:47:03.

the part, there is no easy safety shot.

:47:04.:47:11.

He could not get a good cue ball. Still plenty of snooker left in this

:47:12.:47:18.

frame at this moment in time. He tried to be clever and getting

:47:19.:48:24.

behind the brown. The green has just gone far enough.

:48:25.:48:34.

He has played it well. Some great safety played in this frame.

:48:35.:48:45.

Not great overall, that stuck, but in this frame the percentage would

:48:46.:48:55.

have been around 90% each. But overall it is quite low.

:48:56.:49:06.

He has not made the green safe. Virtually impossible to get onto the

:49:07.:49:18.

brown. I don't see the value in taking the green on. The middle

:49:19.:49:26.

pocket is too thin. In the corner, it is not an easy part.

:49:27.:49:37.

I don't blame him for refusing the pot. It a clever shot.

:49:38.:50:19.

It will squeeze in off the black, but it is far too dangerous. He

:50:20.:50:27.

cannot hit it thin enough to miss the kiss of the blue, so he may hit

:50:28.:50:33.

a power stun and force it in off the black. If he plays it slow, he will

:50:34.:50:39.

not get it, but the harder he plays it, the more chance he has. He

:50:40.:50:49.

decided he cannot pot it. It is not easy to get safe. If he plays the

:50:50.:50:58.

green up and down, he has to get it tight to the baulk cushion. He might

:50:59.:51:00.

have to play the pot. He cannot avoid the kiss on the

:51:01.:51:19.

blue. If he plays it up and down, the greenhouse to finish the baulk

:51:20.:51:20.

cushion. What a clever shot. Well played.

:51:21.:51:33.

Very, very good. Has not quite caught that right. I

:51:34.:52:09.

think you can go for this green and just missed the pink. He just have

:52:10.:52:16.

to make sure he does not get too much of the cue ball. It will be a

:52:17.:52:22.

stun with left-hand side. It will be tight to cannon into the pink.

:52:23.:52:33.

That was the only trouble with that shot. He wants brown and blue. Will

:52:34.:52:46.

he think it is worth a risk on the double, leave a long blue? Or a good

:52:47.:52:52.

safety? You can tell he is itching to play

:52:53.:53:15.

the double, but it does not look to be the right shot.

:53:16.:53:39.

I never thought we would be here at 11pm with this match still going on.

:53:40.:53:47.

These two attacking players have really struggled in the

:53:48.:53:51.

break-building department, every frame has taken over 20 minutes this

:53:52.:53:58.

evening. The last -- this is 37 and counting. Did not expect that from

:53:59.:54:06.

these two great players. It shows how much this tournament means to

:54:07.:54:10.

them. They are playing for the trophy, not for money. Very

:54:11.:54:14.

dangerous to play it towards the corner pocket, but he has played it

:54:15.:54:16.

well. It was a great hit, but he has left

:54:17.:55:14.

the brown. It is not easy. Mid distance.

:55:15.:55:21.

He could play the run-through of the baulk cushion, or with power of two

:55:22.:55:27.

cushions. I don't think he will be able to

:55:28.:55:41.

move the pink, but he will be able to put the blue and leave himself a

:55:42.:55:46.

nice angle is a double for the pink into right centre. It is all about

:55:47.:55:59.

the blue. He has got the right side, so he can play the pink as a shock

:56:00.:56:01.

to nothing. There is the pink. The black is over

:56:02.:56:12.

the whole. You have not got to get to work to

:56:13.:56:42.

early tomorrow, I hope! People are saying on social media they want to

:56:43.:56:47.

get to bed, but they are gripped. If this one of the great Welsh Open

:56:48.:56:52.

finals? My fiance has got to drive to work after this! It is a

:56:53.:56:58.

fantastic match. It shows you do not have to see centuries, frame-winning

:56:59.:57:04.

breaks. There has hardly been any 40 breaks, it just shows, even though

:57:05.:57:09.

these frames are averaging 30 minutes, it is gripping stuff. I am

:57:10.:57:16.

a professional player, I have played for 25 years, I am enthralled. This

:57:17.:57:21.

was a wonderful clearance from Stuart Bingham at the end.

:57:22.:57:30.

The brown was a good one. If he had pleaded with any more pace, it would

:57:31.:57:41.

have been less comfortable. He knows that if he can part the blue, and

:57:42.:57:46.

get a double on the pink, the black is waiting. If the blue wobbles...

:57:47.:57:56.

