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Last 16 - Part 1

Last 16 round action gets underway with four quarter-final places to be determined on Wednesday at the UK Championship. Jason Mohammad introduces action.


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MUSIC: "Drag Racer" by the Doug Wood

Band.

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An a busy for the crews here at the

Barbican in York. The 2017 victory

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UK Championship is hotting up as we

go from beta-mac, to four, two two

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tables. Good afternoon to you. We

have reached the fourth round of

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this tournament. As well as losing

those tables, we have some big names

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along the way. Including defending

champion Mark Selby.

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COMMENTATOR: Another one of the

favourites Paul's.

Barry Hawkins

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crashes out to Thailand's Sone

Aluko.

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Ding Junhui loses five frames in a

row. Graeme Dott, what a fantastic

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result. Brilliant performance from

Scott Donaldson and he knocks out

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the defending champion.

Six of the

ten best players in the world

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the defending champion.

Six of the

ten best players in the world are

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out. Better still four UK champions

left in the draw. Ten titles are

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shared between Shaun Murphy, John

Higgins, Stephen Maguire and Ronnie

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O'Sullivan. Sunny can he is 22, from

Thailand, his reward is a

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O'Sullivan. Sunny can he is 22, from

Thailand, his reward is a plum draw

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against Ronnie O'Sullivan.

It is an

interesting draw for the last 16.

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Baby is the perception in the

tournament, lots more big seeds

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going out in the tournament. Whether

that is the case, what do you put it

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down to in this tournament? Is it

because players are getting better,

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the gap is narrowing honours this

tournament has went from Best of 17

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to best of 11.

Players play so many

tournament. Looking from the

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outside, top players, they are not

prior Taarabt -- prioritising this

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as a massive event. Some of them not

giving the opponents of the respect

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that they deserve.

Back in our time,

if we lost to a relative unknown

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that the public did not know, they

would have been distraught. Bad

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press conference.

It is infuriating.

Mark Selby, the world number one,

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lost to Scott Donaldson. Scott

Donaldson loses 6-1 and the next

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round and that makes you feel worse.

Do the players of today have to

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change their attitude to bruising?

Do they have to take it more on the

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chin and state there is another

tournament a the corner?

They are

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not prior traumatising these big

events as much as we used to do.

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They know there is another

tournament next week.

Some big-name

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still left in and let us see what is

coming up this afternoon.

John

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Higgins, the three times UK champion

has won a ranking title this season

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at the Indian open, could this be

his year in York? He is against Mark

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King, he won the Northern Ireland

open last season. He is the world's

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21 and has the highest break of 146.

Stephen Maguire won this title in

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2004 and it is an all Scotland clash

for him this afternoon. He plays

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Graeme Dott, the 2006 Crucible

champion who knocked out Judd Trump

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in the last round. And if you would

like to get in touch with us we

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would like to hear from you. Use

this hash tag. Mark King aiming to

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make his second semifinal of the

season. He reached the last four of

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the Indian open. He has had some

highs and lows.

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It has been full of lots of things

of the table and on the table. In

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January I had a car accident. Not a

bad one but I ended up getting

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tennis elbow. My dad's house was

petrol bombed. Touch wood,

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everything seems to have died down.

Thank God he is OK. Now I can crack

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on and begin practising, not worry

about anything. Get on with my

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snooker. I had a couple of minutes

with my family coming out after

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having so many years of thinking it

will not happen. I had the little

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one as well. You could not write it.

It was fantastic. I do not need to

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win to pay a bill now. To have that

one decent one, I was able to be

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everything that I owed. I only

actually playing to win and to enjoy

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it. Touch wood, I am doing all

right. And I can play. I was on the

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yellow and I was thinking, see you

later. I had a little sneaky 20

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seconds... I had a couple of days to

think about it. Pretty devastating.

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In all fairness it was a poor

positional shot. I am still in and

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still fighting. I could make one

tomorrow, the next day. Whatever. I

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still have a chance of making one.

John is a fantastic player and one

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of the all-time greats. You know

what you will get. If I do not play

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well and will go home. Simple as

that. He can play back, play well,

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score well, scrap it out. I am

looking forward to it. I will enjoy

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it.

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We are looking forward to it as

well. Long history between them. The

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vast aim that the one, Mark was

victorious pipe - four. John Higgins

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is one the UK Championship on three

occasions. He has 18 victories over

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three for Mark King. It is their

third meeting at the UK

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Championship.

Let us head over to

Rob Walker. Good afternoon. Fourth

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round tie at the Betway UK

Championships. What an important day

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for Scottish Luca. Three of the

format are from north of the border

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behind the stage. Ahead of the

chirpy cockney who is never short of

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the word or two. The battle for the

quarterfinal starts right here,

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right now.

APPLAUSE

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Please welcome, arguably one of the

most underrated players on the

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circuit.

Here in York he defeated

Dale in a divide and 16 on the spin

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against Judd Trump. Lee MacKenzie

world finalist and took the big one

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in 2006. He is the Pocket Dynamo,

Graeme Dott.

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And his opponent, coming through a

6-5 Filip Kiss Liang Wenbo, to

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secure his 14th consecutive UK

Championship fourth round

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appearance. He has got by ranking

titles. When he is good he is on

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fire, he is Stephen Maguire.

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And on table one, a player making

his first appearance in the fourth

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round for five years after that

impressive victory over the Belgian

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Bullet Luca Bruxelles. Semifinalist

in the Indian open this year. Here

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comes snooker's answer to the telly

Savalas, who loves you, baby? Mark

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King.

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And finally, one of the sport's

all-time greats. Beating promising

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youngster Yan Bingtao yesterday.

Looking for his fourth quarterfinal.

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Three times a winner here. 29

ranking titles. The Wizard of

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Wishaw, John Higgins.

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And all Scotland a fear on table

tonight. Stephen Maguire taking on

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Graeme Dott. That is light on the

red button and on the BBC sport

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website. Live on BBC Two, it is John

Higgins taking on Mark King. Good

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afternoon to the commentators, John

Parrott and Ken Doherty. JOHN

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PARROTT: Thank you. Mark is a

character. Robert knows him very

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well.

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Great introduction for Kojak.

Wonderful pictures at the start of

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the show.

I am so glad he

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Wonderful pictures at the start of

the show.

I am so glad he can

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appreciate it and do it. Wonderful

thing to win the tournament.

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Wonderful scenes. He has been around

for a long time. Great reward for

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the effort. This man has had some

career.

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Sleeping too much water in that

model.

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He waited a long time for his first

tournament win and that gives you

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confidence.

What you cannot do is

plate loosely like that. That was a

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poor shot.

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Down to the nitty-gritty in the UK

Championship. Last 16. This is where

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the big boys come out to play. John

Higgins had a hard match yesterday.

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They might have won the 6-3 but had

to work very hard. It was absolute

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granite. He glued his opponent to

the bottom cushion and get nothing

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to look at.

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It was a study in top class to go

yesterday.

So impressed. Mark King

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was quite right when interviewed.

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He said that when John Higgins is

playing badly he is still good

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enough to win. And when he is

playing well he is one of the best.

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That was good to come off the side

cushion. The side of the pack is a

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big target.

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He could have went in harder than

that. He did cannon quite high up

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the pack.

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Did not get into that as much as he

could of done and still unlucky not

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to be on anything.

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I have not heard touching ball from

referee Paul Collier. He does not

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want to leave a touching ball for

Mark.

They also do not want to play

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a push shot. That would be a foul.

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He is not the tallest on the circuit

so it is proving to be a bit of a

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problem.

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Looks like a touching ball from

here. The referee has confirmed it.

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That gives Mark the advantage. Twice

across the table. Big target behind

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the yellow and the green.

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Not sure if it will come off the

side cushion and nestle in behind

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the yellow. Trying to get the cue

ball right behind the yellow. This

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looks pretty good.

'S very dangerous

opponent with Luca Bruxelles and the

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last round.

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Mark has all been a good competitor

but he is not one of the heaviest

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scorers on the circuit but it has

got better. The boys have been

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telling me he has been working with

Chris Henry who is a decent coach.

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His cue ball has definitely improved

and his scoring has got heavier.

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Write that one down. Do not see many

of those, John Higgins making a

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mistake in the tactical department.

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Shouldn't change your attitude.

Today is another day. He is 18-3

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behind in matches. He should say he

is in good form.

Is there a chance?

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Absolutely. The Mark King of today

is a better player than he may have

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been over the previous seven or

eight years. That confidence. He has

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been more successful over the past

couple of years. His confidence has

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grown. He is going to enjoy today.

He will not be too fearful of John

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Higgins.

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The bookmakers and lots of people in

the game will not expect him to win

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today but if you come out with that

attitude then he has nothing to

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lose. He is a great competitor. If

anybody can compete with John

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Higgins in the safety apartment then

it is Matt -- Mark King. Scoring is

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different.

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I was not surprised about that. He

came between everything. He was very

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straight on the yellow and he had a

foresight to try to get an angle out

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of it. Early in the match it is not

a shot that you want to be playing.

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Ultimately, I agree with you, it

will be about how he scores today.

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He is much improved in that

department and people have to be.

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I am surprised that John is not

coming off the red on the left

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because he has a big target with the

yellow and green. He does not fancy

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it for some reason.

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You may have heard Mark King, say,

good shot. It is therefore easy to

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play these. -- it is never easy.

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UMPIRE: Foul and a miss.

I am sure

that John will ask for the cue ball

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to be put back. It is about making

sure you get a thin contact on the

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red. You do not want to be thick.

Anything nice and fun and this is

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straightforward for somebody of the

capabilities of Mark.

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UMPIRE: Foul and the miss. The turn

of John to Mr Boll.

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It may be more difficult for the

return safety that John was playing.

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He has left it with tears. -- left

it where it is.

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In just about see the outside edge.

Can mark see the edge? Come on down

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the left-hand side of this table.

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I think he has left this red. It is

not a gimme but he can get back up

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for the blue. This is the Department

we are John Higgins has improved in

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the last couple of seasons. His long

game has become better. Just like

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that.

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He was starting to struggle with the

long game but it is no bank to its

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best.

Topside of the blue as well.

So important. It gives you the

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opportunity. You come to the table

thinking, I can knock everything in.

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Gives you plenty of confidence when

you are not losing.

Just had a

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little sticky look at the point. He

could stun the red and try to get

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onto the pink, back in for the blue.

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That is a little bit short. He has

asked for the cue ball to be

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cleaned. Just about the right side

of the blue. He will have a bit more

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of an angle.

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Will still try to storm it in.

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He has played that very well, very

well, indeed.

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Unfortunately that has gone awry.

The little can inflict the red away

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from the bank. Not be contacted he

wanted.

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Slightly scrappy start to this

match.

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Never a wasted shot with John

Higgins, is there? Lost position.

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Just trying to give the maximum

headache.

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Always pressure with every shot you

play against John to make sure your

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return is correct. That was a great

effort.

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Julie acknowledged by John, tapping

the table. John Higgins has to be

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careful with the red. It is close to

the left-hand side cushion. Poses a

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slight problem. Going to avoid that.

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That was a little bit short.

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Markers come round to look at this.

He could double that across the

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table. Good length again on the cue

ball.

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All the time you're playing the shot

you are worrying about sticking a

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red across the corner. Players will

tend to be nice and thin. Doesn't

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make anything easy for you.

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But Mark takes the red on the

left-hand side with the two reds.

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That was what he was thinking about.

I don't know if you can come off the

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side cushion and drop it onto the

two dates on the side cushion. Or

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onto the ones just three-cushion. I

don't know if he has the angle for

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that. That is why he is taking his

time.

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Put the cue ball there and I don't

know if he can come off the top

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cushion and nestle into that red.

How do you like that one?

What a

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shot that was. Look with the cue

ball has finished.

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The only thing I can see about that,

he has to work on his positional

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play with that one.

What a shot this

is. One of John Virgo's trick shots.

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He would have been happy with that.

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That is fantastic. That really is

fabulous. That was sweet as a nut

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but to get at the cue ball up the

table... There was lots of pressure

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with that one. Beautifully cued. Two

long pots have been struck

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beautifully. He will need to strike

this one beautifully as well. This

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is nasty. Horrible little short.

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Deserves everything he gets out of

this break. Those last two shots

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have been top drawer.

Certainly.

Good test of cueing.

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If any young amateurs are watching,

look how still his head was when he

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played the shot. He is the wrong

side of the blue so he will lead to

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negotiate the cue ball against the

baulk.

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This looks very good. Excellent

positional shot.

He has given

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themselves options of four reds. He

can run inside of the angles. He can

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be on the pink spot on the one at

the corner. It was a big target but

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didn't he strike it well?

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Get the pink back on its spot. You

would expect it to be plain sailing

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here for John Higgins in the first

frame. The long pot and the

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positional shot, and even the blue

of the cushion, fantastic.

Great

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champions. 38 ahead. He is a few

balls away from being over the line.

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You would not see him making a slap

up from here. The players know the

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authority needed to stamp their

authority on the match. Ever since

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he will do it here. He will hold his

spot. The bank will go on the black

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spot and that makes the break

easier.

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That puts him 52 ahead, just 51

remaining. I don't think Mark King

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will become an back to the table. A

bit scrappy early on in this frame,

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but a couple of great pots,

especially that positional shot, set

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this frame-winning clearance up.

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And he dried to stay on the black.

It's not there but he won't be

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worried about that. He secures the

frame. And he leads Mark King by

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1-0. Just before we talk to Stephen

and Steve, given that we've lost

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some of the world's leading players,

let's have a look at the latest

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odds.

Ronnie O'Sullivan going for

his sixth UK title. So, initial

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thoughts from the first frame,

Stephen Hendry?

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thoughts from the first frame,

Stephen Hendry?

It was a little bit

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scrappy but I was just thinking,

it's very hard to make a case for

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Mark King in this match today, it

really is. You think John Higgins

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will have it over him in every

department - scrappy games, safety,

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scoring... It's just very difficult.

Mark will have to play his absolute

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best.

In fairness Mark said that

just before the match started, he

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said, if I don't play well, I know

I'm going home.

Yeah, and that's...

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It's not necessarily a negative way

to look at it, it is more of a

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realistic appraisal from his

personal. But Mark King is the title

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player who just gives of his bet on

the day and sees what happens. He's

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been in the game long enough to be a

journeyman player as well as now a

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proven winner. His stock has risen,

but it's still a big ask to beat the

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like of John Higgins in the UK

championship. It would still be

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considered by Mark King I think a

massive scalp.

Let's get back to

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John Parrott and Ken Doherty.

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KEN DOHERTY: Not the best break-off.

JOHN PARROTT: The only thing is,

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there's no natural way back. At

first you think you've left him a

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chance, but the way the red and

black is, it is hard to get through

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the gap.

That it's a bit more

pressure on the player. If he had

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have up there and there was a

guaranteed way back to baulk, I'm

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sure he would have knocked that in.

But there was a bit more to think

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about, especially when you're one

behind.

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JOHN PARROTT: They seem to have

stats for everything these days,

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Ken, but if you had a stat for whose

cue ball was closest to the cushion

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after the break-off, I'm sure John

Higgins would be close to the top of

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it! It is practically glued there.

KEN DOHERTY: Yeah, it's like he's

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almost tempting Mark King here. The

problem with this shot is, he's

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going to be bringing reds out from

the pack. He'll be hoping he doesn't

0:34:370:34:42

push one towards the corner pocket.

0:34:420:34:48

That didn't go in, but look at the

way he's played it. It's one of

0:35:240:35:33

those shots, you can play it like a

shot-to-nothing, because if you

0:35:330:35:41

miss, this is what you leave your

opponent.

0:35:410:35:46

I'm not quite sure whether he's

going to take on this red which is

0:36:450:36:50

close to the left centre pocket.

Just putting his hand on the table

0:36:500:36:55

there, where he could possibly leave

the cue ball without leaving

0:36:550:36:58

anything into the opposite corner

pocket.

0:36:580:37:02

Oh, that's a great shot! That will

do his confidence a world of good.

0:37:080:37:16

Good pot that, wasn't it?

It really

was excellent. I thought it might

0:37:300:37:38

have just been hitting that near jaw

but anyway, it was very accurate.

0:37:380:37:42

Stephen mentioned in the studio,

he's got to score when these chances

0:37:420:37:47

come up. Absolutely right.

0:37:470:37:54

You won't be winning this match

against John Higgins if you don't.

I

0:38:030:38:08

think the red that is closest to

this bottom left-hand corner pocket

0:38:080:38:11

would be ideal, it would free up the

black as well. No. Not this time.

0:38:110:38:24

That's nice for the confidence, when

you play that for the first time in

0:38:400:38:45

the match and you make sure you're

the right side of the blue. Really

0:38:450:38:48

nice.

0:38:480:38:55

I don't quite know what shot he

played there, but it wouldn't have

0:38:590:39:03

been the one I would have played.

I

think he was trying to get onto the

0:39:030:39:07

red to the right of the black. And

he is overrun it by quite some way.

0:39:070:39:18

What a few options, but as you say,

it was a strange positional shot. He

0:39:180:39:26

will be kicking himself if he

doesn't score any more, because was

0:39:260:39:32

a great chance.

That's why I was a

bit surprised couple of shots ago he

0:39:320:39:42

didn't get on that red on this top

cushion, it would have freed the

0:39:420:39:48

black up into both pockets and made

the break a lot easier for himself.

0:39:480:39:52

Now, he's struggling.

0:39:520:39:54

Good cueing there, easy to get a bit

of side on those and throw them off.

0:40:200:40:25

This one goes but it is tight -

pressure on this... And because of

0:40:250:40:33

that, he's missed it. I'll agree

with you, Ken, the first thing he

0:40:330:40:41

should have been doing in that

break... As we see this one again.

0:40:410:40:45

He should have been getting on that

loose red straightaway off the blue.

0:40:450:40:51

He's definitely missed a trick

there. He had plenty of options to

0:40:510:40:55

really open things up.

0:40:550:40:59

APPLAUSE

0:41:080:41:14

Great shot.

Fantastic, and of course

he's got the option if he wants to

0:41:140:41:19

screw off the black into the pack

and open them up. This is looking

0:41:190:41:24

like a lovely target if he can get

in there. Well, he couldn't have hit

0:41:240:41:35

that much better. That's an early

Christmas present - because that's

0:41:350:41:38

lovely! And managed to play it in

such a way that he could keep

0:41:380:41:45

control of the cue ball. He didn't

absolutely smash them everywhere.

0:41:450:41:53

So, Mark King's positional play

could be costing him a frame here.

I

0:41:530:41:59

just wonder, will John Higgins try

and get down onto that red now,

0:41:590:42:05

nearest this bottom left-hand corner

pocket? There you see the difference

0:42:050:42:10

each of straight on it, trying to

open the black into both corner

0:42:100:42:14

pockets.

0:42:140:42:20

Yeah, he really missed a trick

there, Mark King. Now, he's going to

0:42:330:42:40

have to sit in the chair and watch

John Higgins knock all of these in.

0:42:400:42:48

Wow! Don't see that very often. I

was about to say, he'll play a

0:43:390:43:46

little cannon into the reds and

hopefully won't stick onto the back

0:43:460:43:50

of them. But he's over-screwed that

one. So, Mark King looks like he's

0:43:500:43:59

going to get away with it. Unless

John can find something from

0:43:590:44:06

somewhere that I can't see.

Well,

he's very good at playing doubles -

0:44:060:44:13

I'm not sure whether that red to the

right-hand side of the cue ball is a

0:44:130:44:21

possible double. But he does have

this one into the yellow pocket...

0:44:210:44:28

Great shot! Fantastic!

0:44:280:44:30

APPLAUSE

0:44:300:44:35

But not a great cue ball. He's going

to need another good shot on the

0:44:350:44:40

black, a this break going.

Yeah, I

can see him knocking this end but I

0:44:400:44:47

can't see where the next red is

coming from, unless it's another

0:44:470:44:51

mid-range one. Good pot, but he's

going to need another one.

0:44:510:45:08

And this is never easy into the

corner pocket, a blind pocket, as we

0:45:120:45:17

say. If he misses it, he could lose

the frame.

