Snookerbacker

September 25, 2011

PTC 5 Finals Day: The Day of the Rookie?

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:01 am

Barry and Michael haven't had much sleep

It’s Finals Day in Sheffield and it took until 2.30am to complete the line up with Barry Hawkins beating Stuart Bingham to claim the final place in this morning’s line up. Bingo of course is used to sleepless nights at the moment but Barry and his young opponent Michael White who finished a few minutes earlier are likely to resemble the cast of The Living Dead this morning as they resume their campaign to win this. It’s clear that the format of these has to change.   

The line up itself with the exception of John Higgins, the only remaining member of Team SB, Neil Robertson and with a nod to former top 8 player Ryan Day can be quite reasonably described as a mixture of journeymen and rookies.

However, Martin Gould proved he has what it takes to get into the top 16 yesterday and took full advantage of Mark Davis’s slip up and even qualified to play today. With every match Mavis can see his place in the Masters disappearing before his increasingly  bespectacled eyes.

If Martin can win a couple more it’s going to take a huge effort from Mavis in Poland to get 16th place back, it does now look to be between the two of them with only a PTC win from Jamie Cope over there coupled with disasters for Gould and Davis that can upset the applecart. Stephen Lee, Ronnie and Matthew Stevens can all put their feet up now safe in the knowledge that they are Masters bound and seeded for the UK.

As ever there are eight tough calls to start off the day and you could probably do worse than have a small interest on a few of the odds against shots. Jamie Burnett has to have a chance at 11/8 to beat the Sheriff of Pottingham, the unpredicatble Ian McCulloch can be backed at 6/4 to beat the inconsistent Andrew Higginson, Big Bananas Dave Harold is the same price to beat Joe Perry, all of these matches could go either way in my opinion. Perhaps today may be the day we get to see Jack Lisowski with a trophy in his hands, typically it will be, as this is one of only a couple of PTC’s that I didn’t have at least an interest on him such was my misguided one-off and it’s fair to say never to be repeated fancy for Ronnie in this.

As I write none of the firms have the bottom set of matches priced up, so when they do I’ll probably stick a bet up. Been let down by one player on both multiple bets put up so far, but fingers and toes are still crossed for the 20/1 outright bet on Robbo to get out of jail, though a possible clash with Higgins in the quarter finals awaits.

Recommended Morning Bets:

2 point double on Lisowski and Gould pays over 7/4 with Skybet.

1 point win Jamie Burnett to beat Anthony Hamilton at 11/8 with Chandlers

Skybet have now also put outright prices up, will probably have an interest on Jack at 14/1, better late than never. John Higgins is 11/4 favourite before play begins. Click here for the market.

10am

Round Four

113. Jack Lisowski 4-3 Dave Gilbert
114. Jamie Burnett 4-2 Anthony Hamilton
115. Joe Perry 2-4 Dave Harold
116. Ian McCulloch 0-4 Andrew Higginson
117. Li Yan 3-4 Neil Robertson
118. John Higgins 4-2 Ryan Day
119. Michael White 3-4 Barry Hawkins
120. Martin Gould 1-4 Michael Holt

Not before 1pm

Recommended Bet: 2 points on Michael Holt to beat Barry Hawkins at 6/5 with Blue Square. (Hawkins has to start flagging soon surely)

Quarter-finals

121. Jack Lisowski 4-3 Jamie Burnett
122. Dave Harold 2-4 Andy Higginson
123. Neil Robertson 1-4 John Higgins
124. Barry Hawkins 4-2 Michael Holt

Not before 4pm

Oh well, in for a penny….recommended bet 3 points on Lisowski to beat Higginson at 6/5 with Apollobet

Semi-finals

125. Jack Lisowski v Andy Higginson
126. John Higgins v Barry Hawkins

Not before 7pm

127. Winner of match 125 v Winner of match 126

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