Third Round - Part 1 UK Snooker Championship


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Third Round - Part 1

Hazel Irvine introduces live coverage from the UK Championship in York, where the third round is getting underway. Matches are the best of 11 frames.


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Good afternoon, what a mad weekend

at the Barbican Centre in the first

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snooker major of the year. 32

matches at the weekend. Producing an

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epic accounts with big surprises.

Goodbye Mark Selby. Some big breaks,

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goodbye to a maximum break from Mark

King who missed on the pink. And

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some cracking deciders. It didn't

wrap up until 12:30am.

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Things have changed since. The

second arena has now turned into the

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practice facility.

All eyes will be on the main arena

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for the four tables and 32 players.

We have unpacked our boxers into our

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studio home for the next few days.

Great.

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Who has the kettle?

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We will be sitting back and

marvelling at Judd Trump, now the

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highest seed left.

What a fascinating game he faces

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against one of the wiliest

craftsman, Graeme Dott.

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And all Welsh match between Mark

Williams who took the most recent in

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Belfast last Sunday.

Ryan Day won the opening event in

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Riga, his first title in 20 years as

a pro.

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If you have any questions for our

expert team, they can be contacted

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on our hashtag.

This afternoon we have four matches.

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Stephen Maguire won the title in

2004. Marco Fu finds himself having

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to fight off another talent who has

only just left his teenage years.

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It is a lot longer then -- since

these two left their teenage years.

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Even the referees are younger than

us. A great line-up. All the action

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in the main arena, far more

desirable for the players.

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This is where the players want to be

playing. Down to the business end of

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the tournament. We have lost a

couple of top players.

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What a line-up still.

You nearly got over the line against

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Jimmy Robinson.

Lost at the final hurdle.

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Three former winners in action,

Stephen Maguire on table number

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three.

Mark Williams will be floating

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around the table. Great to see him

back at winning ways in Northern

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Ireland.

It will be a real cracker.

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Here, Judd Trump, is it fair to say,

the most astonishing shotmaker since

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Alex Higgins?

Without question, his power is more

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than any other player by a

considerable margin. Real fireworks.

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Graeme Dott is a tough Scots, three

times a world finalist, he has won

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the World Championships in 2006, out

of the limelight but now back on

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centre stage.

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You don't get as many highs as those

in snooker, which you learn as you

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come through. It is how you deal

with them. You have to keep out the

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back. It is hard to play if you are

not mentally right. It is a mental

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game, snooker.

I don't enjoy the practising as

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much.

It is a living! I am finding it hard

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to deal with playing on outside

tables, going into a match and no

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one is watching you, that is tough

to deal with.

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But you have to do it. I can't

complain. The players are higher

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rank than me. I played against

Dominic Dale which wasn't even in

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the venue.

You're desperate to win so you are

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back in the arena.

I'm delighted to get through. It is

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always nice to get back in, I feel

at home.

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I need to play well to win.

Earlier this season he properly

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played the best ever. It would be

nice to get a good round in the BBC

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event. Last year I didn't do well in

any of them. You build your season

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to hopefully do well in front of the

big audiences in your own country.

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If you have never won a tournament,

you might be happy with the

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quarterfinal. Otherwise, you are

here to win the tournament. I have

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been playing low enough to know

there is a gradual process.

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Last 16 is all I have got to. You

are always trying to win it.

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We are dealing with the current

world two and a former number two.

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His levels of class and craft are

still formidable.

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There is 12 years between them but a

yawning gulf also in their styles of

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play. I wonder what the view from

the commentary box is in that

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difference in styles.

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You know what you will get big

Graeme Dott, he plays the right

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shots to the right standard. Great

to see him in the main auditorium. I

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am sure it will get his juices

flowing.

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We know about Judd and his power,

but Graeme Dott, his craft is

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fluent, what questions can he asked

of Judd today?

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It depends on the start, if Judd

gets off to a flying start, he could

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run away with it. If Graeme ties him

down to a more tactical game, that

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will suit Graeme. You wonder if Judd

respects the players. Judd will

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expect to blow him away. He is a

proven class winner of the World

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Championship.

Also he will remember he lost to

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Graeme Dott a couple of months ago.

Round three in China. This is a

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proper examination of Judd if he

doesn't do his work.

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Judd is now the top seed remaining,

Mark Selby has gone, Ding has gone.

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Big expectation. In my opinion he is

an under achiever. I commented his

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first match but he still won 6-0.

But he will be under pressure today.

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Eight players in action today. Here

is the MC Rob Walker.

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Good afternoon. We started last week

with 128, now 32 remain with a

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chance of becoming Betway UK

champion. Have four for world-class

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players waiting to take place in the

last 16.

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Please welcome first of all a man

who deservedly climbed the ranking

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event mountain earlier this season

in this his 20th year as a pro, his

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fifth ranking final, and finally he

did it, the Riga Masters champion, a

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huge achievement, so here comes Ryan

Day!

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APPLAUSE

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And his opponent, a man who a year

ago in York joked he should be

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introduced as the Welsh has been.

Just a week ago he won the northern

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Island open in dramatic fashion, his

19th ranking title, his first six

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years, he reminded us all he is

still quite good! Mark Williams!

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APPLAUSE

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On table one, a player emerging in

his 24th collective UK campaign,

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here after victory over Dominic Dale

in their decider, world champion in

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2006, the pocket dynamo, Graeme

Dott!

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And finally, arguably the most

exciting player of his generation,

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yet to concede a frame in this

year's championship, he won a

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classic final against Mark Allen in

2011 and this season he successfully

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defended his European Masters crown.

Here he is with his legendary brand

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of naughty snooker, the ace in the

pack, Judd Trump!

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STUDIO:

Some cheeky interruptions

from Rob Walker.

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The Welsh derby is on table two live

on the red button.

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We will keep me posted on that

throughout. Stephen and John, it is

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all yours.

COMMENTATOR: Welcome to everybody

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for what should be a fascinating

encounter.

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Looking forward to this one. Judd

Trump, of course, a very exciting

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and opening attacking player.

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Good to see him back out in the

arena, Graeme Dott.

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Stephen? The sort of match Graeme

Dott will be up for, playing against

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one of the high-profile players of

today's game. He will be up for the

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challenge.

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That is an excellent shot from

Graeme Dott, that is really good.

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The break from Judd was awkward but

to play that after two cushions and

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get the cue ball back, that is

excellent. You can see Judd

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appreciated it.

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A little lucky. Slightly too thick.

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Amazing to think, Stephen, he turned

pro in 2005, he has been around

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quite a while. Really, the UK and

the world and the Masters is what

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players are judged by, he has

managed to win a UK but you would

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think his record would be better

than that.

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He lost in the final two John

Higgins in the World Championship.

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Most in the game thought he would be

a future world champion quite

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quickly. It hasn't happened. In

terms of snooker talent, there are

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few better with tube power to die

for. -- cue. In his first match, his

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long ball playing was way off the

mark for him. Perhaps the

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concentration wasn't up there. You

would think yesterday he spent time

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at the practice table.

For the likes of yourself, if you

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turn up at a tournament and people

often say if it isn't there, you

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won't find it. But you can if you

put a few hours in, something

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clicks, your long game can return.

It is not how you want to turn --

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start a tournament with your long

game so badly off.

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Critically when it is a part of his

game he relies on to create chances.

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A major part of his armoury. That

was an excellent safety shot by Judd

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Trump. It has forced a mistake. At

first glance, and a wave of the hand

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from Graeme, he thinks he has got

away with it.

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1-1 in the lucky stakes, that is for

sure.

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Playing off the red below the pink

spot. He needs a good cue ball.

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Slightly thicker than he would have

liked. Hence the cue ball pulling

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out there.

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There is a choice but it is finding

a path for the cue ball.

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We will see whether that long game

has come back.

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He always aims on the right hand

side of the cue ball. Swinging it

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across. That is a big improvement

from his first round. A great pot,

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look at what he is leaving.

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A nice shot as well. First scoring

opportunity to Judd Trump.

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That was well controlled. He has

played a very good long pot.

He came

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through the gap.

Setting up a cannon on the left of

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the black. He could have played it

either way, Kristian first all

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directly.

-- cushion.

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After some good positional shots, he

has a decent chance.

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From his first match I can tell from

his body language, the look on his

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face, he looks much more focused

already.

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I think he knows he has got to be.

No disrespect to his other opponent,

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this is a big step up against Graeme

Dott. We know what he's capable of.

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You never reach three wild finals if

you don't know your way around a

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snooker table. He was champion as

well. That epic match with Peter

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Ebdon.

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Well controlled, playing with a bit

of Czech side. What has been

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noticeable this week is the cushions

are bouncing very uniformly. That

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was a candidate if you weren't

careful. But bouncing really nicely

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this week. A lovely bit of Czech

side to hold it up. He may have two

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split the reds here -- check side.

Though, that will do.

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Because this break has been pretty

awkward with the positions of the

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reds,... We hadn't even noticed it

was five reds and five blacks. This

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might be the end of it here, is he

going off the blue?

The priority is

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certainly in the first frame of the

match to make a frame-winning

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contribution. If you have a chance

to go for the match, great, but make

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sure you get up into the late 70s or

80s. Get the frame on the board. It

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would be some effort to make a

maximum the way the balls are

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positioned, three on the left-hand

side will be problematic. Just when

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the frame first. -- win.

An

excellent start, all from that long

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read. Stunning through the gap in

the reds.

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He could have finished on nothing.

He has the table straightaway with

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that shot. Just got to be careful

here not to get the cannon on the

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red that is below. That was the one.

He didn't need that flick.

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Still on this black. A touch of the

left-hand side. Well played.

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The maximum is over.

That is telling

me straightaway he is focused. He

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didn't even look at the red in the

middle to go across, it was all

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about making the break, winning the

first frame. He is thinking clearly.

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You wouldn't have refused it, would

you?

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I would have had a little think, and

being tempted.

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As you say, a sign he has come out

to win this

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Highest break at the moment 142 by

the Welshman Michael White.

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A superb contribution. The opening

red set this break up a bike in the

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centre of the pocket, a little bit

of stagger on the tubal, couldn't

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have hit it better. Oh! It is not to

be. But a fantastic start from Judd

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Trump. Wonderful positional play.

First frame with a break of 93, he

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leads 1-0.

STUDIO:

Some interesting

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observations.

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About the way Judd plays across the

ball.

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He addresses it to the right-hand

side. On delivery, watch the cue, it

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it goes to our right.

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The main point is he delivers on

line. He just sights it to his right

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hand side. Graeme Dott in the last

year has tried to chain his eyes to

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find the middle of the cue ball.

It is a theoretical problem, you

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could argue nobody goes through

straight. It is desirable to set up

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in the middle, put it back online

and deliver it at to the point you

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were originally at but not every

player does it. It is possible as

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long as you time the ball properly

and go through to that same point,

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you can play with a cue action that

goes through on a curve.

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Have you betrayed yourself?

No, I hit the ball around corners!

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COMMENTATOR: They are far too modest

in there, he hits the ball pretty

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well, always has done. Interesting

the way, and we will see it again,

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basically people have one eye

stronger than the other. It is what

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you see. But it is about timing. On

the right of the cue ball again.

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With Judd Trump, if he doesn't type

it properly, he misses long shots by

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a mile.

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A long way off.

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May be tempted by the double. The

only one he could really leave.

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Worth a shot. If it passes the blue,

which it certainly does, between

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blue and yellow, Judd will be taking

this.

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A chance missed. A very big chance,

the natural angle to spin it and he

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could have come into the pack. A

bigger chance than it looked.

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No, he hasn't done. It was pretty

close. It makes this shot so much

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more comfortable.

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Not particularly close from Judd.

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I can think Graeme is looking at the

red of the other red into the middle

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pocket, or is he? He might be. Has

it in the other corner. The other

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option. Straight in as well. It was

worth it, good shot.

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A clever little shot. Actually an

excellent positional shot.

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Pink is going to the back of the

pack, it would fit on the spot. So,

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Graeme, it is a pretty big target,

if he can get on the yellow, he has

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a choice of any of those Balkan

colours. Hutcheon baulk colours. A

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pretty big pack to go into. I would

love the yellow. The left-hand side,

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lovely to come into with a bit of

pace. Some people go the other way.

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I'll be surprised if he doesn't hit

them.

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That is a poor shot, he didn't get

anything into the cue ball, he

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needed to hit it lower. You need to

get into the cue ball more than

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that.

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No prizes for guessing what Judd

Trump will do with this blue. A big

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target. Those four reds across the

top of the pack. In the middle of

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those, at pace, the reds should go

everywhere. He hit them perfectly.

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When he splits up, watch the

double-kiss.

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Coming off the cushion, will go into

the pack. Watch... Bingo. That's

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absolutely lovely.

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Those two reds, that of course opens

up the pocket for the other red. A

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cannon here into the cluster of

three, it would be nice to keep the

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red on the right-hand side nearest

to the cue ball. This is an

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excellent chance.

One or two shots at long pots at the

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start of this frame. Didn't get

particularly close, now got the

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chance close in to score a few.

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Wiped his feet.

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Just slightly lost the cue ball the

last couple of shots. Shouldn't be a

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problem to get it back.

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He's played that perfectly. Thought

he might have put a cannon into

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these two reds. A perfect angle,

just a drop on the pink.

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Did mention at the start of the

match that before the match started

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could Judd get a quick start.

He is doing. He's a very good

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frontrunner.

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Just hit that last red slightly too

hard, leaving himself slightly

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awkward angle.

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Take the outside red now, not out

far enough with the cue ball.

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That's as good a shot as he played

in the break.

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This is not necessarily Graeme Dott

wanted to see in this match. Too

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experienced for any alarm bells to

be going off yet. He wouldn't want

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to see someone like Judd Trump get

into a flow.

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Not panic yet. But 3-0 might be. So

he knows how big the next frame is

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going to be. This one looks like

it's gone.

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60 ahead. 51 remaining. Just dropped

the red in the middle.

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Well noticed.

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He's already tuned up a lot better

than the other day - that's for

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sure.

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Looking in very good scoring form.

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73 and 78, very impressive from Judd

Trump so far. It is Graeme Dott,

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2-0.

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You are spotting some interesting

points. Compare with the other

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players on the he circuit, what does

he possess?

What he does, is a

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combination of power and control in

the modern game. Look

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Look at the cue ball after it hits

the reds. It comes back an inch or

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twosmt it is the timing he's got. It

is the control and combined with the

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power that gets him to get the

action on the cue ball. There's not

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that many players in the game, in

fact there isn't any that have that

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kind of power. But it is harnessing

it in the correct way, isn't it?

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It is easy to hit it if you can hit

it hard. If you can generate a lot

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of power with less body movement you

have a big advantage over somebody

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who has to give everything to get

the shot in.

If that power is not

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harnessed correctly you can get into

problems of a consequence of hitting

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it hard.

He shot on his backswing

and maintained the power, which is

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impressive. You would think it would

take your power away, but it doesn't

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seem to with him.

He's a

big-occasion player. Stephen said he

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had to up his game from the last

round. I think now he's on the

0:37:150:37:19

centre stage it does help. He's up

against another big-occasion player

0:37:190:37:23

in Graeme Dott. You cannot do much

from the chair and that what he's

0:37:230:37:27

had to do so far.

He knows he has it

all to do. He's gone out to compose

0:37:270:37:33

himself. In those circumstances you

are not geeing yourself up, but what

0:37:330:37:37

is the process by which you start to

talk to yourself when things are

0:37:370:37:40

like this?

He's been sitting down

for so long it is nice to walk

0:37:400:37:44

around. You cannot walk around the

table, so have a walk out and come

0:37:440:37:47

back.

Start afresh. He starts from

2-0 down.

0:37:470:37:59

THE COMMENTATOR: You cannot say he's

done that much wrong, he's not had

0:38:010:38:07

his hand on the table with any

chance. Once he got in the second,

0:38:070:38:12

he's made a frame-winning

contribution. So it is not like he's

0:38:120:38:16

done a massive amount wrong. You can

see 175-8. It is just he's not had

0:38:160:38:22

any table time.

0:38:220:38:27

You mentioned John, he could have

taken the yellow. A green. Went in

0:38:310:38:38

off. You could say it is a tough

game at this level. Those are the

0:38:380:38:41

chances you have to take.

Ended up costing him the frame.

0:38:410:38:46

There wasn't a lot on.

0:38:460:38:52

And that is an excellent safety shot

from Judd. That is one thing that

0:38:560:39:00

definitely has got better. When he

puts his mind to it he can play good

0:39:000:39:04

safety. It is difficult sometimes

when you have that much power your

0:39:040:39:09

armoury and that much scoring

ability that sometimes you think you

0:39:090:39:12

don't have to play a bit of safety.

That was very good there.

0:39:120:39:18

He's forced a mistake from Graham.

He knew he was in trouble there.

0:39:180:39:25

Eme.

0:39:340:39:34

Could possibly drop it in and cannon

the red. I think ... Oh, it is what

0:39:370:39:47

he's done.

0:39:470:39:51

So error. This is a chance for

Graeme Dott.

0:39:520:40:01

I think he's playing for the gap

here.

0:40:010:40:06

Mind you, at the same time, to knock

it in, but anyway it has happened

0:40:060:40:14

and this is the first chance

Graeme's got his happened on the

0:40:140:40:18

table with a decent chance among the

balls. Got to score.

