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Hello, good evening and welcome to
Snooker Extra extended highlights of
the 2017 Betway snooker
Championship. Graeme Dott beat Judd
Trump take on the 2004 UK Champion,
Stephen Maguire. Commentary from
Dennis Taylor and Peter Ebdon.
DENNIS TAYLOR: Graeme Dott gets it
under way, all Scottish battle. A
little bonus to go up behind the
yellow. You're looking to put the
cue ball near the cushion. Stephen
twice across the table just to land
in the left side of the reds. Hard
to predict this one.
is, Dennis. Good afternoon everyone.
Foul, and a miss. Graeme
DENNIS TAYLOR: First
chance falls to Graeme Dott.
We're down to the two table
situation, and it's much better now
because you've got the crowd at the
side of the table as well. I always
find that's better for the players.
Graeme Dott, the way he played
against Judd Trump from 2-0 down, it
Always difficult to judge that type
of shot, when you're coming off the
reds. It finished almost tight on
the side cushion, which makes pink
or black pretty difficult. Pink
would be a slightly easier pot.
PETER EBDON: With it slightly under
the cushion, this is certainly no
gimme. That was well cued, well
Graeme Dott has been one of the
toughest match players and
competitors on the professional tour
for more than two decades. And even
if he's not at the very top of his
game, he makes it really, really
hard work for you. Such a great
competitor. Great fighting spirit.
There's a very good reason why he's
been World Champion and made two
other World finals.
I think it has to be said Dennis,
that Graeme actually loves the big
stage. You know he's going to be
well-prepared and you know that he's
going to give it absolutely
everything he's got.
Of course these
two players know each other so well,
but Graeme has had the better of
Stephen Maguire. They have played
ten times and Graeme has won six of
Didn't get into that one as he
intended. So a bit of a problem now
after this blue.
This is a little bit tougher than he
would have hoped for.
Not a bad start for Graeme Dott, and
not a bad outcome after missing the
red. It's gone safe. That always
Would have liked to see the cue ball
travel another couple of inches, to
be tight on the balk cushion. It's
still a nice safety shot. If Graeme
decides to play off the pack, it's
going to need to be very thin.
Doesn't want to catch the red that's
on the left hand side cushion.
That's very good. Well played.
Stephen's got to be a little bit
careful coming down the left side of
the table. That red there, that's
near the left side cushion, slightly
in the way. That's why he played it
Did very well against Liang Wenbo to
win that one on the deciding frame.
Well, we awe all know that Stephen
Maguire is a very aggressive player,
a very attacking style. He looks
fiercely determined there, doesn't
he? This is a really good test of
Oh, that's an excellent pot, well
played. Beautifully struck. Yes, if
he sees half a chance, he's going to
go for it. That's the way he's
Winner of five ranking titles. In
fact, he should have won a lot more.
I remember Ronnie O'Sullivan
significant that he expected Stephen
Maguire to go on and possibly
dominate the game, but he had a few
lean seasons, but he's still capable
of beating anyone in the game.
He's got five reds that are in good
pottable positions. There are three
that are awkward.
Stephen will already be thinking
about the awkward reds.
Just plotting away to eventually
leave himself in such a position
that he can maybe cannon the two to
the right of the table.
And he gets that far, he will
probably try to move the reds when
potting a colour. He could leave a
red and try to move them, but that's
always risky. Can you run out of
position, but we'll see very
He was cueing there, he was thinking
of leaving the white to pot the red
to the right of the pink and cannon
the two reds, but there's an element
of risk with that.
Now, let's see what he decides. If
he tries to bring those two into
play, the white could stick on the
side cushion. That's what he's
thinking about. He's five points in
front. He had a quick look at the
scoreboard. He knows he has to get
the reds into play. Moving reds when
potting a red is a little bit risky.
That's what he's done. The white has
come off the cushion a bit. So
that's turned out OK. The pink won't
go, I don't think, but the blue
will. That's why he hit it so hard
to make sure he came away from the
cushion with the cue ball.
Stephen has choices here. Just
looking to leave a half-ball angle
on the red to bring the red off the
cushion and stay on the black, or
pink into the right centre. But if
he gets too straight on this red, he
won't be able to play that. Will
have to then drop in behind the red.
Well, it's not ideal. I don't think
he's too impressed with that.
So he needs to leave himself an
angle on either black or pink here.
It's OK. It's a little low.
think he can get close to that red
that he looked at. He would love to
just drop in about 18 inches, two
feet, behind it. Yet, he's not too
bad, looking at that angle.
