That'll do us
Join us again from 9.45am tomorrow as Robertson and Wilson return to settle this one, you won't want to miss a ball. On the other side of the divider will be the resumption of the match between Mark Selby and Mark Williams.
Thanks for your company, night night.
Murphy looking forward after he 'fell out of love with snooker'
Robertson and Wilson locked at 8-8
What an absorbing, compelling session that was; a mixed bag of basic errors, tension, swings in fortune, steely clearances and tough, tough match play snooker. Wilson had the better of it, but both will be a bit frustrated with aspects of their game tonight. There's no point in either dwelling on it though; they'll be back on the baize at 10am tomorrow morning, facing a best of nine for a place in the semi-finals. What a session that promises to be, this one looks nailed on to go to the wire.
Robertson 8-8 Wilson
It's a 66 for Robertson, and we're done for the night.
Robertson 7-8 Wilson (69-0)
Another black goes in, putting Robertson 69 ahead with 67 remaining. Wilson won't be coming back, and we'll be level overnight.
Robertson 7-8 Wilson (54-0)
Wilson gets a look at a red to right middle, with the white near the bottom cushion. It's a tough shot, and he gambles everything; it doesn't drop, catching the high knuckle and bouncing out, and the frame is now at the mercy of Robertson. He's added 23 already, and the balls couldn't be set more invitingly to secure the frame.
Robertson 7-8 Wilson (31-0)
The balls don't run for Robertson here; he splits the pack when potting the black, blooming several reds into better positions, but he's not on any of them. It's a handy lead, but this is anyone's the way the balls are.
Robertson 7-8 Wilson (23-0)
They're all big frames in a match this tight, but this one absolutely reeks of significance. It's Robertson that gets away to a flier, kabooming in a long red to the bottom right and then landing on the green. A near perfect positional shot off the yellow soon after, finding a tunnel to a red that helps clear the path for the black to bottom left, has really opened up the potential for this break.
Robertson 7-8 Wilson
It's 53 for Wilson, who has dragged himself into the lead for the first time in the match.
Robertson 7-7 Wilson (9-63)
Wilson's break goes to 40 with frame ball red hit sweetly into the left middle. The blue follows, and he'll have the lead with one frame to go in this session.
Robertson 7-7 Wilson (9-50)
These are hard work as Wilson's struggling for position, but he keeps potting himself back into it; a nice blue into the yellow pocket takes him to 50 points for the frame. He's inching to the line in this one, by his fingernails.
If you want to hear more from Kyren, he's on the latest episode of The Break podcast:
Robertson 7-7 Wilson (9-26)
Wilson picks up four from a miss, and pots a solitary red. Robertson then has a yahoo at a tough red into the bottom left, but it misses and reds get scattered as a result. That's left Wilson nicely on a red, with plenty of others available.
Robertson 7-7 Wilson (9-13)
Wilson pulls off the shot of the night so far. With no route back to baulk and the white welded to the top cushion, he drops a red deadweight into the bottom right and lands perfectly on the black. That is stunning, and he'll be annoyed that he soon lands straight on a following red and can't get on the black, curtailing his break on nine.
Robertson 7-7 Wilson (9-4)
Robertson tags a red into the yellow pocket, but doesn't land on a colour. He's got a better chance now though, as Wilson's left him a thin red to the green pocket, but it's a chance that only yields five. Wilson then picks up four when Robertson fails to land gently on the pack, which he hands straight back when playing a push shot and calling it on himself.
Robertson 7-7 Wilson
Granite play from Wilson, who clears up to the pink he needs to take the frame, and we're all square again.
We're done on the other table, and Anthony McGill leads Stuart Bingham 9-7.
Robertson 7-6 Wilson (50-36)
It feels like we're in a really important phase of the match here. Wilson cleans up 31, and leaves himself an angle on the blue to shift the final red off the right rail. He pots the blue and connects, but catches the red half ball and it runs safe. A taxing shot awaits Robertson when he comes back to the table, as Wilson has trapped him behind the green and pink. Robertson hits the red, but sends it up over the green pocket and he's left the frame on.
Robertson 7-6 Wilson (50-0)
He's rolling now, or so it seems; it's another half-century in the bank for Robertson, but he then misses an absolute shocker of a black off its spot to leave Wilson in! My word, that could be a twist. Can Wilson steel his nerves and steel this one?
