'Give the old man a chance' – White crashes out of Snooker Shoot Out to Lam

Jimmy White’s participation in the Snooker Shoot Out lasted 10 minutes as he was comprehensively outplayed by Sanderson Lam.

The Whirlwind was given brilliant support by the crowd at the Morningside Arena, but he could not rise to the occasion. It went badly from the first shot, as White hit the blue full in the face off his break, and Lam cashed in with a break of 38.

From that point, White was chasing the game and balls did not fall his way.

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A wag in the crowd said “give the old man a chance”, and White was presented with one opening but he missed a red by some distance as Lam played sensible snooker to advance to the second round.

“I did a really bad break, but did not mind it so much as the red wasn’t easy and if he missed it I’d have had a chance,” White said on Eurosport. “It was not to be I’m afraid.”

Yan Bingtao suffered a shock loss at the hands of Mark Joyce, who was hugely impressive in putting together a break of 79.

Ding Junhui was forced to pull out on the morning of the event after feeling unwell. Ryan Davies was drafted in as his replacement, and he had a huge chance to knock out Barry Hawkins but missed a blue late in the frame with victory within touching distance.

Kuldesh Johal is now operating on the seniors circuit, and recently ended the career of the great Cliff Thurburn. He showed he can cut it with the youngsters, as he claimed a 45-33 win over 2019 champion Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.

Barry Pinches is a firm fans’ favourite at the Shoot Out, and he broke into his customary jog round the table on a couple of occasions in his 55-1 win over Ross Muir.

Mark Allen was one of the bigger names on show on Friday afternoon, and he eased to a 74-4 win over Ashley Carty, while his fellow top-16 member Stuart Bingham beat Mark Davis 90-0.

Afternoon results

  • Ashley Carty 4-74 Mark Allen
  • Barry Pinches 55-1 Ross Muir (a)
  • Iulian Boiko 1-67 Robbie Williams
  • Tian Pengfei 47-7 Rebecca Kenna
  • Stuart Bingham 90-0 Mark Davis
  • Noppon Saengkham 45-69 Daniel Womersley
  • Mitchell Mann 32-21 Xiao Guodong
  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 33-45 Kuldesh Johal (a)
  • Ryan Davies 21-27 Barry Hawkins
  • Michael Georgiou (a) 93-30 Si Jiahui (a)
  • Duane Jones 47-39 Xu Si
  • Mark Joyce 79-61 Yan Bingtao
  • Zhang Jiankang 17-66 Zhang Anda
  • Jamie Clarke 38-10 Ben Hancorn
  • Andrew Pagett 35-17 Liam Graham (a)
  • Jimmy White 5-56 Sanderson Lam (a)

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Jimmy White vs Judd Trump's Eurosport Masters shot of the championship pot

Judd Trump was awarded Eurosport’s Masters shot of the championship, and it proved too tricky even for Jimmy White.

During his win over Kyren Wilson in the quarter-finals, Trump went for a long red to the bottom left with the white tight to the baulk cushion.

That alone was a high enough tariff, but he put some sauce on top by attempting to flick another red off the left cushion and bringing the white out into play.

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The world No. 2 executed it to perfection, and it impressed Ronnie O’Sullivan in the Eurosport studio.

“Just potting the red is good enough,” O’Sullivan said. ”But to get the other red off and a half-ball cannon to get the white out. That is as pure as they come.”

White is never one to pass up a challenge and he attempted to recreate the effort, albeit he was not too confident.

“I am keeping my jacket on so I have an excuse,” White said.

In fairness to White, the red wriggled in the jaws of the pocket before being spat out.

“I’d stop there,” advised O’Sullivan.

White is not one to throw in the towel, and he took off the jacket for two further attempts but he could not produce what Trump had done.

We cannot comment as to whether White is still attempting the pot.

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'I’d like to see it stay at Sheffield' – White and O'Sullivan back Crucible for World Championship

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Jimmy White feel the World Championship should remain at the Crucible in Sheffield.

The Masters is taking place at Alexandra Palace this week, and the amazing atmosphere has led to calls for snooker’s flagship event to be moved to the capital.

Judd Trump said following his win over Kyren Wilson, admittedly in the heat of the moment, that he would like all tournaments to be played at Alexandra Palace.

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Other players have floated the idea of the World Championship moving to north London, but O’Sullivan and White are not convinced.

“Do they have the facilities here?” White said on Eurosport. “There’s not many hotels, but the actual playing conditions when it gets to a one-table situation… The Crucible has two tables and you could probably do it here, it is big enough also to have the qualifiers and all the matches.

“I’d like to see it stay at Sheffield as it made snooker, but when that contract comes up it might move to somewhere like the Ally Pally.”

O’Sullivan echoed White’s sentiment, despite suggesting a move to Alexandra Palace would benefit him personally.

“It is a great venue, but I am like Jimmy, Sheffield and the Crucible is a special tournament,” O’Sullivan said.

