John Higgins – Noppon Saengkham
Higgins 8-4 Saengkham
It’s a clean sweep of the mini-session for John, who restricted Noppon to just 18 points there.
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AN HOUR AGO
We’re heading to the interval, and will be back in 15 minutes.
Higgins 7-4 Saengkham (64-0)
Noppon goes all out for a long red, misses, and leaves it on to the bottom left. John tidies up red-yellow-red to leave Noppon needing snookers, but there’s some easy ones still out there so this one is over.
Higgins 7-4 Saengkham (60-0)
A loose couple of shots from John eventually force him to take a cut on a red from mid-range. He catches it far too thin, and his break stalls on 60. With 75 left on Noppon returns to the table, marooned in baulk.
Higgins 7-4 Saengkham (49-0)
John’s break reaches 33 as he goes into the reds off the black. They split nicely but he’s nailed to one of them; no matter, as he drops a deadweight long red into the green pocket to hold for the blue! That should be a frame-winner, and he has utterly bossed this mini-session.
Higgins 7-4 Saengkham (19-0)
Noppon plays a poor safety at the start of frame 12, leaving John a mid-range red to the bottom left that’s just off straight. John absolutely creams it in to hold for the blue; there’s a nice spread on and John is away again. He looks in fearsome mood tonight.
On the other table Stuart Bingham now leads Kyren Wilson 7-4.
Higgins 7-4 Saengkham
John mops up the remaining reds, and he’s won three quick frames on the spin.
Higgins 6-4 Saengkham (58-9)
Poor shot selection from Noppon sees his break end on nine when he lands behind the blue. His safety is poor too; he’s left a red to the right middle, which is frame ball, and John sweeps it in.
Higgins 6-4 Saengkham (57-7)
It’s 50 for the frame as the blue disappears, and with all seven reds left in the open the frame looks an absolute formality. What start to the evening this is from John, we’ve been going just over 45 minutes. As I type that however, John loses the white and he’s only left with a brutally tough cut on the black, which he turns down and can only play a containing safety. Noppon fires back, billiards-style, by playing a red into the left middle off the pink and he’s got a chance.
Higgins 6-4 Saengkham (26-0)
Another beautifully cued long red by John drops into the bottom right at the start of frame 11. He can only make 20 from the chance though as a trip into the pack leaves him welded to a red and on nothing. It’s all running for John though as he fortuitously leaves nothing after a poor safety, and then Noppon leaves him a tap-in to the bottom left.
Higgins 6-4 Saengkham
John was frustrated at letting his lead slip earlier today, and has arrived here in determined mood tonight. This is the second of two quick frames, and he wins it with a break of 125. He looks in great nick, and Noppon will need to slow this down or the match could slip away from him very quickly.
Higgins 5-4 Saengkham (50-1)
The yellow brings up a half-century for John, who looks very sharp so far tonight. He’ll probably need one tickle of five reds near the pink spot to get this done in one go, but he’s got the white on a leash here.
Higgins 5-4 Saengkham (31-1)
Noppon thuds in a long red to the bottom right, but can’t do likewise with the blue to the bottom left and he’s handed a chance to John. He reaches 31 by driving in the black and stunning into the pack; three reds have come into play, and this break is looking promising.
Higgins 5-4 Saengkham
A total of 36 for John extends his lead.
Higgins 4-4 Saengkham (73-8)
John makes sure of the frame with the fourth to last red, and then the black puts it beyond doubt. There are more points coming.
Higgins 4-4 Saengkham (44-8)
This is a touch for Noppon. John tries a red to right middle, screwing off the pack to hold for the black, but he’s missed the pot and it’s a chance to counter. Noppon’s break ends on eight though as he misses a red to right middle, and that’s surely served this frame up for John.
Higgins 4-4 Saengkham (21-0)
John’s off to a flier, draining a long red into the bottom right and holding for the black. An early trip into the pack leaves awkward cueing on a red to right middle but he drops it in to land on the blue. A made plant on two reds to the bottom right keeps him ticking over, and this is an impressive start.
Here we go
Rob Walker has baized the players, and we’re off.
Who do you fancy?
Once again it’s best of 17, as Noppon battled back earlier today from 4-1 down to split the morning session. He’s had some big wins at the Crucible, over Shaun Murphy and Luca Brecel, and pumped his fist in the air in delight at the end of the session. John is unlikely to be too flustered, having seen pretty much all you can see at the Crucible, so we’re in for a fascinating session here.
