Day 5, Part 1 UK Snooker Championship


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Good afternoon. The ladies and gentlemen of the press have had

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plenty to sink their teeth into in recent days. Ronnie O'Sullivan said

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goodbye and painted again that a final goodbye not be far away. --

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hinted. John Higgins is also on the way home early. And Mark Allen has

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been getting a telling off over some of his comments here a few

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days ago. Plenty of column inches He has missed it. It is building

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

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What a horrible way to end a match. He took everything the Rok could

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throw at him today. He has played Judd is a great player. He is

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probably the most dangerous player I have ever played. He will take a

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lot of stopping. I did not play great today. A lot of my game was

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not great. When you play like that and you can still beat Ronnie,

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ladies and nice confidence boost. I am still in the tournament.

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It was a brave fightback from the Welshman. Doing is absolutely

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delighted. -- Ding Junhui. Absolutely Maya Pedersen from

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Stephen probably -- Stephen Maguire probably a deserved winner.

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defeat is devastating. What if you know you have not played well

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enough, you have no complaints. beat the world champion, I beat

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John Higgins. It is a great result for me. I have not been getting

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many results against the top Wise. They do not come across any better

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And eventful 48 hours. Even more sensational headlines this morning.

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Barry Hearn has hit back at Mark Allen over his comments on Monday.

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We have three members of the press. Terry Rushmore, Neil Goldie and

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Jimmy brought in. Firstly, you take on Mr Alan? I can understand why

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Barry was upset. He came into the game at a time when many people

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thought it was sinking. He has delivered more prize money. In

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general he is doing a lot of good for the game. Is there a silent

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minority in agreement with Mark Allen with regard to the changes?

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think there is. A lot of people have not said it. Mark was pretty

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bald to say it. He may be sued for it. The only thing he did regret

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was swearing and the press conference, which is understandable.

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I spoke to him off the record and he is unhappy. He also feels as if

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he is being harshly treated about the disrepute charge. More players

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need to say things end of the press. It does give good column inches for

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snooker. Jamie, your listeners on Radio 5 Live very interested. What

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is your take on at? It is very interesting that Mark Allen has

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been so outspoken. John Higgins was very critical about this shortened

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format. None of them think Barry Hearn is doing a bad job. Only Mark

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Allen has been this outspoken. Still column inches left in this

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one. Ronnie Oswell that always makes good copy. -- Ronnie

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O'Sullivan. It looks as if he may be thinking of calling it at bay

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again? You'll have to excuse me if I do not by too much into this one.

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I am sure we have heard this before. I am sure we will see him next

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month at the Masters. Dr Steve Pietersen working very effectively.

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For me it was pretty heartfelt. He seems pretty lonely away from the

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table? He does. Ronnie has had some knelt dance. He is one of those

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unpredictable characters. -- knelt down. Steve Peters is helping him.

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What will he do if he quits snooker? Nobody knows. When he

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quit? Only he knows. Finally, from your perspective, Ronnie O'Sullivan

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is always great box-office for snooker. How much do people want to

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see him? The crowds of people cueing to get in yesterday proved

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he is still the Marky player. He is the one we want to write about and

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talk about. Snooker needs him. If it is a question of his men --

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health and battle stability, so be it. Couldn't -- goodness knows what

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stories we are going to one Earth today. -- on earth. Mark Williams

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accelerated to the top of the sport again last season. He is struggling

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here. He would have to turn on the power today. Especially against

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Ricky Walden, one of only two unseeded players through to the

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last 16. Shaun Murphy won this title in Telford three years ago.

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How he would love a second success in York. He needs Martin Gould, who

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could always swap his cue for some arrows. And we're a frank and

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fascinating interview with Ronnie O'Sullivan. -- we here. I have

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become virtually a nightmare to be around, probably. I do not know.

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That is how I feel inside. I do not want to put people through that no

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more. I want to have a life. I have tried and I didn't think I can have

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a live and play snooker. -- I don't think. And Mark Allen's response to

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the controversy over his comments about Barry Hearn. I do not

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understand the changes he is making. He will ruffle a lot of feathers.

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It is a pity that I am the only one standing up to them. Not time to

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mess about today. Our two second round batters got under way. --

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matches got under way at midday. Would Mark Williams bothered to

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walk to his seat, or hop over his And his opponent, one of the finest

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Welsh players ever to grace the modern game. His laid-back approach

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has taken into just about every title in the sport. Will he jumped

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over the set this time or walk all the way round? Here comes the Welsh

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No short cuts firm mark this afternoon, especially after Ricky

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Walden was on a break of 68. Steve Davis and Dennis Taylor in the

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It is going to come back across the table. Even then he has left it for

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the other corner. In potting this red, if Mark Williams decided to,

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he could try to knock the pink out. He is not going to. It was an

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option. He has now got a good chance. The key to this frame will

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be how he gets on at the blue. -- He has got to be absolutely spot on.

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I am thinking a few shots ahead. If he can get the white somewhere near

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It is a similar shot. This is more difficult now. Screwing Oudin and

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off the cushion. -- screwing it in. Being a left-hander, he could

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possibly dropping behind it. -- drop in. There are two options.

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Move the pink all around the table. He wants to move the pink but not

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too far up the table. He played for the double. He is a bit short of

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An unusual choice to leave the double rather than trying to move

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That is an excellent shot. What a good start for Ricky Walden. Mark

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Williams was in first. Ricky will be delighted to have taken the

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Ricky breaks off in frame two. A little bit short of pace. Possible

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pot into the left corner and he could keep himself on the black. --

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That was a terrific shot. A poor break off a shot from Ricky Walden.

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You cannot afford to leave it potter like Mark Williams would

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have a chance. -- with half a chance. It really was a superb shot

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Mark Williams played to start this potential break. Lovely way around

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the table. Get on with the shops but does not rush anything. -- he

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Opening the pack of raids. Still some work to be done. It was a good

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

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Fantastic close control. His shot time is so quick. As fast as

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anybody in the game. It just does not look that way. 16 seconds per

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shot at the moment. And all of these shops any of the club players

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could play. Easy position. The skill is in the control. The right

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This will be his 7th black coming He may be in a predicament here. He

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was trying to get on the red to the Close. What a massive shot. He was

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going for the 147. He had to keep the break going as well. The

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trouble is, he has let Ricky Walden in. If Ricky Walden could steal

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this frame, Mark Williams has played effectively two fantastic

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frames and would be two behind. A big frame, I reckon. Look at how

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the balls are sitting. Of a confidence boost this would be if

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Ricky Walden could clear from here. -- what a confidence boost. I am

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just looking at those three red balls near the pink, they can all

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The raid in line with the blue pocket has caused a problem. -- the

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red. Ricky has run out of position, even though it does not look it. It

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is weird how that can happen. played for the other red, the two

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behind the pink. It is not a problem, but there was a better way

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he could have gone. Anyway, as long as you keep knocking them in, Steve.

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He did not really want to pot this pink until he had cleared the reds.

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That is why he has run out of position. There will be some work

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to do to split the pink away from the wreck. It has only tied 1 red

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He has left himself a choice of Does that raid go passed into the

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right corner? I think it does. -- red. I do not know why I even

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asked! If that one goes, there is the possibility that red Bull Pot

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into the right middle. -- will pot. The pink will be available. The

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pink will go back on its spot and Probably after this pink, the red

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He he is looking in great form. Mark Williams looks in great for me.

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So much so, Mark was trying to make a maximum break. He makes sure you

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score enough to win the French before you concentrate on a maximum.

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He last met her friend. -- win of Ricky has taken his chance

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beautifully so far. Very fluent with the queue. Not ideal on the

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blue. First problem. Played that very well. I was not certain he

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could hold the cue ball up there. He should clear the balls. He just

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needs to concentrate a little bit harder. A little bit of noise from

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the other table. I do not think Mark was expecting this. He has

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played these absolutely to Mark Williams was on his way to

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make a maximum. He missed a red and Ricky Walden has cleared. He is two

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friends in front. At very fast start indeed from the Chester

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player. He not been a break of 81 in the third frame. At 3-0

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advantage as we enter friend of four. Williams trialling. -- frame

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I think Ricky felt he was going to cover that with the red. A chance

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for Mark Williams. He has got to take advantage. He just clipped the

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red. It has missed his position up straight away. He was looking to

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hit that read full. Collide with some of the pack behind it. This

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will take some working out to get on the black. Perhaps it can and

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onto the raid to the right of the Pot the black, screwed into the

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rest of the pack, retain position. -- screw. He needs to make this

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

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He would have liked to have been on the blue. A lot more difficult now

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to win the frame in this visit. Looking at one of the ball Collor's

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Is their any value in potting the blue. --? If he does not like the

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blue, he could put the pink saved, put the ball safe. This is very

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aggressive. I think he may be thinking of a safety shot. The

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plant is a risky. We know what happened in the second frame when

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he was on his way to a possible Frame before the mid-session

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interval, superbly. And also with the plant, he did not panic. He

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controlled it nicely, gave the red up every chance to go into the

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pocket. Very close to being over One more red. And he has got on the

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For a left-hander, not so bad. Any colour will do and he has

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finished perfectly on the black so this is a good response from Mark

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The gentlest of cannons has pushed one on. Just showing what a great

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Because Ricky Walden has done very He has been a finalist in the first

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two ranking tournament of the season so you would expect him to

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He wants to get to the mid-session interval and a great performance

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from Ricky Walden, Mark Williams did very well to take that frame

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and he will be pleased slightly because he is 3-1 behind.

