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Angle and the whirlwind here, the method behind Ronnie continues when the frame is lost.
Ronnie leads in a yellow center area to the green bag so that Trump needs snooker. The balls are placed well enough, but Trump leaves the green on the lower left and O’Sullivan drills it home, followed by the brown. That’s a couple of frames from O’Sullivan, and that finale is still pending. The players are now taking a 15-minute break, after which we’re back to the final.
What a response from Trump putting the black back in place after stunning it along the rail and bottom left. A blue with the last red brings him to 37; If he can break up the colors he’ll pinch the frame around a point, but if he tries to go around the table and land on it, he’ll sneak full behind the blue! This is surprisingly careless and unnecessary, as he could easily have screwed back out of the blue to give a left-hander a shot from the east in the green pocket. Trump escapes him and lands safely; Those six colors are huge now.
This is excellent from O’Sullivan, bringing forth half a century in no time. It’s both controlled and easy going. He drives through a pot on a red to distribute others everywhere and ends up randomly on the brown. However, since only one color and another red is required, he misses the yellow. There are 67 left, and Trump has a chance to steal this.
Exactly then, huge framework ahoy, when this finale has a realistic chance to get on the wire. Trump gets the first look after O’Sullivan’s demolition, but can’t drop red to the bottom right and he lets one to the right in the middle. O’Sullivan says so, followed by a long brown in the lower left, and he’s right in it; A red at the bottom right brings it to 20 and moves into the bottom of the pack, putting several red wines in pot positions. He does it here and is obviously not in the mood to go to bed tonight and wonder.
Both players miss a chance in a long security fight before O’Sullivan jams red over the green bag by playing pillow first. This is a frame winning shot as he clears the table at 48 to win a potentially crucial frame.
A break from 33 puts O’Sullivan back in the frame, but while he takes a huge setback while potting the blue, he can’t interfere with the remaining four reds on the left pillow. Ronnie then tries a double and misses; Judd does the same and doubles you in the middle right, but can’t land on a color.
Another brilliant black with the white near the bottom pillow that survives a kick in contact is in the lower right center. However, it left Trump out of position and he plays it safe after a 40 break. In his first bad shot of the night, he puts a red in the bottom left that O’Sullivan turns on. If he is to have a chance here at all, Ronnie just has to steal this framework.
Trump is testing Ronnie’s security game here at the beginning of Nov.. Frames in a lengthy exchange. It’s a close fight that Judd eventually wins if he shoots a shot into nowhere and lands directly on the yellow in the center right. This is excellent stuff from number one in the world; O’Sullivan needed a good start tonight, and Trump has strongly denied that. A great black from a tight angle near the bottom pillow brings him to 24, and he turns that chance into a frame-winning one.
Due to fouls and free-wheeling pots, O’Sullivan gets 51 on the board. It’s all pointless as Trump is now leading by four frames.
Trump adds 36. While he is doing this, O’Sullivan returns to the table, even though there are only 43 on the table. This hasn’t upset Trump all day, but we’re moving on; Trump will be mentally preparing to clean up this match before the break.
A bad shot by O’Sullivan leaves Trump red with the rest of the bottom right in the middle. It’s in, and Trump is quickly adding the 12 it takes to get out of O’Sullivan and need snooker. He will soon be four frames ahead, two to win.
The break goes to 35 when Trump cracks the pink in the middle right center. If the pink needs to be put back on the table as close as possible, it blocks the path to Judd’s intended next red, so he calmly cuts one in the left center instead. He’s fighting a bit for position here, but he’s bringing his half century to the left center with a nice dead red. The break ends at 55, however, as he ultimately loses his battle for position and O’Sullivan is back at the table.
O’Sullvan breaks off and leaves Trump red in the lower right. That soon slipped into his pocket, whereupon Trump from the green comes back from the table. There is a really good selection of six free shades of red for Trump to work with and he walks around the table like a man determined to win this match as soon as possible.
Ronnie explains what’s left of a 51 that gets his arm moving. Trump restores his lead to three frames.
Trump cannot convert red along the rail, so his pause ends at 89. Ronnie is right to return to the table as he was short of table time tonight, but it’s Judd who is about to extend his lead.
