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HAZEL IRVINE: Good evening,
an important night for televised
All down to two cuemen at the
Barbican, and all down to Shaun
Murphy, one of the entertainers in
this game. He is up against Ryan
Day, 37 years old, and this Welshman
has waited 19 years for this chance
to step into the first major final.
I think there is no doubt I am a
better player than I was last year.
Pot scoring and break-building,
always building, and I am going out
there as I say with some confidence,
enjoying my snigger and enjoying
being out there with the crowd, and
I am playing OK, close
matches, and that is all it takes
these days. This is a player who has
very few weaknesses so if I want to
compete and to beat Shaun I need to
be on top of my game.
Is a player I
have known since I was 11 or 12
years of age on the Junior tour,
great potter and great
break-builder. One of the best on
the tour. Now he has won his first
He is a different
animal, someone who knows how to do
it and that makes him very
I have known Shaun
different tournament, more than 20
years, and whatnot, programmes
together, and he is a fantastic
player, and I will be looking
forward to playing him in the
It feels as if with each
match I have played slightly better
and I can't wait to out there.
HAZEL IRVINE: And Steve and Kendall,
what, 13 UK finals high new? And,
Ken, how do you read this one
Not there because he has
been in ten of them! -- 13 UK finals
between you. He has had 365s
already, getting used to a new cue
as well but I think he is a
different player than he was 12
months ago and he has a new
confidence and I don't think you
will be afraid at this stage.
Interesting that Ryan is two years
older than Shaun and yet the
experience of the younger man might
be a bit factor. Shaun, this is his
office, and he knows, being at the
business end of these big events.
Yes, and that event earlier in the
season, the Masters, and it has been
mentioned by everybody, including
Shaun, Ryan Day is a different
prospect and comes into this game
with more credibility, not least in
his own mind, so it is fascinating
to see how he performs. I don't put
him down as that much of an underdog
in this match although I know some
people might do.
Shaun, rather like
Ryan, has had a frame decider, in
the final round, but since then his
cueing and power has been prevalent.
He has been a revelation in the last
few rounds. How well do you think he
has coped in the last few matches?
Jacqui accommodated in his last
match. His long ball game is second
to none, all the --
commentated in his last match. He
throws in a simple chance he has
missed, when he gets the 40, 50, 60
points, compared to some of the
other really top players. Heathrow
is wonderful in every now and then.
If he cuts him that he will be very
hard to beat -- he throws one of
them in every now and then.
significant and evening is best for
I think it is how you go
into the event, and if you are
enjoying your snigger which it
appears Ryan Day is, especially to
win lots of close matches --
enjoying your snooker, then you are
a more dangerous animal. I know that
Shaun Murphy does, and that is why I
think it will be close tonight. Both
of these players are on the curve,
on their way up, and their form.
Both playing for the right to face
Ronnie O'Sullivan in tomorrow's
final, and of course the small
matter of £75,000 at least because
this afternoon the Rocket punched
his way to a seventh UK final after
winning a very lively match with
Glasgow's Stephen Maguire, who had
been down, but hit back superbly,
6-4 to O'Sullivan today. It has been
a bit of a double whammy for Stephen
because the result also means the
Chinese player will feature in the
Masters in January. Stephen had to
win that semifinal today to oust him
from the last qualifying spot,
however Stephen head on with a
cheque for £37,000 today. Ronnie
lying in wait for one of these two,
and it is worth noting Shaun and
Ryan have only met once in the last
six years and now it is Murphy who
bosses there are series. But it is
all about tonight, and time for
action with MC Rob Walker...
evening, ladies and gentlemen. The
very last session of snooker before
tomorrow's Beckley championship
final. Time to find out who is
joining the Rocket Ronnie O'Sullivan
in one of the sport's showpiece
showdowns. -- tomorrow's Betway
Please welcome a player now back in
the world's 16 after a great run in
York winning six successive five set
thriller is for this, his first
semifinal. His maiden ranking
triumph, the pride of Ponty,, Ryan
MUSIC: The Passenger
by Iggy Pop
And his opponent, a class act on and
off the tables, conceding a single
act against Mark King, coming out
for a sixth UK semifinal, bidding
for his fourth final of this season
alone. He is the reigning champion
of champions, a former world, UK and
Masters winner, he is Shaun, The
Snooker's Jack Sparrow! It has taken
Ryan a Jinha Kim is to get past the
last 16 stage of this championship,
and now he is looking at a final,
Shaun trying to get there for a
third time. In good hands with two
former world champions in the box,
Peter Ebdon and Dennis
former world champions in the box,
Peter Ebdon and Dennis Taylor.
COMMENTATOR: Good evening here and
good evening to everyone watching,
and what a reception both players
That is the beautiful trophy they
are playing for.
Thank you. The
first frame, Ryan Day to break.
is the Welshman Ryan Day who won
toss, and he will get the semifinal
As I say, both players getting a
terrific reception -- he will get
the semifinal underway. Crowds have
been fantastic throughout this UK
championship at the Barbican Centre
here. And we have a full house this
evening. Can he not in one of his
trademark long pots? Close.
-- can he knock in one of his
I thought for a minute he had got
away with that one but it has gone
over the middle pocket. A chance for
Ryan. We did this game against Mark
Joyce and towards the end of it,
Ryan Day really came on strong,
Ryan Day really came on strong,
didn't he, Peter?
Yes, good evening,
Dennis, and everybody. It is almost
as if they are two sides to Ryan Day
at the moment. There's the player
who struggled at times with his
confidence and concentration, more
of his concentration and focus than
anything else because he is
seriously talented player, and now
we have the Ryan Day that is a
tournament winner, so this will be a
really fascinating encounter. A very
very talented player, Ryan Day. And
Shaun Murphy, of course, has been
one of the very best in the business
for a very long time now. Both very
exciting, entertaining and attacking
players. It should be a cracker.
Yes, always had the red player, knew
that he could bring a few more into
play and leave himself on this one.
Just so entertaining to watch, Shaun
Murphy. Very fluent around the
table. Not the best angle on this
red, this one through from the back.
Will have to use just a little
cannon. But a good early
If he can get to 71 points, as you
see there, with the side bar, it
would leave Ryan Day needing
And it has to be said, as we show
you that David Magowan near the
middle pocket, this table is playing
beautifully. New cloth, new
cushions, new snooker balls, and no
distractions now we are down to the
one table, so perfect conditions.
Just over on the cue ball slightly
That is a very well-controlled
recovery shot, using the pink to
take some pace out of the cue ball.
Yes, just the slightest of cannons
off it. We mentioned about Shaun
reaching 50 and 60 and then just
throwing in the odd careless one. If
he starts to clinch the frames with
one visit, he could take some
Not that many pots away from
securing this opening frame.
Just having a look at the angle.
That's the sign that he doesn't want
to just put a careless one in.
A bit straighter on the pink would
have been better here.
He has been a terrific professional,
this player. 1998, he turned pro.
Always taken great pride in the
game, a great ambassador for our
sport, always has been.
Well, Dennis, he has made this look
easy. Looking very very short.
has had two century so far in this
year's UK championship. We have had
92 centuries so far. Shaun has made
439. That's why he's one of the
great break-builders in our game. He
is sending out a message to Ryan
Day. If you miss, I'm going to clear
them up. Ryan with half chance.
He has made 21 centuries this season
so far. And there is another one
He has made 21 centuries
this season so far.
Doesn't matter about the red.
He lifted into the right corner.
Shaun Murphy, starting this match
with that magnificent century break.
1- 02 Shaun Murphy.
HAZEL IRVINE: It was very
interesting to me at the Champion of
championss that Shaun Murphy said,
the only way I know how to win is to
just go for an -- 1-0
the only way I know how to win is to
just go for an -- 1-0 two Shaun
Murphy. He has accepted it and, by
goodness, lives up to that.
he has tremendous cue power, as well
as as long pot. The way he strikes
and get the action
as as long pot. The way he strikes
and get the action on the ball, just
look at this black. It looks pretty
straightforward but watch the cue
ball and the action. It splits the
pack lovely. He doesn't have to go
into the pack there, but the strike
he gets on the ball is amazing.
he has fantastic cue
action, has always been wonderful.