Yeah, interesting to see

0:45:170:45:29

whether he will actually go for it.

Because sometimes you've got to

0:45:290:45:32

steal yourself, you feel as if

you're in amongst the balls and you

0:45:320:45:36

should have a go. But equally, you

can miss and stick your opponent

0:45:360:45:41

back in. So, big shot coming up. So

big, in fact, he didn't take the pot

0:45:410:45:49

on.

Well, that's not the best shot

he's played. He was trying to knock

0:45:490:46:01

the black safe as well and put the

red on the site cushion. But he has

0:46:010:46:05

left Mark this red into the left

centre.

0:46:050:46:10

John was not pleased about the

chance he gave to Mark, but he's

0:46:280:46:30

back at the table again. He doesn't

like making any mistakes.

0:46:300:46:44

If I was Mark I would be getting one

of those two reds off the site

0:47:470:47:51

cushion now.

One of them back in

play. So, it's just the one red that

0:47:510:47:57

is on the side rail now which is a

problem for Mark, if he was going to

0:47:570:48:01

make a counter clearance. There's

only 90 and points in it, you know,

0:48:010:48:10

but if you're going to clear up, you

can need that red.

0:48:100:48:24

Foul, Mark King, four.

Well, this is

one he will be taking on definitely,

0:48:310:48:40

you would feel. Into the same corner

pocket - could get onto the blue or

0:48:400:48:52

pink from this. Big shot.

Yeah,

you've just got to be full-blooded

0:48:520:48:57

on this. Great shot.

0:48:570:49:01

APPLAUSE

0:49:010:49:04

Slightly difficult for Mark, being a

left-hander.

0:49:250:49:37

Slightly off straight, I think,

which is moving to be a little bit

0:49:420:49:47

of a problem.

0:49:470:49:57

So, it remains to be seen if that

red that John Higgins pushed onto

0:49:580:50:02

the site cushion earlier on in this

frame is going to be his insurance

0:50:020:50:06

policy.

Bit of snooker to be played

yet, but that red might yet save

0:50:060:50:14

John from the counter clearance.

We'll see.

0:50:140:50:25

Yeah, and being on that side of the

table, it is not ideal for the

0:50:280:50:31

left-hander, so he might be playing

it with the rest.

0:50:310:50:39

Or square in this frame now. -- all

square.

0:50:520:51:01

KEN DOHERTY: --

KEN DOHERTY: It's imperative that he

0:51:170:51:30

gets a nice angle on this, thinking

about that red on the site cushion.

0:51:300:51:34

JOHN PARROTT: Yeah, it is a horrible

little spot, that red, he will do

0:51:340:51:39

very well to flick it out. Sometimes

if the black is on its spot, you can

0:51:390:51:47

go off the black. The pink is a bit

more difficult, to get from their

0:51:470:51:51

onto the red to move it off. That's

no good. That's nowhere.

0:51:510:52:06

KEN DOHERTY: He'll be very

disappointed with that. Even if he

0:52:060:52:13

had just potted the pink, 20 points

ahead, John would have needed red

0:52:130:52:19

and all the colours which the tough

black as well. So, this pink, the

0:52:190:52:26

six points, makes a big difference.

He's looking at trying to put the

0:52:260:52:33

brown safe. Trying to hide that red

with the green. Not too bad. Bit of

0:52:330:52:45

insurance.

0:52:450:52:47

APPLAUSE

0:53:040:53:06

Mark pushed that brown safe on the

site cushion. Red and pink and then

0:53:390:53:47

colours up to green would be enough

for him. Quite a few things can

0:53:470:53:56

happen here.

0:53:560:53:59

Clever little shot there from John

Higgins, not bringing the black into

0:54:050:54:11

play.

0:54:110:54:18

Not straightforward. He cannot be

certain there won't be a double

0:54:530:55:01

kiss, with it being so close to the

corners. Mark is having a little

0:55:010:55:06

walk around. If he plays it plain

ball and hits it off the two

0:55:060:55:14

handles, he's got to make sure he

doesn't come back and hit the green

0:55:140:55:19

with the red. That's a good shot.

And even better, knocking the blue

0:55:190:55:30

onto the site cushion. But he hit

that well.

0:55:300:55:34

This looks too hard. Could be over

the pocket here. It's not easy, but

0:56:280:56:40

it's a chance, and it's just

slightly off centre. If he runs

0:56:400:56:44

through this, he can camera and the

angles.

0:56:440:56:51

REFEREE: Foul Jake Mark, four.

Not

to be. -- foul. Mark King, four. So,

0:56:510:57:07

a Chancellor Mark King. It is a

chance for the frame if he can knock

0:57:070:57:16

it in.

0:57:160:57:21

I'm just wondering, John, will he

try and knock the blue out here with

0:57:530:57:56

the red? It would be risky but if he

hits it with enough pace... Well, he

0:57:560:58:05

tried it! Just missed it! It was a

clever little shot from John Higgins

0:58:050:58:11

there.

0:58:110:58:12

Trying to clip the red onto the side

cushion here, and around the angles.

0:58:510:58:58

Get the red behind the brown... How

is the cue ball...?

0:58:580:59:05

Yeah, you could hear the sigh from

John Higgins - he wanted the

0:59:120:59:17

full-ball contact there. That would

have left Mark in a lot of trouble.

0:59:170:59:26

That's a nice little double kiss -

that red was going towards the

0:59:260:59:29

pocket.

0:59:290:59:32

Yeah, there's the black in play. He

tried to move the blue on the last

0:59:490:59:56

shot, didn't quite get it, but the

black has now moved out. You can be

0:59:561:00:03

sure if he gets other chances to

move blue and brown, he will be

1:00:031:00:05

doing it.

1:00:051:00:08

That is a great shot.

1:00:211:00:25

John can still seen the red but

still excellent.

You wanted off the

1:00:311:00:36

cushion to put a touch of left-hand

side on to make sure you do not get

1:00:361:00:41

a double-kiss. Because it is on the

cushion it is hard. Could not do

1:00:411:00:47

much else. Just make sure that he

got the object ball safe. That is

1:00:471:00:51

the priority. Tough fame. Half an

hour. It did not look like that when

1:00:511:01:07

John Higgins was amongst the balls

but the split did not go right and

1:01:071:01:11

the cue ball was stuck. It changed

the complexion. Since then it has

1:01:111:01:17

been a hard battle.

1:01:171:01:19

There is a shot you do not see very

much in the game, double-kiss was

1:01:351:01:40

played.

The cue ball springs back. I

went to John Harrison Lock, he will

1:01:401:01:51

see if he can clip return. It is

very fine but it is very fine but it

1:01:511:01:56

isn't at -- a natural angle to come

down for the black. With the cue

1:01:561:02:02

ball going? That is tight. Even if

Mark cannot see it directly, he can

1:02:021:02:16

swerve that a little bit.

He is OK

but another couple of inches and it

1:02:161:02:25

would have been tied up behind the

blue.

1:02:251:02:28

Mark, what did you do?

That is the

worst shot he has played in the

1:02:351:02:41

frame and he will be kicking himself

that he has done that. The cue ball

1:02:411:02:45

should not be anywhere near the

yellow. Just get on pink or black.

1:02:451:02:52

And it is frame over. What a mistake

that is.

I am sure that the pink

1:02:521:03:02

pots into the bottom right pocket.

It is worth going for the pink just

1:03:021:03:08

for the six points alone.

1:03:081:03:10

No point in putting the green safe.

He is 19 points ahead. If the points

1:03:211:03:28

-- at the pots this pink then he

just needs the yellow. That is what

1:03:281:03:33

he attempted.

1:03:331:03:36

He will be kicking himself.

1:03:401:03:45

And you can bet your bottom dollar

that John Higgins will be trying

1:03:511:03:55

even harder now. If he wins this

frame with it looked like he would

1:03:551:04:00

never win it, Mark King will

remember.

1:04:001:04:04

He was heavy with the yellow but it

is pottable. Not sure if John can

1:04:261:04:33

get enough screw on the side of the

cue ball to take the browned off the

1:04:331:04:38

side cushion. This would be some

shot. What a shot. What a shot. He

1:04:381:04:51

has been so unlucky. Look where the

brown has finished.

What a great

1:04:511:04:57

attempt. Fantastic. Great pot to try

to flick that out. The only thing

1:04:571:05:02

you can see that is OK about the

shot, it is a natural angle of the

1:05:021:05:07

game to get down for brown. Even

potting the brown will be difficult.

1:05:071:05:14

You don't have to do it all in one

visit.

1:05:141:05:16

That is the positional shot, gallon

for the brown. If you were playing

1:05:231:05:34

on a pub table, you would fancy

playing on the brown and then

1:05:341:05:38

spreading it out. But this is not a

pub table. You might play a double

1:05:381:05:45

on the blue. He might knock it on

and leave the double.

He is one of

1:05:451:05:56

the best in the games with the

doubles.

This would be a steal and a

1:05:561:06:02

half.

1:06:021:06:04

That was frame ball. Ten ahead and

Bach could not be to look at that

1:06:161:06:26

double. Mark will have a go at this

blue to get into the green pocket.

1:06:261:06:31

And you have to be full-blooded on

this wiki was earlier in the frame.

1:06:351:06:39

We cannot think about what you might

be about to leave. Give yourself the

1:06:391:06:45

best possible chance of putting it

in.

1:06:451:06:51

Is it in the middle?

It is now.

Unless John Higgins is hampered

1:06:561:07:08

severely, it looks like he will win

a free and he never looked like

1:07:081:07:12

winning. -- a frame.

1:07:121:07:16

He was slightly hampered but I did

not think he would miss that. He has

1:07:301:07:35

slipped a bit of side on it and the

cue ball has gone.

Mark King, you

1:07:351:07:41

have to knock on their sin. And he

does. After much trials and

1:07:411:07:54

tribulations, it was a frame that

took well over 35 minutes, it is

1:07:541:07:58

Mark King that takes it. The score

is 1-1. Very long frame. 2015 was

1:07:581:08:08

the last time it Mark King be John

Higgins.

It was arduous. He did not

1:08:081:08:13

know who would win it at the end.

Mark was in the ascendancy but John

1:08:131:08:18

Higgins always fights back. In the

end it was the missed the blue, over

1:08:181:08:21

the top of the pink. It is difficult

to play a shot when you are...

He

1:08:211:08:29

put in some decent mid range reds.

This looks like it should go and

1:08:291:08:35

because it's the first knuckle. It

is a good shot. These are good pots.

1:08:351:08:41

What Mark King is known for and what

the top players not Mark King four,

1:08:411:08:46

he could make games scrappy. He is

very good at that. He is not known

1:08:461:08:52

as being a prolific scorer, winning

lots of things in one visit. It

1:08:521:08:57

could get to someone like John

Higgins.

That is not detrimental to

1:08:571:09:00

Mark King. It is not his game plan,

he does not go out to make it

1:09:001:09:05

scrappy, it is the style of play, he

is a fighter on the table. As it has

1:09:051:09:09

been said in the past, that he was

playing top jobs... You get lots of

1:09:091:09:15

dreams like that with Mark. He knows

the tactics of the game. He is not

1:09:151:09:19

the most prolific break-builder. He

can be scrappy so he knows how to

1:09:191:09:29

fight.

It is not a game plan, I will

miss up the table for my opponent.

1:09:291:09:32

It is how it unfolds. The shot when

he gets the red and should be on the

1:09:321:09:37

yellow, but gets himself into

trouble.

Positional sense of

1:09:371:09:40

something you can teach. Before you

get down to play the shot, you do

1:09:401:09:44

happen, I will pot of this and

properly be on the cover. You have

1:09:441:09:49

to ask what you're trying to

achieve. Some players are better

1:09:491:09:53

than others are doing that before

they get down.

Some players to play

1:09:531:09:59

hit and hopes. I should play a

specific shot, you can end up in no

1:09:591:10:03

man's land. It is incredible. He was

guilty of that with that shot.

Can

1:10:031:10:09

you eradicate that from your game?

You can. Players go into the

1:10:091:10:14

commentary box after many years

playing and can see the game in a

1:10:141:10:16

different way. It would be good if

perhaps players generally amongst

1:10:161:10:21

each other when they are still

competing in the game, if they have

1:10:211:10:24

a problem in that area, have one day

trying to analyse every positional

1:10:241:10:29

shot. Do not play the game but talk

amongst themselves. That could be

1:10:291:10:33

how players do it in the future,

have break building coaches. The gag

1:10:331:10:38

on my right, Stephen Hendry, would

not be a bad coach in that scenario.

1:10:381:10:43

-- the man on my right.

Marquette

King was desperate to get one frame

1:10:431:10:50

on the board. It is a bit of

desperation. You must always decide

1:10:501:10:55

the shot before you get down.

1:10:551:10:56

JOHN PARROTT: Interesting from the

boys in the studio. Sports

1:10:581:11:07

psychologists say it is better to be

decisive than correct. It is true.

1:11:071:11:12

Even if it is not the right shot, be

decisive. That was the shot I am

1:11:121:11:17

playing, and go ahead and do it.

Another mistake.

1:11:171:11:25

You do not see many of them from

John Higgins. He is rattled after

1:11:311:11:37

that last frame.

1:11:371:11:40

There was some noise from the

ground. -- from the crowd.

1:11:521:11:59

Couple of loose reds. The difference

between the two players is how they

1:12:031:12:10

go about break building. The boys

were talking about it in the studio.

1:12:101:12:13

Good pots. Bit straight on this

black.

The first black he potted, he

1:12:201:12:30

lost the cue ball pretty much

straight away. It was an angle that

1:12:301:12:33

was awkward. Now he is strictly off

angle so he is straight on the

1:12:331:12:38

black. Not really got this cue ball

this afternoon as yet.

1:12:381:12:42

He potted a good couple friends in

the last frame. He will need some

1:13:001:13:05

more here. -- good couple of reds.

Very good.

1:13:051:13:10

Nothing wrong with his mid range 14.

Very clean. Couple of loose reds.

1:13:141:13:21

Does not have to play into the pack.

FP has a natural angle he will be

1:13:211:13:27

tempted to play the pack. He has

decided to go into them now. It does

1:13:271:13:35

not look too bad.

He will settle for

that, John.

1:13:351:13:43

Get a nice angle on this black. This

is typical of Mark. He had allowed

1:13:481:13:55

angle and now has overscrewed it.

It

is loose. He leaves a half ball-on

1:13:551:14:01

the black. Goes into the back of the

pack, stays on the loose red. At the

1:14:011:14:08

moment he is fighting with the cue

ball. He is doing well. He is

1:14:081:14:14

keeping going but he is making it

hard for himself.

1:14:141:14:16

Difficult to judge whether he can

play through the gap. He had a look

1:14:471:14:51

to see a kicking pot that bread

coming through the gap vote getting

1:14:511:14:54

cannon. -- to see if he can pot that

bread.

1:14:541:14:59

To be a honest it was a struggle

from the first ball, that break.

We

1:15:081:15:17

can see dismissed red again. Going

into the pack off this must red.

1:15:171:15:22

That was poor. That was such a poor

shot from John Higgins. He did not

1:15:261:15:33

take the opportunity to hit that is

hard as he could, split the pack

1:15:331:15:36

with the cue ball.

1:15:361:15:37

It was worth taking a risk. The

position is going to be off it. We

1:15:421:15:48

have got all the reds and play. If

you land on blue, pink or any of the

1:15:481:15:54

baulk colours at it is a fantastic

chance.

1:15:541:15:58

He was a bit short with the cue ball

and he is not interested in the red

1:16:271:16:32

into the corner pocket, he will play

a safety shot. I did not spot the

1:16:321:16:37

plant. That was very fortunate and

it could have mark in lots of

1:16:371:16:46

trouble now.

1:16:461:16:47

You can have the best cue action and

play for hours and practice but you

1:16:571:17:02

cannot beat the lot. Look at how

that flicked on.

1:17:021:17:11

He can get intake behind the bottom

bed. -- even tight.

1:17:141:17:21

This is a possible escape off the

side cushion into the top cushion.

1:17:381:17:42

Try to nestle into the red. He has

to be very precise.

1:17:421:17:49

I don't blame him taking his time

but it is the only shot he has got.

1:17:541:18:06

UMPIRE: Falque and Ruiz. -- Phil and

a

1:18:061:18:13

UMPIRE: Foul and a miss.

There is a

red at the back. It is pottable into

1:18:431:18:50

the left centre.

1:18:501:18:56

There's a third time lucky? That

more like it. It was not

1:19:181:19:29

straightforward. Tricky shot into

the middle. He was only really going

1:19:291:19:34

to be left with this.

1:19:341:19:36

Let us look when Mark missed the

second time. Look with the cue ball

1:20:041:20:08

finished. The red at the bottom of

the four, at the pink spot. It does

1:20:081:20:15

go into left centre. He does not

leave much of the screws back for

1:20:151:20:19

the black. Did not even look at it.

Good call.

1:20:191:20:24

There is a good chance that Mark

will be adept in the tactical

1:20:551:20:59

department, he used to play hours

and hours of snooker practice with

1:20:591:21:03

Steve Davis. If you did not learn

anything if he had not been

1:21:031:21:07

watching. I can imagine a session

with Steve will be taxing on the

1:21:071:21:11

brain.

1:21:111:21:13

What you also forget about when you

play at this level of snooker, he

1:21:301:21:36

had a tough afternoon, John Higgins.

He had to play one of the

1:21:361:21:41

up-and-coming players. John Bostic

one month ago, 6-2. He would have

1:21:411:21:48

been geared up for yesterday. They

do not get much time before you are

1:21:481:21:52

back out again.

Mark King had that

wonderful win against Luca Purcell.

1:21:521:22:01

He has played well over the last

couple of seasons.

1:22:011:22:03

He had a tough enough match as well.

This match is not caught fire just

1:22:101:22:17

yet. Tactical play. The games have

become scrappy. I am sure it'll get

1:22:171:22:24

better, no about that.

1:22:241:22:26

At the moment it is tough match play

snooker from both players.

1:22:331:22:37

Nice mid-range chance for John in

takes.

1:23:251:23:29

Quickly if you reds for John that

unavailable to come down and play

1:23:331:23:38

on.

1:23:381:23:40

Just run a little bit too far, that

cue ball.

1:23:591:24:04

This is the red that John wanted to

get rid of because I am sure that

1:24:101:24:14

the pink pots in the same pocket.

That has turned out beautifully. It

1:24:141:24:18

was very nice. The pink now goes

back on its spot but opens up the

1:24:181:24:26

next red. That one shot has made it

a totally different frame. At first

1:24:261:24:34

I felt he would be hampered with

that but he pleaded beautifully to

1:24:341:24:38

get on the pink. Slightly hitting it

down, could not strike it any

1:24:381:24:46

better.

1:24:461:24:48

No need for John to be contemplating

the black at the minute, it is out

1:25:111:25:16

of play as it is. He can look at

these three Mac reds boss.

1:25:161:25:21

Then he will have some thinking to

do.

1:25:251:25:29

He has to be careful. The green is

slightly in the way every he the

1:25:571:26:00

side cushion. So much so he has

decided to go for blue instead. He

1:26:001:26:08

was wavy playing it off the cushion

back for the bank. -- pink.

1:26:081:26:14

Is there a gap?

Interesting to see

how he will go about this.

He will

1:26:311:26:42

try to get on the green, here.

1:26:421:26:46

I will just put down a little

circle. It begin get the cue ball

1:27:011:27:05

somewhere in that vicinity, this

bottom right-hand corner does not.

1:27:051:27:18

It is not like. It is the shot

before. Being so straight on the

1:27:181:27:25

blue gave him just one shot that he

could play to leave it in that

1:27:251:27:28

circle. He has got himself back into

the frame. He will not be happy that

1:27:281:27:34

he has let that can skim. -- let

that chance go.

1:27:341:27:41

He is just not completely filing in

all cylinders, John Higgins.

1:27:481:27:55

He has got to be snookered again.

Those two reds on the top cushion at

1:28:291:28:34

a big target.

