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Hello again. Day five of the World Championship in Sheffield and it has

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been a long wait for the six remaining players who were last to

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get their campaigns underway on Wednesday. One of them is Neil

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Robertson, the 2010 world champion, itching to get his campaign

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underway. And he is officially the most successful player ever to

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emerge from beyond Britain's shores. He is a triple Crown winner and

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would love to be a multiple world champion. Standing in his way is the

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24-year-old player who becomes only the fourth ever player from Thailand

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to feature at the Crucible. He and Neal got ready to step out for the

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first nine frames of their first match watched by Peter Ebdon and

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John Virgo. Thank you ladies and gentlemen, the first frame. Neil

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Robertson to break. COMMENTATOR: Neil Robertson breaks

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off in this first round match. First time here and this was his

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entrance. He went back up the steps but he is pleased to be here. He

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certainly is. Let's hope he can perform to his potential because he

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has a match on here against Neil Robertson.

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He has hit the pink, has he? Misjudged that badly. Maybe there is

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a read on, maybe not. Having it replaced. I am interested to see how

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Neil Robertson performs in this match. He has underachieved this

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season? He has taken time out in preparation for this great event and

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decided not to play in the China open. It'll be interesting to see

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what sort of form he brings to the World Championships. Obviously a

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strong favourite in this match, but I have practised with this young man

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from Thailand at the Academy in Sheffield. He is a very talented

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player. Not afraid to go for his shots. We'll be really interesting.

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As we have seen, on quite a few occasions so far in this

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championship, there is certainly pressure on the scene.

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He is just looking to see if he can stun through the gap. It is a very

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narrow gap. He is playing more power. DME! -- dear me. That is

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where the cue ball finished. Just checking the cue. Sometimes when you

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play a shot like that, you can just chip it. Trying to put so much power

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in it. Didn't do that well. And as immediate, when you play a shot like

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that, you look at the tip. But it looks OK.

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Where is this red ball going? Over the middle. Neil Robertson, at the

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table. Just repairing his Devidts. -- divot. There it is, where he

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miscued. I am glad that wasn't in 3-D. Would have been hiding behind

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the sofa. I don't know if he can get to the red closest to the middle

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pocket? He can certainly... I think the other one goes. But the one

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closest to the middle pocket, would be unmissable.

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He could get through to it, but he didn't judge it well. Just about on

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the green. If he can, he would love to get on

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the red. Below the black, to the left of the black into the

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right-hand corner pocket. That would free the black up for both pockets.

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He missed the green by quite some way. Certainly not the start he is

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looking for. That won't instil him with a great deal of confidence.

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Missing the green and then of course his previous visit to the table,

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miss cueing. A chance here. There's nothing like

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getting your hands on the table, first frame and getting a sizeable

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break. That will settle view. -- you.

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That's a horrible cake. That's an absolutely horrible cake. That

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wasn't his fault at all, there was absolutely nothing he could do about

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that. Look at the contact. The blue jumps, the cue ball jumps. It has

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thrown the blue thick, unfortunately. So an unexpected

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chance here for Neil Robertson. He does have the angle to screw into

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the reds, if he chooses to do so. He has played for the loose red, which

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would free the black into both corner pockets. But he's not played

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that very well at all. Because this is really tricky and this is most

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definitely unmissable. Played it well. Good recovery.

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Neal is just checking that if he plays the blue with pace and sends

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the cue ball into the pink, he's just checking there is not a plant

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of the two reds to the right at the top of the pack, glancing off

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another red and possibly going into the right corner. Well worked out.

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Always worth having a cheque in case there is a the corner. Beautiful

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split. Couldn't have worked out better. I

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don't know if the black is available in the boat corners. -- both

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corners. One of those plays, Neil Robertson, once he gets a nice

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rhythm going and he is playing quickly, I think he is a lot better

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player. Sometimes he has looked for problems.

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It is easier for me to say that sat here in the commentary box. 41

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points required from this situation to get to the snookers required

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stage. He would expect him to get it with no problem, but it is the first

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frame. And the first player, a couple of seasons ago, who made 100

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centuries in a season. What an incredible achievement. It really

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is. I suppose with all of the tournaments, it is possible it could

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be done again, but it will be some achievement.

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So now the black available into both corner pockets.

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That wasn't the best of contact. We were saying this morning at

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breakfast how the tables have been saying. But on the other match this

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morning, quite a few bad contacts. I don't know why it is. I think more

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often than not, it is atmospherics. Different temperatures, different

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humidities. Even in an auditorium whereby the atmosphere is largely

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controlled, you still do get variables and it does make a huge

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difference to the playing conditions. Of course, when you are

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playing and you do get one or two of these bad contacts, it does slightly

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put it you are. An example, a shot like this, you are just rolling it

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through, the last thing you want is a heavy contact.

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75 remaining. Red, colour, red would be sufficient to clinch this first

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frame. There is a milestone, not saying in

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this frame, but it could come up during this session. At the moment,

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Neil Robertson has made 499 competitive centuries. Could get to

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500 today. I can only think of two people who have done better than

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that. That is Ronnie O'Sullivan and the now retired Stephen Hendry. That

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would be a milestone. This frame is well and truly over.

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I am sure Neil Robertson will be well aware of that fact and will be

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looking to make his 500th competitive century break as a

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professional and get that out the way as soon as he possibly can.

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It is going to the jaw. It is not there. He thought it was in. He was

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walking round to play the pink. Barring snookers, he has got the

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first frame in the bag. I don't blame Saengkham for play on,

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getting his cueing ongoing. He was unlucky on a similar blue to this,

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he got bad contact. Didn't play that very well. Doesn't

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really matter but needed to hit it just slightly below centre. And then

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that back spin, when it comes after pushing, get some top spin, reverses

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itself. The frame has been conceded. So Neil Robertson, convincing start?

