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Hello again. After the dramatics on
Saturday of the exits of the world
number one, Mark Selby, and prior to
that, earlier in the week, of the
world number three Ding Junhui, all
of the top seeds left in this year's
Betway United Kingdom championship
are taking nothing for granted in
the early stages, especially not the
world number six, Shaun Murphy.
Despite the fact he's a terrific
season so far, three big finals and
he's converted one of them, the
Champion of champions title, he knew
he could be in for a bit of a tough
match against the world number 69,
Liam Highfield. The Stoke potter who
after all went on a run to the last
16 in this very championship here,
12 months ago. We are going to watch
this one, best of 11 frames, in the
company two former world champions,
Dennis Taylor and Ebdon. -- Peter
Was Liam Highfield knocking the
excellent long red in, Shaun Murphy
will be sitting on his feet now
thinking, I wish I'd taken the red
into the yellow pocket. Unusual for
him to turn a shot like that down.
He's a very aggressive player, very
attacking. That's a poor positional
Just didn't get through the
cue ball there. He knew his red
wouldn't go past the pink and has
tried to come up past it, to leave
it for the middle. He might be able
to cut in, three reds to the right
of the pack, may be played as a shot
Yeah, that one there,
closest to the black, you can just
see enough of that I think to try to
cut it in. Well played.
Now back in a reasonable position.
He'd love to get on the red, near
the right corner pocket, but the
white has just run a little bit too
far to make it a comfortable blue to
drop on that.
But he should be OK, one decent shot
here, if he plays the cannon and
finishes on a red. Well, a little
bit more pace would have been better
Red into the centre here, but this
really did -- this is really tricky,
very difficult cueing. That was
Shaun looks as if he is considering
taking the thin cut into the left
centre. Make cannon into the red,
closest to the right centre, and
that would stop the cue ball, and
would be on the blue. If he misses
the cannon on the red, he could be
onto the black, into the left
corner, so decided to play it as a
screw shot. With right-hand side,
controlled the cue ball well. But
not ideally on a colour.
That's a good pot, never easy when
you are digging down into the cue
ball, raising the butt of the cue,
he played it with a touch of
right-hand side as well which made
the pot even more difficult. So it
was a good pot, under the
circumstances. A couple of very good
pots, this is now a very good
opportunity for Shaun Murphy to
extend his lead.
Can he get on the red that's near
the right corner? Yeah, he can.
Because removing this red clears the
path for the black into the same
pocket and he's taking the red.
Let's see if he can knock in a
reasonable break here.
Is not aggressive enough for you?
That was the order of the day. He's
given himself an excellent
opportunity now. Couldn't have the
reds sitting much better than this.
It was a shot off the black that
opens them up, shot that left the
table like this.
But that cue action, even when he's
in among the balls, he still pulls
his cue back quite a long way. It's
just his natural way of playing, we
keep talking about the Rolls-Royce
cue action that he has and sometimes
when you're in close control it can
be a little bit of a disadvantage.
But that pause and then delivering
the cue, that's the key to this game
Very well controlled stun runs
through from Shaun Murphy. When he's
in full flow, he really is a
beautiful play at the watch. He
times the ball so well. I remember
when he beat John Robertson in the
final of The Masters, a little while
ago. I think it was as well as I've
ever seen anybody time the ball
Forster P cued so well in that
tournament. -- he cued so well in
When he won the
world title against Matthew Stevens,
he came behind in that and it was
incredible how he played. I remember
travelling down on the coach with a
lot of the Welsh supporters and they
thought Matthew would be world
champion, but Shaun had other ideas.
Talking about is break-building,
he's made 438 centuries in his
career. Well, he's going to have to
pot the long blue, a trademark of
Shaun Murphy. Not safe, so there's a
bit of pressure on this. Let's see
if it goes right in the heart of
pocket. No. So even with that cue
action, when you know the importance
of the shot, even the great players
Well, the chance is there for Liam.
He had a bit of a chance in the
opening frame, even though he was 60
odd behind. What can he make of this
Big pressure on Liam
Highfield here. He knows the
importance of this visit. He really
wants to get a foothold in this
match and draw level.
The pink is on the right side of the
table for him, being a left-hander.
So the balls are there for him. It's
just about keeping himself together
The company of John, any harder,
that would have stayed out.
He'll have to come up for the blue
here. He'd rather stay for the
black, but underscrewed it slightly,
so it's imperative he gets the other
side of the blue. Doesn't want to
come up short. I think he's just
about OK, a glance at the
scoreboard. 17 behind.
He's trying to work out as to
whether he'll need the pink, adding
the score up in his head there.
As Peter said, the pink won't be a
problem, being a left-hander he can
drop in behind that if he gets that
And once again, must get the good
angle on the blue, so he can drop
writing behind the pink. -- right in
behind the pink. Needs to run, and
it's come up short. Wow, that's made
such a difference. If it was the
other side of the blue, he just
rolls it in, gets about 18 inches
behind the pink. Now he's got to
force it in. And that's a pretty
good effort, if it keeps running.
