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A cold one today with snow showers,
just in time for the run-up to
Christmas but in the Barbican centre
last night it was very sunny, thanks
to the stylish 22-year-old player
from Thailand, Sunny Akani, who
almost toppled The Rocket Ronnie
O'Sullivan taking him through to a
final frame decider and afterwards
Ronnie said he felt like he had
robbed him and yet the Rocket
scrambled over the line and is in
the running to lift the trophy for a
record equalling sixth time and also
in the running are these guys in
# If you're ready.
# If you're ready.
Not perhaps the line-up for the
quarterfinals we expected?
all, but we have Mark Joyce in
there. He has been in good form this
season and a vindication of the
modern game, Mark Joyce when he beat
Neil Robertson, and he came back
with more and he was so impressive
and that is the way the game is. I
am still on the tour and I see this
and it is no surprise to me.
of big seeds out and I was asked
last night with his match against
Sunny Akani, I was asked who could
beat him I said perhaps Shaun Murphy
but it could have been Sunny Akani.
It is well-documented. He does
seven, eight hours a day on the
practice table and he does not do
that to come and views. He was
playing Ronnie, a big hero of his,
but he had no fear. He charmed the
Barbican last night, which was great
You see the lower ranked
players coming through on the tour
and know how much of a gap there is
between them and top ranked players,
surely the gap is smaller?
definitely is. Sunny Akani is ranked
84 and numbers do not mean anything.
You are either a 64 seed or you are
not, so one outside will play one
inside but anyone can beat anyone
and two of the top 16, being in the
last rounds here is almost unheard
Coming up this afternoon...
Ronnie stepping out in his 60s UK
quarterfinal in 25 years. Can Martin
Gould step up against in? The world
number 18 meeting Ronnie for the
first time in a triple crown event
today. 13 years since Stephen
Maguire blazed a trail to this title
but he is smouldering again in York.
Can gentlemen Joe Perry douse his
flames? Joe Perry made the Masters
finals. Another strong run in a
snooker major. We are sitting up
straight today because the gaffer is
in the house, Barry Hearn, welcome.
Did you see Sunny Akani's valiant
attempt against Ronnie O'Sullivan?
was dropping off to sleep but it was
so exciting it kept me up. I came
back from Vegas yesterday and could
not take my eyes off it.
I wonder if
Barry Hawkins, who Sunny Akani
thrashed 6-0, he is probably feeling
Players are selfish
and he will look at that and think,
maybe I was not too bad.
It was not
just Barry Hawkins, Michael Holt and
Fergal O'Brien have felt his raff.
Hopefully we will see more of him on
He charmed everyone.
Absolutely superb. More on the
championship shortly but Barry, you
are here also because you have big
I have great news and I am
excited about it. Snooker has done
really well the past few years and
we have had a great time
revitalising the game. We finally
agreed a new extension to the BBC
contract. It has been going for ever
and we are part of the fabric of BBC
Sport and we have announced a new
deal to extend the current contract
by another five years, a minimum of
six and a half years to go. One of
the fastest growing sports in the
world, which is in this age of
linear television, most sports are
seeing declining audiences and we
are bucking the trend. Snooker
audiences, especially with great
events like this, our fabulous. The
numbers do not live. The
relationship between World Snooker
And the BBC is a fundamental part of
our growth plans and it has been the
rock we have built the industry
around and we are happy we will be
with you a lot longer. You are in
the job, I am in a job, the boys get
to work, everybody is happy. The
opportunity created for sports men
and women all over the world has
been strengthened by this
relationship and I am delighted to
be part of it.
It has been on the
BBC since 1969. This is the triple
crown events free to air until 2024.
Ronnie O'Sullivan will be almost 50
and Alan and Steve Davis will be
looking the same. Why was it
important to nail this deal?
It is a
long deal and my feeling is as I get
older, the legacy of what we are
trying to build, to encourage people
to play snooker, to reward those who
are successful and give opportunity
to people from all around the world,
it is not just a British game, it is
a global sport, but you need the
bedrock, the solid foundation and
what we have done is tie-up
long-term deals with chosen
partners. A ten year deal with CCTV
in China. Sport does not get 10-year
deals and we have it. The BBC who
has been there from the beginning,
and when I got involved it was
watching Pot Black on BBC in
black-and-white. When the Nugget
won, the greatest day of my sporting
life, 18 and a half million. It has
created moments we will look back on
our deathbed and remember and now we
have a five-year extension. It is a
friendship, relationship that has
been built on the basis we have both
delivered what each other's needs.
We have delivered ratings, the BBC
have given us the bedrock of the
sport to say to the world these are
the greatest players in the world,
it is free to air and everyone can
access this free of charge on the
BBC and that is where we have built
our business from. It has expanded
around the world and we have seen
prize money Grove. We are getting
500 million for the World Snooker
Championships. This does not come by
mistake. It is a part of the plan
and the integral part of the plan is
the relationship with the BBC and we
wanted to make the statement we are
here to stay, these are our partners
and we will build the sport to
levels we have not seen before.
I have to take the side of the fans
sometimes in this argument and that
is, with the profile, 65 network
hours this week for snooker on BBC
Two, something sticks in the crore
of fans, no Mark Selby nominated at
Sports Personality Of The Year and
Ronnie O'Sullivan has never been
nominated. What is going on and what
is your view? It is an independent
panel, not just a BBC decision. Is
it a reflection of the perception of
snooker Amond sporting audience?
think you have got to sack the
panel! In any business, if you do
not listen, and as a promoter I have
to listen to my audience. I have to
entertain. I cannot just make
decisions that have no commercial
value or do not entertain people.
This panel, and they are
independent, they must be from
another planet. The fact that a
genius like Ronnie O'Sullivan has
not been nominated means sack the
panel. Because they are not
listening to what the public says.
We are seeing TV audiences decline
in virtually every sport at the
moment, other than the snooker. The
world champion has not been
nominated. I am not criticising
those who have been nominated, they
are there on merit, but you have to
listen. You cannot go off on a
tangent and do what maybe is
politically correct, makes you feel
all look good. I know there are a
lot of deserving cases but you
cannot... We do not produce enough
geniuses in the sporting world to
explore a talent like Ronnie
O'Sullivan. It is stupid beyond
belief. It is not the BBC's fault.
You have three members on a 15 man
panel. My advice, we sack the panel
and start again.
You talk about
Ronnie O'Sullivan as a personality
and he is that. He has had a lot to
say and the last topic, he has
talked about numpties. It has been
tongue in cheek but it has produced
what is called as the numpty
You could take the high
ground and say it is disrespectful
but the numpties, which I do not
believe they are. They have had
their final say. We have seen some
amazing snooker. Sport is about
giving opportunity to everybody and
the only criterion is the ability of
the individual. The players have
spoken. The results are what we see.
Two off the top 16 in the
quarterfinals. This is a great time
to be a snooker player and the
opportunity to change your life is
there if you have the ability. What
we are seeing despite Ronnie's
tongue in cheek comments, as Allen
said earlier, there is no gimmes in
this game. They can all play and we
are seeing it every round of every
Barry, always a pleasure and
fascinating to talk. He always has a
lot to say, doesn't he? Thank you
for keeping snooker free to air.
Thank you for the airtime. Well, it
was Sunny Akani who put the
frighteners on Ronnie O'Sullivan
last night and I wonder if he will
get a scare from Martin Gould. This
get a scare from Martin Gould. This
is the head-to-head. Ronnie has won
all previous matches but this is the
first time they have met in one of
the treasured triple crown events.
We have two quarterfinals and we are
looking at Stephen Maguire against
Joe Perry. A lot to get our teeth
Joe Perry. A lot to get our teeth
into and it is time for Rob Walker.
Good afternoon, it is quarterfinal
time at the UK Championship and we
are edging towards the business end
of the tournament and we have four
proven ranking event winners waiting
in the wings ready to go toe to toe
for a place in this year's
Please welcome first of all, a
player making his first appearance
in a UK quarterfinal in nine years.
Here after an excellent victory over
Mark Allen in the fourth round. The
players championship winner a couple
of years ago. From Cambridge, he is
the gentleman, Joe Perry.
His opponent, a player who often
produces his best in the UK
Championship. He is always so
excited, maybe because he knows
Santa is coming later in the month.
He won this one in 2004. He is
Stephen V Maverick Maguire.
-- Stephen Maguire, the Maverick.
On table one, please welcome a
player making his second
quarterfinal in York in three years,
semifinalist at the international
championship in China last year's
German Masters winner, Martin Gould.
And finally, after 25 years in the
sport, he is still snooker's box
office draw, surviving a spirited
performance from Sunny Akani to book
a 16th UK Championship quarterfinal.
The Rocket, Ronnie O'Sullivan.
MUSIC: Rock 'n' Roll Star by Oasis
HAZEL IRVINE: Two watchable
quarterfinals and we will stick with
table one but we will catch up with
the events on the other table this
afternoon but if you want to watch
that match, it is on the red button
and both games are available via the
BBC Sport website. John Parrott and
Stephen Hendry are in the box.
Stephen Hendry, do you have your
breath back after
Stephen Hendry, do you have your
breath back after commentating on
that amazing match last night?
COMMENTATOR: What a match. It is
awhile since I have seen so much
drama in an early round of a major
championship. John, I get the
feeling sometimes, when you almost
went out of the tournament, you
should have gone out possibly, you
tend to play better next day.
can look back on tournaments you win
and see the first round matches and
think I should have gone there, my
opponent got a kick at the end and I
managed to win, and you can get a
boost from it. I know you expect him
to fly today. We were talking before
we came on air that we thought we
would get a big performance today.
REFEREE: Foul and a miss.
I have never seen Ronnie as rattled
as last night. At some stages, his
head was gone. He could not buy a
positional shot, which, for him, is
incredible. Interesting to see if
Martin Gould, who did not play well
yesterday, can put him under
A change of plan. Did not play on
the loose red at the back. He may
have left a cut in the corner.
Bridging is the problem that there
is a chance. He could play at thin
to the other side and the only reds
you could leave is the one you have
A nice opening pot. This was
awkward. Martin today has nothing to
Not many expect him to win.
He is a player who quite enjoys the
big occasion. He enjoys playing top
He has beaten all of them,
I was going to say, but the one he
has not beaten is Ronnie O'Sullivan.
Almost everybody else you care to
mention he has beaten at some point
in his career. He is game, he loves
a battle. People get his snooker cue
out and play anyone. What I would
say about yesterday's match, while
it was not pretty against Xiao
Guodong, he produced his best when
he needed the most.
That always does your confidence a
bit of good.
An obvious thing to say, but this is
not what you want to do against
Ronnie O'Sullivan. Leave him right
in with an easy opener.
It looked like he got pre-possessed
with the cannon rather than
concentrating on the priority which
of course is always knocking the
ball in the hole.
Maybe he will not fly today. I think
you missed two blues last night.
Certainly in the final frame. Off
the spot. Which as I said in
commentary, the one he missed last
night reminded me of Willie
And that is you getting a
Neither player has settled down just
There is huge expectation from
everyone for Ronnie O'Sullivan to
win this UK Championship and
probably from himself. He has yet to
play anyone in the top 16 in the
draw, so every match, the pressure
is on him to play well. Sometimes,
it can force you to not be
concentrating properly. You see the
draw and you think, I should win
this championship. It does not work
out like that.
That was a nice positional shot. He
could play into the bunch from this
It is the way he thinks about making
breaks that is fabulous. How many
would have screwed back to leave the
gap for the blue and now he has the
cannon and another chip up for a
baulk colour. And what a chance, he
has opened up the reds. Just by
thinking about the shot for the
screw back to the blue. It is just
another level from some of the other
players when it comes to break
And he's got the quiff back today.
He had a flat hairstyle last night.
He has just come slightly awkward.
He would have liked to have been
straight to run through for the
black sews change of plan. Perhaps a
little stun around the back.
You were right, John, the expected
message from Willie Thorne.
repeat what he said. It was not too
complimentary will stop I hope you
are well, pal.
