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Hello and good afternoon and welcome back to the Crucible in Sheffield.
Day 6 of the 2017 World Championship. We had a big shock
here last night, Judd Trump crashing out at the first round. However the
second round starts today and a former world champion is taking
centre stage. The 2015 Crucible king was pushed by Peter Ebdon in round
one, but is in good shape. But it is another tough test, Kyren Wilson
will be confident of seeing off Bingham. In 2010, the world champion
Neil Robertson is almost into the last 16. He leads Noppon Saengkham,
who made his debut here yesterday. And it is one of the biggest days at
the Crucible. Today snooker hosts disability day and we will talk
about the sport's ambitions later. It is an exciting day when the
second round starts. Neil Robertson needs two more frames against Noppon
Saengkham. Our live match sees Stuart Bingham taking on Kyren
Wilson. And good afternoon chaps, a big crowd here and this is where the
tournament starts to hot up? As a seed it probably is. You are looking
at the draw, thinking I don't want a potential banana skin. You're best
of 25 and you're past that. So this is where it kicks off. Does it the
get more tense? For the players thinking of winning this is where
the business end starts. Is there anybody standing out for you yet?
You know at the start you have got to look at Mark Selby, he is miles
ahead in the ranking and twice a winner. He will take a lot of
beating. Listen, there are is plenty of players and I don't share the
view the bottom half is easy. There is plenty of snooker to be played.
But Selby is favourite. We have lost Judd Trump, is anybody looking like
a future world champion. It is wide-open. Tonight we have got
O'Sullivan against Murphy, that could be a final. We have had a
number of big stories, Ronnie O'Sullivan's outburst and last night
Judd Trump is knocked out of this year's World Championship and he
possibly faces a fine from snooker bosses for refusing to fulfil his
postmatch media duties. He was beaten 10-8 in the fist round. His
agent said hoefs unable to -- said he was unable to talk to the media.
I feel good now, the pressure is dying as we speak. Anything you do
at the Crucible is brilliant to. Beat the No 2 in the world, I feel
good. It ain't sank in, but I feel good. I wasn't watching him, more
than seeing the balls he was hammering in. I'm 46 years old, we
have our own aches and pains. Can't be worrying about anybody else can
I? It is a great line for Rory McLeod and it feels right that we
talk about him first before the Judd Trump possible fine. A wonderful
night for Rory, but at one stage when we were watching that match the
day before it never looked in doubt. He was in control. I'm impressed by
holding himself together against something who was struggling and
#1250i78s you -- sometimes you think, he is not playing well. You
have got to hold yourself together and he did very well. He was in the
zone. We saw him in the practice room the night before. Yes and he
had to wait all day for that last frame. That must have been, it must
have seemed like an age. But a fantastic result for Rory. Now Judd
Trump, his agent said he was up able to do his media duties because of
illness. Now, I don't want to speculate, but a shoulder injury
shouldn't stop you from talking to the media. The world's gone mad. In
my day it was difficult to make a hundred break, but easy to go to a
press conference. Now you can't go to a press conference and everyone
can make a hundred break. It is just, he is gutted. He has thrown
away another opportunity at winning the World Championship, world No 2,
highest break 65, just wasn't good enough. He is very disappointed.
Does it portray the sport in a good light when O'Sullivan says he won't
talk to the press and Judd Trump not going into a news conference. The
press are there to do their job and report what is happening and he
refuses to speak to the press? It is difficult. It is difficult for me to
comment. I've nothing to do with it really. The press, snooker doesn't
get a lot of column inches in newspapers, so everything helps. If
they're not going to do press conferences it won't help. Well
dodged! Thanks! All I will say you have a contract you signed and part
of the contract is you have got to do the media duties. Just go in,
talk about the match, be as bland as you like. Just say one word answers.
Go in, say how much you enjoyed played, praise your opponent. It is
not hard. We will hear more thab that story. -- about that story. Now
back to st snooker and Kyren Wilson taking on Stuart Bingham.
Kyren, an excellent win against the sort of player who can beat anybody.
I have got to give David credit, he held himself together very well. He
would have had a lot of pressure on his shoulders. He had a lot of lads
coming up to support him, being a local lad. . So I was happy to get
over the line. What are you expectation -- What are your
expectation and how has practice gone. I love it here, as all the
players do, it is the best place to play snooker. To be here as a top 16
seed this year is even more special on the 40th anniversary is amazing.
With regard to your career and your life in general, how much of it, of
a difference has it made to you being a dad and having young Finlay
around? Yes it is massive, it has turned from being a hobby to being a
job, I have got to earn a living for him and to have him here, as soon as
he sees me on TV, he is screaming, come on dad. It is nice to have him
here. And it is a nice lease of life if I need picking up. Stuart Bingham
will be relieved, as all the seeds are, to get this fist round out of
way. Looking forward to your next game with Stuart Bingham, former
worm champion. -- world champion? Yes he has won it before, so I'm
going to be an underdog. He is an experienced pro and I'm sure it will
be a tough match. I have got to put that out of my mind and foes can on
-- focus on my own performance. Thank you and I wish you the best of
luck. Cheers, mate. What a terrific interview. Here is
the head to heads and Kyren Wilson leads 2-0. They first met in 2013.
Stuart Bingham's record, knocked out in 2014 in the fist round here. --
first round here. And won it against Shaun Murphy. Got knocked out in the
first round last year. A victim of the Crucible curse. Here we are the
players are standing by, what do you think is going through that young
man's mind, Peter Ebdon thinks he can be a future champion. That comes
with its own pressure. It is wonderful to hear, but like all the
players, you need a good start. The players are standing by and let's
say go afternoon to Rob Walker. Thank you. Good afternoon. It is our
cross over day at the Crucible, where we finish the first round
action at the same time as the drive for the quarter times begin. It is
day 6 and you can sense the tension rising here in Sheffield.
Please welcome the last debutant left in this year's championship,
quarter-finalist at last season's China Open, a huge task, but he will
give it everything, from Thailand, Noppon Saengkham.
And his opponent, a player who has without doubt established himself as
one of the game's greats since his arrival from Australia just over a
decade ago. 12 times a ranking event winner, king of Crucible in 2010,
aiming for a ninth appearance in the second round, can you hear the
Thunder from Down Under, here's Neil Robertson slam sclam
APPLAUSE. On table 2, a man making his second appearance in the last
16. Winner of last season's Shanghai Masters, he made the final in India
this season. Now established in the world's top 16 they call him The
Warrior, they call him Kyren Wilson. His opponent here after knocking out
former world champion Peter ebb on the, champion of the world in 2015,
winner of the Welsh in February, these pride of Essex he is the Bull
Run. He is Stuart Bingham. Every shot covered for you on the
BBC from the Crucible. Neil Robertson and Noppon Saengkham is
available on the red button and the web-site. Dennis Taylor and Ken
Docherty for that. Live from the Crucible this afternoon it is
Bingham, Wilson and a very good afternoon to Willie thorn and Peter
Ebdon. COMMENTATOR: The first of the second round matches about to begin.
Now it is the best of 25. It is eight frames in the first session.
Peter, you're a big fan of Kyren, I think it is 50/50 this game? It is a
fascinating battle in prospect. One of the game's great ambassadors and
champions, former world champion, in Stuart Bingham. One of the hardest
workers on the sish kit, deserves everything he gets from the game,
against one of game's young talents and a future champion for sure. That
is not a bad way to start. The first shot if you get them, it gives you a
boost and you think, that's handy I'm cueing well. Like all of the
good players, rather than play a shot for nothing, they play a shot
for something. He is trying to get on to the red to
the left of the black. Could have done with coming down another six
inches. I'm not sure from this angle he can do that without moving the
black. If that white had been another foot
down it would have been an easy shot to flick the red away from the
black. As it is now, safety shot coming up.
Peter, you were practicing with Kyren, in practice he must be a
heavy scorer zm? Yes, he is a great all-round player. Excellent safety
player. His long game is tremendous. Scores very heavily among the balls.
One of the best players with a rest I have seen. And he also is very
central striking. To be honest, he doesn't have any
weaknesses in his game and in my honest professional opinion, he just
needs a bit more experience. But he is certainly capable of winning this
tournament. He is good enough, that is for sure.
He has a very tough opponent here in Stuart Bingham though. It is a
fascinating match in progress, that is for sure.
Wilson always plays the attacking shot.
Never afraid to play the right shot. The slight chaps he could run
through and play the black. But the black will be very difficult.
Played it in off the left-hand jaw actually. This is really tough, if
he decides to take this on. Very interesting to see Stuart
Bingham. He has had a new waistcoat made and he has a ruby back on it
and it is the 40th anniversary of the Crucible. It is a nice touch. To
celebrate 40 years at the Crucible. That is an unlucky kiss.
I must admit, I thought it was a green-backed waistcoat.
There is the badge the players have, 40th anniversary of this magnificent
Championship and we have at least another ten years to come.
That's squared up a bit off the second cushion. I thought that was
going to be perfect. They don't seem to be sliding off second cushions,
where they normally do, Peter? They have only been re-clothed recently
as well. So he should be getting some slip and slide from the
cushions. They shouldn't be squaring up too much.
That time there was a lot of slide. If this red goes, he certainly won't
be having the cue ball replaced. Obviously very tight. But from
Stuart's body language, this does go. Oh, that is really tight. You
can see the left-hand jaw. We talk about players pinching pockets
sometimes and he will have to do that to pot this. He has done
nicely. Well done. That is a poor shot from Kyren really. But he
escaped from the snooker. May decide to go into that cluster of six reds
just to open them up. He can play that pacy as well if he wanted to.
He has not gone into them. He may regret that in a moment.
Stuart played that very well. Never easy when you're digging down on to
the cue ball. With the butt of cue in the air. I is easy to put some
unwanted side on. He is not in prime position. Simply
because he is having to stretch all this green. May end up playing the
shot with the rest. He will hope to avoid the yellow and
blue. Avoided the yellow. Didn't avoid the blue. But that's OK. Well
played. In your eye line, you will think I want to finish anywhere
around the blue. This was the reason I thought he may
have played into the bunch when he had the easy black. He may have a
slight angle to play a cannon. If not he will have to play for the red
on the side cushion. This is where the work starts. He
has to finish low on this next black.
Always interesting to see how players play this particular shot.
To get it perfect, you need to hit the joint of the red, the three reds
in front, the joint of the one on right-hand side and the middle one.
