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Good afternoon, what a mad weekend
at the Barbican Centre in the first
snooker major of the year. 32
matches at the weekend. Producing an
epic accounts with big surprises.
Goodbye Mark Selby. Some big breaks,
goodbye to a maximum break from Mark
King who missed on the pink. And
some cracking deciders. It didn't
wrap up until 12:30am.
Things have changed since. The
second arena has now turned into the
All eyes will be on the main arena
for the four tables and 32 players.
We have unpacked our boxers into our
studio home for the next few days.
Who has the kettle?
We will be sitting back and
marvelling at Judd Trump, now the
highest seed left.
What a fascinating game he faces
against one of the wiliest
craftsman, Graeme Dott.
And all Welsh match between Mark
Williams who took the most recent in
Belfast last Sunday.
Ryan Day won the opening event in
Riga, his first title in 20 years as
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This afternoon we have four matches.
Stephen Maguire won the title in
2004. Marco Fu finds himself having
to fight off another talent who has
only just left his teenage years.
It is a lot longer then -- since
these two left their teenage years.
Even the referees are younger than
us. A great line-up. All the action
in the main arena, far more
desirable for the players.
This is where the players want to be
playing. Down to the business end of
the tournament. We have lost a
couple of top players.
What a line-up still.
You nearly got over the line against
Lost at the final hurdle.
Three former winners in action,
Stephen Maguire on table number
Mark Williams will be floating
around the table. Great to see him
back at winning ways in Northern
It will be a real cracker.
Here, Judd Trump, is it fair to say,
the most astonishing shotmaker since
Without question, his power is more
than any other player by a
considerable margin. Real fireworks.
Graeme Dott is a tough Scots, three
times a world finalist, he has won
the World Championships in 2006, out
of the limelight but now back on
You don't get as many highs as those
in snooker, which you learn as you
come through. It is how you deal
with them. You have to keep out the
back. It is hard to play if you are
not mentally right. It is a mental
I don't enjoy the practising as
It is a living! I am finding it hard
to deal with playing on outside
tables, going into a match and no
one is watching you, that is tough
to deal with.
But you have to do it. I can't
complain. The players are higher
rank than me. I played against
Dominic Dale which wasn't even in
You're desperate to win so you are
back in the arena.
I'm delighted to get through. It is
always nice to get back in, I feel
I need to play well to win.
Earlier this season he properly
played the best ever. It would be
nice to get a good round in the BBC
event. Last year I didn't do well in
any of them. You build your season
to hopefully do well in front of the
big audiences in your own country.
If you have never won a tournament,
you might be happy with the
quarterfinal. Otherwise, you are
here to win the tournament. I have
been playing low enough to know
there is a gradual process.
Last 16 is all I have got to. You
are always trying to win it.
We are dealing with the current
world two and a former number two.
His levels of class and craft are
There is 12 years between them but a
yawning gulf also in their styles of
play. I wonder what the view from
the commentary box is in that
difference in styles.
You know what you will get big
Graeme Dott, he plays the right
shots to the right standard. Great
to see him in the main auditorium. I
am sure it will get his juices
We know about Judd and his power,
but Graeme Dott, his craft is
fluent, what questions can he asked
of Judd today?
It depends on the start, if Judd
gets off to a flying start, he could
run away with it. If Graeme ties him
down to a more tactical game, that
will suit Graeme. You wonder if Judd
respects the players. Judd will
expect to blow him away. He is a
proven class winner of the World
Also he will remember he lost to
Graeme Dott a couple of months ago.
Round three in China. This is a
proper examination of Judd if he
doesn't do his work.
Judd is now the top seed remaining,
Mark Selby has gone, Ding has gone.
Big expectation. In my opinion he is
an under achiever. I commented his
first match but he still won 6-0.
But he will be under pressure today.
Eight players in action today. Here
is the MC Rob Walker.
Good afternoon. We started last week
with 128, now 32 remain with a
chance of becoming Betway UK
champion. Have four for world-class
players waiting to take place in the
Please welcome first of all a man
who deservedly climbed the ranking
event mountain earlier this season
in this his 20th year as a pro, his
fifth ranking final, and finally he
did it, the Riga Masters champion, a
huge achievement, so here comes Ryan
And his opponent, a man who a year
ago in York joked he should be
introduced as the Welsh has been.
Just a week ago he won the northern
Island open in dramatic fashion, his
19th ranking title, his first six
years, he reminded us all he is
still quite good! Mark Williams!
On table one, a player emerging in
his 24th collective UK campaign,
here after victory over Dominic Dale
in their decider, world champion in
2006, the pocket dynamo, Graeme
And finally, arguably the most
exciting player of his generation,
yet to concede a frame in this
year's championship, he won a
classic final against Mark Allen in
2011 and this season he successfully
defended his European Masters crown.
Here he is with his legendary brand
of naughty snooker, the ace in the
pack, Judd Trump!
Some cheeky interruptions
from Rob Walker.
The Welsh derby is on table two live
on the red button.
We will keep me posted on that
throughout. Stephen and John, it is
COMMENTATOR: Welcome to everybody
for what should be a fascinating
Looking forward to this one. Judd
Trump, of course, a very exciting
and opening attacking player.
Good to see him back out in the
arena, Graeme Dott.
Stephen? The sort of match Graeme
Dott will be up for, playing against
one of the high-profile players of
today's game. He will be up for the
That is an excellent shot from
Graeme Dott, that is really good.
The break from Judd was awkward but
to play that after two cushions and
get the cue ball back, that is
excellent. You can see Judd
A little lucky. Slightly too thick.
Amazing to think, Stephen, he turned
pro in 2005, he has been around
quite a while. Really, the UK and
the world and the Masters is what
players are judged by, he has
managed to win a UK but you would
think his record would be better
He lost in the final two John
Higgins in the World Championship.
Most in the game thought he would be
a future world champion quite
quickly. It hasn't happened. In
terms of snooker talent, there are
few better with tube power to die
for. -- cue. In his first match, his
long ball playing was way off the
mark for him. Perhaps the
concentration wasn't up there. You
would think yesterday he spent time
at the practice table.
For the likes of yourself, if you
turn up at a tournament and people
often say if it isn't there, you
won't find it. But you can if you
put a few hours in, something
clicks, your long game can return.
It is not how you want to turn --
start a tournament with your long
game so badly off.
Critically when it is a part of his
game he relies on to create chances.
A major part of his armoury. That
was an excellent safety shot by Judd
Trump. It has forced a mistake. At
first glance, and a wave of the hand
from Graeme, he thinks he has got
away with it.
1-1 in the lucky stakes, that is for
Playing off the red below the pink
spot. He needs a good cue ball.
Slightly thicker than he would have
liked. Hence the cue ball pulling
There is a choice but it is finding
a path for the cue ball.
We will see whether that long game
has come back.
He always aims on the right hand
side of the cue ball. Swinging it
across. That is a big improvement
from his first round. A great pot,
look at what he is leaving.
A nice shot as well. First scoring
opportunity to Judd Trump.
That was well controlled. He has
played a very good long pot.
through the gap.
Setting up a cannon on the left of
the black. He could have played it
either way, Kristian first all
After some good positional shots, he
has a decent chance.
From his first match I can tell from
his body language, the look on his
face, he looks much more focused
I think he knows he has got to be.
No disrespect to his other opponent,
this is a big step up against Graeme
Dott. We know what he's capable of.
You never reach three wild finals if
you don't know your way around a
snooker table. He was champion as
well. That epic match with Peter
Well controlled, playing with a bit
of Czech side. What has been
noticeable this week is the cushions
are bouncing very uniformly. That
was a candidate if you weren't
careful. But bouncing really nicely
this week. A lovely bit of Czech
side to hold it up. He may have two
split the reds here -- check side.
Though, that will do.
Because this break has been pretty
awkward with the positions of the
reds,... We hadn't even noticed it
was five reds and five blacks. This
might be the end of it here, is he
going off the blue?
The priority is
certainly in the first frame of the
match to make a frame-winning
contribution. If you have a chance
to go for the match, great, but make
sure you get up into the late 70s or
80s. Get the frame on the board. It
would be some effort to make a
maximum the way the balls are
positioned, three on the left-hand
side will be problematic. Just when
the frame first. -- win.
excellent start, all from that long
read. Stunning through the gap in
He could have finished on nothing.
He has the table straightaway with
that shot. Just got to be careful
here not to get the cannon on the
red that is below. That was the one.
He didn't need that flick.
Still on this black. A touch of the
left-hand side. Well played.
The maximum is over.
That is telling
me straightaway he is focused. He
didn't even look at the red in the
middle to go across, it was all
about making the break, winning the
first frame. He is thinking clearly.
You wouldn't have refused it, would
I would have had a little think, and
As you say, a sign he has come out
to win this
Highest break at the moment 142 by
the Welshman Michael White.
A superb contribution. The opening
red set this break up a bike in the
centre of the pocket, a little bit
of stagger on the tubal, couldn't
have hit it better. Oh! It is not to
be. But a fantastic start from Judd
Trump. Wonderful positional play.
First frame with a break of 93, he
About the way Judd plays across the
He addresses it to the right-hand
side. On delivery, watch the cue, it
it goes to our right.
The main point is he delivers on
line. He just sights it to his right
hand side. Graeme Dott in the last
year has tried to chain his eyes to
find the middle of the cue ball.
It is a theoretical problem, you
could argue nobody goes through
straight. It is desirable to set up
in the middle, put it back online
and deliver it at to the point you
were originally at but not every
player does it. It is possible as
long as you time the ball properly
and go through to that same point,
you can play with a cue action that
goes through on a curve.
Have you betrayed yourself?
No, I hit the ball around corners!
COMMENTATOR: They are far too modest
in there, he hits the ball pretty
well, always has done. Interesting
the way, and we will see it again,
basically people have one eye
stronger than the other. It is what
you see. But it is about timing. On
the right of the cue ball again.
With Judd Trump, if he doesn't type
it properly, he misses long shots by
A long way off.
May be tempted by the double. The
only one he could really leave.
Worth a shot. If it passes the blue,
which it certainly does, between
blue and yellow, Judd will be taking
A chance missed. A very big chance,
the natural angle to spin it and he
could have come into the pack. A
bigger chance than it looked.
No, he hasn't done. It was pretty
close. It makes this shot so much
Not particularly close from Judd.
I can think Graeme is looking at the
red of the other red into the middle
pocket, or is he? He might be. Has
it in the other corner. The other
option. Straight in as well. It was
worth it, good shot.
A clever little shot. Actually an
excellent positional shot.
Pink is going to the back of the
pack, it would fit on the spot. So,
Graeme, it is a pretty big target,
if he can get on the yellow, he has
a choice of any of those Balkan
colours. Hutcheon baulk colours. A
pretty big pack to go into. I would
love the yellow. The left-hand side,
lovely to come into with a bit of
pace. Some people go the other way.
I'll be surprised if he doesn't hit
That is a poor shot, he didn't get
anything into the cue ball, he
needed to hit it lower. You need to
get into the cue ball more than
No prizes for guessing what Judd
Trump will do with this blue. A big
target. Those four reds across the
top of the pack. In the middle of
those, at pace, the reds should go
everywhere. He hit them perfectly.
When he splits up, watch the
Coming off the cushion, will go into
the pack. Watch... Bingo. That's
Those two reds, that of course opens
up the pocket for the other red. A
cannon here into the cluster of
three, it would be nice to keep the
red on the right-hand side nearest
to the cue ball. This is an
One or two shots at long pots at the
start of this frame. Didn't get
particularly close, now got the
chance close in to score a few.
Wiped his feet.
Just slightly lost the cue ball the
last couple of shots. Shouldn't be a
problem to get it back.
He's played that perfectly. Thought
he might have put a cannon into
these two reds. A perfect angle,
just a drop on the pink.
Did mention at the start of the
match that before the match started
could Judd get a quick start.