Needs to pull up. He's going to be
too close to the pink. Oh, dear. But
it was the previous shot, he got the
wrong side of the blue and this
would be a body blow, because he was
odds-on favourite to level the
match. He's so close to the pink,
it's not easy to get it safe.
such a shame, because he'd held
himself together so well up to that
He's unlucky there.
Just a fraction,
he followed it all the way down and
now that it's flicked the black,
Shaun Murphy could cut this Ping Lin
and the white will go close to the
left middle pocket but if he cuts it
in and it doesn't catch the middle
pocket, he could finish on the
black. Oh, close.
Liam will be absolutely delighted to
see the black going very close to
the top cushion there. We only just
needs this pink, where Shaun Murphy
needs both balls. He can take this
on, just needs to avoid beat in off
into the left-hand black pocket.
Which she has done and that's an
excellent pot, well played, Liam
Highfield. Levelled this match, one
Frame three, Shaun Murphy to break.
Not the best break off shot in the
world, with the brown coming to his
rescue. Maybe not. There is an early
chance for Liam Highfield here,
because he can pot this and he can
get on the black. Even the pink
might be available, but it shows you
the importance of a good break off
shot. If he knocks this in he's got
a great opportunity. You can see
what he's doing with the cue there,
that's telling you he didn't push
the cue threw in a straight line.
This is one of the toughest things
about the game of snooker. You had
the opportunity, you played a poor
shot, and you have to go back to
your seat and watched your opponent
pot the balls you know you should
have been taking on.
Liam Highfield got that read in the
middle and showed everybody why he
thought he'd missed it and cued
across the ball. It's probably not
the wisest thing in the world to
show a confident and attacking
player like Shaun Murphy that sort
of negative body language. OK, if
you miss, you miss, but don't let
your opponent know that you've cued
across it, because that will just
give him confidence.
That last shot on the black, he
could have done with a little bit
more pace on the shot. I thought he
was going to have an easy choice of
reds, but the white just stuck in
the reds there stop this is very
It's a pretty good shot, but look
where the cue ball has finished.
Shaun was having a good look at the
black cushion there, he feels he got
a bounce there, in the sense that
the cue ball came off the cushion
with a lot more pace than he put
into the shot. It's always one of
the most difficult things for a
player to contend with.
Because it means that you lose
position. And at the highest level,
you don't get that many chances in a
frame, although that is a very, very
poor shot from Liam Highfield. A
total misjudgement. He will be
absolutely devastated with that.
He'll be really annoyed with
He can't keep giving these type of
opportunities to a player Shaun
Murphy's class, because when he gets
on a roll he can score very, very
heavily, in three, four, five
frames, and disappear in no time at
all. I think one or two signs of
nerves that Shaun had at the start
of this match will be dissipating
You wouldn't expect many long frames
with both these players. They are
both attacking, a bit scrappy, the
balls, that's why it lasted nearly
half an hour.
Doesn't need many more pots, pink,
red, colour. It will be enough. You
see it, 65 ahead, so he only needs
this red, the way they are sitting I
wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't
what we say, doesn't dish up here of
Maybe not now that he can and the
red. He's a bit close. You might be
able to pot the pink, but he's got
to be careful he doesn't push this.
There is the possibility of a
In fact, he made 37 centuries last
season. He's on 20 so far this
I think the table is playing a bit
better today. It doesn't seem to be
quite as heavy. As you said, the
atmosphere can affect this. It's a
beautiful day in York. The sun was
shining. I was out for a little walk
this morning, a gentle walk, no
jogging for me. Maybe for you.
Interestingly, Liam Highfield was
one of the fittest guys on the
circuit. He's a really serious
runner. Very lean and trim. And that
really helps, especially in the
Yeah, this has been a terrific
effort from the former champion
here, Shaun Murphy.
He overscrewed that slightly.
Just the pink for the century.
Oh! Unlucky, but he won't be too
concerned. It was a great effort, he
got one chance there and he took it
all stop there was enough to win the
frame. He's back in the lead, 2-1.
Just trying to compose himself. He
knows this is a tough shot. That's
very well cued, well played.
And look where he left the cue ball,
he was always going to be on the
black, but had he missed the red,
look where he put the cue ball. That
was a very clever shot. He had no
intention of missing the pot though.
So what chance now, to get right
back into this fourth frame. Well,
he has a chance to go to the
mid-session all square, but there's
an awful lot of balls to be potted
before that happens.
Yes, it was a
very clever shot, the way he played
it, he took a bit of pressure out of
the pot because he knew that in
playing it in such a way he wasn't
going to be leaving an opportunity
for Shaun Murphy, should he miss, so
well played, well thought out.
Not ideal here though, the wrong
side of the blue.
Needs to avoid the cannon on the
brown on the way down. Played it
with right-hand side, just needs the
cue ball to run. Well played, well
controlled. He's looked at this pink
a couple of times. It looks as if it
A chance to play for the black
instead. Shouldn't be too much
trouble here. He can play the black
off one cushion, with top spin and
have the joins Webber choice of at
least two reds into the centre. --
and have the choice of at least two
reds into the centre. Under him that
and may -- he has underhit that and
may have to take the more difficult
red into the green pocket. He's
taken it into the centre. Now he's
back in prime position. Nice pot.
