8.3.09

DAY ONE DONE

Michael Holt, who has let demons bedevil him in the past, fought back from 7-4 down to beat Dominic Dale 10-7 and get through to the Crucible for the fourth time in his career.

In fact, Holt's had a very consistent season and will return to the top 32 having dropped out last season.

"My attitude is so much better than it was," he said.

When I asked him why, he replied, "Ten years of failure. After a while it stinks. It was getting embarrassing."

Best quote of the day came from Nigel Bond after booking his 15th Crucible appearance and his eighth as a qualifier, who said of the final qualifying round experience: "It just makes you feel sick."

Looking at the players as they came off, nerves shredded, it was obvious what he meant.

And we'll do it all again tomorrow...

3 comments:

Matt said...

Great stuff.

Looking forward to tomorrow, in particular the contrast of styles presented by the Harold/Wenbo clash. Any thoughts on how that one will pan out?

Anonymous said...

hope harold stuffs him

Dave H said...

Dave will struggle to keep Liang out because he goes for everything so needs to score heavily when he gets in.