PTC Grand Finals 2011 - Day 1

16:13:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Mark starts his run with a whitewash
Excitement and big surprises, that’s how the first day can be easily describe, as Dublin was dying to see snooker back in its yard, while the snooker players was anxious to prove what are they capable of...and they are capable of many great things, as you know ;-)
Michael Holt and Mark Davis were the sensation of the day, for both of them seemed to be taking revenge for not qualifying for the World Championship and defeated their opponents with amazing scorelines, while Ricky Walden stormed in to win over a very mighty Chinese player, Liang Wenbo, as to prove he is back in business.

It was a total whitewash what happened to Joe Jogia, him being beat 4-0 by the mighty Mark Davis, who hit in runs of 50, 40 and 37 to record his first victory and set a "date" with Stephen Lee. This won’t we a walkover, I tend in thinking ;-)
Hammering Marco Fu 4-1, Michael Holt put quite a show as he opened with a break of 66, continued with a beautiful 110 and ended on a 54. Great start for Holt who will now meat Barry Pinches in the next round. Closed on the same result, the match between Ricky Walden and Liang Wenbo saw the Englishman hit in runs of 89, 60 and 52 as to win a very important battle and set the next one with the Smurf, Murphy.

Michael Holt mean serious business
Two matches were settled with s 4-2 scoreline, the one between Matthew Stevens and Gerard Greene and the one where Anthony Hamilton and Tom Ford were the main characters.
The Welshman Stevens said for World Snooker that he has his eye on the Top 8 and that any victory is good these days, so if he to started with this one, well I can’t think of a better way to go. Lately he has been in a very good form and if you followed his performance from the Welsh Open, now that is a very good example of what practicing and ambition can achieve.
Regarding the second match, I must tell you that if Hamilton stormed in as to take the lead 3-0, by hitting some pretty amazing break of 133 and 92, Ford almost draw as he took over the next two frames. Still a steady 54 was going to proclaim "The Sheriff of Pottingham" as the winner.

Today matches are:

10.00 am - Jamie Jones v. Martin Gould
NB 12.00 pm - Andrew Higginson v. Jack Lisowski
NB 3.00 pm - Shaun Murphy v. Ricky Walden
NB 6.30 pm - Dominic Dale v. Matthew Stevens
NB 8.00 pm - Mark Williams v. Anthony Hamilton
* all hours are UK time

As always I invite you not to forget that EuroSport will be covering all these matches (more or less) and to wish you to enjoy the snooker that the lads are playing in the beautiful city of Dublin.

P.S. Have a lovely St. Patrick’s Day my dears! :-)