THAT CONCLUDES OUR COVERAGE OF THE EUROPEAN MASTERS
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O’Sullivan giving 'it one last go' to 'see if I’ve still got it'
Congratulations go to Mark Selby, who has claimed his 18th ranking title and moves to joint sixth on the all-time list alongside Neil Robertson. It's been a testing week for him; he had two walkovers in the first three rounds which led to a rusty performance against Stuart Bingham in the fourth round, where he fell 4-1 behind. He turned that around to win in a decider though, and then swatted aside Ding Junhui and Shaun Murphy before clinching this epic final tonight. What a player he is.
MARK SELBY HAS WON THE 2020/21 EUROPEAN MASTERS!
That was a sensational final. Gould is now being interviewed and, although he must be gutted, he's philosophical in defeat. This week he has beaten John Higgins and Judd Trump, and he almost beat Mark Selby tonight from 4-0 behind. To put this in context, he has been very candid about his struggles with mental health in the last few years, and was in danger of dropping off the tour when he was trying to qualify for the World Championship this year. Gould was openly thinking about retiring, so to come back and perform as he has this week has been phenomenal. Great victories can be glimpsed even in defeat.
MARK SELBY 9-8 MARTIN GOULD
That's it! Selby gets to 72 and then misses, and Gould immediately concedes. Frame, match and title to Selby!
MARK SELBY 8-8 MARTIN (65-1)
The break goes to 57, and Gould now needs snookers. He's come up millimetres short in this final, but what a Homeric effort from him in this tournament. As for Selby, this has been a wonderfully composed clearance to win the match.
MARK SELBY 8-8 MARTIN GOULD (44-1)
Selby clatters into the reds after potting a black, but he's not left anything easy. He takes on a thin red to the right middle, and cuts it in beautifully to land on the black. That's 36 and counting now, and Selby has a lovely split of reds here; what a chance to claim the title.
MARK SELBY 8-8 MARTIN GOULD (8-1)
What a shot from Selby! He plays a red in mid table deadweight across the nap of the cloth and into the bottom right, leaving himself perfectly on the black for his next shot. He gets the black down but can only leave an awkward red to left middle, which finds the top knuckle of the pocket and bounces out. Gould can't convert the same ball into the green pocket though, and it's another chance for Selby as he mops up a stray red and goes up for the brown.
MARK SELBY 8-8 MARTIN GOULD (0-1)
The first chance falls to Gould, who tags in a shot to nothing into the bottom left but drifts just past the baulk colours with the white. He tucks Selby up behind the green, and cautious safety is now the option for both players.
MARK SELBY 8-8 MARTIN GOULD
Here we go then, it all comes down to this. One frame between Mark Selby and Martin Gould will decide the European Masters. If you're sporting a hat this evening, hold on to it.
MARK SELBY 8-8 MARTIN GOULD
They call this moxie, folks. Gould makes 96 before missing the final red to middle, and we're going to a decider. That is simply brilliant from him, there are no other words for it.
MARK SELBY 8-7 MARTIN GOULD (60-0)
That's a quick half century for Gould, what a response after the disappointment of the last frame. Another red and black will leave Selby needing snookers.
MARK SELBY 8-7 MARTIN GOULD (22-0)
Selby needs one of the next two, Gould needs the pair. It's that simple. Can Gould regain his composure after missing that blue in the last frame? Well yes he can! Selby leaves him stuck to the bottom cushion but Gould rolls a wonderful red into the right middle. The black, another red and a blue follow, and he's on his way in frame sixteen. He soon develops the pack of reds with controlled aggression while depositing the black, and this is a great chance. Brilliant and defiant play from Gould, he won't give this title up quietly here.
MARK SELBY 8-7 MARTIN GOULD
After a bout of very tense safety, Gould leaves Selby a long blue to the bottom right. Selby sweeps it in and comes around the angles perfectly for the pink. That goes down, then the black, and Selby pinches a huge frame to regain the lead!