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Well, he did well when he got in. Nice split and he is 1-0 in front.

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He caught that much too thick. You play that break-off shot using

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right-hand side. But if you don't play it well, the right-hand side

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pushes right into the end red. Became the table with the cue ball,

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but fortunately for him, Neil can't get to it. He is coming off the push

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and trying to hit this sort of half ball and knock it up the table.

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Where is the cue ball going? OK. The kiss on the green has helped. If

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it had just missed the green, it always looked like it would be a

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good safety. Decent opportunity here for Neil

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Robertson to get the cue ball on the ball concussion behind the brown and

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green. -- ball concussion. He didn't expect the red to come out

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from the pack and go towards the right-hand pocket as we look down

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the table from the black spot end. Test of cueing, this one. He

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couldn't have got much closer. Yes, you would think he would have

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potted that. Just the pace kept it out.

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Could you check the volume keys in your ear pieces.

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That's one wiped its feet, it wasn't a clean pot. From this hugely

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talented Australian. There is a distracting noise in the

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auditorium at the moment. Neil Robertson has picked up on. Don't

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know where it is coming from. Can we try and identify where that

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is coming from, that sound? We may have a short delay. Is it from a

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speaker. Buzzing and then it stops. We

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thought it was the ear pieces, but I don't think it is. It has been

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happening since the first day. If it has been happening, I haven't

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noticed it before now. As quiet as possible please. Do you want to

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speak to a member of staff and see if they can look at the speaker

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system. One of the Dorman has said it has been happening all the time,

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so someone should have sorted it out before now. What is going on here?

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Anyway, that is what you do, seasoned professional. Don't play

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the shot until you are comfortable and at ease in your mind. He played

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the blue lovely. This red, a little bit tricky. Wide. It is so easy to

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do, Peter. You just decelerate a fraction and you hit them too thin.

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Yes. Probably played that with a trace of left-hand side. Just pulled

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the red thin. Hasn't left anything. You would think Saengkham could find

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a cover here, not only with the blue, but the collection of reds on

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the left-hand side of the table. As long as he gets the cue ball

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somewhere along the far corner pocket. It.

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Trying to get in behind the green. The reds will cover the one over the

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corner. Could have done with a better lens of the cue ball, tight

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onto the cushion. Would be a bit more difficult for Neil to play the

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safety. Once again, trying to get in behind the green and brown. But just

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caught the green that time. I think he may have left the red? Yes. Think

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there is a path through to this red. Might have to play it with a trace

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of right-hand side. But it looks on. I think this is really tight. The

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way the clots have been playing so far during this tournament, they

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have been very slippy. What a shot Axel absolutely

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brilliant. Much appreciated by this crowd. That was wonderful. Look at

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the back spin he got on that from almost 11 feet away. Good shot.

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Played the blue nicely. Now he has this red to the left corner and he

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can play for pink or possibly the black. You think the pink is the

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easy ball to get on. Once again, if you just don't get

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the cue through the cue ball accelerating as you hit the white,

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it just drifts off and that is why he hit it slightly thinner than

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needed. It could be a costly mistake. His expression says it all.

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Now where Wilbur black go? Is he still on this red to the opposite

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corner? Just about. That was confident from Neil. Took the risk

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and now may reap the rewards. There are not many players that push

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the cue through a straight as Neil Robertson.

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No, he is superb with his cueing. It always goes through very straight.

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That is not always the case with players who are so dominant with one

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eye. He is very dominant with his right eye when he lines up and puts

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down the cue on his chin. Very dominant with his right eye. Very

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often when somebody is that dominant that the right side they will cue to

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the right centre of the cue ball when they feel themselves there are

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hitting centre, then come across to the left is to actually hit the

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centre. Temp two doesn't do that. He hits exactly where he is meaning to.

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The cue goes through ramrod straight, particularly on these

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cloth cloths. Just 25 points away from winning this frame. Easier said

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than done with those five reds on the left-hand cushion. An

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opportunity here to bring a few reds interplay, but as Eddie Charlton

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always said never bring out our red when you are trying to pot a red,

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because you may not guarantee that colour. And Eddie was right! He is

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on the colour, but not good on it. Eddie was Australian as well. I

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remember watching Eddie Charlton and number of years ago and Eddie played

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absolutely fantastic snooker. He just kept rolling long balls in. And

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what a sportsman he was! Eddie Charlton, a legend in the game.

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Meanwhile, what a tremendous pot on the black that was. These kind of

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tables where it can be a bit scary using side would have suited Eddie

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down to the ground. You use side at your peril. He has taken these well,

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Neil. Colour and one more red required.

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He has to avoid the kiss on the green here. He did that. 59 ahead,

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67 remaining at the moment but once he gets this red there will be only

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59 remaining and he will be 60 points in front. Still a chance of

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that 500th century! He timed that one well with the

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rest. Got some action going there. Sometimes our early on in the match

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when you saw him not cueing well, you worried that you will do that

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again, but he has put that well out of his mind. That is not a bad case,

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brought an awkward red interplay. -- into play.

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This is a bit awkward. Because he is left-handed he will be able to play

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the pink. A little in between here. He could

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play the red into the middle then tried to disturb the one that is

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nearest the middle, but looks like he is just concentrating on the pot.

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It meant he could get a little bit closer. This will test his cueing.

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You would not want to decelerate on this. Push the cue strip and firm.