Just funny little shots these. He
only needs this and another colour
to secure the opening frame, or to
leave Graham needing a snooker. It's
finished a little bit awkward.
Need to be careful when you're
stretching like that. You could
quite easily do yourself an injury.
He's not comfortable fully
stretched. So there's no way that he
can get the rest head into position
there. So he's going to have to
He just can't get comfortable. He
doesn't have to do anything with the
cue ball, he's got to just drop the
red in and he'll be the black. But
it looks as if it's making his eyes
water this shot. Graeme's smiling
away to himself.
26 the difference, just the black
That was interesting. Had he needed
the yellow, he would have screwed
right down the middle pocket and
dropped on the yellow. He's just
made absolutely sure of the black
That's a magnificent effort. Created
by a terrific opening pot. It should
give him the opening frame.
Two four point snookers needed.
As long as the white pulls up, as
long as the white pulls up, he's OK.
Had that of dropped in, it would
have been a different story. Doesn't
matter about the green, Graeme
coming back to the table, but very
He now needs three snookers. This
might be one of them, if it doesn't
hit the black. No. That's knocked
the black safe. So even less chance
of getting the snookers that's
Some frames have been won with three
snookers needed. Graeme is trying to
knock Stephen out of his stride.
That 70 odd break was per terrific.
Fan tastic contribution. As you
said, the opening red was just
brilliant -- fantastic. Graeme's
also taking the opportunity to try
and get used to the speed of the
table. You can't blame him for that.
He will know he's very little hope
of winning this frame. That green is
going close to the pocket, which
makes Graeme's job all the more
Just the blue and pink to try and
get the snooker behind. Being on
their spots, they're not in the
ideal place. You want the colours a
bit nearer a cushion. That's a
clever shot. He's a bit unlucky,
just played to bring the black into
play. He's left the brown.
That's what you call a confidence
booster. He's on the pink. He's
right on it. He's touching. Foul
shot. It doesn't matter. It was a
very entertaining opening frame.
Graeme Dott with a break of 335 and
then Stephen Maguire, cracking
opening red, made a break of 72. He
Second frame, Stephen Maguire to
Leading by 1-0. Very impressive in
the first frame.
Graeme Dott knows he needs to be on
his game in this match.
Not the best safety from Graeme. He
will be a bit disappointed with
Yeah, that a snooker player
pet hate when you play a safety shot
and you hit one of the balk colours.
Straightaway, he was looking at that
red into the left corner, but he's
decided he's going to try and get
the white down behind the green.
That will do just as well. Might
just be a gap between the yellow and
blue to clip the reds. Just slide
past the pink as well. There you see
If Graeme plays this with
with lots of left hand side there is
a chance to get a cue ball behind
the Green. Not if you play it that
thin. That was a poor misjudgement.
He was under pressure with that
safety shot. Trying to reply to
Stephen Maguire's excellent safety
shot at his previous visit to the
Didn't fancy the black. Did have the
angle to try and move the black. But
with the two reds in close-proximity
to the black spot it was going to
make things difficult for him.
I think his plan will be to pot the
red, get on the blue again in such a
way that he can then cannon into the
pink and reds.
He needs the pink in play with the
black close to the cushion. I don't
think that red, to the left, is
preventing him from getting nicely
on the blue.
He couldn't have played that any
better. So nice cannon on the pink
here, he'll develop that and a few
Just needs to be careful
not to hit the right hand side of
the pink though otherwise the cue
will be travelling towards the right
corner pocket. He'll be aware of
Well, that's brought the black into
play and the pink into play.
And he can clear the black spot.
That couldn't have worked any
better. Absolutely perfect the way
it's turned out. You never know how
they're going to finish. You just
play the shot and see what happens.
Boy, they couldn't have finished
much better than this.
Stephen Maguire is a very fluent
player. Plays with a really lovely
pace around the table. Very
aggressive, very attacking.
When he's playing well, he's more
than capable of making a barrage of
breaks and you can find yourself
sitting in your seat for long
Yes. A little bit of deja vu for
Graeme Dott thchl is how the match
started against Judd Trump. Never
had much of a chance. We know what
he did after that, he won six in a
row with a brilliant performance.
