George Weyham
George Weyham

Day 6 Tips: Four-time champ has his work cut out

George Weyham
George Weyham

The opening second round match and the second meeting of the season between John Higgins and Kurt Maflin. Maflin took that 5-3 in Guangzhou at the China Championship but this will be a different kettle of fish, in Maflin’s first best-of-25 and three session match in his career. This is John’s 37th and he’s won just shy of 70% of them in his career. At the Crucible, his record is won 25, lost 11, with just six second round defeats from 21.

Pro Ben Woollaston who I message a lot, sent me a screenshot of the table in the qualifiers when Joe O’Connor led Maflin 5-4 and was prime in the balls at nearly 50 up. How he missed I’ll never know (cost me a 11/4 not to qualify treble!) so maybe it became somewhat of a ‘free shot’ against Selt in the final round (won 10-1) and why he played so freely against David Gilbert in the first round. Had he lost to O’Connor, he’d of won £0. That 6-5 victory guaranteed him £10,000, and the Selt one £20,000.

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