UK Championship, Day 5 – Live Blog

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Live coverage of Day 5 of this year’s UK Championship – hosted by The Old Green Baize editor Nigel Slater **Please refresh the page to see latest updates.

All eyes on Ronnie O’Sullivan this evening who will hope a damaged left ankle will not get in the way of his bid to win the UK Championship. The Rocket faces Peter Lines.

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Thanks for following the live feed tonight. Tomorrow sees the start of the third round. I’m Nigel Slater signing off.

RESULT – Matthew Selt 6-4 Xiao Guodong

RESULT – Joel Walker 6-4 Tom Ford.  Another impressive win for youngster Joel Walker

RESULT – Ronnie O’Sullivan 6-3 Peter Lines – not his best performance by any means but still a comfortable win for the Rocket.

RESULT – Jack Lisowski 6-4 Liang Wenbo. Lisowski thwarts off a strong comeback from Wenbo to reach the third round. 

10.27pm – Lines still in with a fighting chance as he wins two in a row to make it 5-3, Walker now 5-3 up on Ford.

RESULT – Stuart Bingham 6-3 Alfie Burden – another solid win for Bingham looking to go one better than his heartbreaking semi-final defeat last year

RESULT – Shaun Murphy 6-3 Robin Hull – comfortable win for Shaun who will be eager to follow his European Tour success this season.

RESULT – Ben Woollaston 6-3 Tony Drago – a bad start from the Leicester star but he recovered well to gain a solid win.

10.06pm – Wenbo once again right back in his match against Lisowski. Two frames in a row reduce his arrears to 5-4.

9.52pm – Wenbo keeps himself in it to make it 5-3, Lines pulls one back to make it 5-2.

RESULT – Joe Perry 6-1 Mike Dunn

9.46pm – O’Sullivan takes full advantage of an in-off from Lines to make it 5-1.

Now Bingham moves onto five frames – 5-2 up against Burden. Some of these matches could be done quite soon.

9.41pm – Woollaston now the fourth player to move within one frame from victory this evening – moving 5-3 up against Drago.

Woollaston back in front against Drago at 4-3, Hull reduces his arrears to 5-2 with a century but surely too little too late? Walker 3-2 up

9.23pm – O’Sullivan wins first frame after the re-start to go 4-1 up, just two away from the last 32. Perry close to the winning line at 5-1 and Bingham pulls away again leading Burden 4-2.

9.15pm – Lisowski stops the Wenbo fightback and moves closer to the win at 5-2. Murphy also on the verge of victory, leading Hull 5-1

8.59pm – Murphy and Perry move into commanding 4-1 leads, Drago level at 3-3 after Woollaston comeback

8.51pm – Big frame for Lines as he keeps himself in it, winning the fourth frame – now trailing O’Sullivan 3-1.

Woollaston wins a third frame in a row to lead 3-2 against Drago, Walker makes it 2-2 against Ford

8.45pm – Bingham makes the tournament’s highest break so far as a 142 puts him back ahead at 3-2. Wenbo giving Lisowski something to think about as he wins another frame to close the gap to 4-2.

8.31pm – Murphy now 3-1 ahead against Hull, Wenbo pulls a frame back against Lisowski to trail 4-1

Alfie Burden wins the next two frames to level with Stuart Bingham at 2-2, Joe Perry moves into a 3-1 lead against Mike Dunn

8.15pm – O’Sullivan’s ankle is not having an effect on his snooker it seems as he moves into a 3-0 lead. Ominous signs for Lines.

Two quick frames from Ben Woollaston has fired him level with Malta’s finest Tony Drago at 2-2, Shaun Murphy leads 2-1.

8.01pm – O’Sullivan now 2-0 up against Lines and Lisowski increases his lead to 4-0.

7.59pm – Just to catch up from where I left you earlier, Rod Lawler beat Martin Gould 6-5, Mark Davis beat Liam Highfield 6-4 and Rory McLeod won a final frame decider to defeat Zhang Anda

Latest scores so far tonight: O’Sullivan 1-0 Lines, Murphy 1-1 Hull, Burden 0-2 Bingham, Perry 1-1 Dunn, Ford 1-1 Walker, Woollaston 0-2 Drago, Selt 1-1 Guodong, Wenbo 0-3 Lisowski.

7.45pm – Welcome back snooker fans. Nigel here again. Well what an afternoon that was – Neil Robertson surviving a big scare to reach the third round of the UK Championship.

