On Thursday 26th April I returned to the Crucible Theatre for Day 6 of the World Snooker Championship.
While I was at school, my Dad had gone to the afternoon session to watch the last session of Ali Carter vs. Mark Davis and also the opening session of the second round match between Neil Robertson and David Gilbert.
Carter came in to the afternoon session with a huge 8-1 lead. He increased his advantage by winning the first frame before Davis pulled one back to make it 9-2. However, the match was quickly over when Carter knocked in a magnificent 132 break in the 12th frame.
Over on the other table, Gilbert had got off to the perfect start to his second round match by storming to a 3-1 lead the interval. However, Robertson came back after the break with what was, by all accounts, one of the most impressive performances of the tournament so far to make it 5-3 at the end of the session.
After the conclusion of the afternoon session I arrived to the Crucible and we chatted to a few people we know including The Statman, Kellie, Paul from Holland and Kathrin from Germany before heading to the Graduate to get some food before the next session. The rain continued to pour down over Sheffield as it has done for most of the tournament this year which hasn’t allowed for a good atmosphere around Tudor Square unlike most years.
While the rain did briefly hold off, we met Dutch Snooker fan Niky Adryana and I did a short part talking about my favourite players for her YouTube channel which can be found here. Martin Gould, who lost to David Gilbert in Round 1, also did an interview and I had a picture with him in Tudor Square afterwards.
In the evening session we were watching the last first round game of this year’s Championship between twice World Champion Mark Williams and Liu Chuang, who was making just his second appearance at the Crucible.
The Welshman had made some less than kind comments about the venue on Twitter before the tournament had begun and as a result he received a mixed reaction when he was introduced. This didn’t appear to affect him and he took the opening 3 frames of the session to further his lead from 6-3 to 9-3.
Chuang made sure that there would be an interval by winning a scrappy frame and he continued the fight back by taking the next 2 frames to make the score line 9-6. However, it proved too little too late for the young Chinese player as Williams won the next to book his place in the second round with a 10-6 victory.
After the session we went for a drink in the Crucible bar with a few of the Snooker regulars before heading home. Another great day at the Crucible and it won’t be long until I am back for more Snooker.