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Hello. Good evening. Welcome back to the Crucible Theatre. It is the
final day of the 2017 BetFred world super championship. First of all we
have Mark Selby who had a 6-2 overnight lead over Marco Fu.
Beliefs were -- stretch to 11-3 this morning and he was looking to win in
the two sections. This is what happened in frame 15.
He was definitely playing for the cue ball to hit the side cushion
first. The potted the red in the right-hand side of the pocket as he
looked it. This is a tough black. Brilliant. Cuts are easier when you
have an eight frame lead but that is still excellent cueing.
Three or four shots ago there were about eight threads on the back
crush on in the black was there was well and now all of a sudden after
this next black he should get rid of the black that is stopping the red
-- he should get rid of the red that is stopping the black potting in the
left-hand corner. This is a very strange game. He doesn't really want
to lose the black onto the brown spot here, he wants it to spot. 16.
Seven. 32. With those reds on the black
push and he will obviously finish low every time on the black because
he doesn't want to stun of the cushion. 33.
40 points ahead now so he is going to be able to win this frame without
doing anything of out those awkward rents. -- about those awkward reds.
You can see the determination in the face of Mark Selby. He was so
disappointed to lose the last frame and he made a break of 57. At least
if he wins this frame he has a chance of closing the match out
before tonight 's final session. He knows this is a great chance now to
lead 12-3. Well, he thought he had a very bad
contact there. The obviously played for the pink in the corner of but he
felt he got a very heavy contact and he took all of the pace out of the
cue ball. You saw the red bounce and leave the table.
62. So, red, pink, red. 63. So, one frame left in this session, one
frame needed by Mark Selby. What willpower, what desire has Marco Fu
got left to bring this match tour final session tonight?
It goes without saying that Marco Fu has not really been at the races in
this match but the way that Mark Selby has gone about it has been so
clinical. He is playing one of the best players in the world here and
he is 12-3 in front. He is cueing brilliantly. Four or five cushions.
That will do it. 84. No he could not actually see that
red, he had to use the left-hand side to bend that cue ball which is
why he could not play a proper positional shot. The pockets really
seem like buckets at the moment Mark Selby, to put the black in the
middle at that pace and at that angle.
This for the century. Is it there? It is. Brilliant.
The chance of making the first 140 plus break in this championship now.
A possible 143. Incredible. The last few shots have just been, to keep
this break going, have just been incredible. 108. I don't think I can
remember session where there have been three total clearance is in an
eight frame session. I have no marks since he has been a
12-year-old lad and he has played thousands of frames but I don't
think I have seen him play better. No he is in a great place at the
moment. The game is just seeming so easy. He has finished a bit straight
on this green, though. He may just have to play for the brown one of
the middle pockets. 121. He is screwing this off the push aside,
what a shot this will be. Stop it! 125. He potted the black in the
middle at 1000 miles an hour and then brown in the middle at 1000
miles an hour. Kyren Wilson made the biggest break last at 143 and this
will equal that. Does he have to go in and out of baulk once more?
Magnificent. That was one of the best century breaks I've ever seen.
An unbelievable break. Highest break of the championship so far, 143 and
Mark Selby needs the last frame of this session to win the match. A
lovely touch from Marco Fu, applauding Mark Selby and in this
form he will take some stopping. He was quite brilliant today but Marco
Fu, something was clearly not right at all today. Mark Selby is into yet
another semifinal here. I think that is the first time I
have one with a session to spare and normally I am being taken off and
there is another session going on. Really, really happy. The best match
I have played here for a long while, especially consistency, scoring wise
it felt as though I was playing well in the first session yesterday
against Marco Fu. I felt I controlled the game and I could have
possibly come out 5-3 and I would have been disappointed but 6-2 was
huge and is seen to continue the momentum today. The way I perform at
the moment is probably the perfect way if I could have planned it.
Just play really good match snooker in the first two matches and then to
pick up as you go along as I did in the game against Marco. I just hope
I have not peaked too soon. Tonight he was back in this practice room
and getting ready for a huge semifinal. Next up is Ding Junhui
against Ronnie O'Sullivan. Ding Junhui had a lead overnight and then
Ronnie O'Sullivan cut the deficit to two frames and then doing one
another. Then this... What a pot. What a pot.
He just needs to get that Reddaway, the one that is to the right of the
black, and I think he can play for it here. Maybe not this time, but
certainly the next time. As long as he gets the correct angle this time.