He decided to put the cue ball into
an area... Well, he is OK. He cannot
stay on the black.
This break has been made by this
shot earlier. What thinking to come
back and play in the gap for the
blue. Fabulous. It was awkward
start. The balls were in the open
but he was slightly off position.
You might be right comic he may be
flying today. -- he might be right,
he may be flying today.
had a half chance but sometimes when
you are playing Ronnie O'Sullivan,
those are the ones you have to take,
half chances. If you are sitting in
the chair waiting for easy chances,
you might be there a long time.
Already passed the point, you would
think of winning the frame. Just
making absolutely certain. Very
fluent. A surprising miss early on.
The blue on the spot. I bet he could
not believe he would be back at the
table that quickly. An excellent
Already sending a message to Martin
Gould, if you miss, this is what is
going to happen.
Normally you would say the reds or
in a bad position for right-handed
player, but it does not apply here.
You can drop it in dead weight.
So much for dead weight. He rolled
it in beautifully. What an asset, to
be able to switch to left-handed and
drop it in like that. If he makes a
century it will be the fifth of this
And in the tournament so far, there
has been 85. As you would expect
with the best players and lovely
conditions and the extended run out
of best of 11s, the boys are
certainly knocking in plenty of
balls. Just this blue for century
908 11 in in his career. -- 911 stop
there it is.
The crowd enjoying that.
He will not take the black, that is
enough. Despite missing the blue, he
makes a century of 107 and takes a
1-0 lead over Martin Gould.
makes a century of 107 and takes a
1-0 lead over Martin Gould.
Highly significant because that is
his 105th century in this
championship over the past 25 years,
equalling the record held by Stephen
Hendry, sale he is equalling and
indeed going beyond records in his
career. A gift for Martin
indeed going beyond records in his
career. A gift for Martin.
indeed going beyond records in his
career. A gift for Martin.
struggled at time. He had no
business playing this red, Martin
Gould. He wants to settle into the
match. That is probably a one intend
to get back. Do not leave Ronnie
Casey setup. We know how quickly he
gets into his cueing. -- do not
leave Ronnie O'Sullivan a setup. He
played the blue, beautiful angle.
Stephen Hendry said he would be into
the pack. Without hesitating. They
split beautifully. The point is not
to give him encouragement. Martin
Gould has got to tighten
to give him encouragement. Martin
Gould has got to tighten up.
Martin potentially to feel the
backlash from Ronnie O'Sullivan
after last night's win.
Martin Gould plays an aggressive
game and perhaps that was not the
time to do it. But the work-out
Ronnie got against Sunny Akani, and
straight back on the table, means he
is in stroke.
Back to the play, and frame two.
Back to the play, and frame two.
COMMENTATOR: Both of those matches,
Michael Georgiou, and Michael White,
Ronnie didn't get anything too
strenuous in those matches, not
playing as good as they are capable
Obviously Martin didn't hear Alan.
He has obviously decided to come out
and attack, go for his shots, Martin
Gould, and I am not going to see
that as a bad way of playing. I
mean, he could come out and try to
keep Ronnie it and still get beat
6-0, so what is the right way to
play? Do you want to go out
The only right way, when
you play against O'Sullivan, don't
miss, simple as that. I don't blame
him taking on a couple. Certainly
with Alan for the first one, that
middle pocket was always fraught
with danger if you didn't knock it
in so early in the match. Such a
test against O'Sullivan. If you play
good safety, he can match you. If
you score well, you can match you.
The only real solution to it all,
you just can't afford to miss. That
is the level he plays it. When your
chance comes, you have to go to
work, and it is tough to do.
Already looks more focused, more
calm, almost subdued in his manner
around the table. Last night, his
opponent definitely got him at it,
he was very agitated. A lot of
headshaking going on.
Going into these here?
I don't think
But I think definitely do the right
of these two reds, the blue, then
full in the face into the pink.
Maybe he feels like going into the
black. There are a couple of reds
below the pink, a couple that look
they are going towards the corner,
Eddie he has already seen those and
doesn't want to go into the pack
from the blue. Definitely going into
the here. -- perhaps he has already
seen those. You always want to go
into the pack when at least one of
those reds can give you a bit of
That is the one he is on.
quite understand players, and
talking about some professionals,
who cherry pick out all the reds and
don't give themselves any option. If
you take away the loose reds getaway
and open up the pack, and there is a
lose red available, giving yourself
a better chance to make a break. A
little low on this, probably what he
wants just to move a few more reds
It sounded a little heavy, but it is
I see what you mean about his look,
Stephen, he is in his office today,
that's for sure. He looks very
Now, starting to look inevitable. It
will be two centuries out of the
first two frames.
If there was not a great deal of
pressure on Martin Gould, there is
now. Already, you know, 2-0 behind,
hardly had his hand on the table.
One poor choice of shot in the
middle in the first frame, and
that's about it. Given that loose
red he started his frame with, but
in no time at all you don't feel you
are involved in a match and you are
too- zero behind.
Yes, I suppose the
only positive way Martin Gould can
look at it, this is exactly what you
expect Ronnie to do. It is not as if
it is a shot. Coming to the end,
thinking if I let Ronnie in the
balls, you will clear up. And as you
said, when he gets a chance, he has
to take it.
You can come up with all the
theories you like on how to beat
Ronnie, but the only solution is you
just have to play exceptionally
well, like Mark Selby did in the
final last year, beating him 10-8 in
an absolute classic.
Boy, did Mark Selby play well in
that match. But that is what you
have to do if you're going to beat
A possible 145, will be
difficult, with this red, the way
the last two reds our position. 142
to beat. Michael White, who Ronnie
beat earlier on in the tournament,
holds that record at the moment.
Yes, on how to beat Ronnie, and
other way is to do something
The century comes up. Awesome start.
Sunny Akani's shot choice was very
unorthodox, the shots he was going
for an plane, his style of play, and
I think it knocked Ronnie out of his
comfort zone. If Martin is just
going to take on pots and miss, it
will be a very quick afternoon.
This is tremendous stuff.
Well, no total clearance...
He leads Martin Gould two frames to
HAZEL IRVINE: Stephen Hendry waves
goodbye to another of his records,
because Benitez, the all-time
century maker in this official
championship is Ronnie O'Sullivan
and let's be honest, Steve, Martin
Gould not making much headway with
this all-out attack plan?
is a different day from
this all-out attack plan?
is a different day from Ronnie's
perspective but Martin Gould would
have hoped to get off to better
start than his last match, where it
was a pretty poor standard yesterday
but as Alan said, half from him, but
the half chances Martin Gould will
get, he has to take, as Stephen
mentioned, and if he misses them he
knows he is dead and buried. Ronnie
O'Sullivan looks a different animal
Absolutely, I was going to
say. Completely different from last
Absolutely, but as I said at
the end of the first frame you just
can't give him a gift like that,
early doors. Make him work for it.
Don't play a red where you are only
going to pot one in ten. Two down,
they will be feeling terrible and
Ronnie has his dander up.
interesting last night because
Ronnie did look a little out of
sorts and uncomfortable out there
when an unknown quantity, a younger
player coming onto the scene,
started to cause them problems.
Someone in a hurry!
The situation he
found himself in was one of getting
over the line for the crowd got
behind him. Today is different. He
is playing Martin Gould and he knows
what Martin Gould is capable of and
I don't think Martin Gould scares
It is interesting because
Stephen Hendry made a good point in
commentary last night, it is all
very well clearing up to win
silverware, but different pressure
when you're clearing up to stay in a
match against the world number 84, a
position he is not used to, let's be
Yes, I agree with Doctor
Mackie knows what Martin Gould has
got the tools he has, and Martin
Gould will not handle him, giving
gifts like that, as I see -- I agree
with Stephen, he knows what Martin
Gould has got. When he is in this
mood it is dangerous times.
out, Martin. Back we go...
mood it is dangerous times.
out, Martin. Back we go... John JOHN
PARROTT: All big frames, we know, in
this championship, but this one is a
He has a shot to nothing here,
Martin. Wasn't close, certainly
wasn't with the one he attempted in
the last frame. Has to get closer
than this, and he has it that far
too thick. -- hit that far too
Once again Martin's made a cardinal
sin there, just not in any trouble,
unforced error, got Ronnie straight
back in again, just far too thick on
that attempted red. STEPHEN HENDRY:
These are the sort of visits
that attempted red. STEPHEN HENDRY:
These are the sort of visits to
table with Ronnie O'Sullivan. Great
to see how he will eventually get
that back on the spot and carry it
on and make the century break. I
think the record amount for
centuries was by one player, Fergal
brown, last year, definitely made
four, possibly five.
I think he did.
I was calling him five-ton Fergal
for the rest of the week. It was
You can see Ronnie
making three or four.
passed, straight on the blue. He can
open some reds up here.
Pretty much perfect.
Maybe an inch to the right would
have been ideal, but he has to get
into this cue ball a bit more, more
angle on it, make sure and political
act towards the blue. -- make sure
and pull it back towards the blue.
Would be handy to get the pink, on
the black spot, I think, and that is
taken by that red.
Can't do too much with this so just
a little pull-back off the pink and
try to read the red in the corner --
leave the red in the corner. Just a
chip, top pocket.
It is all about the judgment now, to
make sure he is a collar up by
I would say 90% of the
shots Ronnie O'Sullivan misses, he
misses them, and it is just a tiny
bit of deceleration. It will annoy
him, that little miss, because he
It might look easy, but
this is a bit smelly...
One of those shots, when you haven't
had your hand on the table, easy to
miss those, and it wasn't
particularly close, not settled.
Just played that of little cannon,
the option of two reds. Just need a
little bit of attention, these.
There have been one or two of these
shots missed, along the top cushion.
They'd like to Mr two reds
immediately above the pink, screw
into the right-hand side of this
bunch. And he did exactly that. The
cue ball arc misses the two, and the
ball keeps living to the left. --
they'd like to miss the two reds
above the pink.
Red at the top of that cluster of
three is obviously available. Why he
has played that. And you can be sure
he will be trying to win the frame
on this visit and keep Martin even
more cold than he already is. Hasn't
had his hand on the table with a
decent chance yet. Can't really get
into this particular match this
afternoon, so keep him away from the
table and it'll help. Mm. But that
might have gone wrong.
Yeah, hit the
wrong red first. Play the cannon
into the two reds that are touching,
leaving one to the right middle.
Ronnie O'Sullivan, 26.
Nice time, just half an hour. It is
great when he plays, isn't it? --
the match time. One positional shot
going all right, Martin has a squeak
in this frame if he can get in --
one positional shot going awry.
Under pressure, 2-0 down.
safety, not a recipe for winning
Yes, he missed it, but not the worst
result. The side cushion as well, so
when you are 54 points behind you
want all the balls in the middle of
the table for potential counter
clearance, but I suppose at the
moment all Martin needs is to just
knock in some balls, get involved.
Pretty close to this, the pace kept
it out. Unfortunately for him. Just
have to be careful here not to get
the red over the left corner pocket.
He just keeps tempting, just not
quite there, not quite in this
afternoon at the moment, just can't
quite get involved.
Going to cue these well, off the
side cushion. Easy to put a bit of
side on. Not Mr O'Sullivan cueing
Yes, lovely town, ball hitting
the middle of the back of the
pocket. Normally a sign of supreme
cueing and timing, when the ball
it's the middle.
-- hits the middle.
So red, to win this third frame. I'm
thinking Martin Gould's club, John,
nicknamed, and he will have to be to
Depressing frame, can't
get his hand on the table. First two
frames, being left half chances, but
unfortunately the level you play at,
you have to make some of those half
chances, and they haven't gone in
for him, and in the blink of an IKEA
's 3- down. -- in the blink of an
eye he is 3-0 down.
Well, no century
break this time. Martin Gould, I was
going to say you don't expect him to
come back to the table. He obviously
wants to pot something. Hasn't
scored a point in this frame, just
wants to get his hand on the table,
pot a few balls. And I admit the way
the reds are, I wouldn't be
bothering. OK, if they were open,
Martin Gould, eight.
you come to the table to get your
arm moving, but as I was saying I
don't see the point, with that last
Yeah, decided against it.
