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Jack Lisowski ‘the best player I’ve ever played in matches or practice,’ says Rob Milkins.

Rob Milkins has played a who’s who of snooker since turning professional in 1995 and rates Jack Lisowski as the best he has ever faced in practice or a match.


The pair have spent plenty of time practicing together over the years, with Milkins in Gloucester and Lisowski from Cheltenham, so they know each other’s games well.


The Gloucestershire pair have played five times in all competitions as professionals, with Jackpot winning four to the Milkman’s one.


They will be practicing together again ahead of the World Championship next month and Milkins is expecting to be picking a lot of balls out, rating Lisowski as good as anyone he has ever seen on the baize.
‘With Jack, he’s so good,’ Milkins told Metro.co.uk. ‘Even when he comes on your table, if you can come off 1-1 in sets, or even 2-1 down, if it’s quite close then you’ve done well.




‘He doesn’t really miss anything. He’s so good. When you think he breaks down he always finds something there and keeps potting. In practice he’s even more open than he is in matches.


‘He’s phenomenal, to tell you the truth. The best player I’ve ever played in matches or practice.’
Lisowski has had a bit of a nightmare season, with just one semi-final so far as he continues to hunt down his first ranking title.


Speaking at the World Grand Prix in January he admitted that he is struggling to enjoy the game as results and his best form are proving tough to come by. ;)
 
Tour Championship today in Manchester, World Championship trials as best of 19 and 2 sessions.

12 top players on this years rankings, 4 seeded to the quarter finals.

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The 1 year rankings

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Some top quality action in the first round.

Williams amazing clearance in the decider. Carter concentration a little off tonight but he scrambled home. Hopefully a bit better behaviour against Ronnie tomorrow than last time.
Allen was excellent yesterday against Higgins who seems to struggle to last a full session nowadays. Be tough for Ding against a display like that, but Allen went from excellent to shocking in the last UK tournament so you never know.

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..... saw a few frames of the Higgins v Allen match and the Carter v Hawkins match and you are right when you say that Carter was patchy. Very scrappy from both players last night Carter fortunately was the better of the two. The night before was better when Mark Allen overcame John Higgins and this was a better match with Allen getting over the line with a bit of a struggle. Will be interesting to see how the Carter v Ronnie match turns out and whether they both keep their mouths shut. Ding in there with a shout again, seems to be playing a little steadier these days. :)
 
Carter not at the races yesterday as O'Sullivan improved throughout the game.
Allen again returned to poor display, Ding as well played poorly with loads of chances.
Zhang started slowly against Wilson but still showing his form of this season as the game went on.
Selby threatening to quit after his defeat to Wilson. Probably a good advert for him winning his favourite World Championship!
 
Carter not at the races yesterday as O'Sullivan improved throughout the game.
Allen again returned to poor display, Ding as well played poorly with loads of chances.
Zhang started slowly against Wilson but still showing his form of this season as the game went on.
Selby threatening to quit after his defeat to Wilson. Probably a good advert for him winning his favourite World Championship!
..... good for Ronnie, and although I think that he needs to get his head straightened up a little, I don't like the way Carter spouts forth. I don't know the guy but I get the impression he has grown too big for his boots and spouts forth far too much. I think he needs to see someone and get his head seen to, far too many snooker players with too much to say. They should do their talking on the table and show us all that they are not as bad as we think they are! :)
 
..... good for Ronnie, and although I think that he needs to get his head straightened up a little, I don't like the way Carter spouts forth. I don't know the guy but I get the impression he has grown too big for his boots and spouts forth far too much. I think he needs to see someone and get his head seen to, far too many snooker players with too much to say. They should do their talking on the table and show us all that they are not as bad as we think they are! :)
Carter and Ronnie seem very strange people no wonder they clash.
Funny how you don’t know these people but you get a sense of their character, always thought Selby, Williams, Hawkins and Lisowski come across well, but Carter and Ronnie a bit weirdos.
 
