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Very nice. Yes. Very nice. Somebody could treasure that. I am deeply
honoured, actually, very privileged. Very delighted, and to see it on
such a lovely trophy of Waterford Crystal and what have you. And the
words on it are just enough. Love it.
Snooker legend Ray Reardon here tonight to present one of those
brave men with the Welsh open trophy. A warm welcome back to the
final. Drama earlier on, as Stuart Bingham made a dream start before
Judd Trump fought back. This is the story of the afternoon session. One
of the longest-running events on the smoker calendar, it's the 25th
anniversary of the Welsh open. And fittingly, there's a new trophy on
offer for the winner of this best of 17 final. With eight frames played
this afternoon, Judd Trump broke down on 44, missing an easy red,
which opened the door for Stuart Bingham, who took the first frame
with a break of 69. And it was deja vu in the second, as the fifth seed
once again wasted a glorious opportunity. A break of 64 not
enough, as the world number two responded with a break of 65,
finishing up on the black. And 2-0 soon became three. Frame four, and
once again Judd Trump had the opportunity, but this unlucky in-off
cost him dear. Now playing with freedom, Bingham went into a 4-0
lead at the interval for the third match in a row. But the break once
again seemed to unsettle the 40-year-old, and Trump got his first
frame on the board. Confidence renewed, two half-centuries in the
next saw him reduce the arrears further. But a fine break of 87 in
the next restored Stuart Bingham's three frame advantage. And he looked
set to make it four. But a nervy final frame which lasted more than
40 minutes saw Trump taking it, to escape just two frames behind from
the afternoon. So, everything to play for here at the Motorpoint
Arena. Will it be Trump or Bingham? It's time to get the show back under
way. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the six time ranking event
winner from Bristol, Judd Trump! And the 2015 champion of the world,
Stuart Bingham! So, let's join our commentary team
for the big finale to the 2017 Welsh Open - Willie Thorne and Terry
Griffiths. TERRY GRIFFITHS: Thank you, Ian.
Great expectations for tonight, we are thinking this is going to be a
very special one. What do you think, Willie?
WILLIE THORNE: I think it was so important for Judd Trump to win that
final friend this afternoon. That made a big difference.
He will be looking to win three out of the four to get all square at the
interval. An early misjudgement there, Stuart Bingham court that
much too thick. First shot of the night session! So, Trump has got a
chance, black is available. What do you think the score is going
to be, Willie? It is an odd one, but I think it will be 9-7 either way.
Stuart is favourite, but I think it's going to be close. The kiss has
left him on a red into the middle. He knows how important this first
frame is. As we all know, the two first frame this afternoon, he
should have won them both, and lost them both.
Well, he's not shy of winning in one visit! Often smashes them into the
pack, clears them up. Very popular player, please all the exhibition
shots, as we talked about this afternoon, especially when he's
safe. But when he's in this situation, he's very, very serious.
That last stat just showed you how close this match has been. Potted
122 balls, but the key step is the frames. -- the key stat.
That little cluster of reds, they all appear to be in the way of one
another. So he might have to go into them.
He would like to hit the joint of the two reds. You see, when you hit
one four Forks, nothing happens. This could be end of break. And once
again, he's only on 40. As we have discussed many times, Terry, this
week, I think he's been 40 in front seven times, and lost five of them.
You just hit that black too hard, didn't he?
I was with you, if he had gone into those two reds at half the pace, he
would have been OK. Just look at the positive side for Judd - he can keep
losing from 40-odd in front of! Stuart Bingham, of course, very good
early on, two good clearances. Normally once he gets in there, he
makes the most of them. You went through a spell when he was not so
good, shall we say, be kind to him! Yes, there was a spell where it
looked like Judd was going to win the three frames after the interval,
but Stuart managed to pinch one. There is almost a gap.
Well, if he swerves around that green and blue, it would be this
worth of the century, I should think! -- it would be the swerves of
the century! He has looked to be careful with that red.
Obviously, taking quite a bit of time to decide what to play. Well,
there is an absolute legend, six time champion of the world, Ray
Reardon. Unbelievable player, great ambassador for our game. He's
absolutely delighted to have had his name put on this trophy. You had a
few battles with Ray Reardon over the years, Terry? And lost most of
them, who didn't? He was my hero, used to be down our way, playing
exhibitions. I used to love going to watch him play. Great entertainer as
well, his trick shots were tremendous.
So, Stuart finally decided to go for that double, he could not see a
safety shot, you can't blame him for that.
He hasn't got involved, really, yet in this frame. Judd has made all the
running. Well-controlled. He doesn't seem to
hit the cue ball that low, but he gets a lot of backspin on it. Very,
very talented player from a very young age. Making century breaks
when he was about eight or nine probably I should think. Playing in
Bristol in those days - moved down to Romford now, where he practices
with his manager. Not a great mixer amongst the players on the circuit,
which I don't believe is a bad thing. Taking a tip from the legend
that was Stephen Hendry, who was never a big mixer at all. Just
another red needed. Steve Davis used to talk to everybody, when he was at
his best! Exactly, he was exactly the same, wasn't he?! Not quite
going right here for Judd. I don't know why he played for that cannon,
Terry, he only needs one more red, why would he play a cannon. The one
on the cushion would be the easier pot. But why is he playing that
cannon? Doesn't fancy the one behind the pink, obviously. Just one red
needed. And he rolled it in. Well, not quite. At that pace, chance of
it going in, very slim. And look how close he came to kissing the red and
pink. He could have left them not on again, so once again, he's
vulnerable when in front, for some reason. Normally a great clincher of
frames. This week he has had a bit of trouble. He can definitely see
two of the reds on the left of the pink.
I can't believe that, what is he doing? Well, Judd Trump fans must be
horrified at the shots he goes for once he's got the frame won. Oh!
He has to pot this, otherwise he needs a snooker.
Doesn't concede, Stuart Bingham. Players generally let the other
player decide if he wants to carry on. Bit shaky, needed a few chances,
and Bingham did not get started, really. Long way to go yet.
That red he took on, it was a typical Judd shot. I don't think it
was the right shot, I certainly don't think Ray Reardon thinks it
was the right shot! . That's what he plays and used to play in the early
part of his career in the qualifiers and things. But once he gets going,
he's frightening. How good is that?! Oh, that's a
shame. I would have loved to see him clearing up. He'll be very happy,
though. The first friend go to Judd Trump, and now he only trails by
one. So, for the final time this year,
welcome to our studio, once again with a resplendent Dominic Dale
alongside me! Dominic, it was not a flawless start to the session for
job trumps, but it was all about winning the frame? Yes. He'll be
happy, I can assure you. He won that frame quite easily in the end. But
why did he play the red down the top cushion at such great pace? Did he
not fancy just rolling it in? I'm sure someone of Judd Trump's
sporting ability would not have missed it. And then he went for a
ridiculous long red to try to close the frame out. Stuart might have had
a chance to steal the frame of he had not cannoned the red. We've got
a great final on our hands now. We have? So over Judd Trump's shot
selection earlier on. How would the players have been feeling during the
three-hour break? Judd Trump just doing enough to keep his hopes alive
in that session? I was quite impressed with him to come back a
little bit at Stuart. He will have known that he had thrown a couple of
those frames away. But he got within a couple of frames of him, and he'll
be very happy being just two frames down going into tonight. Both of
them would have been gearing up for a very big start tonight, especially
Stuart Bingham, because he might have felt that he had the final won
after going 4-0 ahead. But Judd came back at him. It was interesting.
Just before we came on a, it was actually Bingham who was up here
practising, not Judd - are you surprised? I did see him practising,
though, not long before they went out. I would not have been surprised
if he had been practising long pots, just to get that first chance. We
have certainly got a game on our hands now in this final.
WILLIE THORNE: Yes. I think that's the first time Stuart has looked a
bit edgy. Judd trying to get back into the matched, and he's done that
now. But we keep asking the question, can he keep getting away
with when he's 50 or 60 in front? TERRY GRIFFITHS: That was a good
pot, very clean. Thought he might have been
unfortunate there, but he's OK as it turns out.
Judd Trump plays very quickly, scores very quickly when he's on
form, and that can be unsettling when you're sitting in the chair,
wondering if you're ever going to win a ball again. He has been
through this many times, I'm sure. An experienced players, who world
amateur champion in 1996. One of the few players on the tour who has won
the world amateur and the world professional championship.
Just the one remaining loose red. Judd is very good at playing the
forcing stun into the pack. He decided to play for the loose one
this time, he didn't fancy going into them. I'm not sure he can get
topside of the blue easily from this...
There is a lot of power needed now, he may play two cushions.
Like I say, it was not a great pack to go into. The movement he got on
the cue ball then, tremendous. Great power, timing to get that topspin.
He deserved better than that for that effort.
He doesn't often turns these difficult shots down.
Yes, it's hard to work Judd out. Because potted it, we say, great
shot. It looks like he's decided to go all-out attack this evening.
Needs to bounce... It's not easy to get to the next red from here.
He was trying to pinch of it there. -- pinch a bit. Now, Stuart, you
need to get a foothold in this session.
Another 40-plus break from Judd Trump, and breaking down.
He will probably play the cello or brown rather than the black, because
you cannot guarantee you will get nicely on a red. The yellow would be
the better choice, but it is a harder shot than the brown. It is
whether he get the desired amount of screw back.
That might be fine, because he may be able to nudge a couple of
threads. A little bit higher than he wanted,
but these three reds are available. He is nice on the next colour. You
can see him clearing from here. And regaining the two frame lead.
Has he gone higher? I thought for a minute he had underhit it, but he is
OK. He does not want to take the pink.
That might have tied one of the reds up. He is not cueing like you got
this afternoon, he looks very edgy. Should he clear here, that will
certainly calm the nerves. This would change the match.
