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Good evening and welcome to snooker

extra, extended

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Good evening and welcome to snooker

extra, extended highlights of the UK

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championship. We see Martin Gould

take on Xiao Guodong of China.

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Commentary from Stephen Hendry and

Steve Davis.

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COMMENTATOR: Xiao Guodong breaks. I

think this will be an attacking

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match. Both players

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think this will be an attacking

match. Both players like to get on

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with it, go for their shots and

score heavily.

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Not too sure what route Martin Gould

arrived here today, whether it was

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on the back of a bike, or through a.

It might be a style. There is only

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one winner?

Xiao Guodong, straight

from Strictly. Beauties. On a

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serious note, I thought it Xiao

Guodong was going to be the next big

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thing, got a lot of talent. But for

whatever reason, hasn't managed to

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realise that talent. Played him in

an exhibition when he was only 14,

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15, got a total clearance against

me. I thought, this guy has got

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everything.

I do feel, slowly and

surely, a lot of the Chinese are

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starting to make their mark on the

world scene.

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Very aggressive and considering he

hasn't had much table time, that is

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a shot he couldn't guarantee.

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This red on the black spot is a good

one to get rid of, obviously. Won't

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be able to play for the black this

time, but it makes break-building a

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lot easier. Don't know if he can

screw through the.

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Underrated player, Martin Gould.

Doesn't seem to be overawed by any

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situation. Unusual in respect that

he wears normal glasses to play.

I

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think they are special glasses he

looks over the top of two play shots

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with.

Why is he wearing them if he

looks over the top of them?

Balance.

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When he is looking at the table from

this position, looking through the

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glasses and when he gets down he is

looking over the top, clear of the

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rings. He obviously hasn't got that

poor eyesight, I would imagine. Not

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the first time we have discussed

this, but it is quite fascinating.

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Cannon on the middle read. The only

drawback is he has tied the black

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dog for the right corner.

The harder

cannon would have pushed the red

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free of the black line. Probably

won't be an issue. Very, very

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efficient. This cue ball hasn't

moved any distance so far in this

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break. That is the art of

break-building at the top of the

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table.

To be fair, he was given a

gift in this opening frame. Just

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what he wants, easy chance with the

balls everywhere. Very aggressive

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shot by Xiao Guodong. Tough shot to

play, the cue ball was quite close

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to the side cushion. It made the

shot even harder.

Getting harder

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now, the lay of The reds. Got a bit

of a kick on the last red and that

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has taken the pace out of the cue

ball. More work to do with the cue

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ball here. Had to sacrifice a little

bit of distance between balls, but

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as long as this red to the right of

the pink goes in, it's pretty

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comfortable.

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He is striking the ball nicely,

crisp.

Always nice to get off to a

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good start, especially in one

session match. It is important in

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even longer matches, but settling

down in matches, is never

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guaranteed. Opus group that a

fraction. Didn't want to be that

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close to the cushion. Although

perhaps it was unavoidable, to get

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straight on one of these reds. He'll

expect him to get it.

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The first shot but hasn't gone to

plan so far. Going to have to play

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the pink to left middle. Which is

admissible.

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One more red and this has been a

very comfortable visit to the table.

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He's never looked in any danger,

very composed, very relaxed. Never

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really had any tough shots to play.

And this is the best way of

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punishing your opponent of his

mistake, winning the frame in one

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visit.

But on another day, when you

are not as comfortable amongst the

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balls, you could make an easy visit

like this very difficult. Good

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control. Martin Gould, outdoing Xiao

Guodong in the belt department, that

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is for certain. It is a beauty.

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Jag or donk comes back for a bit of

practice, but it is going to be 1-0,

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to Martin Gould. -- shall gong.

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I don't see the point in coming to

the table to play a tough shot. If

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Martin Gould had left an easy one,

then yes, pot some balls but

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otherwise, I don't see the point.

Play a tough shot and missed them by

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a mile, it is only going to make you

feel worse when you go into the next

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frame.

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Martin Gould with that impressive

break of 82. Takes the first frame.

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Match is back to all square and now

it is the best of nine.

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APPLAUSE

Decent break.

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As is the done thing now, a player

knows when a risky shot, gets out of

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the way of the shot and the referee

can look at exactly where the cue

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ball is, should there be a file

called. Paul Collier, may have more

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experience than these two lads put

together. Has been around for

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centuries now in the game.

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I didn't expect any harm to be done

from that shot, but he has left this

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red. Bad judgment from Martin Gould.

I'm sure he was playing into the

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bunch of The reds. Gets the cue ball

to stop and quickly. It hasn't done.

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He's got enough angle to play-off

may be three or four questions.

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Requires a lot of cute power,

although these tables help you out

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in that department, more so than a

club table.

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Five cushions.

Tough pot, I don't

think you will be playing this.

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Maybe angle wide off the first

question. That is why the cue ball

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has ended up at this down of the

table.

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The flick on the brown has left him

perfect to get the cue ball back up

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to this end of the table.

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Aggressive shot. Everything was

covering each other, there wasn't an

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easy red to play for. This red is

on. He can play of the cushion to

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the pink for the same pocket but

when you are playing with more pace

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and bridging over, the slightest

deviation, you miss this red.

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Don't think he will be playing the

pink now, it will be glued to the

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green pocket. Virtually nothing to

do with the cue ball. -- it will be

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blue. Couple of reds available to

the right corner. Depends how far he

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wants to screw the cue ball back.

Should he pot this blue, looking

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further ahead, that black will be

difficult to get into open play. Hit

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his hand on the edge of the table

then. Going through with the cube,

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he hit his hands before he hit the

ball. Hurt his finger.

I thought he

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had got an electric shock, sometimes

that happens on the table. But you

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were right. Bad miss on the blue.

Had nothing to do with the cue ball,

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just concentrate on the pot. Missed

it by a mile. Good opportunity now

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for Xiao Guodong.

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He will be disappointed with the

outcome. I would imagine he got a

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bit low on the cue ball. I think

perhaps he was playing to stun onto

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the cushion and then off again. Now

he has made a realistically chance

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of winning the frame into a tough

one.