Carter and Ronnie seem very strange people no wonder they clash.
Funny how you don’t know these people but you get a sense of their character, always thought Selby, Williams, Hawkins and Lisowski come across well, but Carter and Ronnie a bit weirdos.
...... the more you hear of Ronnie the more you realize that he is an idiot at times, yet he is a genius with the snooker cue, who else can play equally well with both right and left hands. Needs straightening out with some specialist. But Carter is just not a nice guy and is a right nit picker. Murphy is a bit like that too. Bless all the quiet ones! ;)
 
Yesterday O'Sullivan was complaining about struggling to get his game together. Anyone else playing like he did would be their very best.
Trump not too good today but another excellent display from Williams and he must be favourite to play Ronnie in the Final based on this week's efforts. Though to be fair to Gary Wilson, he has a great record against O'Sullivan, but on those occasions Ronnie wasn't at the level he is this season.

The Carter/ O'Sullivan feud has gone on for many years. They grew up together and I suppose Carter became envious when O'Sullivan moved quickly to another level, used to practice together a lot.

Looks like Allen is going to get over the line against Ding but another less than impressive effort from him, but he keeps winning!
 
Semi Finals start today, O'Sullivan today and Williams tomorrow. Best of 19 still. Three of the 4 seeds beaten in the last round. Trump looked jaded after his China victory a week before and Ding as well short of best.

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Stephen Hendry rubs Ronnie O'Sullivan's nose in it as Rocket suffers 'extraordinary' kick.

Ronnie O'Sullivan missed a simple pot in bizarre style at in his Tour Championship semi-final.

ITV commentator Stephen Hendry took a cheeky jibe at Ronnie O'Sullivan after an 'extraordinary' kick saw him miss a simple pot at a crucial point of his Tour Championship semi-final with Gary Wilson. With the score tied at 4-4 in the first frame back after the interval, O'Sullivan led 40-0 when he lined up what looked like a simple red.
Despite needing to rest one leg on the side of the table, there seemed no chance of the 'Rocket' not doing the inevitable. Instead, he was way off target as the white ball took a huge 'kick' as he made contact.

The reaction spoke volumes, with the crowd gasping as the main ITV4 commentator said: "What an explosive kick. Shaun Murphy suffered one a number of years ago and it went viral, that was equally extraordinary."

Hendry wasn't quite so sympathetic though, instead pointing to the chalk used by his old rival. "Yeah that was horrible," he said. "It’s bad luck but the sympathy I’ve got with him is tinged by the fact he still uses the old chalk that no one else uses.
The new chalk you just don’t get kicks. Ronnie is persisting with the old triangle chalk and the whole rest of the tour basically know it’s no good. So it’s a risk that he takes but you still have to say - very unfortunate just when he looked as if he was going to take the frame. It was a walloping kick."
It wasn't long before Murphy himself was reacting. The clip was posted online by ITV Snooker, with the 'Magician', clearly referencing his own mishap that was cited on commentary, with a face-palming emoji. ;)
 

Stephen Hendry rubs Ronnie O'Sullivan's nose in it as Rocket suffers 'extraordinary' kick.

Ronnie O'Sullivan missed a simple pot in bizarre style at in his Tour Championship semi-final.

ITV commentator Stephen Hendry took a cheeky jibe at Ronnie O'Sullivan after an 'extraordinary' kick saw him miss a simple pot at a crucial point of his Tour Championship semi-final with Gary Wilson. With the score tied at 4-4 in the first frame back after the interval, O'Sullivan led 40-0 when he lined up what looked like a simple red.
Despite needing to rest one leg on the side of the table, there seemed no chance of the 'Rocket' not doing the inevitable. Instead, he was way off target as the white ball took a huge 'kick' as he made contact.

The reaction spoke volumes, with the crowd gasping as the main ITV4 commentator said: "What an explosive kick. Shaun Murphy suffered one a number of years ago and it went viral, that was equally extraordinary."

Hendry wasn't quite so sympathetic though, instead pointing to the chalk used by his old rival. "Yeah that was horrible," he said. "It’s bad luck but the sympathy I’ve got with him is tinged by the fact he still uses the old chalk that no one else uses.
The new chalk you just don’t get kicks. Ronnie is persisting with the old triangle chalk and the whole rest of the tour basically know it’s no good. So it’s a risk that he takes but you still have to say - very unfortunate just when he looked as if he was going to take the frame. It was a walloping kick."
It wasn't long before Murphy himself was reacting. The clip was posted online by ITV Snooker, with the 'Magician', clearly referencing his own mishap that was cited on commentary, with a face-palming emoji. ;)
Delboy99 Delboy99 you have found this news story nearly as it happened. The power of the internet.