I think he's just OK for a moment,
thought he had covered that red to
the left middle, but he's OK. Just
four points behind now. It's the red
near the left side cushion that will
be the key to this fourth frame.
That's worked out very nicely. Did
well to avoid the brown and the
green. Didn't intend to get on the
red in that fashion, but it worked
out very nicely for him. He's
probably playing for the red to the
right of the pink.
Just thinking a few shots ahead,
when they decide to give themselves
an ankle on the road to the left of
the pink, to develop the red. Away
from the left-hand side cushion.
He's got the opportunity to do that
now, if he wants to. Looks like he
is playing behind the red, though.
He got a kick Paire. -- there.
and it might have helped him, does
he have a slight angle here? He
could roll it in but this is a tough
one. This is virtually a frame ball.
The difference is 23, to this red.
Blue, pink or black would be enough
that this is an awkward little one.
That was an awkward one. He knew the
importance of that, if he knocked it
in he would have been into the mid
session all square. A little
Shaun still has to knock the men,
though. -- knock them in, though.
Not the best shot he has ever
played, did not want to be coming
into the blue there.
Hmm... Can he just cue passed the
blue? No. He got a little bit of
unwanted side on that. A left off...
4-macro to there, when you are
reaching over a ball like that, it's
a possibility. Leading the yellow
and the green. A very thin snooker
this. He can screw along the
cushion, from the yellow towards the
pink and the black.
think that is the right chart. --
the right shot, to screw the cue
ball in from here. Could not have
played it any better.
He is looking
anxiously to see is he has got the
sneaker. -- snooker. He may just be
able to sneak the yellow and play a
safety shot but having said that, if
he does that with the yellow
committee could play into the black
with the cue ball. Playing to swerve
this. Together, a full-ball contact
on the yellow. If you hit it thin
enough and avoid going into the
black, you can get a yellow save and
a White safe.
There's the option of
coming off the top cushion and
catching the yellow thin on the way
back. It's a very good shot. Could
not have played it any better. It
was excellent. As Dennis alluded to,
it was fraught with danger because
it was so easy for him to get a
double-kiss, playing with a cheque
side, hoping to avoid a kiss but
that was a gem, could not have
played it better. An excellent shot.
That was equally as good because
there was very little room for
manoeuvre there. Shaun can cut the
yellow in and, if he does, the White
will be heading back up towards the
green, as long as he does not career
into the pink but it is a tough
cart. It is there. How is the kiss
on the brown? It isn't bad.
One good positional shots now. This
would be a steal. For Shaun Murphy.
Liam Highfield has to go to the next
session interval all square but a
slip up and Shaun Murphy pounced. He
now goes to the mid-session interval
leading three frames to one.
Six, having to break...
Liam Highfield breaks off, looking
at frame six. Would liked to have
had the cue ball tip on the baulk
cushion. And that is why. A
wonderful opening pot from Shaun
Murphy. One of the very best in the
business at that type of shot. He
has been a little unfortunate to
finish so tight to the green side
He cued that in nicely. He is OK for
pace. An opportunity for playing for
blue or pink here.
That is just OK. Going straight...
Electing to play for the black this
He might play the attacking shot
here and go to the reds and stay on
the black. He played it well. He
would have liked to have seen the
cue ball going away from the side
cushion another few inches. He has
been unfortunate to finish straight
on the black as well. Just off, as
you can see. From the angle. Just
He has taken a more difficult pink.
This is really tough. Just composing
himself, some movement behind the
shot. If you miss these, you tend to
miss them thin. There is a lot of
movement going on in the background,
unfortunately. That is twice he has
got up off his shot. He is just
composing himself again. This is
really tough... And that is an
excellent pot. Well played.
A nice cannon between the gap would
do... Was always going to be on a
red, having played it the way that
The pink was the shot there when he
looked at the black and he took the
more difficult pink to keep the
break going. Sean is one of those
players who could put bitter
disappointment behind him. He missed
an easy red when playing a cannon on
the black but he is such an
experienced campaigner these days,
he quickly forgets about it. He has
come out firing here on all
He has gone up a gear
here, Dennis. Steve Davis talks
about the top player sensing danger.
Then, responding under pressure.
Shaun Murphy is certainly doing that
at the moment, despite a kick on the
This has been an impressive response
from Shaun Murphy.
Very well controlled. Did not have
to be in with a lot of pace.
a nice and gentle cannon. Look what
he has done with the reds. Put them
all in positions with a delicate
positional shot there. He has
already got a 57 point advantage.
Well on the way to opening up a two
frame advantage again.
64 points ahead, 75 on the table.
I thought he was going to go on and
make a Huybrechts there. Certainly a
sentry would miss them in the
middle. He will not be too
concerned. He stepped up a gear
there. Now he is back with a two
frame advantage at 4-2. -- I thought
he was going to go on and make a
Huybrechts there, certainly a 100
would miss them in the middle.
There it is. An excellent shot.
That is another one... It wasn't
easy by any means, as Peter
mentioned, a few frames back, these
middle pockets are very very tight.