He never looked in a rhythm in

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that break at any stage. When Martin

Gould miss the blue, it was a

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comfortable chance. But he seemed to

take a long time over shots, Xiao

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Guodong, when it looked pretty

straightforward. When Martin Gould

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went to 82, had a good rhythm around

the table. Maybe he hasn't settled

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down yet, Xiao Guodong. Still a bit

edgy.

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Looked like he was creating problems

that weren't there.

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That was a much better pot than it

looked, bridging over. Not out of

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the woods yet.

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Two reds beside the pink. This isn't

an easy chance.

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APPLAUSE

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Great shot from Guodong. Superb

control. Not guaranteed to get leave

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from this, but it's not easy. I

think Martin Gould will be tempted

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by the one cushion escape, dead

weight. He's got to be careful.

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Wrong side of the red could develop

the other red. He doesn't want to

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hit the pink, obviously. Left the

two alone, I think. The two alone by

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the pink. Played that well, if

that's how he played it.

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Misjudged safety.

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All those three reds look to be

covering each other to the right

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corner. That yellow is a little

tempter to try and get in behind.

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That was a far better choice of

shots from Martin Gould there.

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APPLAUSE

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Returning the compliment. Guodong

down very quickly here. Playing this

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ultra thin. Tough shot. He's playing

a container.

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Chance to perhaps get the black into

play. Playing very thin on the red

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by the black, on to the cushion

first, knock the black into play,

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get the cue ball down the table. Red

is obviously available into the

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right middle, the left middle. So,

once again, playing the positive

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shot.

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Didn't hit it particularly

positively though. I don't know

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about that one. The way he played it

was less committal than the shot

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itself.

APPLAUSE

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Unlucky. Martin Gould had a problem

if he potted the red. It wasn't the

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easiest of opportunities. It looked

for a second that Guodong had

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punished him. That bump got in the

way. This is a lot tougher

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proposition, screwing back with the

extended rest.

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You almost wouldn't be surprised to

see the miscue here with the

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extension. It become as possibility,

digging right down on that cue ball.

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APPLAUSE

How well has he hit that? What a mag

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enough September shot.

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Unfortunately, I think he's hit it

too well he was hoping to be on the

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red into the middle so he could drop

off the side cushion for the pink

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into the right corner. He's come lob

sided on the red over the middle

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pocket. He may not have the right

angle on the red into the left

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corner. He would have to go back up

for the baulk corner.

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16 point lead. These three open reds

would be enough.

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Couldn't have judged that better.

From not doing too much in this

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match, Martin Gould looks like he

will be going 2-1 behind. Obviously

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the blue earlier in the frame looks

to be pretty costly.

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Pink to leave Martin Gould needing a

snooker. Not trying to be too fancy

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with this one, but he's played that

well. That's put paid to this third

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frame. Another scrappy affair.

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Sometimes the balls dictate, if they

go awkward straightaway, colours go

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to cushions.

Looks to have the

perfect angle to break this red out

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here.

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Wanted to hit black first. 50 points

in front, Martin Gould won't be

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coming back to the table.

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Xiao Guodong goes into a 2-1 lead.

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APPLAUSE

Decent pot, is he on a colour? Even

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if he's on the green, it's not...

It's very difficult to control, to

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get any position on the red. I think

the red only goes into the pocket

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that the green is covering?

Yeah. He

could play cushion first on the

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green, play with power. He's not

even attempting the green here. He

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thinks it's a really low percentage

chance of getting on the red. Trying

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to play a telling safety shot. Not

going to disagree with him there. He

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does promote the yellow into a

pottable position. So clever little

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shot here. Now the yellow is in

play. Didn't really want to let

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Martin Gould have a one cushion

escape though.

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Looks like he hasn't. So Martin

Gould hoping to push that red

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towards the green pocket. That's a

safe area. Four ball kiss he'd be

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happy with.

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Three-ball.

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REFEREE:

Miss, three-ball.

STEVE DAVIS:

Pretty wide of that.

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Don't know if he could have come off

the side cushion. A lot more assured

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of hitting the red if he could have

done.

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He needs an angle on the yellow

after this green, just so he can

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stun the cue ball across and leave

that red to the green pocket.

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He really got into that. I mean he

overscrewed it. I mean, he's on the

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green, but, in a way, you were

expecting as a play tore have an

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easier shot. It seems to put a bit

more pressure on the green now. You

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look stupid if you miss it. So, he's

got to regroup, just treat this as a

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shot that would come up anyway in

normal play. Hit it postively.

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-- positively. He nearly flicked it

out. He had two chances in a way. If

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he flicked it out, it would have

been wonderful. He wasn't that far

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off getting round the back of it for

the red, as Stephen said, into the

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same pocket.

APPLAUSE

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I can't believe I'm going to say,

this I think I would have rolled it

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behind the yellow rather than play

the green there.

What? Are you

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advocating a safety shot?

Yeah.

You

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the green there.

What? Are you

advocating a safety shot?

Yeah.

You!

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I might have got a few points from

safety. If Gould you willed had hit

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the red he might have stuck it up.

Are you on antibiotics at the moment

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or something? -- Martin Gould had

hit the red, he might have stuck it

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up. Are you on antibiotics at the

moment or something?

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Great effort. Dangerous effort. May

not be a four ball snooker, if at

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all. It looks like you can even cut

it in.

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Martin Gould, 20 points in front.

Guodong's going for this. Hit it

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firm, black's on. Very important pot

there from Guodong. Can he hold it

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for the black or is it going to

trundle down the table? He's trying

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to tell it to stop. It's not going

to help. He's not happy. You can see

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he's not happy. Even we could see

his eyes, they're not happy. If it's

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too thin he can always roll up

behind the black.

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I think it does cut in the black,

but then obviously it's so thin that

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the cue ball's... You just lose

control of the cue ball.

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The right middle pocket to think

about.

As long as you don't absolute

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will I blast at it you think would

end up in the bottom half of the

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table.

APPLAUSE

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It must have been... He mustn't have

fancied the pot. I'd have been

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tempted to just take my chances with

where that cue ball is going to end

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up.