If he hits one full ball, he may not get a lot of movement. That is the
problem with hitting full ball. You can't get full movement. If he had
caught it half ball it would have be better.
Stuart will consider himself unfortunate will, because he played
wit plenty of -- it with plenty of pace.
But didn't get the correct cannon. This is tough. Wow slam! Thought
that was in. There is a gap. There is always a gap.
That was the first real chance of Stuart Bingham. He may not get
another one in this frame. Kyren's finished a bit straight on
the black. But he does have plenty of cue power.
He has got into that too well. I think he's just OK. Interesting to
watch the white, because it is a new cloth, it skidded and then the side
spin took and the screw back speeded up.
Just playing for the bottom one of the four. No, played a cannon. Don't
blame him for that. Watch this a black he played, with a new cloth
they skid. The white seemed to stop for a while and then speed up. It is
a brilliant shot. To be honest, it was a good job he didn't get any
bounce off the side cushion, otherwise he would have snookered
himself behind the blue. That was a good indication of how
much cue power Kyren Wilson possesses. This is an excellent
chance to take this first frame of the afternoon.
It is a fascinating clash, because both of these top players score
heavily among the balls when they're playing well.
That is a nice cannon to hold perfect position for the pink into
the left-centre. Well played. He maybe should perhaps have had a
look at the black, because he will need the brown in a moment.
The brown is and the way the baulk pockets play, you would want to move
this brown into play. Yes, because if you get right behind the brown,
you have got to play it at dead weight to give the pocket a chance
of accepting the ball. It doesn't look like he had the
angle to bring the brown out. I think he has come back an inch too
far. May have to play this with with a lot of side. He will play the
cannon, make no mistake. There is the side. How's the cannon.
Missed it. No value at all in going for the pot. But how does he get
safe? Well, knowing Kyren and the fact that he is a very aggressive
and attacking player, I wouldn't be surprised if he took this brown on.
I'm not saying it's the right shot. But he has a tough safety shot. I
can't see a safety shot to be honest. Unless he played it cushion
first and tried to get the brown thin. But the brown's going to come
into open play. So that is not a good choice. Faced with a dilemma
here. A very tough pot. Or an equally difficult safety shot.
That was tough, he's been very fortunate there. I don't think there
was any way in the world heated play this low pot and leave himself on.
Has to make sure the brown comes to at least behind the brown spot
again. This is very good. This is tight. Just a little bit too much.
This is certainly a thin one if he decides to take this on. And
although it's not easy, this is a chance for Stuart.
I think he slightly earned on the side of caution there. Yes, holds
best hitting it thin rather than thick. The cue ball would be loose
if he bit thick. Kyren Wilson would like to get the white somewhere near
where it is now. If it goes in and he will be on the blue. The cue ball
will be in a similar position to where it is now. APPLAUSE
He got a good case. Or is it a bad one? It's a bad one.
23 points ahead with only 18 on the table. Stuart Bingham requires one
five point snooker to possibly force a restart. He could also choose, if
the opportunity arose to pot the blue and get a six point snooker.
The pink and black on the table only. That was very unlucky. But
obviously far more difficult to get the snooker when there are less
balls on the table. Barring that snooker, it looks like
Kyren Wilson will take a one-frame lead in this match.
He's just wondering whether to play it slow. As Peter said, he only
needs one snooker to win if he pads the blue. -- pots the blue.
Stuart has a real good chance to swing in round three cushions and
get it basically behind a blight. The blue will come to open play but
as long as he keep the blue shirt of the middle pocket, this is a good
chance. Maybe he feels he can't keep the blue near the middle pocket if
he plays a three-cushion. That was a perfect example of what
happens on the superfine cloth is when you play with power and side.
In that particular instance, Kyren was playing with power on a rock --
a lot of right-hand side, that makes the cue ball going to the left and
you hit the object ball thick. On these clots, that type of shot
requires Ruby Smith cheering. It just got through that one little bit
quick, a bit of tension in the arm, which is understandable. As the
first frame against a former world champion in Stuart Bingham. Now the
situation we spoke about a few moments ago. Stuart Bingham now
requires one snooker to possibly steal this frame it's not easy with
the black being so close to the cushion. And it seemed to me as if
the cue ball came off a little bit square with a bit of a bounce of the
side cushion. I thought he had to Stan to get the angle to get in
behind the black. Looked like he hit that playing ball. That was a real
good chance to get the sticker that time. -- snooker. That helps, that
chart, without that it would be impossible to get in behind the
blank, with a lot of right-hand side you could sneak it behind the black.
Absolutely. He'll be sending the pink down to the baulk cushion. Not
played that very well told to be perfectly honest. You'll be very
disappointed with that, that was a very good chance to get the cue ball
close to the back. Amused that the reaction he got there.
What a great effort this is. Slid off that cushion. I thought that was
going to be the angle he was going there, looked to be sure to be going
very close to be behind the black. As we mentioned before, new cloths
today overnight. For the morning session.
So we've learnt already in this match, this afternoon that the new
cloth has had a huge effect on the way the table is playing because the
cushions are really sliding now. There have been a couple that have
come off very square in this frame, but generally lots of slide, and as
we saw from the long blue that Kirmond missed with lots of
right-hand side and power, the cloth is also throwing off very much with
said. So it's going to be a real test of cueing for both players.
Until they become fully accustomed to the way the cloth is playing.
He will try to hit this thin enough if he wants to take the pot gone.
I'm not saying it's the wrong shot but could have left an easy chance
for a smoker. He was trying to push the black safe but a dangerous way
to play that. Although this isn't an easy shot, I think Stuart will look
to hit the cushion first and send the pink up the table and leave the
cue ball behind the black. It's a very tricky shot but if you judge is
it well -- if he judges it well, this can be a really tough snooker
to get out of. Decided against that. I'm not sure about that shot, Willy.
The shot was fine but if he could stand it and get behind the black
but at the minute he's not got it quite right. It's hard to 20 people
watching and people here live how difficult a new cloth is sometimes.
It takes a couple of frame sometimes to get used to the slide and this
throw. Let's see how the pain comes off the cushion. That seemed to be
OK. And this should really be the end of
frame now because Kyren is able now to play a drag shot. Push the pink
over the left-hand black pocket, this will either go in or go very
close. The thought would have been to get
right in the jobs there. There's a slight chance he could screw bits in
behind the black but I don't think you'll get the curves. The pink
could jaw and get the double-kiss. He's got second prize.
These pockets are a little bit tough. I thought they were quite
loose the first few days before they put on the new cloth. This is a
chance. Goodness me. Early days but both players have
struggled to get used to the cloth and the cushions and slide, as
Willie was just saying there. They're either underhitting or
overheating. This report contains flash photography. Overhitting. Very
difficult to get a snooker here. Again, an excellent opportunity for
Kyren to push the pink over the green pocket this time.
Obviously decided he'd had enough of pushing balls towards pocket.
Fantastic pot and that settles the first frame, Kyren Wilson leads
Stuart Wilson 1-0. Lots of people on social media using the hashtag
saying they agree with Peter Ebdon that Kyren Wilson will one day be a
Crucible champion. If there's any questions you have for John or
Stephen get in touch via social media, used the hashtag BBC snooker.
Good start. On the board. All he wants is a good start. It's also
held by the fact he has a good record. We mentioned at the start he
was 2-0 .com are played in minor events and he won both of those, was
held when you fancy the job against. What's your assessment of the
opening frame? No big breaks on one visits, but it's funny because the
longer the match is, I think it's more important to get that first
frame on the board. Kyren Wilson is relaxed straightaway, Stuart Bingham
has got to do that. It was a decent opening frame, he's done the job.
You tend to be a little cagey. When you've also got a thing like that
where he needs a snooker, you try to not call in off, not to miscue or
give him six point easy so you get quite protective and you don't get
the pink over the hole. Lots of people enjoyed that little item with
Peter Ebdon and Kyren Wilson sharing a few that Kyren has got all the
attributes to one day be a Crucible champion, do you agree? I think the
only thing that. And there's the quality of all the other players
around him. As he got the talent to do it? Probably yes but there are a
lot of good players out there and you have to go and do it. We see
lots of future players, it's easy to say, somebody is a future world
champion, but he's very talented, got himself top 16 and has won big
events, everything is there. To be world champion is a bit different
but as John says, there are lots of players, Judd Trump hasn't won one
yet. COMMENTATOR: Have chance for Stuart
Bingham here, regular shot to nothing. Quite a long way away. I'm
sure this red will pass the green. Not straight but he can screw
directly back. He could overscrew this. Playing for the red that is
free on the left-hand side of the pink. So concerned about the
overscrew he has slightly underscrewed it.
Not an ideal angle, whichever of these two grades he decides to take
on. One on each side of the table. As I mentioned previously, he is
normally a very good rest player. You have to say that's very unlucky.
He caught that red half ball rather than quarter ball. He would have
been perfect on the black. It was a good shot with the rest.
If he hits the bike he would have a better pot on the red than this.
Clever, didn't want to hit it on the right-hand side because it would
have left an easy red. Got it wrong first time, got it perfect the
second. Good opportunities year for Stuart to get the cue ball behind
the green on the baulk cushion. This is quite thin shot. Needs to be
careful with the enough. He needs to hit it first. REFEREE: Foul and a
miss, Stuart Bingham, four. There is a tendency on no safety
shots to go slightly too thin because if you go to thick comedy
enough is not too much of a problem, if the cue ball rattles in the jaws
of the pocket it's very easy to give your opponent a very easy
opportunity. Meanwhile, Stuart Bingham's played a much better
safety shots and that's where the cue ball should have been on his
previous safety shot. That's much better.
If this red is dead straight along the baulk cushion its an easy safety
shot. Obviously too straight to get onto the black. Looks like it is
possible to cut this red in. It's as fine as you like.
I don't blame him for playing it like that, obviously had to play the
pot and leave the white over the side of the table to make the cut
into the middle. Difficult pot, unlucky to have brought that red
back into play and made it easy for Kyren.
We've already mentioned that Kyren is a very attacking and very
aggressive player. I think you'll be taking the opportunity here to play
a hard stun screw shot into the pink. Scatter the reds. Certainly
don't think that's how he played it. He missed the intended cannon.
That looks like end of break. Needs to put the disappointment of that
opportunity wasted out of his mind and play a good safety shot.
