Last 16 - Part 2 UK Snooker Championship


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Last 16 - Part 2

The remaining four quarter-final places are decided at the UK Championship, the second biggest ranking event on the snooker calendar. Jason Mohammad introduces live coverage.


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Hello, good afternoon and welcome

back to the Barbican. It is the

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second day of the last 16 in York

and this afternoon Shaun Murphy, who

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first won this event nine years ago,

is preparing to take a huge stride

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towards his second UK title.

I have

really developed sort of as a

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person, very much more accepting

that you are going to make mistakes,

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I am going to miss shots, I will get

safety shots wrong and that's OK

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because no one plays perfect

snooker. It's OK to play perfect

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snooker imperfectly is where it is

apt for me. I usually pot well and

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score well, it's just the bits in

the middle where I could do with

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being a bit better. I've got that

bit of belief in my game at the

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moment. The longer I stay here, the

more dangerous I get.

So, another

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afternoon of top-class snooker ahead

and this is how we line up. Shaun

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Murphy, the 2005 Crucible champion,

has been taking in the sight of York

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this week and has his eyes on the

prize. He plays world number 23

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Ricky Walden. Martin Gould is

playing well, feeling confident, and

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he will fancy his chances today in

his match. And your questions and

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comments are very welcome. Use the

hashtag BBC snooker. Get in touch if

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you want to, and this is how we line

up. We will take a break to some

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rugby union at 1:30pm, then back at

five o'clock. With me as John

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Parrott and Ken Doherty. People will

be thinking another big name has

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gone from the UK Championship, who

will win this?

It won't be any

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easier to win it. There are three

former UK champions so you will

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still have to play well to win here.

And are still some good snooker

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players involved in the draw. Yes,

Shaun Murphy, former winner, against

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Ricky Walden who has been off the

scene a little bit but there's still

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some great players in this

tournament. Everyone is obviously

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talking about Ronnie O'Sullivan and

saying it is his tournament to lose

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but it's not as easy as that.

And what sort of tricks will the

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Magician howled up his sleeve today?

Ricky Walden plays a similar type of

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game, he's an attacking player and

so is Shaun. That is probably the

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case of death, but the two them like

to play open, attacking snooker and

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it should be a good match.

We

sometimes forget about Walden. He

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has been plagued with fitness

problems, back injuries.

Yes, I

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spoke to him only a couple of days

ago in the practice room and he said

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for the first time his playing

pain-free which is good because he

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could only practice an hour a day

and that's why his form dropped,

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terrible spinal problems but it's

good to see him back on the big

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stage in front of the BBC of course.

When you look at the career

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head-to-heads between these two, the

last time they met was three years

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ago. Does Ricky Walden take any

confidence from that?

It doesn't

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mean a thing, it's a different day

today.

Yes, as John said they are

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both open, attacking and good

break-builders.

We are live on BBC

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Two, then red button later this

afternoon as we break for the Rugby

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union.

Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.

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We have four days of action before

we crowned the champion. 12 players

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still in the hunt but only two from

the top 16. Another unpredictable

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session of snooker is about to

unfold at the always atmospheric

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Barbican!

APPLAUSE

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Please welcome first of all a player

producing his best run in the UK

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Championship, Shanghai Masters

runner-up, Aussie open semifinalist

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bidding for his first ranking event

quarterfinal this season.

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He will be fired up for this one,

China's Xiao Guodong!

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APPLAUSE

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And his opponent on table two,

bidding for his second UK

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quarterfinal in three years, last

year 's German Masters champion,

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once again hitting form at the right

time.

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Make the quarters in Shanghai and

the semis at the International

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championship, he is Martin Gould!

APPLAUSE

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On table one, aiming for his first

UK quarterfinal in four years.

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Three times a ranking event winner

in China, it is Ricky Walden!

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APPLAUSE

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And completing our quartet this

afternoon, a class act on and off

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the baize.

Runner-up in the Paul Hunter classic

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this year, but winner of the

prestigious champion of champions,

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bidding for his seventh UK

quarterfinal, he is Shaun the

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Magician Murphy.

APPLAUSE

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A very warm reception to both of our

players there.

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Remember, we are live with you until

2:45pm, then we switched to the red

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button. Meanwhile the match between

Martin Gould and Xiao Guodong is on

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the up and BBC sport website and

will be available on the red button

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from 1:30pm. That afternoon to

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will be available on the red button

from 1:30pm. That afternoon to our

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match commentators Alan McManus and

Dennis Taylor.

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COMMENTATOR: Good afternoon,

everyone. Ricky Walden won the toss

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and he will get the match under way.

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Always nice if you can make a good

break-off shot and that has left a

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possible pot for Shaun Murphy. John

Parrott was saying at the top of the

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show to Jason, these players play a

similar type of game, very

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attacking.

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A first attempt at a long part. It

wasn't very close. -- long pot.

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Ricky has a red for the right corner

he will take and could possibly get

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on the black. This would be an early

confidence booster.

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And we might have an awkward opening

frame, as we show you the attempt

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here. Cued across that one slightly.

Two roads at the other end of the

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table so the safety zone is behind

the black now and close to the

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cushion.

Yes, talking about styles

of different players, I think the

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boys JP and Ken mentioned two words

very apt to this match, attractive

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and fluent. Both players go for

their shots.

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It's a pretty good effort. Wow! How

close was that? He played in such a

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way he would be on the blue and not

leave anything. It looked as if it

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was going to curl into the pocket.

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The first chance falling to Ricky

Walden.

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There's a loose red, a couple of

roads at the back of the pack. He

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has the perfect angle if he wants to

go into the reds. He leaves it,

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heads for the reds that are

available at the back of the bunch.

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If he gets on the final loose red in

such a way he could pot it and open

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the bunch, I think you can still

hold. On the black little thinner

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than he would have liked. Gently

does it, and there's the angle on

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the red, so as long as he doesn't

stick in the bunch or run-through on

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to the cushion, he can open up quite

a bit of the game here. That looks

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like a pair of trainers to me so

maybe he's having a few problems

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relating to his back, that's why he

would be allowed to wear those. But

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they are black anyway.

Yes, it's

been well documented, the trouble

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he's had with his back. We will see

his stance when he plays a kind of

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regular type of shot, both legs

bent, probably more so than any

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other player. There are few players

on the tour who play that way, Peter

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Ebdon, Wilson.

That red was a

distraction from having to bridge

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over the top of it.

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Here is a tough little shot in the

middle. Shaun will be aggressive at

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every opportunity.

