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Friday, April 22, 2011

Williams wants break incentive

Mark Williams has blasted the decision by snooker chiefs to scrap the maximum break prize and predicted it would stop players attempting a 147 at the Crucible.
Welshman Williams waltzed through to the quarter-finals of the World Championship with a 13-4 demolition of Stoke's Jamie Cope in which he made two century breaks but not at any stage did he think about going for the feat of 15 reds and blacks, followed by the six colours, snooker's ultimate individual feat.
"I think it's terrible that there's not a 147 prize in this tournament," Williams said. "Even if it was £20,000 for a maximum break, it's got to be something for this tournament."
Williams awaits the winner of the last-16 match between Mark Allen and Barry Hawkins.
Hawkins carries a 5-3 lead into Saturday, when the left-handed pair play morning and evening sessions to determine who goes forward to tackle the champion of 2000 and 2003.
Judd Trump marched towards a quarter-final place as he sped into an 11-5 lead, two away from victory, against Martin Gould.
Mark Williams

Ali Carter or last year's runner-up Graeme Dott will await the winner.
Dott and Carter's opening session was on the slow side, but the pace did not worry Dott who had trailed 3-1 early on but took four frames in a row to develop a 5-3 lead.
It was a different story between Dott and Carter in the evening though, with a higher tempo and Carter fighting back well.
They shared the opening two frames, and then Carter went on a run of four in a row to lead 8-6, with breaks of 63, 86, 112 and 115. Dott made it 8-7 though and the Scot finished the session with a run of 66 to level up at 8-8 ahead of Saturday afternoon's conclusion to the match.

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