It is always easy to play for the blue here, it makes hitting up to
the yellow simple, or even a walk colour. I do not blame him for that
at all. If this was not in a major final, you would see him clearing
here, --. I am not sure he has settled yet, but it should be
straightforward. Judd Trump started with a break of
48, broke down in the late 40s. He is getting in first nine out of
every ten frames. It would be a delighted Stuart
Bingham getting down to pop this. It looked for all money that he would
get level, Judd Trump, which Stuart Bingham cleared the table with 63 to
go to clear again. Stuart Bingham is now two thirds of
the way towards winning the Welsh Open here in Cardiff. He has
re-established a two frame lead. Dominic, we have talked a lot this
week about Judd Trump breaking down on his breaks when he gets into the
40s or the 60s, and it has happened again. Yes, 48 this time. Stuart has
cleared up. Judd has a good lead here.
He is playing it as a shock to nothing. I do not blame him, it is
the right shot, the black is waiting over the corner pocket, but the cue
ball has come off the baulk question, the red has wobbled in the
pocket and come to -- between the yellow and brown. A bit unfortunate.
Difficult for Judd Trump now. He might just start to think it is
getting away from him now. Stuart Bingham might start to see the
finish line. Far too early. He will not take anything for granted. If
you are Stuart Bingham, you might think, Judd has to win five out of
the next seven, but at the end of the day, Judd is only two friends
behind, there are two frames before the mid-session interview, he can
win both of them. A good break off. He will not be
happy at being two frames behind, as he had opportunities to win the last
frame, but it is not too bad. The first 29 wins the title this year --
the first to 9. This is the fourth of the new Coral sponsorships,
played in England and Manchester and Northern Ireland and Belfast and in
Glasgow in Scotland. What a great idea, to have the four legends,
Steve Davis, Stephen Hendry, Alex Higgins and Ray Reardon giving away
the Welsh Trophy. A massive round of applause that Ray got. Virtually the
whole crowd stood up and applauded. He carried the game for a number of
years. In the 70s. 60s and 70s. Almost unbeatable in the World
Championship. The likes of John Spencer, who is not with us any
more, and Alex Higgins, who is not with us, Eddie Charlton. Quite a lot
of good players. Not as many as today. It does not matter how many
there is, if you want to win, you have to beat them all. This is not
easy, as if he goes into the pack, he will leave a read on. He could do
with common behind into the bunch, but he cannot get there.
He could leave a read on, so this is a tricky situation.
I can only presume he is playing to hit the loose red, but this is very
dangerous. You are having a laugh! If he played that, congratulations.
Unfortunately, he has left a shot to nothing on. Judd has spotted and lot
of these so far. But not this time. A great escape from Stuart Bingham.
It is not seem interested about any safety battles. That is the reason
why, when you can part like that. Stuart Bingham was very short on
that last safety, you have to get near the ball ocean.
He has won red to the left of the black. He can stun it round three or
four questions. He hit quite hard, I say. With
accuracy. One of the few players that can
generate that much spin when you have to come around the baulk and
all the time. The case will come off the second red. He made sure of the
fall ball contact. Where the White has finished, you
can see he potted that very thick. If it was in the centre of the
pocket, it would have been top side of the blue. Already he has gone in
and out of red -- baulk on three occasions. He does not have the cue
ball on a string at the moment. But what a judgment of pace, very
good. The first time in four tries he has
got the right side of the blue. There is a red that pots. Once
again, he is in the nervous 40s. Can he make this one a frame when a?
Horrible kick. I hope he can't hear you. You are
putting him off! That was a bad one. The only good thing was he potted
it, because it was an enormous kick. I can not believe that a macro did
not change direction. Do you knock the blue in or play a good safety
shot? You never know with him. It would not be a bad idea, knocking
the black safe, but he cannot do that and get a good white.
He made a good fist of it, though, the black is safe. This time, a
perfect length of cue ball. Surely he cannot lose another frame after a
40 odd break. We keep saying it. Since the quarterfinal he has lost
eight while being between 40 and 50 up. It shows how dominant he has
been early on in the frames. But surely now he will win this one. It
is so hurtful when you lose from in front so many frames at important
times in a final of a ranking event. This is the 25th anniversary of the
Welsh Open this year. One of the longest standing events on the
circuit. Some great times. It was in Newport
for many years. Some great championships have been played
there. Back in the capital now. It has been
here now for quite a while. They need a big venue, with 128 players
trying to get through. Just two left.
The ripple of applause will tell Judd Trump that he is in the safety
position in this frame. He will be pleased he got that one,
Stuart Bingham sits in his chair. Judd Trump is out for a breath of
fresh air. The pressure is on. The world number four try to win the
Welsh Open for the first time. 6-5 now. Will this go all the way? It is
a massive frame now before the interval. If Judd Trump could go in
at 6-6, it would be all he could have asked for. It nearly got away
from him again, a massive kick on a red, put him out of position. He
wants to roll through a couple of reds. You can see them leave the bed
of the table. He can do a long blue or a very thin black, but he has
cleared his thoughts and used intelligence and played a good
safety shot. He has put the black on the side cushion, and Stuart Bingham
knows the black is out of commission. That can deflate you
slightly. He has just done enough to force an error from Stuart Bingham,
who left Judd Trump straight back in, so that is good from Joad. He
made his thoughts clear, Judd Trump, on the initial mistake. Game on once
again. Stuart Bingham knows he has to win
this frame to keep the two frame advantage. That is what his mindset
would have been, share the frames, do not lose a mini-session. Again,
very short of the baulk cushion. Luckily for him, he has not left a
shot to nothing. Has he spotted a three-ball plant? Those two reds are
set, but I do not think he can get to it. Can he play the red onto
those reds? If he catches it three quarters ball... Is this worth the
risk? It will be a great shot if it goes in, but I am not sure it is
worth the risk. He decided discretion was better.
That is not his best shot by any stretch of the imagination, a very
poor safety. A very delayed pause on that shot.
He try to get into the cue ball. He did not hit it with his normal
authority. This red pots. I wonder whether he will play an
aggressive shop here, pot the red and the into the pink and black. The
black will go behind the pink ball. I would risk going into the bunch at
pace here. He just played for the loose one, though. He has not played
it very well. If you play the black into the pack,
he could have freed the pink spot. The black will still pot. But not
from the angle he has got from the red. He will go up for blue or baulk
colour. A great pot, but the yellow is not
good. Look at that. The pace he put on that. Tremendous. How that
greenest aid in the pocket, I don't know. Unfortunate to catch the
brown, he was hoping to go straight into the pack. There is aggressive
and there is aggressive! If this is a 4-ball plant, he is fortunate.
No shot to nothing this time for Stuart.
Having a look to come off two cushions and clipped the side of the
tent macro. Well played. That could have gone
wrong. You don't see that very often, a
player just touching it like that. The referee, heated to them a
warning this afternoon that they were doing this type of thing, and
he said, I'll give you three more shots, and then it'll be a re-rack,
which he's entitled to do. And of course the players themselves can
ask for a re-rack. Somebody who is 20-odd points in
front will not be asking for a re-rack. I think the man is in
front, generally, if it comes to these awkward situations, tends to
leave the safety shot shot on for his opponent. 26 in front, it's not
a lot, really, by today's standards, with all this break building going
on. I don't think Stuart has got into
the game so far this evening. He looked brilliant this afternoon, and
tonight he looks like he's trying not to lose, rather than trying to
win it. He was free-flowing this afternoon, and looked very, very
dangerous every time he got in. I'm not sure he's got the same mindset
as if he could well get it back. Yes, it only takes a good pot, it's
surprising how you can pick up again. Had a bit of a rough ride
since 4-0. Stuart has got a long pot on here,
it's a kind of shot he would normally take on. He has got to be a
bit more positive, as Willie said. But it's easy when you're in the
commentary box, I suppose. He hit that one nice. Fabulous shot. And
the beauty of that, he finished low on the black, so in putting this
black, he'll move the pink away. That was a good shot, just at the
right bout of spin on it to get the right side of the blue and bring the
reds into play. He decided to wait for a better
opportunity. Those two reds which are tied up as no problem. He will
be disappointed with that, he underhit it by some 2ft. He had the
two reds in the middle pocket as well. You don't always catch the cue
ball as you'd like. Timing is very important. He'll be very
disappointed, because he knows that would have been a real body blow for
Judd again. Social on that last one. -- so short on that last blue.
I think Judd's going to play to get it back into baulk here.
Brilliant shot. You would never say that was the wrong shot, because
he's got the cue power to get to the baulk cushion. One of the benefits
of cue power is that you don't have to hit it so hard to get the spin
on. But I think that red would have been in that any speed. It was dead
centre. Stuart Bingham had a good chance
earlier on. Got the black and pink open, and lost position.
These reds on the side cushion are OK for a right-hander, but not for a
left-hander. Not guaranteed to hit these perfectly. Now, has he left
one on? If he had been stunning it into them, I would have guaranteed
him getting onto a red. But he has not got the desired kiss, so end of
break. He's looking at a plant now. Not far
out, only about six inches! And about three or four inches between
the two balls as well! He's having a go... Yes, he got close. But he had
the easiest safety shot in the world. Up in behind the yellow. Wide
as he keep giving people chances? He's great, love him to death, but
very reckless at times. He has left one down the cushion for
Stuart with the long rest, which is never the easiest shot. He had a
couple of safety options, which he turned down. That's his choice.
I'm sure he can pot this with some side and bring the reds into play.
He could have, but he caught it has nothing. Thing is not happening for
Stuart at the moment. -- he caught it too thin. Somehow or other, Trump
may have rattled him a bit. Still 6-5 in front, though. . Yes, he
looked very bemused in potting that green. Just got to be very careful
he doesn't make contact with the black on the way back here... That's
not a bad pace, either. One of his better safety shots
there. Or should I say better shot selection?
How did that stay out? Almost hanging over the edge of the slate
there into the pocket. Awkward bridging from the maul he'll take
pot on into the right corner. -- awkward bridging from there.
This frame has become a little bit of a battle now.
Putting colours safe - he's cracking up!
First 29, though. Bingham needs three, Trump needs four. -- first to
nine, of course. Got to worry about the object ball here. Where are the
reds going to finish, is the problem. Just a fraction too hard, I
thought he had got the snooker. But we know that Judd's going to be
tipped it. -- going to be tempted. I think he will just play off top
cushioned just rest on the red. He can't do an awful lot with the
cue ball. Must get the object ball safe, it doesn't matter so much this
time about getting the cue ball in the right place.
