Crucible 2016: Ronnie beats David Gilbert by 10-7 in the last 32

Ronnie O’Sullivan (Eng) 10-7 David Gilbert (Eng)

Scores (Ronnie first): 35-67; 73(72)-5; 84(84)-0; 86(71)-46; 5-117(91); 76-56(56); 0-125(125); 80-49; 95(71)-22; 0-130(60,62); 75-47; 124(101)-0; 25-74; 47-66(61); 96(51)-4; 0-71(71); 76(72)-0

Referee: Jan Verhaas

Ronnie was given a tough game by David Gilbert, especially today in the second session. He won the first session by 6-3, and one could argue that David Gilbert had been a bit unlucky at times, especially when developping the pack, and the score could have been closer. Today, it was Ronnie who was a bit unlucky, also whilst trying to develop the pack, but he stayed patient and applied himself to eventually win 10-7. Overall his safety game was excellent.

Here are the match stats after 16 frames. As you can see not too shabby from either.

Ronnie-GilbertL32Stats.png

However, Ronnie refused to attend the post-match press conference, and he will almost certainly be disciplined for it. This comes as a surprise as Ronnie had fulfilled all his media duties on the “press day”, last Friday, and had no issues with the media whatsoever.

after the match Gilbert said:

“That is probably the best I’ll ever play without winning a game of snooker.

“It was an honour to play the legend that is Ronnie O’Sullivan. I know he wasn’t quite on top of his game but I feel like I learned a lot and I’ve got nothing to be disgraced about.

“There’s not a lot you can worry about when you play against Ronnie because you just expect to get punished every time something doesn’t go your way.”

source : the Guardian

You can watch the match again here

Session 1:

Session2:

Here re a few images from the match: the action pictures taken during the match are by Tai Chengzhe – thank you Tai- the ones taken before and after the match are mine