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Good evening. Just four players remain in contention for the UK
Championships. Shaun Murphy, Mark Selby, Ali Carter and Mark Davis
met in the semifinal. I am looking forward to this match. The second
biggest tournament in the world. You do not want to lose at the
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Ali Carter had the better run of the ball, he goes into the
afternoon session 5-3 up. We are Do you think that opened the reds
art? He is hoping that one does not cut into the corner. That makes it
very interesting. That was a very aggressive safety shot. This red
does not cut into the corner. He did not plan for this red to come
That was a bit careless, I do not know it -- if Ali forgot about that
red. He has got an awful long way to travel. He is close to the
To miss the brown and go into the middle pocket is very unfortunate
indeed. That is going to hurt. is going to hurt now. It is going
to hurt even more in 5-6 minutes. Yes, the sort of thing that does
not happen when you're playing well. To sail past the brown and into the
pocket, it is going to be very costly by the looks of things.
Especially the way Ali Carter is playing at the moment. It was not a
natural angle. Sometimes we say the cue ball is going to end near the
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pocket, but it was the pace he He can take four blacks with these
He has just gone a little bit far for comfort. I think he still can.
Maybe he will have to follow through into the left centre.
mid-session interval coming up after this frame. Ali Carter is
still ahead. Shaun Murphy is going to be in a lot of trouble. I think
Ali would like to carry on without an interval. When you're playing a
two session match, you always play it little many sessions. You are
looking for a 3-1 advantage if you can get that. When you are 5-3 up,
if you can share the frames you are going to get through to the final.
He is doing better than that. He 60 behind, look at where the E reds
Ali would need a red and a black That is a good cue ball but he
nearly fluked one in. APPLAUSE A touch fortunate to land where he
did. He was playing the pot and hit it much thicker than he intended.
He will be delighted with where it ended up. If he tries to come off
the side cushion and land close to the one near the pocket... 50
seconds and counting. I do not Whichever way he goes here, the
odds are he is going to leave something. Even that, if he comes
off the side cushion he will leave the once in the middle. -- ones. It
looks like he's going to go for the side cushion. He was in a terrible
hole. He really was. Even Houdini would have done well to get out of
that. As I mentioned before, he just needed a Jurgen van den Broeck
and a black. Just a straightforward black will put him 67 in front. --
He put everything into that pot then. You would think Ali Carter
has got himself into a position where he only needs one frame for a
where he only needs one frame for a place in the final. That was enough
for an 8-4 lead. Shaun Murphy took for an 8-4 lead. Shaun Murphy took
the next two frames. You mentioned earlier on how good Ali Carter's
temperament is, this will be a good test for it. It is an early test
for his cue action. This is dead straight. Just coming off the side
cushion to go into the reds. He might leave that one to the right
of the blue. Shaun Murphy will have a go at that one, make no mistake.
He is trying to keep things tight. He says to himself, I just need one
good chance. Let's see how confident he is. APPLAUSE Beautiful
shot! He is on the green. There is a red available. He has got the
brown, the green. He has had a look to the left. He has played for the
red and I do not blame him. reason he did not go into the
pack... He is going to screw the It is amazing, another eight inch
or two there and he would have got The other one is a more difficult
pot. The plaque is only available in 21 pocket. -- the black. Using
the other reds as a stop. Well judged. Always risky when you are
using middle cannons like that. You would think it is Shaun Murphy who
was leading 8-6 the way he is playing here. Yes, at the moment he
is by far the more aggressive player. He is the one making things
happen for himself. He has decided he cannot wait for opportunities to
be given to him. He has got to go Yes, this was the shot he played
into the pack. He refused the long pots. It was dead straight. He has
not a few of those in. -- knocked. His game plan at the moment is not
working. I think the reason he did not take that red, most players per
-- prefer a slight bit of angle. I don't know if he can play a
delicate little one to hold on to the black. APPLAUSE Beautifully
played! Beautifully controlled! He is a man on a mission at the moment.
