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gobelins
23 Apr 18 06:02
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So, after R.O'Sullivan survives a big scare, and A.Carter and G.Dott have their almost annual Crucible battle, we move onto Day 3. Ding starts his campaign against the very dangerous X.Guodong, who has played here a couple of times, and looked in fine scoring touch in the qualifiers. The big question though is whether he believes he can beat Ding, here, in such a high profile match. I'm hoping The Hawk can make a good start to his campaign and can make a few big breaks. We also have one of the worst Round 1 matches for years starting tonight - and here is something I never thought I'd ever say again: R.Walden is favourite to win a match here. His opponent L.Brecel has totally lost his form since losing his cue a few months ago, and in R.Walden we have some one who has had persistent back problems, and is slowly but surely dropping down the rankings. This match could literally see any result.

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Latalomne
When: 23 Apr 18 06:34
I think the Walden v Brecel match should have been scheduled over three sessions.  Luca is an awful player, for me.  Positionally dreadful, decent enough potter (has to be), but his attitude and his thought processes stink.  Would rather have a go at a 1/5 pot than play a telling safety. 

Xiao has claimed quite a few big scalps this season, but Ding seems to own him (am quite surprised to see that their first match was way back in 2009!) and has won each of the last four times they've played.

Baz should beat Carrington over this format, and 1.25 looks fair enough to me. 

Didn't see any of the morning or afternoon sessions yesterday, so no idea how God is playing?
By:
gobelins
When: 23 Apr 18 08:13
You didn't watch yesterday's early action Latalomne? How dare you have a life while there's Crucible action to absorb! I mainly watched the A.Carter v G.Dott game yesterday afternoon, but S.Murphy (who, incidentally, no longer believes in God) led 5-2 and had early chances to extend that lead in the following 2 frames, but he didn't take them and J.Jones made good contributions to get right back into it. It's amazing how long X.Guodong has been around, he looked a big prospect a few years ago, and he made a good impression on his 1st visit here a few years ago, losing a high class encounter 10-8 to A.Carter. He then lost his way for a couple of seasons, and I know he struggled with getting a cue he liked, but he seems on the way back. If he can stay with Ding early on, that could be a high quality match.
By:
Latalomne
When: 23 Apr 18 09:04
Ha ha!  Don't be fooled into thinking I have a life!  I was exhibiting at a wedding fair. 

Cheers for the summary of the Murphy game.  Hopefully Xiao can keep it tight!

Good luck!
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 09:48
day 3 of the world bucket pocket championship
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 09:53
not big enough for barry though
By:
thepunter
When: 23 Apr 18 10:39
3rd time in this frame Hawk missed a red into that corner. bad shot selection, wonder where his head is atm.
By:
Latalomne
When: 23 Apr 18 10:41
Thankfully for Baz, Carrington is playing even worse.
By:
thepunter
When: 23 Apr 18 10:46
Yep, carrington cannot build a proper break so far, except in frame 1. If the hawk finds his game, he will lead 7-2 at the end of the session.
By:
stu
When: 23 Apr 18 11:02
Do the eurosport guys ever shut up while a game is on.....??

Totally different level of waffle to the beeb coverage.
By:
the stunning
When: 23 Apr 18 11:13
Think Dennis sets the standard with regard to waffle....insufferable
By:
thepunter
When: 23 Apr 18 11:51
Bazza playing some strange shots, feeling the pressure to kill the match too soon.Scared
By:
Latalomne
When: 23 Apr 18 12:14
Baz in danger of playing Carro into form here
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 12:15
shocking game this baz/carrington match
By:
thepunter
When: 23 Apr 18 12:15
Both playing worst possible stuff atm.
By:
thepunter
When: 23 Apr 18 12:17
Ros would have built a combined 1k break with the opportunities they had, when both made about 20 points of those.
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 12:25
club standard snooker at best
By:
thepunter
When: 23 Apr 18 12:27
Exactly like smurph yesterday. Should have easely been 5-1 up at some point but will probably finnish 5-4.
By:
Latalomne
When: 23 Apr 18 12:29
Unlikely.  Surely only one frame left in this session?
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 12:29
yes 1 more frame
By:
thepunter
When: 23 Apr 18 12:35
Why did he not play the other red ? Dont get it.
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 12:40
5-3 baz, end of session
By:
thepunter
When: 23 Apr 18 12:41
Trying to solve that red beside the blue almost cost him the position, while he had at least 4 other easy reds available to secure the frame...
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 12:42
not thinking clearly punter
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 12:42
back for smurph later & ding match on laptop
By:
GRANTCKING
When: 23 Apr 18 13:27
Grin its time for mofee
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 13:39
ken is in the wrong comm box
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 13:43
ton on here for xiao
By:
GRANTCKING
When: 23 Apr 18 13:43
Grin oh my u not watching mophee
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 13:50
watching both G
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 13:50
multi-tasking
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 13:54
murphy moaning but that was always wide
By:
GRANTCKING
When: 23 Apr 18 13:54
Grin
By:
Latalomne
When: 23 Apr 18 13:54
Bucket
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 13:57
its only the buckets masking the relentless muggery
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 13:57
ken saying the middles are playing tight stfu ffs
By:
GRANTCKING
When: 23 Apr 18 14:00
ding is truggling here
By:
GRANTCKING
When: 23 Apr 18 14:00
struggling
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 14:05
colours for 1-1
By:
wondersobright
When: 23 Apr 18 14:05
Shocked
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