He is doing. He's a very good
Just hit that last red slightly too
hard, leaving himself slightly
Take the outside red now, not out
far enough with the cue ball.
That's as good a shot as he played
in the break.
This is not necessarily Graeme Dott
wanted to see in this match. Too
experienced for any alarm bells to
be going off yet. He wouldn't want
to see someone like Judd Trump get
into a flow.
Not panic yet. But 3-0 might be. So
he knows how big the next frame is
going to be. This one looks like
60 ahead. 51 remaining. Just dropped
the red in the middle.
He's already tuned up a lot better
than the other day - that's for
Looking in very good scoring form.
73 and 78, very impressive from Judd
Trump so far. It is Graeme Dott,
You are spotting some interesting
points. Compare with the other
players on the he circuit, what does
What he does, is a
combination of power and control in
the modern game. Look
Look at the cue ball after it hits
the reds. It comes back an inch or
twosmt it is the timing he's got. It
is the control and combined with the
power that gets him to get the
action on the cue ball. There's not
that many players in the game, in
fact there isn't any that have that
kind of power. But it is harnessing
it in the correct way, isn't it?
It is easy to hit it if you can hit
it hard. If you can generate a lot
of power with less body movement you
have a big advantage over somebody
who has to give everything to get
the shot in.
If that power is not
harnessed correctly you can get into
problems of a consequence of hitting
He shot on his backswing
and maintained the power, which is
impressive. You would think it would
take your power away, but it doesn't
seem to with him.
big-occasion player. Stephen said he
had to up his game from the last
round. I think now he's on the
centre stage it does help. He's up
against another big-occasion player
in Graeme Dott. You cannot do much
from the chair and that what he's
had to do so far.
He knows he has it
all to do. He's gone out to compose
himself. In those circumstances you
are not geeing yourself up, but what
is the process by which you start to
talk to yourself when things are
He's been sitting down
for so long it is nice to walk
around. You cannot walk around the
table, so have a walk out and come
Start afresh. He starts from
THE COMMENTATOR: You cannot say he's
done that much wrong, he's not had
his hand on the table with any
chance. Once he got in the second,
he's made a frame-winning
contribution. So it is not like he's
done a massive amount wrong. You can
see 175-8. It is just he's not had
any table time.
You mentioned John, he could have
taken the yellow. A green. Went in
off. You could say it is a tough
game at this level. Those are the
chances you have to take.
Ended up costing him the frame.
There wasn't a lot on.
And that is an excellent safety shot
from Judd. That is one thing that
definitely has got better. When he
puts his mind to it he can play good
safety. It is difficult sometimes
when you have that much power your
armoury and that much scoring
ability that sometimes you think you
don't have to play a bit of safety.
That was very good there.
He's forced a mistake from Graham.
He knew he was in trouble there.
Could possibly drop it in and cannon
the red. I think ... Oh, it is what
So error. This is a chance for
I think he's playing for the gap
Mind you, at the same time, to knock
it in, but anyway it has happened
and this is the first chance
Graeme's got his happened on the
table with a decent chance among the
balls. Got to score.
That wouldn't have filled him with
much confidence the way he hit that
black. He almost missed it.
Sometimes that can sharpen up your
concentration to get away with one.
He's left a decent angle. As you
say, we used all the draw there.
Should be going into the pack here.
Get some balls in play.
Didn't hit that exactly how he would
have liked, but it's turned out OK.
I think today the only way he will
put pressure on is if he can win
frames in one visit. If he does
taking one or three chances it will
not put tremendous pressure on Judd
Trump. Nothing puts pressure on an
opponent more than making him sit in
his chair for one visit.
The last red Graeme played there was
a good one to get out of the way.
Two lefts, now both pot in the
opposite corner, which is what he's
played on now. Played on an area to
give himself options. Because he
removed that last red this one goes.
Turned into a good chance.
Sort of willing the pots in.
You can see this one, a bit of body
Just needs to calm down a bit.
His cueing action just looks a
little bit on the short side at the
minute, like he's a little bit
I mean you have to think
he's not... He must have been trying
to cannon the red as close to the
cue ball. Don't know what he played.
This could work out all right for
him though. He's on a plant at the
back here that can be made. Got to
take it on.
Just double-checking on it. But he
can play this nice and firm. Open
all the reds out. As long as you
make the pots, which he should do,
makes the chance even better.
A little bit fortunate there. Poor
positional shot. Now one good pot on
the blue. It should be his frame.
Again not a perfect position. Still
got to play a shot here.
One perfect positional shot away
from this being perhaps a
That should be it.
He had a wobble in the middle of the
break when he lost the cue ball for
a while, but he's got it back now.
And this will settle him down.
Winning it in one visit, Stephen,
makes all the difference.
Also shows your opponent that you
are capable of scoring on the day.
It has been very impressive so far.
It is his turn to watch now.
Again not ideal on this red.
Three or four pots away from
securing this third frame.
That little shot there suits Graeme
Dott's action there.
No excuse now.
This is bread and but tore a
top-class professional, like Graeme
He doesn't waste much time Graeme
Dott. When he's in, quite a fast
I think it makes a difference to his
game, if I am being honest. A couple
of seasons he went slower and it
looked more like hard work for
Graeme. When he's at his best this
is what he plays like, because he is
a fluent scorer when he gets going.
I think he became a better player
after he won the World Championship.
Became more aggressive.
Would have been saying, I need to
win this in one visit and that's
exactly what he's done.
Averted a potential 3-0 deficit with
this contribution, so good stuff
from him. Couldn't be more
As hard address you can, -- as hard
as you can Graeme, you might get it.
Not there. Just when he needed it.
Could have been going 3-0 behind. A
wonderful contribution of 86 and it
is 2-1 to Judd Trump.
That exit seems to have paid up. .
That frame more than any other,
small things made huge difference in
this game. Judd flicks the red,
Graeme gets in, has a chance. He's
taken a gutsy, that is what it was,
he's sat in his chair, as Steve
mentioned first couple of frames and
his arm was getling twitchy. Took it
The black didn't go in the
middle of the pocket. A player under
pressure but having enough character
to withstand that and get the ball
in the hole. A few positional shots
might have gone wrong, but he
recovered very well. You don't get
to three world finals without being
a fantastic player.
He's come back from some precarious
positions. He's had a bit of a rough
time. He didn't enjoy last season.
He had to prequelfy for the
cruisable. He went out to Barry
Hawkins. He was pleased to see the
end of that season. How much has he
done with Chris Henry to get things
He went to brurge. It
gave him motivation and something to
This is the last one
before the interval.
THE COMMENTATOR: Got very lucky.
Brought the red up the table and
managed to snooker Judd behind a
Knocked close with the long ball. A
chance for Graeme.
If you think this doesn't mean
anything from Graeme, that's just
from a poor break off.
He once smashed his cue in a
motorway services when he got beaten
in a match. Must have taken it a bit
Everyone in snooker knows how
much Graeme Dott will be up for this
match today. That proves it, that
He absolutely believes he can beat
Judd today. So the decision, brown,
into the bunch - that's the shot.
I was going to say, when you play
for the brown, some would play for
the red above the pink but you have
to go into the pack a bit later.
It is OK. He didn't hit the red he
intended to. Hit the main bunch, but
he'll be quite happy with the
result. Just catches one of the
Absolutely, the right shot all day
This will tell us whether Graeme has
Plays this with a dab
of the left-hand side.
Just not got that cue ball on a
string, the break. Two or three
times he wasn't in a perfect
position to rescue the situation. It
is the same here. Just happens to
play good shots all the time.
hard when you are scrapping for
breaks all the time. Either want the
cue ball perfect, just a break of 86
from Graeme in the last - the
highest he's made in the tournament
so far. It was the first frame that
Judd has lost. A couple of
whitewashes. But you do need that
cue ball to be nice and tight.
This is not straightforward.
Obviously you wouldn't expect him to
miss the pot, but the position here
He's almost too straight
to go around the angles to go to
blue for left middle. There is a
chance he could on the black, but...
It was awkward, all caused by a
straightforward shot on the black.
On these cloths, when there's very
little now, the side can throw off
and not come back and that's what
happened there. He'll be kicking
himself, he really will. Nothing
worse when they've all been there
for you and you present them to your
Doesn't go to the left corner, so
that would be the red he would be
Hit that one nicely.
Sure did. A couple of options, that
one on the left and one you can see
at the gap at the other end of the
That is nicely struck and played. A
little bit of run inside. A
guarantee he would be on blue or
A bit of work to be done with this T
a few balls in the open, we know.
But not easy to score, as yet.
If he landed on the red above the
black he could pot it and play a
cannon and flick the other red away.
I don't know if the cue ball's come
down far enough. Maybe it has.
It was tricky, but I still thought
he'd get it.
It is cue ball control that's
letting both players down at the
Getting pinpoint position.
Not the best opening shot of the
break, that one. Shouldn't be a
problem just dropping this one in,
but would like the position to be a
Leaves himself a half ball on the
black here, a screw shot and take
the red out on the three. If nothing
pots. That would be nice.
The way the reds were he couldn't
play the shot I was mentioning
there. So he had to go into them. I
think he's going to be all right. It
is very tight.
He should be OK.
What do you think?
You like to play
a follow through, don't you? He has
to stand the cue ball to get
It was a better shot than it looked.
We knew what was going through his
It is one of those shots you look at
for ages and you are relieved when
it goes in there.
I have to say, this is a cracking
match - it really is. Very high
standards in the scoring. OK, one or
two positional lapses, but certainly
made it very interesting.
You can see from that picture there,
those two reds go to right middle.
If he gets an angle, the black now
could just stand maybe two cushions
to get to that left-hand side
cushion for a choice of those reds.
And the black could be ideal.
That is not a bad angle just to
The speed of both players, they are
getting on with it. The match so far
only taken 42 minutes. The first
frame has taken it with some. It has
been very good indeed. Great to
He really is a gritty competitor. He
does know how to compete.
What a shot!
An excellent standard, these first
four frames. Top-quality snooker
from both players.
If Judd didn't know he was in a
tough match, he does now. This has
been excellent from 2-0 down from
I mentioned in the last frame, the
highest break of the tournament was
STUDIO: It's very brisk and
watchable, and I think those who
were expecting it to be a tactical
exchange particularly with Graeme
will not be right. It's been really
good to miss so far.
-- it has been
really good business. An excellent
first session and I think Graeme
Dott has stolen the session. It
greater comeback from 2-0 behind. He
is a big occasion player but he
hasn't been playing too much on the
television stages and he comes out a
bit colder this respect, in an area
where Judd Trump has played lots of
recently and picked up the reins.
Graeme Dott is not shy when it comes
to the TV cameras.
The two black Sea
have picked out, especially the last
have picked out, especially the last
The first couple of frames, he
would not have hit that that well at
the start of the third frame. He was
cold, out of stroke. Shifting the
last red as well. Couple of nice
little shots, he was gutsy.
deceptively fluid, he has been known
as a global player, but he is not.
He has this got the ring craft. --
he has been known as slow player.
His average shots time is 19 seconds
per shots, that's probably top five
or six on the tour in terms of
speed. When he
or six on the tour in terms of
speed. When he is in the balls
coming he gets motoring.
concerned will Judd be? Just
reminding him he's there.
sure that jobs will be concerned as
much but when you're coming from
there, you would hope that he would
have an easier match. Business as
usual, Judd has got to do well for
the second half. It just proves how
hard it is to guarantee winning at
the top class level, nobody is lying
down and giving up. It's even harder
to guarantee getting a run of form
throughout the season. So you have
got so mini tournaments, but to win
back-to-back tournaments, to win a
lot in the
back-to-back tournaments, to win a
lot in season, is getting even
harder. What is a successful season,
is it winning one? How do you judge
a successful season? You cannot be
too upset if you lose a lot of
best-of-7 matches because the
standard is so high.