This is the sort of snooker this man
was playing when he lifted this
title in 2004. He was brilliant
Not ideal here. Just off straight,
if he plays for pace. He won't be
very pleased with that, at all. He's
going to have to go in and out of
baulk Domino. Unless he decides to
play for the red to the yellow
pocket but I doubt that, because it
is going to require very precise cue
ball placement. That's what he's
played. Not easy to get on this red.
And that could be end of break.
For all the world it looked as if he
was going to make a big break there.
A couple of shots ago, he didn't get
on the black.
Nice round of applause for that 57
break but that shake of the head
tells you that he wanted more.
has the pocket dynamo got in store
for as here, Graeme Dott? He might
have a go at this. It is one of
those that, if it goes in, you've
got a bit of a chance. He might be
able to cut one in as well and
possibly get the white background
the table, but he's back to this
long, just off straight red. He'd
love to take it on. That's the one
he's looking at, but he knows that
if he takes it on it's got to go in
otherwise he puts Stephen Wright in
amongst them. Here we go. Bigshot,
this. Brilliant! Absolutely
brilliant. It is early in the match
but there will not be many better
shots than that, I can tell you.
Can Graeme Dott steel himself here
after that magnificent opening red?
What a fantastic pot that was.
There will be only one thing on his
mind now. And that will be winning
this frame at this visit.
That's the first slip up that Graham
is made. You can still pot the red
party didn't want to be anywhere
near the cushion. Going on very
nicely, though. All of our sudden he
is left with a tricky one. Great
cueing. The way he played against
Judd Trump is the best I've seen
Graeme Dott playing for many a year.
And he has continued where he left
off in that match but he's still got
to keep it going here. This would be
a great frame to pinch.
Graeme's great strengths is that if
he does win that position years more
than capable of playing fantastic
shots to keep the break going. And
he may well have to do that after
this blue. It's slightly on the
wrong side. A great single ball
potter, Graeme Dott, wonderful
competitor. This requires really
There was a bit of pressure on that.
Just a couple of shots ago when he
got the wrong side of the blue he
wanted to be closer to that red, but
at least he hasn't put it on. But he
may be in trouble, you would feel.
There's that middle pocket in the
way slightly for coming off the side
cushion. Had to play it with a lot
of side, and this is a free ball,
unless the wind goes in. And even
then -- unless the white goes in. I
don't think it is a free ball. So,
Stephen will just see if the white
goes on the green spot, could he hit
the road on both sides, and I don't
think it is a free ball, so he has
multiples here. He could have played
the shot himself and snookered them
again behind the green and maybe got
a better snooker, because he was
able to hit that, as she was telling
the referee. And I do believe that
Stephen Maguire could have played
the shop and put him in a more
difficult snooker. -- played the
Foul and is, Stephen
Referee decided to
hold onto the cue ball, and I don't
think Stephen could have played it
Nice to see lots of
ladies involved in the game now as
referees, all doing superb jobs.
Taking the pink as his free ball.
That would count as one point.
He has a good angle on the black
drop down onto a difficult red and
if he doesn't drop nicely onto it,
he can still play the snooker, as
you can see. The Blackwood put on 30
in front with a possible 35 still on
He doesn't have too pot the black to
play the snooker but that's what
he's doing. Pushing the black near
the cushion as well. Graeme has had
a couple of goes at this escape. He
needs a bit more left-hand side. And
this time... There's always the
possibility. Has she got the
snooker? I think he has. You can
tell by that smile off Stephen
I think Stephen Maguire
missed a trick, there. I think he
would have been much better off
putting the black and then playing
the snooker, leaving the cue ball
behind the green. Under the
circumstances, he's played an
excellent safety shot, there. Having
a nice smile to himself, there are,
Stephen Maguire. Graeme Dott will be
delighted at the moment because he's
still in the frame, but perhaps not,
after that shot.
23 in front. This red, anything from
the brown upwards and no problem
getting onto the blue, here. Blue or
brown will do.
With very good breaks of 57 and 72
it is Stephen Maguire who leads
Graeme Dott 2-0.
So, Stephen Maguire breaks off in
frame four. Leading 3-0 and the --
and looking very strong so far.
Might just be able to see enough of
the red. But is tight on the
cushion. Looks as though the white
will compost the blue and if he does
pot that he could finish on the
black. -- will come past the blue.
And he has got the correct side of
the blue. Great opening shot from
Impressed with the character. He's
certainly got plenty of that. He's
proved that down the years.
Graeme Dott isn't blessed with the
same amount of cueing power as a lot
of the top players, but he played
that very nicely.
Just let the cue ball run on a few
inches further than he would have
liked, there. And that has worked
out very nicely. Well played.
