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gobelins
06 May 18 09:26
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So, after 15 days, we arrive at the final. It will be interesting to see how the BBC 'experts' preview this given that a 42 year old plays a 43 year old (and another 42 year old has dominated the season, and is threatening to become world number 1 next season, despite not playing in half of the events). This is the only time in the 41-year history of The Crucible that 2 40+ year olds have contested the final. It's all the more baffling, given that the standard has never been higher! No doubt, we'll get J.Parrott informatively telling us that they have reached the final as 'if you play the correct shot most of the time and execute it well most of the time you won't go far wrong, and that's what these 2 boys do - it's as simple as that'. A truly enlightening insight.

This final would have been unthinkable a couple of seasons ago. J.Higgins was playing to a reasonable standard, but hadn't gone beyond the QF of a 'triple crown event' for 5 years before reaching last season's World Final, and M.Williams had apparently considered retiring, and had to be convinced to carry on by his wife. Although, that was just the latest example of a player being 'talked out' of giving the game up, it does show that Williams was struggling badly with his game. He took the drastic step of changing the way he addresses the cue ball and then sights it by working with the sightright team. This season he has won 2 ranking events, ending almost a 7-year drought, and he has climbed back up to 7 in the rankings.

Neither player has been overly impressive throughout the tournament, but they have been good enough. Higgins has ended all of his matches very strongly, not least in the way he finished against J.Trump in QF from 9-11, and by winning his last 3 frames against K.Wilson with 2 centuries and a 98. Other than at the end of his matches his cue ball control has been a little awry, but to use the well-oiled cliché his all-round match-play has been to its usual very high standard. Williams had progressed serenely enough until the SF, without any real alarms, but had to come through a tight, tense, error strewn final session of his SF against B.Hawkins last night. It's hard to assess Williams regarding last night's SF, as Hawkins completely unravelled. Williams handled the pressure slightly better, and potted more of the important balls, but he obviously needs to improve on that level to beat Higgins - who has been at his best when the pressure has been magnified, and will have had more rest before the final begins.

The current prices are 8/13 Higgins (1.6 on here) and 6/4 Williams (2.62). While it is dangerous to rely too much on how they both played in the SF, I think Higgins will win - but as I'm still reeling from Hawkins' collapse last night I'll have to think a bit longer about it before deciding whether to back him.
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Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:27 PM BST
bucket ton up
Report son of a gun May 7, 2018 9:27 PM BST
very nice, hearn has turned this into the wwe of snooker
Report johnnythebull May 7, 2018 9:28 PM BST
Papillon on after this on the Beeb..great film
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:28 PM BST
steve davis "this is possibly the best final we've ever seen" LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report A_T May 7, 2018 9:28 PM BST
rumour has it Hazel hasn't had an orgasm since the last time Higgins won it
Report johnnythebull May 7, 2018 9:29 PM BST
be a veritable fountain job then if he comes back now!
Report thepunter May 7, 2018 9:29 PM BST
Could be one of the 3 biggest frames of his life (Williams)
Report RozelKid May 7, 2018 9:30 PM BST
Davis is selling a dying sport
Report GRANTCKING May 7, 2018 9:30 PM BST
YIKES
Report thepunter May 7, 2018 9:30 PM BST
Hope he makes a ton of it, would be a great way to finnish.
Report SontaranStratagem May 7, 2018 9:32 PM BST
Anti climax this

Truly pathetic finish from Higgins
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:32 PM BST
all on the split
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:33 PM BST
gsm mjw
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:35 PM BST
Cry
Report GRANTCKING May 7, 2018 9:35 PM BST
LaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report SlippyBlue May 7, 2018 9:35 PM BST
FFS !!
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:35 PM BST
bucket said "no sir"
Report johnnythebull May 7, 2018 9:36 PM BST
not the 1st one of those he's missed
Report SontaranStratagem May 7, 2018 9:36 PM BST
Can't see Higgins mopping up here
Report hfink May 7, 2018 9:36 PM BST
wtf!
Report dlarssonf May 7, 2018 9:36 PM BST
he should clear this CryCry
Report SlippyBlue May 7, 2018 9:36 PM BST
Please don't let him clear up.
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:36 PM BST
straightforward table, 17-16 incoming
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:37 PM BST
mjw traded 1.02!!
Report SontaranStratagem May 7, 2018 9:37 PM BST
Williams gets a chance every single frame though, every time I switch back over he's at the table with 1st digs
Report dlarssonf May 7, 2018 9:38 PM BST
williams gas totally missed the boat hereCry
Report thegiggilo May 7, 2018 9:39 PM BST
Again not frame winning break,been saying it all dat that must be 10 frames..biggest chuck in history of the gme..
Report SlippyBlue May 7, 2018 9:39 PM BST
That missed pink was just unforgivable.
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:39 PM BST
17-16 in the books
Report SontaranStratagem May 7, 2018 9:39 PM BST
He only needed to roll that pink in
Report johnnythebull May 7, 2018 9:40 PM BST
top clearance..MJW is a bottling mug
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:40 PM BST
parrott has "never seen a match like this" LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report SontaranStratagem May 7, 2018 9:40 PM BST
Higgins is giving him 1st digs every time though