Robertson 7-6 Wilson (20-0)
There he is! Robertson drills in a long red at the start of frame 14, and he's on the blue.He's cueing smoothly now, his timing his back and the even the pots sound different now they're thumping into the hearts of the pockets.
Robertson 7-6 Wilson
That quick hit will leave Robertson feeling much better; an excellent 126 takes the frame.
On our other table McGill now leads Bingham 8-7.
Robertson 6-6 Wilson (50-1)
Is Robertson coming to life here? He splits the pack well, and then finds a good recovery pot on blue to yellow pocket to keep his break going. A half-century is in the bank, and a useful little nudge into a group of reds when potting another has opened the frame right up for Robertson.
Robertson 6-6 Wilson (22-1)
We're back, but its not going any better so far for either player. Robertson misses a long red by a mile, and sticks it up over the right middle; Wilson clips it in but misses the green when trying to force it in to get on his next red. That leaves Robertson in, and it's a decent chance.
On our other table it's now 7-7 between Anthony McGill and Stuart Bingham.
Robertson 6-6 Wilson
It's 60 for Wilson, a huge visit under pressure, and he's snookered Robertson on the final red. Robertson escapes, but leaves it over the bottom left. Wilson mops it up, and clears up to the brown, and he's level at the interval. He'd have targeted winning this mini-session 3-1, but surely couldn't have envisaged winning it playing this poorly. Robertson, Wilson and indeed all of us need a brew and a rest; see you in 15.
Robertson 6-5 Wilson (23-50)
These are hard yards, but Wilson's walking them. He's grafted a half-century here, and has needed the rest at several points as position has been a struggle. If he can clean up two of the three remaining reds though, he should be over the line and level at the interval.
Robertson 6-5 Wilson (23-8)
After a prolonged safety exchange, with several reds sent north while the white stays south, Robertson breaks the deadlock with a red into the left middle. There's potentially a lot on here, but the cue ball will have to do some shifting. It goes wrong early though; on 23 he misses a red into the right middle. A chance for Kyren, who drops a red gently into the same pocket and he's away. Robertson's been wobbling in the last two frames too, and will welcome the interval as much as Wilson.
Robertson 6-5 Wilson
In separate visits Wilson snags green and brown, and he's won the frame. He'll get out of this mini-session no worse than 2-2, which seems incredible given how it's gone for him tonight.
Robertson 6-4 Wilson (37-66)
My oh my, this is dramatic stuff, borne of mistakes. Wilson has a look at a long red to the green pocket, but misses it by a preposterous distance and flukes a snooker. Robertson escapes, but leaves the red on the bottom right and this time Wilson drills it in. That leaves a long frame ball blue to the green pocket, and he booms that in too. Given how the evening has gone, those are two superb pots under pressure. A safety follows, and Robertson needs a snooker but is in one.
Robertson 6-4 Wilson (37-60)
Oh boy, did Wilson need this. Robertson leaves himself an awkward red, cueing over another in the process, and he's left it in the jaws of the bottom right. That's end of break on 37, and a chance for Wilson to counter. There are three tricky reds near the right rail, but he can at least get some rhythm going here. Wilson puts up 38, developing two of the difficult reds on the way, and off the blue he tries to bring out the final red off the cushion but just misses a strong enough contact and he's not on it. It's a safety instead, and on we go.
Robertson 6-4 Wilson (21-16)
Wilson gets another go as Robertson misses a long red and serves it up over the left middle. He can only make red-blue though, before missing a routine red across the table into the left middle. This is a tough stretch for Wilson, he must be willing the interval to arrive in order to reset. Robertson however needs to punish a struggling opponent, and sets about doing so. He clatters in the blue and opens the pack, affecting a split that could win the frame.
Robertson 6-4 Wilson (0-10)
Wilson will feel better now, as he middles a long red into the bottom left at the start of the 11th. He then misses another pot with the rest, yellow into yellow pocket, but only for a second as it then rockets across the table and into the green pocket! That's a touch. Wilson has to give it up on 10 though when he loses position again. He is struggling out there.
