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Post by Kenny on Mon 15 Apr 2013, 5:17 pm

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WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FIRST ROUND

(Seeded players are in brackets)

(1) Ronnie O'Sullivan v Marcus Campbell

(16) Ali Carter v Ben Woollaston

(9) Stuart Bingham v Sam Baird

(8) John Higgins v Mark Davis

(5) Shaun Murphy v Martin Gould

(12) Graeme Dott v Peter Ebdon

(13) Matthew Stevens v Marco Fu

(4) Judd Trump v Dominic Dale

(3) Neil Robertson v Robert Milkins

(14) Ricky Walden v Michael Holt

(11) Mark Williams v Michael White

(6) Stephen Maguire v Dechawat Poomjaeng

(7) Mark Allen v Mark King

(10) Ding Junhui v Alan McManus

(15) Barry Hawkins v Jack Lisowski

(2) Mark Selby v Matthew Selt
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Post by The Special Juan on Sun 21 Apr 2013, 9:03 pm

I love watching Gouldie play. He's a really good player who I reckon will be back in the Top 16 next season. Ah, if only Pitiful Power Snooker and the Shoout-Out were ranking events!!
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Post by The Special Juan on Sun 21 Apr 2013, 9:32 pm

The sMurph's looking in fine nick. 10-5 against the potentially dangerous Gouldie. Aside from Mark Davis, I think Gouldie was the one the top players wanted to avoid.
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Post by The Special Juan on Sun 21 Apr 2013, 9:36 pm

And Christopher of course!!
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Post by Guest on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 8:03 am

So glad White beat Mark 'J'. Combined with Higgins being down, I now don't care who wins!

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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 10:24 am

Not out yet Wink

Why are the BBC showing Ebdon v Dott over Allen v King?
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 10:25 am

Oh, I didn't realise it was on BBC 2 picard
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 12:22 pm

Ah, vintage Ebdon. He is 6-6 with Dott and his highest break is 39!!
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 12:26 pm

Dott has just fallen apart out there. He looked like he'd rather be anywhere else - even sharing a drink with Ronnie. Shocked
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 12:40 pm

Let's not exaggerate Very Happy I find it quite funny that (apparently) more players dislike Ronald than like him, but that's a topic for another time. Dotty's game has indeed fallen to pieces. Hopefully he can regroup and win the next four frames, else this match will be pulled off at 2:30.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 12:48 pm

I think Dotty just needs to win one frame and the pendulum will swing back his way. I can see this match not being completed until tonight.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:18 pm

That was a massive frame for Dotty to win from a snookers required stage. Hopefully that will settle him down and focus his mind as he leads again at 7-6. I can only see them fitting one more frame in before they get hauled off so we look set for a late finish tonight.
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:21 pm

They've got just over an hour, so yes, one frame before the 2:30 matches. That was a massive frame for Dotty to win and hopefully that can spur him on to drag himself through the match.

4-4 on the Allen-King match. It's a bit scrappy to say the least.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:26 pm

Dotty I think getting very flustered/bothered by the amount of time Ebdon is spending out of the arena between frames. A 50 break from Dott and he looks very good to go into a 8-6 lead going into an extra session tonight.
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:35 pm

King finishes 5-4 up but I don't think it will last.
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Post by Hibbz on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 1:41 pm

Dott and Ebdon being "pulled off" will be by far the most exciting thing that happens in the match.

Actually if I'm being honest I really enjoy the attritional stuff more than the one visit break building but I guess I bit of both makes for the most fun.

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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 2:36 pm

Ebdon is a bit of a cult hero so that's why I can stomach watching him.


Come on John (and Stephen)!! Braveheart
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 2:43 pm

Oh I love a fluke.
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 2:49 pm

Ah, John takes the first frame with a break of 92, albeit with a couple of wobbles along the way. 4-6. Now Mark Davis, how do you respond?
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 2:54 pm

Ah Dechawat, unlucky. He can't quite join Fergal O'Brien's club of players who have made a century in their first frame at the Crucible but leads takes the frame.
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 3:17 pm

2-0 Poomjaeng, 7-4 Davis.
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 3:32 pm

This frame is the match for me.
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 3:32 pm

Mags claws one back. 2-1.
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 3:36 pm

5-7 now.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 3:48 pm

I am at work now but following scores online. Maguire always strikes me as a player without the mental aptitude to ever win a world title. I may be wrong but he just lacks something for me.
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 3:51 pm

He reminds me of Ding. He's got the game to win it but isn't consistent enough over two weeks to win the title. I'd really like him to prove me wrong though because without Maguire, there's not much hope for Scottish snooker.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 3:58 pm

Yes I see where you are coming from but feel there is more chance of Dott and even Higgins winning it than Maguire. Just too inconsistent as you say and prone to mental collapses.
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 5:10 pm

You will no receive no congratulations from me Mark Davis.
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Post by Duty281 on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 5:27 pm

Higgins out I hear! Yahoo

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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 5:28 pm

I wouldn't celebrate, the tournament is much worse without him.
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Post by Hibbz on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 6:37 pm

The tournament may be poorer for Honest John's loss but word on the street is he's a few quid richer!!!!