MARK SELBY 7-7 MARTIN GOULD (42-48)
Gould tries to roll the blue into the left middle and roll down for the pink, but rolls it out of both knuckles! Oh, what a miss, the frame was at his mercy there. He hasn't left it though, and he has the lead. This is huge; blue and pink to win for Gould, Selby needs the lot.
MARK SELBY 7-7 MARTIN GOULD (42-7)
Selby seemed to have got away with a yahoo at a long red that missed by a mile, but it leaves Gould an incredibly difficult red along the top cushion that he not only takes on but drops in the pocket. That's a brilliant shot in these circumstances. He mops up the remaining reds with colours to move to three points behind, and leaves himself an awkward cut on the yellow. He middles it into the pocket though, and if he can clear up to the pink here he'll steal this frame!
MARK SELBY 7-7 MARTIN GOULD (42-7)
This time a safety from Gould goes awry; he catches the pack too thick, spreading the reds and leaving Selby in the middle of the table. It's a great chance for Selby to end the frame, but he makes only nine before a sloppy positional shot leaves the white touching the green and with no pot on another colour available. It's been a terrible frame for Gould but he's still in it.
MARK SELBY 7-7 MARTIN GOULD (33-7)
A lovely safety from Gould gives Selby no option but to try and rest softly on the pack of reds from one cushion. He hits the pink with his first attempt, but makes it with his second. Gould then completely underhits his attempt to get back to baulk, and the white also clips the blue, leaving Selby a mid-range red into the bottom left. Selby strokes it in, but can only make an additional seven before running out of position on his next red and playing safe. Gould then plugs a long red but with safety in mind, and plays safe off the black to land on the yellow. This is very tense stuff.
MARK SELBY 7-7 MARTIN GOULD (26-0)
Selby pulls short of the blue and is forced to go in and out of baulk to try and get on his next red. He can't get into the shot enough though, and it pulls up well short of where desired. That's end of break on 26.
MARK SELBY 7-7 MARTIN GOULD (11-0)
Selby misses a long red down the left side of the table, leaving Gould a straight mid-ranger into the bottom left. Gould can only rattle the red in the jaws and leave it there however, and Selby cleans it up followed by the yellow. This is an awkward table as the black is on the side cushion and the pink is tied up, but he can put some points together with the blue if he keeps landing top side of it.
MARK SELBY 7-7 MARTIN GOULD (1-0)
Selby plays a safety off the pack that goes all wrong, hitting the jaws of the bottom right, going back into the pack but amazingly leaving nothing for Gould. At his next visit Selby absolutely middles a long red into the bottom left, but screws back too far and he can only tuck Gould up behind the yellow.
MARK SELBY 7-7 MARTIN GOULD
A break of 107 wins the fourteenth frame for Gould. What a brilliant, absorbing final this has been; it's now best of three for the European Masters title.
MARK SELBY 7-6 MARTIN GOULD (1-59)
Gould gets to 58. There are four reds left, and the next one he takes is frame ball. Gould calmly rolls it into the left middle to land straight on the blue, and we're going to be level again.
MARK SELBY 7-6 MARTIN GOULD (1-36)
The reds are spread like a practice session here, all over the table, and it would be virtually impossible not to land on one after potting a colour. Gould almost makes a mess of it though, leaving himself hampered by one red and forced to bridge over it to jab in another. He's back in position quickly though, and he should convert this chance to draw level. He won't get a better table tonight.
MARK SELBY 7-6 MARTIN GOULD (1-0)
Gould deposits a red to right middle from tight off the bottom cushion, and he's away here.
MARK SELBY 7-6 MARTIN GOULD (1-0)
We're off and running in frame twelve after a temporary loss of coverage. As we return Selby sinks the first red of the frame, from off the bottom cushion to cut a red into the bottom right. He doesn't land on a colour though and misses an audacious attempt to play a billiards shot and deflect the yellow into the right middle off a nearby red. I don't know what happened before the feed came back but the reds are everywhere here and inviting; whoever gets a red down next will be the favourite to win the frame.
