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Hello again. It is a two of this United Kingdom championship and one


of the top tier is on this second day was between Stuart Bingham,


from Essex, and Hong Kong's Marco Fu. Before we see the action, let's


delve into the snooker vault to get some secret about the boy from


Basildon, who has had something of I think I'm a very confident person.


Just do it, get it, whatever! It is live! Some things happen and you


get a choice and you try to look at the positive side. I used to be


able to pick 10 reds up in one hand. That was my party trick! Getting


into the 16 is good. Now I am there, hopefully I can enjoy it. I am


pretty lazy at home! I used to do the work but now, my wife would


definitely say I have a bit lazy! I did have a remote control golf


trolley. That set me back a bit to. If you have a band round, you play


with it -- a bad round, you play with it... In any sport, you have


got to trust yourself and believe in yourself. Everything is about


you at the end of the day. If you start worrying about others, your


mind is not on the job in hand. You are playing the shots in front of


you. HAZEL IRVINE: As for Marco Fu, he


has struggled a bit to take it -- to stay in the top 32, though he


did have that memorable run to the Masters final in January. Let's get


into this in the early frames. The best of 11, in the company of


Stuart Bingham gets this opening frame underway. A pretty good


break-off shot. Not quite. Trying to get behind the yellow on the


cushion. A safety shot here for This should be an interesting


tussle. Stuart gaining in confidence all the time. But win in


Australia was a big one for him. -- It put him into the top 16. It


shows how tough it is to make the breakthrough. They call him the


Well done. Where is the cue ball going to end up? Not that good. He


is restricted with this positional play now. He might be able to do


that from the blue, getting onto From that camera angle, you could


Not a good pack to go into here. So easy to stick at the back of the


reds so he needs a bit of extra That is pretty good. He has opened


a few out. Marco is not under It is nice working with him, of


course. He made 130 and 120 in his last tournament but has shown a bit


better form than he had previously. Like many players, he got married


last year and it is a change of life. He is very happy within


himself. But his game hasn't been Stuart has certainly split them out


there. It has worked to his advantage, not getting on the black


as he intended, believe it or not, providing he knocks in this red


No. Now, this is one of the pet hates in snooker. You open up the


balls and give yourself a chance and miss, and in your opponent


comes and pots all the balls you That is what Marco will be hoping


for, but it is the opening frame, so... It will take both players a


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Dennis was talking there about the boy is settling down into the


tournament, and the history of the mind set of the players is that the


early rounds have been the best of six. But the rest of the season is


playing tournaments with the best out of seven and nine. So it is a


So they feel they have to get going more quickly in the UK


Championships. I think it is a good test. The best play usually comes


If you lose a session... I can understand the disappointment. It


will go to the longer frames once we get to the quarter final.


think what a players are pleased about in the new format is that it


is better on television. Previously, a lot of players, until we get to


the semi-final, are on the outside tables, which can be an advantage


And we have young players coming through, with the chance to show


And that is what the British public wants to see - the new talent


coming through and how they cope with the stars. And we have a


classic match - Ronnie O'Sullivan against Steve Davis. A fascinating


Everybody wondering if Steve can Meanwhile, market is taking full


advantage of that missed red from Stuart. -- Marco is taking full


Even though it is the best of 11, it is always nice to get the first,


A very good scorer, Marco Fu always has been. A good temperate --


temperament but up of late, his My son was over at the Institute of


Hong Kong, working with him for two I remember the first time I went to


Hong Kong with you, Steve Davis... I remember seeing you and Steve


Davis doing an advert with subtitles! That was really funny,


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This time, Stuart stays in his seat so Marco Fu takes the opening frame.