He still wins the frame easily, 3-0.
John JOHN PARROTT: Ronnie
O'Sullivan, flying this afternoon,
and as you rightly said, Stephen,
you expected it to be happening.
And for Martin Gould, this is one
enormous frame. If he goes 4-0 down
going into the interval there is no
way back. Got to score in this frame
Oh, at the moment it is a massive
struggle. Every shot he has taken is
well away, and that was just far too
thick, and because it is Victor cue
ball can't get up the table. --
because it is thick, the cue ball.
He is definitely feeling it.
That is an excellent shot. Very good
safety. Not quite trapped Ronnie,
the red to the rate of the blue. He
can play half and back into the area
right of the blue. This is an
interesting part of the frame coming
up. Is he going to take this shot
again? It is not natural to get
down, and if you take this on, and
he has not had a good success rate
so far today, he will get very lucky
if he doesn't clatter into
something. So if you're taking this
on, Martin, it has to go in.
Nobody could accuse
Martin Gould of being negative
today, there is no doubt about that.
Fabulous pot. He is going to need
another one here. Blue to far right
corner, the red to the left of it.
But he is potting himself under the
cosh, in this situation when you are
a 3-0 down, do you go for it? Big
Why hit it so hard?
I think he was
under so much pressure.
Just trying to work out if he can
play the cannon. Just trying to get
the black out, and that is class.
Absolutely wonderful touch. To have
the side, hit the cushion and flick
the red out.
That is the shot of the
week, so far, for me, that one. Very
few if any of the professionals in
the game could have played that.
Just the touch. Phenomenal.
The way he played it, most people
would think, that was an easy shot.
To get through the cue ball enough
to get the work on. The only thing
is, as he made a positional mistake?
And followed it up with that.
Incredible. You do not see that
He just overscrewed it.
To be fair,
those were the kinds of shots he was
playing last night. Today, it is
He is taking his time, because he
wants to play down the baulk area.
If he cannot guarantee hiding the
two reds on the right. He has played
a safety, cleverly, to move them.
It was a shame he did not go on to
make a century because the opening
red was wonderful. Playing the
cannon. Fabulous shot.
That is the best shot of the match
from Martin Gould. Excellent. The
last red was good. That one is
better. Excellent cueing. Now,
Martin, you have got to score. If
you want any involvement in the
match today, these are the chances
you have to score points from. Not
straightforward, but you have got to
knock them in.
It was nicely played that he ran an
inch too far.
This is a horrible
shot. Can he land on anything
playing it plain ball? If he could
drop in the blue dead weight and
play on the red, it might be OK.
Watch this reaction, an electric
shock from the table. It does
It was always a problem. Just too
much of an angle on that blue.
Ronnie is inspecting the back. I am
not sure if he is trying to make a
plant. If he considers it to be on,
he will take it. He does not like
the look of it, so it is a safety.
Playing it this way, you have a
chance to clip a red over the
corner, which is why he has thought
While it is far from easy, it is a
chance, particular whether blue is.
I think the red is too straight to
play the red and go into the bunch.
I do not think he has the angle. It
will basically be getting the cue
ball out. Well, he did have the
angle. I did not think he did. It
looks straight. Is he on a pink? He
is looking at the potting angle, so
it is on.
What a great pot with the check
side. To land on a red after that is
a great shot. He could not be
entirely sure where he would finish.
This is what the championship tables
are like. If you catch the near jaw,
they do not go in. A couple of
chances have gone begging.
It was a good try, and he played it
in a way he thinks the red is not
cuttable. Ronnie is having a look at
it. If it clips in, it was not so
No damage done, really. I suppose
the only bad thing is he will
probably get put back in.
Ronnie has looked at the potting
angle. Trying to get the cue ball to
somewhere where it is now.
What a pot.
That is just madness.
What a pot will -- what a pot. That
This may be a big
pocket with the red there. He will
be taking this black on. Massive
I cannot blame Martin Gould.
What has happened to him is daylight
robbery. The pot in the middle
pocket, that is obscene.
1 million miles the best shot of the
I still prefer the little cannon for
You can have that one. I
will have that.
The difference is my shot will get
him to 4-0.
Has that gone wrong? Judging by the
body language the first red goes to
That was missable. You can see what
Ronnie thinks about it. Furious.
Always on the right-hand jaw. What a
chance for Martin Gould. 3-0 down,
27 points down, it is anything but
easy, no matter where the reds are.
He needs all the character and
believe he has to win this frame
from this visit.
Going back to the point you made
about the shots you prefer. He will
not get to 4-0 on it at the moment
but he has played two of the best
shots I have seen all week and at
the moment he could be losing this
Martin has to think, how much
will this irritate my opponent if I
Ronnie's temperament is so good it
will probably not stop him from
winning this match. But it will
mildly irritate him. Enough to put a
little doubt in his mind.
Already in this break, Martin's cue
ball has not been great. You should
not have to take this so early. But
it was a good pot. He has redeemed
himself. It is one of those breaks,
if you make it, you are back in the
match, but if you do not take it,
you will sit in the chair, after the
interval, 4-0 down, absolutely
kicking yourself. So it is a big
contribution at the moment in the
context of the match.
For all the world it looks like the
red up towards the baulk area will
be the important ball in the area
because he should not have any
problem with the next three.
He has to be careful. Not to snooker
himself. That is why he played it
lower. Could have run behind the red
the cue ball is closest to, so well
Under the circumstances, so far this
is a good effort. He had to take the
mid range red up into the middle
pocket when he lost position.
would you play for? If he plays to
the left middle there is an argument
to come off the baulk cushion,
right-hand side and try to play a
cannon on the red and if you missed
the cannon, you will still be on
He has an opportunity to play the
red to the same pocket.
I have to be honest, I did not like
him playing the blue. It is harder
to get in behind that with control
whereas you can do it off the brown
and green more easily.
The path the
cue ball went it was ideal to screw
for the red to the same pocket.
That was very tricky. I think he has
decided to go for everything when he
gets the chance, which is
I think that shot
shows you. He had a simple safety.
There is pressure on this.
And the good news for Ronnie, he has
a snooker. The almost does not seem
fair when you are that good to get a
run of the balls.
As ever with snooker is, no matter
the difficulty, not hitting them...
Martin is looking to see if he can
swerve around the black and hit the
red from behind. He is going side
cushion and try to hit the red off
the two cushions instead.
Yes, that is as good as he can do.
He is not fully snookered. He is
having a good run.
He has a nice target in the baulk
area, of the green and the brown.
He played the think -- think clip.
Going back to last night's match,
Sunny Akani potted the blue when
potting the green. When he needed a
snooker, Ronnie could have gone
in-off off the pink. Sometimes, your
name is on the trophy.
couple of shots he has played he has
had some lovely little rubs. He had
a very good hit to get out of a
snooker he was in and he will need
Brilliant shot. He has left pot on
but that was great. A little bit
unlucky for the cue ball to travel
so far away from the cushion.
It has gone awkward enough to keep
him honest with this shot.
He did not play it.
If he gets the snooker, it is
because he has played a good shot.
Which he has. Excellent. Not
snooker, but what do you do with
If you hit it thick, it is danger.
Well, that is a fabulous shot. He
has done ever so well.
effort. But, unfortunately, the last
role on the cue ball has just come
out and given Ronnie a chance to
snick the red in.
How do you like them apples?
Unbelievable. Nowhere near the pot
by his own standards. Once again,
Martin Gould is in all sorts of
He could play it as a shot
to nothing. You have no idea where
the red will end up when you go for
It looks like he will come off two
cushions. It is a difficult hit.
Also you will be promoting the red
to the middle or a corner. You will
do well to hit this and get out of
it without leaving a pot.
Foul and a miss. .
The only good thing is it is not a
And the reds in the middle of the
table, it is harder to get safe if
you hit it.
Another excellent shot.
He has been in all sorts of bother
and two hits that and not leave it
up is excellent. -- to hit it. I am
not sure how he is managing to do
it, but he is still in the frame.
Another fabulous safety shot.
He has had a run at the end of the
frame but that was not a run, it was
a superb shot. A little bit of run
inside to help the cue ball. I will
not believe it if Martin Gould wins
this frame. He has been in so much
trouble, how could he possibly win
Again. And a tap on the table from
Ronnie O'Sullivan. He knows how
great that shot was. Great escapes.
The last two have been brilliant. I
would not begrudge him luck to get
the snooker back. The problem here,
two cushions, hit the red from
behind, you do not want to hit the
yellow with the red. Just try to
avoid a cannon on the yellow.
This is just unbelievable, this
I told you, he cannot win this
frame, it is impossible.
Every credit to Martin Gould. He has
given the shots full attention. He
could be excused for headshaking.
No, he is battling. Ten minutes
since a ball was potted.
Absolutely brilliant again. He will
settle for about.
Not straight forward on the safety
Not unless you are a genius. What a
shot bat is. Absolutely superb. Yes,
it was on, but boy, did you have to
hit it well.
He is giving us the full repertoire
If he gets this day, I will say he
will win the frame, Martin Gould. --
if he gets it safe. He has done.
Ronnie has thrown everything at him.
This might be one of the best ends
to a frame I have seen. What has
happened is incredible. The
standard. OK, a little bit of luck,
but to keep getting out of them and
leaving them safe, I have not seen a
frame like it. You see it happening
once or twice but this is seven,
eight, nine times. 20 shots since a
Well, another excellent shot, but
the way it has been going in this
frame kiss Martin, you can guarantee
there is a gap. -- in this frame for
Martin. Shaking his head, and I
don't blame you!
Just made it, and it is another
great shot, another great safety
By Martin is surprised. He
has come to the table thinking,
maybe it is not -- I don't know why
Martin is surprised. An excellent
shot from Ronnie.
Got to be a little careful with this
if he hits it. Oh. I wasn't thinking
that side of it. I suppose that's
about as good as he could have got
out of it, once it has hit that
side, and lots of pressure on pot,
particularly when you haven't been
playing any for quite well,
approaching 15 minutes since pot, so
this is a test of your cue action.
20 minutes since the last one
actually, so good luck with this
A great pot.
Ideal, on a colour.
Pink, you would say, left-handed, on
the angles. The blue into the green
pocket, a couple of options. As you
say, John, after that amount of
time, to still plot that ball --
still pot the ball is very good,
Yes, you could see
when he was going about that, he was
loving the tactical battle, how to
get the smokers, and I think he was
absolutely engrossed in it. Why
shouldn't he be? It is the UK
championship, but nevertheless he
was loving every part of that and
that was a fascinating part of the
Lovely shot left-handed, lovely
touch, and I had to look before, as
I say, Stephen, I looked at Martin
Gould sitting in his chair, and I
feel for him because this never
looked like a frame he was going to
win. The way the run of the balls
went, and also the way Ronnie's
safety has been. It just looked like
Yes, you had that chance
earlier on in the frame, Martin
Gould, one of the balls, possibly
made an error, went for the blue
rather than the ball colour, in
clearing up. In the end it all
counts for nothing. Just the pink.
Convincing. Leeds Martin Gould 4-0.
HAZEL IRVINE: And we have seen the
best of indeed both Ronnie's
attacking and defensive game,
defending about game. The
possibility of outgunning Ronnie
O'Sullivan? It is just not going to
happen here and there was a good
example of him trying to do that in
example of him trying to do that in
Martin Gould has been
attacking but that is no good if
you're throwing yourself of my edge
of a cliff. This shot is one in 20.
of a cliff. This shot is one in 20.
Trying to pot, keep the breaks
going, trying to win a frame, but
that is like desperation, and the
problem is if you miss you will
probably leave Ronnie O'Sullivan
with the tactical advantage, so from
that perspective I think it was the
wrong shot, but then a little later
on Ronnie O'Sullivan has a chance,
I think with that shot
Martin Gould could still be out
there trying to pot it right now and
he still wouldn't have made it. I
don't know why he played it. He has
cue ball near red, the initiative
for the safety battle, straight
However Ronnie O'Sullivan has
one red left, very gettable, but he
plays a defensive shot in a
situation when you think you would
attack from in front, and the shot
selection and how to keep the
pressure on your opponent, and
Martin Gould's decision to go for at
that red in the middle pocket, at
professional level, is indefensible,
unless he thinks he can get away
with it safe somehow.
