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  • Shaun Murphy 4-3 Barry Hawkins (finished)
  • Pang Junxu 2-4 Stephen Maguire (finished)
  • Mark Selby 4-2 Yan Bingtao (finished)
  • Jordan Brown 4-3 Mark King (finished)
  • Jack Lisowski 3-4 Tom Ford (finished)
  • Ali Carter 1-1 Mark Allen

Ronnie O'Sullivan beats Zhou Yuelong 4-1!

That was very good from O'Sullivan, and that 74 he just made there ... oof madone! He lost his first frame of the competition, and you could see that Zhou was ready to burst with brilliance, he just couldn't get to the table. O'Sullivan plays Carter or Allen next.

O'Sullivan 3-1 Yuelong (54-0)

This is how these things are: Ronnie is removing balls with almost indecent haste and skill; " You never see Ronnie O'Sullivan get straight or too high on a blue. He always seems to judge it just right," coos Uncle Joe. This is wondrous stuff.

O'Sullivan 3-1 Yuelong (19-0)

Now then. Ronnie clobbers a safety shot all wrong, knocking reds all about the top half of the table ... but somehow he leaves absolutely nothing. Zhou tries to brig him up behind the blue which is near the green pocket, but instead forces him to take on a long red ... with predictable results. He doesn't need any help from the snooker gods but they smile upon him anyway, gently cannoning two reds that open things up ... by mistake. He raises a hand; I'm sure Zhou feels much better now. The table is still tough, but we know how these things are.

Around the tables

  • Shaun Murphy 4-3 Barry Hawkins (finished)
  • Pang Junxu 2-4 Stephen Maguire (finished)
  • Mark Selby 4-2 Yan Bingtao (finished)
  • Jordan Brown 3-3 Mark King
  • Jack Lisowski 3-4 Tom Ford (finished)
  • Ali Carter 1-0 Mark Allen

O'Sullivan 3-1 Yuelong

Eighty-seven and the frame. Well played Zhou Yuelong. To be there for that, given what he's had chucked at him over the last hour, is very fine behaviour. O'Sullivan is 15 and out.

O'Sullivan 3-0 Yuelong (47-62)

Zhou has a great temperament for this game, and he does a very good job a clearing an admittedly inviting table. he needs to brown, and the colours are all on their spots.

O'Sullivan 3-0 Yuelong (47-22)

Ah, Zhou. He's hardly had a go here, but even the little we've seen of him has shown us again what a player he is. Anyhow, he leaves Ronnie a long red and he's quickly away - by the looks of things, he's finishing off his fourth win in less than four hours total. But this game! A poor positional shot leaves Ronnie having to force one; he misses and necessarily opens the pack in the process. There's every chance Zhou keeps himself in the match here!

Around the tables

  • Shaun Murphy 4-3 Barry Hawkins (finished)
  • Pang Junxu 2-4 Stephen Maguire (finished)
  • Mark Selby 4-2 Yan Bingtao (finished)
  • Jordan Brown 3-3 Mark King
  • Jack Lisowski 3-4 Tom Ford (finished)
  • Ali Carter 0-0 Mark Allen

O'Sullivan 3-0 Yuelong

Zhou had chances in that frame, which is more than most have managed this week. But It's still 15 and 0 for Ronnie.

O'Sullivan 2-0 Yuelong (67-30)

This is a very good break. The way he plots his route around the tabl , saving little bits of it to come back to later. Oh my days.

O'Sullivan 2-0 Yuelong (37-30)

Yeah, here's another thing Ronnie's pretty nonpareil at: getting the black going to both pockets. He's taking apart a difficult table.

O'Sullivan 2-0 Yuelong (9-30)

He has, but Ronnie misses two reds, leaving the second of them. If Zhou can't develop the black there's not much going on here ... but he can, just about. He's clearly to decided to have a go when he gets a chance - a sensible strategy because he's too good to just wait to lose - but misses the pot, and that's going to cost him.

