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We start tonight with eight match

tables at the Barbican Centre in

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York. Are now down to two in this

the first of three major events of

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the season. We are getting rid of

the top seeded players than we are

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quicker than tables, though. Only

four of the world's top 16 players

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had maded it through to this

fourth-round stage in this Betway UK

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Championship. The lowest number of

big names at this point ever in the

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40 year history of this great event.

Only Ronnie O'Sullivan, Shaun

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Murphy, Mark Allen and John Higgins

won their three matches to date. One

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of them was in big trouble this

afternoon. The world number five,

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John Higgins, up against it against

the Romford cue man, Mark King.

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John Higgins, up against it against

the Romford cue man, Mark King. Just

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like that.

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What a shot. Great shot. Fantastic.

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Wow! It's Mark King who takes it.

One frame all. Didn't spot the

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plant.

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Once again, another chance for Mark.

Good pot. How's his cue ball? Very

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good. Should win the frame from

here.

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That's nighly controlled from John.

What a lovely shot. Wow, what a pot

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that was. Black, for a steal. John

Higgins takes the frame. Goodness

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me, that was a great pot.

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Well played. Excellent shot that

was.

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It's Mark King 4, John Higgins 4.

Lovely shot. Screw into the side

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there to bring the cue ball back for

the black, again. This is one of

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those funny shots here were you just

have to work out percentage wise if

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you think it's worth taking. And it

was. What a lovely shot he's played.

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He's played it with running side.

He couldn't hit that any better.

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Great shot. It's a final-frame

decider. It's all kwar, five frames

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all. Ah, that's a fantastic pot from

John Higgins. -- square. What's

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going on? I've never seen John

Higgins miss so many easy balls.

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Absolutely great shot. He's taken

the pink. This could be shake hands

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if this doesn't go in. And it's

missed. There it is. It's the

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concession. It's Mark King who stuck

in there and refused to be beaten.

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He's the victor,

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in there and refused to be beaten.

He's the victor, 6-5.

I' lost

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first-round in the last few years

here. I wanted to come here and play

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and do damage. Every game I've sort

of played a little bit better. I

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didn't play to my best today, nor

did John. I fought hard to beat John

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at any time in any stage of a

tournament. It's great. Great

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player, great person. Yeah, I'm

delighted.

Hopeless, hopeless. Just

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said in the press, that's the

beginning of the end when you

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malfunction as much as I did up

there. That will be a tough one to

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take because I didn't really know

what I was doing at the end there.

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So, yeah, beginning of the end, I

suppose, it will be. Yeah.

Yes, King

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through to the quarter-final for the

first time since 2004. That was the

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same year that Stephen Maguire won

this title and the former Champion

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made it through to a ninth

quarter-final in an event he loves

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after quick-fire victory over Graeme

Dott. He topped Trump in the last

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round. Maguire through. So with John

Higgins gone, yet another top name

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is ruled out.

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Higgins gone, yet another top name

is ruled out. Ruling great win for

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Mark King. Calm and positive

throughout. Four matches to come

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tomorrow, including Ronnie

O'Sullivan. The line-up this evening

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saw Ryan Day taking on Li Hang. He

has been flying of late. This year's

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Masters runnerup, Joe Perry met The

Pistol from Northern Ireland, Mark

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Allen.

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Pistol from Northern Ireland, Mark

Allen. It's getting lonely for the

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top seeds.

John Higgins said it was possibly

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the beginning of the end. Let's hope

not for John Higgins. Mark Allen,

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the world number nine, was

attempting to hold fast this evening

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in his match against Joe Perry.

Allen has the better record against

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43-year-old Perry. Joe hasn't beaten

him for years. Joe nicked the first

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frame. We are off and running.

Commentary from Stephen Hendry and

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Dennis Taylor.

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STEPHEN HENDRY: That's a good shot.

Leave himself a perfect angle on the

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black. Another well played shot.

Couldn't go into it at full pace

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because the cue ball would have

screwed back to near where his hand

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is, and it would have been nothing.

He's got a very economical

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technique. He tends to point it, but

deliberate back swing, deliberate

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pause. Cue it is very smoothly. --

cues it very smoothly.

