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Crucible Classics #15

Postby Pink Ball

At number 15 in my countdown is:

15. 2019 Semi-Final: John Higgins 17-16 David Gilbert
85-31; 66-54; 23-85; 0-94(94); 82(66)-46; 0-113(113); 6-70; 42-84(51); 6-125(125); 50-64; 58-65; 65-56; 120(67,52)-0; 65(58)-12; 25-73(72); 54(50)-68; 15-80(56); 61-54; 5-87(75); 70-44; 143(143)-0; 15-95(91); 65-32; 84-30; 20-105(105); 91(52)-0; 67-22; 78(74)-6; 96(96)-0; 0-78(78); 41-76(53); 139(139)-0; 73(55)-32

Match Progress: 1-0, 2-0, 2-1, 2-2, 3-2, 3-3, 3-4, 3-5, 3-6, 3-7, 3-8, 4-8, 5-8, 6-8, 6-9, 6-10, 6-11, 7-11, 7-12, 8-12, 9-12, 9-13, 10-13, 11-13, 11-14, 12-14, 13-14, 14-14, 15-14, 15-15, 15-16, 16-16, 17-16

What are your memories/observations of this Crucible Classic?

Re: Crucible Classics #15

Postby Andre147

Despite going down to a decider, not a particularly good match, the level wasn't great and Gilbert should have won with a few frames to spare.

Re: Crucible Classics #15

Postby SnookerFan

Pink Ball wrote:
Andre147 wrote:Despite going down to a decider, not a particularly good match, the level wasn't great and Gilbert should have won with a few frames to spare.

Entertaining as hell the whole way through, though


Yeah, I was going to say that.

A classic match isn't just about both players playing to a high standard all the way through. It can be exciting for different reasons. And, in my opinion, it been a good while since a match had had this emotion. I remember watching the end. Gilbert was legitimately heartbroken, and I felt disappointed for him too. The post-match interviews were more about comforting him than they were about interviewing.

I was watching the match at my parents, and I had dinner ready but we all delayed it just to watch what Higgins and Gilberts said afterwards. I don't always bother with seeing what players have to say, but that was as gripping as the match was.

Re: Crucible Classics #15

Postby Juddernaut88

I was so gutted for Gilbert, he had a 5-6 frame lead at one stage but as soon as Higgins caught up you know there was only one winner! I remember the last session was on a Saturday afternoon, I was at work and was watching it on my phone, the deciding frame was probably just before 6pm and I finished at 6pm, my battery was very low now anyway so I missed the deciding frame :( got back from work checked scores and saw Higgins won the decider :-(