November 25, 2015

UK Championship Day 3

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 6:34 pm
Dreaming of when this was a decent fucking comp.

Happier Times: Dreaming of when this was a decent fucking comp.

It’s the final day of round one/qualifying matches on Thursday before a rest day on Friday ahead of BBC coverage starting on Saturday in York, with the final 24 matches being played out to decide the Last 64.

The main talking point so far off the table has been the slightly unsporting way Ding decided to express himself after losing to Adam Duffy the other night. Instead of congratulating his opponent on an excellent season, he instead said that it was all fucking crap and the arena is for amateurs, which to be fair Duffy is.

Just read that back, an amateur is what I mean, not crap, definitely not crap. I repeat, Adam Duffy is not crap. (He can be a little sensitive at times).

It’s similar to the way Ding reacted when losing to Ryan Day a couple of years back at the Crucible, though there were a few more fucks that day I seem to recall. I’m not sure he is in a good place emotionally at the moment and perhaps snooker isn’t doing him a lot of good. He could be Terry’s toughest gig to date.

Interestingly, the BBC decided to report that his press conference was ‘littered’ with expletives, but the transcript shows that only one fuck and two craps were offered up; which is rather disappointing given the explosive headline.

Presumably the BBC are now employing sensationalist young journo’s who’ve spent most of their time coasting through university wanking over tabloids and Twitter before falling out with a 2:2 in Journalism straight into their first zero hours contract.

It was also quite an odd decision for them to actually print the word ‘fucking’ on the BBC website, I’m not sure whose bright idea that was but whoever it was is probably fucked themselves when the top brass, the ‘hell bent on ruining the BBC’ government and those self same tabloids bother to look at a snooker story. This is not what Ethel from Dorset pays her license fee for I’ll have you know and she is penning a strongly worded letter as we speak.

Thankfully, the censors aren’t too bothered about this blog so we can carrying on fucking, cunting and twatting (one or two t’s?) to our hearts content.

Talking of bloggers, the far more informative Pro Snooker Blog’s founder and author Matt Huart has gone public with the news that he will soon be taking up a post at the WPBSA. It’s great news for him and I offer him hearty congratulations on here as I have in person. There are one or two rather mean-spirited people who believe that this is a cynical attempt by those in power to control media output, but Matt isn’t exactly known for causing trouble however much I try and pin on him and the governing body should be applauded for rewarding all his hard work, particularly in the field of rankings, with a salary and a complimentary anorak. 

There, that last paragraph should help secure my expenses for The Crucible, cheers Matt. Enjoy the dark side.

Anyway, if it’s trouble-making, opinionated ranting, hysterical over-reaction, totally irrational one-sided blind to the facts argument and made-up conjecture you are after, you’ve still got this place. I don’t think I’m next in line to join the stripey tie brigade. This beast can’t be tamed that easily, though I am of course open to negotiation and if the price is right I will happily shelve every principle I pretend to have.

Here’s the running order for tomorrow and don’t forget to check out the head to heads on Ron’s handy page here. There are still bets going from the original preview so hopefully at the end of Round 1 we’ll come out with a profit. 

First Round (Best of 11 frames)


Robert Milkins (Eng) v Vinnie Calabrese (Aus)
Rod Lawler (Eng) v Daniel Wells (Wal)
Graeme Dott (Sco) v Nigel Bond (Eng)
Robin Hull (Fin) v Zhang Anda (Chn)
Barry Hawkins (Eng) v Andy Hicks (Eng)
Robbie Williams (Eng) v Mitchell Mann (Eng)
Mark Allen (NI) v Zhao Xintong (Chn)
Dechawat Poomjaeng (Tha) v Chris Melling (Eng)


Stuart Bingham (Eng) v Jordan Brown (NI)
Anthony Hamilton (Eng) v Peter Lines (Eng)
David Gilbert (Eng) v Jason Weston (Eng)
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (Tha) v Darryl Hill (Eng)
Fergal O’Brien (Ire) v Thor Chuan Leong (Mas)
Kurt Maflin (Nor) v Sean O’Sullivan (Eng)
Mark Selby (Eng) v Joe O’Connor (Eng)
Mark Joyce (Eng) v Barry Pinches (Eng)


Kyren Wilson (Eng) v Paul Davison (Eng)
Dominic Dale (Wal) v Michael Wild (Eng)
Neil Robertson (Aus) v Alex Taubman (Wal)
Luca Brecel (Bel) v Hossein Vafaei Ayouri (Irn)
Stephen Maguire (Sco) v Jimmy White (Eng)
Xiao Guodong (Chn) v Noppon Saengkam (Tha)
Matt Selt (Eng) v Zhang Yong (Chn)
Cao Yupeng (Chn) v Oliver Lines (Eng)

Recommended Bet: 2 points pays almost 5/1 at Betfred on Dott, Allen, Gilbert, O’Brien, Joyce, Dale, Wilson, Selt and Maguire.  

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