Welcome to another fascinatingly poised second round match at the 2022 World Snooker Championship. Tonight our focus is on John Higgins and Noppon Saengkham, who are locked at 4-4. We’ll also keep one eye on the second session of Kyren Wilson and Stuart Bingham, with the former trailing the latter 5-3. That’s your menu, let’s tuck in.
That’ll do us
We’ll be back at 6.45pm BST for the second session of John Higgins versus Noppon Saengkham.
Judd Trump takes a commanding lead
It was a scrappy session between these two, but Judd Trump found enough moments of quality at crucial junctures to take it 6-2 and establish a daunting four-frame lead ahead of the denouement of this match tomorrow. Anthony has been to the well many times at the Crucible before, and will need to do so again to make a contest of it.
Trump 10-6 McGill
A double kiss on a safety by Anthony hands a simple pot on the final red to Judd, and that’ll be it; a swift nine points later the session is over.
Trump 9-6 McGill (56-29)
The final three reds are all near the left rail. Trump gets two down with colours, but misses the final red, which is now frame ball, long to the yellow pocket. Anthony’s still in this one, and these are a big 35 points.
Trump 9-6 McGill (42-29)
It looks like it’s a frame-wining chance, until Judd has to bridge high over a red to pot another and loses position on the black as a result. That’s a reprieve for Anthony, who then digs in a good long red to give himself a chance. He’s showing some amount of grit here, but on 28 he misses a red to the bottom left and he’s left a chance for Judd.
Trump 9-6 McGill (12-1)
Judd cues a long red to the bottom right all wrong, and it flies around the table before sitting up over the same pocket for Anthony. He can only jab it in using the spider so he can’t get on a colour, but has a better chance at a red with the rest a few shots later. Anthony doesn’t look comfortable on it though and rattles it out, allowing Judd to make a plant on two reds to the bottom left. The yellow follows, but then Judd overcuts a red to the bottom right and leaves it there. It’s a chance for Anthony, but what a shocker he then has; in trying to make a plant to pick the red off he underhits it, and doesn’t go in! Judd has a real chance make hay now.
Trump 9-6 McGill
On 79 a century looks certain until Judd gets a brutal kick and loses position on the black. He can’t convert the green but he’s comfortably got enough for the frame, and extends his lead.
Trump 8-6 McGill (61-0)
He’s racing through this break, but a canon on one red goes awry and Judd is forced to go up for the blue. Bah! The frame will be done very shortly barring a shocking miss though, so Judd will have the lead overnight.
Trump 8-6 McGill (32-0)
Anthony goes so close to cutting in a red as a shot to nothing at the start of frame 15, but misses the pot and leaves the red for Judd. Retribution is swift, as Judd drains the red, gets quickly into his break and affects a superb split on the pack off the black. These have fallen very nicely indeed; the pink has gone up the table and he’ll need to utilise the black. So far, it’s four reds and blacks.
Trump 8-6 McGill
He sure can! It’s not quite the ton as he misses the final red, but a 97 from Anthony stops the run of frames against him and closes the gap.
On the other table Neil Robertson has taken the final frame of the day, and trails Jack Lisowski 9-7.
Trump 8-5 McGill (1-53)
It’s a half-century for Anthony, at a crucial juncture in the match. He’s taken these very nicely indeed, can he hold his nerve here and take this out in one hit?
Trump 8-5 McGill (1-17)
Anthony might need all of his battling moxie to hang in here, because that’s three in a row for Judd who could pull away here. Frame 14 opens with a stunning long red from Judd, who then has to play the black to bottom left with the cue ball tight to the rail. He can’t drop it in, and he’s left a chance for Anthony. This is a big visit
Trump 8-5 McGill
It swings the way of Judd, as he doubles the final red and then drains a long pink. The yellow and a showboat green follow, and out of nothing he’s won the frame!
On the other table, Lisowski now leads Robertson 9-6.
Trump 7-5 McGill (48-27)
Anthony pots red-yellow-red, but chuckles are abound as he accidentally puts another red safe. All six colours are off their spots, in reasonably safe positions and with two reds remaining. Judd moves further ahead with red-pink, but we could be some time sorting htis one out yet as the frame ticks over the 30 minute mark.
Trump 7-5 McGill (41-23)
Judd makes seven, Anthony makes 14, but neither man can make a chance stick in this frame. To hammer that point home, Anthony then drops a tough red in the right middle and misses an easy pink.
