It was a bit disappointing today with Ben losing 10-2 and not making a better match of it but Carrington was very good and made the most of every chance. Whenever he got in he always looked like making a 60 and often from positions which when he came to the table didn't look on, and before you know it he's got black on the spot and reds spread nicely around it.
He's only 22, I thought he was older because he looks older but in which case then he's got a bright future in the game. He looks a bit like a David Grace / Matthew Stevens hybrid bizarre as that sounds. Anyway he deserved his win today and Ben showed his inexperience in the longer formats by panicking a bit early when he didn't need to which in the end is where the match got away from him.
We're talking taking on a tough double after being disappointed at not landing on one of the last 2 reds with colours on spots at 3-2 down instead of playing an easy safety shot, and the red that missed the double ended up being potted for 4-2. Then not taking due care and attention on a shot which required it as it wasn't easy (red on pink spot, white close to middle jaws played at hard stun pace) when he was in with a scoring chance in the next and on a break of 20 odd with balls perfect, the red missed and went into the pack and Carrington made a 70.
At 7-2 down after the first session (when I arrived he was 1-0 and 53 points ahead) he badly needed to get off to a good start, and he had a chance at the end of a scrappy frame in which with 4 reds left the scores read 15-5. Ben landed not perfect on the blue which was close to top cush and half way between black and pocket and tried to cut it to the far pocket and left it in the jaws. Part 2 of the shot worked which was snookering behind the pink (which would have been easy frame ball had the blue dropped), however as I knew he would Carrington went in and out of baulk, clipped the blue in and landed perfect on the pink for 8-2 which knocked the stuffing out of Ben and he looked and later admitted to be embarrassed and wanting to get out of there for the last couple of frames.
Still, it's all a learning experience and Carrington showed his quality today, amazingly the guy who was with him (his dad or coach) wasn't happy with how he played because he missed a handful in a 9 frame session!
In the under 21s Chris Wakelin lead Hammad Miah 2-0 and in the 3rd they both missed makable blacks for frame which Wakelin potted for 3-0. Miah managed to get back to 3-1 potting some stupid long balls which are clearly his trademark and to watch out for if you see him on the tv or stream this season. He ended up being outplayed until 6-1 but when I chatted to him between sessions he said how he was going to close shop and stop going for everything because it was his last chance to win the under 21s as he's on tour (he's 19).
He made a good fist of it coming back to 6-4 but ended up losing 8-4. At 6-2 they were on the black again and Miah had white near top cush and black about a foot off side cushion just past middle. I looked away just as he made contact and next thing I see black going into the middle it was nearest at perfect line and pace. I thought "Hang on, he was standing there and the black is going in at this angle, what happened?" and his opponent tapped the table as if to say good shot. What I later found out is that he did fluke it, and he's one of those players who never apologises for little flicks and run of the ball so I guess it was a sarcastic tap of the table. "It's about time I had some form" he said at the MSI.
The juniors was entertaining, mainly because they were just going for everything but the right kid won, Joe Reynolds. He looks like the milky bar kid but he had a bit more nous and was very good with the rest which both needed a lot more than adults obviously.
Saw Mark and Hannah, sorry I didn't chat for longer Mark, when I left I thought I was going to come back in but ended up going home after spending a few minutes with a very disappointed snooker player!