Northern Ireland Open 2016 – Day 3 aboard the Titanic, Ronnie survives a Whirlwind and John Higgins hits a maximum

Here is Worldsnooker report on Ronnie’s match, John’s high feat, his 8th maximum and Mark Allen’s progress. Other noticeable results were the victories of Sanderson Lam over Marco Fu, by 4-0, and of Akani Songsermsawad over Mark Davis , by 4-3. Akani is one to watch for sure.

Wednesday 16 Nov 2016 11:41PM

Ronnie O’Sullivan defeated Jimmy White in a clash between two of snooker’s greats at the Coral Northern Ireland Open in Belfast.abc-1024x682

The illustrious pair hadn’t met in ranking competition since the 2010 World Open and there was a fantastic atmosphere for their much anticipated encounter, the Titanic Exhibition Centre packed to the rafters.

The ten-time ranking event winner White was a big underdog going into the match, but he took the lead after producing the better safety in a tight opener. It didn’t take long for O’Sullivan to settle into the game. He produced a magnificent clearance of 141 to level at 1-1.  A fragmented third frame went the way of O’Sullivan and he pushed on to clinch a 4-1 victory courtesy of breaks of 68 and 95.

It was hard because I know Jimmy’s game so well and he knows mine so well. You think you know what to expect but he was playing a bit slower than he normally would tonight,” said O’Sullivan. “There were some decent spells in there and made some good breaks. 141 is great but equally winning the frame with two or three 30s is fine.

John Higgins continued his indomitable streak of form with by making the eighth 147 maximum of his career in a 4-1 win over Sam Craigie.

The four-time World Champion landed perfectly on the 15th black after a sublime back double to the left middle. He went on to deposit the remaining colours and put himself in line for a potential £10,000 prize.abc1-1024x682

Mark Allen ground out a 4-2 victory against world number 106 Michael Georgiou to keep his hopes alive of lifting the Alex Higgins Trophy on home soil. Neither player produced their best, but it was Allen who managed to get over the line with a 109 break to seal the win.

Allen said: “To win in front of my home fans would mean everything. This is like a second World Championship to me,” said Allen. “This is what snooker in Northern Ireland deserves and it would be great if I could give them something to celebrate on Sunday night.”

Liang Wenbo’s hopes of claiming the £1 million bonus attached to winning all four Home Nations events were ended with a defeat to Mark King. The English Open Champion had led 2-1, but three frames in a row from King were enough to ensure he got over the line with a 4-2 victory.

Worldsnooker put the link to Ronnie’s postmatch inteview on twitter, you can listen to it there.

Ronnie looked and sounded a bit flat and tired yesterday, I hope he will be better today because it’s potentially two matches for him, and everyone else, on day 4. I very much doubt he enjoyed that match against Jimmy, a close friend who is in huge danger to lose his professional status at the end of this season. Also I have my reservations about the venue and conditions. It’s extremely noisy inside the arena. Yesterday one of the commentators said that the noise was coming from the wind rattling the roof! Also, it seemed that Ronnie, and Mark Williams after him on the same table, had to hit the balls harder than usual to get desired position, and splits didn’t really work as usual; only too often the white stayed stuck. During the Ronnie match, the commentator said that the table was playing heavy, during the MJW match, his colleague spoke of “sticky conditions”. It was probably humid in there with a full house. Anyway …

Watch Ronnie v Jimmy here:

And John Higgins 8th maximum here:

All detailed results are on Cuetracker as usual.

One thought on “Northern Ireland Open 2016 – Day 3 aboard the Titanic, Ronnie survives a Whirlwind and John Higgins hits a maximum

  1. Fantastic Monique…. just watched BOTH videos… For someone who’s only 19 days older than Jimmy and grew up with the game and closely watching his career (Colin Morton days) that was a real pleasure to watch and then to watch John get that maximum at this late stage of his career was just poetry in motion…. Can’t thank you enough for putting these on here, All the best, Andy.

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