It is difficult to explain to
people, the player, the clubs, they
think their tables are tight but a
club table is completely different
to these match tables. The middle
pockets are very narrow indeed. On a
normal club table, the middle
pockets are very easy.
noticed a distinct change in the cut
of the pockets over the last few
seasons. If you have the Corbel --
if you have the cue ball in hand and
you try and pot the yellow in the
pocket that Shaun Murphy just
missed, you can only drop it in that
way, if you play it with pace at
all, it will not go. They are
playing very, very small. I've seen
more balls missed into the middle
pockets in these last couple of
seasons than in my entire career.
It's an excellent opportunity now,
for Liam Highfield. This is all
about keeping his composure here.
Retaining good control over the cue
Yes, there's a really good chance
for him. He would have liked to have
got the red away from the pink spot
area, the one to the left. The paint
is still available at the moment.
There isn't a lot that he can do
with the black at the present. --
the pink is still available at the
moment. That will do! Could have
played for the pink but the yellow
was sacked over the pocket. As long
as he got past the blue, he had
agriculture could have got back from
the reds to the yellow. He would
have liked to have been straight on
it, he doesn't want to have to play
a little cannon into the pink. It
should be OK... I say that, he is
now the wrong side of the blue! It
was a careless short, two shots ago,
when he did not leave the correct
angle. It's about making the game as
easy as possible for yourself. If he
was straight on the red committee
wouldn't have had to play the
cannon. -- if he was straight on the
red, he would not have had to play
the cannon. He will be faced with a
difficult next round. He has got
more and more confident. But I tell
you what... This is a tough one, to
keep the break going. He goes in,
and it is nicely on the blue and it
could be a frame-winner but...
That was the problem. On the red, he
has missed it. It was pottable. They
say when you are under pressure it
is always nice to leave yourself
close to the next pot. He is usually
pretty good at this type of shot.
Let's see what Shaun makes of this.
How is your luck here, Shaun? How is
your luck? Not very good! Is he on
it? Maybe... Maybe just? Yes, he is.
That type of shot there, he makes it
look so easy. He barely hits the
ball, but the action he gets on
Having to concentrate on the blue at
He played the previous shot very
nicely. The screw on the right-hand
side, a choice of -- a choice of two
reds on the right-hand side.
He wants to get on the right side of
the blue, he wants to play it with a
lot of right-hand side. Content to
play for the pink.
I think when you
are so good with the rest, you don't
mind leaving that type of shot.
There are a couple of reds near the
cushions, especially on the
left-hand side of the table, that
will be a key ball. A quick glance
at the scoreboard, but he is still
four points behind. So... He knows
that he is going to need that
difficult red! For others are not
ideally placed... -- the others are
not ideally placed... Removing this
red clears the path from the one to
the left of the black into the same
pocket. Playing for the blue again
here... Ooh, too fake! He's done it
a few times, missing a few balls, I
did not expect him to. They are
proving costly. I'm sure it is fair
to say, he could have had this much
over and done with, can he?
be fair to Shaun, the red looked as
if it straight and upon impact say
he may have had a slight kick on the
previous shot. He will not be
worried now because he has a golden
We've said a number of
times, nowadays with the equipment
that they have, you can use your own
kind of cue, they played with a long
rest and a long cue and you would
have had no chance of playing it. He
has two screw it back to get onto
the pink. In fact, if anything, he
has screwed it too much. That red is
now clear for the right corner
pocket, the one closest to the
black. This needs some good cueing.
An excellent pot.
Good angle on the black to drop in
behind the difficult red on the
left-hand side of the table. It is
still far from easy, this. 19 in
front. They like to follow. 26, if
you roll the red in. 27 in front, 27
on the table. This is a tough one,
with the extended rest and the
extension on his cue. As he goes
full blooded and tries to drop it
into the pocket.
I think so...
was always the problem.
He needs it
to be tighter in behind the red. All
of a sudden, the chance is there.
Any colour would do for Liam, that
is why he played up the table rather
than playing for the black. If he
can hold himself together here, we
will be all square.
Always the tricky one, brown to
Using the back cushion and he has
played it well. He has played it
That is another good clearance under
pressure from Liam Highfield. What a
frame that was. Shaun Murphy, in a
little bit of shock because all of a
sudden it is 4-4.
So, it is yet another lifeline,
thrown to Liam Highfield. Highly
unexpected. Can he retain his
Well, he has the black
back on the pink spot. It is a big
advantage. What a chance. He showed
last season what a good player he
was. He lost 6-5 to Mark Williams in
the UK championship last year, and
he lost 10-9 in the World
Championship to the same player. You
could see the scarlet jump there but
it did not affect the shot much. He
is quite capable, another big shock
if he could pull this off from 4-2
behind, it looked to be plain
sailing for Shaun Murphy.
Just a delicate little hand here,
just to knock the other red away. --
delicate little cannon here.
Yeah, the reds are not partly placed
because if he get someone to the
right of the little bunch of four,
it will clear the path for another
red. -- the reds are not badly
placed. The other one might go,
which is even better. Yeah, that
will pot clearly.