He was trying to get behind the black off two cushions.
Did not want to put the black safe there. He's 14 points behind. He
would have preferred the black to stay in place. So, Judd at this
moment in time is strong favourite to win this frame. Even stronger
now. He did play the double. What kind of kiss is he going to get on
the red and green? He just played the snooker. I'm surprised he did
not play the cannon, because it looked a straightforward cannon.
As we say many times, it's not about hitting it, it's getting it safe.
He's 20 points behind now, he does not want to be giving too many fouls
away at this stage. That's a good attempt. Very well done.
Really tough one. Huge round of applause, the crowd were aware of
it. You don't always get that for a safety shot.
One good safety shot here would get Stuart in trouble again. Once again,
played the double - and got it. 21 points in front now. If he had left
Stuart on peace, we would have been saying, why has he gone for the
double? But that's the way he plays. Is he putting it safe what is he
trying to pot it? Soon find out... That was an excellent shot. One of
his best so far. Of course, he will be needing
snookers if he misses this. And he does.
If it had been 27, Terry, I think it could have still been called a miss.
Yes. The problem is, he could possibly missed the brown and go
in-off. He's got it, though. And he hasn't gone in-off.
He's going to go into the interval at 6-6 come having been 5-2 behind.
I wonder whether Stuart will carry on, even if he misses this.
29 points in front, so still needs three snookers. Two, actually. But
still plenty to do. This is a good effort. What a good
effort that was. It has just been a series of 40
breaks once again tonight for Judd, but he's won three of the four
frames. He caught that one too thin. This
brown for 6-6. Clearly not happy with the position
of pink and black there. At this standard, when a person
needs two snookers, you would have to think you would have to lay about
seven or eight to get your opponent to miss two.
Well, this has been a remarkable effort. Precious little room behind
the back of the black to play it that way and almost get the snooker.
Very tough. Could do with the pink or black being further off the
cushion if he gets the chance to do that. And that I am pretty sure will
be the end of frame. He'll be very, very please, Judd Trump, and so will
his army of fans who have travelled down from Bristol. It hasn't been
vintage Trump, but that doesn't matter when you get yourself back
from 5-2 behind. So, Judd Trump did what he had to do, winning three of
the four frames in that session to level the match.
Well, this is a situation that few of us could have predicted earlier
on, when Stuart Bingham went 4-0 up. But by hook or by crook, Judd Trump
has got himself level here in Cardiff. And it is anyone's match
now, Dominic! Well, Judd doesn't give up, Besson an attacking player,
always at your heels, and he's putting Stuart under pressure now,
and it's beginning to tell. And we're going to show you a triple
double, three double shots from Judd Trump, which demonstrates his
growing confidence. Absolutely. This one was whiskey-ish, but it was a
great one to get big as it gave him position on the blue. Two of them
were quite difficult doubles, one of them he would have expected to get.
But yes, he's feeling confident now, and probably not feeling the
pressure that Stuart Bingham is beginning to feel. Probably Stuart
will be remembered fact that he was 4-0 up in this match. But this
interval has come at a good time for him. I guess we seen a little bit of
the flamboyance that you associate with Judd Trump? Yes, Judd plays in
the manner of Jimmy White or Alex Rins. But in that era, you could
probably make three or four mistakes in a frame and still win it. You
can't do that these days, so for somebody to be at the top of the
sport saying in that manner is amazing. And it's testament to how
good a player Judd is. I have criticised him in times gone by for
his cue ball control, and maybe that has sometimes let him down when he
has broken down on current. But when the balls split favourably for him,
he still makes 100 breaks. He's made 40 centuries this season, so he must
be playing well. You may have seen a fair number of
new faces around the arena this week. Not just players, but new
referees on the circuit. 19 ranking events now, and 12 countries staging
tournaments, more referees are required. What makes you want to do
the job, and how do they go about finding the ones?
They come to us on the European tour, so they are already qualified
from their national governing bodies. They already know what they
are doing from a basics point of view. We can identify them after
watching them for a few matches, we know the ones to look at, who have
the natural ability and can follow the game very well. We spent a bit
more time with them and try to bring them along. I started watching
snooker when I was 13. But we did not have any snooker tables in my
hometown. So a few years later, when I moved to Sophia, I took a course
and became a referee. I first started watching snooker 11 years
ago, it quarterfinal of the Welsh Open. I did not think I could become
a referee, cos we did not have any tournaments or players in Bulgaria,
so there was no need for referees. Started growing bigger in Bulgaria,
so I wanted to make the next step and become a referee. Some of the
bigger names to play on the back tables, they are not in the
limelight, and that is a good chance for the up-and-coming referees to
get the experience of refereeing those but not putting them in front
of a thousand people, which could put them under pressure. Discipline,
concentration. It is not just on the table, but of the table, you are on
time, you set your table up, discipline, that is what we drill
into them. When they are on the table, it is the same again, is up
and, concentration. It is a pressure job. The ultimate aim is each event
gets refereed the same way. No matter who the referee is. We want
every big to be consistent. I did the final here in 2002 when Paul
Hunter won it. Any big final is massive. The Crucible is the one,
but all of the finals come once you get a crowd involved, two good
players, and you get immersed in it. If you cannot concentrate there, you
will never concentrate. It is a huge honour to do any ranking event, this
is my fifth one, and the second Welsh. Might get a bit nervous to
start with, but once you get into the routine it is a joy. Totally
neutral, but I am hoping for a cracking final.
Plenty of new refereeing talent coming through, but what about
players? We got eclipse of the future this week with the two Welsh
wild cards who have been competing here, and Terry Griffiths has been
taking a look at the state of the game in this country.
Every youngster who picks up a cue to play this wonderful game dreams
of winning, of becoming a champion. We may be a small nation, but like
our rugby, we have a proud tradition of producing great players. Max
Boyce sank of a Welsh outside half factory, a production line of gifted
players built from south Wales coal. There was a time when we had a
snooker factory, manufacturing magicians of the baize, at that has
started to run dry. Will we ever produce another Ray Reardon or Mark
Williams? This week at the Welsh Open two young talented Welsh
amateur players were given wild cards to play with the big boys and
to experience the big stage. Tyler Rees from my hometown, Llanelli, and
Jackson page, from Mark Williams country, Ebbw Vale, came here and
created huge interest. Who is Jackson? 15, from Ebbw Vale. He is
living his dream, buzzing. Should you not be in school? Yes. I have
had a bit of time off this week. One of the best bits is going to the
players' lounge and practising amongst the pros see what they do
with their time, being around this place am feeling like a player, like
you should be here. It is the right decision to put them as wild cards.
There should not be any of the older people getting wild cards. Any
experience they can get has got to be good. Jackson enjoyed his time in
the limelight. Winning two matches before running into Judd Trump,
himself a child prodigy a decade ago. The wild cards are perfect.
They should only really go to younger players that are looking for
a chance. It is great experience for them, I would have loved to have had
that opportunity before I was 16 to see where I was at. Almost unseen
here, we got a glint of the future of the game. Within a few hours of
Jackson's televised match with Judd Trump, on the same table a young
Chinese 17-year-old beat Mark Selby. He has been talked about for over a
year, he has had a good season so far. He showed what a great player
he is, he held himself together well. The Chinese production line is
in full flow, with so many talented players coming through. All of the
wild cards over the past five or six years, playing at the start tables,
it is one of the main reasons they are as good as they are now. The
youngsters from China are unbelievable. We need to start
giving the youngsters a chance. There are some talented ones out
there. Give them a chance and hopefully they will enjoy it. I
returned's mantra is that sports entertainment will thrive when
competition is at its most fears, but is more than elite snooker to
brutal? It is brutal, you feel like you cannot win a match after a
losing streak. I barely lost as a teenager. A massive step up then,
and I got on the tour, and you cannot win to what three matches in
a row. When I was coming through, it was how it should be, you can build
momentum, against the lower ranked professionals, and get to the final
venue and play the top players. Nowadays it is a bit too hard for
the younger players. We need to give the next generation every chance to
flourish in this brave new world of fierce competition. Let's hope it is
not too long for our young Welsh players left the Ray Reardon Trophy,
to continue our proud legacy as one of snooker's superpowers.
We will talk about the future in a moment, but I am delighted to say we
have been joined by a big star of years gone by, the Welsh sporting
legend Ray Reardon. How are you? I am very well, nice to be here. You
live in Devon these days. That is right. I have not been back here for
three years. It is too long. Enjoying your stay? It is an up and
back job today. One night in Cardiff. It does not give me a
chance to see my relatives. You are here because the wonderful trophy
that we saw there is now named after you. How does that feel? Whoever
wins that, it is a tough match out there at the moment, but it is a
lovely trophy. It is one for the sideboard. Pride of place. A nice
bit of Waterford Crystal. I identified it immediately! The last
time I saw him, I spilt red wine down his shirt and tie at the 2006
World Championship. I am lucky I change my Thai! It is a different
one! What does it mean to you, for the trophy to be named after you? It
came as a big surprise. When it came by letter, I was over the moon. It
is nice. I was deeply honoured. Very excited. It is very kind of them.
All the people who made it possible, thank you very much indeed. I do not
know if people still have mantelpieces, but it should take
pride of place on one. They will have one in Wales! How are you
enjoying the final? It is nipped in to. It is anybody's game, it is
good. They are in and not working it out properly. The table is speedy.
You know the table is better than me, they are fast, which is ideal
for making breaks will stop wonderful. Ronnie Wood love it in
there. That is why he wins so many tournaments these days will stop it
is like being on a golf course with fast greens. Augusta. Magic. Give me
your thoughts on the state of the modern game and what you think of it
compared to your era. It is very good, I love it. They have changed
the format, there are more tournaments. The best-of-7 frames,
it is anybody's game. Anybody out of the top 16 would love it. Maybe the
ones above would not think so much of it. It is a give and take
business. It was introduced for the spectators. They see two games
rather than one, so they get better value for money, more people can see
a surprise result, and nobody seems to be domineering in the way they
did in the 80s and 90s. Not forgetting my bit in the 70s,
obviously! Just the six world titles! F8's they played the final
in Preston last week, Barry Hawkins and Ryan Day, they were down here on
the Monday, so they had to drive from Preston. I do not suppose they
got to bed until 2am, then they have to drive down here and play on the
Monday, they should have a day's grace. The organisation should sort
that out. You undecided. What about these two. Fantastic, great players.