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Plays at a decent pace as well, when

he's playing well. Doesn't waste

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much time. At the moment, he's got

the cue ball on a string. DENNIS

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TAYLOR:

What he would call easy on

the eye to watch, he really is.

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Oh. A few have been going in-off the

angle here. I mean, that looked like

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it was going to miss.

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Angle on the black here. Which he

has done. Perfect again, go into the

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five reds and pink. The way that

they are not tightly bunched, he

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would be very unlucky not to be on

anything here.

That is what Stephen

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was talking about. He couldn't have

played it any better than that.

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That was lovely to watch the cue

ball. It looked like it was going to

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miss the bunch, didn't it? At the

end the screw took effect and

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brought it back into the pack.

Excellent snooker so far from Joe

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Perry.

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You would think odds on to make a

century break from this position.

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Going to be a careless shot that

would cause him not to.

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He's made two centuries so far in

this UK Championship.

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There's been 77 so far, we're only

at the last 16 stage.

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Is

Mark Allen, the only thing he did

wrong was catching the brown. He has

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been sitting in his seat ever since,

really. Can't do anything when your

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opponent is playing this well. 83 in

the previous and opening frame.

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Yeah, he just missed that half

chance, didn't he, right middle

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pocket. It seemed to drift off right

at the last-minute. You could

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possibly say a little bit unlucky.

But he's being severely punished.

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Maybe it was always on that right

jaw. Certainly missed by more than

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it looked at the beginning.

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Going to have to take the... He

looked at the green. He's straight

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on the blue here, but it just means

it's a medium length pot. On the

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yellow, can he reach it? Just about.

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That was exactly, that yellow, was

exactly the yellow that (inaudible)

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maximum break at the Crucible

Theatre.

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Joe made 26 centuries last season,

he's on 11 this season.

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That's probably one of his best this

season, 101.

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APPLAUSE

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Joe Perry wins both the two frames.

He leads Mark Allen 2-0.

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Joe Perry wins both the two frames.

He leads Mark Allen 2-0. Joe's third

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century. Frames three and four were

shared. 3-1 at the interval to

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Perry. Joe ranked at world number

22. We will fast forward to the

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start of the fifth frame now.

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DENNIS TAYLOR:

That's a cracking

opening pot. Deserved a good kiss on

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the blue there, as we show it to you

again. There's a few loose reds.

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He'd love to get on the one that's

closest to the black as soon as

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possible.

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Needs to pull up. And, it has. Red,

black and then the red next to the

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black. And he's in business early on

in this frame.

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STEPHEN HENDRY: Important frame for

Mark Allen.

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It's not ideal to be chasing the

match all the time.

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If he went 4-1 down. That's very

well played.

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APPLAUSE

Frame winning chance now.

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Just purely about concentration now.

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Nothing complicated to do with the

cue ball. Just a series of stuns,

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screws, cannons. But even cannons

will be rare because, well, all the

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reds are in the open.

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I know Joe Perry would have liked to

have got the cue ball further behind

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the green, but it didn't look like

the worst break off in the world.

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Pretty brisk so far.

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Joe Perry four seconds a shot

quicker than Mark Allen.

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Mid-session interval on the other

table, so a bit of noise and people

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leaving the arena there, as you can

see.

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But when you're fully focused, you

don't notice what's going on. They

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get used to it, I suppose.

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UMPIRE:

Can you stay quiet, please,

thank you.

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STEPHEN HENDRY: A little bit more

demanding positional shot that Mark

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Allen's had in this break. The first

one he's had to think about.

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Everything's been pretty automatic.

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If the pink goes to the left corner,

you would think that's frame over.

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Just what he needed. What he was

hoping for in the interval, a good

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chance in this fifth frame to win it

in one visit.

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APPLAUSE

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The frame is won, can he go on to

make a century break?

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He's had five centuries so far, Mark

Allen, nothing wrong with his

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scoring in this event, when he gets

in.

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This would be the 80th century of

the Championship, should he make it.

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He needs to hurry up a bit.

Get your

roller skates on, ref.

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He's already made 30 centuries this

season. 36 last season.

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Very well played, Mark Allen.

Excellent.

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APPLAUSE

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3-1 down. It's a good way to come

out after the interval and start

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your comeback.