We spoke about
that aggression level he has come
out with, going for things, but do
you have to be judicious about
implementing a game plan when you go
There is a
implementing a game plan when you go
There is a fine line,
yes, between recklessness and just
taking on your shots. You can't play
shots that don't go. I just don't
think that red went in the middle,
but going back to the first frame,
and we sure that after the first
frame, the red he took on, and the
other red he took on on the opposite
middle, this game doesn't forgive
you. It is as if the balls have a
memory at times. If you play the
wrong shot it is as if they know and
say, look, fellow, you will be
sitting down this afternoon. Martin
Gould has not set out his stall to
compete with Ronnie O'Sullivan. I
think he has made a dressing room
decision to go out and go for
anything he sees, but you have to
think on your feet out there. You
make your decision at the table, not
in the dressing room.
It is close to Christmas and he has
been gifting Ronnie, he has
lot of the shots. I like it! Well,
it might be a late birthday present,
it was his birthday a couple of days
ago. We will be back to that game
after the interval, but let me bring
you up to date and up to speed with
the other quarterfinal this
afternoon. This one features two
fellows who have been around a lot
in this game. A couple of true
snooker star works, former world
number two Stephen Maguire, former
winner of this, and another proven
Trophy winner in Joe Perry, who made
the Masters final this year, still
playing strong stagger into his 40s.
Given their respective experience
and think it is a bit surprising
Maguire has such a dominant record.
Eight wins to one and the
significant events, and taking in
all the other ones, Maguire has 14
wins to Joe's two, although Perry
won perhaps the biggest one they
have played so far, a Crucible final
in 2008 which went down to a
decider. This is what these guys
make of this contest today...
First part of the season, I was
still practising but not hard
enough, and I wasn't getting the
results. Smoker is tough with always
travelling all over the place,
winning a game here and there, and
you don't get any confidence from
just a match in the qualifiers, but
I just felt the last few
tournaments, I have been practising
a little harder, moving around,
playing a few other players I
haven't played before, travelling
about a bit, getting out of my club,
and it seems to have made a
difference, got me a little sharper
coming into the tournaments, and
even though I haven't gone deep or
anything, I feel my game is slowly
My best? Adult doll. I think it is
for everybody else to say, but I
feel a lot better this week -- I
don't know, I think it is for
everybody else. I feel a lot better
this week that I have done. Latvia,
the start of the season, it felt
good. Then everything just went and
I lost, whatever, just lost
everything, but I start to feel good
at this tournament. Feel as if I am
hitting the ball pretty good.
Yes, another game to look forward
to. Former winner, one of the best
out there, also looks like he's
coming into some good form. For him
he has been out of the winner's
circle for some time and he is the
sort of player you expect to be
there competing, winning trophies,
season in, the snout, but I have
watched him. He is playing good. I
am sure he will fancy it because his
record against me as very positive
in his favour but it is another game
and we haven't played for a little
while. I am in good form, so I will
need to get my best to get a win or
compete but I am looking forward to
HAZEL IRVINE: Indeed, Joe, we
looking forward to it as well.
Giving you a feel for this in the
first frame. Maguire's named
quarterfinal at the UK championship
and he really enjoys this one. He
has work to do in the opening frame,
55-12 behind, and we have a couple
of former world champions
commentating for your...
commentating for you...
COMMENTATOR: I can't believe that.
That the cue ball went in. I'm sure
Stephen Maguire thought it was frame
over, now all of a sudden there is
I wonder how much of an important
role that Green will play in this
Joe Perry refused to take the pink
into centre pocket, played the
safety of the krhin, may be his only
hope of staying in this frame.
-- played the safety on the green.
This red and the other two shouldn't
be a problem.
Doesn't want the cue ball going too
far. Just travelled a little further
than he would have liked.
That was a much better shot than it
looked. The cue raised in the error.
So easy to put unintentional side
on, especially when you're playing
If he chooses to, Stephen may be
able to leave himself an angle on
this last red, to move the green.
foal he hasn't got -- but he hasn't
got that angle now. if he plays the
cannon on the brown, it is a
delicate cannon that could go wrong.
maybe try to push the brown towards
the yellow pocket. played nicely.
Yes, so he only has one more chance.
He needs a good angle after potting
this yellow, to get on the girl
Now he has had a quick look. As soon
as he potted the yellow he was
looking at that angle on the cue
ball, and it looks like he has a
He has to hit the green of the right
side, the inside of the green, to
try to knock it towards the middle.
If he hits it on the outside, the
cue ball will go dangerously close
to the middle pocket.
He has been quite aggressive
already, Peter, but I really can't
see him taking on the screen, but
you never know with Stephen Maguire.
-- taking on this green. The other
straight up and down with the green,
sizing it up.
He has already looked
at it, hasn't he? That is a really
tough shot. Can't take this on,
Foul. Stephen Maguire, 33,
Joe Perry 34.
If he has left a free
ball, it could be game over.
Well, I'm not quite sure. Has the
referee looked at it? Oh, no, it's
not. From this angle in the
commentary box is looks pretty
close, but I'm not even sure...
Bull-mac, not from that angle, it's
not a free ball.
-- No, not from that angle,
it's not a free ball.
If the cue ball is a couple of
inches away from the side cushion
you would expect Joe Perry to pot
it, but it looks very straight, and
it is so hard, the cue as well.
It's a difficult shot.
Yes, even in
practice you would probably miss
this at least format, five times out
of ten. It requires incredible
Well, he could be in a bit of
trouble, if something comes to the
Stephen will be disappointed with
Poor safety shot from Joe Perry
Fortunate to get away with that,
under the circumstances.
Stephen's got a good opportunity to
take the cue ball around the ankles
here, with lots of right-hand side,
played snooker the black.
He could also play it thin as well,
but it looks like he's electing to
play the snooker behind the brown.
Yes, just a little bit short of
pace. Really wanted to have a full
ball smoker there, and he's left Joe
on the green, but I don't think
you'll be taking it on. Just a
little concerning, the green off the
top cushion backs, and be careful of
the double kiss, and has to play
that shot now.
Taking this on, deep screw. What a
shot! That was fantastic cueing.
Grapeshot, wasn't it? Fantastic --
great shot. It is OK when you are
dropping these browns, but playing
with a little bit of pace and they
could go for the blue. Just about...
It is OK. The wrong side of the
blue, but leaving the cue ball in
the middle of the table, or he can
go round the angles.
Has he got the pace of the cue ball,
and angle to get back on the black?
The cue ball needs to slow down a
little bit. Black for the frame, and
what a steal this would be for
Stephen Maguire. Ah, what a
fantastic clearance from Stephen
Maguire. He was 54 points behind in
that frame, and he eventually wins
it on the black, and Stephen Maguire
pinches the first frame and leaves
pinches the first frame and leaves
Joe Perry 1-0. Hazel Irvine grand
larceny! Terrific start from Stephen
Maguire. He was a runner-up to
Ronnie O'Sullivan a couple of years
back in Telfer, and a winner of this
event. Now it is frame two and Joe
event. Now it is frame two and Joe
Perry ahead, but he will not be
wanting his feet whipped from him
COMMENTATOR: Not only has he Mr red,
he has taken the black. -- not only
has he missed the red. Can't believe
he missed that red, Peter. Played it
Amazing, the things that go
through your mind sometimes when
you're sitting in that chair,
thinking, I can't believe I have put
black into play, but he will be
bitterly disappointed to have
missed. An unexpected miss, that's
It has been noticeable in these
first couple of frames how both
players have struggled with the pace
at the table to the extent they both
finished on the wrong side of the
blue a few locations, and both
finished straight. Having to hit the
ball quite hard to move the white
Finish low on this blue, after
potting the brown. You always feel
when you are clearing up the
colours, that is the shot, the
crucial one. A nice angle on the
And this is for another steel, a
frame that he shouldn't have won.
And this is
for another steal, a
frame that he shouldn't have won.
So it is Stephen Maguire that takes
their two frame lead, leading 2-0.
So it is Stephen Maguire that takes
their two frame lead, leading 2-0.
HAZEL IRVINE: That one continues on
the red button and we will probably
return to it later in the afternoon
but that match has seen a dominant
start for Stephen be an end rather
larcenous circumstances, as I say,
but it is Ronnie O'Sullivan who has
been absolutely flying today. 4-0
lead over Martin Gould, former
German Masters winner of course, and
the all-out attack has not worked so
far kiss Martin. Let's get back to
it to see whether Ronnie will wrap
it up in quickfire fashion, or
whether Martin has something to say.
Back to John and Stephen.
Back to John and Stephen.
The cue ball close
to the green to try to get a nice
contact... John JOHN PARROTT:
tried all-out attack and he is 4-0
What does he do now, Stephen?
is possible for him to go through
the second session without missing a
single pot, it is the only chance
Ronnie O'Sullivan is one of the best
front runners, probably the best, in
This is tricky, this red, that he is
trying to clip here, because he has
to swerve round the blue. He has
played it superbly well. That was an
excellent shot, swerved it just
enough to get round the blue.
When he is in this focused mood he
is in this afternoon, Ronnie, every
shot is like a challenge. It is not
like a problem. It is just like a
challenge, to see how well he can
play the shot.
Yes, it is funny when players, you
know, Alan was saying, in the
dressing room, they think, I'm going
to go for all-out attack, but
snooker is not like that. You have
to play the balls the way they are.
If the game opens up and it is all
open and you can attack, that's
fine, but the right shot is always
the right shot, no matter how you
play it. He has certainly played a
few very strange ones today. I agree
with the boys talking about the red
in the middle pocket that Martin
tried to clip in, when he didn't get
on it, that was never really the
Desperation, wasn't it?
Disappointment as well, sometimes,
when you know you have a chance like
that played such a poor positional
shot like he did off the blue, you
just try and force it.
You can see Ronnie's miles ahead in
the points scored today. Of course
pot success as well, apart 94%,
which is excellent. -- up at 94%.
Ronnie's in the position in this
match that he doesn't need to take
any risks. He doesn't anyway
generally. He always plays the right
shot, just forces the mistakes out
of his opponent, but it is Martin
now who has to take on these risky
Obviously when you need at kiss, you
never get one. OK, the cue ball
shouldn't even have been going near
the pack of reds, to be fair. I
don't think that is what he was
playing, but still unfortunate not
to be on anything.
He didn't seem to get any Czech side
on that cue ball, so it avoided the
cannon and a bunch of reds.
it was a case of the red, and I
don't blame him- he is 4-0 down, but
you need a bit of check if you are
going to avoid the pack. You just
need a good length of cue ball here,
off the back, a bit of right-hand
side. Mm. That is not great, unless
he gets an angle. Oh, he nearly did.
A poor shot, really. But it still
takes a bit of cueing, this one, but
you would expect him to knock it in.
Yes, and he will be trusting what a
little bit with position. When you
are going into the reds...
How is the luck?
suggests no. The blue is tricky,
bridging over the red. Nothing to do
with the cue ball, make sure of the
pot. It is
This is tricky with the
In the end, he was a long way off.
It was not easy.
When he misses, he misses thin. So,
Martin, what can you do with this
All he can do is to keep potting.
Trying to play for police red. --
the loose red. Not totally
straightforward for him. The pink is
only available in the top left-hand
pocket and the opposite middle. Not
a lot of options for Martin.
Not the best shot on the pink to
leave himself this angle. He could
have done with screwing back a
little bit more.
That was a decent shot. The angle he
had on the red.
He is starting to find it more
difficult to keep in perfect
position. He is running out of loose
reds. This is tricky. He cannot
avoid cannons on the other reds.
He can stun the cue ball across.
