Jason Mohammad introduces fourth-round action from the Barbican Centre in York.
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Welcome back to the Barbican, day
two of the last 16. A lot of snooker
to catch up on, since you have been
away. John Parrott and Ken Doherty
still alongside me. We are focusing
on Shaun Murphy, the 2008 UK
champion, taking on Ricky Walden
afternoon. Murphy leads by a 6-3.
When you left, Shaun Murphy was
leading by 3-1 at the mid-session
interval, firing in a brilliant
break in frame three. And he needed
just one to book a place in the
quarterfinals against King. We
joined it in the early stages of the
next frame with Alan McManus and
I'm not sure if that red next to the
black is great, there are other reds
he can play. If it goes into the
right corner, he may not be able to
get to it this time but there's
plenty of room, as you can see. And
he's played at that side of the
table so he has got the red at the
back of the bunch and he can get
nicely on the black and do something
about the red. It is making that
like a little awkward.
He had to go for the blue because he
was dead straight on that red.
that shot there was typical of the
modern game. He potted a
straightforward red and deliberately
played for a long blue. Did not even
think twice about it.
Welcome he has got the angle now on
the blue to play for that red next
to the black.
These are little shots whether cue
action comes in handy. These are
missable. Clean as a whistle. Does
not mind leaving the cue ball near
the side cushion, Shaun Murphy. He's
such a good potter. A great asset to
It has certainly opened up the reds
with that shot and if he can get to
67 points as you can see with the
side bar, he's into the next round.
He does not want to hit the blue!
That is the worst possible outcome.
He's great with the rest. Boy, this
is going to be difficult. I don't
think he can get through to the
green either. We keep saying he's
the best in the world with the rest,
he needs a good one here. Oh, look
at that shot. But as we show you the
great pot again, if the red does not
pass the yellow, from the corner
that he potted the blue, that is
very tight. Half a pocket, you would
say. Well, what a test of the cue
action. Only that much pocket
available to you.
Yes, he doesn't
like it, it does go but probably not
even in the middle of the pocket.
No. Once again, he has done all the
hard work, Shaun Murphy, to get into
a prime position. And it was a prime
position. But the ramp -- but the
red and the blue, why he did not go
for a baulk colour, no idea. You
don't want to be critical of
players. He did all the hard work.
This is the red, it actually makes
the pot easier. Not for a baulk
colour. Ricky Walden is in the last
chance saloon. The match mentally is
probably gone right now. We speak
about pride performance. He would
just want to show this Barbican
crowd what he can do. You never
know. You just have to hang in there
as long as you can. It can happen.
The only way it will not happen is
if you mentally give up.
I'm going to give him the benefit of
the doubt, I think he got a heavy
contact. Let's have a look at this.
That did kick and that might be his
last shot for this year at the UK
Not a nice way to lose a match. But
he's 5-1 behind. Just a
straightforward little pot. And you
would know it was a kick because the
white finished where it did.
If Shaun does prevail and win this
match this afternoon, you would have
to say he's playing very well. But
he can do better. Concentration
wise, he hasn't been up to it today,
missing too many simple balls and
too many elementary mistakes, but
increasingly likely he will go
through the play Mark King tomorrow.
Yes, you would need to be in the 93
department. With pot success rate.
He did have a century, Shaun.
Another couple of 50 plus, 49 break.
Ricky Walden just missed too many
pots this afternoon. And Mark King
is waiting for Shaun Murphy, as
Allen said. Rob Walker introduced
him as Kojak and he was in his seat.
Somebody gave him a lollipop. And he
obliged by sucking on a lollipop
throughout the match. What a win
against John Higgins! But he will
have to be on his guard to beat
Shaun. Well, they will not go in at
that pace, but Ricky Walden... He
did not play well, but he
congratulates Shaun Murphy. The
former champion goes through to the
quarterfinal, eating Ricky Walden by
6-1. -- beating.
