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Hello again. It is the start of
round three here at the bet way
United Kingdom championship in the
Barbican Centre in York. It is an
all Welsh match tonight with Ryan
Day, the world number 19, who for
the last 20 years as a professional
has been trying to win a trophy and
a Gojun at the start of the season
he had never managed to do so but he
is a winner now. He is playing his
great friend Mark Williams who was
one of the men of the moment this
season, having claimed the most
recent big title on offer, the
Northern Ireland Trophy in Belfast a
couple of weekends ago. It is the
first time in 19 occasions that the
two of them have met, as both of
them are now proven Trophy winners.
What difference would that make? Let
us find out. The all Welsh combo is
commented on by an all Irish combo,
Ken Doherty and Dennis Taylor.
Just OK. He was hoping to leave
black or pink there and for a moment
at 40 had not brought it back far
enough that is fine.
Should be OK. He has a slight ankle
and he needs to play with a bit of
pace to get out from behind the
yellow. Maybe he is straight on it.
Plenty of cue power at the site. See
the reverse side there, the normal
angle would have taken that backing
in cannon Green but because he
played the white hand side the white
shot off to the left. It made it
A nice positional shot into the
bottom pocket. The choice of coming
down for the black or back-up for
the blue here.
He may take the least red here. He
has a chance at the back but he may
take the least red at the back of
the pack. If you can leave a nice
angle on this red, it looks a bit
straight. I was going to he left a
nice angle he could've disturbed a
few more reds and filled beyond the
black. He will not be happy with
that. Just a couple more inches
towards the black with that cue
ball. You can see the tip of his
cue, that is where he wants to leave
the cue ball.
He is thinking about disturbing
those reds and a couple of shots
time. This is a cue shot coming up.
He will play this with a lot of
pace. If this works out it will give
him a chance to win the frame.
A bit unlucky. He opened the reds up
nicely. He has to be careful here. I
think you can put the red in the
left corner but he will can in the
pink any might be able to push it
towards the left middle pocket and
he has to be careful that he doesn't
Cameronette into the pocket. It it
depends what sort of pace he wants
to play on this as to whether he
finishes on the pink or the blue.
hit it a little bit too hard. The
same shot with less pate -- pace
would have been perfect. The pink
would not have come off the cushion
so far and now he is faced with a
tricky one. He has to get this one.
It is the sort of shot that players
practice. He is looking at the
middle pocket. Sometimes a player
would prefer to play her thin snick
than a long straight putt. Where
will the cue ball finish? Not bad.
This looks really good. He has
stunned in and out of the baulk. For
He didn't want that kiss on the
blue. Trying to avoid the blue. Just
for the two reds on the pink spot.
Again he is left with a difficult
choice here. He could put this red
that is on the pink spot into the
left-hand corner pocket but he is
not 100% sure with the cue ball is
gone. He may use the red closest to
the left-hand middle pocket to try
and slow the cue ball down. He tried
to hit that right next to the middle
pocket but he is in a bit of No
Man's Land here and struggling.
That was a good recovery. He has
judged it nicely. He has a nice
angle on this red.
A good pot.
One good positional shot here of
brown or green. He should win the
He has had to work hard for this,
Yes, as long as you keep knocking
the mean you are going to win the
frame. It is always nice if you can
keep close control but sometimes you
have got to work your points. He has
got terrific cue power, has Ryan
Day. That shot is an indication
there of it.
Just the black, leave Mark needing a
snooker and the reds are not ideally
placed. Make sure you pot the black.
There is only one snooker here
needed at the moment.
I don't think the double is on.
Maybe if you played it a little bit
on the left-hand side he could
create the angle to double it, but
is he just playing safe, just a
safety shot? That nice break of 65,
you would think might just be enough
to give him the frame and it should
Mark will carry on because it is
only the one snooker needed and I am
looking at the situation of the
table, as he looks at the other
table. The yellow was in the perfect
place, the yellow snooker in behind.
It doesn't matter about the yellow
now, that is the show. Mark will
stay in the seat. I think Mark
Williams has not gone out as well as
Yes. I do not think he is
100% with it at the moment. It
remains to be seen how he can cope
with it. This will certainly settle
Ryan Day. He looked a bit edgy in
the opening exchange of the first
frame and the beginning of this
frame but a couple of good pots has
kept the break going. He is going to
win this frame quite comfortably
will stop you never really settled
down until you win your first frame.
This will settle him down nicely.
A couple of little exhibition shots.