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Both players attacking, aggressive,

very fluent. I think if I was in

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Ricky Walden's corner, I would be

advising him to play may an extra

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one or two safety shot. Shaun Murphy

refuses virtually nothing, always

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trying to be attacking, and you can

use that to your advantage.

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Touching ball.

A little bit of a

stalemate now at the moment with

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those two roads near the baulk

colours. -- two reds.

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You can see him putting the rest on

top of the spider, the first player

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ever to do that was Ray Reardon.

Just gives you that little bit more

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elevation.

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Now this might help the situation,

Shaun playing the white up there.

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REFEREE: Can I have the mobile phone

on silence please, thank you.

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Jason was saying Shaun had won six

of their nine meetings, Ricky had an

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important win in the UK Championship

in 2011. He beat Shaun 6-3. In the

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quarterfinal that year, that the

only time they played in the UK.

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Now we are getting the frame back to

normal.

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It might go in off the white or

knock the white in. Ricky was --

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mis-hit that completely, that has

confused him. He wanted to wobble it

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in the jaws.

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He wants to take the red on here,

Shaun, but he would like to play it

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with some kind of decent pace. If he

missed it the red would come away,

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that's the reason he chose to play

the safety but it's given the

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initiative to Ricky. The first

telling safety. He does have a red

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that he can play as a half shot to

nothing, mind you. Good, clean pot.

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Yes, worth another look at that one,

right in the centre of the pocket.

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If the white had run a few more

inches, he could have played the

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yellow or the green and got into the

pink or reds and possibly brought

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the black also into play. It's not

completely tied up, the black.

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There's only one loose red he would

have to play four-point I don't

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think he's got an angle to get into

the bunch. He might have. Still

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played for the loose red. He can get

up for the blue now. And then into

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the bunch.

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Perfectly played. He can bring both

pink, the reds, and also free the

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black little.

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Yes, he was hoping to catch the

left-hand side of the pink, that's

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why he's lost the cue ball there.

The red, as it cut back, just on the

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limit. If you play it close to the

pot and don't get it, it's liable to

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stay there. Having another look at

it.

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That's disappointing. That was

developing into quite a good chance

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there.

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He plays those shots so well, Shaun

Murphy. Well documented, the cueing

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action of his. Fluent and so strong,

to get top side of the blue was a

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gorgeous shot, perfect angle.

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Just playing to get right in the

middle of those two reds. He's OK

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but he's hampered slightly. He's got

to really play it back for the pink,

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you would think. The black is very

close to the cushion. Not a bad

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chance now, there's only one thread

safe on the cushion. -- on red.

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Because of that beautiful cueing

action, I always feel his quickly

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into the running in these matches,

always important to get off to a

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good start. He always seems to

settle quickly. A free-flowing

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action almost takes tension out of

the cueing arm. Not frightened to

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express himself out there with deep

screws, and he always gets the cue

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ball moving around. Again, perfect

topside of the bloom. He will all --

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already be thinking about the red on

the topside of the cushion.

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He will have a choice to make, to

try and move that red, when potting

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a red which is always a risk.

Leaving it to get nicely onto the

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colour to bring the red into play.

He's got the angle here if he wants

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to pot this and bring the difficult

red into play. That's what he's done

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and he's played it beautifully. As

long as he didn't hit that full

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ball, he caught it half ball and

that beautiful little cannon could

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quite easily give sure on this

opening frame.

He's just not afraid

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to play those shots. Early on in

frames. You think maybe leave it a

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couple of shots and try to develop

the red in the last moment, but he

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took his chance as soon as he got

it. Well on his way. Taking this

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opening frame, this has been a

brilliant start by Shaun Murphy,

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straight into his cueing.

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This finished a little awkward

there. He's 20 in front, if he was

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to pot the pink and the yellow Ricky

would need a snooker. If he takes

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the blue, he will also have to get

the green. Because when he pots the

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yellow, Ricky will still be able to

tie. Missed that green when he

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normally wouldn't. You're looking at

the best player who has ever used a

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rest and he missed one. I think in

his last match he was 100% with the

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rest. And the fact he didn't put the

yellow, he didn't get on the green.

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If he had taken the pink, he only

needed the yellow.

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That wasn't the best from Ricky

Walden there.

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He might have found a gap here, you

know. There's a gap to hit the

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green, maybe not pot it. A

possibility we could have a

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re-spotted black in the opening

frame.

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He will have to get snooker. Don't

think he can get a two point

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snooker!

Yes, that yellow should

give Shaun the first frame but he

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would like to see the green

disappear. He wants to be careful

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here. Where is the green going to

finish? This is a half chance for

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Ricky. Just looks not quite the

angle where he can dropping behind

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the blue. He's going to have to work

the cue ball. It makes it difficult

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to control this.

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Put some juice on the cue ball, that

was difficult to nestle in behind

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the blue. Shaun has got to be

careful here to put the black safe.

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Especially he doesn't want to leave

Ricky a chance to pot the green.

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This possibility is in that as far

as getting a snooker.

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I think he's got the snooker in the

middle pocket. It looks in the way

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of this, he might have to go a

couple of cautions, baulk and side,

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but very good from Ricky Walden.

He's asked the question. With the

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cue ball so close to this cushion, I

don't know how much work he can get

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on this. To widen the angle, he may

go two cautions. -- cushions. Don't

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hit it too hard. There he goes.

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I do not think there is a

double-kiss on here.

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I do not think there is a

double-kiss on here.

Not if he plays

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it as thin as that. I was thinking

the green, straight up and down.

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Interesting where the pink has

finished though.

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It doesn't really matter now, the

pink has been knocked into a better

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position for snooker 's.

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30 points is the difference. So he

would require two snookers. Just the

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brown to keep Riki in his seat. --

Ricky.

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This time Ricky raises his hands to

the referee. In the end, Shaun

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Murphy with a break of 51 Leeds 1-0.

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Shaun Murphy

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Shaun Murphy beaten in the semifinal

stage by the eventual winner Mark

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Selby and get off to a good start.

Alan mentioned in commentary that

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his cue accuracy was superb. If you

can find better actions, let me know

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what they are, because they bought

straight, like a laser and he is one

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of the best ball strikers the

tournament.

You will hear when he

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came in for a chat, and one of the

boys commented yesterday how well he

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was hitting the ball.

Yes, and

beating Ronnie O'Sullivan has given

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him some reassurance and confidence

that he might have been lacking over

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the previous six months before that

win. And he is one of the best

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hitters of the ball in the game,

gets through it lovely and is great

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to watch.