There are so many great players today, it is difficult to pick a
winner. In my day, there would be half a dozen who could win it, but
now there must be 50 or more. It is tough. I heard you talking about the
15-year-old from Wales. As a young lad in the audience now, Ivan
Davies, his father rang me up a couple of weeks ago, I got him to
meet me in the audience, 11 years of age, he has made a 108 break, that
is nice. It shows how the game is progressing. We will hope to see
Tyler Rees and Jackson page make their way. 6-6 in this final, what
do you see happening? I think it will be one all lost mentally,
whoever takes the chances the best and deals with adversity the best.
Judd Trump will try to pop his way to victory and Stuart Bingham will
try to score heavily but mediate his shot choices a bit more. Who for
you, Ray? I wish them both the best of luck. There is not much in it. It
is touch and go. You know me, it takes a long time to say something!
Ruble go back into the arena, it is time to get show back under way.
Here comes the climax. These welcome back your players, Stuart Bingham
and Judd Trump! E join our commentary team for the
final session here in Cardiff of the 2017 Welsh Open final, Darren Morgan
and Willie Thorne. What a pleasure it was to see Ray
Reardon in the studio there. Six time champion of the world, an
absolute legend. Judd Trump is level. I thought Stuart Bingham in
the first four frames this evening looked a bit cautious, Darren. Yes,
it has a different start from what he had earlier this afternoon. It is
game on again now. We were saying earlier at the end of the last
session Judd Trump needed to win the frame to come in tonight at least
5-3. He would have been coming out looking to win the first session 3-1
to level everything up. Again, which he has done. This is an important
frame. They are all important. But I think it is more imperative for
Stuart Bingham to get a frame back on the board and re-establish his
authority. The key stat is should Bingham's pot
success has dropped below 90%. You have to be above 90 to win any
tournament. But that is excellent. It has to be above 92 win at this
level. If he goes on to win this match, it will be above 90, I am
sure. I do not think the black or pink art in play, so he may go brown
or green into the pink. The brown has a perfect angle to do that.
There is a bit of mileage to playing into the pink and reds.
I can only presume he has played for the wreck above the black. He has
gone into it a bit too much. From that angle he would have been on
that perfect. It would have been tight where ever he had finished.
That is why I thought he would play into the pink. He had to be into the
inch, whereas if he had played into the pink and reds, a slight chance
he would have brought it all into play. He has a safety shop now,
unless he takes the long one on. No attempt at the pot there, just
try to play the good safety. He can play a run through with top
spin. He is just looking very edgy to me,
Stuart. He has been slotting these in all week, bread and butter shot.
A lot more pressure at the moment, coming right to the business end of
the event. This is Judd Trump's best chance of
going into the lead in this match for the first time. If he puts the
colour, red and colour, it will be the first time he has gone into the
lead. He has always been chasing. That looks absolutely perfect and
the red apathy that goes. This blue and he takes the lead for
the first time. Clearly not a frame-winning
opportunity at the minute, with that red very tight. He will do well to
score above 40. He has had a good look at this red. It is not look
like it pot. The red looks like it is on the way. We will know after
this if he thinks it pot. He does. If it does, he can hold it for the
pink. You have to play it now, you have looked at it twice, and nothing
has moved since. I was with you on that. I could
clearly see that that did not go. He thought he could pinch it off the
draw. That looked like it would not go by a mile.
No damage done, though. Still just left with a safety to be played.
He has not been finding the baulk cushion so far this evening. That is
why Judd Trump has been potting a lot of shots do nothing. That is
where he needs the cue ball to keep Judd Trump off the table. That will
be called Amis. I think Stuart is entitled to have it put back. Even
if he catches one of the reds, he could knock one on.
Stuart suggesting there is a chalk mark from his tip. Sometimes it does
not make any difference, I always used to say to the referee, if he is
still going to play the same shot, I am happy. I agree. Before this came
in, with the use of the TV monitor, it was down to the players and the
referee to decide anyway. With the shot he is playing, he is going to
play the same shot every time to get into the back of the pack. This one
he has gone wide. He is never going to do damage here, so he will make
another adjustment. It is a very big target, in fairness, six or seven
inches of pack he can hit of the questions.
I am sure he can see a ball full ball and he may get warned. Maybe he
cannot see it full ball, because he has not been warned.
Touching ball declared. He might try to put the white back in the same
place as it was. He will play in behind the yellow this way. Not
tight, but tight on the baulk cushion, around the yellow spot.
If the black had been out in the open, Stuart Bingham might have been
tempted to go for the red into the right corner. But the pink and black
are tied up, so I cannot see much value. He would have to played with
a lot of pace. A good safety is the order of the day.
Under normal circumstances even the pink and black are tied up, Judd
would be having a go at it. As it happens, he has a shot to nothing.
His long potting right throughout this tournament has been terrific.
The only thing that has been missing is a century break. It will be tough
to get on from here, where the balls are, but nice breaks. A bit of
movement in the crowd. Topside of the blue, then he can get good of
the red below the pink. That was a long way away.
That is unbelievable, after the red he knocked into get in. He will not
have expected to have missed that. He was hoping for the cue ball to
run another three or four inches. He will have to pot either a tricky
brown or green. He did not have to do a lot with the
cue ball. It was a solid shot. In the context of this match, this
is a very big frame, really important.
Stuart, having been in total control in this match, has seen Judd Trump
begging him back. Look at one stage that he was going to be having an
early bat and on his way home. Could have done with another 2ft of pace
in that cue ball. He would have liked to have been on the one next
to the pink. He will have to go up for the blue again now. He just has
to make sure he gets top of the blue. Amazing, isn't it? Two inches
shorter, it's absolutely perfect. But from that position, not sure
whether he can hold it for the pink. And he's nicely on the red - good
shot. Well, that was a miscalculation. He
has played to move the two reds. I can only think the pace of the cue
ball has just changed the angle in striking the red, so all he can do
is lay the snooker. He knows that's one that's Ottaway. Still in the
driving seat. -- that's what a way. He has got this tricky red across
the cush, but at this stage of the match, is he going to be tempted?
He's been very cagey tonight, Stuart Bingham. First four frames earlier
on, he would have been playing that red. He's played quite good safety.
Looking at this, he can just get past the blue to the potting angle
of this red nearest the pink spot. Always better when you're playing
that shot on the thin side. Trying to get in the back green and brown.
-- in behind green and brown. Stuart's safety has been poor this
evening, hasn't found the baulk cushion very often. You can see the
frustration in his face. He's very close to the baulk cushion
this time. Awkward cueing. He could be pushing a red towards
the right corner. He's head that a lot thicker than he would have
liked. But he's OK. He will have to be careful he does
not push a red over the corner this time. Another two inches of pace, it
would have been absolutely perfect. Good safety shot, that.
I don't think I've ever seen that before, where he's asked Stuart to
look rather than the referee to look. He feels he can get through to
this red, and Stuart would probably think he was taking advantage if he
plays it next time and can hit the red. I don't think I've ever seen
that before. It's always the referee, and the player should stay
away from the shot. That was very strange. But he feels he can hit it.
And he could. Well played. Unlucky. And both these players good friends
off the table. In fact, as this tournament finishes tonight, another
one starts tomorrow. Seven players playing in it, and who is up first
match? Judd Trump and Stuart Bingham. It's quite ironic. I don't
think Judd Trump has brought his car with him, and I think he might be
having a lift to the tournament tomorrow with Stuart! Not friends
out there at the moment, though. It's war!
Well, again, another great long pot from Judd Trump. There wasn't much
room there, either. . He has to be careful he doesn't cannon into the
pink or black, because he could find himself snookered. Amazingly, he
went right through the middle of both of them. He's not happy, who
does not appear to be on the middle of the three reds, which was the one
he played for. Just a fraction too hard. Is he going to risk the long
pink into the corner? I don't blame him for taking this on. He's behind
and he knows that if he pots this, he could take this friend. -- he
could take this frame. So there is an advantage in taking this on. It's
there. Bringing the black into play as well. He generates so much power,
with very little backswing. Is the black going to go on its own
spot comfortably? If it doesn't, he might have to take the black.
And if there is anybody interested, incidentally, to watch this
Champions League, in Essex, it starts tomorrow, and you can see
these leaf wonderful players battling it out yet again. I was so
surprised he played to pot the black, because he was tying up the
red and black. Unlucky not to have a straightforward shot on the pink or
black. He has given Stuart a big advantage
in this safety exchange now. He can at him in behind the yellow and
blue. -- he can put him in behind. Well, he wasn't far away from that
long red there. I gave some wrong information a couple of minutes ago.
So I'm going to correct myself because I don't want people coming
to find out where I live and taking it out on me. As you can see, the
match time is up to four powers. And I think there is still quite a way
to go before we get a conclusion to this. A little bit fortunate, but he
will take it. Back to my wrong information - the play tomorrow is
at the Ricoh Arena, and you can watch it live streaming. You won't
be allowed in. Where is that brown going? That's the worst possible
outcome for Stuart Bingham. A lot of distance between both balls.
He does play those shot is very, very well. Still a lot to do in this
frame. And he must be thinking, this is starting to slip away slightly.
In total control at the 4-0 up. Looked like going 6-2. So close.
Yes, a right-handed player would not have played that. He missed it by
just a fraction. Worse still, he doesn't have an easy safety shot.
You can't help feeling that the run is slightly helping Judd Trump now,
he's in the ascendancy. That was a very well played shot, no luck
involved there whatsoever. Now, Judd has played it firm to
leave distance between the cue ball and object ball. Well, what a result
that is for Stuart Bingham. A few seconds ago, you would have thought
he would have been out of the frame. Green to brown is not
straightforward here. The green going back onto its own spot would
help, so I wonder if he will play for the green off this red.
For me, that's definitely the right shot.
