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Saturday, 8 February, 2003, 21:43 GMT
Framewatch: Hendry v Doherty
Saturday's B&H semi-finals

Ken Doherty 3-6 Stephen Hendry
(best of 11 frames)


Doherty 3-6 Hendry
Another tactical battle goes to the final colours and it is Hendry who crosses the winning line by potting the blue.

The Scot takes the frame 61-38 to set up a mouth-watering final against Mark Williams in the last-ever B&H Masters championship.

Doherty 3-5 Hendry The point of no return for Doherty and nerves begin to tell for both players, with little in it up to the colours.

Doherty then finds himself in trouble when a foul gives Hendry a free ball brown, which he slots in. But Hendry then misses the green, which would probably have sealed victory.

Doherty does well to take his chance to pot it under pressure and from there he snatches the frame 74-41 to stay in touch.

Doherty 2-5 Hendry
Doherty loses the chance to compile a substantial break when he misses a black, allowing Hendry back in to do enough to move into the lead.

Doherty still has a chance of saving the frame but misses the penultimate red when attempting to escape from a snooker behind the yellow.

Hendry makes no mistake after that to move within one frame of victory.

Doherty 2-4 Hendry
Doherty gets the better of the first real tactical battle of the semi-final - much to his relief, as he reduces the deficit to two frames.

Doherty 1-4 Hendry
No big breaks for a change, but Hendry still manages to put 71 points on the board, forcing Doherty to concede and fall 4-1 behind.

Doherty 1-3 Hendry
Hendry is on course for his 593rd century break, but inexplicably misses a simple last red to stall at 97.

However, his lead still moves to 3-1 at the interval, with the four-frame session's 46-minute duration standing as testament to the quality of play.

Doherty 1-2 Hendry
Doherty shows the fighting qualities he displayed in his epic quarter-final victory over Ronnie O'Sullivan, replying with an 87 break to reduce the deficit to one frame.

Doherty 0-2 Hendry
If Hendry has a hangover from missing the maximum 147 break on the penultimate ball in Friday's quarter-final win over Jimmy White, it is certainly not showing.

The six-times champion slots in the second-highest break in Masters history, his 144 equalling the score he notched against Ronnie O'Sullivan in 1996.

In adding a 592nd century to the most remarkable track record in snooker, the Scot cruises into a 2-0 lead in awesome fashion.

Doherty 0-1 Hendry
Both players make a tentative start and Hendry spurns a chance to wrap up the frame before the colours when he misses a simple black with the remaining reds open.

But Doherty is unable to take advantage and Hendry takes the opener 83-20 without either player making a substantial break.


Saturday's earlier result:

Mark Williams 6-3 Paul Hunter


Williams takes title

Masters history

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