MARK SELBY 7-6 MARTIN GOULD
Selby clears up the remaining two reds and the colours to regain the lead. In the context of the match, that could prove to be a huge frame when we're done here.
MARK SELBY 6-6 MARTIN GOULD (49-41)
Gould makes it to 41, but misses the 14th red with the rest into the bottom left corner. Said red goes across the table and sits up over the right middle for Selby. That could be a costly miss at a pivotal stage of this final.
MARK SELBY 6-6 MARTIN GOULD (49-0)
The maxi is off as Selby fails to run far enough down the table for another red, and he can't get on the black from his next shot. He then makes a hash of getting on the pink, and is forced to take on a long blue to the green pocket instead. He misses it by some way, and it's end of break on 49. More pertinently, he's left Gould in and with a spread of reds in good position. This is a chance for Gould to nick this frame.
MARK SELBY 6-6 MARTIN GOULD (40-0)
Selby is letting his arm go here, and opts to split the reds good and early. The white sticks to a few of them but he crafts a lovely cut on one into the bottom left. Selby is playing like he does not want to go home wondering tonight. It's five reds and five blacks so far. I'm just putting that out there.
MARK SELBY 6-6 MARTIN GOULD (16-0)
We're back underway, and after Gould's break Selby and then Gould both miss long reds. Selby then picks out a tight red to the left middle and, despite a wobble, it disappears and he backs it up with a thin cut on the black. He's in position now and has the first scoring chance in this frame.
MARK SELBY 6-6 MARTIN GOULD
A brilliant 113 from Selby and we're level at the interval. Brew up/grab a cold one and join us again in 15 minutes; it's now best of five for the European Masters title.
MARK SELBY 5-6 MARTIN GOULD (72-10)
Selby is getting through the ball a bit too much here, running 4-6 inches out of position and needing some spectacular pots to get back into position. He's on 72 though and already has Gould needing snookers; this one's done, and we're going into the mid-session interval all square.
MARK SELBY 5-6 MARTIN GOULD (21-10)
Gould misses a long red to the bottom left, which goes back up the table and sits up over the green pocket for Selby. There's points on here, and Selby starts accumulating them, but runs slightly out of position after potting a black too thick. No matter; the shot of the final so far sees Selby cut in a red, go all the way around the table off five cushions and land on the black with an angle to open the reds. That is a stunning shot.
MARK SELBY 5-6 MARTIN GOULD (0-10)
Selby's break brings a red up near the right middle, and Gould duly strokes it in. He can only make nine before a positional shot off the blue doesn't pick up enough topspin; it leaves a difficult cut on a red with the rest, which he converts, but he's out of position again and it's end of break this time.
MARK SELBY 5-6 MARTIN GOULD
This is a huge frame before the mid-session interval. In the background to the actual play on the table there's an odd humming noise coming from somewhere in the arena, which was presumed to be the air con but apparently not, and the tournament officials are trying to source and silence it.
MARK SELBY 5-6 MARTIN GOULD
That's 65 and the frame for Gould, he's back in front.
MARK SELBY 5-5 MARTIN GOULD (46-14)
In getting to 46 Gould plays a brilliant shot on the 13th red, stunning it in while nudging another red on the cushion near the left middle over said pocket. The frame is at his mercy now.
MARK SELBY 5-5 MARTIN GOULD (25-14)
Selby runs out of position on 25 and is forced to play safe off the brown. A safety exchange follows, before Selby plays right across the table for a long red to the bottom right and misses. That's left Gould a mid-range red to the bottom left, which he drains, before clipping in the blue and then nailing a superb double to the left middle to leave himself on the black. With five reds nearby that all pot, this is a good chance to make a hefty score.
MARK SELBY 5-5 MARTIN GOULD (22-0)
A stunning long red from Selby, boomed into the bottom left despite the white being close to the top cushion, opens the action in the 11th frame. The green and another difficult red follow, and Selby is now ticking along nicely. He goes into the pack off the blue, and he's brought out a few; it's a break of 22 so far.