1:28:341:28:35

Is there a gap between the blue and

pink? It looks like it is. Maybe

1:28:401:28:47

clip the right-hand side of the

straight and back up on the yellow.

1:28:471:28:51

I would not have played that shot,

that was strange.

1:29:011:29:06

Mark is 17 points behind.

1:29:331:29:37

It is just a clip of.

1:29:421:29:44

Busy trying to tempt John Higgins

into a double?

1:29:531:29:56

If he was hit was not having it.

Another hard-fought frame.

1:30:021:30:08

Mark can see this red to the

right-hand side on the top cushion

1:30:161:30:19

but you have to hit these properly.

Anything that here spells disaster.

1:30:191:30:29

That top-quality. He couldn't have

played that much better. He's got

1:30:521:30:56

the snooker as well as double about

as good a shot as he has played

1:30:561:31:01

tactically in the match, that she

shall. -- that's for sure.

1:31:011:31:12

Mind you, you've got to be up very

early in the morning to put one over

1:31:331:31:37

John Higgins. Got to be something

pretty special to trap him.

1:31:371:31:52

Another excellent shot from Mark,

though.

Yeah, not only did he get

1:31:531:32:01

the cue ball tight onto the cushion,

but he's brought that safe red which

1:32:011:32:06

was tight to the cushion behind the

black spot into play now - very

1:32:061:32:12

clever.

Yes, the last two shots have

been superb from Mark. He'll be

1:32:121:32:24

hoping for a bit of luck here are,

John, because he couldn't do much

1:32:241:32:28

else - that was the only shot he had

on. And he HASN'T got away with it.

1:32:281:32:36

This is a Chancellor Mark King. His

long potting has been pretty good so

1:32:361:32:39

far in this match. One good one

here... -- chance for Mark King.

1:32:391:32:47

You don't get many chances when

you're playing John Higgins, Ken,

1:33:031:33:06

and you've got to take those.

Yeah,

it was one of those, he didn't have

1:33:061:33:14

to hit it too hard - disappointed he

missed that chance.

1:33:141:33:21

He could play a little snooker

behind the black, but it would be a

1:33:401:33:43

very, very brave shot.

And just

thinking, if he plays it, he can

1:33:431:33:48

screw back to the baulk. He's having

a look at it now. He's got the angle

1:33:481:33:55

to play the pot, it is worth having

a go at if he has, because the other

1:33:551:34:00

two safeties aren't straightforward.

1:34:001:34:13

Well, that was sort of a semi quit,

if I'm being honest. He didn't

1:34:171:34:24

really get through that one,which is

unusual for John. So, once again,

1:34:241:34:30

another chance for Mark.

1:34:301:34:33

Good pot. The green was always over

the right centre. This next red is

1:34:361:34:47

the one that's close to the pocket.

Needs a good angle as well, doesn't

1:34:471:34:53

want to be too straight. He's OK.

Yeah, no excuse from here. This is a

1:34:531:35:03

great chance for 2-1. That's not the

best shot he's played.

1:35:031:35:14

Now, just play off this one, Mark,

up to the baulk end. Don't get too

1:35:251:35:34

fancy trying to stay on pink. Just

get up there and do yourself a easy

1:35:341:35:39

shot. Lost the cue ball... Betwixt

and between, isn't he? Should have

1:35:391:35:48

been either short on the blue or up

towards a baulk colour. I would have

1:35:481:35:52

been up towards about the colour

myself, try and make it easy.

He can

1:35:521:35:58

just drop the blue in and take the

yellow. He's been quite good from

1:35:581:36:05

the mid distance so far, but there's

extra pressure on this yellow.

1:36:051:36:14

Good pot. House here's cue ball?

Very good. -- how is his cue ball?

1:36:281:36:39

Should win the frame from here.

1:36:391:36:45

He may have given himself a little

palpitation. Didn't get off the last

1:36:511:36:55

red perfectly onto a colour, but it

looks like he's going to do it

1:36:551:37:00

eventually.

It's been a good

performance from Mark King over this

1:37:001:37:05

last couple of frames. He's dug in,

competed well in the safety

1:37:051:37:11

department, hasn't scored that well,

but when it's come down to some of

1:37:111:37:15

the pressure pots... As the pink

goes in! Mark King leads the former

1:37:151:37:22

UK Champion John Higgins by 2-1.

1:37:221:37:25

goes in! Mark King leads the former

UK Champion John Higgins by 2-1.

1:37:251:37:27

It's been a fascinating couple of

days, we've seen some of the big

1:37:271:37:30

names tumbling out at we're

wondering if another one is about to

1:37:301:37:35

go?

Well, such is the standard of

players generally. There's different

1:37:351:37:39

ways to skin that snooker. Even

though Mark King hasn't scored that

1:37:391:37:45

well, another player with perhaps

high outbreak building prowess might

1:37:451:37:49

be thinking, this is not so good,

but Mark is used to that style of

1:37:491:37:56

play, so therefore he doesn't beat

himself up when he loses position.

1:37:561:38:01

He just gets on with it, because

he's a bit more used to that

1:38:011:38:06

happening.

What is happening out

there for John, for you?

He's not

1:38:061:38:11

getting into much of a rhythm.

People say John is the best

1:38:111:38:15

all-round player of all-time but his

strength is break-building and

1:38:151:38:18

winning frames in visit. And he's

not been able to do that. A couple

1:38:181:38:24

of positional shots have let him

down, which you wouldn't expect from

1:38:241:38:27

John. I think Mark has put him a

little bit out of his comfort zone.

1:38:271:38:34

This is not going to make the best

of DVD?

Well, every match is

1:38:341:38:39

different and sometimes, the story

of a frame, it builds up to a

1:38:391:38:43

crescendo. John Higgins knows very

well but it is not how you start a

1:38:431:38:47

match, it's how you finish. He's got

plenty in the bank, he won't be

1:38:471:38:51

disappointed, just play every frame

as if it's the first.

1:38:511:38:57

JOHN PARROTT: At a really good point

Steve made about Mark's temperament.

1:39:021:39:09

He just forgets about what's gone

on, loses position, gets on with it

1:39:091:39:14

and plays the next shot. Wanting

he's always done his compete. There

1:39:141:39:23

are people with a more subtle cue

ball on the circuit than Mark,

1:39:231:39:28

that's for sure, but at the end of

the day, it's all about winning. And

1:39:281:39:31

he's done plenty of that recently.

1:39:311:39:35

Just to put that into context,

looking at the scoresheet so far,

1:40:091:40:15

Mark King has had one break over 30

- 37. And his leading 2-1. Mind you,

1:40:151:40:25

John's is only 41, which is very

unusual. Total points aren't exactly

1:40:251:40:34

massive, either. It's been a bit

scrappy. That's very unusual in-off.

1:40:341:40:44

REFEREE: Foul. Mark King, four.

1:40:441:40:49

APPLAUSE

1:41:191:41:24

Excellent pot. He's mid-range

stuff's been very good. OK, he

1:41:241:41:30

missed one in the last which he

probably should have got, but

1:41:301:41:33

there's been some really good ones.

And that is a better pot than it

1:41:331:41:38

looked. So, two crackers there.

KEN DOHERTY: He's left red to the

1:41:381:41:52

left centre. Doesn't have to do

anything with the cue ball, it's

1:41:521:41:55

going to be topside of the blue.

Well, he's played that completely

1:41:551:42:00

different than what I would have

expected. I thought he might have

1:42:001:42:03

just dropped it in.

1:42:031:42:11

JOHN PARROTT: That's mostly

controlled from John - what a lovely

1:42:331:42:37

shot. He'll be digging in here,

he'll be trying to win the frame in

1:42:371:42:41

one visit. To get normal service

resumed.

1:42:411:42:49

Well, that will pot up there, but

it's very... There is the split - it

1:42:551:43:06

didn't go how he wanted it.

Difficult to know where the cue ball

1:43:061:43:10

is going to finish off this one.

Trust to look a bit. Main thing of

1:43:101:43:15

course, can he knock the red in?

He

might be able to cannon the green

1:43:151:43:23

and stop the cue ball. And that is a

juicy bonus. What a result he's had

1:43:231:43:39

there. Would have been completely

out of position if it wasn't for

1:43:391:43:42

that kiss on the red.

1:43:421:43:47

Yeah, no need to go into the pack

there. That was a lovely little case

1:43:521:43:59

he had to go perfect on the blue.

Wow! -- kiss.

1:43:591:44:05

It's early days in this break, of

course, but whether reds are

1:44:151:44:21

positioned, John Higgins will be

loving the sight of these.

Yeah,

1:44:211:44:26

there's at least two reds just above

the black which will go into this

1:44:261:44:31

right-hand corner pocket.

1:44:311:44:34

That's opened a couple more reds.

He's got to be slightly careful with

1:44:501:45:02

this. Little cannon... Which he's

got. And that's made all the

1:45:021:45:09

difference. Once he got that one,

everything else was opened up. These

1:45:091:45:15

are lovely now. John will expect to

win the frame from here.

1:45:151:45:25

There's his target, 72, before his

opponent will need a snooker. So,

1:45:421:45:52

another five reds and colours.

He

would love to play the red in the

1:45:521:46:00

other corner, but of course,

hampered by the pack. So, up for the

1:46:001:46:04

blue. They really are lovely, these,

whichever way you look at them. For

1:46:041:46:15

him to at least get over the line,

that's for sure.

1:46:151:46:29

And it was a wonderful slice of

fortune, wasn't it? It was a good

1:46:311:46:35

pot, but have a look at this... Gets

a little kiss of the red, hits the

1:46:351:46:40

knuckle... Perfect.

1:46:401:46:44

If he had missed the red, John, I

don't think he would have come down

1:46:511:46:55

to make the black into the corner

pocket. He would have been out of

1:46:551:46:59

position. This is his highest break

so far.

With always save, when you

1:46:591:47:08

get a bit of good luck, make the

best of it, because you will have

1:47:081:47:13

plenty of bad during your career.

And we'll see if he can beat his

1:47:131:47:19

highest wake of the tournament so

far. Remarkably, only 80. It just

1:47:191:47:23

goes to show you, it's about

matchplay and winning. I wouldn't

1:47:231:47:31

mind having the highest break of 80

if I had about 46 of them!

It's

1:47:311:47:38

amazing, Neil Robertson lost the

other day, he's made eight centuries

1:47:381:47:41

in this tournament. He's at home

probably watching. John Higgins, in

1:47:411:47:47

the last 16, his highest break is

only 80.

1:47:471:47:53

Yes, I think Mark Williams, when he

won his first ranking event, his

1:48:071:48:12

highest break in the whole event was

only 79. It just shows you. As long

1:48:121:48:17

as you're making consistent 70s and

taking your chances, can still win

1:48:171:48:22

events.

1:48:221:48:28

That was frame ball, acknowledged by

the crowd. And Stephen Hendry in the

1:48:371:48:42

studio before this last frame, said

that John Higgins hasn't got his arm

1:48:421:48:50

going gets in which he hadn't - but

this will make him feel better. Got

1:48:501:48:54

into his rhythm. Oh, missed it! Was

trying to get the cannon there. John

1:48:541:49:20

Higgins won't be too bothered to. As

they go off to the mid-session

1:49:201:49:29

interval, it's John Higgins 2-2 Mark

King.

Yes, we're all square again. A

1:49:291:49:37

quick chat with the lads before we

talk about the other match taking

1:49:371:49:41

place this afternoon, between Graeme

Dott and Stephen Maguire. Where is

1:49:411:49:44

this one heading, Steve?

I think

probably capacity first and then

1:49:441:49:48

this one heading, Steve?

I think

probably capacity first and then get

1:49:481:49:48

back out for action. Everything to

play for, from Mark King 's

1:49:481:49:56

perspective, the first hurdle has

been done, he's playing a bit

1:49:561:49:59

better. The game hasn't really taken

off yet but the fireworks might

1:49:591:50:07

start in the second half.

John

Higgins was able to win the frame in

1:50:071:50:13

one visit, lysed cannons, most

stands around the pink and black -

1:50:131:50:19

it's what he's best at.

A one

session match is never as guaranteed

1:50:191:50:24

for one of the top seeds, even if

the lower ranked player is an

1:50:241:50:30

excellent player himself. It is

always a nervy start. You don't

1:50:301:50:34

always get off to a flyer. John

Higgins usually in a raises the

1:50:341:50:40

tempo, as it gets close to the end,

he starts honing in. That's probably

1:50:401:50:44

what's going to happen.

Also, given

the fact that we've seen so many big

1:50:441:50:50

names and top-ranked players going

out, he might be thinking to

1:50:501:50:54

himself, I don't want to be the

next?

It can make you a bit on edge,

1:50:541:50:59

knowing that so many seeds have gone

out of. It can affect you in terms

1:50:591:51:03

of, it's not going to be me. John

traditionally has always been very

1:51:031:51:08

funny about cues and tips,

everything. It may be that he's

1:51:081:51:17

still not 100% happy with the tip on

his cue, but that last frame will

1:51:171:51:22

make him feel a lot better.

Let's

bring you up to date with what's

1:51:221:51:25

happening on the other table Tameka

all Scotland a fair. Stephen Maguire

1:51:251:51:31

has been facing some tricky

questions.

What hubby would you get

1:51:311:51:39

into if time and money you weren't

an issue?

Something to do with a

1:51:391:51:45

boat so that I could just go out to

seam and not see anyone for days.

1:51:451:51:51

What job would you be terrible at?

An office job. Anything can happen.

1:51:511:52:02

What fad or trend do you hope comes

back?

Having a beer when you're

1:52:021:52:10

playing.

What is the luckiest thing

that has happened to you.

Meeting my

1:52:101:52:14

wife and having three kids.

What was

the best compliments you've

1:52:141:52:19

received?

None! I don't get any!

If

you had to change your name, what

1:52:191:52:27

would you change it to?

My mum gave

me this name, I wouldn't change it

1:52:271:52:35

for nothing.

What are you really

good at but embarrassed that you are

1:52:351:52:38

good at it?

I'm awesome at dancing

but I don't get embarrassed about

1:52:381:52:43

it.

If your childhood had a smell,

what would it be?

Smoke. It was

1:52:431:52:52

smoke back in the day in the snooker

room.

What's the most immature thing

1:52:521:52:57

that you do?

You will need to ask my

wife. I'm sure she can come up with

1:52:571:53:01

a few answers.

What would be your

spirit animal?

A tiger. Because

1:53:011:53:11

who's going to beat up a Tiger I'm

afraid what is the most annoying

1:53:111:53:17

habit that other people have?

Breathing on my hair! But other than

1:53:171:53:24

that...!

Well, we don't think the

beer coming back when playing is

1:53:241:53:30

going to happen sometime soon.

Stephen, this is the 11th match

1:53:301:53:36

between these two Scots, the first

in this tournament, interestingly.

1:53:361:53:46

And this year, Graeme is feeling

confident.

It felt really good to be

1:53:461:53:51

back, playing a match, being

introduced, even to step out there

1:53:511:53:55

again felt Willie good. It was nice

to show people that I can still

1:53:551:53:59

play. 2006, when I won the world

title, it was the slowest vinyl for

1:53:591:54:04

so many years, so I think people

just automatically think, slowest

1:54:041:54:09

vinyl, Graeme Dott, he must be slow.

I don't think I am. I think if I had

1:54:091:54:14

the cue ball control of Ronnie

O'Sullivan or John Higgins, I would

1:54:141:54:19

probably be quicker than them. But

my cue ball control is quite bad so

1:54:191:54:25

I am still relatively quick in

comparison with them! We're going to

1:54:251:54:29

join it in the second frame, with

Steve having won the first. And tree

1:54:291:54:36

from Dennis Taylor and Peter Ebdon.

1:54:361:54:39

Steve having won the first. And tree

from Dennis Taylor and Peter Ebdon.

1:54:391:54:42

DENNIS TAYLOR: Yeah, there was a bit

of pressure on that. It was just a

1:54:421:54:49

couple of shots ago when he got the

wrong side of the blue and he wanted

1:54:491:54:53

to be closer to that red, but at

least he hasn't left it on. But he

1:54:531:54:56

could be in trouble, you would feel.

1:54:561:55:01

Had to play it with a lot of side...

And this is a free ball. Unless the

1:55:211:55:25

white goes in.

REFEREE: Foul, and a miss, Stephen

1:55:251:55:32

Maguire, four.

DENNIS TAYLOR: I don't think it is a

1:55:321:55:35

free ball. So, Stephen will just

see... If the white was on the green

1:55:351:55:43

spot, who could he hit the red on

both sides hammered I don't think it

1:55:431:55:46

is a free ball. So, he's got

multiple choices here. He's having

1:55:461:55:52

it put back. He could have played

the shot himself and snookered him

1:55:521:55:57

again behind the green - and maybe

got a better snooker. And I do

1:55:571:56:11

believe Stephen Maguire would have

played the shot and put him in a

1:56:111:56:16

more difficult snooker.

REFEREE: Foul, and a miss, Stephen

1:56:161:56:29

Maguire, four.

PETER EBDON: Prior to that Miss

1:56:291:56:33

referee decided to hold onto the cue

ball - and I don't think Stephen

1:56:331:56:37

Kerr have played it from there!

One

of the top referees now. Nice to see

1:56:371:56:44

lots of ladies involved in our game.

All doing superb jobs. Taking the

1:56:441:56:50

pink as his free ball - that will

count as one point. So, he's still

1:56:501:57:05

going to need that difficult red.

He's got a good angle on the black

1:57:051:57:09

to drop down onto it. If he doesn't

drop nicely on it, he can still play

1:57:091:57:15

the snooker.

1:57:151:57:17

The black will put him 30 in front.

Was above 35 still on the table.

1:57:241:57:38

I mean, he doesn't HAVE to pot the

black. You could lay the snooker,

1:57:391:57:45

but that's not what he's doing.

Pushing the black near the cushion

1:57:451:57:54

as well. Graeme has had a couple of

goes at this escape. He needs a bit

1:57:541:58:03

more left-hand side. And this time,

well,... That was always a

1:58:031:58:13

possibility. Has he got the snooker?

I think he has! You can tell by that

1:58:131:58:24

smile on Stephen Maguire's face!

Well, Dennis, I think Stephen

1:58:241:58:30

Maguire missed a trick there. I

think he would have been much better

1:58:301:58:35

off potting the black and then

playing the snooker. Leaving the cue

1:58:351:58:39

ball behind the green. Under the

circumstances, he's played an

1:58:391:58:45

excellent safety shot there. Having

a wry smile to himself there,

1:58:451:58:49

Stephen Maguire. Graeme Dott will be

delighted at the moment, because

1:58:491:58:55

he's still in the frame. But perhaps

not after that shot.

1:58:551:58:59

As I mentioned, 23 in front. No

problem getting onto the blue from

1:59:111:59:16

this one. Blue or brown will be

enough.

1:59:161:59:36

So, with very good rakes of 57 and

72 Stephen Maguire leads Graeme Dott

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by 2-0.

A very good start for

Stephen Maguire. That show you what

2:00:492:00:57

happened.

-- let's show you what

happened. Well played. That is an

2:00:572:01:06

excellent pot.

2:01:062:01:07

He would have preferred the green

that he is neither could on that, I

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think. That shot means he has a

little further to travel to be on

2:01:232:01:33

that red near the blue. He has

played that well.

2:01:332:01:40

It is all about the four reds. Just

looking to see if that would go.

2:01:462:01:52

That would be a help.

2:01:522:01:54

It passes the other red, it is just

the black that is in no way. Not a

2:01:582:02:04

lot of room past the red. -- that is

in the way.

2:02:042:02:09

If he does not feel that that red

goes, he has an angle here to get a

2:02:132:02:21

cannon on to something with just to

open it up. He is coming round again

2:02:212:02:26

to make absolutely sure he can get

on that red. It is very tight.

2:02:262:02:31

The fact he was even looking at the

yellow means he is going to play

2:02:422:02:47

some sort of cannon. The green is

not easy to get into the reds from,

2:02:472:02:54

so it is the round. He shot coming

up. -- be brown.

2:02:542:03:01

The left hand red will go in one

quarter of it. -- corner pocket.