“You’d have to look at the facilities, the hotels, getting in and out, would it be suitable for the players? Probably not.

“I only live 20 minutes up the road so it is probably ideal for me, but as a tournament as a whole I think Sheffield is a great place to host the World championship.”

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Judd Trump is reaping the benefits of hard work, and will be tough to shift for the rest of the Masters field – according to Neal Foulds and Jimmy White.

Trump backed up his 6-5 win over Mark Allen in the first round, in which he played superbly, with a 6-1 victory over Kyren Wilson in the quarter-finals.

The level of performance against Wilson was not as good as what he produced against Allen, but he played excellent match-snooker and gained his reward.

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“It is not all about centuries, it is about hard, match-play snooker,” White said on Eurosport. “Trump looked very focused in that match.

“He’s the type of player who if he got to the final, he could turn it on and play unplayable snooker. He has that in his locker.”

Wilson was in awe of a shot Trump played when leading 2-1, and it also impressed White.

“That red he played where he knocked it off the side cushion, it is such a difficult shot to play,” White said. “But make no mistake, Judd Trump with his brother will put up 200 long reds in a practice session and all of a sudden these shots become easy to play when they are so difficult. For an average player, a shot like that is maybe one in ten. For these guys, it is eight or nine out of ten as they put in the work, and once it is in the tank it comes out in a match situation.”

Foulds was impressed with how Trump went about his win over Wilson, and feels he is the man to beat at Alexandra Palace.

“His highest break was 76, but he made a lot of telling breaks,” Foulds said. “He can be vulnerable early on, he showed that against Mark Allen where he could easily have lost, but if he can get through those early rounds, he is usually a dangerous prospect.

“Once he is there and entrenched in the tournament, he is the man to beat.

“He is a winner and a class player, and now he is still in and here for the weekend, he is going to take a lot of shifting now.”

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Jimmy White believes Ronnie O’Sullivan will be ‘gutted’ to have lost to Neil Robertson, after putting in “a lot of work” on his Masters preparation.

After winning the World Grand Prix in December to snap a 16-month run without a trophy, O’Sullivan arrived at the Alexandra Palace in upbeat mood.

After spending the best part of two years downplaying his desire to win, he spoke positively about making a push for the title.

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O’Sullivan said in his post-match interview that he was not disappointed to lose, but White feels that is a smokescreen.

“The way he played in parts of that match against Jack Lisowski, it looked like he could win that tournament quite easily,” White said in the Eurosport studio. “He did not start off well.

“Neil Robertson lost position a few times, but potted some great balls and was determined to keep his breaks going.

“Sometimes you are sitting in your seat thinking you might have a chance, but the balls Neil Robertson potted got him over the line.

O’Sullivan will be gutted, make no mistake about that. He has put a lot of work in for this tournament and it did not work for him.

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'Very easy on the eye' – White expects crowd to back Trump like they do O'Sullivan

Judd Trump edged out Mark Allen in a thriller in the first round of the Masters, had the crowd lapping up his post-match interview, and Jimmy White feels the world No. 2 excites in the same way as Ronnie O’Sullivan.

Trump hit three centuries and a break of 88, but he needed to win a final-frame decider against Allen to progress.

Allen squandered a chance to move 5-3 ahead in the race to six and also got two bites in the decider, but was unable to get the job done.

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Trump was delighted to get over the line, saying he was spurred on by the crowd, and White feels he will get major backing at Alexandra Palace.

“The crowd always appreciates Judd Trump, a bit like Ronnie O’Sullivan,” White said on Eurosport. “He’s an exciting player to watch.

“He plays all these fantastic shots, such great cue power. He also has a lot of finesse when in the balls and is very easy on the eye.”

A normally reserved Trump pumped his fist when pinching the eighth and again when sealing the win.

White feels the show of emotion is a clear indicator that Trump is determined to push for the title.

“He wants to win this tournament,” White said. “It means so much to him, that’s why you got the fist bump at 4-4 and also at the end.”

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Neal Foulds feels the fist pumps came because Trump knew he was so close to a first-round exit.”

“Judd Trump looked like going 5-3 down, and that’s why I think this meant more to him as it looked like he was going out,” Foulds said. “He won a frame needing snookers; got the job done.

“He missed out on the event last year so he is back at a venue he has won at before, beat O’Sullivan in the final, so great memories for him.”

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Judd Trump wowed the crowd with a century break in the opening frame of his win over Mark Allen at the Masters, which included a party piece on the pink.

Anything you can do, I can do better, thought Jimmy White in the Eurosport studio.

At the mid-session interval, White made his way to the practice tables for his own shot at being the magician.

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With Trump and Ronnie O’Sullivan on the adjacent practice tables, the pressure was on the Whirlwind to produce.

Setting the scene, Neal Foulds said: “Judd has a lot of cue power, but Jimmy has always been exactly the same – bundles of cue power.”

