Thursday, 21 April 2011

Comeback on the baize

The Crucible always produces its fair share of comebacks.

Yesterday was no exception as we were spoilt with two classics.

Martin Gould and Mark Allen are two of the most exciting players to watch in the game - and they both overturned deficits to progress to the last 16.

The Pinner potter resumed against Marco Fu trailing 6-3. It was little surprise that he came out all guns blazing. The difference in his second session though was that his ambitious shots were all coming off.

Fu looked horribly switched off. Gould looked up for it big time. That was the difference.

Confidence isn't so easy to come by for poor Allen at the moment. Battling against depression, he admitted in the press conference after his match with Matthew Stevens that there were times he wanted to smash the balls up.

That makes his tale even more remarkable as he fought back from 9-6 down to win on a decider. The World Championship has a funny way of bringing out the best of players in adversity. Maybe this will be the turning point the Northern Ireland man needs. It was a special moment. One we'll probably remember for many years.

On a cracking day, a mention too for Graeme Dott and Rory McLeod who also booked their slots in the next round.

Dott beat Mark King 10-7, while Rory progressed to the last 16 of a ranking event for the first time, beating Ricky Walden 10-6.

The tournament really is in full swing now. As we go into the Easter weekend, what more will the boys have in store for us?

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