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HAZEL IRVINE: Comparisons in the studio with Ken Doherty and John

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Parrott. Your assessment of the way Ricky Walden came out of the box

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like a shot. He has not missed a ball. He looks very at ease and

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comfortable in and around the balls, knocking them in and made a

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brilliant break particularly in the second frame. It was a big frame

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from Mark Williams there and he made a terrific plant and it just

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shows you. Characters have a lot of friends left in this match but a

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great start for Ricky Walden. you look back at recent form, the

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first competitive maximum and a runner up in one of the small

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events as well so it seems like his form is coming to the peak at the

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right time. He is a quick score as well. Mark Williams did a brilliant

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response there. Two behind at the interval instead of four? A lot of

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snooker left. What were your impressions of what was a pretty

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faltering performance against Joe Jogia? His own expression were the

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wheels came off. Joe Jogia put him up to it a little bit. And Mark

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said he had better get his head down and for the last two frames he

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was good again but in the middle of the match, he did not know where he

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went. You see the difference, it is amazing. When Judd Trump bashes the

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balls around and Mark Williams is the opposite, he floats around the

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table and plays lots of slow roles. Completely different but just as

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effective. It is shaping up to an intriguing match. We hope you stay

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with us. If you have been skimming through the newspapers and as we

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indicated at the top of the programme, a fair bit of interest

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in Ronnie O'Sullivan following his exit to Judd Trump and that came

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after one day after his 36th birthday and he has raised the

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possibility that he might be ready to think about calling time on her

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snooker career. He has also talked openly about the difficulty he

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finds in achieving a work-life balance. This is what he was

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If I had won that match I would have found it difficult to enjoy my

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life in between matches and -- matches in between tournaments.

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Sticker has been great and I love it but you know what, there's so

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much more that I want. I don't feel comfortable with me let alone

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trying to blend in, I have shut myself off from a lot of people

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just because I want to continue my career and I know that sometimes I

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am not the easiest person to be around when I am carrying some of

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those emotions. I don't want to be a lonely old man

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at 45 having gut-wrenching anxiety. I feel I am not a good person to be

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around when I am trying to... I think I have come round to

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admitting to it. When I have four months off in the summer, I was a

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different person, a joy to be around and I want to be that person

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that is good to be around. I want to share my life with somebody.

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Probably the reason why I am not with my partner now or whatever was

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because I was so hard to be around. I had two kids and I am not with

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her no Mall and I have kind of... - - I am not with her any more and I

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put that down to being obsessed with getting snooker right that I

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neglected people. I neglected people that, at the time, should

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have mattered but in my little world I was so consumed by it, they

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did not become unimportant but they become the second thing I need to

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concentrate on. I become virtually a nightmare to be around, probably.

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I don't know but that is how I feel inside. And I don't want to put

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people through that no more, I want to have a life but I have tried and

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I don't think I can have a life and Well, Ronnie is brutally honest as

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he can glee and your impressions on listening to that, first of all,

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John. He has got a lot going on, hasn't he? He seems very controlled

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in the venues and very happy and to be around the other players and

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tournaments are looking at that, he is not. It is very sad. He is the

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type of guy... We love watching him play and you want to give him a big

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hug, he has got a lot of demons obviously. Some players when they

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go home to their families they can leave snooker at the venue. But

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some can't. We all have to deal with pressures and to be successful.

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Getting over matches that he would have lost and some find it harder

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than others. Ronnie during the bad times takes it home with him.

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Instead of leaving it at the snooker venue, being a different

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person around your family. Ironically, working with Dr Steve

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Peters as we have discussed, in terms of his competitive attitude,

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that night and day is so much better he seems so much focused

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around the table. That is why the interview was strange because I am

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thinking the same thing. He went out in the tournament playing

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really good stuff. He is his own worst critic so he might not say

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the same but he played a great match yesterday. Every part of it,

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he tried as hard as he could. It has not always been the case, we

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know that. But at the moment, he is trying the best you can put away

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from the table he seems to be having problem. He has been on tour

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since he was 17 and has undertaken a demanding schedule with the new

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changes coming through. You change in the way you have philosophise

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and John, you have had to give it up. What was the catalyst for you

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do it any more? The level of performance and through it, the

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enjoyment of the game. I still think it is a fantastic game but I

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do not want to play at that level because I was losing two players

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that I would have beaten before. I have had a great career, I have

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played in some wonderful venues. Why try to compete against a 17-

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year-old that he would have beaten before and you then lose. That is

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when you know. The artist of the situation for Ronnie because he is

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still a very competitive force. is still the man to beat. I know he

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went out yesterday but had he got through, he was still the favourite

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for the tournament. He is at the top of his game and it is about

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enjoyment. It is about the level of performance but also the how much

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you enjoy a competing at these events and should be enjoying the

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game. If you are not, I mean, look at Steve Davis. He still loves

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playing the game and has passion. He still get beat, he is not

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playing to the level he was playing 20 years ago but he still gets

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great enjoyment and that is maybe something. Maybe Ronnie could talk

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to Steve about it. Are you confident we can see him at the

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Masters? Very, I just thinking used to cool off and reassess. He will

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speak to his doctor and that will be a help to him. -- I just think

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he needs to call off. I am sure Steve will understand. We hope

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you're back, Ronnie and it will be great to see you at the Masters.

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Let's look at what is shaping up as a very intriguing last few days.

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These are the remaining second taking on Marco Fu, one of the only

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unseeded players through to this stage. And Ali Carter plays the

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person who has been making plenty of headlines, Mark Allen. In fact,

:40:31.:40:41.
:40:41.:40:41.

the Northern Irishman does seem After his criticism of Barry Hearn.

:40:41.:40:45.

He will be called before a disciplinary committee because of

:40:45.:40:49.

his language at a press conference when he made those comments but he

:40:49.:40:54.

does seem to stand by them despite the fact that there could be a risk

:40:54.:41:03.

I have not been one to shy away from speaking my mind and that is

:41:03.:41:06.

what players need to do more, because lot of people have said

:41:06.:41:09.

exactly what I said amongst themselves but they are not man

:41:09.:41:19.
:41:19.:41:21.

enough to say it to the public and Obviously I was criticised for

:41:21.:41:27.

swearing and it is not setting a good example but I stand by

:41:27.:41:32.

everything I said. I was very negative towards Paris but it does

:41:32.:41:37.

seem that way, I do not know him, he is probably a nice man and has

:41:37.:41:40.

done well in the past for the tournament and I am sure he will do

:41:40.:41:44.

a good job for snooker but I just think in the short term, he is not

:41:44.:41:47.

making goods changes that will benefit the sport and the players.

:41:47.:41:51.

I do not understand the changes he is making and he will ruffle a lot

:41:51.:41:56.

of feathers. It is a pity that I am the only one standing up to him.

:41:56.:42:01.

have heard the Commons that he has been critical about Barry Hearn, I

:42:01.:42:05.

am sure that story will look at the issue himself with Mark Allen but

:42:05.:42:09.

generally speaking, it was the use of inappropriate language that we

:42:09.:42:12.

were concerned about, the matters has been referred to our

:42:12.:42:22.
:42:22.:42:24.

disciplinary chairman who will take a view and that will be decided on.

:42:24.:42:29.

It looks very promising when you look at it but 12 of the events are

:42:29.:42:36.

PTC events and only eight of them are �12,000 for the winner and

:42:36.:42:40.

expenses to go to those 12 events you are looking at close to �10,000.

:42:40.:42:44.

You need to win at least one of those events just to break even. It

:42:44.:42:48.

is about finding the balance, I think. We need more tournaments but

:42:48.:42:53.

the money he has put into 12 PTC events could have been put into

:42:53.:42:55.

three more major ranking tournaments. That is what every

:42:55.:42:58.

player would want. We make ourselves available to discuss

:42:58.:43:04.

these issues and we consult with the players face to face while we

:43:04.:43:10.

are at the tournaments and I am disappointed we have not had

:43:10.:43:14.

opportunity to discuss that the 4th. HAZEL IRVINE: Taking this on and I

:43:14.:43:18.

know that Ricky was discussing it with you guys, the alleged response

:43:18.:43:28.
:43:28.:43:30.

from Barry Hearn is that he might be formulating a case to sue mark

:43:30.:43:39.

for slander. Your response first of all to the way that Barry has come

:43:39.:43:44.

back on the story. He is obviously very upset about it and looking at

:43:44.:43:48.

the comments, he probably should be. It is difficult to argue a case

:43:48.:43:56.

that the game has not been improved. Obviously the PTCs... It is my view

:43:56.:43:59.

and I do not play anymore, I think they need a few less of them and

:43:59.:44:03.

they may need tweaking and some of them that our domestic, a few of

:44:03.:44:08.

the players may not be happy. And with the prize money, it may

:44:08.:44:12.

appease some of the players but it is difficult to argue with the

:44:12.:44:16.

prize money that has been increased and with this week, record ticket

:44:16.:44:18.

sales and attendances, very difficult to make an argument

:44:18.:44:23.

against at the moment. I ask people in the press room if they knew of a

:44:23.:44:27.

strong but silent minority he might be in agreement, what is your take

:44:27.:44:33.

on but? I think a lot of players may be unhappy about the PTCs and I

:44:33.:44:38.

think people are delighted that we have more tournaments on. Paris has

:44:38.:44:42.

increased the prize fund up to �6.5 million and on the way to �10

:44:42.:44:51.

million which will be great. -- Barry has increased. The

:44:51.:44:55.

opportunity to get players to play more for prize money that far

:44:55.:44:59.

greater sums. We have got a tournament in Brazil, more

:44:59.:45:02.

tournaments in China, a World Cup this year which was successful and

:45:02.:45:06.

we will have more tournaments maybe in India and China and Australia of

:45:06.:45:10.

course. I don't know where he is coming from in that respect. I

:45:10.:45:18.

think most players are happy that he has come in. Big changes but

:45:18.:45:22.

there have to be tweaks, more money in the PT sees because a lot of

:45:22.:45:30.

players cannot play in them. -- in What do you think it will be like

:45:30.:45:40.
:45:40.:45:41.

going on? It depends if he can look A few issues arising from this but

:45:41.:45:45.

we will discuss pure snooker for the rest of the afternoon because

:45:45.:45:48.

on the they come, Mark Williams who has not hopped over the set this

:45:48.:45:53.

time, he has walked to his seat and he will get a bit of a move on

:45:53.:45:57.

because 1-3 behind Ricky Walden who is playing beautifully and cueing

:45:57.:46:02.

beautifully. Certainly in the groove. Goes to Stephen and Dennis.

