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Last 16 - Part 2

Hazel Irvine introduces highlights from Thursday's fourth-round matches and looks ahead to Friday's quarter-finals.


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Good evening from the Barbican

Centre in York, home of the United

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Kingdom Championships, snooker's

first major of the season. If you

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were with us at 7pm on BBC Two, you

will know Ronnie Sullivan, the

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runaway favourite was in an

intriguing match against the lowest

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ranked player left, Sunny Akani, the

world number 84 from Thailand.

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Incredible match. We will show you

it in a moment after a quick look at

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how the other results are shaping

the quarterfinal line-up. Shaun

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Murphy, the only other surviving

member of the top 16 to make it this

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far. No surprises, a 6-1 win over

Ricky Walden. Has been good to see

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him on the comeback trail after a

year of back problems but Shaun

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Murphy is through to the quarters.

I

played nicely. A few shots here and

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there that didn't go to plan and on

another day, Ricky, being more

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clinical might have punished me and

we might still have been playing.

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The game turns on a little mistake

here or there and I have lost

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matches from 3-1 ahead, 4-1 ahead

and you can never afford to take

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your foot off the gas.

A tortuous

first part of the match for Xiao

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Guodong and Martin Gould.

I made a

good start. And then other than

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that, I think it was a case of

neither of us really got going. The

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last two frames were good from my

perspective making two, 60s. There

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was a couple of sticky one I managed

to pots, which I did feel like my

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elbow was coming out a little bit.

But it is nice to be in the

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quarterfinals.

He awaits the winner

of this match and everyone expected

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Ronnie O'Sullivan to cruise through

against Sunny Akani Thailand.

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Everyone except for his .com who

travels with him. But he beat Barry

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Hawkins in the last round and he

started off in the most amazing

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self-possessed form and took the

first two frames. Ronnie hit back

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after the interval. Watching this

contest is Stephen Hendry and Dennis

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Taylor.

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COMMENTATOR: Ronnie is getting

frustrated now, he wants this match

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over with.

I think this is a more

important frame for the young Thai

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player, led 2-0.

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What a debut this would be.

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Longest frame of the match so far

and what an important shot this

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series. It was close, but look at

the cue ball. He took the double on,

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but he knew he was coming towards

the pink and black.

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He needs the three colours. If he

pots the blue and pink, Ronnie can

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still tie with the black.

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Not very good. He doesn't want to

look. Look at that smile, but

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nothing for Ronnie to smile at. That

was unfortunate after that horrific

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pot on the blue. He might be able to

get a snooker back if he just clips

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the pink, half ball. If he doesn't,

he could leave the pink. Got to be

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very precise. Does this pink go into

the corner? If not, he can get the

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snooker in behind the black. He

needs the pink and black does Sunny

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Akani. If he doesn't fancy the pots,

he can quite easily screw in behind

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the black. He is very close to the

pink. Don't thing he will push it.

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He went for the parts. A bit unlucky

not to be on the black. Could quite

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easily have made the snooker there.

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He's gone for the safety shot. He

hasn't. He was looking for the black

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to be tight on the baulk cushion.

But this is far from easy.

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Wasn't easy. Where is the cue ball

going?

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He's looking at the potting angle.

Got to be potting the black into the

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pocket that Ronnie is sitting

behind.

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Ronnie won the two frames before the

mid-session interval but now he is

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back in the league 3-2.

Majestic shot and Sunny Akani forged

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ahead. Playing fearless snooker.

This wasn't in the script. Once

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again, a Sullivan made up the two

frame deficit to level up at 4-4. So

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here we are again, Ronnie to play.

COMMENTATOR: Hang on, it can you get

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your breath?

Sunny Akani, can't get his breath.

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He didn't have time to finish his

water. He thought he would be

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sitting for a while. Have a look at

what he did with the cue ball.

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APPLAUSE

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Managed to flick the black and stay

on it. But these sort of things

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happen when you do what Ronnie has

just done. You shouldn't have been

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anywhere near the middle with the

cue ball. You just sense sometimes,

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when that sort of thing happens,

when things can change around again

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and he has won the last two to level

at 4-4, but what a chance early in

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this frame for this young Thai

player.

