04-16-2005, 03:15 PM
Ronnie has just nicked it against Stephen Maquire 10-9. For a time I thought he was going to join the long list of defending champions who fall at the first fence. Because the blue, pink and black were tied up in the reds, Ronny had to really dig deep to make a match winning break off the baulk colours. Overall it was quite an absorbing contest. I'm sure he'll be relieved to make it through to the best of 25 matches.