At 59, Trump plays a perfectly judged cannon on two shades of red near the black spot when he sheds the pink, and both are available now. That’s the shot that wins this frame.
Trump is taking his break at 34. He took the initiative here brilliantly, even though there are enough red wines in awkward positions to give O’Sullivan the hope of coming back to the table in this context.
An early chance for O’Sullivan in this context as Trump steps in when playing a security. O’Sullivan reaches for a gun barrel, which is currently red in the lower left, but misses it and lets Trump in. The first red goes in; it leaves Trump firmly on the side pillow, from where he finds a stunning pot on the black to turn it into a scoring chance. That’s a wonderful shot.
The first six frames of this game were tense and full of errors. in the last two, Trump made a 128 and O’Sullivan hit a 130 in response. That was the standard we had hoped for before the game. So let’s hope players can stay in or around this zone now.
People say this game is played in mini-sessions. As I said, people are usually gamers and ex-gamers, it’s a maxim worth mentioning. We have four frames before the break tonight and if Ronnie can win 3-1 we will have a best of five for the title.
Judd Trump and Ronnie O’Sullivan will be back at the table shortly. It’s the first through nine for the Alex Higgins Trophy as champion Trump’s defense is drawing closer after the afternoon’s 5-3 win. Make yourself comfortable and enjoy the resolution of a fascinating game.
We’re back for Trump’s second and final appearance against O’Sullivan at the Northern Ireland Open (in, ahem, Milton Keynes). .
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It’s been an exciting afternoon of snooker, and that slow burner of a finale has really taken off in the last two frames. Trump will be pleased with his lead and will be the slight favorite for the title, while O’Sullivan, 5-3 behind, has the second-best result of the session. With two centuries in the last two pictures, the evening event is perfectly prepared. Join us again at 6. 45.00 for the final of the Northern Ireland Open.
A brilliant 130 from O’Sullivan – it would be 137, but he’s going to start potting the black one – reduces Trump’s lead to two frames and ends that session.
The rooster is running now as Ronnie secures the frame and then his sixth century of the tournament.
O’Sullivan is doing half a century, his first of the day, but he almost runs out of position walking in and out of the blue and catching the brown along the way. He pulls out a tight red in the lower right to keep his break and should seal it from here.
O’Sullivan tries a double on a red in the center left at the start of the eighth frame, safe in the knowledge that it was the only ball he could get out of, but he rolls off his ankles and lands safely. This is followed by a few minutes of cage security, with both players fully aware of the size of this frame. It’s O’Sullivan who gets the first chance when he jams a red in the center right and comes back on the table for the blue. It’s a good table, with the black in both bottom corners, and it’s going to pack early to make a split that works perfectly and could win the frame if it can find its touch here. Aggressive and positive game of the world champion.
Judd clears everything up for an excellent 128. He restores his lead to three frames and the last of the session is now huge for Ronnie.
A blue with the 14th. Red brings Trump to 100 and this is the kind of game we were expecting for this final.
The tenth red brings Trump to 69 and O’Sullivan needs snooker. Can he convert that to a bin?
It’s Judd who gets away first in the seventh and puts a red in the lower right pocket. There are few better sounds in snooker than this type of ball-to-bag connection. He’ll be up to 30 years old in no time and then pick a plant right under the pink to keep things going. A few shots later, he’s looking into the pack to develop more red and this is a chance to bank the frame even if O’Sullivan continues to play despite needing five or more snookers.
O’Sullivan adds 31 which puts him well behind the winning post, and he reduces his deficit to two frames. That was a great setting for him; 4-4 would be perfect, of course, but he would probably lose 5-3 considering how he has played so far today.
Trump gets in and only eight and then goes in for his safety after losing his position. The table is really awkward now after O’Sullivan missed a couple of missed pots and an exchange reminiscent of his World Cup semifinals with Mark Selby. However, O’Sullivan steps in by hovering in the lower left in a well-timed red that positions the white on top of the black.