And I just said it looked like the run had changed in favour of Judd
Trump. Commentator's curse! I think Willie is right, red to green would
make things a little bit easier for him.
And now, the clearance should be OK. Any sort of angle on the green is
good, anything but straight. And that's OK.
This will hurt Judd Trump, because it looks like for the first time he
was going to take a one frame advantage in this match. Stuart may
have a bit of a bounce in his step again now, if he takes this frame.
Mind you, what's happened there? That pink was harder than it should
have been. For in it goes, and Stuart Bingham will take a big sigh
of relief. Stuart Bingham will be a lot happier
now. It's just so difficult. We thought earlier that it would go the
distance, and it looks like it could. The momentum is swinging one
way and then the other? Yes, it is. That was a chance for Judd Trump to
take the lead for the first time, at a crucial stage, and I was beginning
to think that the tide was turning in Judd's favour. But Stuart played
a really good shot out of a snooker, which Judd had been fortuitous to
leave. Judd was very unfortunate to go in-off. A lot of side spin on the
cue ball which helped it in. And the worst thing ever for Judd, the red
has gone into baulk, and it's a fairly simple clearance. Was a long
frame, 35 minutes. And they have been in action since one o'clock,
with that break in the middle. To what extent does tiredness start to
creep in, because that was a really scrappy frame? Hallam adrenaline
kicks in, and they will not be particularly mentally tired, really.
It is a very close affair now, very tense, every frame is vital. And you
were saying that you felt that Judd was starting to make sure folder
wobble under pressure perhaps? Yes. But I still think this final could
go all the way. This next frame is enormous now. Of Judd Trump can win
it, he's right back in there. If Stuart Bingham can win it, he's got
a bit of daylight. What drama we've got, then, in the final, in Cardiff.
So, here we go. Stuart Bingham breaking off, he'll be very relieved
that he's managed to keep his lead. We're going to see another trademark
Judd Trump special. He has been knocking these in all day. More
pressure now, though. Still, again, never in doubt, really. His long
game has been absolutely fantastic. Yes. Stuart's going to have to work
on his break-off. He has left that shot to nothing in at least half the
frames where he has broken off. I can't tell you how hard it is to
play them that strength, and there wasn't a very big gap between black
and red. If he gets a good angle on the next black, he'll finish on the
red behind the pack and open some more out. Two long frames, the last
two, 35 minutes and 36 minutes - I did not expect to see any frames go
that long in this match. It's like a forcing screw, that shot. Oh! I did
not see that coming, I've got to say, that was a twitch. A lot of
movement on that shot as he played it
. Not as bad as I thought it was at first glance, but it's definitely a
twitch. REFEREE: Foul, Stuart Bingham one,
Judd Trump, five. WILLIE THORNE: He's in trouble now
with the safety shot, because Judd will put him back into bar
theatrical visitor free ball? No, it's not. -- he will put him back
into bat here. Is it a free ball? Surely it's not.
He's having a look at something. I'm not sure what he thinks he has
found. There is certainly no plant there. I cannot imagine he's going
to attempt to play this shot. He has now asked if there IS a free ball.
It must be close, because if you took the four reds from just to the
right of the pink... It's not going to matter now. He has put Stuart
Bingham back in. Well, they don't come much better
than that. He's played that with a lot of bottom and side. Great pot.
I think what might have frustrated Judd all day today as well, he's
been the wrong side of the blue more than he's been the right side, so
he's have played these long pots. -- so he's had to play these long pots.
And again, he's going to have to play another good pot. Did not want
the cannon on the red there. The only thing I can think of is the
plant just to the left of the pink, and that's what he's played for.
It's just a safety. That's the only thing I feel with Judd Trump this
week, he just hasn't scored. His long potting has been good, his
safety has been good, he's just struggled to score. I'm sure he's
had more 40s and 50s than anybody else. And we know he has certainly
lost more frames than anybody else from 40-odd in front. I can think of
at least seven frames that he's lost from that position. Once again,
Stuart not finding the baulk cushion. So that makes this safety
shot quite straightforward. And the back red I think cuts in the corner,
so he will be playing the pot. This time, though, it did not go in. And
Stuart can play it quite confidently, knowing that he's got
the blue in play. He would like to be on the Hof Paul
Green, that would be perfect. That could be a frame-winner, because you
would expect him to get 30 or 40, nicely on the red, because black and
pink art available. This is a chance. A great chance to
go 8-6 in front. He can get through to this red. Even
though Judd Trump is a frame behind, he has scored more points. This
frame has taken the same pattern as quite a few of the others, Judd has
gone in with 30 or 40, all the are awkward, he has got himself a
thread, and he has thrown a lifeline to Stuart Bingham when the balls of
a lot clearer in the table is a lot less messy. He played for the pink.
Disappointed with the way it came off the cushion.
He has underscrewed it. He did not get into that at all. Quite a big
margin of error there, he could have screwed back another two feet. He
was more concerned with overscrewing it. He wanted the white back to
where his hand is. A lot wider than he wanted. Will he take this red on?
He can play this as a shock to nothing, screw it in and get onto
the blue. He will be disappointed he did not
score heavily there, that was a great chance.
If you can get through to this red to the right corner... That. The
best safety shot he has played. How confident is he? He has played the
follow-through. He could have done without a cannon on the pink. Still
a good strike. A lot thinner on the pink than he would like. He has
spotted quite a few of these greens today. One good shot away from
potentially putting himself in a winning position in this frame.
He played the more difficult shot. He is not very happy. A couple of
little hand gestures going on, that he has got away with that a little
bit. This was a real difficult shot, this blue. He was playing it with
loads of left-hand side. A miracle to get away with it. Any sort of
space of the question, these words would have been available. He has
not left anything on. Another very well played safety. He
has found the baulk cushion this time, Stuart Bingham. He has Judd
Trump in a bit of trouble here. Not a bad shot wide Judd Trump. He
has dangerously gone close to the corner pocket. It did not look like
he could play that shot. He took a bit risk, but he has given Stuart
Bingham a shock to nothing. The red below the pink. The cue ball will
come down towards the blue. Excellent execution of a shot you
think. It is going awkward for both players
at the moment. They cannot seem to get perfect position.
Can he get the position on this one red below the black? He could do
with finishing close to it to make it easier to get onto the black for
the next shot. I think he can screw back directly from the green and
come off one, maybe two cushions, get onto the red. He is blessed with
a lot of key power. He has played the direct screw, this looks OK. But
another two inches would have been perfect.
That was not easy. And at pace, trying to go down for the blue. They
have no chance when it hits the near jaw. Judd Trump has not played the
best shot ever there, it has gone in the right jaw. He stunned instead of
dragging back a couple of inches. It is awkward to play the shot he is
looking at. He would love to go in and out, between the yellow and
brown. He will have to go between brown and green, I think. That is
what he has played. How is his luck? Not very good. Still a great shot. A
brilliant effort. It really was a great effort.
Court that one little bit too thick. Again, he has left a pot on, either
the cut into the middle or the stunned into the corner.
Anywhere but there, unless the blue passes I cannot see him taking the
pot on here. He can see the pink, just, but cannot get close to the
red to make it easy. Just enough room on the pink to come off two
cushions, but he would finish two feet away from the red. Is it worth
taking the green? He is a good player with the rest.
Even if he gets on the red, it is not easy. I am dumbfounded he has
even tried to play that. Even if he gets perfect on the red, he is under
all kinds of pressure to drop it in to make the pot. He is in the
driving seat in this frame. A strange choice of shot.
It is not easy to get this safe either, because if he tries to push
it up and down the table, he will push it towards a pocket, but if he
plays it thin, he has to make sure he does not knock it into a portable
position, which he may have done. What a little nudge that is.
You see how much side he had on the cue ball firm. It pinged off the
cushion. He has played that very well. That
could have gone wrong, if he had kissed into the back of the brown.
Barring a catastrophe, it looks like Judd Trump will level this match up.
This brown... Stuart Bingham knows he has had a couple of chances to
extend his lead to two. This has got the final frame all over it.
You would have to say it is another frame that has been a little bit
scrappy, a lot of pressure out there. Judd Trump will probably be
feeling the better out of the two. A couple of exhibition shots.
The black does not go in, but Stuart Bingham is leaving the room to
gather his thoughts. He knows he had a chance to extend his lead, but
Judd Trump draws level. All square again. You would still be
brave to call this one. We still possibly have three frames left.
Regardless of what happens tonight, Judd Trump will move up to third.
John Higgins goes down to sixth. Mark Williams hanging onto his place
in the top 16. He went out in the first round, a really disappointing
week. He is hoping to hold onto his spot ahead of the World
Championships. We talked about this earlier, the fact that the top 16
qualify automatically, everybody else has to go through three
qualifying rounds. Yes, it happened last year, with Ding Junhui, the
great player from China, one of the greatest, he has won five ranking
events in one season, he finished number 17, he had to win three
matches to qualify, and it is tough. And a few days later, you have to
actually play at the Crucible, so you are already jaded by the time
you get there. A nervous couple of months for Mark Williams. Let's look
at a bit of analysis. It is still difficult to know who will be
picking up the trophy in an hour, two hours, who knows! A bit of
fortune for Judd Trump in this one. In the previous frame he was
unfortunate with an enough, he put the remaining red into baulk. Here,
he gets a bit fortunate. The bump on the middle pocket was butcher it is,
because it made the last red more missable. As it was, it goes on
behind the blue. Stuart escapes from the easy snooker, but he puts the
red in the yellow pocket, and Judd Trump clears up. It is a seesaw.
There has not been a 30 break in the last three frames, so if anybody can
get their potting boots on, they can take it by the scruff of the neck.
Get your potting boots on! Who has got them on?
Judd Trump has them on on the long shots, but when he gets in, he is
not winning the frame in one visit. And nor is Stuart now. No breaks of
any strength in the last three games. There has not been a 40 break
in the last three games, very bits and pieces.