0:40:180:40:24

That wouldn't have filled him with

much confidence the way he hit that

0:40:240:40:28

black. He almost missed it.

Sometimes that can sharpen up your

0:40:280:40:33

concentration to get away with one.

He's left a decent angle. As you

0:40:330:40:40

say, we used all the draw there.

Should be going into the pack here.

0:40:400:40:47

Get some balls in play.

0:40:470:40:51

Didn't hit that exactly how he would

have liked, but it's turned out OK.

0:40:570:41:08

I think today the only way he will

put pressure on is if he can win

0:41:080:41:13

frames in one visit. If he does

taking one or three chances it will

0:41:130:41:19

not put tremendous pressure on Judd

Trump. Nothing puts pressure on an

0:41:190:41:26

opponent more than making him sit in

his chair for one visit.

0:41:260:41:30

The last red Graeme played there was

a good one to get out of the way.

0:41:300:41:35

Two lefts, now both pot in the

opposite corner, which is what he's

0:41:350:41:39

played on now. Played on an area to

give himself options. Because he

0:41:390:41:43

removed that last red this one goes.

Turned into a good chance.

0:41:430:41:58

Sort of willing the pots in.

You can see this one, a bit of body

0:41:590:42:07

movement there.

Just needs to calm down a bit.

0:42:070:42:19

His cueing action just looks a

little bit on the short side at the

0:42:270:42:31

minute, like he's a little bit

anxious.

I mean you have to think

0:42:310:42:38

he's not... He must have been trying

to cannon the red as close to the

0:42:380:42:42

cue ball. Don't know what he played.

This could work out all right for

0:42:420:42:45

him though. He's on a plant at the

back here that can be made. Got to

0:42:450:42:49

take it on.

Just double-checking on it. But he

0:42:490:42:54

can play this nice and firm. Open

all the reds out. As long as you

0:42:540:42:58

make the pots, which he should do,

makes the chance even better.

0:42:580:43:08

A little bit fortunate there. Poor

positional shot. Now one good pot on

0:43:110:43:17

the blue. It should be his frame.

0:43:170:43:27

Again not a perfect position. Still

got to play a shot here.

0:43:350:43:41

One perfect positional shot away

from this being perhaps a

0:43:440:43:48

frame-winning chance.

That should be it.

0:43:480:44:01

He had a wobble in the middle of the

break when he lost the cue ball for

0:44:010:44:05

a while, but he's got it back now.

And this will settle him down.

0:44:050:44:11

Winning it in one visit, Stephen,

makes all the difference.

0:44:110:44:20

Also shows your opponent that you

are capable of scoring on the day.

0:44:200:44:25

It has been very impressive so far.

It is his turn to watch now.

0:44:250:44:35

Again not ideal on this red.

Three or four pots away from

0:44:490:45:00

securing this third frame.

That little shot there suits Graeme

0:45:000:45:09

Dott's action there.

No excuse now.

This is bread and but tore a

0:45:090:45:16

top-class professional, like Graeme

is.

0:45:160:45:24

He doesn't waste much time Graeme

Dott. When he's in, quite a fast

0:45:290:45:35

player, really.

I think it makes a difference to his

0:45:350:45:39

game, if I am being honest. A couple

of seasons he went slower and it

0:45:390:45:43

looked more like hard work for

Graeme. When he's at his best this

0:45:430:45:46

is what he plays like, because he is

a fluent scorer when he gets going.

0:45:460:45:59

I think he became a better player

after he won the World Championship.

0:46:000:46:08

Became more aggressive.

0:46:080:46:16

Would have been saying, I need to

win this in one visit and that's

0:46:380:46:43

exactly what he's done.

Averted a potential 3-0 deficit with

0:46:430:46:49

this contribution, so good stuff

from him. Couldn't be more

0:46:490:46:53

confident.

0:46:530:47:00

As hard address you can, -- as hard

as you can Graeme, you might get it.

0:47:040:47:13

Not there. Just when he needed it.

Could have been going 3-0 behind. A

0:47:130:47:20

wonderful contribution of 86 and it

is 2-1 to Judd Trump.

0:47:200:47:30

That exit seems to have paid up. .

That frame more than any other,

0:47:330:47:40

small things made huge difference in

this game. Judd flicks the red,

0:47:400:47:46

Graeme gets in, has a chance. He's

taken a gutsy, that is what it was,

0:47:460:47:50

he's sat in his chair, as Steve

mentioned first couple of frames and

0:47:500:47:54

his arm was getling twitchy. Took it

well.

The black didn't go in the

0:47:540:48:01

middle of the pocket. A player under

pressure but having enough character

0:48:010:48:05

to withstand that and get the ball

in the hole. A few positional shots

0:48:050:48:09

might have gone wrong, but he

recovered very well. You don't get

0:48:090:48:12

to three world finals without being

a fantastic player.

Yes, exactly.

0:48:120:48:17

He's come back from some precarious

positions. He's had a bit of a rough

0:48:170:48:24

time. He didn't enjoy last season.

He had to prequelfy for the

0:48:240:48:30

cruisable. He went out to Barry

Hawkins. He was pleased to see the

0:48:300:48:36

end of that season. How much has he

done with Chris Henry to get things

0:48:360:48:40

moving again.

He went to brurge. It

gave him motivation and something to

0:48:400:48:55

settle on.

This is the last one

before the interval.

0:48:550:48:59

THE COMMENTATOR: Got very lucky.

Brought the red up the table and

0:49:030:49:08

managed to snooker Judd behind a

yellow.

0:49:080:49:13

Knocked close with the long ball. A

chance for Graeme.

0:49:170:49:30

If you think this doesn't mean

anything from Graeme, that's just

0:49:380:49:42

from a poor break off.

0:49:420:49:53

He once smashed his cue in a

motorway services when he got beaten

0:50:000:50:06

in a match. Must have taken it a bit

badly.

Everyone in snooker knows how

0:50:060:50:12

much Graeme Dott will be up for this

match today. That proves it, that

0:50:120:50:15

reaction.

0:50:150:50:25

He absolutely believes he can beat

Judd today. So the decision, brown,

0:50:270:50:33

into the bunch - that's the shot.

I was going to say, when you play

0:50:330:50:37

for the brown, some would play for

the red above the pink but you have

0:50:370:50:41

to go into the pack a bit later.

0:50:410:50:49

It is OK. He didn't hit the red he

intended to. Hit the main bunch, but

0:50:500:50:56

he'll be quite happy with the

result. Just catches one of the

0:50:560:51:00

outside ones.

Absolutely, the right shot all day

0:51:000:51:04

long.

Playing there.

0:51:040:51:09

This will tell us whether Graeme has

settled down.

Plays this with a dab

0:51:210:51:28

of the left-hand side.

Just not got that cue ball on a

0:51:280:51:38

string, the break. Two or three

times he wasn't in a perfect

0:51:380:51:41

position to rescue the situation. It

is the same here. Just happens to

0:51:410:51:45

play good shots all the time.

Just

hard when you are scrapping for

0:51:450:51:52

breaks all the time. Either want the

cue ball perfect, just a break of 86

0:51:520:51:59

from Graeme in the last - the

highest he's made in the tournament

0:51:590:52:02

so far. It was the first frame that

Judd has lost. A couple of

0:52:020:52:08

whitewashes. But you do need that

cue ball to be nice and tight.

0:52:080:52:16

This is not straightforward.

Obviously you wouldn't expect him to

0:52:160:52:21

miss the pot, but the position here

is awkward.

He's almost too straight

0:52:210:52:25

to go around the angles to go to

blue for left middle. There is a

0:52:250:52:30

chance he could on the black, but...

It was awkward, all caused by a

0:52:300:52:40

straightforward shot on the black.

On these cloths, when there's very

0:52:400:52:51

little now, the side can throw off

and not come back and that's what

0:52:510:52:58

happened there. He'll be kicking

himself, he really will. Nothing

0:52:580:53:03

worse when they've all been there

for you and you present them to your

0:53:030:53:07

opponent.

0:53:070:53:13

Doesn't go to the left corner, so

that would be the red he would be

0:53:140:53:19

playing for.

0:53:190:53:26

Hit that one nicely.

Sure did. A couple of options, that

0:53:280:53:36

one on the left and one you can see

at the gap at the other end of the

0:53:360:53:46

pack there.

0:53:460:53:48

That is nicely struck and played. A

little bit of run inside. A

0:53:560:54:01

guarantee he would be on blue or

baulk colour.

0:54:010:54:04

A bit of work to be done with this T

a few balls in the open, we know.

0:54:040:54:08

But not easy to score, as yet.

0:54:080:54:11

If he landed on the red above the

black he could pot it and play a

0:54:260:54:31

cannon and flick the other red away.

I don't know if the cue ball's come

0:54:310:54:36

down far enough. Maybe it has.

0:54:360:54:40

It was tricky, but I still thought

he'd get it.

0:55:010:55:05

It is cue ball control that's

letting both players down at the

0:55:050:55:09

moment.

Getting pinpoint position.

0:55:090:55:22

Not the best opening shot of the

break, that one. Shouldn't be a

0:55:410:55:46

problem just dropping this one in,

but would like the position to be a

0:55:460:55:50

lot easier.

0:55:500:55:51

Leaves himself a half ball on the

black here, a screw shot and take

0:56:110:56:16

the red out on the three. If nothing

pots. That would be nice.

0:56:160:56:34

The way the reds were he couldn't

play the shot I was mentioning

0:56:460:56:49

there. So he had to go into them. I

think he's going to be all right. It

0:56:490:56:53

is very tight.

0:56:530:56:59

He should be OK.

What do you think?

You like to play

0:57:080:57:16

a follow through, don't you? He has

to stand the cue ball to get

0:57:160:57:20

position.

0:57:200:57:30

It was a better shot than it looked.

We knew what was going through his

0:57:330:57:38

brain there.

It is one of those shots you look at

0:57:380:57:49

for ages and you are relieved when

it goes in there.

0:57:490:57:53

I have to say, this is a cracking

match - it really is. Very high

0:58:000:58:05

standards in the scoring. OK, one or

two positional lapses, but certainly

0:58:050:58:10

made it very interesting.

You can see from that picture there,

0:58:100:58:15

those two reds go to right middle.

If he gets an angle, the black now

0:58:150:58:22

could just stand maybe two cushions

to get to that left-hand side

0:58:220:58:26

cushion for a choice of those reds.

And the black could be ideal.

0:58:260:58:36

That is not a bad angle just to

screw back.

0:58:400:58:45

The speed of both players, they are

getting on with it. The match so far

0:58:450:58:51

only taken 42 minutes. The first

frame has taken it with some. It has

0:58:510:58:58

been very good indeed. Great to

watch.

0:58:580:59:05

He really is a gritty competitor. He

does know how to compete.

0:59:100:59:18

What a shot!

0:59:390:59:40

APPLAUSE

0:59:410:59:43

An excellent standard, these first

four frames. Top-quality snooker

0:59:460:59:51

from both players.

If Judd didn't know he was in a

0:59:511:00:01

tough match, he does now. This has

been excellent from 2-0 down from

1:00:011:00:05

Graeme Dott.

I mentioned in the last frame, the

1:00:051:00:14

highest break of the tournament was

86.

1:00:141:00:16

STUDIO: It's very brisk and

watchable, and I think those who

1:01:121:01:15

were expecting it to be a tactical

exchange particularly with Graeme

1:01:151:01:20

will not be right. It's been really

good to miss so far.

-- it has been

1:01:201:01:27

really good business. An excellent

first session and I think Graeme

1:01:271:01:30

Dott has stolen the session. It

greater comeback from 2-0 behind. He

1:01:301:01:35

is a big occasion player but he

hasn't been playing too much on the

1:01:351:01:39

television stages and he comes out a

bit colder this respect, in an area

1:01:391:01:45

where Judd Trump has played lots of

recently and picked up the reins.

1:01:451:01:50

Graeme Dott is not shy when it comes

to the TV cameras.

The two black Sea

1:01:501:01:55

have picked out, especially the last

one?

The first

1:01:551:02:01

have picked out, especially the last

one?

The first couple of frames, he

1:02:011:02:05

would not have hit that that well at

the start of the third frame. He was

1:02:051:02:12

cold, out of stroke. Shifting the

last red as well. Couple of nice

1:02:121:02:18

little shots, he was gutsy.

He is

deceptively fluid, he has been known

1:02:181:02:26

as a global player, but he is not.

He has this got the ring craft. --

1:02:261:02:33

he has been known as slow player.

His average shots time is 19 seconds

1:02:331:02:38

per shots, that's probably top five

or six on the tour in terms of

1:02:381:02:43

speed. When he

1:02:431:02:43

or six on the tour in terms of

speed. When he is in the balls

1:02:431:02:44

coming he gets motoring.

How

concerned will Judd be? Just

1:02:441:02:50

reminding him he's there.

I'm not

sure that jobs will be concerned as

1:02:501:02:55

much but when you're coming from

there, you would hope that he would

1:02:551:03:01

have an easier match. Business as

usual, Judd has got to do well for

1:03:011:03:08

the second half. It just proves how

hard it is to guarantee winning at

1:03:081:03:13

the top class level, nobody is lying

down and giving up. It's even harder

1:03:131:03:17

to guarantee getting a run of form

throughout the season. So you have

1:03:171:03:21

got so mini tournaments, but to win

back-to-back tournaments, to win a

1:03:211:03:24

lot in the

1:03:241:03:29

back-to-back tournaments, to win a

lot in season, is getting even

1:03:291:03:30

harder. What is a successful season,

is it winning one? How do you judge

1:03:301:03:36

a successful season? You cannot be

too upset if you lose a lot of

1:03:361:03:40

best-of-7 matches because the

standard is so high.

1:03:401:03:43

On that note, let's talk about the

season winners so far. No sooner had

1:03:431:03:46

the glitter cannon gone off at the

Crucible for Mark Selby, the new

1:03:461:03:55

season had got under way, its

six-month old, they have been all

1:03:551:03:58

around the world, there has been

qualifying schools. And there have

1:03:581:04:02

been ten different winners of the

individual 13 events so far. It's

1:04:021:04:06

been wide and varied success so far.

1:04:061:04:11

MUSIC: Signed, Sealed,

Delivered by Stevie Wonder.

1:04:371:04:42

So there is plenty of prize money

and plenty of opportunity for

1:05:501:05:53

success but the trick is, peaking at

the right times. And speaking to the

1:05:531:05:57

majors. How difficult is that, is it

in every other big sport?

The first

1:05:571:06:03

thing to say is that the good thing

is that the top players now have so

1:06:031:06:06

many events to play that they can

pick and choose, and that's

1:06:061:06:11

positive. Mark Selby took last week

in Belfast and he came here and lost

1:06:111:06:15

early. I don't put a lot of stock in

the missing an event and playing

1:06:151:06:20

well in the next one. It's just

gives you a rest to some of the top

1:06:201:06:25

players, more than anything. You've

seen the variety of winners this

1:06:251:06:29

season, even last season, Anthony

Hamilton, Mark King, so many. I

1:06:291:06:34

think the standard is so high

overall.

It might be it's a more

1:06:341:06:40

athletic -- in a more athletic sport

you need to conserve energy, but in

1:06:401:06:48

snooker, there's no real answer to

picking and choosing. It might just

1:06:481:06:51

be luck. It could be that it has not

done you any good laying off but it

1:06:511:06:56

could help other people. If you do

lay off and you go wrong, you look

1:06:561:06:59

and think why did I bother, but if

you win the next tournament, you

1:06:591:07:03

think that is the answer. If you

take Allen, a couple of years ago,

1:07:031:07:08

what a

1:07:081:07:11

take Allen, a couple of years ago,

what wonderful run you had to the

1:07:111:07:12

semifinal but you could never had

predicted it could happen at that.

1:07:121:07:16

It sometimes happens.

I think the

way the modern game has changed for

1:07:161:07:21

not only the top players, most of

the players, you don't practice at

1:07:211:07:26

home so much. Their home for two or

three days a lot of time, and for

1:07:261:07:31

those two or three days, they are

relaxing, chilling, lying on the

1:07:311:07:35

sofa, they don't practice. You

almost maintaining the game out here

1:07:351:07:39

on the tour. Like the boys are doing

behind us, just knocking up and

1:07:391:07:43

keeping loose. Because there's a lot

of matches now. You don't really

1:07:431:07:50

need to MOT your game in the

practice room back home as much as

1:07:501:07:54

he once did.

And if there were a

formula, you would have bottled it,

1:07:541:07:59

but there ain't! It's interesting to

see the breadth of the winners, you

1:07:591:08:03

saw the likes of Ryan Day, a

first-time winner after 20 years as

1:08:031:08:08

a professional, brilliant success

for him and he is this afternoon

1:08:081:08:10

playing very fellow Welshman, who

has won two titles, including a 19th

1:08:101:08:19

world ranking title in Belfast.

Fantastic return to them winners

1:08:191:08:23

circle for Mark Williams. They have

faced one another 18 times over the

1:08:231:08:27

years but never on these terms

because both of them are now proven

1:08:271:08:30

title winners. What difference will

that make? Let's find out. We have

1:08:301:08:40

got Day trailing by 32 point in the

opening frame, and let's go to our

1:08:401:08:45

commentators now.

1:08:451:08:46

Super pot, super shot. Just lost the

cue ball. We saw Mark Williams put a

1:08:521:08:58

similar earlier on in this frame.

