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I WATCHED a fair bit of last week’s Masters snooker.
Not a huge fan of the sport but if I stumble into it when channel-hopping I do tend to watch the frame I land on – and then invariably stick around for the next one... and the next one...and soon that’s the afternoon gone.
I do enjoy watching the tournament’s eventual winner, Mark Selby, the sport’s current number one player.
The ‘Jester from Leicester’ as he is tagged, seems an engaging character, plays the game with a smile but is also thoughtful about his sport and his own performance when quizzed.
The big story at the Ally Pally last week seemed to be that the table was misbehaving and balls were rolling wayward an extra couple of inches on occasions – and this in a game that commentator John Virgo seems to remind us every couple of minutes is ‘all about fractions’.
It would seem the table was having trouble bedding down on the uneven flooring beneath it.
Mind you that is a minor problem compared to one year when I was editing BBC’s old Saturday afternoon war horse, Grandstand, and having lost the day’s Test cricket and horse racing to torrential rain, I also lost my main standby, the World Snooker Championship from Sheffield, when a leaking roof sent splashes of rain water onto the green baize surface beneath it and temporarily halted proceedings.
Probably for the first and last time in the history of that sport, it was a case of rain stopped play...at the snooker!