The evening session yesterday brought its fair share of surprises and emotions! It was played in front of a huge, enthusiast but fair crowd.
In the first match of the second session Jonathan Bagley found himself 2-0 down, and 52-0 down in the third frame and found a way to turn the match on its head. He went down to win on a black ball shoot-out, ending Ken Doherty’s hopes. Ken was the pre-tournament favourite with the bookies and the crowd. The Irish love their snooker and despite the upset warmly applauded Jonathan. Both players deserved the plaudits as this was an excellent match by all accounts with the most dramatic ending!
In the last match of the day, Steve Davis, an eight times Irish Masters Champion, beat Dennis Taylor by 3-1. With both players miked, there was a lot of banter and laugher, but both wanted to win badly, make no mistake! There was no repeat of the 1985 triumph for Dennis and no black ball drama … however this is how he celebrated the only frame he won!
Maybe, Steve was fired up by Dennis “statement of intent” during the handshake! Yes, you got it: he climbed on a crate, towering over Steve … and even over Jan! Naughty Dennis!
All images of yesterday’s action are here