5.33pm – Still three matches to finish: Gould 5-4 Lawler, Davis 5-4 Highfield, McLeod 5-3 Anda. I will be back from 8pm to update you on them finishes and of course tonight’s matches.

By the close of the play we will know the full Last 32 draw. This is Nigel Slater signing out.

5.27pm – Robertson admits to being ‘very lucky’ to be in the next round. You must feel for Wilson who had a golden opportunity to take the match but it did not happen for him.

RESULT –  Neil Robertson beats Kyren Wilson 6-5 after a break of 86 in the final frame decider. A hard earned win for the defending champion who could have easily followed Mark Selby out of the competition.

Neil Robertson. Picture by Monique Limbos

Neil Robertson. Picture by Monique Limbos

RESULT – Stephen Maguire 6-4 Yu Delu

5.10pm – DECIDER ALERT Robertson wins a must win frame to force a decider. Wilson had a chance but bad positional play allowed Robertson back in at a crucial stage.

5.03pm – Wilson flukes an outrageous final red after Robertson played safe on break of 49 but then misses long brown. Wilson now needs a snooker but looks like 5-5.

4.55pm – Wilson misses yellow with the rest leading 35-0. Robertson fires in a long red to get back on the table.

4.51pm – Wilson in the balls early on in frame 10 with a 30 point lead. Maguire now in front for the first time at 5-4. Highfield level with Davis at 4-4 from 4-1 down.

RESULT – Ken Doherty 6-4 Michael White. A great win for Crafty Ken who reaches the third round after being 3-0 down.

4.45pm – Defending champion Neil Robertson in real trouble, 5-4 behind against Kyren Wilson who is now one frame away from his biggest win to date. Is the world number 2 heading out?

4.36pm – Maguire now level at 4-4 against Delu. A good fightback from the Scot considering he was 3-0 down earlier in the match.

4.27pm – Wilson levels again with two significant breaks to make it 4-4. Doherty on the verge of victory over White with a 5-4 lead. McLeod now 4-2 up on Anda.

RESULT – Peter Ebdon 6-1 Kurt Maflin. A solid win for Ebdon who could be a dark horse for the title if he can stretch his winning further.

Peter Ebdon 1

4.16pm – A missed black to the middle costs Wilson dear as Robertson regains the lead at 4-3. Lawler now level 3-3 against Gould.

White stops the rot and wins the eighth frame to level with Doherty at 4-4. Could be an exciting finish in that match.

4.05pm – Maguire and Highfield get back to 4-3 in their matches. Anda now 3-2 down to McLeod.

Maflin pulls a frame back to trail Ebdon 5-1. Other latest scores: Delu 4-2 Maguire, Davis 4-2 Highfield, Lawler 2-3 Gould, Doherty 4-3 White, McLeod 3-1 Anda

3.58pm – And Wilson fires it in after Robertson’s safety attempt fell a little short. Wilson now level at 3-3 and showing great temperament against the defending champion.

3.54pm – RE-SPOT – Wilson pots a brilliant pink and black to force a re-spot against Robertson in the sixth frame:

Delu wins the sixth frame to lead Maguire 4-2 and Lawler now reduces his deficit to 3-2 against Gould.

3.42pm – Doherty now takes the lead for the first time after winning his fourth frame on the bounce. A lot now for Michael White to ponder at 4-3 down.

REACTION FROM MARK ALLEN after his 6-0 win over Luca Brecel:

3.30pm – Robertson wins a scrappy fifth to regain the lead at 3-2. Davis now 4-1 up on Highfield. Ebdon just one away from the third round – leading Maflin 5-0.

3.19pm – Ken Doherty using all his craft and experience to get back into the match, he’s now level at 3-3 from 3-0 down. Maguire back to 3-2 from 3-0 down against Delu

Ken Doherty. Picture by Monique Limbos

Ken Doherty. Picture by Monique Limbos

RESULT – Mark Allen 6-0 Luca Brecel. An emphatic win for Allen who will certainly be one of the ones to watch as the week progresses.

3.10pm – Doherty now just 3-2 behind against White, game on there. Lawler off the mark against Gould, reducing his arrears to 3-1.

Allen now nearing victory with a 5-0 lead, although we all know what happened to Barry Hawkins last night. Maguire gets a frame back to trail Delu 3-1. Davis restores two-frame cushion over Highfield to lead 3-1.

2.46pm – Ebdon now 4-0 up after a sublime century break leaving Maflin with it all to when the players return after the break. As seen over the years an on-form Ebdon can be a dangerous proposition for any opponent.