:46:02.:46:12.
:46:12.:46:15.

Mark Williams will get it under way after the mid-session interval. A

:46:15.:46:22.

little bit too hard with the break- off shot. Hazel mentioned about

:46:22.:46:26.

Mark taking a short cut into the arena and we might be able to show

:46:26.:46:36.
:46:36.:46:43.

A pretty good length on that. In fact he has got Mark in a spot of

:46:43.:46:53.
:46:53.:47:02.

He may be forced to play the cue ball to the top cushion here. It is

:47:02.:47:06.

the any safety option, he is just checking where the cue ball may end

:47:06.:47:16.
:47:16.:47:25.

Look at that pot success rate, And three out of three on the long

:47:25.:47:35.
:47:35.:47:48.

Just as effective, that side, I The red pot into the left corner. -

:47:48.:47:53.

- pots. Difficult to see how we will go on a colour but he is going

:47:53.:48:03.

A big mistake by Mark Williams. What a great shot from Walden, well

:48:03.:48:13.
:48:13.:48:17.

Perfect. Yeah, it did not look on but loads of top spin to take the

:48:17.:48:27.

white through and 10 out of 10 for There's four reds in the open but a

:48:27.:48:31.

perfect angle to stun into the edge of the pack. He does not want to

:48:31.:48:39.

screw into the middle of that pack But Ricky is a pretty attacking

:48:39.:48:49.
:48:49.:49:09.

The white has just treated at the It would be a precocious plant but

:49:09.:49:13.

they are dead set for the pocket. The plant that Mark Williams played

:49:13.:49:16.

in the frame before the mid-session interval was much tougher and he

:49:17.:49:24.

went on to take the frame but it is a tricky one. I wonder if he will

:49:24.:49:34.

be tempted if there is no safety Are not sure what the success rate

:49:34.:49:39.

on the plant would be. A bit higher than he would think, probably. But

:49:39.:49:45.

the balls are significantly far enough apart that there is an

:49:45.:49:55.
:49:55.:50:00.

Risky with that as well but he went for it. The red does go past into

:50:01.:50:06.

the yellow pocket, I think. A shot to nothing in some ways for Mark

:50:06.:50:16.
:50:16.:50:25.

No, it was always going to go on the near jaw. Mark is still there,

:50:25.:50:29.

maybe he thought he would have potted it and it drifted slightly

:50:29.:50:39.
:50:39.:50:40.

but we were right behind it and we There is a difference between the

:50:40.:50:45.

likes of, say, Judd Trump and Mark Williams. Judd Trump and other

:50:45.:50:50.

modern-day players hit the balls a lot harder. The harder you hit the

:50:50.:51:00.
:51:00.:51:02.

shot, the less likely that the ball goes off Lin if there is a bit of

:51:02.:51:12.
:51:12.:51:14.

I think it goes into the middle pocket. It is a thin one but he has

:51:14.:51:24.
:51:24.:51:30.

He has looked about and I think he It looks like the safety option is

:51:30.:51:40.
:51:40.:51:45.

the one to the top cushion but this Whereas the cue ball going?

:51:45.:51:48.

REFEREE: Foul. Possible turning point as well for. That is so

:51:48.:51:58.
:51:58.:52:10.

unlucky. Not only the in-off but a It could be a turning point as you

:52:10.:52:20.
:52:20.:52:29.

say, Steve. Very unlucky to come There's a very keen snooker fan

:52:29.:52:33.

watching today, I know. I was speaking to him, he has not been

:52:33.:52:36.

very well but he is back to his fighting best, the great Frank

:52:36.:52:40.

Carson will be watching snooker in Blackpool, one of the greatest

:52:40.:52:47.

comedians this country has ever produced. I am glad that you are

:52:47.:52:57.
:52:57.:53:01.

keeping a bit better, Frank. It is What a great catchphrase from Frank

:53:01.:53:11.

Carson, "it's a cracker, it is the Meanwhile the Welsh Potting Machine

:53:11.:53:21.
:53:21.:53:25.

is trying to get himself right back Similar shot to the one that Ricky

:53:25.:53:35.
:53:35.:53:44.

played, he does not want to go into As long as he did not stick in that

:53:44.:53:54.
:53:54.:54:01.

bunch of reds, he was mine. -- he A little mention for the Tucker he

:54:01.:54:05.

has not been in the best of health, everybody in the London area knows

:54:05.:54:10.

Lee Tucker. He's getting married to his girlfriend on the nap of

:54:10.:54:20.
:54:20.:54:40.

despair -- 9th December, have you Has that red covered the pocket? It

:54:40.:54:45.

has. He might be able to get to the potting angle for the pink and play

:54:45.:54:50.

for the red that is up past the blue. But think it is the pink, not

:54:50.:55:00.
:55:00.:55:11.

Ken was talking about Mark Williams and you're also talking about how

:55:11.:55:21.
:55:21.:55:54.

Still the three reds around the I am not sure if the two reds near

:55:54.:55:58.

the pink are pottable. Mark is having a look at one of them and

:55:58.:56:02.

that is pretty tight. I don't know if it is the one nearer the pink he

:56:02.:56:12.
:56:12.:56:22.

I don't think he is sure, he has been on the shot for a long time.

:56:22.:56:26.

It is certainly tight, but there is one near the blue he could take. He

:56:26.:56:31.

may have to finish up doing that but he would rather take the easier

:56:31.:56:41.
:56:41.:57:01.

He has thought for about a minute He would probably be able to play

:57:01.:57:11.
:57:11.:57:23.

the shot with right hand Spain and He could play it in a way that he

:57:23.:57:28.

would not leave anything on the red he is taking on. Take it on, stun

:57:28.:57:32.

over for the pink. Those two reds will not pot. It may even past the

:57:32.:57:40.

Nearly two minutes by the time he plays this.

:57:40.:57:50.
:57:50.:57:52.

This was always the correct shot. If he thought it was too tight, the

:57:52.:58:02.
:58:02.:58:14.

47 is the difference, just one more It is amazing, even for a seasoned

:58:14.:58:19.

campaigner like Mark Williams, that ball that takes you past the

:58:19.:58:29.
:58:29.:58:32.

winning line in the frame seems to A lifeline he did not want to give

:58:32.:58:42.

Ricky with a problem of not only potting the red but retaining

:58:42.:58:52.
:58:52.:58:59.

And now forced to play the black into the yellow pocket. He is

:58:59.:59:03.

looking at the score board, he has to pot it otherwise he will need a

:59:03.:59:13.
:59:13.:59:18.

snooker. He is having the cue ball When mark played the shot, if he

:59:18.:59:24.

thought it rolled off to the near jaw it will be a problem for Ricky

:59:25.:59:34.
:59:35.:59:40.

It has gone in-off the green! is a monstrous fluke. It really is.

:59:40.:59:44.

An even better, it has cleared the path for the yellow into the pocket.

:59:44.:59:53.

Wow! That is awful. Not awful from Ricky Walden's point of view. That

:59:53.:00:03.
:00:03.:00:06.

is for sure. He has missed hit that a little smile, he has let slip

:00:06.:00:15.

there. It definitely would go but it was like a spitball, the way he

:00:15.:00:24.

-- split ball. He is saying things to Ricky on the weight. He has such

:00:24.:00:31.

a wicked sense of humour, Mark Williams. He got away with it as

:00:31.:00:41.
:00:41.:01:07.

That is a much better Sharp, cent of the rare back behind the black.

:01:07.:01:17.
:01:17.:01:32.

-- that is a much better shot. Send That is the correct shot. A very

:01:33.:01:38.

nice outcome. He could not have asked for that to happen. Whilst

:01:38.:01:48.
:01:48.:02:10.

Ricky Walden foot to the black of I do not really think that was on.

:02:10.:02:17.

You have to get really close to the plaque to get -- read. - the black

:02:17.:02:27.
:02:27.:02:32.

to get the red. He can tie at the moment. The referee is just

:02:32.:02:40.

explaining that. The rules have changed recently. Obviously the

:02:40.:02:44.

rule has changed because Ricky Walden did not want to eat himself

:02:44.:02:49.

in a situation where Mackie could not win the frame. -- leave himself

:02:50.:02:59.
:03:00.:03:10.

in a Sicher way Sinn where he could No problem as the rate goes in. 3-2

:03:10.:03:20.
:03:20.:03:32.

the score line. Mark Williams will A Mark Williams special Honda are

:03:32.:03:42.

shot with power. -- underarm. It is amazing how we can generate the

:03:42.:03:52.
:03:52.:04:26.

power. -- he can generate. It is Amazing. That is just what Mark

:04:26.:04:36.