The funny thing was is

that we picked out a shot in the

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frame where he has missed the

yellow, shock horror that he misses

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a shot with the rest, and he comes

up with a shot like this.

Ricky

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needs all

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up with a shot like this.

Ricky

needs all of them here and he tried

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to knock the yellow onto the green,

and he had to try and get the cue

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ball up behind the pink. But he

plays a nothing shot here and he

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leaves the yellow on and Shaun

Murphy just needed the yellow to

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leave Ricky needing a snooker.

Shaun

Murphy taking the early lead against

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Ricky Walden, back to the boys.

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I tend to agree with Ken. I was

thinking the exact same thing after

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Shaun missed the yellow with the

rest. Maybe Ricky couldn't get the

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cue ball down the end as much as he

wanted, but he could have lifted up

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the green. Still, it is gone now. He

will try to hit back here, Ricky

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Walden. But as the boys were saying,

Shaun Murphy is looking very good,

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and that was not good. He is an

intimidating player to play against,

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Shaun. People talking about his

cueing action, but it even

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intimidates the best players. You

cannot help and sit and watch your

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opponent and when Shaun is in full

flight, he is a sight to behold.

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This is a bit of a chance now.

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You can't ask for anything better

than this. A nice easy opener.

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I think Ricky can play a soft screw

and push the one read into open play

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-- the one red. It is not easy to

get a nice angle without disturbing

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the pack. Maybe a little soft screw,

and it looks like he's playing for

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blue or one of the ball colours. He

has landed short. Not good. -- one

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of the baulk collars. -- colours.

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He is looking to see if he could

leave the red to the right middle

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pocket, but he did manage to get the

white around the table from here,

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and he would have to do that off the

green or the brown.

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He has plenty of power in the cue --

cue. If he pulls this off, that will

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be some shot. Almost impossible to

get the white all the way around the

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table.

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He just took the five extra points,

and once again he has not played the

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best of safeties.

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He has got the brown, but the red

balls are all tied up there.

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If there was ever a chance to see

the cue power, it might be here, or

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will he take the four points? No,

he's attempted to get into them, and

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what a great effort.

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He sort of arced the cue ball there.

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You see Ricky playing the outside

loose red and he does not want to

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disturb the pack. That is because of

Shaun's prowess in the long game

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department. An indication of how

wary Ricky Walden is.

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Shaun might open them up here. Well,

just the one red came out. Pretty

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good cueball both. -- though.

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He might have to come off the side

cushion and into the side of the red

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balls here.

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Got to make sure he covers the path

through to the red balls between the

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pink and black. And he hasn't. Has

the blue come to the rescue? Yes,

0:39:380:39:45

just about. Shaun having an anxious

look there.

0:39:450:39:51

This time Ricky is forced to play a

safety of the black. He needs a good

0:39:590:40:03

cueball.

0:40:030:40:05

And he has not got it.

0:40:080:40:10

That is a bit of a result there.

Tried to pop the red direct, and it

0:40:360:40:41

was a bonus to bring out the black.

0:40:410:40:44

Usually when you are playing well

you get those little touches, don't

0:40:480:40:52

you?

0:40:520:40:53

It has always been the nature of the

game. He looks in good touch here,

0:40:560:41:08

this afternoon, Shaun Murphy. I

always feel that with Shaun, when he

0:41:080:41:13

is playing at this level, a lot of

it is about the cue ball, but a lot

0:41:130:41:17

of it is about the potting side of

the game. Sean's action, it takes

0:41:170:41:21

the stress out of potting. It is

almost a given that he will knock in

0:41:210:41:26

the difficult balls with hardly any

effort. That is how well he hits the

0:41:260:41:31

ball, this fella.

0:41:310:41:33

It is just that long, sweeping

delivery.

0:41:370:41:45

Oh, dear me. The commentator's

curse. My apologies, Shaun. Did not

0:41:490:41:57

see that coming. A player of Sean's

class, that is very poor.

0:41:570:42:03

Not sure if he has landed on a pot

here. He can't see the one by the

0:43:040:43:11

pink nail or blocking this one into

the corner. -- and they are all

0:43:110:43:18

blocking this one into the corner.

He needs to get in amongst the red

0:43:180:43:26

balls and the colours to get

confidence going, Ricky.

0:43:260:43:29

Well, in playing that shot, I don't

understand it, because he has left a

0:43:440:43:49

cutback for Shaun Murphy. But if

there is a player in the game who is

0:43:490:43:53

going to play it aggressively in the

game, it is Shaun. Not as difficult

0:43:530:44:00

as the cutback that Ricky had in the

first frame.

0:44:000:44:11

Ricky was very loose with the last

safety shot. He should have left a

0:44:110:44:17

white tight on the cushion.

0:44:170:44:19

It just looks like he is under a bit

of pressure. Just early on here.

0:44:280:44:36

This is what I'm talking about with

Shaun Murphy. This is a tough brown

0:44:360:44:41

for most players. Just swept it in

again. Not a good cueball, mind you.

0:44:410:44:50

This is probably end of break. But

the pot was fabulous.

0:44:500:44:56

In actual fact, I think he potted it

a bit thin, off the right-hand jaw.

0:45:020:45:11

Probably put another 12 or 18 inches

out of the cueball and that is not

0:45:110:45:14

the best safety he has ever played.

I think the way to play this, I

0:45:140:45:22

would play it and try to go in off

because it's incredibly difficult to

0:45:220:45:26

do it. Don't try and pinch the

pocket, just try and pot it.

0:45:260:45:32

Whatever happens with the cueball

happens. Fantastic shot. Unlucky.

0:45:320:45:38

He knows he has to hide the red over

the right corner pocket, which is

0:46:020:46:08

why he has gone up the other end of

the table to find this spot so he

0:46:080:46:13

does not leave it on for Shaun.

Yes,

as I was saying, against some of the

0:46:130:46:20

players, he would have already

played yellow or brown by now and

0:46:200:46:27

maybe missed the red, but not so

with Shaun.

0:46:270:46:31

Did not fancy taking the white up

the other end of the table because

0:46:390:46:43

of the red that Shaun will play safe

off.

0:46:430:46:48

Not easy from this angle to get in

behind the green. He could go down

0:46:580:47:04

the left side of the table for the

blue and the black, but now back to

0:47:040:47:09

his original choice.