Yeah. If you said the cue ball

is in the baulk area of the table

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you would be unlucky not to have a

pot at the yellow, some sort of pot.

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But he has got command of this

frame. Even though he's 19 points

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behind. Martin Gould has only got to

hit this yellow, he's got to get it

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safe.

A nice way to play this would

somehow be to, if you did miss it,

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end up in the top half of the table.

It may have been a possibility of a

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way of doing that. You're committing

really this way. Trying to get lucky

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if he misses somehow. If he misses

and Guodong doesn't like it, he's

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going to be put back. Good effort

there from Martin Gould to try and

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lay on that yellow. 12 feet of

distance of travel.

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APPLAUSE

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Has it gone round the back? P pots

and I think he's got a way of

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getting on the green as well. Didn't

take much time on getting down on

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this.

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Has he got the pace right? No good.

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No, the reason it's no good is that

brown, behind the pink. The angle

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he's got on the green is natural if

the pink wasn't there for the brown

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to the same pocket. He may have to

play for the brown to right middle.

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Playing it slowly makes the green

missable. I don't suppose he will,

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but getting perfect on the brown is

not easy. Oh, didn't know what he

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was doing there. That was a weird

shot.

I can only assume he was

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playing some sort of cannon into the

pink and brown.

Side spin. Stun with

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right hand side.

Or just to come

round off two cushions, miss the

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pink and leave the brown to the left

corner. Just make sure of the green.

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Yeah. If he pots the green and he

doesn't get nicely on the brown he

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can roll up nicely behind the pink.

Martin Gould can surely get off the

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brown on one cushion here. Well,

he's two balls off winning this

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frame and getting out of the session

at 2-2. I think 2-2 is a fair

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result, neither player deserves to

be in front in this match.

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He just about got on the blue.

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In it goes. He will be relieved.

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Mark Williams style effort here on

the pink. Perhaps not as good as

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Mark, never mind. Guodong carrying

on for snookers, but I think it will

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be 2-2 at the interval.

I don't know

if Martin Gould normally pots those

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shots with ease. Why not take the

rest out and make sure you pot the

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pink and get this frame over with.

OK, he's 99 times out of 100 he's

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still going to win, but look at this

shot.

What you are saying is - you

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want a cup of tea?

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The last thing Martin Gould wants is

for 10, 15 minutes trying to get out

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of snookers. Pot the pink, get on to

the practice table, get your arm

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moving again. Very strange shot that

was.

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Excellent effort, it really is.

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Not been much to talk about in the

last three frames, but that is one

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of the best shots we've seen.

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Martin Gould, after that very

strange shot, to try and pot the

0:47:570:48:01

pink, has put himself under pressure

in this frame.

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With ball-in-hand, you do get a

chance to play a better snooker, but

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it's not an easy snooker. He's got

to get a good one, not just a

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snooker. What is the weight like? It

looks pretty good. It might be a bit

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too hard.

Yeah, what he had to do

was at least keep the object ball

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safe. He hasn't done. Martin Gould

coming round to see what the

0:48:420:48:47

situation is. Cue ball in the green

pocket. That would be an error. I

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wouldn't be surprised the way these

frames have gone. But it's in. It's

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not been a snooker for the

puristses, you could say. Let's hope

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it's better after the interval, but

it's 2-2 between Xiao Guodong and

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Martin Gould.

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-- pureists. So scoring opportunity

for Xiao Guodong. If you want to be

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attacking, the green has a lovely

angle to go into the bunch. A big

0:50:020:50:06

target. He may not feel that way

inclined at the moment. Don't feel

0:50:060:50:12

that confident. It couldn't be

better on the green.

0:50:120:50:19

When I saw him as a Youngster he

doesn't have the same flow in cue

0:50:250:50:31

action he used to have. I can't

remember the word you use, Steve,

0:50:310:50:34

for it.

Unflowing. He's put the cue

ball in exactly the same position

0:50:340:50:46

now to go into the pack of reds. Is

he going to do it now, he might as

0:50:460:50:51

well have done it before. Perhaps he

will choose another positional shot.

0:50:510:50:56

Well played. He didn't go into the

reds, but it turned out perfectly.

0:51:000:51:08

He can stun this red for the black

into the same pocket.

It begs the

0:51:080:51:13

question why he didn't do it the

first time because he couldn't

0:51:130:51:17

guarantee he would get perfect on

the green. Regardless. This is now a

0:51:170:51:21

great chance.

0:51:210:51:24

At some stage in this match you

would expect the standard to rise.

0:51:270:51:33

Maybe it's who gets off the ground

first.

0:51:360:51:42

Yeah everyone has bad days, no doubt

about it. Whoever wins this match,

0:51:540:52:00

they know if they ply like this in

the next round against, we presume

0:52:000:52:10

it would be Ronnie O'Sullivan no,

disrespect to his opponent, whoever

0:52:100:52:14

wins this match will have to play a

lot better. They are going to be sat

0:52:140:52:21

in the chair for a long time.

0:52:210:52:31

The only red pottable to this one is

the red of the three. Either right

0:52:520:52:58

corner or left middle.

0:52:580:53:02

Quite straight on the black, so

screw back and touch of right hand

0:53:110:53:17

side. Take the cue ball up the

table.

Not the best angle. He should

0:53:170:53:32

get it right.

Played it nicely. Even

if he's not straight on the red,

0:53:320:53:36

there's a gap there to stun the cue

ball through with the black to the

0:53:360:53:40

same pocket. He could possibly play

with topspin to move the two reds

0:53:400:53:45

and leave pink to left middle. I

think the stun really.

He's going to

0:53:450:54:02

need these remaining three reds.

0:54:020:54:03

Cannon on the pink. Well played. So

playing with a little bit more

0:54:130:54:20

rhythm, Xiao Guodong. He has taken

these well so far. He doesn't really

0:54:200:54:32

want to be straight on the black.

That's careless if he is because the

0:54:320:54:37

shot they played previously, the

screwback shot, if he overdose it he

0:54:370:54:43

could snooker himself behind the

pink.

