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Postby footygirl

NEIL Robertson battled past a stubborn Allister Carter to book a place in the final of the world snooker championship atr the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield.

The Australian held a commanding 15-9 overnight lead and needed only two of the afternoon's scheduled nine frames to ensure that an Australian would contest the world snooker championship final for the first time since 1976 when Eddie Charlton was beatenm in Robertson's home town of Melbourne by Ray Reardon.

But Carter ensured that it was not going to be an easy afternoon for the Australian as he dug in taking full advantage of Robertson's missed long red to the corner. Left with an open table Carter made a telling 64 break, which in truth should have been substantially more, and it would have been had it not have been for a missed black off the spot. It left Robertson requiring snookers that he wasn't able to get and Carter duly wrapped up the frame after forcing a free ball from Robertson.

Robertson was still enjoying a commanding advantage, but he was still giving Carter chances. And one came gift wrapped in the second frame of the session when Robertson slammed into the pack of reds, scattering them all over the table. As Carter slotted in an easy starter he relaxed and made a quickfire 71. Now the lead was 15-11 and Robertson still needed two to get over the line.
Neil badly needed one of his trademark power shots to get his cueing arm functioning, and it finally came in frame 27. An initial effort of 35 ended with Neil playing safe. Carter forced his way back into the frame to leave the scores poised on 42-44 in favour of Neil. With just one red and the colours remaining the frame looked to be heading to Carter after an outrageous fluke on the final red. But position on the colours was non existant and Carter was forced to play safe, and here is where Carter made a critical mistake as he left the colours at his mercy. Stepping in Neil cleared from yellow to pink to clinch the frame and move within one of victory at 16-11

Carter though refused to surrender and fought with runs of 22 and 28 that proved enough to close to 16-12, but Robertson was not to be denied as he powered in a long red and made 40. With Allister under the most severe pressure safety was to be his downfall as he left Neil in prime position in mid table. Robertson grabbed hios chance with both hands and dispatched the red and followed with 34 to seal a 17-12 victory and with it a place in the final against Mark Selby or Graeme Dott.

Suzy Jardine - The Crucible


Postby GJ

i wouldnt say battle its called giving the crowd value for money

:ahh: :D

the result was NID