We're at the mid-session interval on the other table, and McGill has pulled it back to 6-6 against Bingham.
Robertson 6-4 Wilson
Another poor safety from Wilson leaves Robertson a short, thin cut at frame ball. In it goes, and Robertson empties the table for a 41 and the frame.
Robertson 5-4 Wilson (62-20)
It's a break of 20 for Wilson before he misses a red to the bottom right with the rest. He's normally so reliable with said contraption, but his game is a bit ragged so far. As if to reinforce that point, he's played a poor safety, trying to drop on three reds on the right rail but leaving one on to the bottom right. Robertson sets about mopping up - one red rattles furiously in the jaws of the bottom left before dropping - and arrives at frame ball red along the bottom cushion. He misses it by a long way, but he hasn't left it; Wilson is 42 behind with 43 still out there.
Robertson 5-4 Wilson (41-8)
Robertson pots the pink and somehow finds a gap through the pack of reds, failing to get a nudge off any of them. He's marooned up table, and has nothing on but a safety. It's not really happening for either player so far, but here's something: Wilson pots two balls in the same plant! He's on the blue to follow, but it's an awkward table.
Robertson 5-4 Wilson (20-0)
Both players look caked in rust here, missing longish pots by wide margins at the start of the tenth. Wilson then cuts the first red of the frame in, but booms into the pink as he does so and sends it into the right middle. It's a great chance for Robertson here, but he'll need to compose himself to make the most of it.
On our other table, Bingham has ten the first two of the night to lead 6-4.
Robertson 5-4 Wilson
After a few tentative safety shots, Robertson cracks first; he leaves the white on the bottom cushion, but the black on to the green pocket. It's a deadweight 12-footer, but Wilson rolls it in to nick the frame! That took 48 minutes and change, and might prove to be incredibly significant when this one's done.
Robertson 5-3 Wilson (56-56)
Well now! Robertson pots the red, clears the black from the bottom left corner by plugging it there, and then misses a virtually straight red over the same pocket with the rest! Wilson then misses a cut on a red, and leaves Robertson a cut on a red into the yellow pocket. It's a big pocket, with the brown nearby, and Robertson plays the red in off it, but is forced to take the yellow afterwards meaning he can only tie. Robertson duly mops up the colours, and it's a re-spot!. What a huge frame this is!
Robertson 5-3 Wilson (18-56)
Wilson needs just one of the two remaining reds. One of them is adjacent to the black over the bottom left and out of action, the other Wilson almost doubles into the right middle. We're at an impasse, as the red near the black is now line up behind it and threatening to nudge it into the bottom left on contact. We've been going well over half an hour now, and pretty soon the second red joins the party near the bottom left. Wilson then plays an absolute shocker, bringing out one of the reds and leaving it on to the bottom right. He might have served up the frame here.
Robertson 5-3 Wilson (18-56)
Robertson leaves a red over the right middle, and it's a chance for Wilson to sort the frame. He pots two loose reds with a black inbetween, but misses an easy black off its spot on his way up the table for frame ball red. Robertson picks it off and players a clever safety, bringing yellow and blue into the open. There are two reds left out there.
Robertson 5-3 Wilson (17-47)
It's an intricate 43 for Wilson, until he misses a narrow red to the bottom left that nixes his break on 43. He won't be too enamoured with that, but Robertson only replies with red-green before losing position and then giving away four when shorting an attempt to drop softly on one of four reds near the bottom cushion.
Robertson 5-3 Wilson (13-14)
Robertson finally gets in, but can only string together red-yellow-red before losing position. He gets in again with another red that Wilson leaves in the jaws of the bottom left, but then misses a long blue and this is a chance. The black is tied up but the pink is on, and there are plenty of open reds nearby.
Robertson 5-3 Wilson (8-0)
Robertson does 'The Williams' break, like a dedicated follower of fashion. This is trickling into the game of more and more players now, and if it becomes the norm it'll be interesting to see if World Snooker take a look at it if it becomes the norm. Quentin Hann's 8-ball pool break never caught on, but this is starting to do so. Wilson gives up a couple of early four-pointers when he fails to connect with reds, and it's cagey safety play so far.
The players are out, let's get at it. We'll have eight frames tonight, with a mid-session after four.