MARK SELBY 5-5 MARTIN GOULD
A further 16 from Selby secures the tenth frame. That's the rot stopped, and it's all square again.
MARK SELBY 4-5 MARTIN GOULD (63-6)
On 56 Selby overcuts a red to the bottom right. That was such a simple shot, and Selby will be kicking himself as there's still 59 on the table. Gould can't pot a red down the left cushion to bottom left though, and Selby steps in to deposit the red that leaves Gould need snookers.
MARK SELBY 4-5 MARTIN GOULD (57-6)
In making it to 23 Selby comes perilously close to going in-off in the right middle after he accidentally glances a red when going up for the blue. He makes a half century, and only needs red-colour-red to seal the frame.
MARK SELBY 4-5 MARTIN GOULD (7-6)
Selby seems rattled here. He misses a long red down the left side of the table, only to see it rattle out and hit a plant that flukes another red into the bottom right. In trying to force the yellow he then misses it off the top knuckle of the right middle, and Gould is back in. Gould can only make six however before he overcuts a red to the bottom left, leaving Selby right in the middle of the table with an easy starter.
MARK SELBY 4-5 MARTIN GOULD (6-0)
Gould tries a shot to nothing on a long red to the bottom left, but misses by such a distance that he leaves it as a tap in for Selby near the green pocket. Off the blue he splits the pack, smashing the pink ball full in the face to do so, but doesn't land on anything easy. Selby tries to cut a red into the right middle, but hits the top knuckle and misses. Gould then misses a red to the same pocket, but leaves Selby hampered with the white just in front of the yellow.
MARK SELBY 4-5 MARTIN GOULD
Gould makes 94 before jawing the final red in the bottom left. No matter, that's the frame won; he's in the lead for the first time today, and has now rattled off five frames in a row.
MARK SELBY 4-4 MARTIN GOULD (4-70)
The tenth red is frame ball, and Gould strokes it into the right middle to take his break to 64. He's gliding around the table right now, full of the confidence he showed after the interval this afternoon.
MARK SELBY 4-4 MARTIN GOULD (4-46)
Gould gets eight and then delicately strokes in a red to the bottom right while using the extended spider to bridge over the black and another red. That was a horribly awkward shot to play but he judged it perfectly. The black goes into either corner now, and he's bang in position.The break is up to 40 already, and he'll need to go into a cluster below the pink shortly to develop some more reds.
MARK SELBY 4-4 MARTIN GOULD (4-6)
Gould plays another brown to come back down the table, but plugs the white straight into the right middle to give away four. On his next safety he sticks a red up over the bottom right corner pocket, but Selby misses it and leaves it there for Gould. A tense start from both players here.
MARK SELBY 4-4 MARTIN GOULD (0-5)
Selby makes a mess of his first safety, catching it far too thick, and he's left a red to the left middle which Gould gobbles up. The brown follows, and Gould's now down at the south end of the table with the first chance of the evening.
HERE WE GO!
The boys make the acquaintance of the baize courtesy of MC Phil Seymour, and we're up and running. It's Gould to break, it's 4-4, and it's time to settle the European Masters.
STAKES IS HIGH
The first ranking title of the 2020/21 season will be decided tonight, with a cool £80,000 to be bank transferred into the account of the winner. It would be the 18th title of Selby's illustrious career, and the second for Gould; the latter could have fallen off the tour last year as he battled to qualify for the World Championship, and was on the verge of quitting the game after struggling with mental health issues. What a story it would be for Gould if he could see this through tonight. He's up against a winning machine in Selby however; the world number four has won 14 of his last 15 ranking event finals.
SO, WHERE DID WE LEAVE IT?
It was quite the session this afternoon. Mark Selby raced into a 4-0 lead and was on the verge of going five frames ahead before Gould mopped up the final red and colours to finally get a frame on the board. From there, Gould took over; he swept the next three frames to end the afternoon session all square, and it’s now best of nine for the title.
Welcome to live coverage of the final session of the 2020/21 European Masters Final from the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.