Trump 7-5 McGill (34-8)
Another one has gone scrappy, as Trump loses position and we get meshed down in safety play again. There are seven reds left but five are clustered near the bottom cushion, and it’s an awkward table.
Trump 7-5 McGill (23-8)
We’re back, and Antony immediately cedes five points when catching the blue first on a safety. After a few more minutes of safety play, he then gives away another four and position to Trump when he shorts a two-cushion escape. It’s a good chance, but Judd soon misses a red to the bottom right to gift a chance to Anthony. It’s not taken though, as Anthony soon misses a routine green and he’s handed the chance straight back.
Trump 7-5 McGill
It’s a slog, this, until Judd finally pots a red and a black to leave Anthony needing two snookers. We’re playing on, but two misses in quick succession from Anthony gives away eight more and we’re done in this one.
That’s the interval, we’ll be back in 20 minutes.
Trump 6-5 McGill (60-0)
He’s getting there incrementally. Judd picks up four from a foul, pots a red and a green, and he’s 60 ahead with 67 remaining.
Trump 6-5 McGill (52-0)
Judd makes 52, which is a decent visit given the state of the table. Anthony returns to a table with 75 left on it, and a lot of work to do.
Trump 6-5 McGill (31-0)
It’s the final frame before the interval, and after opening with lots of safety the table is a mess. Judd gets in first with a wafer thin cut on a red, and keeps his break going with a good red to bottom left with the rest a few shots later. He’s picking off what’s available but it’s getting harder by the shot; there are seven reds near the bottom cushion, all tying up the black.
On our other table they’re at the interval, where Jack Lisowski leads Neil Robertson 7-5.
Trump 6-5 McGill
Judd picks off the final red and clears up to the blue to take the frame.
Trump 5-5 McGill (68-27)
It’s 48 for Judd, who makes sure of frame ball black and then pays safe to baulk. Anthony needs two snookers, and tidies up 15 before going for them on the final red.
Trump 5-5 McGill (40-12)
Judd’s safety has been off today, and another poor one leaves Anthony a look at a mid-range red to bottom left. That goes, but Anthony’s positional play isn’t on it either and he breaks down on four to leave Judd in. It’s a chance, but a constant battle for decent position until he drops a thin red into the left middle, and he now has the chance to convert this into a frame-winning break.
Trump 5-5 McGill (20-8)
It’s Jekell and Hyde stuff from Judd, who pots a delicate, long red into the green pocket to land on the black, which he then misses off its spot and leaves Anthony on a red. In response only eight comes before Anthony loses position, and this frame has suddenly gone very scrappy.
Trump 5-5 McGill (19-0)
It’s four and a free ball to Judd at the start of frame 11 as Anthony misses a thin contact safety, a chance that yields 19 before Judd is forced to play back to baulk.
On our other table there have now been four centuries in consecutive frames, which has equalled a record:
Trump 5-5 McGill
Anthony adds 12, and then hits the blue when trying to play round the angles to hit the final red. That leaves a free ball from which Judd mops up seven points, and he coaxes another four point foul from a snooker a few shots later. When Anthony lands a snooker of his own a few shots later though Judd folds it, and we’re all square again.
On our other table, Jack Lisowski has started like a steam train with two consecutive centuries to lead Neil Robertson 6-4.
Trump 5-4 McGill (60-11)
Oh my, he’s missed frame ball again! Anthony leaves a red in the jaws of the bottom right and with 51 remaining, Judd is still in this. Surely he can’t nick this one too? No, as it turns out; Judd fails to plant one red onto another, and he’s left a red to bottom left for Anthony who should see it home from here.
Trump 5-4 McGill (33-11)
Anthony looks to have compartmentalised that missed black in the previous frame, as he calmly moves to 33 by gliding in a delicate cut on a red to bottom left and drops on the pink. There are four more open reds to go at and if he picks and/or blues, he’ll be home and dry.
Trump 5-4 McGill (11-1)
It’s another poor safety from Judd, double-kissing a red and leaving one on to the bottom right. Anthony can’t convert it though, and he’s left Judd in. The break needs a good recovery pot on the yellow to keep going early, but derails when Judd rattles a black out of the jaws of the bottom left to gift a chance to Anthony.
Trump 5-4 McGill
It’s a nightmare for Anthony, who swerves out of a snooker but sends the white in-off and leaves a very tight free ball. With everything in the open, he’s in trouble here. Judd steps in, calmly makes 39 and nicks the frame on the black. What a swing in the first frame there!