He wants that rednecks to his hand out of the way. Then the black will
be clear into both corner pockets. You could not have the reds in a
better position. We have had a magnificent, one of the best breaks
I have ever seen, 143, from Mark Selby this morning. This could be
better. Was certainly a higher break. I know you don't want to say
it, but it is all right is, and all blacks -- Allred 's and all blacks.
The first thing is to make sure you score enough to take the frame, a
frame that he badly needs, as the boys in the studio were saying.
12-8, you wouldn't give him much of a chance. 11-9 all to play for.
Yes, I think pretty much as soon as he potted red and then black, he
would be thinking about it. Then it will be for the glory of making a
maximum at the Crucible. It won't be the prize thinking about. Because
that is, well we work it into it too much, because it is disappointing.
There is ?10,000 for the high break, but there is only ?5,000 for a
maximum break so... This sitting absolutely perfect, and the last
gentleman to make a maximum break in the Crucible Theatre is not too far
from me. In 2012, that is not the kiss he wanted. He is smiling,
Ronnie, and the cannon has kept him on the black. He is smiling. He is
looking at Stephen Hendry in the commentary box. He was trying to pot
the blue. He is a naughty boy! 86. He tried to get on it but he didn't
manage it. Well, he has done it 13 times. He could still beat the
highest break. It is 143, as we mentioned. 103. Well, even Ding
Junhui was smiling in his seat there, match on! Let's just say, I
don't think he was giving it 110%. 111. 112. Still under six minutes,
just coming up to six minutes for this. Quite... Outstanding. Under
the circumstances. 121. 124. He is flying around the table
at the moment and he is still smiling up at Stephen Hendry. We had
to wait over a week for 140 or above break and now a nice finish on the
blue and the Wii will have two in the space of a few hours. Absolutely
incredible. Don't miss the black, Ronnie. Genius! And he hasn't.
Ronnie O'Sullivan, what a break he has made there! He has made the
highest break of this year 's World Championship, a magnificent 146, and
he goes to the mid-session interval just two behind, 11-9. What a match
this could be! A joy to watch. 12-10. Could Ding Junhui win it in
the end? Here really is playing next. Back to Dennis and Stephen. He
scattered everything all over the table and he is on the blue. Another
terrific chance for the Chinese player. Almost got into the semi
final in the last frame, can he do it this time? Yes, he has just got
to really concentrate on one shot at a time.
Already he is putting a little careless one. He may have to just
cannon into the three reds that are together. If only just to stop the
pace of the cue ball. That has worked out OK. It has
worked out perfect. He can play for the black. The black or the pink
here. What a chance! That looked harmless enough shot,
didn't it, Dennis, when Ronnie was playing into the back of the bunch?
Yes, it was Ding Junhui 's safety shot that left Ronnie in an awkward
spot. Just clicked off colour and got in the brown. -- in behind the
brown. It didn't matter what side of the blue he got to there. But like
you, Stephen, I thought Ronnie, coming off two cushions, would have
left everything safe, but he picks one out, did Ding Junhui. I don't
think he was as close to the learner -- yellow one that last shot, he was
just taken up a little bit, understandable after what happened
on the last frame. This is not the blue he wanted to play. Safely in.
If he doesn't win it from here, can he win the match? He has got to win
it from here. He was a little unlucky in the
previous frame when he was on 63 and to red over a pocket and it finished
a little awkward. There is nothing that can really go wrong because the
reds are there for him. The pinks are in the open and the black is
available. He is not that many more pots away.
This is a very important victory in Maguire 's career. I have to admit
that I did not think he could beat Ronnie O'Sullivan over three
sessions. He has got the game but I don't think he is mentally up for it
but he has shown fantastic character, especially after what
happened in the first game -- the last game, to come out and win this
in one visit is very impressive. You see it is a 68 ahead with 67
remaining. Ronnie gave it his best shot here. He made the highest break
of this year 's World Championship, a magnificent 146, but he has been a
big help to Ding Junhui in the past and, as I mentioned previously, it
is ten years since Ding Junhui has beaten Ronnie but this, without
doubt, even all the titles he has one, this will go down as one of his
best matches ever, you would have to say. What a great feeling it is when
you are clearing up and knowing that you are going to be playing in that
one-table situation now at the Crucible. I used to love this pot,
when you are clearing up in the quarterfinal, just to know that you
are through to that stage. It is hard to describe to people how you
are feeling inside, but you are absolutely delighted. Could he
possibly clinch it with a century break?