You know, I played nicely, there was
some shots that did not quite go to
plan and on another day, I think
Ricky being a bit more clinical
might have punished me and we might
still have been playing. The game
turns on a little mistake here all
that. I have lost matches from 3-1
ahead and 4-1 ahead and you can
never afford to take your foot off
the gas and I finished the match
nicely. I'm playing with a lot of
confidence. I'm seeing opportunities
when I play rather than seeing the
potential problems that can happen.
My attitude to the game has changed
slightly. I would probably give my
game a seven, going on to eight this
week. I'm a couple of shots here or
there, a couple of bad moments of
the cue ball, not putting it in the
right place, from playing really
clinical one visit to snooker. If I
can sort that, it could be
A very good assessment of where
he's. A good assessment of where
he's this afternoon.
extremely honest. He's not stupid,
he's bright and he knows the
situation, 6-1 was a very square --
very flattering scoreline, Ricky
Walden did not play anything like he
can do and did not take his
opportunities. On another day, it
might have been three or four each.
He's hitting the ball well enough to
win the tournament, no doubt, it is
the unforced errors and little
lifelines to his opponent when it
looks like he winning frames.
Interesting hearing Shaun talking
that he could be dangerous, he's
going to be a very dangerous
opponent for anyone if he irons out
Every now and again
he might make a century break and
then he misses on 40 the easiest
round and he did that a couple of
times against Ricky Walden. Against
the top players like Ronnie
O'Sullivan or the other players
playing really well in this
tournament, he will get punished. He
has the cut out those little
mistakes and on his day, he's a
handful for anybody and one of the
best players in the world.
afternoon, we would talking about
Ricky Walden playing with his back
injuries. He once made a semifinal
of the Crucible and you look at him
now and you think, where is the
Ricky Walden from a few years ago?
He's making inroads to come back, he
has had good results. In the last
round, he beat Kyren Wilson by 6-2
who is a very good player. He just
did not play well today, he did not
play anything like he can do, but
he's on the way back from having a
bad back and terrible health issues,
he will be glad to be near the
business end of a major tournament
but a little disappointed he did not
do his stuff today.
for the UK Championship is Ronnie
O'Sullivan who is back in action
this evening. He's taking on the
Thai 22-year-old sensation Sunny
I'm feeling very good and
very happy about myself. I'm very,
very happy to play with Ronnie in
the next match. It is my dream to
play with Ronnie. He's one of my
It is fantastic to play with him.
The first match of snooker, it was
with Stephen Hendry against Ken
Doherty in the World Championship in
1997. I like Ronnie. Selby, Judd
Trump. It is not the same, Ronnie is
very very good at beating the best
in the world. Mark Selby, his game
is very good. Judd Trump, he's
really attacking, he's very
accurate. And Stephen Hendry, he's a
machine. That is the biggest match
of my career and my dream match to
play with Ronnie and very happy and
very surprised. Fantastic. Excited,
displaying Ronnie's shots. Hopefully
I will not miss a shot, not miss a
What a great interview, that is on
BBC Two. Lovely to hear talking
about a dream come true especially
after dumping Barry Hawkins.
Barry Hawkins 6-0, not many players
would have that on their CV and he
played superbly well. A lovely young
chap who goes round with his father,
forever on the practice table. When
he wins and he loses, he's out
there. I think he's going to really
This is this afternoon
when he popped into the practice
room. What a lovely interview and
refreshing to hear him talking about
watching his heroes and coming up
against them tonight.
match, great experience all week.
That is a great result the Hawkins
so you have you have to have
confidence. As ever, so important at
the beginning of these matches to
get a good start. Just a couple of
chances and getting involved, who
knows what can happen? But you have
to be careful, if Ronnie starts
quickly, who knows?
What would you
say, be relaxed and enjoyed it?
Exactly, play as if you have nothing
to lose. Go out and smile and enjoy
it and keep as calm as possible.
Fantastic stuff and we wish him the
best, you can see that on BBC Two.
