July 11, 2010

PTC Finals Day: *Updated at foot of post* Selby does the Business*

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:12 am

Mags and Mark: Destined for a Final Showdown?

In the last Players Tour Event we were left with a finals day which largely consisted of the higher ranked players on the tour. But not this time with only three of the top sixteen in action today.

Mark Selby and Marco Fu are flying the flag for Team SB on finals day and judging by the breaks he’s been hitting Selby at least seems to be firing on all cylinders.

He has only lost one frame, to Shaun Murphy and has hit breaks of, 127, 125, 111, 110, 92, 85, 84, 73, 62, 59 and 55 in the 12 frames he has won so far, the 73 coming in reply to a 67 from Murphy to win one frame on the black.

The other member of Team SB on show yesterday Ali Carter, didn’t fare so well and was able to enjoy a night out in Sheffield and a late night curry with the boys. Safe in the knowledge that the pressures involved in making the team will not be so great next time, surely only a subs bench appearance at best beckons for the Captain.

Today sees just Selby, Fu and Maguire from the big boys competing. Little known names such as Liam Highfield, Andrew Pagett, Stephen Craigie, Alfie Burden and Anthony McGill mixing it with them. Burden in particular is a very decent player and I’d take him to beat Barry Pinches and possibly go even further, but then again I’d take anyone to beat the Canary Cueist since the story I recounted the other day here happened.

Alan ‘Angles’ McManus also rolled back the years yesterday and came through to set up the purists dream match against Marco, probably a good job that one is behind closed doors I reckon. I wonder if Al has yet had the wisdom to snap that crappy old two piece cue he uses, I’m sure if he started using a new one his game would come back to where it should have been this past decade.

Anyway to me, the Selby v Maguire final still looks on, despite the presence of Mark Williams’ conqueror Mark Davis, who is up against Selby at 10am.

Updates throughout the day below:

Last 16:

Mark Davis 1-4 Mark Selby (Selby marches on!)

Jimmy Robertson 4-1 Liam Highfield

Andrew Pagett 4-1 Peter Lines

Alan McManus 2-4 Marco Fu (score of 1-2 after two hours play)

Stuart Bingham 4-1 Stephen Craigie

Barry Pinches 4-1 Alfie Burden

Ricky Walden 2-4 Gerard Greene

Anthony McGill 4-0 Stephen Maguire (Mags crashes out!)

Quarter Finals

Mark Selby 4-2 Jimmy Robertson

Andrew Pagett 2-4 Marco Fu

Stuart Bingham 2-4 Barry Pinches

Gerard Greene 4-3 Anthony McGill

I’d be feeling ultra confident at this point that either Selby or Fu can win it for the team, if it wasn’t for the name Barry Pinches in the other semi-final. He’s bitten me once, I would prefer him not to do it again. In the meantime though the 25/1 each way odds on Marco Fu are in the bag, the only win bet flagged up was the 9/1 on Selby, who would have to be a big favourite if he beats Marco. Let’s wait and see.

Semi Finals

Mark Selby 4-2 Marco Fu

Barry Pinches 4-1 Gerard Greene


Given my musings earlier in the week this is the strangest final and this is my World Cup Final. Mark, lay those demons to rest. Mr Pinch, this is your chance to lose again, just for me, please.

I’ll take Mark as Spain and Barry as Holland – neither have started yet. But Gazza has just been round with a fishing rod and Twister, should I be worried?

Mark Selby 4-3 Barry Pinches


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