World Championship Day 3 - Snail cue-action
|Monday is snails race at the Crucible|
|Davis records an important victory|
Their first session ended on a pretty clear note about who's the boss (6-3 in favour of Davis) and things went from bad to worse during the last one.
Although the Scotsman managed to hit a great 92 break at the start of the session and give his fans a bit of hope, Davis took the next one after Higgins missed a black at 57 and when the 2011 world champion dared to dream (with a break of 69) for a 7-5 scoreline, Davis fought back with runs of 81 and 47 to move just one step away from the finish-line.
|Four-times world champ, J.Higgins out from the 1st round|
Interestingly enough another partial upset, if I may say so (because the match isn't over yet), featured Stephen Maguire and Thailand's Dechawat Poomjaeng, after their first session the last named one leading the way, 5-3.
Two important runs of 72 and 59 were giving Dechawat a 2-0 lead, while Maguire only managed to reply with a 69 in order to win his first frame of the day.
|Thailand's Dechawat on his way to causing an upset|
Just as the first session was coming to an end (just eight frames were played), Stephen pulled back a frame to freeze the scoreboard at 5-3.
Amongst our "snail players" we had Mark Allen and Mark King, two great players, but who felt the need to slow things down a bit.
Starting their last session with King's slightly 5-4 advantage, to which Allen levelled up after a 42-minute frame, the lads threw themselves in a game of scrappiness and safety shot battles.
Punishing King for his mistakes, Allen succeeded to take control of the match at 7-5, but just as the interval kicked off the Englishman pulled back a frame with a bit of help from runs of 43 and 40.
After the mini-break the lads went hand-in-hand for eight apiece, moment when everything changed and King took control of the match with a top break of 81 for a 9-8 lead, followed by a definitive frame that concluded his 10-8 victory.
With a first session ended on a 6-2 scoreline, Dotty and Ebdon re-started their cue-crossing at full speed. Neaaah, I'm just joking. Of course it took them so much time that the organisers decided to add one extra session just for the sake of it (or was it because another match has to start? hm ... I can't really decide).
Anyway, jokes aside the lads surely took their time in deciding who wins what, even though Ebbo used the first four frames to draw level at 6-6 (top breaks of 36, 39, 36 and 29 were used in the process).
|Dotty prevails a real test of endurance|
Late in the night the players started their third session, which proved to be deadly for Ebdon, as Dott used just a top break of 100 for a 10-6 final result and a place in the second round.
Ali Carter and Ben Woollaston were also amongst those playing at the Crucible on Monday, after one session The Captain leading Ben 5-4. The match will resume today from 7pm (UK time).
Note: most of the mean things I've said in this piece are due to a crappy day at work :-P