2:03:072:03:18

That is the one he has played for.

Not a bad shot. When he pops this,

2:03:182:03:26

it clear the path for another one.

2:03:262:03:28

That was pinpoint accuracy with the

brown.

2:03:352:03:47

All of a sudden he only has one read

that as a little bit awkward.

2:03:522:03:58

-- red.

2:04:042:04:05

That has pushed the other one

awkward as well.

2:04:082:04:13

He had to leave an angle this time.

You do not want to play needs with

2:04:372:04:42

too much pace. We have seen these

missed played at pace. Did not get

2:04:422:05:05

enough on it. We will have to watch

the white go all around the table.

2:05:052:05:09

If he is going to go on the last

red, he does not have to. He could

2:05:092:05:15

pot black and play the sneaker.

Here's quite aggressive, so he is

2:05:152:05:21

looking at the ankles. Would have to

come between the yellow and the

2:05:212:05:25

brown. -- the angles. If he was to

hit the ball Klein, he would come

2:05:252:05:32

right around the table. -- baulk

line. Near the green.

2:05:322:05:40

So, it is going to be a close finish

to this third frame. Just three

2:05:442:05:52

points the difference. He could

flick this and get down behind the

2:05:522:05:59

pink, but that is not

straightforward. He does not want to

2:05:592:06:05

push the red on for the left corner.

It would have to be a thin one to

2:06:052:06:13

send the red very far along the

cushion.

2:06:132:06:16

He will be fortunate. He got too

much side on that. Wanting to keep

2:06:512:06:57

the white up this end of the table.

2:06:572:07:08

That was a very uncharacteristic

mistake from Graeme Dott. He is

2:07:162:07:20

normally so reliable with that sort

of shot. He will be kicking himself

2:07:202:07:33

because he has had chances.

And that

makes a huge difference potting the

2:07:332:07:41

brown. It puts him two in front. He

just needs the yellow, green, brown

2:07:412:07:47

and blue. He won't need the tricky

pink. One good positional shot from

2:07:472:07:56

green to brown and it could quite

soon be 3-0.

2:07:562:08:07

That got a bit of a jump, a bit of

it kick. To get onto the pink, he

2:08:282:08:37

only needs the blue.

2:08:372:08:38

16 now the difference with 13 on the

table.

2:08:552:08:57

So, barring a snooker, it is three

in a row for Stephen Maguire.

2:09:102:09:16

Maguire did win that frame. A

blistering start by Stephen Maguire.

2:09:162:09:22

Graeme Dott pulled one back before

the mid-session interview. It is

2:09:222:09:28

3-1, live on the BBC red button, the

website and the app, where you can

2:09:282:09:35

choose which match to watch. Here on

BBC Two that we have John Higgins

2:09:352:09:40

taking on Mark King. Let's rejoin

our match commentators.

Yes, the

2:09:402:09:51

boys are ready, just behind the

screen. They are waiting for either

2:09:512:09:56

table to complete a break. Scoring a

few. They might have to show that

2:09:562:10:04

later.

You are wary of walking in,

particularly the guys in line of the

2:10:042:10:16

shot.

Loud applause.

No prize for

guessing. This match is nicely

2:10:162:10:32

poised after the interval. It is to

four frames. The first 26 for a

2:10:322:10:41

place in the quarterfinals. One of

those opening sessions is not great

2:10:412:10:51

for both players. John Higgins would

like to be in front, Mark King, his

2:10:512:10:58

highest break is only 37 and he 2-2.

There had been something in the

2:10:582:11:03

interval for both players. Not the

best break off for Mark King. Very

2:11:032:11:17

disappointed. He left a red to left

centre. Also read in the right-hand

2:11:172:11:25

corner pocket. -- also a red. This

is the last thing you wanted.

2:11:252:11:34

This is a surprise. Maybe it is a

trap he set John.

Not quite at it

2:11:432:11:51

today, John. The worst thing of that

myth is the Czech side on the cue

2:11:512:11:56

ball. Mark King, the left-hander is

absolutely plumb on the red. -- miss

2:11:562:12:08

is the check side.. A long pot in

mid range has been pretty good but

2:12:082:12:16

his cue ball control has not been

the best. It has been much better

2:12:162:12:22

recently but, today, it has not been

wonderful so far. He just needs to

2:12:222:12:27

make it easier for himself will stop

me know how good a player he is.

We

2:12:272:12:31

saw at the top of the show, on that

maximum break, and that call, just

2:12:312:12:38

missed the pink.

That is the shot

again. He will want to be a bit low.

2:12:382:12:46

He has done a couple of times in

this match already.

A typical

2:12:462:12:53

positional shot. It is a bread and

butter shot for the pros. The hours

2:12:532:12:58

he practises, he should not be

leaving big cue ball there. Gives

2:12:582:13:02

you less options more than anything.

-- the cue ball. A salvage situation

2:13:022:13:14

there. A good positional shot. He

has a lot of cue power. He can pull

2:13:142:13:20

back or run-through. He has a couple

of options here. Played that nicely.

2:13:202:13:35

It is important when he drops the

red in, he has an angle again.

He

2:13:472:13:54

could play an angle on the outside

right and play for the bottom one or

2:13:542:13:58

he could go into the pack. He could

leave at half ball, play a cannon up

2:13:582:14:06

pots the bottom red in the Triangle

and open more into play.

2:14:062:14:10

Once again, too hard.

2:14:132:14:15

Just a little. The shot you mention

is the cannon. Needed the cue ball

2:14:202:14:26

to get done a couple of inches. I

don't know where he could play the

2:14:262:14:31

cannon. The cue ball needs to go.

That is it. Four times he has come

2:14:312:14:40

straight on to the black. It has

cost him.

2:14:402:14:47

It is amazing, it really is. It is

so basic. We know what a fantastic

2:15:012:15:06

player and competitor he is. He is

laughing to himself or stop he

2:15:062:15:10

cannot get the half ball on the

black. -- laughing to himself.

2:15:102:15:15

Shock, horror, John Higgins plays a

good safety shot. Absolutely glued.

2:15:382:15:46

Both players are 90% at the minute.

Mark, we know, knows his way around

2:15:462:15:51

also.

2:15:512:15:51

I love his attitude. Most players

would be going back to the chair and

2:16:012:16:06

mumbling to themselves can kicking

themselves, not making a sizeable

2:16:062:16:11

contribution. He has little laugh

and joke to himself or stop it

2:16:112:16:14

relaxes him. He has not played the

best safety shot. Left the red into

2:16:142:16:24

the right centre.

2:16:242:16:28

He is helping to cover the red. I

think he just about brands. -- just

2:16:512:17:00

about has

2:17:002:17:02

think he just about brands. -- just

about has.

2:17:022:17:02

I am delighted to see the red go for

the top cushion. It was getting

2:17:202:17:25

perilously close to the corner. Just

a little drop on the red from John.

2:17:252:17:31

Covered the right-hand side with the

brown and the blue into the pack of

2:18:382:18:42

reds, so he can hit the left-hand

side. The problem he has is the red

2:18:422:18:47

near the top cushion is stopping the

natural angle into the baulk

2:18:472:18:53

carrier. If you take the single red,

you must hit it properly. So, here

2:18:532:19:01

we go. He has to avoid the cannon.

2:19:012:19:04

Which he has done very well indeed.

Attack of the table by John Higgins.

2:19:112:19:18

Why not? He has played some great

safety. John Higgins looking at a

2:19:182:19:24

possible plant.

2:19:242:19:27

Just the red between the two reds,

needs to knock it off line.

2:19:342:19:39

I wonder if it is worth taking a

chance.

2:19:452:19:49

That is what he was scared of. It is

not too bad but it is not the best.

2:19:572:20:10

Certainly very attacking safety. He

knew full well the reds would open.

2:20:102:20:15

In heritage to get a good cue ball.

He has not quite managed it. -- it

2:20:152:20:22

was imperative to get a good cue

ball. You think that Mark would not

2:20:222:20:26

continue if he does not he will

struggle.

What is putting him off,

2:20:262:20:31

the cue ball is going into other

reds. It is not a guarantee of being

2:20:312:20:38

on a colour. He has played it well.

Played it very well. If he could

2:20:382:20:50

just play it off the second red to

control the cue ball... He did it

2:20:502:20:56

very well indeed.

2:20:562:21:02

We keep saying when Mark King gets

these chances he must score. He is

2:21:062:21:15

2-2. 38 points in front in the next.

You really do have to take these

2:21:152:21:26

chances. That was a lovely cannon he

has played. A really nice shot. He

2:21:262:21:34

played a little stunned to force the

cue ball over to get the correct

2:21:342:21:37

cannon. -- stun. This is a great

chance.

2:21:372:21:46

Which, unfortunately, that black was

not very good. Needed to be much

2:21:512:21:57

higher with the cue ball. The red

the bottom of the three, he should

2:21:572:22:02

have been higher on that, to stand

down from the black. Then he must

2:22:022:22:06

stop to play cannons again. Just

basic stuff really. Mon of Mark's

2:22:062:22:12

capabilities. -- really for someone

of Mark's capabilities.

Not too bad.

2:22:122:22:27

He will need to pot the blue and

manoeuvre the cue ball in and out of

2:22:272:22:31

four. The fact the red has come over

the pocket has helped his case. --

2:22:312:22:41

baulk. The pink also pots. I would

be inclined to take the blue here.

2:22:412:22:49

Back cue ball needs to run.

Just all

the time putting more pressure on

2:22:592:23:05

himself with every shot will stop --

every shot. I know it is not

2:23:052:23:14

intentional is not trying to do it

do it. It is the way it is

2:23:142:23:17

happening. He needs to tightened the

cue ball up.

2:23:172:23:24

Excellent. Now you have the cue ball

perfect. No excuse from here.

2:23:302:23:38

He is certainly pulling out some

good pots. 58 ahead. So, not very

2:23:452:23:56

far from the winning line with this

frame.

2:23:562:24:03

He has a wry smile to himself or I

think he has gone a little bit far.

2:24:102:24:15

What he must do is make sure he has

the correct angle on the blue. The

2:24:152:24:20

reds are below the pink spot you

must be high on because the black

2:24:202:24:25

only pots in one corner. That is

just a little bit of thought.

2:24:252:24:30

So, now he is on a red that is more

difficult. He has put pressure on

2:24:372:24:42

himself when he should have been on

the simple one, just to come for the

2:24:422:24:46

black. He has managed to get it. He

will need the black to go 72 ahead,

2:24:462:24:57

67 remaining. Well played! He has

snickered himself on the red he was

2:24:572:25:09

trying to get on. Smiles to himself

again. But he is in a position where

2:25:092:25:17

his opponent needs a sneaker, so it

is not too bad. -- snooker. Should

2:25:172:25:29

have been well ahead from there that

he will be happy with the

2:25:292:25:35

contribution. Disappointed that he

did not get anything more.

2:25:352:25:39

One part of Mark's name that has

been firing on all cylinders is the

2:26:012:26:05

long game for the it has been very

good. One good pot should see the

2:26:052:26:11

frame definitely one. -- long game.

Not to be. Mind you, that is not too

2:26:112:26:26

bad, where he has finished.

2:26:262:26:27

Well, I said it was not too bad.

What a pot that was! Fabulous. There

2:26:402:26:59

are one or two players on the

circuit I would not want following

2:26:592:27:02

me when any one or two snookers, and

here's one of them. The red behind

2:27:022:27:10

the pink is lovely. It might not all

be over yet. John Higgins will be

2:27:102:27:18

trying to pot this black and take

the two loose reds and leave the red

2:27:182:27:23

behind the pink as the last one. Up

the table and put the cue ball

2:27:232:27:28

behind the pink.

2:27:282:27:29

Just drop the red in and get on the

black. Get behind the pink.

2:28:022:28:10

Anywhere on the left-hand side of

the table with the cue ball, potting

2:28:182:28:24

the black. Open the reds to baulk

and tried to get tight line pink.

2:28:242:28:29

That is the key foot if you can get

tight in behind it, I don't think he

2:28:292:28:35

has stunned through enough. Really

wanted to try to knock the red and

2:28:352:28:41

get close to the green foot he

cannot do that now. Still tight

2:28:412:28:47

behind this pink as possible. That

is pretty good. An excellent shot.

2:28:472:28:54

He is 41 ahead. John Higgins needs

two four point snookers. The worst

2:28:542:29:02

thing that King can do is leave a

free ball. He must be careful of

2:29:022:29:07

that. Does not want to hit this too

hard.

2:29:072:29:09

He must be very careful here. This

is a lot of his own doing. The frame

2:29:172:29:25

should have truly been over. He has

gone up and down using the extended

2:29:252:29:34

rest. Much harder to hit the red

this way. If he misses the red, he

2:29:342:29:41

will not leave the free ball. If he

goes across the table and tries to

2:29:412:29:47

hit the red from a side cushion,

you're possibly leave a free ball.

2:29:472:29:51

This is harder, isn't it?

He is

looking at playing top condition and

2:29:512:29:55

side cushion. It will be summer

before the middle pocket with the

2:29:552:29:59

cue ball. As long as you get the

pace right. -- it will be somewhere

2:29:592:30:05

for Stuckey has decided to go

straight up and down. The first four

2:30:052:30:11

point. It is game on. 27 points

behind now, John Higgins. A snooker

2:30:112:30:26

required. This is not going to be

it. The cue ball behind the black.

2:30:262:30:38

That is not like John. He missed a

big chance. That was not difficult

2:30:382:30:42

for him and he knows it.

2:30:422:30:47

One those of situations where John

could get a snooker back here.

2:30:472:30:54

Wow, what a mistake from John

Higgins. He's trying to hit it

2:31:282:31:32

thing, but now he need to the two

snookers again.

2:31:322:31:38

-- hit it thin.

2:31:412:31:46

Looks like a snooker, but it

shouldn't be too difficult to hit, a

2:32:112:32:18

run of side before hitting the

middle pocket.

2:32:182:32:22

I think he can just hit baulk

cushion. Not too difficult, that

2:32:522:33:01

one.

2:33:012:33:04

Now, can he get the cue ball tied

behind the black and red, somewhere

2:33:072:33:12

in the proximity of brown and green.

2:33:122:33:16

Didn't get the red close to the

brown and green, but he's got the

2:33:202:33:24

snooker. A bit more difficult to hit

this one. I'm not quite sure what he

2:33:242:33:32

can see on the left-hand side

cushion. So maybe a swerve, or

2:33:322:33:39

possibly coming off the right side

cushion just before the middle

2:33:392:33:42

pocket.

2:33:422:33:44

That's the possible angle there.

2:33:522:33:56

Oh!

2:34:052:34:07

Well, there is a chance here, just a

thin clip and write behind the black

2:34:142:34:18

again with the side cushion. He

couldn't get in kind, he didn't have

2:34:182:34:25

the angle, so he's got it lined up

with the brown. All the time, it is

2:34:252:34:31

adding pressure on Mark King not to

make a mistake. This has all come,

2:34:312:34:36

really, from his poor positional

play early in the break. He should

2:34:362:34:38

have this frame already won. And

there's the miss, and a free ball.

2:34:382:34:48

Wow, what a turnaround frame of

snooker this is. You don't want John

2:34:482:34:56

Higgins on your tail doing this. Now

he's got a chance.

What a good

2:34:562:35:03

snooker that last one was.

2:35:032:35:05

So, pop the black, try to get the

black again, and get a good

2:35:132:35:17

position. He needs to be pretty

close to the red. The only saving

2:35:172:35:25

grace is the red being tied to the

top cushion.

It is the only thing

2:35:252:35:29

that can save Mark.

2:35:292:35:34

This looks like it has been hit a

bit too hard. Mark can fight another

2:35:342:35:43

day here. He won't be going for

this, John Higgins. Leaving the cue

2:35:432:35:48

ball exactly where the red is, send

it down the table. Getting the

2:35:482:35:52

snooker behind the brown.

2:35:522:35:56

And he's got lucky there, because he

certainly didn't play it like that.

2:36:022:36:07

I was just about to say, the yummy

thing he had to avoid was hitting

2:36:072:36:11

the red into the yellow, so he

avoided that. The clip off the blue

2:36:112:36:16

didn't look great, but where it has

finished, four ball snooker. Really

2:36:162:36:21

turned round, this frame.

2:36:212:36:24

He's played that very well. It was a

good head. Not only a good hit, but

2:36:282:36:33

he got the distance between the red

and the cue ball.

2:36:332:36:41

If he can play the red up and down,

get the cue ball down the baulk, a

2:36:432:36:52

big area behind green and brown

again. Well he can plot it. I didn't

2:36:522:36:58

think he could, wow. Yeah, went past

the yellow. What a cracking pot. And

2:36:582:37:08

this will hurt Mark King. What a

steal this is. Never looked at any

2:37:082:37:14

point like he was in the frame.

Mark, what have you done?

2:37:142:37:20

Hold the back page, it's not as

straightforward as it might have

2:37:372:37:42

been. He's got the cue ball clean,

but he got a heavy contact on the

2:37:422:37:47

cue ball. Really didn't get the cue

ball out far enough for this green.

2:37:472:37:54

He still should pop the green, but

it's miss a ball.

2:37:542:38:00

-- missable.

Good cueing. Here is

more. This isn't straightforward.

2:38:072:38:13

Power through. What to hit the

middle of the white here.

2:38:132:38:19

These are the frames when you can

mix one like this when you never

2:38:252:38:28

looked like winning it, what a

difference it makes.

Could be the

2:38:282:38:34

turning point of the match.

2:38:342:38:36

It's there. Right in the heart of

the pocket. Just pink and the black.

2:38:412:38:47

This will certainly heard -- hurt

Mark King.

2:38:472:38:57

Black for a steal.

2:39:012:39:04

Mark King sits in his chair. He will

be absolutely gutted, John Higgins

2:39:122:39:19

will be delighted. He takes the

frame to go 3-2 in the lead.

2:39:192:39:24

will be delighted. He takes the

frame to go 3-2 in the lead.

2:39:242:39:25

STUDIO: Class from John Higgins but

John Parrott said in, tree, he saw

2:39:252:39:28

the shot of Mark King and asked the

question, what have you done? The

2:39:282:39:32

answer is, completely blown the

frame.

There is nothing worse than

2:39:322:39:36

effectively thinking you have thrown

a frame away. You don't get many

2:39:362:39:40

chances against top-class players.

You know John Higgins is a class act

2:39:402:39:44

when it comes to getting snookers.

After John Higgins getting one

2:39:442:39:47

snooker and failing to hit the ball,

getting himself back in the hole

2:39:472:39:51

with two snookers, Mark King in the

safety department was sloppy in the

2:39:512:39:55

end. They were good snookers, but

you don't want John Higgins behind

2:39:552:39:59

you.

Especially at the state of the game,

2:39:592:40:01

Mark King has done the hard work

before the mid-session interval.

2:40:012:40:05

Yeah, but also, he got himself 72-0

ahead. The black he potted to

2:40:052:40:11

Yeah, but also, he got himself 72-0

ahead. The black he potted to go

2:40:112:40:11

72-0, he is on the black, he thinks

the frame is over. He's not trying

2:40:112:40:17

to get on the red. If he has, it is

a bad shot. John Higgins doesn't

2:40:172:40:22

come back to the table

2:40:222:40:24

a bad shot. John Higgins doesn't

come back to the table if he pops

2:40:242:40:25

the next red. Those things make the

difference. The last red from John

2:40:252:40:29

Higgins.

Not different to what we were saying

2:40:292:40:31

at the start of the match when we

said the red for the yellow.

I think

2:40:312:40:37

from Mark King's perspective, the

style of play, he plays an old

2:40:372:40:42

school style of game, in a way. Get

the ball in the hole. The modern-day

2:40:422:40:48

way is, you can't just get over the

line by one or two shots.

That is

2:40:482:40:53

the difference between, no

disrespect, a player of his calibre

2:40:532:40:59

and the best players in the world.

Yeah, but it has changed. If you are

2:40:592:41:04

going to stay in the game, and Mark

King has done a lot of hard work in

2:41:042:41:08

this department as well, he is

better than before, you have to keep

2:41:082:41:11

at the additional side to make it

better.