I don't know if he's checked

0:54:430:54:48

to see if there's a plant into the

left corner.

0:54:480:55:00

Because of the pink he played that

to the side.

0:55:030:55:07

Over hit that somewhat. Now this red

is missable. Just got a bit too much

0:55:420:55:51

into it.

That's the last thing he

wanted was the frame ball to be a

0:55:510:55:59

difficult one.

0:55:590:56:03

Would be a

It horrible ending to

this break should he miss it.

0:56:060:56:18

He got a kick on that.

0:56:190:56:23

Not his fault he got a kick. It was

his fault he was out of position.

0:56:250:56:39

It could be a big moment in this

match.

0:56:430:56:46

Finished in an ideal position.

Played that shot like a hit and

0:57:000:57:07

hope. Didn't seem to have a plan to

get on a colour.

0:57:070:57:14

This could be a moment in this

match. Xiao Guodong should have been

0:57:210:57:28

3-2 ahead by now.

0:57:280:57:33

I think I am correct in saying that

Martin Gould is still in with a

0:58:030:58:09

chance of sneaking into the top 16

in the race to the Masters.

0:58:090:58:23

If the information has changed, I do

apologise for my lack of knowledge.

0:58:230:58:29

Yesterday he was in the race.

Depending on other results, of

0:58:290:58:35

course.

0:58:350:58:44

Because the pink isn't on its spot,

he has played left to right middle.

0:58:540:59:00

But it came off the cushion quite

quickly.

0:59:000:59:12

This is a tricky cut back for the

black.

0:59:130:59:18

Look where the cue ball ended up. It

was an excellent frame. Xiao Guodong

0:59:340:59:41

should have won it. Didn't get

position on the last red. Martin

0:59:410:59:46

Gould takes it, 3-2.

Martin Gould

breaks off in the second frame after

0:59:460:59:59

the interval. Having won the first

against the head. Advantage, Martin

0:59:591:00:05

Gould.

1:00:051:00:07

Forced into that, he did well to get

the cue ball down the table. Makes

1:01:461:01:51

it difficult positional play the

Xiao Guodong.

1:01:511:01:58

You have to say, he's not had a

great brunt of the balls today, Xiao

1:02:181:02:22

Guodong. -- run of the balls.

1:02:221:02:28

I think Martin Gould has identified

the red next to the black as the

1:02:331:02:39

best idea of trying to get a hit and

safe.

1:02:391:02:46

He may have got away with that.

Bridging over the top of the ball

1:02:571:03:06

makes this a more difficult

prospect. You fancy him to get it,

1:03:061:03:12

but no guarantee of position. He can

probably get the blue, on second

1:03:121:03:20

thoughts. The blue cuts in, but

difficult to control the cue ball.

1:03:201:03:31

Nice choice from Xiao Guodong, that

if he accidentally missed it, he

1:04:091:04:14

might cover the pocket. Can he turn

this into a frame-winner? The pack

1:04:141:04:22

is tight, but one good angle on the

black could reap rewards.

1:04:221:04:28

I get the feeling it is not going to

be Xiao Guodong's day here. He's not

1:04:371:04:44

firing on any cylinders.

And now,

Martin is looking how he gets into

1:04:441:04:54

this bunch of The reds. Lots of

right-hand side.

It is a pretty big

1:04:541:05:08

target that way.

1:05:081:05:10

Pretty good, he wants to stun it off

the two cushions. Just get into the

1:05:241:05:35

middle of the pack.

Nice shot, bit

unlucky. More than a bit unlucky,

1:05:351:05:49

really. Even half of a ball, a

quarter of a bald more contact on

1:05:491:05:58

the pack, they would have opened up

and the cue ball would have stayed

1:05:581:06:02

in the top half of the table. Does

he try and keep this break going?

1:06:021:06:08

Has he got a shock to nothing at the

same time? It's hard to see him

1:06:081:06:15

turning this red down.

1:06:151:06:18

Very nice.

1:06:341:06:40

He may have to play this red with

lots of left-hand side to get the

1:07:081:07:12

right side of the blue. Needs to be

just off straight to be able to play

1:07:121:07:19

that shot. There is an argument to

say play for the black. Can stun

1:07:191:07:27

into the bunch. The only danger with

this sometimes, you hit the side of

1:07:271:07:37

the bunch of reds and the cue ball

goes up to the ball could end of the

1:07:371:07:41

table. -- ball end.

1:07:411:07:45

Excellent shot.

Not too far off

being perfect. A bit unlucky. Did he

1:07:581:08:08

get another electric shock or

something. He is twitching with his

1:08:081:08:12

hand again. Really unlucky. He has

given a belt into the meat of the

1:08:121:08:25

pack. A bit low on it, yes, but

splitting hairs, really.

If he

1:08:251:08:34

leaves the cue ball by this

left-hand side cushion, he's not

1:08:341:08:36

leaving anything. Certainly didn't

expect him to play like that.

He

1:08:361:08:44

hadn't got it totally safe. He still

left the red into the same middle

1:08:441:08:56

pocket. Wasn't even a benefit to

play it that way. Xiao Guodong has

1:08:561:09:02

unmissable red, but he could hold

for the black plate of these three

1:09:021:09:07

reds. Not like that. Didn't hit that

with enough conviction.

1:09:071:09:14

Good recovery from Xiao Guodong.

Little bit of work to be done with

1:09:521:09:59

the implements. Stunning across the

face of the black here, it looks.

1:09:591:10:05

Bit of screw back. That was strange.

What's happened there? Must have

1:10:051:10:12

just caught the red, bounce the

white ball. Thought he could screw

1:10:121:10:22

back without touching that one. Even

though I said it looked like it

1:10:221:10:32

wasn't going to be his day, he's not

really in unlawful position. Just

1:10:321:10:39

his general standard, he needs to

it. Either playing this game could

1:10:391:10:48

potentially just fall over the line.

It will be like pulling teeth, if it

1:10:481:10:53

happened that way.

