Betfred TV’s Mark Pearson
The Bangles were almost right in their 1986 hit, but it wasn’t JUST another Manic Monday at the Crucible yesterday however, manic it certainly was!
Where do we begin?
Well, the crowd certainly got fantastic value for money on this middle Monday in Sheffield.
Thankfully it was a later start at 1pm as I’m not sure we could have packed much else in, certainly the column inches are bulging!
The afternoon had a sense of normality as former World Champions John Higgins and Stuart Bingham both progressed as I mentioned yesterday, but the evening always looked like it could deliver something special on either table with Judd Trump leading Anthony McGill 10-6 and Neil Robertson trailing Jack Lisowski 9-7 ahead of their final sessions.
McGill began his fightback early, winning four of the first five frames to reduce the deficit to a single frame while on the other table Robertson also reduced the arrears, winning the mini session 3-1 to level at 10-10.
That wasn’t half the story though as in frame 19, the Thunder From Down Under lit up the arena with a sensational maximum 147 break, in front of his mum who he hadn’t seen for three years, and in front of the delighted Crucible crowd.
He is just the eighth man to achieve the feat in the World’s most famous Snooker Hall, the twelfth in the history of the Championships and instantly became £40k richer.
Hear about the famous moment in his own words form the 2010 World Champion:
Back to Table 2 now and Judd holds a 12-11 lead, but McGill is at the table, trailing by fourteen points with just the colours on the table.
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A tactical battle ensues around the yellow before a stunning shot from Judd into the bottom corner and get back up in position on the green sealed McGill’s fate. It was a fantastic end to a pulsating clash, but the drama was still unfolding on Table 1.
Listen to the Judd Trump’s post-match interview:
Judd and Jack are good friends and the Ace in the Pack delayed his winners press conference with his mate at the table in a deciding frame against the pre-tournament favourite.
Lisowski had missed a simple yellow when at the table on 7 and his goose looked cooked as Robertson started to build a break. However, when a long red rocked the jaws of the bottom pocket, Jackpot pounced and cleared up to land the biggest win of his career.
Hear from Jackpot Jack Lisowski after his stunning success against Robertson:
Even the pair of vanquished players were in fair spirits such was the majesty of the evening, with all four acknowledging a very special atmosphere from this most fantastic of crowds on one of the most iconic sporting theatres on the globe.
#Ilovesnooker and perhaps, last night a lot more people became fans.