JOIN US TONIGHT
That concludes our coverage for this afternoon. We'll be back at 6.30pm for the build-up to the final session starting at 7pm. You will not want to miss this.
THE COMEBACK KID
Just after the interval, Mark Selby was flowing through the fifth frame and looked certain to bang in another heavy, frame-winning contribution to go 5-0 ahead. One brilliant, pressure clearance from Martin Gould after a loose safety from Selby has changed everything. It's been a phenomenal show of character from Gould since. In one mini-session he has gone from looking likely he might be whitewashed to levelling the match and turning the final session tonight into a best of nine for the European Masters title.
MARK SELBY 4-4 MARTIN GOULD
A quite magnificent 131 total clearance from Martin Gould wins the eighth frame and levels the match at 4-4.
MARK SELBY 4-3 MARTIN GOULD (0-56)
Gould has put together a half century already, and he’s only a few balls away from winning the frame here. What a difference in this match now; he's cueing smoothly and looks confident around the table. We've got a real game on in the evening session tonight.
MARK SELBY 4-3 MARTIN GOULD (0-17)
There's a tense bout of safety at the start of frame, but Selby leaves Gould a tempter to the right middle and he glides it in. Gould then clears a red near the bottom right, and the black is available into both corners now. He's on 17 and counting, and there are enough loose reds for a sizeable score here.
MARK SELBY 4-3 MARTIN GOULD
A break of 70 for Gould is enough to take the seventh frame. What a turnaround this is! Selby crushed him before the interval with a barrage of merciless scoring, and looked certain to go 5-0 ahead when we resumed. A few loose shots allowed Gould to pinch the fifth, and with one frame to go he has the chance to go into the evening session tonight all square.
MARK SELBY 4-2 MARTIN GOULD (0-68)
The break goes to 64, Gould's best of the match, and Selby now needs snookers with five reds remaining.
MARK SELBY 4-2 MARTIN GOULD (0-49)
Gould is up to 45 already, and his cue arm is flowing smoothly now. There are a cluster of reds above the pink spot that he'll need to open to win the frame, and he needs to be careful as that will probably mean the pink going back on its spot - Gould is currently playing htis off the black spot.
MARK SELBY 4-2 MARTIN GOULD (0-4)
Selby goes in off when playing a thin safety off the pack of reds at the start of the seventh. Gould, hand on table, can't find the bottom left with a straight red thereafter; he's left Selby in the middle of the table without a pot on any of the loose reds to the right, which are covering each other. Some safety follows, and Selby misses a thin clip on a red and catches it coming back up the table. Gould deposits said red into the green pocket, and then rattles in a long green to the bottom left to run through onto the reds above the black.
MARK SELBY 4-2 MARTIN GOULD
After a safety exchange Gould drills home a long red to the bottom left, and that will do it. A quick 22 sorts the frame, and Gould is only two frames behind now.
MARK SELBY 4-1 MARTIN GOULD (1-67)
Gould misses the frame ball red after overcutting it. There's 67 left on here, but two of the five remaining reds are clinging to cushions, so Gould is still a huge favourite to win this frame.
MARK SELBY 4-1 MARTIN GOULD (1-47)
This could be costly. Gould misses a long red to the green pocket, and he's left Selby right in here. Selby still seems annoyed about losing the fifth, and clatters a red to the bottom left that kicks back out. That's a reprieve for Gould, who should now seal the frame from here.
MARK SELBY 4-1 MARTIN GOULD (1-32)
Gould gets to 25, and plays a superb delayed-screw shot off the black that splits the pack invitingly. This is now a frame-winning chance, and Gould could get right back into the match here.
MARK SELBY 4-1 MARTIN GOULD (1-1)
Selby tags in a thin cut on a red off the bottom cushion, but a kiss on the brown doesn’t leave him a pot and he makes a hash of rolling up behind the green. That leaves Gould a gun-barrel straight red into the bottom left, which he powers in to land perfectly on the black.
MARK SELBY 4-1 MARTIN GOULD
Gould drains the red to the green pocket after a poor safety from Selby. He then takes the blue, and composes himself to clear the colours and nick the frame by two points. Gould is on the board! That's an excellent clearance under pressure.