Breaks of 76, 49 in the previous frame. Ali Carter cannot get at the
balls at all. I mentioned earlier, you had to go back to 2001 for
players to come back from 8-4 down. Ronnie O'Sullivan, Mark Williams
against Stephen Hendry. I tell you what, do not hold your breath, this
could go all the way. You cannot do anything when you're sitting in
your seat. APPLAUSE That might have spoiled the party there. He does
not miss many of with the rest. I do not know what his success rate
is with a spider. You do not very often used that implement. -- use
He is going to use the spider. This is so difficult. You are striking
down, it is so easy to get a bit of unwanted side on it. APPLAUSE
Terrific shot! Fabulous. We might have to say the best spider player
in the world as well. He may not be on that. 63 ahead, still a possible
67 on the table. He is certainly thinking positive, he is going to
take the yellow on to secure the frame. A lot of players were just
tuck in behind the pink. -- would APPLAUSE He has potted a ball with
the spider, the extension, he has got the rest up again. APPLAUSE At
mid-session interval can change a match, it happens so often. Ali
Carter was in complete control. At 8-4 it looked like he was going to
shut the match out. Shaun Murphy, the way he has played has been
What a time of the match to begin playing your best snooker. APPLAUSE
APPLAUSE That is fabulous from Shaun Murphy. After the mid-session
interval Sean Maffett has had great success. -- Shaun Murphy. He is
just one frame behind, 8-72 Ali Carter. Shaun Murphy also won the
next frame. Here is the decider: The deciding frame, Shaun Murphy to
break. I did not think I would be saying it, but Shaun Murphy breaks
off for the deciding frame. Not his best break. Ali Carter has not had
a shot at anything for the last three frames. Can he get this in?
APPLAUSE He has had to wait 30 minutes since his last pot. It is a
pretty good one. He played it in a confident way. The white was always
He wasn't fully stretched there. He did well. It was not bad. He could
not get on the black. He is a little tiger, this man, make no
Didn't quite pop out and the centre of the pocket. It hit the right
side of the pocket. It left the white ran a bit further than it
would have done. A delicate little short, this. Well played. As they
always say in a deciding frame, you want to get a chance at some stage.
A perfect angle on the blue. Does could go right into the pink ball
and split the reds everywhere. It looks like he will play for the red
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He has gone and little bit too far In an earlier frame with Shaun
Murphy there was a red sticking out like this and he potted it and
split the pack. He is good to play the shot into the pink this time.
He did not commit previous shot. He has done it this time. It is not
the best, he has put the black out of commission. The pink is tied up.
He could not have played it any better. It was unlucky the way it
finished. It went very well. There is a red to the deft corner.
Possible to play for the blue into Beautifully played. In a couple of
shots time he might be able to get the bike into play. -- and the
black into play. He could roll a red in and the black would be free
for been left corner. There is a red slyly in the wave. Plenty of
options. He has gone into that a bit too much. He played for the red
that is just behind the other one to the right of the black. It is
the only one he can still pot. For that is OK. He is holding himself
together. He has been totally outplayed for the last four frames.
He is showing a lot of character here. Shaun Murphy cannot do
They're all covering each other in around the pink and black area. The
red balls are blocking each other at the moment. He is giving it
plenty of thought. A key positional If he is straight on this red he
has the black in the right corner. You can screw back for the blues.
You have got to keep still in these shots. He gave his head a ban on
the table. He knew that the figure put in he could go on to the final.
That was a big shot. He just cued slightly across it. I am slightly
surprised he played for the red. You would expect to get that. They
are never easy. What a chance here for Shaun Murphy. The way he has
played a last four frames expecting He caught the red Cadeaux fall in
the face. The white moves that to the right. There is a red to the
far corner in the yellow pocket. I do not fancy that shot in the final
frame. He is such an aggressive player. But the way he has played
for four frames, it looks easy for that shot, but it is far from easy.
Right in the middle of the pocket. That is a fabulous shot, that is.
Naz is not a fabulous shot there. That is a big mistake. That is the
can expect things to go slightly wrong. After this beautiful part --
shot. He played half a stunning shot. He has to be careful taking
the spot on. He has got the pot. That is a man full of confidence.
