March 4, 2010

Entertainment Thursday Continues: 2.30pm Starts

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 10:54 am

The Cossack Brothers aren't that busy today.

If that first batch of matches didn’t excite you enough we now get to see the legend that is ‘The Undertaker’ Dark Mavis against fellow legend and freeman of the city of Norwich Barry Pinches, as well as Marcus ‘I once whitewashed Stephen Hendry and I also beat him again so it wasn’t a fluke’ Campbell taking on James Wattana.

I’m afraid the agents of all Ukrainian dancing troupes will be cold calling again this afternoon in an attempt to get a booking somewhere as the eyes of the world will obviously be on Mavis and Our Baz as they battle it out on the baize.

The head to heads are as ever included in brackets.

2.30pm Starts

Marcus Campbell v James Wattana (0-1)

Wattana is now playing his fourth match and the 33/1 on him qualifying is beginning to look interesting. Campbell could do with a win here as he has won just one frame in his last two competitive matches to Mark King and Robert Milkins. Wattana (6/5 Sportingbet) on the other hand can’t seem to stop winning at the moment and is making great steps up the rankings in his first season back. The momentum he takes into this is reminiscent of the way Drago must be feeling at the moment. He will have fully acclimatised and I think he might just win this to set up the showdown with Matthew Stevens. RESULT: Campbell 10-5.

Mark Davis v Barry Pinches

Despite being two seasoned journeymen professionals these two have never crossed swords until today. Pinches probably needs to win this to guarantee his tour place next year, but he should be safe either way. Mavis is fresh from qualifying for China and should end up this year comfortably in the top 32. It’s not going to be a classic this by any means but I’d say Davis is the classier of the two and I’ll side with him. Recommended: Davis (11/17 BWIN) RESULT: Davis 10-7.

Mike Dunn v Robert Milkins (1-1)

Dunn won the last meeting between the two 5-4 in this year’s Welsh Open and Milkins comes into this fresh from an impressive nine frame winning run from 6-1 down in his last match, it’s fair to say that he won’t want to start that badly again. Dunn recently qualified for China and tends to hold his own in this kind of company, he also qualified for the UK losing out to eventual winner Ding Junhui. Milkins is another who seldom loses to players below him in the rankings so that makes this one a very difficult one to call, I’d expect a close one between two very evenly matched players. I’d marginally favour Dunn (5/4 Sportingbet) but not with a bet. RESULT: DUNN 10-8.

Dave and Jim's usual medium of competition.

Jimmy Michie v David Gray (0-4)

These two can usually be found having a drinking rather than a snooker match down at the local, but this time they must pit their wits together on the baize. Both competitions are tough to call, you’d favour Michie on the drinking as if Dave has too many he’ll usually strip off which results in a disqualification and Jimbo is a big lad that can hold his own. In terms of snooker, the head to heads suggest that David has something of a hoodoo over the big fella, they last met in 1998. Gray (4/7 Sportingbet) has shown some glimpses of form and hit a 138 in his last win over Andy Hicks, this match is a bit more of the same in terms of the standard of opposition and assuming that Dave didn’t overdo the celebrations after last night’s win I’d marginally favour him to progress again here. I do think the 4/7 is a bit skinny though, unlike his opponent. RESULT: Dave had obviously been on the sauce losing 2-10.

That’s it for today, I’ll endeavour to get a preview of tomorrow’s starters up early this evening. The best of luck to those having a go on what I think are four quite tricky ones to call this afternoon.

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