Yes, nice shot. Controlled it
nicely. And now he has played that,
he can play this red into the corner
and hold the cue ball fair and he
has a chance to cannon into the pink
and five reds. I do not think there
is anything available so a nice
clean pot on the red. And you can
come down and hopefully get a
It is not the easiest bunch to hit
because there is distance between
the pink and the red.
If he is to go into the pink, he
must hit it full ball. He has played
a controlled cannon. Cut the red on
He hit it too full in the face.
decent effort. It have to be
extremely accurate. It was almost
one of those with the cue ball dying
on its last breath to get the
cannon. All he can do is play safe.
Up somewhere near the green.
It was a decent break.
He would have loved to do it in one
visit. He has put a red towards the
corner. All the time he will be
thinking about a counter clearance,
if it is coming from Ronnie, and
making it difficult by potting the
reds close to the cushion.
Very dangerous situation for Martin.
OK, he has 46 points in front, but
Ronnie is capable of clearing up and
four of the six reds are in open
play. He does not want to make any
more mistakes and that was a good
He is looking at the two reds. He
might be able to take least one off
the cushion. He had to avoid that.
That was on the cards. What a
He is playing well and getting a
good run of the ball. Once he got
the double-kiss, it looks like it
Playing the thick contact.
It is a tough combination to play
against. Ronnie O'Sullivan playing
well and getting the run of the
balls into the bargain.
Still very much anyone's frame. If
Ronnie gets in with the chance, he
almost goes favourite, the way the
There will be club snooker players
all over the country going, are you
mad, I would love to have a 46 point
lead. But not with Ronnie sitting in
the chair. One mistake, it could all
be gone. Just the red on the
left-hand side, but as you
mentioned, that is not a problem
when you are good with the
left-hand, as well.
I am wondering whether the one on
the left he could have pushed up and
down and left the cue ball tight
here and left the reds in the open
but he does not fancy because he
thinks he will leave one in the
middle. He will wait for another
Martin Gould has had a
policy of going for everything you
could see this afternoon, but it
changes now, because he knows it
could cost him the frame.
If he were behind he would have
taken the red on but now he has gone
into protect the lead mode.
He would love to get this red from
the side cushion. You can see him
thinking about it all the time.
Not quite how he played it. If he
sits on the blue, I will never
believe it. I will never believe it.
Well, Martin Gould, you do not want
to be backing any horses over the
weekend because that is
unbelievable. A total mis-hit come
up and down the table and the one
spot that is a nightmare. He has had
You see, total mis-hit, too much on
the cue ball and we saw it
immediately and we both went over,
no. I am sure Martin thought worse
Even though Martin Gould is 46
points ahead, who is favourite to
win the frame? It is pretty close.
And to add insult to injury, what
shot can he play? It looks like a
hit and hope. Give it a smack, hope
you hit something and then end up
You have two lads in the studio who
know how to get out of snooker 's,
but I am sure they would be
struggling here. -- snookers. And
there we go.
Well, he will be absolutely
delighted with that.
He actually tried to play the pot,
which was very clever. He was in
that much trouble he thought, I
might as well have a go at it. He
almost got it, but well done him to
get the cue ball there.
forced Ronnie into taking the pot
on. Cannot see a safety shot this
time. I cannot tell you how tough
No, that is scary. What a pot that
was. Some things have happened in
this match today, Martin Gould, all
you can do is laugh about it.
Yes, it is more of those days. Your
opponent is playing brilliantly
well, striking the ball great,
having a good run of the balls and
some pots today have been three of
the best shots I have seen all week
and that was another one, cueing off
the top cushion.
Fair to say they
are easier when you are 4-0 ahead
But that is a tough
shot. Goodness me.
Play the pink after this next red.
Straightaway leaving a wide-angle so
he can stun up just before the
middle pocket and probably play on
the yellow. Trying to make it as
easy as possible and as close as you
can. If anything, just a little bit
too firm. He could have done with it
pulling up more.
I think he played
Just using the one cushion. This is
not a certainty. All of these pots
are easier if you are scoring in the
match but he knows this is a big
frame to win, to go 5-0. When he
fluked the snooker there was a new
favourite in the frame.
I fear for you in this frame,
Martin. You have not done a lot
wrong, OK, position went wrong at
the start of it, but that piece of
fortune Ronnie had with the mis-hit
on the safety shot was one of the
most outrageous fluked snookers I
have seen. But this break has been
made because of O'Sullivan's
magnificence of the cushion.
He went a little bit far with the
cue ball and this is Martin's only
hope, but you would not expect him
to miss this. And in it goes. There
was an inevitability about that
clearance. Martin Gould led by 46
points but outrageous fortune for
Ronnie and a brilliant red in the
Ronnie and a brilliant red in the
middle. HAZEL IRVINE: But you make
your own luck and you have been
talking about at the beginning of
the match. A shot Martin Gould took
on and the vortex spiralled
downwards. When you look back on
this was it
downwards. When you look back on
this was it the key shot?
It is a
sliding doors moment. It is a low
percentage shot. Who knows what
would have happened had he chosen to
play a safety. It is not guaranteed
Ronnie is going
play a safety. It is not guaranteed
Ronnie is going to play well.
a big moment in the match and I
thought it at the time, do not
encourage O'Sullivan. Keep him as
safe as you can. I know it is not
easy but do not gift chances for no
reason. For me it is false bravado.
By Martin Gould. He has not competed
today. And the last frame when
Ronnie lands on the blue, almost the
balls tell you, that is what you get
for not applying yourself early the
match. It might be harsh but it is
the way the game treats you.
Higgins is watching, he understand.
It is not what happens afterwards.
Higgins is watching, he understand.
It is not what happens afterwards.
You do not know when luck comes but
you sometimes can make things happen
by playing the right shot at the
right time and if Martin Gould can
analyse that and look at that shot
and say, perhaps that was wrong. If
he has someone in his corner to say,
think about that, was it the right
shot? OK, if you do... We do not
think it was the right shot.
IRVINE: He certainly has a lot to do
and he is looking at an exit in the
UK Championship. JOHN PARROTT:
Interesting from the boys, as ever.
It is funny, this game. The balls do
seem to have a memory, as was said
earlier. You do something wrong, and
the amount of times it has happened
in matches you should have won. You
play the wrong shot, and the rest of
the match, it does not forgive you.
Probably covered by the blue! Yes.
He has played brilliant tactical
shots today, Ronnie.
Well, hello. Of course, he will not
be on anything, you know that! Yes,
granite on the cushion. Good luck
rolling up to it.
Does he take the
brown into the right middle? 5-0,
trying to lay the snooker.
It is a
hard shot to play. These cloths are
That is about as good as he can do.
Ronnie is looking at three cushions,
Did not get a wide enough angle.
He may be tempted by the red to the
far left corner. No, he gets it put
It is all about the slide off the
third cushion. Would have been, a
He has the angle worked out but it
is the third cushion.
REFEREE: Foul and a miss.
He is very close. Just a tiny bit
more pace. With the angle he is
hitting it, when you put on more
pace, sometimes, be third cushion,
it slides more. A tiny bit of
Yes. Good shot. He knew he would not
get much of an advantage if Ronnie
hit that correctly but he got 12
points for nothing, which could come
Well, he definitely will take this
red on. The left side of the
cluster, it looks like a natural
He will be disappointed with that.
He should have been stopping the cue
ball well short of the baulk line.
But he was trying so hard to make
the pot, the positional side, the
pot, will go wrong.
Either that, or
play it firmer, go in and out,
because, at the end of the day, you
are 5-0 down.
Anyway, it was not to be.
It needs to be a similar shot. Three
cushions, possibly a fourth.
Yes, I think he knows it by now.
I have thoroughly enjoyed watching
this today. Starting off the match
with two glorious centuries. There
have been brilliant individual pots
and some fantastic tactical play. He
has looked fully up for every
department today in this match.
It was a good cue ball. But he might
be tempted to pot this. Far from
easy, of course. He could play thin
and plate a natural safety shot but
he is going for the pot.
Wasn't much chance of him flicking
the blue, the way it has been going.
Snookered him on that one.
have to be the red, the plant to the
red over the corner pocket.
got that as a pot. Don't know which
one he was looking at. He has also
got a thin clip off the side of the
park and use the yellow and blue in
the bowl end. It is whether he says,
I am 5-0 behind, I might as well
have a go. Or whether he plays the
Didn't get it, but he played it in a
way that was quite clever. Good
angles and good cue ball.
He has had a go at a couple, this is
another one to the right middle.
Just wondering whether he can play
across double with a bit of safety
involved. He has a choice. Across
the face of it, and up and down.
Good pot. Excellent.
confidently. He would have let
Ronnie in, should he have missed
He is at the point of no
return, Martin. Everything that is a
half chance, he is going to go for
Playing this red because it doesn't
look like the black is possible.
Could have done with a bit more on
the cue ball but that is a nice,
clean pot. You cannot always judge
where the cue ball is going to go.
Thankfully he missed the double-kiss
with the black.
Nice little chance. Storm the pink
in, red in the middle and then the
black. Probably pot to the top
right-hand pocket. With it being
next to the reds, he could bring a
few more into play. Just coming to
have a look to see if the black
goes. Which it does. Pot this, come
down and try and get a bit low on
this. Stun the black in and move a
couple of the reds out. Perfect.
Little bit careful with the cannon.
This is a big shot. The only thing
that can go wrong is not landing on
Looking at his body language... From
that, it looks like it doesn't take
a lot. Just a little touch of
left-hand side, I think he will be
able to pot that.
I think he is
going to have to take it. If he
plays the one he is looking at,
bridging over. All sorts of cannons
can happen. It is awkward. I am sure
Paul Collier is going to love this
one, cleaning the white. I don't
think I would be doing that. I would
say, I will clean it after this
Got to play it a bit to get the cue
ball on and off the cushion.
one of those shots. You have played
the cannon and you think, I am bound
to be on one. You don't want any
shot that has any degree of
difficulty. But I didn't think it
was going to be that hard.
You can't see how Martin can go
wrong here now.
All credit to him,
he has been on the end of it today.
Ronnie has played great, tactically
very astute and all departments have
been in full flow. He is hanging in
there, he is 5-0 down, it can't be
easy, but this is a good effort.
Knowing Martin, he will be
determined to make a century break
here, just to show this crowd at the
Barbican, he can actually play the
game. They all know he can, but he
has been up against it today.
He has got a frame on the board. He
has avoided the dreaded whitewash.
Probably just delaying the
inevitable, but... He will try and
clear the table and that will be a
positive to take from today.
Taking these superbly well, Martin
Gould. Very good response. 5-0, very
easy to just throw the towel in.
Martin is still in there, still
punching. You don't win a major
event if you don't have something
about you. He won the Masters in
2016. All the boys know he is a good
It shows pride in his
performance, trying so hard to make
this century break. Good shots.
Little bit straight on the black.
Screw back with lots of right-hand
side. Here is a question, have you
ever won a match from 5-0 down in
the best of 11? Not that you are
ever 5-0 down, of course!
I won the
Best of nine from 4-0. The wasn't
the best of 11 when I was playing.
It was the best of 17 by then.
thinking about the Masters, maybe? I
knew I shouldn't have asked the
Well played, Martin Gould. There is
the century. The Barbican audience
appreciating it. Excellent. The blue
doesn't go in, but he won't be too
bothered. Fantastic response, 5-0
down, makes a century break. But it
is Ronnie O'Sullivan who leads 5-1.
is Ronnie O'Sullivan who leads 5-1.
HAZEL IRVINE: bat has been very
enjoyable and having spent a bit of
time knocking Martin for some of the
decision-making process earlier on,
he has shown he can still pot them
when it matters?
It is common when a
player reaches the point of no
return, the Bugle is blown and he
starts swinging his arm and a few
start going in.
He didn't have a
great game yesterday, but he didn't
dropped his head or throw the towel
in. We know he loves the game of
snooker. Even though he has been
knocked out of the World
Championship, we have seen him at
the Winter Garden. He won't be
saying it is all terrible, he plays
every game of snooker, 5-0 down
against Ronnie O'Sullivan, OK. Next
frame, go for it. That is why Martin
Gould is knocking on the doors of
the top 16.
