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UK Championship, Day 4 – Live Blog

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Live coverage of Day 4 of this year’s UK Championship – hosted by The Old Green Baize editor Nigel Slater   **For latest updates please keep refreshing the page

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12.28am – And what a story to end an intriguing day of action at the Coral UK Championship. Big stories today are the early of Mark Selby and Barry Hawkins falling yo David Morris and Nigel Bond respectively. I’m sure someone will be very rich tonight if they placed a bet on Bond to win when he trailed 5-0.

I’ll be back here from 12.30pm later today (Sunday) as more players look to seal their places in the last 32 stage. Defending champion Neil Robertson is in action in the afternoon and, barring any withdrawal announcements, Ronnie O’Sullivan will return in the evening. Thanks for tuning in. Good night.

RESULT – Nigel Bond 6-5 Barry Hawkins. Bond completes a remarkable turnaround from 5-0 down to cause another big shock. Hawkins, the world number 5, is out!

RESULT – Anthony McGill 6-4 Igor Figueiredo

12.09am – Very tight decider on the go. Hawkins still very much out of form and losing position when looking for some fortune. Bond with a 20 point lead.

11.51pm – So as we approach midnight (yes midnight!) two games still in play – Hawkins 5-5 Bond and McGill 5-4 Figueiredo. This would be a remarkable story if Bond was to pull off this victory.

RESULT – Graeme Dott 6-4 Anthony Hamilton. A hard slog for the former world champion but it’s job done as far as he is concerned. 

11.42pm – DECIDER ALERT – Nigel Bond has produced the mother of all comebacks to force a decider. From 5-0 down, he is now all square with Barry Hawkins and one frame away from recording a big scalp.

RESULT – Ricky Walden 6-5 Robbie Williams. A fighting display from Walden who takes the final two frames to clinch a place in the last 32 stage. How worthy will this comeback be later in the week?

RESULT – James Cahill 6-4 Andrew Higginson. More success this week for Cahill who follows up his first round win over Mark King with another fine battling display.

11.14pm – Who needs James Bond when you’ve got Nigel Bond!! Bond wins his fourth frame on the bounce with another century to go just 5-4 behind. Hawkins will be a worried man.

Incredibly Bond is right back into the match. From being down and out at 5-0 down against Hawkins, the former World Championship finalist has pulled it back to 5-3. McGill now leads Figueiredo by the same score.

11.01pm – DECIDER ALERT! Walden levels it up once again to force a deciding frame shootout against Williams – the first one of the day.

10.53pm – Dott edging closer to victory with a 5-3 lead. Brazilian Figueiredo still not giving up, now just 4-3 behind against McGill.

10.34pm – James Cahill one more frame away from recording another impressive win, now 5-4 up against Higginson. Cahill beat Mark King in the first round 6-0. And Nigel Bond wins another frame to reduce his arrears to 5-2 against Barry Hawkins.

10.29pm – Recent International Championship winner Ricky Walden in danger of heading out of the UK Championship early – now trailing Williams 5-4.

10.19pm – Bond avoids a whitewash defeat by winning the sixth frame, Hawkins leads 5-1. Higginson levels with Cahill to make it 4-4 and Dott goes 4-2 up against Hamilton.

REACTION FROM JUDD TRUMP after his 6-1 win over Aditya Mehta:

“I have got a lot of confidence. The way I am playing, in every tournament recently, I am showing a lot of form. It is taking something special to beat me every time I am losing.

“I know if I play like it – and I will play like it – I am fully confident. Hopefully, it is going to be a good week.”

10.05pm – A frame-winning break from Walden puts him back level with Williams to make it 4-4. Cahill edges in front again to lead Higginson 4-3 and McGill stops the rot to go 4-2 ahead against Figueiredo.

9.47pm – Nothing so far to raise a smile on Nigel Bond’s face as Hawkins increases his lead to 5-0 and Hamilton is now 3-2 behind against Dott. Interestingly, Robbie Williams now moves just two away from victory leading Ricky Walden 4-3.

RESULT – Robert Milkins 6-0 Marcus Campbell. Another good win for Milkins who continues his winning ways after making the European Tour final last weekend. But another worrying defeat for Campbell who is in danger of losing his tour card at the end of the season.

