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gobelins
05 Apr 21 08:50
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This is the tournament I usually look forward to most apart from The Crucible, but with all qualifiers now being best-of-11 instead of best-of-19 until "Judgement Day", and limiting the matches to 4 per session, I'll probably just dip in and out until the final round. It's scarcely believable - all year, we have had match after match after match on multiple tables - and yet, for the 1 event that might actually suit this format - we have 4 matches in play only! How on earth can most of these qualifiers be reduced to one session, and yet it takes 10 days to complete them? The Hearn regime will cite COVID, as the reason, although it doesn't appear to have been a consideration during the staple 7-day, 128-man ranking events. The highlight of R1 being tonight's clash of the undeserved wild-cards. That said, I'll probably watch it Confused
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Report Latalomne April 13, 2021 8:39 PM BST
Liang through barring a snooker
Report Latalomne April 13, 2021 8:41 PM BST
All over at 840!  An early night! Cool
Report gjohn101 April 13, 2021 8:45 PM BST
Vwd lats..thoroughly deserved victory for the lad there. Did it well in the end. Some good calls today Cool
Report Latalomne April 13, 2021 8:48 PM BST
Thanks, mate.  Catch you tomorrow.
Report gjohn101 April 13, 2021 9:01 PM BST
Will do Cool
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 8:12 AM BST
Final day of what has been a really good qualifiers...  Sad

The two best bets of the day for me are Hallworth, who I think should be fav, and Bai Langning, who I don't think should be fav, but whose scoring is only a gnat's tadger behind Croup's.  3/1's at least a point too big, and that's if you give Croup plenty of credit for extra experience.  Without doing that, it's a 1.9 v 2.1 match.

Elsewhere, Big Igor v Joyce & Ali v Urse market looks bang on; There's absolutely nothing between Ryno and Licky; There's not much between Zhao and Craigie, but Craigie's been well beaten both times they've met previously.  Zhao not the most reliable, though, and Craigie's clearly playing well.  Potentially a bit of value; Hard to argue with the prices in the Xiao v Wakelin match based on the numbers, but Wakelin's got a 2-0 H2H over Xiao, he played really well in dispatching Matthew on Monday, and Xiao has been known to see the winning line a long way out.  I think Wakelin could go well; As I said when he played King, I don't like backing Luca - he's a player who's very difficult to trust.  On the numbers, I make him a 2.3/2.4 poke at worst, so he's too big, but Butch has a 3-1 H2H lead (no meetings since 2017 and that's also the only one since 2015).  One of those where you should play but really don't want to.

GL all! Cool
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 10:00 AM BST
Morning lats. Hallworth is a standout for sure. Was thinking we might see 3s available but not to be and only right anyway, maybe the win over greene will give cabby a lift but hard to have much faith in it the time he's been hqving.

Bai one of my players of the week so far, just sprung out of nowhere. Loved the fightback against woolly and break in the winona to clinch it. Tour card on the line today and 4s+ is more than fair.

Only others really interest me are wakelin v xiao, wakelin could be few ticks higher maybe but that looks a potential close one to me. And while a match I'd usually run from, i just cant help not fancying ricky today. No 11 on season list looks good for ryno but take shoot out away and it doesn't look so great. I thought ricky was showing a few glimpses of a return to dorm during the season so i see him as the likelier winner. Not for fainthearted, though, i will concede!

I was more confident yesterday and didnt go well, so who knows? See how we go anyway ExcitedCoolHappy

Gl all Happy
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 10:37 AM BST
Surely Bai should get the same exemption that Marco's got! He hasn't played this season at all until last week...  Surely gotta be a strong contender for getting a wildcard (assuming he's not been competing in tournaments back home?) from the Chinese governing body for the sport? (especially if they've not been playing domestically)
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 10:54 AM BST
And Mei Xeiwen in same boat too. I dont know what they've been doing back in china tbh, but i guess since, unlike marco, nobody really knows them over here, they just don't really care about them one way or the other.
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 11:04 AM BST
But the Chinese WPBSA does put names forward for cards, doesn't it?
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 11:14 AM BST
Funnily enough, they appear to have the first stage of their own Q-School going on at the minute.  Have to use Google Translate, and it doesn't help with player names, but....
http://www.cbsa.org.cn/gnnews/2021/0412/379097.html
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 11:19 AM BST
Lovely clearance, Stevie! 1-0 Hallworth, Ali, Luca, Ricky
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 11:25 AM BST
1-0 Bai
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 11:26 AM BST
Sorry lats...yeah they do have 2 cards for china, as well as one for africa etc. Pang came through that route but i think you have to play on the china circuit to qualify so i doubt mei or bai could be in line there. But not 100% on that.
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 11:29 AM BST
Will be a sorry situation if Mei and Bai end up missing out, mate.  Both far better than half of the dross on the tour.... 