Yesterday he breaks 69
and 64 and he has plenty of bottle
He does, but like
football, you have to earn the right
to play well. You have got to do
that early doors by competing. You
just don't give gifts. Doing what he
did early in the match, he almost
lost the right to compete by giving
Ronnie the lead. Not giving Ronnie
believed, he is talented enough, but
he didn't compete and you cannot do
that against O'Sullivan.
Is this a
consolation prize, that century?
looks to be, but you never know with
a game of snooker. You expect Ronnie
to make some frame-winning
contribution and it would be all
over. Ronnie would be into the
semifinals I think without having
played anybody in the top 16?
Martin is 18 in the world and such
as being the extraordinary nature of
this championship, we were saying
earlier with Barry Hearn, there is
only Ronnie and Shaun Murphy from
the top 16 players left in the
If Ronnie will go on to
win this match, regardless of who
wins between Joe Perry and Stephen
Maguire, none of them are in the top
It is strange. It is, but
Stephen and Joe are all but and they
have been on the circuit for a long
time so we will be going back to
that one in a while, but meanwhile,
can Ronnie finish this off?
COMMENTATOR: that is what Ronnie
will be looking to do, get it over
as soon as possible. That is a
Paul Martin go straight
into the bunch of this red. Has got
It is a lovely pack. It
will keep the white, that pack.
is what he is thinking.
Oh dear. That is what he played, but
the cue almost came out of his
hands, it was that bad.
anything like he can do.
That was a
universal snooker player's action
for saying, you have cued around the
It was almost as if he
played that without making his mind
up. He was down on the shot, I think
the cogs in his brain was still
working when he was playing that
Normally, so strong, closing a
He gets a sniff of a chance to win
the match, normally that's enough.
Not ideal angle on the blue to go
into the pink. Might be playing for
this red left of the pink.
hit that red and screw as hard as he
likes because the black is available
over on the other corner. Unless red
came out and covered the pocket, he
is bound to be on that.
He has lost
the cue ball. That was clumsy from
Ronnie O'Sullivan. He knows it. You
can see the frustration.
kick himself over that. Just leave
the cue ball high, open them up and
then the black is there. That will
Excellent safety shot, but this was
very unlike Ronnie O'Sullivan to
lose control of the cue ball like
Same shot again for Martin. Off a
couple of cushions and drop into the
pack. Slightly different this time.
Ronnie can play off the side with a
little bit of running side into the
Just checking up there is no
available plants amongst the
cluster. This is a shot that has
become much changed over the years.
It is a shot players like to hit
very thin now. Not to open the pack
up. He gave up the fact he couldn't
get a good white. Just to maintain
Only really the one you can leave,
you would think. Definitely worth
having a go at this. Where the black
is, with it being so close to the
pocket, if he can knock the red in,
where every finish round there, you
can split the pack up. But he is
refusing it. Interesting!
Maybe he thinks it didn't go.
Sometimes you get a different view
than the player. He has a new game
Now he is 5-1 down, he
has decided not to go for anything.
He has played a very good safety
shot, but he was definitely on that
I think the red closest to the right
corner will cut in.
If it did and he
can play it with pace, he could go
into the pack and remain on the
black. It is a tough shot, but that
pack could go.
He was right not to hit it too hard,
but he needed a trace of left-hand
side on the cue ball just to make
sure that didn't happen.
He did hit
the red above that one, didn't he?
If he missed the red above, he would
be guaranteed to be on it. Not only
is he in a load of trouble and has
to play a colour, he has red over
the left-hand pocket as well. He has
done pretty well today, Martin
Gould, to get out of a lot of
trouble. Certainly with the snooker
is. But this has got to be very good
to get out of this.
That was an excellent shot. He is
still potting the effort in, Martin
Gould. Excellent temperament.
May be a little bit of a delay.
Somebody in the audience has taken a
turn for the worst. So there might
just be a little hiatus here.
Somebody being attended to. Plenty
of people helping. So all good at
HAZEL IRVINE: we will hang fire
until attention has given to the
member of the audience. Stephen said
he would have been proud of the shot
that Martin played early on, it was
an angle special.
I don't know about
that. He was unlucky, potted a good
red, cut back and we were wondering
if he would get onto the black. He
was unlucky. Unfortunately, he's
leaving bits too late.
showcasing of the skills is all very
well, but is the match, for you,
done and dusted at this point?
is, but we have seen things come
back. Apparently the man to my right
was 5-0 behind in the UK
championship and one 6-5, it is not
impossible but suffer against Ronnie
You wear, was that in
No, it was in the arena
Barry Hawkins was 5-0 up
and was overtaken by Nigel Bond. So
it can be done. It is rather rare
these days, isn't it?
Gould's perspective, the only way
back in is to keep your head up. If
you start to believe you are getting
unlucky and they haven't gone right,
ridiculous things have gone wrong in
some of the frames. The only way you
could possibly get back is to still
be optimistic. That is his great
strength in the game. Just repeating
what we said before, he absolutely
loves snooker, you can tell. He is
hanging around, when he is not
playing, he is hanging around,
watching, talking to the fans. Great
character and the type of person we
need on the circuit, but from this
level, it is a tough ask.
started to appear at the Crucible,
such was his enthusiasm, he would be
knocked out but he would stay for
the whole two weeks.
He has done
that a few times, yes.
don't really see what happens behind
the scene is, how much effort the
players put into the game. Sometimes
you don't want to talk to the fans,
they get on with their own game but
others are pretty decent.
worth talking about Ronnie's
longevity. Martin is trying to get
through to only his second semifinal
at the UK championship, but Ronnie
is on the cusp of a tense semifinal
in 25 years. His record is
When you consider the
first 15 years of Ronnie's career,
he probably didn't apply himself the
way he does these days. If he had
all the stuff going on from the
early days, it is scary to think
what he would have won.
It is just
over a decade ago, we remember
Ronnie walking out on the Crucible
quarterfinal against Stephen Hendry,
4-2 down. He was all over the place
with his game, but to have this
period of stability and consistency
in his game and he professes he is
not interested in the records.
Surely that has got to be his
He is now 42 years
of age, but he seems to be getting
better. In his physical game hitting
the ball, the most amazing part, the
last five years, his long game is
probably better than it was when he
was a teenager. I don't know what
the magic formula is. But it has
keeps himself in good shape by
running. There are John Higgins and
Mark Wellings in their 40s playing
good snooker. -- Mark Williams.
is about to resume and I'm happy to
say we are back under way in this
COMMENTATOR: Thank you, we just hope
the person who was taken out is all
well and good.
Martin found a way through there.
I'm just wondering whether he can do
this properly. It's a good test of
your cueing. Always a worry when
there is a ball he could catch. That
could have stuck its nose out and
been easy, but it's gone right
behind the black.
This is very tight.
To get through
this thread and onto the black, it
doesn't look on. No, it's not on.
This has to be hit good. What a
shot. What a shot. I know he's going
to leave this red to the right
corner but that contact on the road
was brilliant. -- on the red was
Yes, he has made the best
of a tough job there. He has got the
cue ball nearly glued to the bottom
cushion and it just makes the shot
harder than it could have been. If
that cue ball was not on the top
cushion, Martin gets down and rolls
it straight in. You would expect him
to knock it in but it is not a
Surely he is on the black this time?
Well, that tells me already he is
In practice, you'd have a go at
bending this. It's just how he
feels. He might try one cushion up
behind the brown. I think he may be
tempted at the swerve, you know.
think the shot behind the brown is a
really good shot. I think that's the
one he will play. If you can come
behind it, if you do hit the brown
at the right pace, you can snooker
him back. It's just whether he
thinks he can play that one or it's
a green. He's gone for the green.
miss. Martin Gould, one, Ronnie
I am pretty sure
that shot you called and was on, to
go in behind the brown.
Yes, I can
only assume he didn't play it
because he didn't think he'd get a
snooker close to the right corner.
He is looking because he is loath to
put it back in. A professional
player probably wouldn't be missing
the green again second go, so he
doesn't think there's any great
benefit to sticking him back into
that. -- in two back.
He doesn't like this shot.
It's not a bad chance, this. Read to
the left of the black and the one
above that, obviously readily
available. The right-hand side isn't
too difficult either, so a big area
to play in position elite.
This is a good chance.
I thought he might have played for
the black to left corner. If he puts
the pink -- if you pots the pink and
it goes on its own spot... If it
goes on the black spot, it's OK, but
it complicates things a little bit.
I think he's OK. At first, I thought
he had stuck on that. But he's fine.
It's all after the event, of course,
but the way he is playing now and
the quality of his matchplay, you
wonder what would have happened if
he had played like this from the
start, because his matchplay has
been very, very good the last couple
of frames. It's what we are used to
seeing from him.
Yes, you could
possibly say that now he has 5-0
behind, he has relaxed. When you
can't win the match, sometimes it is
easier than a normal game. The
shackles off. It would be
interesting if he was to win another
couple of frames how his game would
He didn't play that last read
particularly well. And because of
that, he has had to take this one in
the centre, so a little more to do
with the cue ball. He has decided to
play the pot and run-through.
He will be taking be outside red of
these two, slightly hampered in the
cueing. Shouldn't miss it. There is
not too much to do with the white.
So, this red and another colour and
he would need a snooker.
is an excellent effort. Very good.
Just make sure you concentrate for
the next two shots. Not just this
one, that gets you over the line,
but the one after as well. Once you
get over the line, you can relax a
little, miss one, and all of a
sudden you have 15 minutes of
snooker is when you don't need them.
Yes, I nod off the head from Ronnie
O'Sullivan. A 61 break from Martin
Gould. Reduces his deficit and it is
now five frames to two macro.
Stephen, in that match last night,
it could all have been so different.
The match last night, certainly in
the final frame, it was very
exciting but there was one instance
when I was watching on my iPad and
he had this plant and he didn't know
what to play, did he?
Yes, we talk
about the squeeze plant, when the
two balls are touching and you play
the opposite side and you normally
would and he is aiming as he looks
at it on the right-hand side of the
You look at it and for all the
world you would think it is the side
he's going to hit. But it is a
reverse plant, isn't it? It was
amazing that somebody, OK, he is
young and inexperienced, but surely
he knows what a reverse plant is? It
is never going in repeated that
There was a bit of space
between the two beds and I think it
confused him. Whether it was the
pressure of the situation but if
that had gone in, we could be
looking at a different match today.
Very unusual for a top-class
professional not to know that what
he will look back at that match and
work on it, because it was such an
important part of the match and of
course warning went on to win.
He did, and Sony had a couple of
chances to win but he stumbled and
suddenly Bonnie was back in the
match. There were a couple of twists
and turns, went there?
were. There was the green with the
rest, he chipped the blue in. Back
to that plant, if you think about a
normal plant, when the ball is two
or three inches apart, you know
which way to manipulate it. When
they are touching, it's the reverse.
So at what point is the space where
you can't do anything with it? That
was the case there. That's the first
time I have seen that. I think it's
about four or five millimetres apart
then it doesn't matter where you hit
the first red. It wasn't that easy
to judge what would happen now.
but the moment he got down on it, I
think everybody was screaming, don't
do it, don't do it, because we all
knew what was going to happen do the
ball. Perhaps the only thing you
could say is that if he plays a lot
in Thailand where the air is quite
humid, perhaps he is used do other
things happening, because you do
know from playing plants that if you
have something that stops the
friction in between the balls, they
acted differently. Have I said
You lost me at
hello, Steve. Let's get back to the
Thanks for that. Left field or what?
Always God and explanation, hasn't
he, Steve? -- always got an
explanation, hasn't he, Steve?
Meanwhile, Ronnie O'Sullivan has got
to get some... OK, he has been
outplayed the last couple of frames
but he has got to get this match
over with. The last thing he wants
to do is get to 5-3, 5-4, let it
become a real pressure situation
again like last night.
can't say he has made any great
mistakes in the last two frames. I
think Martin has played two great
frames of snooker, I really do. It
goes back to what I said earlier. If
he had played the same way in the
opening session, this match would
have been closer. But it is water
under the bridge. You have got to
get on with what is in front of you.