Under the circumstances that was a great recovery. Ali Carter had a
chance to get into the final, but... The adrenalin is really pumping now.
You have to be careful not to have a hit every shot. -- overhit. He
will probably play into the same pocket here. The key rate will be
the one near the left side of the table. Towards the yellow. The
other three are comfortable. He has just come up a little bit short.
The previous four frames every position or shot seemed automatic.
-- positional. One Celsius one slightly out of position things
seem to get worse. Ali Carter will be delighted to see the result of
that shot. Only a fraction away from being in a perfect position.
What a great shot this would be. The black is not an easy pot, the
blue is not an easy pot, the white is tight on the cushion. He is
seven points in front. He is possibly looking at rolling up to
the pink. He wants to take the black on. At this stage of the
match it is too risky. If you wanted to keep it safe he could
play the back and keep it tight on this question. If the rolls to was
the pink and does not give it right the race not much in the middle of
the table. He might try to leave the white typed on the cushion.
That was a much better shot than the pink. What a finish. Both
players had chances. Ali Carter had 32, Shaun Murphy had 39 and Mr
Short. The tension is building. -- He might be able to play the shot
and such a way that he could get in behind the black. The pot is a
possibility. If he takes the pot on he could come back towards the pink.
He could stand behind the black and the red. It looks pretty good to me.
Now I can see the left-hand side. That would be a shot to take on.
is just the Odyssey if he can finish on the pink. -- he is just
going to see. It would be tough, even if he does not get the pot he
has to catch this just right. He has left one to the middle pocket.
He was in a terrible spot there. There was no easy escape from that.
There was a slight angle there. egos forehead into the Right there
is no way he can play it. He could roll up behind the yellow. He is
looking at the angle of the pot. He can play for the blue of the black
but it is a big shot. He is going forehead. -- for it. He has been so
positive since the mid-session. That may have looked easy but it
was a tough shot under his circumstances. The chances there
now thought would have to be called a remarkable comeback. What is
going through Ali Carter's mind at the moment? That one wobbled a bit.
Anything can happen at this stage. We saw it in the quarterfinal.
Hierarchy is, making a remarkable He won this championship back into
doesn't date. Ali Carter looking to get in the championship table for
the first time. It is not looking good now. The red in tooth left
centre. -- into the left centre. This pot would leave him in a great
position. Absolutely superb. He is 20 affront. Ali Carter could not do
much about the four frames after the mid-session interval. Shaun
Murphy had breaks of 76, 49, 100. Ali Carter got in with a break of
32 and missed the rest. Performances do not come much
better than this. Quite remarkable, it really is. To win the M5 frames
in a row against Ali Carter is something very special. He is
called the magician, he has way to that magic wand here. It has been a
great match. We thought that we would have an early night. Shaun
Murphy has got other ideas. He wants to put the lot. He would go
out in style. He misses, but that does not matter. Smiles all round.
Ali Carter are congratulates Shaun Murphy on a quite a remarkable
comeback. He was four frames down and he won the M5 frames in a road
to defeat Ali Carter. Well done to both players. Shaun Murphy, but was
some display. I cannot believe it. A few times I thought I was out. As
soon as Ali Carter got to eight frames they did not think you would
look back. I do not think you throw it away. At the gig was a really
cracking game. He has played unbelievable. In all Fennessey has
bothered if long ball after long ball. He cues the main straight. --
of them in there. He knows I am not a mugger. He was at his best. He
played some great stuff. You cannot take that away from him. And look
to the roll of honour when we arrived and so dense and the trophy.
There are some serious names on the trophy. People have won it more
than once. They're the people who would go down in history. If I have
the chance to join in that club I will be over the moon. Whoever I
face in the file will not make it easy. They will be looking for
It was an unbelievable performance by Shaun Murphy, he deserves to be
in the final after that. Yes, he is playing the type of snooker he won
the World Championship with. One of his best comebacks. Ali Carter has