Another long pop. There has not been a break over 30 in the last three
frames, that is how scrappy it has been. A little unlucky not to have
some sort of shot on the blue or pink. Again, the safety is not
straightforward, with the red being in baulk. He has to cover it with
the yellow. You do not want to put the thing out
of commission, you would like to leave it in play. I thought it had
hit the yellow then for a minute. Yes, I think he did as well. As it
is, it is not bad. He has forced Stuart Bingham into an attempt at
the left corner. He will definitely play it if you can find the gap. He
might feel it is too much of a risk at this stage of the match. He is
faced with a very tricky safety as well. He could play the red that is
nearest to the right corner and drop it in, or just played off the two
cushions, leave the white there. He went for it wholeheartedly. The
trouble is, even if he had made it, I do not think the pink or black
went. Again, Judd Trump has lost the cue
ball. It has become a little bit of a scrappy affair.
He is one of those players that likes all of the big balls in play.
He might like to bring pink and black into play. I was surprised he
did not play to nudge the pink or black of the first red, rather than
go up for the blue. Pink and black are now available. But he might have
liked a bigger gap than that. He would have got away with that.
But I think this red is onto the right centre. Not an easy starter.
No problems, though, and he is nicely on the blue. We are going to
have a player when a frame in one visit. It has not happened all
evening. But these balls are spread far and wide. A great chance here
for Stuart to score a frame-winning break. A lot of players may have
rolled it into the middle, but Stuart punched it in and finished
perfect on the blue. He would like to take the pink out
of the way, could's because it is stopping the black potting into the
corner. Judd Trump realises he could in a few minutes' time be one down
with two to play. He looks to have the angle on the
black to play for the red into the same pocket. He has got a nice
angle. That is what he has played for. He
could do with being fairly straight, and he is not. Work to do. If he
screws it in, I did not know if he can avoid the kiss on the red that
is loose. If he runs through, he will force reds all over the place,
so he will not guarantee where the White will finish. Not ideal. Just
has too avoid the kiss on the red above the white. Which he has not
done. This is a lot more tricky than it should be.
That is one of the better shots he has played for a couple of frames.
Was not easy, begin down, playing with bottom right-hand side.
He has got to get the pink out of the way. Still has a couple of loose
reds. He played the deep screw to disturb
the reds, he was not happy with that. You could see his reaction. He
did not need to do that. Just did not quite get into the cue ball
enough. Excellent recovery. The cue ball has
travelled a fraction too far, but this is one of those where if you
are confident, you put the black and flick off the outside of the pack. I
think he will roll this in and avoid the inn off. Well played.
He felt he was hitting it thin rather than thick.
The magnificent arena, the crowds have been excellent all week. A
little disappointed in terms of brick building in this match, but it
has lots of tension, both players are feeling it out there.
He would have been better off getting a red safe. But once again,
the white nowhere near the baulk cushion. When you are playing Judd
Trump, you need to get near the cushion possible, because the reds
disappear more often than not. If you are chewing Indian hoping to
watch Dragons Den, that will follow our coverage of the final. Dragons
Den is delayed. Still waiting to see who will be given the cheque for
?70,000 here in Cardiff. Stuart will be distraught at the
last safety shot he played. He looked bemused, the way he played
it. He was not expecting to make contact with the pack, and he was
expecting the cue ball to finish near the baulk cushion. Both things
went wrong. Maybe it is Stuart Bingham's turn to lose a frame from
40 points in front. This was the shot from Stuart.
Obviously, he's trying to get a good cue ball. The bad thing is, the
white is nowhere near the cushion. He's thinking, I might as well of
her other shot at the red into the other pocket. If it had gone in,
probably would have sprung the frame. But has made sure this time
he's the right side of the blue. If this goes right... He could be
pinching this frame. And it hasn't. The cue ball as stock. He just hit
the one red a little bit full in the face. He could have done with it
half-ball and been able to come away from the cluster.
Both players are feeling it's no. -- both players are feeling it now.
He has pulled some gestures in the last couple of frames, Stuart. A
little bit of frustration starting to show. It's not what Judd played.
He IS on this black. I think he's one of the few players
who would have the guts to play that shot at this stage of the match.
Both players are struggling to play the screw back shot. Left himself
hampered during. Cued it nicely. And he has become
favourite to be one up with two to play. A few moments ago, we were
saying exactly the same thing when Stuart Bingham was at the table.
This, the key shot - how close can he get to this red to make it easy?
Tried to get really close, and he may have over-screwed it a little
bit. This is not as easy as it looks on the TV. He would have been a
strong favourite to pot it. Still should pot it, but not
straightforward. And there you see why. It's amazing what you can miss
under pressure. But that was not about shot, it was the shot before,
where he over-screwed the black. And obviously, this is not easy. The
red to the right centre. He will be over the moon that he has got this
opportunity at this red. Judd Trump has just not been able to get in
front of Stuart Hunter liked. Every time he draws level, something
happens, he goes one behind. And in goes the red. He's not quite on this
brown in the way he's like. He might be able to run through with
left-hand side. The only problem is, the green could
go safe. Where will the greens and up? Well, he's played it quite
nicely, but unfortunately for him, not nicely on the yellow. I think
he'll be playing the snooker. He wanted to keep the yellow in
play. You would have preferred that yellow to be in between the pink and
black area. Looking at it, it is hard to hit. Green in the way one
way, blue in the way the other way. I think he will have to play this
two cushions. The only trouble is, then, Darren, leave the advantage to
Stuart, to play the snooker in behind the black. It's very tricky.
Yes, I think Judd Trump would be quite happy with that, if he hits
the yellow leaves that shot on. This is very, very tricky. He doesn't
want to be giving too many points away at this stage in the frame, but
this is really tricky. We could see him giving away quite a few points.
Yes, he's having to play off two cushions. Very well played.
Excellent. And he has not left the chance to end up behind the black.
Yes. He could have missed that four or five times. As it happens, that's
about as good as he could have hoped for.
It's amazing how Stuart lost the advantage with that excellent safety
shot he played on the yellow. You would have to suggest, whoever pots
the yellow is going to win this frame and go one up with two to
play. Who will it be? Nearly got in behind the pink. I
think we'll see Judd Trump definitely playing this yellow in
the left corner. He could play it with loads of bottom and right-hand
side, slow drag, or he can play it with pace.
He needs to slide past the pink... And his body language is saying he
has snookered himself. Either that or he can't get to the porting angle
of the green. It's amazing what can happen in the game of snooker, isn't
it? Plays your shot, tries to hold it. The table is so fast, it's hard
to hold the ball at distance. In the olden days, on a thicker cloth, you
could play it and finish somewhere near the blue spot. These days, it's
very easy to lose the white, which he has done there. Where is this
going to end up? Good shot. To be honest, it has not been the
final I expected. He has left this on. Saying that, Judd is thinking it
might have gone a bit past the porting angle there. From our
position, it looks cuttable. Yes, it is a thin one, isn't it? No
control over the cue ball, that's for sure. One of those, you have to
hit it hard, because then you avoid the in-off. Well played. And
absolutely perfect on the brown. Amazing. But he will need all his
cue power here to get nicely on the blue.
It's amazing, another inch of pace, it would have been a straightforward
blue. Still needs the pink, though. It's there.
Stuart Bingham started this frame with a break of 41. You can see what
that meant to Judd Trump. He has gone into the lead for the very
first time in the match. He's now one away from victory.
Quite astonishing, isn't it? Considering that Stuart Bingham led
4-0 early in this match. But we can see what that meant to Trump, taking
the lead for the first time, what a relief that must be? Yes. These last
four frames have thrown up all kinds of eccentricities, if you will.
Interestingly, there's been two breaks over 30 in the last five
frames, both of 41. So it shows, there's a lot of tactics, a lot of
missed pots, but finally, after hours of trying, Judd Trump take the
lead in the final furlong. Can he finish it off now what? I don't
know, I wish I could tell you! How hard was it to play this? I can
assure you, Judd did not intend to play this quite so thin. He would
not have known he could have finished so nicely on the brown,
that was more hope than judgment, I feel. He played a pretty good brown,
I have to say. Fortunately the Judd, that cue ball just ran those extra
few inches to leave the green on. Now, you would have to be backing
Judd Trump? Would UCAS can you tell me! That was a really big setback
for Stuart Bingham? Yes, it was. But maybe the pressure will now transfer
to Judd. He has not won on home soil for about six years. There is a lot
of pressure on both of them. Will it come down to the run of the ball,
who knows? Judd is in the driving seat, but there is now pressure on
him, and maybe Stuart Bingham can relax a bit. Keeping Stuart Bingham
waiting just a bit longer. Drug instead will follow our coverage of
the snooker here in Cardiff. -- Dragons' Den will follow. Stuart
Bingham will be disappointed. He has lost those last few frames lately.
Bring -- Stuart Bingham to break, then. Is there another twist in this
magnificent 2017 final? What a green that was. He could try
that 50 times again and not finish on that brown is good. And he slots
in another long red. I've said it all week - his long potting has been
unbelievable. And all of a sudden, he has struggled to score all week -
could this be the frame that he finds his scoring? The one that he
needs to win this year's Welsh Open? And as I've said that, he's a good
foot short with the cue ball. You could see him talking the end of his
cue tip very aggressively. And looking at this, he will do well to
miss the case on the black - that's why he's playing with bottom, trying
to make something happen. And it hasn't. The only problem for him is,
he has put both black and pink out of commission. This is a similar
shot to what begins played years ago, where he screwed it in and came
back into the middle of the table, but it's very risky playing it over
the pack of reds. He's playing it, though. That blue is not in. Neither
player has played great this evening, it's been a little bit of a
struggle out there. Even if that blue had gone in, Judd
had left himself horrible on this red.
He's just going to roll the red, there is no value for me in this.
He's going to play safe. But that could have gone wrong. At least he
can bring a peak colour back into play. I think on reflection, we
probably deserve an 8-8, don't we? That would be nice - not for the
players. He can play an aggressive shot here,
to bring the black into play and get the cue ball as tight in behind the
green and blue as possible. How is the cue ball...? Not quite.
He's caught that a little bit thicker than he would have liked. No
damage done, though. I say no damage done, what a clever
shot he's played there. That was very well thought out. Absolutely.
He's looking at the potting angle, to see whether he can pinch a little
bit of the pocket. I thought the brown would have been a better
choice there. Safety shortcomings. -- safety shot coming. You have to
say, he deserves more than six Riise that fantastic red Henoch in. --
more than six off that fantastic red he knocked in. Neither of these two
have played anywhere near their best. Just past five hours of play.