Trump 4-4 McGill (31-65)
There’s little margin for error here for Judd, who can afford to take one pink with the five remaining reds. He takes it early, and even though the reds aren’t set perfectly he’s really making a good fist of it. Eventually it goes awry on 31 as he can’t cut a red into the right middle, and Anthony returns to the table.
Trump 4-4 McGill (0-65)
Judd plays a shot so poor that it’s hard to know whether it was a pot or a safety, and leaves Anthony a red from mid-range to the bottom right. Anthony sweeps that in, lands on the pink and the frame is now at his mercy. After 16 though he has frame ball black to the bottom left…and he’s missed it! Can Judd possibly clear up here?
Trump 4-4 McGill (0-49)
It’s a smooth break from Anthony, who picks off everything in the open and then opens the pack off one cushion after potting the green. They split well but he’s not on one, and it’s back to baulk after a break of 49.
Trump 4-4 McGill (0-24)
Judd gets the first chance, as a poor safety from Anthony leaves a thin cut on a red to left middle. Unfortunately for Judd he catches it so thin that it doesn’t reach, and he’s left Anthony an easy starter. This is a decent chance, and it’s all reds and blacks so far.
Our MC Rob Walker has baized the players, it’s time to go.
Too tight to call?
This always had the look of a dangerous tie for Judd Trump. The 2019 world champion hasn’t actually won a Triple Crown event since his triumph at the Crucible three years ago even though he’s spent a lot of the intervening time hoovering up the other titles, and has had a slightly underwhelming season by his lofty recent standards. McGill has been the scourge of many big names here, with Crucible wins over Mark Selby, Shaun Murphy and Ronnie O’Sullivan on his CV as well as that Homeric yet ultimately agonising run to the brink of the final in 2020.
Welcome back to live coverage of day nine the 2022 World Snooker Championship. We’ll be keeping you up to speed on the happenings between Neil Robertson and Jack Lisowski, which is locked at 4-4. Our featured match this afternoon is another deadlocked encounter, and it should be a belter; Judd Trump and Anthony McGill resume what has now become a best of 17.
We’ll be back shortly
That’s all from us for the morning session, but you only have to wait half an hour for your next snooker offering. Coming up at 2.30 we’ve got Anthony McGill and Judd Trump resuming at 4-4, as are Neil Robertson and Jack Lisowski
What. A. Shot.
It didn’t end up being a frame winning shot, as he missed the yellow next time, but this screw off the brown was remarkable by Noppon
Around the tables
Play finished some time ago on the other table, with Kyren Wilson will resume 3-5 behind against Stuart Bingham
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham (50-70)
And a poor safety from Higgins gives Saengkham the chance to sink the blue with a clip along the baulk cushion. He claws his way back to 4-4, which is incredible given he was 3-0 down (and it should have been 4-0). John Higgins will be furious with himself for leaving the door open
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham (50-65)
Unbelievable! Another ridiculous fluke from Noppon, hitting it into the green pocket instead of the left middle. He’s had some luck in this frame and now needs just one more ball to win it
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham (50-61)
Higgins however makes no mistake with the yellow. He adds the green and goes up for the brown which is still on the black spot, which he misses. Here’s another chance for Noppon. What a remarkably untidy session this has been from the Wizard of Wishaw
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham (45-61)
Higgins sets a snooker for Noppon, who’s trying a swerve shot to escape and does so at the second attempt, leaving the cue ball tight to the cushion as well. Shortly afterwards, John goes in-off, but Saengkham can’t pot the yellow
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham (41-57)
The key for both players is the yellow, which is tight on the side cushion. Noppon needs that and the green after taking a brown (off the black spot), and he plays an unbelievable screw shot to bring it off the cushion – before unbelievably missing it.
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham (41-52*)
Well, well, well. Higgins fouls once when trying to make a thin clip on the red, and on the second occasion hits it too thick, hanging one up the table for a long pot. Saengkham sinks it and then can’t miss the black. The next red is superb, followed by a green, before a sparkling double. What potting!
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham (41-31)
Higgins takes a moment to run to the toilet – mid-frame! He gets back and attempts a long red to the left corner which I reckon he missed by at least six inches. That was so unlike him!
