October 17, 2010

PTC6 Finals Day Updates

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 6:09 am

I'm hoping Shaun's day will be better than this tripe.

Another marathon day yesterday that went on far too late for me, but at least the World Snooker scoreboard seemed to be working again and unlike the first day some of the bigger names came through.

Last week when Ding led Team SB to a famous victory, finals day was like a veritable sea of mustard but this week we only have our noble skipper left in the action in the shape of Shaun Murphy.

His crew I have to say have let him down and jumped ship, we haven’t seen a voyage sail such a disastrous course since the days of the Titanic, a huge weight of expectation now falling on the ample shoulders of Captain Smurf. Can he steer us past the iceberg?

Shaun coasted through yesterday and now faces Liang Wenbo, blog favourite Ali Carter makes his finals day debut against non other than the great man Jimmy White who after an impressive win over Jamie Cope came through in the final frame against James McBain last night.

The Wind is clearly finding a new lease of baize life and the hours of practice he is putting in are definitely paying off, I can see him making a few ranking venues this season if he keeps this up.

Mark Selby is there today too and faces last week’s runner-up Jamie Jones who managed to beat Mark Allen on the black. Making up the eight from the bottom half are Welsh duo Matthew ‘The Dragon’ Stevens and Dominic ‘The Wonka’ Dale, Dom fresh from panto, beating World Champ Neil Robertson to get there.

Hopefully the scoreboard will again work it’s magic today, but if it doesn’t we have our SB spy at the venue again to update us.

Last 16

Daniel Wells 0-4 Stuart Bingham

Martin Gould 4-2 Anthony McGill

Ian McCulloch 4-2 Andy Hicks

Marcus Campbell 4-1 Graeme Dott

Mark Selby 4-0 Jamie Jones

Dominic Dale 4-1 Matthew Stevens

Shaun Murphy 2-4 Liang Wenbo (a poor weekend for the Mustard Army)

Ali Carter 2-4 Jimmy White

I have also updated the Prediction Contest to reflect the first two days action and once again it is tight at the top with 13 players from the original 40 to choose from still left in the tournament. The top looks like this:

1. Ray 128 frames

=2 GER147 and Epure 122

3. Elena 118

4. Pot Luck 116

5. Hermund 114

6. JayKay 113

There are 16 further entries with over 100 points. The free £50 Betfred bet is anyone’s.

Incidentally for anyone remotely interested, the answers to my little teaser yesterday were that Patrick Einsle was the only player from the 40 that nobody selected so his seven frames won were done so in vain, the most popular pick was Ballrun Bingham who a total of 28 of you selected.

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