He's left Stuart Bingham a tempter. This is tough if he takes this on.
Not quite settled yet this morning, Stuart Bingham.
Just came round to see if the potting angle was OK on this red.
One of those that you virtually screw it in and hit the white off
two cushions and that's what he's done. Well played.
Has a nice angle on the green. To go into the reds. Should he choose to
do that. There's a possibility of a plant that could be made at the
bottom of the. Slightly offset and there are a couple of inches between
the balls. Selecting to take the brown instead of going into the reds
from the green. He may well be on that plant, he may
well be able to make this but to be honest he was very fortunate to
finish on this plant like this. I think the green would have been the
easier shot to play, Willie. Finished absolutely plumb because he
doesn't have to do anything with the cue ball. This will take on nicely
onto the black. Needs another Kizzire, there's a gap between the
two reds above the black. If he hits the red full ball he'll be plumb on
two reds, so this is a good chance now. I agree with Peter, the brown
was fortunate but that's the case we were talking about. That becomes a
frame-winning opportunity. It was interesting to see before the
previous shot there that Kyren Wilson just held his hand up to
apologise to Stuart Bingham. He realised he was very fortunate to
finish up on that plant. This is not absolutely straightforward because
you've got the difficulty of the usage of the spider and he also
needs to avoid the cannon on both the red and the black.
There may I even be another plant there.
That is nicely played. Left himself a red in the middle.
After this red, all the reds are available. Doesn't have to play any
more cannons. A bit Exxon certained for Stuart -- concerned for Stuart's
supporters, he hasn't settled yet. His pace of cue ball and his safety
and his break-building has been astray so far this afternoon. We
used to play morning sessions, we have not started until 1 o'clock
today. The break goes to 36, the lead goes
43. Do more The break goes to 36, the lead goes
to 43, The break goes to 36, the lead goes
43. Do more reds, The break goes to 36, the lead goes
to 43, saw The break goes to 36, the lead goes
43. Do more reds, two The break goes to 36, the lead goes
to 43, saw two more The break goes to 36, the lead goes
43. Do more reds, two colours The break goes to 36, the lead goes
to 43, saw two more reds The break goes to 36, the lead goes
43. Do more reds, two colours and The break goes to 36, the lead goes
to 43, saw two more reds and two The break goes to 36, the lead goes
43. Do more reds, two colours and he will lead 2-0.
to 43, saw two more reds and two colours and Kyren Wilson will lead
2-0. The frame is now safe, can he get
the first century of this match? Played for slightly more difficult
red. Stuart Bingham not looking in total control of his emotions at the
moment. He is just trying to get his concentration right. That is not a
bad kiss, he can drop behind the red for choice of middle pocket or
corner. What a shame. No century, but an
excellent break of 71. Stuart Bingham trails 2-0.
Interesting to see the stats, one thing I noticed with the centuries
made, Kyren Wilson had been getting six or seven a season. And then this
season 27. So that has improved immensely with Kyren over the last
year or so. Perhaps he owes my colleague Peter Ebdon a lot. He said
he is a very good break-builder and that is beginning to show with his
tournament centuries this season. REFEREE: Frame 3, Stuart Bingham to
break. Stuart Bingham gets us under way. The third frame. In this second
round match. This year's Betfred World Snooker Championship.
Quite some way away. The attempted long pot there.
Can Stuart not miss long red into the right-hand black pocket and go
through the gap? Stay on the black. That was a good
pot. But unfortunately for him cannoned into the balls. Clean
strike. Right into the heart of the pocket. He was almost certainly
playing for blue. That is a very good safety shot.
Well played. Very difficult to compare this
safety shot, if he plays back into the baulk area it would have been
difficult to cover that red up that is loose on the left-hand side.
I was in the players' room before the start of match and Finlay was
there and he wanted the TV set switched on and as soon as he saw
the Snooker tables, he said, daddy! This is a better shot. Brought the
back into play. Covered the red up the middle. Very good safety.
Wow! That is fantastic cueing. Excellent shot, wasn't it? Head kept
perfectly still. He would love to get on to the red near test pack.
Couldn't do it from that particular shot.
What an excellent first red that was.
Din get into the cue -- didn't get into the cue ball enough.
Sometimes you have no option but to play containing safety. Knowing next
time you will be faced with a more difficult one.
I'm not sure Stuart has got the pace of the table at all, Stuart.
That is a good safety shot there from Stuart Bingham. Kyren Wilson
does have the opportunity to play a good return safety.
He needs to avoid the black. This needs to be thin. That is a very
good attempt. Slightly unfortunate not to just creep past the brown.
That would have put Stuart in a bit of trouble. Could be a plant on here
though. He is going to have a look at that plant. It is not the one at
the back of the pack. It is the possible three-ball pack in the
middle of bunch. He will be taking the cue ball back to baulk.
The plant wasn't on, so the safety shot was the easier option. He has
played that pretty well. Stuart will be pleased to see where
the white's ended up, because he thought it may kiss the blue. Thing
is pot is almost straight. He won't take the long red on. There is one
in the pack that cuts into the corner.
That is the one. Oh, goodness me - how close was that? Wow, that is so
unlucky. He hit that absolutely perfectly. Unfortunately the white
caught the jaws of the middle pocket and has left this on.
Just not happening for Stuart Bingham this morning. That was a
decent opportunity to get going. Just faced with a safety shot now. A
possible snooker. Just hasn't settled yet this morning.
There is just that one. I believe he has played off two cushions to hit
that red to be honest. Very hard to judge.
Very good shot. But this red is possibly on in the middle. Pretty
sure the pink into the opposite corner.
Oh he is on the move there. He thought that was in.
That was a reprieve for Stuart Bingham. He thought have thought
that Kyren Wilson was going to pot that red without a problem.
He he put the tip of the you is where he would like the white to
finish. And not leave anything in the pack. Slightly underhit. He has
played that cue ball two feet past the blue. It shows you how Stuart
has not yet got control of his timing at the moment.
I think he can just see the red to the edge of the pink. The one to the
edge of the pack. And he could get into the brown and yellow here.
That was a good reply from Stuart bank Bingham.
Kyren Wilson would love to take the red on that's closest to the black.
You mentioned Willie you thought the table was running a bit slower this
morning with the new cloth. That was a prime example. He hit that very
hard. OK he hit it slightly thick, but the cue ball's gone nowhere.
Luckily for Kyren the red has gone close to the cushion. So no easy
outlet for Stuart. You play a lot of right-hand side and try and get the
white somewhere near the yellow and be careful he doesn't go in-off.
There is the side you see, that what is I was worried about. It is not
too bad. That was a good effort at a safety
shot. Bar the in-off. Put Stuart in all sorts of trouble. Will he be
tremented here with this tempted here with this red?
Just not happening for Stuart Bingham this morning.
As you know this is the best of 25 frames, but each session, if you're
going to lose a session, obviously 5-3 is the worst you could hope for,
but you know you have got to be very careful now 3-0 behind, he has got
to get something out of this session. Two more sexes to go after
this -- sessions to go after this one. He is going to be worrying.
He didn't really want to take this red on. Presumably the pink spot's
covered. So he can play for the bottom red of the three. Or maybe it
does spot looking at that. He will be flicking off the red and
trying to leave the pink where it is, which means it will pot. He has
played that nicely. He looks at it. It is one of those that it pots off
the right-hand jaw, but he would be better off taking green.
He is cutting the blue into the middle. This has become a chance to
win the third frame. That was a very good recovery shot
from Kyren Wilson. Previously underhit the blue into the centre
and didn't finish in an ideal position. He played a delicate skew
shot with -- screw shots with lots of right-hand side.
Both players have been struggling for positional play.
The table obviously playing a little slower than it was previously.
With the new cloth that's gone on. That used all of the pocket. We see
a good example of Kyren Wilson's cue power. He played a deep screw and he
will try and get on to the red in the left-hand corner pocket.
He got too much on that one. So that is the end of break and a reprieve
for Stuart Bingham. Although this yellow looks
comparatively straight forward, if he plays this with pace, this is
missable. He played that really well. How is
he on the red? That is desperately unlucky. Yes, he would have loved to
have played it really hard. Because it was a big target to play a cannon
on the two reds to the side of the black. But it was missable playing
it hard. Unlucky not to have finished short. A good safety shot
required. He is only 31 points behind.
All with the balls being in play, there is a chance in this frame.
That is the first poor safety shot he has played. There is value in
kissing into the two reds. The key thing is bringing the two reds into
play. He would like to hit them not
cushion first, because he could ends up on the cushion if he hints the
cushion first. He got the white moving and that is
the only problem, brought everything into play for a chance to win the
frame and unfortunately he has gone close to the cushion.
Happy the table is running slow because he thought he overhead that.
The black pots on the left-hand corner. Doesn't have to do anything
with the cue ball. Will naturally come onto the red if it does pot.
The black is tight. So tight, didn't play for it. Still
a good shot. Under normal sons services you would
say Stuart Bingham could clear up but not too sure yet. -- under
normal circumstances. Certainly favourite to close the gap to 2-1. A
few moments ago he looked like it would be 3-0.
He got the bounce of the cushion, the first bounce we've had in the
afternoon session. Just having a little look. Took real big bounce,
still OK on the green but would have been perfect if the white was a foot
shorter. Jazz has to finish on the screen
nicely. That was the problem. Anywhere but there are. -- just has
to finish on this green nightly. It looks as if Stuart is going to
try to cut this in. There will be lots of right-hand side. Not so sure
that was the right shot because he had an easy snooker behind the
brown. He was so disappointed to be on the green. 100%, that was sheer
disappointment not finishing on the green. This was really tough. Lots
of check right-hand side. That was dangerous, each he overhead
that. This is a key shot. -- overhit. Nine points in front, just
brown and blue needed. He said he was good with the risk, every he has
played so far have been right in the middle of the pocket. Four out of
four. We get another indication how much slower this table is playing.
He will be mightily relieved to be going 3-0 up.
Kyren Wilson leading three frames to Neil. Very disappointing Stuart
Bingham sitting in his chair. Struggled to get used to the speed
of this course so far afternoon. STUDIO: The question at the moment,
who is the former world champion in this match? Yes, he's got himself
off to a poor start but he was a bit unlucky there, got a thing of the
cushion, played off the blue to come into the bottom cushion. You think
it's coming out normal space and it came off twice as much. One
situations where you feel you should have cleared up, you think you've
played the right shot. Wait a couple of good chance to start that break.