I'm happy for Davis. Got a lot of time for players like him who keep plugging away year after year without getting any real glory.

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Post by Guest on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 6:52 pm

Duty281 wrote:Higgins out I hear! Yahoo

Splendid. I can enjoy it now. thumbsup

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Post by Guest on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 6:59 pm

The Special Juan wrote:I wouldn't celebrate, the tournament is much worse without him.
Quite the opposite, and his offensive comments about Davis after the game just prove how up himself he really is. "He hasn't played at the business end of tournaments before so he doesn't get nervous" - what tosh. Go stuff your face with some more pork pies you nonce.

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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 7:13 pm

Azzy Mahmood wrote:
The Special Juan wrote:I wouldn't celebrate, the tournament is much worse without him.
Quite the opposite, and his offensive comments about Davis after the game just prove how up himself he really is. "He hasn't played at the business end of tournaments before so he doesn't get nervous" - what tosh. Go stuff your face with some more pork pies you nonce.

Do you have a link to that?
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 7:14 pm

A Ronnie fan I take it Azzy? Take a look at some of his obnoxious views eh?
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Post by Hibbz on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 7:18 pm

Higgins didn't quite say that Azzy. He was attempting to blame his defeat on old age when he realised Davis is older and suggested that maybe Davis didn't have as many grey hairs because he hadn't played "at the business end of tournaments".

Still pretty cretinous as it must be far more nerve racking playing matches when each win/loss really affects your livelihood as opposed to just whether you'll pick up another tournament victory.

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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 7:30 pm

Getting away from Sir John, tonight's matches look a bit tasty. The possibility of Carter v Ronald in Round 2 is especially delicious.
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Post by Guest on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 7:31 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/snooker/22252914

"You can't just put it down to age because Mark is older than me, but maybe he hasn't been at the business end of tournaments so he hasn't got the grey hairs I have now."

3 semi-finals this season says otherwise Johnny boy Doh

I can take or leave Ronnie, I'm more of a Robbo / Dominic Dale / Mark King man myself OK

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Post by Dave. on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 7:39 pm

I think Snooker has a new cult hero to join Dominic Dale and Angles McManus.

Step forward Dechawat Poomjaeng!

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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 7:41 pm

Mark King? Do you share the same hairdresser or something? (Sorry for the cheap joke)

(I thought it was two semi-finals?)
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 7:41 pm

Dave. wrote:I think Snooker has a new cult hero to join Dominic Dale and Angles McManus.

Step forward Dechawat Poomjaeng!

And Dave Harold? I love Dechawat's hairline. It's glorious.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 7:43 pm

I wonder if Robbo has it in him to win a second world title?
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Post by Guest on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 7:44 pm

The Special Juan wrote:Mark King? Do you share the same hairdresser or something? (Sorry for the cheap joke)
Nah, I like Dale for the hair and waistcoats, and King for his lack of ability and his uncanny resemblance of Mark Strong, the great British actor heart

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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 7:54 pm

He's the form player CC. The winner of his half (which includes Selby) is the winner of the tournament for me.

I've just googled him Azzy. They have pretty much the same skull shape Laugh
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Post by Dave. on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 8:04 pm

The Special Juan wrote:
Dave. wrote:I think Snooker has a new cult hero to join Dominic Dale and Angles McManus.

Step forward Dechawat Poomjaeng!

And Dave Harold? I love Dechawat's hairline. It's glorious.

Of course.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 9:01 pm

The Special Juan wrote:He's the form player CC. The winner of his half (which includes Selby) is the winner of the tournament for me.


Certainly has a chance then. Selby I see much in the same mould as Maguire - always the bridesmaid at The Crucible but never to be the bride in my opinion. Another who fails to deliver when it really matters.
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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 9:19 pm

You may right but I'd rather wait until his career is over before I make any judgements on it. Unlike Mags, Selby has a final to his name. I can't (and obviously shouldn't) make excuses for him but last year he had a bad neck injury and in.... 09(?) he was outstanding against Higgins and lost 13-12 in the quarters. Plus with the Masters and the UK already sewn up this year he's got the motivation to succeed, but I hope it doesn't inflict too much pressure on him. Maybe two years ago I'd have agreed with you but Selby's a different player these days to the nearly-man of a few years ago.
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Post by EdWoodjr on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 10:31 pm

The battle of the left-handers has been entertaining stuff. Not often a match involving Mark King comes into that category.

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Post by The Special Juan on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 11:09 pm

Allen's impending defeat is massive.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Mon 22 Apr 2013, 11:35 pm

Graeme Dott came through a very sticky spell to beat Peter Ebdon 10 -6 sealing the win with a century break. Dott looked far better this evening.
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Post by The Special Juan on Tue 23 Apr 2013, 10:42 am

Whilst Dotty is gritty, I don't think he's a grinder. He's a really good break builder when he's in amongst the balls but I don't think he's the type to smash into them off the pink. Anyway, that's a terrific win for him.

Ding's looking very good this morning. I think he and Fu will be fired up this.
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