This is what is happening in the
other match today, Martin Gould
taking on Xiao Guodong, of China.
When we left it, it was 2-2. We are
now joining it in frame five and
Martin Gould has a 30 point lead, it
is Xiao to play commentary from
Stephen Davies and Stephen Hendry.
-- Steve Davis.
Scoring opportunity for Xiao
Guodong. A lovely angle to go into
the bunch of greens. A big target.
He might not feel that way inclined
at the moment. He might not feel
that confident. It could not be
better on the green. He doesn't seem
to have, when I have seen him as a
youngster, he doesn't have the sea
there he doesn't seem to have the
flowing cue action. I can't remember
the word used for it, Steve.
Unflowing. He has put the cue ball
in exactly the same position now to
go into the pack of reds. You might
as well have done it before. Perhaps
he will choose another positional
Yes, well played. He did not
go into the reds but it has turned
out perfectly because he can stun
this red into the same pocket.
does beg the question, why did you
not do it the first time? You could
not guarantee he would get it
perfect on the green, the second.
Regardless, this is now a great
chance. And at some stage in this
match, you would expect the
standards to rise. Maybe it is who
gets off the ground first.
Yes, everyone has bad days, no
doubt. Whoever wins this match, they
know to play like this in the next
round. Against whom we presume it
will be Ronnie O'Sullivan, no
disrespect his opponent. They will
have to play a lot better. They are
going to be sat on their chair for a
long time, otherwise.
I think the only red that is notable
after this is to the right of the
three, the right corner or the left
It looks to be quite straight, the
black. So screw back and a touch to
the right-hand side. Take the cue
ball up the table.
Not the best
angle but he should get it right.
played it nicely. Even if he's not
straight on the red, he can stomach
the cue ball through, the black into
the same pocket, he could possibly
play the top spin to move the reds
to the top middle, but I think the
stun is the shot.
He's going to need
these remaining three reds.
Cannon on the pink is ideal. Well
played. Playing with a little more
with them, Xiao Guodong, taking
these well so far. -- more rhythm.
He does not really want to be
straight on the black, that is Kelis
if he's. The shot he played
previously, the screw-back shot, if
he overdoes it, he could snooker
himself with the pink.
I don't know
if he has checked to see if there's
a plant into the left-hand corner.
Because of the pink, that was the
He overhit that somewhat, and now
this red is permissible. He just got
a bit too much into it.
last thing he wanted was frame ball.
To be difficult.
It would be a horrible ending to
this break, should you miss it.
He got a kick on that. It is not his
fault he got a kick, but it was his
fault he was out of position.
It could be a big moment in this
He kind of playback shot like a hit
and hope. Did not seem to have a
plan to get on a colour. -- he kind
of played that shot. Yellow and
brown. Yes, this could be a bit of a
moment in this match. Xiao Guodong
should have been 3-2 ahead by now.
I think I'm correct in saying that
Martin Gould is still in with a
chance of sneaking in to the top 16
in the race to the Masters. If that
information has changed, I do
apologise for my lack of knowledge.
But I think yesterday, he was in the
race. Depends on the results, of
Well, because the pink is not on its
spot, Martin Gould has played the
pink to the left but it seems to
have gone to the cushion a lot
quicker than it went on.
A lot of
big bouncers we have had at the UK
Championship. It seems to have been
something we have not had to
discuss. So this is a tricky cutback
to hold for black.
He hit it very
nicely. To get over the
disappointment of whether cue ball
has ended up. So that was an
excellent frame, Xiao Guodong should
have got it and did not get position
on the last red and Martin Gould
takes the lead on 3-2.
Martin Gould is back in front. This
is frame six and it is Xiao to play.
A good recovery from Guodong. A
little bit of work to be done with
the implements. Across the face of
the black, it looks like, a bit of
screw back. Strange. What happened
there? It must have just caught the
red, bounced the white ball a
fraction. He thought he could screw
back without touching that. Well,
even though I said it looked like it
was not going to be Guodong's day,
he is not in an awful position, it
is just his general standard he
needs to increase if he is going to
win. He is a player in this game
that could potentially just fall
over the line. It would be like
pulling teeth. If it happens that
way. But a win is a win.
