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The Clarkes have gone, so Annabel said she would take over. She’s here with me, Pete Trimmer, Andy Myers and Ian Lines.
08 Feb 2018 5:52PM (Tournament); 23 Readers
We join game 3 with Greg having put a super shot out, and hit Christian in C2. He’s about to rush to 3 with a perfect 3 ball break.
08 Feb 2018 5:53PM (Tournament); 25 Readers
Or it was when Pete dictated that. It isn’t any more.
08 Feb 2018 5:54PM (Tournament); 25 Readers
Safely through hoop 3, and pass rolling to his deep hoop 4 pioneer. Nice stroke.
08 Feb 2018 5:55PM (Tournament); 22 Readers
Discussing our favourite commentaries of the past. Pete’s favourite is the update for 1 and 4b v 1 and 4b in a final. Final lift shot with the hoop 1 ball. He’s taking such and such a shot. Rolling....
And then no update for 10 minutes.
08 Feb 2018 5:56PM (Tournament); 22 Readers
It got nice again, and then nasty again. Yellow 2 yards plus north of 1b, approaching 6 from 4 yards back.
08 Feb 2018 6:00PM (Tournament); 21 Readers
Grovelled through one back. Having a go at yellow....
08 Feb 2018 6:06PM (Tournament); 21 Readers
Missed hard to about 7 yards off A baulk nearish hoop 4. Black about 2 yards NW of rover.
08 Feb 2018 6:07PM (Tournament); 22 Readers
I’m being told that more information is needed. So this is game 3 of 3. Christian won game 1, then lost a real crowd pleaser of a 3 ball ending in game 2. Game 3 started just before 6pm. Not known if there is a time limit.
08 Feb 2018 6:08PM (Tournament); 19 Readers
Christian hit the ball near hoop 4. The commentary team didn’t like Greg’s choice of shooting hard, precisely because of the risk of giving a short shot. They preferred shooting at yellow gently. But it doesn’t matter because Christian has faulted while failing hoop 1 with yellow and red a testing yard apart.
08 Feb 2018 6:10PM (Tournament); 18 Readers
Two hoops, a forty yarder, and game over is the prediction from my left.
08 Feb 2018 6:11PM (Tournament); 19 Readers
But Greg is playing yellow so presumably going for the quin instead!
Sorry, Pete wanted a double exclamation mark there.
08 Feb 2018 6:12PM (Tournament); 22 Readers
Probably rightly, since red is the wrong side of 2b for peeling. The prediction is now that this is the first of many finishing turns.
08 Feb 2018 6:14PM (Tournament); 27 Readers
Red now going to hoop 3, so we assume ball to the peg. Pete contemplated going to find out if there was a time limit, but chips appeared and he seems to have forgotten the idea.
08 Feb 2018 6:16PM (Tournament); 25 Readers
I’ve shamed him into it.
08 Feb 2018 6:16PM (Tournament); 24 Readers
3 hour time limit apparently.
08 Feb 2018 6:17PM (Tournament); 23 Readers
The hoop 4 pioneer has just crashed into the peg. There is doubt on whether it would have got to 4 anyway. But an alternative is taking its place now.
08 Feb 2018 6:18PM (Tournament); 23 Readers
Now discussing Plimmerton while this 4 ball break goes round. Annabel claims the lowest scoring win over a Mac player: 7-4. Ian claims the lowest scoring win by a Mac player: 6-5. But Phil Cordingley takes the prize for lowest scoring win: 5-3.
08 Feb 2018 6:20PM (Tournament); 23 Readers
Still debating why Greg chose to play yellow. It seems to be a statement that he doesn’t think he could do the triple. But why look like he was flirting with the quin then?
08 Feb 2018 6:21PM (Tournament); 25 Readers
The conclusion is to make Christian stew. He’s certainly got some good stewing body language.
08 Feb 2018 6:22PM (Tournament); 23 Readers
Loading penult. Leave not yet clear.
08 Feb 2018 6:33PM (Tournament); 26 Readers
Black is loitering by the east boundary, near maximum position as Greg contemplates the future.