The two reds, I'm not sure if one of
those will go, so it's not
straightforward run to the winning
line in this frame.
that Liam is very happy to play
these soft stun drag shots, and he's
very nearly pulled a few of them
then. It's not really the ideal type
of shot to be playing when the class
is playing a little bit heavy.
earlier in the match he just cued
across a few shots like that.
across a few shots like that.
Now, he's a left-hander, so the red
is the wrong side of the table for
him there. He will have to use the
rest, for this one. 36 in front.
Red, colour, red, still needed.
It's harder to get to the red that
he needs. He can't get close behind
that one. It's the left side of the
table. The other two are covering
Is he going to try and go round the
table? Even then it will be
difficult to get on the red. No.
He's coming towards the red. He
wants to go round the back of it
now, which he has. It was a great
effort. He put everything into the
pot there. He almost cannoned that
I'm wondering if Shaun Murphy can
pot red into the middle Loft the
blue here. He's not looked at it. A
chance to get a good cue Balde here,
send it towards the brown. -- cue
ball. Just about OK.
Liam can just click the red thin.
He's played that very well, unless
the blue goes in.
That would have been disaster. He
would have left free ball there.
Yeah, it was close to just flipping
the blue in.
Now, he had to play this on the
thick side to get over behind the
He needs this red and any colour
from the brown upwards to leave
Shaun needing a snooker.
Could have done without the kiss on
the brown bear, just wondering, it's
a natural angle, if he can take this
pot Iqbal cannon into the two reds,
which would be the last thing he
would want to happen. He's such a
good long potter, he doesn't want to
cannoned the reds, he'd have to
force it a little bit and that makes
the pot more difficult. A big shot
coming up. He's digging down, far
from easy, this.
Yeah, the white was bouncing around,
as you could see there, but it was a
frame-winner, had he have knocked it
I'm just wondering if Shaun Murphy
might be tempted to play the cross
table double here. Might be a little
bit thin for that. But the blue is
over the middle. And I wouldn't
blame him for taking it on. Because
he can get a good cue ball.
It would certainly give him a chance
to win the frame in this visit, if
he did play the cross table double.
And he's not certain to leave the
red if he misses it.
I think he did try and he got the
worst possible kiss.
It's what you
call the TDK, the dreaded double
kiss, and it could have cost him.
The dreaded double kiss. So all of a
sudden, from 4-2 behind, Shaun is
going to have to win the last two
frames. Who would have thought.
Just a little bit of adrenaline
there, he overscrewed that.
This red to make absolutely sure and
keep Shaun in his seat.
It's not over just yet, this frame.
OK, Shaun needs a snooker, but... I
think it was just a little bit of
adrenaline, when he screwed the blue
in here, just overscrewed it.
Another double-kiss coming up.
He had a terrific shock yesterday,
when Scott Donaldson played
fantastically well to knock out the
defending champion, Mark Selby. Is
there another shock on the cards
Shaun still coming to the table, but
Liam well past the winning post you
would say, in this frame.
I'm surprised Shaun is playing on
There's the difference, 53, with
only 35 on the table. He's just
signalled over to Liam. He concedes
the frame. What a turnaround from
4-2 behind, all of a sudden Liam
Highfield is now just one frame away
for another big shock.
Needs the angle here to help him out
and if he kisses the brown, he's OK.
The white was heading up into the
corners there, but that angle in the
middle pocket just helped things.
Shaun knows how tough it is to win
the frame that gets you over the
line. The more experienced. He knows
that Liam Highfield will be under
Well, I don't honestly believe that
Shaun felt he was going to get
another chance in this match, not
one that red went into the right
centre. He probably thought that was
it. So this is an unexpected
He might be hampered slightly here,
because of the green and he's got to
get a little bit of action on the
cue ball. He took the other red,
which he's just played a little bit
too hard. Have to take the blue book
into the corner now. -- he will have
to take the blue up into the corner
now. I mean, the pink back on it
spot in a couple of goes time would
really help this situation.
Amazing. That Rolls-Royce cue action
has let him down on a pretty
straightforward pot there. He was
aware looking at the pink, so he was
a few shots ahead. Well, another
chance for Liam Highfield.
Listen, at this stage of this
player's Korea, the chance of taking
a big scalp, everything is not
straightforward. Straightaway he's
left himself almost straight on this
red, which means he's got to get a
lot of action on the cue ball. It's
amazing. It's all about the tension
at the moment that is causing these
Shaun did look at the pink when he
was at the table. Peter has told us
a good few times how tight the
middle pockets are. He doesn't want
to be playing this with too much
He's going to need both reds with
colours to secure this match. It's
not going to be easy.
Once again, that was just pressure.
So close. Didn't even hit the jaws,
Could have done without that kiss on
the brown bear.
Yes, not the best
safety shot in the world from Shaun
Murphy, at the time when he needed a
really good safety shot.
Oh, that's a wonderful pot a
Well, Shaun will be
getting quite anxious as we show you
that terrific long pot from Liam
there, and he's got an angle on the
brown to get onto the red. If he
could finish about 18 inches either
side of this red. And this looks
pretty good to me, if it bounces off
the question. He's in pretty good
shape. That's an excellent shot.