We often hear

that you go out and play the table,

0:47:090:47:19

but it's not as clear cut as that,

not at this level. There has been

0:47:190:47:24

evidence so far that Ricky Walden

has been extremely wary of Shaun

0:47:240:47:32

Murphy's long game. You have to

tailor your game to suit the

0:47:320:47:35

opponent, when it suits you.

0:47:350:47:38

Let's see how close he can get to

this. He's playing it with a lot of

0:48:220:48:26

top spin. No. Where is the red going

to finish? The last shot he took on,

0:48:260:48:37

he's usually very good at that type

of shot, but he did not get it close

0:48:370:48:42

and he has pushed the red on.

Again,

he missed it on the thick side and

0:48:420:48:48

was eager to get the cue ball

straight back up the table. That was

0:48:480:48:52

probably the cause of missing it on

the thick side again. Not frightened

0:48:520:48:59

of Shaun, but he is wary of him.

This is a top chance. He will have

0:48:590:49:11

to do develop the red balls at some

stage, and he will probably do it

0:49:110:49:14

now.

0:49:140:49:16

I know it is very early on in the

match, the first to 6, but it's

0:49:230:49:29

already worrying times for Ricky

Walden here.

0:49:290:49:32

He is well aware that Shaun can get

on a run and reel off frame after

0:49:440:49:53

frame in no time at all.

0:49:530:49:56

All these little shops, Shaun does

not feather them in, it is all

0:50:100:50:15

punchy. Look at that -- little

shots. Taking that out the equation

0:50:150:50:22

and taking the uncertainty out of

his mind, and once again, bang.

Yes,

0:50:220:50:28

like one of the players in the

studio, John Parrott, you always

0:50:280:50:33

knew when John was on the mixed

table, you could hear the ball

0:50:330:50:37

hitting the back of the pocket when

John was playing.

0:50:370:50:40

He needed a couple of chances in the

opening frame but he made a 51 break

0:50:560:51:01

which paved the way. That was for

Shaun to lead 1-0. If this black

0:51:010:51:09

goes in its another 50 plus break to

take frame. -- the second frame.

0:51:090:51:16

Very worrying times for Ricky

Walden. That break of 55 puts Shaun

0:51:440:51:49

Murphy into a 2-0 lead.

0:51:490:51:51

MUSIC.

0:52:150:52:17

Very interesting looking at all of

the statistics in his career. Four

0:52:560:53:06

frames before the midsession

interval as usual, even though it is

0:53:060:53:10

the best of 11. The crowds have been

superb since the start of the

0:53:100:53:15

tournament.

0:53:150:53:18

Interesting what Shaun said in his

pre-match interview about accepting

0:53:270:53:33

that missing the oddball here and

there, that will happen, because

0:53:330:53:37

this game is too difficult for

anything else to be the case, but it

0:53:370:53:41

is a good state of mind to be in.

The carefree. I'm going to make

0:53:410:53:46

mistakes and accepted. Players go

out and miss a couple of balls and

0:53:460:53:51

they find it difficult to deal with,

but not so Shaun Murphy. When he is

0:53:510:53:55

out there, he is enjoying every

minute of it, and that is important.

0:53:550:54:00

That is as good a shot as Ricky

Walden has played this afternoon. A

0:54:270:54:35

wee bit unfortunate. The two red

balls together, and Shaun can play

0:54:350:54:39

off them. And an excellent return.

0:54:390:54:44

That was nice to see, not feeling

the best having lost the two opening

0:55:020:55:09

frames, but he tapped the table in

appreciation of the safety shot that

0:55:090:55:13

Shaun just played.

0:55:130:55:14

Where he is stood here tells you

that he cannot see a path back down

0:55:200:55:24

the table. Just watch this here.

That is more or less saying, well

0:55:240:55:36

played, Shaun. Good sportsmanship.

0:55:360:55:38

The dead weight to land on the red

to the right.

0:55:470:55:51

Coming a little bit narrow. Well

done.

0:55:560:56:02

And does this red pot? That is why

he tried to get it on the

0:56:090:56:17

deadweight. Just enough room for one

to pass the other. Once again, an

0:56:170:56:25

indication of the cueing power that

he has. He hardly touched this. And

0:56:250:56:30

he avoided the cannon on the red.

That was stunning. The almost

0:56:300:56:35

bullied the red into the pocket. Not

too many players in the game would

0:56:350:56:41

have played it, I thought there was

a natural angle, but he just bullied

0:56:410:56:47

it in.

0:56:470:56:48

The pink is out of commission and

the black is perfectly placed. What

0:57:000:57:08

has Shaun got planned here? Yes, I

will bring the pink into play.

0:57:080:57:17

If he makes this and cannons in the

two red balls, he would leave the

0:57:310:57:35

pink to the right middle pocket. But

he decided that he was going to get

0:57:350:57:42

the black back on the spot, and he

made that look easy. Bridging over

0:57:420:57:49

the red balls and striking down to

get the back spin and get the gap.

0:57:490:57:52

Superb.

0:57:520:57:53

It sort of bounced because he was

striking down on it. The cueball was

0:57:590:58:02

bouncing.

0:58:020:58:04

Just watch the cueball here.

0:58:120:58:14

It bounced and sort of Arctic 's way

through the red balls. -- and arced

0:58:190:58:28

its way.

0:58:280:58:30

Yes, even their, not remotely

worried about leaving the cueball

0:59:220:59:29

close to the side cushion. Just

sweep the black in. A gorgeous

0:59:290:59:38

cueball again.

0:59:380:59:40

Yes, and he created his chance for

himself with a good safety that we

0:59:571:00:02

showed you when Ricky was tapping

the table. He was in a spot of

1:00:021:00:05

bother, but this is the result. So

it is not all about knocking big

1:00:051:00:11

breaks in. You have to have a good

safety game to get yourself in.

1:00:111:00:16

He's terrific to watch when he's

playing like this.

1:00:331:00:37

You almost get the sense with Shaun

Murphy at times when he's in these

1:01:101:01:14

positions he's not trying to win the

frame, he is trying to clear the

1:01:141:01:19

table. It's all that interests him,

he loves it out there.

1:01:191:01:27

The frame safe, now he can

concentrate on a century break. He's

1:01:391:01:46

only had one so far in this year's

Betfred championship. He made 37

1:01:461:01:54

last season. And 20 this season. And

438 in his career. 82 centuries so

1:01:541:02:06

far this year.

1:02:061:02:08

And that's developed the most

difficult of the reds, hoping to

1:02:201:02:25

negotiate this one along the

cushion, get the black and take the

1:02:251:02:28

lot here.

