Money raised for Disability Snooker

I had hinted at the fact that the Lincoln Exhibition last Friday would raise money for Disability Snooker. Here is the report by Matt Huart on the WDBS site. 

Money Raised For WDBS

Over £1,000 was raised for World Disability Billiards and Snooker (WDBS) last Friday an exhibition event held in Lincoln by Snooker Legends.

Featuring five-time world champion Ronnie O’Sullivan and BBC commentator John Virgo, the event was organised by former WDBS event winner Nigel Coton and saw the Rocket in top form as he made seven century breaks from nine frames, including a maximum 147 during the evening.

As had been agreed prior to the event, surplus funds raised will be donated to the WDBS. The money, totalling £1,147 will be incorporated into the overall prize fund for the inaugural WDBS Welsh Open, to be held at Redz Snooker Club on 30 June – 2 July 2017.

On hand to receive the donation on behalf of the WDBS were regular players Daniel Blunn and Joe Hardstaff, both of whom had the opportunity to meet and have photographs with O’Sullivan.

Well done to all!

Exhibition in Gosport – 7 May 2017

Ronnie was in Gosport yesterday night for a third exhibition in three days and it was again a great night. He won all his matches, had a 116 and two attempts at a maximum, ending on 96.

You can watch the last balls of the first one here:

He also got to play against Suzie Opacic, one of the leading Ladies players. Apparently It came as a surprise to Suzie that she was playing Ronnie as she didn’t even have her cue with her! But she totally enjoyed the occasion: read her account on her facebook page, it comes with some photos too!

Chuffed to bits to have had a frame against Ronnie O’Sullivan tonight with John Virgo as MC. I enjoyed every second of the 2 shots I had! 😂 Glued Ronnie to baulk cushion on first safety shot, he missed reds completely so I stuck him back in, I then missed a long red off his safety and he had 116 break. To have shared the baize with a pure genius of the game is a memory I’ll never forget!

And a few more pictures, posted by Jason Francis and fans

Jason also shared this video on youtube, it’s the 147 Ronnie made on Friday night in Lincoln. Enjoy!

9 frames, 7 tons including a 147 : Ronnie was in Lincoln!

May is exhibitions time in snooker, the main tour taking a break after the World Championship and Ronnie started with a bang!

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Yesterday evening he played in Lincoln, and made 7 centuries in 9 frames! Needless to say, the crowd and organisers were delighted!

You can watch the last balls of the maxi here (video shared on facebook by Snooker Legends):

The event was played in support of World Disability Billiard and Snooker and I’m particularly happy for the club owner, Nigel Cotton who is a disabled snooker player himself and a very good one!

Here are a few more pictures shared on social media by Jason Francis and fans:

 

tonight Ronnie will be in Turnbridge Wells

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Welsh Open 2017 – Stuart Bingham is your Champion!

Exactly as I expected, the Final went to a decider, although it didn’t look likely when Stuart Bingham lead 4-0 after the first mini session. But that’s the beauty of longer matches: there is time for twists and turns, for form to build up and doubts to creep in.

Here is the match report on Worldsnooker:

Sunday 19 Feb 2017 11:53PM

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Snooker legend Ray Reardon presented Bingham with the trophy

Stuart Bingham beat Judd Trump 9-8 in a thrilling Coral Welsh Open final to win his first title since becoming World Champion 21 months ago.

Bingham let slip a 4-0 lead and fell behind at 8-7, but won the last two frames to clinch the £70,000 top prize and the Ray Reardon Trophy. It was gripping stuff for a packed Motorpoint Arena in the closing stages as a succession of frames came down to the colours, and Bingham won just enough of them before making an excellent match-winning break in the decider.

The 40-year-old from Basildon landed the fourth ranking title of his career and ended a long wait for more silverware since his Crucible triumph in 2015.

By winning his first Welsh Open crown, Bingham buried the memory of the 2013 final in Newport when he was edged out 9-8 by Stephen Maguire. He stays at number two in the world rankings, still well behind Mark Selby.

Trump missed out on the chance to win two ranking titles in the same season for the first time, having landed the European Masters in October. He has now lost seven of his 13 ranking finals and six of his 11 meetings with Bingham. The 27-year-old from Bristol still moves up one place in the rankings to third thanks to his £30,000 runner-up prize.

Trump, playing in his first Welsh Open final, trailed 5-3 after the first session but quickly halved the gap tonight by dominating the first frame of the evening. He was first among the balls in frame ten but missed the black off its spot on 48 and Bingham punished him with a 63 clearance to go 6-4 up.

Runs of 41 and 27 gave Trump the next frame and he also won the 12th after laying a snooker on the final yellow, to draw level at 6-6 at the interval. Trump looked favourite in frame 13 until he went in-off while escaping from a snooker on the last red, and Bingham made a cool clearance to regain the lead.

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Bingham became a dad for the second time last month when wife Michelle gave birth to daughter Marnie

Frame 14 also came down to the last red, and this time Bingham escaped from a snooker but left the red over a baulk corner, allowing his opponent to level at 7-7. Trump then took the lead for the first time by winning an edgy 15th, potting the thinnest of cuts on the final green to a centre pocket and clearing to the pink. But Bingham hit back to win a tense 40-minute 16th, laying a snooker on the brown then making a clearance which included a doubled pink to a centre pocket.

