Snookerbacker

December 1, 2017

UK Championship Last 64 – A weekend in York

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 10:24 am

The BBC rolls into town on Saturday to pick up the coverage of the UK Championship after the first round has been done and dusted so it’s time to dim the lights, put the fire on and settle down to watch a week of quality snooker as the cold wintry nights take hold. Bliss. 

There have been a couple of big news stories over the first few days, firstly we had the continuing saga of Ding Junhui’s poor run of form. Whether this can be attributed to the problems he has been having with his eyes recently is unclear, but from 5-1 up and coasting he managed to grasp defeat from the jaws of victory and it was Leo Fernandez who booked his place into the second round.

The other big story was none other than Jimmy ‘Whirlwind’ White. The Peter Pan of Snooker rolled back the years to score a famous victory over Ali Carter. It’s amazing to think that Jimmy is still in there punching, I remember as a very young kid absolutely idolising him and crying when he lost the World Championship final in 1984, then a decade later wondering how he missed ‘that black’ against Hendry. To think that today he is still competing and winning at the top level is quite something, he plays Norwegian Cockney Kurt Maflin next on Saturday night.

Other than those, most of the first round matches went according to the seedings, 49 of the 64 highest seeded players won and other than the two matches mentioned, you wouldn’t really class any of the other ones were the lower ranked player came through as a huge shock. Notable mention should also go to Ken Doherty, who has been in good form all season and came through 6-3 against Gary Wilson and now faces Neil Robertson for a place in the Last 32 on Saturday afternoon, with the BBC axing Willie and JV on commentaries for this you’d think they’ll be hoping Kendo doesn’t get much further or the rest of them will be racking up the overtime.

The matches for the weekend are listed below along with match times, recommended bets below. I’m off to York on Sunday so I dare say I’ll be tweeting the usual nonsense while I’m nosing around and getting the usual tellings off behind the scenes. If you’ve nothing better to do, which I’m sure you have, you can follow me on there.

Saturday

Sunday

Recommended Bets: Weekend Monster Acca pays just over 12/1 on Dave Gilbert, Stephen Maguire, Marco Fu, Luca Brecel, Kyren Wilson, Shaun Murphy, John Higgins, Anthony McGill, Martin Gould and Barry Hawkins. Doubles, Trebles and an Acca (Acca pays over 23/1) on Lyu Haotian, Jack Lisowski, Alan McManus and Jamie Jones. Singles on Mitchell Mann (4/1) and Chris Wakelin (6/1).

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