O'Sullivan 2-0 Yuelong (0-29)

Yes! Zhou wallops a tremendous opener, clattering a long red into the corner when he might've played safe because he knows that if he hangs about, Ronnie will conjure something. Shortly afterwards he plays a tremendous black, taking the white through a gap that barely existed - maybe he invented it/? - and follows up with a taxing plant. He's very very good at this, but he's already chased position for longer than average ... and sinks a long blue as I type. And there it is: he misses a red and I think he's left one.

Around the tables

  • Shaun Murphy 4-3 Barry Hawkins (finished)
  • Pang Junxu 2-4 Stephen Maguire (finished)
  • Mark Selby 4-2 Yan Bingtao (finished)
  • Jordan Brown 2-3 Mark King
  • Jack Lisowski 3-4 Tom Ford (finished)
  • Ali Carter 0-0 Mark Allen

O'Sullivan 2-0 Yuelong

A great red, a great kiss, and that'll be 14 in a row. O'Sullivan played better this afternoon, but is still hitting a hilarious level.

O'Sullivan 1-0 Yuelong (65-1)

But! A poor safety from Ronnie - he catches a red too thick - leaves a starter and Zhou sees it away. But he comes back up too high and can't see off a redemptive blue, allowing Ronnie to remove another red. He can't find a colour, but Zhou now needs two snookers.

O'Sullivan 1-0 Yuelong (64-0)

Ronnie makes a red harder than it needs to be by playing a cannon that he wants to come back to later. He then misses the red, frame-ball, but Zhou has had so little table-time it's hard to see it mattering.

O'Sullivan 1-0 Yuelong (42-0)

Er, yeah. Ronnie imposes some safety then addresses the ball, quickly coming down the table by eliminating a red which frees the pink, then moves onto the black. He's so precise about the balls and switching from right to left-handed; remember when people thought that was showing off? Yeah, it was. But also, it was also the best way to play snooker and way better than any snooker anyone else had ever conceived of before. Elsewhere, Shaun Murphy, the defending champion, has come from well behind in the final frame to beat Bazza Hawkins; he plays Stephen Maguire next.

O'Sullivan 1-0 Yuelong

That was O'Sullivan's 13th frame of the competition. He's won them all.

O'Sullivan 0-0 Yuelong (75-0)

Zhou tries a plant that's never there, and that'll be the frame.

Around the tables

  • Shaun Murphy 3-3 Barry Hawkins
  • Pang Junxu 2-4 Stephen Maguire (finished)
  • Mark Selby 3-2 Yan Bingtao
  • Jordan Brown 2-3 Mark King
  • Jack Lisowski 3-3 Tom Ford

O'Sullivan 0-0 Yuelong (67-0)

Ronnie O'Sullivan, then. He's quite good at this. I don't really know what to say because it's just absolutely beyond any scale or description, and we've all been saying it for two decades, but what's been great about this is, well everything. He set it up as per the below, then the next thing he did that no one else does quite as well, is play some clever recovery shots fighting for prime position. But then he misses a tricky red, with 75 left, and all of the above is still true, so I only look a bit silly.

O'Sullivan 0-0 Yuelong (15-0)

Zhou is going to be a serious player; he's already pretty useful. But Ronnie has been devastating this week - if he hits that standard tonight or, indeed, in any match, he almost definitely wins. He misses his first go a red but soon after plays a sensational safety, taking the white through the narrowest of gaps and tight to the bottom cushion. This precipitates a tremendous red, and it's just absolutely rabid how good he is.

Off we go!

Coming up next

Ronnie O'Sullivan v Zhou Yuelong

Around the tables

  • Shaun Murphy 3-1 Barry Hawkins
  • Pang Junxu 2-3 Stephen Maguire
  • Mark Selby 2-1 Yan Bingtao
  • Jordan Brown 2-2 Mark King
  • Jack Lisowski 3-3 Tom Ford

Mark Williams beats Hossein Vafaei 4-2!

I enjoyed that, the players will doubtless be gratified to learn. Mark, who looked in nick, plays Jack Lisowski or Tom Ford next.