1:02:281:02:31

You rightly mentioned the safety

shot, the open red was an apt salute

1:02:401:02:51

piledriver. It's not often you can

say that about a short shot but he

1:02:511:02:58

bullied it in and since then it's

been fabulous.

He almost missed the

1:02:581:03:07

century! Big smiles all round that

he wobbled that black three or four

1:03:071:03:11

times. He certainly is enjoying

himself out there at the moment.

1:03:111:03:29

Ricky Walden hadn't done that much

wrong, but he hasn't really been in

1:03:301:03:39

amongst them since missing one off

the spot.

1:03:391:03:46

He couldn't get the high break

anyway but what a fabulous frame

1:03:541:03:59

played by Shaun Murphy there.

1:03:591:04:04

21 centuries now for Shaun Murphy,

our very own 21st-century boy!

1:04:071:04:16

Looking for a quick afternoon,

Shaun.

Yes, when he starts playing

1:04:161:04:21

well he starts stomping around the

table and looks like he will eat

1:04:211:04:26

every ball he looks at. The

1:04:261:04:28

table and looks like he will eat

every ball he looks at. The opening

1:04:281:04:28

red in the break, but only have you

got to be so accurate, but look at

1:04:281:04:33

the way the cue ball swings

1:04:331:04:35

the way the cue ball swings away

from the others. Not too many

1:04:351:04:37

players could hit it as sweetly as

that.

We have been treated to some

1:04:371:04:45

snooker but also which has tested

the patience of the pundits.

Yes,

1:04:451:04:51

it's great to see a player in that

lovely free-flowing mode, very

1:04:511:04:56

aggressive and trying to win the

frame in one visit. He also played a

1:04:561:05:00

lovely shot during that Blake to get

back on the black when he was

1:05:001:05:04

bridging over another red so he

looks confident. When a player gets

1:05:041:05:08

on a roll like that, as Allen said

in commentary it's very

1:05:081:05:13

intimidating. He bullies you and

there is nothing Ricky can do at the

1:05:131:05:17

moment.

The one minor criticism you

can have about him, the observation

1:05:171:05:25

is sometimes he's a little bit too

nice. When he's got players down he

1:05:251:05:28

needs to give them a bit more and

not let them off.

You mean that

1:05:281:05:33

killer instinct?

Yes, which is

sometimes the reason he wins with

1:05:331:05:42

6-4, rather than 6-2.

We should also

tell you tonight it will be a

1:05:421:05:47

thrilling game because Ronnie

O'Sullivan is taking on one of the

1:05:471:05:54

revelations so far, Sunny Akani.

Yes, a great achievement to get so

1:05:541:06:02

far but to come out tonight in a

packed arena against Ronnie

1:06:021:06:07

O'Sullivan, the fans' favourite,

it's a big test for him but he

1:06:071:06:11

should enjoy every minute of it.

And

a thumping win as well.

Yes, 6-0

1:06:111:06:21

against Barry Hawkins, not many

people have that on their CV. When

1:06:211:06:24

he wins or loses his on the practice

table.

John, a quick one for you

1:06:241:06:29

before we go back to the

commentators. If you are Ricky now,

1:06:291:06:36

what

1:06:361:06:37

commentators. If you are Ricky now,

what is the mindset?

He has just got

1:06:371:06:38

to tighten up. In the last one he

was in trouble because the safety

1:06:381:06:42

was so good, but when the chance

comes he just has to score from it.

1:06:421:06:48

Dennis knows Ricky well, he used to

practice with him, didn't you?

I

1:06:481:06:53

tried not to practice with him too

much because all you did was pick

1:06:531:06:57

the ball is out for him! We used to

practice in a club in Chester and he

1:06:571:07:03

just never missed. But is he going

to get a chance? That's the thing.

1:07:031:07:11

He hasn't really been in amongst the

balls to get confidence going. Shaun

1:07:111:07:17

Murphy is looking at a long red

here. That is incredible. Absolutely

1:07:171:07:25

incredible.

Sweet snooker, cracked

the back of the pocket, what a pot.

1:07:251:07:44

But what an opening red.

1:07:441:07:46

It's a cracking opening red, but the

blue he didn't play the cannon as he

1:07:571:08:01

intended. He had rights to play for

but he wanted to get the ball is

1:08:011:08:06

open again. Three open red and he

wanted to hit the pink full ball.

1:08:061:08:13

When you hit it half ball, you can

always go in off.

It was

1:08:131:08:19

ultra-aggressive. You can't

criticise him in any way for being

1:08:191:08:25

aggressive.

1:08:251:08:29

The opening red is the shot of the

week for me.

1:08:321:08:45

Can Ricky Walden play a few good

safety shots? To try to put Shaun in

1:08:461:08:52

a spot of bother. No, that's not it.

1:08:521:09:01

He had a chance to get the cue ball

back towards the brown and green and

1:09:091:09:14

he hit it far too thick.

1:09:141:09:17

You can see Shaun's right elbow with

the rest playing this, he keeps it

1:09:231:09:28

as high as any other player in the

game. Part of his technique, you

1:09:281:09:35

mentioned how good he is with the

rest. Look at the right elbow,

1:09:351:09:41

horizontal to his cue hand. Terrific

technique with the rest, Shaun has.

1:09:411:09:49

And a very aggressive shot coming

up, taking the blue off its spot.

1:09:491:09:57

It's feeling good at the moment,

isn't it?

Yes, a bit like that

1:09:571:10:07

opening red. Most players sitting in

the chair and it gets your

1:10:071:10:12

attention, oh he's taking on a tough

one. Deary me! He has potted an

1:10:121:10:24

unbelievable red, a stunning blue,

then what for him is an absolute

1:10:241:10:28

sitter will

1:10:281:10:39

stop he's not cueing well at the

moment, Ricky.

Just lacking in

1:10:411:10:48

confidence. Cute across that one

slightly. -- cued across that one.

1:10:481:10:59

The problem for Ricky is you almost

feel like you are not part of the

1:10:591:11:04

match, the way things are going.

That's a couple of misses from Shaun

1:11:041:11:13

Murphy now. Ricky Walden, if you can

get yourself going, this wasn't as

1:11:131:11:18

easy as the one he missed, but if

Ricky can get a few points here, the

1:11:181:11:24

mid-session interval is coming up

and if he can go into it 3-1, he

1:11:241:11:29

will still be in with a chance here.