O’Sullivan shoots in the sixth frame and quickly collects 33 before a deep shot at a red goes horribly wrong and he hits the white right over the object ball. That’s four for Trump. Ronnie gets down the next few shades of red, but he can’t land on one color; Judd can only add five of his own as an answer, and that suddenly got a bit scratchy.
What a great shot of Trump sinking the brown and moving the blue from the side pillow to a pot position in the center left. That soon disappears, as does the pink, and he extends his lead to three frames.
Trump makes 23, but misses the third of the last red in the lower left and puts it up for Ronnie in the upper right. It’s a chance to win the frame but O’Sullivan can’t pot the red leaving it right in the center left for Judd. That could be a critical mistake. Trump clears out the remaining reds to be level in the frame and then the blacks to continue. He needs up to and including blue to win the frame.
This is a great feat from O’Sullivan, who made 43 out of a devilishly difficult table but after freeing the black he missed a green in his own pocket and gave Trump a chance to counter.
We’re back in Milton Keynes, and this fifth frame is huge for O’Sullivan. After Trump fouled and potted the first few shades of red, he appears to be in control of the table until O’Sullivan pats in a long red and lands on the pink in the center left. This is the frame’s first chance to score and a nasty one with the blues and blacks currently out of service.
Trump fouls again before the last red is dispatched. Pink and yellow follow before missing the green; nevertheless we continue. O’Sullivan pots the green, Trump the brown, before O’Sullivan returns to pot the blue and pink. That is the end of the frame. Trump won’t mind holding out for the break as he’s the one in the lead. The players now have a 15-minute break, just like me.
The blue of Trump makes Ronnie need snooker. He’s missing a black guy and O’Sullivan will continue playing this week but there are only 59 left. He replies with 13 throwing up a red, but he has to take a color with it and instead decides to put Trump behind the pink. A foul draws, but he’s miles behind; These are weird tactics from O’Sullivan this week, but everything is within the law.
Rhythmic play from Trump that is now flowing. Half a century is in the bank, and there are enough reds out there to sort that frame in one fell swoop.
Trump gets the first chance in the fourth frame, slides in a red to the bottom right and then picks up a blue to the right in the middle, although the white is tight against the side cushion. He starts putting his break together, and from the blue that brings him to 26, he forces the pack of reds into a nice breakup. The pink is safe through this, but black and blue are available.
Oh my word! O’Sullivan scolds another, misses the green in the lower left by a mile, watches it fall off four pillows, and then falls to the center left. Out of the ordinary. He adds the brown and then a difficult cut to a blue, and he’s on the board in that final.
After a foul trying to escape a snooker, O’Sullivan tosses the last red in the green pocket after flipping the white around the blue to catch it! It’s a touch, but he can’t capitalize as he loses his position on the green and has to play it safe.
Trump clips in a nice red on 32 to keep his hiatus up. Then he comes back from the green to the table, but cannot convert the remaining red on the rail, which runs safely at the bottom right after spitting out. This is now a tremendous scope to win, even at this stage of a personal best of 17.
O’Sullivan puts in another long red and then goes back in with a red in the center right. However, he can only add 13 as he is missing a red with the rest of the bottom left. Disgusted, he scornfully pushes the said calm back under the table. It’s not an easy table for Trump, with two shades of red near the bottom pillow, but he has a chance to steal this one.
That break is just before O’Sullivan, but it’s exciting to see him cobble them together. It comes in almost at the center right and later nails an enormously long blue into the green pocket to keep things going. At 32, however, it falls apart as it misses a false red in the lower left. In better news for him, he left Trump nothing to do.
This is more like O’Sullivan rolling a long red near the dead weight of the baulk line to the bottom right. Can he start here? It’s early morning but this already feels like a big visit as part of this game.
Trump pots the penultimate red, but misses the black. O’Sullivan continues to play like he has all week even though it takes six snookers to win. He’s more interested in getting his arm over here and adds 10 before going in and out. Judd pockets the green and measures the brown, but it goes on. O’Sullivan sheds the brown, and later pink, blue, and black, but it’s Trump’s frame and he’s two frames ahead.
That is already tense. Trump fouls O’Sullivan and throws a red, but misses another black from his place. However, on his next visit, he marked a long red, and that was Frame Ball. O’Sullivan returns to the table at 43.