In the past he has questioned
whether he has the balance of the
game right, has searched for answers
on whether he has the tactics right,
and now just to stick with the way
he plays, fairly attacking game, not
totally open, but that is how he
likes to play. Very similar to Ryan
Day, and I might have to eat my
words if Shaun keeps up this level,
but it will depend what Ryan Day
turned up tonight.
This is Shaun
bidding for a fourth final this
DENNIS TAYLOR: Did have a go at the
pot there. If he can get this it is
an early chance, but it looks a bit
tight there. The fact he is up the
other end of the table tells me he
can't get through to the potting
angle of that one just above the
It was noticeable on
his previous match that when he
played safe Ryan Day caught a lot of
safety shots very thin. That time he
was slightly too thick. And this is
a chance for Shaun Murphy. I don't
think it's possible to play for the
black here. So quite a bit of work
to do with the cue ball. It would be
some shot if he could bring this
back into play here.
cannon Inc this off the top cushion,
but that would be something very
Found a gap around the back. There
wasn't much room there. As you can
see from that angle, very little
room to manoeuvre the cue ball on
the back of that thread. -- around
the back of that red.
Not the best safety in the world,
and if he is not hampered with the
brown, the chance for Ryan Day to
knock a long-running, Shaun's shot
from the green when he tried to get
up the table, to the reds that let
him down there. This would be a
He'd like to leave the cue ball
where the red is. Very difficult to
play up our shot and screw back
here. He has time that so well, what
He claimed it beautifully.
over the brown like that and not
that red in will certainly boost his
confidence. -- knock that red in.
The highest available spot for the
pink is the brown, and in fact it's
the only available spot there. Mm.
Looked as if it was going to curl
in, but it stayed absolutely dead
straight. Here, I thought he was
going to miss this, then all of a
sudden it was just curling slightly,
but not enough.
He might only just be able to pick
the yellow. Or can he see enough of
Oh, well, maybe they green doesn't
even pot if he could see it, so just
Just got to be careful when he plays
the safety shot that he covers that
red that's to the right of the pink
And it looks as if he has done that.
Or is it a gap between brown and
pink to play the red? Yes, there
might be. In a spot of bother here.
Amazing how he found the gap there.
Ryan would love to get the cue ball
behind the yellow from this safety
shot. Slightly too thick.
Decent length of the cue ball,
though. Nice shot.
It's quite a big target behind the
yellow, brown and pink.
Too thick once again.
At first glance there is no easy
escape back down the table here.
Certainly awkward down the left
side, because of that red near the
left side cushion.
Oh, he's brought the red down with
the cue ball. You'll be needing a
little bit of good fortune here.
And he has had it.
No easy safety shot. I'll be
surprised if Shaun doesn't have a
coma on this, into the left corner,
with quite a bit of screw on this.
That's his flock. -- doesn't have a
go on this. That is his mark. He hit
that one all wrong, but he had no
easy safety shot on there.
He is hampered again. This is very
tough. Struck that beautifully
again. He has to be hampered!
once again awkward breach hand but
cued beautifully. -- bridge hand.
It's an awkward sort of table. In
fact, that black is the only colour
on it on the spot. -- it's on the
And all of the sudden, that one
cannon there, he has freed up that
black. It is still a bit congested,
if you pots the red and black. This
was the cannon he played.
But it's not a good chance just yet.
Where does the black go? Looks to be
something on the black spot so it
would have to go on possibly be
yellow. Because I think the pink
spot is also covered. The referee
will just check with his ball marker
to see if there is enough room on
the pink and there is, just. Has
that tied the black up? It may be
available into the left middle
pocket but I'm not sure if it goes
into the right corner.
He is back looking at the black but
I don't think the black goes. He is
going to have a look at it from the
other side. That is very tight, I
would forget about that for the time
being and concentrate on the blue.
That's just a little bit careless.
He might have to play for the red
over the left side of the table.
Needed to get the other side of the
I think the one the left side of the
table is probably slightly easier to
get on than the one near the cushion
just above the yellow. That's the
one he has played for. Tricky little
-- these. Yes, you
don't want to be playing these with
too much pace.
Played it well.
Left the red next to the black, that
would certainly open the black up,
and it clearly does. And this time
he's perfect on the blue to get onto
the red that is next to the black.
He is just checking out a sea of
those two on the black spot area are
available, that's for a few shots
time. He could play for it now but
he has that easy one next to the
Just lost the cue ball slightly
there, he would have preferred to
have been straighter. May have to
play a cannon now, and push the
black towards the centre. That's OK,
reduce the black to screw up for the
blue. -- could use the black to
screw up for the blue.
Psychologically, this would be a
terrific frame and it would be a
great frame to win at this visit. He
has to get to 58 points, as you can
No, he is running out of position
Wasn't the best shot in the world
from Ryan. He didn't get enough stun
But nevertheless, he's put himself
Well, now that the green has been
knocked up there, those three
colours are in great shape to get a
snooker behind. He can take this pot
on here. Oooh, how close was that
last remark! -- was that? ! He would
have thought that was going in. How
many times did it rattle? One, two,
And there is a Shaun Murphy special.
Have a look at where he got that cue
ball, from that position. He was
about nine feet away from that. The
white stops then gripped the cloth
and spins back. It's like he has it
on a lump of elastic there.
It would be a bit of a body blow if
Shaun was to pinch this frame
because Ryan was in pretty good
shape until he didn't get on the red
off the blue. Just a little bit of
movement in the background there,
some late comers.
Well, it has freed up those two
reds. It is a tough shot but you
automatically finish on brown or
I think that was the new cloth that
played it slightly easier but that
didn't look like it was going to
And now the brown goes on the
highest available, on the black spot
this time, which helps Shaun. Well,
Ryan will be delighted to see the
cue ball finishing there, but don't
think that Shaun Murphy still can't
get onto the red. Watch this shot,
he will go round the angles between
pink and yellow and back for the
red. Here it comes... Oooh, caught
the yellow. Ryan will be delighted
to have seen that White hit the
If he can get enough side spin on
this and hit the cushion, he could
leave the white wavy red -- where
the red is.
But he's got to be a little careful
he doesn't get too much side on it
or he will send the red into the
No problem hitting the red, it's
just what he's going to do with it
he is concerned about.
I don't think
he can get enough side and that
Kubot to play that red. The sort of
contact he would get on the red, the
cue ball could be heading towards
the yellow pocket. He would be
trusting to luck, really, possibly,
leaving a long snooker behind the
blue because there is every chance
it could leave a long red into the
right-hand pocket. It depends how
much side he can get on. Well, the
answer to that is not enough.
Shaun Murphy, 23.
Ryan is having it replaced. Yes,
he's playing to just glance off the
red when he hits the cushion. As
Peter said, the red would head
towards the left corner pocket, to
the left of the referee's glove.
That looks near enough, to me.
I mean, he has asked Ryan. Ryan has
said, listen, that looks pretty
That is amazing. He seems to be
hitting the white in the middle with
side. You need to be playing it down
near the bottom of the cue ball to
get that little bit more side on it.
I don't know... He's looking at the
side cushion now. Surely just play
it with a bit more side. He doesn't
have to play the same shot again. So
it's two cushions and hopefully get
a bit of distance between the white
If he catches this right
this time he could possibly leave a
snooker behind the brown but he will
need to catch it absolutely perfect.
He likes of brown, doesn't he? --
that brown, doesn't he?
more difficult replacing them this
time, because the yellow... Ryan
coming forward to give him a
Braafheid ear wear the yellow was.
You are not allowed to touch the
ball yourself but that is where it
was before. To -- to give him a hint
where the yellow was.
That is what the marker is looking
Can you mix it?
That is getting
Just mix it, put it on mix.