Williams needed. He is just one frame behind. - leaves the arena,

:04:36.:04:42.

we will show you how he entered the arena. -- - Williams leaves the

:04:42.:04:52.
:04:52.:04:54.

arena. He is a laid-back character. He slips over the barrier. Before

:04:54.:05:01.

play starts they usually have an introduction. This is Barney Miller.

:05:01.:05:09.

That is what you call an entrance. This lovely lady is getting married

:05:09.:05:14.

on 17th December. It is a bit of fun that Robert Walker has with the

:05:14.:05:24.
:05:24.:05:26.

people. How very nice way to come into the arena. She is waiting. --

:05:26.:05:36.
:05:36.:05:47.

What a good frame from Mark Williams. He was a bit lucky. This

:05:47.:05:57.
:05:57.:06:08.

is what has happened so far in the We will show you this shut again. -

:06:08.:06:18.
:06:18.:06:29.

Yes, he had a chance later in the frame. That went awry. Mark

:06:29.:06:33.

Williams is one of the most dangerous players in the game. It

:06:33.:06:39.

is very hard to shake him. Even though he was three behind in this

:06:39.:06:46.

game, nothing seems to faze him. He can always get himself back in.

:06:46.:06:53.

Mark Williams, the first two ranking tournaments of the season,

:06:53.:06:57.

he has got to the final in bulk. Back in his brilliant best after a

:06:58.:07:07.
:07:08.:07:08.

time out of the top 16. We just saw the beautiful trophy. Mark comes

:07:08.:07:13.

back into the area. He does not usually go out after every frame.

:07:13.:07:23.
:07:23.:07:23.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

:07:23.:08:58.

The difficult long raid into the left corner that Wicky is looking

:08:58.:09:03.

at. -- added to that long red into the left corner that Ricky Walden

:09:03.:09:13.
:09:13.:09:51.

Ricky played a pretty good shot. Mark has played a better one.

:09:51.:09:57.

difficult on these very fast cloths to get the cue ball completely

:09:57.:10:03.

behind the brown. It would look like he has given Ricky an easy

:10:03.:10:13.
:10:13.:10:26.

David Bryant at his very best could not have done that. Perhaps he

:10:26.:10:36.
:10:36.:10:43.

could! One of the great indoor bowlers. We have not had too much

:10:43.:10:53.
:10:53.:11:02.

tactical play in this match. Breaks The fourth raid in from the left

:11:02.:11:08.

looks to be a ball he can play safe of to get back down the table. --

:11:08.:11:18.
:11:18.:11:32.

That is the one. He may cannon another over the pocket. He has got

:11:32.:11:42.
:11:42.:11:43.

a few options. How did he find the gap? That was superb. Great

:11:43.:11:48.

opportunism. You have got to know exactly how the ball is going to

:11:48.:11:58.
:11:58.:11:59.

react. He found the gap. Did not necessarily get away with it. Mark

:11:59.:12:06.

Williams makes the most of a half chance. Cannae get back up Eee Top

:12:06.:12:16.
:12:16.:12:38.

half of the table? -- can he get What a miss. He may have got away

:12:38.:12:44.

with this. If he has, he is very fortunate. He mishit that raid.

:12:44.:12:54.
:12:54.:12:54.

Never got near the pocket. He has been very fortunate. He should have

:12:54.:13:02.

stuck Ricky Bourgain in here. -- Wicky Bourgain. The big difference

:13:02.:13:12.
:13:12.:13:30.

between the two players is on the When Mark played that one of the

:13:30.:13:40.
:13:40.:14:02.

cushion, he was perhaps a bit more A Puffin chance for Ricky Walden. -

:14:02.:14:11.

- potting chance. Absolutely no guarantee of position. If he does

:14:11.:14:16.

pot at this into the corner, and play a run-through for the blue,

:14:16.:14:21.

there is every likelihood people can and that second red along the

:14:21.:14:31.
:14:31.:14:37.

cushion in the top. -- cannon. A straightforward safety shot.

:14:37.:14:44.

Maybe that might be the better choice. He is quite an attacking

:14:44.:14:54.
:14:54.:14:56.

player. But he was 3-0 ahead. That can earn on the alarm may have left

:14:56.:15:04.

a chance for Mark. -- cannon on the the yellow. That was a split

:15:04.:15:12.

decision on whether to go For the Pot or play safety. He has given

:15:12.:15:18.

Mark a chance. Same problem. OK, you pop the ball, but is it too

:15:18.:15:28.
:15:28.:15:42.

Great shot. That is an absolute classic shot to nothing. If the

:15:42.:15:45.

rate goes in, he has got the green. If he misses the pot, he has got

:15:45.:15:55.
:15:55.:15:56.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

:15:56.:16:48.

He might be able to get up behind This shot Ricky Walden can pot and

:16:48.:16:58.

get back up the table for the blue. All things considered, a couple of

:16:58.:17:05.

nice cases, even though he is the wrong side of the blue. -- kisses.

:17:05.:17:15.
:17:15.:17:19.

You cannot beat a nice kiss, Steve. Not easy from this position. He

:17:19.:17:26.

should not have been anywhere near the cushion. That is one of the

:17:26.:17:32.

worst position all shot he has played for some time. -- positional

:17:32.:17:42.
:17:42.:17:54.

A very frustrating conclusion to this mini-break. It is difficult to

:17:54.:18:01.

see if he can pot this. I do not think he can. No. The pink is

:18:01.:18:08.

slightly in the way. He may have to play with some screw to try to get

:18:08.:18:13.

up towards the green. He does not like the life. That is why he is

:18:13.:18:23.
:18:23.:18:30.

taking another route. That is not the best either. He cannot leave

:18:30.:18:40.
:18:40.:18:50.

Marvellous shot from Mark Williams. He has got options. It is not the

:18:50.:18:59.

type of situation where he pops the blue and goes into the reds. -- pot.

:18:59.:19:09.
:19:09.:19:26.

What about the pink? That is an I thought he was going to play the

:19:26.:19:30.

brown from the ears. He had three choices. Pink was the better for

:19:30.:19:40.
:19:40.:19:42.

the position. That was a dog of a shot. The two players have played

:19:42.:19:46.

some great shots in this matter. A little bit of tension creeping in,

:19:46.:19:56.
:19:56.:20:04.

perhaps. He will automatically head The shot to nothing for Mark

:20:04.:20:14.

Williams. A clever shot. Obviously low percentage on the raid. -- red

:20:14.:20:24.
:20:24.:20:35.

Almost swung it all the way around the ankles. It is who gets the real

:20:35.:20:42.

telling safety shot. It is fascinating to watch this puzzle. -

:20:42.:20:52.
:20:52.:20:57.

This is a frame that Ricky Walden would desperately like to win. Try

:20:58.:21:05.

to get some more breathing space. Do you think Marquez got the pace

:21:05.:21:14.

of the table? -- be think Mark Williams has got the pace? From a

:21:14.:21:18.

situation where it did not look as though he was going to put Ricky in

:21:18.:21:26.

trouble, he has got a small problem. He will be happy with that. No

:21:26.:21:34.

damage done at all. OK, the cue ball has come out of both, but an

:21:34.:21:44.
:21:44.:22:20.

Very good again. A very good bout of tactical play. A phone call this

:22:20.:22:26.

morning from -- about our dear old lady who came to the Crucible for

:22:26.:22:31.

30 years. Sadly passed away recently. I think she was in her

:22:31.:22:40.

90s. For more than 30 years she sat in the front row in Sheffield. Her

:22:40.:22:44.

granddaughter informed us. Very sad to hear about your grand mother,

:22:44.:22:50.

Emily. She was a lovely lady. She used to send me a bunch of

:22:50.:23:00.
:23:00.:23:11.

That has turned out interesting. This is a tough pot from Mark

:23:12.:23:21.
:23:22.:23:32.

You talk about Mark Williams stroking the ball. This was played

:23:32.:23:36.

similar to Judd Trump. When he needs it, he can power them into

:23:36.:23:46.
:23:46.:23:52.

the pocket. How clever as well. He Just need to come out enough to be

:23:52.:24:02.
:24:02.:24:13.

able to pot the red next to the There are a few of those reds

:24:13.:24:23.
:24:23.:24:38.

available. It was not imperative He has spotted another raid that

:24:38.:24:45.

goes, which is helpful. If he is dead straight on this, he can go

:24:45.:24:49.

through for the black in the opposite corner. If he is not,

:24:49.:24:59.

Airey is still some work to be done. -- their rhys mack. -- their rhys

:24:59.:25:09.
:25:09.:25:23.

He struck that nicely. Perhaps he Definite chance to level the match

:25:23.:25:33.
:25:33.:25:44.

here. It has been a very high standard, this match. Mark Williams,

:25:44.:25:50.

when he starts knocking this type of shot in and at pace, you have to

:25:50.:25:57.

watch out. Both players cueing really well. In a few shots we

:25:57.:26:07.
:26:07.:26:09.

could be all-square at three apiece. The pot success rate, both still in

:26:09.:26:17.

the 90s. It looks to be a marvellous recovery from Mark

:26:17.:26:27.
:26:27.:26:29.

Williams to have got back to level scores. Still enough of the match

:26:29.:26:38.

left a bit short of pace there. I am not too sure if he can play this

:26:38.:26:48.
:26:48.:26:51.

with side spin. No real problems. Just this red. He does not have to

:26:51.:27:01.
:27:01.:27:12.

I think we all thought Mark would be here as the defending champion.