Awkward bridging but shouldn't be
too much of a problem.
Graeme will be looking to make a
significant contribution here. He's
left himself low on this next red.
That is a little bit too straight.
He could have left himself lower and
he would have been able to stand
into the pack. -- stun into. And
that really wasn't a very good pack
to go into. Might still be OK. The
red, closest to the pink will go to
the right centre. And there, you see
it does, but only just.
Well played. This is a good
opportunity now. Another red over
the right centre. Graeme could play
a glancing blow for the cluster here
if he chooses to. Decided against
it. He has four resin the open to
work with here. -- four reds in the
open. This has been a very good
contribution so far from Graeme
Dott. It's a frame that he
I talked about
character at the start of this
frame. This player has got plenty of
The pink will get in nicely onto the
left corner. -- will get him nicely
onto the red for the left corner. He
can score from that without having
to play a cannon into the five reds.
Has he got a slight angle to screw
into that red that's next to the
yellow? Maybe not. It has finished a
little awkward, here. If it had have
been straight he could have screwed
back of the cushion and gone for the
red next to the yellow but because
of where his finish that is about
the best he can do around about the
blue, to leave, even then, a tricky
red up into the left corner. So it's
not safe just yet.
He could have done with the cue ball
running a bit further but he can put
this on such a way that he plays a
safety shot as well as the pot. If
the red goes in you would feel that
he has got the first frame on the
board and Stephen Maguire will need
snooker. Very well played, Graeme
Dott. I think bottle's the word
we're looking for. Peter, he's got
plenty of that, hasn't he?
Almost went in off,
but barring snookers, a smiling
Graeme Dott should go into the
mid-session interval 3-1 behind.
It's only one snooker that Stephen
Maguire 's. -- Stephen requires.
if he pushed
the black safe from here...
problem with that is that Graeme
might need a new set of stepladders
to play that shop! -- that shot!
The other option, fair play to
Stephen and to the referee, Peggy
Li, smiles all round. There was a
bit of noise coming from the other
table in between frames. I'm not
sure what that exchange was all
I think it was the fact that he
played for the brown, maybe you
didn't realise that he had left
himself needing two snookers,
instead of just the one.
This rate, another black and then he
would have a good chance to get a
snicker in behind the black of that
red that is near the cushion.
And they are not badly placed to get
snookers. It is all about getting
the cue ball in a good spot to get
one of the couple of snookers that's
He has overscrewed that. Feels as if
he's had a big bounce off the side
cushion, as well. May have no option
now but to play the red down towards
the brown and green and hopefully
get the cue ball behind the black.
Could go the other way, could cut
the red then, just depends how he
sees it. That is not a bad effort.
That's a good shot. Well played.
Should be able to escape from this.
He can see enough of the cushion
below the middle pocket to come off
the cushion and hit that red. But as
to give it care and attention here.
Needs to be careful not to go in
Well, due care and attention
and you did call be possible in off,
there. He wanted to be hitting that
red a lot cooler. -- fuller. Seven
the difference now with only one
snooker needed. Not often you would
lose a frame after losing -- after
making a 70 break, but that is a
He can swerve the spot again he's
got to be careful that he doesn't go
in off the red. He might be able to
hit it with a little trace of side,
but watch the end. Well, that will
put an end to that now. He ended up
potting the red. That was amazing.
He started really well, Stephen
Maguire, taking the three opening
frames. Doesn't matter about the
yellow for Graeme Dott. It was a
must win frame for Graeme Dott, he
did it with the aid of a 70 break,
he passes cheeks, he's off for the
mid-session interval but he still
Calm it down, thank you.
Frame five, Graeme Dott to break.
DENNIS TAYLOR: Whatever you do,
don't hit the blue from the break
off. He hasn't left anything. That's
the last thing you want to do is
catch the blue and knock it safe.
A very entertaining four opening
frames in this match.
Oh, it being loos like he's left a
gap through for this one that's gone
near the right corner. -- looks. The
blue being knocked off its spot.
Stephen there just talking away to
himself, as he does on occasions.
Not easy to get on to a colour,
If that white bounces, he's OK.
There you see the result.
I don't know if he can see enough of
the one to take on to the left
corner. I don't think he can. He's
had a bit of a result there, has
Maybe he can see enough to take the
pot on there.