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He will be very pleased with that He has always been a bit of an


explosive player to me, Dennis, and he has been unbeatable. Yes, he


certainly was in Australia when he won his first ranking title a


Beautifully played. A pretty good Gulf as well, it is Stuart. -- a


Even if he was slightly hampered, he knew this would be an easy red


I don't blame him for not going into the reds. They are not a good


bunch to go into at present. I think he has found a gap. He has


left himself a choice of three A lot of people think you are


playing 5, 6, 7 shots ahead. Sometimes you are changing your


But sometimes you can leave yourself the choice, as he has done


Isn't it amazing Chris Bainger no matter how easy it is, you always


get a round of applause for a plant. He is now just debating whether to


possibly go into that bunch now. He And look where he has placed the


A good response from Stuart after that opening frame. Ooh, that


seemed to kick! It might have jumped a little bit. Whether he


He needs one of the baulk colours Still a good lead. He would rather


be 40-odd in front then behind. -- A straight forward safety shot for


Marco and fraction Lee on the thin side. But not bad. -- and a


That is a good length of safety shot. So important to leave your


opponent close to the cushion. Mix the sighting more difficult over a


distance and the bridge in hand is You have to be careful of those


types of shots. Very well played. The best safety shot of the match


so far. A possible gap down the table. The two reds from the left


He missed the pot but found the gap. Now, does Marco have a go at this


long red? If it is dead straight, it could go into the left corner


He needs to keep everything still... But he cued right across it. I


don't think he has covered that red from that picture, as it looks as


though the pink is snooker ring him That is not the red he is looking


at. He is looking at the one in the It is just the position he is


looking at. Difficult to get on the I tell you what, if they carry on


like this, we could have a cracking match on our hands. They are both


You used to play eight frames in the first session and nine in the


With the standard of play today, if you do start slowly, you could be


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two, three frames behind in no time Getting into the more difficult


Well, it looked difficult to me! He Any more pace, and the brown


wouldn't have dropped. But it is amazing. These players do not give


He misses the black but it doesn't make any difference. Things are now


Marco Fu finds himself 2-1 behind. Not doing a lot wrong, such is the


Marco Fu beat Stuart Bingham in the amateur World Championships, of


course. 11-10 was the score there. Then Stuart went on to win the


championships before turning He has taken a time to break


through, Stuart, but he has done it Ooh, that was close. But it has


given Stuart another chance. They seem to have opened the reds up


nicely. It is fairly crucial, if There is an attacking shot. And


There is plenty of room and he might be able to drop it in dead


No! Close! There's a red will go into this white corner. That is the


He cannot do anything with the pink at the moment. His plan might be


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red, a boot and then possibly get If he has an angle here, he has got


a choice of shots. Once again, he is heading back for the blue. He


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got a kick this time, but it has Every shot was played inch perfect,


positional whites. Now he is on to the black. Maybe he just likes


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Good position and play. He has got a choice. He can play the cannon on


to the pink and red. He could also roll the black in. It depends on


Still a possible 67 on the table. I think winning in Australia has


boosted his confidence. He looks so confident at the moment around the


table, especially after losing the opening frame. OK, he underhit that,


but the frame is well and truly There is not a lot between the top


players and the rest. Winning the Australian title has pushed him up


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Chants of a first century -- chance An unusual way to make a century,


but it doesn't make any difference at the Ken of the day.


centuries he has now made in his These boys are quick and very


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The black has got tied up again here. Both players would obviously


like to see the back in open play. He missed the red and the cannon.


It was worth a go. If he had rolled it into the middle, he could have


The blue is in, but he has not left anything so he will not mind losing


Marco who hit the wrong side of the red. That was not good cueing. This


might bring the black into play Even though he is slightly on the


wrong side of the blue, it is not a He did not intend to be the cushion


I'm not sure if he was playing into the pack, or trying to find the


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A good safety shot. The balls are If he could get past the reds, he


could get on to the black. Very He needs to run, he needs to keep


going. Is he OK? Does that red past the other one, or is it too tight?


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I think he was playing for the want It is a bit thinner than he was


hoping to leave. He can still play the cannon, but he might catch the


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A player finished on the other table and the APPLAUSE made it a


little awkward for Marco who. -- and the APPLAUSE made it a little


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This frame developing at much the same as the last one did. -- March.