And he can bring a few reds into

1:11:291:11:38

play because of that red to the

right of the black, that's a bit of

1:11:381:11:42

insurance. Now, what's happened? He

can't believe it, the little bit of

1:11:421:11:56

metal is stuck in the cue. I think

you will have to go to the

1:11:561:12:04

tournament office to get that out.

Don't often see that happen, that's

1:12:041:12:11

very unusual.

Yes, the extension

came loose and it is stuck in the

1:12:111:12:23

very unusual.

Yes, the extension

came loose and it is stuck in the

1:12:231:12:25

butt off his cue.

Neither have we, a ridiculous

1:12:251:12:29

delaying tactic!

The problem is

because it is so much extra weight

1:12:291:12:32

in the bottom of your cue, he has

got to find someone with a set of

1:12:321:12:39

players and get it out.

Have you

ever seen this before?

No, never,

1:12:391:12:46

it's quite unusual.

We have time to

talk about the tournament in

1:12:461:12:49

context. When you arrived here, did

you expect to lose so many big

1:12:491:12:55

names?

Not really, you don't

normally see so many big seeds going

1:12:551:13:00

out. We are playing a lot of best of

sevens, you would expect to see the

1:13:001:13:05

odd shock here and there but the UK

Championship not really. It's always

1:13:051:13:10

been the top boys who have got to

the latter stages and there's been a

1:13:101:13:14

lot of shocks this week already.

If

you'd seen the advertising board

1:13:141:13:19

outside and it had Mark Selby and

Judd Trump on it, you would never

1:13:191:13:23

believed they would have been out

already. There's also shocks, that

1:13:231:13:37

can happen in any sport, but I do

think being the first six as opposed

1:13:371:13:41

to the first nine has made a

difference.

Ryan Day gave a good

1:13:411:13:46

interview yesterday when he said the

top players are playing without

1:13:461:13:51

fear.

Yes, the reason is that so

many more tournaments so they are

1:13:511:13:57

more familiar with the top seeds and

some of them have success over the

1:13:571:14:01

best of seven against the top seeds.

So the familiarity and the fear from

1:14:011:14:07

those players is completely gone

now.

Do you think basically because

1:14:071:14:12

there's so many tournaments that

effectively the players if you like

1:14:121:14:17

our battle hardened, they are

trained and ready for the matches

1:14:171:14:20

against the big guys?

Yes, if you

have another tournament the week

1:14:201:14:26

after following, you think I might

have a go at this match, I'm not

1:14:261:14:33

expecting to beat him and all of a

sudden they get a loose arm. With

1:14:331:14:38

respect to Scott Donaldson, he's not

thinking he can win it.

1:14:381:14:49

Our cameraman is a bit shaky as he

walks onto the set but Ricky is very

1:14:491:14:54

much back and let's hand you over to

Dennis.

1:14:541:14:57

APPLAUSE

1:15:011:15:01

APPLAUSE.

Back to normal. Someone must've had

1:15:011:15:08

a pair of pliers in the tournament

office. I was just saying he has an

1:15:081:15:14

angle on the black to bring some

reds into play and he has the red

1:15:141:15:18

next to the black is a bit of

insurance. He has played it well,

1:15:181:15:27

and this is the first real chance

Ricky Walden has had in amongst the

1:15:271:15:32

balls, created by that very good

cannon.

1:15:321:15:37

Full focus now required.

1:15:421:15:52

That was a better piece of cueing,

that will give him a wee bit of

1:16:211:16:25

confidence. Just about the correct

side of the blue. You never know,

1:16:251:16:32

that little incident with the butt

off his cue cut through the tension

1:16:321:16:41

he was feeling.

1:16:411:16:45

It was always going to be a pretty

quick match, this, the way both

1:16:551:17:01

these players play. And that's

turned out very nicely. He was

1:17:011:17:12

hoping to maybe not have to play any

cannons but decided on that occasion

1:17:121:17:17

that he had to do and it's worked

out very nicely.

1:17:171:17:23

He would love to get to 68 there, as

you can see on the side bar. That

1:17:341:17:42

would leave Shaun needing a snooker.

1:17:421:17:46

Maybe just underscrewed that one

slightly. A long way from the black

1:17:591:18:04

again will stop its all about just

trying to keep close control and

1:18:041:18:11

make it as easy as possible for

yourself.

1:18:111:18:17

Making sure he got the right side of

the blue, just a little bit harder

1:18:271:18:31

than he intended. Just checking to

see if the one to the left of the

1:18:311:18:38

pink spot is available into the

right corner. If not, he might have

1:18:381:18:42

to have a change of plan here. The

blue is not the perfect angle to get

1:18:421:18:50

on the red he looked at. He could

play another cannon on potting the

1:18:501:18:57

blue, but he's hoping not to have to

do that. It's quite an important

1:18:571:19:06

positional shot here. There is the

cannon again, and that's worked out

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OK.

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That's three shots he's hit like

that. It will give him a nice

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feeling inside. More solid. Of

course he wants to win the frame but

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if he can win it in one visit that

will give him great confidence going

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into the interval.

I agree 100% with

you, Alan. The incident where he had

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to leave the arena has maybe taken

the edge off because he looked very

1:20:001:20:07

tense and maybe that has eased the

pressure slightly. Who would have

1:20:071:20:11

thought you would get part of the

extension stuck in the cue but he's

1:20:111:20:15

done well here. Doesn't need many

more.

1:20:151:20:20

Already 58 ahead. The red and a

colour would be enough.

I think

1:20:331:20:37

would like to see Ricky screw this

in off a couple of cushions. He

1:20:371:20:42

should still get it, mind you. Well

done. That blue is an easy shot for

1:20:421:20:56

the player of Ricky's standing. The

fact his 59th in front, he will take

1:20:561:21:02

the yellow but the blue shouldn't be

any issue. Yes, well done Ricky

1:21:021:21:08

Walden. This has been good

character. Especially after that

1:21:081:21:12

little incident that as Dennis said

possibly cut the tension, and he's

1:21:121:21:20

back in this match. That's the

important thing.

Yes, the first six,

1:21:201:21:29

going into the mid-session interval

3-1 down. Not all that bad, but very

1:21:291:21:35

little chance in the three opening

frames. Maybe the first frame he

1:21:351:21:38

could possibly have won that. Ricky

has had a couple of centuries so far

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in this year's UK Championship. It's

going to be difficult to make one

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here, the red tucked up on the side

cushion there. Doesn't matter about

1:21:541:22:05

that, he did what he had to do. He

won the frame in one visit and goes

1:22:051:22:10

into the mid-session interval a lot

happier, but Shaun Murphy still

1:22:101:22:15

happier, but Shaun Murphy still

leading 3-1.

