September 21, 2010

World Open Day Four

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:41 am

Jan the Man: You do what he says, when he says, yeah? Got a problem with that?

Another busy day on the baize beckons today with a couple of potentially close matches at least. Obviously yesterday will be remembered for a long time by fans and foes of the Rocket.

What he did yesterday was incredible, the fact that he can more or less in effect, predict and have that much confidence in his ability to tell everyone he’s planning on making a 147 when he is on 8, sets him apart from any other player that has ever played the game.

But what also sets him apart is his attitude. Sure, arrogance is what draws people to you, you become a ‘love or hate’ figure, but yesterday I’d argue that Ronnie again (remember Leo Scullion in the World Championship) crossed the line. It ain’t big and it ain’t clever and it definitely isn’t classy.

King took Ron’s behaviour and lack of general regard for anyone but himself on the chin yesterday, as did the audience but Jan Verhaas has to be applauded for standing up to the petulant Rocket. Perhaps if more people did that he might just knuckle down, stop acting like a twonk and actually win a tournament? Anyway, Jimmy awaits and I know who I’d like to win.

There were other matches on yesterday too and third time lucky I managed to get five out of five and land a 16/1 accumulator to boot! I’m getting a bit frustrated with these correct scores though, I got two right and the other three wrong by one frame, I’m determined to get that 2000/1 plus roll up in the bag before the end of the week! Well, you can dream.

Anyway, after Ronnie’s antics we saw Alan McManus who has at last ditched that two piece cue add to Matthew Stevens vast collection of final frame defeats, he’ll need to move to a bigger house to fit them all in soon. We also saw Liu Song justify the recommended odds by beating Joe Johnson, sorry, Jogia. Later in the day Jamie Cope edged out Big Dave in the Gunfight at the OK Stoke and fresh from the swamp Marcus Campbell beat a poor performing Mike Dunn to round off the evening.

So to today:

RESULT: Ali Carter 1-3 Mark Williams

We love Ali on here, the Captains Log is a real addition to things and the longer he stays in the tournament the more entries he’ll be making. Mark leads their tussles 5-4 and has won the last two. I would love Ali to win but the only thing we have to go on is first match performances and for that reason I have to side with MJW, I’ll take 3-1 at 4/1 with Corals.

RESULT: Jimmy Michie 1-3 Ding Junhui

Jimmy Michie is no pushover and can still play a bit, but we don’t see this handsome stallion of a man on TV all that often. I think Ding will be too strong for him here and expect a straightforward 3-0 scoreline which is 12/5 with Corals.

RESULT: Stephen Lee 3-2 Nigel Bond

Could be another decent match this between two players that have tasted life in the top echelons but are now scrambling around trying to keep their ranking positions. They have met 9 times with Lee winning 6 of them, but Nigel has won their last 2 encounters. I’m going to take a chance on Nigel to upset the odds here and will take the 3-1 scoreline at 5/1 with Corals.

RESULT: Stephen Hendry 3-0 Mark Davis

Hendry looked OK in round one and rumours of his demise are still possibly a little premature. These two haven’t met for nearly a decade, so the fact that Stephen leads the head to heads 3-0 is no surprise. But that was a very different Hendry. On form you have to fancy Davis to win here, so I’ll go with my first instincts and again side with him to upset the odds, I’ll take the deciding frame win 3-2 at 4/1 with Boylesports.

RESULT: Peter Ebdon 3-2 (129) Fergal O’Brien

Top Drawer scheduling for the insomniacs here. What better way to cure this curse than to have a bath, put on the cocoa and settle down to watch this? You’ll be sleeping like a baby in minutes. Again, I’m going to go with an upset here as Fergal knows how to handle Peter and that’s sometimes half the battle, but expect a late one. I’ll take 3-1 to Fearless Fergal at 6/1 with Sportingbet. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

So today’s correct score roll up pays a paltry 2982/1 at Corals, I’ll be cross doubling again. The altogether more sensible option of the roll up on the winners flagged up pays just over 24/1 also at Corals.

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