Close match with Wilson missing a few chances until 7-7 and then O'Sullivan just went into overdrive.
 

Jimmy White gets walkover with Martin Gould to suffer tour relegation.

Jimmy White will advance to the second qualifying round of the World Snooker Championship qualifiers in Sheffield next week.





The six-time World Championship runner-up was due to face Martin Gould in the opening round at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield on Monday.


But Gould has withdrawn from the competition, which will unfortunately see the former German Masters champion get relegated from the main tour.


The Pinner Potter hasn’t played a match since December and had only won four games during the 2023/24 season prior to that.


Reportedly suffering from a recurring back injury, the former world number 11 has dropped outside the world’s top 80 in the rankings list.


It was already unlikely that he was going to save his tour card as he would have needed to win four matches and qualify for the Crucible Theatre.


But it is still a sad way for his current tenure on the circuit to end, having been a professional since winning the English Amateur Championship in 2007.
Even though the qualifiers haven’t begun yet, Gould won’t be replaced in the draw by any top-ups, which is common at several other events on the calendar.
It’s good news for Jimmy White fans, with the Whirlwind now requiring only three victories to secure his own long-awaited return to the Crucible.
White’s last appearance at the venue stages of a World Championship was all the way back in 2006.
The 61 year-old, who has won only two games during a dismal campaign, will meet talented Chinese teenager Liu Hongyu in the second round.

The World Snooker Championship qualifiers begin on Monday and will last for ten days in Sheffield.
As usual, there are 16 qualifying spots up for grabs, with the top 16 from the official world rankings list already assured of their places in the main draw.
The likes of former world champions Neil Robertson, Stuart Bingham, Graeme Dott, and Ken Doherty will also be participating in the preliminary stages.


World Snooker Championship qualifiers draw​

Qualifier 1
RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
1Jimmy White
w/o
Martin Gould
Jimmy White
vs
Liu Hongyu
Winner
vs
Jack Lisowski
Winner route 1
vs
Winner route 2
2Ryan Thomerson
vs
Liam Davies
Winner
vs
Jimmy Robertson
Winner
vs
Matthew Stevens

Qualifier 2
RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
3Ian Burns
vs
Dean Young
Winner
vs
Mark Joyce
Winner
vs
Ricky Walden
Winner route 3
vs
Winner route 4
4Andy Lee
vs
Andrew Pagett
Winner
vs
Mark Davis
Winner
vs
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh


Qualifier 3
RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
5Rory Thor
vs
Hamza Ilyas
Winner
vs
David Grace
Winner
vs
Dominic Dale
Winner route 5
vs
Winner route 6
6Ross Muir
vs
Cheung Ka Wai
Winner
vs
He Guoqiang
Winner
vs
Anthony McGill


Qualifier 4
RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
7Alfie Burden
vs
Rebecca Kenna
Winner
vs
Xu Si
Winner
vs
Jamie Jones
Winner route 7
vs
Winner route 8
8Ishpreet Singh Chadha
vs
Gao Yang
Winner
vs
Zak Surety
Winner
vs
Neil Robertson

Qualifier 5
RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
9Sean O’Sullivan
vs
Bulscu Revesz
Winner
vs
James Cahill
Winner
vs
Zhou Yuelong
Winner route 9
vs
Winner route 10
10Andres Petrov
vs
Ahmed Elsayed
Winner
vs
Jamie Clarke
Winner
vs
Jak Jones


Qualifier 6
RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
11Adam Duffy
vs
Mink Nutcharut
Winner
vs
Ashley Hugill
Winner
vs
Stephen Maguire
Winner route 11
vs
Winner route 12
12Andrew Higginson
vs
Duane Jones
Winner
vs
Michael White
Winner
vs
Yuan Sijun