Is Anthony McGill going to take us to the wire again? His match with Stuart Bingham is locked at 4-4, and we'll keep you wired in to what happens on our other table.
Where we're at
As you may have seen earlier, Robertson edged an enthralling morning session and leads by two frames. Wilson has been in at least the quarters at the Crucible for six years in a row now, while Robertson hasn’t been beyond them since 2014. Interesting times.
It's getting good, eh? The worlds never disappoints; it's been a belter so far, and we're not even in a one table situation yet. Tonight we press on with the evening session, and the next instalment of the quarter-final between Neil Robertson and Kyren Wilson.
Join Mike Gibbons from 18:45 for live coverage of the evening session.
Tuesday marked the start of quarter-final day at the Crucible. The morning session saw Neil Robertson build up a 5-3 lead over Kyren Wilson, and McGill and Bingham concluded their opening session level at 4-4. Judd Trump and Shaun Murphy are also level at 4-4, while Mark Selby built a commanding 6-2 lead over Mark Williams.
MORNING SESSION FRAME-BY-FRAME
Robertson 5-3 Wilson
What a jazzer of a session that was, fluent and fulminating at the start, tense and tight at the end. They'll be back tonight for more, likewse McGill and Bingham who are locked at 4-4, while we'll be back in half an hour for Trump-Murphy and Selby-Williams. Don't mind if I do!
Robertson 5-2 Wilson (10-67)
Eesh! Kyren leaves Neil on one - he looks extremely unwell - but after a red and two blacks, a canon doesn't work out and he can't get at the black; he's going to need a snooker now. And when he jawses the blue, an extremely relieved Kyren comes back to make the frame safe.
Robertson 5-2 Wilson (0-67)
Oh, Kyren! He spanks down the black but again loses the white so that he's 67 ahead with 67 on the table, but unable to get at the next. There's a quick break while we make sure everyone's got the score right as there's a problem with the in-auditorium facility; Jan Verhaas goes to look at the screen so he can check how many balls have been potted; Kyren does indeed need one more of them. Aaarrggggh.
Robertson 5-2 Wilson (0-47)
In Neasden snooker club c.1996, I'd be ramming into the pack and hoping (at least) one went, but a poor safety form Neil allows Kyren to slide into centre. He then splatters the pack off the blue, forces home a belting red along the rail, comes back up the table off the green, and the frame is now there for him. Can he take it?
Robertson 5-2 Wilson (0-27)
And it's Kyren who gets in first, quickly getting onto the black. But again, his cue-ball control lets him down and he has to send one long to the green pocket; he jawses it, and because it stays up in baulk will have safety in and off the pack. Yes, we're in potential re-rack territory, people.
Robertson 5-2 Wilson
That frame was and is a monster; losing that will sting Kyren, who really must win this final go-around of the morning session. Early doors, both boys played beautifully, but it's attritional now. Next door, it's McGill 3-4 Bingham.
Robertson 4-2 Wilson (58-37)
It's Neil who gets his man, the yellow seen off, and Kyren is in trouble.
Robertson 4-2 Wilson (44-37)
Or not! This game. This match! Neil leaves it, Kyren can't get position on the yellow, and we're back chasing.
Robertson 4-2 Wilson (44-36)
Now then! Neil feel obliged to take on a difficult cut, misses, and leaves Kyren on the side cushion. He thinks for a bit, then takes on the pot to yellow pocket ... and down it goes. But he can't get onto the final red, a ball which looks likely to decide the frame, so off we go chasing it.
Robertson 4-2 Wilson (44-30)
Nope. Neil can't get position on the third-last red, and we're going to enjoy an almighty scrap with three balls clustered by the bottom cushion close to the yellow pocket. No we're not! Two of them are parallel enough to plant along the rail so Neil does just that, then lays a snooker that will likely force Kyren to split them up. So he tries to hit them dead thin and misses ... is this a free ball? It looks so but no, Neil isn't snookered, so Kyren has to have another go from an even less inviting position. He hits, gets the balls relatively safe, and what an intriguing, thrilling frame this is.
