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WSC Last 32 v Barry Hawkins

In the last 32 at the Crucible I beat Barry Hawkins 10 - 9 in a thriller.

I had lost to Barry twice before in a deciding frame and when he came back
from 9 - 6 to 9 - 9 I feared the worst,
but when I got my final chance I compiled a good 40 odd break to clinch victory
and anyone who seen the end of the match
and my celebration will know how much it meant.

The 1st session finished at 4 - 4 after some good hard matchplay from both of us.
I was pleased to finish level having been 3 - 1 down at the interval.
I had a century in the first frame of the second day to lead 5 - 4, a great way to settle down.
I played very well to lead 8 - 5 but missed a red with the rest for 9 - 5
which allowed Barry in to make a great clearance to go 8 - 6.
In the next frame I responded with a 50 clearance to the pink to lead 9 - 6.

A combination of Barry's good play and a couple of missed opportunities by me lead to his comeback.
In the decider, Barry was unfortunate to get a bad bounce which left him with a tricky black
which just stayed out and from there I managed to do enough to clinch victory

It was my first time to win a match at the Crucible since 2000
and I had played very well and knew if I beat John
I would be back in the top 32 for next season.



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