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I'll come back to the Barbican
centre for our first day of coverage
of the first of the three major
championships in any given season,
the Betway UK Championship and
reappear in the lounge with Steve
Davis, you have won six UK titles,
the only record you still own the
these days. But my change, Ronnie
O'Sullivan could match your record,
he starts in round two tomorrow but
it is the reigning champion, Mark
Selby, but we are watching. In round
two this afternoon, Borini UK and
world champion and he is playing
Scott Donaldson. From Perth and
Scotland, world number 66. Playing
one of the most high-profile matches
of his career so far, this man has
made it to the semifinals of the
Welsh Open, his greatest progression
in his career. He has beaten mark on
one previous occasion but he has his
hands full with the man who just
thrives in these big major events.
We can return with the score at 1-0
to Mark Selby, Stephen Hendrie is an
commentary, alongside Dennis Taylor.
Thank you. As we can see Mark
rolling up behind the yellow, he has
a chance, knocking that cracking
long red to go in and looked like he
was going to go on to make a winning
contribution and look at where he
left that cube all, the red over the
left corner. And he has snookered
himself on the red ball.
He was a little bit fortunate, the
cue ball just grazing the blue. It
would be somewhere up in that
direction anyway, but he has been
staggered. If you can get to this
one, just to the left of the table.
Mark got in, just as we were
switching channels, and this was a
long red he got in, I thought he was
going to go on to make a big break
but he just left that white tight
against the reds.
I am not sure if this red will go
past the green, it might do.
Yes, every chance of getting onto
the black. Oh, no!
A long way off. There is no real
pressure on that one. And Scott just
tying his shoelace.
He can play this red to the far left
corner, he will not leave anything,
the only red that he can leave is
the one that he is playing. There is
not much pressure on this one.
Concentrate, Orlando %. -- 100%.
That is a long way off as well.
These are only half chances but
these are the chances he has to take
to win this game.
Scott feels... He was looking at the
potting angle, he can miss those
reds, onto the pink, playing the
safety shot. He did have a look at
that potting angle but that was
risky. I think he is still quite
tense, Scott. The last attempt at
the long red showed that he has not
fully relaxed just yet.
He has to get that white back to
somewhere near where it is sitting
at the moment, tighter on the
cushion with the letter and he can
screw off the cushion. Well, he
tried to screw that straight back.
Just getting a little bit of a messy
table, all of those lower value
colours, all off their spots.
The red directly below the pink,
potting to the right middle. That is
risky to take on. I wonder if Mark
will -- Mark will be tempted. He is
taking the long red, the same
pocket. That was a great shot!
Played with a degree of safety,
where the cue ball is.
He think he is looking at the none
too reds to see if there is a
possible plant into the right
middle, I do not think he can get
past the black to see if there is
enough of that to take that plant
on, it is not far-away... He cannot
see enough of the red to have a go
If he leaves the cue ball
and plays the red, just touching the
pink, off the left-hand side, that
leaves the Care Bill up near that
yellow pocket, not a safe place. --
He would have to be pretty accurate
but that is a possibility.
that is on the cushion, that is a
big help. It has worked out that the
red would not pass the blue, the one
near the yellow spot.
Or does it? It does. So, that wasn't
the best shot from Scott.
amazing, he came around to look
after playing the shot so it
obviously he did not look before
playing that safety shot so that is
pretty careless, if that is the
Well, he thought any sort of cannon
and he would be nicely on the red
and it is amazing how things work
out sometimes. He played that well
enough. But... Absolutely nothing.
And very thin snick, if you take
that on to the right corner.
I suppose he is looking at the
possibility of cutting that in, he
would not really leave a great deal,
but this is so thin.
Well, it is in.
He will have to play for the red
knew of the brown, here. -- near the
brown. I don't think he will be
taking that on now. The cue ball
behind the brown.
Yes, the green is there as insurance
if he does not get tight behind the
Problems for Scott. He probably will
attempt the two-cushion escape just
to glance off... The one near the
pink, you would think.
There is no easy one to just land
on, that one is near the cushion.
There is no path through to that so
that two-cushion flick to the red.
Is he trying to land on one of them?
The two-cushion, has he judged that?
That is pretty good, that is a very
He might be behind the brown again,
That looks like being the
I think Scott Donaldson has to do
something different, he has to shake
things up, the way thing is going,
he is not putting Mark Selby under
any pressure, these continuing
safety exchanges. If it keeps going
like this, you can only see one
result and that is a comfortable
afternoon for the world number one.
Yes, he could do with a good chance
in amongst the balls, just to get
some confidence. Scott has had a few
chances but he has not settled.
This is the key shot coming up here.
It is not an easy one.
long red... His head shaking. That
was a solid part. Does not red pass
black. -- those that red past the
That means that Scott needs a
snooker, 36 is the difference with
just 35 remaining.
The red did not part but he has to
make sure of the bank. Barring that
snooker, the defending champion will
be leading to know. I don't think he
can push the red past the black,
here? No... Hang on a minute... If
that keeps running... Well... I
don't think it is quite a snooker
but he might not be able to see
enough to pot that, not without a
trace the side. -- aside. He played
that with left-hand side. And he
secured that pot and the frame.
Yet to be put under any pressure, so
far, in this much, Mark Selby. --
-- this match.
He is not going to bother with the
black, that was a scrappy frame,
that is why it lasted almost 35
minutes but at the moment it is
pretty comfortable for the defending
champion, Mark Selby leading 2-0.
That is part of the reason this
domination that the bookmakers think
that Mark Selby has a very good
chance of defending his title and
making it a third UK title. It is
Ronnie O'Sullivan that they have as
a favourite, not surprisingly,
because a fantastic record this
season. Real application, four
finals and he has converted two of
them to sit on 30th world ranking
He does look great? He does
but looking down that list to some
of the players featuring in the
final stages of events recently,
there are some big prices and there
are plenty of people who will be
interested in trying to find some
value in the betting and even though
this is not my specialist subject,
there is value all over the place.
Mark Selby only 3-1.
producing at such a young age. He
made the final in Belfast at the
Sean Hamill, lots of people
who could win this and that is the
fascination of snooker these days,
you just do not know when the next
winner will come from and West, yes,
Ronnie O'Sullivan, on the big stage,
Mark Selby is dominant but you must
play these bread matches, the best
of 11. You must keep yourself in the
frame and you can only win it if you
are in it.
Absolutely right but the
breadth and the number of different
winners this season does add up to a
potentially fascinating nine days in
front of us. Back to the third
I was just going to say that Scott
did not make a particularly good
break of that shot. The fact that
Mark Selby missed that long red has
given Scott a chance, as we show you
that attempt at the long pot. As
Stephen said, he has to make
something happen. And now is not a
bad time to start. Very capable and
a very talented player.
, straightaway, he has a good angle
on this blue, smashing that into the
Well done. That was a good shot. If
anything, he did not get the pink,
full ball, but he has a choice of a
couple of raids to the left middle.
He just catches the pink on the
left-hand side as he looks at it.
That was a good attacking shot. This
is not easy.
Well done. He has to score, here.
There are a few reds he can play for
but he would like to get the one to
the right of the black potted, it
doesn't have to go that way but that
red is a little bit of a
The imperative is that he gets onto
the black, here.
As I said, that red is a little bit
of a distraction, to the right of
the black spot. When it goes back
onto its a spot...
That has caused us a little bit too
far, he was hoping to be nicely onto
the blue and then putting that red,
but I have managed that one to the
right of the black, he was hoping to
be in a nice position to get onto
that... But... That is not the
correct angle for that.
He has a couple of choices, he could
play the green and screw back for
the yellow to the left corner. That
would be a simple safety shot, this
positional shot, than this.
He has played the cannon but he is
still on this red to the right
corner, he can use a couple of
questions for the black to save the
pocket. An opportunity... --
Yes, he has an angle, if
he plots that and screw is somewhere
near that line, he will leave
himself on the black.
That is nicely played and now he can
play for that red to the right of
the black and getting that out of
the way just clears the black spot
A couple of choices, he can play for
the loose red or play for that
cannon, those six red is closest to
the white, he can play the cannon on
that... His heart was in his mouth,
he played that a lot firmer than I
thought. Very forcibly, but still in
a good position...
We always say, you never really
settled until you get your first
frame on the board and he had a
couple of chances in the opening
frames but he looked a little bit
tense. This is much better from
Scott. He has to keep things going,
And this is the key shot coming up
because he will come in those three
reds and he must make sure he gets
onto the black, he does not want to
stick into the reds, so that he can
play that with quite a bit of top
spin to make sure the white runs
through. Yes, nicely played. This is
much more positive, as you were
saying, this is exactly what he had
to do, he had to make something
happen and they are certainly doing
-- he is. He has to keep
his concentration here. Another four
or five pots to make this friend
said, look at the way the balls are,
that as an elite -- easy clearance
for Mark Selby.
That is a good
performance from Scott Donaldson.
has not really had much of a chance
to score in the first few frames. He
is taking advantage of this very
well so far.
He wants to get this frame put
beyond doubt at this visit. The last
thing he wants is 15 minutes of Mark
Selby going for snookers.
coming up to the hour. That second
frame was almost 35 minutes.
The frame well and truly safe now,
so he can just concentrate on trying
to knock in a century break. At the
moment, 137 is the high break - Judd
Trump and Joe Perry both achieving
That's interesting. Scot's highest
ever break in competitive play is a
137, back in 2016. He had a couple
of centuries in round one. Can he
get nicely on this red to give
himself a chance? Nicely played.
A little bit of distraction from the
other table - he won't be too
disappointed. He's got himself on
the scoreboard, that's the main
HAZEL IRVINE: In fact Scot played
very well in his opening round to
win six two,including a couple of
century breaks, and that was his
first win in ten matches, he's been
on a terrible run.
Yeah, and trying
to get form these days is very
difficult, even though there are
more tournaments, if you get on a
bad role, it can unravel. All of the
confidence from previous seasons
matter for nothing, and sometimes
you just need one lucky match or
just a good performance, to get you
off and running. Sometimes one good
pot can make a difference as well.
As Stephen Hendry was saying in
commentary, it was a confidence
building shot, and he went on to
convert the frame.
As an aspiring
pro, it's tough in the early stages,
particularly with so many vying for
the top 64 spots on the tour, and
we've got 128 professionals here -
it is just the odd shot which can
make the difference between a
successful start to your career or
Yeah, and the first problem you
have is getting onto the
professional ladder. You celebrate
that but that's when the problems
start! The next biggest problem is
trying to keep your tour card. This
64 cut-off is a very, very important
thing for most players.
world number 66 is Scot. Shown some
real province promised over the last
couple of years. He has come through
qualifying to become a professional
in the first place. And here he is,
DENNIS TAYLOR: Once again off the
break-off shot, I think it has
happened in most frames here, the
black tied up. Amazing how that
happens so many times. As Hazel
mentioned, the interval is after
this fourth frame. It's the best of
11, so I suppose it is nice for the
players to be playing best of 11. A
lot of the tournaments these days
are best of seven.