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Just overcompensated. Neil Robertson has a 2-0 lead.

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Well, if he can avoid the cannon on the back, he could take this long

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red into the black pocket and play it as a shock to nothing. He will be

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playing this with left-hand side, so it is all about timing, if he gets

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through the ball too quick, it will go thick. That was a complete

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misjudgement. He may well have left free ball here. Waiting for the

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referee to have a look to tell us if it is a free ball or not. Free ball.

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This is where you can get more than 147. This yellow will count as a

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red. For example, if he got 15 reds, 15

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blacks and all the colours, it would be a potential 153. I wonder how

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they do that for the maximum break. If the took a couple of loose and

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browns, and got 147, what would happen? With that count as a

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maximum. I don't think it would, but it would count as a high brick, for

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sure! -- break, for sure! I like the idea of playing the one

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closest to the bunch, but he is just a bit concerned that he might have

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to run out of position. He can play at next time around. He can leave

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himself low on the red immediately above the black, then those reds

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will open. No harm done, I don't suppose. He will get a little kiss

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of the main bunch to stay on the black. It won't open up anything

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else. It is amazing, Neil was worried

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before about the slight noise, but now you can hear all the hubbub

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coming from the other table between frames and it is not affecting him

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in the least. Just shows how you can block things out with your

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concentrating and fully focused. -- when you are concentrating and fully

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focused. He will have to go up to this red. I think he will go for an

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angle on the blues and he can't played the cannon -- so he can play

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the cannon. Nice angle on the blue. He might make his 500th consecutive

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century and make the highest ever break at the Crucible Theatre. That

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would be something! It is OK. I think he is on it! Still a chance,

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still a possibility! We can say we were there! Have very

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interesting shock that he played, normally you would expect a player

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at to play with more speed than that going into the reds. If he had done,

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this red would've gone into right-hand corner, so just as well

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he didn't. Maybe he spotted that. Absolutely.

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The 338 macro after this black to get this frame, then we will all be

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rooting for him. He will go on to 151 if he plays for

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the blue again. 149, sorry. Well, he decided to open

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up the other reds. All of our hopes and dreams have disappeared. If he

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had been more straight on the red he would've had no hesitation the

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black. I'm not saying it is the right shop, but they wouldn't be

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surprised if he took on the screen. -- this green.

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APPLAUSE. Nice break, but he will be

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disappointed. Noppon Saengkham still has a chance, 83 remaining.

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Good shot, bats. If it had been going in, I would have said, where

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is the cue ball going? That was an excellent shot.

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APPLAUSE. Add a little tap on the table

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thereby Noppon Saengkham. I wouldn't be tapping the table because he

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flicked the brown. There may be a gap, but they don't think he will be

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able to get safe of that one. He is in a spot of bother here. He knows

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that if he leaves Neil one more chance, it will be frame over.

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Just about OK, I think. He may have left the red to the far left corner,

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or maybe the one closest to the cue ball will cut back. But the fact

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that Neil is going to the baulk end, makes me think he is thinking of

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safety rather than pot. That red to the left corner looks straight

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enough. It will be amazing if he doesn't take it on. He couldn't

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refuse that. If he knocks it in, he will win the frame.

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He wins the frame! APPLAUSE. Good pot. This black will

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put him 76 points in front with 75 remaining.

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That was not the best contact. You can hear the sound, it is not a nice

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sound, it is a thud. Doesn't matter, frame over.

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That has gone wrong, so that is end of break. I don't think the young

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man from Thailand will come back to the table. He gives the nod of

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concession. Well played by Neil Robertson. He now leads 3-0.

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So, Noppon Saengkham with the break-off. Mid-session interval

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after this frame. He would love to get a frame on the scoreboard before

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he goes back to his dressing room. He has left a pot on for Neil here.

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There is a gap round the back of the black. He is potentially looking at

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a plant as well, maybe playing that as a shock to nothing. He just needs

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to be very careful of making sure he gets a good cue ball. He has decided

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to play the plant. Played it as a shock to nothing. That is a very

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fortunate as Flick on the brown. It could have been worse for Noppon

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Saengkham. He could have been snookered behind the yellow.

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Just a little bit fast, and the fact that the cue ball is not tied to the

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baulk cushion may tempt Neil to go forward the pot here. I think it

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would have had no hesitation in the black was available.

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Neil Robertson showing his experience here. He has got the

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young player from Thailand under pressure. This is a tough safety

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shop, very thin. -- safety shot. That was very tough. Neil

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Robertson's decision to play a good quality safety shop has given him a

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chance. But it will not be easy to get onto the black, or possibly the

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pink. He is also looking at a plant. If the plant is on, he may well take

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that instead. He could play the deep screenshot and play that is shot to

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nothing. He will be hampered by the brown if

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he plays a straightforward pot to the right corner. I think this

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straightforward red that we looked that is maybe just covering a bit of

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the pocket for the plant. It seems that way to me. Not all of the

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pocket is available. You get a better look at it when you are right

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behind the shot, obviously. I think this is on.

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Almost a minute and a half deciding what shot to play.

:49:29.:49:38.

Well... Keeping the pressure on. Yes, not taking any undue risks. I

:49:39.:49:51.

suppose you can't blame him, he has the young man exactly where he

:49:52.:49:52.

wanted him. He needs to cover this potential

:49:53.:50:20.

plant with the brown, if he hasn't, Neil may take this on. Now that the

:50:21.:50:29.

red has gone, he can get past the brown to play the plant. There is no

:50:30.:50:31.

easy safety. Was Neil Robertson setting a little

:50:32.:50:46.

trap for the young man? APPLAUSE.

