August 3, 2010

Shanghai Masters Qualifying Day Two

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 6:57 am

Day Two gets under way today with the successful players from yesterday taking a step up to the next band of seeded players. There were only five century breaks on day one with three of them coming in the match between Michael White and Liu Chuang last night, logic has it that with better players on show today there should be a few more.

Apparently Sportingbet priced up the matches yesterday so I’d keep an eye on them to see if they are tempted to do so again today if you want a bet.

This morning sees the return of referees nemesis and blog favourite Thanawat Tirapaipongboon as well as a couple of my hopeful punts in Alfie Burden and Xiao Guodong, who knocked in the highest break yesterday with a 129. Amongst those starting out are Belgian carpenter Bjorn Haneveer and the Maltese Falcon Tony Drago.

James Corden lookalike Igor.

Dave Gilbert from Tamworth takes on the more travelled Brasilian German Igor, who became the first ever Brasilian German to win a ranking event match yesterday, but to be fair there isn’t much competition in that particular category.

10am starts

Jimmy Robertson 4-5 James McBain

Matthew Selt 4-5 Alfie Burden

Mark Joyce 4-5 Thanawat Tirapaipongboon

Bjorn Haneveer 0-5 Matthew Couch

Tony Drago 5-2 Xiao Guodong

Dave Gilbert 4-5 Igor Figueiredo (the first Brasilian German to win two ranking matches despite being docked a frame for being late…)

2pm starts

This afternoon sees Barry Pinches enter the fray. I have to say I’d lost track of how far down the rankings Pinches had slipped, but with a recent final place in the PTC event it would seem that the Canary Cueist is determined to halt the slide. He faces the promising youngster McGill.

Can Anda land a journeyman?

James Wattana makes his first appearance this afternoon too against Liu Song and young Anda Zhang plays journeyman pro Paul Davies. Paddy Power and Sportingbet are offering odds on these matches and also tonight’s, I’m not having a bet this afternoon but if I was I’d plump for Wattana and Zhang, I might possibly have a small punt on outsider Highfield to beat Jimmy and young Michael White later on, the others to me are a bit too close to call or don’t really offer any value.

Barry Pinches 5-4 Anthony McGill (Barry does a job on Ant by winning the last three frames and must surely now be a good thing to qualify, to me this was the key match in this section)

Peter Lines 5-2 Joe Jogia

David Morris 5-3 Patrick Wallace

James Wattana 5-3 Liu Song

Paul Davies 1-5 Anda Zhang

7.30pm starts

Tonight sees the appearance of the Whirlwind, Jimmy White who takes on the dangerous Liam Highfield in what could be a tough match for Jimbo.

One wonders how much time he has put in on the practice table since hearing of Alex’s death. He might also be not quite all there today following his emotional day yesterday or on the other hand it might be just what he needs to escape, who knows? You’d think he’d have at least had the decency to issue a statement through World Snooker to let us know how he’s feeling, poor form from Jimmy that. On reflection, it’s a no bet match and as ever I’d like Jimmy to win.

Jimmy: Could have issued a statement.

His part-namesake Michael White is carrying a bit of my cash tonight, he scored heavily last night and will go into his encounter with Michael Judge with the wind in his sails, 5/6 might just be a bit of a steal. I don’t think that favourites Jimmy Michie, Andy Hicks and Joe Delaney will necessarily have things all their own way in what might be a night for the outsiders.

Updates will be delayed tonight as the lovely Mrs SB cooks us both ‘line caught fish’ OK, with a lovely mash, sod Jimmy and Alex, I’m hungry.

Jimmy Michie 2-5 Jamie Jones

Andy Hicks 5-1 Kyren Wilson

Jimmy White 3-5 Liam Highfield

Joe Delaney 5-2 Patrick Einsle

Michael Judge 2-5 Michael White

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