A nice pot that one. He has not
bothered to take the black but Ryan
Day will not be bothered. A nice
break at the end there for him and
he levels the matchup and it is 1-1.
Mark Williams breaks off in this
third frame. He will go into the mid
session with a two frame advantage.
That is not the best break. The
Green will have rescue. It hasn't
and that may be down to the tip.
When you are trying a bit side on
the tip it is a little bit different
with the new tip.
Ryan McLaughlin to win this frame
and go in level at the mid session
He can putt this red and hold the
cue ball exactly where the readies.
A couple of reds just above the
black will pot into the same pocket
as the black.
He has got a nice angle and a lot of
cue power, as you mentioned. There
are a couple of ways he can play
this, with a bit of top spin and get
the cue ball through the pack of
reds and to the black but also stun
through the gap. He's going for the
top spin through the pack. It hasn't
There is someone in his light owns
-- line of sight there. I think the
players were coming back from the
mid-session interval at the next
table and they didn't bother to have
a look. You should always have a
little look and see if the player is
playing in the site. He just gave
Judd Trump the dirtiest look ever as
he walked out.
Black doesn't go on the spot. He
will be disappointed with that. I am
not quite sure where it putts into.
He is coming round to see if it
putts into that bottom right-hand
corner and if it does he will try
and get it back on the spot
immediately. He is saying that is
not too bad and he can stun up for
that black if you pot this red.
They are not perfectly placed. Those
five reds around the pink spot are
just covering each other somewhat.
Maybe the one that is closer to the
pink spot might be available in a
couple of shots time. We will find
out now whether it is available I
mean, he has so many options here.
You could go for the red near the
cushion that also. Being a
left-hander, that is the one he has
That looks to be a little bit
straight black. He needs a slight
angle here and he has got a little
bit to work with there.
They were covering each other into
the corners, that is why he played
this one into the middle.
normally very proficient at this
type of shot into the middle pocket.
Just a bit short of pace. He can
only drop this blue in and then the
red from the distance.
With the pink ear, it is a little
bit of a distraction if he takes the
one to the corner. They just can
disturb your concentration.
That is exactly what happened. I
don't know if he got a heavy contact
there but bridging over and the
yellow was near his sleeve and you
are just a little bit conscious
He was up off the shot. He
knew the minute he hated that it
wasn't in. A chance Orion. Can he
snatch this frame?
-- a chance for Brian.
The red of the black will putt into
the left centre.
He doesn't really want to go off the
blue. You would prefer to stay on
the black kid.
I think any sort of
cannon would do him here, as long as
he doesn't get one of the reds full
ball and stick there. Keep your eye
on the black so, you don't want to
miss that. Well, he didn't miss the
black but he missed the cannon and
it looked a natural.
This looks a very good line behind
the yellow. He has played that very
well. An excellent shot. Both
players having a look. Players will
always let the referee have a look
as well, just in kiss you happen to
miss the reds and the referee will
know exactly where to replace the
cue ball. Mark has to be careful
here and try and nestle into the
three reds. Without trying to leave
anything. That is a lovely shot. It
is a lovely shot. He may have left
this red into the bottom right-hand
corner pocket but it is not easy,
particularly with the rest.
This would be some pot if he takes
it on. He knew straightaway that it
wasn't going in.
Has he left it into this left-hand
centre pocket? I think he has, and
he can play a nice little cannon on
the black. He just has to
concentrate on this thread. If the
red goes in it is a natural angle of
the cue ball into the flat and try
knock it over the corner pocket and
if the red goes in it is a great
opportunity to steal this frame. The
red is there. Cannon on the black
wasn't what he would have hoped.
Still a bit of life in this frame.
He could roll up behind the black
here and it wouldn't be a bad shot.
A dead weight.
A bit of a chance Orion here. He
could cut the red in and if you
should putt it it will be on the
yellow and if he misses it won't
leave anything. Much too thin and a
little bit on the hard side.
This is not as straightforward to
take it on now because the White
will go near the left corner pocket
if he takes the popcorn. That is why
he refused it but it looks to be a
pretty good cue ball, this. In fact,
it looks to be a very good cue ball.
Is there a gap? Yes, there is a gap.
Well, that was an uncharacteristic
mistake from Mark Williams.
He could try and cut this red ink
and back up. He will miss the blue
and the black. That could be another
baulk. This looks absolutely perfect
if he can get on this black here. It
looks really good. He may have an
angle on the black. Just the red on
the left-hand side cushion. I
wonder, does he?
