August 24, 2010

World Open Qualifying Final Day: Who will make it to Glasgow?

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:30 am

Anyone can slip up in a Best of Five

Today sees the final day of qualifying for this quickfire event with a lot of familiar faces starting the banana skin trail to the televised stages.

Talking of bananas, apparently the TV executives at the BBC have come up with a cunning plan to ensure viewing figures hit record heights when Barry’s new big initiative hits our screens.

Yes, according to Dave Hendon they have decided that the first televised match involves none other than the King of Greengrocers himself Dave Harold, who will take on Shaun Murphy in an encounter eagerly anticipated by those of us that recall their near on 2 hour frame in the 2008 China Open (make that Shanghai, thanks Kim).

It’s common knowledge that the BBC have fallen out of love with snooker and Barry had to fight tooth and nail to get them to televise this event, perhaps by showing what will probably be one of the most boring matches of the first round early on they are hoping to present a cast iron case for not renewing the contract next season.

I urge all snooker fans to turn on your TV when this match is on, even if you go shopping and tidy the house, just make sure your TV is on as it will count towards the viewing figures, the dog might want to watch it if he’s finished licking his bollocks.

Anyway, back to betting and yesterday marked a turning point in that after my long rant about lotteries and unpredictability I managed to turn a losing week into a profitable one with four out of five correct including a winning treble and a Sinuca exhibition by Igor who hammered Dave Gilbert 3-0 to justify the 5/4 odds recommended.

A word of warning today in that some of the firms have not realised that a number of these matches are being carried over to be played in Glasgow, so any bets you have on them today will likely do the same, tying up cash that could be wasted on a couple of events beforehand.

Of today’s crop I like Anthony McGill at Evens with Paddy Power to beat fellow Scot Alan ‘Crap Cue’ McManus, I think Marcus Campbell (4/7 Sportingbet) can be relied upon to beat Simon Bedford, I’ll take Matthew Couch (Evens Paddy Power) to beat Paul Davies and the Crafty Darling of Dublin Ken Doherty (21/20 Sportingbet) to upset Joe Perry.

I’ll recommend 1 point win on each of these and a 1 point accumulator on all four of them which pays just on 10/1 at Boylesports.

Igor becomes the first Brasilian German ever to face Mark Williams in the televised stages of the first ever World Open.

Round 3:

65 Judd Trump 3-0 Thanawat Tirapaipongboon

66 Marco Fu 3-2 (99) Alfie Burden

67 Shaun Murphy v Dave Harold (held over to Glasgow)

68 Matt Selt 0-3 Martin Gould

69 Paul Davison v Jimmy White (held over to Glasgow)

70 Fergal O’Brien 3-1 Dominic Dale

71 Ricky Walden (103, 85) 3-1 Andy Hicks

72 Darren Morgan (68) 2-3 Matthew Stevens

73 Andrew Higginson (85) 3-1 Liang Wenbo

74 Ding Junhui v Adrian Gunnell (held over to Glasgow)

75 Allister Carter v Thepchaiya Un Nooh (held over to Glasgow)

76 Gerard Greene 2-3 Joe Jogia

77 Steve Davis v Peter Ebdon (held over to Glasgow)

78 Marcus Campbell 3-1 Simon Bedford

79 Liu Song (104) 3-1 Michael Holt

Angles: Crap Cue, Good Result, Top break of 34.

80 Alan McManus 3-0 Anthony McGill

81 Neil Robertson v Graeme Dott (held over to Glasgow)

82 James Wattana 2-3 Jimmy Michie

83 Stephen Hendry v Bjorn Haneveer (held over to Glasgow)

84 Rory McLeod 1-3 Nigel Bond

85 Stephen Maguire v Stuart Pettman (held over to Glasgow)

86 Mark King v Ronnie O’Sullivan (held over to Glasgow)

87 Mark Davis (122) 3-0 Jamie Jones

88 Stephen Lee (93) 3-1 Tony Drago

89 Mike Dunn 3-1 Ryan Day

90 Mark Selby v Barry Hawkins (held over to Glasgow)

91 David Morris (51,67) 3-0 Ben Woollaston

92 Mark Allen (108) 2-3 (113) James McBain

93 Matthew Couch (72) 3-0 Paul Davies

94 Ken Doherty 3-2 Joe Perry

95 Stuart Bingham 2-3 (105) Jamie Cope

96 Mark Williams v Igor Figueiredo (held over to Glasgow)

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