If he can, we know
whatten aaggressive player Stephen
Maguire is. Had he tried to stun
round the black with a touch of left
hand side and cannon into the red,
which is approximately a foot to the
right of the black. He may not be
able to play it with enough space to
be able to play that shot,
especially if he has to bend the cue
ball a little bit with left hand
side. Can he pot the red and play
Well, he got the most important part
of the shot. That's a very nice kiss
on the yellow.
Options of yellow with the rest, but
almost certainly the brown. The reds
are open, so he doesn't have to
really play the aggressive shot into
Just needs to be careful with his
waist coat here in playing this
He's quite close to that. The
referee, Peggy Lee was right there,
eagle-eyed. Making sure that Stephen
Maguire didn't foul the red with his
Bumped into Stephen's dad in the
corridor there, Pat, down along with
John, former Scottish player. They
are here to support Stephen.
As we mentioned, very aggressive
player around the table and
sometimes can look a bit angry. Away
from the snooker table, you couldn't
meet a nicer lad.
We've seen in the past were
sometimes the temperament, gives the
table a good old crack with his
knuckles, that's just to gee himself
up. I remember when he first turned
professional he used to play at
Stephen Hendry's club in K Sterling
Spencers, noening noer there. All
the boys played there. I remember
having a few hours practice session
with Stephen when he first turned
professional. I knew he was destined
for big things.
This is a good red to get out of the
way. It's clearing the path for the
one closest to it, for the opposite
Played to perfection.
And this in turn when he pots this
will clear the one next to it. Just
has to concentrate a little bit
harder. There's a little bit of
movement and noise.
You can hear the referee. They are
coming back into the arena for the
Can't do much about this. You can
have a little sleep, I suppose. Just
concentrating there, trying to
He's took all the easy reds, now it
become as little bit more difficult.
Not that many pots away from
securing this fifth frame.
Stephen would prefer to open the
cluster, if he can. He doesn't want
to be taking one of the reds along
the cushion, he'd rather leave those
there, an insurance policy.
That looks just about perfect. Thats
with a very well judged positional
Should be able to
play the pink into the corner,
follow the cue ball through, play
the cannon. It's like he's playing a
hard stun shot. There's a red that
goes in the middle.
Yep. That was a
bonus because if you play the cannon
you can always run out of position.
The black will put him 69 in front
with just 67 remaining. So what a
start for Stephen Maguire. He's come
back from the mid-session interval
and he's just carrying on where he
left off. We had a break of 70 in
the previous frame.
Might be easy to make a century
break, but he can relax now the
frame is safe. Made 32 centuries
last season. He's on 16 at the
moment. 370 in his career.
This has been a very well crafted
break from Stephen Maguire.
very fluent player. Very, very high
scorer. You feel that Graeme Dott is
really going to need to step up now.
When our MC introduces him he calls
him - on fire, Stephen Maguire.
That's the case at the moment.
Has he got enough angle here to just
stun in behind the red or bring it
into play? Yes, slight angle. Just
dropping in behind it. Going to need
a little bit of assistance with the
extended rest and the extension on
his cue. He only needs the red for
the century break.
That's the 77th century in this
year's Betway UK Championship.
A big generous round of applause for
that century break.
Now the break is still held by
Michael White, a break of 142. It
will take a little bit of beating
that, £5,000 for the highest break.
It's always a nice little Christmas
present this time of the year.
And this is the blue that Graeme
Dott knocked into this position from
the break off shot. It looked like
we were going to have a bit of a
scrappy frame when the blue went
there. That's unlucky, but he won't
be too concerned about. That what a
superb effort from Stephen Maguire.
He extends his lead. It's now 4-1.
This is a tough shot. That was
excellent. Very, very good.
A chance to get the black back on to
the spot here and make a sizeable
Needs a good positional shot here.
Now, that's very well controlled.
We said it numerous
times, he's such an aggressive
player. If he sees half a chance,
he'll go for it. He did it in one of
the earlier frames. He had an easy
safety shot, and he took it a very
difficult red into the left corner,
knocked it in and made 116.
And he's done the same in this frame
and there's a few more to follow
here. The way the balls are
The blue off its spot is not helping
the situation here. He's already
potted five reds and five blacks.
Heading up the other end of the
There's still three reds that are
available to him.
Didn't want to hit the knuckle of
the middle pocket. He's still on a
red, but if he misses that jaw of
the middle pocket he would have been
on a choice of three reds.
That's the problem when you run
slightly out of position, having to
use the rest there and unintensional
kiss onto the black.