There's a lot of pressure on this.

1:08:581:09:03

He could take it on. The cue ball

definitely clearing into the reds

1:09:031:09:11

above it. He doesn't fancy it.

Having second thoughts, maybe he is

1:09:111:09:18

going to take it on. But if he gets

this black, it could be a

1:09:181:09:26

frame-winner. Let's see what

happens. And he has not got away

1:09:261:09:31

with it. That could cost him the

frame.

Before he played the shot, I

1:09:311:09:39

was looking at him and he was

playing the safety shot but then he

1:09:391:09:46

changed his mind. Once you put that

doubt in your head, you should

1:09:461:09:49

forget about it. The first should be

the one you play. When I saw him

1:09:491:09:58

shake his head, I said, but get

about it. -- or get about it.

It

1:09:581:10:04

would likely had convinced himself

to not take it on.

1:10:041:10:08

That might be another example of

Mark's tip. He is not at his place

1:10:111:10:20

at the table yet, did not want to be

so close to the cushion. A better

1:10:201:10:24

recovery.

1:10:241:10:26

Tight brown or blue here.

1:10:321:10:34

Mostly on the red into the bottom of

the corner, he can hold for the pink

1:10:551:11:02

and can then go back down for the

black.

1:11:021:11:04

Just seen him look at his tip there.

1:11:091:11:13

The tips that they make nowadays are

much easier to play with

1:11:261:11:30

straightaway.

1:11:301:11:31

Way back in the day, it took you

three or four days to get used to a

1:11:331:11:39

tip. But the composition of the tips

are much better now.

1:11:391:11:46

Doesn't need many more, does he?

Already 55 ahead. So this red would

1:12:071:12:12

be enough.

1:12:121:12:14

And even though it's the best of 11,

it's always nice to get the first

1:12:191:12:24

frame under your belt. It helps you

relax a little bit.

1:12:241:12:27

Ryan did have a chance but that cut

back on the black has cost him this

1:12:301:12:36

opening frame.

1:12:361:12:38

And if he manages to clear the

remaining colours, it will give him

1:13:491:13:53

a bit more confidence with the new

kit. That will not give him a grade

1:13:531:13:59

of confidence. Unless he flicks

it... But he is looking at the tip,

1:13:591:14:08

he will be quite pleased, he would

needed a couple of chances. Ryan

1:14:081:14:13

concedes and Mark Williams take the

opening frame quite comfortable.

1:14:131:14:16

concedes and Mark Williams take the

opening frame quite comfortable.

1:14:161:14:17

STUDIO: a good break to start,

incidentally of the 18 previous

1:14:171:14:22

matches that they have played, Mark

leads with ten wins, Ryan has seven

1:14:221:14:26

and they have one draw. They are

pretty evenly matched. Let's get

1:14:261:14:30

into the second frame and Ryan at

the table.

1:14:301:14:32

Just OK. He was hoping to leave

black or pink there. For the moment,

1:14:391:14:47

I thought he hadn't brought it back

far enough but he's fine.

1:14:471:14:50

Should be OK. He's got a slight

angle, needs to play it with a

1:15:051:15:09

little bit of pace to get out for

the yellow, green on the run. Maybe

1:15:091:15:13

straight on it. But he has got

plenty of cue power. The normal

1:15:131:15:22

ankle would have took that back and

can enter the green. -- can end the

1:15:221:15:29

green.

1:15:291:15:29

A nice positional shots of the red

into the lower pocket. The choice of

1:15:451:15:50

coming back up for the blue.

1:15:501:15:52

They take the loose read here. At

the back of the pack. If you can

1:16:031:16:11

leave a nice angle on this red, it

looks a bit straighter, if he left a

1:16:111:16:16

nice angle he could have disturbed a

few more and gone on to the black. A

1:16:161:16:24

couple of more inches towards the

black with that cue ball is needed.

1:16:241:16:31

You can see with the tip of his cue,

that is where he wants to leave the

1:16:311:16:35

cue ball. He is going to pot this

red on the black. This will be a

1:16:351:16:46

good shot coming up. Played it with

a lot of pace. If this works out,

1:16:461:16:55

could give him a chance to win the

frame.

1:16:551:16:58

Could have been a little bit better,

to be honest.

But unlike you, he

1:17:071:17:12

opened the reds up nicely. He has

just got to be careful. He has got

1:17:121:17:18

to cannon the pink. He might be able

to push it towards the left middle

1:17:181:17:23

pocket, got to be careful that he

does not cannon it into the pocket.

1:17:231:17:29

Depends what kind of pace he wants

to play this act, as to whether he

1:17:291:17:35

finishes on the pink or blue. He has

hit it a little bit too hard. The

1:17:351:17:43

same shot with less pace would have

been perfect. The team could not

1:17:431:17:46

have come off the ocean as far, --

the pink would not have come off the

1:17:461:17:51

cushion as far, and now he has got

eight tricky one, the sort of shot

1:17:511:17:56

that players practice. Sometimes

players would rather play a thin

1:17:561:18:06

shot them along straight pot. Where

is the cue ball going to finish?

1:18:061:18:12

Not bad.

1:18:171:18:21

This looks really good. Judge that

very well. In an out of the top,

1:18:391:18:54

looking for the pink.

1:18:541:18:55

Did not want that kiss on the blue,

trying to avoid the blue for the two

1:19:051:19:11

reds. Again, he's left with a

difficult choice here. He could cut

1:19:111:19:20

this red on the pink spot into the

bottom left-hand corner pocket but

1:19:201:19:25

he is not crunchy percent sure

whether cue ball will go. -- 100%

1:19:251:19:31

sure where the cue ball will go. He

could use the pocket to try and slow

1:19:311:19:35

the ball down. He tried to hit the

red next to the middle pocket.

1:19:351:19:42

But he is in a bit of no man's land,

he is struggling.

1:19:451:19:49

That was a good recovery. He has

judged it nicely because he's got a

1:20:211:20:26

nice angle on this red to get back

for a ball colour.

1:20:261:20:30

Good pots.

1:20:371:20:39

One good positional shot here off

the brown and green. And he should

1:20:461:20:50

win the frame.

1:20:501:20:53

He has had to work hard for these,

hasn't he?

1:21:011:21:04

Yes, as long as you keep knocking

them in, you're going to win the

1:21:091:21:13

frame. Always nice if you can keep

close control, but sometimes you

1:21:131:21:18

have got to work to your points.

1:21:181:21:20

He has got terrific cue power, Ryan

Day. That shot was an indication of

1:21:231:21:30

it.

1:21:301:21:32

Just the black, leaving Mark needing

a snooker, and the reds are not

1:21:391:21:44

ideally placed. Make sure you put

the black.

1:21:441:21:49

Only one snooker needed at the

moment.

1:21:581:22:00

I don't think the double is on.

Maybe if he played it with a little

1:22:081:22:11

bit of left-hand side, he could

create the angle to double it. He's

1:22:111:22:16

playing safe, just a safety shot. So

that nice break of 65, you would

1:22:161:22:26

think might just be enough to give

him the frame. It should be one

1:22:261:22:30

each.

Indeed it was, and you can

1:22:301:22:33

each.

Indeed it was, and you can continue

1:22:331:22:36

to keep watching this on the red

button or the BBC sport website.

1:22:361:22:40

Back to table one now, because after

a refuel at the mid-session

1:22:401:22:45

interview, it is the Juddernaut and

the Pocket Dynamo which is now a

1:22:451:22:56

best-of-7.

Great match so far. More

of the same, please,

1:22:561:23:02

best-of-7.

Great match so far. More

of the same, please, absolutely

1:23:021:23:02

fabulous opening session. Breaks of

93, and 78 from Judd, and 83 from

1:23:021:23:11

Graeme Dott. And very entertaining

as well. A really quick match time.

1:23:111:23:18

44, and the average frame time...

1:23:181:23:21

Very quick indeed at 11 minutes per

frame. Keep that up and we will all

1:23:241:23:31

be happy!

1:23:311:23:32

What happened to there? A little

extra bit of side. You can see he is

1:23:411:23:50

putting some right-hand side on it

and what it off discussion. Still

1:23:501:23:54

had loads on. -- watch it off that

question.

That is a massive mistake,

1:23:541:24:03

the back of the pack that he has to

go into. Judd has got to

1:24:031:24:10

re-establish himself in this match,

he raced into a 2-0 lead, as we

1:24:101:24:14

mentioned. He needs to start scoring

again.

1:24:141:24:20

Wasting no time opening up the bunch

of reds, stunning the cue ball into

1:24:231:24:30

it, a screw shot would have bought

the cue ball back to the right-hand

1:24:301:24:36

pocket.

1:24:361:24:37

Not possible to hold for the blue in

the middle.

That was an excellent

1:24:481:24:53

shot. He's a little bit unfortunate

to finish between there. With Judd's

1:24:531:25:00

capabilities, you would fancy him

knocking the blue in. Excellent.

1:25:001:25:05

It's always nice when you have a

scoring opportunity at the beginning

1:25:261:25:30

of the frame, pink and black all

available.

He has played for the top

1:25:301:25:39

of the bunch near the pink spot.

1:25:391:25:41

A slight grimace there. Not ideal on

the red. This can go wrong

1:25:441:25:52

sometimes.

1:25:521:25:54

I was looking at Graeme, a slight

shake of the head because he hit its

1:26:021:26:13

too hard and got a perfect angle on

the green.

It's not great when

1:26:131:26:18

you're sitting there and you think

he has messed it up and you look up

1:26:181:26:21

and its plum. Graeme's opening shot

in this frame is very poor and

1:26:211:26:29

that's why he sitting in his chair.

1:26:291:26:31

Judd Trump just moves ahead on

points scored total. Nothing to

1:26:551:26:59

separate these players so far. If

you make a mistake, it will cost you

1:26:591:27:07

the frame.

1:27:071:27:08

68 points required. Mathematically

to win the frame. He has overhit

1:27:351:27:45

that by a good few inches. He is

blaming a contact on the red. It did

1:27:451:27:53

sound a bit heavy.

He missed the

black earlier on this afternoon. The

1:27:531:28:01

cue ball was slightly closer to it,

but it cut back, missed one before

1:28:011:28:05

it is the same pocket. Each to do

better here. -- he needs to do

1:28:051:28:12

better. He has done the same thing.

He has got 40 but he will be kicking

1:28:121:28:21

himself he hasn't got more there.

1:28:211:28:24

Very tricky little shot there,

needed to get a bit of side on. Keep

1:28:451:28:51

it across the ball like that.

1:28:511:28:54

That's a great shot, that really is

a great shot. He cued that so well.

1:29:081:29:16

Just enough cue to get through the

wall, but not to send it all around

1:29:161:29:21

the table, really well controlled.

1:29:211:29:23

Going to need a couple more reds,

there is a chance to screw this and

1:29:391:29:44

click one of the reds out if he

wants to stay on the black. That's

1:29:441:29:50

what he's done, put it into play.

1:29:501:29:52

He took the opportunity there to

develop the reds. The two that are

1:30:211:30:24

on the right-hand side of the table

aren't really that good for Judd

1:30:241:30:28

because he's left-handed.

1:30:281:30:30

As it worked out, well, if it goes,

that's not bad.

1:30:361:30:43

You see the path of the cue ball

going.

1:31:051:31:09

Left himself a nice angle, the pink,

to play any of the reds.

I mean, the

1:31:091:31:15

thing is, with that shot, it either

goes or it doesn't.

1:31:151:31:23

I think he was playing the safety.

1:31:521:31:58

Not surprised, but where it

finished, he won't be too

1:32:001:32:04

disappointed.

1:32:041:32:14

Give him a little chance.

1:32:451:32:48

It may turn out in your favour

because he's taken it and now

1:32:551:32:58

missed. Get back at the table.

1:32:581:33:10

Has to pot a colour with each red.

1:33:331:33:35

If he can pot this red and just come

down the table a little further and

1:33:581:34:03

leave an angle on the black, a

chance here to pot the black, move a

1:34:031:34:07

red off the cushion, maybe develop

two into play and stay on the other

1:34:071:34:10

one. This is not totally forlorn if

this goes in.

1:34:101:34:21

Which way would you play it?

I was

thinking when he cannoned that red,

1:34:251:34:30

when the frame is won it goes right.

Definitely needs a good cannon here.

1:34:301:34:35

You are right, if the red is closest

to the cushion, if he cannons out

1:34:351:34:39

the left-hand side could take that

one off as well.

1:34:391:34:42

I think I would concentrate full

ball to cannon the red. Leave the

1:34:421:34:48

red to the left middle.

1:34:481:34:52

He had a look, lined up before, he

was trying to play the back one.

1:35:021:35:09

I am with you, I would have been the

other way, I think.

1:35:091:35:15

I think it might be a safety.

1:35:181:35:30

Still in the frame.

1:35:411:35:52

He's obviously going to leave the

cue ball down this end of the table,

1:36:371:36:42

so could leave Graeme Dott an

opportunity if he doesn't make this

1:36:421:36:45

pot.

One of those funny situation. Two

1:36:451:36:49

reds he could look at here. Just

thinking about which one to take.

1:36:491:36:54

So, it is looking like this one down

the right-hand side.

1:36:541:36:59

Could easily play it and screw the

cue ball back into both.

It makes

1:36:591:37:05

the pot harder, so decisions to be

made.

1:37:051:37:16

APPLAUSE

1:37:331:37:33

Pretty close. What you can guarantee

here is this red is coming off the

1:37:341:37:39

side cushion. If Graeme can line it

up with the green. It had to be

1:37:391:37:47

thicker than that, Graeme. He knew

straightaway when he hit it.

1:37:471:37:54

He hasn't done it and given Judd a

really good chance. OK, it is not a

1:37:561:38:05

sitter.

1:38:051:38:06

I just had a feeling that shot.

Graeme Dott has played two or three

1:38:111:38:18

safety shots.

1:38:181:38:18

Other times you play poor ones and

keep coming back to the table.

1:38:271:38:32

He's one good shot away, which he's

just played from a very good chance.

1:38:321:38:40

And this will hit Judd if he plays

up here. Make no mistake about that,

1:38:401:38:45

he should have won this frame.

1:38:451:38:56

Judd will be devastated if he loses

this frame. On the other side of the

1:39:021:39:06

coin Graeme doesn't take this

opportunity to pinch it, he will be

1:39:061:39:11

devastated.

1:39:111:39:12

If you are going to win these big

tournaments, it is winning the

1:39:191:39:25

frames you shouldn't win. They all

add up at the end of the week. That

1:39:251:39:28

is why people end up lifting

trophies.

1:39:281:39:32

Nicking games like this. It is so

nice if you are Graeme Dott.

1:39:321:39:36

Can he do it?

1:39:361:39:40

He can screw it for the blue.

1:39:591:40:02

Winning the frame by a point. And it

is there.

1:40:041:40:13

And this is a magnificent chance for

a clearance from nowhere.

1:40:131:40:26

He's been thrown a semi lifeline

because he's overscrewed the yellow.

1:40:451:40:51

He shouldn't have been anywhere

using a rest after that shot, but he

1:40:511:40:54

S got to be a little bit more

careful. May have to play this green

1:40:541:40:58

with a touch of side as well.

1:40:581:41:09

He played it beautifully to make

sure he was definitely on the brown.

1:41:131:41:26

Tremendous steal from Graeme Dott

and this will hurt Judd Trump.

1:41:571:42:01

Should be 3-2 in front, but now he's

3-2 behind. A clearance from Graeme

1:42:011:42:07

Dott. Once again the signs of that

gritty competitor he is. 62 points

1:42:071:42:14

to 61, he nicks it and he leads by

3-2.

1:42:141:42:19

STUDIO: Graeme has forged ahead

here. 3-2 against the world number

1:42:231:42:28

two and the top seed left in this

Er's championship.

1:42:281:42:33

This match was 2-2 at the interval.

It

Another. A 56 from Maguire and

1:42:411:42:54

even Stephens at the break. This is

game five. On table four we've got

1:42:541:43:03

an interesting one. The 20-year-old,

in fact he only turned 20 last week,

1:43:031:43:08

a very talented young man, this.

Third season in the game. He was on

1:43:081:43:12

2-0 up at one point. Michael's come

back at him and he's on a break of

1:43:121:43:17

64 right now as they head towards

the interval. Could it be that the

1:43:171:43:20

youngster will take a 3-1 advantage

into the interval against the man

1:43:201:43:26

who was a runner up in this

championship, in Telford, in 2008?

1:43:261:43:32

So, intrigue and interest.

1:43:321:43:33

There are some great matches and we

are very much enjoying this comeback

1:43:351:43:39

from Graeme Dott so far.

Yes. Never

would have predicted that would be

1:43:391:43:44

2-0 behind. Graeme looked like he

was struggling. A bit of table time

1:43:441:43:48

and perhaps all that confidence has

sort of flooded back into his body.

1:43:481:43:52

The old feelings of being out there

on the centre table and, as we said

1:43:521:43:57

before Graeme Dott is a proven

winner this that department.

And the

1:43:571:44:03

old feelings, that is very well put.

The memories of good times and being

1:44:031:44:07

able to take on the world's best,

you don't lose the feeling, do you?

1:44:071:44:11

You never lose them. Graeme will be

loving it out there. He plays quick.