That would have
been a bonus but even if he doesn't
he can get on the other red but he
could take that red out. Well, what
was that? Ryan. He obviously haven't
got the angle to cannon the other
red out but he should never have
missed the black. He is annoyed with
himself after that one. And he won't
be too happy with that. He is still
not happy with that tip, is he? It
is on the delicate little shots that
he seems to be playing with the
touch of side. Where is that cue
ball going to finish? Is he OK? Does
he have an angle to go on the yellow
finish on the pink and bring the red
interplay? He could drop behind it
possibly but he is looking at the
angle and I think he can do. He
would be playing to move this rather
than dropping behind it, if you have
the right angle, that is. He doesn't
think he has.
He's going to try and come off two
cushions and land on the red. It is
not a bad effort. This is not a bad
effort at all. What a great shot
The great escape.
that film. Steve McQueen.
He has all sorts of choices
available. He can play in behind the
black. He could even take on the
pot. He decided on the pot. A half
chance here for Ryan Day. Although
it is the best of 11, when you go
into the mid-session interval it
adds that little bit of pressure if
you are trying to level the score or
get a 3-1 advantage, it is amazing
how you can miss a few balls.
That will give him a bit
of confidence he struck that really
nicely indeed. He would love to have
been straight on this brown. He will
have to screw off the side cushion
He is hitting the ball a bit harder
than he needs to at the moment. I
think that is a sign of pressure. If
the pink is not in the way, the
angle on the yellow will be nice. It
looks like it is going into the pink
and he will not be able to get onto
the green that way, so... I'm not
quite sure he will be able to judge
this one, Dennis.
As long as he
doesn't go past the middle pocket,
he will be comfortable on the green.
All the way around the ankles, but
will it be hard enough? He will need
to use the rest.
A good attempt,
wasn't it? He would settle for that.
No. Why was he screwing it in? He
could played pops in and drop the
green in. Ryan Day is feeling the
pressure out there.
This is a clever little shot.
But other chants this. It will cut
in. As long as avoids the right
middle pocket, if he does attempt
the pot. Be careful of the middle
pocket. No problem. Will it dropped
nicely on the brown? It hasn't.
Worst possible place could have
finished there. Amazing, it goes all
that distance and it drops there.
think you can cut this brown in. Not
too bad. There is a natural angle
back to the blue. Yes, it's there.
Just that little kiss on the black
has taken this speed out of the cue
ball, but he is still on the blue.
He is ten points in the lead, just
the blue required to go 15 ahead
with 13 left on the table. This
could be free and ball. It is there.
He will be very relieved. Another
frame that has got away from Ryan
Day. He should have won this frame a
couple of times over.
That this pretty good. He was on the
way out the door before the pink
even reached the pocket. Ryan Day is
very, very disappointed. Mark
Williams leads Ryan Day 3-1.
DENNIS TAYLOR: Mark Williams whether
to reflect long pot there, it really
was. That is the sign of an all-time
greats, when you get a chance like
that you go full-blooded for it.
The pink is just away from the reds
somewhat. He may play into them from
the blue because he has the red over
the middle pocket as a bit of
That is what he has done. What a
great split. He knew if he wasn't
going to drop nicely on a red, which
is what happened, he has that one
over the middle pocket. Not all the
players would have thought of that,
Yes, he hit of lovely he got
the apex ball perfectly. He always
had that red over the middle pocket.
He couldn't have played much better.
His opening red is what has created
this chance. He had to take it on
full-blooded and if he had missed it
he would have left some reds on, but
you feel he will get his just
rewards from this position.
had to play back with a touch of
side, so there was no problem there
with the new tip. The more frames he
plays with it the better it will
He has a perfect angle on the black
to get to those at least for reds.
He is playing the white into an area
where you have multiple choices
sometimes. . Not too many pots away
from securing this frame. I will go
back to that frame before the
mid-session interval, that will play
a big part in this match because
2-2, Ryan Day would have been
feeling very comfortable, but you
could tell he was annoyed at losing
that and it has continued here. He
can't do much about this. It was a
long pot that got Mark in.
should have won the fourth frame,
and the one before that, as well. We
had chances. He let it slip
slightly. Mark Williams has
certainly grown in stature in this
match. Has looked a bit more
confident. This is a lovely break he
has put together here.
It will not
be easy to make the century because
the 238 macro are on the wrong side
of the table for Mark, as a
left-hander, but they are not on the
cushion, that's for sure. He would
still love to make a century. 403 he
has made in his career, had in his
early days city made a 70, he didn't
really bother to go on to try to
make the century.
