Day 6 Snooker: World Championship Highlights


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Blink and you'll miss him, the Rocket, Ronnie O'Sullivan and! Here

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comes the musician, Sean Murphy. At just happy to be out there and play.

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Every snooker player loves playing and you have to embrace at all. I

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came here in good form a few months ago and he slapped me to one side.

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You are capable of anything coming not just playing him, you're playing

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the entourage and his intimidation factor and the crowd and last time I

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got too involved in all of the other stuff unforgotten A. It is round two

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at the Crucible and the boxing analogy may be apt because this

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evening we had ourselves a proper heavyweight contest. You know and I

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know that Ronnie O'Sullivan and Shaun Murphy are not exactly best of

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pals but that gave their second round match an extra edge amidst a

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heated build-up and a lot of strong words on the way. Stand-by for the

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magician against the Rocket, that was evening offering. Earlier in the

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afternoon Neil Robertson got across the line in comfortable fashion

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against Noppon Saengkham. The Aussie had earlier in the match knocked in

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a landmark 500 strolled over the line 10-4-macro. Today we saw more

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of the knock-on who qualify to get here. Yesterday was very daunting to

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come here for the first time and I was speaking to him straight after

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the match and I said that he would do better next time here and he said

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he was very nervous in the first session yesterday so he came out and

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played much better today but it was very tough to lose from 8-1 down in

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so many things have to go against you and I was lucky to finish off

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the match pretty early. This evening Barry Hawkins became the last man to

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book a place in the second round after beating Tom Ford. He hasn't

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failed to make it to release the quarters since 2012 and he now faces

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Graeme Dott, another Crucible specialist. I am delighted to get

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through that round and I am expecting a tough game. Tom is a

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great player when he gets going but I will take it and the main thing

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was together a past that first round really. I think winning 7-2 in the

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session yesterday against him didn't really kill the match off but it put

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a lot of doubt it is my, that's official. If I get a chance I will

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score. I am happy with my form and this is a tough place to play but if

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you can settle that they're as I have done in the last few years then

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I can play good snooker and hope you do that again. The second round draw

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is now complete and here is how it looks.

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Earlier this week Ronnie O'Sullivan caused a Ferrari amidst all the

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accusations of bullying and intimidation at the highest levels

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of the sport, accusation strongly denied, and then Shaun Murphy waded

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in and accused Ronnie of washing his dirty linen in public and a slanging

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match between the games authorities and players doesn't look good.

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Factor all of that into your computations and you have got the

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makings of a Rather combustible encounter, to say the least. The

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bell went on it tonight and we join the refrain one with Shaun Murphy to

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play and 14 points behind and we are in the company of Steve Davis and

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John Virgo. The cue ball is coming up the table. Money will be tempted

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by this one. He will look at what he would be left with if he puts his

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opponent up again and Sean will play a more successful safety. He has got

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to go for this. Absolutely. If he had it replaced John -- Sean could

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get the safety shot just right and he would be in trouble. There is a

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little bit of something in the cloth that has caught his eye. Good cueing

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needed for this. Just off straight and he will play the run-through for

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pink or blue. That is solid. A good shot. A good finish and a little bit

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betwixt and between. 2.5 for the pink and not enough of the blue. --

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too hard for the pink and not enough for the blue. Not absolutely sure

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what he played for there but I think he played for the blue and once

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again these conditions are at the moment playing a bit slower.

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Trapping a bit. When they are hitting the cushions

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Square on, but when they are hitting it sideways they seem to be sliding.

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He played for one of the reds in the middle of the table and he got one

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to the right of a black. He can just get through to.

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Not the right angle on the pink so a little bit of work to do with the

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cue ball. He can use a fair bit of force here. He played that well. He

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deserves everything he gets. He has got choices now. Should the

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red away from the path of the black. -- shift the red away. There is a

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red by the black spot but he won't like the look of as well.

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You don't want to be playing the black, as Steve said, the black spot

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is almost tied up by the red. Just hit nicely to get on the pink. I

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would say that if there was any player in the game that you would

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pick to tune into a table as quick as possible, it is Ronnie

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O'Sullivan. He needs to get to 61 points. He has

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screwed back a little bit too far and there is a little gap year. He

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has to find it though. He won't mind that cue ball keeps running, and it

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has, he is now perfect the blue. You can see it as a nice angle. The

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right side of the blue line. The Bulls could not be better placed. A

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snooker player 's nightmare, the wrong side of the blue. On the days

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when you judge that particular shot by Ronnie O'Sullivan has judged to

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perfection correctly, it makes the game a lot easier. The red colour

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and a red would be enough as Ronnie glances at the scoreboard. He has

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overdone slightly but after this blue just one point needed. It was

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never going to be a problem. The next red to go 57 ahead with only 51

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remaining. Inigo Ros. -- in it goes. He needed two chances but Shaun

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Murphy blade two pour shifty shots and he capitalised on the second

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one. -- Shaun Murphy played two pour shifty shots.