Going back to the clearance

2:41:112:41:17

John May, the long red was also, and

you could

2:41:172:41:21

John May, the long red was also, and

you could see, he knows when to

2:41:212:41:22

switch on and how long he was

taking, even the pink off the spot

2:41:222:41:25

to get the black. He knew the

importance of it.

Is John Higgins

2:41:252:41:31

switched on? For- two in front.

COMMENTATOR: It is not about the

2:41:312:41:41

frames you should win, it is nicking

the ones you shouldn't. They change

2:41:412:41:46

matches -- 4-2 in front.

John Higgins definitely stole the

2:41:462:41:50

frame there. But it's gone, and we

mentioned today that Mark King has

2:41:502:41:57

an excellent tech prominent. He will

have to show it again -- excellent

2:41:572:42:03

temperament. He must be hurting

after the last frame.

2:42:032:42:10

That's one way to forget about the

last frame. Knocking a cracking red

2:42:252:42:32

in like that and staying on the

black.

2:42:322:42:38

Needs a bit of luck here. Need a bit

of luck. He's got it. A great shot.

2:42:392:42:49

He had that a you minutes ago, John.

He played it superbly well.

He

2:42:492:42:57

certainly did. Come on, Mark. You

have these in a nice position here.

2:42:572:43:02

Just get tight with your cue ball.

Make this easy for yourself. This

2:43:022:43:08

afternoon, he has competed, played

well in the tactical department, all

2:43:082:43:11

those facets that you need to be

eight player is great, but his cue

2:43:112:43:16

ball has been mediocre to say the

least. That is why he should have

2:43:162:43:20

won the last frame, and he hasn't.

Just got to get it tighter. Had to

2:43:202:43:27

use the left-hand side of the pocket

with that one because he wasn't

2:43:272:43:30

quite right. But this is where you

have got to go to work.

2:43:302:43:37

As to be straight on the Kroos to

stay down for the black. He did have

2:43:582:44:03

a chance, he missed the pink early

in the week at 34. His body language

2:44:032:44:12

suggests that he wanted to stay on

the black. He had a wry smile to

2:44:122:44:16

himself.

I think if you are playing

John Higgins in the last Ecstar in

2:44:162:44:24

the UK Championship, -- the last 16.

2:44:242:44:35

Pink in the same pocket.

2:44:572:45:00

Just overran that slightly for the

red to this bottom right-hand corner

2:45:052:45:09

pocket. That's his target, 70,

before John Higgins will play a

2:45:092:45:16

snooker, but he will have to come

back up for the blue here.

He is

2:45:162:45:25

always having to change plan, losing

the cue ball, you have got it worked

2:45:252:45:31

out in your mind, your next 3-4

shots, but he slightly loses the cue

2:45:312:45:37

ball, and now he has to play cannons

to look a bit of it where it would

2:45:372:45:41

have been straightforward.

2:45:412:45:50

That is a better shot. Choice of

reds here.

2:45:512:45:57

It's OK. He shrugged the shoulders,

but he will have to play the cannon

2:46:072:46:13

now into the pack of reds.

There is

a lovely gap in there. Right side of

2:46:132:46:18

the pink goes into the reds there. A

red has stopped the cue ball running

2:46:182:46:23

away as well. If you want to play it

that way, you would be unlucky not

2:46:232:46:27

to land on something.

That's too

much. Should have played the cannon.

2:46:272:46:35

Why didn't you play the cannon,

Mark?

2:46:352:46:40

No downside for the into the balls

there for me. You would have to be

2:46:422:46:47

cursed not to be on one, the way

they work place. They were all there

2:46:472:46:53

for hitting.

2:46:532:46:55

Do you know what, I might not have

played that either. I may have

2:47:152:47:21

played a thin clip and left the cue

ball somewhere approaching the

2:47:212:47:24

middle of the table, really, and

made sure I chipped the Kroos on the

2:47:242:47:29

corner into the side cushion, 49

point lead come I would like to have

2:47:292:47:33

an insurance policy stop he has left

the plant here.

2:47:332:47:40

It was close.

2:47:412:47:45

He has left a good cue ball.

Once again, will that poor

2:47:462:47:55

positional shot from Mark come back

to haunt him? It's the reason he is

2:47:552:48:01

not 3-2 ahead, because of his

position in the last frame. All the

2:48:012:48:05

balls in the middle of the table,

they are ripe for a counter

2:48:052:48:12

clearance if he's not careful.

2:48:122:48:16

APPLAUSE

Excellent shot. Well played. A

2:48:182:48:25

snooker back. What a shot he has

played there.

Yeah, absolutely

2:48:252:48:32

superb escape. Sounds like I'm

harping on, but that's not the

2:48:322:48:39

department that's been in trouble

today. He certainly knows his way

2:48:392:48:43

around.

2:48:432:48:46

A good shot from Mark King. Duly

acknowledged. That was a good escape

2:48:592:49:10

from John Higgins. I'd just wonder,

it looks very tight. I think it just

2:49:102:49:21

about goes. Cue ball back up into

baulk.

2:49:212:49:29

Can't go back to the Borg area down

the left-hand side of the table now,

2:50:052:50:09

for obvious reasons of the pink

being there. So he has to be very

2:50:092:50:14

careful, red on the right-hand side

could be a problem. He took that out

2:50:142:50:19

of the equation, playing round the

angles. But where has the red gone,

2:50:192:50:23

Mark? Chancellor John Higgins. And

it looks like he can pot this and

2:50:232:50:31

avoid the cannon on the red. It is

on its own to the right of the pink.

2:50:312:50:36

So this is a chance to get back in

the frame.

2:50:362:50:41

He's overhit it for the blue into

the centre. He may take it into the

2:51:002:51:06

corner pocket, jump it in for the

red to the right of the pink.

2:51:062:51:13

Well, he stole a frame when he

should never have won in the last

2:51:192:51:23

frame. Can he do the same again?

I

think the black goes, does it, as

2:51:232:51:28

well. On the left-hand side, he is

having a look to see if he can drop

2:51:282:51:32

the red in and land on the black.

The other goes in the other corner

2:51:322:51:36

as well.

2:51:362:51:40

Yeah, there's your answer.

2:51:412:51:46

Someone, I'm sure, when he pops the

Kroos below the black spot, I'm sure

2:51:482:51:56

that goes into the right corner

pocket. Just making sure that it

2:51:562:52:09

does, running through with the Crew

Ball. -- cue ball.

2:52:092:52:13

And now the only real concern for

John will be that red closest to the

2:52:192:52:28

right-hand side cushion, but it not

really tight to the cushion.

2:52:282:52:34

Not really a problem for him to go

to the top.

Slightly overscrewed

2:52:362:52:41

that one. Had a choice there, could

have played the screw back and left

2:52:412:52:47

a half-ball angle on the black to

play the cannon back into the reds

2:52:472:52:52

for the pink and flick the end one

out. It is a change of plan, because

2:52:522:52:56

he slightly overscrewed it.

2:52:562:52:59

APPLAUSE

2:53:022:53:05

He couldn't have played that much

better.

I think he has just got a

2:53:082:53:14

slight angle to get back out for the

black.

2:53:142:53:21

Now he might play that little cannon

that you mentioned, John. I think

2:53:232:53:27

he's got to hit the red on the

right, as opposed to the red close

2:53:272:53:33

to the pink.

2:53:332:53:36

It's OK.

2:53:392:53:42

Just hit it hard enough to push them

towards the right centre.

2:53:432:53:49

Yeah, taking these well so far. It

looks all about that red on the

2:53:532:53:57

right, close to the right-hand side

cushion. The rest of them, the way

2:53:572:54:01

that John Higgins is going about

this break, when they've gone.

2:54:012:54:09

Plenty of room behind. The one you

are talking about.

2:54:092:54:18

John has spotted something on the

red. He wanted it clean before he

2:54:202:54:24

takes this into the right centre.

2:54:242:54:27

You're watching a master match

player at work here. Absolutely

2:54:492:54:54

stole the last frame from Mark King.

2:54:542:54:59

Came to the table well behind in

this frame.

2:55:012:55:07

And a chance to steal this one as

well.

2:55:092:55:14

That was a better shot than it

looked. He was a little bit high on

2:55:242:55:28

that one, had to play it with a bit

of drag, just dropping it into the

2:55:282:55:33

jaw. It is all about position on to

the black to drop in behind the red.

2:55:332:55:39

This is the key shot.

2:55:392:55:43

He could possibly take the red out,

but if he can get the cue ball

2:55:472:55:51

somewhere there, it looks like he

has the angle to knock the red out.

2:55:512:55:56

Oh, John. I'm not quite sure if that

was the right shot. Anywhere behind

2:55:562:56:02

that red.

2:56:022:56:10

APPLAUSE

John Higgins on another day would

2:56:152:56:21

have cleared to win that frame.

2:56:212:56:29

Yeah, so a reprieve for Mark King.

He would have been sat in his chair,

2:56:372:56:41

thinking, "I am going to have

another one stolen off me."

2:56:412:56:47

Not that easy to play safe off this.

2:57:022:57:07

That's about all he had. And he's

played a brilliant shot. It has just

2:57:102:57:18

stuck its snows out. What a

difference that's made.

2:57:182:57:26

It might be for Mark.

2:57:332:57:40

APPLAUSE

2:57:412:57:43

I think he can hit it. The problem

is, he is going to clip it towards

2:57:442:57:50

the corner. I'd be very careful with

this.

2:57:502:57:56

Pot a wonderful red in the last

frame before the two snookers. Mark

2:58:132:58:26

will be expecting John Higgins to

knock this one in as well.

2:58:262:58:31

It was close. Where's the red going

to finish? Will he have a chance.

2:58:352:58:43

Has a blue come to his rescue? It's

very close, but it's an easy swerve.

2:58:432:58:49

What can you do, Mark?

2:58:492:58:55

Always the problem with that shot,

you've got to put the swerve onto

2:58:582:59:02

bend Proud and pocket.

2:59:022:59:05

It swerves round, the side hits the

cushion and kills it dead. So,

2:59:092:59:18

decision time. Is it worth taking

the seven points of the black? Even

2:59:182:59:23

an awkward long yellow, or do you

play the snooker and wait for

2:59:232:59:28

another chance?

2:59:282:59:32

I don't blame him for that. If the

yellow had been on the spot, he

2:59:462:59:50

would have played it straightaway.

But because it is further down the

2:59:502:59:54

table, it is not easy. Now, can John

get this safe?

2:59:543:00:00

Very well played.

3:00:093:00:13

Absolutely perfect.

3:00:143:00:17

Mark King has to be very careful

here to avoid a double-kiss full

3:00:283:00:34

stop cannot play across the face of

it he would be guaranteed a

3:00:343:00:38

double-kiss. If he plays it up and

down he could get one coming back.

3:00:383:00:44

He just has too plain baldness and

push it up the table. He could avoid

3:00:443:00:53

the double-kiss. -- plain wall this.

Has he got it safe?

3:00:533:01:00

He can pot it.

3:01:073:01:08

Not only can he pot it! That was a

great pot. What a run of the that

3:01:243:01:31

was. If Mark King was not hurting

after the last frame, he will be

3:01:313:01:39

after that shot.

He will. Two frames

he should have one.

3:01:393:01:45

-- won.

3:01:553:01:56

And this will definitely hurt Mark

King. They work two frames that Mark

3:02:033:02:17

should have won and he has lost them

both. John Higgins is the master

3:02:173:02:22

match player.

You get the feeling

that this frame was absolutely

3:02:223:02:27

pivotal foot look what Mark King has

himself into.

He has been in early

3:02:273:02:34

in most frames. I am loathe to keep

digging himself out about his

3:02:343:02:39

position but this shot here, if I

were playing this short, there is a

3:02:393:02:43

gap between the red and the pink.

Almost impossible not to land on

3:02:433:02:50

something for the P has chosen to

miss the pack. -- on something - he

3:02:503:02:57

has chosen to miss the pack. He has

played a good shot but you are

3:02:573:03:01

making things difficult.

There are

loads of ways to play positional

3:03:013:03:06

play but some are more accurate than

others. Mark King has another chance

3:03:063:03:11

to go into the bunch of reds, which

seems natural to go into them but

3:03:113:03:15

there is a loose red. He is trying

to be accurate. He hits this one to

3:03:153:03:22

harder now he has lost position. He

lets John Higgins back into the

3:03:223:03:26

game. Even know John Higgins was

lucky with the yellow, sometimes you

3:03:263:03:33

only have yourself to blame. Every

situation is different. The problem

3:03:333:03:38

is how you can improve your

positional play. That is why you can

3:03:383:03:44

have a day with another good player,

analysing every positional shot to

3:03:443:03:49

see if you can improve. Some people

have more natural ability than

3:03:493:03:53

others.

There will be people at home

wondering whether he should go into

3:03:533:03:58

the reds.

He should have gone in the

first shot. He had another chance to

3:03:583:04:04

go in when he only had one red left.

When it is a chance to go into the

3:04:043:04:11

pack of reds which it is most

guaranteed you get unlucky, as

3:04:113:04:16

Stephen was saying, perhaps that is

the time to go into them.

The best

3:04:163:04:19

time is when you have one or two

loose reds. If you are unlucky, and

3:04:193:04:25

does not work out, you have an

insurance of a loose red. It is

3:04:253:04:30

putting all your eggs in one basket,

keep picking off the loose reds.

3:04:303:04:36

There are two parts to positional

play. Cue ball control and putting

3:04:363:04:40

the black we want to and with the

correct amount of weight is one

3:04:403:04:44

part. The route you go around the

table can be the killer, the sat are

3:04:443:04:50

part of the game. Some routes around

the table, there are traps. -- sat

3:04:503:04:56

now. When you start talking about

going into the pack, that is another

3:04:563:05:00

part of it. The route going into the

pack is all-important.

I quite like

3:05:003:05:06

that phrase.

It has been used quite

a few times.

What can Mark King do

3:05:063:05:14

to stay in this one?

I could not

agree more. The two opportunities to

3:05:143:05:25

go into the pack coming he had to go

in now both times. I'd take the

3:05:253:05:30

point that Steve made God are some

people who are cherry pickers, who

3:05:303:05:35

keep taking the loose red. -- Steve

made - there are some people. If

3:05:353:05:44

you're going to play like that, you

need to get an accurate cue ball.

3:05:443:05:49

Mark really has not had one today.

3:05:493:05:59

Pretty close with this attempt. He

has left a red. We will see whether

3:06:093:06:16

cue ball will finish up. He takes

this red on, the cue ball will

3:06:163:06:21

career into the reds were beneath

the pink. You need a little bit of

3:06:213:06:25

luck.

3:06:253:06:31

Well played! He has the luck. He is

on the pink into the right centre.

3:06:343:06:42

That was an excellent shot. No

problems with Mark King's

3:06:423:06:48

competitive instincts. He must be

blessed with a good temperament and

3:06:483:06:56

put the last two frames behind him.

He should have been in front 4-2. He

3:06:563:07:04

will stick in there.

3:07:043:07:05

A bit of movement from the other

table. That is putting him off

3:07:143:07:20

slightly. It is a beautiful arena

from the back of the hall.

3:07:203:07:35

A terrific venue, the Barbican. York

is a lovely town. Nice to walk

3:07:403:07:48

around, shopping in the shambles and

things like that. It has become

3:07:483:07:53

synonymous with the UK, this great

venue. The players are all like

3:07:533:07:59

coming here. -- all like.

That city

and a beautiful time of year to come

3:07:593:08:10

and visit. Certainly very much

established as the home of the UK

3:08:103:08:14

over the last few years, since it

has moved to the Barbican. Great

3:08:143:08:17

venue and great crowds, a great

atmosphere.

I hope you have not

3:08:173:08:28

bought me too many presents.

3:08:283:08:30

That was a good pot.

3:08:423:08:44

Following a similar pattern to the

last few frames, Mark King in first.

3:08:483:08:54

Not quite scoring enough points and

having to die a thousand deaths

3:08:543:08:59

while his opponent comes back and

mix the frame of him. I'm hoping it

3:08:593:09:03

will not be the same in this one. --

and nicks. He is not high enough for

3:09:033:09:10

the blue already. He is smiling to

himself stop on the blue and trying

3:09:103:09:19

to put the red in, getting a nice

angle on the black.

3:09:193:09:23

He decided to go for the blue. That

is OK.

3:09:463:09:51

The red at the bottom of the pack is

on. He tried to drop onto that. --

3:09:563:10:04

he will try. Imperative when potting

this red to leave an angle.

3:10:043:10:09

Has he got enough of an angle? He

could have played this with a lot of

3:10:253:10:32

spin off the top cushion, trying to

get the cue ball into the pack. The

3:10:323:10:37

grimace will tell us it was a little

bit straighter than he would have

3:10:373:10:42

liked.

3:10:423:10:43

Watch the cue ball.

That is not too

bad. That is a great shot. He has

3:10:463:10:53

done well. I thought he was up the

creek little bit with his positional

3:10:533:10:59

play. Getting out and landing on the

red is good. Once again, trying to

3:10:593:11:04

find an angle to get into the pack.

Now, at last, he has a half orcs on

3:11:043:11:09

the black, which is where he is

trying to be all afternoon. -- half

3:11:093:11:15

ball. You can fake cannons from

their all day long. If you're

3:11:153:11:21

getting straight, you have only got

two options, forward and back. With

3:11:213:11:28

the half angle, you have more

options.

He needs a good shot. He is

3:11:283:11:32

going to screw back. Where is the

cue ball? He needs a bit of luck.

3:11:323:11:41

Did not get the side on the cue ball

to try and bring the cue ball up

3:11:413:11:46

towards the blue. Not quite sure why

he did not follow through and try to

3:11:463:11:52

stay on the black or play it hard

with more side and go up to have

3:11:523:11:57

yellow, green and brown. All you

have to do after that shot is

3:11:573:12:01

learned on a colour. That is the

only think of them give yourself the

3:12:013:12:04

chance to go up the table with more

backspin.

3:12:043:12:07

Smiling to himself. He seems to be

enjoying himself out there. He seems

3:12:233:12:34

very relaxed.

3:12:343:12:44

The line of the cue ball looks

pretty good.

3:12:583:13:01

The last thing Mac wants to do is

take the red of the right-hand

3:13:133:13:19

cushion, particularly as he has a

two point lead for the peers coming

3:13:193:13:23

in the top end of the table. The cue

ball is on the top end of the

3:13:233:13:29

cushion.

A very strange choice of

shot. Absolutely no reason why he

3:13:293:13:43

should take the pot on. Should have

played the old dump shot up and down

3:13:433:13:48

and tired of the cushion for the P

has left John Higgins sniff of the

3:13:483:13:52

red in the middle. -- and tight off

the cushion.

3:13:523:13:59

It has not been easy for either

player this afternoon to be fluent.

3:14:103:14:16

John Higgins had a break of 80.

Quite a lot of 30 breaks. Mark King

3:14:163:14:26

has had 32, 37, 40 and 40 nine. --

49 will stop it was an excellent

3:14:263:14:36

opening pot from Mark. Very good

indeed.

3:14:363:14:38

A 43 point lead. In amongst the

balls.

3:14:443:14:47

Surely has to win the frame from

here.

3:14:543:14:57

He is showing an excellent

temperaments, Mark King. Chance

3:15:213:15:25

after chance. That is since two

frames all. John Higgins is needing

3:15:253:15:39

two sneakers and getting one. They

are still in their competing. You

3:15:393:15:44

can see why he wins lots of matches.

He does like a scrap. Just this red.

3:15:443:15:58

That was well played.

3:15:583:16:02

It does take a bit of character, no

doubt about that, when you have lost

3:16:113:16:15

a couple of frames like he has. You

have to put it out of your mind as

3:16:153:16:22

quickly as possible. The best way to

do that is when the next frame. --

3:16:223:16:29

win. Well, he has missed the red.

That is enough.

Mark King stops the

3:16:293:16:45

rot. But John Higgins still leaves.

He does indeed.

