World Championship 2011 - Day 1 (part II)

10:31:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Mark Williams takes control of the match
Two more matches saw their first session ended, one of them being an all Welsh battle Mark Williams taking the lead 6-3 over his fellow-country Ryan Day, while the other one was pretty much an one-way match, Ali Carter dominating the strategist Dave Harold 8-1.

Even if Williams was the one who broke the ice by winning the opening frame and Day responded in the same way by drawing at 1-1, things weren’t going to be so equilibrated as the "Welsh Potting Machine" was entering the mid-session interval with a 3-1 lead over Day (breaks of 45 and 71).

Ryan Day needs to speed up his game
Still the German Masters champion wasn’t going to stop at this, after the break storming in and hitting in runs of 46 and 137 (wonderful clearance!) to cash the following two frames for a 5-1 scoreline. That’s when the Welsh Dragon that was kept in his chair for most of the day awaked and started potting those snooker balls, succeeding to win the next two frames and reduce the gap at just two points. However, Williams` 84 was going to put him thee frames in front, as the score was reaching 6-3 in his favor.

At the near table, Ali Carter was meeting the one and only strategist on tour, Big Dave Harold but unfortunately for the last named one his strategy making wasn’t that good as The Captain had no problems in flying away and almost reaching the victory. I say almost, because the first session can’t pick a winner, at least not officially ;-)

Captain Carter is flying away over Harold
Although it wasn’t a century break encounter, Carter succeeded in playing great snooker and took plenty advantage of Harold’s mistakes. Somehow, even though Dave had chances to win more than just a lonely frame, his breaks were constantly stopped by certain mistakes or misses, this giving Ali the prefect chance to get in there and steal those frames.
So, with breaks of 65, 66, 63, 69 and 64 (see a pattern here :-P ) Carter put his nose in front as to go 8-0 up against Harold, but Big Dave pulled one back with a beautiful 92 break (the man still has it) as to avoid a whitewash and set the partial scoreline at 8-1.