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-- much the same as the last one Another few inches and he would


have been snookered. He has got to reds available. He is looking at


You can tell he had a little bit of safety in mind. The more he messes


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Misjudgment there and the chance He did not Cuba won all that well.


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-- cue. -- he did not cue that of He can leave himself on the back


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In the first four frames, there was a bit of break-building from both


players. Quite quick, as Dennis The pattern has changed since the


interval and Marco Fu now looks the Marco's game is a little more


rounded. There's one thing for certain - we are not going to have


a repeat of last year. Down in Telford, where Stuart won that


You can't believe it! He has touched the yellow! Can you believe


it? 57, the difference, 59 on the table. What a time to touch the


yellow with your sleeve. If he loses this frame, well... It would


Stuart was making sure he didn't get near the yellow. A good chance.


Not a chance he was expecting to get. I don't think I've ever seen


that, where iPlayer has needed a snooker and got it just with


touching the ball. -- where a He has hit that a bit too hard. A


slight angle, maybe, but he will He had a slight angle to work with


and the perfect angle to get over He can only afford one pink. The


In a way, he has nothing to lose, because he was not expecting to


beat here in this frame. He could leave himself on that pink and does


not have to force it to get back on He was hoping to leave it into the


left middle pocket and it might go past the blue, which means it will


be easy with regards to getting onto the colour he needs. Just


having a look at the scoreboard now. He may have to take it up into the


corner to make sure he gets He could now play the pink but he


needs another good shot. He could He played that well. That was


He's run it too far, slightly more than he intended. I am not sure if


he can drop it in dead weight and leave himself the right side of the


Amazing! It will be a very, very relieved Marco Fu who comes back to


the table. If he hadn't lost that frame with his sleeve touching the


yellow... Stuart Bingham has let his opportunities slip away there.


Because it really would have So he wasn't punished for that foul


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earlier. Marco Fu has pulled Marco Fu's safety has been very


good. Both players, really. 89% It makes such a difference if you


flick a baulk colour or hit it for He misjudged that one. Caught it


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Just a little short of pace so he has had a look at the black to see


if that is available into the corner. A straight forward position


There is no real value. With that red in the black spot, he could do


with getting that a way before getting on that black. But he has


got her a lot to do if he is to achieve that. -- he has got a lot


He has unintentionally removed that red, though. Well he pot the yellow


or is that end of break? -- will You must love those shots, Terry?


Looking right down the cue to see the cue action? Whatever turns you


A big shot, bringing the reds and pink into play and he hit that so


well. Fabulous cue action. Not that many players in the game could play


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REFEREE: Could you put the phone Still awkward but we have seen a


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couple of shots ago the cue power A little bit unfortunate. He played


a good shot there with the thin a cut on the blue. Round the left-


hand side to avoid the yellow and black and slight the overran it. --


I am not sure if he is going for The second one he has caught too


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thin in that pocket. He has put his Didn't get too close to that one


crew. -- that one. He will play the That was better but the problem is,


he is catching the second red mangrove. He has left the other one


Perfectly played and I am just wondering if he is going to risk


these reds available. I wonder if But as I say, the pink, not


He's already thinking a few shots ahead. Debating there whether to


play for the black. I am not sure if that is a shot to play at this


He has played for the black. I suppose he will need the extension


on the rest if he can get back on Very well played there. He has got


a good chance now. Stephen Hendry once told me Marco Fu's is the best


rest played he has ever seen. would indicate he is not the best


positional play in the game. -- I suppose the other player, Jimmy


I thought he could cannon but look at the result there. Unbelievable.


Snookered on every ball on the table. Every colour, that is. Not a


straight forward escape at a first glance. He would love to be able to


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That is an absolute cracking long pot. It has come at just the right


time. Not a clear cut chance just yet. A long way to travel here to


It doesn't look that good. Gone a bit too far for that red between


the black and the pink. It will have to be a safety shot, by the


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If he has got an angle on the brown, That's a great shot. Looks as if he


It is all Marco, really, since the mid-session interval. That sixth


frame was a vital because Stuart Bingham needed a snooker and he


It looks as if Marco could get himself in front for the first time


here. One mortgage shot, one more nice little cannon... -- one more


He could hold for the blue. The yellow is blocking the brown. A


good performance from Marco here, at it and really is. -- it really


That was the important ball. Not too worried about getting down for


Just making sure Stuart Bingham Looking pretty easy now for Marco.