We are trying to

3:16:453:16:57

analyse the game with constructive

criticism. It is a fair point. John

3:16:573:17:01

Parrott in commentary, it was a

strange choice of shot. If things

3:17:013:17:09

were bad shots and he was beating

himself up over it, that is no good

3:17:093:17:13

foot of actually he still plays very

optimistic thing gets on with the

3:17:133:17:17

job. Has a laugh when it goes wrong

and get on with it. That is a great

3:17:173:17:22

attitude to have.

It is about the

mistakes you have made not playing

3:17:223:17:28

on your mind and getting on with it.

That is how it has always been foot

3:17:283:17:32

he looks like he is really enjoying

it. As Steve said, he still has a

3:17:323:17:38

smile on his face and can put a good

plant on it. Similar to yourself.

I

3:17:383:17:45

would be chatting to everyone,

chatting to the audience, having a

3:17:453:17:48

word with the referee. How are you

doing tonight?

Looking at some of

3:17:483:17:54

the breaks, we had the 80 from John

Higgins in the context of the match

3:17:543:18:00

cricket has not been a classic.

The

standard of the potting has not been

3:18:003:18:06

brilliant. It has been tough

snooker.

We are not seeing breaks

3:18:063:18:15

all over the place. It has been very

interesting and absorbing.

Can Mark

3:18:153:18:23

King draw level once again? We will

find out.

I cannot remember Stephen

3:18:233:18:29

Hendry laughing and joking. His dog

used to be scared when he got home

3:18:293:18:39

if he lost the match. That was so

close. A great attempt.

Very close.

3:18:393:18:57

I was really impressed with Mark in

that frame. Two absolutely great

3:18:573:19:06

body blows to the solar plexus,

losing those two frames.

3:19:063:19:19

He has not played many bad safety

shots today. Back to safety has been

3:19:443:19:51

quite good. I'm agree he has a shot

on here. He complained a cannon into

3:19:513:19:56

the side of the pack and stay on the

black. The cluster of three, if he

3:19:563:20:04

plays is done in their... He played

to hold it and use the red. The same

3:20:043:20:09

thing. Playing the cannon would

always keep the cue ball there.

3:20:093:20:16

So, that might be a very costly

mistake from Mark King. Nothing

3:20:293:20:36

worse than to get yourself a

foothold in the match, play a good

3:20:363:20:41

frame like he has played, get one

behind and throw your opponents an

3:20:413:20:47

easy opportunity.

The problem for

John Higgins is the black does not

3:20:473:20:56

go into the corner pocket. He has

quite a bit of work to do, if he is

3:20:563:21:01

going to make it a sizeable

contribution from this chance. That

3:21:013:21:10

overran the cue ball. Needs to get

straight on the blue to the right

3:21:103:21:17

centre.

3:21:173:21:27

I would love to get on the red

behind the black. Just to free up

3:21:283:21:36

the black to one of those pockets.

Does not look like he can do it from

3:21:363:21:41

this shot. No.

3:21:413:22:01

A reprieve from Mark King. What can

he do?

I don't know. That will give

3:22:083:22:18

him encouragement. He will have to

do a bit with the cue extension on

3:22:183:22:24

the end. Have to force it a little

bit. I would have expected him to be

3:22:243:22:32

potting that one. He has read in the

open and he can play on them. He

3:22:323:22:37

also has a fantastic angle into the

side of the pack. A few loose red.

3:22:373:22:44

He might not want to do it but it is

that if he wants it. That one was

3:22:443:22:49

not played really with a great deal

of commitment that way it has worked

3:22:493:22:57

out if he can drop the Reading, the

black will go. -- the red in. After

3:22:573:23:09

potting this black, you could take

the red closest to the right-hand

3:23:093:23:13

corner pocket. It could be open for

both pockets. That has worked out a

3:23:133:23:22

treat for Mark King.

3:23:223:23:33

Again, imperative helium and -- he

leaves a nice angle on the black

3:23:383:23:48

when potting the red. It can go into

the pack or he can play for the

3:23:483:23:54

loose one foot he has a nice angle

you can screw up into the pack and

3:23:543:23:59

bring some read into play. -- the

loose one. He played that nicely. A

3:23:593:24:08

bit unlucky but the bottom red does

not pot but he still has this one on

3:24:083:24:15

the left hand side.

3:24:153:24:19

That was the good shot. Absolutely

perfect. I could not put that any

3:24:243:24:32

better. A nice, half ball. He can go

into the pack full he has had a look

3:24:323:24:38

around to see if there are any

plants are available. Not an ideal

3:24:383:24:42

pack. He needs plenty of power.

Knock the black king and fingers

3:24:423:24:48

crossed. -- the black in and fingers

crossed. Second prize...

3:24:483:25:03

The first one that looked a little

bit nervous. Not very smooth through

3:25:223:25:29

that one. He will be disappointed

with that. He was just one good shot

3:25:293:25:38

away for the even more disappointed

with the fact that this one goes. He

3:25:383:25:51

has just gone a little bit off the

boil, John Higgins. A very tough

3:25:513:25:57

match yesterday afternoon. It may

have been 6-3 yesterday afternoon

3:25:573:26:09

but he will have to play hard, match

play snooker to get past him. He has

3:26:093:26:13

not quite been firing today.

3:26:133:26:25

Might be a little bit of tipping and

tapping going on here.

3:26:253:26:38

Ideally, Mark would just like to tap

the bread that is him now into the

3:27:143:27:20

side of the pack but he does not

want to leave the pot on the red

3:27:203:27:24

pass the yellow you cannot really do

too much with the ones on the top

3:27:243:27:30

cushion, unless he decides to drop

in dead wait and hope he does not

3:27:303:27:34

leave a plant. That is the only

downside of this shot. You can play

3:27:343:27:39

it but not get unlucky and leave a

plant for your opponent. He has come

3:27:393:27:48

up to a minute of thinking time. I

don't blame him. The last thing he

3:27:483:27:53

wants is to make a stupid mistake.

There we go. Drop on this and don't

3:27:533:27:58

leave a plant.

3:27:583:27:59

I couldn't have been playing that

shot. No prizes for guessing where

3:28:043:28:09

the cue ball is going.

3:28:093:28:10

He could be in a lot of trouble.

Higgins wants the cue ball almost

3:28:153:28:22

exactly where it is now after

playing this shot.

3:28:223:28:25

Would have liked to have been

tighter to the blue and black for

3:28:323:28:38

the easy escape will stop -- escape.

3:28:383:28:45

Foul and a miss. John Higgins four.

3:29:103:29:13

He was asked if he wanted it back?

And he said no, I don't.

You could

3:29:293:29:39

hit the cushion or go between the

red and the cushion.

3:29:393:29:42

I think he will still play the same

shot and tried to nestle into the

3:29:503:29:55

bunch of reds. If he hits it a

little bit hard, that may not a red

3:29:553:30:03

on. -- knock. He should be OK this

time.

Foul and a miss. John Higgins,

3:30:033:30:16

four.

He has left a pot on the green

pocket?

Depends on the angle whether

3:30:163:30:26

John fancies this or not. No, he

does not like it. If he could have

3:30:263:30:32

played that unscrewed straight back,

he would have taken it.

3:30:323:30:35

APPLAUSE

3:30:353:30:40

Now, Mark anxiously looking to see

if he has left the red in the

3:31:023:31:06

middle. It looks very tight.

3:31:063:31:11

Has he left it into the corner? He

can't pot that.

He definitely can't

3:31:143:31:23

pot it into the middle. Maybe worth

trying to pot it up into the corner

3:31:233:31:30

pocket, where the Queen pocket is,

as we call it. Top right-hand corner

3:31:303:31:38

pocket, play it as a shock to

nothing, get back down behind the

3:31:383:31:42

blue on black. -- where the green

pocket is.

3:31:423:31:49

It looks pretty good. Excellent pot.

3:31:493:31:55

Since Mark King played that shot

with the two reds on the top, he's

3:31:593:32:05

been definitely, it's been John

Higgins in the driving seat and the

3:32:053:32:08

tactical exchange. Black back on its

spot, so that's definitely going to

3:32:083:32:13

be touching. He gave the initiative,

playing that shot, Mark.

3:32:133:32:22

APPLAUSE

Another good shot.

3:32:373:32:48

But again, big target behind the

blue and black. Not a touching ball,

3:32:533:32:59

so he's got to play it off a red.

3:32:593:33:03

A possibility of a double, but it's

quite risky. The red to the right of

3:33:073:33:14

the cue ball is available for a

double.

3:33:143:33:19

He missed the cannon as well, he

played the little cannon on the blue

3:33:303:33:35

there, just if he got the double, it

would have flicked away and left him

3:33:353:33:38

on the black. That was a big shock,

that was. Had it gone in the middle

3:33:383:33:45

and got at cannon, all of a sudden,

it would have been a great chance.

3:33:453:33:50

Yeah, now it's Mark's turn to be in

the driving seat. John couldn't do

3:34:353:34:39

much about it in the last shot, all

he could do was feather it into the

3:34:393:34:43

red. He knew he would be in trouble

for the next shot. Sometimes you've

3:34:433:34:51

just got no choice. You know you

have a shot to get out of trouble,

3:34:513:34:57

and you might be in it on your next

shot, and that is what happens has

3:34:573:35:02

happened here. I can't see what shot

he's got on here. Is he taking a

3:35:023:35:11

shot of?

3:35:113:35:15

Well. Is he taking this in the

middle?

3:35:193:35:23

And he did try to play it in such a

way that he wouldn't leave anything.

3:35:273:35:35

Quite a clever shot, wasn't it. He

has just about left this red up into

3:35:373:35:41

the green pocket.

3:35:413:35:46

Just play it with a touch of

left-hand side here. Just try and

3:35:473:35:55

bring the cue ball out between green

and brown.

Yeah. Priority, of

3:35:553:36:02

course, Ken, not get in. What ever

you do, don't miss it trying to play

3:36:023:36:08

too difficult a shot.

Well played.

3:36:083:36:12

Nice control on it. Drag it in. A

great opportunity to win frame from

3:36:143:36:23

this visit, and level things up once

again.

3:36:233:36:35

I don't think he's too straight. He

would have liked a better angle, but

3:37:103:37:15

it's still OK. Drop it in, take the

green, then the red and baulk, if he

3:37:153:37:21

wishes. He may be taking the pain,

which may be the better option after

3:37:213:37:30

this red. -- taking pink.

I think

the pink spot is occupied by those

3:37:303:37:37

two reds that would have gone up

onto the blue. Just trying to play

3:37:373:37:40

on the pink forehand. With him being

left-handed, this is a slight

3:37:403:37:46

stretch for Mark. Hasn't got to do

anything with the cue ball, just

3:37:463:37:52

make sure you knock the green in.

3:37:523:37:55

He has got to be a little bit

careful with his positional shot

3:38:103:38:13

after this red. Play on a baulk

colour, green or brown.

3:38:133:38:24

Sadly for him, he'd like to pop the

green, come off the side cushion and

3:38:263:38:30

come down. But the red on the side

cushion is in the way.

3:38:303:38:36

I will have to give him the benefit

of the doubt. I don't believe he

3:38:483:38:53

played that shot. I think he was

trying to miss that red and get back

3:38:533:38:57

down for the two reds below the

pink.

I'm not going to give him the

3:38:573:39:01

benefit of the doubt for not just

coming off the cushion and leaving a

3:39:013:39:07

straight pink with the loss comes

about. Pop the pink, and two reds

3:39:073:39:11

are in the open. He has made his

positional shot to get onto it much

3:39:113:39:15

more difficult now. Easier to play a

bit of running side, leave yourself

3:39:153:39:19

on the pink, stun it in, the reds of

there.

3:39:193:39:23

Only just a few more pots from

winning this frame, 32 point litre,

3:39:423:39:49

red, pink, red. That will suffice.

Needs to put the memory of the last

3:39:493:39:55

shot out of his mind as well from

the rest. Didn't do very well with

3:39:553:39:59

the rest on the last go. That's

better. He could have had it a

3:39:593:40:08

couple of shots to go, but to his

credit, he's there now.

I must say,

3:40:083:40:13

this has been a great performance

from Mark King. I didn't know how he

3:40:133:40:18

was going to react when he lost that

frame, well, the 2-1, needing the

3:40:183:40:26

two because, and the one after that,

with a 9-point lead. But in all

3:40:263:40:32

fairness, he has held himself

together very well. Showing a lot of

3:40:323:40:35

bottle here, Mark King, a lot of

character.

3:40:353:40:39

And the momentum has swung, it has

to be said. John Higgins hasn't

3:40:403:40:44

played his best today. At the

moment, it is definitely there for

3:40:443:40:51

the taking.

If I was doing a school

report on this much, I would give

3:40:513:40:56

him a D -4 positional, but an A+ for

temperament. Absolutely fabulous,

3:40:563:41:02

Mark King. To come back, wonderful.

3:41:023:41:13

-- D- four positional.

3:41:143:41:18

This is a nice positional shot for

blue into the corner pocket.

3:41:433:41:53

A wonderful break of 52 there for

Mark King. He was 4-2 behind, and he

3:41:553:42:01

has now levelled up once more. Mark

King 4-4 John Higgins.

3:42:013:42:11

has now levelled up once more. Mark

King 4-4 John Higgins.

3:42:113:42:13

STUDIO:. This could go to the wire.

I used to play him in practice and

3:42:133:42:23

he came back every day for more

punishment, because I used to beat

3:42:233:42:27

him up when he was younger, beat him

on the table. He would come back

3:42:273:42:30

every day for more punishment. I

called him the wee bull. He never

3:42:303:42:35

fell over, but he came back again.

I'm glad you clarify back, you beat

3:42:353:42:40

him up on the table. Fair play for

Mark hanging in.

You look at the

3:42:403:42:46

body language, if you go by body

language, there was only one winner.

3:42:463:42:50

We are not going to write John

Higgins off by any stretch, but we

3:42:503:42:53

have a best to get to the

quarterfinals. It is anyone's match.

3:42:533:42:58

At one stage, we thought John was on

his way to booking his place in the

3:42:583:43:02

quarterfinal. What happened to John?

I don't think he is in the type of

3:43:023:43:06

form he was in the last round. That

is difficult for the players to

3:43:063:43:10

guarantee that form. The UK

Championship has gone from best of

3:43:103:43:16

17 to best of 11. The top seeds in

the game preferred the best of 17.

3:43:163:43:20

All the players probably would say

they prefer that, but it probably

3:43:203:43:23

suited some of the top in the game.

They can get their teeth into it.

3:43:233:43:27

The likes of Mark Selby at the World

Championship in the UK can get on a

3:43:273:43:31

roll. Therefore, the short session

matches, one session matches,

3:43:313:43:37

perhaps there is more of a level

playing field. Even so, every day,

3:43:373:43:40

you have do hit the floor running.

I suppose an example of that is this

3:43:403:43:45

match. It is not over until the fat

lady sings, because Mark King, from

3:43:453:43:52

one stage this afternoon, we thought

it was it, and John was closer to

3:43:523:43:56

the line.

You would have thought at

4-2 there was only one winner,

3:43:563:43:59

definitely.

Absolutely.

But the way

that John Higgins went in front, but

3:43:593:44:08

Mark King has impressed with the way

he has come back. His attitude and

3:44:083:44:11

demeanour around the table looks

positive. Talking about John Higgins

3:44:113:44:16

being a strong favourite, but the

last couple of months and

3:44:163:44:20

tournaments, he's not been at the

business end of tournaments. Maybe

3:44:203:44:24

John is getting twitchy as well.

The

interesting thing is, maybe you can

3:44:243:44:27

teach better positional play, but

perhaps you can't always teach good

3:44:273:44:33

attitude around the table.

Fighting

spirit?

Fighting

3:44:333:44:36

attitude around the table.

Fighting

spirit?

Fighting spirit is a

3:44:363:44:38

difficult attribute to draw on if

you haven't got it. Some people

3:44:383:44:41

after making big mistakes in

positional play and throwing frames

3:44:413:44:45

are wayward drop their head. Not

Mark King.

The crowd giving it,

3:44:453:44:54

"Come on, Mark." Maybe his tail is

up.

3:44:543:45:00

COMMENTATOR: A lot of ingredients go

into the recipe of becoming a top

3:45:003:45:04

class snooker player. Temperament is

definitely one of them. Mark King

3:45:043:45:07

has been excellent today in that

respect.

It is true what the boys

3:45:073:45:11

said, it is something you can't

teach. You had to learn it yourself,

3:45:113:45:16

or be blessed with it.

3:45:163:45:19

First mistake from John Higgins.

3:45:253:45:37

APPLAUSE

3:45:533:46:03

Pace of the blue in the centre

taking it up...

Oh. True a quick one

3:46:093:46:15

there.

3:46:153:46:16

John hoping to pop this red into the

right centre, trying to get a nice

3:46:373:46:41

wrangle on one of the colours. Or

even the blue.

3:46:413:46:52

He can go into the pack will play on

the loose red beside the black. It

3:46:543:46:58

depends on the angle.

3:46:583:47:07

That will do. Something to come out

of the pack and flicked that red

3:47:123:47:21

away from the black, but it nearly

did. He has still landed on the next

3:47:213:47:26

red, which is the important thing.

Not an easy chance, this, though.

He

3:47:263:47:33

just had a quick look at the black,

didn't he come to see if it would

3:47:333:47:36

put into the left corner pocket. It

doesn't look like it will. There you

3:47:363:47:44

see it. I don't think that Potts, so

back up for blue here.

3:47:443:47:57

He hit that really well. Maybe a

touch too well.

3:47:583:48:04

Time just approaching three hours.

It's been engrossing. We've seen

3:48:093:48:13

matches with heavy scoring this week

here at the Barbican, but this has

3:48:133:48:20

been very interesting.

3:48:203:48:30

Now, nice angle on the blue. OK, a

bit of bit skinnier than he would

3:48:393:48:47

have liked, but still, natural angle

to go into the pack of reds.

3:48:473:48:53

No. No, that's not there.

Yeah, much

thinner than it looked. Wasn't very

3:48:553:49:08

committed on the shot. Blue nearly

went into the cushion, but he's been

3:49:083:49:14

quite fortunate to split the pack up

and not leave Mark on anything. OK,

3:49:143:49:20

he's got a thin clip, bridging over

balls into a blind pocket. I suppose

3:49:203:49:28

he can play it with the luxury of

knowing, as long as he is in the

3:49:283:49:31

baulk area, he should be able to get

the blue.

3:49:313:49:36

Just the last couple of shots, I

think he's rushed them a little bit.

3:49:393:49:46

He just hasn't taken as much time,

particularly on the backswing.

3:49:473:49:54

Playing just a little bit too quick.

3:49:543:49:59

I don't like his next one...

Help.

Stepladder required for this one,

3:50:013:50:09

I'd say. Scaffolding.

3:50:093:50:14

Whatever you have, revelry. Whatever

you have.

Do you want an extension

3:50:173:50:23

on it as well?

Yeah. The spider as

well here. I think.

Extension on the

3:50:233:50:35

end of the extended rest.

3:50:353:50:40

They literally is no other book. He

can't make an escape to any other

3:50:443:50:47

ball, it has to be black. With the

miss world, you can see the black,

3:50:473:50:52

it is the ball he has got to play,

otherwise he is giving point away

3:50:523:50:55

left, right and centre. Difficult to

judge this. Just hard to see the cue

3:50:553:51:06

tip.

3:51:063:51:08

APPLAUSE

3:51:103:51:13

Under the circumstances, it's a

fantastic shot.

3:51:173:51:23

Well played.

3:51:233:51:27

He was just trying to get out of

trouble, but it's actually a very

3:51:333:51:37

good shot. He has left Mark with a

bit of a headache. The pink being on

3:51:373:51:43

the side cushion's a massive

problem. He can't get back down to

3:51:433:51:47

the baulk area, because of coming

off the side of the pack.

3:51:473:51:54

Maybe forced into a pot.

3:51:543:52:00

Only one area he can play, he can

play the red to the right of the

3:52:093:52:13

black really thin and go back up

through the gap. Because there's the

3:52:133:52:19

pink that way. He's hit the pink and

left it over the jaws. Wow, that was

3:52:193:52:27

close, Ken, wasn't it.