It’s been half a century for Trump to have the faster of the two players here. The pink and black are tied here, and the remaining reds are awkward, so there’s still a lot of work to be done to wipe this frame down on a visit. Trump then leaves a black in the pines in the lower left, a really bad mistake, and it’s a chance for O’Sullivan. While he can only add eight and leave a red over the pine trees, Trump will pollute the black trying to turn the white to pot it. O’Sullivan has no way to simple red and no other pot and reinstates Trump. This is really surprising as Trump has already tried it. It’s a risk and it fails. Trump pots the red and then plays it safe.
Judd leaves Ronnie a hard red along the railing behind the black that he can only hang in the pines on the lower right. That could be expensive and Trump is quickly earning points. A black takes him to 30, whereupon he numbs the pack to release more reds.
Bad security from O’sullivan leaves Trump a long blue stab in the yellow pocket. It’s there and the pink follows to secure the first frame.
O’Sullivan adds 32 but cannot comfortably land on the blue that is near the pillow above the center left. He plays it safe and it is now blue and pink that both players must win this opening frame.
Well; Trump adds 16 but is handicapped and shows up on a straight red via the pink. A kick to boot means he rattles the red in the pines in the lower right and leaves it there; Can Ronnie still pinch this frame at 51?
A cross-double attempt by O’Sullivan fails and Trump remains red in the yellow bag that he devours. Trump can only add four before we’re back in the safety game, however. Another good snooker from Trump draws another nine points and Ronnie leaves him behind after his third escape attempt.
Trump replies with 24 before losing his position and having to play it safe. After an exchange of fire, Trump throws a red while playing against Baulk before putting O’Sullivan behind the brown. That pulls four out of an attempt to escape before O’Sullivan cuts off a red one and sends the white safe to the side pillow.
O’Sullivan is the first to fall in a middle red in the lower left after Trump left the white just before the bulk line. He’s already flying and fast up to 23 but misses a pink high on the middle right ankle. That leaves Trump in and has the chance to counter.
MC Phil Seymour introduces the players. O’Sullivan gets out first before his intro music starts. He looks sharp here. Trump is soon to follow and we are ready to go; Let’s get into that.
Ronnie fought in the first mini-session of his semi-final yesterday. He was 3: 1 behind, missed everything and was always angry with his cue tip. When he came back after the break, he shot Ali Carter off the table with five breaks of 50 plus and won 6-3. As for Judd, he’s doing well. He’s done at least the last four of every tournament this season, winning the English Open and getting a 147 earlier this week.
Today it’s best of 17 for the Alex Higgins Trophy. Our afternoon session contains eight of these frames with an interval between four sessions.
Much remains unsaid in life, so let’s get this out of here: This match will effectively determine who exactly is here and how the greatest player in the game is. Judd is the runaway world number one while Ronnie is the reigning world champion. This is the first time they have met in a final since Trump won that title by defeating O’Sullivan in Belfast a year ago. It adds a wonderful undercurrent to the already fascinating finale.
This is the third year in a row that these two have met in the finals of this competition. Trump has won these two previous meetings. If he can win today, he will be the first player since Stephen Hendry in 1996 to win the same ranked tournament three times in a row. For O’Sullivan, it’s a chance to win one of the few tournaments he hasn’t had a chance at, and complement his record of 37 wins in ranked events.
Welcome to live coverage of the Northern Ireland Open Final from his temporary home at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. If you were planning on seeing anything other than this finale today, put it aside because we have a belt for you. At 1 p.m. Judd Trump and Ronnie O’Sullivan will be on the table to determine the destination of the trophy.
Ronnie O’Sullivan made it to the Northern Ireland Open final, where he will face Judd Trump after battling five frames in a row en route to a 6-3 win over Ali Carter.
Carter took a 3-1 lead in the middle of the session but the rocket was just too good as he was at his best after the break.
And the rocket hits Trump in the final after world number 1 defeated David Grace 6-2 on Saturday night.
The defending champion rattled off 57, 91, 101, 59 and 92 to arrange a third final meeting with O’Sullivan straight away.
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