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He won't be able to make the century but he will be keen to clear the

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table. He doesn't want his opponent coming back and getting some

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practice time. Clever use of the middle pocket. He

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looks wonderful touch. Sending out a signal to Shaun which

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I'm sure he knew before the start of this match, that if he is going to

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get anything out of it he will have to play well. But that is what you

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expect at this level and that is what you expect in the World

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Championship at the Crucible Theatre.

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Wonderful stuff from Ronnie O'Sullivan. It is Ronnie O'Sullivan

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who takes the first frame. He leads 1-0. Ronnie was springing out of his

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corner to land the first blow and incidentally he has twice beaten

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Shaun here in Best of 25 frame matches at the Crucible, most

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recently in 2014 which was a thumping 13 frames to three. We go

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into frame to with money trailing by 46 points. -- Ronnie is trailing by

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46 points. Didn't see that coming. The bridging

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is awkward and I think it certainly got a kick, the red came off a bit

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thick. It was the type of shot that he has misjudged the fact that he

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was putting top spin on. Surely now pot the black and get

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into those roads, just use those roads as a buffer. He didn't have to

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do, I know, but he thought he might as well have done. He can get over

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the line without them, I know. This will put in 62 points in front.

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You still need to read and the colour. It looks like the top right

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of that cluster of four goes to this one way, but it doesn't, he is very

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proficient with the rest. The red and the black will do.

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In goes the black, 70 points is the lead now. Just 67 remaining. He is

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on this read to the right middle. 25. He made a couple of mistakes in

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this frame, Shaun, but he wasn't punished for them. Yeah, I mean we

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may not be correct in digging him out for not going into the pack of

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reds. There are plenty of ways to play the positional side of things.

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He will be happier now he has a frame on the board, that is for

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certain. 41. He has got into this a little bit

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too much. When you play this shot you're trying to win the yellow

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under brown. It doesn't matter now of course. Funnily enough, if he was

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to clear up here he would have a 91 break. That would equal one his

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break in the first frame. Tit-for-tat, or what?

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Tonight 's session, however it unfolds, one thing is for sure, you

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are witnessing two of the greatest cue wastes that the game has ever

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seen, -- two of the greatest cueists that the game has ever seen. So

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relax and enjoy. Not bothering about the black. That puts Shaun Murphy on

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the scoreboard. It is one apiece. So, at counterpunch from Murphy and

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into the next it was Ronnie, this time with a break of 75, going 2-1

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in front. Now we're into the last before the interval, frame four, and

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it is Murphy to This game has been going on over

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41.5 minutes. The average frame time at the moment is just under 14

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minutes. Now let's see how Ronnie queues this one.

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That is better. They are tough shots to play. He had to hold for the

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black and seeded. You cannot decelerate with those. A good shot.

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You really have to get the cue few through. It is interesting that the

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shot but Ronnie O'Sullivan played, if he misses it he presents Shaun

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Murphy with reds at the top of the table. It is very difficult to try

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and explain which shots are the ones who have to go for and which ones

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you should leave alone. That is whether you are sitting in a

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commentary box, fan, a player at home, or the players out on the

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table. They all have different opinions.

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25. There is a loose read up near the blue but he has a nice angle if

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he should wish to go into the red tear. I don't think it is one of

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these situations that you can guarantee. One is had a quick look

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at the pink into the red corner and if not I play -- I see value in

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playing the cannon here. He decided not to. I can only assume that the

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red just below the kink -- pink does go. And it does.

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Play the red to the left middle here, I would have thought. I know

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he was low on this red here, but I suppose he could play at an open up

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the reds but he wouldn't have a clue where the cue ball would finish.

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This is quite a shock to take on. It is a frame-winner if he putts but it

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is a risk. Summing up this red in the middle pocket. This is the one

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for me. OK, it is a tough spot but if you miss it you will be bringing

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everything into play. But he did not miss it and he will be black, black.