Maybe it is Ronnie's tend to take a
more risky shot on? He obviously
wasn't expecting the cannon but he
missed the shot by so far, that is
what happened. A slight eagerness to
get this match over and done with.
Yes, he has got a choice of shots on
this red but he will play the clip.
You have got to put it, Martin.
Didn't see that one coming.
I must admit, I don't think I
would be playing the yellow that, I
think I would play the brown,
because you could move left to right
middle or to the far corner. It's
not often I don't agree with shots
Ronnie O'Sullivan plays but it
looked be harder one to control the
cue ball. Look where it has ended
Just one minute, they are just going
to move the lady out, that's all.
think there will be a pause in play
for a second with a couple of
medical emergencies taking place.
Yes, a serious situation here at the
Barbican. The ambulance crew just
tending to the lady who has taken
ill. It's obviously a distressing
time for that lady and her family
but it's a difficult thing to cope
with as a player when this is
happening as well, I would imagine?
It is, but you are fully aware of
what is happening so it is not
something that you would consider
would break your concentration. You
just say, oh, fair enough, wait for
it to happen, get on with the game.
In terms of what is happening within
this game so far, it is Martin Gould
who has found some form.
Yes, and we
have said a few times, it's a shame
he has not played like this from the
first whistle today, so to speak.
Ronnie has started playing some
funny shots there, as Stephen
mentioned. If he wins the next
couple of frames, things could get
Indeed. OK, we are
back into this.
Quite a tricky positional shot here.
That is about as good as he could do
and it isn't bad. He's actually got
a nice angle here just to screw this
in, take the black and of course the
red to the left of black is clear,
so it's not a bad start.
Yes, these matches are all about
momentum and at the moment, it is
Martin Gould's that has got it.
the next three shots he has got,
looking at back on the cue ball with
the black comedy red that's
available, a half ball on the black
and then a cannon up into the pack
would be ideal. He wants to get the
bottom right of the seven behind the
pink, he wants to hit that virtually
full and then get into the pack.
There it is. He's got to play this
with plenty of pace here, straight
into that read, -- straight into
that red, open them up, you would be
unlucky not to get them out from
there, but he has got to play this
with plenty of He is about half and
it's too far to play with pace from
the bottom. He couldn't play it with
extreme pace because the cue ball
goes out to the left first but he
couldn't have played it's better. It
finished low on the black. He's got
a huge target to go out again. He is
playing for the lease rates now.
Yes, I am with you that. If he goes
through and goes half ball, lucky to
go into the centre. That's the shot
you would happen playing.
He has hit that one too well. A lot
of action in the cue ball. Have got
to hit this into the far corner.
Nothing to do with the cue ball.
Well done. At least two reds
available to left corner, so just a
matter of stunning off the cushion.
This match is getting, well, as Alan
Yes, you used the word momentum, it
can change. Sometimes you are
sitting in your chair and you can't
get a decent chance, you try to
force it a bit and all of a sudden
your opponent has the cue ball and
there's very little you can do about
it. Mind you, Martin went to be very
happy with that shot. He would have
wanted it higher up the table for
the bottom right.
Yes, finishing low
is worse because there is no pink or
blue to play for.
There is now. Well played.
but he could have done with the red
that's gone up into the baulk area
with outgoing tide to the cushion.
If it had stayed in a more pottable
area, it would have been better. If
it had bounced off the cushion, it
would have been nicer. He doesn't
want to be straight on this.
He's got to give this shot his
absolute attention, full
concentration. Plenty of reds left
for Ronnie to try to counter attack
and still the frames. -- steal the
Yes, good shot, that. Pot the brown
and come round the angles for the
left-hand side. Yes, hit that
lovely. He really did hit that nice.
He is hitting every shot well now.
Hitting that cue ball with a lot of
Of course, you made
the point earlier that he not really
thinking he has a chance of winning
this match yet, so he is hitting it
well with a lot of freedom. The
winning post is not within Martin's
site at the moment. It's just about
trying to make the score respectable
and winning each frame on its
merits. As it gets a bit closer,
that might change a touch, but at
the moment, he is doing very well.
I'm not sure where the next red is
coming from. Is he going to stun to
the corner? Yes. Well, he has eight
choice of two reds.
So, whichever red he plays, that is
the one he needs. Then Ronnie
O'Sullivan would need a snooker
again. Well, we mentioned already,
just make sure you pop this black
and another red and stop your
opponent coming back to the table.
Yes, it's sort of a natural
inclination. You sort of breathe a
sigh of relief when you get past the
winning post in the frame, or you
think you have. You watch it year
in, year out, and people end up
giving themselves aggravation for
the next 20 minutes because they
didn't give it more concentration.
Oh, he has missed it. It will be
interesting to see whether Ronnie
comes back to the table. That is
conceded. He just wants to get on
with it. Martin Gould wins another
frame. He still trails 5-3, but he
is back in this match.
I seem to remember quarterfinal here
couple of years ago where Martin
Gould was 5-1 up on David Grace and
then lost. He has been on the other
end of this. Every frame on the
board is a frame towards
respectability. At what point do you
think, I have a chance here?
respectability. At what point do you
think, I have a chance here?
still in playing mode, let's see
what happens, but if he wins this,
he will be thinking, maybe I can win
this. But he is not there just yet.
No, when you are in that situation,
you are either embarrassed and you
run out of the Barbican in a heap.
Or you do a bit of fighting, which
he has done and you get to play the
game of snooker. It is great to see,
showing a bit of character, not in a
condescending way, but we know how
good Martin Gould can play. It'll be
interesting see what happens.
COMMENTATOR: There might be just
glimmer is of hope he can turn this
match around. 5-4, is totally
different to 53 macro. He might
start thinking, I have a shout at
this. -- 5-3.
I think he will be
starting to believe now he has a
We all know it just takes one decent
opportunity and Ronnie Sullivan
could wrap this up very quickly.
It's not a nice feeling when you
have been 5-0 and you think the
afternoon is virtually done and
dusted and then all of the sudden,
you have got to get back to work, as
That was a very attacking
and positive safety shot. It may
provide dividends for Ronnie
O'Sullivan. It has gone over the
corner. Is Ronnie getting static
again? Very positive shot. He's
going to put his hand near the
table. There we are.
The tricky part, he can't knock red
answer the other won over the corner
to try and pot it. May be forced
into taking a pot on. Is it this one
into the corner, into the left
corner? It looks like it. It could
be all or nothing.
That is a brilliant pot. So unlucky
to stick the red by the black. What
a pot this is.
Fantastic pot, it
If we thought there was
pressure on the last one, good luck
with this. The only thing we are
looking at is the pink in the
middle. He had a red right at the
start of the match today, tricky
into the centre pocket. Now he has
got this. You either knock this in
and they are all yours, or it could
be the end of the match.
was almost, if not more difficult
than the red. The way he played it,
he screwed over, move the red away
from the black, red over the corner
pocket. Ronnie can just drop this in
and the black is available.
Ronnie, walking round the table
looking at the situation. Steeling
himself for what he hopes is his
last effort. Needs to get over the
line in this match.
It has got nothing to do with the
cue ball, just keep potting balls.
As long as he keeps potting the
black, he will always be on
something, you would think. The blue
is there as well.
Slight change of
plan, just flicked off the red. He
played to miss the reds completely.
He has so many options with so many
red is available. What a chance.
Finished on a lovely angle. Played a
lovely run through because the black
is only available into the top,
The two reds
together, I presume one of them is
available. He has played for it. The
bottom one definitely goes.
You would have to say, this match
looks all over. It is only
carelessness, possibly a kick,
something like that, that could stop
Ronnie winning the match at this
To be fair, since going 5-0, this is
the best chance he has had, the way
Martin has play?
hasn't done a lot wrong, his
opponent has taken his chances.
Players get pegged back, someone is
on a run. Then their chance comes
and they make the most of it.
From 5-0, to 5-3, starting to feel a
bit edgy, it is exactly the chance
you want. It is like a practice
routine, the way the reds have been.
Match time approaching two and three
quarters hours. One of those frames
had a brilliant ending, 20 minutes
of the best tactical and safety play
you will ever see. How Martin Gould
kept getting out of them and playing
safe, was incredible. He has played
all right today, but when you looks
back at the first session, he will
ask whether he went about it the
right way at the start the match.
Before the match started, did he
have the belief he could win? We
have seen in these last few frames,
it looked like he did.
I am going to
go back to it, but he was absolutely
cursed not to land on the black. The
red he knocked in at the beginning
of this frame, was one of the best
you will see.
Round of applause, the audience
recognising that has got Ronnie,
over the winning line. 71 ahead, 59
remaining. Will want to knock this
one in, just to make sure. The balls
were in the open, but you have still
got to knock them in. And under the
circumstances, an excellent break.
He mentioned earlier, one of the
best are getting over the winning
line. He has taken these
beautifully. All departments have
been pretty good. Tactically and
scoring. This could be his third
century of the match. Had a century
from Martin Gould as well, so the
standard has been very high. Has
been an excellent match to watch. He
is finishing in style.
This will be a good one.
It's not there. But what a wonderful
break from Ronnie O'Sullivan, a
break of 94 and Martin Gould comes
to shake his hand. He played his
Park this afternoon. It was a
HAZEL IRVINE: overall, how do you
think he will reflect on that
I think he will
be pleased. It is good that for him,
Martin Gould came back at him and
gave him a challenge. It will
toughen him up for what is to come
Martin will be
disappointed how he started the
It is whether he agrees with
us in the studio, but he will
consider himself unlucky on a number
of occasions, especially the last
one when he was forced to play the
tough pink. He showed some guts out
there in the end but would probably
feel he let Ronnie off to a good
start, it would always be an uphill
He was chasing his tail
from 5-0 behind and Ronnie coming in
now. Congratulations. You told me
last night, you felt he needed to
improve in order to try to win this
title. How much of an improvement
Much more, I think my
attitude was a bit more spot on.
Just trying to play one ball at the
time, I am not playing well enough
to think too far ahead. Just had to
go back to basics and build some
momentum. It is tough for me,
playing the game like that.
Sometimes you have got to do it. We
were talking in the studio about the
number of gifts that Martin gave you
early on, were you surprised back?
He came out so aggressively.
surprises me at these matches and
tournaments, you have do turn up and
play and hope your numbers come up.
Another day you could have parted
In the studio, we analysed the
shot selections and Martin took it
to you immediately, played some
aggressive shots. That is how we
read it in the studio. If they come
off, it is great, but they didn't.
It seemed you have got some help to
It wasn't really risky
shots, I didn't think so.
was 5-3, is 5-4 the point you would
I was thinking
that our 5-0. No point in lying, you
have all sat here and won matches, I
am not playing fantastic, but I am
competing and trying my hardest. If
something clicks, great, I will have
to be scraped off the table if not.
We were talking about your match
last night and everybody in the
Barbican Centre were charmed by the
way he played, with a smile on his
face. When you see somebody like
that coming through, it was a
difficult situation, how much could
you appreciate the situation he
found himself in last night?
the same 24 years ago playing Steve.
Now I am there. You have been at it
a long time, so when you are new to
the game, you don't have anything to
lose. It is great. He is a fantastic
guy, fantastic for the sport and he
played a great match.
mentioned last night, you are
clearing up this day in a match
against the world number 84, is it a
different feeling to when you are
clearing up to win a piece of
silverware and how much more
nerve-racking is that?
I just go out
there and play your match. At the
start of the season you want to get
a couple of results. Because I have
done that, I am in match mode now
and one match built into the next
and the more you win, the less
pressure you feel.
Sunny has played
a lot of matches in the last couple
of years and he has played quite
slow. But last night he realised, I
have got to get on with things and
take the game to Ronnie. He has a
good old head on young shoulders?
Creme De La Creme when players want
to learn, they go away and they
look. They ask players what they
should do. You give them advice and
he has taken advice from other
players. Against the top guys, you
probably won't get nothing unless
you make something happen.