Excellent break from Cabby, TBF - 1-1, also 1-1 Luca
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 11:32 AM BST
2-0 Licky
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 11:41 AM BST
2-0 Bai, 1-1 Ali
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 11:46 AM BST
Just checked and cbsa have 4 cards this year and the qualifiers are going in this week so not much use to bai anyway even if he was eligible for them.
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 11:49 AM BST
Fair enough, mate, ta  Sad

Cabby playing better today, 2-1.

Elsewhere, Big Igor 1-0, Zhao 2-0, Wakelin 1-1
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 11:51 AM BST
3-0 Licky
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 12:01 PM BST
2-1 Bai, 3-0 Zhao, 2-1 Xiao
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 12:08 PM BST
Beaks of 82, 86 and 84 in consecutive frames, this is more like the Cabby of two years ago.  3-1. 

2-1 Luca, 2-1 Ali, 1-1 Big Igor, 3-1 Zhao, 2-2 Wakelin, 3-1 Licky
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 12:20 PM BST
3-1 Luca, 2-2 Bai
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 12:22 PM BST
3-1 Ali
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 12:26 PM BST
Missed black off the spot, Cabby.  Gotta score here, Stevie.
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 12:38 PM BST
2-1 Big Igor, 3-2 Wakelin.
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 12:42 PM BST
Stevie's got to up it here massively or this one's going to be away from him.  He's not playing great, and Cabby's on his fourth 70+ break in consecutive frames....  4-1 Cabby.

3-2 Zhao, 4-1 Licky
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 12:46 PM BST
Can't be missing them, Stevie....  Cry
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 12:49 PM BST
3-2 Luca
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 12:56 PM BST
3-2 Ali, 2-2 Big Igor, 3-2 Bai, 4-2 Wakelin, Hallworth 4-2 barring snookers
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 12:59 PM BST
5-1 Licky!  He's flying for you, John!
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 1:16 PM BST
3-3 Luca, 4-2 Bai, 4-2 Zhao
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 1:21 PM BST
Missed how Hallworth broke down in this frame, but 5-2 it is Sad

6-1 (!) Licky, 3-2 Joyce
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 1:23 PM BST
4-2 Ali, 4-3 Butch, 5-2 Zhao
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 1:33 PM BST
All the pics here and 365 are down....

5-2 Bai, 4-3 Wakelin
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 1:38 PM BST
6-2 Licky, 5-3 Butch, 5-3 Zhao.

Matches all seem much more advanced today, Big Igor aside!
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 1:38 PM BST
6-2 Cabby....
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 1:49 PM BST
4-2 Joyce, 4-4 Wakelin, 7-2 Cabby (barring snookers - yet another 70+ break), 5-2 Ali
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 1:50 PM BST
5-3 Bai
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 1:53 PM BST
Zhao's AST after 8 frames, 14.73 secs! Laugh
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 1:57 PM BST
5-4 Zhao, 6-3 Licky
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 2:07 PM BST
5-4 Wakelin, 6-3 Butch (from 1-3)
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 2:10 PM BST
6-2 Ali, 5-2 Joyce
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 2:24 PM BST
Luca had big chance to make that 4-5 which would have been big the way butch has cued. I'd say that's done now.

Seen some great potting from bai, thinking he could be more ahead, lot at stake for him tonight.

Ricky looking good but as we saw yesterday, it's only half time. Seems like a match too far for hallworth and igor, cabby looking good from the bits of it i saw.
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 2:26 PM BST
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Zhao's AST after 8 frames, 14.73 secs! Laugh


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Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 4:07 PM BST
Sorry, John, took a call towards the end of the morning matches and went out into the garden straight after.

Didn't see any of Bai's match other than the scores.  5-4 is tighter than ideal, but a lead is a lead!  Fingers crossed.

Cabby played really well in the main.  Hallworth just not clinical enough when his chances came along.  A shame, because he looked great cleaning up in the first frame....
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 5:05 PM BST
No worries mate. They just showed 2 of the bai frames on the tube, including one ridiculous break where he'd no position but just kept potting. Gould will be tough nut to crack though. The most interesting game for me.
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 5:13 PM BST
Luca steals on the black, 6-4 Butch.  7-3 Licky
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 5:15 PM BST
5-5 Wakelin
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 5:24 PM BST
6-4 Ali, 7-3 Joyce
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 5:27 PM BST
5-5 Bai
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 5:33 PM BST
7-4 Licky, 6-5 Wakelin
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 5:34 PM BST
7-4 Butch
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 5:46 PM BST
7-4 Ali, 8-4 Butch, 7-4 Joyce, 6-5 Croup Sad, 6-4 Zhao
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 5:48 PM BST
8-4 Licky
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 5:52 PM BST
7-5 Croup Cry
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 6:00 PM BST
7-3 Cabby, 6-6 Wakelin

Not seen much of this Licky match, but he's played some horrific stuff in this frame.
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 6:04 PM BST
8-5 Licky, 8-5 Croup Cry
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 6:10 PM BST
8-5 Butch
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 6:16 PM BST
8-4 Ali, 7-6 Wakelin, 8-3 Cabby
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 6:30 PM BST
9-5 Licky, 8-4 Joyce
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 7:01 PM BST
Was starting to get mildly concerned for Licky there.  How bad was that yellow-to-green shot?!?  Ryno didn't really look up for the fight, though.  Well done, John!  Licky through 10-5.