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-- back on the black. It looks like the end of 147 if he is dead

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straight. It will be tough to keep the break going from here after the

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black, does he have a fractional angle? Just. He may be able to force

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it to the condition. If he comes in very low on the red he turned down

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before. He is on it but he won't be able to play on the black off it. He

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is a bit closer to the red. He'd get his hand on the table and it is

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close enough that it makes it a bit easier, this pot. In Ros. He is on

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the pink. -- in it goes. This is snooker of quality. Break shot.

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Didn't leave much, but now Short is suddenly seeing he is looking at the

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mid-session interval and see he will be 3-1 down. Only ever been two 146

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breaks at the Crucible apparently. I remember Doug Mountjoy making a 145.

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Mark Allen Graham got one. It was a pub quiz question. A nice -- the

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highest break at the moment is Ding Junhui, it will get broken, but just

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when? He is a little bit betwixt and between there. He will give this red

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every due care and attention. Nice plate. He controlled the cue ball

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perfectly. A quick glance at the scoreboard. This blue will put in 67

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points in front but there are still 75 remaining so he is looking for

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another red. That will put him 68 ahead. There are just 67 remaining,

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he will want to clear up here because this will be a good target.

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At the moment there is a possible 142 if you took blacks with these

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remaining reds. He has decided to play for the pink. That just means

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now that there is no way that Shaun Murphy will win coming back to the

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table. A good break this, Steve. Yes, and also made without risk as

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well, forgetting any types of 147 prize money or anything like that,

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when the frame at all costs. He looks as we speak very workmanlike,

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Ronnie O'Sullivan, apart from his natural genius which was makes him

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look like a virtuoso. Yeah, workmanlike, I am not sure if Ronnie

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and workmanlike together, I'm sorry. But the way his attitude, around the

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table more than any body language. Yes, claimed the correct shot and

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play the expansive shots, if you like. That is what I hate about

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golf, when you hit your best drive down the middle they all go, steady,

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steady! It's my best shot! He has played these absolutely wonderfully.

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He has already made two centuries in the tournament so far. He could have

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made it 140 but I don't think he is particularly interested in high

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breaks. Wonderful stuff. Beautiful. 139 was possible, but not now. It

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has gone down again and it is 135. His early break was 136. He just

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wants to pot all of the balls. Remember, if you put all of the

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balls you are bound to rain. Judging the reaction of his first-round

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match against Gary Wilson which was such a tough work-out, there is only

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one thing on his mind, and that is lifting the title to Mondays from

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now. Somewhere he has been written off as not being so dominant but

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when he is on top form, how could you write off? Never. This is an

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absolutely superb break. Never looked in trouble. Clear the table

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completely. All Shaun Murphy did was break off, sat down and enjoyed it

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with the rest of us as Ronnie O'Sullivan makes one to wait because

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he leaves at the mid-session interval 3-1. That was won his third

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century here so far this year and the 20 fifth of bit tournament so

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far. Blink and you miss and the interval was gone and we are into

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frame five, only 20 behind. Six. It looks as though he has come

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straight on this red. Just to roll it into the black. He did not want

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to risk that. He thought he had to be too precise so he played that the

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blue. A nice angle on it, no harm done.

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You know Ronnie, he would like to get the black on the spot sooner

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rather than later and there was a chance now to do that. 13. You do

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get the feeling that once Ronnie O'Sullivan gets amongst the balls he

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is likely to make a frame-winning contribution but at the moment Shaun

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Murphy hasn't settled down in that department. He made an 80 break

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early on but just being found wanting a fraction more in the

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positional Department of the game. Yes, and the cue ball control is the

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essence of this game. They can all part, but it is having good control

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of the cue ball which can make the difference between winning and

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losing a match. One of the problems with playing a

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player of the standard and stature and break-building capability of

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Ronnie O'Sullivan, is that it does put a lot of pressure on all

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departments of your game, including break-building. When you get amongst

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the balls, you feel like you must take advantage. He wasn't

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particularly happy with that potting angle, so in potting this black

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comedy will try to cannon the red in the middle of the table. He just

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missed the cannon. He just brushed past it but wanted to hit it full in

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the face. It is unlike him to miss a cannon like that. He played it quite

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softly. He could have played it harder and he would have still been

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on a red. He could have struck the ball with more authority and

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guaranteed the back spin and the cannon. As he played it, he let it

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drift past a fraction. But this red is still on.

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No problem. It always amazes me, because he plays so many shots

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left-handed, his standard with the rest is unbelievable, because he

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very rarely uses it. He had to punch that in off the cushion. He now has

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a 32 point gleed. These reds in the middle of the table with blacks

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would put him at the snooker required stage.

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It is a giddy 15 and a half minutes, the longest frame of the match.