He is getting there. Perfect. That
Shaun is now having a look, just to
Happy with it? Thanks.
Is he going
to go back to his original choice? I
think the first Choice with a lot of
bottom would be OK. But here we go,
his second attempt at this side
cushion escape. APPLAUSE
Where is the cue ball? That is the
worst possible outcome. Unlucky to
go in but it looks like it will be a
free ball. It is a free ball.
33 the difference, they pink will
count as one point. 34.
So just the black to leave Shaun at
the snooker 's required stage. This
was a very important frame from Ryan
Day. It looked like he was going to
clinch it with one visit.
Certainly not one of his best
position shots, that's for sure. But
two snookers needed.
Ryan Day, eight.
So, barring a couple of snookers, he
has this second frame.
The balls are not too badly placed
for those snookers.
He has a chance here is getting a
snooker, a thin one of the red. That
will keep the red safe and a good
chance to get in behind... He can
just pick the colour he likes.
I think he has found the gap, has
That is a pretty good effort.
Always nice to see that.
Shaun tried to bring the green into
play there, believe it or not.
So, another opportunity for Ryan Day
just to push the red in or over the
yellow pocket. Oh, I'm very
surprised at his shot selection
there. He has played a good safety
shot but why not put the red over
He could have done without this,
Ryan Day. He potted the black to
leave Shaun needing a couple of
snookers snookered himself on the
last red was available. -- that was
Taking a red and black still leaves
him in the same situation. You
always would like to keep the red on
the table, if you could.
Shaun Murphy, eight.
Just a little bit careless to get
the double-kiss. He has left Shaun a
chance of one of the two snookers
that he needs.
But didn't get in behind the black
for a chance to put this second
frame to bed, so to speak. I would
just play this easy, I wouldn't be
forcing this. Even if he hits the
cushion first, give the pocket a
chance... If he hits it had, he can
miss it. That's all he needs.
Almost double-kissed it into the
Just look at this. If he had hit it
slightly harder, the white would
have gone through and knocked in the
yellow. This looks good. APPLAUSE
Slightly more difficult to hit this
time. Two cushions, just off the
left side of the table would be the
way to go. Could go once a cross,
but the players prefer to hit two
cushions, with not a lot of pace.
Shaun can play the snooker behind
the brown here...
Well, that's a
surprising choice of shot for me.
Very surprised he potted the green.
It seemed like a really good
opportunity, Dennis, to play the
Yes, it was a strange
I mean, if he potted the brown and
blue, he could tie with one snooker.
Six penalty points available but
only the one ball to snooker behind.
That could be the end. That's a poor
shot from Shaun.
It doesn't matter about the blue.
Ryan Day wins the frame and it is
All the importance of that one from
the point of view of Ryan settling
in this match, how important do you
think it was?
Hard-fought but he is
over the line. He could have got
back into it, Shaun, but lost
position on that second last red and
snookered himself and then Brian got
a few points from that. Ryan will be
And surely will. Shaun
snookering himself caused a whole
myriad of problems.
Tried to swerve
it a couple of times. I thought the
first time he could have gone the
other side of the table, I thought
if he went round by the yellow it
would be a better choice of shot. I
think Ryan will be more delighted.
Potted a few balls, settled in and
it is match on.
So important for
Ryan to settle down in this first of
his triple Crown semifinals here.
Even in the last match against
choice in the quarterfinal, gave him
so much to do and was chasing from
Fantastic to come back to
win that match. I think the
confidence of winning the first
ranking tournament, he has lost in
three finals, so to win that is like
a monkey off your back. It gives you
that air of confidence. Just like
Shaun looks winning the champions
champions against Ronnie O'Sullivan,
he's a different player to the one
he was 12 months ago. I think both
players are in both form, potting
well, good long pots. I did this
game will get better. It opened up
with a great century from Shaun but
I think it will go better as it goes
I know Shaun is the vastly more
experienced player, but Ryan has had
enough experience in the game, I
don't think he's that much of a
newcomer to this big stage. He's
been at the World Championships.
Once you have played the Crucible...
It's not like it's
a rabbit in the headlights stuff. I
expect him to play pretty well, if
you get another table time.
get back to table on because this is
the third frame as Ryan comes back
on - one. It looks like we are going
to be in for a pretty open and
exciting game tonight.
COMMENTATOR: Absolutely, Hazel. That
was quite a long second frame. The
first frame was under ten minutes,
the century break. Ryan won't mind
how long the frame takes as long as
he wins it. Can Shaun get back into
stroke here, early on?
Well, he was on the black. Had this
long red have gone in.
Ryan has a tough red into the yellow
pocket here. He would love to get
the cue ball back into a similar
position that it's in now. No,
slightly wide. Shaun Murphy is a
very attacking player. I wouldn't be
surprised if he took this red on.
Lots of top spin. And depending on
what pace he placed it at, either to
stay on the black or possibly go
right through the reds for the blue.
A fantastic pot.
Yes, I would tip to very gently
passed that white.
That would have been unlucky, had
that cue ball have dropped.
Incidentally, if it was to fall in
after three or four seconds, it
would be replaced over the pocket.
It's not like a pot, you're allowed
a little bit longer. If it drops in,
it's OK, if it snooker, it would
have to go back.
Shaun Murphy is one of the very best
rest players in the game, he rarely
misses with the rest.
That positional shot really needed
to be very accurate, and that was
poor, cannoning into the yellow
Yes. As I say, this course is
playing very lively -- the yellow
there. The percentages against
knocking this planned in our pretty
low. You got to be so accurate. --
knocking this plant in. Didn't fancy
that one little bit.
shot, with the distance between
those two Matt reds, as you quite
rightly say, Dennis. Surprised he
played it, to be honest. Having
missed it. The reds could have gone
everywhere. This is a test of
cueing. That's very good. Well
General, I think Shaun
Murphy, showing you this long pot
again, he was so disgusted with the
position -- you know, I think Shaun
Murphy. He just went for the plant.
Oh, well, here's looking at the tip
there. Played that right-hand side,
but what has he done there? Peter
has been talking about the new cue
that Ryan has. It will certainly
take a bit of getting used to it,
but this one, it can't be that bad,
the cue has gotten through to the
semifinal of his first big three.
Yes, it was just very noticeable
yesterday that in his match almost
every ball he missed with side he
pulled them. You certainly wouldn't
expect him to miss that sort of pot
over that distance. But he played it
on the side and his new cue is
obviously throwing off side for less
than his old one. Misjudgement. --
for far less.
Pretty good chance, this, and there
are a few more reds available before
you have to go on to that little
bunch of six reds.
Just the one red available so he
might decide to bring a few more
into play here, but it hasn't worked
out, at first glance. He was unlucky
Didn't need to hit it very hard.
think Shaun may be able to take this
red into the left-centre and almost
play it as a shot to nothing. Ah,
He will have to go into it again.
And this time it is perfect. That's
a frame when there you are just
looking at. -- a frame winner. And
you have to say he is certainly
punishing Ryan Day for that mistake.
Screwing through the reds, he gets
so much spin. The cue ball spins and
then spins again.
Already 61 points in front.
Snooker's now required. So a frame
that hasn't been going in minutes,
but like the opening frame, the last
frame, and the ball has gone a
little awkward, over 56 minutes.
Some century, with the last two
reds, as they are situated. Just
look at that shot. But unlucky. You
would have to knock a cracking red,
into this left corner pocket. You
wouldn't put it past him... Well,
any pocket will do. It might go in
the pocket he played it in. He sat
on his seat and watched Shaun Murphy
make that break of 73. The now reads
2-1. -- and he now leads 2-1.
Shaun Murphy to break.
Shaun Murphy breaking
off in frame format, leading by two
frames to one -- in frame for. That
is very cueable. Nice break.
DENNIS TAYLOR: Mid-session interval,
not after this frame. He is coming
round to see the situation, and
would have to be very careful not to
leave the red that is closest to the
If those two reds weren't there he
would have to go with this one on
them to the left corner, trying to
get onto the black. That is why he's
thinking about it for almost a
minute. He has to get this right.
