August 5, 2010

Shanghai Masters Final Qualifying Day

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:34 am

Today sees the seeds 17-32 taking on those who have sweated and toiled their way here this week for the right to claim that plane ticket over to Shanghai.

Last night saw Michael White and Jamie Jones coasting through at odds against and ensured a profitable start to the new season for yours truly, the double paying out at a handsome 9/2 with Boylesports.

Today sees the speculative 18/1 punt on Alfie Burden face the final hurdle against Andrew Higginson as well as the long awaited SVT, no it’s not a sexually transmitted disease, no it’s not the new boy band on the block, it’s the Snookerbacker Value Treble that Skybet were kind enough to name after me. Mark Davis, Joe Perry and Mike Dunn are the names to watch out for.

Kenny Dee: The Darling of Dublin

This morning sees the undoubted star of the week Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon (shake, shake,shake the room) take to the table for the fourth time, he faces leg one of the SVT Mark Davis. Michael Holt takes on Honest Jay-Bee and Crafty Darling of Dublin Ken Doherty takes on Fearless Fergal O’Brien.

King of the Alps Judd ‘Von’ Trump faces a tough encounter with Tom Ford and Ricky ‘Cue Licker’ Walden takes on the exquisitely named Sheriff of Pottingham Hamilton.

The two I like this morning are again outsiders and they are O’Brien at 6/4 with Paddy Power and Ford at 6/5 with Sportingbet. I’ve got one I like this afternoon but I’m waiting to see how the bookies read it before posting up.

10am starts

Michael Holt 1-5 Jamie Burnett

Andrew Higginson 5-4 Alfie Burden (Alfie falls at the last fence)

Mark Davis 5-4 Thanawat Tirapongpaiboon (unlucky for the 16 year old Thai and the first leg of the SVT survives by the skin of his teeth)

Judd Trump 5-1 Tom Ford

Ricky Walden 5-2 Anthony Hamilton

Ken Doherty 5-4 Fergal O’Brien (a 5 hour snoozefest)

To regular readers, all I will say is get yourself and your wallet over to BWIN this morning, they have a stand out price that won’t last long on one of tonight’s matches, I won’t be issuing any further ‘Official Statement’ on the matter until you have all got on.

Just for the record I’ll recommend a 3 points win on Michael White at 39/10. (This price has now gone, it is now 17/10)

Dave: Will do anything to get his hands on a banana.

This afternoon sees five more plane tickets decided upon. Amongst the new faces we find the legend that is the Nugget, Steve Davis, bananaman Dave Harold and the Welsh Dragon Matthew Stevens. In the last two years Steve Davis has won just one Best of Nine match and freely admits to not practising for the ‘lesser’ events. I’m not having a bet this afternoon as I’ve put enough on White but unless he has had a change of heart under Barry I see no reason why the odds against the gritty Rod Lawler (11/10 Boylesports) should not be taken.

The other match that stands out is Stevens v Zhang, Matthew is becoming a very frustrating player as there is so much talent there and he doesn’t ever seem to quite live up to the billing. Anda is hungry and will take some stopping so I’ll take him (Evens Boylesports) to book a seat back home to see his Mum.

2.30pm starts

Steve Davis 5-0 Rod Lawler (What a performance from the Nugget!!)

Joe Perry 1-5 Robert Milkins

Dave Harold 5-4 Ian McCulloch (STILL NOT FINISHED AFTER 6 HOURS)

Stuart Bingham 5-2 Joe Swail

Matthew Stevens 5-2 Anda Zhang

Tonights matches provide us with the last bit of action of this event but we’re not finished there with the baize boys as tomorrow at this very venue the PTC Event number 3 gets under way. For anyone that missed my highly premature preview to this last week it’s here.

But all eyes, well mine and a few early punters at least will be on the bottom match here after Peter Ebdon’s statement last week a few of us were lucky enough to grab a decent price on Michael White, who has been scoring well all week and will win if Ebdon is as awful as he warned us he might be. If I hadn’t had a decent bet on White I’d probably also be looking at Jamie Jones to beat Stephen Lee. I don’t know yet whether the second leg of the SVT has obliged but if it has it would be a nice little cherry on the cake if Mike Dunn won tonight too.


Baz Lightyear: To Infinity and Beyond.

7.00pm starts

Stephen Lee 5-2 Jamie Jones

Mike Dunn 5-0 Andy Hicks

Barry Hawkins 5-3 Martin Gould

Gerard Greene 2-5 Joe Delaney

Peter Ebdon 5-1 Michael White (bad call, sorry)

Big Dave still playing 🙂 after nearly five and a half hours. UPDATE: Six and a half.

In other developments, I have posted a link in the right hand menu to ‘Snookered’ magazine. It’s worth a look and features an interview with Bazza (he gets everywhere doesn’t he?)  as well a column by the Whirlwind. It can be accessed and subscribed to here. It doesn’t just feature snooker, it also covers pool and strangely, darts and poker too.

Mrs Snookerbacker gave another insightful contribution again this week and this can be read here. My ongoing musical spat with a Tom Petty devotee enters it’s third week when new songs are posted here, this week the blog host has kindly let Mrs SB choose a track too so that’s kept her amused this week. I think he usually changes them on a Friday or Saturday. The Tom Petty bloke actually has his own music blog and if you amuse his unhealthy obsession he does also post some cracking stuff by better bands, you can find him here.

Also just hearing that September 7th and 8th are the dates that John Higgins and Pat Mooney will learn their fate.

I think that’s all for now, but remember the PTC starts tomorrow and most of the ‘snooker’ firms have now got their prices up.

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