After a day off from the snooker the previous day, we were back again on Sunday. It was probably the best day of the championship for me so far, as I met two former world champions and watched four of the worlds best ever players play.
We arrived at the Crucible at about 12 o’clock, and as we walked into the Winter Gardens I noticed a few people getting autographs and pictures with someone. I saw that it was Ken Doherty and decided to go and get a picture myself. As I asked for the photo Ken looked at my shirt and said ‘ryan147.com’ to which we said he should have a look if he got chance. Ken was as friendly as ever and had a picture with me.
In the same visit to the Winer Gardens I noticed Steve Davis signing and having pictures with fans in the cuezone area. It was the happiest I had ever seen him and he was clearly on a high after his incredible victory over world number 1 John Higgins the previous day. Me and my Dad both had pictures with the Nugget, who was more than happy to have pictures and delighted when we told him he had made our day yesterday.
We then bumped into a few people we knew as we walked down Tudor Square who had travelled from as far as Australia (and Scotland!) to get to watch the snooker live.
It was now time to go in for our first session of the day, 7 times World Champion against twice Masters champion Mark Selby.
The players shared the first two frames, 2-2. In the 4th frame Stephen Hendry made a break of 121 to add another century to his long list. The Scotsman came out in the second half playing brilliantly, taking the 5th and 6th frames to lead 4-2. He also took a 75-0 lead in the 7th frame, but after Mark Selby got his two snooker’s he took the frame. This seemed almost certain to be a turning point in the match and Mark took the 8th frame to level the session at 4-4.
During the break between afternoon and evening sessions, I got pictures with referee Olivier Marteel and former ref Paul Collier, who did an interview for me a few weeks previous. We chatted to Martin Gould for a while as well, who was on the receiving end of one of the biggest comebacks the Crucible had ever seen, as Neil Robertson beat him 13-12 after being 6-0 and 11-5 down.
Back in for the evening session, we took our seats for the Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Mark Williams match which was nicely poised at 4-4. The match was of very high standard, with one visit generally being enough for the frame. Mark took 3 of the first 4 frames, including frame 11 which he won by just one point after O’Sullivan was leading. Ronnie came back out after the interval on fire and took 3 out of 4 to level the match at 8-8. Incredibly despite being such high standards there wasn’t a century break in the first two sessions!