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham (*41-31)
A stinker of a miss on one red along the top cushion means it’s end of break though. Higgins responds with a beautiful red into the green pocket and he holds for the black – which he misses too
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham (40-31*)
A quite unbelievable fluke from Saengkham, who tries to get the red into the left corner, but it clatters into the right middle. He apologises to John, but he’ll be smiling inside at that one. What an opportunity he has now, but he’ll have to develop some reds – three of the remaining five are on the top cushion, one is on the left
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham (40-21)
That’s another poor safety from Saengkham, who pushes a red into a potable position. Higgins however misses it by miles, and the cue ball then goes into the left middle. This has been another untidy frame. Neither player has been fluent throughout the session
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham (40-17)
Cracking plant by Saengkham, before he puts Higgins in big trouble by rolling up behind the brown. John fails to escape on his first four attempts, handing 16 points to Noppon, who then sends the cue ball into the green pocket with his safety
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham (36-0)
It’s a more than handy lead for Higgins, and looks even better when he’s left a long red by a poor Noppon safety. He rattles it home, but runs too close to the black to be on it, so plays safe off the yellow
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham (35-0)
John manages to move that red over the left corner, and with his next shot he delicately runs through the pack off the blue. It’s a decent result, pushing one red over the same corner. This is beginning to look like an ominous break, but the next shot it tough. He’s the wrong side of the blue – he strokes it home, but leaves it short of ideal on the red, which he misses. Higgins almost ran out of steam in that break.
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham (*11-0)
A confident long pot to the left corner gets John rolling in frame eight. There aren’t many times, if any, where he’s been first at the table, so will he make it count? He’ll have to develop the black, you would think, and move a red near the left corner
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham
So here we go, the final frame of the session. Higgins was 3-0 up and it should have been 4-0. If Saengkham can take this one it will be a real result – and Higgins will be left kicking himself.
Around the tables
Kyren Wilson 3-4 Stuart Bingham
Higgins 4-3 Saengkham (30-75)
A lovely cut on the final red along the top cushion ensures Higgins won’t be coming back to the table. Now, can he clear up the remaining colours? No, because he goes in-off when potting the brown, but it doesn’t matter. The gap is down to one frame
Higgins 4-2 Saengkham (26-65*)
He holds a 21 point lead with four reds left on the table. He’s going to need at least three of them, assuming he takes reasonably high value colours. A lovely screw shot off the green develops one, and he soon moves past the snookers required stage. Brilliant stuff from the Thai
Higgins 4-2 Saengkham (26-47*)
And it proves not to be a frame winning chance. Higgins runs out of position off a red, meaning it’s tough to get close to his next red off the blue. He has to take a tricky, thin cut to the right corner and can’t do so. Here’s another opening for Saengkham, who himself arrows home a beautiful blue
Higgins 4-2 Saengkham (*26-41)
Vintage Higgins with a superb long red. He then takes the pink into the right middle to find position at the right end of the table. He will need to move some of the reds eventually though – one on is on the top cushion and another close to the black, so this might not be a frame winning opportunity
Higgins 4-2 Saengkham (7-41)
Again, Saengkham is finding it tough to hold position with the cue ball. He’s going to need to go into the pack again soon, but he doesn’t have the position to do so. He tries to force the black home and hits it off the table. Chance gone
Higgins 4-2 Saengkham (0-27*)
Given how this session started, with Higgins winning the first three frames, if Noppon can take this one and guarantee that, at worst, he’ll be two behind going into the evening session, I suspect he’d be delighted. However, he tries to go into the pack off the blue and it all goes wrong, looking like end of break. He’s got other ideas though – clipping a red into the green pocket
Higgins 4-2 Saengkham (0-13*)
Higgins’ potting hasn’t been as good as usual today. He misses a long red to the right pocket at the start of frame seven, the penultimate frame in the session, and leaves a chance for Saengkham to come to the tale and sink a red followed by a brown. Can he finally put up his first half century break of the match?
Around the tables
Kyren Wilson 3-4 Stuart Bingham
Higgins 4-2 Saengkham (43-72)
With cue ball in hand, Saengkham is able to pot the yellow, green and brown. He needs to blue for the frame, and he takes that, as well as the pink. That feels like a massive moment – and a huge steal from Noppon
Higgins 4-1 Saengkham (43-52)
Higgins plays a safety so good that it forces Saengkham into taking on a horrible long pot. It’s awkward and he comes close, rattling both jaws, but the red stays up and careers back up the table, becoming and easy pot over the yellow pocket. Next up is a tricky red to the left corner with the extended rest – he’s missed a few of these today, and although he pots the red, the cue ball goes into the green pocket.
