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Monday, 15 October, 2018

Scoring power gives a key advantage to Robertson

Englishman eyeing Crucible date

Jimmy Robertson's ranking does not reflect his ability
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Just two matches stand between Jimmy Robertson and a third appearance at the Crucible Theatre and he can put on a show when he takes on Oliver Lines in the second round of qualifying matches at Ponds Forge.

Robertson kicked off his bid for a place in the Betfred World Championship with a 10-8 win over capable Chinese cueman Cao Yupeng. The Bexhill-on-Sea potter hit seven breaks of 50 or more in that contest, and that scoring power is likely to be the difference between the two players today.

Lines is a solid young cueman, and in terms of scoreline was a more impressive winner in the opening round of qualifiers, beating Duane Jones 10-6.

However, Lines made just one break of more than 50 in those 16 frames and while it would be unwise to read too much into a single contest, it does demonstrate the gulf between the two players.

It’s disappointing that a player of Robertson’s ability was ranked only number 39 in the world before the qualifiers began. Lines was ranked 58 so on that evidence there doesn’t seem to be much between the players.

However, anyone who has watched the Sussex cueman over the last few years will know that J-Rob is one of the best break-builders on tour and is a far better player than his ranking indicates.

Robertson is rated an 8-11 shot for today’s contest and that looks a juicy price.

Elsewhere, two-time world champion Mark Williams is 1-5 to see off Liam Highfield, who is 9-2 to upset the Welshman.

Stephen Maguire, who has played at the Crucible for the last 13 years, is 1-5 to beat Nigel Bond while 2006 champion Graeme Dott is a 2-5 chance against Dechawat Poomjaeng.

Recommendation
J Robertson
3pts 8-11 Coral

Anyone who has watched the Sussex cueman over the last few years will know that J-Rob is one of the best break-builders on tour
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