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I suppose he is a bit unlucky but when you hit the ball that hard you

:50:55.:51:00.

are trusting to luck a little bit the position on the colour. I don't

:51:01.:51:06.

think I would have fallen for that, would you? You did try to cover it

:51:07.:51:14.

with the brown, in all honesty. I'm a little bit surprised that Neil

:51:15.:51:19.

didn't play that as a screenshot. Just playing safe of the green.

:51:20.:51:37.

Another tester here for Noppon Saengkham to get their say. Normally

:51:38.:51:47.

he would say, of the side cushion and nestle on the red just beside

:51:48.:51:56.

the pink. It is not straightforward, this safety.

:51:57.:52:08.

He has left the red to the left centre. Now, whether Neil will be

:52:09.:52:16.

tempted, it depends how he feels. That is where experience comes in,

:52:17.:52:54.

of course. He has the young man, he has not settled yet because he

:52:55.:52:57.

doesn't have a frame on the scoreboard, and he will not give him

:52:58.:53:02.

an easy chance to settle himself. This needs to be a good shot. He

:53:03.:53:09.

needs to hit this perfectly. He has hit it too thin. The cue ball will

:53:10.:53:17.

come back down to this end of the table. The red is on to the right

:53:18.:53:23.

middle. I wouldn't be certain about the colour.

:53:24.:53:45.

That is OK. Just like getting that far up the table he knew that he

:53:46.:53:54.

would be on the green at least. Not a bad little kiss, that. He can

:53:55.:54:21.

play the red to the far right, or to the corner. In an ideal world you

:54:22.:54:27.

would like to get the pink on that spot as possible, but there is no

:54:28.:54:30.

rush to do that. There is the red immediately above

:54:31.:54:50.

the pink that he could play. Just having a look at that possibility

:54:51.:54:51.

now. Or, if he has the right angle on the

:54:52.:55:05.

blue, which he appears to have, he could play for one of the reds in

:55:06.:55:09.

the middle of the table. Yes, he does have an angle.

:55:10.:55:18.

This is the red I would have had in mind, so I could play for the pink.

:55:19.:55:37.

Once this pink is on its spots, it is an excellent opportunity to go

:55:38.:55:46.

into the mid-session interval with zero lead. -- with a 4-0 lead.

:55:47.:56:18.

I may have been playing that a little bit more firmly. He will have

:56:19.:56:30.

to go above the blue now. Just underhit it slightly. He will have

:56:31.:56:35.

to play for yellow or green. He needs another 41 points to clinch

:56:36.:56:41.

the frame at this visit. It is not beyond him, obviously, but it is not

:56:42.:56:48.

as easy as it sounds. Noppon Saengkham hasn't had a real chance

:56:49.:56:54.

to score. I think back to the horrible kick that he got on the

:56:55.:56:58.

blue earlier in the match. He has not really been in it since then.

:56:59.:57:04.

Neil Robertson has showed good discipline in the last couple of

:57:05.:57:11.

frames. Doing his best to keep the young player from Thailand under as

:57:12.:57:18.

much pressure as possible. It can be a very lonely place out there when

:57:19.:57:22.

things aren't going for you and you are not getting clear cut chances.

:57:23.:57:27.

It is a stiff and stern examination for the young man, this. It doesn't

:57:28.:57:33.

seem that long ago when he came into the arena and almost kissed the

:57:34.:57:40.

hallowed turf here at the Crucible, just glad to be here, but it is a

:57:41.:57:46.

lonely seat and a bad position to be in. He has not have the chance to

:57:47.:57:51.

show this packed audience how good he is. That in the way is another

:57:52.:57:58.

thing, you want to get in early and show people buy you are here. You

:57:59.:58:06.

just want to show it on the bigger stage of all. Absolutely. To be

:58:07.:58:15.

perfectly honest, even though all of the qualifiers that have come

:58:16.:58:20.

through have quite rightly deserve their place here at the Crucible,

:58:21.:58:24.

this really is a step up in class again, isn't it? Not only the class

:58:25.:58:33.

of opposition, but the fact that you're playing, you are in the

:58:34.:58:40.

headlights, so to speak, every mistake is greeted by a noise from

:58:41.:58:42.

the crowd. I think it was John Parrott who said

:58:43.:58:57.

it is the best place to play, and the worst place to play. I think he

:58:58.:59:08.

has got the angle to get this in and maybe play for the pink in the same

:59:09.:59:09.

pocket. So, 50 ahead, 75 remaining. Two

:59:10.:59:52.

reds, two high value colours. I think he can avoid the kiss on the

:59:53.:59:55.

second red to get nicely on the black. Well! Why did he play it like

:59:56.:00:05.

that. Was it the noise from the other side of the wall? Possibly.

:00:06.:00:11.

Maybe he should have taken a deep breath and waited for it to quieten

:00:12.:00:13.

down a little bit. Well, that's a top drawer safety

:00:14.:01:04.

shot. Not for the first time from Neil. Snookered on Allred 's. No,

:01:05.:01:14.

there is a gap. There is always a gap.

:01:15.:01:23.

Played that nicely, but of course kissing the yellow full in the face

:01:24.:01:31.

is not a good safety shot now. Good chance to get the cue ball behind

:01:32.:01:35.

the brown now. I think he will settle for that. Almost behind the

:01:36.:01:43.

green. Nice shot, even with the flick on

:01:44.:02:09.

the brown. It was always going to have a good land. The one thing that

:02:10.:02:16.

has impressed me with so far, because that's all he has been able

:02:17.:02:22.

to play so far, safety. Hit that far too thick.

:02:23.:02:35.