9.22pm – Latest Scores – R.Williams 3-3 Walden, Hawkins 4-0 Bond, Milkins 5-0 Campbell, Dott 3-1 Hamilton, Figueiredo 2-3 McGill, Cahill 3-2 Higginson

RESULT – Judd Trump 6-1 Aditya Mehta. A solid start from Trump who will be eager this week to go one better than he did in the recent Champion of Champions event where he lost to Ronnie O’Sullivan in an absorbing final. Could this be Judd’s year? 

RESULT – Mark Williams 6-0 Jimmy Robertson. An impressive win for the Welshman who carries on his rich vein of form of late.

9.04pm – Figueiredo right back in contention against McGill as a century break closes his deficit to 3-2 and Higginson has drawn level with Cahill to make it 2-2.

8.57pm –  Mark Williams on the verge of victory, now 5-0 up. Looking like he’ll be the first winner of the night. Trump also close to booking his place in the third round – now 5-1 ahead against Mehta.

CHEER UP NIGEL!!!

And a century (110) from Judd Trump, his first of the tournament, fires him into a 4-1 lead.

8.47pm – Hawkins now 3-0 up on Bond and Walden leads R.Williams 3-2. Milkins looking good for another win now at 4-0 up, Dott 3-1 up on Hamilton.

John Higgins after his 6-4 win over Jamie Cope earlier today:

“It looked as if it was going to go 5-5 and my record in deciders in the last couple of years has been pretty pathetic so I was fearing the worst but Jamie missed and I managed to get in and make a good clearance.”

8.32pm – Mark Williams now 4-0 to the good- obviously continuing the fine form he showed in his semi-final run in the International Championship. Walden back level at 2-2 against Robbie Williams. Cahill leads Higginson 2-1.

8.22pm – Mehta pulls a frame back to trail Trump 3-1 at the interval.

REACTION FROM MARK SELBY after suffering early UK Championship exit

“After the interval I thought I played a lot better but David played better as well. On the day he deserved to win.

“I’ve known him for a few years and I know he dropped off the tour and thought about stopping playing but I know the potential he has got he should be doing a lot better than he is at the moment. He showed what a good player he is out there.

 “At least I can go back home and spend as much time as possible with my daughter.”

8.18pm – Dott now 2-1 up on Hamilton. Cahill level with Higginson at 1-1 and Hawkins doubles his lead to 2-0 against Bond.

8.05pm – A missed black off its spot costs Mehta dear as Trump extends his lead to 3-0. McGill and Mark Williams have done the same against Figueiredo and Robertson respectively. Robbie Williams leads Walden 2-1.

REACTION FROM DAVID MORRIS after beating Mark Selby: 

“I made a good 126 break to go 4-3 ahead. I think if he had won that frame then he could have run out 6-3, that’s the way snooker goes. I’m delighted to win and to beat someone of Mark’s class is a big feather in my cap.

“I had a few good wins last year but I don’t think any of them compare to that one because it’s such a big event. I’ve had wins over Judd Trump and John Higgins but this was at the UK Championship, in front of a packed audience and on a TV table so that’s a big thing for me to win that match.”

7.52pm – Mark Williams moves 2-0 in front against Jimmy Robertson, Dott now 1-1 with Hamilton.

DING Junhui’s odds have been slashed with the sponsor to win the Coral UK Championship, following his win over Jimmy White earlier today. He is now 13-2 from 7-1 to be crowned this year’s champion, but Ronnie O’Sullivan and Neil Robertson remain the front-runners.

7.45pm – A break of 72 helps Trump to a 2-0 lead. Walden equalises against R.Williams and McGill takes a 2-0 lead against Igor Figueiredo. Hawkins win the first frame against Bond.

7.34pm – Couple of flukes pots help Trump take the first frame against Mehta. Mark Williams, Anthony McGill and Robert Milkins also 1-0 up in their respective matches.

7.28pm – Trump being made to work hard early on against Mehta. The Bristol star has a ten point lead in the first frame which is now on the final colours. Graeme Dott and Ricky Walden 1-0 down to Anthony Hamilton and Robbie Williams respectively.

7.22pm – First frame of the evening goes to Andrew Higginson who is up against youngster James Cahill who recorded a huge 6-0 win over Mark King in the first round.