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How well did he play back? Looking

at that smile, he can't believe he

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hasn't finished on a red because

that last shot, he couldn't have

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played it any better. He hit the

pink, full-ball, scattered The reds.

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Absolutely landed on nothing.

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Hang on, is there a gap? Does the

red go?

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He is still smiling to himself. He

can't believe where the ball has

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finished up. He is having the cue

ball cleaned. There doesn't look to

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be a gap. He could play the other

one at the other end of the table.

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But because he is playing such a

good shot when he's playing the

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reds, he wants to take something on.

He must feel like he can see enough

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of this.

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Well done. Well done. There must

only just have been enough pass the

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pink.

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Need to watch those reds. He's

leaning over there. Well clear.

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I will tell you what, Stephen, this

boy has a lot of bottle?

Twice he

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has been two frames ahead and twice

Ronnie O'Sullivan has come back to

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make it level. He just keeps

powering forward. Clumsy cue ball.

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Shouldn't be a problem. Should be

able to get on a red. In between

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green and brown, right-hand side.

Just make sure he plays it with

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enough pace. Has gone the other way.

He keeps going to the opposite way

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to the one I suggest. You just

played the shot you see. This will

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be a nice, just to get through. Has

he gone too far? Perfect. What a

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chance to go 5-4 up.

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You can tell there is a little bit

of tension creeping in. When he

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played to get on the blue, it was

Adrenaline centred. Too far. That is

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tight. He is smiling to himself, but

that was very careless. He had so

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much margin for error.

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I can't believe he's not got on the

black. If he does lose this match,

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that is the shot he will remember.

Play it with a little trace of side,

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if you are not absolutely sure.

It

doesn't look on, to me. It is there.

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Panic over.

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No cannon on the pink here.

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Played it well. He wasn't on the

black as he intended. Using the pink

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as a stopper.

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I suppose he deserves to win this

frame. The shot he played when he

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opened everything up and looked like

he didn't drop on one. He deserves

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to win the match because he played

this shot to perfection. Hit the

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pink full-ball and looked like he

had dropped on nothing but he picked

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one out he could only just get to.

It was the control of the cue ball,

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enough action on the cue ball to

keep it in the middle of the table.

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That always gives you the best

chance of being on a red. When you

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move the cue ball to the corner

pockets, that is when you are in

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trouble.

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Look where he has put the cue ball

here. He is only a few pots away.

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Definitely feeling the pressure.

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Almost two feet, too far the cue

ball has travelled. This is tough.

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Great shots, grapeshot!

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Just keeps getting out of position

but keeps potting balls. I keep

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waiting for him to show a real

weakness and it's not happening.

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Yes, does he realise where he is?

He's in the barbican, playing

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probably the world's greatest ever

player. And he keeps knocking them

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in. UK championship, second biggest

event in our calendar. One good

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pink...

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I am very, very impressed with this

young player here. Now then, where

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does the pink go? You would like it

to go on the spot, is there enough

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room? Just. It might have caused a

bit of a problem. That is the frame

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secure. This is unbelievable, Steve.

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The highest break is 79 in this

championship. Looks like he's going

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to that here. What a time to do it.

Doesn't matter, he is well past the

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winning post in this frame and this

pact barbican won't believe what

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they are seeing here.

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APPLAUSE

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What a performance.

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He's made five centuries this

season, eight last season. He's made

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14. That is number 15.

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His highest break as a professional

is 125. He could beat that. He won't

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be thinking about that, I am sure,

but I am so impressed with this

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young player.

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Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant.

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So pleased for Sunny Akani. 128

break, Sunny Akani takes the lead

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again to Ronnie O'Sullivan. He needs

one frame to cause possibly the

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biggest shock of the tournament so

far.

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STUDIO: Said the man who'll idolise

as the Rocket has put him in a

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position to knock him out. He has

charmed the Barbican crowd tonight

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but can he complete the job in frame

Number Ten? Just two red here.

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COMMENTATOR: where is this red going

to end up? Automatically down for

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the pink or black.

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What a shot that was. I can see a

bit of determination in Ronnie's

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face.

Watched this shot, he has an

angle. Here comes the cue ball. He

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has been unlucky.