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He made certain of the red and there is no way back to the table for

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Shaun. There is a chance of another

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century. He made one before the mid-session interval. If he gets on

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this red, a chance of another one. Not quite. It is a pity, but an

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excellent contribution. Shaun laid a marvellous opening red and did not

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make the most of it. Ronnie now leads by four frames to one. When he

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took the next as well, you got the feeling Shaun Murphy did not have

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many tricks left up his sleeve, at five frames to one down. A huge

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frame coming now in the seventh. Ronnie, 57 points to 44 ahead, with

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just four colours remaining. What on earth has he done there? Oh,

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no! Well, it just shows you, he thought of everything but that. And

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now... Gee-whiz. Unbelievable. What a gift for Shaun. Shaun has gone too

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far with the cue ball. He has to do more mileage with the cue ball. OK,

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you think he escaped to get there, but...

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This is not going to be good unless it runs on a lot. He still needs

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pink and black. The points are level. He needs to take a big

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breath, Shaun Murphy, take the negative thoughts out of your brain.

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Approach this like Ronnie had just played a bad safety shot, and then

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you are in a different frame of mind. Stop thinking about the fact

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that you have messed it up and try to play the right shot. I think he

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has to go for the cut. I think it is cuttable and the cue ball comes in

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and out of baulk for the black somehow.

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He had to hit it hard, and when you hit it hard, you lose your accuracy.

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What has he done here? Is the black going to snooker Ronnie on the pink?

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It has done. There you see it. The things that can happen on a snooker

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table that is only 12 foot by six. It's amazing.

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It is safe. I am sure that Ronnie thought for a moment that the pink

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was running towards the corner. But he had gifted Shaun a chance, and

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Shaun was unable to take it. This is now a big frame, particularly for

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Shaun Murphy. Good shot from Shaun Murphy. He was not tempted to try to

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get the cue ball behind the black, that was too difficult. Ronnie has a

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two, three-cushion safety behind the black. The pink will be in open play

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a bit. He played the pot. Wow! I did not think he would play the pot.

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Well, it surprised me. But the pace that the pink arrived at the pocket,

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it was difficult for it to escape, really. Another chance for Shaun, a

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bit more difficult, but the natural line for the cue ball is back

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towards the black, if he can pop the pink. Would you believe it? Would

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you believe it? He is having a nightmare.

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He did not hit it with the right amount of pace. He was trying to

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play the control shot, but surely you have to make sure of the pot.

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Ronnie also needs pink and black. Never easy to get the cue ball up

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the table from a ball in the pocket. And this is a tough one. This is a

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massive turning point in the frame from Shaun Murphy's perspective, if

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he misses it. And Ronnie knows the significance.

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Not there. Is the black going to stop short of a middle pocket? It

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is. It was a tough black, as Steve explained, and he made certain he

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got a good cue ball. Everybody is susceptible to the tension at the

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Crucible at different times in the match, even from in front. Shaun,

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twice across safety, cue ball up the table. Good effort. Yes, could have

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done with a bit more role on the cue ball to get tight to the baulk

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cushion, but safe enough. Ronnie plays the side to side,

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guaranteed to be safe. And he has a little bit of an angle on that,

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enough of an angle that Shaun could be tempted into the cocked hat

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bubble into the right middle, with an element of safety. It was too

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straight. It was not like that. So another containing safety. The only

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problem is that he has not put distance between cue ball and object

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ball, so you would fancy Ronnie to play a better safety shot.

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Advantage, Ronnie O'Sullivan at the moment. He could not afford to hit

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it too thin, so he has left it up. My goodness! Everything is happening

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in this frame, bad shots, bad misses. The difference between six

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frames to one, and five frames to two, coming up now. Straight in the

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heart of the pocket, and much appreciated by this packed crowd.

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Ronnie O'Sullivan will be kicking himself. He had lots of chances, as

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did Shaun, but Shaun will not be kicking himself because he won the

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frame. Now three behind. Ronnie's domination of the session

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is slowed up for now but much depends on the outcome of the final

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frame of the evening. He missed it completely and it will

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run back and leave the red to the left middle.

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Ronnie will not be immune to the fact that he more or less threw away

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the last frame. So he will look on this opportunity now with not so

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much trepidation, but he will take extra care over every shot.

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Particularly at the start of the break. He will not want to make any

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silly mistakes. Once again, the judgment of pace, to

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finish absolutely inch perfect on the blue. It gives him an

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opportunity to play for the red just above the black.

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Not quite far enough. In putting the red he will have to judge the cannon

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on the black nicely. And he did. He did. Excellent shot. Tremendous

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knowledge. There was a risk of the cue ball going behind the red.