9-4 Joyce, 9-5 Croup, 9-5 Butch, 9-4, looking like 10-4 Ali, Zhao 7-5, Wakelin 8-6, Cabby through 10-3...
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 7:02 PM BST
Butch through 10-5
Report Angela Rebecchi April 14, 2021 7:03 PM BST
Clinical from Ballrun in the end after a sloppy start.
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 7:03 PM BST
Ali through 10-4
Report elisjohn April 14, 2021 7:04 PM BST
anyone know what time the draw is made pse
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 7:04 PM BST
No idea, Elis, sorry
Report elisjohn April 14, 2021 7:05 PM BST
thx, im sure it is tonight !
Report elisjohn April 14, 2021 7:06 PM BST
no im bloody wrong tomorrow at 11,00 Laugh
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 7:07 PM BST
Make sense, I suppose, given no guaranteed finish time tonight.

9-5 Joyce, 8-7 Wakelin
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 7:55 PM BST
9-7 Joyce, 7-7 Zhao, 9-7 Wakelin
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 7:59 PM BST
Funny from ken...wakelin in the balls at 9-7, 3 reds tight on side cushions and after 3 blacks ken brings up the 147. Even Dennis would blanch at that!
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 8:00 PM BST
LaughLaughLaugh  STFU, KenDo!  LaughLaughLaugh
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 8:02 PM BST
Sly from ken though... said he wont be thinking about the 147 so mentioned it by not mentioning it Laugh
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 8:05 PM BST
LaughLaughLaugh
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 8:05 PM BST
The WST website seems to be a little bit phuct
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 8:10 PM BST
Loading live scores being like treacle all night for me
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 8:13 PM BST
Yeah, can't workout if the Wakelin match has gone because it's finished or because the site is creaking.  Still 8-6 on the matches page
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 8:16 PM BST
Wakelin won it mate, 90something break n the last, showed it on you tube
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 8:17 PM BST
Lovely stuff.  TVM.  One ray of light on an otherwise largely disappointing day.
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 8:17 PM BST
Joyce through too. Feel for igor, massive slice of luck for joyce in the last there, the big man should've been in.
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 8:18 PM BST
Joyce beats Big Igor 10-7
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 8:19 PM BST
Yeah?
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 8:20 PM BST
Yeah needed that wakelin result to make up for yesterday here. Played really well from what i saw, solid to.the end, never buckled.
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 8:21 PM BST
Yeah joyce missed 3rd last red by miles and fluked snooker with all the reds in the open. Thought poor igor was going to cry when he came to tgw table, looked a broken man
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 8:23 PM BST
He was v good v Matthew.  Craigie could still get me back levels for the day. 

Poor old, Big Igor.  A valiant effort, all the same.
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 8:28 PM BST
Reckon there'll be a few better draws than wakelin tomorrow. Definitely no mug.

Just a round too far for igor, same for all the R1 guys. Asking a lot to win 4 matches.
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 8:51 PM BST
No mug for sure.

Yeah, I guess it is a lot to ask, especially when you're not used to going deep, which I guess they effectively have been!
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 8:56 PM BST
Interesting to note Zhao's AST has dropped to 18.65 secs after 18 frames!
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 8:59 PM BST
Haven't seen a lot of the match. Will be stoked for craigie if he makes it, seems like a sound fella.
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 9:00 PM BST
9-8 Craigie! Haven't seen any of it other than the scoreline.  I did put Judgement Day on a little while ago but they were show JB (presume his 147?) and I went back to the football.
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 9:12 PM BST
9-9
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 9:14 PM BST
Yeah they showed that between the frames...and john boy on again now before the winona. Have it on in the background but muted it after hearing rob tell us the 5th time that big igor didn't play on a full size table before he was 32.
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 9:18 PM BST
Just put it back on for this!
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 9:23 PM BST
No excuses from here
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 9:25 PM BST
Well done, Sam!
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 9:28 PM BST
Great stuff. Delighted for the lad, zhao too loose there as always. Never dies wondering anyway i suppose.
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 9:30 PM BST
Red into the green pocket was ballsy, was screaming at him to play the easy one into the top pocket.
Report Latalomne April 14, 2021 9:36 PM BST
Just looking at the scoring from today.  Wakelin made 9x 50+ breaks in the 17 frames he played!  That's seriously impressive for him (Xiao made 8 in the same match!)  Butch made 9 in 15!  Cabby's 8 in 13 is far and away the best he's notched for an age.
Report gjohn101 April 14, 2021 9:40 PM BST
A lot of old solid pros going into the draw too and playing ok, only 2 crucible rookies. Could spell trouble for the seeds come tournament proper i reckon. Gonna be casualties.
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