This is a chance. Almost 54 minutes since his last pot. Big pressure on

:02:36.:02:52.

this. Well played. Well played. APPLAUSE

:02:53.:03:01.

This is the first real good chance he's had.

:03:02.:03:12.

There was that one chance when he got the horrendous kick on the blue

:03:13.:03:21.

in the first frame. But he's not been in and around the black spot

:03:22.:03:25.

area with his hand on the table. Little bit of work to do with the

:03:26.:03:39.

cue ball here. Couldn't have struck it better. Beautiful shot. The

:03:40.:03:44.

reason he played for the black, he is in the ideal position to bring

:03:45.:03:48.

the other three reds into play. Well played.

:03:49.:04:08.

I have had a tendency to just hit it a little bit firmer than that. But

:04:09.:04:16.

he has got this red along the top cushion. Difficult. Not had many

:04:17.:04:24.

opportunities. Make certain he can be on the pink to the middle. Well

:04:25.:04:34.

done. Well done. This would give him a boost if he could win the frame at

:04:35.:04:44.

this visit, after what has gone before. Absolutely. Real test of

:04:45.:04:45.

character for the young man now. Now, can he roll this red in and

:04:46.:05:10.

avoid the kiss on the second red? If he can, he is perfect.

:05:11.:05:22.

Well, he just made certain of it. Needed a little trace of side, but

:05:23.:05:31.

I'm not going to knock him for not doing that.

:05:32.:05:52.

19 points behind now. 43 remaining. So, any colour with these remaining

:05:53.:05:59.

two reds. He took the chance to bring the red

:06:00.:06:22.

into play. It's not bad. He's on the pink.

:06:23.:06:34.

The safest way to play this is to just roll the pink into the middle.

:06:35.:06:47.

So, this could be the key to the frame. How would you play this,

:06:48.:07:00.

Peter? Would you play the screw to try and bring it up the right-hand

:07:01.:07:05.

side of the table or run round the two cushions? I think I would

:07:06.:07:07.

probably played the screw shot. Just on the black, I think. If the

:07:08.:07:21.

cue ball travelled another inch or two inches, he wouldn't have been.

:07:22.:07:29.

He is going to have to play this with a bit of pace with the rest. He

:07:30.:07:38.

has played this really well. How is this for a shot? How is this for a

:07:39.:07:48.

shot? How is this for a shot Axel absolutely inch perfect. Wonderful.

:07:49.:07:52.

Considering his highest break had only been seven before he got this

:07:53.:07:56.

opportunity and he had been almost 54 minutes without potting a ball,

:07:57.:08:04.

what a clearance this could be. Needs up to and including the pink.

:08:05.:08:11.

Bit short of pace. I thought you might play that inside. Yes, just to

:08:12.:08:22.

speed the cue ball up. Just played it with top spin.

:08:23.:08:31.

Overcut it. What a shame. What a shame. Great effort up until then.

:08:32.:08:48.

Unlucky. But this isn't a formality, Peter, with the cue ball being tight

:08:49.:08:54.

to the cushion. No, it's going to be difficult for Neil to get on the

:08:55.:09:05.

brown, actually. I think he is playing this with lots and lots of

:09:06.:09:06.

top spin. Very difficult. It was a very good

:09:07.:09:23.

effort. But he's not on the brown. So this frame is still very much

:09:24.:09:24.

alive. Just a bit short of pace. Hasn't

:09:25.:09:46.

quite got the snooker. It is going to be a tough one for Saengkham to

:09:47.:09:53.

get safe. Yes, very tough safety shot here. The problem with trying

:09:54.:09:58.

to clip the brown thing and getting the cue ball behind the black is

:09:59.:10:03.

that he could be pushing the brown towards the green pocket. I wouldn't

:10:04.:10:07.

be surprised if he doubled the brown here.

:10:08.:10:18.

I think that was his intention, but you would want to hit the top

:10:19.:10:25.

cushion first, rather than the side cushion. Absolutely. This is a

:10:26.:10:31.

chance but it's not easy. No, he will need a good pot.

:10:32.:10:42.

The best players always have all the luck. This time, Noppon Saengkham

:10:43.:10:53.

has a good chance of getting the cue ball behind the black. We'll be

:10:54.:10:57.

pushing the brown over onto the green side cushion.

:10:58.:11:04.

Just a little bit thin. He needs the pink to come to his rescue. It

:11:05.:11:19.

hasn't. You can see it. So Neil Robertson needs brown and the blue.

:11:20.:11:29.

He will be 14 points in front with 13 remaining. Nice, clean pot.

:11:30.:11:40.

Absolutely inch perfect on the blue. And this blue will put in 14 points

:11:41.:11:44.

in France with 13 remaining. Looks like the young man from Thailand is

:11:45.:11:48.

going to get nothing out of these first four frames. Came in

:11:49.:11:56.

celebrating the fact he had made it to the Crucible. But he's nothing to

:11:57.:12:02.

show for his efforts at the moment. And it is Neil Robertson, is The

:12:03.:12:12.

Thunder From Down Under is beating the young man from Thailand 5-0 at

:12:13.:12:21.

the mid-session interval. That was a poor break off shot. Caught the end

:12:22.:12:27.

read much too thin and that is why he collided with the blue and the

:12:28.:12:35.

brown. When you are breaking off, what ever you do, don't hit the

:12:36.:12:37.

blue. Nice opener. Fully committed to

:12:38.:12:56.

that. Didn't hold back. Played the right shot and nicely on the black.

:12:57.:13:01.

One of the few times he's gone in first in a frame.

:13:02.:13:16.