1:44:111:44:17

He can score heavy. But he loves a

dogfight as well. There's nothing

1:44:171:44:21

that will phase him out there. What

a good clearance that was. We were

1:44:211:44:25

sitting here when he potted the

first red with the rest, we thought,

1:44:251:44:29

job done here. He's going to finish

it and he did.

Judd Trump is the

1:44:291:44:35

expected winner of this game,

against a player who is getting

1:44:351:44:39

older and not doing so well

recently. You have to fight against

1:44:391:44:43

those expectations and play the game

as it is. It is not easy to

1:44:431:44:47

sometimes think, I should beat this

guy.

For Dott, the tail is up - he's

1:44:471:44:54

ahead.

1:44:541:44:58

THE COMMENTATOR: It was a massive

frame for Graeme Dott. A big frame

1:45:001:45:07

for Judd. Doesn't want to go behind

to Graeme Dott. And that will help.

1:45:071:45:12

Excellent opening pot.

1:45:121:45:18

Once again he's got one of these

little cut backs on the black and

1:45:561:46:00

the two he's taken on so far this

afternoon, he's missed both and they

1:46:001:46:05

have both been to the near jaw.

That one didn't miss. What a shot

1:46:051:46:13

that was.

1:46:131:46:17

A great shot. Very good shot. So

aggressive. As you say John, missed

1:46:191:46:27

twice and by a mile.

You wouldn't have thought so the way

1:46:271:46:30

he played that.

The only downside

there, he's left himself on a red in

1:46:301:46:35

the centre. The black doesn't go

into the right-hand top corner

1:46:351:46:39

pocket, so position's awkward. May

have to take the one at the back and

1:46:391:46:43

power through this. Needs a bit of

luck to land on one.

1:46:431:46:48

Which he hasn't.

Didn't look like he had to hit it

1:46:481:46:53

that hard.

As long as he got the top spin on

1:46:531:46:57

it. Thought the cue ball was going

to keep going.

1:46:571:47:03

It was a magnificent chance to go

3-3, but now it will be a lot of

1:47:141:47:21

hard work.

1:47:211:47:31

Don't know how Dott's nerves are,

but if he could leave the cue ball

1:47:381:47:43

down in the jaws of the yellow

pocket, that is one shot. I'm not

1:47:431:47:47

sure he'll fancy that at the moment.

It is one of those if you are forced

1:47:471:47:51

into it, you may play into it, but

at the moment you may not think it

1:47:511:47:55

is the percentage. Don't blame him.

1:47:551:48:02

He has got one.

Looking at the shot you mentioned,

1:48:101:48:15

John.

1:48:151:48:25

It isn't where he wanted it. Good

luck with this one. This is a proper

1:48:291:48:33

test.

1:48:331:48:36

Blue to left middle.

All I'll say is if he knocks it in,

1:48:381:48:44

he'll deserve everything he gets

from it. This is really tough.

1:48:441:48:52

May play with pace black-to-left

middle. Dropping it in dead weight

1:48:521:48:58

is horrible.

Wasn't easy. Didn't really make a

1:48:581:49:04

good effort at it.

The only thing you can say about it

1:49:041:49:08

is he's hit it so poorly he's made

it a little bit more awkward for

1:49:081:49:12

Judd. They are horrible shots. We

mentioned it before he played it. He

1:49:121:49:17

can quite possibly miss those.

So you would fancy Judd Trump to get

1:49:171:49:23

this clip in the middle. It's not a

certainty. There you go. It wasn't.

1:49:231:49:27

Once again, the shot that Graeme

Dott hasn't played well will pay

1:49:271:49:32

dividends because he's back in

again. It is a strange game at

1:49:321:49:35

times.

1:49:351:49:38

What a chance.

1:49:421:49:44

Judd went back to his seat

absolutely furious.

1:49:471:49:58

Judd Trump is in a dogfight now. How

much does he want it?

1:50:041:50:11

The top seed in this tournament now.

1:50:131:50:24

Not been out here in the main

auditorium in the last years or so.

1:50:261:50:31

We know he's got great experience

but you have to keep on doing it out

1:50:311:50:35

there. He's not really been in this

situation for a while.

1:50:351:50:44

Have every faith, but sometimes you

have to show it. Sometimes you can

1:50:441:50:46

get excited be I the fact your

opponent is missing a few.

1:50:461:50:51

He's got to keep himself together.

He's got to do what he's good at.

1:50:511:51:06

Getting a little bit straight on

this black.

1:51:501:51:53

Can't really screw back. He had a

look at just coming back a couple of

1:51:531:52:06

inches. Making that shot a

difficult. It's all he could do. So

1:52:061:52:13

he's tried to hold the spot, so he

hasn't got a problem with the cue in

1:52:131:52:18

and if he can drop this red in the

middle, well, the blacks available.

1:52:181:52:25

This is the most important shot on

this break because if he gets it in,

1:52:251:52:30

he's got a wonderful chance to win

the frame.

1:52:301:52:36

Well cued.

That was excellent. That

was.

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He had half a pocket to aim at

there.

1:52:421:52:46

His bottle is still in tact.

1:52:491:53:06

Coming out against a fancied player.

1:53:111:53:22

Got to be a little bit careful with

this. See the players go around and

1:53:441:53:50

have a little look and see the

angle.

1:53:501:53:57

Slightly more difficult

position-wise in a minute.

1:54:171:54:20

A couple of red colours away from

taking a 4-2 lead.

1:54:341:54:45

This break has been excellent. Very

good indeed. 94% pot success rate is

1:54:451:54:53

top class. He's come straight on the

black again, or just offstraight.

1:54:531:55:02

Not on the ideal angle.

1:55:021:55:08

Been excellent with the rest so far

this afternoon.

1:55:311:55:43

Usually stick it up, which is what

he's done here.

1:55:571:56:06

This

This is on the black, of sorts.

The problem, he was desperate to get

1:56:201:56:27

a ball off the cushion. Imperative

to land on a colour because he needs

1:56:271:56:32

the points.

Another black off the spot missed.

1:56:321:56:37

I think he's probably missed more of

those this afternoon than he has all

1:56:371:56:40

season.

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Four frames in a row for Graeme

Dott.

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APPLAUSE

1:57:131:57:15

Graeme Dott, four frames to two.

Only looks like one winner at the

1:57:211:57:25

minute, that is Graeme Dott. Looks

like he's got the bit between his

1:57:251:57:30

teeth. Ironically he's played a

couple of poor shots and ended in

1:57:301:57:35

getting in off them. His opponent

has had one or two tricky shots. One

1:57:351:57:41

in particular, where you questioned

the way he played this.

If I have

1:57:411:57:46

got a criticism of Judd Trump and

his cue ball control, he overhits a

1:57:461:57:50

lot of shots. This one, you can see

the shape of the pack. You think, as

1:57:501:57:54

long as he hits it nicely, does

haven't to hit this as hard. I know

1:57:541:58:00

he's scared of leaving the cue ball

right to the cushion but imperative

1:58:001:58:05

leaving your pot on the black. Hits

it very hard and you can see just

1:58:051:58:09

lands nowhere.

He had quite a big

margin for error. It wasn't like it

1:58:091:58:13

was just travelling. It was going to

go across the table and back. A

1:58:131:58:19

slight mis-judgment there. Looks out

of sorts at the moment.

Body

1:58:191:58:23

language is not good. When he's

missing, he's looking under pressure

1:58:231:58:27

now. He is under pressure, no doubt

about it.

If we thought the last

1:58:271:58:32

frame was big, this is huge.

1:58:321:58:36

We have seen Graeme today. He's been

very fluent in scoring, but has the

1:59:361:59:41

luxury of being 4-2 ahead. If he

wants to have a scrapie frame, he

1:59:411:59:45

can have one. It is not him playing

catch up. At the moment he's in the

1:59:451:59:49

driving seat. He won't mind which

way this match goes, Judd is

1:59:491:59:54

desperate to get in and score

heavily. From Graeme's point of

1:59:541:59:58

view, he can play how he sees it.

1:59:582:00:04

The big questions are being asked of

Judd Trump now.

2:00:242:00:27

When you hit it well, you tend to

get a bit of luck and that was a

2:00:422:00:47

lovely little kiss but fantastic

opening pot. There were couple of

2:00:472:00:51

reds available for Graeme, who won

at the back of the pack certainly

2:00:512:00:55

goes and at the middle. If you leave

it low, you can pot this and leave

2:00:552:01:01

some reds into play. Looks good.

2:01:012:01:04

That was a lovely shot, really well

played. Nice and controlled, who

2:01:142:01:20

come any reds came into play there.

-- look how many reds came into

2:01:202:01:26

play.

It was almost stunning the cue

ball into the pack. You have to keep

2:01:262:01:39

the excitement in check, remain in

the moment.

2:01:392:01:41

It's not been that he has been in

the big stage that often in recent

2:01:462:01:53

times. He is one of the premier

players, Judd Trump. The composure

2:01:532:01:58

is there. At the moment. The way he

has been playing the balls, you'd

2:01:582:02:05

expect this to be 5-2 now.

2:02:052:02:08

If he is not on a red there... He

has got one back into the corner. He

2:02:372:02:45

would love to be on something

easier. But his positional play out

2:02:452:02:55

of kilter. You wouldn't expect him

to get this but you've got a plan

2:02:552:03:03

and it has to change, sometimes you

can miss. But not now.

2:03:032:03:09

Well played as well. Nice touch.

2:03:412:03:43

He's looking good, he really is.

Best I've seen him play for a good

2:03:542:03:58

while.

2:03:582:03:59

Everything is going in the middle of

the pocket now, we mentioned earlier

2:04:062:04:09

on in the match, one or two wobbly

shots and it's nice and clean now.

2:04:092:04:16

He's working walking around the

table like he's very confident.

2:04:162:04:22

Just a little bit low there. Thought

the way they played it, he was on

2:04:372:04:42

the bottom red. That's the one he

played on, the one just below the

2:04:422:04:49

pink. Obviously it's still pots, but

the position is more difficult.

2:04:492:04:57

Another great shot.

2:05:092:05:13

Eventually got round onto that red.

2:05:232:05:26

He keeps on finishing awkwardly on

the colours and reds but he keeps on

2:05:552:05:58

potting balls. Just sheer

determination.

Yes, 63 ahead, 75

2:05:582:06:05

left. And this is probably going to

be the important shot. He needs to

2:06:052:06:11

get a good cannon to get on a

colour. Well played. Hit that

2:06:112:06:17

lovely. And this is definitely frame

ball, if this goes in.

2:06:172:06:24

Has been a very great effort.

2:06:342:06:40

Surely from this position you will

see the first entry of this match.

2:06:452:06:53

Oh! What a shot. And Judd Trump

remained in his chair. Another one

2:06:532:07:01

for Graeme notched to extend his

lead, he needs just one more to be

2:07:012:07:05

top seed in this tournament. You can

guarantee he won't be taking

2:07:052:07:12

anything for granted because he was

53 against manic Dale and suddenly

2:07:122:07:16

found himself in a final frame --

5-3 against Dominic Dale and that

2:07:162:07:22

itself in a final frame decider. But

not

2:07:222:07:24

itself in a final frame decider. But

not showing huge amount.

We talked

2:07:242:07:27

about his fighting quality, he has

fought his way into the match,

2:07:272:07:32

Graeme, and taken complete control.

We have seen Judd sitting down for

2:07:322:07:37

the majority of the five frames.

We

are beginning to see the body

2:07:372:07:42

language from Judd who was looking

more uncomfortable.

Other than the

2:07:422:07:45

chair is getting more comfortable

because he's spending too much time

2:07:452:07:49

in it. You cannot give him, it's not

his full pieces happened, you have

2:07:492:07:53

got to say from Graeme Dott's

perspective, every credit what he's

2:07:532:07:55

done. The only thing that I can

criticise is that he has been to the

2:07:552:08:03

toilet twice, and he used to

criticise me for going all the time.

2:08:032:08:06

You went after everything.

He has

obviously learned from me.

New

2:08:062:08:13

feature, toilet talk! What would you

change from a gritty perspective? --

2:08:132:08:19

from Judd's perspective? When you're

on the point of departure, we have

2:08:192:08:22

seen him come back often from here

but that he looked like he's in

2:08:222:08:26

stroke to do so today?

I think he is

physically in stroke but I'll be

2:08:262:08:31

honest, if I was Judd's mate, I

would get him someone in his corner

2:08:312:08:35

who really knows this game, and

knows what it is like to be out

2:08:352:08:42

there. At times like this, you were

2-0 up and bossing it and all of a

2:08:422:08:48

sudden, you are staring at the other

table, watching the other match,

2:08:482:08:52

that's not good body language.

You've got to be on it every second

2:08:522:08:55

you're out there and he's not. I

think mentally, he can improve.

2:08:552:08:59

Pretend you're his mate, what would

you say?

Get focused and get his

2:08:592:09:03

mind on the job and be up for the

fight. He's going out to play Dott

2:09:032:09:10

today, he knows what Graeme brings

to the table, and Graeme isn't

2:09:102:09:15

afraid of him. People are not going

to go out there and play against

2:09:152:09:20

Judd, rollover and have your belly

tickled, he will be to 6-1 and we go

2:09:202:09:25

home, it doesn't work that way.

You

know you are into a fight before you

2:09:252:09:31

turn up.

In these modern day games,

players have to perform all the

2:09:312:09:38

time. He got off to a fantastic

start, Judd. Sometimes, you can't do

2:09:382:09:42

much about another guy playing well

against you. It's very hard to keep

2:09:422:09:46

a good man down like Graeme Dott.

One or two shots we were talking

2:09:462:09:50

earlier about, occasionally as Alan

made the

2:09:502:09:56

earlier about, occasionally as Alan

made the point to me, sometimes Judd

2:09:562:09:57

doesn't make it hard enough for his

opponent. Perhaps John Higgins food

2:09:572:10:03

make you work harder for your

opportunities. Judd plays an open

2:10:032:10:09

game.

Let's go back, they could be

on the point of yet another shot in

2:10:092:10:15

the tournament.

2:10:152:10:16

Interesting stuff as ever. What he

cannot afford to do business. The

2:10:192:10:24

scoreline is 5-2 because Graeme has

played very well. -- he cannot

2:10:242:10:30

afford to miss. Graeme has been back

at the table straightaway when Judd

2:10:302:10:36

has played poor shots. He has got

severely punished but ultimately, it

2:10:362:10:44

was him who missed.

2:10:442:10:46

That fifth frame is looking more and

more like the turning point in this

2:10:552:10:58

match. Judd had a couple of chances

at it, to go up himself. But since

2:10:582:11:06

then, to be frank, he has folded a

bit. Imagine if you put a player

2:11:062:11:12

with Judd's talent and Graeme Dott's

fighting ability together, he would

2:11:122:11:21

be unbeatable.

I would not fancy

playing them.

2:11:212:11:24

There is nothing like confidence.

Starting to knock in everything now,

2:11:382:11:44

Graeme, playing the standard that he

was playing when he was reaching

2:11:442:11:46

world finals.

2:11:462:11:47

This is something else you get. He

is a great match player on top of

2:11:512:11:57

being a very good and fluent scorer.

When he is at his best, he's a much

2:11:572:12:02

for everybody. This is what Judd is

finding out this afternoon.

2:12:022:12:05

Great percentage, that is, what

success, 93. Very high pot success.

2:12:132:12:23

One thing I agree with, Alan

McManus, his body language is not

2:12:272:12:32

inspiring much confidence that he

will come back into this match. He

2:12:322:12:37

may prove me wrong and everyone

wrong but at the moment I don't see

2:12:372:12:40

it.

Foulness macro.

2:12:402:12:44

Very tight into the centre pocket.

He has decided he doesn't fancy

2:12:592:13:06

that.

2:13:062:13:08

Wow, that is the ultimate mistake.

You hit the black, chipped it in the

2:13:412:13:47

pocket, put it back on the spot and

leave Graeme with a simple red.

2:13:472:13:53

Could not be any worse if you tried.

2:13:532:14:04

He has finished straight on blacks a

few times today, Graeme Dott.

He has

2:14:102:14:15

not been stopping them, he keeps

finding position and keeps going on.

2:14:152:14:21

That shot Judd just played there,

goodness me. I bet he can't believe

2:14:212:14:25

the way that turned out. Once again,

Graeme has just slightly lost the

2:14:252:14:33

cue ball, a little bit too hard.

Does not want to play a cannon into

2:14:332:14:37

the two reds above the black. If he

had kept the cue ball mice and

2:14:372:14:43

tight, he wouldn't have to.

If he

plays a screw shot into the first

2:14:432:14:50

red, he can leave the second one

into the right corner. He is playing

2:14:502:14:53

top spin.

2:14:532:14:55

Clever little shot, the way he

played it.

You has gone up the

2:15:002:15:04

table, chart of the one up the

table. -- he has gone up the table,

2:15:042:15:10

chance for the one up the table.

2:15:102:15:12

Mentioned the shot that Judd played

there, unbelievable how that

2:15:362:15:43

happened. A bad shot, should not be

going anywhere near the black, not

2:15:432:15:47

only does he pot it, put it back on

the spot and then leaves the red.

2:15:472:15:55

Goodness me, when it's not your

day...

2:15:552:15:58

That was an excellent shot.

Stumbling through, just a bit of

2:16:082:16:14

side to hold it up.

