June 27, 2010

The PTC Marathon Final Day and Selby Wants Another World War

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:12 am

This has been a bit of a hard slog (and I bet you yawn in the next minute)

The first day of this event saw 17 hours of continuous snooker. I wasn’t about yesterday so I’m not sure how long it took to complete the top half of the draw, but perhaps a few tweaks may be necessary to avoid these marathon hours for future events as it hardly fits with Barry’s ‘quickfire’ remit.

The match up between O’Sullivan and Selby materialised, with Ronnie gaining an increasingly rare win over the Jester by four frames to three, which means it is the Rocket that progresses onto the final stages today.

As for Team Snookerbacker, just one left I’m afraid, which is the outright win on Mark Williams who came through with little fuss. Jimmy White just found Jamie Cope too good for him. The subs bench is doing slightly better with Maguire, Ford and Mark Davis still competing. I now know how Fabio Capello felt when Robert Green made that howler and he caught David James in the corner of his eye mouthing ‘I told you he was shite’.

Anyway, joining Joe Jogia in the list of unlikely final 16 players is another JJ, Jamie Jones, Joe Johnson should have entered. The terminal scruffbag Marcus Campbell and King of the Alps Judd ‘Von’ Trump have obviously been inspired by their Willie awards as they too make it to the final day today.

It’s actually quite a surprise to me how few surprises there have been so far. Most of the names left being familiar faces to even casual snooker fans.

Further down are yesterday’s Last 32 results and the draw for the last 16 which commences this morning at 10am. All will want to avoid playing while a certain other sporting event is taking place this afternoon you would think.

In fact, none other than Mark Selby actually wants to start World War Three with the Germans on the baize, though if you click here you will see from the picture that the reporter is clearly not a big snooker fan. This is obviously a blatant attempt by the Daily Star to beat the Express writers to a Willie for worst researched piece of journalism. What have I started?

Finally can I just thank Matt at the excellent Pro-Snooker Blog for the kind words he said about this heap of nonsense on his far superior website. I’d advise any real snooker fan to bookmark this site way ahead of my own. A similarly friendly place to be but with far more actual information than poor attempts at light entertainment.

Last 32 Results

Ronnie O’Sullivan 4-3 Mark Selby

Matthew Stevens 4-2 Igor Figueiredo

Ben Woollaston 3-4 Jamie Jones

Jimmy White 1-4 Jamie Cope

Alfie Burden 2-4 Marcus Campbell

Judd Trump 4-2 Paul Davison

Mark Williams 4-2 Xiao Guodong

Anthony McGill 2-4 Barry Pinches

(Full Results are available here)

Draw for the Last 16

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Matthew Stevens

Jamie Jones v Jamie Cope

Marcus Campbell v Judd Trump

Mark Williams v Barry Pinches

Stephen Lee v Marco Fu

Nigel Bond v Joe Jogia

Mark Davis v Tom Ford

Barry Hawkins v Stephen Maguire

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