On that note, let's talk about the
season winners so far. No sooner had
the glitter cannon gone off at the
Crucible for Mark Selby, the new
season had got under way, its
six-month old, they have been all
around the world, there has been
qualifying schools. And there have
been ten different winners of the
individual 13 events so far. It's
been wide and varied success so far.
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So there is plenty of prize money
and plenty of opportunity for
success but the trick is, peaking at
the right times. And speaking to the
majors. How difficult is that, is it
in every other big sport?
thing to say is that the good thing
is that the top players now have so
many events to play that they can
pick and choose, and that's
positive. Mark Selby took last week
in Belfast and he came here and lost
early. I don't put a lot of stock in
the missing an event and playing
well in the next one. It's just
gives you a rest to some of the top
players, more than anything. You've
seen the variety of winners this
season, even last season, Anthony
Hamilton, Mark King, so many. I
think the standard is so high
It might be it's a more
athletic -- in a more athletic sport
you need to conserve energy, but in
snooker, there's no real answer to
picking and choosing. It might just
be luck. It could be that it has not
done you any good laying off but it
could help other people. If you do
lay off and you go wrong, you look
and think why did I bother, but if
you win the next tournament, you
think that is the answer. If you
take Allen, a couple of years ago,
take Allen, a couple of years ago,
what wonderful run you had to the
semifinal but you could never had
predicted it could happen at that.
It sometimes happens.
I think the
way the modern game has changed for
not only the top players, most of
the players, you don't practice at
home so much. Their home for two or
three days a lot of time, and for
those two or three days, they are
relaxing, chilling, lying on the
sofa, they don't practice. You
almost maintaining the game out here
on the tour. Like the boys are doing
behind us, just knocking up and
keeping loose. Because there's a lot
of matches now. You don't really
need to MOT your game in the
practice room back home as much as
he once did.
And if there were a
formula, you would have bottled it,
but there ain't! It's interesting to
see the breadth of the winners, you
saw the likes of Ryan Day, a
first-time winner after 20 years as
a professional, brilliant success
for him and he is this afternoon
playing very fellow Welshman, who
has won two titles, including a 19th
world ranking title in Belfast.
Fantastic return to them winners
circle for Mark Williams. They have
faced one another 18 times over the
years but never on these terms
because both of them are now proven
title winners. What difference will
that make? Let's find out. We have
got Day trailing by 32 point in the
opening frame, and let's go to our
Super pot, super shot. Just lost the
cue ball. We saw Mark Williams put a
similar earlier on in this frame.
There's a lot of pressure on this.
He could take it on. The cue ball
definitely clearing into the reds
above it. He doesn't fancy it.
Having second thoughts, maybe he is
going to take it on. But if he gets
this black, it could be a
frame-winner. Let's see what
happens. And he has not got away
with it. That could cost him the
Before he played the shot, I
was looking at him and he was
playing the safety shot but then he
changed his mind. Once you put that
doubt in your head, you should
forget about it. The first should be
the one you play. When I saw him
shake his head, I said, but get
about it. -- or get about it.
would likely had convinced himself
to not take it on.
That might be another example of
Mark's tip. He is not at his place
at the table yet, did not want to be
so close to the cushion. A better
Tight brown or blue here.
Mostly on the red into the bottom of
the corner, he can hold for the pink
and can then go back down for the
Just seen him look at his tip there.
The tips that they make nowadays are
much easier to play with
Way back in the day, it took you
three or four days to get used to a
tip. But the composition of the tips
are much better now.
Doesn't need many more, does he?
Already 55 ahead. So this red would
And even though it's the best of 11,
it's always nice to get the first
frame under your belt. It helps you
relax a little bit.
Ryan did have a chance but that cut
back on the black has cost him this
And if he manages to clear the
remaining colours, it will give him
a bit more confidence with the new
kit. That will not give him a grade
of confidence. Unless he flicks
it... But he is looking at the tip,
he will be quite pleased, he would
needed a couple of chances. Ryan
concedes and Mark Williams take the
opening frame quite comfortable.
concedes and Mark Williams take the
opening frame quite comfortable.
STUDIO: a good break to start,
incidentally of the 18 previous
matches that they have played, Mark
leads with ten wins, Ryan has seven
and they have one draw. They are
pretty evenly matched. Let's get
into the second frame and Ryan at
Just OK. He was hoping to leave
black or pink there. For the moment,
I thought he hadn't brought it back
far enough but he's fine.
Should be OK. He's got a slight
angle, needs to play it with a
little bit of pace to get out for
the yellow, green on the run. Maybe
straight on it. But he has got
plenty of cue power. The normal
ankle would have took that back and
can enter the green. -- can end the
A nice positional shots of the red
into the lower pocket. The choice of
coming back up for the blue.
They take the loose read here. At
the back of the pack. If you can
leave a nice angle on this red, it
looks a bit straighter, if he left a
nice angle he could have disturbed a
few more and gone on to the black. A
couple of more inches towards the
black with that cue ball is needed.
You can see with the tip of his cue,
that is where he wants to leave the
cue ball. He is going to pot this
red on the black. This will be a
good shot coming up. Played it with
a lot of pace. If this works out,
could give him a chance to win the
Could have been a little bit better,
to be honest.
But unlike you, he
opened the reds up nicely. He has
just got to be careful. He has got
to cannon the pink. He might be able
to push it towards the left middle
pocket, got to be careful that he
does not cannon it into the pocket.
Depends what kind of pace he wants
to play this act, as to whether he
finishes on the pink or blue. He has
hit it a little bit too hard. The
same shot with less pace would have
been perfect. The team could not
have come off the ocean as far, --
the pink would not have come off the
cushion as far, and now he has got
eight tricky one, the sort of shot
that players practice. Sometimes
players would rather play a thin
shot them along straight pot. Where
is the cue ball going to finish?
This looks really good. Judge that
very well. In an out of the top,
looking for the pink.
Did not want that kiss on the blue,
trying to avoid the blue for the two
reds. Again, he's left with a
difficult choice here. He could cut
this red on the pink spot into the
bottom left-hand corner pocket but
he is not crunchy percent sure
whether cue ball will go. -- 100%
sure where the cue ball will go. He
could use the pocket to try and slow
the ball down. He tried to hit the
red next to the middle pocket.
But he is in a bit of no man's land,
he is struggling.
That was a good recovery. He has
judged it nicely because he's got a
nice angle on this red to get back
for a ball colour.
One good positional shot here off
the brown and green. And he should
win the frame.
He has had to work hard for these,
Yes, as long as you keep knocking
them in, you're going to win the
frame. Always nice if you can keep
close control, but sometimes you
have got to work to your points.
He has got terrific cue power, Ryan
Day. That shot was an indication of
Just the black, leaving Mark needing
a snooker, and the reds are not
ideally placed. Make sure you put
Only one snooker needed at the
I don't think the double is on.
Maybe if he played it with a little
bit of left-hand side, he could
create the angle to double it. He's
playing safe, just a safety shot. So
that nice break of 65, you would
think might just be enough to give
him the frame. It should be one
Indeed it was, and you can
Indeed it was, and you can continue
to keep watching this on the red
button or the BBC sport website.
Back to table one now, because after
a refuel at the mid-session
interview, it is the Juddernaut and
the Pocket Dynamo which is now a
Great match so far. More
of the same, please,
Great match so far. More
of the same, please, absolutely
fabulous opening session. Breaks of
93, and 78 from Judd, and 83 from
Graeme Dott. And very entertaining
as well. A really quick match time.
44, and the average frame time...
Very quick indeed at 11 minutes per
frame. Keep that up and we will all
What happened to there? A little
extra bit of side. You can see he is
putting some right-hand side on it
and what it off discussion. Still
had loads on. -- watch it off that
That is a massive mistake,
the back of the pack that he has to
go into. Judd has got to
re-establish himself in this match,
he raced into a 2-0 lead, as we
mentioned. He needs to start scoring
Wasting no time opening up the bunch
of reds, stunning the cue ball into
it, a screw shot would have bought
the cue ball back to the right-hand
Not possible to hold for the blue in
That was an excellent
shot. He's a little bit unfortunate
to finish between there. With Judd's
capabilities, you would fancy him
knocking the blue in. Excellent.
It's always nice when you have a
scoring opportunity at the beginning
of the frame, pink and black all
He has played for the top
of the bunch near the pink spot.
A slight grimace there. Not ideal on
the red. This can go wrong
I was looking at Graeme, a slight
shake of the head because he hit its
too hard and got a perfect angle on
It's not great when
you're sitting there and you think
he has messed it up and you look up
and its plum. Graeme's opening shot
in this frame is very poor and
that's why he sitting in his chair.
Judd Trump just moves ahead on
points scored total. Nothing to
separate these players so far. If
you make a mistake, it will cost you
68 points required. Mathematically
to win the frame. He has overhit
that by a good few inches. He is
blaming a contact on the red. It did
sound a bit heavy.
He missed the
black earlier on this afternoon. The
cue ball was slightly closer to it,
but it cut back, missed one before
it is the same pocket. Each to do
better here. -- he needs to do
better. He has done the same thing.
He has got 40 but he will be kicking
himself he hasn't got more there.
Very tricky little shot there,
needed to get a bit of side on. Keep
it across the ball like that.
That's a great shot, that really is
a great shot. He cued that so well.
Just enough cue to get through the
wall, but not to send it all around
the table, really well controlled.
Going to need a couple more reds,
there is a chance to screw this and
click one of the reds out if he
wants to stay on the black. That's
what he's done, put it into play.
He took the opportunity there to
develop the reds. The two that are
on the right-hand side of the table
aren't really that good for Judd
because he's left-handed.
As it worked out, well, if it goes,
that's not bad.
You see the path of the cue ball
Left himself a nice angle, the pink,
to play any of the reds.
I mean, the
thing is, with that shot, it either
goes or it doesn't.
I think he was playing the safety.
Not surprised, but where it
finished, he won't be too
Give him a little chance.
It may turn out in your favour
because he's taken it and now
missed. Get back at the table.
Has to pot a colour with each red.
If he can pot this red and just come
down the table a little further and
leave an angle on the black, a
chance here to pot the black, move a
red off the cushion, maybe develop
two into play and stay on the other
one. This is not totally forlorn if
this goes in.
Which way would you play it?
thinking when he cannoned that red,
when the frame is won it goes right.
Definitely needs a good cannon here.
You are right, if the red is closest
to the cushion, if he cannons out
the left-hand side could take that
one off as well.
I think I would concentrate full
ball to cannon the red. Leave the
red to the left middle.
He had a look, lined up before, he
was trying to play the back one.
I am with you, I would have been the
other way, I think.
I think it might be a safety.
Still in the frame.
He's obviously going to leave the
cue ball down this end of the table,
so could leave Graeme Dott an
opportunity if he doesn't make this
One of those funny situation. Two
reds he could look at here. Just
thinking about which one to take.
So, it is looking like this one down
the right-hand side.
Could easily play it and screw the
cue ball back into both.
the pot harder, so decisions to be
Pretty close. What you can guarantee
here is this red is coming off the
side cushion. If Graeme can line it
up with the green. It had to be
thicker than that, Graeme. He knew
straightaway when he hit it.
He hasn't done it and given Judd a
really good chance. OK, it is not a
I just had a feeling that shot.
Graeme Dott has played two or three
Other times you play poor ones and
keep coming back to the table.
He's one good shot away, which he's
just played from a very good chance.
And this will hit Judd if he plays
up here. Make no mistake about that,
he should have won this frame.
Judd will be devastated if he loses
this frame. On the other side of the
coin Graeme doesn't take this
opportunity to pinch it, he will be
If you are going to win these big
tournaments, it is winning the
frames you shouldn't win. They all
add up at the end of the week. That
is why people end up lifting
Nicking games like this. It is so
nice if you are Graeme Dott.
Can he do it?
He can screw it for the blue.
Winning the frame by a point. And it
And this is a magnificent chance for
a clearance from nowhere.