Williams 3-2 Vafaei (54-6)

But it's going a bit longer. Mark runs out of position so plays a terrific safety, snookering Hossein - again, up by the green pocket - and knocking the yellow safe. Men and boys in this phase of the game and that difference brings about the next proper go. Mark drains a red but misses the brown, which is frame-ball, so we'll go round for a bit longer. Make no mistake, though - this is done.

Williams 3-2 Vafaei (52-6)

Hossein finds himself near the green pocket with all sorts of balls in his road. he has a good go at finding the pack but still foul-misses, and Mark will now help himself to the last eight. This has been a really enjoyable match, but it's not long for this tournament.

Williams 3-2 Vafaei (13-6)

Mark gets in again, but the last eight reds are huddled tight so he plays a pot but really to get the white where he wants it. The ball doesn't go, so he sets about dominating the ensuing safety exchange.

Williams 3-2 Vafaei (13-6)

Er, not much. A poor positional shot means he has to serve to kiss in the blue, and that extra complication means he's not on the next red. But he wants to be so badly, forcing a pot that doesn't go, and this just isn't sustainable snook.

Williams 3-2 Vafaei (12-6)

Hossein needs to acquire some patience. There's good sense in not waiting too long when you play someone who can conjure summat out of nowt, but he forces a split in the pack and a fine starter sets Mark away. But he soon misses a regulation blue, and what can Hossein make of this?

Around the tables

  • Shaun Murphy 3-1 Barry Hawkins
  • Pang Junxu 2-3 Stephen Maguire
  • Mark Selby 2-1 Yan Bingtao
  • Jordan Brown 1-2 Mark King
  • Jack Lisowski 2-2 Tom Ford

Williams 3-2 Vafaei

Yup: six minutes, forty seconds, ninety points. Williams is one away.

Williams 2-2 Vafaei (44-0)

Mark flukes a re - just what you need - after being slightly lucky to be on a later one following a poor positional shot, he not only sinks it but caresses into the pack. You'd be surprised if he failed to win the frame from here.

Around the tables

  • Shaun Murphy 2-1 Barry Hawkins
  • Pang Junxu 2-2 Stephen Maguire
  • Mark Selby 2-1 Yan Bingtao
  • Jordan Brown 1-1 Mark King
  • Jack Lisowski 2-2 Tom Ford

Williams 2-2 Vafaei

Nooooo! Hossein jawses a straight green! What was he thinking?! But Mark can't capitalise and we're back level.

Williams 2-1 Vafaei (45-62)

But a poor shot from Mark, flicking the pink to try and split a pair of reds, offers Hossein some hope; it's quickly extinguished the next ball goes down anyway. There will, though, still be a few decent shots required if Mark's to clinch the frame at this visit ... and he doesn't even get to take them, botching a straightforward red to the corner. Hossein doesn't need asking twice, but makes it hard for himself when he plays a poor shot draining the final red. Black to yellow will be the key shot ... and he plays it well.

Williams 2-1 Vafaei (27-40)

Oh Hossein! A poor positional shot invites Mark to the table with plenty of points left on it. There are six reds clustered, but even as I type that there are five reds and they're no longer clustered.

Williams 2-1 Vafaei (0-17)

Mark's break means a cagey start to the frame, which tickles Hossein, and eventually he snaps, trying a long red that rattles the jaws of the top right and then the top left. Mark, though, misses the same ball and that gives Hossein a chance to tuck in.

Around the tables

  • Shaun Murphy 2-1 Barry Hawkins
  • Pang Junxu 2-1 Stephen Maguire
  • Mark Selby 1-1 Yan Bingtao
  • Jordan Brown 1-1 Mark King
  • Jack Lisowski 1-2 Tom Ford

Williams 2-1 Vafaei

Hossein smiles wrily, but he'll be feeling that sting. Of course he was on a buzz and desperate to keep his break going, but merely sensible behaviour and he's probably in front now.

Williams 1-1 Vafaei (69-52)

Yeah, what I said about a sniff - he's now got two nostrils' full. The way he's taken this chance is so expert.