2:16:142:16:18

Very good at those types of shots,

slightly awkward. He just keeps

2:16:192:16:25

knocking them in and keeping them

going. Wants to get a 76 to get over

2:16:252:16:33

the line in this frame. Let's see

which way he goes about this. The

2:16:332:16:39

red at the top of the eight pack

does pot so you want to play for

2:16:392:16:44

blue instead of pink. Just needs the

cue ball to run a bit. He has got it

2:16:442:16:51

so he will play that read, leave it

short so he can pot it and bring the

2:16:512:17:01

other reds into play.

2:17:012:17:03

He's run a little bit further than

he may have liked.

2:17:112:17:16

Just to force another read out.

2:17:282:17:30

Again, not dead straight but

finished, not with a natural angle

2:17:342:17:42

to play for the red to left corner.

2:17:422:17:48

Another excellent shot there. One

more required here. Just come out

2:17:582:18:06

back for another colour. Has been a

superb break. It's the circumstances

2:18:062:18:11

that make this very good. We have

mentioned he has not been in the

2:18:112:18:15

main arena for a while, for a couple

of seasons it hasn't been brilliant.

2:18:152:18:20

But to produce this on a big stage,

against the top seed in the

2:18:202:18:25

tournament, this has been absolutely

superb from Graeme Dott. And on this

2:18:252:18:30

form, he'll take some beating.

2:18:302:18:32

They just have an angle here to

flick into the pack, bring another

2:18:432:18:46

one into play. There it is again,

this has been excellent. A couple of

2:18:462:18:54

shots ago, he flicked the pack and

one came out, he has done it again

2:18:542:18:58

there, perfect position. What a

break this has been.

Fantastic

2:18:582:19:05

performance. Just virtually frozen

his opponent out. Trump has scored

2:19:052:19:18

something like 85 point since he

went 2-0 up.

After all that

2:19:182:19:26

wonderful play, just knock this

black in and that's all that's

2:19:262:19:32

required. Didn't get the cannon but

he will not be worried about that,

2:19:322:19:41

79 ahead. Judd won't concede that 67

remaining, I don't think.

2:19:412:19:49

Disappointing for him. Out of the UK

championship. He is conceding, he's

2:19:552:19:59

had enough. So here comes the

handshake. You can see has conceded,

2:19:592:20:13

Graeme Dott one six frames in a row,

he beats the top seed six frames to

2:20:132:20:21

two.

2:20:212:20:22

he beats the top seed six frames to

two.

2:20:222:20:25

A dramatic finish in the end, from

2-0 down, with a break of 86 in

2:20:252:20:30

frame three, Graeme Dott pushed in

winning six in a row to dispose of

2:20:302:20:34

the number two in the world, which

means that this championship has now

2:20:342:20:43

lost 11, Mark Selby, number two Judd

Trump and number three, Ding Junhui.

2:20:432:20:47

Can you sum up the achievement?

It a

massive win for him, I know him

2:20:472:20:54

well, I think it's been on the

cards. I know how hard he has been

2:20:542:20:57

working on his game, I know how well

he's been playing and this kind of

2:20:572:21:01

result has been simmering on the

surface. I'm delighted for him, it

2:21:012:21:07

was a brilliant performance.

From

2-0 down, I think that third frame,

2:21:072:21:12

we just saw him starting to warm up

and here he comes, warmed up now and

2:21:122:21:16

into the next round,

congratulations. A brilliant

2:21:162:21:19

victory, from 2-0 down, you went out

of the arena, what are you telling

2:21:192:21:23

yourself?

Beat him 6-0! I actually

felt quite nervous at the start. He

2:21:232:21:29

had a really good chance in the

third frame, my good chance to

2:21:292:21:34

settle down, I took the black off

the spot.

It just went in.

It was

2:21:342:21:40

just such an easy shot, if I missed

that, it could have been a

2:21:402:21:45

nightmare.

Settle down eventually.

In the scheme of things, it's just

2:21:452:21:50

one more win along the way, but from

the point of view of getting your

2:21:502:21:57

morale up, trying to prove that

you're winning, it's a great boost,

2:21:572:22:01

to get a performance like that on

the TV table, it must be marvellous.

2:22:012:22:05

It was great to be back on TV, it

feels so much better than playing in

2:22:052:22:11

the back.

I know Graeme really well

as we know, but Graeme is saying

2:22:112:22:15

it's so much better out there. It's

also so much easier for someone like

2:22:152:22:19

you.

I think it is. You play a

safety shot and you get the white

2:22:192:22:24

where you expected to go, and you

when you play on the outside tables,

2:22:242:22:28

it's not the same.

We have all been

in the same situation, away from the

2:22:282:22:32

sharp end of the game and away from

the TV tables, it's easy to forget

2:22:322:22:37

when you have got your chance you

grasp it. It's like a water feature

2:22:372:22:44

final.

I have been playing well,

it's the best I have played with the

2:22:442:22:51

last few years. I have been working

hard on my game. I'm getting the

2:22:512:22:54

rewards now.

We were talking about

that, you have had a disappointing

2:22:542:23:01

season last season, you didn't get

through the qualifiers, you took

2:23:012:23:04

another scalp at the Crucible. What

did you work on over the summer and

2:23:042:23:07

what has made a difference?

I think

I was getting disillusioned with the

2:23:072:23:13

game. I can't complain that I am

honoured outside table because my

2:23:132:23:17

raking leaves and should be out

there. It's hard to get motivated --

2:23:172:23:21

might ranking means I should be out

there. It's hard to get motivated

2:23:212:23:26

when no one is watching. Then I just

wasn't practising, not doing

2:23:262:23:30

anything at all. When I went to see

Chris, it gave me something else to

2:23:302:23:34

try, different weight to play and it

gave me something back.

I was

2:23:342:23:38

speaking about it, you played

basically the cue ball for a week,

2:23:382:23:42

trying to find the middle of the

white and being able to hit it,

2:23:422:23:45

where are you with that?

Still

nowhere near it, probably!

Is this

2:23:452:23:51

true, you had one white ball for a

week and you just hit it up and down

2:23:512:23:56

the spots for the?

A little bit,

maybe a little bit more.

You have

2:23:562:24:05

less life than I do, you're trying

to take over my nickname!

Very

2:24:052:24:11

rarely do I use the playing balls.

It's nice to know what the centre

2:24:112:24:17

is.

As Chris would say, I was

completely uncoordinated before I

2:24:172:24:23

saw him and now I'm feeling better.

And now you're into the last 16,

2:24:232:24:27

first time for three years. When you

look at this progress in the UK

2:24:272:24:35

championship, it has been the

weakest of all the majors. Is there

2:24:352:24:39

a reason for that, is it to

something that he failed to get to

2:24:392:24:41

grips with?

I think I got one is to

the semis and Stephen Hendry beat

2:24:412:24:47

me. I just never have got on with

it, I just would rather every

2:24:472:24:57

tournament was at the Crucible.

So

it's looking like it's going to be

2:24:572:25:03

Stephen Maguire or Liang Wenbo, how

you looking at that?

It's nice to

2:25:032:25:09

finish a match like that, it gives

you confidence. They are both

2:25:092:25:14

fantastic players.

Thank you very

much, good luck for the next round.

2:25:142:25:20

Let's have a quick look to see how

your prospective opponents are

2:25:202:25:25

doing, this is the situation on

table three, Liang Wenbo who made

2:25:252:25:30

the final couple of

2:25:302:25:35

table three, Liang Wenbo who made

the final couple of years ago,

2:25:352:25:38

against Stephen Maguire, it is three

frames apiece. Maguire is on break

2:25:382:25:42

of 29, so that could go all the way.

A very close and enjoyable contest

2:25:422:25:46

from what I'm hearing. And table

four, Lyu Haotian against Marco Fu,

2:25:462:25:57

it's now 3-2, so Marco is coming

back at him. This is all going very

2:25:572:26:04

intriguingly in these matters. A

straightforward victory though for

2:26:042:26:09

Graeme Dott over the world number

two.

2:26:092:26:14

The other much we have been watching

2:26:142:26:18

two.

The other much we have been watching

2:26:182:26:18

features the all Wales confrontation

between Ryan Day and Mark Williams.

2:26:182:26:24

A very distinguished career in

snooker for the player, four finals,

2:26:242:26:32

and he is in the race for the

Masters. He is in the 16th

2:26:322:26:38

qualifying position for Alexandra

Palace.

2:26:382:26:40

qualifying position for Alexandra

Palace. This is not just about what

2:26:402:26:44

happens here in York, it is about

what is going to be the last couple

2:26:442:26:49

of spots in the Masters. Ryan is in

the last olivine position, Neil

2:26:492:26:55

Robertson is hot on his heels.

Stephen Maguire is not out of this,

2:26:552:27:00

if you can go deep into the

tournament, he could into action by

2:27:002:27:02

the Masters is concerned.

2:27:022:27:08

tournament, he could into action by

the Masters is concerned. It's an

2:27:082:27:10

intriguing position, you both won

the Masters, Neil Robertson has got

2:27:102:27:14

a lot of pressure to try and make

sure he's there.

He has, and it's

2:27:142:27:19

been quite a long road back for Neil

Robertson in terms of winning big

2:27:192:27:23

events. I don't know if I'm right in

saying he was the last one aside

2:27:232:27:28

from Mark Selby who won this couple

of years ago. He's back playing the

2:27:282:27:33

way we know he can and that's the

most important thing. Whether or not

2:27:332:27:36

he gets in the Masters for me, I

think I have been watching him

2:27:362:27:40

closely over the last few months and

he's almost there.

Ryan Day, a word

2:27:402:27:45

about him because after that

conversation about the best player

2:27:452:27:47

never to win a world ranking title,

on one hand, it's flattering to be

2:27:472:27:54

in that conversation but it's also

very frustrating and he was the last

2:27:542:27:58

one that we had been talking about

and he's done it at long last.

And I

2:27:582:28:01

think everyone in the game is

pleased that he has done it because

2:28:012:28:04

he is a lovely guy and a great

player. It shows that players can

2:28:042:28:07

mature at different times in your

career and learning ring craft does

2:28:072:28:12

not come as easily as it does to

others. He has got all the pieces of

2:28:122:28:19

the jigsaw together now. The race to

the Masters, it's fascinating how

2:28:192:28:23

many great players who are involved

which may not get in. The Masters

2:28:232:28:28

many years ago, without being

disrespectful, 12 people and then

2:28:282:28:33

some made up the numbers.

Invitational in the actual sense.

2:28:332:28:39

Perhaps not quite as strong. Now all

that all of a sudden there is the

2:28:392:28:43

possibility of absolutely great

players who have been world

2:28:432:28:47

champions and they would be in the

Masters because they have not been

2:28:472:28:50

on the leaderboard enough.

We shall

see, because it's certainly a

2:28:502:28:56

subplot here at York. Ryan Day is

definitely in that. Having been in a

2:28:562:29:01

four major finals, he finally got

over the line in Riga and it has had

2:29:012:29:06

all of his fellow pros talking.

2:29:062:29:08

So so, there you are, the snooker

nearly man, bashing your head

2:29:152:29:18

against the wall to win an event,

getting to some finals and never

2:29:182:29:21

getting there. You finally win an

event and then your favourite cue

2:29:212:29:25

breaks. A bit upsetting, really?

Yeah and you know, we've had

2:29:252:29:31

problems with cues travelling around

over the years, on a flight, getting

2:29:312:29:42

broke, but this was with someone in

the trade and it is broken halfway

2:29:422:29:50

through, I wouldn't be very happy.

It's testament to his skill that

2:29:502:29:55

he's found a replacement and pushed

on because a great player and

2:29:552:29:59

definitely more in the tank.

It can

take a long time when something like

2:29:592:30:04

that happens, getting used to a new

cue. Especially under pressure. You

2:30:042:30:09

can feel OK in practice.

You go back

to your habits.

Yes, you're OK in

2:30:092:30:17

practice, but under pressure, the

cue is throwing off differently. If

2:30:172:30:20

it does that, you're going to miss.

It's about timing and distance, if

2:30:202:30:26

you're using side is going to be

very tough for him.

But not

2:30:262:30:29

impossible.

Not impossible and he is

supremely talented, a very gifted

2:30:292:30:36

player and at times, he gets so much

spin. You feel he needs to go up in

2:30:362:30:45

size almost because he gets so much

because he's overscrewing things

2:30:452:30:50

even when he doesn't mean to.

The

other thing in the past is not

2:30:502:30:54

knowing perhaps when there's a bit

of danger in a frame and tactically

2:30:542:30:57

not playing the right shot but I

think he's come to terms with that.

2:30:572:31:02

I'm not sure, a bit like myself,

that criticism is levelled at us in

2:31:022:31:07

terms of not playing safe, not

knowing how to play and I don't

2:31:072:31:11

think it's true. I don't think you

achieve what he's achieved, and

2:31:112:31:15

other players as well, without

having that string to your bow. I

2:31:152:31:19

think he might just get them wrong.

Everyone has strengths and

2:31:192:31:24

weaknesses. He wouldn't be as strong

in that area of the game as he is in

2:31:242:31:30

scoring and break-building and he

isn't as strong as other players in

2:31:302:31:34

other areas but others don't have

the ability he has. I think it's a

2:31:342:31:39

matter, not if, but when he'll win

again and I think he's an

2:31:392:31:45

exceptionally dangerous player on

his day and I guess the question is,

2:31:452:31:48

when it's not your day, you still

got to find a way to win and maybe

2:31:482:31:52

that's something he should look at.

2:31:522:31:56

So, will he find a way to win here?

When The Last Leg the match it was

2:31:582:32:04

1-1. Mark Williams took the third to

go ahead on 2-1. Williams, 33-0 up,

2:32:042:32:12

back to

2:32:122:32:12

go ahead on 2-1. Williams, 33-0 up,

back to Ken and Dennis.

2:32:122:32:17

COMMENTATOR: That was a bullet shot,

he's left it at the other end of the

2:32:212:32:26

table. He didn't get into it at all.

He should have blocked the path,

2:32:262:32:30

been tight on the cushion and been

six, eight inches across the table

2:32:302:32:37

-- that was a poor workshops. Looks

like he's going to cannon and

2:32:372:32:44

there's every chance he may go on to

the black. It looks natural to

2:32:442:32:49

cannon the red. Make sure the pot

and just hope you get on a colour.

2:32:492:32:56

That's not bad.

2:33:002:33:03

Just wondering whether he has an

angle on the red, if he Pons it he

2:33:322:33:38

could bring the blue into play -- if

he pots it.

I don't think so

2:33:382:33:44

otherwise he'd have played that

shot. Would love to get the blue

2:33:442:33:49

back on its spot.

2:33:492:33:54

Might develop one of these reds on

the left-hand side cushion. Yes,

2:34:062:34:11

staying nicely on the other end to

the yellow pocket. Good shot.

2:34:112:34:18

That's what he's looking at, going

back to the red just to see what

2:34:372:34:42

kind of an angle he'd require to get

on the red and bring the blue and

2:34:422:34:50

red into play. Has he got the angle

this time?

2:34:502:34:57

That's worked out very nice indeed.

He's got an angle I think on the

2:35:212:35:28

pink to bring the four reds, at

least a couple into play. Yeah,

2:35:282:35:37

that's the angle. He could force it

in, he has enough angle to force it.

2:35:372:35:46

With these fine clocks you can

create a much better angle than you

2:35:462:35:50

used used to be able to with the

heavy cloths. And that looks pretty

2:35:502:36:00

good to me. -- with these fine

cloths.

2:36:002:36:15

Yes, he's quite a tall lad, Ryan,

about six foot three, something like

2:37:182:37:23

that, and he couldn't reach it.

Needing the extension and even then,

2:37:232:37:28

it's quite a stretch. As long as you

keep one foot on the floor, you're

2:37:282:37:32

OK. If the foot leaves the floor,

it's a foul shot. Unlike the clubs

2:37:322:37:40

were used to learn to play income if

you had one foot in the D area, you

2:37:402:37:45

are OK. -- the clubs we used to

learn to play in, if you had one

2:37:452:37:56

foot in the D area.

Not sure if that

was a heavy contact. A bit short.

2:37:562:38:07

Two comfortable reds still available

and then the difficult one, that's

2:38:162:38:19

going to be the key ball in this

frame. He's only nine points ahead.

2:38:192:38:25

He's already planning his route to

try and move that's difficult red.

2:38:252:38:35

You saw him mumbling to himself.

He's trying to work out the scores

2:38:412:38:45

in his head. That red that's close

to the right-hand side cushion,

2:38:452:38:54

that's going to be the key ball in

the frame.

Normally you'd try and

2:38:542:39:03

move the red from the blue, you'd

leave the white at the other end

2:39:032:39:09

just to pot it and can it out. If

you played for the pink it would be

2:39:092:39:14

so difficult, you'd have to be so

precise. You'd have more margin for

2:39:142:39:18

error in a few play on the blue

here. Interesting to see if he does

2:39:182:39:21

that. He could leave the Green also

but it's a standard sort of shot, if

2:39:212:39:29

he rolls through the red. If he

plays for the pink he's got to be

2:39:292:39:36

absolutely pinpoint. If he plays for

the blue and comes off the top

2:39:362:39:40

cushion, a bit more margin for

error. Let's see how he feels. This

2:39:402:39:50

has to be absolutely spot on. Has he

gone on a bit too far at the Mac is

2:39:502:39:57

very natural angle? -- or is it a

natural angle?