A great

attempt.

3:52:273:52:36

Just wondering if he will try to pop

the red into the pack. That

3:52:383:52:42

surprises me.

3:52:423:52:45

OK, he had the blue over the left

centre, but he could have played the

3:52:463:52:51

red, the cue ball into the pack of

four reds, and still be on the

3:52:513:52:55

black.

3:52:553:53:00

Yeah, this is a big shot in the

context of this brain. He puts this

3:53:073:53:11

and it runs off the cushion slowly,

he has the red on the right-hand

3:53:113:53:14

side. -- the context of this frame.

He has come off the bump.

3:53:143:53:23

Originally thinking the one on the

right-hand side, he could have done

3:53:233:53:26

that and stayed on the back. As he

follows up, he catches the bump of

3:53:263:53:29

the middle.

3:53:293:53:32

Lovely shot. Reverse side to bring

the cue ball back to black again.

3:53:403:53:48

Really well played.

3:53:483:53:54

Really tough shots to judge, those,

when you are close to the cushion

3:54:233:54:28

and playing up for the brew. The

number of times you don't get quite

3:54:283:54:31

far enough, and a shake of the head

from John. When you play at the cue

3:54:313:54:36

ball, it gets trapped a little bit.

It's like a break, and it takes a

3:54:363:54:40

bit of pace out of it. He has got to

go round the table if he wants to

3:54:403:54:45

get back in position.

3:54:453:54:50

If the pink wasn't in the way, he

might be tempted to play brown. You

3:55:003:55:05

come round on the other side of the

table, two reds will pot that way.

3:55:053:55:09

He is not to take it, he will screw

back and the end red.

3:55:093:55:16

A good pot. The positional play

required. It is about getting the

3:55:183:55:28

red and coming back down the table.

3:55:283:55:30

A good pot. Jobs that one in, and it

was an excellent shot.

He is coming

3:55:533:56:05

out to have a look at the red to the

left of the black. If he can get on

3:56:053:56:11

that, he can open the black up into

both pockets then. He would be

3:56:113:56:18

hitting into an area with a couple

of reds he can go onto here. The one

3:56:183:56:22

next to the black is the one he

wants to be on. He is on both reds,

3:56:223:56:28

as you can see.

3:56:283:56:31

He is going to take the easier one

of the two, back up for blue.

3:56:313:56:40

And again, missed the red he'd like

to get on. Just drop the blue in and

3:56:433:56:48

try to hold left for the red by the

black.

3:56:483:56:56

Looks pretty good. So, 41 point

lead, just red, black, and another

3:57:123:57:25

red, black, and that will be enough.

3:57:253:57:27

It looks like John Higgins is going

to go one up with a possible two to

3:57:343:57:38

play. But it's been hard-fought,

hasn't it.

He has used all those

3:57:383:57:51

years of experience. Mark King can't

complain, you had a couple of

3:57:513:57:53

chances early on in the frames.

3:57:533:58:00

A good break from John Higgins,

that. Circumstances, 57 ahead, 51

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on.

3:58:583:59:00

REFEREE:

Foul.

That's the end of

that frame, that there is no doubt.

3:59:043:59:12

Mark King concedes the frame. An

excellent contribution in that one

3:59:123:59:15

from John Higgins. He puts his nose

ahead at five for Mac.

3:59:153:59:21

Getting near the business and now --

5-4. The shop Mark King had in the

3:59:233:59:30

frame, you've just got to play it

sometimes, and you can be a little

3:59:303:59:33

bit unlucky.

It got so close, didn't

it. Just left, look at the

3:59:333:59:38

situation. It all came from the

safety shot when John Higgins hit

3:59:383:59:43

the extended spider and extended

rest. He left Mark King with this.

3:59:433:59:51

Look how close he gets. He is trying

to avoid the pink as well. How close

3:59:513:59:56

was that going into the pocket?

That's what cost him the frame. He

3:59:564:00:02

was very unlucky. Still smiling,

though.

Listen, his temperament has

4:00:024:00:07

been to the fore today, of that

there is no doubt. John Higgins

4:00:074:00:12

there, dug in, hasn't been an easy

afternoon Goujon by a long stretch.

4:00:124:00:16

Hasn't been his but it's about

winning. Having a bit of a lollipop

4:00:164:00:21

he was given today.

4:00:214:00:30

A little bit of sugar.

4:00:304:00:33

The audience has definitely been

loving it this afternoon. Value for

4:00:504:00:58

money as ever and I have enjoyed

watching these two compete. No one

4:00:584:01:03

has left the auditorium. They are

all engrossed by it and why not?

4:01:034:01:08

Great venue. They love their snooker

in York. A fascinating encounter. A

4:01:084:01:21

good safety. A bit of Czech side to

stop the cue ball coming back and

4:01:214:01:29

hitting the pack. One red has popped

its nose out. A possible cut into

4:01:294:01:35

the right corner pocket for John

Higgins. That's a high percentage of

4:01:354:01:47

those types of shots. He needs a bit

of luck and has not got it. Very

4:01:474:02:00

good at that particular shots, John

Higgins. One of his many fortes.

4:02:004:02:13

Just as safety shot.

4:02:134:02:24

Part much he can do other than go

off the side of the pack for that

4:02:554:02:59

you don't want to be hitting the

black. What a mistake that is! And,

4:02:594:03:11

I could say straightaway, John

Higgins can pot this, go up and play

4:03:114:03:16

on the yellow, popped the yellow

goes straight into the side of the

4:03:164:03:19

pack if he wants. He can do it of

the blue but the yellow is there as

4:03:194:03:25

well. It is a great chance if he

wants to open the pack up. He has

4:03:254:03:31

played on the blue. He may have been

tempted by the yellow. The angle has

4:03:314:03:39

gone straight into the side of the

pack and smashed them all "Anyway,

4:03:394:03:45

he can do it here. He has been very

fortunate. He got a split. That

4:03:454:03:57

could've gone in. He managed to lead

himself -- leave himself on it. A

4:03:574:04:13

tricky situation, John Higgins, over

the years. He has converted a lot of

4:04:134:04:23

these situations. Just composing

himself by keeping the cue ball

4:04:234:04:30

clean. The red at the bottom of the

pack, trying to stun it into the

4:04:304:04:45

pocket. Not the perfect angle. He

has played it nicely from the red to

4:04:454:04:57

the right centre. Imperative he gets

top side of this. Even the yellow,

4:04:574:05:13

as you mentioned earlier.

4:05:134:05:23

He has never been won over the years

to baulk up the winning line, John

4:05:244:05:30

foot he notices a massive

opportunity for the frame and match.

4:05:304:05:34

-- John. Now then, is he on

anything? He will not have played

4:05:344:05:48

many worse position shots land that

one. -- band that one. You cannot

4:05:484:05:56

believe that. The boys in the

commentary were speaking about

4:05:564:06:00

opportunities going into the pack

when there were loose reds. He tried

4:06:004:06:06

to get onto a loose red foot he

could have got into the pack as

4:06:064:06:10

well. He has played a careless

safety shot will stop lost his

4:06:104:06:18

concentration. Completely missed by

that last positional shot, John

4:06:184:06:25

Higgins. -- miffed.

4:06:254:06:35

The good, opening pot. Just about

managers to hold position for the

4:06:524:07:00

pink. The cue ball and object ball

are so closer it is tricky at times

4:07:004:07:06

to work out the angle. I would be

surprised. It could be vintage

4:07:064:07:17

Higgins where he gets the one chance

and get over the line but not to be.

4:07:174:07:31

He has a big target up the table. If

he can get up there and come back

4:07:414:07:48

into the pack some point, you can

make sure if you are high up the

4:07:484:07:52

table you get an option of both of

those to come back into the pack. He

4:07:524:07:59

has chosen to play on the pink at

the moment, Mark. That is OK but

4:07:594:08:05

moving something about to get on the

next red.

4:08:054:08:19

Has he hit it enough to be on this

red into the corner? Maybe just

4:08:214:08:28

about on this red. He can nudge the

red to the right of it and the pink

4:08:284:08:35

into the left centre. That is a

lovely shot he played. Tries to

4:08:354:08:44

knock that into a possible position.

A good chance of a counter attack

4:08:444:08:50

from Mark King.

That was a lovely

cannon he played before. Really good

4:08:504:08:56

touch will stop so nice to see a

good touch when it means the most to

4:08:564:09:02

you, at the business end of the

match. Could be going to a final

4:09:024:09:15

frame decider. He does love to

compete, this boy. He really does.

4:09:154:09:31

He hung around all day. Mentioned at

the start of the afternoon, 18

4:09:314:09:41

matches to three behind against John

Higgins. They have played on 20

4:09:414:09:46

occasions, twice in the UK will stop

had a couple of dumping is of him.

4:09:464:09:54

Here he is, still punching. Still in

there and still competing. All

4:09:544:09:59

credit to him. He has just come

around to have a look at the two

4:09:594:10:07

reds that have been left, make sure

the top one pots into the bottom

4:10:074:10:12

right corner.

4:10:124:10:22

He wants to be nice and straight on

the pink but it is just OK. He will

4:10:234:10:28

take the top red of the two reds.

That is exactly where he will take

4:10:284:10:35

the cue ball. The other red will be

open. He has gone about this break

4:10:354:10:44

very well so far. He wants the cue

ball to be bit straighter. 67 is his

4:10:444:11:01

target appears on 42. The four reds

and colours can he will not have to

4:11:014:11:10

worry about the red close to the

cushion.

4:11:104:11:14

He has taken these very well so far.

This is the toughest positional shot

4:11:264:11:31

he has had to play on the break.

Looking at his next red.

4:11:314:11:38

It is on the bottom one but not

exactly ideal. At least he has a

4:11:464:11:50

shot at it.

4:11:504:11:52

It went in.

4:12:034:12:14

They must make contact with the two

reds and blacks. It is a big target.

4:12:214:12:27

The yellow into the right centre

coming off the top cushion. Trying

4:12:274:12:31

to split them. A big shot this one.

If he gets it right he can win the

4:12:314:12:44

frame from it.

I was just about to

say it is one of those once it is

4:12:444:12:57

easy to quit on. He have to get

through it. He is really in love

4:12:574:13:03

with the shot. You can tell by the

way he went about playing it. There

4:13:034:13:09

was a degree of difficulty in it.

Mind you can he has not let John

4:13:094:13:19

Higgins anything easy. -- mind you,

he has not left John Higgins

4:13:194:13:25

anything easy. Here's enjoying that

lollipop.

4:13:254:13:28

It has just gone slightly awkward.

He has been lucky. To clip that

4:13:454:13:51

across the table and finish that

close, then a short and bounce off

4:13:514:13:56

the touch, it is a gimme. Where it

has finished is enough to keep you

4:13:564:14:01

honest. It looks easy. But it is

not. Any flick on the near jaw and

4:14:014:14:13

this is not going in. Particularly

if he is going to play at bottom

4:14:134:14:17

right hand side as well. That can

always happen. Just pushes into the

4:14:174:14:25

red. John Higgins has had a result.

What can he make of it?

4:14:254:14:35

Well, I don't believe that. He has

left the cue ball in the one shot

4:14:434:14:50

that John Higgins can get through

the gap. No wonder he is shaking his

4:14:504:14:54

head. Once he potted it, another red

was in play, and so was the black

4:14:544:15:05

and pink. Wow!

4:15:054:15:16

Just depends on the yellow, how

close it is into the middle pocket.

4:15:184:15:34

It is definitely possible. It is how

much you can get out of it to get it

4:15:364:15:41

towards the green.

4:15:414:15:51

He is just having a look at it now.

Will he pot the red and leave the

4:15:574:16:06

yellow?

That is the way to play it.

If you cannot force any of the

4:16:064:16:14

angles, knock it in, drop the

yellowing. The natural angle for the

4:16:144:16:19

yellow on the spot. The further away

with the cue ball and you have got a

4:16:194:16:23

straight pot at it. That is the way

I would be going if you can do it.

4:16:234:16:33

Having to refocus. He has to be

close to the yellow. The cue ball

4:16:334:16:45

and potting this red. No. Would you

believe it?

4:16:454:17:02

One good pot from Mark King, as John

Higgins missed the red.

He only

4:17:114:17:21

played the pink through the middle.

Could have left himself pretty

4:17:214:17:26

straight on the red full if he had,

his clearance would have been

4:17:264:17:30

easier. With the amount of angle it

was more difficult.

4:17:304:17:34

Look at the action on the cue ball.

Have a look at this! A bit of

4:17:444:17:53

adrenaline. He has to go in and out

of baulk. This could be a really

4:17:534:17:59

good shot if he can get it close.

4:17:594:18:02

That is not close enough. It depends

on how straight and angle he has.

4:18:104:18:20

Trying to play this at pace is not a

gimme, is it?

It is one of those

4:18:204:18:25

funny shots where you have to work

out percentage-wise whether you

4:18:254:18:29

think it is worth taking. What a

lovely shot he has played. He could

4:18:294:18:36

not hit that any better. A great

shot.

4:18:364:18:39

It will go on to a decider.

That

really was a fabulous shot on the

4:18:454:18:51

yellow. To get up to the green, that

shot he has played is the best in

4:18:514:18:59

the match so far. It didn't look

like it would go 5-5 but that is

4:18:594:19:06

exactly what it is going to be. Well

played, Mark King! Both players are

4:19:064:19:16

leaving the auditorium. You know

what is coming up. It is a final

4:19:164:19:19

frame decider. It is all square at

five frames all.

4:19:194:19:26

None of us thought this was going to

happen.

Mark stuck to his guns, and

4:19:264:19:30

in the end, in that frame, John

Higgins failed to clinch the match

4:19:304:19:35

because of poor positional play. He

missed the Coombs at the end,

4:19:354:19:38

because he was too far over it. What

a great shot

4:19:384:19:42

because he was too far over it. What

a great shot from Mark King.

There

4:19:424:19:47

was no need for John to play from

yellow to red. As the guys

4:19:474:19:53

was no need for John to play from

yellow to red. As the guys said,

4:19:534:19:54

yellow to yellow is a good shot, but

the yellow was pot able. Just make

4:19:544:19:59

sure the yellow plays for pink and

black. It is unusual for John

4:19:594:20:03

Higgins to miss a chance. 2-3

chances to win a match. That is not

4:20:034:20:07

like him. His form has not been

great approaching this tournament in

4:20:074:20:11

the last couple of months. Last

season he had a purple patch. This

4:20:114:20:16

season has not been the same, so

maybe he is lacking confidence.

You

4:20:164:20:20

were talking about Mark King's body

language when the chips were down.

4:20:204:20:24

There was a little smile. You said,

sometimes you have to get out of

4:20:244:20:28

your corner if it does not go your

way. He smiled when he potted the

4:20:284:20:33

yellow, the confidence came back.

Enjoying the occasion is half the

4:20:334:20:36

battle. You can judge your

performances over a period of a

4:20:364:20:40

career by different yardsticks. You

can say, the amount of times you get

4:20:404:20:44

in position to win a frame. Or how

times you can turn around a frame

4:20:444:20:52

when you should have won it. The

attitude you bring to the game is

4:20:524:20:58

important.

What you said about John

Higgins was interesting, when he

4:20:584:21:02

reached those finals last season and

was playing consistently, Ahye

4:21:024:21:05

suggesting, when you are in a good

run of form, especially at the end

4:21:054:21:09

of tournaments, looking for booking

a place in a quarterfinal as well,

4:21:094:21:15

those shots come.

Things like

finishing matches of, those become

4:21:154:21:19

automatic. You get a chance and you

kill. He played a shot, again, we

4:21:194:21:25

are talking about Mark King earlier

not going into the pack. John

4:21:254:21:28

Higgins had a chance to go to the

bunch. He played it wrong, you could

4:21:284:21:32

see the smile on his face. Very

unlike him. A deciding frame now, if

4:21:324:21:38

you are looking at who will win, you

would side with John Higgins.

You

4:21:384:21:43

have also got to say that a player

in proving in standard, and Mark

4:21:434:21:48

King won a tournament last year, in

Northern Ireland, playing better

4:21:484:21:52

snooker. He is a happier frame of

mind. As his body length which

4:21:524:21:57

shows, he is not beating himself up.

That is a good way to go into a

4:21:574:22:01

final frame, enjoying the challenge.

Who is going to win, but you had on

4:22:014:22:07

the block.

You have to go with Mark

King, he is more positive.

4:22:074:22:11

the block.

You have to go with Mark

King, he is more positive.

I

4:22:114:22:12

wouldn't be surprised if Mark turned

John over in the last frame. It is

4:22:124:22:16

anybody's. The stats are not much

different.

Over his career, John

4:22:164:22:23

Higgins has won so many of these

deciding frames.

We are staying with

4:22:234:22:26

this match live on BBC Two.

COMMENTATOR: The one thing you can't

4:22:264:22:33

do in a final frame decider is make

a break like that. Far too thick.

4:22:334:22:40

Mind you, he may have gotten away

with it. Match time coming up to 3.5

4:22:404:22:47

hours, intriguing from the start.

4:22:474:22:56

Not that much between the final

frame-winning percentages, the boys

4:23:124:23:17

asked them, Steve said in that you

do, 56% for John Higgins, and 51%

4:23:174:23:21

from Mark King. So, virtually 50-50,

Ken.

I suppose John Higgins has

4:23:214:23:32

probably done it more. He has been

involved in a lot more matches than

4:23:324:23:40

I am sure Mark King has. But the way

he's played... Oh. This could be

4:23:404:23:46

dangerous.

That was a tough pot, but also I

4:23:464:23:54

think he's overhit it. He didn't

expect to go into the pack and leave

4:23:544:23:58

this red here.

I think because he

has hit it so poorly, the angle to

4:23:584:24:03

go towards pack, he courted much too

Finn. Nice to have first chance in

4:24:034:24:10

the final frame. That's for sure.

4:24:104:24:18

He can pot this yellow, just stunned

across and put a red into the same

4:24:304:24:36

pocket. I think that would be his

choice. Just about.

4:24:364:24:43

I don't think he'd be going into the

pack of this brew, John. The angle

4:25:094:25:13

is not good enough for him. He may

like to play on the loose red here.

4:25:134:25:18

Yeah, slightly missed a trick there,

he might have gone higher up for the

4:25:234:25:28

blue. The pack is looking really

nice. The pink is not even on its

4:25:284:25:33

spot, so a big target there.

4:25:334:25:35

Oh... Can you believe it?!

4:25:404:25:44

That was a shock.

A shocker.

4:25:484:25:58

He's just trying to get the angle to

make sure he was nice and low. He

4:25:594:26:05

just forgot to pot the ball.

4:26:054:26:09

He has covered the red down the

left-hand side of the table.

4:26:164:26:24

He can only nestle into the red on

the top cushion, just coming off the

4:26:324:26:35

side cushion and trying to nestle

onto the red. Will he be forced into

4:26:354:26:44

having a go? If he tries to chip the

one closest to the right-hand side

4:26:444:26:48

cushion, the red may come across

over the left-hand corner pocket as

4:26:484:26:53

well. He may be forced into having a

go here.

4:26:534:26:57

That's a fantastic pot from John

Higgins!

APPLAUSE

4:27:034:27:09

Yellow at what a shot. You're not

kidding. That is what all the hours

4:27:094:27:15

of practice are for. What a pot.

4:27:154:27:25

I don't know what you saw, John, but

look at Mark King's reaction when

4:27:314:27:35

John Higgins potted that. He nodded

in approval. He knew how good it

4:27:354:27:40

was. Good sportsmanship.

4:27:404:27:44

Wow. What's going on? I've never

seen John Higgins missed so many

4:27:484:27:52

easy balls.

4:27:524:27:54

You can count on one hand the number

he would miss of those in a season,

4:28:024:28:09

not just one match. A lot of

pressure felt from both players

4:28:094:28:15

here, as we see this red again. Mark

King has been so good in the safety

4:28:154:28:20

department this match. But hitting

the Brownhill has left another

4:28:204:28:25

possible long pot for John Higgins.

