2021 Shoot Out – Ryan Day is your champion!

Ryan Day won the 2021 Shoot Out yesterday night, beating Mark Selby in the final

Congratulations Ryan Day!

All detailed ressults are on snooker.org

Here is the report by WST:

Shoot Out Triumph Makes Ryan’s Day

Ryan Day won the BetVictor Shoot Out for the first time with a superb break of 67 to beat Mark Selby in the final.

Having slumped to 50th in the world rankings, former world number six Day admitted that he had feared falling out of the top 64 and losing his professional status. But he has rescued his career by winning his third ranking title and landing the £50,000 top prize.

A talented and fluent break-builder, Day’s game is ideally suited to this event’s shot clock, though he had never before been to the final. This time the 40-year-old Welshman won seven ten-minute matches, culminating in a fine win over Selby, who missed out on a 20th ranking title.

Leicester’s Selby saw a streak of ten consecutive wins in ranking event finals come to an end, a sequence which stretched back five years. The world number four also missed the chance to become the first player ranked inside the top 16 to win the Shoot Out.

Selby had two early chances in the final but could only build a 24 point lead. After a safety exchange, Day slotted a tricky red into a centre pocket, and then used the last five minutes of the contest to build a match-winning break.

His previous ranking titles came at the 2017 Riga Masters and 2018 Gibraltar Open. After losing in the final in Gibraltar in 2019, he suffered a loss of form and confidence so severe that he hadn’t gone beyond the last 32 of a ranking event in almost two years.

So this triumph comes as a welcome relief for the Pontycymmer cueman. And the spin-offs are considerable as he leaps into the top 16 of the one-year ranking list and is sure of a place in the Cazoo Players Championship later this month, and he may also earn a spot in the Champion of Champions later this year.

He is up to third place in the BetVictor European Series, while Selby’s £20,000 runner-up prize keeps him in second and moves him closer to leader Judd Trump. The leader of that ranking list after the next two events will bank a £150,000 bonus.

Day said: “I am just delighted to win. I got lucky in the last 16 because Zhou Yuelong should have beaten me, he was 25 points ahead with only a couple of minutes left and if he had played safe I would have been on my way home now, but he missed the blue and left me a chance.

“Those are the kind of things you need to go your way in this event. Mark was unlucky in the final to run out of position, and when I got my chance I held myself together. It’s not snooker as we know it – but it’s still a great win for me and I will take a lot from it.

“Hopefully this will be the start of better things for me. It takes the pressure off in terms of my ranking. It was in my mind that if I had a stinker of a finish to this season then I could have dropped out of the top 64. You never know what this game might bring.

“The money is handy because I bought a hot tub for my family last week and it was more expensive than I thought!”

Selby said: “I had a couple of early chances and if I had landed on a red when I went into the pack off the black I might have won. But then Ryan made a great break under pressure. Ten seconds a shot is too quick for me but that makes it more fun for the television audience because they can see players panic.

“I played in this event last year with a crowd and it was fantastic. I knew there was no crowd this time but I wanted to play in it because it’s part of the BetVictor European Series and I needed to close the gap on Judd.”

Most of the players involved seemed to regret the absence of crowd, but, personally, I thought that it was a far better event without it. I watched most of it, as in previous years I usually gave up after a couple of matches. Eurosport did a great job of it.

I’m really happy for Ryan who is a fantastic player to watch when on form, and a very lovely person as well. He continues the trend… no top 16 player has won the event so far!

Here are a few shortvideos shared by WST and Europsport on twitter:

Ryan narrowly beat Zhou in the QFs

Mark Williams admitted to feel knackered after his efforts… 

Ryan Day wins the event in style

The Hit Parade of flukes…

And Liang Wenbo was particularly aggrieved after he touched the pink with the extended rest after potting a ball… it probably cost him the match



11 thoughts on “2021 Shoot Out – Ryan Day is your champion!

      • Oh so what did you think about him obsessing about ranking points? Cringe. Ronnie makes fun of this stuff.

      • I won’t tolerate any player bashing. Full stop. Ronnie wouldn’t want that either BTW. As for Selby “obession” … most players set themselves goals, something that motivates them. Selby has been open about the fact that he would love to regain his number 1 spot. In that ligh, it’s not surprising that he keeps an eye on the ranking points. The number one spot is a very long shot though. In the immediate future however, he’s not that far behind Trump in the race for the European series bonus and that is what he was about in this case.

      • but you don’t think that the rankings obsession is ludicrous? Ronnie’s been making fun of it for years so much so that it became awkward for other players…and here comes Selby, talking about wanting ranking points with a serious face, without any irony…probably just to say the opposite of whatever Ronnie says

      • Certainly not “just” to say the opposite to what Ronnie says. Mark Selby is a rather anxious person, that’s all. BTW, there was a time, around 2010/11/12 when Ronnie was obsessed with his ranking points too. It may not have been widely publicised, but I know because I was the one he was asking updates on what he needed, what would happen etc… (I’m a mathematician). That changed because of two things: the flat draw made the “top 16” less important to an extend, and people around him. notably Steve Peters and his then manager, helped him relax about it, stressing that if he played well enough, it would take care of itself without complex calculations.

      • yeah but I don’t remember this blog ever saying anything about Selby’s smug comments about Ronnie lately

      • And I won’t say anytthing. Why? Look… since 2009 and up to early 2016 Ihave been at most events on the tour, particularly, at nearly all of the PTCs and I have come to know a lot of the players quite well. Mark Selby is a depressive person. He is on medication for it since his teens. His mother abandoned him and his brother when they were young children, his father really did his best for the children and they were close. He died from cancer when Mark was 16. The council took back the house they inhabited, making the boys homeless. Mark’s brother had a gilrfriend and went to live with her family. Mark ended up “sofa surfing”. He got a lot of help from the Thorpe family, in particular Malcolm, Willie’s brother. Both Malcolm and Willie have died too. I think that’s enough to affect someone for life. Mark has ups and downs, and I feel that he isn’t well recently and hasn’t been for a while. There is a lot of negativity at the moment. What I read in his comments is that he hurts, he’s not in a good place and the current crisis and lockdown don’t help. I wouldn’t judge the man.

  1. Good for Ryan Day and I’m happy for him, but there is something amiss in his humongous leap on the one-way list and qualification for the Players’ Championship thanks to only 7 frames. At least he already has “proper” ranking titles.

    I predicted Selby to win after his glorious 16-2 victory earlier: it is a perfect tournament for excellent safeties and running down the clock. Well, I was almost right. 🙂

    • At least, it’s not as “amiss” as was kicking Williams out of the top 16 and him missing the Crucible as happened when Anthony McGill won it.

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