1:22:151:22:18

If we are being honest, a long way

to go for Ricky Walden but showing a

1:22:181:22:23

bit of fighting spirit.

Yes,

absolutely. He had to go out, he

1:22:231:22:28

might have got himself together as

well, fixing his cue but it was a

1:22:281:22:32

break he needed to get his arm going

and get some confidence because he

1:22:321:22:37

looked all at sea. As John talked

about before that frame, every now

1:22:371:22:40

and again he had the odd miss that

you don't expect totally out of the

1:22:401:22:47

blue. It is 3-1 and now the match is

back on.

And it's all about taking

1:22:471:22:54

your chances at this level.

Yes, I'm

very impressed with Ricky. You said

1:22:541:22:59

what has he got to do, he had to

score when the first chance comes.

1:22:591:23:05

He also have the hiatus to sort his

cue out, but all credit to him he's

1:23:051:23:10

come back and made a good break.

When you are 3-0 down and you win

1:23:101:23:16

the frame before the mid-session

interval I suppose in a way you want

1:23:161:23:20

to carry on. Does that mentally

break up how you are feeling?

I

1:23:201:23:25

think you are just delighted to get

on frame on the board and the

1:23:251:23:29

deficit is only two now. You can get

back on the practice table if you

1:23:291:23:38

want and get ready for the next

session.

That's the other thing, it

1:23:381:23:41

is not best to nine so sometimes 3-0

is a bad result but who will settle

1:23:411:23:53

for 3-1.

Is Shaun kicking himself?

He got himself perfect, you would

1:23:531:23:58

fancy him to win it and he missed a

straight red. He just has that

1:23:581:24:05

little glitch now and again, it

happens.

Let's turn our attention to

1:24:051:24:09

the other match happening, Martin

Gould taking on Xiao Guodong, who's

1:24:091:24:17

looking for a place in the

quarterfinals.

1:24:171:24:20

Martin Gould, I was born in Pinner

England, 1981.

His nickname is the

1:24:241:24:39

Pinner Potter.

Martin has worked as

a croupier in a casino.

He is also

1:24:391:24:45

an excellent darts player and has

considered playing it

1:24:451:24:49

professionally.

His only ranking

title came at the 2016 German

1:24:491:24:54

Masters.

In the mid-noughties he

dropped off the tour to care for his

1:24:541:25:09

mother.

Martin is a lifelong Spurs

fan.

This season he reached the

1:25:091:25:16

semifinals in the international

championship, where he lost to Mark

1:25:161:25:18

Selby.

All you need to know about

Martin Gould. Xiao Guodong is

1:25:181:25:26

currently ranked 36th in the world.

He made his debut at the Crucible

1:25:261:25:33

the following year after his first

win. Very tough opponent for Martin

1:25:331:25:42

Gould, so we join it in frame one,

Xiao leading four points to nil.

1:25:421:25:56

Your commentators are Stephen Hendry

and Steve Davis.

1:25:561:25:59

In an exhibition when he was only 14

or 15, he knocked in a total

1:26:051:26:10

clearance against me.

I do feel

though slowly but surely the Chinese

1:26:101:26:23

understudies are starting to make

their mark on the world scene.

1:26:231:26:29

Very aggressive, and considering he

hasn't had much table time, that is

1:26:331:26:41

a tough shot to guarantee.

1:26:411:26:44

This red on the black spot is a good

one to get rid of, obviously. He

1:28:001:28:07

won't be able to play for the black

I don't think this time, but it

1:28:071:28:11

certainly makes break-building a lot

easier. Screw for the gap.

1:28:111:28:19

Underrated player, Martin Gould.

1:28:481:28:52

He doesn't seem to be overawed by

any situation. Quite unusual in the

1:28:571:29:07

respect that he wears normal classes

to play.

I think you will find they

1:29:071:29:12

are special classes that he looks

over the top off to play golf shots

1:29:121:29:17

with.

Why is he wearing them, if he

looks over the top of them?

For

1:29:171:29:23

balance.

1:29:231:29:26

Obviously when he's looking at the

table from this position, looking

1:29:291:29:36

through the glasses, when he gets

down his looking over the top and

1:29:361:29:39

clear of the rims. And hasn't got

that poor eyesight, you would

1:29:391:29:51

imagine. It's not the first time we

have discussed this, but it is quite

1:29:511:29:55

fascinating.

Cannon on the middle

red here. The only drawback with

1:29:551:30:04

that shot is tying the black up for

the right corner.

Actually harder

1:30:041:30:11

cannon would have pushed the red

free of that line. It probably won't

1:30:111:30:17

be an issue. Very, very efficient.

This cue ball hasn't moved any

1:30:171:30:26

distance at all so far in this

break, that the art of

1:30:261:30:30

break-building at the top of the

table.

To be fair, he was given a

1:30:301:30:36

gift in this opening frame. That's

just what you want, a nice easy

1:30:361:30:42

chance, the balls everywhere. It's

probably the same situation he had

1:30:421:30:45

on the practice table half an hour

ago and he's been given it in the

1:30:451:30:50

first frame of this match. A very

aggressive shot by Xiao Guodong. A

1:30:501:30:58

tough shot to place. The cue ball

was quite close to the side cushion

1:30:581:31:01

so he made the short even tougher.

1:31:011:31:06

Getting a bit more difficult now

with the lay out of the red balls.

1:31:061:31:09

Got a kick on the last red which

took the pace out of the cueball, so

1:31:091:31:14

more work to do here.

1:31:141:31:16

To sacrifice -- had to sacrifice a

little bit of distance between the

1:31:221:31:28

balls but as long as this red to the

right of the pink goes in, it is

1:31:281:31:34

pretty comfortable.

1:31:341:31:44

His striking the ball nicely. Crisp.

Always nice to get off to a good

1:31:491:32:00

start, especially in one session

match. It is important in even

1:32:001:32:07

longer matches but settling down in

a match is never guaranteed. He has

1:32:071:32:16

overscrewed that by a fraction. You

don't want to be that close to the

1:32:161:32:20

cushion. Perhaps it was unavoidable

to get straight on one of these red

1:32:201:32:26

balls. We expect him to get it.