He's looking at the pink, but that
looks very tight from this picture,
but he must feel that he can see
enough of it.
A high valued colour safe wouldn't
be a bad idea. There's no pot on.
Protect his 45 point advantage.
Just flick the pink onto the side
Stephen Maguire 46.
TAYLOR: It's a useful advantage,
especially with knocking the pink
from Maguire mag there after potting
the fantastic thin clip into the
left hand back pocket. -- Stephen
Maguire there after potting the
fantastic thin clip into the left
hand pocket. That hes a a good
safety shot from Graeme Dott.
Stephen Maguire showing signs of
frustration in the last couple of
frames, that's purely because he
sets his standards so high, he wants
to come to the table and clear the
table every time he makes a visit.
He can become very frustrated with
imhadself at times if he's not
performing to the highest of his
capability. -- himself at times if
he's not performing to the highest
of his capabilities. Good safety
Graeme needs to be a little bit
careful here that he doesn't collide
with the black on the way back. I
didn't think he could see that red
from the commentary position here.
He's played an excellent safety
Once again, if Stephen decides to
play the red to the left of the
cluster of three, he needs to make a
very thin contact there otherwise
there's a very good chance of
cannoning into the black. It looks
as if he's playing this very, very
thin and coming across the other
sides of the reds here. This needs
to be really thin.
That was ant very good shot, to be
perfectly honest. This is a chance
-- wasn't a very good shot, to be
perfectly honest. This is a chance
F-he had been straighter, he Coe
have screwed into those three reds
and stayed on the red into the right
He's just checking this now. Not
goed got too much angle. He's going
to have to play with power to create
an angle. Force an angle that's not
there naturally. He's looking at the
possibility of leaving a red into
the yellow pocket after this black.
This is a very tough shot. It will
require excellent cueing.
You can't quite tell if he'll leave
a red into the right centre, if he
does miss it. If he's not leaving a
red into the right centre, it takes
a little bit of pressure off this
pot. Oh, he missed that by a long
way. He will be very, very
disappointed with that. And with
Graeme holding his hand up to
apologise, you'd think that one of
these two reds doesn't go into the
It's very close.
I think Stephen may be able to pot
this red in the middle.
It's very, very tight, that's why
Graeme did hold his hand up. He
didn't think it would pot. He
thought the other red was going to
free these two. It's very difficult
when they are so close together. I
mean, you could help to make the
potting angle with playing the cue
ball from the right hand side, just
to straighten the red up. But of
course he's at the stage were he has
a nice advantage in this frame. He
doesn't want to throw it away just
playing a shot. But, well, here we
go. This could be the frame winner.
Just can't make his mind up as to
whether it will go or not.
Safety. Or does this red pass the
blue? No, it didn't. But the cue
ball is in behind the blue. Almost a
snooker. I'm not sure if he can see
enough of this red to the right of
Under the circumstances, that was an
excellent choice of shot from
Stephen Maguire. Keeping the
pressure on Graeme Dott.
I think the red into the right
centre did go, actually. Because
they are not set in a direct line
towards the balk cushion. The top
red of the two is actually slightly
to the left. That was a good frefrt
PETER EBDON: There you see it. I
think there's more than enough of
that red, especially playing with a
touch of right hand side to help the
pot, as Dennis mentioned.
Yeah, just going back to
that red, I think if he had of been
able to roll it in, but the blue
wasn't on its spot, so there was no
point playing with the right hand
side because he would have to screw
back for the black. So that's the
reason why he didn't try to make the
Well, that wasn't the best of shots
there. I think Graeme can take a red
into the left hand back pocket and
swing the cue ball around the
Looks like he's going the other way.
That as far too thick.
No, I think Graeme missed an
opportunity there to take the red
into the left corner, if the red had
gone in he would have been on the
blue into the green pocket.
Stephen Maguire maybe attempting to
put the black out of commission
Another excellent safety shot from
Graeme Dott. It's the second longest
frame of the match so far. They have
been pretty brisk most of the
frames. 13 minutes, 14 minutes, 19
minutes, a couple of 20 minute
Been some excellent break building
and now we're seeing some terrific
Well, it's a tough
shot, but I think Stephen can see
enough of this red to potentially
get the cue ball behind the blue.
But he's playing a swerve shot,
instead of clipping it thin.
Graeme has the opportunity now to
get the cue ball behind the blue.
Very good effort, very good effort.
Excellent reply from Stephen
What a fantastic safety
shot that was.