:27:12.:27:18.

The final last year in Telford was unbelievable. Mark LED John Higgins

:27:18.:27:25.

9-5. John won five frames in succession to pinched the title. It

:27:25.:27:35.
:27:35.:27:39.

was a remarkable performance from That is the end of the break.

:27:39.:27:49.
:27:49.:27:49.

Unless he can pull a spectacular shot off. I thought he had done.

:27:49.:27:57.

Mark Williams, the Welsh potting machine, is right back in this. It

:27:57.:28:06.

is all square. Three each. Yes, and Ricky Walden's early

:28:06.:28:12.

Yes, and Ricky Walden's early momentum has dissipated somewhat.

:28:12.:28:16.

lesser player may have been swamped this afternoon. The way Ricky

:28:16.:28:26.
:28:26.:28:41.

Walden started this match was The he was covering the raid over

:28:41.:28:48.

the pocket. He is a master tactician. Brilliant at playing

:28:48.:28:53.

scrappy frames. When it goes awkward, he is very clever. He is

:28:53.:28:59.

on orthodox but very clever. He is a master tactician. That last frame

:28:59.:29:03.

before the interval was so crucial for Mark Williams. Captain in the

:29:03.:29:10.

matter. By -- it kept him in at the match. He has got a lot of

:29:10.:29:19.

character, a lot of heart. Also, terrific consistency this season.

:29:19.:29:24.

Ind two finals, Australia and Shanghai. He lost both. When the

:29:24.:29:27.

key events come round, he has been able to phase in his form

:29:27.:29:33.

gradually? Yes. And he has come back. He was playing in qualifiers

:29:33.:29:40.

for a couple of seasons. He had lost his ranking in the top 16. He

:29:41.:29:45.

was qualifying. He has come back and he has got his game back. I

:29:45.:29:49.

love watching him play. He is one of those players I never get tired

:29:49.:29:56.

of watching. There is something unorthodox and led the way he plays.

:29:56.:30:00.

There is always something there that you say, I did not think of

:30:00.:30:04.

that. How do you think he would feel about losing his No. 1

:30:04.:30:10.

ranking? He started the new season as No. 1 again. Mark Selby has

:30:10.:30:15.

overtaken him. Well that bothered him. I do not think so. He would

:30:15.:30:21.

obviously still like to be number one. I do not think they are

:30:21.:30:24.

preoccupied with the number one. They like to win the major

:30:24.:30:29.

tournaments. That is where the -- that is what they feel is the most

:30:29.:30:33.

important thing. The rankings will look after themselves. I do not

:30:33.:30:43.

think you will be preoccupied with It is all square, three apiece.

:30:43.:30:48.

DENNIS TAYLOR: It is now the best of five to see who will get through

:30:48.:30:58.
:30:58.:31:16.

That is a bad mistake, he hit that far too thin and he has stock this

:31:16.:31:21.

red up. If he had have got that it would have been on the black but

:31:21.:31:31.
:31:31.:31:31.

that is the worst thing that Ricky Lost three frames in a row. -- when

:31:31.:31:41.
:31:41.:31:59.

Dear me, what a kick and heavy contact. He might have got away

:31:59.:32:09.
:32:09.:32:10.

What a swipe there with the cue when he got that kick. You could

:32:10.:32:20.
:32:20.:32:38.

Martin Gould is on the other table and will wonder what on earth

:32:38.:32:48.
:32:48.:33:23.

happened. I amongst the balls, he Very good and he is perfect on the

:33:23.:33:27.

blue and he will go straight into the pink full ball and send the

:33:27.:33:31.

reds all over the place and this is a key shot coming up, he needs to

:33:31.:33:35.

get himself going again. He has had to sit out and watch Mark Williams

:33:35.:33:42.

for the last three frames. He looks to see if there are any of this

:33:42.:33:52.
:33:52.:33:57.

He is left with a thinner pot against the right corner. You're a

:33:57.:34:07.
:34:07.:34:13.

master at that shot, he did not hit You are always trusting to luck.

:34:13.:34:19.

You hope if you open up the balls you will get some sort of leaves

:34:19.:34:24.

and you would feel aggrieved if you don't. He nearly got Mark Williams

:34:24.:34:34.
:34:34.:34:34.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

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A bit awkward with the pink and Ricky Walden is not a bad tactical

:35:22.:35:27.

player but he would do well to out to Mark Williams, one of the finest

:35:27.:35:37.
:35:37.:35:57.

An excellent return from Ricky, he It two-cushion escape. What about

:35:57.:36:07.
:36:07.:36:12.

Also helped with a nudge on the green. There is a pot on the match

:36:12.:36:17.

but when you are against this cushion, I don't know if you could

:36:17.:36:27.
:36:27.:36:29.

pot it and then get back up. If he gets away with this, he has

:36:29.:36:38.

had a result. He has had a result! This red is very thin on the top

:36:38.:36:48.
:36:48.:36:48.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

:36:48.:37:38.

There's no easy way back down behind the green and brown. A few

:37:38.:37:48.
:37:48.:37:54.

You can see how much side there was on it, that is the reason he got no

:37:54.:37:58.

where near the pot. When you put that amount of side on it on this

:37:58.:38:06.

fast cloths it is so difficult to judge. He was in an awful lot of

:38:06.:38:16.
:38:16.:38:26.

trouble and it had to be struck If he can convert this chance, what

:38:26.:38:36.
:38:36.:38:55.

a turnaround in this match. Totally Clever, he wanted to get the black

:38:55.:39:01.

onto its spot and only had the blue to work with there. The first

:39:01.:39:07.

opportunity, he has taken it. To get the black back on to its spot.

:39:07.:39:17.
:39:17.:39:20.

No heroics with the under the body The lowest red pot past the pack

:39:20.:39:30.
:39:30.:39:36.

once in the spots, I think so just Every chance of converting this

:39:36.:39:46.
:39:46.:39:50.

That is a bit like the old Mark Williams, looks in control and then

:39:50.:39:55.

put in a careless one. That was just concentration, chance a little

:39:55.:40:05.
:40:05.:40:22.

and did not push the cue through. Excellent shot from Ricky Walden,

:40:22.:40:28.

so can he kick start the engines again? He has got to do here

:40:28.:40:32.

because Mark Williams is taking control of this match but that

:40:32.:40:40.

could all turn back in Ricky's You could not ask for them to be

:40:40.:40:50.
:40:50.:40:52.

The only thing different from a practice set up his the pink is off

:40:52.:40:56.

its spot. He might have to play a little cannon here, he does not

:40:56.:41:06.
:41:06.:41:17.

want to be but it has not pushed That is the advantage of being tall,

:41:17.:41:27.
:41:27.:41:37.

That cannoned caused him a bit more of a problem than before he played

:41:37.:41:47.
:41:47.:41:50.

He wouldn't want to be playing into the middle pocket this early in the

:41:50.:42:00.
:42:00.:42:30.

The last two seasons in the UK Championship, Ricky Walden has lost

:42:30.:42:35.

to John Higgins 9-7 and then Mark Selby last year in the first round,

:42:35.:42:45.
:42:45.:42:51.

9-6. He will be helping to keep his Just a little bit short of pace, he

:42:51.:43:01.
:43:01.:43:05.

will have to go back up for the He is ranked 23 in the world at the

:43:05.:43:12.

moment. It looked like he would get himself into the top 16. He is

:43:12.:43:15.

taking these very nicely, just starting to get a bit more

:43:15.:43:23.

difficult now for him. 27 in front so he will not need the difficult

:43:23.:43:33.
:43:33.:43:42.

That carelessness from Mark He just seemed to lose his

:43:42.:43:45.

concentration and was thinking about the position and for got the

:43:45.:43:55.
:43:55.:44:05.

Under the circumstances, this is very good from Ricky Walden. He has

:44:05.:44:13.

been frozen out from the last three frames. He got off to a flyer with

:44:13.:44:20.

the breaks. That is a poor shot. He is 43 ahead with 43 on the table,

:44:20.:44:26.

such a margin for error. How could you leave yourself short there,

:44:26.:44:32.

Ricky? OK, the red was hampering him a bit but he will have to wait

:44:32.:44:42.
:44:42.:44:47.

He can't play it off the red behind the pink and get into the green and

:44:47.:44:53.

brown because of the angle they are sitting at. It would not be a bad

:44:53.:44:58.

shot to flick off that and clear the pink but he has got the reds

:44:58.:45:03.

open. If he played extra thin on that red, he may be able to lined

:45:04.:45:13.
:45:14.:45:19.

the three balls up. Playing to the It is as good a shot as anything,

:45:19.:45:22.

that, because if he does flick the pink he might even put it on the

:45:22.:45:26.

cushion and if he was to leave the white tight on the cushion, not a

:45:26.:45:31.

snooker, it would be a pivotal position for Mark Williams, I like

:45:31.:45:35.

your shot. In some ways not putting the pink on the cushion may help as

:45:35.:45:38.

well but obviously from our point of view of Mark William clearing

:45:38.:45:48.
:45:48.:45:54.

the balls up, it would be nice That is definitely a good shot.

:45:54.:46:04.
:46:04.:46:35.

may be able to play to the side He doesn't have to but if he knocks

:46:35.:46:44.

it in, p frame would definitely be over. At the moment, Mark Williams

:46:44.:46:47.

wants several balls to tie. This is the type of shot that Ricky

:46:47.:46:57.
:46:57.:47:04.

That is going to be OK. If Mark Williams can somehow get in behind

:47:04.:47:10.

the green and brown, he might not be able to do it off the one next

:47:10.:47:20.
:47:20.:47:24.