I think all
players like to make centuries now,
because of the statistics. It wasn't
the big thing 20 years ago, talking
about how many career centuries we
have had, but that all the
statistics now. That is a good pot
to keep the break going. It is a
nice indication of how you are
feeling, how you are playing. He is
certainly playing well. He is coming
off the back of his 19th career
ranking win in Belfast last week.
Well, every chance now because he
has a nice angle to pot the black
and get onto the yellow. It could go
in and out of the baulk area between
the yellow and brown. That is what
he has played. He will be close to
the yellow here. He will make
contact with the yellow. It might
just have spoiled the century break.
Not that into the middle pocket at
that pace, we know how tight they
are, that was some shot!
APPLAUSE. Wonderful break. That is
his 21st-century this season. He
made 26 last season.
And a billiard
shot to finish off the break. It
will be too worried about that. He
got in with better reflect long red,
and the rest was history. He is now
leading Ryan Day 4-1.
In most of the frames we have had
their red go up to the end of the
table, or at least 137 macro: the
other end of the table that is a bit
careless, isn't it, Ken?
the best shot he has played because
this red can go into the left-hand
corner pocket. The only red he could
possibly lead is the one he is
playing, but that is highly
unlikely. But he has to hit it
better than that. That was a country
Is a country mile a little
bit different to eight mile in the
I think so.
He is not happy with that. The red
up towards the green pocket.
Adam Peaty hit that hard enough. He
wanted to be on the pink to the left
centre. This black is very tricky
and very missable. He is normally
very good with the rest. He is
putting a little bit offside on
this. He has got it. That's an
excellent shot. Very well done. Nice
No. Every time he puts a bit of side
on the cue ball he is struggling
with it. He did not fancy that. He
put a lot of left-hand side. He is
not sure where it is going to go.
Ryan Day really has to take
advantage of these situations,
Dennis. He did in the last frame. He
needs to try and hurt Mark Williams,
get back into this match. He has to
make the most of these
Yet, he has to take this frame
because of the drops 5-2 behind, the
first six, you wouldn't give a much
of a chance. If he wins this, it is
game back on again.
Make no mistake, when Ryan Day gets
on a run he can win frames in a very
short space of time. He made 39
centuries last season, just 12 this
season. 305 in total. He is a
terrific brick builder, that's for
Nicely played. Delicate little
A couple of reds just below the pink
go into the corner pocket. He will
try to drop onto those. That looks
If he pushes the cue ball through,
he could be on possibly pink or
I keep saying how laid-back Mark
Williams is, but inside he will be
watching Ryan winning the frame here
and thinking about the red that he
tried to cut into the green pocket
when he applied a little bit
offside. That is the only thing he
has been struggling with with the
new tip, when he tries to put side
on. You can't just play the shop
without side would you will lose
your position, but every creditor
Ryan Day here.
A couple more reds and colours away
from winning this frame.
The pink will put him 54 ahead, 67
left. So, one more red and colour.
He has got himself back in this
You can tell by his body language
and the way he is moving around the
table he is much more relaxed. He
did not look so good a couple of
frames back in his seat.
He looked a
little bit edgy, didn't he? He
missed a couple of easy balls, a
couple of Graham Scott a way that he
should have won. -- couple of frames
got away. It was a bad miss from
Mark Williams. He is struggling a
little bit with that tip at the
It doesn't matter about missing red,
Mark Pitts is cue and concedes the
frame. All of a sudden, Ryan Day is
right back in this match, only one
shot behind -- one frame behind at
Dear me. How close was that? He is
having an anxious look to see if he
has left anything. It looked in.
Four or five wobbles in the pocket
there. I think he has left the red.
Or, has he? Ryan had an anxious look
before he went back to his seat.
He could get through to it.
It is not an easy chance just yet
this. Three Lewis reds, and the two
above the black in an awkward spot.
He has served red either side of the
bunch, he can always flick away one
of those if you needed to.
You can see that little mannerism
there, the finger going up and down.
Some players do that, not as many
these days. Remember Tony Mayo, the
left-hander, won the world doubles
with Steve Davis about five times,
it was as if he was playing the
piano is the way his fingers were
He had a really bad,
It was just the
He was like Richard
played in, wasn't he? Marked
straight up off that shot. Very
disappointed. It wasn't the best
positional shot from the previous
black, he wanted to be a bit
straighter on that red.