That red on the right side of the
table is a little awkward. And that
was his concern. He was frightened
of cannon into that. That is why he
missed it completely. What a result
he has had here if there is nothing
available to Shaun.
Mm, he has got away with it.
That's a big mistake there. He's
just looking to see, well, to the
white drift a little bit? But
whatever happened he has put you on
right in amongst them here.
Didn't play the cannon, as he
intended. Just wanted to hit the red
a little bit fuller. Already a
change of plan.
Good shot at that pace. He had to
play with that speed to get on the
blue. And there are a few available
here to him. Just show him bridging
over the red... Have a little look,
coming back out again. So he has had
breaks of 104 and 73. And there are
a few still available here.
He played that shot very well
indeed. Always into the left-centre,
if he didn't get that correctly, but
played a wonderful shot. He doesn't
need to go into the reds here but he
is very attacking, Shaun Murphy, and
you just never know. He may well do.
After this next red, though. He
likes to get the pack open as soon
as he possibly can, to give himself
a frame-winning opportunity. Now, he
is not high enough on the political
into the red. That is probably what
he played for.
-- high enough on the blue to go
into the reds.
And the reason he
played that shot, if he had got
nicely on the blue he would have
gone into the reds. That one was
always going to be a bit of
insurance. Now, he has got to get
this just right.
Blake for the loose one -- he played
for the loose one. Last chance to
get a good angle.
And they are not a great bunch to go
into but with the cue power he has
and the action gets on the cue ball,
he plays it well, but it still
requires a good shot, this. It was
never going to be easy. Has this one
past the pink? If it does, he's OK.
Yes, he can play for blue. It's a
couple of times, and I know there
are a lot of people who have called
going down, a few coughs, Shaun just
back-up from that shot there. --
there are a lot of people who have
colds going around.
Is not hanging
about, is he, Dennis?
frame was under ten minutes, as was
the third. And a frame winner coming
up an average short time is just 21
seconds. What is available? Is there
a plant on? It is a nice little
bonus if that's on, and you can see
it, but he would have to hit it on
the white side, as we look at it, to
squeeze it into the pocket.
It's amazing. I was doing the game
with Sunny Akani against Ronnie
O'Sullivan and he misjudged a plant
like that, just couldn't see you had
to hit it on the other side, and
believe it or not... If he had a
very entertaining Thai player would
have knocked out the Rocket. -- the
very entertaining. This is just
fabulous stuff from Shaun Murphy, it
Perhaps Shaun has a table book at
the restaurant across the road,
Dennis, this evening.
He has had
four centuries, Shaun, well, this
would be his fourth, if it goes in.
93 so far now in the tournament. And
if this short works out this could
be another century. No. He has
overcome that. No century.
He won three very quick frames. He
goes into the mid-session interval
leading Ryan Day by 3-1.
HAZEL IRVINE: Yes, he ambles out of
the arena but you're right, Dennis,
you looks and something of a hurry
tonight. Your impression so far, the
way he has gone about business in
the fourth frame?
I think Shaun
Murphy looks excellent on the shot,
seems to be comparable amongst the
balls, and a top prospect for
anybody, even the champion of
champions. I think it is tough for
Ryan Day. Especially because there
is still a possibility even though
he is in the semifinals, the UK
championship, that he hasn't
absolutely got used to his new cue
and that shows up most when you are
playing on the side of him. You see
the pink Kemalist, effectively the
cue did not push... The ball did not
push into the pink as much as it
would have done without outside side
spin, and this next one, the red
into the corner that lets in Shaun
Murphy, what actually happened, he
did it with a fraction of left-hand
side spin and it seems he hit
fractionally across the ball. We may
be reading too much into it, I don't
You did have a chat with them?
Before he went out I met him
backstage, I just said, you've had
some really tough matches. The head
and 65s. He was just joking, he
said, still trying to get used to
this cue, so obviously there is
still something in his mind. As
Steve said, it is only exaggerating
when you're potting a little bit of
that on the ball, and it is only
fractions in this game and if you
are a fraction off, as he was, and
you miss the ball, in the very first
shot, coming across it and across
the miscue as well, so the fractions
have cost him. It may be the cue,
You said it earlier on.
Tough matches but also some tough
luck. After waiting years for a
world ranking title that came in the
Latvian capital of Riga over the
summer, after a few days, his cue
was snapped when information repair,
and you would think you must have
been an absolute despair at that
Yes, I have had my cue all my
life so I don't know what it is like
to play with a new one, but Stephen
Hendry's cue, I was on the flight
with him and when he found out it
was smashed coming back from
Thailand it took a long time and he
possibly never got over it, his
smashed cue, so players change cues
all the time but it does take some
time to get used to.
Had that happen
No, but I have played with
different cues and they all have
different characteristics, mainly
when potting side spin on it, so it
when you hit the ball with centre
ball striking it should go along the
cue but with side spin the cue ball
will deflect away from the side spin
you're potting on and you have to
know the shape of how the cue ball
then comes back online and every cue
will have its own distinct
characteristics, and until you can
trust it like it is an old friend
you're always second-guessing
But how long does that
process takes? Adaptability in your
own head as much as anything?
can be better than others but if you
can get the cue to be made as close
to the characteristics as possible,
but every piece of wood is different
so it is tough.
Even if you have the
exact specifications, as two cues
together, both of them will perhaps
OK, so let's see
how Ryan fears after the interval.
We will reflect on the first
semifinal, a match that became even
more intriguing the longer it went
on. It looked for a well liked
Ronnie O'Sullivan would run away
with it because he went to a 4-0
lead but after the interval the game
absolutely burst into life when the
Scot, Maguire, launched a comeback,
winning four of the next five
frames, and was just one behind at
4-5. How would O'Sullivan respond?
This was frame ten, watched by
Stephen Hendry and Dennis Taylor.
Thank you, ladies and gentlemen.
Frame ten. Stephen Maguire to break.
4-0 and it looks
like Ronnie O'Sullivan was cruising
to the final. Anything but now.
Yes, he did well to get the cue ball
but there is a red to the
right corner. There are pressure on
these now, Dennis. When you have
nothing to lose and you go for them
you relax, but now he could win the
DENNIS TAYLOR: There is a bit
of a gap but a few obstacles here on
the table. Yes. It was a good
effort. And there is no easy one for
Ronnie O'Sullivan, that's for sure.
We will show you this red wobble in
Yes, the pressure switches
back again from just being relaxed
with not much to lose, and all of a
sudden you're back in it.
will get him onto the black. Not a
sitter, that's for sure.
Yes, he has missed two or three long
balls since the interval, when he
made that netizen century. Some he
has not cued well, but that was
perfection. -- that magnificent
But this man has seen every scenario
in the game of snooker. Over his
career. So there is no way he is
going to panic even when losing four
frames out of five.
I think there's every chance Stephen
Maguire might have played his last
shot in this match. He will be
fearing the worst.
Ronnie O'Sullivan always manages to
find an extra gear when required.
He has let that one go a little bit.
Played for the blue. That was loose.
There's not many more available to
him. Just a couple of pottable reds.
Amazing what can happen in this
game. Just going slightly out of
position, took the very aggressive
route, and was very unlucky to pot
the pink when he had knocked theblew
in. Amazing what can happen in this
game at times -- knocked the blue
Yes, here is a shot that Ronnie
is playing, straight off the blue.
He has overheads that by about a
foot. A very loose shot. And you see
the consequences. He has to play a
difficult blue to go into the bunch.
The pot wasn't so difficult but
getting the right contact was very
tough because he had such an acute
That is an awkward little
position for the referee to be in,
to get the pink in a straight line,
directly in line with the blue and
black. And this time it had to go
behind the white, there wasn't
enough room to get it behind the
Well, he has purposely opened the
reds up there, Stephen Maguire. A
lot of players would have just
glanced off that but he played that
in such a way he has opened up the
game. Is this to acute into the
Is this too acute
into the middle pocket?