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Doesn't want the red in. I don't

think he's got the snooker. He can

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send this across the table, twice

across and get the white up towards

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yellow and brown. Will he play it

that way? No, he has played it the

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other way. Looks good to me.

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Look where he has put the green.

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It was a tough snooker to get out

of.

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Well, another big pressure shots.

If

he goes for this, you have to go for

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it 100%. Don't play it too hard,

just drop it in. You have to be on

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the yellow, green or brown. What a

pot. If he is on the low to middle,

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that is possibly the shot. Yellow,

then yellow.

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I think I would be playing yellow,

stunning across and playing yellow

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to the green pocket.

I don't think

he has looked up that shot.

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He has played to leave the long

yellow. Need to have a lot of

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confidence to leave yourself that

shot under these circumstances.

It

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is a strange shot choice, very

unorthodox. But if the yellow goes

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in, who is to say it is wrong?

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It is there. Left himself on the

green. Can he get nicely onto the

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brown here?

He must be doing

cartwheels inside, Sunny Akani.

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If you are playing an exhibition,

you would pot the green and flick

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the blue out and hope to be on the

brown. This is not an exhibition.

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The orthodox shot here is top spin

two questions. I have given up

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predicting the shots he is going to

play. How unlucky can you be! If

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that blue stays over the pocket, he

could win the match.

Dear, oh dear.

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That is so unfortunate. Because he

decided to play that shot because he

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knew if he had a pot at the green

and brown he would have a difficult

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blue.

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Is that his chance of winning this

match gone?

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Cruel.

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Well, Ronnie can't believe that he's

at the table. He knows that the shot

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that his young opponent took on was

a brilliant effort, it really was.

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It doesn't matter about that.

REFEREE: 12.

That should take us

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into a deciding frame. It's one

snooker that is needed. What has he

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done there.

HAZEL IRVINE: Akani came back.

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O'Sullivan having been so close to

defeat, survived to face this, a

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final-frame decider, Akani 13 points

behind in it.

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DENNIS TAYLOR:

Tension, pressure of

a deciding frame. Ronnie's had a

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second bite of the Cherie.

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-- cherry.

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STEPHEN HENDRY: Wasn't the smoothest

delivery, the cue. Surely this time.

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Is I suppose nothing is going to

surprise us, Dennis, tonight?

Yeah,

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nice little cannon required here.

He's played it perfectly. He's

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opened most of the game up.

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He would have to do something

careless, but we've seen him do that

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in a few of the frames, but he can

taste victory here. Yep. If you're

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not absolutely sure, get back up and

make sure you have full

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concentration. You know what I mean!

Pressure getting to you, Dennis?

Do

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you know, my hands are perspiring

here. I've enjoyed every minute of

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this match.

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It's harded to see were it can go

wrong. The fact he missed that blue

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will make him try even harder,

Ronnie, concentrate harder.

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You know what, Dennis, if Ronnie

comes through this match I wouldn't

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like to be the player who you play

next, when you should have gone out

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you relax the next day and just play

incredible snooker.

Yeah. I think

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Ronnie will be full of praise for

his young opponent here because

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no-one could see this coming.

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While he's got a kick there, he's

got a kick which has spoiled the

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position somewhat. Look at the black

jump there.

Is there one more twist?

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Yeah, one more twist. Can you

believe it? What a time to get heavy

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contact. A couple of pots away from

winning the match, and he gets a bad

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contact.

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Watch the black jump.

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I think he will be playing the red

near the blue spot. He could play

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for the pink, it goes to the right

corner, or black to the right

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corner.

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APPLAUSE

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What drama we had in the previous

frame. Is there more drama to come

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here? There's one red that's on the

side cushion. The other four are

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perfectly placed.

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He just hit that all wrong. OK,

potted the black, but he didn't get

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any side on the cue ball to avoid

cannoning the reds, but he's

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fortunate, the reds look pretty

straight to the yellow pocket.

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He's concentrating so hard on

potting the ball that it's taking

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his mind off the position. That's

the pressure.

Yeah. I mean, if he

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underscrews it he's on the pink. The

only way he could go wrong is

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overscrewing it. Now what a pressure

pot this is.