He's brought his

average shot time down by two

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seconds as well in this break. I

said at the start of the match, when

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he gets in the balls he stuns and

screws and cannons, he's just

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brilliant to watch.

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He can't beat the high break. That

is still at 142. £5,000 for the high

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break. 15 if any player can make a

maximum break. But this has been

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superb. That cue ball has been, as

we say, on a string.

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Only a half chance, he took it. He

cleared the table with this

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magnificent break of 135. Now he's

just one frame behind. 3-2 to Joe

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just one frame behind. 3-2 to Joe

Perry.

Mark Allen created something

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of a scoring Vortex himself here in

York. His sixth century of this

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year's event. He's already knocked

in a half century in frame six, as

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Perry takes up the chase.

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STEPHEN HENDRY: Struck it

confidently. A chance now to pinch

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this frame. 57 behind, but, for me,

it's evens who wins this frame now.

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Joe's perhaps even a slight

favourite.

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DENNIS TAYLOR: Mark Allen will know

as long as there is a red near the

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cushion, there is always a potential

stumbling block. We saw Joe do it in

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an earlier frame, when he missed one

near the cushion into the right

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corner pocket.

In fact, I think that

was to go 3-0 up. So he's got two

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fairly easy pottable reds and then

the one near the cushion.

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A little bit surprised he's playing

for the pink. The pink will now go

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on the brown spot.

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Didn't have to play for pink there.

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Got to get this just right so he

only has to roll the red in. Well,

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he's decided to develop it, if

anything, it's made it slightly more

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awkward. If it's close and tight on

the cushion, as it is, it makes it a

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little bit easier. Just drop it in.

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APPLAUSE

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Of course, it's not a

straight-forward run to the winning

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line with the pink up on the brown

spot.

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Ah, that's OK because the green is

available into the left corner.

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Yeah, that was an excellent

positional shot, from black to

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yellow. Made one of the tricky shots

of this clearance very easy, yellow

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to green.

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Again, absolutely perfect position.

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Would have liked the cue ball to

travel another two or three inches.

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It might have been a straight stun.

It could land on the top cushion.

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That's exactly what it's going to

do. It's a little bounce. It's

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missable. So blue to pink wasn't the

best shot, but the in-off is not on,

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so just concentrate on the pot.

Brilliant frame.

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He regains his two frame advantage.

Leads Mark Allen 4-2.

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He regains his two frame advantage.

Leads Mark Allen 4-2. What a key

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moment in the match that could be.

Joe, once again, putting clear

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daylight between himself and the

world's number nine player. Not the

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first time that he's pinched a frame

from underneath his nose. Frame

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seven now.

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STEPHEN HENDRY: A nice little shot.

Just using the line of the side of

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the pack just to get the cue ball on

to the pink, for right middle.

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DENNIS TAYLOR:

Very clever. He's

knocked that red over the middle

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pocket because he's got an angle on

the pink, were he's running away

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from the bunch.

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Pink is still available, if he can't

get the correct side of the blue.

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Top spin, to bring a few more into

play. It's going to be a little bit

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awkward. He might need his cue

extension. Some top spin to push

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survived through the reds. One more

good

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survived through the reds. One more

good shot here, and it will be a

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terrific chance.

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Joe has potted eight out of date

with the rest. Mark Allen potted

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four out of four. Ashfaq eight out

of eight. At the moment having to

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concentrate on the pink because the

black won't go into the right corner

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pocket.

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Very few pots being missed. He might

have to go into the reds again here.

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Looking at that.

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This time he tried to get on the red

that is near the black, which

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through the black up to both

corners. Just have enough angle to

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do that, there. You would have to

say, one more nice little cannon

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here, and he had them perfect. He is

cueing beautifully at the moment,

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Joe Perry, he really is.

He just not

look like missing, does he? His cue

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ball control has been excellent.

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The pot success for both players is

pretty high, 95% is an excellent

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figure.

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In I think pinching that last frame,

Mark Allen made that break of 56 and

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it looked like he was going to level

the scores at 3-3. It has been a big

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lift for Joe Perry.

Really was an

excellent 64 break that put himself

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4-2 in front.

APPLAUSE

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The frame well and truly safe, and

looking at making his second century

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of the match.

