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Disappointment in China

posted 18 Aug 2017, 00:19 by Steve Canniford

Losing to Ronnie O'Sullivan is no disgrace. However, Sam won their last encounter a few years back and went into the match feeling confident. However, on this occasion Sam's game was below par and Ronnie punished missed opportunities with a string of frame winning breaks. Sam took the first frame and had a good chance to go 2-1 up after Ronnie drew level. However, an all-or-nothing missed cut with the rest gifted the frame to Ronnie who, after a rusty start, got into his flow. Final score, Ronnie wins 5-2. 

Recent Qualifiers

posted 11 Aug 2017, 08:05 by Steve Canniford

In round 1 of the European Masters qualifiers Sam was up against Jimmy Robinson. After swapping frames to level at 3-3 it went into a decider, Sam held his nerve fashioning a 77 break to win 4-3. A good result, especially with Jimmy posting a 130 break going into the decider. Not so good in the World Open against Chen Zhe, Sam lost the first two frames which meant he was playing catch-up. He got back on level terms only to go two behind again. He pulled one back before Chen ran out with a 102 break to win 5-3.
 

Off to a positive start

posted 1 Jul 2017, 01:24 by Steve Canniford   [ updated 1 Jul 2017, 01:26 ]

Two qualifiers; China Championship and Riga Masters to start the season. In the first event Sam had a comfortable 5-2 win over Josh Boileau, his next match will be in China in August. 

In the Riga Masters Sam had a nice run to the last 16 before losing to Mark Joyce 4-2. In the qualifiers he had a close match against Matthew Selt, taking the final black to win 4-3. In round one of the main event Sam made light work to defeat Michael White 4-0. Round two saw Sam play solid snooker to beat Noppon Saengkham 4-2 before his defeat at the hands of Mark in the last 16. The two key frames that cost Sam the match where frame one; after being 60 points in front in the opening frame, he let it slip to go one down; and in frame five, with a frame winning opportunity at 2-2, he lost his way to hand the frame to Mark. A positive start to the season with some solid play that moves him up one place in the provisional rankings to 50.

2016-17 - Holding his own

posted 23 May 2017, 13:13 by Steve Canniford

Sam started the season ranked 46 and ended ranked 51. A drop of just 5 places was not ideal but he's still in the top 64 and it could have been much worse. Sam usually ends the season strong but this season he performed better mid way through the season. Good runs; in the Paul Hunter Classic before losing out to the World number one Mark Selby; reaching the last 16 in the International Championship before falling to Shaun Murphy, helped him remain on the top 64.

It has to be said the final 7 or 8 tournaments the results were pretty ordinary and no one knows this more than Sam. Even though he felt his game was in good fettle the results did not materialise. However, a solid 4-2 win over World No.2 John Higgins was one of the highlights of the season, thus proving that Sam can still raise his game for the big challenges. On more than one occasion Sam struggled to deal with somewhat indifferent conditions, a situation that maybe should not arise at this level even if it is the same for both players. Looking forward to the new season Sam has no expectations, just head down and try his best, as he always does....

After the Loard Mayors Show...

posted 17 Feb 2017, 13:42 by Steve Canniford

Consistency is key to being successful at this game of ours and whilst it's good to get one over on one of the greats you have to follow it up against the rest. No player is easy, especially when matches are limited to the best of seven frames, blink and you've lost! Look at the number of top players that have fallen by the wayside in this event. 

Against Craig Steadman Sam had one of those matches where potting seemed to be something he had forgotten how to do, we've all been there, some of us more often than others! Having said that Craig was the better play on the day, as is evidenced by his 4-1 victory.

Welsh Open sees a big name fall to the Baird

posted 13 Feb 2017, 15:59 by Steve Canniford   [ updated 13 Feb 2017, 16:10 ]

Two really good steals from Sam to start his first round match against John Higgins saw Sam take a 2-0 lead. Sam was then gifted a trio of opportunities in frame three before he made it three steals in a row to lead 3-0.....Sam's key shot that started the final visit was a bravely played slow pot to the center pocket from a tight angle. At this point in the match Sam's pot success was an impressive 96%. Frame four saw a couple of early missed pots from both players before Higgins took the bull by the horns to peg one back to trail 3-1. In frame five Sam was presented with another early opportunity to fashion a decent break but after a couple of nervy shots he failed to take advantage. Higgins responded with a solid 83 break to make it 3-2 to Sam. 

Getting over the line against players of Higgins pedigree is as tough as it gets. However, after a poor safety shot from Higgins Sam recovered his composure to make a 56 break. Sam left Higgins with five reds in the open and all colours available and you could see another frame going the way of the former champion. However, Sam was given one last chance and he took it well to win the match 4-2........follow the Baird! 

China Qualifiers

posted 2 Feb 2017, 14:15 by Steve Canniford

Not a good start to the new year....Sam's first match was in the China Open qualifiers against Jimmy White. Sam got off to a good start by going 2-0 up with frame winning breaks. However, Jimmy came back to level at 2-2. Sam and Jimmy then swapped frames to go 3-3. Sam edged in front with another frame winning break and needed just one from the last two frames to win. It was at this point Sam seemed to loose concentration and let Jimmy in to take the last two frames to win the match 5-4. A disappointing result given the way the match went but Jimmy's good form of late continues. A few weeks to ponder over missed opportunities and get in the right frame of mind before the Shoot-Out 23rd February.  

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

posted 23 Dec 2016, 08:27 by Steve Canniford   [ updated 23 Dec 2016, 08:27 ]


Sam wishes all his supporters

a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2017

'Living the Dream'

Pre Christmas Gloom - Post Christmas Expectations

posted 20 Dec 2016, 23:38 by Steve Canniford

After early exits from the German and the Scottish Open's Sam is looking forward to some festive cheer and quality time spent with family and friends. In the German Open Sam came up against the young 16 year old rookie pro from China Yan Bingtao, after a disappointing match Sam lost 5-1. Sam fared no better in the Scottish Open, losing for the second time in just a few weeks to Mitchell Mann, this time 4-2....the break will give Sam time to relax, gather his thoughts and come back fresh for the China Open early in the new year.

UK Disappointment

posted 30 Nov 2016, 12:24 by Steve Canniford

The UK is a key tournament in the professional snooker calendar where players get to play a few more frames than is the norm these days and it also carries decent prize money. Sam was in a reasonably confident mood going into the tournament and in the first round he played well, posting back-to-back centuries to win 6-2 against Sean O'Sullivan. In the next round he faced Mitchell Mann and it was to be a different story.....Mitchell handled the indifferent conditions better and played solid snooker, finishing the match strongly to win 6-2. Sam was left disappointed but philosophical, down but not out!  

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