Robertson 4-2 Wilson (28-29)
Neil misses a long red that Kyren's safety forces him to take on - the second time that's happened in this frame - and though he doesn't leave it, he leaves a plant to middle. Down it goes, but Kyren then misses a simple black! He'll be feeling extremely poorly sat in his chair now, watching Neil dash up to baulk where four reds are chilling; if he can see them away, the final frame of the session is absolutely gigantic.
Robertson 4-2 Wilson (17-29)
A poor positional shot leaves Kyren with a tight cut - he sees it away, but has to play safe shortly afterwards. He won't mind that - if he 's going to win this, it'll be because his tactical play is better than Neil's, not his potting.
Robertson 4-2 Wilson (17-8)
Not for long; he runs out of position and drops his safety shot short, allowing Kyren to take control of the exchange; he's soon easing home a long red that takes him onto the black, from there he's into the pack, and this a now a huge and crucial chance.
Robertson 4-2 Wilson (1-0)
Anyone know if we re-rack quicker than we used to? I think we do but no one ever mentions it. Anyway, we reach stalemate and quickly go again, Kyren deploying the Mark J. Williams-patented one-cushion break that leaves nothing to go at. Still, Neil gets away with a characteristic long red ... then misses a black by plenty ... then Kyren misses a long red by plenty. That didn't even hit the knuckle, and Neil is right back in!
Robertson 4-2 Wilson
Neil will be fuming with himself; you can't be handing a player as good as Kyren a chance as good as that by taking on a shot as unlikely as that. Bingham now leads McGill 3-2, having lost the first two frames.
Robertson 4-1 Wilson (0-51)
He refuses a tricky black though, so we're back playing safety ... but not for long. A poor three-ball plant attempt from Neil - with 5-1 there for the taking you can understand why he took it on, but really old mate? - hands Kyren the chance he desperately needs, and he absolutely must deal with it.
Robertson 4-1 Wilson (0-32)
A magical long red from Kyren sets him away in frame six, and he really needs to extract full value from it. He sets about doing just that, a succession of recovery pots eventually landing him in prime position ... then he kisses a red he planned to slide by sp has to take on a red that's very close to the white, but needs to go long into the green pocket. He misses it by a way, and the cue-ball control that's his biggest weakness is costing him again I'm afraid. Neil, though, sees a gentle red to middle that looks absolutely in drift off course, and red rattled into the yellow pocket allows Kyren another go at the table.
Robertson 4-1 Wilson
Kyren pots the brown but Neil despatches the blue, and already we've got ourselves a situation. An end-of-session deficit of more than 5-3 is a big ask to retrieve. On the other table, it's McGill 2-2 Bingham at the interval.
Robertson 3-1 Wilson (59-33)
Yes! But no! He drains the yellow but can't get to the green, so sticks that on the bottom cushion on-line with the brown, blue and pink. Kyren misses with his escape, Neil strokes in the next pot, and that'll be the frame. I'm sure Kyren will play on for the snooker he needs, though; good luck old mate.
Robertson 3-1 Wilson (50-33)
Neil was of course mortified by his good fortune, apologising to Kyren before milking it for all it's worth and enjoying the process. The colours aren't perfectly set and getting to the yellow, which is near the green pocket and protected by it, will be the key shot - but you'd expect a way to be found.
Robertson 3-1 Wilson (29-33)
Another belter of a rest-pot from Kyren removes the final red stuck to the pink, and now we're talking ... if Kyren can sink that pink. Which he can't! H was on the stretch too - why didn't he deploy his best mate again? But what an escape! Neil sees away a starter, rams the blue towards the middle, it shoots off diagonally towards the yellow pocket then zooms a long the cushion into the green pocket! Absolute scenes, and that might just be a framewinner. Kyrizzle's gonna need a bucket.
Robertson 3-1 Wilson (10-15)
Neil's escape doesn't go as he'd like and Kyren glides a tremendous red to middle, right-hand side helping create the angle he needs. The black is on the green spot and the pink's tied up, but this is a chance nevertheless.
Robertson 3-1 Wilson (10-6)
Now it's Neil with a fine red, cut to middle, and Kyren will be wondering; he can't be going 4-1 down. Neil, though, can only pot brown and red before jawsing the yellow - he too gets lucky with where the white ends up ... only for Kyren to lay a stonker of a snooker, sticking him tight between yellow and bottom cushion. Great shot.