I think he
got a kick. That is why he reacted.
It seemed to straighten up. Let's
have a look. Yeah, heavy contact.
seemed to jump slightly. A good
chance for Ryan, nice angle on the
black. Into the pack. He will always
be on the red closer to this
right-hand corner pocket. He played
that nicely. On the red to the right
The only problem he has with that
red to the middle pocket is that
black is only available to one
corner, that is the one he -- the
reason why he has taken that one
into the corner. You can tell he is
growing in confidence by the way he
is walking around the table. He is
shaking his head because he has
finished straight, but he can screw
back to the 238 macro, or he has the
pink city prepares that. --
it is as if his cue is a bit sticky.
That is why he has gone to clean it.
I know yesterday it was very, very
warm in the arena. John Murphy was
saying it was very hot.
More I think when you get a little
bit nervous your hands start to
perspire a little more. Again he is
in a prime position here. The choice
of going for black or for blue if he
Nicely on the blue. He has not gone
too far. He can hold for the reds on
the right and left of the pink spot.
He is coming around to look at the
red at the bottom of the four next
to the pink. The one directly above
the black and to the left, I wonder
if that will putt. He is thinking a
few shots ahead there.
He lost the cue ball. Not 100% sure
whether he needed to go into the
Yes, he needed a
full-ball contact on the pink and he
didn't get it and that is why he has
gone towards this side cushion. That
is a good recovery.
Right in the centre of the pocket.
Never easy, though. He has played it
Amazing where he has put the cue
ball there, he has left himself a
choice of three reds. It is what you
do, you put the cue ball in a
position where you can change your
mind. It gives you a few more
It is like watching a different
player now, isn't it?
He has grown
in stature over the last couple of
frames. A choice of pink or black
here and he has taken the pink.
is the sort of snooker he produced
when he won his first ranking title
in Riga in the first pot of the
He beat Mark Williams on the
way to win that tournament. He beat
him in the semifinals 5-4. It has
always been pretty close between the
two in head-to-head 's.
The wrong side of the blue.
That was not the best shot. He
needed to pull that cue ball back
another couple of inches. It is
almost like he decelerated here a
little bit. He is a big lad, though,
he may not need the rest here. That
red is just in his way slightly.
Yes, he has to tuck the waistcoat in
because that could catch that red.
But it is a distraction for him. The
referee is keeping a close eye on
his waistcoat and a red. Where is
the cue ball? He is not perfect. Not
perfect on the black, that is for
sure. He needs a few pops to secure
the frame. -- pops.
Nicely played. A dead weight so he
wasn't running away from this red.
Colour and one more rate would be
enough but he is the wrong side of
blue again to get to the easy red
too from the pink.
Just the medium-range pot needed to
get himself back to all square. A
good performance from the Welshman.
A nice 65 from Ryan Day and that
should level the match up at four
frames all. That is a wonderful
shot. A beautiful shot from Mark
He just tags in behind the black and
he has to be careful here, Ryan Day.
46 points ahead and 43 remain on the
There is just enough room to
slip round the back of that red. He
would be unlucky to do that.
That is just unlucky to catch the
jaw of that pocket and all of a
sudden the frame is back on again.
As we show you the shot again with
the reds next to the blue... Oh,
this is a terrific positional shot
he has played here. He had to get on
And with the blue rarities he can
attempt the snooker. There is no way
he can leave the red. Worth another
look at this. He has hit five
cushions to get on that black. He
did not play that one too well,
He pushed the red over
towards the blue here just trying to
get the cue ball on the cushion here
and snooker behind the yellow. He
has found the gap between the yellow
and brown. He has to be careful
here. Obviously he wants to try and
keep the red safe be careful of the
Well, I tell you what, Ryan Day
would like to see this red ball
disappear into the pocket here. A
long straight red. Wow. He has
played the snooker. That is OK, as
long as Mark doesn't get out of the
snooker and market safe. Oh, he has
missed it. Only just. Ryan 's choice
of shot, going in behind the green,
proving to be the correct one.
I think he has flicked the snooker.
Just the one snooker needed. Is this
road past the yellow? Only half a
pocket really. That is another
Foul. Frame conceded.
It was going
to be too much wanting you is a
couple of snooker 's. We had a
glimmer of hope there but Ryan Day
continues the fight back from 4-1
and all of a sudden we are for- four
and it is now the best of three.
Ryan Day breaks off in frame nine.