That was a great pressure pot. He knows if the double does not go in,

:57:57.:58:01.

it could cost him the championship. You will see the fist pump, he knows

:58:02.:58:06.

the pink is approaching the pocket. The black is waiting for him, and it

:58:07.:58:15.

is 8-8. He clears up with the black. It was a wonderful clearance,

:58:16.:58:20.

bearing in mind that Judd Trump was potentially close to seeing this

:58:21.:58:24.

match out and lifting the trophy. The colours the way they were, for

:58:25.:58:28.

quite a while the brown was awkwardly positioned, and then the

:58:29.:58:35.

pink became dislodged, the brown seemed to be the frame and match

:58:36.:58:40.

ball. Both had a couple of chances in the final frame. But now, 8-8,

:58:41.:58:48.

who is your money on? That is a difficult question to answer.

:58:49.:58:53.

Dragons Den will follow our coverage of an absolutely absorbing 2017

:58:54.:58:58.

Welsh Open. A final handshake, we are into the final frame. What will

:58:59.:59:03.

happen? Anyone's guess. I cannot agree anymore. He has left

:59:04.:59:11.

a shock to nothing on, so he has not broken off early. Is this the time

:59:12.:59:15.

for Stuart Bingham to knock in a long one? Plenty of room around the

:59:16.:59:24.

back of the black stop the only problem is the red to the right of

:59:25.:59:28.

the pink, he does not want to cannon into that.

:59:29.:59:39.

It has been one of those games. Some fabulous long pots, but neither of

:59:40.:00:00.

them could get onto a colour. This has got a black ball game written

:00:01.:00:01.

all over it. That was a nervy one. He wants to

:00:02.:00:21.

play the stun shot. His long game, we keep saying it,

:00:22.:00:57.

unbelievable. How many long pots he has knocked in, but not managed to

:00:58.:01:05.

win frames from them. This is a chance to get A40 point lid, and

:01:06.:01:10.

normally you would say that is not enough, but the way they're playing

:01:11.:01:12.

this evening, it could be. -- to get a 40-point lead. When their playing

:01:13.:01:38.

days screw shots, the white seems to be skidding, it's not biting.

:01:39.:01:52.

One more good pot, and he could have the chance to score heavily. But the

:01:53.:01:59.

pressure is on now, anything is missable.

:02:00.:02:23.

Well, that was well controlled. Now, can he get through the gap to that

:02:24.:02:30.

red left of the black. Just coming to see if it is possible.

:02:31.:02:52.

The way he's walking round, it tells me that's perfect. Under normal

:02:53.:03:00.

circumstances, we would be saying this is a chance of frame and match.

:03:01.:03:07.

But I'm reluctant to say that, because neither player has scored a

:03:08.:03:13.

frame-winning break or even in. -- all evening.

:03:14.:03:54.

I think what you would say is, all match, if anybody WAS going to score

:03:55.:04:06.

a tidy break, it would be Stuart. Two reds out in the open. The pink

:04:07.:04:20.

is in the way, really, for him to get on the blue to go into the

:04:21.:04:28.

cluster of reds. So he will have to do it off the black, or even maybe

:04:29.:04:35.

the pink. I would imagine in his career, Judd Trump has not played

:04:36.:04:38.

eight frames of snooker with a highest break of 48. And he has won

:04:39.:04:50.

five of the eight frames. Just having a chuckle with his friend

:04:51.:04:54.

there, who drove him down here from Devon.

:04:55.:05:07.

Did he play for the black or the pink, I'm not sure? I can only

:05:08.:05:19.

presume he has played to leave a half-ball black, but slightly

:05:20.:05:26.

overhit it. He was going to the pack this time, he'll play for the loose

:05:27.:05:34.

red. Oh, he's missed that I am I'll. Well, both players are bemused now!

:05:35.:05:41.

And as we've always said, under pressure, you can miss anything.

:05:42.:05:57.

Well, this one has been back and forth all night. And that was a

:05:58.:06:10.

little bit of a twitchy one as well. I think he was frightened of

:06:11.:06:13.

overhitting it. Off the cushion, left-hand side, and

:06:14.:06:40.

trying to disturb the five reds below the pink... That's what he's

:06:41.:06:48.

done. He has caught the reds, but way too thin. That was a great

:06:49.:06:51.

opportunity. It's amazing, that neither player

:06:52.:07:13.

can kill a frame off in one visit. I mentioned earlier, it was going to

:07:14.:07:21.

be a black ball game - nothing has persuaded me otherwise at a moment!

:07:22.:07:58.

In 2013, Stuart Bingham was in the final against Stephen Maguire, and

:07:59.:08:06.

that went full distance, with Stuart Bingham losing it, 9-8. Is he going

:08:07.:08:21.

to win this one? Could have played safe off the pack then, but he would

:08:22.:08:28.

have been opening the reds. He just fade containing safety shot, wasn't

:08:29.:08:32.

gaining great advantage with that shot, but he didn't want to open the

:08:33.:08:40.

reds. He's trying to leave Judd to do that. So, he's forced Judd into

:08:41.:08:52.

opening the balls. That was the problem, that's why Stuart didn't

:08:53.:08:53.

want to play that shot. He has played plenty of pressure

:08:54.:09:13.

shots in the last couple of years, being the world number two. This

:09:14.:09:15.

will be up there with one of those. Very well played indeed! What an

:09:16.:09:40.

excellent pot that was. They don't come more high pressure than that.

