April 25, 2013

World Championship Day 6

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:34 am
Golden Boy.

Golden Boy.

Day six at the Crucible sees the last two first round matches play to a finish and the first two second round matches get underway. There is no play this morning so a chance for snooker devotees like myself to actually have what I believe is called ‘a life’, for the morning at least.

Only a brief post this morning as there is plenty for you to digest on the betting front in the second round preview here which will soon be updated with the matches involving Judd Trump and Mark Selby, who both came through yesterday in comfortable fashion to land an 11/4 recommended treble flagged up the other day.

Marco Fu also came through knocking out another seed Matthew Stevens who didn’t really produce anything like his best and leaves the Crucible disappointed not to have had a run like he did last year.

Neil Robertson leads Rob Milkins 5-4 and concludes this afternoon, in the process he staked his claim for the Bobby George Cash for Gold cue with a 143, bettering The Magpie Trump’s effort by one point. I think Robbo only wants it to go with his hair and waistcoat to complete ‘the look’ personally.

It’s interesting that this is one of just 13 centuries so far which is as small a tally as I can remember at this stage of the championship, very low indeed.

Ding Junhui also came through after early signs of a spirited fightback by Angles, but it wasn’t to be and Scotland now must rely on Graeme Dott to bring home the haggis and have them singing in the glens with their bagpipes and skirts come a week next Monday. Dott starts out today against Shaun Murphy in a battle of two former champions.

Stuart Bingham has more or less booked his place in Round 2 already after he won 8 of the 9 frames last night against Sam Baird and he comes back tonight to finish the job off.

We’re off to the Crucible tomorrow for the weekend but I have no idea if the place we are staying has any kind of internet facility but I’m sure I will find some way to keep everyone posted on what’s going on in and around the venue over the coming few days. There’s generally a lot to see and do when you get there even if you just sit and watch the weirdos that hang around there every year for two weeks but never go inside, or marvel at the homeless man who stands in the middle of Tudor Square shouting about some murder in Rotherham and cursing the BBC for ruining his view of the road with all their vans. It’s a real cosmopolitan treat.

Here’s today’s line up anyway, it’s the return of our new hero Dechawat later on but I think he may struggle to recreate his heroics of the other day against the brilliant Michael White, it would appear that these two will probably have the Crucible to themselves for most of their first eight frames tonight, barring an unlikely comeback by Baird. We shall see.


Shaun Murphy 6-2 Graeme Dott – end of session.
Neil Robertson 8-10 Robert Milkins*


Stuart Bingham 8-1 Sam Baird*
Michael White v Dechawat Poomjaeng

*Denotes Match Conclusion

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Thanks as ever to Monique for the main image, you can view her Facebook album from day five here.

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