Barteek
Barteek
5
v
8
Odrl
Odrl
Odrl : 121

We played all 13 frames in just over 4 hours, so the match was played at a fairly brisk pace.

I dominated the safety in the first half of the match. I think I won all the safety battles, but somehow my visits all seemed to end around the second or third shot, when I tried going into the pack and somehow finished on nothing. I do not remember the last time I was struggling to split the reds so much. Barteek won the first frame after he survived a little scare at the end, conceding 11 penalty points of the 14 I needed. He had quite a bit of bad luck himself, but he nevertheless took a 2-1 lead, then extended it to 4-2.

The match could have gone 5-2, but somehow I survived the 7th frame and pulled a frame back, then won the next frame in similar style as well. I took the lead for the first time in the match at 5-4, but Barteek played a cracking safety shot in the next frame and won it in one visit, with a good break using mostly the pink. I led 6-5, then found myself 50 points down in the next frame after Barteek had missed a very tricky red to the middle, but I made a good clearance to steal the frame on the pink and take a 7-5 lead.

The last frame was very eventful. First Barteek went for a thin cut below the pack and scattered the reds everywhere. It looked like a good pot, but from seeing the replay I suspect the wrong red actually went in. Barteek then potted a difficult yellow to keep the break going, but snookered himself behind the brown within a couple of shots. He potted a red off the side cushion, excellent shot, but the white found the corner pocket. I then did enough to win frame and match.

To be fair, it was not of the highest standard, only one century in the entire match, but it was still very enjoyable. Thanks for the game and I hope to see you in more finals in the future. :)