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Snooker Matthew Stevens v Paul Hunter 2004 Final Frame

By • Oct 25th, 2008 • Category: Pool Tournament Videos, Snooker Videos

Matthew Stevens fought back from a seemingly hopeless position to edge out Paul Hunter 13-12 at The Crucible.

Stevens, who began the session 10-6 behind, took all four of the opening frames to level after an inspired run with breaks of 58, 53, 64 and 73.

Hunter went 12-10 up but let Stevens back in with a missed match-ball pink in the 23rd.

The ninth seed cleared up to narrow the gap, forced a decider and edged a nail-biting decider on the pink.

Stevens was delighted with victory over his close friend but admitted his heart was in his mouth during a thrilling final frame.

“I played four perfect frames at the start, but then Paul came back well and I had to dig deep,” said Stevens.

“It was an unbelievable end. We were both going for shots and missing – it was like the Davis and Taylor final.

“I think Paul is one the top two players in the world – he was the man to beat at this tournament.”

A disappointed Hunter reiterated his desire to become world champion.

“You’ve got to believe in yourself in this game and I do – before the end of my career I will definitely be lifting that silver trophy,” said Hunter.

“I was trying my hardest but I suppose the pressure did get to me a bit.

“He was a bit lucky, but that’s snooker and it’s not the end of the world.”


Second-round result (best of 25 frames):
M Stevens (Wal) 13-12 P Hunter (Eng)

109-21 (109), 58-67, 65-70 (65 Stevens), 47-83 (70), 89-0 (89), 62-45, 55-43, 2-85, 113-0 (113), 18-54, 26-105 (67), 57-43, 5-66, 0-125 (125), 1-85, 41-82, 73-37 (58), 91-0 (53), 80-42 (64), 77-0 (73), 0-81, 24-106 (99), 58-50, 61-31, 63-50

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21 Responses »

  1. neuroendocrines tumor on his stomach – short therm Cancer 🙁

  2. David Beckham is good too. Nobody can cross like him and take free kick like him. His only mistake was that he left Man Utd.

  3. I miss the lad – he gave the David Beckham glam factor to snooker – only difference is, Mr Hunter was good at his sport.

  4. I miss you so much…

  5. How he died?

  6. it not because he pass away im saying this now, he was a future champ to me. The way he played ronnie in one of the master finals, was unbelievable. The safety, breakbuilding and his bottle… world class

  7. Come on Matthew

  8. Amazing Paul HUNTER

  9. I’m sorry…but can you racconter me how die Paul Hunter because i didn’t know it ? thnx.

  10. Hunter won 3 times Masters, so he is some kind of legend

  11. hunter legend?

  12. what a tragedy.PAUL we will never forget you

  13. Paul is a flaming legend!!

    RIP paul

    see you soon paul and remember i will challenge you for a couple of frames!!

  14. R.I.P. paul hunter sadly missed

  15. Would have been a world champion if his life hadnt been tragically cut short.

  16. “You’ve got to believe in yourself in this game and I do – before the end of my career I will definitely be lifting that silver trophy,” said Hunter.
    What a shame, I nearly cried when I read this. I miss Paul Hunter, snooker has lost a great.

  17. Rest in peace Paul Hunter.

  18. R.I.P Paul Hunter !

  19. very exiting ending,nice video

  20. thanks!!great video!

  21. ‘this is drama of the highest order!’
    great video!

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