The yellow is quite nice target to
try and get in behind, off its spot
but it's in a good position to try
and get a snookered behind. Can he
swing around the angles? A little
bit too thick. FAR too thick! Well,
if he's got away with that, he's
very fortunate to. He was attempting
to get round behind the yellow, and
just got too much side, and it
through the cue ball into the red.
STEPHEN HENDRY: Just looking to see
where the black is going to be
spotted after he pots it here.
He can play for the black again
here, stun off the cushioned get
that black back into play as soon as
possible. If he runs a bit short,
he's always got the blue.
Well, heap did play for the back,
but -- for the black, but it has
furnished just as you predicted,
Stephen! The pink is totally out of
commission, but there are 45 loose
reds. The black on its spot would
really help. -- four or five loose
reds. He'll have to just concentrate
on the blue for a couple more shots.
He could leave an angle on the blue
and then go straight into the pink
Staying on the blue.
he's got the chance now to go
straight into the pink, as I
mentioned, and he could bring quite
a few reds into play and hopefully
free the pink.
If he plays that
shot, as long as he hits the
right-hand side of the pink as we
look at it, he will be OK. If he
hits the pink on the left-hand side,
he could lose it, he could even go
That's OK. As long as he had that
side of the pink he was always going
to have reds to the corner pocket.
The problem is, the pink has gone
Yeah, he's got a comfortable red to
go at but he has what to find a path
to the pink... Yes, took his eye off
the pot. He didn't find the path,
either. So, probably lost a little
bit of concentration there. He was
more concerned with the cue ball and
took his eye off the red there. That
was a golden opportunity that he's
good news from Scot's point of view
is that he hasn't left Mark Selby
with an easy opener.
I suppose he could get the red up
into the corner and he would be on
the blue if it goes in.
Well, almost a minute and a half
thinking about this one. This red is
a little bit of a distraction, the
one just under his waistcoat.
Well, he felt it was worth the risk,
because had that red dropped, just
look at the way the balls were
situated. Now, can Scott yet on the
black, as we show you this red? If
he could not on the black here and
get it back on the spot, it would be
another great chance.
One good positional shot and with a
21 point advantage, and the
mid-session interval coming up, it
could be 2-2.
A lot of balls to be
That's perfect. Great chance.
Already 28 points up in this frame.
I don't expect him to miss this
black, but he could have done with
another couple of inches on the cue
ball there. He's going to player
cannon, but he has to keep his eye
is on the pot.
I thought he was
going to cannon the OTHER red, and
he would have been perfect! He would
have been in perfect position. This
is a little bit of a cutback.
Nicely played. It's all about
keeping your full concentration
here. It is an important frame, from
Scott's point of view.
He would have preferred not to be
playing little cannons, but he's
going to have to play one here.
Just slightly awkward bridging now,
but shouldn't be a problem. Doesn't
have a great deal to do with the cue
ball. Wow! I think he thought he had
missed that! Any harder, that
wouldn't have dropped. It just shows
you, when you have to play a little
cannons that you don't really want
to be playing, it can finish
awkward. I'm sure he felt that
wasn't going to go in.
STEPHEN HENDRY: I actually can't
believe it DID go in! That will have
sharpened up his concentration, thus
DENNIS TAYLOR: It was all looking
pretty comfortable for the defending
champion, first couple of frames,
but he now knows that he should we
heading off to the mid-session
interval all square. Just a couple
more pots to make absolutely sure.
Well, that's very careless indeed.
He's 67 in front. Just needs the
black to make sure of the frame.
It's as if he was concentrating on
the cannon. And well, the balls are
a little bit awkward here, but there
is the possibility of a respotted
And if there is one player you don't
want to leave a glimmer of hope for,
it's Mark Selby, and Scott can't
believe he missed the black.
He can just crop the black in and
leave the red to the left of the
I don't think it was the wrong shot
to play the cannon - I think he
played the right shot, it's just he
took his eye off it. Could have just
rolled the black in, I suppose, but
he played a positive shot. Don't
expect to miss us.
Do you think he
had in the back of his mind that it
was frame ball? It's amazing what it
does psychologically to a player,
even great players sometimes.
Well, would you believe it? Mark
Selby, world number one, misses a
black off the spot. Giving himself a
little bit of a telling off there.
You don't see that very often. It'll
be a relieved Scott Donaldson,
that's for sure. Two snookers
The balls are in ideal positions for
snookers. The black, the pink and
yellow. So, Scott will have to be a
little bit careful here.
A little beauty. He's played a
little beauty there. Mark Selby just
tapping the table.
And there you've got the perfect
picture to watch this swerve shot.
Oh! No problem. I say that, but
Scott will roll in this red, and
we'll all head off to the
mid-session interval - hopefully. A
little bit of a distraction, with
the other table going after the
interval. That's the problem you
have, with four tables in play, and
the dividing wall. Can see what's
going on on the other tables. And
that will do nicely. It has to be
said, he's done very well. OK he
missed that easy black, but he had a
break of 88 to take the first frame
- or HIS first frame. And we will go
off to the mid-session interval.
Scott Donaldson will be more than
happy to be all square at two frames
HAZEL IRVINE: I'm sure he is,
especially having come back from,
and suffer down. The man who won the
European amateur to get his career
going, and he's been there or
thereabouts since 2013. He's really
dragging him into a fight now,
Yeah, it was a really good
third friend, and he's reaped the
rewards. That frame was not good
from Mark Selby in a few ways. The
first one was playing this red down
the rail. I'm not sure if he was
committed to having to play it that
slow. You would like to play it
where if you missed it, the ball
would escape from the pocket. He
more or less committed totally to
that. It missed, and all of a sudden
Scott got back in at the table.
Something else the players have been
mentioning quite often - Scott
played this one and it looked like
it was going to the near. , and
really a ball off the near jaw
shouldn't really be going in the
pocket. And there's been talk that
the corner pockets are playing a
little bit easy. Not saying they're
bigger at they're playing a bit
easy. A lot of people saying the
corners are getting a little bit
sloppy. I have been chatting to the
table fitters about, it can
sometimes be that the slate is a bit
rounded - it certainly isn't. The
templates seem accurate. It could be
good conditions, try cloths, thin
cloths, conditions are helping it go
An opponent who had never
actually won a of snooker in his
professional career actually took
four off Mark Selby and really put
him through the mill. So, he doesn't
want to get dragged into that again?
No, he doesn't, but towards the
sharp end of the match, Mark Selby
seems to focus everything down. He
is tough to overcome if it gets down
to a best-of-three, the last
frame... He knows how to dig in at
the end of a match.
We will update
you as to what's going on on some of
the other tables. On table three, we
thought this one would be a good one
- Mark Allen, a runner-up in this
tournament, he's 2-2 at the end of
interval against Oliver Lines. And
Mark Williams, the man who became
the Northern Ireland champion on
Sunday, his first world ranking
title since 2003, well, Andrew
Higginson, a former Welsh open
runner-up, he has come back from 2-0
down as well. The witness warrior,
who turns 40 next week, is certainly
in the match as well. -- the Widness
Warrior. This is one of the three
majors of the season, as we've been
saying. We have got this?
players turning up. We've got the
Masters at Alexandra Palace.
Traditionally that was an
invitational event - but it is
invitational no more, because they
actually have to qualify. It's the
race to the Masters these days, and
it's based on the current world
ranking seedings. This is the way it
looks at the moment, but you will
see at number 17 is Neil Robertson,
a former Masters winner himself,
Triple Crown winner indeed. Neil is
having a few problems in terms of
the points that he's acquired,
particularly in the 2015 UK
Championship - they drop off after
this, which means that provisionally
he's out of the rankings. He's got
to try and achieve a finish here in
York urges better than that of the
16th placed player at the moment,
Ryan Day. Now, he has won an event
this season, it was an invitational
event in itself, the Hong Kong
Masters. But he has had a bit of an
up and down season, the Australian,
and earlier this week he explained
that its family matters rather than
matters on the table that have been
his priority of late. In fact he
took to social media to explain and
to praise his partner for combating
and beating depression and anxiety.
It has been very difficult to have
that kind of killer instinct,
winning at all costs attitude, which
are usually have, they just have
been more important things going on
and coming into this was the right
time because she is doing very well,
winning the battle at the moment and
this is something people generally
bottled up inside and you never know
for a lot of people. For a lot of
people it has got to the point where
it is too late to help before
something disastrous happens. She
has adopted the best possible
attitude, she has bottled on and has
a first-class degree at Cambridge
University from last year and to be
able to deal with anxiety and
depression and to raise our son for
the most part, while I am travelling
away, it is incredible. The focus is
shifting more on me, the first time
for about 2.5 years that I have been
able to practice every day for as
long as I want to. Knowing
everything at home is OK, Alexander
is OK and I know that my game is
definitely coming back and hopefully
I will be a better player than two
We are delighted to see
his wife and her son here in York.
Courageously speaking about that.
Making it better for other families
going through the same thing. And we
were talking about life as a
professional sportsman or woman and
how difficult it is to come into
family life and then go away, how
difficult is the balance to strike
when life gets in the way?
It is a
tough problem for a family unit. To
have one person, talking generally,
not specific situations, because
depression can strike in always,
shapes and forms and it is not
dependent on anything else but that
person. Thinking back to the time
when you are self-centred and
self-motivated, on the road all the
time, you are not much help at all,
let's be honest. By nature, anybody
involved in a top-class sport, they
have to be selfish and if there is a
problem in any other part of the
relationship, any other problems,
that is tough to deal with when you
have to be selfish yourself at the
end result is possibly becoming more
and selfish and your game suffers in
A very difficult balancing
act. Neal has been very open about
this, as has his wife and that is a
very courageous step they have
It is good to talk and once
you get past the level of the
problem and to the stage where you
can talk about it, perhaps you have
broken the ice and you can get on
with the job in hand. I don't things
like this go away quickly so this is
something you have to keep on top of
God from Neal's perspective, he
feels there is a weight lifted off
his shoulders by talking about it.
He can fully concentrate on his
second-round match against a rather
rejuvenated Ken Doherty. He fell off
the tour last season and Jimmy White
with him was given an invitation to
keep going for another two years and
he has made the most of it. Just a
little taste of this much... Neal at
the table in the opening frame, Neal
is 29 points clear and watching
this, Allen McManus and John
this is dangerous. Going towards the
left corner? That is unfortunate.