He's been thrown a semi lifeline
because he's overscrewed the yellow.
He shouldn't have been anywhere
using a rest after that shot, but he
S got to be a little bit more
careful. May have to play this green
with a touch of side as well.
He played it beautifully to make
sure he was definitely on the brown.
Tremendous steal from Graeme Dott
and this will hurt Judd Trump.
Should be 3-2 in front, but now he's
3-2 behind. A clearance from Graeme
Dott. Once again the signs of that
gritty competitor he is. 62 points
to 61, he nicks it and he leads by
STUDIO: Graeme has forged ahead
here. 3-2 against the world number
two and the top seed left in this
This match was 2-2 at the interval.
Another. A 56 from Maguire and
even Stephens at the break. This is
game five. On table four we've got
an interesting one. The 20-year-old,
in fact he only turned 20 last week,
a very talented young man, this.
Third season in the game. He was on
2-0 up at one point. Michael's come
back at him and he's on a break of
64 right now as they head towards
the interval. Could it be that the
youngster will take a 3-1 advantage
into the interval against the man
who was a runner up in this
championship, in Telford, in 2008?
So, intrigue and interest.
There are some great matches and we
are very much enjoying this comeback
from Graeme Dott so far.
would have predicted that would be
2-0 behind. Graeme looked like he
was struggling. A bit of table time
and perhaps all that confidence has
sort of flooded back into his body.
The old feelings of being out there
on the centre table and, as we said
before Graeme Dott is a proven
winner this that department.
old feelings, that is very well put.
The memories of good times and being
able to take on the world's best,
you don't lose the feeling, do you?
You never lose them. Graeme will be
loving it out there. He plays quick.
He can score heavy. But he loves a
dogfight as well. There's nothing
that will phase him out there. What
a good clearance that was. We were
sitting here when he potted the
first red with the rest, we thought,
job done here. He's going to finish
it and he did.
Judd Trump is the
expected winner of this game,
against a player who is getting
older and not doing so well
recently. You have to fight against
those expectations and play the game
as it is. It is not easy to
sometimes think, I should beat this
For Dott, the tail is up - he's
THE COMMENTATOR: It was a massive
frame for Graeme Dott. A big frame
for Judd. Doesn't want to go behind
to Graeme Dott. And that will help.
Excellent opening pot.
Once again he's got one of these
little cut backs on the black and
the two he's taken on so far this
afternoon, he's missed both and they
have both been to the near jaw.
That one didn't miss. What a shot
A great shot. Very good shot. So
aggressive. As you say John, missed
twice and by a mile.
You wouldn't have thought so the way
he played that.
The only downside
there, he's left himself on a red in
the centre. The black doesn't go
into the right-hand top corner
pocket, so position's awkward. May
have to take the one at the back and
power through this. Needs a bit of
luck to land on one.
Which he hasn't.
Didn't look like he had to hit it
As long as he got the top spin on
it. Thought the cue ball was going
to keep going.
It was a magnificent chance to go
3-3, but now it will be a lot of
Don't know how Dott's nerves are,
but if he could leave the cue ball
down in the jaws of the yellow
pocket, that is one shot. I'm not
sure he'll fancy that at the moment.
It is one of those if you are forced
into it, you may play into it, but
at the moment you may not think it
is the percentage. Don't blame him.
He has got one.
Looking at the shot you mentioned,
It isn't where he wanted it. Good
luck with this one. This is a proper
Blue to left middle.
All I'll say is if he knocks it in,
he'll deserve everything he gets
from it. This is really tough.
May play with pace black-to-left
middle. Dropping it in dead weight
Wasn't easy. Didn't really make a
good effort at it.
The only thing you can say about it
is he's hit it so poorly he's made
it a little bit more awkward for
Judd. They are horrible shots. We
mentioned it before he played it. He
can quite possibly miss those.
So you would fancy Judd Trump to get
this clip in the middle. It's not a
certainty. There you go. It wasn't.
Once again, the shot that Graeme
Dott hasn't played well will pay
dividends because he's back in
again. It is a strange game at
What a chance.
Judd went back to his seat
Judd Trump is in a dogfight now. How
much does he want it?
The top seed in this tournament now.
Not been out here in the main
auditorium in the last years or so.
We know he's got great experience
but you have to keep on doing it out
there. He's not really been in this
situation for a while.
Have every faith, but sometimes you
have to show it. Sometimes you can
get excited be I the fact your
opponent is missing a few.
He's got to keep himself together.
He's got to do what he's good at.
Getting a little bit straight on
Can't really screw back. He had a
look at just coming back a couple of
inches. Making that shot a
difficult. It's all he could do. So
he's tried to hold the spot, so he
hasn't got a problem with the cue in
and if he can drop this red in the
middle, well, the blacks available.
This is the most important shot on
this break because if he gets it in,
he's got a wonderful chance to win
That was excellent. That
He had half a pocket to aim at
His bottle is still in tact.
Coming out against a fancied player.
Got to be a little bit careful with
this. See the players go around and
have a little look and see the
Slightly more difficult
position-wise in a minute.
A couple of red colours away from
taking a 4-2 lead.
This break has been excellent. Very
good indeed. 94% pot success rate is
top class. He's come straight on the
black again, or just offstraight.
Not on the ideal angle.
Been excellent with the rest so far
Usually stick it up, which is what
he's done here.
This is on the black, of sorts.
The problem, he was desperate to get
a ball off the cushion. Imperative
to land on a colour because he needs
Another black off the spot missed.
I think he's probably missed more of
those this afternoon than he has all
Four frames in a row for Graeme
Graeme Dott, four frames to two.
Only looks like one winner at the
minute, that is Graeme Dott. Looks
like he's got the bit between his
teeth. Ironically he's played a
couple of poor shots and ended in
getting in off them. His opponent
has had one or two tricky shots. One
in particular, where you questioned
the way he played this.
If I have
got a criticism of Judd Trump and
his cue ball control, he overhits a
lot of shots. This one, you can see
the shape of the pack. You think, as
long as he hits it nicely, does
haven't to hit this as hard. I know
he's scared of leaving the cue ball
right to the cushion but imperative
leaving your pot on the black. Hits
it very hard and you can see just
He had quite a big
margin for error. It wasn't like it
was just travelling. It was going to
go across the table and back. A
slight mis-judgment there. Looks out
of sorts at the moment.
language is not good. When he's
missing, he's looking under pressure
now. He is under pressure, no doubt
If we thought the last
frame was big, this is huge.
We have seen Graeme today. He's been
very fluent in scoring, but has the
luxury of being 4-2 ahead. If he
wants to have a scrapie frame, he
can have one. It is not him playing
catch up. At the moment he's in the
driving seat. He won't mind which
way this match goes, Judd is
desperate to get in and score
heavily. From Graeme's point of
view, he can play how he sees it.
The big questions are being asked of
Judd Trump now.
When you hit it well, you tend to
get a bit of luck and that was a
lovely little kiss but fantastic
opening pot. There were couple of
reds available for Graeme, who won
at the back of the pack certainly
goes and at the middle. If you leave
it low, you can pot this and leave
some reds into play. Looks good.
That was a lovely shot, really well
played. Nice and controlled, who
come any reds came into play there.
-- look how many reds came into
It was almost stunning the cue
ball into the pack. You have to keep
the excitement in check, remain in
It's not been that he has been in
the big stage that often in recent
times. He is one of the premier
players, Judd Trump. The composure
is there. At the moment. The way he
has been playing the balls, you'd
expect this to be 5-2 now.
If he is not on a red there... He
has got one back into the corner. He
would love to be on something
easier. But his positional play out
of kilter. You wouldn't expect him
to get this but you've got a plan
and it has to change, sometimes you
can miss. But not now.
Well played as well. Nice touch.
He's looking good, he really is.
Best I've seen him play for a good
Everything is going in the middle of
the pocket now, we mentioned earlier
on in the match, one or two wobbly
shots and it's nice and clean now.
He's working walking around the
table like he's very confident.
Just a little bit low there. Thought
the way they played it, he was on
the bottom red. That's the one he
played on, the one just below the
pink. Obviously it's still pots, but
the position is more difficult.
Another great shot.
Eventually got round onto that red.
He keeps on finishing awkwardly on
the colours and reds but he keeps on
potting balls. Just sheer
Yes, 63 ahead, 75
left. And this is probably going to
be the important shot. He needs to
get a good cannon to get on a
colour. Well played. Hit that
lovely. And this is definitely frame
ball, if this goes in.
Has been a very great effort.
Surely from this position you will
see the first entry of this match.
Oh! What a shot. And Judd Trump
remained in his chair. Another one
for Graeme notched to extend his
lead, he needs just one more to be
top seed in this tournament. You can
guarantee he won't be taking
anything for granted because he was
53 against manic Dale and suddenly
found himself in a final frame --
5-3 against Dominic Dale and that
itself in a final frame decider. But
itself in a final frame decider. But
not showing huge amount.
about his fighting quality, he has
fought his way into the match,
Graeme, and taken complete control.
We have seen Judd sitting down for
the majority of the five frames.
are beginning to see the body
language from Judd who was looking
Other than the
chair is getting more comfortable
because he's spending too much time
in it. You cannot give him, it's not
his full pieces happened, you have
got to say from Graeme Dott's
perspective, every credit what he's
done. The only thing that I can
criticise is that he has been to the
toilet twice, and he used to
criticise me for going all the time.
You went after everything.
obviously learned from me.
feature, toilet talk! What would you
change from a gritty perspective? --
from Judd's perspective? When you're
on the point of departure, we have
seen him come back often from here
but that he looked like he's in
stroke to do so today?
I think he is
physically in stroke but I'll be
honest, if I was Judd's mate, I
would get him someone in his corner
who really knows this game, and
knows what it is like to be out
there. At times like this, you were
2-0 up and bossing it and all of a
sudden, you are staring at the other
table, watching the other match,
that's not good body language.
You've got to be on it every second
you're out there and he's not. I
think mentally, he can improve.
Pretend you're his mate, what would
Get focused and get his
mind on the job and be up for the
fight. He's going out to play Dott
today, he knows what Graeme brings
to the table, and Graeme isn't
afraid of him. People are not going
to go out there and play against
Judd, rollover and have your belly
tickled, he will be to 6-1 and we go
home, it doesn't work that way.
know you are into a fight before you
In these modern day games,
players have to perform all the
time. He got off to a fantastic
start, Judd. Sometimes, you can't do
much about another guy playing well
against you. It's very hard to keep
a good man down like Graeme Dott.
One or two shots we were talking
earlier about, occasionally as Alan
earlier about, occasionally as Alan
made the point to me, sometimes Judd
doesn't make it hard enough for his
opponent. Perhaps John Higgins food
make you work harder for your
opportunities. Judd plays an open
Let's go back, they could be
on the point of yet another shot in
Interesting stuff as ever. What he
cannot afford to do business. The
scoreline is 5-2 because Graeme has
played very well. -- he cannot
afford to miss. Graeme has been back
at the table straightaway when Judd
has played poor shots. He has got
severely punished but ultimately, it
was him who missed.
That fifth frame is looking more and
more like the turning point in this
match. Judd had a couple of chances
at it, to go up himself. But since
then, to be frank, he has folded a
bit. Imagine if you put a player
with Judd's talent and Graeme Dott's
fighting ability together, he would
I would not fancy
There is nothing like confidence.
Starting to knock in everything now,
Graeme, playing the standard that he
was playing when he was reaching
This is something else you get. He
is a great match player on top of
being a very good and fluent scorer.
When he is at his best, he's a much
for everybody. This is what Judd is
finding out this afternoon.
Great percentage, that is, what
success, 93. Very high pot success.
One thing I agree with, Alan
McManus, his body language is not
inspiring much confidence that he
will come back into this match. He
may prove me wrong and everyone
wrong but at the moment I don't see
Very tight into the centre pocket.