Oh, what a pot that is.
And now, well, it was a very
positive shot, Dennis, but he might
be regretting it now.
Yes, didn't think he was going to
leave that one, that's for sure.
But he has opened up the reds and
now Stephen has to sit in his seat
and see how many Ronnie can knock
in, as we show you that very
Ronnie O'Sullivan straightaway
playing for the red covering the
That's where the pink is going to
go, after the pots it. Great chance
to get into the final.
I think just forget about the black
and concentrate on the pink here.
Not absolutely perfect.
Very delicately played. Back in
prime position again. Just that on
safety shot he played, a bit
aggressive it was. He wanted to open
up the reds but didn't get the cue
ball where he wanted. He could have
just glanced off them but he wanted
that white tights on the baulk
cushion and it came away from it. --
wanted that white tight.
Looked like it was all going to be
one-way traffic when Ronnie led 4-0.
Stephen Maguire could have won a
couple of those first four frames,
didn't manage it. But he played some
brilliant snooker to get right back
in this match, winning four frames
out of five, but a few more pots and
it's all over for this year for
Stephen Maguire. Ronnie O'Sullivan
keeping himself on track take equal
Steve Davis' record of six UK
Yes, he has always been able to find
something when it's been needed.
When Stephen came back from 4-0 to
4-2, Ronnie knocked in a century
Started the match with a break of 61
and is finishing the match in style.
Well, not a century about what a way
to finish. Great comeback from
Stephen Maguire, but it was a bit
too much and in the end Ronnie Rob
O'Sullivan -- Ronnie O'Sullivan
Congratulations, yet another UK
Yes... He was
coming back at me and I was lucky to
be 4-0 up. Stephen didn't capitalise
on the chances in the first four
frames, so I got away with it and I
just tried to stay ahead after that.
frames, so I got away with it and I
just tried to stay ahead after that.
Pleased to be in another UK final.
From a neutral's point of view it
was an interesting match, at one
with stage it looked like you would
railroad him and then he showed his
class to give himself the chance.
knew he was playing well because I'd
seen the results and watched a bit
of him playing on TV. He looked to
be doing pretty good. I knew I had
to play pretty decent today and
luckily enough for me I was able to
just do enough, really.
we will see tomorrow, lovely Ronnie.
Rodney threw to a third successive
final and a seventh in total. That
final starts at one o'clock here on
BBC Two. But who will Ronnie
O'Sullivan be facing? At the moment
Shaun Murphy has a 3-1 lead over
Ryan Day in his semifinal. He looks
in a hurry to get there. I wonder if
he can cross the line or Ryan Day
will still have a major say in this
semifinal? Back to Peter and Dennis.
COMMENTATOR: Thank you. Ryan Day as
he was walking back in had a little
smile on his face, so that is always
a good sign. He knows he is up
against a player at the top of his
Make sure mobiles are switched off
or an silent please, thank you.
The audience back in again and
someone forgot to put their phone on
That's what we call a Shaun Murphy
special. Brilliant at this type of
And with that long pink he has got
himself in early in this fifth
frame. It might take a little bit of
sporting here, deep pink. -- a bit
of spotting. Not enough room in
between the reds so he will have to
get it in a straight line. Get it in
a straight line and roll the pink
Just rocking back a little bit, the
pink, as you can see. But that is
Just looking at three of Shaun's
frames, all under ten minutes.
With breaks of 104, 73 and 80 nine.
He is flying at the moment.
That is not absolutely ideal. Very
good recovery, though. Now, he's so
attacking. Will he play into the
reds with pace? Deep screw shot.
Wow! How was that for a shot?! Wow.
He couldn't have hit it any better.
I think he blocked the pocket. You
can't catch a breath, watch the
white, stops and then spins back.
Not many players could have pulled
that shot off but look how the red
has come out and blocked the pocket.
Amazing. Still a couple of pots to
go at, but with the way he opened
them up, he should have had
something a lot easier than this.
This is awesome at the moment.
Having to bridge over the red and
pink there. 94% pot success rate.
That might even go up.
This frame could be over in a matter
Just let the white run a bit further
than he intended there.
Well, even that shot to get the
right side of the blue, he hardly
hit that and look at the action he
got on it. Up to 95 now.
At the moment, Shaun Murphy is
playing the semifinal of the UK
championship like he would play in
his club. He is just enjoying
knocking in the balls.
Steve Davis very famously once said
that the art of playing snooker is
to play as if it means nothing, when
it actually means everything. And
Shaun Murphy is certainly doing
that. He has been incredibly
impressive so far this evening.
Cueing the ball beautifully, getting
on with it, playing at a fantastic
pace. Playing very entertaining and
exciting snooker. This is just
He has already had one century in
At 93 -- we have had 93 centuries so
far. This could be Shaun's fourth.
Just the black needed. Stunning
snooker from the Magician.
His nickname is the Magician, that
one and he is waving, a lot of magic
out there. And look at that shot
with the rest.
Surely he can't pot this yellow and
come off two cushions and in behind
Talking about in the zone. Well,
that's nice to see. Ryan Day just
nodding, as if to say, can't do
anything about this, and he can't.
Well... Everything going right in
the centre of the pocket. Absolutely
incredible snooker from the
Magician, Shaun Murphy. Once again,
one chance and he cleared the table
with that magnificent break, 135. He
leads Ryan Day 4-1.
The sixth century of the
championship, the second of this
match. Ken and Steve watching on in
real appreciation, particularly the
statistics we are looking at. 95%
pot success, 54% long pot success
and that is significant.
do much, leaving him distance from
-- balls from distance and he is
knocking them all. It is also the
pace around the table. He is
averaging less than 20 seconds, 19
seconds, but interesting how long
the long ball success over the whole
tournament... But at the moment, 64%
is very high.
I've been told that
over the four four TV matches, his
long pot success is 71%.
You would have to say, on the form,
Shaun Murphy is looking the best
player in the tournament, as they
currently speak. Ronnie O'Sullivan
as yet hasn't played this standard,
even though Ronnie great in his own
way. If Shaun Murphy gets to the
final, I think we will be in for a
At the moment for Ryan Day
not much is safe out there for his
A good break-off shot
from Shaun Murphy.
Just a containing safety shot from
Ryan Day. He must be wondering what
has hit him tonight so far. Shaun
Murphy has been in fabulous form.
Things could turn round, Dennis, but
the way Shaun is playing, you just
can't see it at the moment.
normally save the interval can
change things round, it didn't on
this occasion. -- we normally say
that the interval can change things
Not the double-kiss... Oh dear! That
is what I call a DDK, the dreaded
That break of Shaun 135, it was his
Michael White has got the high break
at the moment, a break of 142. A
prize of £5,000, and that will take
a bit of beating, but the way this
man is playing, who's to say that
break is safe.
301 points without reply. Meanwhile,
that last positional shot was not
the best from Shaun, but he has his
potting boots on. The black is not a
But everything, as I say, for Shaun
is going in the centre of the
pocket. Not touching the sides.
Not nicely on the red.
Phone the police, Shaun Murphy has
missed one of the reds!
As you can see, that is Ryan's first
pot for almost half an hour.
Quite simply, he has to take this
frame, 5-1 behind and you wouldn't
give him much of a chance the way
Shaun Murphy is playing. But 4-2 and
he can get himself back into this
He has just overscrewed that
slightly. Should be OK. Should be
able to avoid the cannon into the
pink and get the right side of the
blue. But he is short and he is
straight. OK, he can screw back the
cue ball about 8-10 inches and leave
a red into the left black pocket.
That is a very good recovery shot.
Well controlled there. So far, so
Just coming round to have a look at
the situation round the black spot
Has finished a little awkward to get
nicely onto the pink, so that is why
he is having a look at the black.
he gets the right angle on the
black, he may be able to play a stun
run through shot and move the red
away from the black and stay on the
red to the left of it. Looks a
little bit straight to play that
So, a deep screw with lots of
right-hand side, the red into the
same pocket. Didn't quite get enough
side on. These can be quite tricky
to judge sometimes, when you are
quite close to the red.