That was an excellent safety shot.
The total difference of having the
cue ball type under caution as
opposed to eight inches away, that
made all the difference and made it
much more difficult for Neil.
Well... Ken Doherty, 30 in front. I
great chance to take the opening
frame, he can score here. This is
not bad on the blue, the natural
On to the pink spot.
wonder if they think will pass into
the left corner? He has overcooked
If he has landed on the red just
above the pink and that goes, that
is an absolute result. I think he
Wow! What a result that was!
I'm not sure if he knew that the
raid was on, I think he played for
the loose one. Either way, this is a
frame-winning chance. 43 point lead.
That is even nicer with a black
going onto the pink spot.
confident. Hitting the ball well.
The safety has been superb. Looking
good at the moment. And both of us
are dismayed by the fact he still
has excellent eyesight at his age!
We were both using glasses, he was
showing off last night, he does not
need those any more!
Like an eagle. He must have eaten a
lot of carrots!
It has been a good
start, his safety has been exemplary
in the first frame, we can expect
that from Ken Doherty. The ideal
start. We said earlier in this
friend, he is going to make Neil
work for his chances. -- in this
frame. Nothing is happening in the
opening frame to make me change my
mind. Great matchplay.
Yes, never has been afraid to be
anybody. If we both have a cue,
let's go into battle, he has always
been the same.
That was a good idea to clear up, as
well. Keep Neil off the table. In
the first frame, keeping your
opponent at bay, that will help you
in the second frame, keeping them
cold. A bit of tension.
back to that blew that he played up
and down the table and he landed
plum on the next red, that is what
happens when you are feeling
confident and in good form, the end
result is he will win this frame
with a decent contribution. Things
like that, when they just go your
way... Just clearing the table.
Getting a feel of the cloth and the
way the cushions are playing.
The ideal start for Ken Doherty.
Leading Neil Robertson 1-0.
No surprise, become
Ken Doherty has been putting in the
work, he made the semifinals of the
first event of the season in July,
losing there. This is a rejuvenated
Ken Doherty. And indeed, he went 2-1
in front over another former world
champion and we will join them in
the fourth frame, just before the
interval, Neil Robertson with a 38.8
The area behind the green
is a good spot if you can lead the
cue ball player. -- 38 point
advantage. He tried.
He would love
to take this red on, Ken Doherty. He
is weighing the sub, is it worth it?
More pertinently, the question is,
how do I feel about it? Sometimes
you feel confident. Can I leave the
cue ball somewhere where I can maybe
get away with it?
I don't think this
is one of those situations? This is
one where you have to put all of
your eggs into one basket, you must
be committed to the pot and not
worry about what will happen. If you
are taking this on, it needs to go
into the pocket.
I could not agree
more. How is he feeling? Taking this
on? What a shot!
And the perfect cue ball.
He deserves everything he gets after
that shot, absolutely excellent.
Lots of players might have played
the long stalled shot with that but
Ken Doherty just drop that in. The
way he fancied. -- stunt shot. It is
just a matter of keeping the cue
ball under control and a first
priority is get yourself back into
He has not really made a good shot
after the last red, he has left
himself slightly awkward here. The
yellow is a problem. The blue...
That long bridge. Great shot. To
find the gap. And that was quite
Quite back in perfect position, I
don't know if he can hold for the
blue, playing this red to the left
middle. It is not quite in position.
Is he? Scrapping for it.
some great shots. The last
positional shot was better than a
blip. He just needs a really good
positional shot, and do not miss the
Brian! Goodness me! I did not see
that coming! -- brown.
game. All the professionals tell
you, you can miss anything and you
cannot take your eye off at Forest
at second, you will miss it.
funny how it happens because he has
played the tricky shots, the gap, it
is almost as if your concentration
drops and you don't put it all in
for the next pot.
I am wondering if this could be a
big turning point in the match? Ken
has done really well so far this
afternoon. The first really big
mistake he has made.
We always said
this was going to be a big frame.
With the mid-session. The insurer.
It always is. A shrug of the
interval. This black and one more
red... For more insurance, then it
will be all square again. Towards
the interval. Already passed the
point, once this red disappears,
then Ken will not return to the
Yes, concession from Ken Doherty, it
will be 2-2, all to play for when
they return. Neil Robertson makes it
You can continue
watching that on the Red Button
right now. In fact, they are at the
interval and behind me, Neil
Robertson's son, Alexander, has been
lapping up the attention. He is
featured at the Masters also, he was
at the table when Neil Robertson
Juan Mata, here with Ben
Woollaston's son, they are playing
on the practice table. Always go,
here. Always chock-a-block and the
players want to make large. They
come to this wonderful city of York
to spend some time with families in
this amazing city whilst are
playing. We have much as
professional or our minds as world
number one, Mark Selby, is coming
back out to resume his second-round
match against Scott Donaldson and
there is poised at 2-2. Is the best
of 11. The first two six booth
through to round three. Bafta
Stephen Davis and Dennis. Hugh
Hazel and Steve are doing a
great job on that very tight
players' Lounge, huddled in the
corner together. This will change
once we get the studio back. Those
outside tables are being used. Great
atmosphere in the players' room, I
just popped in for a coffee. He does
make a mean copy, Stephen Hendry! I
never get one but he doesn't mean --
make a mean copy! -- Coffeegate.
-- coffee. That was a poor shot from
Mark Selby. They are normally bread
and butter to him, there was
continuing safety is. But is has
left Scott with the red to the left
middle. -- he has left Scott.
That was a long way out. In that
player 's modern Atlanta, there are
no practice table is because they
are using that room for the matches.
There is one table in the lounge,
very tight but Mark Selby has spent
his whole time potting long balls.
Not easy, with those distractions,
lots of people. He needs to get his
focus back in this match. Scott
played well to win the third and
fourth frames. You could sense that
Mark Selby was getting a little bit
too easy, he let his concentration
levels drop. He needs to get back
and stamp his authority back on this
With the black awkward and getting
tied up, he gets a good angle on the
blue after potting thus, he can open
this frame up.
Having said that, but has little bit
too straight, there is a red to the
back of the bunch are available but
he had some heavy contact, I am sure
he was wanting to leave the angle on
the blue and cannon straight back
into the pink and open things up,
but... Slight change of plan. Just
playing with a little bit of dry,
hitting the white on the bottom...
Just a slight kick. -- little bit of
Can he get the correct side of the
blue this time?
He has probably overcompensated this
I think he is just about OK, then
contact. The pink full ball would be
great, here. Half all, there might
be a red into the middle pocket but
he did not get the cannon.
That was not easy, but that was a
long way out. Great chance. For
Into the reds, here. He needs to
kill the pace of the cue ball. If he
plays this at decent pace, he could
possibly bring the black into the
open as well. There are reds to play
for but he could be tempted to go
into the bunch, here.
And that also seemed to jump a
little bit, it has taken some of the
pace out of the cue ball, he was
hoping for the plant and you can see
both reds to the left of the one
that he just potted, maybe the fact
he is to the wrong side of the blue
does not matter because of those...
Yes, he has got the red to the right
of them also. But there did looked
to be a plant. Yes. -- bearded look.
And if he gets enough screw on this
shot when he takes the plant, he
will finish back on the blue. And
possibly the pink...
Just a little bit... In between,
Yes, stretching a little bit,
he could not get the action of the
cue ball but he wanted. It takes the
blue to the far right corner. This
The sort of shots that professionals
spend hours practising. Solid pot,
right in the middle. Of the pocket.
It would be ideal if he could get
onto the black but it does look a
little bit tight because of the red
to the right of the black. He has
got plenty of other options are
available to him, here. He is on the
pink but he will be just have a look
at the black again. -- maybe just.
If you can pot the black and nudge
that red away, he would have
everything in the open. He played
that in such a way as if he did not
feel that he could see enough of the
black, he was always going to have
If he is on the black he has to play
it, obviously he is not. Because
that is the shot...
He has come up a little bit short
body can screw up for the left of
the blue. It just depends on the
angle he has. -- but he can screw.
Yes, nicely played.
He is starting
to look comfortable in this match.
Scott Donaldson. He is starting to
look like they are starting to
believe. That he can do something
here this afternoon. -- like he is
starting to believe.
Just one more easy red available to
Scott. The one next to the black. I
don't think it will pot, there is
one either side of the table.
Ideally placed, no problem. For the
red that is just to the right of the
black and red. It is not a
straightforward run to the winning
line in this frame.
Look at that. They both scored 221
Dead straight on the red, as you can
see. No problem screwing that back.
What does he do? Try to drop behind
that red on the right side of the
table? I think that probably is the
shot, if you try to move that you
could maybe put that in a worse
Does the pink block the path? He has
played that to move it but the bank
might be blocking the path. That
could be the end of the break, a
little bit unlucky, there. Look at
that. It is amazing. Just fractions.
That is what this game is all about.
He might have to just come off the
side cushion. Hit love to be able to
get past the yellow just to flick
this red and get back up to safety.
He's playing it with a touch of
swerve, as you can see. He's got to
be careful he doesn't get too much
He was always pushing one towards
the corner, but I'll tell you what,
overall, that is a pretty good shot
The thin safety shot, hit could get
the double kiss, so I wonder whether
he will attempt to pot it. Now,
Scott had a look at this black. It's
very, very tight. I was just
watching Mark's face and he gave a
nice smile, as if to say, I don't
think I can pot this.
Very good safety shot there from
Scott Donaldson, you can see the tap
on the table of appreciation from
Very high standard of safety so far
from both players. Donaldson more
than holding his own at the moment.
DENNIS TAYLOR: Now, one good long
pot here, he could yet himself onto
the blue in such a way that he could
then bring the red next to the black
into play. But he's got to knock the
red in first. There's the red. It's
going to bit too far for comfort to
be able to pot the blue and cannon
that red. I suppose you'd have to
say, that's a trademark shot from
That was about the best he could do,
there was no way he could get onto
that red or play a cannon from that
position, it was very difficult. But
the frame is now in the balance,
even though Scott leads by 90
points. All the colours are on.
-- 19th points.
He could do with kicking this red
off the top cushioned try and get a
bit of distance between red and cue
ball. No, he's just playing to
nestle onto it. But you could put
yourself in trouble playing it that
way. He could be in a worse position
for his next shot.
Yeah, this sort of situation, Mark
Selby, so strong. Very few players
get the better of him. Disappointed,
he's just left the left edge of that
red out - that careless.
right in line with the shot and I
think he's going to have to come off
the baulk cushion. He's only 23
years of age, his eyesight's a lot
better than mine, that's for sure.