1:10:531:10:55

Two reds on the pink spot. I don't

know if the bottom one goes to the

1:11:041:11:08

corner. Obviously it does. Sometimes

you need to be at the table to see

1:11:081:11:13

the true angle as to whether it goes

or not. You feel for his own belief

1:11:131:11:21

in winning this match, he has to win

this frame at this visit. If he

1:11:211:11:27

keeps failing, his confidence keeps

taking a hit and you wonder how he

1:11:271:11:31

can come back from it.

1:11:311:11:33

Couldn't keep position on the blue.

But always nice to have all colours

1:12:121:12:17

available. Little bit of danger on

where those three reds are to the

1:12:171:12:24

right. Could find yourself in a

positional trap. Is playing down the

1:12:241:12:32

right-hand side of the table. Looks

to have overscrewed this by some

1:12:321:12:36

distance. That is a long way out.

This red into the middle pocket,

1:12:361:12:49

wasn't one he played.

1:12:491:12:51

He was fortunate to have that red.

He was that far out with his

1:13:101:13:13

position. Good pot.

1:13:131:13:16

Red, colour, red.

1:13:351:13:40

Similar to the last frame. Frame

ball, he's left one that is

1:14:061:14:12

missable.

Doesn't have too played

position though. Should do, but

1:14:121:14:19

doesn't have too. Position was more

or less automatic. So he will be

1:14:191:14:30

feeling a bit better inside that he

has survived a little bit of a

1:14:301:14:34

storm.

I said before, although the

last two frames, he had a couple of

1:14:341:14:47

60 breaks, he's not been playing

well. But still he is 3-3.

1:14:471:14:52

50 points behind. A very unlikely

you can get back into the match from

1:14:571:15:05

this position. Barring snoopers, it

is 3-3.

1:15:051:15:10

-- snookers.

1:15:161:15:17

At professional level, it is a minor

miracle to win a frame 50 points

1:15:231:15:29

behind. 49 points behind you can win

with one snooker and a free ball.

1:15:291:15:46

Some fluke snookers. Some people are

clapping. They must think it is all

1:15:491:15:53

over.

1:15:531:16:03

Come on Xiao Guodong, green ball.

Well done. He will feel a lot

1:16:201:16:31

better. Should have won the last

frame, made a break of 62 but missed

1:16:311:16:39

the last red. He has missed the

green, but it doesn't matter, Xiao

1:16:391:16:44

Guodong levelled the match at 3-3.

1:16:441:16:48

Wonderfully struck.

You won't see a

better ball struck all week, I don't

1:17:271:17:36

care who you are watching. This was

perfection.

Black ball, tied up

1:17:361:17:48

again.

1:17:481:17:49

Has left himself a nice angle on

this red to get back out down the

1:18:151:18:20

table. I assume the pink spot is

occupied.

1:18:201:18:37

He has played for the pink. It goes

on the black spot. It's not too bad.

1:18:381:18:49

Where is the next red coming from if

he is wrong sided?

1:18:491:18:54

There is a possibility of a couple

of reds in the corner.

1:19:111:19:20

He had to trust a bit to look. He

has played an excellent shot. --

1:19:261:19:34

good luck.

1:19:341:19:35

Perfect on the blue. It looks such a

simple shot to play. He couldn't put

1:19:551:20:09

the cue ball any better if he had

picked it with his hand.

It seems a

1:20:091:20:17

more difficult shot on fast cloth.

Sheik of the head by Martin Gould.

1:20:171:20:22

He wanted to be a bit lower to get

back for the blue. Now he's got to

1:20:221:20:29

play a power screw back. Shaking his

head as if it was a bad positional

1:20:291:20:36

shot. As it turns out, where is the

problem?

1:20:361:20:44

Can only assume he didn't want the

pink back on the spot.

1:20:541:21:03

Some people just shake their head

for no reason. I think snooker

1:21:091:21:12

players, when you want to put the

cue ball exactly where you want to

1:21:121:21:17

put it and it doesn't go there. We

are all perfection when it comes to

1:21:171:21:29

the cue ball.

There is an example of

how difficult it is to get perfect

1:21:291:21:34

on the blue. He can do this, should

he want to play but the cue ball

1:21:341:21:40

will be running away. It takes some

good control to keep it under severe

1:21:401:21:46

control.

1:21:461:21:48

Unfortunate flick off the pink and

out of position. Tough pots

1:21:561:22:04

available into the middle pocket.

Bit of pressure on this.

1:22:041:22:18

He has missed that and now he has

given Xiao Guodong a chance.

1:22:281:22:39

He has an angle here, is it worth

the top spin and cannon into the

1:23:011:23:07

reds. Just to open things up a bit.

1:23:071:23:13

He could have done. But there are

times when that is perhaps the

1:23:191:23:26

correct mode of operation. Keep on

going back for the blue. Try to get

1:23:261:23:38

exactly the right angle on the blue.

That was a great shot. Can't argue

1:23:381:23:42

with that one. He has a couple of

reds into that left corner. Judging

1:23:421:23:49

by the first time he played it, he

may be going for one of those reds

1:23:491:23:53

into the left corner. Doesn't have

to go off the side cushion, can stun

1:23:531:23:59

down.

1:23:591:24:02

Might be in a bit of a trap. Might

be no way back.

May be forced to

1:24:111:24:23

play a cannon on the black.

Brave

shot, it could go wrong and he could

1:24:231:24:29

be made to look a bit foolish, I

suppose. He's looking at the line,

1:24:291:24:35

isn't he? Half ball cannon, very

softly. Can't afford to hit it too

1:24:351:24:43

hard. Might snooker him. Have two

hit it hard enough to get the other

1:24:431:24:56

side of it. I think I would have

preferred the softer cannon, even

1:24:561:25:01

though I would have left the black

closer to the question. Wasn't a bad

1:25:011:25:05

way of going about it. Tough pink.

This is a brave shot. You get it,

1:25:051:25:18

chance to go 5-3 ahead. If you miss

it, it is 4-4. Or you will go back

1:25:181:25:25

to your chair expecting it to be

4-4.