Yes, I think he can avoid Canning
into the pink. He can play up for
the blue here. It just depends on
the angle. -- I think he can avoid
the cannon into the pink. Yes, he
could, and he is the right side of
the blue. There is at least one red
available into the left corner. The
others are covering each other
But the way he has finished, he will
be able to develop a few reds. This
is a key shot coming up. Oh dear, he
took his eye off that... Well, what
a fluke he has had there. His
concentration on he took his eye off
the pot. But he can't get onto a red
from that position. Well, if he's
taken the pink, wow, what a shot
this is, taking it on from that
position. Terrific! Terrific cueing
Sometimes you need a little bit of
good Fortuna. And the way Shaun
Murphy is playing, he needed a
little bit of luck.
Oooh, he doesn't want to go in
behind the red...
And look at that, 50 ahead, still 51
on the table, and look where the cue
ball has finished up.
Ryan Day, 61.
Shaun Murphy needs three reds, three
blacks and all the colours to pinch
the frame by a point.
That was a very clever shot from
And that is an excellent reply. From
Shaun needs to be careful not to
push the red over the left corner
here. That is pretty good.
Yes, although he is 50 points
behind, the way the balls are
situated here, if he gets a chance,
he can make it. -- nick it. And if
this bounces along way... Can't hold
for the black if he takes the pot
The only possible way he could get
on the black is to cannon it.
Ritchie played to do. -- which he
played to do.
Well, he may be 50 points in front,
but there is an awful lot of
pressure on this pot and this is
really tough. He knows that if he
misses it, it could well cost him
What a shot, what a shot! He played
as a shot to nothing, but what a
Ryan Day, 1.
Shaun Cummings back to the table but
it looks like Ryan has this one in
the bag and you'd have to say. --
Shaun is coming back to the table.
Look at this for an outcome... I
thought he was going to slide past
Shaun at the moment needs two four
point snookers to tie. I think he
will concede now to stop my just
look round at Ryan. Yes, he does. He
concedes, so Ryan Day got a frame
back that he needed and it is a
frame he did win. He keeps himself
in this match, but still trails 4-2.
HAZEL IRVINE: Ryan possibly thought
he may be due a bit of luck Andy got
some with that extraordinary fluke.
Yes, he missed this, and you kind of
expect him to dot-macro this
finishes up. The cue ball almost
goes in as well. -- and he got some
with that extraordinary fluke. He
needed something, needed that to
keep his hopes alive.
And he is
still in it.
Yes, and apart from the
Klutke was still pretty impressive
in that frame, I thought, so good
news for Ryan Day fans, that he is
not letting his game suffer because
he has not had that much table time.
It is nice when you get your chance
to be fluent amongst the balls --
apart from the fluke. No suggestion
the match will slow down. A lot of
bravado out there I think, but not
Absolutely not what
how much and do you think you might
have been feeling? It was clear
Shaun Murphy was certainly on a roll
and the danger steam-rolling your
opponent right there?
yourself a little bit of
reassurance, little bit of
confidence, potted some nice balls,
made a nice break, but for the
misread and the fluke, and as long
as your opponent needs two, you are
well in this match. If you can make
this next frame, a massive frame
coming up, and if you can manage to
nick this and that the little seeds
of doubt in Shaun's mind.
always a point where Shaun Murphy
fans are slightly worried because he
does call for things and
occasionally he misses and sometimes
there is the odd shot where you
think, was that a judicious thing to
have done or not? I guess that is
part of his charm, by his form and
style is very much admired?
I don't think you can really use the
yardstick of previous generations of
players and how they played to try
to judge how to play now in the
modern-day game. If you look at,
say, the world of golf, how it feels
like the players have to attack the
pin more often otherwise someone
else will be done to the trophy.
Perhaps that is the way snooker is
going. You have to be more and more
aggressive. As long as you don't go
just over the edge on it. It is a
tough one to get the balance right.
Certainly enjoyable watching it.
DENNIS TAYLOR: Interesting to see
how he plays this one. If he was
going to have a go at this wouldn't
leave a great deal, only the one
who's trying. Order will he end up
with the one he missed, try to put
it on for the corner? -- or will he.
I thought he might have
just ruled that in for the black,
because he wasn't leaving a great
deal. Later shot to nothing, and it
hasn't worked. -- he played a shot
to nothing. 'S PETER EBDON:
played the aggressive shot there.
The drag shot was very difficult.
Oh, well played. Lovely cannon.
Purposely played that, and he played
I noticed the way he played it
Peter, didn't put a lot of side on
it, and that is a good thing because
the balls he has missed is when he
plays with a lot of side with that
new cue we have been talking about,
and that was just plain ball
striking, and he picked out the
He has the perfect angle on the
black here. Hasn't dropped on one,
though, and I don't think you can
get one into the right middle. One
possible pot I will show you, the
cannon here, did get the back spin.
The only possible pot is a very very
Wasn't really a good
pack to play the screenshot.
Would have been better playing the
stunner shot -- to play the screw
shot. Unbelievable. How small our
these middle pockets? That is
I mean, everyone thought
that was in. From here that looks
And he made it look easy.
That wasn't an easy angle either.
And just look at that now.
One can and there has opened the
game up completely. -- one cannon.
Just a little awkwardly. As to get
the extended rest out, the extended
cue. He is thinking quite a few shot
ahead. Shouldn't be a problem for
pin-mac. -- shouldn't be a problem
Hampered slightly here.
Might have to take a difficult black
here because he has covered the
pink. Slightly hampered his bridge.
Looking at the yellow now.
been unfortunate in the last shot he
has played. This is a really tough
Oh, well played.
This is as well as I have seen Shaun
Murphy play for quite some time,
Dennis. He has been very impressive
Well, I think the way
he has played this season,
especially beating Ronnie
O'Sullivan, the champion of
champions, it has given him such a
confidence boost. I mean, he has
been playing like this for quite a
number of years, but he is back at
his brilliant best, it has to be
That is very well played. Tried to
develop the red, just caught it a
little bit thin.
He looked at this one over the
pocket a long time ago. That's how
far he was thinking, Shaun. He still
has the one past the pink.
He is 20 in front.
Has choices now. To screw over with
the one on the right corner, or just
flick that one slightly into a
pottable position, but it is so easy
to knock it a bit too far. He feels
he can drop that one in as well.
The fact he could get right in
behind it, but... Yes, just gently
And as he looks at the scoreboard,
pink would be enough. 34, or any
colour you would be enough with this
red to leave Ryan leading snooker.
-- needing a smoker. And once again
-- to make a frame-winning break, it
has been an awesome display -- to
leave Ryan needing a snooker.
Two snookers needed at the moment.
Ryan Constable table but it is going
to be a tall order. -- Ryan comes to
the table. Always the chance of a
free ball, though, with one red on
the table. No. Total misjudgement
there, the cannon the black.
Total misjudgement there,
to cannon the black.
Lost a little bit of focus, but just
be a little bit careful, Shaun. I've
seen friends won before with two
smokers needed -- I've seen frames
I think on that
occasion, Dennis, it would be fair
to say that was a horrendous cake,
going very thick -- two snookers
Let's have a look to see if
he did get a kick here. It seemed to
leave the bed, red.
See, the black's in a good spot to
get in behind, not from this
position but when you're looking for
stuff you'd rather have the black
over there, than in the middle of
The Shaun Murphy special, to make
absolutely sure. Oh.
He had a chance of the snooker
there, if it hadn't got the job the
middle pocket. -- caught the jaw.
might well find themselves snookered
here himself. That is an excellent
shot from Shaun Murphy. -- he might
well find he is snookered here,
Yes, I figure will cover it
Shaun, and not said. Shaun Murphy,
with the help of that seven-day
break, just one frame away from our
place in tomorrow's final. It is
HAZEL IRVINE: For so long in that
frame it looked like Ryan would get
in there, but that Mr the middle
really was the catalyst to the
success from Shaun.