But... If he comes off the baulk
cushion, the red could go over
either corner pocket.
Well, he'll settle for that. You're
never absolutely sure where they're
going to finish.
STEPHEN HENDRY: The red may have
travelled just an inch too far for
the double. So, cue ball in behind
the black, red on the baulk cushion.
Well, he's completely mis-hit that.
Well, this is a chance now. You
would think he would automatically
finish on a colour. This could be a
And he's played it nicely, as long
as it doesn't drop on the side
cushion. Well, he's finish a little
awkward, because if he pots the
black, he's going to be 27 in front,
with 27 remaining. Just make sure
you don't smoke yourself on the
And every chance now that he could
take this frame - that would be
three in a row, from 2-0 down. But
there's plenty of snooker left in
Well, he looked at the potting angle
there, so he may be taking this on.
He's played a few shots in this
frame where he's been way out with
his judgment. Scott Donaldson will
pick up on that.
Look whether white's finished! 21
ahead, he needs one snooker to tie,
and Scott can't believe where the
cue ball has finished, because it's
not a straightforward escape,
either. He would have felt when he
potted the yellow, well, that's the
frame secured. And look whether
white's finished up.
If he's going to come off the side
cushion, Mark Selby knows that he
will have to have a lot of swerve on
this death raising the butt of the
cue, as you can see.
The brown is the only good ball in a
position to get snookers behind.
That's a bit of insurance for Scott
- it's safe there on the side
cushion. Might just be able to get
up behind the brown this time.
He's caught it a bit thin.
Now, can he judge it better this
time? Well, he's going close to the
pocket. It's not a bad effort,
A bit unlucky to knock the pink in.
He has conceded the frame. So, Scott
Donaldson, having been 2-0 down, all
of a sudden he's leading the
defending champion by 3-2.
HAZEL IRVINE: That certainly
defending champion by 3-2.
HAZEL IRVINE: That certainly was not
in the script but fair play to Scott
Donaldson. That was a tough frame,
and to come out on top of it, a real
Yeah, and Mark Selby has
effectively stalled the bit. Every
player like to be dominating amongst
the balls, but the scrappy stuff
is... Those matches can be up in the
air sometimes. It is going to be a
fight for him now. The second of the
And we spoke about the
first-round Duke he has actually
when you think about it had
reasonably slow starts in the early
rounds here in York on his way to
winning two UK crowns in the past.
He seems to get momentum as he goes
along, but he can't afford to wait
No. Often it can be a
victim of your own success, how you
judge yourself. The level of
expectation a player has coming into
every tournament. Mark Selby
obviously asks a lot of himself. It
would be lovely to target events,
and to some degree at the start of
the show Stephen Hendry said that
perhaps Mark Selby does that better
than most. But the general form can
wax and wane. This is an event he
would like to do well in, but he
can't guarantee it.
And being the
defending champion and the world
champion, every time you meet a
player from the Linux, it's an FA
Cup final for them in effect. And
they tend to raise their game! Fair
play to Scott Donaldson! Back we go.
STEPHEN HENDRY: He's done very well
to get himself into this position in
this match, Scott Olsen. Sometimes
you can see the pressure reversed
and he might start to get
promotional thoughts of winning this
match. -- Scott Donaldson. That was
a big mistake early in this sixth
That was not the cleanest pot in the
DENNIS TAYLOR: That certainly helps
Mark's cause, the pink going on the
blue spot. He mistimed that
completely. In fact he's going to do
well to get onto that red to the
left of the bunch of. As we show you
the shot again... Yeah, his timing
is slightly out at the moment. Look
at the top spin he's generated
there, and his finished on that red
to the right of the bunch that I
mentioned. In fact there's a couple
of reds available, there might even
be three into this left corner
pocket. But once again, the black
was tied up off the break-off shot.
Mark would say to me at the interval
that he thought the table was not as
fast as perhaps the players expect
these days, a little heavy. He's
underhit that shot as well.
When you're not timing the ball as
well as you should be, it does make
the table seem heavier.
He opened up with a break of 68 in
the opening frame, but this has been
his highest rate since then. -- his
It doesn't matter how good you are
or how big you are in the game... He
would be too happy with that
positional shot. Playing this red
into a blind pocket - can be missed.
Chance of a couple of reds to the
right corner here.
Getting the red
to the left of the black - that's
the more exact positional shot, is
he on it?
Well, he's smiling to
himself, so I don't think he is on
it. Just ran a little bit too far.
And once again, just a fraction
making all the difference.
That was a useful little angle on
the middle pocket to leave himself
nicely on the pink.
He's not getting
through the cue ball well at the
moment, Mark Selby - that was
another slight deceleration. Didn't
get the stun on the cue ball.
Yeah, enough loose reds there to
secure this sixth frame.
So, he's stopped that mini run from
Scott Donaldson, who took three
frames in a row. As we both
mentioned, he had lost his way a
little bit earlier in this frame,
the timing was just out. But we know
that Mark Selby can soon play
himself back into top form again -
and he'll have to do that to beat
Scott Donaldson here.
It doesn't matter, the fact that he
has not dropped on a red, he can
still have a go at this but it does
not matter whether it goes in or
not. So, he has stopped the run of
three in a row from Scott Donaldson
and the defending champion, Mark
Selby, is back at all square, he
deserves that drink!
I will tell you who
else deserves a drink, Ryan Day,
. After that six frames to three
when over their child and no, a
great relief because as we told you
earlier, he is clinging on the 16th
spot in the world rankings,
guaranteeing that he plays at the
Masters but snapping at his heels is
the provisional number 17, Neil
Robertson, who we have been watching
earlier. There is a lot at stake, in
these early rounds, not least the
title, but going forward?
It is a
very exciting ranking list, people
have their own ideas on the money
ranking list and with the Masters
and the World Championship being
affected by the top 16 spots, two
points in the season, everybody has
to scramble for the top 16 so it
makes things quite nail-biting for
those players around that mark.
Going back to Scott Donaldson and
Mark Selby, Ryan Day is officially
out of the conversation which starts
with, who is the best player never
to win a world ranking title? After
that victory at the Masters, and at
All of a sudden he had
his cue broken and he is playing
with a relatively new cue, any
performance at the moment with
basically a brand-new piece of wood
Snookered gives and
takes away at the same time! Back to
the match... -- snooker.
We will surely that attempt again at
that long pot, usually a trademark
of Mark Selby's but he has done
remarkably well with the outcome,
once he missed the red he would have
felt he would stick Scott Donaldson
in amongst them.
I did not spot that plant, but was a
good safety shot. Does he have the
angle on the brown to capitalise on
that flicked plant? Or does he roll
up tight to the yellow? -- fluked
plant. He could drop the brown and
play left to the blue, he is a
pretty good long potter, Scott.
That is what he has done. He needs
good cueing, the sort of shot that
players practice. For hours on end.
You mentioned that he used to play
at your club in sterling, I used to
watch Stephen Hendry at Spencer's
practising this type of shot.
It looks like he is enjoying this
challenge at the moment, Scott
Donaldson, potting that red quickly
and walking around the table to see
what the situation was. Decent
opportunity, this. The black is
available, to the left corner.
Decent long pot success Scott
Donaldson, three quarters. Just
edging out Mark Selby, his success
is 52% with long pots, not good, not
what you would expect.
That is the sadistic we did not
expect, 94% with the safety success
rate against Mark Selby's 91%. --
sadistic. That statistic. Almost
played perfectly, he can leave
himself on the black full -- black.
Yes, I think you sum that up nicely,
Stephen. He is enjoying himself, he
did look edgy for the first two
friends. He knows he is quite
capable of causing an upset here. --
He has had breaks of 88, 47 and 50
one. -- 51. He did not score in the
previous frame, 37 and 50. But this
is a great response from Scott,
He looks confident. You could argue
and say he looks the more confident
of both players at the moment.
He certainly looks like the more
likely to win a frame in one visit.
Just coming up a little bit short, a
few more inches and he could have
played nicely onto the black. As you
can see, the angle he is left with,
he has to be careful because he is
not that many points away from
winning the frame.
Yes. He avoided the cannon on that
red, that was good. Nicely played,
the last shot. He did not want to
cannon that red and he managed to
get around the back of it.
Mark Selby needs a snooker. It has
been very good break, Scott
He has played this with a lot of
Just letting the cue ball drift a
little bit, the frame has been one,
he wants to make a century. He can
use the red to cool down the pace of
the Kubot. Well done. -- cue ball.
He will need the difficult red as
well to make that century, four
centuries this season so far, and
Ford of them last season and he made
24 in his professional career,
turning professional in 2012. If he
can get this difficult red, he has
overscrewed that a little bit. He
will have to take it because the
other red doesn't bounce to the
other. This has to go in to make the
century, it is not imperative but
always nice if you can. What a
He took that and made a fantastic 90
break. Back in the lead. 4-3. Very
impressive from the young Scott.
Losing both opening frames and then
coming back to win three in a row
with breaks of 88, 47 and 50 one.
And 90, terrific. He makes up for
it, losing the first two frames and
be thought Mark Selby would have a
lovely time this afternoon and
breeze through this but Scott
Donaldson is back into this and he
looks the more confident player
around the table. Mark Selby is not
striking the cue ball very well. He
does not look comfortable. This is
the last thing you want as the
defending champion, a tough match
like this in the first round.
thinking right because he could have
rolled up behind the yellow in that
frame added at the brown in the
middle and went on to make that
magnificent break. Thinking very
positively at the moment, the young
He just has to stay in the moment,
Scott Donaldson, and not start to
think ahead, which is what might
happen. This would be a massive
victory for him but there is a long
way to go. One frame at a time, one
shot at a time.
There is a red to the right middle.
But he has to get it. He has to
leave something on, if he misses
that red it is going up to the left
of the blue.
Again, a long way off the pot. He
has left Scott Donaldson with an
This time, the black is not tied up,
the pink is the black is available
and the red next to it is also
available. He is thinking a few
shots ahead, as you can see, where
he was pointing the cue.
He missed that completely.
He has been pretty good at this sort
of shot, so far. Mid-range. Again,
right in the middle of the pocket.
There is a chance to play for the
black, here. Stun the cue ball, side
Another excellent pot.
When he pots this red it will clear
the path for the red at the back of
the bunch. It will then become
available into the right corner. And
then, that is it. No other red
available so he will already be
plotting his path to bring them into
He has to go into them. That
is a big target. Top spin, attached
to the right-hand side. Into that
main bunch, you must miss that loose
red between the black and the pack.
Well played. Very well played.
Worth another look.
That is the best shot of the match
so far, right there. Can he go on
and pulled himself together and put
himself in a very strong position?