MARK SELBY 4-0 MARTIN GOULD (59-28)
Selby does nudge the red in an attempt to get into a favourable position, but it glades safely to the other side of the left middle and tight to the cushion. The break ends at 59 and he plays safe, so with 35 left on the table Gould can still pinch this.
MARK SELBY 4-0 MARTIN GOULD (53-28)
A lovely, controlled pot on the yellow by Selby opens up a group of four awkward reds between the pink and black spots. He makes another half century, but he’ll still need one awkward red that’s near the cushion just below the left middle.
MARK SELBY 4-0 MARTIN GOULD (16-28)
Gould and Selby both miss long reds before Gould leaves one hanging over the bottom left for Selby to sweep in. After rattling a pink into the same pocket Selby frees the blue; with the black tied up this is an awkward table, but if he can get the blue back on its spot soon he’s got a good scoring opportunity here.
MARK SELBY 4-0 MARTIN GOULD (0-28)
On 21 Gould tries to split the pack off the green but misses them completely, and is forced to place safe off a red near the bottom cushion. We’re now into a safety exchange.
MARK SELBY 4-0 MARTIN GOULD (0-1)
We’re underway again, and Selby goes in off from a safety to leave Gould a long red into the bottom right. Gould plugs it to land on the blue. Now then; can he register his first meaningful points of the match here? He surely needs to win this mini-session to have any chance tonight.
MARK SELBY 4-0 MARTIN GOULD
Selby adds 40 before missing the third last red to the right middle. That's 4-0 and this has been a merciless star from the world number four, Gould simply cannot get a foothold so far. We'll now break for the mid-session interval, see you in 15 minutes.
MARK SELBY 3-0 MARTIN GOULD (60-1)
There's a red to left middle on from behind the baulk line for Gould, and he drains it to leave a long blue to the yellow pocket. He jaws that out though, and he's left Selby right in here. Gould has hardly been at the table so far, so that was a huge, pressure shot. Selby has added 22 already and only needs two more red to win another frame.
MARK SELBY 3-0 MARTIN GOULD (38-0)
Selby plays into the pack as he gets to 38, but doesn't land on a red that's anything other than incredibly difficult. To keep the pressure on Gould, he plays safe. Selby has scored the last 274 points in this match.
MARK SELBY 3-0 MARTIN GOULD (7-0)
Gould misses a long red by a country mile down the left. In response Selby, whose long game has been immaculate so far, plugs a long red into the green pocket for the third time today, and he’s off and running again.
MARK SELBY 3-0 MARTIN GOULD
That's the frame secure for Selby, who makes 96 before failing to move the final red off the left cushion and missing a thin snick on it thereafter. That's 3-0.
MARK SELBY 2-0 MARTIN GOULD (51-0)
Selby needs two goes to split the pack appropriately. The second works perfectly and he's already banked a half century in this frame. There's plenty left in the open here to secure not just the frame but another century, and the touch Selby is in right now you wouldn't back against it.
MARK SELBY 2-0 MARTIN GOULD (18-0)
Gould misses a difficult red to left middle from off the bottom cushion. The red rolls out near the green spot, where Selby tags it in imperiously to land on the green to left middle. He's on 18 already with three open reds to play off and a tight pack that looks ripe to split well, so there's another high-scoring visit on a platter for him here.
MARK SELBY 2-0 MARTIN GOULD
Superb play from Selby as he empties the table to complete a break of 130 and win the second frame.
MARK SELBY 1-0 MARTIN GOULD (65-1)
Selby makes his half century and then picks a red off the bottom of the pack, but he's virtually straight on the black. Using a tremendous amount of topspin he goes off one cushion and into the cluster of the remaining five reds; they split beautifully and that will be the frame secured.