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A possible plant. They are just off,

so if they're close together he'd

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have to hit the first red on the

right side, as we look at it, to

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push it on, to squeeze it. It goes

the opposite way when they're that

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close together. Looking at that you

would think, if he hits it on the

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left side it will make it into the

plant, but that's not the case. He

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has to hit it on the opposite side.

It's what we call a "squeeze shot."

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Ronnie knows he's got a couple of

reds that are awkwardly placed. Even

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if he makes the plant. If he hits it

that side, I think he won't pot it.

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It might squeeze away from the

pocket. If he hits it that side,

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with them going so close together,

he might miss this. Let's see. We've

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got the perfect picture.

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Yeah. I can't believe he couldn't

work that out. He's only a young

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player, and he hit the wrong side of

the red there, Stephen.

Yeah. He

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needed to hit the left side of the

red as he looks at it the opposite

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to where you would normally play a

plant.

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APPLAUSE

I think Ronnie was always

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comfortable in his seat knowing

where the reds were. Ronnie is

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desperate to get this match over

with, he really is.

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Not the night he was expecting.

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Yeah. It's not the night that this

Barbican crowd were expecting. They

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thought they were going to see a

comfortable victory for the strong

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favourite. But what an exciting

match it's turned out to be. Is

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there another twist?

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Oh, what's happening here? What is

happening here? That's not a bad

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result in the end because the red

has gone safe and the white has gone

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near the cushion, but Ronnie hit

that all wrong.

His head is

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scrambled at the moment, Ronnie

O'Sullivan. It's not often you say

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that.

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You get the sense it's becoming too

much of an ask for Sunny Akani to

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win this match now.

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APPLAUSE

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44 points behind and all the reds up

the other end of the table. It's a

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very difficult situation for this

young player from Thailand.

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APPLAUSE

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That helps his cause. Getting the

red up towards the high valued

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colours, should he get a chance.

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Well, he did try to pot that because

he knew the red wouldn't pass the

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pink, but that's got to be the wrong

choice of shot under the

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circumstances. Surely, that was a

bit too much even for the great

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Ronnie O'Sullivan to take on.

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Now, can this young man hold himself

together and get right back into

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this deciding frame?

APPLAUSE

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Well, if he can pot these two open

reds, wouldn't it be ironic that the

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last red he plays in this match with

that infamous technique with the

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rest.

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Can he get himself to that position,

that is the question?

He doesn't

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want to over think things here.

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He could do with screwing back. If

this is straight, he screws back for

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the blue, if you go too far, you're

on the pink. I don't think he should

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be playing for the yellow.

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He needs the points on the board.

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He has done. He's not played a

single shot I've chosen tonight,

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Dennis, but he's not done too badly.

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This now needs a really good

positional shot. If he's on blue or

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pink, it's very straight-forward.

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Yeah, that was tough.

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Now because he takes the yellow,

Ronnie O'Sullivan only needs the red

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to leave him with a snooker.

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Now, he hasn't hit that hard enough.

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That might be OK. Am it wasn't quite

as he played it, but the pink has

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covered that red, that's to the left

of the yellow.

0:43:420:43:45

He's anxiously looking there.

0:43:490:43:52

Might be snookered on both. That

could be the winning shot.

0:43:560:44:00

Oh! The red hitting the yellow could

be very costly indeed.

0:44:250:44:32

As Stephen said, he only needs this

red now.

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APPLAUSE

That might be the one that gets him

0:44:430:44:47

over the winning line.

0:44:470:44:52

It will be a very relieved Ronnie

O'Sullivan because this young man

0:44:590:45:04

has played stunning snooker this

evening.

0:45:040:45:09

APPLAUSE

0:45:090:45:11

He knows he's put up a fantastic

performance. OK Ronnie O'Sullivan's

0:45:160:45:22

been far from his focused Betts, but

what a performance that young man's

0:45:220:45:26

put up.

0:45:260:45:27

Well, it doesn't matter about

potting the green or the brown. What

0:45:400:45:44

a performance. He led Ronnie

O'Sullivan 2-0, then he lead 4-2. He

0:45:440:45:51

was unlucky when he potted the green

and knocked the blue in. Just look

0:45:510:45:56

at that, acknowledging this crowd

here in the Barbican centre. Ronnie,

0:45:560:46:00

well, he will be a very relieved

player. Well done to Sunny Akani.