He would only need one more frame to
cause quite an upset. He looks
pretty cool and calculated at the
moment. He still needs quite a few
points to secure this frame.
Showing good composure. Having a
look around the table at the
situation, not getting too excited.
It is very easy to let things run
away and play too quickly.
Composure. That is the name of the
game at the moment. For Scott
And that man has got big problems.
If he wants to stay and defend his
A couple of longish frames, it all
went a bit scrappy, but the rest of
the frames have been won virtually
with one visit. He could have done
with bouncing a little bit further.
He is going to have to use one of
the reds as a stopper. If he can
cannon the one that is in between
the pink and the red to the left, he
will be perfectly placed. It is all
about putting the black. Bind to be
on a red, you would feel. Well, he
has cannoned the wrong red. He still
has this on to the left corner but
he played a delicate cannon and he
wanted to hit the one between the
pink and the red to the left of it.
This one. He should be OK. He can
stand behind the black again. --
I think he is going to have to play
a screenshot of this right-hand
cushion, but he has to get this
well. He has to take the cue ball
into the middle of the table. --
He doesn't look like missing at the
moment. Very, very impressed with
Scott Donaldson. I mentioned his
breaks, 88, 47 and 51 and 90 in the
last frame and then he is doing
this. We mentioned that Mark Selby
had lost his timing a little bit.
But a lot of that is down to the way
this young man is playing. He is
going to have to win three in a row
to stay in this year's Betway UK
Championship. He is going to be
unlucky again. He has had a few
chances to get essentially break and
that has just finished very awkward.
-- as century break.
He nods to the referee, concedes the
frame, so Scott Donaldson with that
magnificent break just putting
himself one frame away from causing
quite the upset here.
This would be the
upset of the season! He has surely
come on strongly in the last couple
of frames and he has outscored Mark
Selby 38 - 71, he is
of frames and he has outscored Mark
Selby 38 - 71, he is outplaying him.
The upset of the season in one
respect is from being 2-0 behind,
not just from level scores. For Mark
Selby, he seems to have dug himself
into a whole. How do you explain
that? I don't have a clue, this
player should be dominant in his
arena. If it goes 2-0 up against a
player who has not shown any form,
the next minute it all unravels. He
is not over the line yet, this is
the toughest one to win but when you
look at the respective performances
over the season, Scott Donaldson has
not had a great time, where has this
form come from?
He had lost ten
matches in a row before coming here
and suddenly he has found something.
There are cycles in your form, one
minute you play badly and the next
minute you find something that
inspires you in practice but this
would be a turnaround in this
particular match, defined form and
get over the line and perhaps have
your biggest scalp.
Mark Selby has
succumbed to a lesser opposition,
with the greatest of respect, Jo
Scott in the past, David Morris, one
of the lower ranking players,
beating at this stage into -- 2014.
My goodness, this would be a feather
in Scott's CAB, I'll be looking at
something dramatic featuring the
world champion and the defending UK
champ in. -- champion.
That needs to pull up. I say that,
there is still a possible pot to the
right middle pocket.
With the white right in the jaws of
the pocket, it is very difficult
indeed. Maybe this is a young man we
are looking at that just likes the
big stage, likes playing on
television, and a lot of those
defeats would have been in the
best-of-7s and that. Maybe he is a
big occasion player and he is
showing that here, that is for sure.
That was good judgment, that was too
tough other pot to risk. -- too
-- too tough a pot.
He would like to take the red next
to the yellow and get the frame back
to normal but it is a bit awkward.
With the yellow next to the red.
We could have one of those awkward
frames, there is another red corner
of the table.
Just a little bit of a stalemate at
the moment, with three reds at the
other end of the table. There is
nothing much available to other
players here. -- either player.
Touching again. It does not matter.
He can play off the other red. As
long as you don't move the red that
you are touching. If you do that it
is a foul shot.
It might just take a few shots to
resolve this situation here.
gets the first chance, it's normally
a good one, because the players has
spent so long bringing the reds into
The most difficult frame to win,
though, the one to get over the
Of course, as the reds loosen up, it
is not easy just to roll up to one
and keep everything safe.
to be tempted by this red to the
right middle. Looks like it's the
containing shot. Oh, that was a bit
pacey. I don't know if he meant to
hit it is hardest asked. -- to hit
it as hard as that.
DENNIS TAYLOR: Well, this man is
going to have to call on all his
years of experience here to keep
himself in this year's UK Snooker
Championship, that's for sure. He
knows he can't make many more
mistakes. But how many times have we
seen him in the World Championship,
the UK Snooker Championship, who
various Championships, where his
back has been against the wall, and
that's when he's been at his best.
STEPHEN HENDRY: Mark Selby will know
how much pressure his opponent is
under, so he certainly won't be
taking any risks.
Just enough room to get a bit of tax
being and get the white back. -- to
get a bit of backspin. There might
be a long red up into the corner,
but there's nothing easy, that's for
Over half an hour since his last
Yeah, the last thing Selby
wants is a pressure pot, where if he
misses it, it could be his last. He
wants an easy opening at the moment.
Has he got a choice of two or three
reds to the right middle? He's got
to take something eventually.
Is there gap through to the red?
There might just be enough room. And
there was. Now, is he coming far
Yeah, and as I said
before, after that safety exchange,
look at the reds now. What a chance.
You'd have to say, not a lot to do
with the cue ball - just keep
potting balls. He'll play a cannon
into the three reds near the pink
spot here, just to kill the cue
ball, stop it running away. That's
good, that's very good.
played your shot, Stephen, and the
red has just bounced that little bit
too far. He was hoping to be nicely
on the black.
This is like a practice setup now,
the way the reds are. It's all about
keeping your composure.
The backswing is getting a little
bit shorter - that's down to
pressure. Won't get a better chance
than this to win this match.
has beaten him four times. Scott has
had one victory against Mark Selby,
4-2, a couple of seasons ago. The
first three times they played it was
4-0, 4-0, 4-1 to Mark Selby, but
he's facing a much better player
now. Scott, the way he's performed
in this match has been fabulous, it
has to be said. Can he keep it
You'd have to say, it's only going
to be nerves or a careless shot,
because as I said, there's virtually
nothing to do with the cue ball.
Pink and black both in the open. Oh,
he's let that cue ball drift. He's
got red to the middle. Maybe if he
had played a cannon into the two
reds, that would have been the
You could tell he was
thinking, I don't really want to
have to risk playing a cannon geek
he tries to hold it -- to risk
playing a cannon, and he tried to
hold it. Oh, that's OK. Not an
intentional cannon on the red, but
he's recovered the situation.
You have to say, from 2-0 down, he's
been by far the better player. He's
struck the cue ball with more
authority than his opponent. And
when he's got in, he's looked more
likely to win the frame in one visit
than his opponent.
That's fantastic, 94% pot success
rate. His long pot success rate is
way above that of Mark Selby, and I
think he's outplayed Mark in all
departments, even the safety success
rate. And maybe as I mentioned he is
one of these players that loves the
limelight, loves to play on centre
stage, because the way he's playing
here against the defending champion
is brilliant. Still needs a few more
to be safe.
That was a bit of a nervy one, hit
could have done with screwing the
cue ball a little bit to leave this
think straight. He's just not
getting into the cue ball is much.
That's understandable, a huge result
this would be for Scott Donaldson.
You have to say, he's hit a poor
slump in form recently, Mark Selby,
by his standards. Didn't play in
Northern Ireland last week, so he's
had a break, but it's not worked.
DENNIS TAYLOR: Just taking his time,
composing himself a little bit.
Applause from one of the other
Now, 55 ahead. Two more reds with
two high-value colours would be
enough. And that's just about
perfect. He can put his white into a
position where he will have a choice
of three reds. You can see the angle
he screwed the white into. Leaving
himself options. 61 ahead - what a
performance from this young Scottish
Yeah, there will be a lot of
talk about how poorly Mark Selby has
played today, but they'll have to
talk about how well Scott
Donaldson's played. He's outplayed
world number one.
And I like his temperament, he's got
a very good temperament. We thought
he might struggle a little bit in
this frame, the one that gets you
over the winning line, but when he
gets the chance, he's certainly
taken it. And it's hard to describe
how this young man will be feeling
inside here, beating the defending
champion, world number one, current
He's a very modest young man, but
I'll tell you what, inside, he'll be
absolutely over the moon.
Yeah, I am
delighted for Scott. Sometimes you
need these results just to kick
start your career, a results like
I think I detected a nice little
smile there. Like he suddenly
realised what he's achieved here.
He'll be gutted, absolutely gutted.
Well, he's come so close to making a
century break in two or three
frames. Can he get the cannon...?
Oh, I'm lucky! Hit it as hard as you
can, and hope for a fluke, but...
Well, he lost the two opening
frames, and Mark Selby comes forward
to congratulate this young Scotsman.
Absolutely brilliant! Brilliant
performance from a Scott Donaldson,
and he knocks out the defending
champion by sixthree!
champion by sixthree!
HAZEL IRVINE: And you've just been
witnessing one of the great shots of
recent times, because Mark Selby,
undisputed king of this sport, for
three years he's not been knocked
off his perch in terms of his number
one ranking, how did this young
23-year-old do it?
Well, the top
players in the world are all great
players, but very impressive how he
held himself together to close that
match out, when perhaps he might
have been thinking, this is going to
be a big scalp if I can get over the
line. From Mark Selby's perspective,
very rarely do you see a collapse
like that. I think he took his eye
off the game, foot off the gas,
whatever you call it, and the next
minute Mark Selby looked like a bit
player - amazing.
You always expect
the rearguard action from Mark
Selby, when he's really up against
it. But he just didn't seem to be
No, I think he felt his
form in the early part of the season
wasn't good and he was searching for
answers overboard he had a toe
injury which caused him to miss a
couple of events. But then he wins
an event and you think business as
usual, Mark Selby's going to go from
strength to strength in the major
events. But your form line every
season is not going to be the same,
you're going to go through peaks and
troughs. It looks like Mark Selby
has hit a bit of a break wall in
being able to switch the switch, and
great performances happen.
only last month he was winning the
International Championship, the
fourth biggest event in the
calendar. But here is Scott
Donaldson, and no wonder they're
clapping! Well done! Where did this
I don't really know, to
be honest. It's been well-documented
I've not won a game, this is my
first couple of wins this season,
but I got half an inch taken off my
cue at the start of the season, I
thought... Didn't like it. And the
cue is playing even better than I
had before, so...