Williams 1-1 Vafaei (32-52)

Oh Hossein! A poor positional shot should mean end of break, but he takes on a frankly ludicrous plant. In the previous frame, Neal noted that he seemed "pumped" when he dug into the white much harder than was necessary and almost went 2-0 down as a consequence, and that looked a lot like that. There's plenty of work for Mark to do because the remaining reds are unobligingly situated, but he oughn't to have had a sniff.

Williams 1-1 Vafaei (8-45)

My computer crashes, returning to show Hossein at the table and looking extremely chuffed so to be. The balls are very nicely spread, and there's a strong chance he goes in front here.

Around the tables

  • Shaun Murphy 2-0 Barry Hawkins
  • Pang Junxu 2-0 Stephen Maguire
  • Mark Selby 0-1 Yan Bingtao
  • Jordan Brown 1-0 Mark King
  • Jack Lisowski 1-2 Tom Ford

Williams 1-1 Vafaei

Mark wins that, it's hard to see a way for Hossein. But he sees it out, just, as we got ourselves a ball-game.

Williams 1-0 Vafaei (71-76)

This absolute game. Hossein plays a poor safety and leaves the broon for Mark; this is what happens when you don't put frames away, never mind when you're playing an all-timer like Mark J. A terrific yellow makes Mark a heavy favourite, but then he misses the blue ... or does he?! It rolls back down the table and does everything but go in; Hossein's coupon when it pulls up is an absolute joy.

Williams 1-0 Vafaei (44-76)

Hossein lays a decent snooker, sticking Mark behind the black, and he foul-miss-free balls. Hossein, though, digs into the blue after taking the brown, and that ruins his position so he tries another snooker; this time, Mark settles for a foul-miss, then again and again. This puts him 32 behind with 35 on the table, so he can't really afford another error, and this time he gets his man.

Williams 1-0 Vafaei (44-54)

A poor pot on a simple red forces Hossein to play a cannon ... or does it! He caresses home the black and gently brings the white behind the two remaining reds. Down goes the first, but the next pot, on the pink, is nails and crucial. It's stuck to a red and needs angle ... so it's no surprise when he misses it. Mark then misses the final red, unable to clip it to the corner, and this ball will probably decide the frame.

Williams 1-0 Vafaei (44-22)

Mark screws off the black to crack the pack and does badly to finish on the side cushion, because that was a good shot well played. There's a long red he might take on, across the table to the yellow pocket, and he starred it out for a while before opting to play safe - which makes sense, because he'd expect to dominate in that aspect of the game. Thing is, he leaves one and Hossein drains it then gets to work. This is a very significant opportunity.

Williams 1-0 Vafaei (20-5)

Mark performs his break-off and a safety exchange ensues before Mark spots one, rolling long up the table to glance it in from a narrow angle. Which makes a sound like he's just scored a header, which he hasn't. Anyhow, he gets a felicitous flick off the green too so sends that down next only to miss a red shortly afterwards, stretching down the table and not only leaving it but developing the black. The reds aren't spread though, so it'll be hard to manufacture much, and Hossein can only muster five, leaving a straight one too. Already, he's in trouble.

Around the tables

  • Shaun Murphy 0-0 Barry Hawkins
  • Pang Junxu 1-0 Stephen Maguire
  • Mark Selby 0-1 Yan Bingtao
  • Jordan Brown 1-0 Mark King
  • Jack Lisowski 0-1 Tom Ford

Williams 1-0 Vafaei

Shonuff, they prove to be toomuch but that's a very solid start from Williams, who looks smooth and focused.

Williams 0-0 Vafaei (83-0)

Mark actually goes into the pack sooner than usual before expertly navigating the table. But the final three reds are clustered, stuck onto the pink, so a ton looks unlikely.

Williams 0-0 Vafaei (39-0)

Although it's Hossein who breaks, so no coming into the pack off the black cushion as Mark's been doing, we end up with a stalemate nevertheless and quickly re-rack. For a second it looks like there's another coming, when a red finds itself over the green pocket, but Mark plays a terrific shot almost the entire length of the table to pot it off the side cushion. The balls aren't spread, but there aren't many better at picking around the margins.