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He could have got into that Littlemore but it didn't matter, as

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long as he made contact with the red.

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Even though Ronnie O'Sullivan will have hated the last frame, and could

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have got himself under it from in front, his vast talent and the speed

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at which he plays around the table is usually enough to let that talent

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do the talking. He can take his brain out of gear and play the shots

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as if he is down the club. I think it is a fact, over the last few

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seasons you can say that. But a few seasons ago, something like that

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would have really knocked him out of his stride.

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He would play the red to the right middle but it is too straight. Well,

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he could. I don't know why he gave it that extra thought. I presume the

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downside was that he was going to finish close to the cushion.

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When you have to dig in, it makes the blue missable. Solid enough, but

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he gave every attention to the pot and has just run slightly out of

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position. Not perfect on the red. Dead straight, made it a bit easier.

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Not certain to be on a red offer this shot. He could have pushed a

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red towards the middle pocket. Don't tell me he is on that! I thought he

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would play it softer and control it towards the middle but was obviously

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opening up other reds. He is on this red, a massive bit of luck, really.

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I suppose you cannot have it both ways. So many times we see players

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go into the reds and finish on nothing and you say, that was

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unlucky. So it is swings and roundabouts. But I think his purpose

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was to open up more reds than just a single one, as you say. He was

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fortunate it caught the bump on the middle pocket, and now a clear run

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to the winning line and a four frame advantage at the end of the session.

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And he certainly has not been tentative in this frame. We see

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players so often, when things have gone wrong for them from in front.

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All things considered, if this does become six frames to two for Ronnie

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O'Sullivan, I think Shaun would have to say fair enough. It could have

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been seven frames to one. Yes, I think it is a fair reflection

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of what we have seen. Shaun can look at frames he should have won, and he

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had chances to win, and under normal circumstances you would expect into.

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But 81% pot success is really the Achilles' heel of Shaun this

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evening. This pink will put Ronnie 72 points

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in front with just 67 remaining. And an opportunity to finish with a

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century break. He needs an angle on the blue,

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because no reds are available. He may just be able to force it in and

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come off the right-hand side cushion. Going round to see if

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something is available, possibly a plant. He has not got the best angle

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on the blue. But it doesn't matter, frame over. He played the cannon.

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Unlucky. I don't think he banged his cue on the table on purpose, it

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slipped out of his hand. Anyway, as I say, 78 points ahead, just 59

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remaining. There will be a handshake, and they have treated us

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to someone before snooker. OK, Ronnie O'Sullivan has been the main

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man, Shaun Murphy will be disappointed with his performance.

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Ronnie waves to the crowd and gets good appreciation. Shaun will hope

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to do better in the second session tomorrow afternoon, but thought

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might, he is six frames to two behind. Intrigue, drama, big breaks

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and black ball finish. What a start, and we will have more tomorrow

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afternoon in their second session. The other second-round match today

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featured the 2015 champion Stuart Bingham and the world 14 Kyren

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Wilson, who held the psychological advantage. They have met four times

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previously and Wilson has never been beaten.

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The first of the second round matches, just about to get underway.

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That settles the first frame. Kyren Wilson leads by one frame to zero.

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That is fantastic cueing. Anywhere but there are. Kyren

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Wilson, leading by three frames. He actually got a kick there.

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Excellent pot. He now leads by five frames to nil. It will be a very

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relieved man to get a frame on the board. He trails five frames to one.

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Kyren had a look to see if he could pot the red in the middle. He needs

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to be careful not to play a push shot. I think that may well have

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been a push. So a very relieved Stuart Bingham wins the seventh

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frame and trails five frames to two. It looks like he is playing the pot.

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And it is there. It will be a delighted Stuart Bingham. He will be

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absolutely delighted to finish only five frames to three down. They are

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back for the second instalment at 10am, live. There were quite a few

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candidates for shot of the day but only one winner, and what a winner

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from Shaun Murphy. I am not sure what he is trying to

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do. Well, he is coming off side cushion, top cushion, lots of

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right-hand side. This is risky. What a shot this is. Unbelievable!

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Unbelievable export --. What a shot! Brilliant, wasn't it? Trick shot

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supreme in the heat of battle. We are back live at 10am with the first

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session between Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo, with China guaranteed a

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quarterfinalist, but which of these will it be? Catch you in the

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morning. Goodbye for now.

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Hazel Irvine introduces highlights from Thursday's play in Sheffield, where the line-up for the last 16 is now complete.