October 20, 2012

Belgian PTC Day 2

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:34 am

There will be another joining the jobless scrapheap today

It’s another long day ahead in Belgium today as the next crop are whittled down to eight to join the qualifiers from last night in Finals Day. 

Through to contest the last sixteen are Mark Selby, John Higgins, Ali Carter, Joe Perry, Alfie Burden, Marco Fu, Michael White and Paul Davison, Davison coming through 3 deciders yesterday and being a player that tends to do things like that. In fact looking back on a career spanning over 10 years I can only find 3 occasions out of 159 matches where he has won a match to nil, 41 of these going to deciders.

Just a bit of exclusive Paul Davison trivia for you there, more fascinating facts to come tomorrow about Yorkshire’s finest export since those nice tea bags.

The outrights are going well with Ali C (40/1), the team captain still well in the mix and apparently playing extremely well in the process, he has also been promised a quality bottle of red by myself should he go on to lift the trophy so that should be enough to spur him on. We also still have the improving young Michael White (100/1) flying the team colours so tomorrow could just get interesting from an outright point of view with more to come today hopefully.

In other news, yesterday was most notable for two reasons, firstly the World Snooker scoreboard went into total meltdown, judging by the look of it this morning Bazza hasn’t taken his trustee spanner to it just yet as, to use a technical term, it’s still fucked.

Another one in meltdown is surely the Eurosport/World Snooker person/idiot that subjected us to some of the TV choices yesterday. The first match between Mark Selby and some Belgian bloke being the biggest TV mismatch since Ali Kirim took on the Rocket last season, the Belgian being marginally better than the hapless Turk Kirim by virtue of the fact that he hit a 28 break at one point. They even managed to find some ‘highlights’ of the match as a filler later on to collective groans from the watching millions who would probably rather have watched one of those hilarious sporting montages that Eurosport often piece together to Benny Hill type music which are designed for the clinically insane and bed-bound.

As if attempting to atone for this monstrosity, the clueless scheduler then inexplicably subjected us to the match between Joe Swail and Jordan Brown, a frankly turgid affair that predictably went all the way to a decider and will surely be the reason that a generation of future potters pack up their cues and buy a dartboard instead. This anonymous scheduler must now surely be named and shamed, they’ll need his/her name anyway for when they are writing out his/her P45 to take down to the dole office on Monday as only a lifetime of unemployment and scraping enough cash together to feed the kids is a suitable punishment for what he/she put us through yesterday.

Anyway, today is another day and no doubt the first match up will be Neil Robertson’s 4-0 win unless they decide to put Jimmy on, which I sincerely hope they do but fear they won’t. Other highlights are Snookerbacker Classic Champion The MO’D in action against Robbie Williams and my mate Allan Taylor who takes on the one and only Gerrit bij de Leij, who is notable only for the fact that he has such a funny name.

Recommended Bets: 2 points on Jamie Jones at 8/13 with Paddy Power, 2 points on Ding Junhui at 5/6 generally and 1 point on Martin O’Donnell at 5/4 with Apollobet. 1 point treble on all three pays almost 11/2 at Apollobet.


Neil Robertson 4-0 Joe Steele
Jimmy White 2-4 Daniel Wells
Jak Jones 2-4 Kurt Maflin
Allan Taylor 4-1 Gerrit bij de Leij
James Wattana scr Yvan van Velthoven w/o
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4-0 Sebastiaan Vermeylen
David Grace 0-4 Tian Pengfei
Simon Bedford 4-2 Sam Harvey
Andrew Pagett 4-0 Raf Vandermaele
Robbie Williams 4-3 Martin O’Donnell
Stuart Bingham 4-0 Craig Barber

Approx 10am

Luca Brecel 4-2 Oliver Brown
Alan McManus 4-0 Barry Pinches
Mark Williams 4-2 Adam Duffy
Matthew Stevens 2-4 Graeme Dott
Andrew Higginson 4-3 Tomasz Skalski
Mark Allen 4-1 Kyren Wilson

Approx 10.30am

Phil Barnes 2-4 Stuart Carrington
Peter Ebdon W/O Dominic Dale
Robert Milkins 3-4 James Cahill
Aditya Mehta w/o Stephen Lee

Approx 11.30am

Jamie Jones 0-4 Matthew Selt
Shaun Murphy 2-4 Ding Junhui
Dechawat Poomjaeng v Fergal O’Brien
Ben Woollaston 4-0 Peter Vertommen

Approx 12pm

Liang Wenbo 1-4 Mitchell Mann
Scott Donaldson 4-0 Kristof Vermeiren
Ken Doherty 4-3 Jeff Cundy

Jack Lisowski 4-1 Jamie O’Neill
Judd Trump 4-2 Passakorn Suwannawat
Mark Joyce 1-4 Tom Ford
Martin Gould 3-4 Christopher Keogan

Recommended Bet: 2 points on Robbie Williams at 6/5 with Apollobet

Approx 2.30pm

Matthew Selt 4-1 Ding Junhui
Neil Robertson 4-2 Daniel Wells
Kurt Maflin 4-0 Allan Taylor
Yvan van Velthoven 0-4 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Tian Pengfei 4-3 Simon Bedford
Andrew Pagett 4-0 Robbie Williams
Luca Brecel 1-4 Stuart Bingham
Ben Woollaston 4-2 Mitchell Mann

Approx 4pm

Jack Lisowski 4-2 Judd Trump
Alan McManus 1-4 Mark Williams
Graeme Dott 4-0 Andrew Higginson
Mark Allen 4-1 Stuart Carrington
Peter Ebdon 4-0 James Cahill
Aditya Mehta 3-4 Dechawat Poomjaeng
Scott Donaldson 2-4 Ken Doherty
Tom Ford 4-1 Christopher Keogan

Recommended Bet: 1 point double on Allen and Ford pays just on 9/4 at Apollobet

Matthew Selt 0-4 Jack Lisowski
Neil Robertson 4-3 Kurt Maflin
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4-3 Tian Pengfei
Andrew Pagett 4-2 Stuart Bingham
Mark Williams 2-4 Graeme Dott
Mark Allen 4-2 Peter Ebdon
Dechawat Poomjaeng 1-4 Ben Woollaston
Ken Doherty 0-4 Tom Ford

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