He has decided he doesn't fancy
Wow, that is the ultimate mistake.
You hit the black, chipped it in the
pocket, put it back on the spot and
leave Graeme with a simple red.
Could not be any worse if you tried.
He has finished straight on blacks a
few times today, Graeme Dott.
not been stopping them, he keeps
finding position and keeps going on.
That shot Judd just played there,
goodness me. I bet he can't believe
the way that turned out. Once again,
Graeme has just slightly lost the
cue ball, a little bit too hard.
Does not want to play a cannon into
the two reds above the black. If he
had kept the cue ball mice and
tight, he wouldn't have to.
plays a screw shot into the first
red, he can leave the second one
into the right corner. He is playing
Clever little shot, the way he
You has gone up the
table, chart of the one up the
table. -- he has gone up the table,
chance for the one up the table.
Mentioned the shot that Judd played
there, unbelievable how that
happened. A bad shot, should not be
going anywhere near the black, not
only does he pot it, put it back on
the spot and then leaves the red.
Goodness me, when it's not your
That was an excellent shot.
Stumbling through, just a bit of
side to hold it up.
Very good at those types of shots,
slightly awkward. He just keeps
knocking them in and keeping them
going. Wants to get a 76 to get over
the line in this frame. Let's see
which way he goes about this. The
red at the top of the eight pack
does pot so you want to play for
blue instead of pink. Just needs the
cue ball to run a bit. He has got it
so he will play that read, leave it
short so he can pot it and bring the
other reds into play.
He's run a little bit further than
he may have liked.
Just to force another read out.
Again, not dead straight but
finished, not with a natural angle
to play for the red to left corner.
Another excellent shot there. One
more required here. Just come out
back for another colour. Has been a
superb break. It's the circumstances
that make this very good. We have
mentioned he has not been in the
main arena for a while, for a couple
of seasons it hasn't been brilliant.
But to produce this on a big stage,
against the top seed in the
tournament, this has been absolutely
superb from Graeme Dott. And on this
form, he'll take some beating.
They just have an angle here to
flick into the pack, bring another
one into play. There it is again,
this has been excellent. A couple of
shots ago, he flicked the pack and
one came out, he has done it again
there, perfect position. What a
break this has been.
performance. Just virtually frozen
his opponent out. Trump has scored
something like 85 point since he
went 2-0 up.
After all that
wonderful play, just knock this
black in and that's all that's
required. Didn't get the cannon but
he will not be worried about that,
79 ahead. Judd won't concede that 67
remaining, I don't think.
Disappointing for him. Out of the UK
championship. He is conceding, he's
had enough. So here comes the
handshake. You can see has conceded,
Graeme Dott one six frames in a row,
he beats the top seed six frames to
he beats the top seed six frames to
A dramatic finish in the end, from
2-0 down, with a break of 86 in
frame three, Graeme Dott pushed in
winning six in a row to dispose of
the number two in the world, which
means that this championship has now
lost 11, Mark Selby, number two Judd
Trump and number three, Ding Junhui.
Can you sum up the achievement?
massive win for him, I know him
well, I think it's been on the
cards. I know how hard he has been
working on his game, I know how well
he's been playing and this kind of
result has been simmering on the
surface. I'm delighted for him, it
was a brilliant performance.
2-0 down, I think that third frame,
we just saw him starting to warm up
and here he comes, warmed up now and
into the next round,
congratulations. A brilliant
victory, from 2-0 down, you went out
of the arena, what are you telling
Beat him 6-0! I actually
felt quite nervous at the start. He
had a really good chance in the
third frame, my good chance to
settle down, I took the black off
It just went in.
just such an easy shot, if I missed
that, it could have been a
Settle down eventually.
In the scheme of things, it's just
one more win along the way, but from
the point of view of getting your
morale up, trying to prove that
you're winning, it's a great boost,
to get a performance like that on
the TV table, it must be marvellous.
It was great to be back on TV, it
feels so much better than playing in
I know Graeme really well
as we know, but Graeme is saying
it's so much better out there. It's
also so much easier for someone like
I think it is. You play a
safety shot and you get the white
where you expected to go, and you
when you play on the outside tables,
it's not the same.
We have all been
in the same situation, away from the
sharp end of the game and away from
the TV tables, it's easy to forget
when you have got your chance you
grasp it. It's like a water feature
I have been playing well,
it's the best I have played with the
last few years. I have been working
hard on my game. I'm getting the
We were talking about
that, you have had a disappointing
season last season, you didn't get
through the qualifiers, you took
another scalp at the Crucible. What
did you work on over the summer and
what has made a difference?
I was getting disillusioned with the
game. I can't complain that I am
honoured outside table because my
raking leaves and should be out
there. It's hard to get motivated --
might ranking means I should be out
there. It's hard to get motivated
when no one is watching. Then I just
wasn't practising, not doing
anything at all. When I went to see
Chris, it gave me something else to
try, different weight to play and it
gave me something back.
speaking about it, you played
basically the cue ball for a week,
trying to find the middle of the
white and being able to hit it,
where are you with that?
nowhere near it, probably!
true, you had one white ball for a
week and you just hit it up and down
the spots for the?
A little bit,
maybe a little bit more.
less life than I do, you're trying
to take over my nickname!
rarely do I use the playing balls.
It's nice to know what the centre
As Chris would say, I was
completely uncoordinated before I
saw him and now I'm feeling better.
And now you're into the last 16,
first time for three years. When you
look at this progress in the UK
championship, it has been the
weakest of all the majors. Is there
a reason for that, is it to
something that he failed to get to
I think I got one is to
the semis and Stephen Hendry beat
me. I just never have got on with
it, I just would rather every
tournament was at the Crucible.
it's looking like it's going to be
Stephen Maguire or Liang Wenbo, how
you looking at that?
It's nice to
finish a match like that, it gives
you confidence. They are both
Thank you very
much, good luck for the next round.
Let's have a quick look to see how
your prospective opponents are
doing, this is the situation on
table three, Liang Wenbo who made
the final couple of
table three, Liang Wenbo who made
the final couple of years ago,
against Stephen Maguire, it is three
frames apiece. Maguire is on break
of 29, so that could go all the way.
A very close and enjoyable contest
from what I'm hearing. And table
four, Lyu Haotian against Marco Fu,
it's now 3-2, so Marco is coming
back at him. This is all going very
intriguingly in these matters. A
straightforward victory though for
Graeme Dott over the world number
The other much we have been watching
The other much we have been watching
features the all Wales confrontation
between Ryan Day and Mark Williams.
A very distinguished career in
snooker for the player, four finals,
and he is in the race for the
Masters. He is in the 16th
qualifying position for Alexandra
qualifying position for Alexandra
Palace. This is not just about what
happens here in York, it is about
what is going to be the last couple
of spots in the Masters. Ryan is in
the last olivine position, Neil
Robertson is hot on his heels.
Stephen Maguire is not out of this,
if you can go deep into the
tournament, he could into action by
the Masters is concerned.
tournament, he could into action by
the Masters is concerned. It's an
intriguing position, you both won
the Masters, Neil Robertson has got
a lot of pressure to try and make
sure he's there.
He has, and it's
been quite a long road back for Neil
Robertson in terms of winning big
events. I don't know if I'm right in
saying he was the last one aside
from Mark Selby who won this couple
of years ago. He's back playing the
way we know he can and that's the
most important thing. Whether or not
he gets in the Masters for me, I
think I have been watching him
closely over the last few months and
he's almost there.
Ryan Day, a word
about him because after that
conversation about the best player
never to win a world ranking title,
on one hand, it's flattering to be
in that conversation but it's also
very frustrating and he was the last
one that we had been talking about
and he's done it at long last.
think everyone in the game is
pleased that he has done it because
he is a lovely guy and a great
player. It shows that players can
mature at different times in your
career and learning ring craft does
not come as easily as it does to
others. He has got all the pieces of
the jigsaw together now. The race to
the Masters, it's fascinating how
many great players who are involved
which may not get in. The Masters
many years ago, without being
disrespectful, 12 people and then
some made up the numbers.
Invitational in the actual sense.
Perhaps not quite as strong. Now all
that all of a sudden there is the
possibility of absolutely great
players who have been world
champions and they would be in the
Masters because they have not been
on the leaderboard enough.
see, because it's certainly a
subplot here at York. Ryan Day is
definitely in that. Having been in a
four major finals, he finally got
over the line in Riga and it has had
all of his fellow pros talking.
So so, there you are, the snooker
nearly man, bashing your head
against the wall to win an event,
getting to some finals and never
getting there. You finally win an
event and then your favourite cue
breaks. A bit upsetting, really?
Yeah and you know, we've had
problems with cues travelling around
over the years, on a flight, getting
broke, but this was with someone in
the trade and it is broken halfway
through, I wouldn't be very happy.
It's testament to his skill that
he's found a replacement and pushed
on because a great player and
definitely more in the tank.
take a long time when something like
that happens, getting used to a new
cue. Especially under pressure. You
can feel OK in practice.
You go back
to your habits.
Yes, you're OK in
practice, but under pressure, the
cue is throwing off differently. If
it does that, you're going to miss.
It's about timing and distance, if
you're using side is going to be
very tough for him.
Not impossible and he is
supremely talented, a very gifted
player and at times, he gets so much
spin. You feel he needs to go up in
size almost because he gets so much
because he's overscrewing things
even when he doesn't mean to.
other thing in the past is not
knowing perhaps when there's a bit
of danger in a frame and tactically
not playing the right shot but I
think he's come to terms with that.
I'm not sure, a bit like myself,
that criticism is levelled at us in
terms of not playing safe, not
knowing how to play and I don't
think it's true. I don't think you
achieve what he's achieved, and
other players as well, without
having that string to your bow. I
think he might just get them wrong.
Everyone has strengths and
weaknesses. He wouldn't be as strong
in that area of the game as he is in
scoring and break-building and he
isn't as strong as other players in
other areas but others don't have
the ability he has. I think it's a
matter, not if, but when he'll win
again and I think he's an
exceptionally dangerous player on
his day and I guess the question is,
when it's not your day, you still
got to find a way to win and maybe
that's something he should look at.
So, will he find a way to win here?
When The Last Leg the match it was
1-1. Mark Williams took the third to
go ahead on 2-1. Williams, 33-0 up,
go ahead on 2-1. Williams, 33-0 up,
back to Ken and Dennis.
COMMENTATOR: That was a bullet shot,
he's left it at the other end of the
table. He didn't get into it at all.
He should have blocked the path,
been tight on the cushion and been
six, eight inches across the table
-- that was a poor workshops. Looks
like he's going to cannon and
there's every chance he may go on to
the black. It looks natural to
cannon the red. Make sure the pot
and just hope you get on a colour.
That's not bad.
Just wondering whether he has an
angle on the red, if he Pons it he
could bring the blue into play -- if
he pots it.
I don't think so
otherwise he'd have played that
shot. Would love to get the blue
back on its spot.
Might develop one of these reds on
the left-hand side cushion. Yes,
staying nicely on the other end to
the yellow pocket. Good shot.
That's what he's looking at, going
back to the red just to see what
kind of an angle he'd require to get
on the red and bring the blue and
red into play. Has he got the angle
That's worked out very nice indeed.
He's got an angle I think on the
pink to bring the four reds, at
least a couple into play. Yeah,
that's the angle. He could force it
in, he has enough angle to force it.
With these fine clocks you can
create a much better angle than you
used used to be able to with the
heavy cloths. And that looks pretty
good to me. -- with these fine
Yes, he's quite a tall lad, Ryan,
about six foot three, something like
that, and he couldn't reach it.
Needing the extension and even then,
it's quite a stretch. As long as you
keep one foot on the floor, you're
OK. If the foot leaves the floor,
it's a foul shot. Unlike the clubs
were used to learn to play income if
you had one foot in the D area, you
are OK. -- the clubs we used to
learn to play in, if you had one
foot in the D area.