77. He has had eight centuries so far, more than any other player.
This would be the 60th. If he goes on to make it. 85. It is all about
the green, you would have to say. Showing terrific character here, is
Ding Junhui, he really is. Nicely on the green. 92. 95. Can he
get up to the blue? He certainly can. Absolutely fantastic. He is a
Chinese sensation. He has won this most important match in style. 110.
Ronnie will come forward and have a little chat with him and wish all
the best the semifinal. It has been a cracking match all around. Some
brilliant breaks. Ronnie smiles. That is lovely to say. Well done to
the two players who gave it a fantastic match, but Ding Junhui is
a little bit emotional there because he has beaten his idol, who he
hadn't beaten the ten years, and he did it in style with that the
magnificent century break. Well done to both players, but congratulations
to Ding Junhui, you beat your idol, and you are through to the semifinal
by 13-10. Just the second time I met him in the World Championship at
this time I win. I played this lucre how I want. It was not a terrible
result and I enjoyed myself. I couldn't pot a ball last night and
now I am perfect to 146, that's their 147! I am looking forward to
the game against Mark Selby. I think he is a top player, number one for a
few years and he is good tactically and everything. Everything is
stronger than before. I hope it will be OK. What a lovely interview. A
repeat of the World Championship final from last year. Mark Selby
will play the conqueror of the Rocket, Ding Junhui. In the bottom
half of the draw no problems at all for another former king of the
Crucible, John Higgins. Well, that time he caught the jaw,
and it didn't go in. Very unexpected miss.
Just one frame away from a place in the semifinal.
Mmm. Oh, the vital frame ball. How many
times do we see this? Well, he decided to go for it.
It didn't matter about the blue and Sir David Higgins stays in his seat
O John Higgins stays in his seat. John Higgins through to his eighth
semifinal. Wins by 13 frames to six. There was no place like The Crucible
when it is down to one table. Just deing lighted. 2011 was the last
time, you have the thoughts where I was pretty close last year, you
begin to think you are never going to get there again to sample it.
Luckily enough from here, I would be willing to now go, go one better and
get to the final. And John Higgins will play the winner of the Barry
Hawkins Stephen Maguire match. Maguire won the first two of the
evening session including a break of 135. Into frame 19. Maguire to break
commentary from Willie Thorne and Steve Davis.
Frame 19. Stephen Maguire to break. Delighted Stephen Maguire getting
the 19th frame under way. Can he win the remaining two frames in this
mini-session? Barry Hawkins needs to win one of
these two frames otherwise he will be feeling that his, he is on the
8-ball as it were. Very easy miss brown.
Well, could that be the turning point? There is always something
that changes matches. Missed it by a long, long way and
when you consider the cue ball is supposed to be near the baulk line,
it shows you how badly he hit it. Every time you play a shot like that
and miss it, it puts a certain amount of spin on the red ball. It
is always likely to go back against the line of dugs. As the player
sitting in your ball is supposed to be near the baulk line, it shows you
how badly he hit it. Every time you play a shot like that and miss it,
it puts a certain amount of spin on the red ball. It is always likely to
go back against the line of dugs. As the player sitting in your chair,
you think "Oh, don't. Not that one". Sometimes you think it's not fair,
because Stephen Maguire has done all the hard work to take them, seen
baulk miss the two easy shots we have talked about and now he has
been gifted an opportunity through good fortune rather than good shot.
He will be seething. The red closest to the pack could be
used to open the pack up a bit. Certainly blocking, using the black
at the moment. You get low on that red perhaps you
can pot it, glance across the pack. Nudge a few out.
He has left it low as you suggested, Steve. It is one of those where he
is going to have to stun it to make the cannon on the edge of the pack
and of course then you have to play the stun run through so it breaks
away from the pack. Could screw it back across the face
of it. He has judged that pretty well.
Every one of these balls that Barry Hawkins is potting will be hurting
Stephen Maguire knowing it came off that amazing fluke, the first red.
But from baulk's perspective, he o won't be feeling marvellous, so all
of these are effectively helping him to recuperate.
Three more loose reds, and probably will come some 60 odd points in
front. He will have to come into that cluster of reds at some stage.
Of course Barry Hawkins will know how much this is hurting Stephen
Maguire. That is probably what has give him a bit of a boost, because
he was not feeling good in the opening two frames.
When you flick a couple of reds into play here, and glance off them. He
can play for the blue but if he flicks another couple into play, go
for the blue baulk colour, that makes things easier at this end of
the table. Amazing how different people break
differently. Now he will have to leave an angle
on this blue to pot, get on the red and flick a couple of reds out.
