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UKPTC 2012 – Event 4 – Gloucester

12 November 2012 No Comment

The Snooker Lab Kay Suzanne Memorial Cup was played in the SWSA, in Gloucester and nearly all players were wearing pink in support to the fight against breast cancer. That terrible disease killed Kay Suzanne, Paul Mount’s sister, ten years ago so this tournament was very special. All Grove players were competing except for Ronnie who took the decision not to play anymore this season. Judd made the Final again!!! Rematch of the World and Shanghai Masters finals vs John Higgins and unfortunately, same result…

Monday 12th of November 2012

Last 128 – Jack Lisowski 4-1 Fraser Patrick
Jack played well although he did miss a few unexpected ones. It almost cost him in frame 5, when with the cue ball on the cushion he missed the last red – he only needed that one – and allowed Fraser to come back at him. Fraser then only needed the final pink to make it 2-3, potted it and … went in-off. Jack played a few good safety shots that eventually earned him the opportunity he needed to wrap the match.

Last 128 – Chen Zhe 4-2 Chris Norbury
Sleepy’s superior safety was the key to this win.

Last 128 – Liang Wenbo 2-4 Liam Highfield

Last 128 – Li Yan 0-4 Rod Lawler

Last 64 – Chen Zhe 4-3 Dave Harold
Sleepy got the better of “Big Dave” Harold in hard fought match that saw most frames go scrappy. Chen highest break was only 50 but he managed to win most safety battles and that was the key factor.

Last 64 – Jack Lisowski 4-2 Liam Highfield
Jack started slowly, losing the first frame and trailing 0-56 in the second. But he managed to steal it and from there stepped up a few gears to win an entertaining and high quality encounter. Jack had 74, 81, 70 and 56 in the frames he won.

Last 32 – Mark Selby 4-0 Chen Zhe
Mark Selby proved far too strong for Sleepy who only managed to score decently in one frame.

Last 32 – Tony Drago 4-1 Jack Lisowski
Jack found himself at the receiving end of a Tony Drago of the old show. It was fast, furious and efficient. It was also incredibly entertaining, but not for Jack of course…

Tuesday 13th of November 2012

Last 128 – Zhang Anda 3-4 Mark Williams
Anda missed a golden opportunity to cause a big shock. He lead 3-1 and having got the snookers he needed could have won the fith frame, and the match by one point when he potted the last red with pink. But he couldn’t get position on the final yellow, had to engage in safety battles and ultimately lost the frame. From there on, Mark who had got of of jail, woke up and went to win the three he needed on the trot to get to the next round.

Last 128 – Yu Delu 4-1 Michael Leslie

Last 128 – Judd Trump 4-3 Martin O’Donnell
It’s fair to say that Judd got out of jail here. Martin played very well and both players had their share of flukes as well as misfortune, in turn. But Judd should have made it 3-1 really, but he missed an easy last red and it went 2-2. This could only boost Martin’s confidence.
The decider was a very tense affair full of twists and turns. Eventually Judd took it after Martin missed a difficult final brown, but it’s fair to say that it could have gone either way almost to the last ball.

Last 64 – Michael Holt 4-2 Yu Delu

Last 64 – Judd Trump 4-2 Simon Bedford
Judd played well in patches, notably in frame 2 where he hit a century, but also missed a few pots that he would normally get and at times he looked really frustrated. Simon Bedford though couldn’t take advantage.

Last 32 – Judd Trump v Jimmy White
100, 105 (147 attempt), 106 … gave Judd a 3-0 lead. Frame four was a tad more scrappy but Judd took it all the same. Top stuff.

Wednesday 14th of November 2012

Last 16 – Judd Trump 4-3 Thanawat Thirapongpaiboon
What a match that was TT started very strongly taking a 3-0 lead, with back to back centuries in frames 2 and 3 (105, 109). Judd responded by winning the next three , with a ton of his own in frame 5 (123) and forced a decider. He then showed that he can thigh it up when needed and stamp his authority in taking frame and match with some awesome matchplay.

Last 8 – Judd Trump 4-2 Mark Joyce
Judd got to a flying start with a 143 in frame one. He then scored 60 and 69 to take frames two and three. But Mark Joyce showed his fighting qualities and came back to 2-3 with a 103 in frame five. He was also first in frame six, but when given the chance Judd took it and wrapped up the match with a 79.

Semi Final – Judd Trump 4-1 Ding Junhui
Judd raced to a 3-0 lead with 107 – his 9th century of the tournament – and 93 and looked set to win by 4-0 when he took a 57-0 lead in the fourth. He was unlucky to knock in a red whilst splitting the pack from the green and Ding took his chance. But there was no repeat of the story in the fifth and although Ding played for 2 snookers he ultimately couldn’t get them.

Final – Judd Trump 2-4 John Higgins
Judd took the first with a 102, his 10th century of the tournament. Higgins responded to level at 1-1. Judd was first in in the third but missed at 43. However Higgins couldn’t take advantage as his split of the pack went wrong and he lost the short ensuing safety battle. Judd made it 2-1. Higgins took the very messy fourth frame to make it 2-2. Higgins makes it 3-2, after a frame where both missed a few. Judd played for the snooker on the final pink he needed … and unluckily “fluked” the said pink. Judd was first in again in the next but made only 22. Higgins stepped in and basically took it from there. He wins 4-2. Congratulations to him.

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