After the mid-session interval there is five frames to play. So, this

:13:17.:13:26.

will be a good start for the young man, if he can make the most of this

:13:27.:13:28.

opportunity. Because the blue is not on its spot,

:13:29.:14:20.

eventually when he tries to break the reds open, he will have to do it

:14:21.:14:22.

of the black. Maybe thinking that way now, leave

:14:23.:14:35.

himself low on the black. It is not the best cluster to go in. As my

:14:36.:14:45.

friend and colleague Willie Thorne said, it is a bit of a flat pack.

:14:46.:14:52.

But he has the angle. When you are playing this type of shot, you have

:14:53.:14:56.

got to hit the end of the reds, that's way it releases the white. If

:14:57.:15:00.

you go right into the middle, the white could stick and be on nothing.

:15:01.:15:06.

I remember Matthew Stevens used to play this as a deep screw with

:15:07.:15:09.

reverse side to take the white back up towards the pink spot. He struck

:15:10.:15:16.

it nicely enough. Was unfortunate not to finish on a read. But as you

:15:17.:15:24.

say, it wasn't easy. Just caught the wrong read first. If he had stunned

:15:25.:15:30.

it, he would have gone through the reds more. But when it came off the

:15:31.:15:35.

second red, it just screwed away. On nothing. And that is careless. The

:15:36.:15:45.

yellow has come to his rescue. No harm done.

:15:46.:16:05.

I said no harm done, there was half a chance at that pot.

:16:06.:16:33.

Caught it a little bit too thick. Needs the green to help him here. It

:16:34.:16:40.

hasn't. The reason I was saying the green to help him, because he has

:16:41.:16:48.

this straight red to the corner. And if the cue ball had run on a little

:16:49.:16:52.

bit further, he would have been badly hampered by the green. Can see

:16:53.:17:03.

the distance. This would give you an example of how straight Neil

:17:04.:17:08.

Robertson pushes the cue through. Just watch this June. -- cue. There

:17:09.:17:18.

you go. Snapped it right in the middle of the pocket. Very rarely

:17:19.:17:22.

misses back type of shot. That was a nice pot. Presumably he

:17:23.:18:03.

is on this red when the black is re-spotted. He's not, he must have

:18:04.:18:06.

played for the red to the right middle. I have just spotted it.

:18:07.:18:15.

It is high. Not playing flawless snooker. No, and there was a little

:18:16.:18:28.

bit of pressure on that red into the middle because he knew he would be

:18:29.:18:31.

leaving one into the left corner pocket, should he miss it.

:18:32.:18:50.

Played the delicate cannon and played it very well.

:18:51.:19:23.

I think that is the shot on. He will be bringing that cluster of reds in

:19:24.:19:32.

between bringing the black into play.

:19:33.:19:38.

He needed an inch more pace, a little bit more top spin rather than

:19:39.:19:50.

pace. Yes, it is so easy on those type of shots to almost quit and not

:19:51.:19:57.

get enough spin on the cue ball. He didn't exactly do that there, but as

:19:58.:20:03.

John quite rightly alluded to, he would have liked to have seen the

:20:04.:20:06.

cue ball travel just a little bit further.

:20:07.:20:16.

Played it well. Yes, he is on the red to the left middle. Doesn't have

:20:17.:20:22.

to do much with the cue ball. The blue is adjacent to the far corner

:20:23.:20:28.

pocket. Then you would think he would be on to be yellow. Another 25

:20:29.:20:33.

points needed to get to snookers required stage his first frame on

:20:34.:20:34.

the scoreboard. -- get his first. He'd like to be on the yellow. I

:20:35.:20:45.

think he is. Yes, just about get through to if.

:20:46.:21:03.

Would have liked to have had a little bit of an angle. Just a

:21:04.:21:09.

fraction of one to bring him down amongst the reds just below the

:21:10.:21:14.

pink. He will be disappointed if he doesn't win the frame now.

:21:15.:21:45.

He is OK. Look for a moment as though he could have been hampered,

:21:46.:21:54.

but he can get to the middle of the cue ball. Always a little bit wary

:21:55.:21:59.

in this shot. You have got to push the tube through straight. If you

:22:00.:22:05.

just deviate slightly to the right, he could file the red. It is

:22:06.:22:10.

slightly disconcerting because not everybody would be able to play this

:22:11.:22:13.

ball. Some players have naturally play this with a touch of right-hand

:22:14.:22:22.

side. Which is unnecessary. But some players just prefer to do that. As

:22:23.:22:31.

John always says with these superfine clots, it is a massive

:22:32.:22:34.

advantage if you can play the playing ball. Sometimes with the

:22:35.:22:48.

player's dominant eye, the natural tendency is for the brain to self

:22:49.:22:51.

correct and they could come across the ball. It does make cueing

:22:52.:22:59.

straight very difficult. Neil Robertson is one of the best in the

:23:00.:23:04.

game for that. But other players like Judd Trump, cross the ball

:23:05.:23:11.

considerably. That's because he is so dominant with his right eye.

:23:12.:23:26.

Saengkham is going quite nicely. He had a quick glance at the

:23:27.:23:35.

scoreboard. Just needs another red and a colour to get to the snookers

:23:36.:23:37.

required stage. This blue will put in 63 points in

:23:38.:23:48.

front with just 59 remaining. That will make him feel an awful lot

:23:49.:24:09.

better. Taking it well. OK, he got in because Neil Robertson missed,

:24:10.:24:15.

for him, straightforward read to the middle. But he has taken them well.

:24:16.:24:24.

