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Last Updated: Monday, 5 May, 2003, 22:49 GMT 23:49 UK
Frame by frame: Williams v Doherty
World Championship final:
(best of 35 frames)

Mark Williams (Wal) 18-16 Ken Doherty (Ire)
60-37, 82-55, 0-97 (76), 73-29, 86-30 (62), 82-12 (52), 74-30, 75-56 (75 and 56), 24-85, 118-4 (118), 76-1, 101-0 (101), 0-79 (79), 69-70, 75-0, 51-60 (50 Doherty), 10-73 (52), 31-62, 6-128 (128), 17-61, 49-82, 39-70, 68-41, 0-115 (115), 62-19, 23-98 (92), 87-0 (87), 45-78, 121-0 (120), 77-0 (64), 17-68, 9-120 (112), 96-28, 120-0.


Frame-by-frame breakdown:

First session:

Frame one: Understandably, the opening frame is a cagey affair but Williams produces some confident shots and a 42 clearance seals the win.

Frame two: Another tense safety-dominated frame with both players still struggling to find their rhythm. Williams looks to be clearing up but misses a final blue to give Doherty some hope. The Welshman, however, then flukes it to edge home.

Frame three: Doherty knows he must not let Williams get too far in front and rattles in an impressive 76 run to claim his first frame of the final.

Frame four: The finalists share a joke to lift the tension but Williams is the one who is smiling after Doherty misses a simple black to the bottom pocket. Williams wins the frame and takes a healthy lead into the interval.

Frame five: Williams shows why he is the new world number one when he pounces clinically after a Doherty mistake to fire in a frame-winning 62.

Frame six: Doherty can do nothing as an in-form Williams claims a 52 break which helps him go four in front. The Irishman, who is known for his battling qualities, will have to come from behind yet again.

Frame seven: The fifth seed just cannot get going and Williams is dominating proceedings. It's starting to look ominous for Doherty.

Frame eight: A 56 break puts Doherty ahead but the irrepressible Williams digs in and a superb 75 gives him a commanding lead at the end of the first session. Doherty will have to summon all his powers if he is to fight back from this disappointing start.


Second session:

Frame nine: Doherty had to start the second session strongly and a 47 break after Williams misses a difficult black reduces the deficit.

Frame 10: The 2000 champion is in determined mood and a break of 118, the first century run of the final so far, wins the frame.

Frame 11: Doherty goes in-off, Williams steps in and wins the frame. The Welshman has found his rhythm and is looking unstoppable.

Frame 12: Doherty is not doing a lot wrong but he just cannot get to the table. Williams is sinking everything and a 101 break seals the last frame before the interval.

Frame 13: The interval has obviously done Doherty some good and he comes out firing with a morale-boosting 79 run.

Frame 14: A tense affair in which both players have chances. Doherty goes 69-0 down needing snookers and looks to be out of it. But the gutsy Irishman refuses to give in, gets the snooker and takes advantage of a rare Williams error to edge home.

Frame 15: Doherty makes a couple of errors and, after struggling to get out of a snooker, Williams gets the points he needs.

Frame 16: Doherty shows his undoubted ability and sinks a long red which sets him up for a 50 frame-winning break. The Irishman has shown guts and has drawn the second session 4-4 but he still has a massive task if he is going to overcome the third seed.


Third session:

Frame 17: Last day of the marathon tournament and Doherty takes advantage after Williams misses a long-range red to fire in a 52 frame-winning break.

The plucky Irishman has now won four of the last five frames but still has a large mountain to climb.

Frame 18: Doherty seems to have found his rhythm and produces some superb play to reduce the deficit again. An evening session is now guaranteed.

Frame 19: With Williams failing to hit the heights of the first two sessions, Doherty is sparkling and revelling in the situation, rattling in a superb 128, the 50th century break of the tournament, and is now only three behind.

Frame 20: Williams misses a pink off its spot and Doherty steps in to claim another frame. The match has turned on its head - it's game on.

Frame 21: A tense safety-dominated frame lasting over 30 minutes could be the turning point in what is becoming a classic contest. Williams has three chances to win the frame but spurns them all and Doherty looks to be cleaning up but misses a straightforward brown.

With four balls left on the table, Doherty then sinks a long brown and is now only one behind.

Frame 22: Doherty looks to be on the way to a frame-winning score but misses a red to the bottom corner pocket to give Williams a chance. But the Welshman fails to take it and Doherty sinks the final green to win the frame and level the scores.

Frame 23: Williams stops the rot and claims his first frame of the third session when he clears up after Doherty goes in-off.

Frame 24: Doherty fires in a superb 115 break to win the seventh frame of the third session which sets the match up for a thrilling finale.

The momentum is now with the resilient fifth seed and Williams must regroup in the break otherwise his title hopes may disappear completely.


Fourth session:

Frame 25: A nervy and tense start to the deciding session in a frame which sees both players making errors. Doherty's slip is the one that matters and Williams, who has been out of sorts all day, steps in to win a morale-boosting frame.

Frame 26: Williams is still struggling to get his game going and, after the Welshman misses a simple red, Doherty claims a superb 92 to tie the score again.

Frame 27: Could be this be the moment when Williams finally regains the form that put him 11-4 ahead at one stage? The Welshman fires in an assured 87, his highest break since the 12th frame, to take a narrow lead.

Frame 28: Twice it looks as if Williams will take a two-frame lead into the interval but he slips up and Doherty wins a vital frame.

Frame 29: A fantastic 120 break from Williams puts him ahead yet again. An absorbing contest just gets better and better.

Frame 30: It has been said before, but this could be the pivotal frame in a dramatic final. Williams, who seems to have regained his touch, fires in a 64 and although a nasty kick ends the run, he is able to claim a two-frame advantage.

Frame 31: Just when you think he is beaten, 1997 champion Doherty produces a perfect response with a 64 break. Williams battles on despite needing two snookers but Doherty reduces the deficit to one.

Frame 32: Williams must wonder what he has to do to shake off the Irishman, who fires in a fabulous 112 break to pull level once again.

Frame 33: An unbelievable frame in which both players fail to take advantage of frame-winning chances. Doherty leaves a red open and Williams is able to pounce, putting him just one frame from victory.

Frame 34: Williams sinks an amazing double to set him up for a 77 break which gives him victory in what has been an incredible final.




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