Ricky will be pleased to see the green going tight on the cushion.

:47:24.:47:29.

So one good shot now, a shot to nothing. I don't think he will

:47:29.:47:39.
:47:39.:48:00.

He has now brought the pink out No, but it was worth the chance

:48:00.:48:10.
:48:10.:48:16.

Not that easy for Ricky to play a good safety shot because he does

:48:16.:48:21.

not want to push one of the reds into a pottable position. He could

:48:21.:48:24.

hit the cushion first and then flicked the first red which would

:48:24.:48:29.

take the white up the table but what we did do with the red? He may

:48:29.:48:35.

be able to... Play the hard stun shot and try to get both reds up

:48:35.:48:40.

the table away from the black spot area as well because Mark needs

:48:40.:48:47.

blacks with both reds. You could risk this. Belt the life out of it

:48:47.:48:51.

and stun the white ball dead on the cushion, send the reds up the

:48:51.:48:57.

table... Somewhere! If they were closer to the cushion, it would be

:48:57.:49:01.

on and if he gets the shots to the other side of the table, needing

:49:01.:49:06.

two blacks, that is a good call because if one of the reds would

:49:06.:49:16.

certainly go up the other end of It is whether he can guarantee the

:49:16.:49:19.

second red would not wobble and stay at the top of the table

:49:19.:49:24.

somehow. The first red would go down the table. Or he can of course

:49:24.:49:34.

just drop on it but it is a bit He may leave them touching or a

:49:34.:49:44.
:49:44.:49:52.

chance for Mark to put him in Well, he didn't but I am just

:49:52.:50:02.
:50:02.:50:16.

wondering if Mark will attempt this I didn't think it was and now he

:50:16.:50:26.
:50:26.:50:36.

has left himself no chance at the Not the best from Mark, I think. He

:50:36.:50:40.

was not playing the snooker behind the blue and he was trying to get

:50:40.:50:48.

behind the black. Outside chance of a snooker behind the brown off two

:50:48.:50:58.
:50:58.:50:58.

cushions but it is risky, I am not He did not play it hard. And for

:50:58.:51:02.

that reason I don't think he would have got behind the brown anyway.

:51:02.:51:06.

Big shot for Mark Williams to take on to try to pot this and retain

:51:06.:51:16.
:51:16.:51:20.

position on the black. Is that his He seems to be looking at the

:51:21.:51:30.
:51:31.:51:33.

He has tried the snooker and he has played it... I was going to say

:51:33.:51:39.

pretty good but the fact the red is near the cushion, he can come off

:51:39.:51:43.

the side cushion and on to that red to escape. If it had bounced a

:51:43.:51:51.

fraction it would have been easier for Ricky Walden. But a bit of pace

:51:51.:51:56.

with this, I don't think there is any choice intro to land on it

:51:56.:52:04.

because he could stick it up. -- any choice in trying to land on it.

:52:05.:52:14.
:52:15.:52:27.

How is the pace on this? It might play a snooker but he can see

:52:27.:52:37.
:52:37.:52:42.

enough of the side cushion to hit He will settle for that. He has

:52:42.:52:52.
:52:52.:52:59.

knocked the brown awkward and has More likely that Mark Williams will

:52:59.:53:05.

now play for snookers rather than play for the red with the brown

:53:05.:53:13.

It would be difficult to clear the colours from one visit in this

:53:13.:53:18.

position, it would have been easier if the brown had gone safe. I would

:53:18.:53:22.

be tempted to double this into the right corner pocket because you

:53:22.:53:25.

have got a great chance of getting a snooker and if he doesn't knock

:53:25.:53:35.
:53:35.:53:36.

the red into this right corner He is trying to keep distance

:53:36.:53:42.

between the balls but Mark might have a go at this. Under those

:53:42.:53:45.

circumstances, you have got to keep the object ball safe as well.

:53:45.:53:48.

Williams will only pot this red if he can feel he can guarantee

:53:48.:53:58.
:53:58.:54:09.

How was the cue ball? He did not play it in his pocket, amazing shot

:54:09.:54:19.
:54:19.:54:22.

to get round that side. He held his He has missed it... Oh, that looked

:54:22.:54:31.

as if it would wobble. Are we going to have a re-spotted black? Any

:54:31.:54:41.
:54:41.:54:43.

more pace, it would not have And a chance, well, he is left-

:54:43.:54:53.
:54:53.:55:20.

He really put everything into that position. That flick on the brown

:55:20.:55:24.

may have cost him the frame. It looked like he would have got away

:55:24.:55:28.

with that until that brown kissed into the cue ball. That was a bit

:55:28.:55:38.
:55:38.:55:42.

of a chance to have a re-spotted That will be a pretty relieved

:55:42.:55:49.

Ricky Walden. The last thing he wanted what -- was a re-spotted

:55:49.:55:59.
:55:59.:56:04.

Mark Williams will probably leave the arena. That is enough, Ricky.

:56:04.:56:09.

Ricky Walden with that break of 58 gets his nose in front again, he is

:56:09.:56:15.

back in the lead, 4-3. HAZEL IRVINE: It looked like we

:56:15.:56:18.

might head for a re-spotted black but for that Williams miss on the

:56:18.:56:20.

brown. What did you put that one down to,

:56:20.:56:26.

Ken? He played a lovely shot before that and not the green out. He was

:56:26.:56:29.

trying to deep screw it with a lot of left-hand side to get back up

:56:29.:56:33.

for the blue and it is never easy when you are putting that much side

:56:33.:56:38.

spin on a cue ball. It could have gone for a re-spot but he would

:56:38.:56:45.

back in the match -- he was back in the match. Signs that Ricky was

:56:45.:56:50.

looking a bit wobbly early in the frame. The site will largely a

:56:50.:56:54.

snooker is weird. Mark Williams is 3-0 down in no time, he has fought

:56:54.:56:59.

his way back but for some reason he cannot find his way in front. A

:56:59.:57:05.

very interesting frame, a put couple of Mrs from by the -- a

:57:06.:57:11.

couple of misses from both players. He will go out and dust himself

:57:11.:57:15.

down and get ready for the next frame but there's still a lot of

:57:15.:57:25.
:57:25.:57:26.

snooker. But as well the beauties, even if you are 3-1 down, there is

:57:26.:57:31.

still a lot of snooker to play. think best of nine is not a lot.

:57:31.:57:40.

Best of 11 is a good test. It feels a lot longer. By the way, we hear

:57:40.:57:43.

that Mark Williams is tweeting a fair bit of the time which is

:57:43.:57:46.

unlike him and he has been tweeting in between frames. He has got the

:57:46.:57:51.

bug or they seven. I think it is something nasty about Steve Davis'!

:57:51.:57:55.

Steve has been very good at commentary today because he has not

:57:55.:57:58.

said too much about Mark. They have a healthy relationship of slagging

:57:58.:58:08.
:58:08.:58:08.

each other off! The Twitter is between the two of them. In terms

:58:09.:58:14.

of general terms, who is looking the stronger of the two? Equally

:58:14.:58:19.

balanced. You could not discount Mark, he is a frame behind but you

:58:19.:58:22.

can never discount the great champion. He has so much more

:58:22.:58:26.

experience and that is the test for Ricky. Although he has been

:58:26.:58:31.

successful at the business end of tournaments, he is only one

:58:31.:58:39.

tournament and the Shanghai Masters. -- that is the Shanghai Masters. It

:58:39.:58:44.

may be the talent factor. Back we go and Steve, what about this

:58:44.:58:53.

Twitter thing? Have you been We are playing each other in a

:58:53.:58:57.

shoot-out so it is getting strained out there. He thinks he has a

:58:57.:59:04.

chance of beating me in a one frame shoot-out match. Ridiculous! I

:59:04.:59:14.
:59:14.:59:18.

would advise you not to look at his How the game of snooker has changed.

:59:18.:59:24.

Imagine the great Joe Davis tweeting in between frames! No

:59:24.:59:29.

tweeting back in the 40s and 50s. Mark needs to be concentrating on

:59:29.:59:32.

this match, never mind tweeting, because he might not have anything

:59:32.:59:37.

to tweet about it he loses. Davis would have probably sent a

:59:37.:59:47.
:59:47.:59:50.

And early chance for Mark Williams. The path of the cue ball is a bit

:59:50.:59:54.

difficult, a few reds in the way but around the back of the black is

:59:54.:00:04.
:00:04.:00:12.

OK but after that it becomes a Has he got away with it? He has

:00:12.:00:19.

been very fortunate indeed. He could have stopped Ricky Walden's

:00:19.:00:25.

right in the balls. -- he could have stock. That is a dangerous

:00:25.:00:35.

plant. He was very lucky. That is a sign of repetitive strain injury.

:00:35.:00:45.
:00:45.:00:47.

thought he was going to leave Ricky ride in amongst them. Well, he did!

:00:47.:00:51.

When you play a shot like that and get away with it, it is a great

:00:51.:01:01.
:01:01.:01:15.

The blue has covered the red near the corner pocket. That means Mark

:01:15.:01:25.
:01:25.:01:29.

Williams has got very little to play. That is nowhere near. In fact,

:01:29.:01:33.

it is so short, Ricky Walden may play the pot and leave himself on

:01:33.:01:40.

the blue. He could play this shot in such a way, he would not leave

:01:40.:01:44.

the red on for the corner pocket but he would still be on the blue.

:01:45.:01:54.
:01:55.:02:00.