And we still don't know who is going to win.
He can just see the edge of this red. Can get back to the baulk area?
Just played what he thought was a short to nothing. He may be able to
get through the gap to cut that red in. If it is printable, he'll take
it on. There's someone at the moment having a bit of a coughing fit in
the arena. She has stood up and composed herself. And that red has
done everything but go in the pocket. And I don't think the blue
is going to come to his rescue. Well, everybody's coughing now. They
have started a trend out there. Pink and black out of commission, so Judd
Trump will not expect Stuart to school too heavily. That's pretty
good. Ideally he would like to get onto the middle of the three reds
surrounding the black. He needs that black back in play if he's to have
aspirations levelling at this visit. Another two inches of pace, he could
have played the middle red of those three. You can just see, just a
fraction away from being on it. Well, he feels he can still play it.
What an effort that was. I've not to be honest, a little unlucky. Look at
the side he has played that with to make pot.
Another inch, there would have been no problem, he could have just
screwed into the pack and played for the loose red. He could lose the
white here... That was the problem, always going to lose the white
playing it that way. He has actually left himself a with
a tricky safety. The black back on its spot, you feel
if he had been lucky there and got on something, that could have been
the end of this frame. Got to be careful here.
He's looking to get the cue ball down in the baulk area. Needs the
white to be good... And it is. Stuart is having a look to see if
the red near the pink spot goes into the corner. I think it's very, very
tight, it would be a big ask. Can play it as a shot to nothing,
though. Just got to miss the jaw of the middle pocket. That was close.
Stuart has got to make sure he finds the baulk cushion here. This could
be end of frame and match. This is the tempter that Judd's been waiting
for. He just pots so many long balls -
can he score heavily for the first time this evening and get past the
winning line? Now, normally you would suggest the next five reds and
colours are pretty straightforward, but not in this situation, the way
they're both playing. There is her girlfriend, looking on.
She knows this is a chance for him to win frame and match.
The black will take him in front. He needs all the remaining reds. Three
of them are not in favourable positions. This is the first break
above 30 since frame 11. Can you believe that, with these players?
That is for Judd Trump, I mean. Anything but straight here, Stuart
Bingham knows he will possibly get back onto the table.
He will play for the red in baulk next. That red is no problem. Can
you believe it? You just do something would happen, the way
things have gone. They are not easy across the
cushion. Gave it every chance, played at the right pace. I am sure
Stuart Bingham was thinking the championship was all over. All of a
sudden, he has got another chance. Albeit not a great one. Still a lot
of work to be done. Played that really well, and he has
a nice angle on the blue to bring the red into play.
Not enough cheque side. Will he attempt the pot? I think he will and
run through to the black. This is to stay in the match or possibly lose
it. Did not play the pot. Why did he not
play the pot? He has lost the cue ball, but what a
horrific long pot. -- terrific. He has left himself... A very positive
player. He has a brown into the centre, which is horrible, but if it
was to go in, it would guarantee him the tournament. But surely he would
play safe. He would just roll onto the green, wouldn't he?
If he plays the brown, I would be amazed.
Stuart would hit the yellow, you would think, but surely he has to
roll up to the green. I don't believe this. I thought he was!
Played a very good safety shot, as it happens. Nothing wrong with that
at all. Why he risked it, I don't know, because surely rolling onto
the green would have been easier. A quirky one now. Does he put him
back in? If he gets the right angle coming out of the snooker, he could
stick the white behind the brown. He has elected to put him back in.
Trying to come off the baulk cushion, catch it half ball, in
behind the brown. Just making sure the balls are put on the right
place. You could see where the tip of the
cue was on that last shot. He will still play one cushion. He needs to
hit it thin, get plenty of distance between cue ball and object ball.
That is as good as anything. That is a bit of good fortune.
That looks to be a yellow ball game. Judd Trump to win it, Stuart Bingham
to stay in it. That is pretty good. The only thing that could go wrong
the yellow make contact with the black. I am not sure if he has
played it hard enough. A poor safety shot. Has he got the cover? He
certainly has. That is fortunate, as he did not play that at all well.
Similar scenario, you can stun it round... He did not want to kiss the
black. Without the kiss on the black, he would have been snookered.
Stuart Bingham at the minute is in control of this little mini safety
battle. But there is a lot of tension out there. Everything must
be looking hard to both players. He is having a little book. The
black is close to the corner pocket. He is a bit far away... That is what
he played. But it is a great shot. If someone would have told me the
highest break in this session would have been 63, I would not have
believed them, but it shows how much winning the Welsh Open means to both
of them. They are both cueing all right, just cannot seem to score.
That is an excellent safety shot. If the yellow makes contact with the
brown on the way back, he could stick the yellow over the middle.
Played this nicely. Very good. Played it well.
He has pushed the brown close to the cushion.
Did not fancy playing it the aggressive way. I thought he may
have played it more confidently. He is worried about where the yellow
will end up. He has to be worried that the yellow
does not career into the green. You cannot impart any back spin. He
is just playing the yellow up and down.
That is as good as he could have done, I think.
That is a real error. I do not think Stuart will have these put back,
because the awkward pink is now off the side cushion. It is a ball that
both players will now need. He could hit the ball -- the yellow from
behind and send it up towards pink and green.
A little unlucky, he played it nicely. Will he knock the yellow in
and play the cannon onto the brown? If he takes the pot on, that is what
people think. It is not an easy safety shot, he may have to play the
pot. The double is dangerous, but if he
gets it, he would be nicely on the green.
Very straightforward to play white behind the green as well. He
overheated. Both players are really struggling at the moment.
A great bout of safety play. Neither player giving an inch.
It is nice to see breaks made and fantastic pots, but it is nice to
see the tactical side sometimes. It shows how much this game means to
both players. He has played a very good shot there, he has used the
green assay buffer. The only downside is the green has gone onto
the side cushion. I think the brown has just come to
block it getting through to the yellow. We might see him do a
swerve. That was the problem. Judd Trump was very fortunate then. He
will do well to win this game and match with this effort. Is it a free
ball or can he hit both sides of the yellow? I know it is risky, but he
could take the free Paul black and bring the green into play. But no
free ball. He tried to lock the cue ball and
get close to the green. Now this is really tough. He will have to play
the part, there is no easy safety shot.
He could not get a good cue ball. Still plenty of snooker left in this
frame at this moment in time. He tried to be clever and getting
behind the brown. The green has just gone far enough.
He has played it well. Some great safety played in this frame.
Not great overall, that stuck, but in this frame the percentage would
have been around 90% each. But overall it is quite low.
He has not made the green safe. Virtually impossible to get onto the
brown. I don't see the value in taking the green on. The middle
pocket is too thin. In the corner, it is not an easy part.
I don't blame him for refusing the pot. It a clever shot.
It will squeeze in off the black, but it is far too dangerous. He
cannot hit it thin enough to miss the kiss of the blue, so he may hit
a power stun and force it in off the black. If he plays it slow, he will
not get it, but the harder he plays it, the more chance he has. He
decided he cannot pot it. It is not easy to get safe. If he plays the
green up and down, he has to get it tight to the baulk cushion. He might
have to play the pot. He cannot avoid the kiss on the
blue. If he plays it up and down, the greenhouse to finish the baulk
cushion. What a clever shot. Well played.
Very, very good. Has not quite caught that right. I
think you can go for this green and just missed the pink. He just have
to make sure he does not get too much of the cue ball. It will be a
stun with left-hand side. It will be tight to cannon into the pink.
That was the only trouble with that shot. He wants brown and blue. Will
he think it is worth a risk on the double, leave a long blue? Or a good
safety? You can tell he is itching to play
the double, but it does not look to be the right shot.
I never thought we would be here at 11pm with this match still going on.
These two attacking players have really struggled in the
break-building department, every frame has taken over 20 minutes this
evening. The last -- this is 37 and counting. Did not expect that from
these two great players. It shows how much this tournament means to
them. They are playing for the trophy, not for money. Very
dangerous to play it towards the corner pocket, but he has played it
well. It was a great hit, but he has left
the brown. It is not easy. Mid distance.
He could play the run-through of the baulk cushion, or with power of two
cushions. I don't think he will be able to
move the pink, but he will be able to put the blue and leave himself a
nice angle is a double for the pink into right centre. It is all about
the blue. He has got the right side, so he can play the pink as a shock
to nothing. There is the pink. The black is over
the whole. You have not got to get to work to
early tomorrow, I hope! People are saying on social media they want to
get to bed, but they are gripped. If this one of the great Welsh Open
finals? My fiance has got to drive to work after this! It is a
fantastic match. It shows you do not have to see centuries, frame-winning
breaks. There has hardly been any 40 breaks, it just shows, even though
these frames are averaging 30 minutes, it is gripping stuff. I am
a professional player, I have played for 25 years, I am enthralled. This
was a wonderful clearance from Stuart Bingham at the end.
The brown was a good one. If he had pleaded with any more pace, it would
have been less comfortable. He knows that if he can part the blue, and
get a double on the pink, the black is waiting. If the blue wobbles...
That was a great pressure pot. He knows if the double does not go in,
it could cost him the championship. You will see the fist pump, he knows
the pink is approaching the pocket. The black is waiting for him, and it
is 8-8. He clears up with the black. It was a wonderful clearance,
bearing in mind that Judd Trump was potentially close to seeing this
match out and lifting the trophy. The colours the way they were, for
quite a while the brown was awkwardly positioned, and then the
pink became dislodged, the brown seemed to be the frame and match
ball. Both had a couple of chances in the final frame. But now, 8-8,
who is your money on? That is a difficult question to answer.
Dragons Den will follow our coverage of an absolutely absorbing 2017
Welsh Open. A final handshake, we are into the final frame. What will
happen? Anyone's guess. I cannot agree anymore. He has left
a shock to nothing on, so he has not broken off early. Is this the time
for Stuart Bingham to knock in a long one? Plenty of room around the
back of the black stop the only problem is the red to the right of
the pink, he does not want to cannon into that.