You can always tell

2:39:572:40:08

from the body language, if he goes

down quick it looks pretty good. I

2:40:082:40:13

think if he had hit it into the

left-hand side of the pocket he

2:40:132:40:19

could have hit the red. Now it's

just going to be, you'd expect

2:40:192:40:27

whoever pots this red will win the

frame. He's got a 28 point lead but

2:40:272:40:40

he'll still be disappointed not to

win the frame from that visit.

Yes,

2:40:402:40:47

especially after the last frame when

he made breaks of 65 and 41.

2:40:472:40:53

He's got a slight double-kiss. Is

the red going to go far enough? Just

2:41:002:41:07

about.

2:41:072:41:10

Is he going to be brave enough to go

off the baulk cushion, try and hit

2:41:162:41:21

the red on the way back? Having a

look at it, he's going to look from

2:41:212:41:27

the other end.

If it was close to

the pocket you'd have a go. If he

2:41:272:41:32

hits the cushion, there's no way

he's going to pot it.

The only

2:41:322:41:39

problem, it's a difficult safety

shot if he tries to play it on this

2:41:392:41:46

side of the table. He's got to try

and even knock it off the knuckle of

2:41:462:41:54

the pocket, but you're never sure

where the red is going to go. I'm

2:41:542:41:59

not sure what the best shot is here.

If he tries that then the white is

2:41:592:42:03

going to go close to the corner

pocket. It isn't a natural angle, if

2:42:032:42:08

egos past the others to go on the

cushion. He's got to play it with

2:42:082:42:13

right-hand guide and if he makes it

it would be a number label shot.

2:42:132:42:18

From that angle, the odds would be

against not knocking in the red, but

2:42:182:42:21

here we go -- it would be an

unbelievable shot. Give him credit

2:42:212:42:27

if he manages it.

Foul and a miss.

Again, Mark is quite happy to have

2:42:272:42:38

this replaced.

Quite a long way away

from it as well so he's going to

2:42:382:42:44

have to readjust this.

The other

thing, if he misses this time he'll

2:42:442:42:50

be warned because three misses when

you can see full ball, you lose the

2:42:502:42:54

frame. Peggy Lee there just checking

the monitor to see exactly where the

2:42:542:43:03

cue ball was. He's having to play it

with side to make the angle.

I'm not

2:43:032:43:13

sure it was that close to the top

cushion, was it? I think that the

2:43:132:43:18

cue ball was a bit further wrap. --

a bit further up.

He's just ask Mark

2:43:182:43:32

and Mark has agreed with him.

Further up

2:43:322:43:37

and Mark has agreed with him.

Further up?

Yeah it was a bit

2:43:372:43:44

further up. That's OK. Now, second

attempt. If he doesn't hit it this

2:43:442:43:52

time he'll be warned.

Foul and a

miss.

2:43:522:44:03

Don't forget to warn him. Having a

laugh with each other. Is he winding

2:44:072:44:20

him up a little bit? He's quite a

character, Mark, that's for sure. He

2:44:202:44:24

can play the shot from here if he

wishes.

He's got to put him back

2:44:242:44:30

income is surely. -- to put him back

in, surely.

2:44:302:44:39

Strange choice. I would have

definitely put him back in. How is

2:44:432:44:49

he going to get it safe? He couldn't

try the same shot again otherwise

2:44:492:44:53

he'd lose the frame. And he's left a

possible pots for Ryan Day. Strange

2:44:532:44:59

choice from Mark.

2:44:592:45:04

It may have worked to his advantage

because Ryan seemed to hit it much

2:45:152:45:21

harder than the he intended and

didn't come close to the pot.

He's

2:45:212:45:32

gifted a great opportunity now to

Mark Williams. But the pink into the

2:45:322:45:38

yellow pocket and get it back on its

spot.

2:45:382:45:44

He's going to need all the way up to

the black to win the frame.

2:45:472:45:59

Brown to blue is always the tricky

one when you're clearing up. As long

2:46:092:46:17

as you get perfect on the blue, no

problem. That's pretty good. Don't

2:46:172:46:25

want to be using the top cushion,

you want to play it in such a way,

2:46:252:46:34

leave the pink as easy as possible.

And that's absolutely perfect.

2:46:342:46:44

Well, the black goes in. Never lies

to lose a frame, when you make a

2:46:542:47:01

break of 61 and then you lose it,

he's got something to think about,

2:47:012:47:06

Mark Williams. He'll be delighted to

be in the frame.

2:47:062:47:11

Mark Williams. He'll be delighted to

be in the frame. We'll catch up with

2:47:112:47:13

him before the interval.

2:47:132:47:14

be in the frame. We'll catch up with

him before the interval. Williams is

2:47:142:47:14

12 points in front.

2:47:142:47:20

That was an uncharacteristic mistake

from Mark Williams.

2:47:272:47:31

He could try and cut the red. Can

miss the blue and the black going

2:47:382:47:48

back up to the baulk. This looks

absolutely perfect, if he can get on

2:47:482:48:00

the black. Looks really good, he may

have an angle on the black to free

2:48:002:48:06

up the red on the side cushion. I

wonder, does he?

That would have

2:48:062:48:11

been a bonus but even if he doesn't,

he can get on the red. He can take

2:48:112:48:17

that red out. Well, what was that?

He obviously didn't have the angle

2:48:172:48:26

too can be other red but he should

never have missed a black -- to

2:48:262:48:33

cannon the other red. He's annoyed

with himself. And he won't be very

2:48:332:48:42

happy with that. He's still not

happy with that tip, is he? One of

2:48:422:48:52

those delicate shots where he seems

to be playing it with a touch of

2:48:522:48:58

side. Where is the cue ball going to

finish? Is he OK? Does he have an

2:48:582:49:06

angle on the yellow to come back

pass the pink and bring the red into

2:49:062:49:09

play? He could drop behind it. I

think he could do. He'd be playing

2:49:092:49:19

to move this, rather than drop

behind it, if you have the correct

2:49:192:49:23

angle that is. Doesn't think he has

all stop -- doesn't think he has.

2:49:232:49:31

Going to try and come off two

cushions and land on the red. Not a

2:49:482:49:53

bad effort, not bad at all. What a

great shot that was.

Great escape.

I

2:49:532:50:10

love that film, Steve McQueen.

2:50:102:50:13

Well, he has all sorts of choices

available. The yellow to play

2:50:312:50:36

behind, he can play behind the

black, he can even take on the pot.

2:50:362:50:41

Depends how he feels. Deciding on

the pot.

2:50:412:50:49

And a half chance for Ryan Day here.

But I think the pressure, I know

2:50:532:50:59

it's the best of 11 but when you go

to the mid-session interval it adds

2:50:592:51:03

a bit of pressure if you're trying

to level the door. If you're trying

2:51:032:51:08

to get a 3-1 advantage it's amazing

how you can miss a few balls.

That

2:51:082:51:17

will give him a bit of confidence.

He struck that really nicely indeed.

2:51:172:51:25

Would love to have been straight on

the brown. He's going to have two

2:51:252:51:29

pot the brown and screw off the side

cushion here.

2:51:292:51:37

He's hitting the ball a bit harder

than I think he needs to, I think

2:51:452:51:49

that's a sign of pressure. Doesn't

have the ideal angle. If the pink

2:51:492:51:58

isn't in the way, the angle on the

yellow would be nice. Looks like

2:51:582:52:02

he's concerned, the path of the cue

ball. Looks like it's going into the

2:52:022:52:10

pink and he won't end up with the

green that way. Not quite sure how

2:52:102:52:16

he's going to judge this one,

Dennis.

As long as he doesn't go

2:52:162:52:20

past the middle pocket, he will be

on a comfortable green. Going all

2:52:202:52:28

the way around the ankles, looks

pretty good to me but is it hard

2:52:282:52:32

enough? He's going to have two pot

is it with the rest.

Good attempt, I

2:52:322:52:40

think he'd settle with that. The

natural angle of the cue ball, going

2:52:402:52:46

back into the brown.

2:52:462:52:52

Why was he screwing it in? He only

had to play it with top spin and

2:52:542:53:00

drop the green in. He's feeling the

pressure, Ryan Day.

2:53:002:53:08

This is a clever little shot.

2:53:142:53:18

A bit of a chance, this. It will cut

in. It is a thin one. As long as he

2:53:332:53:39

avoids the right middle pocket. If

he attempts the pot, which I'm sure

2:53:392:53:44

he's going to do, be careful of the

middle pocket. Yes, no problem. Is

2:53:442:53:51

it going to drop nicely on the

brown, that's the question. If it

2:53:512:53:55

keeps on running... But it hasn't.

The worst possible place it could

2:53:552:54:09

have finished. Amazing, you go all

that distance and it drops there.

2:54:092:54:14

Yes but I think he can cut the brown

in. Just before the middle pocket

2:54:142:54:19

and it's a natural angle back to the

blue. Yes, it's there. Oh, a little

2:54:192:54:26

kiss on the black has taken the pace

off the cue ball but he's still on

2:54:262:54:31

the blue. He's ten points in the

league, the blue is just required.

2:54:312:54:37

15 ahead with just 13 on the table

-- he's ten points in the lead.

2:54:372:54:45

He'll be very relieved, it's another

frame that's gone away from Ryan

2:54:452:54:51

Day. He should have won this frame a

couple of times over.

2:54:512:55:00

Yes, pretty good. He's going to wait

at the table. Ryan Day will be very

2:55:072:55:16

disappointed. Mark Williams leading

3-1.

2:55:162:55:21

disappointed. Mark Williams leading

3-1.

The two frame advantage, we'll

2:55:212:55:25

be back with that match shortly but

a quick update on table three. Even

2:55:252:55:30

stave 3-3 until frame Devon. -- even

Stevens.

2:55:302:55:37

stave 3-3 until frame Devon. -- even

Stevens. Liang Wenbo forcing the

2:55:372:55:39

reason but it black and Alan and

Steve, this is it.

Playing the tried

2:55:392:55:45

and trusted method of side to side,

black and white. There's a

2:55:452:55:49

possibility of a double from that

shot but it's in the lap of the

2:55:492:55:52

gods, if you miss it, the balls go.

Couldn't have played it any better.

2:55:522:55:56

The only thing is, the black is a

couple of inches from the side

2:55:562:56:04

cushion and Liang Wenbo, we don't

know what shot he'll play but I

2:56:042:56:07

imagine it will be a slow double and

the black back across.

Obviously if

2:56:072:56:16

you can get the cue ball safe,

that's desirable. At the same time,

2:56:162:56:21

a bit of insurance. He'll have been

delighted where that ended up after

2:56:212:56:26

missing it looks like a relatively

straightforward safety shot for

2:56:262:56:30

Stephen Maguire but he's got to be

careful of the black ball going over

2:56:302:56:34

a corner pocket.

Yeah, just off

straight, stunted around four

2:56:342:56:40

cushions.

He might catch the

knuckle.

Oh, a disaster. -- stunt it

2:56:402:56:49

around four cushions.

If you're

playing that shot with a view to

2:56:492:56:52

going through the middle pocket, if

it catches the jaws, you never know

2:56:522:56:58

where it's going to go and it's in

the lap of the dots. He should pot

2:56:582:57:03

this -- the lap of the gods.

Massive

frame, that, frame and seven.

It

2:57:032:57:10

sure was. So, Wenbo forcing the

issue, potting the black to go 4-3.

2:57:102:57:21

And on frame four, Lu Haotian, the

man who has already beaten two

2:57:212:57:30

winners in the past, Peter Ebdon.

He's made 101 against Marco Fu. He

2:57:302:57:36

was 4-2 up and now he is 4-3 in

front, 20 years old. Three seasons

2:57:362:57:44

in the game and he's taking it to

Marco Fu so we'll keep our eyes

2:57:442:57:47

peeled on this one. Very natty

footwear as well, like the style. It

2:57:472:57:53

remind me of Ken Doherty all those

years ago. Anyway, let's go back to

2:57:532:57:58

the Williams Day match and Williams

has a two frame advantage.

2:57:582:58:06

COMMENTATOR:

Ryan is looking to

split the pack and get the cue ball

2:58:062:58:13

behind the pack.

2:58:132:58:17

Could be playing these shots for a

while unless they look at the

2:58:262:58:29

referee for a possible re-rack.

Well... He picked one out but

2:58:292:58:41

unfortunately he's not on the black.

2:58:412:58:48

That's a terrific long pot there

from Mark Williams, it really is.

2:59:412:59:47

Full-blooded full-back. --

full-blooded for that. And that's a

2:59:472:59:57

sign of an all-time great, when you

get a chance like that, going

2:59:573:00:01

full-blooded for it.

3:00:013:00:03

He may play into the reds from the

blue. He's got the red

3:01:283:01:32

He may play into the reds from the

blue. He's got the red over the

3:01:323:01:32

middle pocket. That's a bit of

insurance.

3:01:323:01:38

And that's what he's done. What a

great split, because he knew if he

3:01:393:01:43

wasn't going to drop nicely on a

red, and that's what's happened, he

3:01:433:01:48

knew that one over the middle

pocket.

3:01:483:01:52

Not all the players would have

thought of that route, Ken.

Yeah, he

3:01:563:01:59

hit it lovely. Got the apex ball

perfectly full on.

3:01:593:02:05

Always had that red over the middle

pocket. Couldn't have played it much

3:02:073:02:10

better. His opening red, that was

really what's created this chance.

3:02:103:02:14

He had to take it on full bloodied.

3:02:143:02:19

He's going to get his just rewards

you would feel from this position.

3:02:223:02:28

He had to play that with a touch of

side, so there was no problem there

3:02:283:02:33

with the new tip.

3:02:333:02:34

The more frames he plays with it,

the better it will become.

3:02:393:02:45

He's got the perfect angle on the

black to leave himself at least four

3:03:313:03:37

reds.

3:03:373:03:38

Playing the white into an area where

you've got multiple choices

3:03:433:03:48

sometimes.

3:03:483:03:54

Not too many pots away from securing

this frame.

3:03:553:03:58

I go back to the frame before the

middle session interval, it played

3:04:053:04:10

quite a big part in this match.

3:04:103:04:13

He can't do much about this. It was

a long pot that got Mark in.

3:04:223:04:28

He should have won the fourth frame

and the frame before that as well.

3:04:313:04:35

Had chances.

3:04:353:04:37

He's letting it slip slightly. Mark

Williams has grown in stature in

3:04:393:04:46

this match, getting more confident.

3:04:463:04:48

This is a lovely break he's put

together here.

3:04:503:04:54

It's not going to be easy to make

the century. The two reds are the

3:04:583:05:01

wrong side of the table for Mark,

being a left-hander.

3:05:013:05:08

It doesn't really matter, he'd still

love to make a century. 403 he's

3:05:133:05:18

made in his career. He never carried

on to try to make the century break.

3:05:183:05:28

I think all players like to make

centuries now, I think because of

3:05:303:05:34

the stats. It wasn't a big thing

maybe 15 or 20 years ago.

3:05:343:05:39

We've got all these stats now.

That's an excellent pot to keep the

3:05:443:05:49

break going.

3:05:493:05:50

That's a nice indication of

sometimes how you're feeling, how

3:05:593:06:02

you're playing. He's certainly

playing well. He's coming off the

3:06:023:06:05

back of that, his 19th career

ranking win in Northern Ireland,

3:06:053:06:11

Belfast.

That was only last week.

3:06:113:06:16

Every chance now because he's got a

nice angle to pot the black and get

3:06:203:06:23

onto the yellow. He could go in and

out of the baulk area between the

3:06:233:06:29

yellow and brown.

3:06:293:06:32

That's what he's played. He's going

to be close to the yellow here.

3:06:343:06:40

He might just have spoiled the

century break.

3:06:423:06:46

To knock that into the middle pocket

at that pace, we know how tight they

3:06:513:06:58

are - that was some shot that!

3:06:583:07:00

Great shot. Yeah wonderful break.

3:07:063:07:09

His 21st century this season. He

made 26 last season.

Foul.

A

3:07:123:07:22

billiard shot to finish the break

off with. He'll not be concerned

3:07:223:07:25

about that. That was a terrific

century. But he got in with a

3:07:253:07:28

terrific long red and well, the rest

was history. Lovely century. He

3:07:283:07:33

extends his lead.

3:07:333:07:37

MUSIC

3:08:183:08:23

Quite an unusual break off there

from Mark Williams. Wasn't using the

3:09:023:09:06

conventional little bit of

right-hand side around the four

3:09:063:09:10

cushions. Because of that, he's left

Ryan Day a chance. Good opening pot,

3:09:103:09:16

a little bit low on the black, but

again, he's got the angle to go into

3:09:163:09:20

the pack here.

3:09:203:09:24

It's not happening for Ryan Day

today. He's looked very edgy right

3:09:363:09:39

from the beginning. Of course,

losing those couple of close frames

3:09:393:09:43

won't have helped him.

3:09:433:09:48

He could do with a sizeable

contribution here, Ryan Day, to get

3:10:313:10:35

a little bit of confidence back.

3:10:353:10:39

That's not going to do his

confidence a lot of good. But it may

3:10:443:10:51

work to his advantage to play it for

this one. He's still looking at it,

3:10:513:10:58

but he thought maybe the one at the

back of the pack might go, but it

3:10:583:11:01

doesn't.