‘Just lost his way a little!’ – Higgins misses blue and Saengkham steals frame
Higgins 4-1 Saengkham (40-48)
And Noppon puts that long red magnificently. He adds the black, but misses the second red into that tricky left corner. Thankfully he manages to cover it with the black
Higgins 4-1 Saengkham (40-40)
Eventually though all those poor positional shots catch up with him. He misses a black along the top cushion on 40 – his highest break since frame two – and now Higgins is back at the table with a chance to steal it, but he can’t develop two reds near the pink spot – and with his safety leaves a long red for Noppon
Higgins 4-1 Saengkham (32-40*)
A lovely run-through cannon on black and red opens things up nicely for Noppon, who is looking more confident as the break progresses. He leaves himself the wrong side of the blue though, and it’s not the first time on this visit to the table he’s been out of position. Big long red coming up, and he pots that superbly
Higgins 4-1 Saengkham (32-8*)
And now a miscue from Higgins when trying to pot a red to the right corner. A kiss on the cue ball on the way back means he’s left the white at the top end of the table and Noppon has a chance to start scoring some points
Higgins 4-1 Saengkham (32-0)
Lovely from Higgins. He runs slightly out of position, but sends a long red to the yellow pocket to stay on the black. He is thinking about the 147, as are we, but he runs out of position on black number four and has to play safe
Higgins 4-1 Saengkham (*16-0)
Higgins isn’t happy with his break in frame six, and that’s because he’s left a long red for Saengkham. Noppon can’t pot it though, and now the door is open for John on his return to the table. He routinely caresses it home, and is all of a sudden playing around the black spot again
Around the tables
Kyren Wilson 1-4 Stuart Bingham
Higgins 4-1 Saengkham (90-0)
Excellent potting from Higgins, but it won’t be a first century of the match as a he misses a red along the top cushion. He’s re-established his three frame lead though
Higgins 3-1 Saengkham (*82-0)
Higgins eventually gets control of the cue ball and he makes the frame safe, before reaching his highest break of the match as he passes the 80 mark for the first time
Higgins 3-1 Saengkham (*52-0)
Higgins is just struggling for position a little bit in this break, and he’s being saved by those loose reds. He reaches 42 before needing the extended rest for an awkward red which he pots nicely, and soon reaches his first half century for a handful of frames
Higgins 3-1 Saengkham (*14-0)
So after the re-start, Higgins is first at the table in frame five and he’s got a good chance to bag a few points quite quickly, with the black free and a few loose reds to pick away at
Higgins 3-1 Saengkham (0-0)
A bit of a stalemate for five minutes or so, and both players agree to a re-rack
Higgins 3-1 Saengkham (7-0)
Here we go again then. The boys are back on the baize and Saengkham breaks off frame five. He immediately leaves a red to the right corner, and Higgins drills it home before confidently despatching a blue to the green pocket. He misses a black off his second red though
So, as we await the return of the plays from the interval, have a look at this missed blue from Higgins. Could this be a key moment?
Around the tables
Kyren Wilson 1-3 Stuart Bingham
Higgins 3-1 Saengkham (59-69)
A life line for Saengkham, as Higgins misses the blue. Noppon squeezes it home, using every little bit of the pocket. He adds the pink and goes into the mid-session interval two frames behind
Higgins 3-0 Saengkham (*50-58)
Higgins doesn’t miss with his next shot though, a middle-distance red to the left middle, followed by a pink. There are two reds left on the table, but what works in Noppon’s favour is the black is out of play on the right cushion. He’s going to need that to win the frame
Higgins 3-0 Saengkham (29-58)
Higgins again misses with his first two attempts to escape, handing another eight points to Noppon. He finally hits with his third shot, and then Saengkham’s safety goes a little awry, leaving a thin cut to John – but he misses
Higgins 3-0 Saengkham (29-50)
Well, well, well. Higgins misses for a second time, so he gets a warning that he’ll forfeit the frame if he doesn’t hit on the third attempt. He makes doubly sure, but Saengkham plays a brilliant snooker behind the yellow. He’s on top in this frame
Higgins 3-0 Saengkham (29-46)
He might do, but it won’t be with this break. He tries to move those two final reds on the top cushion, and again it doesn’t go too well, leaving only a very thin cut. He rejects that, playing a good safety instead. Higgins fouls on his first attempt at responding to it
Higgins 3-0 Saengkham (29-42*)
And it’s with those four reds that Higgins comes unstuck. He tries to develop them, but they don’t sit nicely. He’s left with a tough one along the cushion to the right corner and it sticks in the jaws. Chance to Noppon. Can he finally get on the board?