Just come a fraction too far. He is OK though, he can play that stun run
through, beyond the pink or the black.
It is all about that cannon. This could be a frame-winner, this shot.
It looked like it may well be. Just catching the red thicker that would
have slowed the white down, but... If he thinks he's can kiss the red
ball loose on, he will play that. If he doesn't catch it full ball he
may not be on the a red. There it is. The full ball.
Well it can be a cruel game sometimes, and this forum has
certainly been cruel for Stephen Maguire.
-- game. What a time to get a fluke when you haven't potted a ball for
two frames. APPLAUSE The thing about it, is if
Barry Hawkins was totally reeling, everyone the fluke isn't good
enough, because he messes the positional play up, so this, this is
an excellent effort, because no, obviously he didn't play the fluke,
just had to respond to the situation. But he's got plenty of
expense here at The Crucible so he knows the significance of trying to
hurt his opponent. Amazingly enough, we could have had
six total clearance in one day this is another chance of a possibly red
clearance. The standard today has been ridiculous.
Similar to Stephen Maguire, Barry Hawkins until this point had only
had one century so far in the tournament.
This is the first time he has had to play a difficult pot on this break.
Amazing with the pressure off what a difference it makes.
He has had to work hard for this break, hasn't he.
We have had three frames so far in evening, this could be temperature
second... Fabulous break from Barry Hawkins, although he did start with
that amazing fluke. The rest has been played to perfection.
You have to take you hat off to Barry Hawkins, he couldn't put make
a pot in the first two frames. Barry Hawkins is once in the lead, he
leads by ten frames to nine. What a terrific break from Hawkins. Maguire
to play, trailing by eight points into the next frame.
Oh he has another kick. Can you believe that kick, that was the
worst of the lot. If the reason for the first kick was chalk dust, on
the ball, sometimes it is no, sometimes it is, if it was a kick in
and the reason perhaps that was the shot that Stephen Maguire, if he
sensed it, should have had the ball cleaned.
Perhaps he didn't think that Barry Hawkins got a kick.
That is ridiculous. I took the pace out the ball, went square.
Exasperation. Gb Don't want to predict anything in
this frame any more. I don't know what Barry Hawkins's,
sorry Stephen Maguire's usual procedure is after his opponent gets
a kick and misses a shot. Some players just get on with it.
He will have to play a little cannon here.
Maybe a lifeline for Stephen Maguire. This could go wrong.
This red more or less guarantees the frame.
I think there'll be a dressing room door banging, should this black go
in as well. Yes, I think on what we have seen so
far, two all would have been a fair result, wouldn't it. Yes, I suppose
so. Favouring Stephen Maguire for 3-1
perhaps. That fluke that Barry Hawkins got.
I think 2-2 is bad for Stephen Maguire out this session. That is
what I meant, I didn't say it right. He is very aggrieved, he has,
everything that could have gone wrong in this mini-session has gone
wrong. Not too sure if Stephen Maguire is
the type of player who has someone in his dressing room, but they will
get an earful. That is the end of the frame. Barry
Hawkins will be the more delighted of the two player, they he came in
two frames in front, he goes into the interval two frames in front.
And Barry Hawkins won the next frame to make it 12-9. And then sealed his
place in the semifinals, in frame 22, with this break of 77. And so
for the fourth time in five years, Barry Hawkins is back in the last
four, here at The Crucible, as for Stephen Maguire, well, he will be
bitterly disappointed, having had to play three matches to qualify for
this year's World Championship as well, but it is Barry Hawkins who is
through to the semifinals. Obvious, definitely good win, wasn't
great Stan #2k5rd through the match but it is a good win, how badly we
were both playing. I think I stayed a bit more patient than he did, and
handled it a bit better towards the end. I had a bit of Lady Luck on my
side tonight. I fluked a red at nine all, think it was nine all, and I
still had to make the balls but I managed to clear up and it probably
served me better. It is the calmest I have felt throughout the match.
That is something to take forward. He is a force to be reckoned with.
Barry Hawkins talking on John Higgins and four time world
champion, what a story if John Higgins could win, making it five
times a champion here, at the Crucible Theatre.
Well, tonight is one of the best moments at The Crucible, during a
World Championship, the arena undergoing transformation from two
tables, to just the one, the perfect stage for what has been a wonderful
tournament so far, and it's going to get even better over the next few
day, stop whatever you are doing, at one clock and join us on BBC Two,
for the first semifinal, as Mark Selby takes on Ding Junhui, thank
you for watching. Bye for now. Our crack team of experts
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