He led 1-0 but since then, he has He will not bother about that pink,


so for the first time since the opening frame when he led 1-0, the


man from Hong Kong gets himself A pretty good break-off shot again,


and they're not easy to come off the side cushion because of the


A very good break off from Stuart Bingham. Which he needs. He has to


win three in a row to get through That was difficult to judge. He was


playing a little swerve shot and got too much on it. Marco my be sat


down for a while if Stuart can get going here. -- Mark could be sat


down for a while. He maybe could have done with a few more inches on


the cue ball but he could still go Because of the angle he left, he


has not brought the cue ball back This is ambitious if he is going to


get something out to bridge over the bunch and get to the black. He


will nigh it -- he will need quite a bit of help if the ordinary


spider won't do it. In fact, he has That is a terrific shot, under the


Just having a look to make sure their is no easy road to get on. It


is into the bunch by the looks of He did not strike that one too well,


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Around of applause coming from next door where Ronnie O'Sullivan and


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Steve Davis are ready to do battle. This is a beautifully compiled


break. He is having to work hard It is amazing, with these events,


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the amount of players Fu are making A fine effort from Stuart Bingham.


He is now waiting for his opponent to make a mistake, he has gone out


there and taken the bull by the horns. He has not pushed it through


far enough. A few more inches and he would have had a chance at the


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I would not be surprised if this If the pink goes, what a cracking


Both players are playing in an aggressive manner. When the


pressure is at its highest, you really have got to go out there.


You cannot wait for your opponent to make mistakes. Top players are


all the same these days. Half a chance and they are at it.


He can play the can and on to the left of the two reds. But what open


a few more up. -- it will open a He might have to go up there for


the blue because of the weight that He played that well. He has got


He only just got away with that. pot is still available, but it is


Not easy though. He has not got a great angle of the yellow to go


The one to the left of the pink is the only really easy read. He will


have to look for an angle. -- easy He has played for the pink and it


will certainly open things up. If That was a bit unfortunate. The


only possible pot is the one up Both players have had their share


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Playing the safety shot, he does The black is still in a potable


position. I don't think Marco can Marco debating whether or not to


He missed it and has been quite fortunate that it came through that


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That would have been better if he did not make contact with the green


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That was a terrific long pot. He is And the chance is now there for


That kiss on the yellow, although he has got a 40 point advantage,


Not very good timing. A big round It's up for house here and


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sometimes the noise is deafening. - He was plain that pot with a little


bit of safety, but Stuart Bingham can get to be read. -- he was


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He has flipped it. He is on the He has got the pot on, but it is


all about the cue ball. He cannot hold it for the black, that is for


He played that well. A bit unfortunate beeping has been


covered, but at least it is a red one right on the Hull. -- Hall. --


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Amazing. I was just about to talk It just shows you - that little bit


of tension and the players can miss all sorts. The reds are not ideally


placed and he needs a few of the He only needs one more red. I am


not sure if that one next to the pink will be available to the


middle pocket. If this cannon works, If he pots this red, Stuart Bingham


Is it there? You bet it is. What a great performance from 3-1 down, it


looked as if it was all going to be Stuart Bingham. Fair play to market.


He has stuck in there. -- Marco. He is No. 30 in the world, but I think


Yes, an excellent player and I am sure we will see more of him in


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That is awkward. Obviously you can see the red, but he has to be


careful not to touch the Queen. -- It has all gone wrong for Stuart


Bingham, but to be fair, you cannot take anything away from market. --


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Well played, both of them. Good sportsmanship from Stuart Bingham,


but in the Ken marker has come through -- in the Ken, Marco has


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