Higgins 3-0 Saengkham (*22-28)
A big error on the safety from Noppin gifts a chance to Higgins, who sends an easy red into the right middle to get another break underway. It’s not the most inviting of tables though; four reds are tight on the top cushion, and he’ll need the majority of them
Higgins 3-0 Saengkham (1-28)
A bit of luck for Noppon, who waves his hand in apology to Higgins after accidently potting a plant. Higgins though rattles home a long red of his own. This feels like a key frame for Saengkham
Higgins 3-0 Saengkham (0-27)
It’s another missed chance though. Noppon pots the pink, which leads to a brief hiatus in play as the referee carefully spots it in among the pack. When the break resumes, he misses a cut to the left corner by some distance. Higgins responds with an excellent safety
Higgins 3-0 Saengkham (0-27*)
Finally Saengkham gets in position and can start playing around the pack. He’ll need to open them up at some point though
Higgins 3-0 Saengkham (0-12*)
Higgins has played really well this morning, but the fact remains that Saengkham has been first in in each frame. The same happens in frame four – four excellent long pots, red, blue, red, blue. Confident snooker given the score
Around the tables
Kyren Wilson 1-1 Stuart Bingham
Higgins 3-0 Saengkham (90-20)
And John duly opens up a three frame lead with a break of 30. Noppon will be kicking himself. He’s had chances in all three frames, but won none of them
Higgins 2-0 Saengkham (*65-20)
Noppon won’t be coming back to the table in this frame now. Higgins pots the final red and adds the yellow. Mistakes from both players in this frame, but it’ll be John who takes it
Higgins 2-0 Saengkham (60-20)
Wow! What an escape from Saengkham, just about missing the green and getting through to a red. However, he leaves it for Higgins, who cuts into the middle, adding the pink. Noppon now needs snookers
Higgins 2-0 Saengkham (53-20)
Higgins of course plays a much better safety that leaves Noppon in big trouble, and he can’t provide a particularly good escape, leaving a red that Higgins sends into the right corner. It’ll just be an addition of one point to his score though, as he plays a brilliant safety, nestling the cue ball in behind the brown and blue
Higgins 2-0 Saengkham (52-20)
This time Noppon does pot the red he’s been left. He follows it with the blue, off which he tries to develop two tough reds near the top cushion, but doesn’t quite catch it right, so has to play safe – but his safety shot is very poor
Higgins 2-0 Saengkham (52-14)
Higgins is having to make the cue ball do a little bit of working, continually going back up for the blue. Eventually he comes unstuck on a red though, requiring the extended rest and seeing it rattle the jaws
Higgins 2-0 Saengkham (*40-14)
I think it’s fair to say Saengkham is all at sea. He should cut a red into the right corner but misses by quite some distance. Higgins responds by sinking the same ball and is now back at the table scoring heavily
Higgins 2-0 Saengkham (28-14)
A perfect split makes this an even better opportunity for Higgins. He finishes a little bit low on the black, but recovers very well and now has the cue ball right where he wants it. But it all goes wrong as he misses a red to the left middle, uncharacteristically. Can Noppon make him pay?
Higgins 2-0 Saengkham (*8-14)
The answer, regrettably, is no. Noppon misses a black off the spot that he really should be potting and Higgins has another golden opportunity to extend his lead
Higgins 2-0 Saengkham (0-13*)
Higgins misses a long red with his first shot in frame three. He leaves another opening for Saengkham, who nicely strokes a red into the left middle. He’s been first in in both frames so far, but hasn’t made either opportunity count. Can he get the frame this time?