It is a tough pot, made

1:25:251:25:31

fractionally tougher than if it was

on its preferred spot. It is more of

1:25:311:25:39

an acute angle, by a fraction. I

don't like this shot, I don't like

1:25:391:25:45

playing it. Sometimes you have too.

He's already looked at the safety

1:25:451:25:50

option. I assume he's turning it

down, isn't he?

I couldn't turn this

1:25:501:25:57

down.

He looked at the safety

option. Why bother going down the

1:25:571:26:03

table, I suppose. Big shot in the

match.

1:26:031:26:05

In the end, I don't know why he went

down the other end of the table. He

1:26:131:26:19

put negativity in his mind. It was

the right shot to go for the pot, he

1:26:191:26:27

didn't have two hit it that hard.

It's probably cost him the frame. If

1:26:271:26:33

you going for the pot, go for it,

don't be thinking about safety shots

1:26:331:26:38

and then go back down and play for

the pot.

1:26:381:26:42

If you don't fancy the pink enough,

then you're not going to get it, are

1:26:531:27:00

you? If you absolutely don't like

the shot, perhaps then you don't go

1:27:001:27:07

for it, even if you get criticised

for not going for it. Tough

1:27:071:27:13

decisions snooker throws up.

1:27:131:27:17

But in the end that's what sorts out

the winners from the losers, being

1:27:211:27:26

able to make these decisions under

pressure, being able to play the

1:27:261:27:30

right shot. That's what, I suppose,

you could say in most sports, being

1:27:301:27:35

able to make the right decisions

when it really matters.

1:27:351:27:39

I'm sure a sports psychologists

would have had a field day with that

1:27:461:27:51

particular shot, once they

understood the game. Great chance

1:27:511:27:54

now for Martin Gould to get back on

level terms.

1:27:541:27:59

Hard to make a case for this match

going any other way but 5-5. At the

1:28:221:28:29

moment neither player seems to be

able to really take this match by

1:28:291:28:37

the scruff of its neck and win it.

One frame at a time it is. Neither

1:28:371:28:45

player can get up a bit of momentum.

1:28:451:28:52

Pink and a red to draw level.

1:28:571:29:01

This red for the frame.

1:29:201:29:22

APPLAUSE

1:29:261:29:27

Make sure to pot the pink and make

sure he pots one red to make sure

1:29:401:29:44

his opponent doesn't come back to

the table. 55, 43 on, there's every

1:29:441:29:51

chance that Guodong will come back

to the table and try for snookers.

1:29:511:29:57

Not now.

1:30:001:30:08

That's another frame were both

players had two or three chances,

1:30:351:30:38

but it's Martin Gould who wins it

and draws level again at 4-4.

1:30:381:30:43

APPLAUSE

1:30:431:30:49

Guodong can play an aggressive shot

here if he chooses. Pot this red,

1:31:041:31:08

screw the cue ball through the reds,

put them everywhere. You would think

1:31:081:31:12

he would have to be very unlucky not

to be on a colour.

1:31:121:31:18

Just got a bit too much forward

momentum on the cue ball. Just went

1:31:291:31:36

forwards first before it started to

come back. Well, we see Martin miss

1:31:361:31:46

a lot easier chance than this, but

Guodong can get his hand on the

1:31:461:31:54

table, straight cueing. Shots you

practice all day long.

Let's see how

1:31:541:31:59

hard he hits this. A pressure shot.

No need to hit it hard. Why is he

1:31:591:32:04

crewing back?

Why is he screwing

back? To get the right side of the

1:32:041:32:11

red. The red over the pocket, the

right middle. , he could get back

1:32:111:32:18

for the blue. That makes that shot

so much more difficult, putting that

1:32:181:32:21

extra pace in means that the ball

won't drop in the hole.

1:32:211:32:26

I don't think you would have seen

Ronnie O'Sullivan play that shot as

1:32:301:32:34

hard.

1:32:341:32:36

The priority there was potting the

blue.

1:32:461:32:49

He's out on the table. He can see

where that red is over the middle

1:33:001:33:04

pocket. If he pots the blue and

stuns it dead. It's a thinner cut

1:33:041:33:09

and the cue ball will come to the

top cushion, surely he can get it

1:33:091:33:13

back down the table again. I would

love to know what was going through

1:33:131:33:16

his mind there. That's tight. Enough

room though.

1:33:161:33:35

Will he risk dropping on the black?

1:33:441:33:47

Oh, dear.

Well, this isn't good.

He's got the red with the... He

1:33:491:33:57

didn't have much of a check up

before he played that shot. That in

1:33:571:34:02

itself was an error, not knowing

exactly where the pink ball was

1:34:021:34:05

going to spot. He always had this

red with the extended rest, but not

1:34:051:34:16

clever.

Can he drop on the black?

The black is available to the right

1:34:161:34:23

or left corner. Maybe there's too

much angle on this red. Play some

1:34:231:34:27

sort of cannon. He needs to be lucky

here. He has been. What a result,

1:34:271:34:37

what a result.

1:34:371:34:47

Played the aggressive shot. I

suppose you could say fortune

1:34:471:34:51

favours the brave. If he'd not been

on that black, we'd have been

1:34:511:34:55

digging out his positional sense.

Just about going to drop in.

1:34:551:35:05

That was in the middle when it

started, but ended up going in-off

1:35:101:35:15

the front jaw.

Well, here's a chance

for a frame-winning contribution.

1:35:151:35:25

First one fell short with a poor

rest shot, but he shouldn't be

1:35:251:35:30

needing the rest for a while here,

if at all.

1:35:301:35:35

Didn't really want to come away from

the black, but obviously felt he had

1:36:061:36:10

to.

1:36:101:36:17

He's over hit that a little bit, but

there's a red below the black that

1:36:241:36:31

goes. Doesn't have to stay on the

black, as I said, he can come back

1:36:311:36:36

up the table.

1:36:361:36:38

It's not ideal, is it, Stephen?

Play

for blue here, I think.

Yeah.

1:36:401:36:47

If he'd have gone wrong side of the

pink there he could have come

1:36:561:37:04

unstuck.

1:37:041:37:06

He's kept this break going and now

starting to look more like prime

1:37:371:37:42

position.