He hedged his bets. It was at 3 Sharp the way he played it. -- it

:02:00.:02:10.
:02:10.:02:10.

was a free shot. He should have played more -- he should have made

:02:10.:02:16.

more of that attempt. It did not look like he was lined up for the

:02:16.:02:26.

pot. Years back it was the decision of the referee. Now it becomes the

:02:26.:02:36.
:02:36.:02:37.

players. That is the end of that frame. Or the start of that frame!

:02:37.:02:44.

I do not blame them for doing it. They knew they were going nowhere.

:02:44.:02:52.

Not enough time for Mark to tweak this time. -- to two weeks. He was

:02:53.:03:02.
:03:03.:03:03.

a little unhappy with the red he missed into the black pocket. Judd

:03:03.:03:07.

Trump is very good at knowing -- letting his fans know what is

:03:07.:03:17.
:03:17.:03:17.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

:03:17.:04:19.

happening in all other matters. -- That was a poor shot from quickie.

:04:19.:04:29.
:04:29.:04:38.

He knew straight away. -- a poor That was an half chance for Mark

:04:38.:04:45.

Williams and he did not get near the pot. Ricky Walden's poor safety

:04:45.:04:55.
:04:55.:05:17.

All of a sudden, it is a good chance. A little bit awkward at the

:05:17.:05:27.
:05:27.:05:56.

He may have to go back up the table if he is not high enough. Obviously

:05:56.:06:02.

the blue is the best ball to go into the pack from. Getting the

:06:02.:06:09.

correct side of the blue is important. I think he has got an

:06:09.:06:19.
:06:19.:06:42.

angle to storm of that red. -- took Still a great line. This is the key

:06:42.:06:52.
:06:52.:06:57.

shot coming up. A bit unlucky again. That time he hit the pink. But he

:06:57.:07:07.
:07:07.:07:18.

did not screw it in. He lost the It gets a bit technical to explain.

:07:18.:07:23.

As group shot would have kept the wide near the pink spot area. --

:07:23.:07:31.

had he played a screw shot. After potting the blue, if you put back

:07:31.:07:34.

spin on the cue ball, but wide ball is effectively spinning in that

:07:34.:07:44.
:07:44.:07:48.

direction. Every shot you see on the table, some sort of spin has

:07:48.:07:58.
:07:58.:07:58.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

:07:58.:08:43.

I followed every single word of At trick shot from the Welsh

:08:43.:08:53.
:08:53.:09:08.

He needs a little bit of angle on this ride macro. -- red. He had not

:09:08.:09:18.
:09:18.:09:18.

Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

:09:18.:09:58.

got that angle. That is why he had That was a bit careless. He was

:09:58.:10:06.

trying to play at delicate screw shot. He did not push through the

:10:06.:10:13.

cue ball as he intended. He did not get the intended spin he was

:10:13.:10:23.
:10:23.:10:30.

Ricky Walden practices that are shot. They do say practice makes

:10:30.:10:40.
:10:40.:10:40.

perfect. He has got a Championship table in a chapter -- Chester at he

:10:40.:10:48.

practises on. He kindly let me use his table just before the legends

:10:48.:10:54.

games, the tour that we did. It is a lovely table to practise on. Very

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

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Maeda -- he just needs a gentle Just losing the cue ball at the

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moment. A very important friend. If Ricky was to go 5-3 ahead, it would

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be a tall order for Mark Williams. He does seem to play that shot

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particularly well, into the middle pocket. James Watt Tanner from

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Thailand was excellent. As indeed are a lot of the Chinese players.

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45 ahead, 75 remaining. No problem getting on the black of this use

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He has got the angle on the black to get a cannon. This is the key to

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He is thinking about this. He knows the importance of this shot. Is

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there a plant? Cannae get through the gap? I think he is looking at

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the plant. He had the perfect angle to cannon that. That looks to be

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going to the right of the pocket. He made it look very easy. He just

:14:38.:14:48.
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squeezed it slightly and made the He has given himself some breathing

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space in this match. He will have three cracks at getting over the

:14:57.:15:06.

line. And I am sure he thinks, as long as he gets some decent chances,

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he may convert one. Worrying times for Mark Williams and his legion of

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Twitter fans. Very good from Ricky Walden. 3-0 ahead. He lost three in

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succession. He has come back with this. A very good indeed. -- very

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He is doing it in style. At 58 break in the previous frame.

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He will not bother about that. Very good from Ricky all that. -- Ricky

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Walden. He just needs one more frame for a place in the quarter-

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final. Steve was talking about spin and what happens to the ball. We

:16:21.:16:26.

have got a wide ball with the red spot on. It is amazing what happens.

:16:26.:16:36.
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Have a look at what happens. Have a look at this. It keeps on spinning.

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That is so clever that, to show you exactly what happens with the cue

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ball. It is still going. That why it has got more spin then you have.

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-- that ball. Every time you play a shot with side spin, you're trying

:17:06.:17:12.

to change the angle of the cue ball off the cushion. Top spin is

:17:12.:17:19.

usually employed to make the ball go forwards or backwards. Different

:17:19.:17:26.

spins for different jobs. Meanwhile, that is a better break from Mark

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Williams. He cannot afford to make many more mistakes or he could be

:17:32.:17:42.
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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 47 seconds

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Apparently that a cue ball is still He could have played that harder

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and tried to get behind the green. He felt the angle was not perhaps

:18:49.:18:59.
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This looks very good. That is what Mark Williams need to do. He is

:19:15.:19:23.

having a glance at the other table. He has got to be pretty precise

:19:24.:19:33.
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He has played that beautifully. Well judged. Touching would help

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Mark Williams. The referee has spotted it is touching one of the

:19:55.:20:05.
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A similar type shot. Still quite A bit short of pace. Just a bit

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A chance for Ricky to return the He got away with that. Or has the?

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It looked easier on the screen than it actually was. Mark will still be

:21:28.:21:33.

disappointed to have missed that. He should have not begin. He has

:21:33.:21:43.
:21:43.:21:45.

been rather fortunate that it has They have played each other three

:21:45.:21:55.
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times. Mark is leading 2-1. Played in the UK Championship in 2007. 9-3

:21:56.:22:06.
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to Mark Williams. Ricky may be in a bit of trouble here. He may have to

:22:10.:22:14.

jack the Ku up right in the air, 90 degrees to the table, effectively

:22:14.:22:22.

potting a lot of black -- back spin. Bring the cue ball back into both.

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You were one of the best at the game -- in the game at playing this

:22:27.:22:36.

particular shot. You need to be very tall to get that ball in the

:22:37.:22:46.
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air. The other option is to touch I have seen some strange rewrite

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positions before, but this would be the strangest of all. If there is

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one, I will take you out for a meal tonight. He will be delighted with

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that. He will be absolutely delighted. He will have just

:23:08.:23:18.
:23:18.:23:23.

returned to his chair and just die! He tried that very difficult shot

:23:23.:23:32.

that you mentioned. He did not pull it off. That is a little bit too

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pacy. He wanted to finish on the blue. He may still be able to get

:23:39.:23:47.

background. -- back around. He has got a long way to travel. He has

:23:47.:23:57.
:23:57.:24:17.

got a pretty decent angle on it be That was unlucky. He played this so

:24:17.:24:27.
:24:27.:24:30.

well. Unlucky. Yes, he has got the chance of the red macro into the

:24:30.:24:40.
:24:40.:24:55.

Well, this is a judgment Sharp. It could be a match-winner if this

:24:55.:25:05.
:25:05.:25:11.

It could be Ephraim the loser, of course, as well. -- affray and

:25:11.:25:21.
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He has got one to the middle. could not have hit those rates

:25:52.:26:02.
:26:02.:26:11.

better. The perfect cannon. -- The rates just open enough. -- the

:26:11.:26:21.
:26:21.:26:31.

reds. Only a couple out at the That was very well played. There

:26:31.:26:38.

was not much room for error. A little knowledge of the pink to

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He is on that red. Not as he would have liked. He indicated by his

:27:04.:27:11.

reaction that he got a little bounce of that cushion. -- of the

:27:11.:27:20.

cushion. Yes, throws his hand up in the air. Maybe it was a cake. --

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kick. He will have Buchanan a mother of red in potting this one.

:27:26.:27:36.
:27:36.:27:59.

-- he would have to cannon another Ricky Walden really had a good

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:28:09.:28:38.

One certain thing about it Mark Williams, he never gives up. He

:28:38.:28:48.
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will try to the end. This is a big He made that he shot look a lot

:29:05.:29:15.
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easier than it was. Perhaps go into Not too sure if he likes that one.

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I think he should have gone into the pack. I will not start to

:29:32.:29:42.
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He has done exactly what we keep all done did. -- Ricky Walden. Just

:30:04.:30:08.

because they were not perfectly on the black. It looked as if it was

:30:08.:30:16.

in. All of it -- all the sudden it touched the jaw and it did not drop.

:30:16.:30:26.
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Here is Ricky Walden's first chance That red and a possible plant is on,

:30:36.:30:40.

that is what Ricky is thinking about. He does not want to play it

:30:40.:30:43.

this time, he has got the easy red to the middle pocket but he is

:30:43.:30:53.
:30:53.:30:53.

wondering if he should play for the I would not play that shot,

:30:53.:30:57.

bridging over the pink? I would rather have the one in the middle

:30:57.:31:07.
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If he thinks those are tied, he can The black, it is. And it is

:31:19.:31:21.

difficult to judge the cue ball when you are so close. It would not

:31:21.:31:25.

be a bad idea to hit the cushion just before the black and it would

:31:25.:31:30.

taken towards the triangle of reds. It just a delicate little shot but

:31:30.:31:38.