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We've had 80 centuries in this

year's Betway UK Championship. Joe

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has had three so far. That has

finished awkwardly. Could the

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Spanish hopes of a century? He will

not be too concerned about that. He

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got one chance and that was more

than enough and that break of 87

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puts on just one frame away from a

place in the quarterfinal. He leads

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Mark Allen my 5-2.

Yes, and there is

confirmation that. But the Antrim

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man hit back with his second century

of the match, one then a 75, to win

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the next two and get back to within

just one frame of the Cambridgeshire

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with and then Terry is scenting his

first UK quarterfinal for nine

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years. It is so difficult to think

when you are under this sort of

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pressure. Maybe that's what he

needs, a fluke.

He's not on the

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brown, but he can run in behind it.

And, at first glance, as we are

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going to show you the fluke again,

he was trying to pot this and play

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it as a shot to nothing. And the

stroke of good fortune. And how does

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mark Allen get to the two reds to

the black and left near the

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cushions, he would have to nestle

onto those. But there's a lot of

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obstacles on the way to doing that.

He's going to have to give this

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quite a bit of thought. 45 points

behind his opponent and he needs one

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frame, and you're left with the

situation here, after your opponent

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has had a massive fluke.

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I can't see anything else that he

can play to land on, because of the

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way the reds are. Sometimes you're

left with a situation where you just

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cannot see an escape route.

Meanwhile, Joe, he sat in his chair,

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he's had a nice minute or two to

take some deep breaths and get his

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composure back.

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Twice across the table is no good,

because the blue is in the way Andy

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two reds near the blue spot in the

way so he's trying to find a gap

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that's not really there, and it's

one of those situations where he

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might have to hit and hope, he might

just have to hit this as hard as he

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can. Yes, he had no shot on and he

had to trust to luck and, I tell you

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what... I tell you what, it might

not be that bad!

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A couple of possible pots, but this

is awkward cueing. Oh, he's got it,

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he's got it!

APPLAUSE

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Think that minute or two that he had

just compose in his chair has worked

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out perfectly for Joe Perry.

Year,

Mark Allen was at the table and

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there just was no shot available to

him. He had to hit and hope. It was

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a bit of good fortune that Joe had

when he fluke that red that put mark

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in all sorts of trouble. 53 the

difference. It has been an

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entertaining match, that's for sure.

Both players have played some superb

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snicker. Only in the last frame has

the tension crept in. Look at the

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pot success rate, 92 and 93, both

had centuries, Mark Allen, 134 and

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135.

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He's played well tonight, Joe Perry,

two first important frames, the

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first of the six that he pinched,

then Mark Allen had a 46 and 56

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break, those have proved to be very

important but he has been very solid

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indeed in the balls.

Just that one

shot, as you said. He won't forget

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about that. Mark coming to the table

but barring snookers Joe Perry takes

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a frame 6-4.

That is indeed what

happened. After a match of such

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fantastic quality from both men,

Mark Allen the past the event and a

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Joe Perry who was run -- runner-up

to Ronnie O'Sullivan at the Masters

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strides into the quarterfinals of

the UK Championship and could get

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him closer to a return to Alexandra

Palace in the New Year.

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him closer to a return to Alexandra

Palace in the New Year.

I was

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pleased with how I played. I felt

like I played good stuff from the

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start. I threw everything at Mark

and he was still there. I sort of

0:40:080:40:12

hold myself together until right at

the end then it all went away from

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me, but from the start of the match

I was very solid, didn't miss

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anything easy, scored well and took

my chances, even though they were

0:40:200:40:24

half chances and I competed with

Mark, which is what you have to do,

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because he's so solid, his all-round

game. I did that and I was pleased

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with myself.

Congratulations to Joe

on a compose performers. Ryan Day is

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also battling to get itself back to

the Masters at Alexandra Palace.

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He's the 16th qualifier with a posse

of guys on his tail. Tonight he was

0:40:460:40:51

up against the 27-year-old Chinese

cue man Li Hai. There was a maximum

0:40:510:41:03

alert being sounded in the arena for

Li. Mark got even closer and missed

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on the pink and all of the crowd

were on their feet. He has potted

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all 15 reds and 15 blacks. Very

tricky yellow... Oh! A little bit

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too troublesome for the Titus O'Neil

who has made 20 centuries. That

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levels the scores at 1-1. Again,

this was a tremendous contest which

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deserve the final frame decider. And

indeed it got one. Into the 11th

0:41:420:41:47

frame, the Welshman has got in. He

has a break of 37. It is being

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watched by Alan McManus and John

Parrott.