Six is the magic number for a place
in the last 16. Not the best break
off in the world. He will be
disappointed with that. She just
can't seem to get that cue nice and
He might be able to row the Browning
from one of the reds.
I expected Mark to knock that one
in, with what has gone on in the
last three frames. I think that is
why he missed it. Can Ryan Day keep
this run going here? He has breaks
of 39, 76 and 60 five.
That was a nice shot. First the
black in. The angle on the reds now.
Split the pack and try and stay on
the black if you can. He needs more
of that cushion. It is OK. He is on
the black and he has got a nice
angle. There is the shot again. The
way he has been playing, you cannot
really see him miss this black. He
doesn't have much work to do with
the cue ball. There is the pressure,
of course that should he missed he
will leave Mark Williams in. Well...
He missed it by a long way. Has he
got away with it?
I think he has got away with it, you
know. I think he has been very, very
fortunate. He is trying to get on
the red to the left centre. The pink
spot to the right is covering that,
so just a safety shot from Mark
That is an amazing piece
of good fortune from Rion Pierre.
Once he missed the black I am sure
he would have thought he was bound
to have left something.
Well, he was looking at these two
reds into the bottom corner pocket
is a plant but... They may be set
into their but it is a dangerous
shot to take on. I am not sure where
the cue ball is going. He decided
Foul and a miss.
How costly is that
going to be?
Not straight forward here from Mark
Williams straightaway he is faced
with this red with the rest. If he
can get onto the black and the pink
is still available
all of a sudden Mark Williams is
finding things very difficult out
there. Still don't get a lot of
reaction from Mark. He has been
blessed with a terrific temperament
throughout his whole career and that
is why he has been so successful.
Inside he must be not feeling very
It is a wonderful positional shot
from Ryan Day.
He bounces off that
cushion to perfection.
That is why
was surprised when he was using the
rest are just rolling and screw back
and that makes a pot in a little bit
more difficult. If he drops that in
he would be on the black that Ryan
He could go into the three reds just
above the black if he wished, which
he went on this occasion but he
could have done that, still being on
the choice of rights.
Well. It is hard to believe.
He hasn't missed many in these last
few frames. It is unfortunate that
he has covered red.
If he pops this
he could finish on the blue. That
has finished a little awkward for
him. Lots of side there. Good
He bite need that rest again.
Just having a look at those six
reds, they are sort of cover in each
other, aren't they? Just coming
around to look to see if there is
one available but that doesn't look
to be so he is going to have to get
a cannon here to develop them. There
was one that must be on but from
that position it is not easy. Has he
spotted something that we couldn't
see? I don't think so. This is a
long pot up past the road in the
blue and into the corner and this is
far from a gimme.
It looks good. Oh! Mark stood up and
blocked our path there. It looked to
be in. I think it just pulled
towards the left and cushion.
thought it was in when he hit it.
had a bit of an angle on the black
to possibly play a cannon. That was
the only red he could play for. I
suppose he wanted to be straight on
it. He has just spotted something.
Don't think it is on the red. There
is something in front of on the
clock. You can see it just looks
like a little chalk mark, doesn't
it. Yes, it is when you play a screw
shot you can leave a little chalk
mark on the clock.
It is quite funny
that that would be bothering him. He
is having a look at the reds now. He
is going to try and attempt this
red. This is a tough shot. Never
easy that shot.
He knew he was covering the one near
the left corner pocket but the one
he missed caught the black and is
portable. Good cueing there. Very
An excellent pot. Right
in the heart of the pocket and it
kept perfectly still as well. He has
a nice angle. The blue as good as
well, if he wants to go into the
pack of the reds from around the
OK, he is going to try and maybe get
on the blue here. The red to the
right the pink is just above the
line of the paper and it will pass
into the right-hand corner pocket.
It doesn't have to disturb the reds
That is OK. When he pops this loo he
will be able to take the red to the
extreme right of the four, and leave
a nice angle on this. It leaves a
nice angle so that when he putts
this red tape can go into the three
reds below the pink and still be on
pink or black year and this will
certainly open things up.
Was he on the black? No. The red has
come over and covered the black. If
he was on the blackberry would be
frame over but now he has to
negotiate a tough pink.
running slightly away from the reds.
The one next to the black goes, and
that was a delicate little screw
shot he played there, especially
being hampered. It was a much better
shot than it looked.
The black will put him 20 points
ahead and just the colour now. Take
one-frame advantage with a possible
two to play.
Typical Mark Williams, this. He
virtually sat out for three frames.