1:37:421:37:46

One more positional shot he's got to

get right with those five reds a bit

1:37:521:37:58

crowded in the middle of the table.

Ideally, he'd like to break them

1:37:581:38:05

open and have an insurance red at

one over the left corner, so perhaps

1:38:051:38:12

he's going to try to go into them

now. Though I'm not so sure he's got

1:38:121:38:18

the angle. Would have liked to have

been low on the black so he could

1:38:181:38:23

play some type of screw shot into

the reds. Leave himself on that one

1:38:231:38:27

by the left corner. Now he may have

to bite the bull in the that

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department.

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Guodong's only hope now is that

after this next black that somehow

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Martin Gould gets unlucky. It's a

slim chance.

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Another red to the right of the five

is the one to connon. If it goes

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wrong though you're on nothing he

may choose to go into the main

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bunch, hope for the best. He played

it well. He's got a choice of two

1:39:211:39:28

reds to either middle pocket. OK,

he's grimacing slightly

1:39:281:39:40

reds to either middle pocket. OK,

he's grimacing slightly. This is OK

1:39:401:39:42

surely.

He caught it more than he

wanted. It's still a good positional

1:39:421:39:47

shot. He should get this. That's

frame over.

1:39:471:39:52

APPLAUSE

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Surprising missing the red. 69

points in front, Martin Gould, 59 op

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the table. That was a careless shot

to miss that. If he pots that red,

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his opponent doesn't come back to

the table.

1:40:431:40:48

Hanging on in here, 53 points

behind. One more red and black and

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then keep that last red on the

table.

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It's not come that well for snookers

on this red. 45 behind. Absolutely

1:42:371:42:52

no way he should pot the red. Even

if he could get on the black.

1:42:521:43:00

Not a bad try. Oh, nearly.

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I think he can see enough to pot

this.

1:43:231:43:28

Yep, it's there. Martin Gould has

taken two frames in a row from 4-3

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down, he's going to lead 5-4, one

up, with two play, as we say. Xiao

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Guodong concedes. One frame to get

into the quarter-final. He leads

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5-4.

1:43:521:43:56

Martin Gould breaks off hoping for

one good chance in the next two

1:44:051:44:11

frames. Ideally this frame.

1:44:111:44:15

It's getting to the sharp end of

this match, adrenaline, tension is

1:44:171:44:24

rising. Will that hone in the

player's concentration. He's going

1:44:241:44:29

for this.

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Great shot.

APPLAUSE

1:44:321:44:36

He struck it so well, he's gone past

the baulk line. I don't know if that

1:44:391:44:46

was his plan. He's put it into a

safe position, but ideally those

1:44:461:44:51

type of shots you leave yourself

slightly short of the baulk line for

1:44:511:44:56

a good choice of a frame winner so

early on. He should get this green

1:44:561:45:04

into the middle. It's a bit of an

angle.

1:45:041:45:10

He's got two reds, perhaps three

reds, that go into the left corner.

1:45:121:45:15

He's got choices.

1:45:151:45:18

Wants to get way from this side

cushion. Cushion.

1:45:251:45:30

He doesn't want to be straight on

this red. A bit more difficult.

1:45:311:45:38

Somebody moving in the crowd, I

think. Somebody is doing something.

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REFEREE:

The light is catching your

watch.

1:45:501:45:55

STEVE DAVIS:

Unlucky, reflection of

someone's watch. Just digging down a

1:45:551:46:03

bit makes this shot a bit harder.

1:46:031:46:08

He'll be happy with that strike.

Looks like he's going to go into

1:46:121:46:18

them here, the far part of the pack

would be a nice part to go into, not

1:46:181:46:23

screw it in, stun it in.

1:46:231:46:25

Could have gone piano them. There's

a couple of loose reds. Perhaps he's

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seen a far more assured way. At some

stage he's got to open the pack,

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though.

1:46:421:46:45

Yeah, I agree. Perfect angle, but I

suppose this red he can leave this

1:46:501:46:55

low, the red to the left corner,

leave it low. Maybe that was his

1:46:551:46:59

plan all along.

Screw back across

the face of them, nothing wrong with

1:46:591:47:06

that.

1:47:061:47:06

As long as you can guarantee getting

that positional shot that he's just

1:47:081:47:12

played. Play it with topspin it's a

little bit more in the lap of the

1:47:121:47:22

Gods where the cue ball end up. Oh,

my goodness. I mean the screw back

1:47:221:47:27

shot guarantees position on the

black. That in itself is probably

1:47:271:47:30

these days considered the wrong

shot. He's so worried about where

1:47:301:47:37

the cue ball is going he missed the

pot.

Yeah, I agree. The decision

1:47:371:47:43

should have been to go into the pack

off the black, two shots previously.

1:47:431:47:48

He's given Martin Gould an

opportunity to get this match over

1:47:481:47:51

and done with.

1:47:511:47:51

That's not a gimme. He knows as long

as he pots it, automatic position on

1:47:591:48:07

a red to either left middle or left

corner. Just keep still on this, cue

1:48:071:48:12

it nicely.

1:48:121:48:17

It's been a poor standard. It's just

who can possibly keep themselves

1:48:251:48:30

together to over the line in this

match. I can't say that any player

1:48:301:48:36

is favourite at this moment.

Player

with Martin Gould's experience

1:48:361:48:48

should have seized that opportunity.

1:48:481:48:51

Wrong side of the blue, so further

away from the reds than he wanted.

1:49:021:49:08

On what we've seen so far, I can't

say that I'm absolutely confident

1:49:081:49:13

this is going in.

1:49:131:49:24

Nice shot.

APPLAUSE

1:49:281:49:34

Yeah, in the end, it was very well

struck. But it's hard to know how

1:49:361:49:42

many chances in the frame that each

player needs to get the job done.

1:49:421:49:55

They are good for the morale though

when you knock one in, especially

1:49:551:50:00

after you've missed an easy one.

Topspin is a strange choice for me

1:50:001:50:07

here. Will be hard to get right side

of the blue.

