August 10, 2011

PTC 2 Finals Day: A Double for the Rocket?

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:36 am

Will we witness a rocket launch for a second time?

Another late finish at the PTC in Gloucester last night saw Fergal O’Brien come back from 3-0 down to defeat Tony Drago in the early hours of this morning.

Among the big names not to make it to Finals Day are John Higgins, Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy but there are plenty of big hitters still in there fighting. Ronnie O’Sullivan attempts to make it two wins from two PTC’s and starts off against the only member of the Pink Army still in it, Liam Highfield. Still in the hunt also are Neil Robertson and Judd Trump, who lock horns this morning where Neil will be trying to avenge his Crucible defeat to young Juddly, who appears to now be back to being a snooker player again.

Three other members of the top 16 are also still in it, those being Ding Junhui, Graeme Dott and The Captain Ali Carter so it should prove to be a very exciting day’s action indeed.

As I write there are only a few match prices up. It’s fair to say that the bookies aren’t likely to offer any standout value from here on in. Though I do notice that Jak Jones is a big as 9/4 to beat Rory which given his three impressive wins the other day could be worth a look. I’m still keeping my fingers crossed for my 125/1 each way bet on Fergal, but looking at his draw that’s a tough ask even for the fearless one, particularly seeing as he finished so late last night.

If I was to predict a final at this point I’d have to have Ding in there, Ronnie of course is the man to beat in the bottom half but I am detecting of late a return to form from Neil Robertson, so I wouldn’t rule him out.

Anyway, here’s the schedule with the live streamed matches marked up.

10am UK Time

Jamie Burnett 2-4 Xiao Guodong
Rory McLeod 4-3 Jak Jones
Dave Harold 2-4 Ryan Day
Graeme Dott 3-4 Ding Junhui
Adam Duffy 3-4 Yu Delu
Neil Robertson 3-4 Judd Trump (141) (LIVE)
Liam Highfield 3-4 Ronnie O’Sullivan (LIVE)
Fergal O’Brien 4-2 Ali Carter

Quarter Finals (1pm)

Xiao Guodong 4-1 Rory McLeod
Ryan Day 2-4 Ding Junhui
Yu De Lu 1-4 Judd Trump
Ronnie O’Sullivan 3-4 Fergal O’Brien

Semi Finals (4pm)

Xiao Guodong 3-4 Ding Junhui

Judd Trump 4-0 Fergal O’Brien

Final (7pm)

Judd Trump 4-0 Ding Junhui

Trump utterly brilliant during the semi-finals and final. 

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