That is an excellent pot. There will be no coming back to the table for

:24:25.:24:34.

the Australia now. The red has not gone in, but that

:24:35.:25:11.

doesn't matter. He finished first on the scoreboard. Maybe now, the young

:25:12.:25:19.

man from Thailand, Noppon Saengkham can relax. He is still three behind,

:25:20.:25:23.

but that will settle him. Just a sign that Neil is not 100%,

:25:24.:26:11.

in the last frame when he missed that red in the middle. He is not in

:26:12.:26:20.

don't miss mood. 90% success which is good the Neil. 84%, bit low but

:26:21.:26:30.

Saengkham. Long pot success, who would have thought it. Five out of

:26:31.:26:39.

11 for Neil Robertson. That is why he is at 45%. Seven out of nine for

:26:40.:26:42.

the young man from Thailand. He took that on. Needed to screw

:26:43.:27:00.

back. Couldn't have hit it much better. Where is the red running to?

:27:01.:27:07.

He is hoping it won't run past the middle. He has left it. He played

:27:08.:27:13.

the deep screw hoping the red wouldn't come back down the table

:27:14.:27:17.

with the cue ball. Unfortunately, it did.

:27:18.:27:34.

The reds are nicely spread, but at the moment, the black is slightly

:27:35.:27:43.

awkward. I think the pink, it may be available into the right corner. The

:27:44.:27:54.

first couple of positional shots at this visit will determine whether he

:27:55.:27:57.

can make a frame-winning contribution. That is why he's

:27:58.:28:00.

giving it an extra bit of thought. It is not straightforward.

:28:01.:28:17.

A possibility here he could get on the black, get the black back onto

:28:18.:28:22.

its spot. He knew he was going to be hampered,

:28:23.:28:45.

but just hoping that he wasn't going to be full ball hampered, which is

:28:46.:28:47.

what he appears to be. He made play the cup on the red to

:28:48.:29:51.

the left corner. -- cut. I don't know what he can just drop this in

:29:52.:29:56.

and go for the black. If he can't, he is checking to see if the pink

:29:57.:30:02.

will go to the right corner, the opposite corner to this red. It

:30:03.:30:12.

would help if it did. He got the caman, which he expected, but does

:30:13.:30:20.

the pink go? If not, he has a nice angle on the blue if he thinks the

:30:21.:30:26.

pink is too tight. But you can see there that the pink does go.

:30:27.:30:40.

This is an excellent opportunity for Neil Robertson to re-establish his

:30:41.:30:45.

dominance in this match. It is always the worst time to have

:30:46.:30:59.

a chance, isn't it, in between frames on the other side and you

:31:00.:31:05.

hear the noise. The referee just setting up the balls on the other

:31:06.:31:10.

side, which is why Neil has just stepped back, waiting for things to

:31:11.:31:18.

settle. We know that the pink goes. The reason he is not taking it is

:31:19.:31:23.

that he isn't sure where it will go when it is a respot. He is OK. He

:31:24.:31:34.

has the red to the left middle. He needs another 43 points. To get

:31:35.:32:31.

to the snookers required stage. This is a great chance, the black goes

:32:32.:32:38.

into both corners. Isn't it great, John, the CR evaporates, Leo

:32:39.:32:43.

Scullion, back at the Crucible? Absolutely. He has gone through a

:32:44.:32:47.

few health problems, but nice to have him back. That lovely little

:32:48.:33:00.

Scottish brew. A nice man off the table, as well.

:33:01.:34:19.

A little bit straighter than he would have liked. So, he just had to

:34:20.:34:29.

slot the pink paint and it leaves this red a bit more difficult. You

:34:30.:34:35.

wouldn't expect him to miss it, but he will be looking to go back up to

:34:36.:34:39.

the blue and get a nice angle on the blue.

:34:40.:34:47.

Nice pot. Just about got the angle he was looking for.

:34:48.:35:00.

Hoping to be on the pink where he could run the pink through and

:35:01.:35:56.

dislodge these 338 macro just below the pink. -- these three reds. That

:35:57.:36:09.

couldn't have worked out any better! Could this be his 500th century of

:36:10.:36:17.

his professional career? What a great milestone that would be in the

:36:18.:36:18.

career of Neil Robertson. Perfect.

:36:19.:36:33.

APPLAUSE. Red and a black for his 500th career

:36:34.:36:58.

century. Wonderful! Well played, Neil

:36:59.:37:22.

Robertson. APPLAUSE.

:37:23.:37:29.

He has become a scoring machine over the last four or five years.

:37:30.:37:38.

Trillion, brilliant player. Lovely guy, as well, and a great ambassador

:37:39.:37:40.

for snooker. That century was the 27th of the

:37:41.:37:59.

tournament and we are into day five of 17. What are pot that was on the

:38:00.:38:10.

green! Well, that is a pity. His 500th

:38:11.:38:27.

century night puts him with only two people I had a pen, Ronnie

:38:28.:38:33.

O'Sullivan and Steven Hendrie. What a moment. He is now 5-1 in front. --

:38:34.:38:46.

Ronnie O'Sullivan and Stephen Hendry are the only people in front of him.

:38:47.:39:00.

That was a good pot. He is looking at the yellow, but it is hard to

:39:01.:39:16.

inject a lot of pace when you are close to the object ball like this,

:39:17.:39:21.

but he is obviously comfortable with it.

:39:22.:39:47.

This is going to require very good cueing. Very good shot.

:39:48.:39:52.

APPLAUSE. 11 out of 11 with the rest. Neil

:39:53.:40:08.

Robertson, seven out of seven. When the black is potted, or has a

:40:09.:40:18.

respot, will these two reds be available? Lets see what he is on.

:40:19.:40:30.