Not sure if that
was a heavy contact. A bit short.
Two comfortable reds still available
and then the difficult one, that's
going to be the key ball in this
frame. He's only nine points ahead.
He's already planning his route to
try and move that's difficult red.
You saw him mumbling to himself.
He's trying to work out the scores
in his head. That red that's close
to the right-hand side cushion,
that's going to be the key ball in
Normally you'd try and
move the red from the blue, you'd
leave the white at the other end
just to pot it and can it out. If
you played for the pink it would be
so difficult, you'd have to be so
precise. You'd have more margin for
error in a few play on the blue
here. Interesting to see if he does
that. He could leave the Green also
but it's a standard sort of shot, if
he rolls through the red. If he
plays for the pink he's got to be
absolutely pinpoint. If he plays for
the blue and comes off the top
cushion, a bit more margin for
error. Let's see how he feels. This
has to be absolutely spot on. Has he
gone on a bit too far at the Mac is
very natural angle? -- or is it a
You can always tell
from the body language, if he goes
down quick it looks pretty good. I
think if he had hit it into the
left-hand side of the pocket he
could have hit the red. Now it's
just going to be, you'd expect
whoever pots this red will win the
frame. He's got a 28 point lead but
he'll still be disappointed not to
win the frame from that visit.
especially after the last frame when
he made breaks of 65 and 41.
He's got a slight double-kiss. Is
the red going to go far enough? Just
Is he going to be brave enough to go
off the baulk cushion, try and hit
the red on the way back? Having a
look at it, he's going to look from
the other end.
If it was close to
the pocket you'd have a go. If he
hits the cushion, there's no way
he's going to pot it.
problem, it's a difficult safety
shot if he tries to play it on this
side of the table. He's got to try
and even knock it off the knuckle of
the pocket, but you're never sure
where the red is going to go. I'm
not sure what the best shot is here.
If he tries that then the white is
going to go close to the corner
pocket. It isn't a natural angle, if
egos past the others to go on the
cushion. He's got to play it with
right-hand guide and if he makes it
it would be a number label shot.
From that angle, the odds would be
against not knocking in the red, but
here we go -- it would be an
unbelievable shot. Give him credit
if he manages it.
Foul and a miss.
Again, Mark is quite happy to have
Quite a long way away
from it as well so he's going to
have to readjust this.
thing, if he misses this time he'll
be warned because three misses when
you can see full ball, you lose the
frame. Peggy Lee there just checking
the monitor to see exactly where the
cue ball was. He's having to play it
with side to make the angle.
sure it was that close to the top
cushion, was it? I think that the
cue ball was a bit further wrap. --
a bit further up.
He's just ask Mark
and Mark has agreed with him.
and Mark has agreed with him.
Yeah it was a bit
further up. That's OK. Now, second
attempt. If he doesn't hit it this
time he'll be warned.
Foul and a
Don't forget to warn him. Having a
laugh with each other. Is he winding
him up a little bit? He's quite a
character, Mark, that's for sure. He
can play the shot from here if he
He's got to put him back
income is surely. -- to put him back
Strange choice. I would have
definitely put him back in. How is
he going to get it safe? He couldn't
try the same shot again otherwise
he'd lose the frame. And he's left a
possible pots for Ryan Day. Strange
choice from Mark.
It may have worked to his advantage
because Ryan seemed to hit it much
harder than the he intended and
didn't come close to the pot.
gifted a great opportunity now to
Mark Williams. But the pink into the
yellow pocket and get it back on its
He's going to need all the way up to
the black to win the frame.
Brown to blue is always the tricky
one when you're clearing up. As long
as you get perfect on the blue, no
problem. That's pretty good. Don't
want to be using the top cushion,
you want to play it in such a way,
leave the pink as easy as possible.
And that's absolutely perfect.
Well, the black goes in. Never lies
to lose a frame, when you make a
break of 61 and then you lose it,
he's got something to think about,
Mark Williams. He'll be delighted to
be in the frame.
Mark Williams. He'll be delighted to
be in the frame. We'll catch up with
him before the interval.
be in the frame. We'll catch up with
him before the interval. Williams is
12 points in front.
That was an uncharacteristic mistake
from Mark Williams.
He could try and cut the red. Can
miss the blue and the black going
back up to the baulk. This looks
absolutely perfect, if he can get on
the black. Looks really good, he may
have an angle on the black to free
up the red on the side cushion. I
wonder, does he?
That would have
been a bonus but even if he doesn't,
he can get on the red. He can take
that red out. Well, what was that?
He obviously didn't have the angle
too can be other red but he should
never have missed a black -- to
cannon the other red. He's annoyed
with himself. And he won't be very
happy with that. He's still not
happy with that tip, is he? One of
those delicate shots where he seems
to be playing it with a touch of
side. Where is the cue ball going to
finish? Is he OK? Does he have an
angle on the yellow to come back
pass the pink and bring the red into
play? He could drop behind it. I
think he could do. He'd be playing
to move this, rather than drop
behind it, if you have the correct
angle that is. Doesn't think he has
all stop -- doesn't think he has.
Going to try and come off two
cushions and land on the red. Not a
bad effort, not bad at all. What a
great shot that was.
love that film, Steve McQueen.
Well, he has all sorts of choices
available. The yellow to play
behind, he can play behind the
black, he can even take on the pot.
Depends how he feels. Deciding on
And a half chance for Ryan Day here.
But I think the pressure, I know
it's the best of 11 but when you go
to the mid-session interval it adds
a bit of pressure if you're trying
to level the door. If you're trying
to get a 3-1 advantage it's amazing
how you can miss a few balls.
will give him a bit of confidence.
He struck that really nicely indeed.
Would love to have been straight on
the brown. He's going to have two
pot the brown and screw off the side
He's hitting the ball a bit harder
than I think he needs to, I think
that's a sign of pressure. Doesn't
have the ideal angle. If the pink
isn't in the way, the angle on the
yellow would be nice. Looks like
he's concerned, the path of the cue
ball. Looks like it's going into the
pink and he won't end up with the
green that way. Not quite sure how
he's going to judge this one,
As long as he doesn't go
past the middle pocket, he will be
on a comfortable green. Going all
the way around the ankles, looks
pretty good to me but is it hard
enough? He's going to have two pot
is it with the rest.
Good attempt, I
think he'd settle with that. The
natural angle of the cue ball, going
back into the brown.
Why was he screwing it in? He only
had to play it with top spin and
drop the green in. He's feeling the
pressure, Ryan Day.
This is a clever little shot.
A bit of a chance, this. It will cut
in. It is a thin one. As long as he
avoids the right middle pocket. If
he attempts the pot, which I'm sure
he's going to do, be careful of the
middle pocket. Yes, no problem. Is
it going to drop nicely on the
brown, that's the question. If it
keeps on running... But it hasn't.
The worst possible place it could
have finished. Amazing, you go all
that distance and it drops there.
Yes but I think he can cut the brown
in. Just before the middle pocket
and it's a natural angle back to the
blue. Yes, it's there. Oh, a little
kiss on the black has taken the pace
off the cue ball but he's still on
the blue. He's ten points in the
league, the blue is just required.
15 ahead with just 13 on the table
-- he's ten points in the lead.
He'll be very relieved, it's another
frame that's gone away from Ryan
Day. He should have won this frame a
couple of times over.
Yes, pretty good. He's going to wait
at the table. Ryan Day will be very
disappointed. Mark Williams leading
disappointed. Mark Williams leading
The two frame advantage, we'll
be back with that match shortly but
a quick update on table three. Even
stave 3-3 until frame Devon. -- even
stave 3-3 until frame Devon. -- even
Stevens. Liang Wenbo forcing the
reason but it black and Alan and
Steve, this is it.
Playing the tried
and trusted method of side to side,
black and white. There's a
possibility of a double from that
shot but it's in the lap of the
gods, if you miss it, the balls go.
Couldn't have played it any better.
The only thing is, the black is a
couple of inches from the side
cushion and Liang Wenbo, we don't
know what shot he'll play but I
imagine it will be a slow double and
the black back across.
you can get the cue ball safe,
that's desirable. At the same time,
a bit of insurance. He'll have been
delighted where that ended up after
missing it looks like a relatively
straightforward safety shot for
Stephen Maguire but he's got to be
careful of the black ball going over
a corner pocket.
Yeah, just off
straight, stunted around four
He might catch the
Oh, a disaster. -- stunt it
around four cushions.
playing that shot with a view to
going through the middle pocket, if
it catches the jaws, you never know
where it's going to go and it's in
the lap of the dots. He should pot
this -- the lap of the gods.
frame, that, frame and seven.
sure was. So, Wenbo forcing the
issue, potting the black to go 4-3.
And on frame four, Lu Haotian, the
man who has already beaten two
winners in the past, Peter Ebdon.
He's made 101 against Marco Fu. He
was 4-2 up and now he is 4-3 in
front, 20 years old. Three seasons
in the game and he's taking it to
Marco Fu so we'll keep our eyes
peeled on this one. Very natty
footwear as well, like the style. It
remind me of Ken Doherty all those
years ago. Anyway, let's go back to
the Williams Day match and Williams
has a two frame advantage.
Ryan is looking to
split the pack and get the cue ball
behind the pack.
Could be playing these shots for a
while unless they look at the
referee for a possible re-rack.
Well... He picked one out but
unfortunately he's not on the black.
That's a terrific long pot there
from Mark Williams, it really is.
Full-blooded full-back. --
full-blooded for that. And that's a
sign of an all-time great, when you
get a chance like that, going
full-blooded for it.
He may play into the reds from the
blue. He's got the red
He may play into the reds from the
blue. He's got the red over the
middle pocket. That's a bit of
And that's what he's done. What a
great split, because he knew if he
wasn't going to drop nicely on a
red, and that's what's happened, he
knew that one over the middle
Not all the players would have
thought of that route, Ken.
hit it lovely. Got the apex ball
perfectly full on.
Always had that red over the middle
pocket. Couldn't have played it much
better. His opening red, that was
really what's created this chance.
He had to take it on full bloodied.
He's going to get his just rewards
you would feel from this position.
He had to play that with a touch of
side, so there was no problem there
with the new tip.
The more frames he plays with it,
the better it will become.
He's got the perfect angle on the
black to leave himself at least four
Playing the white into an area where
you've got multiple choices
Not too many pots away from securing
I go back to the frame before the
middle session interval, it played
quite a big part in this match.
He can't do much about this. It was
a long pot that got Mark in.
He should have won the fourth frame
and the frame before that as well.
He's letting it slip slightly. Mark
Williams has grown in stature in
this match, getting more confident.
This is a lovely break he's put
It's not going to be easy to make
the century. The two reds are the
wrong side of the table for Mark,
being a left-hander.
It doesn't really matter, he'd still
love to make a century. 403 he's
made in his career. He never carried
on to try to make the century break.
I think all players like to make
centuries now, I think because of
the stats. It wasn't a big thing
maybe 15 or 20 years ago.
We've got all these stats now.
That's an excellent pot to keep the
That's a nice indication of
sometimes how you're feeling, how
you're playing. He's certainly
playing well. He's coming off the
back of that, his 19th career
ranking win in Northern Ireland,
That was only last week.
Every chance now because he's got a
nice angle to pot the black and get
onto the yellow. He could go in and
out of the baulk area between the
yellow and brown.
That's what he's played. He's going
to be close to the yellow here.
He might just have spoiled the
To knock that into the middle pocket
at that pace, we know how tight they
are - that was some shot that!
Great shot. Yeah wonderful break.
His 21st century this season. He
made 26 last season.
billiard shot to finish the break
off with. He'll not be concerned
about that. That was a terrific
century. But he got in with a
terrific long red and well, the rest
was history. Lovely century. He
extends his lead.
Quite an unusual break off there
from Mark Williams. Wasn't using the
conventional little bit of
right-hand side around the four
cushions. Because of that, he's left
Ryan Day a chance. Good opening pot,
a little bit low on the black, but
again, he's got the angle to go into
the pack here.