Ryan came back from 4-1 down. But he
won three terrific frames and he
will have to win two in a row if he
was going to get through to the next
We mentioned when he was sitting in
his seat about his temperament and
he is showing exactly what a great
temperament he has. He has great
It was a wonderful opening pot, as
well. It left on a tough opener, but
he duly obliged with good cueing and
has set up this nice break.
That was a terrific long
Nice break of 72 from the
former champion here, Mark Williams.
He leads his compatriot Ryan Day
He did not want that. If it keeps
running he is OK. Yes, it has gone
past the baulk line, so it is OK. It
has come far enough. If he misses
the brown it was going to be
perfect, but as it has turned out,
not a bad kiss.
Ideally he would
like to get on either of the 238
macro the black spot. It would free
up the black into one of those
pockets. There is a gap, of course
between blue and pink. That would
really set himself up nicely if you
could get on one of these reds
beside the black spot. It is on the
way towards this red. Pretty good.
Could have done with another six or
eight inches, he been nicely on that
37 just to the right of the back
spot. You can't believe that, can
you? Trying to free up the black
spot has knocked the red just to the
left of the black spot. That the red
is going to cover the black spot
At least he has the pink in the
clear. The blue is there if he needs
it. That 87 Matt Gore and next to
the black spot has booted out of
commission for the time being.
He was trying to get on the pink
there into the corner pocket, but
just overran it slightly. He was
always going to be onto the blue to
the green pocket.
Has he screwed this cue ball far
enough? The first red won't go.
Building up a nice little lead.
Can he keep things going here? It
would take centre at deciding frame.
Who would have thought that when
Mark Williams led 4-1?
Has he gone a little bit too far
from comfort here? He does not
really want to be playing cannons at
this stage. He wanted to be
straighter on this red, but he will
have to caman this one and player
with a lot of screw. He is the wrong
side of the blue so he needs one
more good positional shot and we
could have at deciding frame.
fact that brown was off the spot
there has made it a little bit
easier. He has played that inch
perfect. Great spot. The pink goes
into the corner left pocket. Nice
little angle. Think will put him 64
ahead, so just one more red after
this pink. There has been some good
Yet, from 4-1 down,
he had the 65. Mark had a fine 72 in
the last frame. Ryan's highest break
has been 76, this coming at just the
right time for him.
This is his fifth break over 60 in
the match, so good quality.
Just moving that red from the black
spot, so he can keep the break and
pink century, it would certainly
give him confidence going into the
Just on the black. It doesn't
matter. Mark concedes the frame. Can
you believe it? To Welshman out
there and we have at deciding frame.
It will be exciting, it is 5-5.
Foul and amiss. -- a miss.
That was very careless by Ryan
Day. He has left a free shot for
Mark Williams. He does not miss many
The loose red at the bottom of the
pack will be his choice here after
the green. He has a nice angle to go
into the pack. This will certainly
open things up.
That one was a long way away.
He seemed to get a heavy contact
there, that is for sure. Ryan played
a careless shop and went in off into
the right corner. He was just
playing as safety shop and put the
white straight the pocket and Mark
knocked in the red to the right hand
was in amongst them until he got
that heavy contact.
What sort of an angle does he have
on this red here? Of course, he has
the red to the right corner.
Just having a look to see if the red
up love the black, will that pot? I
think the red should pot. He would
love to get that out of the way as
soon as possible. Not quite sure
whether pink will have to go. Just
behind its own spot. That will tie
up the pink for the moment.
referee just getting the pink in
line, then we'll slide at nearer to
the reds without touching them.
not sure if the black pots. I don't
think so. We will soon find out. It
definitely does, then.
This will certainly open things up
for Ryan Day.
A great opportunity.
Ryan keeps wiping the cloth, that is
the chalk marks that he is brushing
off the table. It really has been a
terrific performance from 4-1 down.
We know Mark has missed a few shots,
but overall he has played all right,
just the new tip on certain shots
when he was putting side on he
wasn't getting them.
If you look at the standard, Marcus
had breaks of 54, 44, 102, 72. It
has been a pretty high standard
It has been. There we see
evidence of a bit of adrenaline rush
from Ryan Day. He has had back quite
a way to far.
Only 137 macro to go at now, the
back of the pack.
He can roll this
and come off to conditions. -- two
cushions. Will he risk bringing a
few more reds into play, or will he
just play up for the blue and leave
an angle to get into the reds? This
is the only red available to him at
the moment. It all depends how he
feels. He is going into the reds. In
fact, he could hold this end of the
He has played that lovely,
hasn't he? He has brought the pink
interplay. The red to the left of
the bunch of reds goes into the
This is the only other red available
to him, so it is imperative he gets
a good angle on the pink this time.
