As I’ve said many times, I’m not the world’s greatest sports fan. But I do have a passing interest in a number of different games and snooker is definitely one of them.
You may remember that I even included a visit to the Crucible on my ‘to-do’ list. I’m hoping that I get a ticket for next year’s event, but I really do wish I’d gone this year. The standard of play has been incredible. It looks like this year’s tournament will have more century breaks than ever whilst I’m currently watching Ding Junhui set a semi-final record too.
The game that really had me on the edge of my seat, though, was the Ronnie O’Sullivan v Barry Hawkins match. Usually, I can sort of flicker in and out of watching a session. But those final four frames were pure drama; there was absolutely no way I could’ve pulled myself away. It was utterly absorbing. The Rocket delighted with three frames that only he could produce under the pressure of being 12-9 down. Then, Hawkins won the deciding tactical battle to end his 14-year wait for a win over his opponent. Sadly, his start to the quarter-final simply wasn’t good enough.
As it stands, Mark Selby is 8-8 with Marcu Fu. I think the Jester from Leicester will book his place in the final, but it’s been great to see Fu back amongst the big guns. It must have been a decade since he last made an impression in Sheffield. A final between him and Ding would certainly go down well in that part of the world.
I’ve promised to take the girls to the farm tomorrow, but I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on the climax to those semi-final encounters in preparation for the final over Sunday and Monday. Oh I do love it when you genuinely can’t tell who will win.
Being broadcast on BBC is nice too. Even if I lose out on the TV, BBC iPlayer should see me through. And I thoroughly suggest you join me by watching the action too.