I think it will be the one to play in he just hit before the pocket. -

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I think he has got to be happy with that. Yeah, he can get on the blue

:32:00.:32:09.

nicely or the pink and the two red He couldn't have played that better,

:32:09.:32:14.

he needs the right angle. It is all about the red on the left cushion

:32:14.:32:24.
:32:24.:32:24.

as to whether Ricky can win frame This would be an easier clearance

:32:24.:32:30.

for Mark Williams, being left- handed. The question is, does Ricky

:32:30.:32:34.

Walden try and get the red out or try to play his down the rail? I

:32:34.:32:40.

would suggest that it is far enough down the table away from the middle

:32:40.:32:49.

pocket that he may be forced to It depends how becomes on the

:32:49.:32:59.
:32:59.:33:01.

He chose to leave it to last. only problem with that red, if he

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leaves it down the cushion, and he missed one earlier in the match

:33:05.:33:12.

with the rest, it depends how comfortable you are with the rest.

:33:12.:33:16.

He is thinking that he may have to leave himself behind the difficult

:33:16.:33:21.

red. I think it is red to pink and then pink to read. A pretty simple

:33:21.:33:31.
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He tried to move it with that shot so he obviously does not fancy

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leaving it up the cushion and he still might have an angle. The

:33:40.:33:44.

black brings it out but he is looking back again to see if it

:33:44.:33:54.
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He is back there again and he will have to use the rest. If he just

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leaves the white a few inches further up the table here he will

:34:12.:34:16.

have an angle to roll the pink in and get on the yellow and he is

:34:16.:34:22.

just ten-points behind, this could send Mark Williams out of this

:34:22.:34:30.

year's UK Championship if this next Under normal circumstances, you

:34:30.:34:34.

would be screwing back for the blue but it is a nice ball to be on the

:34:34.:34:44.
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He chose the blue and that is a perfect position for the yellow.

:34:45.:34:49.

Nothing wrong with that choice, a much more difficult pot, forcing it

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in. He missed one earlier but he did not miss that. It would have

:34:53.:34:59.

been easier to get on the yellow from the blue but he is on the

:34:59.:35:05.

cushion. What a performance this is from Ricky Walden, this will be one

:35:05.:35:08.

of his best wins for quite some time. He defeated Ronnie O'Sullivan

:35:09.:35:18.
:35:19.:35:22.

in the final of the China Open a Under the circumstances, he got off

:35:23.:35:27.

to a flyer, 3-0 in front and then you see, Mark Williams won three in

:35:27.:35:31.

a row and it looks like he will win three in a row to clinch the match

:35:31.:35:41.
:35:41.:35:48.

but we know what can happen under Just coming up to two hours, 22

:35:49.:35:58.
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With the pink being off its spot, it is just a little bit more

:36:05.:36:11.

difficult. Having the cue ball cleaned, that is the way he wants

:36:11.:36:21.
:36:21.:36:32.

He is hoping to drop nicely on the It is not absolutely dead straight.

:36:32.:36:36.

He will be playing it in the middle. We saw Mark Williams plays a

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similar shot to this earlier in the frame. He would expect to get it.

:36:41.:36:50.
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He can play safe with the cue ball It is there, what a great victory

:36:51.:36:58.

for Ricky Walden. He lost three, he had won three and he has won the

:36:58.:37:04.

most important frame, the deciding frame there and takes it into the

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quarter-final. In the end, it looks quite comfortable. 6-3 to the

:37:09.:37:13.

likeable man from Chester. HAZEL IRVINE: Well played, Ricky

:37:13.:37:18.

Walden. That represents the best progress she has made in this

:37:18.:37:22.

championship, never been beyond round two and there he is. It was a

:37:22.:37:28.

well deserved victory in the end. You, fantastic clearance. He did

:37:28.:37:35.

miss a black in the early part of that frame. -- yes, fantastic

:37:35.:37:40.

clearance. It seemed to fall on to the top cushion and fair play to

:37:40.:37:44.

him, he held himself together. It was a really good pressure

:37:44.:37:47.

clearance and you could see how much he enjoyed that because it is

:37:47.:37:56.

a big win for him. And a tail two clearances. He has won 6-3 but he

:37:57.:38:03.

cleared up and it shows you there is so little between the players at

:38:03.:38:09.

this field. A strange pattern to the match. 3, 3 and three in a row.

:38:09.:38:13.

Difficult to explain to people at home and they say, how does that

:38:13.:38:18.

happen? People in the ascendancy. That is the way professional

:38:18.:38:24.

snooker is. Here he comes, Mr Walden. Congratulations for the of

:38:24.:38:29.

well done. Well done, into the quarters. We were talking about the

:38:29.:38:34.

pattern of the match what did you think when Mark came straight back

:38:34.:38:39.

at 2 to level the scores at three apiece? I knew he was playing well

:38:39.:38:49.
:38:49.:38:51.

so I was just waiting to my chances to happen. It is just trusting my

:38:51.:38:56.

game. You have been playing really well the last few weeks and he made

:38:56.:39:02.

the maximum at the last of the PTC events, you have been a PTC final,

:39:02.:39:07.

runner up there. What has changed? The standard with the qualifiers

:39:07.:39:12.

and the PTCs. I have been working a little bit harder, trying to do the

:39:12.:39:16.

right things on and off the table. What are you doing better off the

:39:16.:39:26.
:39:26.:39:30.

table? Not as much drink, really? You won the Shanghai. Has it been

:39:30.:39:36.

tricky after that? After I won that, I expected myself to kick on but it

:39:36.:39:41.

does not always work like that. I struggled in a few games here and

:39:41.:39:45.

there and just seems to get picked up the post. Hopefully I can get

:39:45.:39:49.

get back to lifting trophies and back on form. So little between the

:39:49.:39:53.

players, those clearances you make it in the second and last frame,

:39:53.:39:57.

such a difference. Obviously, the balls were there to be taken but

:39:57.:40:00.

you still have to do it and I managed to keep myself together for

:40:00.:40:02.

a few frames which was the difference in the match. You looked

:40:02.:40:11.

but -- looked pretty pleased. It is a big win, it will give you a lot

:40:11.:40:19.

of confidence. Attitude -- thank you, made. Tough to play against a

:40:19.:40:24.

very clever player. Yes, one of the best on the tour. You have got to

:40:24.:40:27.

take the chances when they come up. Well done, Ricky. We are about to

:40:27.:40:30.

show everybody happening in the match which will fit your next

:40:30.:40:34.

opponent in the quarter-finals. Because it has been topsy-turvy, we

:40:34.:40:37.

will it Ricky go and relax before the quarter, and we were just

:40:37.:40:40.

remind you of what is happening on the other side of the arena today.

:40:40.:40:45.

An amazing match between Shaun Murphy, former winner of this

:40:45.:40:49.

championship and Martin Gould who is now in the top 16 for the first

:40:49.:40:55.

time. Shaun Murphy straight ahead, a 5-0 lead and for a while it

:40:55.:40:59.

looked over but Martin won frame six with a break of 133 and then

:40:59.:41:03.

this happened. This was the seventh frame and Murphy had this ball

:41:04.:41:07.

effectively the pink for victory and a place in the quarter-final.

:41:07.:41:11.

He missed it and gentlemen, this was getting very twitchy at this

:41:12.:41:16.

point but somewhere and from some place, Martin has summoned reserves

:41:17.:41:22.

of strength and nerve and look at this. The type of frame like that

:41:22.:41:25.

can change a much. I am surprised Shaun played it the way he did. Why

:41:25.:41:34.

did he play the ball like that? Martin has gone on on won the frame

:41:34.:41:44.
:41:44.:41:50.

from him. This one to stay in the That made it 5-2 and he went on to

:41:50.:41:54.

a 5-4. He has won four in a row and you can continue to watch this

:41:54.:41:58.

match on the red button or on line because it is still going and as I

:41:58.:42:05.

look at it right now, it is Shaun Murphy at the table, he is... It is

:42:05.:42:09.

22 points apiece. That is the situation live as we look at it. It

:42:09.:42:13.

is very tense. If you want to continue watching that, press your

:42:13.:42:17.

red button now and you can do so. Gentlemen, it is a bit nervy.

:42:17.:42:22.

very nervy and twitchy. We were saying off camera, I can remember

:42:22.:42:26.

anybody coming back from 5-0 to win 6-5. A fantastic performance from

:42:27.:42:31.

Martin Gould. It shows you that you never throw in the towel. Every

:42:31.:42:34.

frame, particularly in snooker, is particularly different. If you take

:42:34.:42:41.

it one frame at a time and fair play to Martin Gould. If you are in

:42:41.:42:46.

front and see him go 5-1, 5-2, you think that the pressure is all on

:42:46.:42:52.

you. What do you make of the match going on the other side? That big

:42:52.:42:55.

turning point in the match and Martin can really score so it is

:42:55.:42:59.

anybody's game. A weirdly enough, he is doing to Shaun Murphy what

:42:59.:43:02.

Neil Robertson did to him in that amazing second round at the

:43:02.:43:06.

Crucible. It just shows you the momentum can swing so vehemently.

:43:06.:43:10.

He must keep it going and that is what he has done. He has not

:43:10.:43:16.

shirked any shots and good luck to him. Gentlemen, thank you to you.

:43:16.:43:20.

Continue to watch with the red button or online but Rishi Persad

:43:20.:43:24.

will be back and will tell you exactly what happens and also have

:43:24.:43:29.

the action from this evening's matches, it is Carter against Alan

:43:29.:43:32.

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