Willie discredit preferably, two said France, brought everything into
the open. Be really disappointed that he hasn't taken advantage. Lots
of people getting in touch with us via social media. Andy wants to know
what is the hardest world title that you won, which was the most
difficult? You have to say the 18-17, I thought Jimmy was go to
clear up unfortunately for me he twitched the black on the spot and I
could clear up. That was outrageous, couldn't you just give him one World
Championship? Everybody wanted Jimmy 2-1 and you couldn't give him one of
those. There is a fantastic documentary coming up because we are
celebrating 40 years of the Crucible and the World Championship,
brilliant documentary which has been made by BBC sport going out this
week on BBC Two. It's absolutely wonderful and a lot of that on
Sunday night at nine o'clock and the lot of that final and there are some
sparkling wonderful stuff. I think you're it as well. Bits and bobs.
People. Remember... They remember Jimmy missing that black but he
cleared up from their Andy he had a broken arm at the time. Jimmy missed
it but he cleared up. Final frame decider in the World Championship.
We're not making Jimmy White fans feeling any better. You said he won
get with a broken arm. It gets forgotten because of the fact the
black gets missed but he cleared up. Another couple of questions coming
in, which player most likely to get 147? From what you've seen so far
what might you would put Ronnie O'Sullivan in the top of that but
John Higgins is capable of it. Mark Selby can do it. You want people
taking the risk because it is only ?5,000 for 147. People might
complain, but the fact it's the World Championship and the maximum
price is lower than the high break prize. They have a rolling prize
that goes on through the season but you're not going to get any one of
the top players taking a risk tomb make a maximum. The original
question, it will be Ronnie O'Sullivan. Keep the questions
coming. COMMENTATOR: Algae interested to
watch the documentary, I'm sure they'll source -- show Stephen
Hendry's first visit to the Crucible.
I'm sure now, to be honest, with Stuart Bingham, he's 3-0 behind, he
has to put his foot on the gas. So it was a baptism of fire for the
great Stephen Hendry in his first appearance at the Crucible when he
came up against you in the first round. Absolutely but we knew from
then on he was going to be a great player. What a great champion he's
been. This could well be a re-ranking and
a couple of shots time. Going nowhere. A little look at each other
and they both decided to have a re-rack, so that's what's going to
happen. 3-0 to Kyren Wilson, re-rack coming up. Peter, talking about
Stephen Hendry's rain, the 40 years we've had at the Crucible,
undoubtedly the game's greatest champion at this moment in time.
Absolutely incredible, seven times world champion just so ruthless as a
player. When you play Stephen and a final, very often your 4-0 down and
you didn't need to play badly. They are bad safety shot or miss anything
and when Stephen got two finals, invariably he go something like 90,
120, 130 and you're sitting in the dressing room 4-0 down and you
haven't missed the ball or played a bad safety shot and that's how good
as he was. What a Stuart has decided himself now? The last brain will
hurt, it should have been 2-1 and it's no 3-0. -- the last brain will
hurt. They've both struggled with the speed of the table today.
Too quick on the conversation we were having, why is it the same role
of cloth can be played slower today than it was yesterday? It is not
something you can account for. You can't explain it logically, just the
way it is. Sometimes it can be atmospherics but this table are
certainly playing slower and at the moment Stuart Bingham is all at sea,
he's really struggling out there. Could be the fact that the role of
cloth has been kept in a place that stamp, which until they put it on
the table, the table heater hasn't had a chance to dry the table out
but it's at 45 degrees but maybe it will play better tonight. There is a
very good chance of that. Meanwhile, what are shot batters. -- what a
shot that is. That was very thin. It's really thin. Just flicks the
blue. He's got a result because the blue passes the pink.
Again, not too much reaction from the cloth. Kyren absolutely hammered
that into the right-hander back pocket. This is a tough pot. That
has over cups. -- over cut. This is pottable but Stuart has two players
lights where a few with right-hand side. Played it very well. Yes, we
actually saw the point move there. All of a sudden it starts to bend.
Controlled it nicely. Would love to play the kiss of the cushion, the
right-hand red. Get position on the other two reds. He can't believe
that kids. I'm surprised he didn't play the Czech side kiss there for
that whatever happens he's going to kiss one of them if he doesn't get
the outside one. Stuart absolutely distraught there.
That was a poor shot. He's been very fortunate. Leaving this on for Kyren
Wilson. This is quite a big swerve as well. It's possible but he could
just as easily missed the red. Trying to see if this cloth takes
the swerve, seems to take it quite easily. You know yourself, on the
superfine class, it sometimes takes an age for the cue ball to turn but
this might be the fact that it's running a little slow, the fact that
it's maybe a little damp. This is a really huge frame for
Stuart Bingham. He'll be disappointed going into the
mid-session interval no matter what happens. He'll certainly feel a lot
better if he can go into that interval 3-1 down instead of 4-0
down. This red is cuttable. No idea what's
happening to the cue ball. Looking to get the one to the extreme left
hand side of the pack. Can he cut that as well? Trying to get through
to it. That looked a bit dangerous. He was
pushing the boat out there. That wasn't shot you would like to
play. Trying to stun round the back of the black. Just Nice to get
nicely on a red to get some confidence. His highest break is
only 28 in the first three frames. Would just like to get something
happening. He is straight on this red, it's no good. There is a slight
angle, the black is only available to one corner at the moment.
That's another thing, when you know the table is playing well, sometimes
you overhit, trying to get the right angle. Yes, Stuart is doing his best
to readjust here. Really struggling to control the cue ball. The one
thing that we do know, Willie, is that Kyren can afford to keep giving
him chances because sooner or later, Stuart Bingham will click. His
positional play will come back, but not with shots like that. He will be
absolutely disgusted with himself. With that shot. He be furious. -- he
will be furious. Yes, the cue ball should have been at least a foot
further to the left than that. Once again, I hate to keep going over it,
when a table is playing a little bit damp, so hard to get the cue ball
moving. That would have come a lot wider on the old class, as it was.
Well done, good recovery. Pink clearly available but he needs
to get nicely on the next red. I don't know if the pink is going to
be tied up. Adam Humphries gives it a little
glance, the pink spot is obviously covered, goes to the brown spot, the
highest spot available. You can see a change in Stuart Bingham's body
language now. I think usually had enough with the way things have gone
so far. He's not in an ideal position. Just sense that he's
really had enough and the fires are burning knife. -- burning now.
There's a feeling of aggression with Stuart Bingham. Which is necessary
at the moment to make something happen. That was a very good pot.
Again, not an ideal position. But all of a sudden he is looking better
all the table. I mean he would love the pink on the spot but it's
probably not the right way to play at this time because it's easier to
play the yellow and with the choice of two reds. If he doesn't play the
pink perfectly, the pink will cover a red. Interesting to see what he
plays, I think the yellow is the best choice.
Not stopped him at all, that's a good shot.
Two more shots to play at our aggressive because he needs to get
rid of the red that's nearest the pocket. That's why he's playing this
one now as opposed to the other one. Once again, look at where the cue
ball is. Nowhere. Needs to be six or seven inches harder than that. He's
not got the power right now to get behind the back of the block colours
just matter the way the table is playing -- the baulk colours.
To power needed again, has two screw this round two to get to the top
side of the blue. -- cue power. Just wiped his feet, this time he is top
side of the blue. He's bemused, isn't he? Poor
positional shot. That's what happens under pressure.
Just went to the well one too many times. 34 point lead is not enough
where the balls are. It was missable because he had to
play it with pace, especially with the cloth playing a bit slower.
Fortunate to not leave Stuart something easier than this.
Decision time for Stuart Bingham, does he try to protect his lead? Or
does he push the boat out with an attacking shot? It's the former.
Trying to keep the pressure on. Well, he's left a long red here to
the left-hand black pocket and it's just the sort of shot that Kyren
Wilson likes to take on. It's fraught with danger, obviously and
he needs to get this. He was a long way away from that. Yes, it was one
of those, 34 points in front, there's no way he would play it like
that. He's 34 points behind Eddie thought it was a chance to pinch the
frame. Don't blame him for having a go at that but missing it so far
should cost him this frame. I've never seen anything like this.
Both players overhitting and underhitting shots.
If you play this delicately on the dipping into the middle because the
pink will go back onto its own spot, I reckon you can play a slow stunt
into the middle and still be on the red to the opposite corner. -- the
slow stunt. It wouldn't be surprised if he decided to play snooker behind
the brown of the cushion. REFEREE: Foul and a miss, threeball.
Kyren Wilson four. You've got to remember to reach the brown.
Relying on good fortune. Has he got any? Not too bad. Interesting to see
if the rest percentage stays the same. Five out of five at the
moment. Will it be six out of six or can he reach it with the extension
on his cue? Just wonder whether he'll play to
kiss the red that's next the cushion. Off one cushion, click the
blue. Will the red still pot in the middle? It's perfect angle to play
that cannon. Just bringing them red three inches
of the commission has given Kyren an excellent chance to clear. With the
right word was, he was definitely second favourite. -- with the red
where it was, he was definitely second favourite.
Not just about getting onto the next colour, it's about getting onto the
next colour and dropping onto the final red. There is another example
of how this table's playing. That cue ball would have expected to be
two feet further in the middle of the table than that.
This table is playing very slow. Because the previous stun shot,
Kyren played a hard stun shot and the cue ball just went nowhere.
That black was really missible. It was a very good pot under the
circumstances. Example of how good Kyren Wilson wis
the rest. -- is with the rest. This was the red that Peter was
talking about. Look how hard he played that and the white just
seemed to sink into that top cushion. But he has re-- retrieved
the situation. This will really hurt Stuart Bingham. He could have won
the previous frame. He was strong favourite to win this frame. And
barring accidents he will be 4-0. The match has come to the interval
on the other table, so there is a bit of movement, which doesn't help
the players. Is he as good with the long rest, Peter?
Again he seemed to get into the cue ball OK, but he didn't get the
reaction or spin that he was looking for.
He is going to have the play this quite firm to miss the in-off.
He needs the pink. Well I'm afraid that top cushion just looks like a
sponge at the moment. Hardly any reaction off that top cushion.
You have to take these on, don't you? You can't play safe. Game ball.
He will be taking this into the green pocket. And has the
possibility of screwing this in with left-hand side off three cushions.