The one immediately to the right of the black you would like to be on.

:40:31.:40:44.

It looks like he can play a run through and just cannon into the red

:40:45.:40:49.

and maintain position on the black. There is a list red at the top of

:40:50.:40:53.

the cluster. It could even go in off with this

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screenshot! It could even go in off with the cue shot! Where has the cue

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ball gone? It is hard to tell when you are right behind it, but it

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looks like he could have run through and played the caman, but rather

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that than that, even if he was going to be a bit low on it.

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The cue ball? It is OK. That is the difference, fractions. Now it is a

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good safety. APPLAUSE.

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That is a bonus. I'm sure that water tastes sweet.

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It should do, it has travelled all the way from China!

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I don't think the first red that he hit was the one he intended.

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If Neil Robertson can win this frame, you would say that this match

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is virtually in the bag. He won't shy away from that. He is a

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champion. But he won't be too pleased with

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where the cue ball has finished. Neil Robertson has not been anywhere

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near his fantastic test in this match so far. He conceived the pot

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success rate, 90% Neil Robertson. That is very unfortunate. Neil has

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not had to be anywhere near his best today. Noppon Saengkham's and

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experience of playing at the big venue like the Crucible has been

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very evident. Lovely lad. Very, very good player. They practised with him

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at the Academy. He pots a lot of good balls, but he just hasn't taken

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his chances. That is the one thing that you have to do here, and the

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one thing that you always have to do, especially against the best

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players in the world. Of which Neil Robertson is one of those. Yeah and

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he certainly had opportunities, Noppon Saengkham, to put more

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pressure on Neil. But he has made too many unenforced mistakes.

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A baptism of fire, his first time here at the Crucible.

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Understandable. Just coming round to have a look. I

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think the black may be available into the left corner. There, you see

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it. Not guaranteed to be good on it off this red, though. He couldn't

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have played that much better. Inch perfect.

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That was a wonderful example of just how straight Neil Robertson queues.

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No deviation in his cueing there whatsoever. Ramrod straight. And by

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taking that red he has cleared a path to the black to the left

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corner. This is not a good line. He may be

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on the red to the middle, but he cut into the cue ball too much there.

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Touching ball, says the referee. He will try to nestle up behind the

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yellow. I thought he would have played it

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with more pace than that. This is not an easy shot because

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Neil is bridging over the blue. If he can avoid the caman, there is a

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chance of getting behind the yellow. Unfortunately, he has pushed it

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towards the left corner and hasn't got a good cue ball. This is not

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easy, especially with the red over the corner pocket. There is half a

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chance. That is very good cueing. Very well played.

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This frame could make the difference between being five behind 47 behind.

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Good shot needed here. There is only really the black to play for. He

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just has to screw this back a few inches. Well played.

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That takes him to points the lead. If the kids take care of the reds

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still on the table that would be more than enough to take the frame.

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Has he gone far enough? Disappointing. It has not gone far

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enough. That was a bad mistake. Unique to

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make sure you are high, if anything. Another opportunity that he did not

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capitalise on, I'm afraid. It has been the story of this match this

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afternoon. He has had his chances. If Neil Robertson can avoid the Inn

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of here he could play at a shop to nothing and played the double. What

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a shot! What a bonus! APPLAUSE.

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He knew he would be running into the red over the corner. What a good

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pot. He could not have finished better on the black. That was a

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bonus. He now has a 5-point lead. It will

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not be easy to get past the winning line. He needs these remaining reds.

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That is a decent start, a nice angle on the black. It is never easy to

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develop reds when they are in this position, you need a bit of luck. I

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suppose the way the balls are situated you feel you will not lose

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it if you do make a mistake. I don't think you would have played that

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normally, but the scoreline made him think it was a chance to have 8-1

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advantage, and the way the balls are there was not much chance for his

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opponent to win the frame in one visit.

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In patches youth. -- impetuous youth. He will learn. The black was

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hard enough without hitting it that hard. His first time here, it is all

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a learning experience. He has qualities.

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That is a good safety from Neil. This is not a straightforward

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safety. Well, he wants to hit it. Foul and the mess. He can have it

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replaced or play from the D. Neil has decided to play this red.

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Super shot. As you said earlier, Peter, on that straight shot he is

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so reliable because of the way he delivers the cue, gun barrel

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straight. Now 24 points in the lead. He is not on this red that you think

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he will take it on. He will play this safety, get the cue ball back

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to the baulk end. The only other player I can think of that you would

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consistently expect to pot long straight balls like that would be

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Shaun Murphy. This is a very good safety shot. Very well played.

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APPLAUSE. Yes, you could put Shaun Murphy in that category.

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He was looking at the side cushion. With a bit of swerve he could hit

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this red, but could he get it safe? He didn't fancy the swerve. Doesn't

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want to run past, which is exactly what has done. The mess is called.

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Neil only needs the red. Surely it is worth going for. If he pots this

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he goes 29 in front with 27 remaining. That surely will be 8-1.

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We have seen a lot of the seeds in this tournament, and every year at

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the Crucible, find the pressure of playing a qualifier it is a tough

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match. But surely Neil Robertson has broken the back of this one in the

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first session. He is going to shake his hand. He

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will walk out a little bit disappointed, but Neil Robertson has

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done his business, he has taken advantage of the mistakes and this

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now two frames away from a place in the last 16. He leads 8-1.

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So, they return for their second session of be returned at one

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o'clock this afternoon for coverage of basics. I hope you can join us

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for that, but meanwhile get some sleep! Good night.

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You are the cream of the French aristocracy.

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Jason Mohammad presents extended first-round highlights from the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.