It's getting tense out there.

4:28:254:28:31

-- hitting the brown here.

4:28:384:28:41

Well, there's a red in the middle

for Mark. He wants to take it on,

4:28:474:28:57

along the top rail, it isn't

particularly appetising. But this is

4:28:574:29:01

massive, because he's definitely

going to leave something on if he

4:29:014:29:03

misses it.

4:29:034:29:06

APPLAUSE

Great shot. Absolutely great shot.

4:29:064:29:14

We saw Mark King's reaction a minute

ago, we have seen John Higgins's

4:29:204:29:24

reaction when that one went in. A

great pot it was indeed. Right in

4:29:244:29:32

the centre. Cracking pot.

4:29:324:29:35

You can see John kicking himself in

the chair there. The chances he has

4:29:384:29:43

had so far and missed. But there's a

load of pressure out there, and you

4:29:434:29:48

can miss anything.

4:29:484:29:51

Tried to get on the red left of the

cue ball into the left-hand corner

4:30:014:30:04

pocket, left it short. He had this

as a back-up.

4:30:044:30:16

Yeah, finished short on this. Just

have a walk round, make sure you can

4:30:194:30:23

leaders of an angle on the corner,

so you can screw it in and get

4:30:234:30:27

towards the black.

4:30:274:30:30

He can drop that in now and come off

the cushion, so that's fine. Once

4:30:324:30:38

again, just making sure you are

leaving yourself a half ball on the

4:30:384:30:41

black.

4:30:414:30:44

APPLAUSE

Taking a deep breath to relax

4:30:524:30:54

himself. Pogba black, play the cue

ball through the gap and hold the

4:30:544:31:05

red into the corner pocket. He has

played that really well -- pot

4:31:054:31:10

black. This could be a key shot. He

doesn't have the perfect angle the

4:31:104:31:15

red, but he will have to manoeuvre

the cue ball through a couple of

4:31:154:31:19

reds above it, stay on the black.

He's played it well.

APPLAUSE

4:31:194:31:30

Yeah, played that beautifully.

Lovely touch. I think all John

4:31:304:31:37

Higgins can do is sit and hope that

Mark King makes a mistake. What a

4:31:374:31:41

chance this is for Mark King.

4:31:414:31:46

You just have to steel yourself in

this position, keep your

4:31:474:31:51

concentration, make your mind up,

what shot are you going to play, and

4:31:514:31:55

100% commit to it. Don't change your

mind made shot.

Nice angle to go

4:31:554:32:08

into the two reds by the ping.

Guaranteed to be on the red to the

4:32:084:32:14

left corner.

4:32:144:32:18

If he wasn't on that one, he was

always going to be on the red to the

4:32:194:32:24

right centre. Could have worked out

a little bit better.

Yeah, don't

4:32:244:32:32

blame him at all playing the cannon,

but it could possibly go a little

4:32:324:32:37

bit awkward, which it has. Good

recovery. APPLAUSE

4:32:374:32:43

4-5 good positional shots away here.

He could have a fantastic victory,

4:32:534:32:59

someone he has only beaten three

times in 21 outings. In the second

4:32:594:33:06

biggest tournament in the world.

Oh...

4:33:064:33:11

Betwixt and between again.

He's just

feeling the tension slightly. That's

4:33:124:33:19

understandable. He doesn't have much

work to do it, you can drop the

4:33:194:33:25

Canter, come off the top cushion, Mr

black and have the black to the same

4:33:254:33:28

pocket. 29 points ahead, so three

reds, pinks and blacks, that would

4:33:284:33:40

be enough. Good shot. He just has

too hold himself together 4-5 pots

4:33:404:33:55

here.

4:33:554:33:58

That was a nice pot.

4:34:104:34:18

54 and counting, and it means the

most.

4:34:204:34:26

Hit the jaw.

4:34:264:34:35

I have nothing but admiration for

him today. We mention numerous

4:34:414:34:44

occasions, he had the worst cue

ball, and he went behind because of

4:34:444:34:51

it. But boy, has he stuck at it.

What a competitor.

4:34:514:35:00

No heroics here, just the black

required. Screwed back for the red,

4:35:054:35:10

outside cushion, get behind it. If

he gets this, it's all over. He has

4:35:104:35:16

overscrewed it. Would you believe

it? Goodness me.

Only got to land on

4:35:164:35:28

one more red, why does it had to

land on that baulk, Ken? 51 ahead,

4:35:284:35:35

52 remaining, but that doesn't mean

a great deal when John Higgins is

4:35:354:35:39

concerned. He needed two Leuchars in

the fifth frame and got them. So

4:35:394:35:47

it's not over yet.

4:35:474:35:51

Could there be another twist in the

story?

4:35:534:36:04

APPLAUSE

Under the circumstances, making 69,

4:36:134:36:18

that was fabulous.

4:36:184:36:22

He didn't want that to go in.

4:36:274:36:32

May have to take the blue here. If

he misses this, well, he's taking

4:36:334:36:39

the ping. It could be shaking hands

if this doesn't go in. And its best.

4:36:394:36:46

There it is. John Higgins held his

hand out to Mark King. A fantastic

4:36:464:36:53

match this afternoon. Two brilliant

performances, but Mark King stuck in

4:36:534:36:57

there and refused to be beaten. He

goes through to the quarterfinal. He

4:36:574:37:01

wins, 6-5.

4:37:014:37:04

STUDIO: Another one bites the dust.

That was Queen, but this was King.

4:37:064:37:13

Deducible but it?

John Higgins

showed frailty. He might have bit

4:37:134:37:20

the bullet, taken the green and

needed two Leuchars, but John was

4:37:204:37:24

mentally shocked by how many shots

he missed in the end, and wanted to

4:37:244:37:28

get out of there.

You could see

that. It was playing on his mind.

4:37:284:37:32

When they both went out and came

back, the body language was not

4:37:324:37:36

positive to John. He prodded a

fantastic red, but two shots later,

4:37:364:37:41

missed a red on the next was missed

by a foot. The body language didn't

4:37:414:37:45

look good. Even from going 4-2

ahead, his body language was great.

4:37:454:37:51

Mark King dug in, looking at the

career head-to-head is, 18 wins,

4:37:514:37:58

John Higgins, Mark King has three.

It comes down to, we can ask Mark

4:37:584:38:03

when he comes in, the fact he won in

Northern Ireland was something that

4:38:034:38:10

has risen his stock up a bit in his

own mind, a bit of pride. When it

4:38:104:38:13

comes to a gritty part of the match,

he fancies it a bit more. His

4:38:134:38:18

performances in the tournament have

been fantastic.

So many big names

4:38:184:38:22

have been lost on the way, maybe it

is the year summary like Mark as

4:38:224:38:26

well.

Since Selby went out, I said

it was body till -- Ronnie's to

4:38:264:38:34

lose. It is amazing the way the

seeds have dropped.

Come on in,

4:38:344:38:40

Mark. Well done, congratulations.

John was talking about the pressure

4:38:404:38:44

out there. Were you both feeling it

out there?

Packed crowd. You can't

4:38:444:38:51

ask that any better. Sometimes you

can go out there, there might be 30

4:38:514:38:55

people in China, but a packed crowd,

if you don't get yourself up for the

4:38:554:38:59

games, you might as well pack up.

Even at 4-2, you had a smile on your

4:38:594:39:05

face. I couldn't do it. He couldn't

do it.

It is one of those things, to

4:39:054:39:11

go 3-2, I didn't do anything wrong,

you played two good sniggers and I

4:39:114:39:14

missed them. I didn't put any or

miss anything. I got into the next

4:39:144:39:21

frame. Really confident, I was

saying, keep still and calm, and

4:39:214:39:29

keep confident.

In the last frame

after you made a couple of mistakes

4:39:294:39:32

to let John Higgins back, in the

end, you must have been surprised

4:39:324:39:36

when he missed a couple of reds?

Absolutely. I played the red in the

4:39:364:39:41

middle, hoping to cover the other

reds and I hit it thick. He went

4:39:414:39:46

red, yellow, and missed an easy red.

Then another easy red.

The long one,

4:39:464:39:50

you played a bad safety shop. You

must have fancied him for the long

4:39:504:39:54

one?

Of course. One bad safety shot,

I fought my best and I would go

4:39:544:40:01

home.

Through the match, which we

were criticising some of your shot

4:40:014:40:06

selections, but the final frame, you

never put a foot wrong from the

4:40:064:40:09

break. It was into perfect when you

needed it.

My cue ball is

4:40:094:40:14

normally...

LAUGHTER

To be fair, I felt comfortable.

4:40:144:40:19

Don't miss anything easy.

It is easy

to read things into things, but do

4:40:194:40:25

you think now, because of the win in

Northern Ireland that, all of a

4:40:254:40:29

sudden, you have more about you,

because you know you can get over

4:40:294:40:32

the line?

1,000,000%. I said in the

interview last night on BBC that

4:40:324:40:39

about 18 months ago I was playing to

pay bills. Now I am playing to

4:40:394:40:44

enjoy, and I am working hard. I feel

comfortable. It ain't, like, the

4:40:444:40:51

mortgage ain't been paid, clothes

whatever, it isn't about that

4:40:514:40:56

anymore. Now, I can played my game

and and enjoy it. If I get pumped

4:40:564:41:03

6-0, that is the way it was. I have

worked hard. That is what it is

4:41:034:41:08

about, working hard and being

confident in what I was doing.

You

4:41:084:41:11

which the semifinal of the Indian

"Can you reach the semifinals or go

4:41:114:41:15

on and win this?

Lets not get too

carried away!

LAUGHTER

4:41:154:41:20

I don't fear anybody.

I've played Ronnie loads of times,

4:41:204:41:25

played well against them, one of my

only bogey men was John. I played

4:41:254:41:30

him when he was dominant and he

which to me in every way, shape and

4:41:304:41:35

form. It was nice to get one over on

him.

We have lost so many of the

4:41:354:41:39

best players in the world, the

atmosphere around the Barbican right

4:41:394:41:44

now is, players like yourself

thinking, is it my year?

It isn't

4:41:444:41:49

light years ago that someone beat

Stephen or Steve, it was, like, oh,

4:41:494:41:52

my God. Nowadays, people play every

week, the strength and depth in our

4:41:524:42:00

game, number 60 in the world can

have a decent run.

Decent players.

4:42:004:42:05

They can win, Mark Joyce beating

Neil, that was no surprise, he is a

4:42:054:42:10

great player.

What you have in your

are marine out is that you have

4:42:104:42:13

enough experience on the TV table in

front of a crowd that you are not

4:42:134:42:18

going to snort at that chance.

I

have choked a few times, don't get

4:42:184:42:23

me wrong!

LAUGHTER

I have had a twitch up! A lot of it

4:42:234:42:30

is down to paying bills. But as I

said, now I can enjoy it, feel

4:42:304:42:33

comfortable. I can pay the hotel

bill when I checked out.

I will

4:42:334:42:40

never forget some of the interviews

you did in Northern Ireland,

4:42:404:42:44

especially the one on five live was

great. John Parrott said, "Nothing

4:42:444:42:49

but at oration" for you.

That is

lovely.

Good stuff.

4:42:494:42:57

That is Mark King, who is through to

the quarterfinals. We have time

4:42:574:43:01

before we leave you on BBC Two to

bring you up to date with the all

4:43:014:43:04

Scotland clash

4:43:044:43:05

bring you up to date with the all

Scotland clash over on the other

4:43:054:43:05

table this afternoon. When we left

it, Stephen McGuire let Graeme Dott.

4:43:054:43:13

COMMENTATOR: If that white bouncers,

he is OK.

4:43:224:43:28

I don't know if he can see enough of

the one to take on to the left

4:43:304:43:34

corner, I don't think he can. He has

had a bit of a result there, has

4:43:344:43:43

Graeme. Maybe he can see enough to

take the pot on there.

If he can,

4:43:434:43:52

Dennis, we know what an aggressive

player Stephen McGuire is.

4:43:524:43:56

Trying to start around the back with

some left-hand side, cannon into the

4:43:584:44:02

red a foot to the right of the

black. He may not be able to play it

4:44:024:44:09

with enough pace to be able to play

that shot, especially if he had to

4:44:094:44:13

bend the cue ball a bit. Can he pop

the red and play the cannon? -- pot

4:44:134:44:25

the red.

4:44:254:44:27

He got the most important part of

the shot. And that's a very nice

4:44:294:44:33

kiss on the yellow. Options of

yellow with the rest, but almost

4:44:334:44:41

certainly the brown. The reds are

open, so he doesn't have to played a

4:44:414:44:48

really aggressive shot into the

pack.

4:44:484:44:56

Just needs to be a bit careful with

his waistcoat here in playing this

4:45:104:45:14

shot.

4:45:144:45:16

He is quite close to that.

4:45:264:45:37

Peggy Lee, was right there, either

lied. Making sure Stephen Maguire

4:45:394:45:44

didn't foul the red with his

waistcoat.

4:45:444:45:55

I bumped into Stephen's dad in the

corridor along with John Ray, former

4:46:304:46:39

professional Scottish player, here

to support Stephen.

4:46:394:46:45

A very aggressive player around the

table and sometimes can look a bit

4:47:254:47:30

angry. Away from the snooker table,

you couldn't meet a nicer lad. We

4:47:304:47:39

have seen in the past, with his

temperament he has given the table a

4:47:394:47:48

good smack with his knuckles. But

that is just to try and pump himself

4:47:484:47:51

up. I remember when he first turned

professional, he used to play in

4:47:514:48:00

Stephen Hendry's club in Stirling.

It's no longer there. All the boys

4:48:004:48:05

used to play there and I remember

having a few hours practice session

4:48:054:48:09

with him when he first turned

professional. I knew he was destined

4:48:094:48:15

for big things.

4:48:154:48:22

This is a good red to get out of the

way. Has cleared the path for the

4:48:564:49:04

one closest to it in the opposite

corner. All these stun and screw

4:49:044:49:13

shots played to perfection. This, in

turn, when he pots this, would clear

4:49:134:49:26

the one next to it. Just got to

concentrate a little bit harder.

4:49:264:49:31

Little bit of movement and noise.

They are coming back into the arena

4:49:314:49:37

for the other match.

4:49:374:49:39

Can't do much about this. You can

have a little sleep, I suppose. Just

4:49:484:49:56

concentrating, trying to focus.

4:49:564:50:02

He has taken the easy reds. Now it

becomes a little bit more difficult.

4:50:204:50:31

Not that far away from securing this

fifth frame.

I am sure Stephen would

4:50:314:50:39

prefer to open the cluster, if he

can. Doesn't want to be taking one

4:50:394:50:46

of the reds along the cushion. Will

want to leave one of those there as

4:50:464:50:50

an insurance policy. And that looks

just about perfect. That was a very

4:50:504:50:57

well judged positional shot. Should

be able to play the pink into the

4:50:574:51:09

corner, followed the cue ball

through. Play the canon. Looks like

4:51:094:51:16

he is playing a hard stun shot.

There is a red that goes in the

4:51:164:51:24

middle.

Yes. That was a bonus

because if you play the cannon, you

4:51:244:51:31

can always run out of position. The

black will put him 69 in front with

4:51:314:51:42

just 67 remaining. What a start for

Stephen Maguire. Has come back from

4:51:424:51:53

the mid-session interval and is just

carrying on where he left off. He

4:51:534:51:58

had a break of 70 in the previous

frame.

4:51:584:52:04

Might be easy to make a century

break, but he can relax now the

4:52:124:52:17

frame is safe. Made 32 centuries

last season, on 16 at the moment.

4:52:174:52:26

370 in his career.

4:52:264:52:32

This has been a very well crafted

break by Stephen Maguire. Very, very

4:52:424:52:49

fluent player, very high scorer. You

feel back Graeme Dott is going to

4:52:494:52:56

have two step up now.

When he is

introduced, he calls him On Fire,

4:52:564:53:08

Stephen Maguire. That is the case at

the moment. Has he got enough angle

4:53:084:53:19

to just done in behind the Red Bull

bring it into play? Yes, slight

4:53:194:53:24

angle. Just dropping in behind it.

Going to need a little bit of

4:53:244:53:33

assistance with the extended rest

and the extension on his cue. Only

4:53:334:53:38

needs the red. For the century

break.

4:53:384:53:48

That's the 77th century in this

year's UK championship. And a big,

4:53:594:54:13

generous round of applause for that

century break.

4:54:134:54:24

The break held by Michael White, of

142 will take a bit of beating.

4:54:294:54:35

£5,000 for the highest break. A nice

little Christmas present, this time

4:54:354:54:41

of year.

4:54:414:54:47

This is the blue that Graeme Dott

knocked into this position from the

4:54:544:54:57

break-off shot. It looked like we

were going to have a scrappy frame

4:54:574:55:06

when the blue went there. That is

unlucky, but he won't be too

4:55:064:55:10

concerned about that. What a superb

effort from Stephen Maguire and he

4:55:104:55:15

extends his lead it is now 4-1.

STUDIO: 4-1, but Graeme Dott knocked

4:55:154:55:26

in frame six but Stephen Maguire

responded getting frame seven.

4:55:264:55:34

Graeme Dott, too good for Judd Trump

in the previous round, but not good

4:55:344:55:41

enough to beat fellow Scot, Stephen

Maguire, who was in complete control

4:55:414:55:46

of this and is through to the

quarterfinals. Well done, Stephen.

4:55:464:55:53

Yes, I played well and was solid

all-round. Potted a few long one,

4:55:594:56:04

which haven't been going in. I just

played a little bit better than him.

4:56:044:56:08

There wasn't too much in it, 6-2

flatters the match a little bit, but

4:56:084:56:16

he is so tough and I knew it wasn't

finished up 4-2, 5-2, I was trying

4:56:164:56:22

to get over the line as quickly as

possible. Because if he gets his

4:56:224:56:27

teeth into you, he doesn't let go.

It was a superb break and we were

4:56:274:56:32

keeping an eye on Stephen Maguire,

completely in control today?

He is a

4:56:324:56:38

class player, his ranking is nowhere

near it should be, as far as I am

4:56:384:56:43

concerned. He looks to be coming

back to form. If he hits top form,

4:56:434:56:51

he is a danger to anyone?

Do you

agree with that, Steve? Yes, players

4:56:514:56:54

have had a good match but not

followed it up with another one.

4:56:544:56:59

John Higgins, Neil Robertson and

Graeme Dott, three that spring to

4:56:594:57:03

mind.

Let's look ahead to tonight.

We have Mark Allen taking on Joe

4:57:034:57:07

Parry on the red button and the BBC

sports website. Steve, you are

4:57:074:57:14

commentating on that one.

4:57:144:57:17

sports website. Steve, you are

commentating on that one.

It will be

4:57:174:57:19

very close, it could go all the way.

I tipped it to be Mark Allen.

4:57:194:57:25

very close, it could go all the way.

I tipped it to be Mark Allen.

You

4:57:254:57:27

spoke to jail earlier, is he in good

spirits?

Yes, quietly understated

4:57:274:57:33

and the calm before the storm. He is

an experienced campaigner.

Ryan Day,

4:57:334:57:39

was in the studio talking about

wanting to get in the Masters.

4:57:394:57:44

Another player who has a victory

under his belt. Considered one of

4:57:444:57:49

the best players never to win. Same

as Mark King, hopefully he can go on

4:57:494:57:53

to better things.

It is so open?

Yes, but it puts pressure on players

4:57:534:58:00

thinking they have a good chance.

Now the question is, not normally a

4:58:004:58:05

question some of the lower ranked

players would have had. Now they

4:58:054:58:08

have the chance, will they take the

chance. This is a fantastic

4:58:084:58:15

opportunity for Ryan Day.

Let's look

at the matches this evening and how

4:58:154:58:18

you can keep up with them.

4:58:184:58:20

Thank you very much indeed to Steve

and Stephen, enjoyed your company

4:58:354:58:39

and thank you for watching. Goodbye

for now.

4:58:394:58:45

Last 16 round action gets underway with four quarter-final places to be determined on Wednesday at the UK Championship. Jason Mohammad introduces action from York's Barbican Centre.