Very thin. An excellent shot. Well played. He has dominated this first
session. Stuart Bingham will be horrified, in fact he is just
sitting there at the moment. He is going to play the black, but the
frame is over. He could have been 2-2, but Kyren Wilson has won the
opening four frames and he is in a strong position.
STUDIO: Plenty of thinking to do for Stuart. He will be kicking himself.
He hasn't played in that instance in the last frame to not get up behind
the brown when he is behinds it. Everything's going wrong for him and
when you do as much wrong as he has done, there is a feeling your
opponents is going to win frames like that. Kyren is purring as he
walks into the dressing room. Yes he knows he is going to be at least
level and at 4-0, you win a couple and you have a 6-2 lead. Stuart has
put in a lot of abject performances this season and already four down.
He needs to win the next session. He doesn't look loose. Usually he is a
heavy scorer and he is bouncing around the table. If you have that
record against somebody, maybe you're not comfortable playing
certain players. You have played someone four times and lost four
times, you won't be completely happy. And a lot of people are
talking of Kyren Wilson as a future champion. Do the players read
newspapers and listen to TV? You should use that for motivation, if
people are talking about their opponents, you say, I'm a world
champion. Anthony Magill was 4-0 up. You can give yourself a team talk
and think, you're not going to win today. Thank you for the moment.
Plenty to keep you entertained during the interval. Today is World
Snooker's disability day. The day when the sport welcomes disabled
people from across the counts richlt snooker was -- across the country.
Snooker was part of the original games. And they have opened their
doors to give players some coaching and we have been to see what the
sport has planned for helping disabled people get involved with
snooker. Billiards and snooker got together with Mencap to help
disabled players. I dropped in on one of their weekly session. This is
a brilliant initiative. Yes we are trying to reach out into the
community. This project is engagement with Mencap here in
Sheffield and it is partly funded by Sport England. This is a pilot
project to try and see how far we can push the sport into communities.
As you can see, it is starting to work. Aaron, you are the star of the
show, without your coaching, this wouldn't be happening. How did you
get involved? Thank you what it started was we got fund and went
down to the Crucible and they said would we be interested in doing a
joint protect -- project and of course the answer was yes. There was
even a chance for me to sharpen my skills. These guys are good, but I'm
going go for it. Stop. How many did you get? Let's
see. A big crowned of applause. Thank you. Christopher, you look
like a pro already. How long have you been playing. This is the eighth
session. This is Christopher's eight session and you have the shot of the
relay? Yes. I take my shot and I go at it nice and carefully and not so
fast. And the guys are really aware of it and they're great. Snooker's
an inclusive sport, everything can have a chance and he has put smiles
on people's faces and got them in a place where they might never have
been until they found snooker. Well, I have had the best time and this
initiative has been great and I got my own medal! It has been brilliant.
Snooker! I was pleased with myself for that. We had a great day with
Sheffield Mencap and now I'm joined by two people who you saw in the
film, the chairman of the WDPS. We are trying to get people with
disabilities out to play snooker and it is such an accessible sport and
running tournaments in the UK and we are talking to Denmark and Belgium
and China about running broader events. We have people who travel
long distances to play tournament. It is for people with any ability
and we want people to get involved. It is a brilliant initiative and we
saw from being at Sheffield Mencap how involved everyone was and how
much they got out of it. What is the future? The future is that snooker
was in the Paralympics until 1988 and it dropped out. Our ambition is
to get it back and we want to work to get snooker back in the
Paralympics, where it belongs. Chris, he is responsible for the
coaches, because these sessions can't happen without coaches. We
have a structured programme and have a specialist disability coach and we
have a lot of things happening. It is not often in sport that snooker
fans, people with disability, anybody can come to the biggest vent
and get involved. That is what this day has been about. Being a coach is
rewarding as well? We saw Aaron last October and he has developed into
running his own sessions and changed those people's lives from a snooker
point of view. We have five events in our calendar year and day one of
each is free for taking part and you may never have picked up a snooker
cue in your life. Come and get involved. We have experts on hand
and we will the door to something you may be happy competing in. Even
can get involved. Just from that session alone, I myself got to see
how much you can learn from playing? You got involved and picked up a cue
and potted some balls. Thane Veitation is open to everybody. The
vision is -- that invitation is open to everyone and we want people to
gets involved and get inspired. Well done on all the hard work and enjoy
the 40-year celebrations. Back to you. Well done with that medal.
You're not wearing it though? I will wear it tomorrow. Now time for
another snooker player coming in to answer general knowledge questions
and questions about themselves. We are here for another edition of Pot
Quiz and our guest is Marco Fu. You didn't have a go at this last year.
The best time so far to beat is one minute 35 pi by the defending
champion. The rules are five questions, for every question you
get right, you take a ball off the table and you put the cue ball on
the table, pot all the reds and finish off potting the black. First
question, which player have you played most times at the Crucible?
Martin Gould. Correct. I thought that was worth a round of applause,
but don't worry. What is your highest ever Crucible break? Ooh.
136? No. 138 in 2016. You made your Crucible debut in 1999, who
contested the final that year? Hendry and Mark Williams. Correct.
APPLAUSE. You reached the semi-final here in 2006, losing to Peter Ebdon,
name two of the men you beat here that year. Stephen Maguire. Is one.
Ken. And Ken Docherty. For a bonus, can you name the other one? Sorry?
There is no bonus points. Yourer your last question, in what year did
sovereignty of Hong Kong pass from the UK to China and we will give you
one year either way. 1997. Correct. Nailed on there. So you got four
correct. So take any four reds off the table. OK. That one. So far he
has gone down the middle. Hmm. ??TAKE? this long on the shot.
Another one. I don't know. You don't know. I'm not sure. That one. You
put the cue ball anywhere on the table and your time starts when you
hit the cue ball. Doing a bit of mileage early on,
wearing those new shoes in. Oh, he won't be happy with that. Careless!
That is a nice strike. That is somebody in form. You can tell. That
is something who has had the weightlifted off their shoulders by
getting through the first round. So far this is perfect. It looks like
the Hong Kong Fu we know. 30 second we are up to. Plenty of time. 1. 35
to beat. That watch keeping that bridge hand so still! Four reds
left. Plenty of time. 50 seconds. More or less half way. He is
studying the table, I love it. He is a bit wrong-sided on this red. Oh!
He has missed it! Time now is important. Minute and 10 seconds.
Still not rushing. He is not happy with that one. That was tension. He
has 15 seconds left. This has got to go in. It's in! APPLAUSE. Thank you.
It was tight. But at the end, it was one minute... 27 seconds.
Marco top of the leaderboard and he is back in the second round on
Sunday. Not long after that, was recorded Steve went for a drive with
Stuart Bingham. Quickly. Stuart, the meter's
running. He is paying for this taxi. I'm doing petrol in here. I have
other fares to pick up today. Smile. Remember that. A bit too tight to go
backwards. I didn't know reversing was in the contract. Is this going
to be like Driving miss Dazy? Hill. Wait a minute. Handbrake start. It
is like going back to your days of... Did you pass your test first
time? Yes. Did you? I did. I had immense pressure on my brother,
because everyone in my family passed go. He said, don't let the family
down. Did you... That is all right. I did that when I passed the test.
My emergency stop was like just spot on. I nailed it. Just failed hitting
the pedestrian by... It wasn't the emergency stop we thought it was
going to be. It was another one. I hesitate to say the words, because
there is people at home sitting watching BBC and there is a drinking
game where a presenter says certain words they have a drink. One is...
Crucible curse. Bosch! Something has nailed a whisky on this. If you say
Crucible curse that is another one down the hatch. How did that feel.
Did it build up? Yeah. It was an honour to have that curse. For
drink? Yes. But just... It was a big pressure. I had one of toughest
draws against Alex. Handbrake on. Traffic's is terrible. This is the
posh end of town. Nigel bond lives here. Are you a techno phobe. I got
the wife a fit bit watch. She hasn't got a clue how to use it. You
encourage her to do a bit of walking around zm? Have you the Wii around
and hoover. They're good. Are they? So I have heard. What about around
the house. I do my own ironing, my mum at 16, said do your ironing. I'm
one of few on tour. Have you tried ironing without a... I'm in the
wrong lane. I have to cut this bus up. You should have indicated. I
have done the windscreen wiper. I will wait until somebody lets me in.
I have a steam generated iron. Is that your own one. Do you let your
wife near that? Yes, she does her ironing. I do mine. Does she put
kreezs in her sleeve -- creases in her sleeves. It is an honour to be
in the same car as you. The last time you done this, you dropped me
back at the airport. That is your house. Nearly ran over Medal Man.
Thank you. Sorry we have missed the start of your match. But yeah. Good
luck. You have been docked three points.
Can you imagine being an a night out in Sheffield and Steve Davies pops
up. No wonder Stuart is 4-0 down. The quote was where I say it was an
honour to have the curse. I think we know what he meant. He means it
means you have come here with a chance. If people want help with
their game. Anything to do with it. If you have a cue action problem.
Film it side on and let's have a look at it and we can help you with
your game. Get involved via social media and if you want questions
answered, use social media. Massive game coming up tonight here at the
Crucible. We can't wait for this one. Blink and you will miss him,
Ronny o' Sol van. Happy to be in the tournament and every player loves
playing at the Crucible. You have to embrace it all. I came here in a
good form a few years ago and he swept me to one side. You're not
just playing Ronnie, but his entourage and most of the crowd.
Last time I got too involved with the other stuff and forgot to pray.
-- play. We don't need to build this up any more. Last 16, Shaun Murphy,
Ronnie O'Sullivan, live on the red button. Genuinely, John, and Steven,
can't way for this one. It should be a fantastic match. Whether it will
be, I don't know. I think Shaun has the game to beat Ronnie. I don't
know whether he is mentally strong enough. Do we this there is extra
spice given that Shaun Murphy piled into the row over so Sullivan not
talking to the press. Maybe. Shaun will have to concentrate like... You
know he has got to be at his best and his safety must be good. You
have to make sure he doesn't git chances. Is he capable of beating
him. He has to maintain his concentration. Ronnie looked good
the other day. So stop whatever you're doing tonight and switch on
that red button and the BBC Sport app. It could be a cracking first
session. Murphy and O'Sullivan tonight. Now back to or live match
and Kyren Wilson 4-0 up on Stuart Bingham.