As we show you the positional shot
again, he still needs this red, and
any colour above the yellow would
leave Shaun needing a snooker is, so
this is the key. No. That just pure
tension and pressure. So near, but
yet still so far away from this
It's not a straightforward table, is
it, to clear up from, with the black
on the side question, the green near
the right cushion. -- the black on
the side cushion. Lots of tension
out there for both players.
He's hit it a bit too hard now. Is
he just about OK? I think he can
take it in the left corner, but it
could have been a lot easier than
It certainly could. The only
thing is it is a good angle. We
should be on the brown, if he gets
it. It's a great shot. That's a
great shot. Unfortunately he
couldn't control the cue ball.
it was as if he put everything into
the pot there. And look where he is
I think once he potted the green, he
thought he would be on the brown,
but look where it finish.
Well, if this was in practice, Shaun
Murphy would probably cut the brown
in with loads of Czech side, but
this isn't practice.
Needs to pull up a little bit, if he
can get past the blue.
Where is the brown going? Where is
that brown going? Well, it's going
to be all about the black. He
thought he could see enough of that
to pot it.
I'm just thinking of a couple of
frames ago, Shaun Mr red. It was in
the same position that the black is,
so if he pots the blue and drops in
behind the black, it's not going to
be easy. It will be interesting to
see if he leaves an angle on the
pink to see if you can bring the
black into play.
I was just going to
suggest that and he's got that
angle. He's got the angle to move
the black, if he wants to.
If he plays the black, he needs to
be right behind it. He's played the
cannon. This is a really, really
tough black. If he decides to take
it on, that is. There's an awful lot
of pressure on this and this is
Make your mind up time for Shaun
Is the crossed table double
He may have looked at that, but
it's all down to how he feels.
It might be on, almost, but he
always knew he could get it safe.
Here we go, we've got the tensions
of a black ball fight. One player to
win the match, the other to stay in
it. Oh, the double kiss, but it's
Will he get a chance to shut the
match out? Good shot from Shaun
Batt, acknowledged by Liam. Just
tapped the table.
Oh, what a time to catch the jaw of
the middle pockets. Well, he's had a
couple of golden opportunities to
knock Shaun Murphy out and we'll
show you the black just catch the
middle pocket. And in it goes, and
somehow Shaun Murphy has kept
himself in this year's Betway UK
Championship, for all the world it
looked as if he was out. No wonder
he's smiling. We are down to a
Good safety shot from Shaun Murphy.
Lots of pressure on every single
safety shot now.
Yeah, as John Parrott always says,
the deciding frame, all you do is
you need at least one chance. Who's
going to get that first chance? This
is a little gem here, if you missed
the brown he would have had the
Good opportunity here though to
possibly get the cue ball behind the
brown. Unlucky. Good effort.
just wondering if we'll see a Shaun
Murphy special, but there's quite a
bit of pressure on Shaun as well.
But this type of shot here, he's one
of the best in the game at it.
You've got the perfect picture. Can
he deliver that cue in a straight
line? There's the answer. So the
first chance falls to the former UK
Shaun will be looking to
move the red away from the black as
soon as he possibly can.
If he can get to the red off either
the yellow or green, but he needs to
be accurate with his positional play
Yeah, we did see that red
previously. I don't think it goes,
baby that's why he didn't play to
get on it. It was very, very tight
-- maybe that's why he didn't play
to get on it. I think he can get
through to the one for the right
I mean, they're not ideally placed.
The reds are open but they're all
sort of covering each other
somewhat. We'll find out now if that
red pots next to the black, but he's
got the other one just above it. You
see, I don't think you can get on
that even if he finished short, so
he's got to leave that for the time
That helps his cause somewhat, but
once the pink goes back on its sport
it's still not going to be available
into all pockets. Well, he's just
got to sit there and hope that
something will go wrong here for
Shaun. And I think it has gone
It's not too bad, let's have a look
how he's finished it. Yeah, he's
just OK. Looks as if he can play up
for the blue here. And there's a few
obstacles in the way.
There are a few obstacles in the
way. He wants to be ultra-careful.
He doesn't want to get down, can the
read and put himself of position. --
cannon the red.
This is the most
difficult thing about our incredible
game. Liam Highfield is really
struggling in his seat, now. He is
really going through it. It's a
tough game to handle mentally. You
have to be so, so strong. The
disappointment paw always far
outweigh the victories and it is
very difficult to handle. Even when
you have not taken your chances...
It is even tougher.
Shaun Murphy is
calling on all of his experience
here. You can tell by the expression
on his face as he left the arena,
they levelled. He's pleased to be in
this UK's championship this year,
still. Now, he's well on his way to
a victory. Already 37 in front. He
had to get himself in the perfect
position to get on that red next to
the black and I think this time he
has just about managed it...? Yes.
That is exactly where he needed the
Hmm, well, hang on a minute, Liam.
Let's see what Shaun has done with
his positional shot. Is he just OK?