Look at this, he
plays it just almost dead weight,
and it looks like it'll just curl
in, and as was said, that could have
been Ryan's mess, but Shaun made a
wonderful century break there, as
good as any century, and he will be
very pleased. Great shots there. It
It is interesting. We
talk about balls going in corner
pocket easier, and some from the
camera angle looked like they should
not have awning, brand-new cloth,
easier to going, but we are asked if
the tables are tighter or easier
than they were in the 1980s on 90s,
but certainly the medals are far
tighter than they used to be.
means Shaun Murphy is just one frame
away from booking a place in the UK
final against the man who is
practising in this practice room
right now. Ronnie O'Sullivan is
quietly getting on with his business
as these two fight it out for the
right to face him.
Shaun Murphy breaks off
leading by 5-2, it really has been a
wonderful performance from him this
evening. Very attacking,
entertaining, very fluid. It has
been wonderful to watch. Ryan Day
really has his back against the wall
now. What can he produce.
What can he produce?
Under the most extreme pressure.
This is a very tough red if he is
taking this on.
DENNIS TAYLOR: Yes, I think he made
up his mind that he was going to
have a go. 5-2 down, back right
against the wall. Has he left that
red? No, he hasn't, and has the
other past it? It is very tight.
Let's have a look... Just enough
Is he playing this? No, he didn't
want to risk that other one.
Is Shaun Murphy allowed to play
That was very very well judged.
It has put a bit of pressure on the
safety shot. That is far too thin.
Might just have covered everything
into that left-hand corner. There is
one to the right.
Yes, just that one with the pink and
reds that will pot.
Slightly easier than the one to the
He is cutting the one into the
And he has a chance at the black.
That was quite a thin snick there.
The cannon worked out quite nicely.
This is not easy.
Especially at that pace.
Well, what he would give for a 50 or
60 break here.
Still three or four might lose reds.
That you would like to take the --
before risking a cannon. If you can
get on the one closest to the black,
it would clear the path for another
red into the right corner. There are
other options there, available to
him. That's the one he has played
When he removes this, it opens
A little straight on the black, but
no problem for Ryan, with his cue
power. Oh, he kicked. That is
unlucky. Look where the white has
finished up. OK, it still managed to
pot the black, but that was
horrendous, that contact. Look at
Well, that was a good recovery pot.
He lost the cue ball.
Yes, that is all you need against an
opponent. Like Shaun Murphy. We will
show you the cake again. The way
Shaun is playing you need a little
bit of good luck, and he did have
that when he flipped at red, but he
is taking this on. -- when he fluked
a red. Oh! Nearly broke the back of
it. Everything was jumping around
there, and the white nearly went in
The green certainly didn't
roll off it, did it? Ah, that is
magnificent! Well played. What a
I think even Shaun Murphy
would have appreciated that one.
Fabulous. I said he was looking for
50 or 60 break at the start of this.
He's now looking for enough to
clinch the frame.
And he would have loved a slight
angle on that red, just to flick
another red out. That's OK.
needs the one red.
Very well played Ryan Day. But that
new type of chalk that has dropped
out of his pocket a few times onto
the floor. I tell you what, this
break is superb. The green at the
pace he played it into the middle
I mean, this was incredible, the
pace he hit this act. It bounced
about five times.
Ryan has had four centuries already
in this year's UK championship. We
had 94, so far.
It has finished a little awkward. He
will need that long pink. To get the
Get in there. It looks good to me.
What a response from the Welshman,
here. To keep himself in this year's
Betway UK Championship. Absolutely
brilliant from Ryan Day. APPLAUSE
A truly magnificent break of 128.
Ryan Day closes the gap to 5-3. Well
Ryan Day closes the gap to 5-3. Well
STUDIO: What a fantastic
purpose and character from Ryan Day
to come back at him. Some great
shots, the green and red.
talked about how tight the medals
are, lots of power.
Almost in the yellow pocket but have
a look at this next shot, fantastic.
Great long red and to hold the black
to keep the break on. Ryan Day
showed a lot of character. He has
been kept out by extreme long
Cutting and breaking but he is still
Brilliant response. We saw
him early in the championship as far
as scoring is concerned. His first
match, he was on a maximum and broke
down on the green. We know he can
Three centuries is massive.
This has been superb. Ryan Day is
fighting rearguard action. This
brinkmanship throughout this
tournament, winning three best of 11
6-5, who is to say he won't win
another one? That would be
It would be an
interesting Saturday night.
only play the balls that are in
front of you. You can try and pot,
that is all you can do, wait for
your chance. The few frames he
hasn't had chances, yet had to sit
down and look at Shaun Murphy. That
was a real show, a sign of current
in a man who is confident in his own
We have seen how much
confidence Shaun Murphy has at the
table. We were talking early on
about how this guy doesn't seem to
be breaking down as often in the
40-50 mark. It was a bit of a tick
in his game that was prevalent for
quite a while but it seems to have
all but disappeared.
noticed it at all tonight. It's
almost like he has sharpened up.
He's probably heard about it a lot
this week. It's sort of a common
practice with Shaun. 40-50, from no
where he would miss the easiest ball
but tonight he hasn't done that at
all. He has been so prolific.
that's saying something of his
concentration? Is that a sign he is
getting better focus around the
table these days?
I don't know.
There was a time... It applies to
both these players, Ryan Day and
Shaun Murphy. They both sometimes
seem to not know when there is a bit
of danger. They need to sharpen up,
went to play a safer shot and when
to attack. They have both improved
in that department. So much match
play these days. Perhaps all the
players are learning their trades. I
am sure Shaun Murphy is getting more
mature as a player.
Here we go. It
is frame nine.
COMMENTATOR: It is. Ryan Day gets it
underway with a pretty good
Opened at least four reds up.
There is one possible red he could
But, no, it looks like it's just a
safety shot, here.
I'm surprised he has taken this one
on, this is really tough. Well, he
didn't take it on. He actually
played the safety shot. Shaun Murphy
tapped the table. It was a very
clever shot. Didn't take the potted
on, there. -- didn't take the pot
on. A good chance for Shaun Murphy
to put him in trouble here. A bit
Played it as a shot to nothing.
was quite an ambitious attempt. He
knew he wasn't leaving anything up
this end of the table.
Some good tactical play, here. Who
will make the first mistake in this
exchange? The way both players are
cueing, one mistake is all that
takes. And then the frame is over.
Perhaps some brilliant
break-building. And now it's time to
watch some extremely good tactical
One needs to be a bit careful
not to push the red over the left
corner. He played that very well.
Not the easiest of safety shots,
here. If Shaun Murphy plays the red
that he's pointing to with his cue,
he needs to make sure he avoids the
red which is closest to the
left-hand middle pocket. Is he
taking this on?
He was a long, long way from that
and he's been very, very fortunate,
Yeah. He was just trying to
screw the white back into the safety
area. Either pop the red or wobble
it. That he double-kissed the cue
ball. He's having a go, here.
What a shot. APPLAUSE
Brilliant cueing from that position.
To roll that in and get the black.
He was up on his way round. He knew
he hit that sweetly.
He's been unlucky. He had a red to
the middle and the red has come out
and blocked the path. He played that
very well. Can he get through to
He could. APPLAUSE
He plays like this against Mark
Joyce when his back was against the
war. He won that 6-5. -- Loan His
was against the wall.
He is marching round the table at
Yes. Very positive
signs, I believe, for Ryan Day, for
the rest of his career.
He's no longer playing like the Ryan
Day that loses concentration and
focus and throws matches, sometimes.
This is the new model. This is Ryan
Day, the tournament winner. --
throws away matches.
Tried to bring a few more interplay,
there. Didn't quite work out. Got
this one to the middle pocket,
though. -- tried to bring a few more
That's the problem. When you run
slightly out of position. That
unlucky with the cannon when he went
into the reds. If you're not
absolutely spot on with middle
pocket, that's what happens.
