Snookerbacker

November 30, 2011

PTC 10 Finals Day

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:31 am

It's a day for the Mustard Men

It’s Finals Day over in Sheffield and despite the fact that I am sensing this event isn’t exactly grabbing the snooker fans imagination ahead of York it is at least now getting interesting from a betting perspective with the bottom half of the draw being a veritable sea of mustard.

If any further evidence were required (it isn’t) of the almost mystical powers that the mustard jumper can bring yesterday provided it. Ricky Walden (66/1) has been begging me to pick him for one of these and get his hands on the cashmere and this time I felt it was only fair to do so.

No sooner had he donned the now legendary jumper than he knocked in a maximum 147 break, the second of the tournament and the third in a week. What better sight in the game is there than a baize boy, wearing the coveted Team SB colours, knocking in that final black to round off the ‘perfect frame’ ? After winning that match against Snookerbacker Classic Leeds boy Gareth Allen he then went on to win deciders against Mark King and MJW to book his slot today where first up he’ll face Dom Dale.

But that’s not all. Oh no. Because the maiden skipper of Team SB is also carrying the cashmere into Finals Day. Graeme Dott (25/1) once again proving to be probably the most consistent player in this series of events with yet another appearance at the business end of things, where he now faces the equally consistent Stephen Lee.

And still the mustard flowed. Another player that has clearly been waiting patiently in the wings to wear one also strode proudly into Finals Day in the shape of Ken Doherty. Kendo takes his place against Liang Wenbo at 10am this morning in the last 16 and needs to win two further matches to land the 125/1 recommended each way punt on him. The only match in the bottom half to not feature a Mustard Man is between banana lover Dave Harold and friend of the blog David Grace who appears to be finding his feet in this company of late, maybe one day he shall too wear the woollens.

You can keep up with the results and latest scores today by visiting the excellent Snooker.org here and I will attempt to update below as the day goes on.

As ever Apollobet have extensive markets on the PTC’s so keep an eye on their site as the day goes on. You can view their snooker prices here and you can open an account with them by clicking the banner below. They have reopened the outright book and understandably have Higgins and Robertson at the top of the market, but could this be the day that a man dressed in a shade of yellow carries off the cup? It just got interesting in Sheffield.

For those asking, my UK Championship preview will be up as soon as today’s action is complete.

Last 16:

John Higgins 4-3 Neil Robertson
Rory McLeod 1-4 Joe Perry
Chris Norbury 3-4 Jamie Cope
Ben Woollaston 1-4 Michael Holt
Dave Harold 4-2 David Grace
Graeme Dott 3-4 Stephen Lee
Ricky Walden 2-4 Dominic Dale
Liang Wenbo 4-3 Ken Doherty

Quarter Finals

Higgins 4-3 Perry
Cope 0-4 Holt
Harold 1-4 Lee
Dale 4-3 Wenbo

Semi Finals

Higgins 2-4 Holt
Lee 2-4 Dale

Final

Dale v Holt

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