08 Feb 2018 6:39PM (Tournament); 31 Readers
Just run rover, sending blue between 1 and 2, 3 yards S of the peg. Red rushed to C4.
08 Feb 2018 6:40PM (Tournament); 27 Readers
Greg has taken off to black to get it actually on the boundary and is now returning to 2 feet north of red.
08 Feb 2018 6:43PM (Tournament); 35 Readers
Christian has lifted blue, without a moment’s thought and is shooting down the east boundary.
08 Feb 2018 6:44PM (Tournament); 37 Readers
08 Feb 2018 6:44PM (Tournament); 36 Readers
Greg is rushing partner to black rather than 2 back. Pretty short.
08 Feb 2018 6:46PM (Tournament); 35 Readers
Has rolled into black while sending yellow to nearish hoop 3.
08 Feb 2018 6:47PM (Tournament); 36 Readers
Big roll to 2 back from the east boundary.
08 Feb 2018 6:48PM (Tournament); 31 Readers
Good reception ball, but striker’s ball well short.
08 Feb 2018 6:48PM (Tournament); 33 Readers
Christian is shooting at the 2 balls near hoop 3. Is it a double?
08 Feb 2018 6:50PM (Tournament); 38 Readers
08 Feb 2018 6:50PM (Tournament); 40 Readers
Good rush on yellow to partner in corner 4. Red is a loose pioneer for 2.
08 Feb 2018 6:52PM (Tournament); 35 Readers
Has rushed partner to just off the boundary behind hoop 1.
08 Feb 2018 6:53PM (Tournament); 35 Readers
5 foot hoop
08 Feb 2018 6:53PM (Tournament); 34 Readers
And he’s through.
08 Feb 2018 6:54PM (Tournament); 36 Readers
Sweaty 7 yard roquet coming up, with red in the background.
08 Feb 2018 6:54PM (Tournament); 38 Readers
Greg is shooting at yellow, on the east boundary level with hoop 4.
08 Feb 2018 6:55PM (Tournament); 39 Readers
08 Feb 2018 6:56PM (Tournament); 38 Readers
Christian is shooting at yellow and red. Last shot?
08 Feb 2018 6:56PM (Tournament); 39 Readers
My expert commentator preferred the shot at black on the north boundary.
08 Feb 2018 6:58PM (Tournament); 42 Readers
Greg has rushed well short of 2b.
08 Feb 2018 6:59PM (Tournament); 45 Readers
Doesn’t like the approach and is choosing a spot on the south boundary behind yellow.
08 Feb 2018 7:01PM (Tournament); 45 Readers
Christian now shooting at black. My other expert doesn’t like this.
08 Feb 2018 7:02PM (Tournament); 49 Readers
And he’s missed.
08 Feb 2018 7:02PM (Tournament); 47 Readers
Disagreement between the experts on whether it was a good choice or not.
08 Feb 2018 7:03PM (Tournament); 48 Readers
We weren’t expecting Greg to rush yellow to C3. Seems good.
08 Feb 2018 7:04PM (Tournament); 48 Readers
He’s got yellow about level with the peg and has rushed black a few yards from blue. Nice looking rush to 2b though.
08 Feb 2018 7:06PM (Tournament); 43 Readers
Red through 2b to the boundary.
08 Feb 2018 7:07PM (Tournament); 48 Readers
Good rush on blue to near yellow. Four hoops to make (yellow is on the peg).
08 Feb 2018 7:09PM (Tournament); 46 Readers
Yellow now safely up by 3 back and blue by 4 back. Simple 3 ball break to finish.
08 Feb 2018 7:10PM (Tournament); 48 Readers
Blue has gone deep as the rover pioneer. Greg has rushed yellow to black on the north boundary.
08 Feb 2018 7:15PM (Tournament); 50 Readers
After penult I should have said.
Only a rush to partner and a rush to the peg to go.
08 Feb 2018 7:17PM (Tournament); 53 Readers
Greg beats Christian 26-1 in the third to secure his place in the quarter finals.
08 Feb 2018 7:20PM (Tournament); 54 Readers
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