Qualifier 7

RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
13Louis Heathcote
vs
Oliver Sykes
Winner
vs
Oliver Lines
Winner
vs
Elliot Slessor
Winner route 13
vs
Winner route 14
14Stuart Carrington
vs
Himanshu Jain
Winner
vs
Liam Highfield
Winner
vs
Stuart Bingham

Qualifier 8
RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
15Alexander Ursenbacher
vs
Iulian Boiko
Winner
vs
Anthony Hamilton
Winner
vs
Robbie Williams
Winner route 15
vs
Winner route 16
16Allan Taylor
vs
Vladislav Gradinari
Winner
vs
Lukas Kleckers
Winner
vs
Chris Wakelin


Qualifier 9
RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
17Marco Fu
vs
Baipat Siripaporn
Winner
vs
Ken Doherty
Winner
vs
Hossein Vafaei
Winner route 17
vs
Winner route 18
18Jiang Jun
vs
Amir Sarkhosh
Winner
vs
Fan Zhengyi
Winner
vs
Sam Craigie

Qualifier 10
RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
19Hammad Miah
vs
Haydon Pinhey
Winner
vs
Julien Leclercq
Winner
vs
Joe O’Connor
Winner route 19
vs
Winner route 20
20Daniel Womersley
w/o
Muhammad Asif
Daniel Womersley
vs
Aaron Hill
Winner
vs
Matthew Selt


Qualifier 11
RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
21Ma Hailong
vs
Victor Sarkis
Winner
vs
Martin O’Donnell
Winner
vs
Cao Yupeng
Winner route 21
vs
Winner route 22
22Oliver Brown
vs
Reanne Evans
Winner
vs
Dylan Emery
Winner
vs
Pang Junxu


Qualifier 12
RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
23Fergal O’Brien
vs
Mostafa Dorgham
Winner
vs
Graeme Dott
Winner
vs
Jackson Page
Winner route 23
vs
Winner route 24
24Long Zehuang
vs
Sydney Wilson
Winner
vs
Andy Hicks
Winner
vs
Noppon Saengkham

Qualifier 13
RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
25Rod Lawler
vs
Gong Chenzhi
Winner
vs
Ben Mertens
Winner
vs
Si Jiahui
Winner route 25
vs
Winner route 26
26Stan Moody
vs
Mohamed Shehab
Winner
vs
Tian Pengfei
Winner
vs
Wu Yize


Qualifier 14
RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
27Xing Zihao
vs
Michael Holt
Winner
vs
Daniel Wells
Winner
vs
Lyu Haotian
Winner route 27
vs
Winner route 28
28Jenson Kendrick
vs
Bai Yulu
Winner
vs
Ben Woollaston
Winner
vs
Jordan Brown


Qualifier 15
RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
29Liam Pullen
vs
Anton Kazakov
Winner
vs
Sanderson Lam
Winner
vs
Xiao Guodong
Winner route 29
vs
Winner route 30
30Peng Yisong
vs
Manasawin Phetmalaikul
Winner
vs
David Lilley
Winner
vs
David Gilbert

Qualifier 16
RouteR1
Times
R2
Times
R3
Times
R4
Times
31Mihamed Ibrabim
vs
Peter Lines
Winner
vs
Scott Donaldson
Winner
vs
Joe Perry
Winner route 31
vs
Winner route 32
32Ashley Carty
vs
Liam Graham
Winner
vs
John Astley
Winner
vs
Ryan Day


;)

 
I was surprised to hear Williams and O'Sullivan first meeting in a Final for 24 years. Williams won his last match against O'S but previously hadn't beaten him since 2014 (only 5 games though and Williams not always on top shape in that time. Didn't see much of yesterday but they seemed to be the 2 best players up until then.

Last 2 games have gone to final frames, 6-5 to Williams and 10-9 to O'S. If Williams recovers from the Allen scare last night it could be close again but hard to see O'S being beaten after his displays this week.

Sad to see Gould has withdrawn. I suppose the only good news is that it is back problems rather than mental problems as before.

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As mentioned by Delboy99 Delboy99 above, the World Championships begins tomorrow. The draw below, including Gould, now withdrawn. Odd that World Snooker haven't replaced him as they have no problems filling places at other events.

