March 2, 2010

Scouse Tuesday Part Two – 2.30 Starts

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:23 am

You are never more than 10 yards from a Scouser.

This afternoon sees the first involvement of a member of the so-solid BBC crew with 1991 champion John Parrott entering the race to the Crucible.

Four matches start at 2.30.

John Parrott v Anda Zhang

JP loves his racing, he loves the TV work, the chirpy, game for a laugh Liverpudlian also enjoys making and flying paper planes at random in the BBC canteen to annoy fellow TV personalities but does he still love his snooker, the game that made him a household name? He has always had the look of someone that has a ‘hate, hate’ relationship with the game and struggles for motivation at the smaller events, but this is the World Championship, both himself and Steve Davis will have been practising for this one make no mistake, but John loses more than he wins these days and crashed out at this stage last year rather tamely to Matthew Couch. Anda Zhang on the other hand enjoyed an easy victory yesterday, as predicted by a Swedish poster on here who is obviously a fan of his. Anda seems to have developed a neat little pattern of always losing two then winning two. His sequence is unlikely to be broken here and John should be found safe and sound eating his brekkie with Hazel and Willie, making a replica of a spitfire to throw into Rishi’s cornflakes, preparing for another day on the box come April 17th. Recommended: Anda Zhang. RESULT: Anda Zhang 10-6.

Jin Long v Brendan O’Donoghue

Brendan has already won two more matches than I expected him to after a win over Nic Barrow (already forgotten) early on set up another win against the dogged Matthew Couch last night, which in truth is the biggest scalp of his career to date. It looks like the match with Couch was quite a scrappy affair, apart from one century from each of them there appears precious little in the way of breaks and presumably Brendan will have to improve a lot to win here. But he’s on a roll and Jin Long has developed a losing habit just recently and coincidentally has not won a competitive match since exactly one year ago today. This is tough to call and I would not recommend a bet on it, but gun to head Brendan will be delighted that I’ll go against him again with Jin Long. RESULT: Jin Long 10-6.

David Roe - Used to be Good.

David Roe v Ben Woollaston

‘Dashing’ Dave Roe can currently be found propping up almost every ranking list you care to mention, it may be the last year we get to see him grace the baize, so standing room only for this one I reckon. Of his last 15 competitive matches he has won just one, against demoted former main tour professional Vincent ‘Spotty’ Muldoon. Ben Woollaston puts in some good performances and should have too much for the former top 32 man here. Recommended: Woollaston. RESULT: A late rally sees Roe break his losing sequence and win 10-9.

Mark Joyce v Jimmy Robertson (2-0)

Mark Joyce has won both their previous encounters, both being close and over a shorter format. Jimbo had something of a warm up match yesterday and in one frame according to Global Snooker scored an impressive 1102 points including breaks of 59 and 39, presumably the further points resulting from one of those tricky snookers that are impossible to escape from, unless it’s a misprint of course. Jimmy Robertson is my ‘dark horse’ this week and I’ll take him to keep up his winning ways narrowly here. RESULT: The dark horse falls at the last Joyce wins 10-9.

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