Robertson 3-1 Wilson (4-6)
Kyren leaves the white short, tempting Neil with a long one; naturally he takes it on ... no he doesn't, he tries to feather one and misses. So he goes down the other side of the table next time, no harm done. But a few shots later, Kyren rams home a beautiful straight red ... then misses his cut on the yellow, getting very lucky to land the white on a red. Meanwhile, on table one, it's now Bingham 1-2 McGill.
Off we go again!
Nothing to do with this but we're celebrating life, so
Robertson 3-1 Wilson
That's the best mini-sesh I've seen in absolutely tiiiiime, and another ton for Neil sends him for the break like a boss. See youse in 15! I can't wait!
Robertson 2-1 Wilson (83-0)
But for an amazing clearance from Kyren, Neil would be four up, but had Kyren not missed the final black in the previous frame, it'd be 2-2. Which is to say he should be well pleased with his morning's work.
Robertson 2-1 Wilson (39-0)
A banging red from Neil opens frame four and he's quickly into things. It's so rare you watch a contest, in any sport, featuring two elite-level performers at the absolutely top of their games, but so far this is that and there's so much more of it to come. Kyren, though, will be perturbed if he ends this mini-sesh 3-1 down, but it looks a lot like that's what's going to happen.
Robertson 2-1 Wilson
Another brilliant frame; Neil will be relieved, Kyren will be ill, and here comes another! On the other table, it's now McGill 2-0 Bingham,
Robertson 1-1 Wilson (63-55)
Right in the heart of the pocket! The black, though is a brutal cut-back ... and he's given it too much! Neil has a long black to claim what he already thought was his ... AND HE DOES!
Robertson 1-1 Wilson (56-49)
Kyren bounced up quickly there, but has work to do. The brown is blocking part of the green pocket, and draining those will be the key ask here. Yep, they both disappear, but the latter via poor shot that leaves the white on the middle knuckle; forcing an angle for the pink will be harder than it should've been ... he does it, but this is a pressure pot....
Robertson 1-1 Wilson (56-21)
Lovely shot from Neil to drain the pink and develop three reds sat below it, then another on a cut-back red. BUT THEN HE JAWSES A STRAIGHT BROWN INTO THE GREEN POCKET! ARE YOU KIDDING ME! WHAT A CHANCE THIS IS FOR KYREN!
Robertson 1-1 Wilson (28-21)
What a red from Neil! He caresses the white the length of the table to impart the tiniest tickle which sends red to right corner and sets him away with the table at his mercy. He'll expect to sort things at this visit now, and we expect him to too.
Robertson 1-1 Wilson (0-21)
You've got to laugh (unless you're Neil). He leaves Kyren a starter to the green pocket; out comes the rest and down goes the ball. Quickly, he gets down to the business end but goes into the pack sooner than you'd expect and it doesn't work well, so after one terrific long and redemptive red, he sticks Neil on the bottom cushion. I feel like I'm going to say this a lot, but I'm absolutely loving this match and it's barely warmed up.
Robertson 1-1 Wilson
Neil inadvertently pots the pink and that's that. This is shaping up, let me tell you - both players look bang on it and bang at it.
Robertson 1-0 Wilson (48-64)
On the other table, McGill has stolen the first frame off Bingham by clearing blue, pink and black, while back in our match, Kyren has removed all the reds and despatches a glorious green to middle. This is a phenomenal contribution, it really is, all the more so given he'd not potted a ball for a frame and a half - and though he can't double the tricky pink, Neil returns to the table 16 behind with 13 remaining.
Robertson 1-0 Wilson (48-32)
And a tremendous green brings him up the table to start dealing with those problem balls, only for him to finish too low on the black. He clumps it to the centre and screws back gently to the top cushion, pocketing a tricky one along it. Key shot coming up: can he pot the black and develop two further reds via cannon? Yes he can! This is a framewinning opportunity now, and already a superb break.
Robertson 1-0 Wilson (48-11)
There we go! Kyren gets a shot with the rest and that's all the invitation he needs; has anyone used it better in the history or our sport? The reds aren't beautifully positioned, four of them on or close to black cush, but he's good enough to resolve them if he can keep hold of the white.