7.08pm – As play gets underway this evening, here’s a reminder of the big story of the day – Mark Selby is out of the UK Championship after falling to a 6-4 defeat to David Morris. Full story –https://theoldgreenbaize.com/2014/11/29/impressive-morris-stuns-selby-to-record-uk-championship-shock/

Trump of course won this prestigious event three years ago beating Mark Allen in a close-fought final. The video below shows the final frame, which Trump won to lift his second career ranking title.

 

6.45pm Hi welcome back. Some intriguing matches tonight as you can see below with the likes of Judd Trump, Barry Hawkins and former world champions Mark Williams and Graeme Dott in action. Not forgetting of course recent International Championship winner Ricky Walden to throw into the mix as well.

Tonight’s Matches – 7pm start

Graeme DOTT v Anthony HAMILTON
Aditya MEHTA v Judd TRUMP
Barry HAWKINS v Nigel BOND
Robert MILKINS v Marcus CAMPBELL
James CAHILL v Andrew HIGGINSON
Robbie WILLIAMS v Ricky WALDEN
Igor FIGUEIREDO v Anthony McGILL
Jimmy ROBERTSON v Mark WILLIAMS

5.13pm – Thanks for visiting the blog this afternoon. The big news today from York is that reigning world Champion Mark Selby has suffered a surprising early exit losing 6-4 to Ireland’s David Morris. I’ll be back from from 7pm when this evening’s matches get underway.

RESULT – Dechawat Poomjaeng 6-3 Michael Holt.

5.07pm – RESULT John Higgins 6-4 Jamie Cope. A welcome win for Higgins hoping to kick-start what has been a poor season so far.

4.55pm – Higgins leads Cope 5-4 but trails as things stand in the tenth frame. Poomjaeng 5-3 up against Holt.

RESULT – Fraser Patrick 6-4 Ryan Day. Impressive win for the world number 84

RESULT – Matthew Stevens 6-3 Gerard Greene. The Welshman fights back from a poor start to reach the Last 32 stage.

4.41pm RESULT – Ding Junhui 6-2 Jimmy White

The Whirlwind’s run in the UK Championship is over after falling to a 6-2 defeat to China’s number one.

4.30pm Latest scores: Ding 5-2 White, Higgins 4-4 Cope, Stevens 5-3 Greene, Patrick 5-4 Day, Poomjaeng 4-3 Holt

4.20pm SHOCK!!! David Morris, ranked 62nd in the world, beats world champion Mark Selby 6-4 to reach the third round of the UK Championship.

David Morris. Picture by Monique Limbos

David Morris. Picture by Monique Limbos

Stevens and Patrick gain 5-3 leads in their respective matches and need just more frame to get over the winning line. Ding now edging closer to victory leading 5-2 against White.

4.05pm –  Morris moves one frame away from knocking out world champion Selby, leading 5-4. Is a big shock in store?

3.56pm – Ding restores two-frame cushion lead to go 4-2 up against White, Higgins 4-3 up over Cope, Day pulls one back to go 4-3 behind against Patrick and Poomjaeng leads Holt 4-2.

RESULT – David Gilbert 6-2 Mark Joyce

White reduces his deficit to 3-2 against Ding after winning frame five.

3.43pm Selby draws level once again after dominating frame eight. 4-4, looking set for an interesting finish.

Poomjaeng leads Holt 3-2 and Cope levels with Higgins for a second time to make it 3-3. Joyce pulls a frame back against Gilbert but still left with it all to do trailing 5-2.

3.30pm Still the possibility of a huge shock as a break of 126 puts David Morris back in front against Mark Selby at 4-3. Patrick now 4-2 up against Day. Matthew Stevens in front for the first time, leading Gerard Greene 4-3.

RESULT – Marco Fu beats Lyu Haotian 6-1 to reach the third round. 

3.19pm Selby pulls back level to 3-3. Gilbert now 5-1 up, five frames on the bounce for the Tamworth potter.

Century from Fraser Patrick puts him back in front against Day at 3-2, Stevens now level again with Greene at 3-3.

3.12pm Fu now just one frame away victory as he goes 5-1 ahead over Haotian. A break of 105 puts Ding 3-1 to the good against White at the mid-session interval.

Selby wins first frame after the break to close the gap to 3-2 against Morris.