It's not happening for Ryan Day
today. He's looked very edgy right
from the beginning. Of course,
losing those couple of close frames
won't have helped him.
He could do with a sizeable
contribution here, Ryan Day, to get
a little bit of confidence back.
That's not going to do his
confidence a lot of good. But it may
work to his advantage to play it for
this one. He's still looking at it,
but he thought maybe the one at the
back of the pack might go, but it
He knew straight away he hadn't hit
that. Decelerated and look where the
white's finished. It's a tough game
when you lose you're timing. -- your
One good pot on this black and
concentrate on the black, the
natural angle of the cue ball going
into the pack here. He missed one
If he pots this and splits them
nicely, it will be a good chance.
How's your luck? Not the best.
Just looking at the six reds around
the pink spot, I think one of them
might be available. Mark's had a
look at them. Didn't matter what
side of the blue he got on there.
With the two reds up the other end
of the table.
He's underhit that by a long way.
That's a careless one.
Should have been a lot easier than
He's certainly got to bring reds
into play. He's got to be careful if
he screws back that he doesn't go
into the middle pocket there.
Oh, he's played it well, well he's
potted two. He only has to pot one
colour. A kiss on the blue.
It's getting a little bit more
32 the difference. So he needs the
black and he needs a red. And
another colour to secure the frame.
A frame that he had to win, really.
5-1 behind against Mark Williams,
not much of a chance. But 4-2, he's
still in there.
Just the black to make certain.
This will put him 47 in front with a
possible 43 remaining
He's missed the pink by a long way.
Mark Williams stays in his chair. He
says, "Thank you very much." So Ryan
Day gets another frame on the board.
But Mark Williams is only two away
from victory. He leads 4-2.
STUDIO: So he was three behind, but
Ryan Day continues to nibble away
Ryan Day continues to nibble away
into his colleague's lead. Can he do
it again? Can he maintain the
momentum as we head into frame
He's not happy with that.
The red into the green pocket.
If he wanted to be on the pink to
the left centre, he hasn't hit it
This black is very tricky and very
missable. He's normally very, very
good with the rest. Again, he's
putting a little bit of side on the
tip makes it a little bit harder.
He's got it, that's an excellent
Very well done.
Every time he puts a bit of side on
the cue ball, he's struggling with
it. He's looking at it again. He
didn't fancy that.
Put a lot of left-hand side. He's
not sure where it's going to go.
Ryan Day has to take advantage of
these situations. He did in the last
frame. He really needs to try and
hurt Mark Williams. And get back
into this match. Really got to make
the most of these opportunities.
Plain and simple he's got to take
this frame, because if he drops 5-2
behind, the first to six, wouldn't
give him much of a chance. If he
wins this, that's game back on
Make no mistake, Ryan Day, when he
gets on a run win frames -- he can
win frames in a very short space of
He made 39 centuries last season,
just 12 this season. 305 in total.
So a terrific break-builder, that's
Nicely played, delicate little
Couple of reds below the pink pot
into the bottom right-hand corner
pocket. He may try and just drop
onto those there.
Looks pretty good.
He pushes the cue ball through here,
he could be on possibly pink or
Keep saying how laid back Mark
Williams is, but inside maybe
watching Ryan winning the frame here
and thinking about the red that he
tried to cut into the green pocket
there, when he applied a little bit
of side. That's the only thing he's
been struggling with, with the new
tip, is when he puts side on.
You can't play the shot without
putting side on because you've got
to play the correct shot otherwise
you're going to lose the position.
But every credit to Ryan Day here.
Pink would put him 54 ahead. 67
left. So one more red and colour.
He's got himself back in this match
Yeah, you can tell by his body
language and the way he's moving
round the table, he's much more
relaxed now. He didn't look very
good a few frames back in his seat.
He loos a little bit edgy, didn't
he? -- looked a little bit edgy,
didn't he? A couple of frames got
away that he felt he should have
He needed to take this opportunity
to give himself a chance of winning
this match. There was a bad miss
from Mark Williamsment He's
struggling a little bit with that
tip at the moment.
Doesn't matter about missing that
red. Mark puts his cue on the table
and concedes the frame.
So from 4-1 down, all of a sudden,
Ryan Day is back in this match. He's
one behind at 4-3 to Mark Williams.
STUDIO: Day one, third frame in a
row, following up that knock of 76
with a 65 to level the match. This
is the fourth time these two have
played in a world ranking event this
season alone. It's not getting old,
but it's getting very tight. It's
now become pay best of three frames
for a place in the last 16. This is
frame nine, Williams eight points in
Foul and a miss.
How costly is that
going to be?
Not straightforward here for Mark.
Straightaway he is faced with this
red with a rest. But he can get onto
the black. The pink is still
All of a sudden, Mark Williams is
finding things very difficult out
there. Still don't get a lot of
reaction from Mark. He's been
blessed with a terrific temperament
through his career. That's why he's
been so successful. Inside, he
mustn't be feeling very comfortable.
That was a wonderful positional shot
from Ryan Day. Judged it off the
side cushion to perfection.
why I was surprised, Mark, when he
was using the rest, didn't role in
the red and play for the black. He
decided to screw back which makes
the pot more difficult. If he drops
that in he'd be on the black that
Ryan finished up on.
Yeah. Could go
into the three reds just above the
black if he wished. Doesn't want to
do it on this occasion but he could
have done that and been on a choice
Hard to believe. He hasn't missed
many over these last few Mac frames.
Again, fortunate that he's covered
He'd have two swerve it a
little bit but if he pots it he
could finish on the blue. That's
finished a bit awkward for him.
Played with a lot of side there.
Good judgment, that is.
He may need that rest again.
Just having a look at those six
reds. By sword of covering each
other an FEI? -- play just sort of
covering each other, aren't they?
He's going to need a cannon to
develop them. And there's one that
must be all -- that must be on. Has
he seen something that we couldn't
see? Don't think so. This must be a
long pot to the far corner. This is
far from a gimme. Looks good. Ooh!
He stood up and block our path. It
looked to be in.
Just pulled towards
the left hand side cushion. He
thought it was in when he hit it.
had a bit of an ankle on the blacks
to possibly play the cannon. -- an
angle. I guess he wanted to be
straight. Just spotted something. I
don't think it's on the red, I think
there's something in front on the
cloth. Yes, it looks like a little
chalk mark, doesn't it? Yeah it's
when you play a screw shot, you can
leave a chalk mark on the cloth.
Quite funny why that would be
bothering him. Only looking at the
red now. I didn't think he was even
attempting the red. This is a tough
shot down the rail, especially with
a bit of pace. Never easy, that
He knew he was covering the
one near the corner pocket but the
one he missed as caught the black
and it is possible.
Oh, good cueing there. Very good.
That was an excellent pot. Right in
the heart of the pocket, kept
perfectly still as well. He's got a
nice angle, he's looking at the
Green but the blue was good as well
if he wants to go into the pack of
reds around the pink.
OK, he's going to try and maybe get
on the blue here. The red to the
right of the pink, just above the
line will go into the bottom right
hand corner pocket. So he doesn't
have to do disturb the reds here.
That's OK. When he pots the blue he
can take the red to the extreme
right of the four and leave a nice
angle. When he pots the red he can
go into the three reds below the
pink and still be on the black or
pink. This will open things up. Now,
is he on the black? No. The red has
come over and covered it. If he was
on the black, it was frame over. Now
he's got to negotiate a tough pink.
Yes, running slightly away from the
reds. The one next to the black will
go. That was a delicate little screw
shot he played there. Especially
That was a better
shot than it looked. He played it
nicely. Now, black will put him 30
points ahead, so just one red and a
colour will give him a one-frame
advantage with a possible
Typical Mark Williams, this.
Virtually sitting out for three
frames, as Ryan came back from 3-1
down. But 3-1 three terrific frames.
He's going to have to win two in a
row if he's going to get through to
the next round.
We mentioned, sitting in his seat,
about his temperament, and he's
showing exactly what a great
temperament he has.
Yeah, he's got
great experience and composure.
Never blusters. It was a wonderful
opening pot as well. They're took a
tricky red down the rail and cannon
the black, leaving with a tough
opener but he duly obliged with the
cueing and set up in this nice
That was a terrific long blue.
Nice break, 72 from the former
champion, Mark Williams. Going one
up with a possible two to play. He
leads his compatriot Ryan Day 5-4.
We have a grandstand finish because
Brian Davis took frame ten with 58.
Just underway in the decider -- Ryan
Day took frame ten. The final frame
they faced was in Riga in the
semifinal which is when Ryan beat
Mark to win that one and then took
the title. Haps the omens are good
for him. Let's see. The best of one.
COMMENTATOR: Just before you joined
us, I don't know what happened to
Mark's shot. We can show you. Seemed
to get a heavy contact, that's for
sure. Ryan played a careless shots,
to the far right corner, which is
how Mark got in. Safety shot and he
put the white straight in the
pocket. Mark knocked in the red was
amongst them until he got the heavy
contact. Now the chance is there for
You mean Ryan Day?
did I say?
What kind of angle does he have on
the red here? He has the red to the
right centre. Stay on the pink here
if he can.
Just having a look to see whether
the black pots or the red above it,
to the corner pocket. I think the
red should pot because of the angle.
Yeah the red definitely pots. He'd
love to get that one out the way as
soon as possible. Not sure where the
pink will have to go, directly
in-line, behind its own spot, which
is going to tie up the pink for the
Yeah, the referee, Becky Li
getting the pink in-line and then
slide it closer to the reds without
I don't think the
black is on, is it, Dennis? The red
pots but I'm not sure about the
black. We'll soon find out. Well, it
definitely does, then.
So, from that last shot, this black
will definitely open things up for
Ryan Day. Great opportunity.
see Ryan, he keeps wiping the cloth,
that's the chalk marks he's brushing
off the table. It really has been a
terrific performance, from 4-1 down.
We know Mark has missed a few shots
but overall, he's played all right.
It's just the new tip, on certain
shots where he was putting side on
and wasn't getting them.
You look at the standard, Mark has
had breaks of 50, 40, 102, 72.
Pretty high standard and I can.
Yeah, it has been. Evidence of a bit
of an adrenaline rush from Ryan Day.
He hit that too far by quite a long
way. Only one to go at at the back
of the pack.
He's OK, he can roll it
and come off two cushions and leave
the red you mentioned. If he
finishes nicely on it in such a
way... Well, you risk bringing more
reds into play. Or just play for the
blue and leave the angle to go into
the reds. This is the only red
available to him at the moment. He's
going into the reds when potting
this. In fact he could hold this end
of the table.
He's played that
lovely, hasn't he? He's brought the
pink into play and he can drop in
the pink. The red to the extreme
right will go to the left-hand
This is the only other red available
to him. Imperative he gets a good
angle on the pink this time. That
one to the left, it's not an either
-- it's not on either. This is the
shops, coming up. -- this is the
shot. Key to this deciding frame.
That's nicely played. Didn't have to
do too much. The one at the back of
the bunch of six will go. If this
works out, Ken, he could be in the
Yes, he's got to judge
this nicely. Bringing the reds into
play. If he gets on a colour, it
could be all over. Not ideal. A
shake of the head. If he wasn't so
close to the cushion, he would have
been OK. He can do a little cannon
onto the red just above the blue. He
good and he's played it really well,
that was a great shot. That could be
I think going back to
what I was talking about when he
beat Mark Williams in Riga and won
his first ranking title, he's a
different player now. This is a
deciding frame and much more
confident now that he's won that
first ranking title. But a few more
to be potted here.
58 ahead now. Red
and colour required. To leave Mark
Williams needing snooker. But so
many sharks we've already had in
this Championship, this is going to
be another one. Mark Williams coming
here on the back of winning the
Northern Ireland Trophy.