Robertson 1-0 Wilson (48-0)
Neil leaves Kyren a tempter, almost the full length of the table ... but though he cues nicely, he can't quite glide it home and is still to pot a ball in the match.
Robertson 1-0 Wilson (48-0)
Having picked at the loose reds, Neil has to coax a tricky one to middle and winds up in baulk, forced to play safe off the yellow. Kyren then benefits from two felicitous flicks - I promise not to use that phrase again - that stick white to aforementioned yellow. Neil responds well, and both are finding their lengths well.
Robertson 1-0 Wilson (23-0)
No, Neil malingers with a pink to middle, then gets right back to it. I absolutely love watching him play, all the more so in his lockdown barnet. Sat at the side, Kyren looks concerned.
Robertson 1-0 Wilson (8-0)
Neil rousts home a long red, a felicitous flick allows him to hold for the black, and already, this reeks of 2-0 - and a sizeable break, including you know what.
Robertson 1-0 Wilson
A break of 100, all the balls down, gives Neil 70 tons for the fourth season in a row. Decent, imo.
Robertson 0-0 Wilson (94-0)
It's fairly surprising that Neil's only won one of these - his talent and application demand more - and recently he said that if he'd come to England younger, he'd be an even better player than he is. But he's got a serious chance here, though is on the more brutal side of the draw - next, he either plays Trump or a version of Murphy playing well enough to beat Trump.
Robertson 0-0 Wilson (49-0)
Kyren plays a container, and there's a potential plant available for Neil into the middle, but it's not easy as the ultimate object ball needs a tight cut ... but it's there! Excellent shot - and a framewinner too, I'd wager.
Robertson 0-0 Wilson (25-0)
Kyrizzle takes on a long red and misses it, inviting Neil to the table with the black available to both pockets; ah. Quickly he gets to work, hair and all, digging into the pack ... and somehow winding up on nowt. That's a huge escape, and the quest for a telling safety is not an easy one, requiring a spider. Which is ironic, as I've just seen a spider chilling on my desk. Anyway, Neil plays onto black cush and let's see what happens next.
The boyz are baizeing
And while they\re at it, I'm going to say that I think Robertson, Trump, Williams and Bingham will be the final four.
I've not a clue who's going to win these matches
Robertosn has been playing really well recently, but as Trump found out last term, Wilson has the game to trouble the greatest potters over the stretch; Selby and Williams are both bang it; McGill and Bingham likewise; and Murphy's best is superb, while Trump's been missing his.
Oh my absolute days
What a day of snooker this is! This morning we'll be focusing on Neil Robertson v Kyren Wilson, with updates on Anthony McGill v Stuart Bingham; this afternoon, we've got Mark Williams v Mark Selby and Shaun Murphy v Judd Trump, then this evening we've got this morning again. I cannot wait.
'Sorry!' - Allen smashes balls to avoid bizarre loss to Selby
Mark Allen appeared to suffer a form of torture in facing Mark Selby in their World Snooker Championship clash at the Crucible.
There are few things worse in snooker than being unable to find your way out of a tough spot and your opponent repeatedly - and mercilessly - insisting on you taking the shot again and again.
That was the pain that Allen seemed to be suffering under in what proved to be the final frame in Sheffield - and as Selby turned the screw in ruthless fashion.
'Sorry!' - Allen smashes balls to avoid losing match against Selby
The Jester from Leicester gave his opponent nothing to smile about as he marched through to the quarter-finals without a flicker of emotion.
With a 9-0 advantage and holding a 12-7 frame lead, Selby got Allen in a nasty spot behind the yellow and requested re-spots as his opponent twice failed to get out of the predicament.
As the Northern Irishman could see a red, the referee even had to inform Allen, with Selby just one frame from victory: "Okay, Mark, I'll next have to call a miss and it will be frame to Mark, okay? Sorry!"
Former world champion Joe Johnson, on commentary for Eurosport, noted:
He'd forgotten about that, hadn't he? He'd forgotten about the 'three misses and you're out' rule!
Allen proceeded to simply give up on getting out of the hole he found himself in with cute play and simply launched the cue ball into the pack of reds, scattering the balls around the table.
"Well, he certainly hit one! And he very nearly got away with it," said Johnson with a chuckle.
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