Two reds in
the pink spot, I don't know if the
bottom one will go into the top
corner. He obviously doesn't think
that. Sometimes you need to be a
player down at the table to see the
real angle, whether it goes or not.
You feel for his own belief in
winning this match that he has to
win this frame at this visit. If he
keeps failing, his confidence keeps
taking a hit, you wonder how he can
come back from it.
Couldn't keep position on the blue,
but always nice to have the Bal dock
but always nice to have the Bal dock
colours available. Let up of danger
with those three reds to the right,
could find yourself in a positional
trap. So, he's playing down the
right-hand side of the table. Looks
to have over-screwed this by some
distance... That's a long way out.
So, this red into the middle pocket
wasn't the one he played, but has a
Although you could say he was
fortunate to have that red, he was
that far out with his position, but
it was a good pot.
35 ahead. Red, colour, red.
So, very similar to the last frame.
Frame ball, he's left one which is
Doesn't have to play
position, though. Should do, but
doesn't have to.
STEVE DAVIS: Position was more or
less automatic. So he'll be feeling
a bit better inside, that he's
survived a little bit of a storm.
STEPHEN HENDRY: Yeah, as you said
before, Steve, although the last
couple of frames he has had a couple
of 60 breaks, he's not been playing
well, but he's still 3-3.
50 points find - very unlikely that
you could get into the match from
this position. So, barring snookers
it will be 3-3 arablea real
topsy-turvy affair, this. Zarco
Donald Penn made it 4-3. Martin
Gould then knocked in a couple of
breaks to draw level again. Let's
take you to frame nine, with Stephen
Hendry and Steven Davis.
STEVE DAVIS: Well, Martin Gould
hoping to reap the rewards from his
excellent safety shot.
STEPHEN HENDRY: And talking about
your scenario before, Steve, talking
about winning the last two frames in
one visit - I would fancy Martin
Gould to be the more capable of
doing that, winning if quick frames.
-- winning two quick frames of. I
think when he gets in, his
positional play is just that little
bit tighter than Xiao Guodong's.
missed that by miles!
rest play is not good enough!
is an astonishing distance! He must
have got unwanted side spin on it.
The cue ball has ended up nowhere
near where he wanted it.
Guodong can play a very aggressive
shot here, if he chooses, pot it and
screw the cue ball through the reds,
put them everywhere. He would have
to be very unlucky not to be on a
Just got a duty to much forward
momentum on the cue ball, it started
to go forwards first, before it
started to come back. Well, we've
seen Martin miss a lot easier
chances than this. Straight cueing,
shots you practice all day long.
Let's see how hard he hits this...
No need to hit it hard. Hit kids do,
though. Why is he screwing back?
is he screwing back?! To get the
right side of a red, but I mean,
that red over the pocket... It makes
that shot so much more difficult.
Putting the extra pace in means that
the ball won't drop in the whole. I
don't think you would have seen
Ronnie O'Sullivan play that shot as
Yeah, the priority there was just
potting the blue.
He's out on the table, he can see
where that red is over the middle
pocket. If he just pots the blue and
stuns it dead. Surely he can get it
back down the table again. I would
love to know what was going through
his mind there.
This is tight - enough room, though.
Now, will he risk cropping on the
black? -- dropping. Oh, dear.
this is... This isn't good. He
didn't have much of a cheque before
he played that shot. That in itself
was an error, not knowing exactly
where the pink ball was going to
spot. He always had this red with
the extended rest, but not clever.
Can hit drop on the black? I don't
know if it's available to either
corner... Probably some sort of
cannon... Needs to be lucky here...
And he has been, what a result!
Well, he's played the aggressive
shot, I suppose you could say
fortune favours the brave. Just
about going to drop in.