He will be very disappointed to have
broken down. He was looking so good.
As you quite rightly say, he was
very unfortunate with a cannon into
the reds. That red was very tricky
into the centre.
This needs to pull up. This could be
going over the middle. It did pull
That was a pretty good safety shot
from Shaun Murphy.
Normally so aggressive. I was a bit
surprised he refused the red onto
the yellow pocket. He could have
played that. He has lots of cue
power, he could have played that on
the right-hand side. Trying to keep
things tight at the moment and you
can understand that.
What's he done here? That's a
shocker. Hit that all wrong. I was
just about to say, Shaun Murphy is
biding his time, waiting to get a
chance to take the frame that will
get him into the final. This is the
chance here and now.
That is a phone going off, you can't
get your breath.
It's not... An easy table just yet.
But he can soon leave himself a good
Most of the frames... All of the
friends that he's won this evening
with just one visit, can he do it?
-- all of the frames. The frame that
will take him into the final.
Doesn't want to be dead straight on
this. Doesn't want to be playing
this with pace. He has seen what has
happened to Ryan Day's. Well played,
Has he covered it Leicester is he
just about OK? I think he's just
about OK -- has he covered it?
As you can clearly see.
You can see his plan of attack, off
the red, good angle on the black,
bring those four Kruses into play.
-- four Mac reds. Making sure he
gets the correct angle on the black.
This could be the key shot coming
Look how well he's played that.
One of the best in the business at
that type of shot.
He plays it much like the gentleman
we were watching practising, Ronnie
O'Sullivan. He is waiting in the
final. Shows you how much this means
to Ronnie, he is in there, the
We've only seen a few mistakes from
Ryan Day this evening. The form he's
in, himself, probably would have
been enough to beat most players,
But Shaun Murphy has really been in
wonderful form. So good to see him
playing like this, again.
These string of breaks is
incredible, 104, 73, 89, 135, 70.
Glancing at the scoreboard. Every
frame he has won this evening has
been with one visit.
He can clinch the match with those
two reds at the right of the table.
It would be a difficult one. On the
. It hasn't. Gone a bit too far.
Unless it takes a double, and it
Rarely takes a risky double. But
this may be an occasion where he can
play on the black, take on the
double. It could be a match
He can certainly play as a
shot to nothing, that's for sure.
You would think that the only way he
could possibly leave this red if it
hits the far knuckle and comes back.
It's hit the other knuckle and
bought that red into play.
If he takes this red on in the
middle, this is really tough. Huge
pressure on this.
Yeah, that was very, very difficult.
It is portable.
It is right in the centre of the
Another glance at the scoreboard.
The blue and one more red would be
enough. There's the blue. He's
perfect on the red. Brilliant
positional shot from Murphy.
Ryan Day, played superbly well. Back
from 4-1 down to 5-3.
With that magnificent break of 128
he had to keep him in the match.
Shaun Murphy has been brilliant this
What an incredible final we've got
to look forward to, now.
Yeah. Can't wait for tomorrow. You
don't want to miss that one.
Doesn't matter about taking the
Ryan Day has a big smile and
congratulate Shaun Murphy. What a
century of snooker Shaun Murphy has
played in this semifinal. He
acknowledges the crowd. Magician has
certainly waved his magic wand this
evening. It beats Ryan Day in the
end by 6-3. -- he beats.
STUDIO: Congratulations to Shaun
Murphy, some wonder. Played by both
men but the third UK final for the
magician and a first in five years
for the man who owns three major
titles. A triple Crown winner, the
most recent member of the triple
Crown club, those players who has
won the UK, Masters and world
titles. He is one of the greats and
is through to play Ronnie
O'Sullivan, what a final in
prospect. We've enjoyed that. It is
worth saying we will see a lot more
of Ryan Day because he has cemented
his place in the Masters line-up for
Alexandra Palace for the first time
since 2010. Brilliant for him. He
played his part tonight.
He gave it
his all but came up against a guy
who was flying.
his all but came up against a guy
who was flying. He played at the top
of his game. Ryan put up a brave
fight and came back really strong.
There will be plenty other days for
Ryan Day, today wasn't going to be
his. It was always going to be Shaun
Murphy's. Set up for a fantastic
final. You can't pick a winner, the
way the whole week has gone and the
way they played.
We have seen Shaun
in this kind of for many times
before, how does this streak of form
compare with his best before?
good as any if not better. Perhaps
he is even a more mature player.
Difficult to get rivalries in the
world of snooker because there are
so many good players. Summing so
quickly off the back of the champion
of champions, here he is.
so quickly. Congratulations, well
done. Eighth triple Crown final,
your first for a couple of years, it
must feel great.
It is what you we
play for. I said it's like
yesterday, trying to lose weight
from a specific area, you can't peek
for these events. It is hard to make
sure you play well any given week.
Probably riding the crest of the
wave of winning a few weeks ago. It
has lasted longer than it usually
93% potted success. We were
talking about your long potting, 66%
for the tournament so far. That
seems to give you an edge, you are
flying out there at times tonight.
was enjoying it. I have grown up a
lot recently, it sounds funny saying
that at 35. I Fielding that
22-year-old that won the World
Championship 12 years ago. I enjoy
being out there and I play with a
smile on my face.
It seems like you
were enjoying it. I remember my
prime. I would not worry about the
outcome. Not worry about the
results, not fearing losing, just
enjoying the challenge. That was
made even stronger as a player.
you understand, this sounds a bit
strange, but when you understand
that you are not in control of
whether you win or lose, there's
another guy out there, things happen
and all you are in control of his
you and your preparation. What shot
you play. You think I am going to
give it my best and see where it
goes. This week it has brought me
It was fantastic tonight, your
concentration. It was spot on.
Normally you throw one in here or
there. But tonight you were spot on
for every frame. We couldn't count
many at all.
Make a note of it!
Make a note of it in the
What was the difference?
Between Shaun Murphy now and maybe
12 months ago?
At 5-2 I potted a red
in the middle and it finished
awkwardly on the black and I hadn't
paid for a black and I saw it as a
chance to win and I missed it. I sat
down for the rest of the frame and I
started to think I haven't done a
great deal wrong. In previous
matches I would have beaten myself
up about that. Not killing off the
match early. In all honesty I didn't
do a great deal wrong.
about the confidence levels you must
have gotten from beating Ronnie in
the Champion of champions final last
month. This is the first time you
will meet in a triple Crown final,
how much have you taken from that?
The longest match I beat him in was
the Premier League first 27. To do
that was great. It was a long time
since I beat him again in between
victories. There had been some tough
defeat at the Crucible especially.
To play him over distance in an
event that he has dominated over the
years, like he did the Premier
League, and to get to ten first was
a feather in my cap. It has given me
a lot of confidence. It counts for
As we know, he can...
It counts for
a lot of things. You are already
there. You had beaten him over a
longer distance. You are going out
there with a different personality
Absolutely. As we have
seen with Mark King this week and
Ryan Day, they are players that have
just won their first events. They
now know how to do it. It is not
that long ago since I played Bonnie
and beat him. But as we have seen
throughout his career, that can
account for zero if he turns up and
plays his best -- I played Ronnie.
The chat has been positive from both
of you, it has not been any sniping
in any way. The newspapers have had
no chance to do any sniping.
apologised after winning Champion of
champions in the press because I had
been very critical of Ronnie over
the years. Having witnessed and see
what he has to go through, how he
carries himself and the sport, I
think it's been wrong of me to do
that. I've tried to give that a
We are looking forward to
doing all the old talking on the
table and it promises to be a
fantastic occasion. Great match
tonight and great play from Ryan
Day. We look forward to seeing you
tomorrow. This is going to be the
40th anniversary final. First one
was 1977. O'Sullivan- Murphy, two of
the game's great entertainers. Sure
to be brisk, open and we are looking
forward to being with you. Goodbye
for now. We will catch you at 1pm