2.38pm – Great response from Wilson as a break of 67 draws him level with Robertson at 2-2. He’s not looking out of place on the big stage so far.

Kyren Wilson. Picture by Monique Limbos

Kyren Wilson. Picture by Monique Limbos

2.33pm – Yu Delu now 3-0 up against Stephen Maguire,. Rory McLeod and Zhang Anda are level at 1-1.

Robertson gets the better of the third frame to lead Wilson 2-1. Big test now for Kyren, can he find a way back from behind against the world number 2?

2.24pm – Doherty pulls a frame back to trail White 3-1 at the interval. Gould extends his lead over Lawler to 3-0 and Ebdon now 3-0 up against Maflin. Highfield now 2-1 down to Davis.

2.18pm – Mark Allen now 4-0 up against Brecel. At least the Belgian knows at the interval that a miraculous comeback can happen such as Nigel Bond’s last night.

Mark Allen 1

2.10pm – Things getting even better for Michael White, now 3-0 up against Doherty.

Michael White knocked out Mark Williams in the first round of this year's World Championship.

Michael White 

2.05pm – Earlier this month Stephen Maguire, currently 2-0 down, said he was considering his future in the sport: http://www.espn.co.uk/snooker/sport/story/364739.html

Former world champion Peter Ebdon with a 2-0 lead against Norway’s Kurt Maflin, Mark Davis now 2-0 to the good against Liam Highfield. Yu Delu leads Maguire by the same score.

1.58pm – Allen looking for a quick victory it seems, now 3-0 up against Brecel with less than an hour gone. Allen in fine form of course having reached two major finals already this season.

Martin Gould also 2-0 ahead against Rod Lawler.

1.50pm – A break of 90 gets the Australian on level terms at 1-1. Allen now 2-0 up against Brecel and a solid start for Michael White who leads former world champion Ken Doherty 2-0.

1.46pm – Who can forget Robertson’s amazing achievement last season as the first player to score 100 century breaks in a single season. His 100th ton against Judd Trump in the quarter-finals of the World Championship was one of the tournament’s finest moments.

Yu Delu has won the first frame against Stephen Maguire and Mark Allen is looking good for a 2-0 lead against Luca Brecel.

1.40pm – Wilson takes the first frame against Robertson, a much needed confidence boost for the underdog.

1.15pm – Nigel Bond after his sterling comeback win yesterday: 

“Apart from that one against Thorburn at the Crucible, this has got to be my best ever come-back.

“I could have laid down and died at 5-0 but I showed my tenacity. I was just trying to win one frame to get a foothold in the match and restore a bit of pride, but once it got to 5-3 I felt I could win.”

12.57pm – The focus this afternoon is very much on defending champion Neil Robertson. He eased through to the second round wih a 6-0 win but how will he fair against Kyren Wilson – a player who has had a year to remember after reaching the Crucible stages of the World Championship for the first time back in April.

Neil Robertson. Picture courtesy of Monique Limbos

Neil Robertson. Picture courtesy of Monique Limbos

12.52pm – A recap on yesterday’s (Saturday) big stories.

Irishman David Morris produced his best result of his career to defeat world number 1 and world champion Mark Selby – https://theoldgreenbaize.com/2014/11/29/impressive-morris-stuns-selby-to-record-uk-championship-shock/

49-year-old Nigel Bond rolled back the years as he came back from 5-0 down to beat world number 5 Barry Hawkins – https://theoldgreenbaize.com/2014/11/30/bond-performs-mission-impossible-comeback-display-to-stun-hawkins/

Matches starting at 1pm

Kurt MAFLIN v Peter EBDON
Rod LAWLER v Martin GOULD
Mark DAVIS v Liam HIGHFIELD
Luca BRECEL v Mark ALLEN
Rory McLEOD v Zhang ANDA
Ken DOHERTY v Michael WHITE
Yu DELU v Stephen MAGUIRE
Neil ROBERTSON v Kyren WILSON

O’Sullivan had threatened to withdraw from the tournament if his left ankle countinued to be in pain ahead of his match tonight. But work with Sheffield United’s physio team seems to have done the trick.

12.39pm – Hello and Welcome to theoldgreenbaize.com, I’m Nigel and will be providing you with the latest scores and updates from Day Five of the UK Championship. The big news so far today is Ronnie O’Sullivan’s announcement a few moments ago that he will be playing his second round match tonight against Peter Lines despite suffering from a broken ankle.

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