This is a
technical point, but you're one of
the few players who has your back
arm outside the vertical. It is
considered to be 90 degrees but
Scott plays with his arm further
back, so perhaps you were trying to
shorten up your action?
it's now 57 inches, and I try it
again this season and it was just a
shambles. I'm happy with the cue and
I feel like I can make breaks
whereas before I was really
It's not just that, is
it? All of a sudden against a player
like that, Ugo two behind, and then
it all seems to change?
thinking, I'm not playing quick
enough here. I thought, just nick
Ephraim and it will make you feel a
That was a very
Yeah, if I had lost
that it could have been 6-0.
you rate this in terms of all the
matches you've played?
It is up
there. Actually I played him in
Barnsley recently and I played quite
similar to that level. Mark doesn't
give you anything, he beat me 4-3
that day. Whoever I play next is
going to be just as tough as that
This is an almighty Shokat
you've created here. How do you push
on from that? Stephen Hendry said in
commentary that this could be a
career starting performance - does
it feel like that to you?
sure, I've just got to keep playing
fluently. Just keep doing what I'm
doing. It is all good but I've got a
really tough game whoever I play
This was one of the most
significant moments in your career
in terms of the attention and the
cameras. Did you feel the pressure,
playing the world number one?
Without a doubt, the UK is one of
the best tournaments. It's not as
big as the World Championships, but
you can play under the lights and
you get good experience. I love
York, it's a beautiful place.
also enjoy the television exposure,
enjoy saying on the big stage, it's
a good confidence booster. It is
great to do that against Mark Selby.
Yeah, you know what it's like... You
get so many knocks... Well, you
didn't have many knocks, but...! A
lot of people can't get through it
but I'm delighted to get through
that one. It's only two wins, so a I
have to keep doing what I'm doing.
My next opponent is going to want to
beat me as well, so...
hard on this tour. You've been six
years on and off the tour - what
keeps you believing in yourself and
what has kept you going all these
years, having to come back through
Yeah. It's hard to
explain. For me it is difficult,
that's all I can say. I want to keep
playing at this level.
What do you
love about the game?
I love being
out there. It was a really hard day
to day, when you've got a lot of
people telling you what you should
do and what you should do. I think
everybody's different and you've
just got to do what you think is
best for you, because you know
yourself better than anyone else, so
I'll just keep doing what I'm doing.
Well, you should, because that was a
fantastic performance today. See you
in the next round. We were talking
earlier about Ken Doherty, who was
out on an adjacent table, and he was
playing Neil Robertson. Ken Doherty,
as you know, came off the tour last
year and was granted an Invitational
by world snooker, and he's been
trying very hard to justify world
snooker's faith in him since then.
That's a very serious proposition
for Ken, but as you know with the
Irishman, there's always a few
laughs along the way.
What artist do
you like but rarely admit to liking?
What do you hope your
last words will be?
Oh! What would I
hope my last words would be?! Cash!
What would be your spirit animal?
What is the most annoying
question that people ask you? What
was the best compliment you've
The best compliment I've
Oh, I stopped crying for three hours
during the World Championships sugar
from a Chief of Police.
What do you
do most often?
Well, Ken was really making a good
fist of this earlier on, he was
leading 2-1, but he missed one
straightforward pot on the brown and
it was the Australian Neil Robertson
who claimed up frame four. We're
going to joined them in frame five,
it's all square and it's watched I
Alan McManus and John Parrott.
REFEREE: Frame five, Ken Doherty to
JOHN PARROTT: Ken Doherty breaks off
in frame five after the mid-session
interval, and it was a very good
session before the interval, too.
Interesting tactical play, some good
long potting. Ken might be kicking
himself a little bit, a chance on
the brown that he shouldn't have
missed. But that has all gone now.
2-2, and all to play for.
Ken has got to be a little bit
careful with this safety. Well, he
would like to have that one again.
The thing he had to avoid there was
the double kiss.
McManus label yes,
he just caught the jaw the corner.
ALAN MCMANUS: we said before the
interval how tough Australian sports
people are, and the Australian rugby
league team won the World Cup Final
this morning against England, 6-0.
Danny at one point that split was
looking stinky unpromising, but
there's a couple of options for Neil
now. There's one in the middle
pocket if he is still it. Just one
good pot, with position away from a
very good chance here.
Yeah, the way
these reds are sitting, the next
couple of shots are massive... Oh,
that was good.
As I mentioned
earlier, his cue action is
absolutely bowled straight and those
shots are made to look effortless.
Something else, actually, this
season, the cushions have been
really good, John, they've not been
bouncing the way they were three
seasons ago. This type of shot, is
give you confidence that you can hit
it properly and not lose the cue
Do you know why, Alan, wired
Not really, I must be
honest, but it's been a feature this
season. Does not been any players
complaining about tables misbehaving
this season, which I hope stay the
I'm just wondering whether the
boys using that new chalk which
doesn't give you any kicks is
helping, I don't know. But it's
good, because you want consistency.
If the tables are doing the job,
then great. Much has been made about
this new chalk, Alan, are you an
I do have one piece of it
in my cue case, but I've not started
using it as yet. I think I probably
will. The only thing I've heard
reports that a lot of players have
been this cueing modern-day would,
so that is a concern, but it's
definitely takes away the chalk
marks - why? I don't know, but it
definitely does. You still get the
odd bad contact, but I think it does
reduce the number of kicks.
Hugh Robertson is taking these
brilliantly well. I mentioned before
the interval, but brine that Ken
missed, that could have changed the
course of this match. I hope it
doesn't but at the moment it is
looking very promising for a meal.
But before Neil. One of those shots
that you were on about. The cue ball
was coming up miles too far, this is
the second one he has had in this
break. Perfect, but it's great. If
you know that is happening, that is
exactly what you want.
Even with that shot, it helps that
he can punch it in properly and know
you will not lose the cue ball
topside, it makes a difference to
players of this standard for a lot
of shots. It is not something we
want to be talking about. You don't
want this to be an issue, long may
it continue. Neil Robertson picking
up a head of steam, here.
Here's not daft, he has been around
the block, he might have got away
with one in the last frame. With Ken
missing that Brian. Players can
sense it. Certain parts of matches
where you know your opponent has
pressed ahead -- should have pressed
ahead and he has not done that, you
try even harder in the next frame to
make him remember it. Taking these
beautifully well so far. The cue
ball has been exemplary. Already 64
points in the lead. This will put
him over the line in the frame,
nothing like winning in one visit.
He has not been able to do that so
far in this match. Safety shot from
Ken, the double-kiss, that will cost
in the frame. -- cost him.
They belittle Calan off the pink and
take the outside red from the two,
if he wants, just that little flick.
Just dropped that in. That shot was
on, if you wanted it.
No reason why we should not see the
first century of this match. He has
taken these beautifully. Just the
red and the colour will see him...
Beautiful century. Neil Robertson.
The red does not matter. He will be
in the lead for the first time. 3-2.
Hugh Robertson was born on the 11th
of February 1892 in Melbourne,
Australia. His nickname is the
Thunder from Down Under.
In 2003, he
won the world under 21 championship
in New Zealand.
He has been at the
gain since 2014.
His first ranking
title came at the 2006 Grand Prix,
where he beat Jamie Cooke in the
In 2014, he made 103
centuries in a single season,
smashing the record of 61.
won £3.5 million in career
He is a good frame of
John Terry and is a regular at
In 2010, he became
the third player from outside the UK
to lift the World Championship
He has made more than 500
centuries in his career.
Neil Robertson breaks in frame six.
He will not be happy with that. He
will need a bit of luck to get away
with it. Has he?
Ken can just about
get through to the red. Very
Those are not easy when you have
been sitting in your chair, added to
that interval of 15 minutes, that is
a good 40 minutes.
The double whammy
was the red ran past the other one,
running back light into a pottable
position. He just hates those so
nicely. Another example of that
straight cueing, you cannot pot
football unless you cue the ball
straight. -- pot that ball.
That was beautiful, the control,
three or four times he has landed
absolutely perfect on this blue.
Into the reds again, how is his
luck? Not great. The red corner, can
he get through for the pink to the
right middle? That is the question.
One of the middle, it is not a
cinch. But... It is not easy to
control the cue ball, playing it.
This is definitely an example of
straight through the ball cueing.
Once again, it is not a problem.
That was bowled straight. It looked
like nothing, that shot, but that
was a beautiful shot.
And for a
left-hander, to be on the pink and
not need the rest, that shows you
the control. If you can just pick a
spot for the next red he could be in
business again. Is he playing the
cannon into the reds? No, he can
obviously pick one out. This is
He is just
stepping through the gears at the
minute, playing quicker. He knows
the importance of scoring heavily.
In this part of the match, he feels
as if he has got Ken slightly on the
ropes at the moment.
That is a clever shot, it shows you
how well he is thinking and he wants
to get the reds opened early. Just
about the topside of the blue. That
will be fine. Are we back down to
the next red. It will not be easy.
The reds are loosely spread but
covering one another. This is an
important shot. Finishing a red, and
the way he is playing you would
The red near the top
right-hand corner, the closest to
it, if he drops the blue and he is
left-handed that would be OK, he
will just run the cue ball through.
He will look at that. That is a red
I would have thought would be the
one. Right there. And just play it,
then clip and back down the table
and maybe land on a colour. That is
the best option at the moment.
He has gone on the same line, going
That was like a two in one shot.
played for a choice of the plant,
the red to the left corner, but he
is in the knowledge that the
overhead that, he would have been on
that red and that was good thinking,
thinking clearly. One good
positional shot away from a bullet
fired chance of winning this frame
at this visit. -- mollified.
We said earlier in the day that one
of the breaks made by Ken, scrapping
proposition, this has been another,
he has not quite been right for the
last three or four shots, Neil.
There is another good positional
This E.On one? -- is he on one? He
is not on the one closest to the
black on the right-hand side but he
is on the one above. He has to not
the same because you don't really
know where the cue ball is going. --
knock this in. What a shot. That is
as good as anything today.
again... Beautifully straight
cueing. He has a choice of green or
blue. If this goes in... It looks
like the end of the frame. Just
going through the gearbox, all of a
That is worried Ken in his chair, 20
minutes since your last a ball and
really, 45 minutes since he had any
decent table time to speak of. --
since he last potted ball.
does not look like he is getting any
soon. Playing really quickly at the
moment, he is obviously very
confident. You can always tell when
a player is in good stroke.
Certainly with Neil, his shoulders
go back and he walks, pride as a
peacock, around the table and it is
very quick and fluent and that is
what is happening at the moment.
Hard to play any better than this.
Beginning to enjoy himself. The
first three or four frames today
were hard-fought. Safety battles.
Good single ball potting but not
really the fluency we expect. But he
is beginning to move through the
skiers. He is looking good. --
through those years.