Have included the number of games their ratings are based on as only a few games for these lower ranked players, or in some cases I don't have any records for those amateurs who have qualified. Perhaps this year we may even see a lady win a match, I think it will happen, Evans, Nutcharut and Bai all have hopes?

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Gary Wilson contests foul call against Ronnie O’Sullivan as referee 'has a mare'.

They may be opponents, but snooker ace Gary Wilson found himself vouching for the billiard colossus that is Ronnie O'Sullivan when he was deemed to have made a foul shot.
Snooker fans came out in support for Gary Wilson after he sportingly challenged a controversial foul on opponent Ronnie O'Sullivan.


The pair locked horns with each other at the World Tour Championship in Manchester. The stakes could not be much higher as they battled in the semi-final of the competition, which has a grand prize of £380,000 up for grabs for the victor.
With the score locked at 5-5 in their best of 19 frames clash, O'Sullivan was trailing Wilson 9-22 when he potted an extraordinarily tight blue. However, referee Paul Collier deemed his pot to have been an illegal 'push shot', awarding five extra points to Wilson. While O'Sullivan put up little resistance, Wilson surprisingly stuck up for the World No1. ;)
 
The current top 20 (plus Yan Bingtao) after Williams' amazing displays this week. Hard to keep that performance for another month but would take some stopping if he does!

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...... saw the final yesterday and it was a most disappointing performance from Ronnie. I was looking forward to some fireworks but sadly they never came. There was a brief spark when he went ahead 5-3 but after that it was sadly all downhill. he looked a pale shadow of his former self I have to say, and it always looked as if it was one of those days where the balls were not quite running for him, and he was lacking inspiration. Always seemed to choose the wrong shot at the wrong time. One shot he played a stupid Red towards left middle from baulk end, when he needed to play safe. Right clown for choosing a maybe over safety. Not taking anything away from Mark Williams, he played well and as usual very steady throughout. Waited for the breaks to come from Ronnie's poor choice of shots and capitalized when they came. Whoa, whoa and thrice whoa was the call as far as Ronnie was concerned! ;)
 
...... saw the final yesterday and it was a most disappointing performance from Ronnie. I was looking forward to some fireworks but sadly they never came. There was a brief spark when he went ahead 5-3 but after that it was sadly all downhill. he looked a pale shadow of his former self I have to say, and it always looked as if it was one of those days where the balls were not quite running for him, and he was lacking inspiration. Always seemed to choose the wrong shot at the wrong time. One shot he played a stupid Red towards left middle from baulk end, when he needed to play safe. Right clown for choosing a maybe over safety. Not taking anything away from Mark Williams, he played well and as usual very steady throughout. Waited for the breaks to come from Ronnie's poor choice of shots and capitalized when they came. Whoa, whoa and thrice whoa was the call as far as Ronnie was concerned! ;)
You are correct, after his inspired 2nd half of the afternoon, he seemed flat on the evening and that shot you mention was kind of like he plays in a best of 7 were he has to pot every shot. Williams was excellent though and another with 2 ranking wins this season.
 

Gary Wilson contests foul call against Ronnie O’Sullivan as referee 'has a mare'.

They may be opponents, but snooker ace Gary Wilson found himself vouching for the billiard colossus that is Ronnie O'Sullivan when he was deemed to have made a foul shot.
Snooker fans came out in support for Gary Wilson after he sportingly challenged a controversial foul on opponent Ronnie O'Sullivan.


The pair locked horns with each other at the World Tour Championship in Manchester. The stakes could not be much higher as they battled in the semi-final of the competition, which has a grand prize of £380,000 up for grabs for the victor.
With the score locked at 5-5 in their best of 19 frames clash, O'Sullivan was trailing Wilson 9-22 when he potted an extraordinarily tight blue. However, referee Paul Collier deemed his pot to have been an illegal 'push shot', awarding five extra points to Wilson. While O'Sullivan put up little resistance, Wilson surprisingly stuck up for the World No1. ;)
Paul Colliers instant reward for ridiculous calling of a foul against Wilson when it was clear it wasn’t a foul and then dismissing him rudely when he questioned it was to be awarded refereeing duties for the World Championship Final.
Don‘t understand why he didn’t check it, even Ronnie asked him why he didn’t check it after the frame.
 
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