Strange evening really. I started out much more confident than usual after having a great practice session at the weekend, and I played well for the first two best of sevens. No massive breaks but I hit over ten 20+ breaks in a short time. The run of the balls was terrible – bad pack splits, nasty cannons, you name it, it happened. Had the run been a bit better I think I could have had a few fiftys at least. Laurence played pretty poorly (he’d probably agree with me) and struggled to find any form all evening. He had a couple of good frames later on in the session but overall I think his mind was elsewhere, which I could tell as he kept miscounting my breaks (something I do myself when my head is all over the place).
Me 4-1 Laurence
67-60, 57-47, 64-19 (35), 41-57, 79-27
Me 4-2 Laurence
59-68, 73-40 (46), 60-18, 48-58, 64-53 (48 [jimbo]) 50-12
Me 3-4 Laurence
71-16, 48-25, 17-51, 30-54, 30-57, 76-33 (37, 33 [jimbo]), 46-69
Time Taken: 4.5 hrs
Average Frame Time: 15 mins
Overall Frame Score: Me 11-7 Laurence
Jimbo breaks: 35, 46, 48, 37, 33 (10 x 20+ breaks)
Laurence breaks: (7 x 20+ breaks)
Jimbo’s rating for Jimbo’s performance: 5/10
Jimbo’s rating for Laurence’s performance: 3/10
Laurence and I have decided to try and video one or two of our practice sessions. We think this will help us to analyse what we’re doing when we are playing well. We’ll be able to watch our pace, technique and the all-crucial timing of our shots. Hopefully this will give us some insight into how we might become more consistent. On the flip side, videoing us playing bad will give us something visual to compare against when we are playing well. It will be interesting to see the differences in posture, speed, shot approach, timing and general attitude when playing bad vs playing great. When we’ve got some good clips, I’ll post them here on Jimbozone with an indepth analysis.