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Post by CaledonianCraig on Tue 18 Apr 2017, 5:04 pm

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I am surprised no topic up here yet for the World Championship so here goes a few days too late.

Mark Selby looks like a good bet for a third world title. Where will the main challenge come from? Perhaps Judd Trump, John Higgins, Ding Junhui and Ronnie O'Sullivan.

Selby looked very good in his opening match as did Higgins. O'Sullivan's mental demons have resurfaced again in time for The Crucible and will need to improve to win again.

Thoughts?


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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 9:20 pm

And it is Williams who takes the frame to level it up at 14-14 as they head to their mid-session interval.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 9:38 pm

If Williams takes this next frame he will lead for the first time in the match. How would Hawkins react to that?
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 9:49 pm

Hawkins holds his nerve and takes the 29th frame and goes back ahead 15-14.
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Post by No name Bertie on Sat 05 May 2018, 9:58 pm

How are they doing with regards to nerves?

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 10:09 pm

No name Bertie wrote:How are they doing with regards to nerves?

Both have had their surprising misses but some fabulous safety exchanges at the moment.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 10:13 pm

The Hawk picks out a plant and has a chance to take the frame.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 10:19 pm

Wow after playing a great pot on the black Hawkins misses an easy red but gets away with it. Advantage Hawkins with a 30+ lead as we move into another safety exchange.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 10:21 pm

Hawkins underhits a red and leaves Williams in with a chance to get back into the frame.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 10:24 pm

Williams misses a sitter of a blue off its spot. Hawkins in again with a chance to go two up with three to play.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 10:25 pm

But Hawkins cannot take the chance. Williams back in. Tense, nervous stuff.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 10:27 pm

A cracking positional shot off the black and Williams on the brink of taking the frame.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 10:28 pm

And Williams takes the frame to level it up at 15-15. A late night thriller at The Crucible.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 10:36 pm

Williams looking the stronger just now and builds a lead of almost 30 points before playing safe. Questions being asked of The Hawk's temperament and nerve now.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 10:40 pm

Williams in again and he's edging closer to taking the frame and going into the lead in the match for the first time at 16-15. But runs out of position on a colour with a lead of 47 points. He plays safe and is in the boxseat.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 10:46 pm

Cracking long red from Hawkins. Can he get back into this frame? He has a chance.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 10:51 pm

Hawkins overcuts a black but he is back in the frame just 18 behind.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 10:57 pm

Williams looks certain to go 16-15 up.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:04 pm

A marathon 31st frame is clinched by Mark Williams. He lead in the match for the first time. He needs one more frame to reach his 4th World Final.
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Post by No name Bertie on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:07 pm

After Hawkins win over Ding, I thought that maybe this was Hawkins opportunity to shine. He is 39 and it is not clear how many opportunities he will get.

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:08 pm

A long red is wobbled in the jaws from Williams. A chance for The Hawk but what pressure.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:09 pm

Hawkins on a break here. This is not over by a long chalk.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:12 pm

On a break of 29 but needs the spider to pot a tricky pink. Tense.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:12 pm

Hawkins rolls it but leaves it in the jaws. A chance for Mark Williams to close out the match.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:16 pm

And Williams reciprocates by overcutting a pink on 19. Can Hawkins take this chance to force a deciding frame.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:17 pm

This is becoming a very good chance for The Hawk.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:19 pm

But runs out of position and snookers himself on the reds. Big mistake. He is in trouble here. He does lead by 28 with three reds left on the table.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:22 pm

First attempt and he misses the reds but hits one at the second attempt and keeps them safe.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:24 pm

A tense safety exchange now under way.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:26 pm

A long red missed by Hawkins. A great chance for Williams here but as Angles says that is an awful shot. He can't get onto a colour and he has to play a snooker.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:27 pm

First attempt to hit the reds missed by The Hawk. His lead reduces to 19 points. Two reds left on the table.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:28 pm

He now hits the pink and gives away six points. His lead down to 13 points.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:30 pm

He hits the red but goes in off. Another four points away and leads by 9. Williams wobbles a long red in the jaws. Hawkins breathes again.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:31 pm

Hawkins misses a pink. Great bit of comedy as the pair share a laugh. Another safety battle ensues.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:33 pm

Hawkins leads by 10 points with one red left on the table. Williams with upper hand in safety battle.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:34 pm

Good hit from Hawkins though and Williams misses it to give away 4 points. A final frame decider looms closer.
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Post by No name Bertie on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:35 pm

Sounds very tense. Not clear who is going to win. Hawkins has yet to win a triple crown tournament - is he one of the best snooker players yet to win one?

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:35 pm

Still a tense safety battle goes on.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:37 pm

Williams slack safety knocks the red close to the pocket. Chance Hawkins. Pots the red but no position on a colour. However, he looks a good bet to take the frame.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:38 pm

No name Bertie wrote:Sounds very tense.   Not clear who is going to win.  Hawkins has yet to win a triple crown tournament - is he one of the best snooker players yet to win one?

Perhaps but would maybe put Ding above him there.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:39 pm

Another safety battle with just the colours left. Hawkins leads by 15.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:40 pm

And Hawkins pots the yellow but is left with a tough green which he misses in the middle.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:41 pm

This marathon frame goes on but Hawkins has another half chance but misses a long green.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:43 pm

A smelly green left for Williams which he decides to play safe from as we move closer to midnight.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:46 pm

Another safety exchange on this green. And the next chance falls to Mark Williams. And he nails the long green and pots the brown.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:47 pm

Pots the blue and pink is tight on the cushion is it a double or safety. A double it is but misses but runs relatively safe.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:47 pm

Hawkins leads by 5 points with pink and black left on the table.
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Post by No name Bertie on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:48 pm

Ding has won three triple crown tournaments (2 x UK + 1 x Masters). Maybe Judd Trump outranks Hawkins in terms of best player not to win one of these - but he is only 28. Maybe there are a few around Barry Hawkins (e.g. Joe Perry).

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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:49 pm

A chance of a long pink for Williams.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:51 pm

And pots it and he pots the black to reach the final. Superb match. Well played Mark Williams. You have to feel for The Hawk. Classic match that ends ten minutes to midnight.
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Post by CaledonianCraig on Sat 05 May 2018, 11:52 pm

No name Bertie wrote:Ding has won three triple crown tournaments (2 x UK + 1 x Masters).   Maybe Judd Trump outranks Hawkins in terms of best player not to win one of these - but he is only 28.  Maybe there are a few around Barry Hawkins (e.g. Joe Perry).

I was thinking more of best not to win the biggest title - the world title. That is what they all strive for.
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