Both players had chances early in the decider, and Trump was unlucky not to open the pack when potting the yellow when he led 25-24. After a brief safety exchange, Bingham fired in a long red and then kept his composure in a run of 55 which got him past the winning line.

I’m just thankful to get my hands on this trophy,” said Bingham, who has won four of his seven ranking finals. “I don’t know how I did it, maybe true grit and determination.

“I started really well but then Judd came out showing his true class. He came out all guns blazing tonight, I didn’t know where to put the white ball in the end. He plays one way and that is attack, that is why he is a big hit with the fans and a great snooker player.

“I honestly don’t know what got me over the line tonight, but I did it somehow.

“It means a lot to me, I had a tear in my eye when I was clearing up. All the practice, the determination and the friends and family supporting me. It has been a tough road from winning the World Championship, but that makes it ever sweeter to get my hands on another trophy.”

Trump said: “It isn’t too bad to take. At 4-0 down I was disappointed, but the rest of the match I was quite good. I dominated most of the frames, but threw away a few and that changed the match.

“You get punished at this level if you miss easy balls. I just fell a little bit short today. It was just the odd shot here and there that could have gone right and I would have won. I had my chances in the last frame and messed them up.

“I was probably the better player in tonight’s session. I just didn’t score heavily enough.

Congratulations Stuart Bingham!

And you have to watch this fantastic preview with Ray Reardon:

2017 Welsh Open: Ray Reardon interview (BBC)

The evening session ES preview:

MissingClip 2017 Welsh Open: preview of the Stuart Bingham – Judd Trump match (Session2, Eurosport)

Interesting frames:

2017 Welsh Open: Stuart Bingham – Judd Trump (frame 16)

2017 Welsh Open: Stuart Bingham – Judd Trump (final frame)

 

Irish Legends Cup 2017 – Team England wins the decider by 18-13

Team England won the “decider” in Goffs by 18-13. On the second day of the Cup, they steadily increased their lead, finishing session 3 on a 11-7 score, and bettering it to 16-10 after session 4. The Irish Team put on a gallant fight in the second part of the last session and in the black ball shootout out phase, but England needed on 2 more points by then, which Ronnie and Mark Selby provided!

With the line-up being all professional players this time, the quality of the snooker was very high, everyone played great. Jimmy White in particular played really, really well and if he can carry that to the professional competitions he has every chance to secure his professional status for the next two years through the one year list; he’s already well placed to do this. Mark Selby had the highest break, a 127 or 128 … not sure anymore. Everyone enjoyed themselves, the players as much as the crowd. The Irish crowd BTW was of course supporting their team, but showed great sporting spirit and appreciation for all the players performances.

Ronnie played well too, his safety game was outstanding at times. Only his long game wasn’t quite at its best level (yet). He won all but one of his single matches, and the one he lost probably provided the most exciting frame of the whole week-end. Ronnie had taken full advantage of Mark Allen’s weak-ish break-off and knocked in a long red followed by 8 other reds and 9 blacks. However, the split, from the 9th black, hadn’t really worked out that well and, although the balls were spread, he was on nothing easy, and in particular no red that would allow him to comfortably get back on the black next. He though long and hard about it, but, being the entertainer he is, eventually decided to attempt a difficult long red to the green bag, and to screw back for the black. He got the position, but not the pot. Mark Allen came to the table 72 behind, with 75 on … and cleared to win by 73-72. It was far from straightforward. In particular he didn’t land on the last pink as he wanted and had to go for a difficult pot, combined with a difficult positional shot. He made the pot but finished so close to the black it was nearly touching. He also thought long and hard and decided to try to pot the black anyway … and got it, prompting a massive roar from the crowd. Ronnie got his revenge when they met again in the next session, making no mistake this time and knocking in a 116 … Yes those events ARE competitive!

2017 Irish Legends Cup: Black ball shoot outs

Here are the pictures albums on facebook:

Session three

Session four (final session)

And here are some pictures of Ronnie in action:

Irish Legends Cup 2017 -England leads 7-5 at the end of day 1

And it certainly didn’t look that way when they trailed 5-2 after the first double of the second session! Mark Selby and Kyren Wilson are both debutants in the Legends Cups and none of them two had ever played in Goffs. It’s a very intimidating venue, often compared to a bear pit, and both needed time to find their foot in there. Actually Mark had failed to pot a single ball during the first session! He got teased relentlessly about it by John Virgo and Dennis Taylor.

Ronnie played very well in the balls, but wouldn’t be happy with his long potting, nor with the odd lapse of concentration that cost him a black off the spot. But he won both his single matches.

So England starts today with a 2 points lead, but it means very little when the goal is to reach 18 and you’re on 7 … Plenty of twists, turns and drama in store!

Here are the pictures albums on Facebook:

The first session

The second session

And some images of Ronnie in action yesterday, with pen and cue.