April 26, 2013

World Championship Day 7

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 6:56 am
Sheffield here we come.

Sheffield here we come.

Hi-ho, hi-ho to the Crucible we go…Day 7 is Ladies Day at the World Championship and it’s also Mrs SB’s birthday and as a special treat I am taking her to Sheffield, what a lucky lady she truly is.

The trip will I hope cheer her up as yesterday saw her beloved Neil Robertson dumped out in Round 1 by Robert Milkins, another shock result as Robbo became the sixth seed to topple at the first hurdle joining John Higgins, Matthew Stevens, Mark Williams, Stephen Maguire and Mark Allen at the hotel checkout desk.

Milkins was clearly over the moon after the match and although nobody could really understand what he was saying it’s good to see that World Snooker got a farmer in to translate his quotes afterwards, apparently he said:

“I’m absolutely chuffed to bits. Beating Neil over the best of 19, it doesn’t come much better than that. Yesterday Neil played really well and I didn’t have the run of the ball, and I somehow came out of it only one frame behind at 5-4. I didn’t feel so good today and I didn’t play as well but I won a lot of close frames. My safety has been stronger than the rest of my game for the last couple of years”.

“I’m happy with life now, I’ve got two young kids and a lovely Mrs and good friends behind me, a good manager and a good coach and I don’t really need much else to tell the truth. A few years ago I had nothing at all, I was in a flat going out drinking every day, then I got evicted and I was nearly £30,000 in debt. I was going down the gutter. I was lucky that good friends of mine came along and took me in and everything turned around”.

The afternoon also saw Round 2 get underway and another very solid display from Shaun Murphy saw him take a good early lead over Graeme ‘call me slow and I’ll sue you’ Dott. It was a much quicker match than his last one so I am sure he will be delighted about that.

Last night saw the grafter Stuart Bingham come back and complete the job on Sam Baird, he now faces Dark Mavis in the next round in the battle of the former journeyman. He said afterwards, “Thankfully for me I got on top of Sam pretty early and he started feeling the nerves of playing his debut here. I was 8-1 down to Hendry at the end of the first session last year so I know exactly how it feels, and it was important for me to get the job done as soon as I could tonight”.

“I have always had the self belief and in the last two years I have actually proved it. There are loads of tournaments so you have so many chances to do well. This is my 29th tournament this season, who would have thought that a few years ago? I was practising with Mark Davis (Dark Mavis) just before he came up here so I know he was in good form. Back home he beat me 10-9, on my table. It is going to be a tough game.”

Once Stuart had got his match won the arena opened out for the new Crucible hero Poomers, Rob Walker shamelessly stole the nickname I gave him the other day after he beat Maguire on introducing him as Mr Poomtastic, but he was far from that in a session which saw him go 7-1 down to Michael White who could quite conceivably finish the match with a session to spare by winning 6 of the 8 frames this afternoon.

The fourth frame saw Poomy claim another Crucible first, three consecutive misses on the reds when he wasn’t snookered saw him forfeit the frame, you can watch the whole frankly ridiculous episode here (think it might be UK only).

CORRECTION: As ever my shoddy lack of research is utterly transparent as apparently it has happened before between JP and Anthony Hamilton in 1997 and Ken did it too in 1996. Bloody anoraks.

Today sees the second round continue and Murphy and Dott play to a finish this evening, it will also see Mrs SB cadging Mojito’s from anyone that she meets and vaguely recognises when we get to Sheffield.

Right, that’s that, we have a train to catch. Choo-chooooooooooo.

You can read my match by match second round betting preview here


Shaun Murphy 6-2 Graeme Dott
Barry Hawkins v Mark Selby


Marco Fu v Judd Trump
Michael White 7-1 Dechawat Poomjaeng


Shaun Murphy v Graeme Dott*
Barry Hawkins v Mark Selby

*Denotes Match Conclusion

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

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