-- gears. A
couple of shots ago they could have
flicked the pink off percussion and
he ignored that because he wanted to
make the century, did not even take
the chance on that, he just wanted
to make 100.
And there it is. Extremely
impressive. And in pretty quick
time. Superb from the Australian.
Great to see him playing back like
this, he is one of the finest
players I have ever seen playing
this game and when he is motoring
like this, he is a handful and it
would take somebody playing
exceptionally well to beat him, if
he does continue in this vein.
He is hitting this, that is a
102 in the last, 124 to open up this
country frame lead. Leading 4-2 and
he is looking good.
My goodness! Well...
This is what happens in sport,
unfortunately, when somebody is
playing well they tend to get the
rub and that is one of those.
Straight in the corner. I would not
put it past him making another
frame-winning contribution. That is
tough to take.
Yes, this game, it
seems to have a memory. What has
gone before, the last couple of
frames, the century breaks by Neil.
If it is not bad enough for Ken
Doherty, your opponent playing well,
but luck is also on his side.
Clever, playing for the pink. That
will go to the back of the cluster
but that will not hinder Neil in any
way. He just clears up the reds. A
couple of shots to work out the
order he is going to take these reds
in. Already thinking about the best
way to go into the bunch.
A couple of loose reds before, any
suspect thinking about that. Once
again, that cluster, the way they
are, off the blue... That will be
handy. Mind you, he has come a
little bit short on this one. In
fact, he can sneak past the side of
that pack. That is all right. He
still has those two loose reds
before he has to manoeuvre any more
balls into play.
This really will be about the split.
Is there a plant on the same pocket?
I think he is going to play for the
loose red. Similar to the way he was
on that a couple of shots ago.
Finishing where his thumb is. That
is perfect. That is perfect.
played that nicely, once again
judging the cannon. You have to be
careful of these, how hard you hit
them. Also make sure you don't screw
it off into the middle pocket, which
is a possibility. It'll be
interesting to see which way he does
Bush the reds into play. I
wonder if that plant is still on. --
It can definitely be made, no doubt.
It is all happening for Neil, he has
found the plant as well. How is your
He will be pushing the
reds into play and playing this
plant. Just set for the left-hand
jaws, the balls don't have to be
touching... He can still
manufacturing this, as long as it is
into the middle of the pocket. Good
Goodness me. Honestly, this
frame, Ken has had to sit there and
look for the fluke, then there is
the plant and the split has come
perfectly. I would not be backing
any horses if I was Ken!
It is a
tough life sometimes, the life of a
snooker player! Playing a top player
in this sort of form, since the
interval, you don't have to do much
You can bet he will try to
make another century because it
likes the sort of things, making
three on a spin, word four.
Obviously very motivated by the
history of the game, he wants to win
as many majors as he can, he scored
those wonderful centuries that
season with over 100.
He has just come a little bit
straight on this, otherwise he would
have played it already.
It is also
very good matchplay in terms of
experience, he has reached this
stage of the match were the next
half a dozen shots are so important
to take him into that 5-2 lead,
which you think would be, not
unassailable, but a very strong
position. Just making sure, taking
his time, he has been fluent but
there are times in a match when you
want to hang back and we are your is
one of them. -- weigh up your
That was just, once again,
beautifully played. That is just,
well, superb. Well, it looks like
they are all going to go, certainly
enough to get him past the line, he
is 48 ahead already. All he has to
do is mind his work.
Just taking his time. He knows how
important this visit is. Just keep
Ken in his chair, get that 5-2 lead.
He is not on the red. As far as
potting it directly. Should be all
right with the plant, a virtual
Even that shot he played to leave
himself but the plant, he left
himself exactly in the right place
to play the stunt cannon. It looks
like nothing but all the time, it is
thinking, using his brains.
There is not much Ken can do about
this. As we always say about this
sport, if you play golf you have
your own ball and if you make
birdie, your opponent has to, but
when your opponent is on the cue
ball, you just have to sit and watch
and suffer. Absolutely brilliant
from Lee Robinson. Nothing Ken
Doherty can do about it. -- Neil
Robinson. -- Neil Robertson.
Chasing centuries again. Deep enough
into this to just pushed that red
over the left middle. He has tried
it. Not quite.
He needs to work on
his positional play, I think.
Absolutely superb for the last two
and three quarters frames. Looking
like someone who has lost -- one two
of the last four UK Championship.
Back to see him playing so well.
The only way to get the red out.
think you try to get it out a couple
of shots ago. What a shot that was!
Everything working in perfect
Pink, red and another colour and
that'll be three centuries on the
spin for Neil Robertson. Absolutely
grade A. In the session after the
interval. Just drop this in.
Three times in a row. Neil Robertson
is flying out there.
Make no mistake, ladies and
gentlemen, he is back, the real Neil
Robertson has entered the building.
He has not be -- been massively off
is game but slightly awry with the
work he has been doing. People have
been playing good against him but he
has not been playing this good
against them. This is vintage stuff
at the moment.
He is really enjoying himself.
124 then 129. Neil Robertson. Three
frame lead, just one from victory at
three centuries in a row, just as he
did the other day and you suddenly
And arguably the
springboard towards this has been
that horrendous miss of Ken Doherty
in the fourth frame, he missed a
very bad round and he might well be
having nightmares about that if
things go badly here. The balls,
they are made of some sort of
plastic but I think they have brains
because they never forgive you! All
of a sudden, Ian Robertson starts to
get the luck. You should not have
missed that brown!
The rest of us...
That is 378 points scored by Neil
Robertson without reply. Does panic
set in? As Ken Doherty?
important than the balls, the
players knows that every player
knows he has missed that golden
opportunity and that plays on your
mind, perhaps you play shots more
negatively afterwards but you know
you have let somebody off the hook
and you know a big fish like Neil
Robertson can take full advantage.
It is not his fault he has become
lucky but he has taken advantage
because he is a class act.
centuries so far. Can he tie things
up in frame eight?
Thank you, frame eight, Neil
Robertson to break.
JOHN PARROTT: It has been an
absolute exhibition the mid-session
interval from the Aussie. Nothing
Ken Doherty can do about it - he's
just got to hope it turns around.
Well, the pockets are looking like
buckets at the minute. Wonderful
piece of cueing once again. When
he's on like this, his long name is
sensational. -- his long game.
ALAN MCMANUS: There's a couple of
ways of playing this - he seems to
be going dead weight. And he's
played it to the inch.
expecting anything else?!
really! He's off and running again.
I just love the way he plays the
His safety is studious,
but when he gets in the balls, who
really likes to get motoring. His
done that since the interval,
wasting no time.
That black means it's been 400
points without reply from Neil
Robertson. I think the record,
actually, is someone in the region
of 560, maybe John Higgins against
Anthony Hamilton at The Crucible?
suppose the good news is, this is
looking like the last frame, because
otherwise it could be happening
here! He is not looking like missing
out the moment. The quality of the
break-building, everything. And of
course, as soon as I say that, he
loses the cue ball for the first
time. Mind you, he's been knocking
these info phone. -- knocking these
in for fine.
No hesitation again. Little deep
screw, cannon into the pink - clever
shot, actually. Is he on one...?
think this is end of break. Just
needed a little bit of good fortune
there. The way he's going, he has
knocked everything in, but... 44
points in front, 5-2 ahead, and when
you're playing as well as he is, it
is difficult sometimes to steal
yourself, but you still got to play
the right shot. And the right shot
here is to scheme out.
Yeah. This is
a medicine shot I think. Play each
shot on its merits. If it doesn't
cut, there is no point in playing
He's not playing someone in a
club handicap, is in the UK
Championship against Ken Doherty,
who's perfectly capable of clearing
up if he misses it. That's why he's
Now, then! That was nice to see!
Just don't miss the brown now, Ken!
It's been a long time coming, but
will it be worth the wait in the
end, because this was a decent
chance? As you say, John, fully
He might try and get into
the pack... Oh, and he HAS missed
the brown! Unfortunately his
positioning is good!
Yeah, I think
that was a symptom of the lack of
table time. Look at that! . That's
where you would put the cue ball
with your hand.
If this isn't match over now, Neil
Robertson will be very annoyed with
himself. Already 51 point in the
lead. An easy 20 or 30 more to come,
you would think.
He's been hugely impressive this
afternoon. This second session has
been as good as he can play. The
only reason he hasn't made four
centuries on the spin was because he
just lost the cue ball on a
positional shot, he didn't miss a
pot. He's going to take some
stopping, whoever he plays against.
Yes, make sure of the black, and
that's frame and match. He's been
good, Alan, hasn't he?
awesome, an exhibition of power and
control. And it is good to see him
play this way again. It's not like
he's not been playing that well,
he's still knocking in centuries,
but to put it together all in one
Well, the red didn't go in,
but it doesn't matter, and the
Australian was absolutely awesome
after the interval. Three
consecutive centuries. Brilliant
player from Neil Robertson, the
Australian. Ken Doherty could not do
much about it - the Australian was
much about it - the Australian was
Yeah, he started off
brilliantly in the match, I didn't
do a great deal wrong. His safety
was awesome, he was potting really
good long balls as well. I just had
to wait for my chance, and he missed
the brown trying to force the angle,
which allowed me to get to 2-2. And
then after that, I got in and I was
able to make a few really good
I had a few chances, I was
happy with the way I played. If
anything, it's nice to be back out
there playing in front of the house,
in front of the big crowds. I was
really enjoying it cobbles and it's
something to take top of that
hopefully go forward. It will give
me that little bit of confidence
that I can still compete, albeit
against a guy who... There's not
many players who are going to knock
in three centuries in a row. I said
to him, you played really well.
Yeah, since winning it, I've won it
two years after, and hopefully
history can repeat itself. I feel
great about my game, I'm really
happy, enjoying life, and just can't
wait to get out there for the next
In the end it was 422
unanswered points for Neil Robertson
and three centuries in a row, as we
discussed. How pleased should he
feel and how Linus does he look?
Considering we spoke at earlier
about how he has had some sort of
cloud over things, getting back to
winning ways when you're striving to
do that is difficult. So, it's
encouraging. But I think the same as
Scott Donaldson who came in here,
it's just two wins. We shouldn't get
too excited about it. But he does
make centuries for fun. And that was
how he did so well the year before,
he was winning lots of tournaments,
making 103 centuries in the season.
If the centuries start coming, it
makes the game a lot easier.
that's six centuries in two matches
so far. What we can take from it?
Great to see his confidence levels
restored this season?
He's going to
go away from this match, he's going
to look at that brown ball and go, I
can't believe what happened. The
whole game collapsed around that one
shot. He could have had chances to
go 3-1 in front. Looking at the
bigger picture, Ken was at rock
bottom of his game when he fell off
the tour, he got given a wild card,
and this year he's been pretty
decent, he's started to turn players
over that were supposed to be
turning him over. Ken is now getting
into a more competitive frame of
mind, and he's getting results, the
same as Jimmy White. Those two liars
refuse to go away.