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There were enough loose reds here

for Ryan Day at the snookers

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required stage, six reds lacklustre,

one at top left, he can get on that

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one but after this, blue, red, black

from here and he would almost be

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home.

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Decent angle. Would be messing with

the back of reds. He has a decent

0:42:510:42:58

choice and could be playing for the

red in the middle of the table. It

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was good that he could play for a

choice of two.

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He's not in guaranteed position,

playing it. It is the easier part of

0:43:130:43:16

the three. But he doesn't want to

bring the reds into play and not be

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on colour.

0:43:220:43:32

Good news and bad news. The good

news is the red has gone over the

0:43:360:43:40

corner. The bad news is he now has a

nervy green. Doesn't have to do

0:43:400:43:50

anything with the cue ball other

than cue this straight. But it is

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not a gimme. He's composing himself.

He can possibly take the brown, as

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well, if he doesn't fancy the green.

Either way, it's a difficult pot.

0:44:040:44:13

That's excellent. That really is

excellent. This has been top drawer

0:44:130:44:18

stuff from Ryan Day. The best he's

hit the ball in the match. To do

0:44:180:44:24

this in the final frame, to find

your game and hit it as well as

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this, this has been an outstanding

break. Superb.

0:44:290:44:42

That was sweet. He has hit the ball

as well as he has this evening, in

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this final break. He's been so

impressive in this tournament. Ryan

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Day is a different animal. He

doesn't wilt under pressure. He's

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shown guts than that. He won the

decider in the last round against

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his compatriot Mark Williams and

seems to be doing the same this

0:45:140:45:18

evening against that man there, Li

Hang. Did very well before the

0:45:180:45:23

interval tonight but it looks like

it is going to be over by the end of

0:45:230:45:31

it. That should confirm Ryan Day's

place in Friday's quarterfinals.

0:45:310:45:48

Not a good sign for a mobile to go.

One good, clean pot and he should

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win the match. This has been

outstanding. You can see there with

0:45:550:46:00

the fist pump what it means to Ryan

Day. What an absolutely fantastic

0:46:000:46:05

break. It really is. When you need

to produce your best, when you're

0:46:050:46:12

under most pressure, he has turned

up. Superb it really is.

0:46:120:46:20

Finishing with a flourish.

0:46:390:46:49

He deserves to finish this match

with the century. This has been a

0:46:560:46:59

stunning break. Can't play any

better than this. Brilliant for your

0:46:590:47:11

confidence levels when you can

finish a match with a break like

0:47:110:47:15

this when you need it the most.

APPLAUSE

0:47:150:47:27

Perfect stuff. The highest break of

the tournament 142 right now by his

0:47:270:47:43

fellow countrymen Michael White, but

this has been top quality in this

0:47:430:47:45

decider.

He will hark back to those

blacks at the beginning of the frame

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when he was on the wrong side, one

in particular, it was just full of

0:47:580:48:03

confidence, the way he had it,

absolutely brilliant shot. He

0:48:030:48:07

couldn't just trickle it in, he

played the positive shot. Everything

0:48:070:48:11

he's got, he thoroughly deserves.

Tremendous break.

0:48:110:48:23

APPLAUSE

Ryan Day has produced the goods when

0:48:340:48:41

it mattered the most. Starring break

of 138. He moved into Friday's

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quarterfinals with a 6-5 win over Li

Hang. Rhine survives another decider

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just like you did in the last round.

And a great win by Joe Perry.

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Snooker mugwump follows and tomorrow

we will find out the fate of Ronnie

0:49:110:49:15

O'Sullivan in the evening, but first

of all in the afternoon, Shaun

0:49:150:49:18

Murphy taking on a man on his way

back up the rankings, Ricky Walden.

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It is major, Jim, but not as we know

it. Good night from Mars all in

0:49:210:49:27

York.

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Hazel Irvine introduces highlights from Wednesday's fourth-round matches.