Nearly forced the mistake from
Stephen Maguire has an excellent
opportunity now of getting the cue
ball behind the blue. Looks as
though he's taking this very
difficult red on. That was a lot
more difficult than it looked. Make
sure he got a good cue ball, though.
I think Stephen Maguire missed an
opportunity to play a double into
the centre and the onto the black,
should he have gotten the red. That
was a pool safety shot from Graeme.
He feels that the got a massive
bounce off the black cushion there.
Either way, this is a very good
chance now. That's a couple of times
we've seen Graeme intimate that he's
got a big bounce.
Stephen can't really do anything
other than just drop this black in.
He's hampered by the red.
That is quite a surprise. It is
awkward cueing, but it's not that
He had a quick look at
the scoreboard and decided if I can
push the yellow safe, keep the black
awk ward, he's never going to win
the frame the way they were sitting.
He can see that with the two tables
it comes into its own, the Barbican.
When there are four tables the
people at home watching might find
it a little bit disconcerting.
And that's another careless shot
from Graeme. And he knows.
Quiet as you can, please.
Could drop 5-2 behind, and it is
looking more and more likely that
that is going to be the scenario.
They are both fiercely competitive
Scots, these two players. He didn't
play a great shot there, Stephen.
Going to knock the brown safe now.
A chance for the cross table double
35 the difference.
He hasn't fluked it, surely? Well,
that is a body blow and a half.
36 the difference, and that could
prove to be a crucial fluke for
Stephen Maguire, there. He can only
just hit and hope, and it doesn't
look very good to me. You can't beat
a bit of luck in any sport but that
was a timely fluke for Stephen
Maguire. You usually get it when you
are playing well, and when you are
struggling, the luck tends to go
Regardless of the fluke, the way he
played this frame, knocking the
yellow and brown safe, he got the
black awkward, he was always in
The double is on, here. Now the war,
but he won't be too concerned about
that. It was the early break of 46
the pack to pave the way for Stephen
Maguire to extend his lead the 5-2,
just one away from a place in the
Frame eight, Stephen
Maguire to break.
It is Stephen
Maguire breaking off to start frame
eight. It has been a very controlled
performance so far from Stephen
Maguire. He has been frustrated on
two or three occasions. He has
managed to contain and stay on top
of his temperament. That's far more
like it from Graeme Dott. Well
played. Excellent shot.
Looked a little bit anxious. Think
that's just about OK. How to plate
with a little trace of side, there.
-- had to play it with. He needs to
do what he did in the frame before
the mid-session interval. Made a
break of 70. What he would give to
have a sizeable contribution here.
He's got a red into the
centre. That sounded like a heavy
contact. He would do well to reach
this black, then, Dennis.
have to stretch on. You don't often
see the cue being held like that.
That's frustrating, getting a heavy
contact when you have got yourself
in at the chance.
This is a tough red into the centre,
if Stephen decides to take this on.
Well played. Excellent pot. That's
OK on the blue.
He should be able to leave himself
either on a red into the right-hand
black pocket all the white centre.
-- or the right centre.
Slightly thick into the pocket. Very
difficult for him to do anything
with the cue ball, being so close to
the Cushing himself, the angle that
he was on.
There's a couple of
rates, the Mike the plant in the
middle. That one pots, but no
position, the one to the middle puts
him on to the blue. He's done his
best to try to get on the right side
of the blue, but he hasn't managed
it. And he's back looking at the two
writes to see if they are a plant.
-- the two reds. He has got the
other red as we could clearly see.
What is coming up a little bit
short. Back looking at the plant
again. I don't think he can get to
the angle of the plant from where he
is but he can take the other red on
as a free shot. Tuck it in and get
on a baulk colour.
Well played. And he has got a baulk
colour. Full blooded for that. And
there's a red at the back to the
right of the bunch that is
The pink and black are awkward.
This time, he's got the correct side
of the blue. So we can go and have
another look at the plant. It's
still not going to be easy, even if
he gets onto the plant, because he
would cannon into the reds and pink.
He's got quite a bit to do here.
It's what happens to the cue ball
here, when he cannons into the reds
and pink. The plant's not in a
direct line. He's got to make it.
Going just to the left jewel of the
pocket, so he's got to compensate
for that. Got the perfect picture,
there. Well the reds move, and the
pink stayed there! In fact he hit
that too hard, in the end.
That was an excellent shot from
Stephen Maguire. Very well
controlled. Waging an angle with the
pace that he played the blue. --
creating an angle.