3:11:013:11:04

He knew straight away he hadn't hit

that. Decelerated and look where the

3:11:133:11:17

white's finished. It's a tough game

when you lose you're timing. -- your

3:11:173:11:27

timing

3:11:273:11:31

One good pot on this black and

concentrate on the black, the

3:12:003:12:04

natural angle of the cue ball going

into the pack here. He missed one

3:12:043:12:07

earlier.

If he pots this and splits them

3:12:073:12:10

nicely, it will be a good chance.

How's your luck? Not the best.

3:12:103:12:20

APPLAUSE

3:13:313:13:33

Just looking at the six reds around

the pink spot, I think one of them

3:14:283:14:31

might be available. Mark's had a

look at them. Didn't matter what

3:14:313:14:34

side of the blue he got on there.

With the two reds up the other end

3:14:343:14:40

of the table.

3:14:403:14:42

He's underhit that by a long way.

That's a careless one.

3:14:433:14:50

Should have been a lot easier than

this.

3:14:523:14:55

He's certainly got to bring reds

into play. He's got to be careful if

3:15:003:15:04

he screws back that he doesn't go

into the middle pocket there.

3:15:043:15:08

Oh, he's played it well, well he's

potted two. He only has to pot one

3:15:083:15:15

colour. A kiss on the blue.

3:15:153:15:20

It's getting a little bit more

difficult now.

3:17:483:17:52

32 the difference. So he needs the

black and he needs a red. And

3:18:033:18:11

another colour to secure the frame.

3:18:113:18:14

A frame that he had to win, really.

5-1 behind against Mark Williams,

3:18:163:18:23

not much of a chance. But 4-2, he's

still in there.

3:18:233:18:27

Just the black to make certain.

3:18:533:18:57

This will put him 47 in front with a

possible 43 remaining

3:19:033:19:11

He's missed the pink by a long way.

Mark Williams stays in his chair. He

3:19:403:19:46

says, "Thank you very much." So Ryan

Day gets another frame on the board.

3:19:463:19:52

But Mark Williams is only two away

from victory. He leads 4-2.

3:19:523:19:57

STUDIO: So he was three behind, but

Ryan Day continues to nibble away

3:19:573:20:02

into

3:20:023:20:02

Ryan Day continues to nibble away

into his colleague's lead. Can he do

3:20:023:20:03

it again? Can he maintain the

momentum as we head into frame

3:20:033:20:07

seven?

3:20:073:20:08

He's not happy with that.

The red into the green pocket.

3:20:193:20:26

If he wanted to be on the pink to

the left centre, he hasn't hit it

3:20:473:20:50

hard enough.

3:20:503:20:53

This black is very tricky and very

missable. He's normally very, very

3:20:583:21:04

good with the rest. Again, he's

putting a little bit of side on the

3:21:043:21:11

tip makes it a little bit harder.

He's got it, that's an excellent

3:21:113:21:14

shot..

Very well done.

Nice control.

3:21:143:21:20

Every time he puts a bit of side on

the cue ball, he's struggling with

3:21:483:21:52

it. He's looking at it again. He

didn't fancy that.

3:21:523:21:58

Put a lot of left-hand side. He's

not sure where it's going to go.

3:21:583:22:03

Ryan Day has to take advantage of

these situations. He did in the last

3:22:223:22:26

frame. He really needs to try and

hurt Mark Williams. And get back

3:22:263:22:34

into this match. Really got to make

the most of these opportunities.

3:22:343:22:41

Plain and simple he's got to take

this frame, because if he drops 5-2

3:22:473:22:51

behind, the first to six, wouldn't

give him much of a chance. If he

3:22:513:22:55

wins this, that's game back on

again.

3:22:553:22:58

Make no mistake, Ryan Day, when he

gets on a run win frames -- he can

3:23:383:23:44

win frames in a very short space of

time.

3:23:443:23:49

He made 39 centuries last season,

just 12 this season. 305 in total.

3:23:493:23:59

So a terrific break-builder, that's

for sure.

3:23:593:24:03

Nicely played, delicate little

cannon that.

3:24:123:24:18

Couple of reds below the pink pot

into the bottom right-hand corner

3:25:373:25:41

pocket. He may try and just drop

onto those there.

3:25:413:25:45

Looks pretty good.

3:25:453:25:48

He pushes the cue ball through here,

he could be on possibly pink or

3:25:523:25:58

black.

3:25:583:26:01

Keep saying how laid back Mark

Williams is, but inside maybe

3:26:243:26:31

watching Ryan winning the frame here

and thinking about the red that he

3:26:313:26:37

tried to cut into the green pocket

there, when he applied a little bit

3:26:373:26:41

of side. That's the only thing he's

been struggling with, with the new

3:26:413:26:44

tip, is when he puts side on.

3:26:443:26:48

You can't play the shot without

putting side on because you've got

3:26:493:26:52

to play the correct shot otherwise

you're going to lose the position.

3:26:523:26:56

But every credit to Ryan Day here.

3:26:563:27:00

Pink would put him 54 ahead. 67

left. So one more red and colour.

3:27:483:27:57

He's got himself back in this match

now.

3:27:593:28:03

Yeah, you can tell by his body

language and the way he's moving

3:28:113:28:15

round the table, he's much more

relaxed now. He didn't look very

3:28:153:28:18

good a few frames back in his seat.

3:28:183:28:22

He loos a little bit edgy, didn't

he? -- looked a little bit edgy,

3:28:283:28:33

didn't he? A couple of frames got

away that he felt he should have

3:28:333:28:38

won.

3:28:383:28:41

He needed to take this opportunity

to give himself a chance of winning

3:28:443:28:47

this match. There was a bad miss

from Mark Williamsment He's

3:28:473:28:53

struggling a little bit with that

tip at the moment.

3:28:533:28:56

Doesn't matter about missing that

red. Mark puts his cue on the table

3:29:043:29:07

and concedes the frame.

So from 4-1 down, all of a sudden,

3:29:073:29:14

Ryan Day is back in this match. He's

one behind at 4-3 to Mark Williams.

3:29:143:29:19

STUDIO: Day one, third frame in a

row, following up that knock of 76

3:29:193:29:26

with a 65 to level the match. This

is the fourth time these two have

3:29:263:29:34

played in a world ranking event this

season alone. It's not getting old,

3:29:343:29:37

but it's getting very tight. It's

now become pay best of three frames

3:29:373:29:40

for a place in the last 16. This is

frame nine, Williams eight points in

3:29:403:29:46

arrears here.

3:29:463:29:51

Foul and a miss.

How costly is that

going to be?

3:30:503:30:57

Not straightforward here for Mark.

3:31:283:31:35

Straightaway he is faced with this

red with a rest. But he can get onto

3:31:493:32:02

the black. The pink is still

available also.

3:32:023:32:12

All of a sudden, Mark Williams is

finding things very difficult out

3:32:193:32:29

there. Still don't get a lot of

reaction from Mark. He's been

3:32:293:32:41

blessed with a terrific temperament

through his career. That's why he's

3:32:413:32:44

been so successful. Inside, he

mustn't be feeling very comfortable.

3:32:443:32:53

That was a wonderful positional shot

from Ryan Day. Judged it off the

3:33:113:33:16

side cushion to perfection.

That's

why I was surprised, Mark, when he

3:33:163:33:27

was using the rest, didn't role in

the red and play for the black. He

3:33:273:33:34

decided to screw back which makes

the pot more difficult. If he drops

3:33:343:33:38

that in he'd be on the black that

Ryan finished up on.

Yeah. Could go

3:33:383:33:54

into the three reds just above the

black if he wished. Doesn't want to

3:33:543:33:59

do it on this occasion but he could

have done that and been on a choice

3:33:593:34:02

of reds.

3:34:023:34:07

Well...

3:34:173:34:20

Hard to believe. He hasn't missed

many over these last few Mac frames.

3:34:283:34:38

Again, fortunate that he's covered

the red.

He'd have two swerve it a

3:34:383:34:45

little bit but if he pots it he

could finish on the blue. That's

3:34:453:34:53

finished a bit awkward for him.

Played with a lot of side there.

3:34:533:34:59

Good judgment, that is.

3:34:593:35:04

He may need that rest again.

3:35:143:35:21

Just having a look at those six

reds. By sword of covering each

3:35:333:35:41

other an FEI? -- play just sort of

covering each other, aren't they?

3:35:413:35:51

He's going to need a cannon to

develop them. And there's one that

3:35:513:35:57

must be all -- that must be on. Has

he seen something that we couldn't

3:35:573:36:12

see? Don't think so. This must be a

long pot to the far corner. This is

3:36:123:36:18

far from a gimme. Looks good. Ooh!

He stood up and block our path. It

3:36:183:36:33

looked to be in.

Just pulled towards

the left hand side cushion. He

3:36:333:36:43

thought it was in when he hit it.

He

had a bit of an ankle on the blacks

3:36:433:36:54

to possibly play the cannon. -- an

angle. I guess he wanted to be

3:36:543:37:02

straight. Just spotted something. I

don't think it's on the red, I think

3:37:023:37:09

there's something in front on the

cloth. Yes, it looks like a little

3:37:093:37:14

chalk mark, doesn't it? Yeah it's

when you play a screw shot, you can

3:37:143:37:23

leave a chalk mark on the cloth.

Quite funny why that would be

3:37:233:37:30

bothering him. Only looking at the

red now. I didn't think he was even

3:37:303:37:36

attempting the red. This is a tough

shot down the rail, especially with

3:37:363:37:44

a bit of pace. Never easy, that

shot.

He knew he was covering the

3:37:443:37:57

one near the corner pocket but the

one he missed as caught the black

3:37:573:38:01

and it is possible.

3:38:013:38:05

Oh, good cueing there. Very good.

That was an excellent pot. Right in

3:38:093:38:19

the heart of the pocket, kept

perfectly still as well. He's got a

3:38:193:38:24

nice angle, he's looking at the

Green but the blue was good as well

3:38:243:38:31

if he wants to go into the pack of

reds around the pink.

3:38:313:38:36

OK, he's going to try and maybe get

on the blue here. The red to the

3:38:423:38:51

right of the pink, just above the

line will go into the bottom right

3:38:513:38:57

hand corner pocket. So he doesn't

have to do disturb the reds here.

3:38:573:39:13

That's OK. When he pots the blue he

can take the red to the extreme

3:39:363:39:45

right of the four and leave a nice

angle. When he pots the red he can

3:39:453:39:52

go into the three reds below the

pink and still be on the black or

3:39:523:39:58

pink. This will open things up. Now,

is he on the black? No. The red has

3:39:583:40:15

come over and covered it. If he was

on the black, it was frame over. Now

3:40:153:40:20

he's got to negotiate a tough pink.

Yes, running slightly away from the

3:40:203:40:24

reds. The one next to the black will

go. That was a delicate little screw

3:40:243:40:37

shot he played there. Especially

being hampered.

That was a better

3:40:373:40:43

shot than it looked. He played it

nicely. Now, black will put him 30

3:40:433:40:57

points ahead, so just one red and a

colour will give him a one-frame

3:40:573:41:02

advantage with a possible

two to

play.

Typical Mark Williams, this.

3:41:023:41:14

Virtually sitting out for three

frames, as Ryan came back from 3-1

3:41:143:41:20

down. But 3-1 three terrific frames.

He's going to have to win two in a

3:41:203:41:32

row if he's going to get through to

the next round.

3:41:323:41:38

We mentioned, sitting in his seat,

about his temperament, and he's

3:41:453:41:52

showing exactly what a great

temperament he has.

Yeah, he's got

3:41:523:41:57

great experience and composure.

Never blusters. It was a wonderful

3:41:573:42:13

opening pot as well. They're took a

tricky red down the rail and cannon

3:42:133:42:21

the black, leaving with a tough

opener but he duly obliged with the

3:42:213:42:26

cueing and set up in this nice

break.

3:42:263:42:32

That was a terrific long blue.

3:42:513:42:59

Nice break, 72 from the former

champion, Mark Williams. Going one

3:43:063:43:12

up with a possible two to play. He

leads his compatriot Ryan Day 5-4.

3:43:123:43:19

We have a grandstand finish because

Brian Davis took frame ten with 58.

3:43:193:43:25

Just underway in the decider -- Ryan

Day took frame ten. The final frame

3:43:253:43:34

they faced was in Riga in the

semifinal which is when Ryan beat

3:43:343:43:39

Mark to win that one and then took

the title. Haps the omens are good

3:43:393:43:43

for him. Let's see. The best of one.

3:43:433:43:50

COMMENTATOR: Just before you joined

us, I don't know what happened to

3:43:533:44:00

Mark's shot. We can show you. Seemed

to get a heavy contact, that's for

3:44:003:44:08

sure. Ryan played a careless shots,

to the far right corner, which is

3:44:083:44:19

how Mark got in. Safety shot and he

put the white straight in the

3:44:193:44:25

pocket. Mark knocked in the red was

amongst them until he got the heavy

3:44:253:44:30

contact. Now the chance is there for

Mark Selby.

You mean Ryan Day?

Who

3:44:303:44:42

did I say?

Mark Selby!

3:44:423:44:48

What kind of angle does he have on

the red here? He has the red to the

3:44:523:44:59

right centre. Stay on the pink here

if he can.

3:44:593:45:09

Just having a look to see whether

the black pots or the red above it,

3:45:143:45:22

to the corner pocket. I think the

red should pot because of the angle.

3:45:223:45:33

Yeah the red definitely pots. He'd

love to get that one out the way as

3:45:333:45:38

soon as possible. Not sure where the

pink will have to go, directly

3:45:383:45:47

in-line, behind its own spot, which

is going to tie up the pink for the

3:45:473:45:53

moment.

Yeah, the referee, Becky Li

getting the pink in-line and then

3:45:533:46:03

slide it closer to the reds without

touching them.

I don't think the

3:46:033:46:09

black is on, is it, Dennis? The red

pots but I'm not sure about the

3:46:093:46:13

black. We'll soon find out. Well, it

definitely does, then.

3:46:133:46:31

So, from that last shot, this black

will definitely open things up for

3:46:313:46:36

Ryan Day. Great opportunity.

You can

see Ryan, he keeps wiping the cloth,

3:46:363:46:43

that's the chalk marks he's brushing

off the table. It really has been a

3:46:433:46:54

terrific performance, from 4-1 down.

We know Mark has missed a few shots

3:46:543:47:07

but overall, he's played all right.

It's just the new tip, on certain

3:47:073:47:12

shots where he was putting side on

and wasn't getting them.

3:47:123:47:18

You look at the standard, Mark has

had breaks of 50, 40, 102, 72.

3:47:233:47:29

Pretty high standard and I can.

Yeah, it has been. Evidence of a bit

3:47:293:47:37

of an adrenaline rush from Ryan Day.

He hit that too far by quite a long

3:47:373:47:44

way. Only one to go at at the back

of the pack.

He's OK, he can roll it

3:47:443:47:58

and come off two cushions and leave

the red you mentioned. If he

3:47:583:48:05

finishes nicely on it in such a

way... Well, you risk bringing more

3:48:053:48:12

reds into play. Or just play for the

blue and leave the angle to go into

3:48:123:48:18

the reds. This is the only red

available to him at the moment. He's

3:48:183:48:30

going into the reds when potting

this. In fact he could hold this end

3:48:303:48:38

of the table.

He's played that

lovely, hasn't he? He's brought the

3:48:383:48:46

pink into play and he can drop in

the pink. The red to the extreme

3:48:463:48:56

right will go to the left-hand

corner pocket.

3:48:563:49:02

This is the only other red available

to him. Imperative he gets a good

3:49:133:49:22

angle on the pink this time. That

one to the left, it's not an either

3:49:223:49:31

-- it's not on either. This is the

shops, coming up. -- this is the

3:49:313:49:40

shot. Key to this deciding frame.

That's nicely played. Didn't have to

3:49:403:49:49

do too much. The one at the back of

the bunch of six will go. If this

3:49:493:49:57

works out, Ken, he could be in the

next round.

Yes, he's got to judge

3:49:573:50:02

this nicely. Bringing the reds into

play. If he gets on a colour, it

3:50:023:50:09

could be all over. Not ideal. A

shake of the head. If he wasn't so

3:50:093:50:22

close to the cushion, he would have

been OK. He can do a little cannon

3:50:223:50:29

onto the red just above the blue. He

good and he's played it really well,

3:50:293:50:34

that was a great shot. That could be

it, Dennis.

I think going back to

3:50:343:50:47

what I was talking about when he

beat Mark Williams in Riga and won

3:50:473:50:52

his first ranking title, he's a

different player now. This is a

3:50:523:50:58

deciding frame and much more

confident now that he's won that

3:50:583:51:02

first ranking title. But a few more

to be potted here.

58 ahead now. Red

3:51:023:51:12

and colour required. To leave Mark

Williams needing snooker. But so

3:51:123:51:22

many sharks we've already had in

this Championship, this is going to

3:51:223:51:26

be another one. Mark Williams coming

here on the back of winning the

3:51:263:51:31

Northern Ireland Trophy.

3:51:313:51:37

Has he missed the cannon on the

pink? Can't believe it, it was a big

3:51:483:51:53

target.

It seemed just natural,

didn't it? OK, Mark needs a snooker

3:51:533:52:04

but that smile tells you," what have

I done there? Those quotes -- what

3:52:043:52:11

have I done their?".

3:52:113:52:15

Trying to put the red safe onto the

side cushion but he's made a big

3:52:193:52:23

mistake there.

