Shock treatment riles Dott as Murphy battles to second round win in gripping battle
23:05 GMT, 26 April 2013
23:51 GMT, 26 April 2013
'title': 'Shock treatment riles Dott as Murphy battles to second round win in gripping battle',
Graeme Dott lost a gripping late night second round encounter 13-11 to Shaun Murphy but it was the shock treatment he endured in the morning session which jarred him most.
The Scot felt a static shock every time he played a shot close to the cushion and refused to play on until an official sprayed the carpet with water.
Happy days: Shaun Murphy celebrates his win at the Crucible
Shaking hands: Murphy and Dott after their gripping second round clash
Dott said: ‘I had it once before in Ireland and they watered the carpet there so that’s why I told them to do that today.
‘It was every shot and if it wasn’t
the big shocks I was getting little ones constantly. They wanted me to
finish the frame before they watered the carpet. I refused because it’s
not fair to get an electric shock every time you touch the table.
Murphy, winner here in 2005, said: ‘I
could hear the crack of the shots but I thought water and electricity
together was bad, so I don’t get it.
'I've never seen a man out there spraying the carpet. I thought it was weird.'
On the ball: Murphy battled through to the last eight in Sheffield
Scot of bother: Graeme Dott lost a dramatic second round match
Dott battled back superbly from 6-2
down to draw level at 8-8 going into the concluding session on Friday
night. The two remained level at 10-10, before Murphy crucially won a
frame that lasted nearly an hour on a re-spotted black.
He then won the next to move 12-10 in
front, and even though 2006 champion Dott stayed alive by winning the
23rd frame, Murphy kept his nerve to book his place in the last eight.
Dott said afterwards: 'It was a good game to be involved in. I played well this morning but yesterday I kept missing unbelievable balls. You don't win many matches where you lose the first session 6-2. I think Shaun played well tonight and was stronger than me, and he deserved to win.'
Murphy said: 'Finishes like that are great fun. That's the whole point of being a snooker player, those moments there. I've lost my fair share of late-night Crucible matches and it's nice to come through one of them.'
Elsewhere on Friday night, world No 1 Mark Selby edged 9-7 ahead against Barry Hawkins.
Earlier in the day, 2011 runner-up Judd Trump fired in breaks of 109, 127 and 112 in building a 6-2 lead against Marco Fu.