Today was quarter finals day at the snooker players championships and down to the one table setup. We saw some surprises here today in Manchester…..
First up this afternoon was Ding Junhui taking on Barrry Hawkins. Barry got off to a really classy start which surprised us all, particularly after yesterdays inconsistent performance on the snooker table. Hawkins quickly raced into a 3-0 lead, however in the next 2 frames, Ding started to put in a few nice breaks to bring it back to 3-2. Hawkins proved too strong in the next frame and got himself over the line to beat Ding 4-2.
The second snooker match of this afternoon was between Ali Carter and Ricky Walden. Walden played extremely well and made centuries in the first and third frame. He continued form and beat Ali Carter in the end by 4-1. This is a significant win for Walden, who hasn’t reached a major semi final in some time.
The first snooker match of the evening session was between Mark Allen and Mike Dunn. An odd type of match, with both players playing quite poorly. They both missed very easy balls but Allen took more chances when they came his way than Dunn did. Dunn did however manage to take one frame. The final score in the match was 4-1 Allen.
The last quarter final was between Shaun Murphy and Ben Woolaston. Murphy, who was expected to continue on from last night fantastic performance over Dominic Dale, struggled to find any form this evening. He did however take the first two frames even though they were scrappy in places. Woolaston then took got in and got his first frame on the board. The next few frames were shared between players to make the score 3-3.
The final frame started tentatively, with both players getting good but missing easy enough pots. Murphy did manage to play a couple of nice shots towards the end but missed a golden chance by missing a blue to the middle. After a few safety shots, Murphy got his chance and potted the blue to clinch the snooker match and win 4-3.
Going forward, Murphy will no doubt be questioning his snooker performance tonight as he did not play as well as we have seen him lately, but he is still favourite to lift the trophy on Sunday night with Ding being knocked out earlier today.