0:46:000:46:06

Great match. Ronnie O'Sullivan takes

it on the deciding frame. 6-5.

0:46:060:46:12

Great match. Ronnie O'Sullivan takes

it on the deciding frame. 6-5.

Here

0:46:120:46:15

he is after the closest of close

calls. Relieved, Ronnie?

I don't

0:46:150:46:19

know, really. You know, he put up a

great performance. You know, he his

0:46:190:46:25

first time out there. You know,

he's... He played better than I did,

0:46:250:46:30

really help probably deserved to

winch I got very, very lucky there

0:46:300:46:33

tonight. So I'm relieved to win.

I've got to improve on that. I mean,

0:46:330:46:39

to think if I have any chance of

womening another match, really.

0-2,

0:46:390:46:45

2-4 down and it looks like like it

might be over in frame 10. He pots

0:46:450:46:50

the green he bangs the blue in as

well. Were you fearing the worst at

0:46:500:46:53

that point?

I didn't really care, to

be honest with you. I thought -

0:46:530:46:58

let's see what happens. Anything

could happen, you know. By then, you

0:46:580:47:01

know, sometimes the fight goes out

of you not that I was fighting,

0:47:010:47:05

nothing I done tonight really went

right. You know, it was all very

0:47:050:47:08

stop start. It's difficult, you

know, for me to play the game when

0:47:080:47:12

it's like. That I had to hang in

there and hopefully something

0:47:120:47:15

happened. Even in the last, the game

at my mercy I managed to make hard

0:47:150:47:21

work of it. That's how it goes

sometimes.

You might have made hard

0:47:210:47:26

work in your terms, the instinct

kicked in. You got over the line and

0:47:260:47:30

you want to be in this?

Yeah.

There's no pressure. ' Here to enjoy

0:47:300:47:37

it and have fun. I I've had a great

week. I would love to win it. I

0:47:370:47:43

would have to improve massively on

the four performances I put in.

What

0:47:430:47:53

did you think of this fella, he was

as cool as a cucumber at some

0:47:530:47:57

points?

Fantastic. Such a lovely guy

as well he was talking to me after

0:47:570:48:01

we were going to the toilet he went

- ah, the blue. He's a lovely guy.

0:48:010:48:09

You know, comes from a great culture

in Thailand. He's fantastic. You

0:48:090:48:14

know, brilliant character for the

game.

A great match. Thank you very

0:48:140:48:18

much for playing a fantastic part in

it. See you in the quarter-finals.

0:48:180:48:21

Cheers.

Cheers.

Over shadowed on the

other table tonight a match that was

0:48:210:48:27

of great significance for the two

fellas involved. It was the world

0:48:270:48:35

number 42, Mark Joyce and Lyu

Haotian who reached the semi-final

0:48:350:48:38

of the most recent event in Northern

Ireland. The Chinese player launched

0:48:380:48:44

a rescue attempt from 2-5 down. He

succumbed to the Englishman 6-4.

0:48:440:48:50

Joyce into his second UK

quarter-final and after a seven year

0:48:500:48:54

wait as well. Indeed here

0:48:540:49:03

quarter-final and after a seven year

wait as well. Indeed here is the

0:49:030:49:03

quarter-final line-up:

0:49:030:49:04

Two seasoned pros in the bottom half

of the draw, Stephen Maguire means

0:49:100:49:16

this year's Masters runner up, Joe

Perry. And Ronnie will meet Martin

0:49:160:49:22

Gould. Snooker Extra follows next.

Here's our line-up.

0:49:220:49:29

Gould. Snooker Extra follows next.

Here's our line-up. .

0:49:290:49:30

It has been quite a day here. One

very Sunny star is born. The crowds

0:49:320:49:42

love his style. Ronnie's star keeps

on rising if only just tonight. We

0:49:420:49:46

will catch you again very soon. In

the meantime from all of us here in

0:49:460:49:50

York, it's been a great day, goodbye

for now.

0:49:500:49:58

Hazel Irvine introduces highlights from Thursday's fourth-round matches and looks ahead to Friday's quarter-finals.