He still got quite a bit to do here.
The screw with lots of left-hand
side and he has played the cannon.
What a shot that is. Fantastic shot.
He's so aggressive and sometimes
when he looks at the balls, he
almost frightens the life out of
them! He's such a competitor, a
fierce competitor, Stephen Maguire.
Shouldn't be a problem with the the
left of the black. It's the other
two that are either side of the
table and close to the cushions.
Just two pose in front at the
moment. -- two points.
And just the perfect angle to stand
up and move the white between the
red and black. -- stun up.
He could have left the red slightly
easier than this. Not Michael. He's
just checking the scoreboard, the
move the red to the right side you'd
want to be doing about off the
He's gone too far. The only way I
can see him moving the red is taking
the brown here, moving the right to
the left side of the table. Just
picking up the scoreboard, his 22 in
front. And that at be 26. He's going
to need both reds if he takes the
brown. That was so careless. And
look what the cue ball's finished.
You just wasn't ready to take that
shot. His concentration was all over
the place. He wasn't sure what
Shockey was going to play. He just
got down and made a bit of a mess of
it. -- wasn't sure what shocked he
was going to play.
It was amazing, that easy blue that
Stephen Maguire missed. Look where
it is common, on the side cushion.
And leading by 22 points, that's
certainly to his advantage, playing
Another quick glance at the
scoreboard there before making his
mind up. He knows that any more
mistakes and he's out of this year's
UK Championship. And he wants to
take this on. This is a brave shot.
That's a bit confused, but at least
he can play the snooker. He got a
big bounce off the cushion but a
nice little snooker will do.
I don't know if there's enough room
to sneak in behind the black, here.
I'll tell you what. He's brought the
blue into play, he's brought the
black into play. OK, he's handed the
above its two Stephen Maguire, but
he's opened the frame up with that
last shot. -- he's handed the
That was an excellent safety shot
from Graeme Dott. He's looking for
the snooker behind the brown.
Stephen's hoping to swerve this with
lots of left-hand side. Good hit.
And that's safe.
It's who gets the best safety shot
here that's going to gain the
advantage. I do believe he took the
double on, there, and the blue has
come to his rescue because he
thought himself, I can play the
double and I'm on the black if goes
in. Doesn't want to be hitting the
blue year. One long straight pot and
that might be Graeme Dott's last
shot in this year's UK Championship.
A little bit of pressure, but it's
dead straight, almost. Mm. Isn't it
amazing? That was frame ball. He's
missed very few like that. He hasn't
left an easy chance for Graeme but
that will annoy Stephen. That was
match over, if he had knocked that
There's a couple of different
ways Graeme could play this. Almost
could play as a shock to nothing and
leave the cue ball behind the green.
He just went to point that there. If
the red goes in he should be on the
brown, if he misses the ready could
snooker Stephen behind the green.
This is what he's playing. The idea
was good. The execution of it, not
It's just pressure at this
stage, pressure on Graeme to stay in
the tournament and pressure on
Stephen to clinch the match. Has he
played a good one here? It looks
like it. It looks like it. He's got
to hit this and somehow get it safe
and has to rely on a bit of good
fortune, here. It can go anywhere.
And look what has happened. I don't
think the blue's come to his rescue.
Forcing the red in to get back up to
the high value colours. If he takes
the black, Graeme can only tie. He's
not nicely on the black, and he's
not nicely on pink or blue.
quite incredible. Just about the
worst shot he could have finished
in, having played the shot that the
plague. He's having a wry smile to
himself. Very unfortunate for the
cue ball to finish there.
He can cut
the blue into the middle pocket but
Graeme knows that it will not be
easy to hold for the yellow. It's
quite a thin one. He needs the blue
That was about the best he could do.
He's got a medium length pot as he
checks the scoreboard. The yellow,
to leave Graeme needing a snooker.
27 ahead, 25 remaining, the green to
make absolutely certain.
been very solid performance from
Is on its way, is
on its way, is right in the middle
of the pocket. It was always going
to be a tough match, they are very
well matched, both of these players.
But it was Stephen Maguire the got
off to a flyer with the three
opening frames. At 4-2, Graeme was
sort of back in it. Good friends,
but not on the table and in the end
it was Stephen Maguire that was more
consistent. It was a very
entertaining match but at the end it
is On Fire Stephen Maguire guest
through to the quarterfinals, taking
the match, 6-2. A fine win for
Stephen Maguire history to the.
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