It's almost as if
they're determined to prove Barry
Hearn chillies faith in them by
giving them the wild cards?
also, UK and get the wild card, a
bit like myself, actually, I got the
wild card but my heart really wasn't
in it. I think Jimmy White and Ken
Doherty still think, I've got things
to prove, and they've got a game
which can, if they get confident,
compete. It's good for their morale
and they're proving that it was a
decent decision. Form... Class...
Class, form, whatever, temporary...
One of those things!
I know! But
there's always the odd blip when it
comes to performance, and Mark Selby
has certainly experienced that
today. Because the world number one,
the defending champion and world
champion, has been turned over in
some style today by this fella, the
world number 66, Scott Donaldson,
the 23-year-old from Perth. The
Perth potting machine, they're
calling him! His biggest win in six
years of professional snooker in
this, the first major of the season.
So, the top seed is gone. This was
Mark Selby's reaction.
played well. To come back to 2-2, I
didn't really have thus much of a
chance, I didn't do that much wrong.
After the interval he just continued
the way he started from 2-0 really.
I've got no complaints, was
appointed obviously to lose but it
is not as if I've had chance after
chance and through the match away as
such. Scott has gone out there and
played remarkable snooker. I've been
saying it for most of the season
that everyone seemed to be playing
fantastic against me, and when I'm
winning matches I'm also having to
play my best as well. It doesn't
It is his earliest
exodus since 2014 in this jumper. It
really is a major surprise. And it
means we've now lost the world
number one, the 13 and also Ali
Carter in dramatic circumstances?
Yeah. There's the possibility, if
the standard of players further down
the ranking list improves, it's
going to bunch up, and there's going
to be more and more suppose it
shocks. We were talking about which
tournament it would be where the
vast majority of the 16 were already
out before the 16.
It was Belfast,
If this is the shape of
things to come, it's going to be
harder to prove your worth within
the game. Perhaps like the golfing
world, you have to be very patient
to get your wins, and it's about
your consistency throughout the
season. And you get one win in one
tournament in a season, is that a
good season? Yeah, perhaps it is.
It's going to be a Christmas without
the UK Snooker Championship title
this time for Mark Selby. We
mentioned Belfast, and that was last
weekend that Mark Williams claimed
the title, he really did roll back
the years, because he had not won a
world ranking title for six years.
In fact at the start of the season
the Welshmen have thought about
giving up the game and it was his
wife who persuaded him to keep
going, a new coach and a new method
of sighting the ball and suddenly it
comes good. However, it was in next
circumstances, because all the while
his wife Jo was ill in hospital and
he was dubious about whether he
should have carried on. He did, but
it was a week of mixed emotions for
the Welshmen. Once you start losing,
I suppose you get used to losing and
it is hard to get out of the habit
of. I knew if I was going to carry
on playing, I would have to do
something else, something different
to focus my mind on, and I found
that and it's working. I've just got
to keep riding the wave until
obviously the wave comes crashing
down. Always come crashing down, so
I'm just writing this one as long as
I can. Since I've been working with
Steve since the start of the season,
I game's come on 100% to what it
was. Taking a few breaks, putting
some long once, and I'm playing some
good stuff. I think it was the night
session I played really well, and he
played really well as well, and I
managed to get over the line. I
played a really good last frame and
he didn't printable. More than happy
with that, to handle the pressure.
Straight to the hospital now to see
how my wife is and see where we go
from here. My wife is in hospital,
not too well. It was one of them, do
I go back? Do I stay? She told me to
stay and play. If I go back I
suppose what can you do? Just sit by
her bed, really. I managed to stay,
and thankfully I did. I don't want
to pull out of the second biggest
ornament we play. I've just got to
play it and see what happens,
really. This is one of the hardest
tournaments to win. Mostly it's the
top players who win this tournament,
so it's going to be very difficult
for me to win it. But I'm coming in
here in probably some of the best
form in the last five-ten years, so
you never know. I'll give it my best
shot, it's just nice to be competing
with the big boys again, really.
HAZEL IRVINE: And sadly, Jo is still
poorly, and we are all thinking of
you right now and sending you our
very, very best wishes. In this
match, we saw Mark go 2-2, and in
fact he went 3-2 in front against
Andrew Higginson, the Widnes
Warrior. However fate conspired
against him and he went in off,
handing Mark Williams the
opportunity. And several minutes
later, never want to spurn his
chances, the man who is a double
blow champion and indeed. Double
winner of the fabled Triple Crown,
mopping up the pink and the black to
go 4-2 up after that gift from
Andrew Higginson. That 4-2 advantage
became five two, and here is Mark
Williams in frame eight, on his way
to wrapping up a 6-2 victory over
the Widnes Warrior. And it has been
great, Steve Davis, to see this man
back to his best, hasn't it?
it's an exceptional -- it was an
exceptional performance in Northern
Ireland, especially considering
what's been happening off the table.
It just shows you the class of Mark
Williams. He's always had a great
game, he did have a drop in
confidence but it is great to see
him back. He has got a new coaching
method, and that can always inspire
you. It's always good when he's in
the tournament, because he's a great
And he says he is not to
comment on Jo's condition any
longer, he's playing, and he marches
on into round three. We're going to
catch up now with the remaining
matches. It has been a blur of
matches here. Mark Allen had his
work cut out against young Oliver
Lines today. World number nine from
Northern Ireland had been 3-2 down
against the former Rookie of the
Year player Oliver Lines. You might
remember the huge upset he pulled
off a couple of years ago. Very
tricky hurdle safely negotiated for
Mark Allen. So, a quick look at some
of the other matches that have been
taking place. Neil Robertson, safely
through. We've seen Scott Donaldson,
with that incredible victory. Mark
Allen, Mark Williams, and in the
sports hall, it's the secondary
venue, just like through the wall
from where we are, actually. Peter
Ebdon has gone out. Mark joys was
4-0 up before David Gilbert came
back but it is joys who progresses.
Ryan Day, the world number 16, has
gone through. He wants to make sure
that he has a place at the Masters
that he has a place at the Masters
next month. Rob Milkins has gone out
to Li Hang from China, who has been
putting together a decent season.
Let's just remind you of tonight's
matches, and we've got another eight
for you this evening. And this one
features Judd Trump. Now, all of the
star attractions are on show this
weekend. And Judd Trump is one of
those. His match against Chris
Wakeling will be live for you
available via the red button from
seven o'clock, and on the BBC
website. Judd has already made a
break 100 break. But Chris is
someone who has beaten Ronnie
O'Sullivan in the past and had
several other big victories as well.
Steve Davis spoke to him.
I am here
with Chris, one of the new
up-and-coming players in the game,
currently ranked 60th in the game
check how are you finding the tour
It is the best time to
be on the, or thing. Every time you
play in a tournament, it is a chance
to change your life. Could not ask
for a better time to be playing.
course, good win against Leigh
Walker in the first-round, but the
stakes are raised somewhat when it
gets to the televised stages?
I played really well in the first
match. Just glad to get over the
line, really. That first-round is
almost like qualifying. So, getting
to the second round in the main
arena, playing Judd, it's a great
opportunity to showcase what I can
do. If I perform how I did in the
first round, then I've got a lot of
Have you had much
been on television in China a few
times, and also in the UK. In the
early stages of television, but I
would be fazed by the occasion. I've
been doing it for four years now.
Most of the players these days have
been playing 20 years!
It's not just
about trying to do well in the match
is, you've also got to keep on the
tour for next year - 64 players drop
off, so it's tough when you're
around that area but only I think
the more you think about it, its
takes your attention away from what
you're trying to achieve, which is
to win matches and ultimately
tournaments. In the back of your
mind if you're looking at dropping
of the tour, then it's the wrong way
to be thinking.
Judd Trump tonight -
any game plan?
Go out there and
attack! Good luck! Thank you!
Attack! That's what you have to do
against Judd Trump, because he's
certainly going to throw a lot at
you! He had laser surgery on his
eyes in the summer, but he's since
gone on to win in Belgium. That was
his eighth world ranking title, and
in Shanghai he was runner-up to
Ronnie O'Sullivan last month.
Remember when he was playing that
naughty snooker, as he called it?
Well, he has allied that to some
nous these days. The absence of Mark
Selby, do you sense that for players
like Judd and everybody else, there
is more of an opportunity?
I think there was a time when a big
name went out and the other players'
ears pricked up and thought, that
has made it easier. But I don't
think now that's the case. There's
so many good players administration
it jars change the betting I'm sure.
But I think Judd Trump knows that
every round is difficult.
We will be
watching him this evening. And we
will also be keeping an eye on the
progress of a certain Jimmy White,
55 years of age, after that victory
over Ali Carter. And he strode over
the line with a century and a 61 -
there was no falling over the line!
How well will he go tonight from
what you've seento think he's
playing with confidence, and that's
the most important thing.
when you've got confidence, you
don't worry about things so much.
You go in and just think, I'm going
to fight. If you're worrying about
your technique, already undermining
yourself. Kurt Matthews is a great
player, it's a tough match for
Jimmy, and he's got to get the
levels of expectation right. If he
expects too much of himself, he can
ruin his performance. Just go out
How much have you enjoyed
this Saturday here at the UK Snooker
Championship hammered it is always
wonderful to be in York, but so far
it has been a mixture of shocks and
This one has
always been marvellous for the
snooker fan. You can walk around and
see which matches you fancy, eight
matches at once. You don't get
short-changed for your money which
the quality nowadays.
you of what's coming up here in York
over the next hours. That live
coverage continues on the red
button. I'll be back tonight with
second round highlights of. We will
shoehorn as much news and action as
is humanly possible from the second
round matches. That's at 20 past 11
this evening. Ten to 12 in Scotland.
Tomorrow, it's Ronnie O'Sullivan,
has been the dominant force in
snooker this season, with two
victories and two further finals
already. He will be bidding for his
sixth crown here at the UK Snooker
Championship, which would equal the
record. And he has indeed been the
man of the season so far, with those
four finals and two conversions?
Yeah, I think he has decided to
apply himself better this year. The
big talking point with Ronnie
O'Sullivan is, if he decides to
play, he's going to win. That is the
general conceived idea. If Ronnie
decides he's going to try, he wins.
And that is sometimes the case.
really does look up for it these
days, but we shall see. We've had a
big shot today, with Mark Selby
going out to Scott Donaldson, so who
knows what this weekend will hold?
Thank you for your company. Steve,
thank you for yours. Bye-bye.