:09:41.:09:45.

Now, then, once again we talk about normally, these

:09:46.:10:04.

five reds and colours would be a certainty. But not this evening.

:10:05.:10:11.

He's trying to get top side of the blue. Anywhere near that, there's no

:10:12.:10:20.

problem with the next shot. I suppose the only thing which could

:10:21.:10:25.

go wrong would be that he could over-stun it and go into the middle.

:10:26.:10:32.

Well, Stuart, you've worked very hard in this match, you've struggled

:10:33.:10:37.

this evening, but this is now a great chance to win frame and match.

:10:38.:11:22.

He's only a couple of shots away. And this is still not

:11:23.:11:39.

straightforward. He's going to need that red nearest the cushion in this

:11:40.:11:46.

effort if he wants to win the frame and match. A confident Stuart

:11:47.:11:54.

Bingham would be rolling this red in and finishing on the black. It

:11:55.:11:58.

should be an easy pot, but the way the game has gone this evening, he

:11:59.:12:02.

might just try and play with the pink.

:12:03.:12:15.

It was a lot more awkward to play for the pink than the black, but the

:12:16.:12:24.

black might have been a twitchy one at this stage of the match. 16 point

:12:25.:12:35.

lid, the think will be 22. So, as Darren said, he will be needing that

:12:36.:12:46.

red which is on the side. I was wondering whether he could flick the

:12:47.:12:53.

red into play, but that's too risky. He needs a nice angle on the next

:12:54.:12:59.

colour to have a chance at the last red, which in turn could win him the

:13:00.:13:03.

frame and match. Well, he HAS played to move it, he has taken a risk. And

:13:04.:13:11.

he's played it very nicely indeed. The blue puts him 28 in front, the

:13:12.:13:16.

red will mean snookers required for Judd Trump. One more good positional

:13:17.:13:21.

shot, and Stuart Bingham could be the Welsh Open champion.

:13:22.:13:32.

He played it off two cautions and nearly missed the blue! This, for

:13:33.:13:47.

the Welsh Open Championship. Well, he lost the last final he

:13:48.:14:06.

played in, 9-8, to Stephen Maguire. It looks now, though, that he has

:14:07.:14:10.

won this one, against Judd Trump. The standard hasn't been great - the

:14:11.:14:14.

tension has been tremendous. Some unbelievable pots played by these

:14:15.:14:22.

two players triple but no big break. I could never, ever think that these

:14:23.:14:25.

two players would not make a break above 60. Judd Trump will be very,

:14:26.:14:30.

very disappointed. Fought so hard from 4-0 down to get back into the

:14:31.:14:39.

match, he trailed by 5-3 and lead for the first time at 7-6. But

:14:40.:14:48.

Stuart Bingham has just proved the stronger. He'll be absolutely

:14:49.:14:55.

delighted. It wasn't the greatest final, but we saw everything - two

:14:56.:15:00.

great young players battling very, very hard, and in the end, it is

:15:01.:15:05.

Stuart Bingham who comes through the victor. He wins by 9-8!

:15:06.:15:29.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, what an absolutely thrilling, absorbing

:15:30.:15:36.

final. There can only be one winner, but a word with the magnificent

:15:37.:15:41.

runner-up. Judd, from 4-0 down, you showed great spirit to take this all

:15:42.:15:46.

the way? Yes, it was tough, I missed a few chances early on, I kind of

:15:47.:15:52.

throat away in the first four frames, really. On the whole, I did

:15:53.:16:00.

well to get back into it. But it was just the odd shot here and there

:16:01.:16:04.

which cost me. You have entertained this week, as you always do, but as

:16:05.:16:09.

you demonstrated tonight, you've got mental strength and your game is

:16:10.:16:12.

continuing to go in the right direction? Yes. It's good to get to

:16:13.:16:18.

the final. I didn't really play how I would like, but I think Stuart has

:16:19.:16:25.

done exceptionally well. Being World Champion, he had a bit of pressure,

:16:26.:16:29.

but now it looks like he's back to his best, and present a

:16:30.:16:36.

well-deserved winner. Lovely words. It has been a good run, and you had

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massive support here, not just from the locals, but from over the, which

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in Bristol, and you have put a great show one for your home fans? Yes,

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I've had excellent support and I want to thank everyone for

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supporting me. And finally, you have said you wanted to win reefed this

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season. You have got the European Masters, and there is a big one

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coming up at the end of April? Yes. Hopefully it can be my year. I think

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I'm ready now more than ever. Hopefully it's my time. A gallant

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runner-up, ladies and gentlemen, Judd Trump! Stuart, is there a tear

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in the eye? Mate, the Welsh Open is where it all started, the very first

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ranking event you qualified for in 1999. And here you are, it took you

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two goes, but this time it's yours? Yes, unbelievable. I honestly felt

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that Judd outclassed me from the word go, really. It was only from

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his mistake that I cleared up and won. For yes, every time I broke

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off, other than one, I think he knocked the ball in, so I didn't

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know what to do. I tried to put him safe, I just didn't know what to do.