1:32:261:32:29

The first shot that has not gone to

plan so far. He was looking for the

1:32:451:32:50

black but he will have do play the

pink to the left middle. It is

1:32:501:32:55

missable. I don't expect into, the

way he has been playing in this

1:32:551:33:02

opening frame. -- I don't expect him

to.

1:33:021:33:09

One more red, and this has been a

very comfortable visit to the table.

1:33:531:34:00

Never looked in any danger. Very

composed, very relaxed. Never had

1:34:001:34:04

any tough shots to play. And this is

the best way of punishing your

1:34:041:34:12

opponent, winning the frame in one

visit.

Yes, but on another day when

1:34:121:34:19

you are not so comfortable amongst

the balls you can make even an easy

1:34:191:34:23

visit like this go wrong. So very

good control. Very clinical.

1:34:231:34:27

Martin Gould out doing Xiao Guodong

in the Belt department, that is for

1:34:341:34:41

certain. That is a beauty.

1:34:411:34:43

No century, but 82.

Xiao Guodong

comes out for a bit more practice

1:35:121:35:18

but it is 1-0 in favour of Martin

Gould.

Let's show you what happened

1:35:181:35:23

in the second frame with Martin

Gould to play.

1:35:231:35:26

Struck that nicely. 11 points

behind.

1:35:591:36:11

The red is hampering both shots on

the outside cushion.

1:36:311:36:34

I think he has to play the black

now.

1:36:471:36:51

Would he be tempted to play for the

red closest to the cushion? He has

1:37:071:37:12

to do it at some stage if he wants

to win the frame in this visit.

He

1:37:121:37:17

could do, especially if it's an easy

option for positional play. He

1:37:171:37:21

doesn't have to do something with

the black, just the two cushions,

1:37:211:37:25

and release of the second. He has

played for the loose red.

1:37:251:37:30

He has to get a good angle. A good

angle on the black. He could choose

1:37:331:37:40

the red down the side rail first,

but it is not a clear cut chance.

1:37:401:37:48

The worst place would be straight on

the black. He has to play for the

1:37:481:37:52

right corner pocket, because then he

can play for whichever red he

1:37:521:37:56

chooses.

1:37:561:37:58

That has finished highly, so he will

play the along the black cushion.

1:38:051:38:09

More angle than he would have liked.

It definitely makes the red missable

1:38:201:38:26

now. We have seen them go in this

week, especially of the front

1:38:261:38:31

knuckle, which has been surprising.

He does not have to hold for the

1:38:311:38:34

black. The pink is available but the

black is the nicer ball to get and

1:38:341:38:42

then tuck in right behind the last

red. Just enough of an angle that it

1:38:421:38:48

made the red missable. He has stuck

it up and not covered the pocket. Do

1:38:481:38:54

you think there's any way Xiao

Guodong can shift the last red of

1:38:541:38:58

the cushion? It doesn't look like

it.

He could have played the

1:38:581:39:05

stunning shot, hit the cushion first

and screw that in, and he could have

1:39:051:39:11

missed that red. But maybe he

fancies it down the rail.

1:39:111:39:15

Going back to Martin's shot, I would

have preferred to drop the red in

1:39:211:39:28

than play the stunning shot.

That

was the more difficult shot.

1:39:281:39:31

Especially as we have seen, many

times, the ball going along the top

1:39:311:39:36

cushion effectively giving up as it

hits the jaws. He needs a good angle

1:39:361:39:46

from the blue to get on the yellow.

That is the only sticking point, in

1:39:461:39:52

some ways. He could screw back for a

red colour if he fancies. -- he

1:39:521:39:58

could screw back for a baulk: if he

fancies. Now he will have another

1:39:581:40:04

shot if he chooses to jack it up

into the air and screw the cueball

1:40:041:40:09

between brown and green. He missed

one earlier like this.

1:40:091:40:12

Anything but straight for the

yellow. I suppose that is not too

1:40:181:40:25

good either. These are horrible

shots. Cutting back to the pocket,

1:40:251:40:34

and for some reason along the baulk

cushion, it seems more difficult

1:40:341:40:37

than along the black cushion.

1:40:371:40:39

Well done.

1:40:451:40:46

Green and brown puts him 19 points

in front with 18 on the table. Three

1:40:521:40:58

balls needed to get over the line.

1:40:581:41:00

A good performance here from Xiao

Guodong. He has not had that much

1:41:121:41:17

table time to get going. Showing a

bit of character.

1:41:171:41:21

He has been to the final of a

ranking event, so he is used to the

1:41:291:41:33

big stage.

1:41:331:41:35

With that pink ball, Xiao Guodong

takes this scrappy frame, the second

1:41:521:41:56

one. It levels the match at 1-1.

1:41:561:41:58

One frame at age, but this is the

latest score and we said it would be

1:42:031:42:06

a difficult game for Martin Gold.

That match is continuing on the red

1:42:061:42:10

button, and soon as that frame is

over we shall bring you the Murphy

1:42:101:42:15

and Ricky Walden match. We are

leaving you on BBC2 very shortly,

1:42:151:42:20

and we were saying that Xiao Guodong

is a good player. As it stands, he's

1:42:201:42:25

only dropped five frames in four

matches.

This is a tough game. You

1:42:251:42:30

would think Martin Gould would have

it, but they are hard match players

1:42:301:42:35

they know their way around.

A

wonderful clearance to get up and

1:42:351:42:40

running. That first frame, it was

not straightforward. He made some

1:42:401:42:45

really good balls, particularly the

yellow down the baulk cushion. They

1:42:451:42:49

tend to be more difficult than they

are around the black spot, but it

1:42:491:42:53

was an impressive clearance.

Martin

is in a good frame of mind as well.

1:42:531:42:58

He's been giving interviews saying

he feels very comfortable and happy

1:42:581:43:02

with him for -- is born.

And he is

not afraid of anybody. He will get

1:43:021:43:07

his cue out of the case and he will

not care about the reputation and he

1:43:071:43:11

will want to get down and dirty with

you.

Think it will go either way?

1:43:111:43:16

6-5.

Either way.

We are leaving you

on BBC2 very shortly. But here is

1:43:161:43:23

Ricky Walden and Shaun Murphy

returning. Shaun Murphy leading 3-1

1:43:231:43:30

with Ricky taking the frame just

before the midsession interval, so

1:43:301:43:34

this is the plan. We will leave you

on BBC2 now for the Varsity match

1:43:341:43:38

and we will be back on the red

button with this match shortly as

1:43:381:43:41

soon as the Xiao Guodong frame ends.

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