Here come our players...

Also going on

  • Sean Murphy v Barry Hawkins (19:00)
  • Pang Junxu v Stephen Maguire (19:00)
  • Mark Selby v Yan Bingtao (19:00)
  • Jordan Brown v Mark King (19:00)
  • Hossein Vafaei v Mark Williams (19:00)
  • Jack Lisowski v Tom Ford (19:00)
  • Ali Carter v Mark Allen (20:00)
  • Zhou Yuelong v Ronnie O'Sullivan (20:00)

The question

Well, the first question, is whether Vafaei can find his afternoon form. The way Trump plays, if you can get to the table there'll be balls around it. Williams plays a much tighter game, and if he misses won't just leave balls there for the potting.

This evening

We're kicking off with Mark J Williams v Hossein Vafaei - Vafaei, remember, beat Judd Trump earlier today - then move on to Ronnie O'Sullivan v Zhou Yuelong - and in amongst that, we've also got Mark Selby v Yan Bingtao. Not bad, eh?

Back Soon

We’re going to put the kettle on for a wee while but will be back for the second half of Moving Day at 6:45pm.

O’Sullivan 4-0 Gould

In the blink of an eye, O’Sullivan knocks in a break of 138 to wrap up the match. That was a pretty complete performance.

O’Sullivan (3) 12-0 (0) Gould

O’Sullivan plays an excellent cut on the yellow and he is in with a chance. Worrying times for Gould. You do wonder if he ever wins a frame against him in practice?

O’Sullivan (3) - (0) Gould

O’Sullivan with an excellent clearance of the colours, including a brilliant brown into the middle, moves him three ahead.

O’Sullivan (2) 32-42 (0) Gould

Gould misses a red into the middle and presents O’Sullivan with a chance to counter. He develops the final red on the cushion with a lovely cannon and he has a big chance to take the third.

O’Sullivan (2) 23-42 (0) Gould

Gould with a nerve-steadying break of 29 to get himself in contention in the third frame.

O’Sullivan (2) 23-10 (0) Gould

The safety crafted the chance and he knocked in the red, but he proved he is human by missing a straightforward red with table at his mercy.

O’Sullivan (2) 4-10 (0) Gould

“An excellent safety from O’Sullivan. Everything about his game so far has been top class,” Johnson said.

O’Sullivan (2) 4-10 (0) Gould

Unfortunate for Gould who pots a good red but flicks the brown and goes in-off.

O’Sullivan (2) 0-1 (0) Gould

Gould with an excellent long red to craft a chance in the third. He needs to take this opportunity.

O’Sullivan (1) 74-1 (0) Gould

Gould is made to pay a heavy price for his error as O’Sullivan steps in with a break of 74 to move two frames to the good.
“He just makes the game look so easy,” Joe Johnson said of O’Sullivan’s 74.

O’Sullivan (1) 0-1 (0) Gould

Gould with an excellent red down the bottom rail, but he overcuts the black to hand a chance to O’Sullivan. A repeat of the first frame?

O’Sullivan 78-19 Gould

A 75 break from the Rocket is enough to wrap up the opening frame.

O’Sullivan 8-11 Gould

Gould had an early chance but broke down on 11 and he’s handed a decent table to O’Sullivan.

O’Sullivan v Gould

We’re underway on the main table and it’s an intriguing encounter between two players who have not lost a frame and have been practice partners of late.

Welsh Open Thursday schedule

Fourth round
  • Sean Murphy v Barry Hawkins (19:00)
  • Pang Junxu v Stephen Maguire (19:00)
  • Mark Selby v Yan Bingtao (19:00)
  • Jordan Brown v Mark King (19:00)
  • Hossein Vafaei v Mark Williams (19:00)
  • Jack Lisowski v Tom Ford (19:00)
  • Ali Carter v Mark Allen (20:00)
  • Zhou Yuelong v Ronnie O'Sullivan (20:00)

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