Day two of the World Championships got on the way on Sunday morning, and it started off in great fashion as David Gilbert who survived a real scare from Martin Gould to win his first match at the Crucible.
The first frame of the day was always going to be an important one as Gilbert led 6-3 overnight. After a long frame, it was Gilbert who eventually took it as potted the blue to black to open up a four frame lead!
At this stage it was essential that Gilbert could maintain his advantage and he did just that as the frames were split before the interval. This stage of the match was a bg test for Gilberto, who in the past hasn’t always had the best attitude in his approach to games.
Martin Gould certainly didn’t make it easy for him however. He put up a late fight to claw the match back to 8-9 with some superb snooker. He hit a total clearance of 136 which was followed by a break of 109 in the process. There was even a stage in the match when I really believed that he would go onto win the match.
There even more hope in the final set for Gould to stay in the match as he had a couple of chances and had some hard fought snookers, but in the end Gilberto held his nerve to end Goulds crucible dream.
Gilbert booked himself into the last 16 of the World Championships for the first time in his career, and is looking like he could be real contender. It was also a nice touch to see him apologise for his fist pump after his flue pot.