That one to the left is not on
either. This is the shot coming up.
It is key to this deciding frame.
That is nicely played. He didn't
have to do too much. The one at the
back of the little bunch of six will
go. If this works out, Ken, he could
be in the next round.
He has to
judge this nicely, bring the reds
interplay. If he is on a colour here
it could be all over. It is not
Sheik of the head. If he wasn't so
close to the cushion it would be OK.
Can he judge a little cannon onto
the red beside the blue? A good and
he has played really well. That is a
great shot. That could be yet,
-- be it. Just going back to
when he beat Mark Williams in Riga
and went on to win his first ranking
title, he is a different player now.
This is the deciding frame and much
more confident now he has won his
first ranking title. A few more to
be potted here.
52 ahead, 58 now.
Red and colour just required. It
would mean Mark Williams needing a
snooker. We have already had so many
shocks in this championship, and
this will be another one. Mark
Williams coming here after winning
the Northern Ireland Trophy.
How has he missed the cannon on the
pink? He can't believe it. Big
It seemed a natural, didn't
it? Marc Sneyd say snooker, fair
enough, but the little smile just
tells you, what have I done their?
What has he done here? Dear me.
Trying to put the red on the
cushion, but he has made a big
Mark almost stole an earlier frame
needing to snookers.
He still needs a couple of snookers.
He might try and doubled this across
the other side of the table. That
looks pretty good.
It is a tall
order for Mark to try to get a
couple of snookers, especially when
you're in one yourself.
That is a pretty good shot from
where he was, with the cue ball
close to this cushion. He has the
pot on, but if he misses it, he
gives Mark Williams a chance. He has
missed it and it has left him a
chance. OK, he needs to high value
colours with this, and maybe player
snooker on the red beside the black.
He will want to leave that red
there, the one to the left of the
There is a little bit of life left
in this match just yet.
He needs this cue ball to go... It
is OK. Just... He will try to
snooker him behind the black.
needs a couple of snookers, but
there is always the chance he could
get our free ball if he gets a good
He wants to get this
red close to the baulk collars.
has overscrewed that.
Mark Williams is 40 points behind,
red and Blackwood put him 32 points
behind with 27 on the table.
It'll be interesting to see what
Mark Williams will do here. He could
get yellow, green, brown and blue
and leave just one snooker on the
What would you do, Dennis? I
think that is what he has in mind,
but he will only have one ball to
play the snooker behind, though.
Still glancing around at the
So, very important that he gives
himself a chance when he pots the
blue to try to get in behind the
black. If he wanted, he could play
the snooker of the blue, but he
would leave a couple of snookers.
think the right shot is to pot the
blue. He would only need one snooker
on the pink. That this is what he is
looking at. Somewhere just in line
with the pink. Just above the spot
somewhere, moved the pink up to the
You would feel that this
might be the best chance he has to
get the snooker.
Of a couple of
cushions, try to get this behind the
black. It is a bit pacey.
He has played the alts or over, as
we call it. He can get across the
table twice to get back to the black
here. Not enough side, didn't quite
get enough on it.
He will move the pink towards the
That is a bit short of pace. He
needed the pink down close to the
He has knocked the black into a
better position. You don't always
have to play the snooker, keep it
safe until you get a better chance.
That said, he's just played the
safety shot, but he now knows that
the black is in a much better spot
if he gets a chance to get in behind
That is very good from Ryan.
That could be the end. He didn't
catch that as he intended. He wanted
to try to keep the pink safe.
That is a fabulous win for Ryan Day.
He was 4-1 down against his good
friend. He battled back, won three
in a row, then went one behind. He
has taken the decider and he will be
He defeats Mark Williams 6-5. What a
comeback, from 4-1 behind Ryan Day
wins five of the last six to seven
Mark Williams home. He goes into the
fourth round for only the third time
in all of his attempts. Great win
for Ryan Day.
At one o'clock this afternoon we
will be back with what promises to
be a cracking afternoon of snooker.
We have two of the superstars of
1992, that when they both came on
the circuit. Ronnie O'Sullivan and
John Higgins. Not to be missed. We
will catch you at one o'clock sharp.
Goodbye for now.
Hazel Irvine presents highlights from Monday afternoon's action at the Barbican Centre in York.