After White played the pink, with backspin to send it up and down the table, Foulds added: “Not bad Jim, I have to say. Still got it.”

To which White replied: Thanks Neal. I am buying the curry tonight, am I?”

After hitting the shot to near, perfection. White said: “It’s like when you hit a golf ball, you get that sound. It’s similar with a snooker ball, you are hitting the sweet spot. When you go through the ball, you get that sound.”

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'He looks a different player' – White impressed by O'Sullivan

Ronnie O’Sullivan made an impressive start to his Masters challenge with victory over Jack Lisowski, and Jimmy White feels the Rocket looks a different player compared to earlier in the season.

After winning the World Championship in August 2020, O’Sullivan went over 16 months without getting his hands on a trophy.

His battling win over Neil Robertson in the final of the World Grand Prix last month snapped that record, and his first outing since was his 6-1 win over Lisowski.

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O’Sullivan was in red-hot form against Lisowski, and he said following the win that he had been working hard on his game.

Those comments were in stark contrast to interviews over the past year in which he had said he was not concerned about winning.

It appears the hunger is back, and White feels that is a positive sign for the seven-time Masters champion.

“He said he’s the best player, has the best record at the Masters, come after me,” White said in the Eurosport studio in summing up O’Sullivan’s post-match interview. “There’s no talk of road trips.

He’s been here practising hard; it is good to see. It means he is enjoying his snooker and he has that winning formula.

“He’s showing that by winning the Grand Prix, the only thing missing since winning the World Championship…he’d been in five finals and winged it on natural talent.

“He’s been working hard, got the victory and that has cemented his confidence and he looks a different player.”

White feels O’Sullivan is reaping the rewards of some hard work behind the scenes.

“To win tournaments, especially the Triple Crown events, you have to put in the work and do everything right and he has done that for the last couple of months,” White said.

O’Sullivan faces Robertson in the quarter finals of the Masters on Thursday afternoon, with the match live on Eurosport.

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Jimmy White was stunned by a remarkable comeback from David Lilley in the semi-finals of the UK Seniors Championship in Hull.

White, the 2017 winner of this competition, dropped the first frame as Lilley tonned up with a fine break of 109, but took the three that followed and appeared set to secure his place in the final as he found fluency around the baize.

The 59-year-old was among the balls in frame five and had his chance to seal victory, but Lilley pounced on an error to fire in a 96 and keep the match alive.

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And it proved the turning point, Lilley securing a dramatic 4-3 victory in a low-scoring deciding frame despite brushing the black with his waistcoat.

The match was a repeat of last year’s World Seniors Championship final, and the two players exchanged words regularly in a match containing apparent ill-feeling.

Lilley had also emerged triumphant on that occasion, winning his first ever professional tournament in Sheffield having held off White’s late charge.

He will face Peter Lines in the final after his fellow Englishman completed a 4-2 win over Ken Doherty.

Doherty had ended the run of Stephen Hendry at the in a scratchy quarter-final late on Thursday night, and again struggled for consistent scoring.

Lines led 2-0 before Doherty was able to hit back and level, but a final break of 51, the highest of the match, ensured that Lines would progress.

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Jimmy White cruised into the semi-finals of the UK Seniors Snooker Championship with a 4-1 win against Wayne Cooper.

Though unable to make a break of genuine frame-sealing substance at a single visit, White scored consistently throughout the contest, bounding into a 3-0 advantage.

The 2017 winner of this competition had his chance to progress without blemish but Cooper rallied, taking a prolonged fourth frame after a safety exchange to stay in the tournament.

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The match looked far from over when White squandered two opportunities to seal while amongst the balls, but a missed brown from Cooper allowed White back in and he duly knocked in the required balls to reach the last four.

“I started off very good, but I missed a couple of easy balls to go 3-0 up,” White, told the BBC. “It was a bit of a scrappy match. [It was] lucky for me he missed the brown.”

White will face David Lilley for a place in the final after the 46-year-old completed a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Joe Johnson.

Breaks of 76, 74, 58 and 59 secured Lilley the win amid a sloppy performance from former world champion Johnson, who struggled both with his potting and safety play and registered a high break of 29.

It sets up a rematch of the 2021 World Seniors Championship final, when Lilley ended White’s hopes of a three-peat to secure his first professional title.

“He beat me in Sheffield – he went 3-0 up and I managed to get it back to 5-3,” White said of a chance to take on Lilley. “It was a good game and hopefully it will be a good game tomorrow.”

Also making reasonably unencumbered progress into the last four is Peter Lines, who beat Kuldesh Johal 4-1.

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Lines took a back-and-forth opener before Johal capitalised on a foul to level proceedings.

But three successive frames, including breaks of 60 and 69, took Lines through.

He will face the winner of the encounter between Stephen Hendry and Ken Doherty in the last four.

The veterans collide 25 years on from their famous 1997 World Championship final at the Crucible, when Doherty claimed his only world title.

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