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Got a bit of run of the balls at the right time, and I can't believe it.

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The crowd has been brilliant all week, great support. And obviously,

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just unbelievable. Seven or eight years ago, Stuart, you might not

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have had the composure to come through goal like this - your game

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has come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years? Yes. Obviously,

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I think from winning that first ranking event down in Australia, it

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just gives you that self-belief. And obviously, to win the ultimate IS

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the ultimate. You don't care what you do then, you know you're good

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enough to withstand any sort of pressure. Did not feel it then,

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but...! Yes. I thought it was not going to be my day. But yes, come

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through the decider and keep myself together, obviously... What does it

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mean to you to finish on top again, because it has been awhile since The

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Crucible, and he really wanted to prove to people that you can do it

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again and you still belong at the top? Yes. I've been knocking on the

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door since about October time. I've been playing pretty well. And I

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thought it weren't going to happen there. But hats off to Judd,

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unbelievable, from 4-0 down, a a lot of people might have crumbled, but

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he took the game to meet. And I think he outclassed me in all

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departments. To get my hands on another trophy, it means everything.

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And you had a new addition to the family this year, so you have won a

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title for your daughter? Yes. And she is here as well somewhere.

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Upstairs! Obviously, my wife, shipped surprised me, she said she

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would not be able to come up, but she has come up with some friends.

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It was a great surprise. And obviously, I thought it was going to

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be, a bit like four years ago, when my son came up. Obviously, now with

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this new Dave Reed and trophy, I can't wait to get my hands on it.

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And what a moment, to be handed that trophy by the six time World

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Champion. And I noticed when I was doing the introductions, you

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applauded Ray as you were waiting to come down? To write, he's a living

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legend. -- too right. We haven't got that many six time world champions

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in our game, and he's probably one reason why a lot of players are

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playing today, and Welsh supporters well. I am honoured to be getting a

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trophy off him. Well, Stuart, you have worked so, so hard for this,

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you've waited such a long time to win the Welsh Open. Many

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congratulations, enjoy the celebrations tonight. Your champion,

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ladies and gentlemen. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome your

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presentation party, the head of PR at Coral, and the six time World

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Champion, Ray Reardon! The runner-up, receiving the silver

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medal and a cheque for ?30,000, what a week, ladies and gentlemen, for

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Judd Trump! And after two decades of trying to

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win this one, your victor, receiving the cheque for ?70,000, the Ray

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Reardon Trophy, it's Stuart Bingham! Ladies and gentlemen, your champion,

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Stuart Bingham! Well, what a very, very special

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moment for Stuart Egan Spassky receives the trophy from the legend

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of the Welsh game and the six time world charm and Ray Reardon. And how

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pleased does he look to get his hands on that new Welsh Open trophy?

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His first writing title since that World Championships win in 2015, the

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first time that he's won here at the Welsh Open. Dominic Dale, special

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night for Stuart Bingham? Yes, absolutely. What a magnificent final

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between these two guys. When Judd Trump pulled it back to all square

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at the interval, I could not pick a winner and I don't think anybody

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could. Have had so many great finals here at the Welsh Open, and that was

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another one. Graduations to Stuart, wonderful achievement, he's still

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one of the most consistent players on the tour. Quick word on Judd

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Trump? Great player, very exciting player, and I'm sure this will give

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him confidence for the rest of the season, and he will be a threat for

:24:10.:24:14.

the World Championships. Stuart's wife will be delighted as well, with

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the new addition to the family as well? Yes. If he has any more

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additions to the family, he will have to keep winning ranking events

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to pay for them or! They are a lovely family, I see them on the

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tour from time to time. Been a good year for you, 2017? Well, I got to

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the last 32 here, won a couple of matches, which I have not done for a

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couple of years. It looks like I might get back in the world's top

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32, and hopefully I can do. Dominic, thank you very much indeed, and

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thank you for your company here. What drama we have had, right to the

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very last frame, it's been fantastic. Stuart Bingham, the new

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Welsh Open champion. From all of us here, good night.

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Good job, guys. We totally nailed it.

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This year, fundraising kits are going to be sent through the post.

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Ian Hunt presents coverage from Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena as the final between Stuart Bingham and Judd Trump reaches its conclusion. A maximum of nine frames decides who will be crowned 2017 Welsh Open champion and take home the winner's cheque for £70,000.