Just looking for where

1:50:071:50:17

the break is going to end at the

moment, aren't you? It's a terrible

1:50:171:50:21

way to look, but it's just been that

type of game, you just don't fancy

1:50:211:50:25

there is going to be a frame-winning

clearance from here. We are talking

1:50:251:50:29

about the best players in the world,

just having a bad day in the office.

1:50:291:50:38

Motoring down there. Is there a red

that goes into the right corner?

1:50:381:50:42

This red to the left corner is OK,

but it's not so easy to get back out

1:50:421:50:47

into open play.

He may choose to

actually use the bunch here. Cue

1:50:471:50:54

ball into the bunch. Every chance if

he hits the bunch of reds the cue

1:50:541:50:59

ball could go up to that end of the

table, where the colours are,

1:50:591:51:02

possibly be in the pink.

If he hits

the right part of the bunch, of

1:51:021:51:06

course, yeah.

That's exactly what he

played. Good shot.

Yeah.

1:51:061:51:17

APPLAUSE

Good thinking. Criticised him for

1:51:171:51:24

some bad thinking, that was the

opposite. No! I don't think he's

1:51:241:51:36

even on a red.

He's not a red. From Martin Gould's

1:51:361:51:43

perspective, once again, you must be

pleased he's missed blue. Martin

1:51:431:51:47

Gould must come to the table

thinking - I've been left the Crown

1:51:471:51:53

jewels. Can he had pot one? Does one

goes past? Yes, it does.

Can he see

1:51:531:51:59

it?

You can have no excuses.

No, he's 37

1:51:591:52:08

points behind. He's basically

looking at a clearance.

1:52:081:52:15

If he doesn't do it from here, it's

only the situation, the fact that

1:52:251:52:30

he's not playing with full

confidence. You see another shake of

1:52:301:52:33

the head. Not where he wanted the

cue ball to be.

Does he consider he

1:52:331:52:39

had a bad contact there that took

some of the spin-off the cue ball?

1:52:391:52:44

It didn't sound like that one.

1:52:441:52:48

Play the cannon on the pink and

leave the pink to right middle here.

1:52:531:52:59

Pretty straight-forward shot, but I

think at this stage nothing is

1:52:591:53:02

straight-forward.

Yeah. You can play

off two cushions round for the pink

1:53:021:53:06

again.

1:53:061:53:08

A bit short of pace, perhaps. That's

a sign of tension.

1:53:101:53:16

Tension in the arm.

1:53:181:53:20

Blue in and out of baulk is never

certain, position Ali. --

1:53:241:53:31

opsitionally. -- positionally.

There's a lot at take for Martin

1:53:311:53:46

Gould, apart from the fact of a

place in the quarter-finals he's

1:53:461:53:50

involved in the mixup for the race

to the Masters. Couldn't have played

1:53:501:53:54

that much better.

No, I was going to

say, that could be the match winning

1:53:541:54:00

shot. Sometimes when you play a

perfect positional shot it gets you

1:54:001:54:05

back in, in the right frame of mind.

When you're struggling around trying

1:54:051:54:10

to get position, you don't seem to

fancy it, but now he's in, I don't

1:54:101:54:14

see him going wrong from here.

1:54:141:54:25

Couldn't have placed it better. Is

there going to be one more twist and

1:54:261:54:34

one more mini nightmare for Martin

Gould or can he get over the line in

1:54:341:54:38

style here?

1:54:381:54:45

Head shaking going on. He got in

perfect position from that good shot

1:54:481:54:51

on the blue, he managed to leave

himself needing a cannon, which he's

1:54:511:54:55

done very well. Just a series of

little stuns and screws now. The cue

1:54:551:55:02

ball shouldn't be travelling any

distance whatsoever.

You couldn't

1:55:021:55:05

ask for better. Around the pink

sometimes less pressure than around

1:55:051:55:09

the black.

You have four pockets to

play for, haven't you, rather than

1:55:091:55:15

two.

1:55:151:55:17

Wouldn't want to leave himself dead

straight on the pink. The line he's

1:55:421:55:49

got on the red is perfect to make

sure that he doesn't leave himself

1:55:491:55:53

dead straight.

1:55:531:55:55

So pot the pink, off the side

cushion, out into the open table. It

1:56:011:56:08

really is a guilt edged chance now

to get over the line.

1:56:081:56:12

He could play for the blue. If there

is tension in your arm, the green is

1:56:241:56:28

a safer option.

1:56:281:56:30

Perfect on the blue. If he got

straight on the blue.

Yeah not to

1:56:401:56:46

clever. The green is more

opportunities, but he looks good. He

1:56:461:56:51

looks like he's got himself together

an composed. He takes the lead.

1:56:511:56:59

Ahead by eight points. So he needs

another blue. Another blue and he's

1:56:591:57:05

won it.

1:57:051:57:08

A little bit further away from the

green than would have been

1:57:231:57:28

comfortable. With the way he's

feeling at the moment. Does he have

1:57:281:57:33

to screw for the brown for the same

pocket? No, he played it well.

1:57:331:57:40

That's normally the big shot in

clearing the colours, getting

1:57:401:57:44

perfectly on the brown. It should be

automatic from here.

1:57:441:57:47

Stealing himself for the big effort

to win these two balls.

1:57:541:58:00

He's done well, Martin Gould. He's

4-3 down, he's won three frames in a

1:58:061:58:11

row. Guodong has had plenty of

chances. He'll look back on this

1:58:111:58:17

match and look back at the mistakes.

APPLAUSE

1:58:171:58:23

It's been a good break this from

Martin Gould. It's not been a pretty

1:58:231:58:29

match to watch, by any means. Martin

Gould wins 6-4, beats Xiao Guodong

1:58:291:58:36

to go through to the quarter-finals.

APPLAUS

1:58:361:58:41

Hard-fought win for Martin Gould he

is through to the quarter-finals

1:58:451:58:49

they get under way later today on

BBC Two. We kick off at 1.00pm. See

1:58:491:58:54

you then, goodbye for now.

1:58:541:59:00

Jason Mohammad introduces highlights from Thursday afternoon's fourth-round matches.