Around the tables
Kyren Wilson 1-0 Stuart Bingham
Higgins 2-0 Saengkham (82-33)
So another steal from Higgins. Saengkham was first at the table, but he couldn’t make it count, and an excellent 82 for John means he doubles his lead
Higgins 1-0 Saengkham (*62-33)
And Higgins duly takes all three of those reds, with two blacks and a pink, meaning Saengkham will now require snookers if he comes back to the table
Higgins 1-0 Saengkham (*39-33)
Getting position hasn’t been easy in this break for Higgins, but after a neat green to the right middle, he’s finally where he wants to be around the pack. There’s not quite enough on the table for a century, but he only needs to take the remaining three reds to seal the frame
Higgins 1-0 Saengkham (*19-33)
Thankfully it was just a short interlude. The players are back and Higgins resumes his break by potting a yellow. No loss of concentration there, then. It’s another odd looking table, with brown, pink, yellow and blue off their spots, but John pots the latter and has a chance to add another heavy break to that half century in frame one
Higgins 1-0 Saengkham (*4-33)
We’ve going to be in for a short break here. Unfortunately there is a medical emergency in the crowd, so play on both tables has been paused and the players have left the auditorium. We’ll update you with more when they return
Higgins 1-0 Saengkham (*1-33)
But the chance goes begging as he doesn’t quite screw back enough for the brown and has to take a long blue to the green pocket, which he misses, leaving Higgins a simple opening red. Could the Scot steal another frame?
Higgins 1-0 Saengkham (0-32*)
After a brief safety battle, Higgins sticks a red up the table and it’s just about cutable into the left middle. Noppon confidently sends it home and adds a black which rattles the left knuckle. Here’s another opportunity to go into the pack – how’s your luck? Much better. This is a big chance to level
Higgins 1-0 Saengkham (0-16)
Noppon shows no ill-effects of losing that frame. He knocks in a lovely long red, left by Higgins from the break off, two open up frame two. He goes into the pack off the second red, and although he hits it nicely, the outcome isn’t great. The only potting option is another long red to the yellow pocket, but he misses
Around the tables
Kyren Wilson 0-0 Stuart Bingham
Higgins 1-0 Saengkham (74-47)
Higgins indeed takes the opening frame, clearing up with a break of 59 before rejecting the black. That’s a bit of a steal from Noppon, who will be a bit frustrated, but there’s a long way to go
Higgins 0-0 Saengkham (*54-47)
There are still a couple of tough reds on the table, including one with the extended rest that John makes look easy. The remaining one is tight on that top cushion, but he’s got a nice angle on the black and strokes it home. He will surely clear up from here
Higgins 0-0 Saengkham (*22-47)
And he’s unable to develop those four reds left on the top cushion, meaning a tough red to the right corner is left, which he misses – and leaves it for Higgins in the process. A clever little cut from John brings two of those reds into play and suddenly the momentum of this frame has swung
Higgins 0-0 Saengkham (15-39*)
Well the blue is back on its spot now, and off it Noppon managed to develop a couple of the reds on the top cushion, so that’s opened up the table a bit. He then takes a red before adding the black, so that too is on its spot. He’s developing this break nicely but will need to bring a couple more reds into play
Higgins 0-0 Saengkham (15-10*)
As we saw in the first round, Saengkham does not shirk a potting opportunity, and he rattles home a terrific long red to bag his first point of the match, before squeezing home a yellow to bring the cue ball back towards the reds. The table doesn’t look too nice though. Five reds are on the top cushion, one on the right and the blue and black are off their spots
Higgins 0-0 Saengkham (15-0)
Higgins runs out of position on the blue and has to take it long to the left corner, only to miss by quite some distance. Fortunately he doesn’t leave anything, but Noppon replies with a good safety
Higgins 0-0 Saengkham (*14-0)
What a start that is! Saengkham’s break leaves a long red for Higgins, but the cue ball is pretty tight on the baulk cushion. Higgins still strokes it home though, and he’s on the black. Perfect stuff from the Scot
Here we go!
This should be a cracker! We’ve got eight frames ahead of us in the morning session, with another eight to come this evening. The boys hit the baize and we are underway
We’re focusing on Higgins vs Saengkham this morning. It’s the second time the Thai player has reached the second round after he beat Luca Brecel 10-5 in round one. Higgins meanwhile reached this stage with a 10-7 win over another Thai player, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Hello and welcome back to our live coverage of the World Snooker Championships! We’ve got two second round matches getting underway this morning as Kyrne Wilson faces 2015 winner Stuart Bingham, while four time champion John Higgins is up against Noppon Saengkham. It all gets underway at 10.15am
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How to watch the event
Sunday, 24 April
- Kyren Wilson v Stuart Bingham
- Noppon Saengkham v John Higgins
- Neil Robertson 4-4 Jack Lisowski
- Anthony McGill 4-4 Judd Trump
- Kyren Wilson v Stuart Bingham
- Noppon Saengkham v John Higgins
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