The way the table's been playing he will have to hit this very hard.
He has not got away with it this time.
That is a nice opening red from Stuart Bingham.
That is a decent pot, the first red into the middle. Cut the red into
the middle again now. He needs to make a sizeable break to calm
himself down. 33 is still his highest break. Stuart is just
missing. I will give him the benefit of the
doubt, he actually got a kick there. The white did bounce when it hit the
cue ball. That was an horrendous kick. When
you're 4-0 behind, that is what you don't want. That was by no fault of
his own and still the reds are available and I think the black
maybe as well. Yes he feels it is, so it must be.
He can then bring both reds away from the black spot.
Maybe screw back and nudge the right-hand of the reds away.
The pink has gone on to the black spot, that means he doesn't have go
for the blue and bring the reds into play.
REFEREE: Somebody's ear piece is a bit loud, can you turn it down?
Deep screw shot there with lots of right-hand side.
You see the side taking effect off the cushion.
He has a red into the centre after this pink.
He is going for the blue after the red in the centre. Slightly underhit
that. He has finished straighter on this red than he would have liked
to. This was the red that was stopping
the pink going on its own spots, I think.
We talk about the tables tshs cloth being quick. We have known it is not
so quick today. But the talk about sometimes the greens at Augusta
being very fast and quick. We will show you a gentleman in a
minute who has just come back from Augusta. There is Andy O'Sullivan.
He lives in Nuneaton now. That is his son. He's great player and come
to watch the snooker live here. Whyatt with Colin Wilson 40 points
in front. He will take the brown. Could even play the yellow. That is
not a bad choice. Yes, and as ever, it will be a question of how the
cannon turns out. And that will do very nicely. Red into the left
corner, or the left-centre. He will be going up it into the blue here.
This is what will hurt more than anything, he knows that these could
and maybe should have been all his. That was another huge kick which has
taken all the base out of the cue ball. You see the cue ball jump.
Another example of how slow the table is again. Just the red needed.
Stuart was very unlucky to have had that kick and left Kyren this chance
was that he has had to sit and suffer and he knows that he will
have to somehow win two of the remaining three frames, if not all
three. He could bring these two reds into
play. No century but Kyren Wilson will be absolutely delighted. He now
leads by five frames to nil. And, Peter, you have to feel sorry for
Stuart. The first four frames, could easily have been 2-2. But when you
get such a horrible cake, it's just not fair sometimes. Yes, Stuart
certainly had chances this morning. You can see from this terrible
contact, the red jump, the cue ball jumped the red was thrown offline --
terrible kick. He looks a lot better in himself that he did in the early
part of the match because he really was all at sea. He has managed to
gather his thoughts and he is looking a lot more positive, a lot
more reflective. He will be very disappointed with the way things
have gone this morning. His positional play especially. I
totally agree, what is your view on why we are getting these kicks? It
is a never ending saga, so much more today. I don't we have seen as many
kicks in the first four days as we have seen on this one table.
Certainly there has been a lot more kicks this morning. It can be
atmospheric. You know, we really know. The balls play so differently,
and so more reactive and off more that a lot of players don't like it
when the polish is applied to the balls. Reflecting on what is going
to happen are not what has happened. The match has come to an early end
on the other table. They have this wonderful arena to themselves now.
Stuart has been left a shot to nothing.
Under normal circumstances, it would have been very difficult to hold for
the blue, from a cut like that. Because this cloth is obviously
playing considerably slower than the previous cloth, he was able to hold
for the blue there, and played it very well. What you tend to find is
that when the cloth is playing slow like this, just to move the cue ball
around the table, the players are not having to play a series of
either stolen or very hard stunt shots, when normally they would
prefer -- either stun or very hard stun shots, when normally they would
prefer to stroke them as smoothly as they could. The reason is that these
clots throw off an awful lot with side. When you are using power and
side you through the cue ball offline and you can miss anything.
So it is challenging for both players when the table is playing
slower. And the other important aspect with regard to that is the
fact that when you hit the ball is harder, obviously the object balls
are reaching the pockets with more pace and that makes the pockets play
smaller. Slightly out of position. But played that well.
Very shortly, Kyren Wilson will be looking to leave himself an angle on
a colour, to open up the pack of reds.
When the pink is just that inch of the pack like it is now, would you
rather go into it from the green or yellow than the blue, Peter?
Definitely, because they're all sorts of things that could happen.
You could be really unlikely, it's the pink and nothing could slide off
the pack if you don't get full contact on. So even though the green
here is a little bit thinner than he would have liked, he has taken the
brown, he will have to hit is very hard, with lots of right-hand side.
He would have preferred to have been on a nice angle on the green because
the angle he left himself on the brown, he had to hit that really
hard. Lots of right-hand side, probably got too much side. He will
be disappointed with that. How on earth is the gap between the
pack of reds and the thing? When things are going bad, you can only
smile. Everything going wrong at the moment. Played the safety shot, red
into the pack, and look at the red. Straight through the gap and over
the corner pocket. It is not fair sometimes.
No real advantage. He may try to sneak him behind the green.
He will be playing an aggressive safety here, trying to bring the
black interplay. He wants to make sure a red doesn't go over the
left-hand corner at the same time, the way things are going at the
minute. Just not happening, just not
happening. Can't hit a shot like. Another excellent pot. When you keep
saying when things are going right, the way he is looking to play. In
fairness, if you can cut the black in with Czech side and come down the
side, he would be on all three reds. He could do the same of the pink.
The same pocket as he is playing the pink now. He has found one in the
opposite corner, has he? Must be on. That's the one.
Just shows when you misjudge a shot, what can happen. He thought the red
was clearly available, but obviously not quite. Now then, Stuart, you are
39 points behind. You have got to make a frame-winning break.
Got to make sure he gets past the pink spot area.
Maybe he is planning to leave the cue ball somewhere near the pink
spot now so he has the reds in the middle. This is where he passes the
pink, the bottom red of the three. You can see it clearly does. That
shot has opened up the two reds to the opposite corner. All he has to
do now is be careful, don't do anything silly, because this frame
is there for the taking. Just lost the cue ball a touch
there. A bit thinner than he would have liked. Should be OK, still.
Played it well. He has got to go round the back of
the black, I think, and the way things are going he doesn't want to
go round the back. Maybe the only red he can get on is the one he is
nearest to now. Just about got there. Three or four inches of pace.
All of a sudden, from being in prime position. That is a good shot.
Choice of three colours, yellow, blue or brown.
This is the tee shot, needs to go round the back of the black. Never
at any point in that break at the cue ball under control.
I know the balls were there for the taking, but considering the way
things have gone. That thing, he did well to make 52 there. Not a good
shot at all. Perhaps fortunate that the red did not end up in a possible
position for Kyren in the centre. Didn't get a very good cue ball
there. There may be some value in taking on
the cue ball crossed table. The cue ball would be coming down towards
the black. That's what he's played. Yes, great effort from this time it
has worked in Stuart Bingham's favour. You can see this red. You
don't blame Kyren at all for playing the shop the way he did. It was
about the only way it could have jawed Peter and left a pot on, the
way it finished. Yes, there was and I suggested that shot is it is was
like a shot to nothing. It is very rare that you get a better one. That
is what happened. Stuart Binny will be mightily relieved.
He needed to win this frame and luckily for him he got the second
chance. APPLAUSE Stuart Bingham made the highest
break of the match so far, 52, and he will be very relieved to get a
frame on the board. STUDIO: Just something about Stuart Bingham
before he walked out today, usually you see him backstage and he looks
really relaxed and happy to chat but today there was something different
about him backstage. It is a big match and we have mentioned it a
couple of times, he doesn't have a great record against him so maybe a
bit of trepidation. But not the same dance about. It would be happy to
get the first frame and abroad. If he could win at least one of the
next two, because it is a longer match, the first to 13, it is not
totally desperate. Who would love to win the last two. Threw in these
long matches sometimes you will have a bad session. That is about damage
limitation. Sometimes the difference between 7-1, and 6-2, or 5-3 when it
comes to the final session can be huge. What would be the ideal
scenario? In the last two frames, simple as that. If he can get out of
this session 5-3 he will think he has won the pools. He has included.
Kyren has been by far the better player. You can't win the World
Championship having a perfect session every single time, not
likely to happen. When you're playing someone like Kyren Wilson as
well, there's the fact you are the former Crucible champion play on the
mind and they heavily on the shoulders? It shouldn't do. Stuart
is experienced enough to know that is in the past. This is a new match.
Kyren hasn't exactly blown him off the table. He is getting chances all
the time, Stuart Bingham. Kyren Wilson was in the balls, and made a
poor error, a poor misjudgement, it could have been 6-0. He has been
given a lifeline. Can he take advantage? Hopefully take the last
two frames. Let's find out. Back to Willey and Peter. COMMENTATOR: He
needs to break off better than that, cannons into the blue. Luckily for
him he has not left and easy opening red. Schoolboy error, this.
APPLAUSE Nice opening pot. Stuart Bingham.
Played the cannon well. He may elect to leave himself and angle on the
black to go into the reds. Get himself high, possibly. He has left
himself quite straight. And all of a sudden, having got his
first frame on the board, Stuart is beginning to move around the table
with his usual fluency. He played that really well. That was an
excellent shot. Three reds, three blacks. He can
certainly play this red to get onto the black here with the pink being
out of commission commune of a now. Whether he is playing well enough at
this moment in time to put in the magic number remains to be seen.
It's great when you're in this position you can play the choices,
three reds off one shot. Would you leave yourself a choice of shots?
One in the middle, one in the corner? Playing this red, it opens
up the other two reds. The thinking about the maximum,
finish low on the next black monthly in the cluster of five, knowing that
you will still be on the red in the bottom of the pack. He played the
screw into the pack again. No need to, of course. He will have to go
into them at some stage. Not this time. I'm sure now he will be
thinking of 147. The problem, should he decide to go
into the cluster now of five, he hasn't got a red that could come to
his rescue. He is going to play for the loose one.
Using that one to travel. Nowhere near where he played. Two feet short
of where he meant to be. And a maximum now. He may decide to play
the thin red into the right centre, but it is very difficult. Taking the
red into the left centre, on the black if this goes in... He has
overcut it. He will be disappointed, that was an opportunity.