That was in the middle when it
started, ended up going in off the
Well, here's a chance for
a frame-winning contribution. The
first one fell short with a poor
rest shot, but he shouldn't be
needing the rest for a while here,
if at all.
Didn't really want to come away from
the black, but must have felt he had
Oh, and he's overhit that a little
bit. But there's a red below the
black that goes. Doesn't have to
stay on the black, as I said, he can
come back up the table. It's not
ideal, is it, Stephen?
I think he'll
play for blue here.
If he had gone the wrong side of the
pink there, could have come unstuck.
Well, he's kept this break going,
and now starting to look more like
One more positional shot he's got to
get right, those five reds a bit
crowded. Ideally, he would like to
break them open and have an
insurance red, get one over the
corner. Perhaps he'll go into them
now... I'm not sure he's got the
angle. He would have liked to have
been lower on the black. He may have
to write the bullet and that
apartment. -- he may have to bite
the bullet. Guodong's only hope now,
that after this next black, that
somehow Martin Gould gets unlucky.
It's a he's chance. -- it's a slim
The red to the right of the five is
the one to cannon. He's played that
well. He has a choice of two reds to
either middle pocket. He's grimacing
slightly, but this one on the left
is OK, surely.
Still a good positional shot. Should
get this - and its frame over.
Surprise in miss on the red. 69
points in front. That was a careless
JASON MOHAMMED: However he still
took the frame, and Martin is now
one frame away from the
quarterfinals. Into the next frame,
Xiao to break.
STEVE DAVIS: I can't say that any
player is favourite at this moment.
STEPHEN HENDRY: Yeah, a player with
Martin Gould's experience should
have really seized that opportunity.
Wrong side of the blue, so further
away from the reds than he wanted.
From what we've seen so far, I can't
say that I'm absolutely confident of
this is going in.
Yeah, in the end, it was
very well struck. But it's hard to
know how many chances in the frame
each player needs to get the job
They are good for the morale,
though, when you knock one in,
especially after you've missed an
Top spin is a strange
choice for me here. It would be very
hard to get right side of the blue.
Just looking at where the break is
going to end at the moment, aren't
you? It's terrible, but it's been
that type of game, you just fancy
that this is going to be a
frame-winning clearance. -- you just
don't fancy. But we're talking about
the best players in the world -
they're just having a bad day at the
office. It's not so easy to get back
out into open play.
He might choose
to use the bunch here, there's every
chance the cue ball will go up
towards that end of the table where
the colours are. He might possibly
be on the pink. Exactly what he
played, good shot.
That was good
thinking. Having criticised him for
some bad thinking - that was the
opposite. No! Actually I don't think
he's even on a red! From Martin
Gould's pass per if, once again,
you've got to be pleased he's missed
the blue. -- from Martin Gould's
prospective. Does this one go past
the, which yes, it does have.
If you can't win the match from
here, you can have no excuses.
he's 37 points behind, so he's
basically looking at a clearance.
If he doesn't do it from here, it's
only the situation and the fact that
he's not playing with full
confidence. Another shake of the
head - not where he wanted the cue
ball to be.
Looks as if he had a bad
contact there that took some of the
spin off the cue ball. Didn't sound
He might choose to play
the cannon on the pink, leave the
pink to the right middle here.
Pretty straightforward shot - but I
think at this stage nothing's
Could go off two
cushions... A bit short of pace
perhaps... That's a sign of tension.
Yeah, tension in the arm. Blue in
and out of baulk is never certain
position the. -- never certain
positionally. There's a lot at stake
for Martin Gould.
I think he's still involved the
mix-up for the race to the Masters.
Couldn't have played that much
I was going to say, that
could be the match-winning shot.
Sometimes when you play a perfect
positional shot, it just gets you
right back in the right frame of
mind, when you're struggling for
position. Now he's in, I don't see
him going wrong from here.