If it does go 17 all what's the odds Williams gets first crack ?
Report alun2005 May 7, 2018 9:40 PM BST
Poor from MW on that pink
Report SontaranStratagem May 7, 2018 9:41 PM BST
Parrott will be saying the same next year he's incapable of criticizing
Report GRANTCKING May 7, 2018 9:41 PM BST
Cool gone from potentially the worst final ever to the best final ever, this is absolutley epic
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:41 PM BST
16 years since an 18-17...
Report Latalomne May 7, 2018 9:42 PM BST
The first time I've been all green in 18 frames LoveCrazy
Report RozelKid May 7, 2018 9:42 PM BST
wtf was Williams doing ...he only needed to roll it in.
Report SontaranStratagem May 7, 2018 9:43 PM BST
roll it in and Higgins needed a snooker?
Report johnnythebull May 7, 2018 9:43 PM BST
he's missed loads this match esp near frame ball
Report thepunter May 7, 2018 9:43 PM BST
Yep as simple as that.
Report SontaranStratagem May 7, 2018 9:44 PM BST
Williams getting first crack again though

Its enough to make me wanna tear my hair out CryLaugh
Report johnnythebull May 7, 2018 9:44 PM BST
but he's also had some phenomenal pots!
Report SlippyBlue May 7, 2018 9:45 PM BST
That was a wicked red to the middle.
Report Whippin Piccadilly May 7, 2018 9:45 PM BST
Amazing game of snook!
Report thepunter May 7, 2018 9:45 PM BST
But its easy to critisize, probably one of the few I would forgive him. Can you imagine what it means to roll that in and you are crowned WC !
Report BornToWin May 7, 2018 9:45 PM BST
Hendo's worst memory, letting Ebbo become world champ Cry
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:46 PM BST
split...
Report minardi May 7, 2018 9:46 PM BST
Every frame bar the first Williams has got in first ... I don't Think Higgins will get another chance ... cashing out.
Report RozelKid May 7, 2018 9:46 PM BST
The best game of snooker ...ever played Wink
Report Whippin Piccadilly May 7, 2018 9:46 PM BST
I hope Mark can hold it all together here
Report SlippyBlue May 7, 2018 9:47 PM BST
This is his now surely.
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:47 PM BST
tricky mid
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:47 PM BST
shot
Report thepunter May 7, 2018 9:47 PM BST
In terms of drama one of the best, terms of quality one of the worst.
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:47 PM BST
last chance
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:48 PM BST
all overski
Report thegiggilo May 7, 2018 9:48 PM BST
Phuck me what a PHUCKING  GOATu!!nreal stuff after blowing that frame,him and Selby different gravy under the cosh,you phucking beauty just unreal stuff to do that after throwiong that frame away,completely different class!!!!That's made my decade what a ****g genious!!LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh
Report unclepuncle May 7, 2018 9:48 PM BST
Well what a surprise. The final finishes just in time for everyone to switch over for Peter Kay’s Car Share, one of the biggest shows of the year for BBC - how convenient.Whoops
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:48 PM BST
wd da welsh potting machine
Report alun2005 May 7, 2018 9:49 PM BST
Superb from MW

Great bottle
Report dlarssonf May 7, 2018 9:49 PM BST
balls of steel
Report thepunter May 7, 2018 9:49 PM BST
LaughLaughLaugh
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:49 PM BST
3 snookers...but is in free ball range
Report johnnythebull May 7, 2018 9:49 PM BST
for all i criticised him brilliant opening red BUT has he screwed up again?
Report SontaranStratagem May 7, 2018 9:49 PM BST
Even threw in a last shot stinker for good measure Laugh
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:50 PM BST
lovely
Report johnnythebull May 7, 2018 9:51 PM BST
there's lovely boyo
Report Whippin Piccadilly May 7, 2018 9:51 PM BST
Good lad Mark, well deserved!
Report SontaranStratagem May 7, 2018 9:51 PM BST
All done