Has he missed the cannon on the
pink? Can't believe it, it was a big
It seemed just natural,
didn't it? OK, Mark needs a snooker
but that smile tells you," what have
I done there? Those quotes -- what
have I done their?".
Trying to put the red safe onto the
side cushion but he's made a big
Mark almost pinched an earlier
frame, needed two snookers.
He still needs two snookers.
He made try and double it across the
other side of the table. Bring the
cue ball back behind the brown.
Looks pretty good.
It's a tall order
for Mark to try and get the two
snookers, especially when you are in
That's a pretty good shot from where
he was. He got the cue ball close to
the right-hand side cushion. He has
the pot on but if he misses it, he
may give Mark Williams a chance. He
has missed it and it has left him a
chance. OK, he'll need two high
Yes, he'll want to
leave the red there, the one to the
left of the black.
There's a little bit of life left in
this match just yet.
He needs the cue ball to go. That's
OK. Now just pot the black and move
the cue ball just above the lack and
move the cue ball back up the table
and try and snooker him behind the
I know he needs two
snookers, there's always a chance
you get a free ball if he gets a
Ideally you want the
red close to one of the baulk
Oh, he needs a cannon? He's
Mark Williams is having a look at
the scoreboard. He's 30 points
behind. Red and Blackwood put him 32
behind with 27 left on the table. --
and black would put him 32 behind.
Now, it will be interesting to see
what Mark Williams will do here. He
could pot yellow, green, brown, and
blue, leaving only one snooker on
the pink. But as it stands he needs
two four point snookers. What would
I think that's what he has
in mind but he only has one ball to
play the snooker behind, though.
Still glancing around at the
Very important that he gives himself
a chance when he pots the blue to
try and get behind the black. If he
wanted, he could play the snooker
off the blue, thin one behind but he
needs two snookers.
The right shot
is to pot the blue. A chance on the
pink but he'd only need one snooker
on the pink. Pot the blue and get
the cue ball somewhere near the pink
spot if he can. Just above it,
leaving a nice angle. That's what
he's looking at, somewhere just in
line with the pink. Just above the
spot somewhere and knock the pink
into the Boult area, the white
behind the black.
You feel this may
be the best chance he has to get the
Off two cushions, try and
nestle it behind the black. Looks a
He's played the old in or over, we
call it, but it isn't right over the
pocket. He can go back towards the
black year. -- black here. Not
enough side, not enough on it.
He might roll the pink towards the
That's a bit short of pace. He
needed this pink down close to the
Oh, he's knocked the black into a
better position. That's better where
it is now but maybe not from where
he is sitting at the moment. They
doesn't always have to play the
snooker, keep it safe until you have
a better chance. That's it, just
playing the safety shot but he knows
that the black is in a much better
spot, if he gets a chance, to get
That's very good from Ryan.
That could be the end. He didn't
catch that as he intended. He wanted
to try and keep the pink safe. That
is a fabulous win for Ryan Day. He
was 4-1 down against his good friend
Mark Williams. He battled back, won
three in a row, then one behind.
He's taken the decider. He'll be
delighted. He defeats Mark Williams
STUDIO: From 4-1 down, an amazing
come back. He wins five of the last
six does Ryan Day to go through to
the last 16 for only the third time
in his career and the first time for
a while. A fantastic win from Ryan
Day's perspective. The way he, like
Graeme Dott u, opportuned things
-- he turned things around.
Mark Williams had a brand new tip on
for the day, and that is never nice
for a player. He was 4-1 in front,
for a player. He was 4-1 in front,
though. From Ryan Day's perspective.
Perhaps that win has done him the
world of good. He's using it as a
spring board for further things.
Yeah it was a real deja vu, we
mentioned the semifinal frame in
Riga as well. He's pushing on from
that. Here he is.
I think Ryan is
a different player now that he's won
a tournament quite honestly. Ryan
will tell us in a minute! He's a big
lad, as well! I think he's a
Let's see. A
different player, same person, but
do you feel a different player?
not at all. Just feel the same. I
was disappointed to be 4-1 behind. I
lost a couple of frames before the
interval. I probably should have won
those. Just try to stay positive and
patient and yeah, just held myself
together in the last frame. A bit
tricky where the balls were, but
it's a good win, considering what's
on the line, do you know, with the
race to the Masters. It's been a
while since I played there.
Obviously coming here this week,
that was the, probably the main
It's a tough one, because the
Masters is its own event. But this
is a massive event. But it's in the
back of your mind.
Yeah you're still
thinking about. It I wasn't going to
give in today. Kept on fighting.
were talking about Riga and
congratulations again for that
fantastic win there. But you had to
go through a similar process, this
time in a semifinal to face Mark
there, final frame decider. Was that
on your mind at any point?
honest, it was. Close to the end,
5-4, then to the deciding frame.
Myself and Mark played in the semis
in Riga, it was 5-4 to me. It went
all the way there as well. Something
to draw on because I've been pretty
good in deciders and before my cue
broke I seemed to make one visit all
the time, every time I played in a
deciding frame. But I was glad to do
That's a tough thing,
mid-way through a season, after
you've had a good victory, to all of
a sudden, for the cue that you've
trusted, to get used to a new one.
Have you struck lucky on a new cue
or put in hard work?
It's been both.
This cue maybe a fraction too long.
There's plenty of whip in it. A
couple of the shots you hit with
pace, you can feel the cue ball all
the way into your hand.
settled with it, though.
settled. It doesn't make a very good
sound when you hit the ball. I can
live with that as long as it sends
the cue ball where I want it to go.
It's obviously a difficult thing to
have coped with in the first place.
We were talking about the
circumstances, obviously you have to
be resigned to that, but it must
have been pretty traumatic at the
time what happened. Tell everybody
the story of how it happened.
was out in Thailand playing in the
six red event. The cue maker is a
Thai chap. He said he needed three
to four days to lengthen it and do
the work that was needed. So we had
So you were making changes to your
Yeah the wood under the ferrell
had started to go. He needed to cut
it down and lengthen it. He said
four days. We were there and a
couple of beers and the text message
come through and it was a picture of
my cue laying on the floor and
snapped in half. It was a bit
sobering. I think it come loose in
the lathe as he was turning it. It
span out and snapped in half.
it's been a tough road since then,
over the last couple of weeks, I
must say. Tough to play Mark as
well, because you've played him so
often. The ninth time this year
Yeah, we've played a lot
this season. Obviously he's been
playing great, won last week. Over
the distance, I think the new tip he
had to put on yesterday, he looked
unsettled, especially on the long
shots. So I just tried to, like I
said, stay patient and hopefully the
game was going to turn and it did.
Lee Walker asked - does the winner
buy the beers or the loser?
know. I think they'll be going back
home, obviously. Mark's wife is not
very well. He will shoot back and
see her. Fingers crossedment
crossed. I'm sure she's been
watching that. Well done,
congratulations. You're through to
play Sarah McDonald or Li Hang --
Scott Donaldson. With the world
number two Judd Trump going home
because an exceptional performance
from Graeme Dott. He was 2-0 down.
The former world champion's tenacity
and sheer bottle saw him charge
right back to win the next six in a
row. Dott back in the limelight and
loving every single moment of this.
Judd says that's enough. He says,
"I've had enough." The world number
two has gone. That means we've lost
the world numbers one, two and three
in this UK Championship and the
world number 30 as he is now, Graeme
Dott, striding into the last 16.
It's kind of the way you've got to
go out there and think. Generally
these players don't have many off
days. You've got to take advantage
when you can.
There were two
important frames. The frame at 2-0,
potted a good long red, flicked the
black in and the frame at 2-2, I
kind of threw that away. After that
I didn't get many more chances. I
missed a couple of easy balls which
is disappointing. Graham played
I was happy because he's only
really had 2-1 visits. But something
happened in the third frame when he
was in, I think he split the pack
and a red went in. You can never
tell the way the game could have
The number two has gone and
the man practising behind us,
Ronnie, world number four, is the
highest player left in this event
and the bookies' favourite from the
start. Sum up for you the manner of
that victory for Dott today.
thought it was fabulous. He had
battle first of all. Scrapped to
earn the right to play the way he
towards the back end of the match.
As we said actually during the game,
there's little turning points. Judd
potted a long red, chipped a black
in the right hand pocket. That gave
Graham a foot hold, but he took. It
he's been a star man. Brilliant
We've enjoyed what
we've seen today. We'll have a final
frame decider in the afternoon,
It was fraught with
dangerer. We thought Ryan had given
Mark Williams a life line. He
couldn't get over the line to get
the snookers. Those frames are, sort
of, the ones that are fascinating,
we see big breaks, but every now and
again the tricky deciders are always
good. Graeme Dott was superb. Judd
Trump went out in a bit of whimper
today. He didn't seem to fight hard
enough in the end. There again,
Graeme was so good, what could he
He's gone through and it's Judd
who goes home. Mark Williams as
well. We know that Mark's wife Jo
has been ill. We wish you well. Your
fella is coming back to give you
some tlc over the next few days.
This evening, in our matches, we
This evening, in our matches, we
have another four matches.
Peter was chatting earlier to Steve.
Here in the players' room, players
still buzzing around. Peter, the UK
Championship has been pretty good to
you over the years.
Yeah, it's been
a pretty good event for me. I really
like it. York's a great place as
well. I did well when it was at
Telford, yeah, it's been pretty
Your first-round opponent, you
got over the line.
were pulled off at 5-5. It was a bit
tense. But I got over the line to
You're playing Mark Allen this
evening. In the previous round he
beat your son Oliver.
Yeah, it was
disappointing. Because it would have
been a good occasion for us to play
each other. But fair play to Mark he
did play well. Oliver played quite
Would it be a bit of family
Hopefully! If not maybe
Sarah, my wife, could beat him in
the next round.
What's it like
having your son on the tour as well?
Obviously, a father, proud father,
but you've got your own career as
well. Quite a tough situation.
it is difficult. I don't think
people realise how difficult it is.
It is especially difficult for me
because I have to prepare for
matches whilst I'm helping him
prepare for his matches. But it is
fantastic. He's given me a second
lease of life playing, because his
enthusiasm is so good it rubs off on
Good luck tonight.
Peter's got a top-16 player in
his sights in Mark Allen this
evening. I can tell you, yet another
of the top 16 seeds is out because
just a few moments ago, The world
number 82 has toppled Marco Fu,
ranked seven in the world, a runner
up in this event in 2008. He's done
it in some style. He was 4-2 up.
Marco came back at him. 5-3 to Lyu
and 6-4. That is a tremendous father
in his cap for the man who just
turned 20 only last week.
Congratulations to him. We see some
of these wonderful Chinese players
beginning to show us what they're
capable of. It looks like this one
is about to go 5-5 and into a
decider. This is Liang, runner up a
couple of years ago. Stephen Maguire
of Glasgow was 5-4 up. There we go,
it's Liang who has forced another
final frame decider this afternoon.
We'll be updating you with that in
A lot happening with
the four tables out there, upsets.
Good to see Lyu performing like that
in the big arena. He's only 20. But
he virtually retired a couple of
years ago. Now he's back into it.
He's taken a step, you know, he's
showing what he can do.
retired because he was the youngest
winner of the under 21 Championship.
He was only 14. He's been around
since forever. He's only just turned
20. Extraordinary the production
line of talent coming out of that
part of the world.
Yeah, I think
this year, there's been a tipping
point in the performances of the
Chinese players in general. I think
they've finally come of age as a
group of players, not just making up
the numbers further down, but
they're starting to compete further
up the ladder now. We're seeing more
and more getting involved in the top
32. You're going to see more and
more of them in the final stages of
events I'm sure.
That's the world
number 82 who has gone through
today. Fantastic stuff. There's a
lot of surprises here in York. Let
me just tell you about the coverage
that we'll have this evening:
In the meantime, thanks for your
company and thanks to Alan and Steve
for theirs. A terrific afternoon.
Bye-bye for now.