Trying to decide if he leaves the white anywhere near the left hand
corner pocket, and whether Stuart could cut this sin. -- could cut
this in. Got to be careful, Stuart is 56
points in front and does not want the referee to say this is going
nowhere, you have three shots each to play an aggressive shot otherwise
it is a rewrite. Wilson will want that now, obviously, being 56 points
behind. 50 odd in front of Andy Hicks eight years ago, in the last
evening session, he warned us after some tip tapping, about the losing
frame. I was very pleased. It is not the sort of thing that
happens often, but it can do. A very big risk, Stuart to play that
aggressive safety shot. Whether he is prepared to do that remains to be
seen. This is a huge frame. The difference between 6-1 and 5-2.
John Parrott committee quite rightly said in the studio, if Stuart
Bingham can finish this session 5-3 down... He really would feel he's
had a tremendous result. Given the way that he has played so far.
You feel that it may well have to be Stuart Bingham that plays the
aggressive safety shot, because trailing by 56 points, Kyren Wilson
will just keep rolling into these reds, he will want there to be a
rewrite which is the last thing in the world that Stuart once. --
re-rack. Stuart cleverly taking that opportunity to push a read on to be
side cushion there. A bit of insurance. Should Kyren get a good
opportunity in this frame... Kyren has left a pot on. It is
fraught with danger, capable of pushing another red to the cushion
but this is going nowhere at the moment.
Kyren is looking to see if he can play a shot here to pot the red in
the middle, he must be careful not to have a push shot here. That might
have been a push... He called one himself, that is very kind of Kyren
Wilson, I'm sure that the referee would have called anywhere but he
made the decision of the referee easy by calling the foul on himself.
Well done, Kyren Wilson. The reason it was definitely a push shot, the
whites did not try and come back off it. Putting no spin on it at all. A
very relieved Stuart Bingham. A great chance for a maximum eight few
moments ago, the key thing was to win that frame.
The frame is now clearly over. Stuart Bingham has the chance
Stephen Hendry was talking about, to get
out of this session 5-3, it looks like he has won it, he was
struggling as much as I'd never seen him struggle at the Crucible, in the
opening four or five frames -- as I had ever seen him struggle at the
Crucible. A very relieved Stuart Bingham.
Winning the seventh frame, trailing now by 5-2.
STUDIO: What is your assessment of that frame, what did you pick out
for us? Obviously, we have a wonderful sport that we play and the
great thing is the integrity, no doubt that this is a push but the
first thing for Kyren Wilson, he held up his hand to it. Playing
close, each rise to drive the cue back but he knows straightaway
himself he has played a push shot. He tells the referee it is a push,
and the foul is against himself. Once again it's another example of
sportsmanship. We have seen a couple this week already? Stuart gave
himself one of the other day and never touched the black. And he went
on to call himself a plonker, what did you think of that frame? Stuart
was on at the beginning, the chance of 147, it went away. It is getting
those frames in now. As I say, we haven't seen many Huybrechts, the
highest was 71 from both players. Still a lot of good qualities there
-- hi breaks. But Stuart Bingham would have taken 6-2 but now he
could get 6-3. It would be bizarre, Kyren Wilson would be 5-3 up but he
would be disappointed. Stuart would be thinking, I've got out of jail!
These matches are all about momentum, frame after frame after
frame. If Stuart can get this one, you will... John is right, he could
feel more positive about my's session. Questions coming in from
the viewers. There is a theme running through on whether you guys
play at all still. Someone wants to know, do you have tables at home and
do you practice on a template and yes, one above my garage, I a knot,
-- I play a knock, to remind myself that is what I used to do! And
sometimes you practice on these tables? Last night I practised, when
they have all got a new cloth on, in the arena, even though I haven't
played for a while I thought they were slow. It's interesting that the
boys in the commentary said that the cloth did not acquit, that's what I
thought. I'd been out a while. I play rarely, the odd exhibition
stuff, I do not have a table at home. A bit of golf now and again? I
love golf, when I can. I played this morning. Who won? I did! What a
surprise! Stephen Hendry the champion! Did not mind me asking
that question either, incredible! At this point in the tournament by now,
it is day six and there is normally a little, perhaps, known from the
players, politely I will say it, about how the tables play but they
have been doing really well this year? Excellent, as I say, a few
brushes and irons on them, maybe they will quicken up a bit, but they
seemed on the slow side a little yesterday. And Peter, the
commentators are doing a fine job. A lot of people on Twitter say that
they are enjoying your commentary, what did you make of the tables?,
COMMENTATOR: Playing slower than has done in the event so far. Both
players have struggled with that today. It is shots like this where
you have two puts an extra pace into the cue ball, and he very hard.
-- put extra pace into the cue ball, and hit it very hard.
You can play it relatively smoothly with a touch on to the right-hand
side. You can see there, he hit it quite
hard. But, the white has finished this side of the blue, and it is the
right hand side you put onto the cue ball there, it through the cue ball
thick. Interesting to see what Kyren
Wilson's concentration is like now, in the last couple of friends he has
had some chances. -- frames. This frame is one that he will be
desperate to win. In a strange way, he's had the
opportunity to possibly go 6-0 up, you may be slightly disappointed if
he wins this to go 6-2? He would be devastated if he only gets 5-3? It's
a great chance, exactly how he would like. Four more loose reds. To get
this frame before he has to worry about going into the bunch but
ideally he should play into the pack here. As long as you missed that red
next to the black and screw into the pack this time, it will work
perfectly. He has that loose rednecks to the black as well --
that loose red next to the black. Kyren Wilson has do get that black.
A lifeline for Stuart Bingham. Got through that a bit quick. Going
on the right-hand side with power, through the cue ball to the left.
That is why the black went back onto the
far jaw. Stuart will be buzzing inside, he will be delighted if he
can possibly finish this session only 5-3 down. Kyren looking under
pressure there. A terrible shot from Stuart Bingham. If he's on the pink,
he is very fortunate. A massive slice of fortune, he played the
previous red, and mis-hit it. Plum on the pink. That is why he has got
the name Ballroom Bingham. That was such good fortune. And saying that
come he has messed it up. He just misjudged the cannon of the
red in the pack, wanted to screw back another four to six inches
there. He will have to take his medicine and play a good safety
shot. So, a reprieve. Kyren Wilson...
Stuart will be very disappointed that he did not make a telling
contribution from that visit, if not a frame-winning contribution. And
that is a plant. Those Stuarts are either very close together or
touching. -- those reds are either very close together or touching.
This is an almost certainty to go in.
Just needs to make it, slightly... One of those reverse plants. Except
for the far jaw, two inches from the pocket but he could hit it in. If
it's thin, I don't fancy it being a plant.
In fairness, it is his turn to be the unfortunate. Playing it's thin,
wanting to reverse, you have to go thick to make the angle. Will he
take the long green on to win the frame? Or did him a chance to win
the frame? Looking at the angle... This is the sort of shot that under
pressure, it touch at the left-hand side, you can get through the ball
quickly and go thick. He needs to cue this smoothly...
That was the problem, he got through that a little quick with a touch of
the left-hand side. And through the grain thick.
He saw another chance, for Stuart Bingham.
This really should be 5-3 now. I was about to say, it is amazing how many
times and interval changes matches but looking at the score, Kyren
Wilson came out after the interval and made a break of 70 to go 5-0 in
front. In that tie it was 33, Bingham has since made a break of
50, into two frames he has every chance of making a sizeable
contribution here, the black is out of play but the pink is available in
all four high-scoring corner pockets here. The two Middles and the two
Kontas. -- Corners. Ideally off one of the next two or
three reds he will get that green out of the way.
Playing the green now, but whether he will do or not... Yes, he is
playing it. Making it easy around the reds around there. Isn't it
strange, the Peter Dooley arrow keys of the psychology of snicker? Kyren
Wilson will be very disappointed if he leads 5-3 but if you gave him
that at the start, he would have been delighted. Before the ball was
potted? Absolutely. He would have taken it in a heartbeat. Quite
right, this was a mind game. When you have 21 days here, under this
much pressure, you will go through spells like this. Stuart Bingham
now, as they were saying in the studio, if you've got a bad session,
making it a 5-3 session, he has had his bad session here and he's going
to come out 5-3. Stephen Hendry used the phrase
"Damage limitation" in the studio... At the moment, Stuart Bingham is
doing a very good job of managing that situation. He will be
absolutely delighted. If he can finish this session only 5-3
behind... That young man will be very disappointed. Just one more red
is needed, playing for choice... You are kidding me? Wow. Did he have a
kick here? I don't think so, just getting on those two
reds. But with the black where it is an those two reds where they are, he
is still the massive favourite to get this frame. He will have to go
through the ringer for a little while now.
Another very good shot with the rest from Wilson, he is very strong in
that department. 11 out of 11, 100%! Wow...
You can see the statistics. This is tough, he will have to play this
with some pace. What a shot! Unfortunately he has finished
straight. You would have loved angle on this last red, second to last
red, sorry, he could have rolled the read out and coming for the pink. He
will play this snicker behind the green or brown, probably behind the
green, but every chance that he can snooker on both reds. Must make sure
that you cover the red with the blue and the green. That is not a good
shot committee can take this on... 35 points in it, this is frame ball,
he won't be kissing the red off the cushion. That last shot from Kyren
Wilson was poor? He erred on the side of caution. He made sure he
gave himself no chance of dislodging this other red from the cushion.
Quite a task safety shot here, playing with a lot of right-hand
side. He has played it really well. An
excellent safety shot. Slightly short... With pace but very good,
good line. He would love to have a go but if he plays this and jaws the
red, he could bring the others into play. I would refuse this one.
Refused it for that reason, probably. Has Kyren Wilson tried to
move the other red out? He is a very attacking player and
has already looked at it. The only problem with that shot is that
there's the possibility playing this with pace, that the cue ball could
stay where red is. That is brilliant! Absolutely
brilliant. He has been very, very unlucky. A wonderful pot, taking the
opportunity to move the red off the black cushion. He has got a
straightforward safety shot, but he will be very disappointed not to be
on a colour there. He has to play the brown, full ball.
The only problem is, he will need the black of the last red. He better
hope that this is a snooker! He's got the opportunity to bring the
black off the cushion and leave the snick
-- snooker behind the pink. He is looking there now. I think that
would be a very good shot, because Stuart not only has two hit the red,
he had to leave it safe. He needs to avoid a double-kiss on
the black here. Unfortunately, for him, he did not
avoid it. But I still think that he has got the snooker. A bit sticking
out there. That was not a very good shot.
