PTC 5 - Day 2

05:05:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

And the latest scores are......
I have to apologise for not being able to update the blog yesterday. :-( I hope you won’t throw rocks at me, but some important issues kept me away from any source of information. However, since I said information, I must tell you that the LIVE scoring system was down, again! for the whole PTC 5 event! Unfortunately not only that the system was not working, but no one cared to update the score page. Ok, so there must have been someone there in Sheffield who was in charge of the scores and passing them to another person who was in charge of updating the World Snooker website, so I don’t really get it. I was criticized that I’m too harsh on World Snooker for they do a great job as a whole. Well, I didn’t say they don’t and I had no intention whatsoever to even suggest such crazy thing. Let’s get this straight, people! I love World Snooker and if you follow my blog you’ll see that I’m one of Hearn’s "cheerleaders" and that I praise the work he has put into snooker since he was appointed chairman of the WS. Still, for us, the ones who want to keep you up to date with the scores is getting frustrating that we don’t have any material. Moreover, it’s clear that someone was doing some updates to the web-page because some of the scores were there, but most of them were that’s even more serious! Anyway, enough with this story! Let’s see how the second day of the PTC 5 event was, shall we? ;-)

Dominic Dale reached the last 16
Seems like Peter Ebdon is very found of his top 16 position and he’s really working hard to stay there. Not that he is to be blamed! ;-) He is playing great lately, slow :-P but great and in this tournament he was at his best. He crashed Danny Douane 4-0, defeated Adrian Gunnell 4-1 and Adam Duffy 4-2, for a cozy place in the last 16.
On his footsteps, Dominic Dale made a wonderful performance, as he beat James Wattana 4-1, Andy Lee 4-0 and Leo Fernandez by the same scoreline, 4-0. (note: Leo was the one who ended Alfie Burden’s dream of victory, as he defeated him 4-1).
Ding Junhui, at his first PTC participation, was playing like always...meaning damn good! :-)) He made a tight match with the legendary Tony Drago (4-3), defeated Stuart Bingham 4-1 and engaged in another tight score of 4-3 with Stephen Lee. Not to worry, he is in the last 16 now! ;-)

Jimmy Robertson defeated Sam Baird and Ben Woolaston 4-3 and whitewashed Mark Davis 4-0, Andrew Higginson beat the Chinese Chen Zhe 4-2, Barry Hawkins (we still don’t know the score) and Mark Selby with an incredible 4-0 and the Hong Kong cue man made his way through the last 16 as he hammered Gareth Green and Michael Holt 4-0 and the youngster Luca Brecel 4-1. It was funny to see that on WS drawsheet, the match between Marco Fu and Michael Holt was dated 2005! I asked Michael if he remembers playing in 2005 for this year’s PTC 5 event and he said" I lost then as well!" Brilliant answer! :-))

The legends were sent home
Not a very good day for the snooker legends, since Stephen Hendry lost his first match to the Welsh Matthew Stevens 4-1, "The Captain" Ali Carter was defeated 4-2 by Mark Davis and the Irish Ken Doherty left the tournament after a tight 4-3 in favor of Alan McManus.
The stars, Steve Davis and Jimmy White, although made a beautiful start, Steve crashing James McGouran 4-0 and Jimmy beating Jamie Clarke by 4-1, lost their second battle. Stephen Lee was the one responsible for a 4-0 over Davis and the Welsh Matthew Stevens the one who beat Jimmy by the same scoreline.

The winner of the PTC 3 event, Tom Ford was to be sent home from the first match after losing 4-2 to Rod Lawler as well as Paul Hunter Classic’s champion (aka EPTC 1) Judd Trump who got beaten 4-1 by Adam Duffy.
You can check the scores (at least some of them) here.

So, the players who reached the last 16 are :
Rory McLeod v. Mark Joyce
Allan Taylor v. Ricky Walden
Martin Gould v. Jamie Jones
Patrick Wallace v. Mark Williams
Ding Junhui v. Peter Ebdon
Matthew Stevens v. Dominic Dale
Marco Fu v. Jimmy Robertson
Neil Robertson v. Andrew Higginson