He wanted to cannon the pink. A full
ball. They are all covering one
another so perhaps it isn't all over
just yet for Liam Highfield?
was looking at a plant there,
Dennis, having run out of position
it would be very dangerous. I think
that he can play this red with the
rest, and screw the cue ball around
the ankles to the right-hand side,
and if the red goes in he can play a
snooker with a Billy McCullough,
potentially the brown. I think those
are the value shots, especially with
a 45 point lead. He needs to play
this with some pace, though. If he
plays to cut the red in, he could
That red does not go, he
is playing a safety shot.
that the red went in, my apologies.
So, he is in the driving seat. It
has to be said, he should have shut
that match out there. He knows it.
It has thrown a lifeline to Liam
that he did not expect to be
getting. For all the world, he would
have been convinced to sitting in
his seat that he would be out of
this year's UK championship. This is
a tough pot that he has taken on
here. That could be the end.
was a huge shot that he took on
there. He is normally so good at it
but under these kinds of conditions
and what happened in the previous
frame, when he knows in his heart of
hearts that he should have won the
match. But every credit to Shaun
Murphy. He thought that he was on
his way out, but far from it, now.
He has come up a little short here,
he should have been straight on the
red to make it as easy as possible
I think he got a miscue there, it
was a positional shot but what a
time to miscue it.
This match has
had a bit of everything. Deep screw
shot on the left-hand side, a miscue
at that vital time... And another
lifeline. Can Liam Highfield take
the opportunity this time? It is
there. An excellent shot, well
I've been around the blocks
it a few times but my hands are
starting to perspire in the
commentary box. This is getting very
exciting. We thought it was over in
the last frame... We thought it was
over there and then Sean miscues,
what else do we have in store for
These balls may look
straightforward... This is a huge
test of character for Liam
Highfield. He will be under
incredible pressure out there. He
did not cue that very well, either.
They have got heavy contact but it
goes to show what pressure can do.
This time, if he had the red up the
other end of the table, which came
to the rescue. The keyboard is the
red next to the brown. A long way to
go before he gets to the final red
but the chance is there.
that Liam would be delighted to get
that far, Dennis. Then, potentially,
play a snooker. He has not played
this very well... Did not play it
very well at all. Lost a cue ball
there. This red is no gimme, with
the rest. If he misses it, it will
save right over the pocket. Well
There was a bit of
pressure. He has gone a little too
far, he has to take the blue into
the corner but should be able to
take the red. Both were available
but it would have been better in the
middle pocket. No problem. So far,
so good. He is looking at the black
to make sure that it passes the red.
It must be tight, that is why he has
played for the pink.
He got a kick and some heavy contact
There. I will not blame him for
that. Let's have another look. Yes,
the pink leopard off its spot.
Unbelievable! -- the pink Spring off
its spot. 18 points behind, and the
red next to the brown is going to be
a key ball. Webb there could still
be some drama in this match, where
that red is.
If he does not get on the road to
put the pot on, it's an easy snooker
behind the brown. Make sure you have
plenty of chalk on the tape because
he is going to have to play this
with a lot of screw and side.
would have preferred a better angle
than this, Dennis. This is a lot of
cue power. He is going to need all
of it here.
Where he is pointing the
tip of the cue, he isn't even going
to take the black on. I don't know
what he was pointing the cue at, if
he does not get on the red, he
leaves himself in such a position he
does not get the snooker. You don't
want to overthink it. Well, he is
not taking the pot on. It is a tough
one to hit.
It is a tough one to
hit, Dennis. But, should he hit the
red? Where the yellow and the pink.
He may even look a snooker? I
wouldn't be surprised with how this
match has gone so far.
trick shot here, now they look to
the referee to put these back! A
free ball, Sean may take the black
and leave the balls where they are.
Having a look at the scoreboard,
take the black as the extra red. 23
is the difference. The black only
counts as a point.
Maybe he should have them put back?
Oh, dear! He looks at the referee
and says, yes please! Well, we could
be here a while. But we have the
monitor to help...
He had a choice, he could have
potted the black and played for the
blue down, then got the snooker on
the last red. Liam Highfield is in
such a hole here...
23 is the difference. If he was to
miss again, he could only afford two
more misses. He sits in his seat and
reflects on what has gone on. I
should have been in the next round.
He really has gone through it in
I feel sorry for him, he
has done so well, from 4-2 down, to
get three in a row, it looked like
he got victory, and it would have
been terrific to knock out the
This is tough for the referee and
the marker who has the modest. With
so many balls move to... I mean, we
can show you where they were
originally. That is the position.
The blue is on its spot. They will
get there eventually. The shot that
Liam was trying, he was trying to
hit the cushion and make the angle.
It was not a natural angle when he
was trying to get out of the
snooker, he tried to come off the
side cushion and you are swerving
the ball. We can show it again. This
was the attempt. It isn't a natural
angle. He was trying to make it but
got too much on it. That is why he
hit the green. He is playing a deep
screw shot off the side cushion.
Just to square the angle up.