That is a
sign of someone not probably ends up
doing well in the game.
match today, although you were
straight back on the table after
last night. In one way it is good
because it is business as usual, but
a different style of player, someone
who has been round the block a few
times, but you have still got to do
a good job.
I thought if I get
beaten, I will get home in time for
my dinner. But if I win, I will get
another match to play tomorrow. I
would like to see my wife, I would
like to see her.
We had Barry Hearn
in here earlier and I know you
wouldn't have bracketed Sunny Akani
in the numpty rankings, but does on
his progress from world ranked 84
and 128 players can turn up here?
Maybe it should be 256. No, I don't
really care, I have given up a while
ago and ie do my own thing. Whatever
happens in the game is great, I pick
and choose whatever I want to do. My
happiness comes in doing other
things away from snooker. This is a
bonus now. It is easier that way,
otherwise you get brought down in
the politics. Nobody really cares,
you know what I am saying? I would
rather be out of it, let the boys do
what they have got to do, I will
chip up and put my entries in.
played, Ronnie and we will see you
in the semifinal tomorrow. Let's
find out who Ronnie will be playing,
it will be the winner of the other
quarterfinal. We had Stephen Maguire
doing a job on Joe Perry. He stole a
march, nicking the first couple of
frames and Stephen Maguire produce
further breaks of 45 and 76 to go
4-0 in front and here we are in
frame five. Joe Perry on the
contribution of 52 here.
COMMENTATOR: If the blue had been on
its part, it would have been
straightforward. It's not over the
line. Chants for a counter attack
once again from Stephen Maguire.
Stephen Maguire, purposely came low
on the black here with this nice
angle to go into the pink and the
two reds, to bring them into play.
That has certainly opened things up.
It was a nice shot.
Tried to play on both reds. The cue
ball is closer now. If he had been
straighter on this red, he would
have taken that one. Trying to see
the difficulty here, Peter. Just
doing my calculations. 23 behind. He
is going to need up to at least the
pink, last red. The difficulty I can
see is brown to the blue, blue to
the pink, maybe?
played a wonderful cannon to develop
the pink a few shots ago. To give
himself this opportunity.
you do here, Peter? Would you try
and play on the pink were tried to
get up for the blue and try to get
the blue on its spot. Such a natural
angle on this red.
I would probably
play for the blue.
Pretty good. Doesn't have to do much
with the cue ball because of where
the yellow is. So, big shot in this
frame. If this blue goes in, it
could be another frame on the board
for Stephen Maguire.
Joe Perry can only sit and wait, and
hope somehow Stephen Maguire is
going to make a mistake here. But I
can't see it at the moment.
If Stephen Maguire was a highway
man, he would be done for robbery.
Without a doubt, the first five
frames, he could have lost every
single one of them. Two behind.
Blue, pink and black, required. Just
the pink, sorry, miscalculated. And
there it goes, what a wonderful
break from Stephen Maguire. Joe
Perry was in with 52, Stephen
Maguire took his chance with 61.
He leads now by 5-0. HAZEL IRVINE:
rather like Ronnie O'Sullivan,
Martin Gould match, Joe Perry wasn't
ready to throw in the towel. He has
got within two of the lead. So frame
nine, from the top we go.
COMMENTATOR: Stephen Maguire breaks
off. Frame nine. Leading by 5-3.
Quiet as possible, please. Thank
Now it is Stephen Maguire who
needs to retain his composure.
Because Joe Perry is right back in
this match now. You feel the
momentum has shifted.
He was playing that is, hoping that
if he missed it, he wasn't going to
leave it. He has left this red into
the corner pocket and maybe the easy
opening that Stephen Maguire was
hoping for, just to settle him
He will be conscious of the fact now
that if he doesn't take his
opportunities, Stephen Maguire, he
knows his opponent is a different
player than he was a few frames ago.
He is likely to make a sizeable
contribution. He has got to make the
most of this opportunity here.
Plenty of reds available.
The red that is closest to the black
is in a nice position. If he can get
low on the black, go into the pack
and disturb, bring some more into
play. That red is always going to be
Little bit surprised he didn't get
low on the black, as opposed to
Choice of two reds. Imperative he
gets top side of the blue.
Now, a wonderful angle. Pot the
blue, bit of power and split these
reds into the open. This could be a
key shot in this match.
I think he will settle for that.
That is always the key shot after a
good split. Pot and position. So
that one very attacking shot, which
was executed perfectly into the
pack, from the blue into the centre,
has given Stephen Maguire an
excellent opportunity to close out
this match now.
He has got plenty of reds available
to him. Won't need any of those reds
that have gone close to the
left-hand side cushion. That didn't
go into the centre of the pocket. He
is still OK.
That's a better shot. He can pot
Come back down for the black again.
He may need just one more cannon for
those three rights just above the
pink. He went to be trying to open
them up from here. The one of those
left of the three pots into the
left-hand centre, but he also has to
think about the cushion.
That is the key shot. He only needs
one red and colour for a place in
Now, how is your luck? When the pink
goes back on its spot, is he on for
the bottom red? Is there a gap? Body
language would suggest not. You
always look at the body language,
don't you, of your opponent, see if
he is on the road or not. -- on the
red or not. It has been a good break
so far though, Peter?
Yes, it has
been an excellent break. This is
quite thin. That is very well
played. That is a wonderful kiss as
Well played, Stephen Maguire, in
this match. He has made the most of
his opportunities. Joe Perry has had
plenty of opportunities in this
A day of missed opportunities,
unfortunately, for Joe Perry. But he
will fight to live another day. He
is a class player and I am sure
there are more tournament wins in
him in the future. But
unfortunately, his UK Championship
is over for this year and well
played, Stephen Maguire. Stephen
Maguire runs out a 6-3 win against
Stephen, many congratulations, but
perhaps a little nervy than it
needed to be towards the end?
could look at it like that. I had a
little chance to finish him off 6-0
and I took a few liberties. I
thought the match was gone and I
went for a few crazy worms and
before you know it, it's 5-3, but I
knew if I got one decent chance on
the balls, I still felt OK.
already spoken this week about how
you tend to reduce your best here.
It's your sixth UK Championship
semifinal and you must be delighted
to continue your form from the
championship in Riga earlier this
Yes, absolutely. It looks like
it is going to be Ronnie O'Sullivan
and if you can't get up for playing
him on a Saturday night in the
semifinals of the UK Championship,
there is something wrong. I will
have to play better. Joe won't mind
me saying, after brain one, he was
rubbish and he let me have it a bit
Did you watch any of one
he 's match last night?
No, I only
heard how unlucky he was at...
will be a fantastic occasion. We
will see you in that one.
This is an event and Stephen Maguire
clearly loves it because he ranks
third in the centuries behind Ronnie
O'Sullivan. That shows what an
affinity has for this.
The thing I
love about him, obviously I know him
well and he's my big pal, he doesn't
hit you with any flannel. You asking
a question, you get a straight
answer. That is who he is. But when
he plays Ronnie tomorrow, he will
not only fancy the job, but Ronnie
went fancy playing Stevie, because
Stevie is one of those guys running
respects deeply in the game. I also
feel Stevie is getting better in his
job, applying himself better than he
has done and this could be the
He got to his first final of
the season and it went a little cold
for him. But he always saves his
best ball here. You were saying he's
working so hard on his own, more or
less in the shed, and he is potting
in the hours.
Yes, he hired out a
unit of you years ago and the idea
was he would get up and go out to
work in the morning. He is potting
the hours in and I'm really pleased
for him. He's a great player and a
We do remember her
final between these two when Ronnie
O'Sullivan had the better of him and
I think this may be the fourth or
bedtime they have met here but
significantly, Stephen haven't had a
victory over Ronnie O'Sullivan in
four years. But we have more matches
to get through before we think about
Shaun Murphy is the world number
six, a former UK Championship know
the old Robbie Burns saying about
having the gifted see yourself as
others see you? Well, Shaun Murphy
had that chance recently.
Sean, if I was asked -- if I were to
ask Peter what was your biggest
strength, what do you think he would
I think he would probably say
long potting, break-building and
I think Shaun is
very well aware of the things you
need to do to be a top player. Works
very hard, loves the game, perhaps
Anthony McGil might be the only
player I know he loves the game more
than you, if indeed that is even
That is an outrage!
thought you might say that. Shaun,
as far as I am concerned, has always
been a top class, brilliant
professional snooker player. Really
understand how important it is to be
a top-class professional and does a
brilliant job. Very naturally
talented, gifted, works very hard at
his game. Long game is fantastic but
it's all the other stuff.
Psychology, motivation, breathing.
Shaun understands all of that and
not all of the top players do. I
think if you were looking at a check
list, Shaun would take all of the
boxes and that's why he has become a
triple Crown winner.
When he first
burst on the scene, the long potting
was, I think, potting the fear of
God into players and you were
knocking them in for fun with a
great attitude to the game. Long
term, you have to use the game and
analyse it and therein lies the
problem of being a long-term
I have definitely
dabbled with being super aggressive
and then being more cautious, should
I go for this shop now? I would have
done it years ago, should I do it
now? I have messed around with it
over the years and at the moment I
am in a period of, I shot I want to
I will play to my strengths.
Not many people have won the big
three. It would be nice to do it
I would love to set the
target of winning another set of
triple crowns. I certainly feel I
have at least another one of those
three tournaments in me but everyone
else is so good. The one specific
goal I set myself when I wanted to
be a snooker player was to get to
the top of the rankings and that's
something I have never achieved.
That is a big, big goal, that,
because of the way our system works.
Mark Selby is currently miles ahead
of everybody. That is that the back
of my mind. I set that goal as a
ten-year-old boy and I still have
that to achieve.
It is pretty emphatic in matches
between these two so far. 8-1 in
Shaun's favour. They last met at the
Champion of champions at the weeks
ago. King's only big win against
Shaun was at the China open last
year, but meeting at one of
snooker's majors, that is new for
I don't need to win to
pay a bill now. I can just play and
if you scrape me off the table, if I
get beaten, it's not because I was
under pressure. It's just because I
wasn't good enough on the day.
a couple of shots here or there from
playing really clinical, one visit
snooker. If I can sort that, I'm
going to be dangerous.
Victory in the Northern Irish open
last season has changed Mark King.
He now knows how to win, he knows
how to win and that makes him a
completely different animal as far
as snooker goes. We have all known
for a long time he was a potential
winner. Now he is a winner.
Obviously winning Northern Ireland
was a kick-start after so many years
of trying. You just can't comprehend
how much it meant after so many
years of trying and thinking, you
know, it's never going to happen.
And then finally doing it. You just
couldn't write it. It was absolutely
I don't think you can go
into these matches with a
preconceived idea that you go out
there and it won't be a shock to
anyone if I go out and attack. I
have been doing it for so long.
only need to worry about my game,
not about anyone else. I worry about
my temperament and nothing else.
just have to hope you make less
mistakes than the other guy. If I
can make a few less unforced errors
than he does, I have got half a
Oh, it's going to be very
interesting because after all Mark
King disposed of John Higgins and
this whole thing of him not having
the financial problems, the
restrictions of going out and trying
to pay for his hotel bills, he's
almost a different animal these days
as Shaun was saying.
He sure is and
I think it's been a complete
turnaround in his career. I know
that he works really hard at the
game on the practice table. The
things that he does practice as
well, I notice these things, I am a
student of the game, and you see
Mark working hard on his game. I
never really used to see it. He
won't blow many players of the table
with 80s, but he would trap Shaun
Murphy tonight. That will be part of
the game plan. He doesn't mind
playing scrappy. He will take the
game to Shaun and if he plays toward
the top of his game, Shaun has a
game on his hands.
We are looking
forward to that one this evening and
it will be on BBC Two with Jason in
the chair. You will also be able to
see Ryan Day against Mark Joyce.
It's a quick break for Alan. He will
be with Jason. He has got be quick
break, I have got the long break
until tomorrow. Catch you then.
Michael McIntyre's Big Show