MARK SELBY 1-0 MARTIN GOULD (6-1)
Gould thunders in a long, cross table red into the bottom right, but the red trundles into the same jaws and he's not on a colour. He plays safe off the green, and Selby then misses a long one down the left side of the table. In return, Gould can't find the pocket with a mid-range red to the bottom left. It sits up over the yellow pocket after spitting back out, where Selby dispatches it to get going in frame two.
MARK SELBY 1-0 MARTIN GOULD
Gould accidentally doubles the yellow after swerving out of a snooker. Soon after though he traps Selby behind the black, and his opponent fails to hit the green off two cushions. One snooker now required for Gould, who's making a good go of this. Selby then flukes an outrageous snooker when trying to pot the green, and Gould goes in-off in attempting to escape. That's the frame over, as Selby steps in to mop up green, brown, blue and pink to win the first frame.
MARK SELBY 0-0 MARTIN GOULD (68-34)
A blow for Gould here, as he rolls a straight red to the right middle off the knuckles an out. It's early, but that could be costly and telling; Selby adds 24 but can't get position on the final red which is clinging to the bottom cushion. He plays safe off it, and leads by 35; Gould needs red, black and the colours to tie. Selby's left the red on to the top right, and Gould dispatches it; he leaves a tough black to the left middle from off the bottom cushion though, and he misses it. Gould now needs two snookers.
MARK SELBY 0-0 MARTIN GOULD (44-26)
Selby tries to catch a red thin off a safety, misses it completely and then hits the same cluster of three on the way back up, leaving Gould right in the middle of the table with reds everywhere. This is a great chance for Gould. In commentary, Neal Foulds remarks that Gould's game has transformed since he changed his glasses to 'snooker' glasses - not quite as broad as the ones sported by Dennis Taylor in his black ball final winning pomp, but broad enough that he's not looking over the top of the rims when playing down the table. Gould is quickly up to 26 and looking good here.
MARK SELBY 0-0 MARTIN GOULD (44-0)
Selby makes 39 from what's available, but can't get nicely on a red in the remaining cluster of nine and is forced to play safe.
MARK SELBY 0-0 MARTIN GOULD (6-0)
Selby misses a long red into the bottom right, but leaves nothing on for Gould. On his next visit Selby locates the heart of that pocket with a long red, but doesn't land on a baulk colour and tucks Gould up behind the green. Gould misses when trying to land on the pack, giving away four and, more importantly, an easy starter for Selby into the right middle.
BOYZ II BAIZE
And so we come to the end of the tournament. Our MC Phil Seymour introduces the players for the first session today. There'll be eight frames this afternoon, and it's Gould to break.
A LITTLE HISTORY
In ranking event matches between the two Selby has the edge, winning six contests to Gould's two. It's best of 17 today and the players have met over this distance once before in the semi-final of the International Championship in 2017, where Selby won 9-3.
THE PINNER POTTER
Martin Gould has only won one ranking title in his life, the German Masters in 2016. Recently, the 39-year old has dropped to number 53 in the world rankings, after a tough season in 2019/20 during which he considered quitting the game after struggling with mental health issues. He started the week well here in Milton Keynes, upsetting John Higgins in a final frame decider in the first round and then winning another decider against Yan Bingtao in the quarters yesterday afternoon. No one, though, expected what followed yesterday evening. Gould stunned the world number one Judd Trump to win their semi-final 6-3 and make it into today’s final.
THE JESTER FROM LEICESTER
It’s been a strange tournament for the world number four, who received two walkovers in the first three rounds and then, caked in rust, he fell 4-1 behind to Stuart Bingham in the fourth round. Since that point, he’s been magnificent; he turned it around to beat Bingham 5-4, and yesterday dismantled Ding Junhui 5-1 and Shaun Murphy 6-2 to reach the final today. If he can win this match he’ll claim his 18th ranking title, which will put him joint sixth on the all-time list alongside Neil Robertson.
Welcome to live coverage of the final of the 2020 European Masters from the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes. The afternoon session gets going at 1pm today, and we’ll return for the denouement at 7pm this evening. It’s a troubled world out there, so brew up and settle in for the day as Mark Selby and Martin Gould battle it out for the title.
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