Well done Williams backers
Report SlippyBlue May 7, 2018 9:51 PM BST
Wicked long red, well done Mark.
Report dlarssonf May 7, 2018 9:51 PM BST
it's like Williams just won a frame down his local , totally not fussedLaughLaughLaugh
Report thepunter May 7, 2018 9:51 PM BST
Desserved for sure.
Report GRANTCKING May 7, 2018 9:52 PM BST
Grin
Report Latalomne May 7, 2018 9:52 PM BST
Well done, Mark.  Played so fast in those last two frames that he didn't give himself the chance to overthink it.
Report alun2005 May 7, 2018 9:52 PM BST
Brilliant opening red, and a lotta bottle after the previous frame
Report SontaranStratagem May 7, 2018 9:52 PM BST
Very subdued finish Laugh

The game really is dying in this country
Report johnnythebull May 7, 2018 9:52 PM BST
big momentum swings and run of frames
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:54 PM BST
43yo fook me
Report thegiggilo May 7, 2018 9:54 PM BST
Shouldv'e won about 18-8 very frustrating to watch,just needs more pressire to play well incredible stuff..a real GOAT
Report MC Roller May 7, 2018 9:56 PM BST
Well played Mark. Great to see him win the World Championship again. I'm going to celebrate with the biggest bag of minstrels you've ever seen.
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:57 PM BST

May 7, 2018 -- 9:56PM, MC Roller wrote:


Well played Mark. Great to see him win the World Championship again. I'm going to celebrate with the biggest bag of minstrels you've ever seen.


Cool

Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 9:57 PM BST
its the minstrels and wine gums what won it
Report alun2005 May 7, 2018 9:58 PM BST
Are MINSTRELS still going ?????
Report Latalomne May 7, 2018 9:59 PM BST
Where have you been, Alun?!?
Report alun2005 May 7, 2018 10:00 PM BST
So, Black and White Minstrels banned, brown minstrels still going.

Work that one out.
Report alun2005 May 7, 2018 10:00 PM BST
Been busy LATA
Report wondersobright May 7, 2018 10:02 PM BST
the marathon of the mind over for another year
Report Latalomne May 7, 2018 10:02 PM BST
MJW was helping himself to Brian's Minstrels and wine gums in yesterday's first session.
Report alun2005 May 7, 2018 10:03 PM BST
This event has been a revelation. Who would have known that Angles was a Philosopher King?
Report SontaranStratagem May 7, 2018 10:05 PM BST
Enjoyable final, just kinda knew where it was going from an higgins backers perspective, even at 15-15 I wasn't confident.
Report GRANTCKING May 7, 2018 10:07 PM BST

May 7, 2018 -- 10:00PM, alun2005 wrote:


So, Black and White Minstrels banned, brown minstrels still going. Work that one out.


LaughLaughLaugh

Report GRANTCKING May 7, 2018 10:08 PM BST

May 7, 2018 -- 10:02PM, wondersobright wrote:


the marathon of the mind over for another year


CryCryCry always sad when it ends, was great watch during the days

Report SontaranStratagem May 7, 2018 10:14 PM BST
at least we have the world cup just around the corner

That will be epic fun watching England LaughCoolExcited
Report GRANTCKING May 7, 2018 10:18 PM BST
Grin
Report wisewords May 8, 2018 1:08 AM BST
what a legend Mark J Williams! really enjoyed the tournament, sad that it's all over now for another year.
Report thegiggilo May 8, 2018 1:32 AM BST
son of a gun 07 May 18 21:08   



even an utter mUg like mjw can be a world champion by scoring breaks of 40 at most

Don't get angry..Laugh
Report thegiggilo May 8, 2018 1:35 AM BST
son of a gun 07 May 18 21:22   




May 7, 2018 -- 9:21PM, SontaranStratagem wrote:

Higgins gets level and then throws in this filth

this looks way too scripted to me, at 7-7 he also gave mjw a plethora of cheap opportunities, just sickening


Seething..LaughLaugh
Report thegiggilo May 9, 2018 1:13 AM BST
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYkEgxJIjYo
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