It has been one of those games. Some fabulous long pots, but neither of
them could get onto a colour. This has got a black ball game written
all over it. That was a nervy one. He wants to
play the stun shot. His long game, we keep saying it,
unbelievable. How many long pots he has knocked in, but not managed to
win frames from them. This is a chance to get A40 point lid, and
normally you would say that is not enough, but the way they're playing
this evening, it could be. -- to get a 40-point lead. When their playing
days screw shots, the white seems to be skidding, it's not biting.
One more good pot, and he could have the chance to score heavily. But the
pressure is on now, anything is missable.
Well, that was well controlled. Now, can he get through the gap to that
red left of the black. Just coming to see if it is possible.
The way he's walking round, it tells me that's perfect. Under normal
circumstances, we would be saying this is a chance of frame and match.
But I'm reluctant to say that, because neither player has scored a
frame-winning break or even in. -- all evening.
I think what you would say is, all match, if anybody WAS going to score
a tidy break, it would be Stuart. Two reds out in the open. The pink
is in the way, really, for him to get on the blue to go into the
cluster of reds. So he will have to do it off the black, or even maybe
the pink. I would imagine in his career, Judd Trump has not played
eight frames of snooker with a highest break of 48. And he has won
five of the eight frames. Just having a chuckle with his friend
there, who drove him down here from Devon.
Did he play for the black or the pink, I'm not sure? I can only
presume he has played to leave a half-ball black, but slightly
overhit it. He was going to the pack this time, he'll play for the loose
red. Oh, he's missed that I am I'll. Well, both players are bemused now!
And as we've always said, under pressure, you can miss anything.
Well, this one has been back and forth all night. And that was a
little bit of a twitchy one as well. I think he was frightened of
overhitting it. Off the cushion, left-hand side, and
trying to disturb the five reds below the pink... That's what he's
done. He has caught the reds, but way too thin. That was a great
opportunity. It's amazing, that neither player
can kill a frame off in one visit. I mentioned earlier, it was going to
be a black ball game - nothing has persuaded me otherwise at a moment!
In 2013, Stuart Bingham was in the final against Stephen Maguire, and
that went full distance, with Stuart Bingham losing it, 9-8. Is he going
to win this one? Could have played safe off the pack then, but he would
have been opening the reds. He just fade containing safety shot, wasn't
gaining great advantage with that shot, but he didn't want to open the
reds. He's trying to leave Judd to do that. So, he's forced Judd into
opening the balls. That was the problem, that's why Stuart didn't
want to play that shot. He has played plenty of pressure
shots in the last couple of years, being the world number two. This
will be up there with one of those. Very well played indeed! What an
excellent pot that was. They don't come more high pressure than that.
Now, then, once again we talk about normally, these
five reds and colours would be a certainty. But not this evening.
He's trying to get top side of the blue. Anywhere near that, there's no
problem with the next shot. I suppose the only thing which could
go wrong would be that he could over-stun it and go into the middle.
Well, Stuart, you've worked very hard in this match, you've struggled
this evening, but this is now a great chance to win frame and match.
He's only a couple of shots away. And this is still not
straightforward. He's going to need that red nearest the cushion in this
effort if he wants to win the frame and match. A confident Stuart
Bingham would be rolling this red in and finishing on the black. It
should be an easy pot, but the way the game has gone this evening, he
might just try and play with the pink.
It was a lot more awkward to play for the pink than the black, but the
black might have been a twitchy one at this stage of the match. 16 point
lid, the think will be 22. So, as Darren said, he will be needing that
red which is on the side. I was wondering whether he could flick the
red into play, but that's too risky. He needs a nice angle on the next
colour to have a chance at the last red, which in turn could win him the
frame and match. Well, he HAS played to move it, he has taken a risk. And
he's played it very nicely indeed. The blue puts him 28 in front, the
red will mean snookers required for Judd Trump. One more good positional
shot, and Stuart Bingham could be the Welsh Open champion.
He played it off two cautions and nearly missed the blue! This, for
the Welsh Open Championship. Well, he lost the last final he
played in, 9-8, to Stephen Maguire. It looks now, though, that he has
won this one, against Judd Trump. The standard hasn't been great - the
tension has been tremendous. Some unbelievable pots played by these
two players triple but no big break. I could never, ever think that these
two players would not make a break above 60. Judd Trump will be very,
very disappointed. Fought so hard from 4-0 down to get back into the
match, he trailed by 5-3 and lead for the first time at 7-6. But
Stuart Bingham has just proved the stronger. He'll be absolutely
delighted. It wasn't the greatest final, but we saw everything - two
great young players battling very, very hard, and in the end, it is
Stuart Bingham who comes through the victor. He wins by 9-8!
Well, ladies and gentlemen, what an absolutely thrilling, absorbing
final. There can only be one winner, but a word with the magnificent
runner-up. Judd, from 4-0 down, you showed great spirit to take this all
the way? Yes, it was tough, I missed a few chances early on, I kind of
throat away in the first four frames, really. On the whole, I did
well to get back into it. But it was just the odd shot here and there
which cost me. You have entertained this week, as you always do, but as
you demonstrated tonight, you've got mental strength and your game is
continuing to go in the right direction? Yes. It's good to get to
the final. I didn't really play how I would like, but I think Stuart has
done exceptionally well. Being World Champion, he had a bit of pressure,
but now it looks like he's back to his best, and present a
well-deserved winner. Lovely words. It has been a good run, and you had
massive support here, not just from the locals, but from over the, which
in Bristol, and you have put a great show one for your home fans? Yes,
I've had excellent support and I want to thank everyone for
supporting me. And finally, you have said you wanted to win reefed this
season. You have got the European Masters, and there is a big one
coming up at the end of April? Yes. Hopefully it can be my year. I think
I'm ready now more than ever. Hopefully it's my time. A gallant
runner-up, ladies and gentlemen, Judd Trump! Stuart, is there a tear
in the eye? Mate, the Welsh Open is where it all started, the very first
ranking event you qualified for in 1999. And here you are, it took you
two goes, but this time it's yours? Yes, unbelievable. I honestly felt
that Judd outclassed me from the word go, really. It was only from
his mistake that I cleared up and won. For yes, every time I broke
off, other than one, I think he knocked the ball in, so I didn't
know what to do. I tried to put him safe, I just didn't know what to do.
Got a bit of run of the balls at the right time, and I can't believe it.
The crowd has been brilliant all week, great support. And obviously,
just unbelievable. Seven or eight years ago, Stuart, you might not
have had the composure to come through goal like this - your game
has come on in leaps and bounds in the last few years? Yes. Obviously,
I think from winning that first ranking event down in Australia, it
just gives you that self-belief. And obviously, to win the ultimate IS
the ultimate. You don't care what you do then, you know you're good
enough to withstand any sort of pressure. Did not feel it then,
but...! Yes. I thought it was not going to be my day. But yes, come
through the decider and keep myself together, obviously... What does it
mean to you to finish on top again, because it has been awhile since The
Crucible, and he really wanted to prove to people that you can do it
again and you still belong at the top? Yes. I've been knocking on the
door since about October time. I've been playing pretty well. And I
thought it weren't going to happen there. But hats off to Judd,
unbelievable, from 4-0 down, a a lot of people might have crumbled, but
he took the game to meet. And I think he outclassed me in all
departments. To get my hands on another trophy, it means everything.
And you had a new addition to the family this year, so you have won a
title for your daughter? Yes. And she is here as well somewhere.
Upstairs! Obviously, my wife, shipped surprised me, she said she
would not be able to come up, but she has come up with some friends.
It was a great surprise. And obviously, I thought it was going to
be, a bit like four years ago, when my son came up. Obviously, now with
this new Dave Reed and trophy, I can't wait to get my hands on it.
And what a moment, to be handed that trophy by the six time World
Champion. And I noticed when I was doing the introductions, you
applauded Ray as you were waiting to come down? To write, he's a living
legend. -- too right. We haven't got that many six time world champions
in our game, and he's probably one reason why a lot of players are
playing today, and Welsh supporters well. I am honoured to be getting a
trophy off him. Well, Stuart, you have worked so, so hard for this,
you've waited such a long time to win the Welsh Open. Many
congratulations, enjoy the celebrations tonight. Your champion,
ladies and gentlemen. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome your
presentation party, the head of PR at Coral, and the six time World
Champion, Ray Reardon! The runner-up, receiving the silver
medal and a cheque for ?30,000, what a week, ladies and gentlemen, for
Judd Trump! And after two decades of trying to
win this one, your victor, receiving the cheque for ?70,000, the Ray
Reardon Trophy, it's Stuart Bingham! Ladies and gentlemen, your champion,
Stuart Bingham! Well, what a very, very special
moment for Stuart Egan Spassky receives the trophy from the legend
of the Welsh game and the six time world charm and Ray Reardon. And how
pleased does he look to get his hands on that new Welsh Open trophy?
His first writing title since that World Championships win in 2015, the
first time that he's won here at the Welsh Open. Dominic Dale, special
night for Stuart Bingham? Yes, absolutely. What a magnificent final
between these two guys. When Judd Trump pulled it back to all square
at the interval, I could not pick a winner and I don't think anybody
could. Have had so many great finals here at the Welsh Open, and that was
another one. Graduations to Stuart, wonderful achievement, he's still
one of the most consistent players on the tour. Quick word on Judd
Trump? Great player, very exciting player, and I'm sure this will give
him confidence for the rest of the season, and he will be a threat for
the World Championships. Stuart's wife will be delighted as well, with
the new addition to the family as well? Yes. If he has any more
additions to the family, he will have to keep winning ranking events
to pay for them or! They are a lovely family, I see them on the
tour from time to time. Been a good year for you, 2017? Well, I got to
the last 32 here, won a couple of matches, which I have not done for a
couple of years. It looks like I might get back in the world's top
32, and hopefully I can do. Dominic, thank you very much indeed, and
thank you for your company here. What drama we have had, right to the
very last frame, it's been fantastic. Stuart Bingham, the new
Welsh Open champion. From all of us here, good night.
Good job, guys. We totally nailed it.
This year, fundraising kits are going to be sent through the post.
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.