Stuart can just clip this thread. -- read.
If he does clip it, the red will be heading into the middle pocket. The
fact that Kyren has brought the black of the cushion... May even
play it back into baulk. He had better cover it up.
There is a possibility here, if Kyren hits the cushion first, he
might be able to hit the back side of the red and send the cue ball
towards the green and brown, hopefully for him, behind the brown.
It is key to get the object ball safe here.
Not bad. Obviously from match .com he wasn't quite snookered. We didn't
realise he could actually see the red. Under the circumstances, that
was a very good shot, played with lots of left-hand side. Tried to get
the cue ball behind the brown depending on whether the cue ball
made contact with the baulk cushion. The safety shot the Stuart but he
could play this would left-hand side and send the red behind the black
and the cue ball behind the brown. That is what he has tried. It is a
great effort. Great effort. APPLAUSE
Kyren is in one of those situations where I don't think if he can hit it
hard enough to stun the red. He is bound to get some sort of shot on
the black, should he pot it. The White will be somewhere near the
blue spot if he plays it at pace. I don't think he has hit it hard
enough. He has left an easy snooker and the red made pass the black into
the green pocket. Would you pay the pot or the snooker? I would play the
snooker. Looks like he is playing the pot.
It is there. Perhaps that is one of the reasons Stuart beat me to --
five in the first round! Barring snookers, Stuart Bingham has
performed a miracle. Has got out of this session 50 red. Well played,
Stuart Bingham. -- 50 red. He has managed to pull this out of
the fire. He will be absolutely delighted.
What a wonderful second shot that is.
Just relax a little bit. The fact that he is delighted to have got
back into the match, just relaxed a little bit on that yellow. No
massive breaks from Stuart but has played great matchplay snooker from
5-0 behind. Got him three frames on the board.
Good opportunity to lay a snooker here for Kyren Wilson. That is far
too thin. And that is it. Well played Stuart Bingham. He will be
absolutely delighted to finish this session only 50 red down.
Studio-macro that is why we love this sport and this game. Kyren
Wilson, 5-0 up and cruising. He will be saying he has given Stuart
Bingham an opportunity to get back into this match. Yes, but if anybody
asked him, would you once 5-3 lead, he would have taken it. Stuart is
delighted, Kyren is disappointed. But tonight he will still be
thinking 5-3 down, not ideal and Kyren Wilson will be saying, once
you think about it, 5-3 lead, wins again tomorrow morning, ten -- six
going into the final session. You can see that at ten o'clock tomorrow
morning. In the meantime, let's bring you up today what is happening
on the other table. Neil Robertson taking on not one sign cam. We join
it in the second frame of the second session.
COMMENTATOR: Great pot. Unlucky with the position.
He has gone for the yellow ball. This is a different way. Three
questions to hit the yellow. Lots of side.
What a shot. Terrific escape and another lovely smile from Noppon.
Just got to be careful here. If he misses this time, he will be warned.
OK. The age-old problem was always the possibility of a red going over
this right-hand corner pocket. Can he hold for the black? He would like
to be able to screw the cue ball in potting this red along the top
cushion, if he could. He's going to be hampered slightly
with the red. Makes this pot a little bit more difficult.
Had to be careful on his delivery, the cue didn't hit the red. Played
it nicely. If he can get rid of the red after potting this black, the
wombat blocks the path of the black into the right-hand corner pocket,
it will open up both corner pockets. Two reds he can get on here. Bottom
red from the five underneath the black. Couple of choices.
He is going to need a nice angle on the blue again so he can disturb the
pack of reds around the black. That's OK, there is a red gone
towards the middle pocket and one towards the corner. He is on the
yellow. He took the opportunity there. Was unlucky not to finish on
the blue. But the yellow was always on.
That was a strange positional shot from Noppon.
But that's a good recovery. He has obviously got a lot of confidence in
his long potting. He is starting to enjoy being at the Crucible Theatre,
even though he is so far behind. I was thinking, the winner of this
match will play Marco Fu and he was 7-1 down against Luca Brecel and
came back and won that match. Incredible comeback, he played some
incredible snooker in the second session of that match. It looks like
Noppon is starting to relax and enjoy himself. He was very nervous
yesterday. But still enjoyed just being here in the whole ambience and
the Na style check atmosphere. It is a great experience for him. Now he
is just starting to relax. Smiling again.
He has made 54 break. Turnaround from Noppon. Fantastic break and he
wins another frame. But it is Neil Robertson, still only two for a
place in the next round. STUDIO: Noppon making a good start
in this session. Robertson is needing just one frame to set up a
tie with Marco Fu on Sunday. Early stages and Robertson is on a break.
This is a good chance for the former world champion here, Neil Robertson.
He has left himself a little straighter on the black. Just a
little bit careless but it shouldn't be a problem. He will have to head
up for the blue now. You want to keep close control, rather than
having to keep heading up for the blue and then back again. If he
takes the red in the middle pocket, he can stay on the black, which will
be better for him. Was talking to a friend of Neil
Robertson, sometimes practices with him. He says Neil has been
practising as hard as he has ever seen for this championship. Hasn't
had the best of seasons so far. His only win was back almost 11 months
ago. No one has been really mentioning Neil. The joint
favourites. Mark Selby and Judd Trump, but Judd Trump has already
gone. People talking about Ronnie O'Sullivan and John Higgins, but
nobody mentioning Neil. He is doing very nicely here, he could be in
with a shout this year. He said, he has come in under the radar a little
bit. It might suit him. Not coming here with a big favourite tag on his
shoulders. Sometimes it can weigh heavy on the player. Once again, he
has come up a long way short. He made a string of breaks early on in
the match yesterday, including the 113. No, it is not their... Just!
Didn't think that was going in. Probably the new cloth has helped it
because it has gone in the angle. Thought he missed it. That looked
wide. Just the pace. Any harder, it
certainly wouldn't have dropped. No need to go into that reds, there
are enough loose red Baird to secure the frame and the match.
He looks a bit bemused. Overdone it this time.
That was the problem. Now he is left with quite a tricky one. Still
plenty of reds on the table as we show you the cannon. You never know
exactly where the white is going to finish. It couldn't have finished
any more awkward. He can see the pink. He can see the black. I think
the pink might be slightly easier pot. Only a couple of pots away from
winning the match here. Terrific cueing. That is the end and it has
to be said, the young player from Thailand, Noppon Saengkham, smiled
all the way through this match. Didn't get off to a good start. Did
well this afternoon, winning the two opening frames. I am sure we will be
seeing much more of Noppon. Has been a great experience for him. Some
good games against some top players. Anthony Hamilton being one of them.
Ian Walker as well, former quarterfinalist here. I think he has
enjoyed himself, hasn't he? A lot of them might have come through, Graeme
Dott had to come through the qualifying rounds. Although he is
such an experienced player here, Graeme Dott. Graeme Dott played well
and was too tough for Ali Carter. Wouldn't it be ironic if the former
champion finished a century break. No century break, that is wide.
Noppon comes forward. Congratulate the former world champion. I like
that. Charming gentleman from Thailand. He waves to everyone as he
leaves the Crucible Theatre. We will see him again. The Australian was
too strong and in the end he ran out of very comfortable winner. Neal,
you obviously want to bury the match as quickly as possible? It is a
tough position to be in, 7-2 and the match is still alive. But it is
difficult to lose 9-1 from there. Not quite the same motivation as
yesterday, but Noppon came out all guns blazing, putting in all kinds
of crazy balls. He made a bit of a match of it in the end. Very happy
to get through, that is what it's all about, the first round. I got
yesterday was a professional performance, some good play by
myself and potted some crucial balls. You can never take anything
for granted. Michael Holt beat you last year. As someone who is one of
the favourites, you must have noticed and had your own thoughts on
that incredible when Rory had over Judd Trump? Yes, that is the other
side of the draw. It is irrelevant with my hopes this year. Maybe, Judd
and I would have had to make the final for that to be significant.
Last year I played Michael Holt, who has been playing like a top-10
player for the last 18 months. This day, it was nice to have somebody
who is inexperienced and I put him under pressure early yesterday.
Marco Fu in the second round. It is a cliche, but there are no easy
matches, especially in the last 16? Apart from Judd, all the matches
probably went as what you thought they would do. It is fantastic for
the title to have the top seeds in. It is going to be so hard to win.
Well done. STUDIO: The key thing Neil Robertson
used, a professional job done by the Australian. Look at that draw. John
Parrott and Stephen Hendrie still with me in the studio, it is loaded
with big names? If you had asked at the start of the programme, who did
you think, you would pick Mark Selby, but look at the names in
there. And the bottom half is no easier to pick the winner in. Is
this the year of former champion wins it or can you see somebody
causing a massive shock? It would be difficult to choose. It comes from
the top half of the draw? I think so. Ronnie had a hard match and he
had to work hard. But if he is focused and here for the 17 days
with his snooker head on, he will take some beating. I don't know what
you have planned for the night, cancel what you had planned, but hit
the red button at seven o'clock but this. The rockets, Ronnie
O'Sullivan. Here comes the Magician, Shaun Murphy. I am happy to be in
the tournament, happy to be out there playing. You have to embrace
it all. I came here in good form a few years ago and he swept me to one
side. He is capable of anything. You don't just play Ronnie, you play his
entourage, the intimidation factor. You play the crowd. Last year I got
involved in all the other stuff and forgot to play. It is snooker, not
boxing. 7pm the night and we are on the red button every night. I am
cancelling my plans for the night. It should be a cracker. The start is
important, Shaun Murphy needs a good start and he has to concentrate
because Ronnie looked in good form. How much are you looking forward to
it? It will be great to see. Words have been exchanged so it will be
nice to see how Shaun Murphy comes out. Slightly earlier finish because
of this afternoon's match, but make sure you are ready for seven
o'clock. Ronnie O'Sullivan against Shaun Murphy. Thanks for watching.
Ten people affected by mental health issues,
You're convinced it can help? Most definitely.
I feel I'm not going to be able to do it.
..joined by some special guests... You're the heroes.
2010 champion Neil Robertson is aiming to claim one of the last two remaining spots in the second round this afternoon, whilst last 16 round action gets underway on Table 2. These matches are increased to three sessions and are the best of 25 frames. Jason Mohammad introduces coverage from the Crucible Theatre.