It is a
shame that this match will finish
with this. It's the last thing you
want. You cannot blame Sean, he is
completely in the driving seat, he
knows what has gone on in this
match. All he is concerned about is
getting into the next round. He has
one foot there already. We cannot be
too far from it now...
We could see
a fracture of the red, I cannot see
it any more.
Lets see where they
were. That is where they were.
pretty good, this. That is not bad.
Give me the picture...
Yes, I think
that you are almost there... Yes,
that looks good to me. And I think,
really, our referee deserves a round
of applause here! Well...
It sums it up! Well done! Liam comes
to the table, will he attempt the
same shot again? I hope he does not
hit the green again. Just
double-checking, I think it is
almost spot on. It is like a trick
shot that he tries here. Ooh! He may
go back again but at least that is a
bit easier to replace this time!
Once again, a free ball. Now, 27 is
the difference, to pot the.
pot the blue. It is a shame, that
the outcome of this brilliant match
will be decided on a fewer missed
shots. But, those are the rules.
Third time lucky for Liam...
miss. Shaun Murphy for a free ball.
If he misses this time, it
would be a tidy but if Sean takes
the black as a free ball, he would
not need that difficult last red,
now. Once again, he is putting them
Would you just check,
If he misses the red this
time, he would be 35 behind. If he
does not hit one of the higher
valued colours... There is no other
easy escape route. He will get such
a raw if he escapes from this. It is
a tough shot that he is attempting.
He needs to hit it up further along
the commission, with all of that
back spin that he is playing...
Ooh! Will the blue come
to the rescue? He has! He looks at
Sean and smiles. Suddenly, there are
smiles all round. What is going to
happen next in this match?
This is a
brilliant escape, having to make the
cue ball out, to hit the red. He
thought it was over the end, he
looks down the line, and he has got
the snooker. Ooh...
31 is the difference, there is still
plenty of tension.
Plays the cue
ball up and down, the red across the
table, behind the back. It is a
corker. What a shot that is.
Well, what a finish to this match.
If he can take this from behind, get
a snooker behind the black... Ooh,
he has hit the black. It is a free
ball. I tell you what, it is a free
ball. He could bring the yellow into
play, get in behind pink and
suddenly, Liam... In fact, you can
see enough of the pink to take the
Would you be taking this
pink on, Dennis?
There's a chance he
did not think he would get the way
the situation was... It is there.
Suddenly, he is right back in the
deciding frame. What a finish!
Did well to play for the gap between
pink and brown there. The balls are
at his mercy. Can he hold himself
together? To knock out the former UK
He needs it to pull up. He has gone
too far. The brown is slightly in
the way of putting the blue. Going
up and down the table... Just a
little bit of adrenaline there, he
would have been much better
finishing even shorter, because he
had the brown and the pink. He
overhit it slightly. Can he avoid
these colours and get back to the
Missing the black, he
This looks OK.
As we show you the gap there, Shaun
needs yellow, green and brown to
seal a victory.
With 12 points the difference, if
Liam can get a chance, he will not
need a difficult black, yellow to
pink would be enough for him.
have been so many twists and turns
towards the end of this match, it
has been incredible. Some
unbelievable drama, here. At the
Betway UK championship.
screw the yellow and missed the
pink, leaving the white on the
cushion that he is concerned that
the yellow does not career into the
black. Needs to be a bit careful.
Just decided on a containing safety
there. It's all right, but it may
have handed the advantage to Liam,
if he can get a good cue ball behind
the pink or stopping behind the
black, there are a couple of
options. That is OK. No matter how
good a player you are, to come off
the cushion and hit the yellow, to
get it safe you need some good
It does cut the yellow...
This is a very thin cynic, and he
plays it on the right-hand side
which means he will have to play two
overcut it, allowing for the throw.
And he didn't. Can you believe this
match? It's quite incredible. The
reason why the yellow went thick was
because of the right-hand side, that
he imparted on the cue ball. Can
Shaun Murphy play a good positional
It is too card, much too
hard. He still needs the green and
the brown. Well, the number of times
that we have told you that this is
the best player in the game, using
the rest, does he need it now?
A good green. Some good cueing is
needed on the brown.
Just push the cue through in a
straight line, the man in the
studio, John Parrott, was brilliant
from this position. Unfortunately
for Sean he needs to get this, he
played it with dead weight but what
a great shot!
Sometimes you get a bit confused,
but Liam does need a snooker. As
Peter said, we've had absolutely
everything in this deciding frame.
Surely Liam can get the snooker and
keep it going? He has potted the
blue and he did not want to. It is
going to be tough to get a good
snooker with the black sat as it is.
A possible snooker here. He has not
hit it hard enough, has he? No.
What an incredible deciding frame
that was! Smiles all round. A great
match in the end. Liam Highfield was
4-2 down, winning three in a row and
then it looks like he was going to
knock out Shaun Murphy that in the
end he puffs his cheeks and scrapes
over the line, 6-5.
end he puffs his cheeks and scrapes
over the line, 6-5.
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Betway United Kingdom championship,
Shaun Murphy 3-1, then 4-2 up, then
having to win the last couple of
frames. A fantastic match this
evening. We hope you've enjoyed the
show. There will be plenty more
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