3.01pm – Higgins regains the lead to go 3-2 against Cope, Gilbert edging closer to the next round it seems after moving 4-1 up against Joyce.

2.56pm – Ding now takes a 2-1 lead over White, Greene back in front against Stevens at 3-2, Fu 4-1 to the good now over Haoitian.

2.50pm – Poomjaeng and Day back square at 2-2 against Holt and Patrick respectively.

Stevens is back to 2-2 against Greene and Cope levels against Higgins at 2-2 from being 2-0 down.

2.34pm Ding doubles in the final and deciding black with the rest to win an hour long frame. Ding 1-1 White.

2.26pm Morris now 3-1 ahead against Selby – a big shock on the cards???

Gilbert now 3-1 up after losing first frame, Holt 2-1 Poomjaeng and Fu restores two frame cushion to lead Haotian 3-1.

2.19pm – Third frame between Ding and White going all the way to the final pink and black. Currently 61-61. Patrick 2-1 up against Day.

2.14pm – Morris back in front against Selby – now 2-1 up. Early concerns for the world champion?

2.02pm – Stevens off the mark against Greene, now 2-1 behind. Haotian now 2-1 behind against Fu after winning the third frame

Other latest scores – Patrick 1-1 Day, Holt 1-1 Poomjaeng, Gilbert 2-1 Joyce. Cope now 2-1 behind to four-times world champion Higgins.

1.56pm – Selby draws level with Morris to make it 1-1. John Higgins leads Jamie Cope 2-0, Marco Fu leads 17-year-old Lyu Haotian by the same score.

David Morris win opening frame against Mark Selby

1.38pm Greene now moves 2-0 up against Matthew Stevens, early trouble for the former UK Championship and Masters winner.

1.35pm – Fraser Patrick leads Ryan Day 1-0, Marco Fu leads Lyu Haotian 1-0 and Thailand’s Dechawat Poomjaeng wins the opening frame against Michael Holt.

1.30pm – Break of 66 from White in the first frame against Ding, currently 67-8 ahead and looking good for an early lead.

No surprise as Kasabian rings out as world champion Mark Selby enters the arena, all set to face Ireland’s David Morris.

1.15pm – Huge cheers from the crowd as Jimmy White enters the arena ahead of his match against Ding Junhui

1.13pmPLAY UNDERWAY: Gerard Greene wins first frame against Matthew Stevens with a century break. Mark Joyce does the same, going 1-0 up against David Gilbert.

12.59pm – How Neil Robertson was crowned UK Champion twelve months ago –  https://theoldgreenbaize.com/2013/12/08/impressive-robertson-fights-back-to-lift-maiden-uk-championship-title/

https://twitter.com/BeanBagSports/status/538668308565078017

12.40pm Matches taking place at 1pm

Michael HOLT v Dechawat POOMJAENG
John HIGGINS v Jamie COPE
Matthew STEVENS v Gerard GREENE
Ding JUNHUI v Jimmy WHITE
David MORRIS v Mark SELBY
David GILBERT v Mark JOYCE
Fraser PATRICK v Ryan DAY
Marco FU v Lu HAOTIAN

Not the first time we’ve seen Maguire say something slightly controversial in recent times. Interesting thoughts he has there. The Scot faces Yu Delu tomorrow (Sunday).

Tonight sees 2011 winner Judd Trump begin his bid for UK Championship glory after he received a bye into the second round – he faces Aditya Mehta. Barry Hawkins and Mark Williams also in action tonight up against Nigel Bond and Jimmy Robertson respectively.

Some fascinating Last 64 matches taking place this afternoon with the likes of Jimmy White, fresh from the release of his new and revealing autobiography, facing two-times UK Championship winner Ding Junhui. Reigning world champion Mark Selby faces David Morris and John Higgins will look to address his poor start to the season when he comes up against Jamie Cope.

Read here about Ronnie O’Sullivan who may quit this year’s UK Championship should his broken ankle not get any better before his second round match tomorrow – https://theoldgreenbaize.com/2014/11/29/osullivan-threatens-to-quit-uk-championship-over-ankle-injury/

12.30pm – Hello. I’m Nigel Slater, editor of The Old Green Baize. Day Four of the UK Championship is just half an hour away as the tournament, the second biggest in the snooker calendar, moves into the second round.

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