Couldn't have slipped it up and
placed it better. Is they're going
to be one more twist? Will can hit
it over the line in style here? --
or can he get over the line?
his head. He got in perfect has
issued but then managed to leave
himself the cannon, which he's done
very well. Just a series of little
stuns and screws now. Yeah,
sometimes playing off the blue
there's less Prussia than playing
off the back. You've got four
pockets to play for, rather than
two. -- less pressure.
STEVE DAVIS: Wouldn't want to leave
himself dead straight on the pink.
The line he's got on the red is
perfect to make sure that he doesn't
leave himself dead straight. So, pot
the pink, off the side cushion, out
into the open table - it really is a
gilt-edged chance now to get over
Would you go up for the
green here, Steve?
Well, he should
do. If he feels he's absolutely
plumb on it, he could play for the
blue, but really, if there is any
tension in the arm, the green is a
That's perfect on the
blue, but if he had got straight on
Yeah. Green gives more
opportunities, but he looks good, he
looks like he's got himself together
and composed. He takes the lead by
eight points. So, he needs up to the
A little bit further away from the
green than would have been
comfortable. Does he have to screw
for the brown to the same pocket? He
played it well. That's normally the
big shot in clearing the colours,
getting perfectly on the brown.
Should be automatic from here.
Steeling himself for the big effort
to pot these two balls. He's done
well, Martin Gould. He was 4-3 down,
his won three frames in a row. Xiao
Guodong has had plenty of chances to
get back in this match. The crowd
applauds, that's much more. It's
been a good break, this, from Martin
Gould. It's not been a pretty much
to watch, by any means, but that
doesn't matter from Martin Gould,
who wins 6-4 to go through to the
Martin, good clearance and a big
Definitely. It was a strange
game, ebbing and flowing, I was
going in front, he was going in
front. It was one of those where I
don't think either of us really got
our true game together. Thankfully,
I used a bit of knowledge and
experience in the last two to make
two good clearances, but I'm
delighted to be through.
second UK quarterfinal in three
years, so FI putting a decent run
together here in York?
There must be
something about Christmas time,
because the last couple of
Christmases I've had a good run at
some point. So, yeah, looks like
there will be a fair few more
Christmas presents having to be
bought at some point this year.
has been a good season so far -
semifinalist at the International
Championship, things look like
they're clicking for you?
be fair, apart from the first event
of the season, I've qualified for
everything. It's not like I've not
been playing half decent, it's just
I've not really had the good results
to show. And the last couple of
events, Shanghai, now this,
everything is starting to work
towards the main target, which is
obviously the World Championships at
the end of the season. So,
everything's going along nicely, so
just keep wheels in motion.
potentially, although he is not
guaranteed to be your opponent, but
in all likelihood it will be Ronnie
O'Sullivan - what an occasion that
Yeah, it would be,
definitely. Tact house, obviously, I
don't think many people would expect
in me to win, and the crowd will
certainly be on Ronnie's side I know
what I can do on my given day. If it
means that I'm playing him tomorrow,
then let the show begin.
Mohamed label fair play to Martin
Gould, he's been saying all week he
is feeling confident and in the
Yeah, it is a lovely way to
win a match. Stephen made the point
in commentary, he made two really
good frames, 69 and 66 to get over
Yeah, very good, the way
he finish off. He can do that. When
he gets on run, it doesn't matter
who he is playing in the next match,
he won't care, he worries about
himself, and that's the best way to
Rob and Martin were just talking
about Ronnie O'Sullivan, and he
takes on the man who is practising
in there, big occasion for the young
Yeah, massive, the biggest in
his career so far. We mentioned
earlier, go and enjoy it, come out
with a smile on your face, all part
of the learning curve, you never
Absolutely, with seems strange
Yeah, we've had some shots
this week but it's going to be a
great occasion for him.
enjoyed your company as well. That's
our first match tonight on BBC Two
at seven o'clock. And later on this
evening, the highlights. Thank you
very much indeed for watching. Bye
Jason Mohammad introduces fourth-round action from the Barbican Centre in York.