3:52:233:52:27

Mark almost pinched an earlier

frame, needed two snookers.

3:52:393:52:48

He still needs two snookers.

3:52:583:53:07

He made try and double it across the

other side of the table. Bring the

3:53:113:53:16

cue ball back behind the brown.

Looks pretty good.

It's a tall order

3:53:163:53:28

for Mark to try and get the two

snookers, especially when you are in

3:53:283:53:32

one yourself.

3:53:323:53:38

That's a pretty good shot from where

he was. He got the cue ball close to

3:53:443:53:51

the right-hand side cushion. He has

the pot on but if he misses it, he

3:53:513:54:02

may give Mark Williams a chance. He

has missed it and it has left him a

3:54:023:54:08

chance. OK, he'll need two high

value shots.

Yes, he'll want to

3:54:083:54:29

leave the red there, the one to the

left of the black.

3:54:293:54:35

There's a little bit of life left in

this match just yet.

3:54:393:54:45

He needs the cue ball to go. That's

OK. Now just pot the black and move

3:54:533:55:00

the cue ball just above the lack and

move the cue ball back up the table

3:55:003:55:07

and try and snooker him behind the

black again.

I know he needs two

3:55:073:55:12

snookers, there's always a chance

you get a free ball if he gets a

3:55:123:55:16

good snooker.

Ideally you want the

red close to one of the baulk

3:55:163:55:21

colours.

Oh, he needs a cannon? He's

overscrewed that.

3:55:213:55:31

Mark Williams is having a look at

the scoreboard. He's 30 points

3:55:503:55:56

behind. Red and Blackwood put him 32

behind with 27 left on the table. --

3:55:563:56:05

and black would put him 32 behind.

3:56:053:56:08

Now, it will be interesting to see

what Mark Williams will do here. He

3:56:213:56:28

could pot yellow, green, brown, and

blue, leaving only one snooker on

3:56:283:56:31

the pink. But as it stands he needs

two four point snookers. What would

3:56:313:56:38

you do?

I think that's what he has

in mind but he only has one ball to

3:56:383:56:44

play the snooker behind, though.

Still glancing around at the

3:56:443:56:49

scoreboard.

3:56:493:56:52

Very important that he gives himself

a chance when he pots the blue to

3:56:583:57:02

try and get behind the black. If he

wanted, he could play the snooker

3:57:023:57:10

off the blue, thin one behind but he

needs two snookers.

The right shot

3:57:103:57:17

is to pot the blue. A chance on the

pink but he'd only need one snooker

3:57:173:57:23

on the pink. Pot the blue and get

the cue ball somewhere near the pink

3:57:233:57:28

spot if he can. Just above it,

leaving a nice angle. That's what

3:57:283:57:34

he's looking at, somewhere just in

line with the pink. Just above the

3:57:343:57:39

spot somewhere and knock the pink

into the Boult area, the white

3:57:393:57:45

behind the black.

You feel this may

be the best chance he has to get the

3:57:453:57:51

snooker.

Off two cushions, try and

nestle it behind the black. Looks a

3:57:513:58:02

bit pacey.

3:58:023:58:07

He's played the old in or over, we

call it, but it isn't right over the

3:58:203:58:28

pocket. He can go back towards the

black year. -- black here. Not

3:58:283:58:37

enough side, not enough on it.

3:58:373:58:41

He might roll the pink towards the

yellow pocket.

3:58:483:58:56

That's a bit short of pace. He

needed this pink down close to the

3:59:133:59:19

top cushion.

3:59:193:59:21

Oh, he's knocked the black into a

better position. That's better where

3:59:313:59:36

it is now but maybe not from where

he is sitting at the moment. They

3:59:363:59:42

doesn't always have to play the

snooker, keep it safe until you have

3:59:423:59:45

a better chance. That's it, just

playing the safety shot but he knows

3:59:453:59:50

that the black is in a much better

spot, if he gets a chance, to get

3:59:503:59:54

behind it.

3:59:543:59:56

That's very good from Ryan.

4:00:074:00:11

That could be the end. He didn't

catch that as he intended. He wanted

4:00:234:00:33

to try and keep the pink safe. That

is a fabulous win for Ryan Day. He

4:00:334:00:44

was 4-1 down against his good friend

Mark Williams. He battled back, won

4:00:444:00:49

three in a row, then one behind.

He's taken the decider. He'll be

4:00:494:00:52

delighted. He defeats Mark Williams

by 6-5.

4:00:524:01:01

STUDIO: From 4-1 down, an amazing

come back. He wins five of the last

4:01:014:01:07

six does Ryan Day to go through to

the last 16 for only the third time

4:01:074:01:10

in his career and the first time for

a while. A fantastic win from Ryan

4:01:104:01:14

Day's perspective. The way he, like

Graeme Dott u, opportuned things

4:01:144:01:20

around.

-- he turned things around.

Mark Williams had a brand new tip on

4:01:204:01:25

for the day, and that is never nice

for a player. He was 4-1 in front,

4:01:254:01:29

though. From

4:01:294:01:30

for a player. He was 4-1 in front,

though. From Ryan Day's perspective.

4:01:304:01:32

Perhaps that win has done him the

world of good. He's using it as a

4:01:324:01:36

spring board for further things.

Yeah it was a real deja vu, we

4:01:364:01:44

mentioned the semifinal frame in

Riga as well. He's pushing on from

4:01:444:01:48

that. Here he is.

I

I think Ryan is

a different player now that he's won

4:01:484:01:53

a tournament quite honestly. Ryan

will tell us in a minute! He's a big

4:01:534:01:57

lad, as well! I think he's a

different player.

Let's see. A

4:01:574:02:00

different player, same person, but

do you feel a different player?

No,

4:02:004:02:03

not at all. Just feel the same. I

was disappointed to be 4-1 behind. I

4:02:034:02:09

lost a couple of frames before the

interval. I probably should have won

4:02:094:02:15

those. Just try to stay positive and

patient and yeah, just held myself

4:02:154:02:22

together in the last frame. A bit

tricky where the balls were, but

4:02:224:02:27

it's a good win, considering what's

on the line, do you know, with the

4:02:274:02:31

race to the Masters. It's been a

while since I played there.

4:02:314:02:34

Obviously coming here this week,

that was the, probably the main

4:02:344:02:37

goal.

It's a tough one, because the

Masters is its own event. But this

4:02:374:02:43

is a massive event. But it's in the

back of your mind.

Yeah you're still

4:02:434:02:46

thinking about. It I wasn't going to

give in today. Kept on fighting.

We

4:02:464:02:51

were talking about Riga and

congratulations again for that

4:02:514:02:55

fantastic win there. But you had to

go through a similar process, this

4:02:554:02:58

time in a semifinal to face Mark

there, final frame decider. Was that

4:02:584:03:02

on your mind at any point?

To be

honest, it was. Close to the end,

4:03:024:03:07

5-4, then to the deciding frame.

Myself and Mark played in the semis

4:03:074:03:12

in Riga, it was 5-4 to me. It went

all the way there as well. Something

4:03:124:03:19

to draw on because I've been pretty

good in deciders and before my cue

4:03:194:03:24

broke I seemed to make one visit all

the time, every time I played in a

4:03:244:03:27

deciding frame. But I was glad to do

that today.

That's a tough thing,

4:03:274:03:31

mid-way through a season, after

you've had a good victory, to all of

4:03:314:03:35

a sudden, for the cue that you've

trusted, to get used to a new one.

4:03:354:03:38

Have you struck lucky on a new cue

or put in hard work?

It's been both.

4:03:384:03:45

This cue maybe a fraction too long.

There's plenty of whip in it. A

4:03:454:03:50

couple of the shots you hit with

pace, you can feel the cue ball all

4:03:504:03:57

the way into your hand.

You look

settled with it, though.

I'm more

4:03:574:04:01

settled. It doesn't make a very good

sound when you hit the ball. I can

4:04:014:04:05

live with that as long as it sends

the cue ball where I want it to go.

4:04:054:04:10

It's obviously a difficult thing to

have coped with in the first place.

4:04:104:04:12

We were talking about the

circumstances, obviously you have to

4:04:124:04:15

be resigned to that, but it must

have been pretty traumatic at the

4:04:154:04:19

time what happened. Tell everybody

the story of how it happened.

Yeah I

4:04:194:04:24

was out in Thailand playing in the

six red event. The cue maker is a

4:04:244:04:32

Thai chap. He said he needed three

to four days to lengthen it and do

4:04:324:04:36

the work that was needed. So we had

-

So you were making changes to your

4:04:364:04:42

cue?

Yeah the wood under the ferrell

had started to go. He needed to cut

4:04:424:04:47

it down and lengthen it. He said

four days. We were there and a

4:04:474:04:52

couple of beers and the text message

come through and it was a picture of

4:04:524:04:56

my cue laying on the floor and

snapped in half. It was a bit

4:04:564:05:03

sobering. I think it come loose in

the lathe as he was turning it. It

4:05:034:05:09

span out and snapped in half.

I know

it's been a tough road since then,

4:05:094:05:13

over the last couple of weeks, I

must say. Tough to play Mark as

4:05:134:05:16

well, because you've played him so

often. The ninth time this year

4:05:164:05:19

already.

Yeah, we've played a lot

this season. Obviously he's been

4:05:194:05:24

playing great, won last week. Over

the distance, I think the new tip he

4:05:244:05:31

had to put on yesterday, he looked

unsettled, especially on the long

4:05:314:05:35

shots. So I just tried to, like I

said, stay patient and hopefully the

4:05:354:05:40

game was going to turn and it did.

Lee Walker asked - does the winner

4:05:404:05:45

buy the beers or the loser?

I don't

know. I think they'll be going back

4:05:454:05:50

home, obviously. Mark's wife is not

very well. He will shoot back and

4:05:504:05:53

see her. Fingers crossedment

I'm --

crossed. I'm sure she's been

4:05:534:05:58

watching that. Well done,

congratulations. You're through to

4:05:584:06:01

play Sarah McDonald or Li Hang --

Scott Donaldson. With the world

4:06:014:06:10

number two Judd Trump going home

because an exceptional performance

4:06:104:06:13

from Graeme Dott. He was 2-0 down.

The former world champion's tenacity

4:06:134:06:20

and sheer bottle saw him charge

right back to win the next six in a

4:06:204:06:24

row. Dott back in the limelight and

loving every single moment of this.

4:06:244:06:32

Judd says that's enough. He says,

"I've had enough." The world number

4:06:324:06:38

two has gone. That means we've lost

the world numbers one, two and three

4:06:384:06:44

in this UK Championship and the

world number 30 as he is now, Graeme

4:06:444:06:47

Dott, striding into the last 16.

It's kind of the way you've got to

4:06:474:06:51

go out there and think. Generally

these players don't have many off

4:06:514:06:55

days. You've got to take advantage

when you can.

There were two

4:06:554:06:58

important frames. The frame at 2-0,

potted a good long red, flicked the

4:06:584:07:03

black in and the frame at 2-2, I

kind of threw that away. After that

4:07:034:07:08

I didn't get many more chances. I

missed a couple of easy balls which

4:07:084:07:13

is disappointing. Graham played

well.

I was happy because he's only

4:07:134:07:18

really had 2-1 visits. But something

happened in the third frame when he

4:07:184:07:22

was in, I think he split the pack

and a red went in. You can never

4:07:224:07:27

tell the way the game could have

went.

The number two has gone and

4:07:274:07:32

the man practising behind us,

Ronnie, world number four, is the

4:07:324:07:35

highest player left in this event

and the bookies' favourite from the

4:07:354:07:38

start. Sum up for you the manner of

that victory for Dott today.

I

4:07:384:07:44

thought it was fabulous. He had

battle first of all. Scrapped to

4:07:444:07:49

earn the right to play the way he

towards the back end of the match.

4:07:494:07:52

As we said actually during the game,

there's little turning points. Judd

4:07:524:07:57

potted a long red, chipped a black

in the right hand pocket. That gave

4:07:574:08:01

Graham a foot hold, but he took. It

he's been a star man. Brilliant

4:08:014:08:05

performance.

We've enjoyed what

we've seen today. We'll have a final

4:08:054:08:12

frame decider in the afternoon,

usually.

It was fraught with

4:08:124:08:14

dangerer. We thought Ryan had given

Mark Williams a life line. He

4:08:144:08:18

couldn't get over the line to get

the snookers. Those frames are, sort

4:08:184:08:23

of, the ones that are fascinating,

we see big breaks, but every now and

4:08:234:08:28

again the tricky deciders are always

good. Graeme Dott was superb. Judd

4:08:284:08:34

Trump went out in a bit of whimper

today. He didn't seem to fight hard

4:08:344:08:38

enough in the end. There again,

Graeme was so good, what could he

4:08:384:08:41

do?

He's gone through and it's Judd

who goes home. Mark Williams as

4:08:414:08:47

well. We know that Mark's wife Jo

has been ill. We wish you well. Your

4:08:474:08:51

fella is coming back to give you

some tlc over the next few days.

4:08:514:08:56

This evening, in our matches, we

4:08:564:08:58

This evening, in our matches, we

have another four matches.

4:08:584:09:04

Peter was chatting earlier to Steve.

Here in the players' room, players

4:09:424:09:47

still buzzing around. Peter, the UK

Championship has been pretty good to

4:09:474:09:52

you over the years.

Yeah, it's been

a pretty good event for me. I really

4:09:524:09:55

like it. York's a great place as

well. I did well when it was at

4:09:554:10:02

Telford, yeah, it's been pretty

good.

Your first-round opponent, you

4:10:024:10:05

got over the line.

Eventually. We

were pulled off at 5-5. It was a bit

4:10:054:10:09

tense. But I got over the line to

win.

You're playing Mark Allen this

4:10:094:10:17

evening. In the previous round he

beat your son Oliver.

Yeah, it was

4:10:174:10:22

disappointing. Because it would have

been a good occasion for us to play

4:10:224:10:25

each other. But fair play to Mark he

did play well. Oliver played quite

4:10:254:10:33

well.

Would it be a bit of family

revenge?

Hopefully! If not maybe

4:10:334:10:40

Sarah, my wife, could beat him in

the next round.

What's it like

4:10:404:10:44

having your son on the tour as well?

Obviously, a father, proud father,

4:10:444:10:48

but you've got your own career as

well. Quite a tough situation.

Yeah,

4:10:484:10:51

it is difficult. I don't think

people realise how difficult it is.

4:10:514:10:55

It is especially difficult for me

because I have to prepare for

4:10:554:10:58

matches whilst I'm helping him

prepare for his matches. But it is

4:10:584:11:02

fantastic. He's given me a second

lease of life playing, because his

4:11:024:11:07

enthusiasm is so good it rubs off on

me.

Good luck tonight.

Yeah, thank

4:11:074:11:10

you.

Peter's got a top-16 player in

his sights in Mark Allen this

4:11:104:11:15

evening. I can tell you, yet another

of the top 16 seeds is out because

4:11:154:11:20

just a few moments ago, The world

number 82 has toppled Marco Fu,

4:11:204:11:29

ranked seven in the world, a runner

up in this event in 2008. He's done

4:11:294:11:33

it in some style. He was 4-2 up.

Marco came back at him. 5-3 to Lyu

4:11:334:11:41

and 6-4. That is a tremendous father

in his cap for the man who just

4:11:414:11:46

turned 20 only last week.

Congratulations to him. We see some

4:11:464:11:51

of these wonderful Chinese players

beginning to show us what they're

4:11:514:11:54

capable of. It looks like this one

is about to go 5-5 and into a

4:11:544:11:59

decider. This is Liang, runner up a

couple of years ago. Stephen Maguire

4:11:594:12:09

of Glasgow was 5-4 up. There we go,

it's Liang who has forced another

4:12:094:12:14

final frame decider this afternoon.

We'll be updating you with that in

4:12:144:12:23

the highlights.

A lot happening with

the four tables out there, upsets.

4:12:234:12:29

Good to see Lyu performing like that

in the big arena. He's only 20. But

4:12:294:12:34

he virtually retired a couple of

years ago. Now he's back into it.

4:12:344:12:38

He's taken a step, you know, he's

showing what he can do.

He virtually

4:12:384:12:42

retired because he was the youngest

winner of the under 21 Championship.

4:12:424:12:46

He was only 14. He's been around

since forever. He's only just turned

4:12:464:12:50

20. Extraordinary the production

line of talent coming out of that

4:12:504:12:53

part of the world.

Yeah, I think

this year, there's been a tipping

4:12:534:12:57

point in the performances of the

Chinese players in general. I think

4:12:574:13:00

they've finally come of age as a

group of players, not just making up

4:13:004:13:04

the numbers further down, but

they're starting to compete further

4:13:044:13:06

up the ladder now. We're seeing more

and more getting involved in the top

4:13:064:13:09

32. You're going to see more and

more of them in the final stages of

4:13:094:13:12

events I'm sure.

That's the world

number 82 who has gone through

4:13:124:13:17

today. Fantastic stuff. There's a

lot of surprises here in York. Let

4:13:174:13:20

me just tell you about the coverage

that we'll have this evening:

4:13:204:13:28

In the meantime, thanks for your

company and thanks to Alan and Steve

4:13:404:13:43

for theirs. A terrific afternoon.

Bye-bye for now.

4:13:434:13:51

Hazel Irvine introduces live coverage from the UK Championship in York, where the third round is getting underway. Matches are the best of 11 frames.