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Mark Williams Delights Crucible Crowd With 'Leftfield' Break-Off

Mark Williams Delights Crucible Crowd With 'Leftfield' Break-Off
PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Mark Williams's controversial break-off shot has been one of the big talking points at this year's World Snooker Championship.

Rather than a traditional break-off, the 2018 world champion has regularly chosen to roll the cue ball into the rear of the pack off the cushion. Williams believes not leaving on a long red for an opponent increases his chances of victory.

Though, it has not always worked out for him. In the third frame of his quarter-final against Mark Selby, he failed to hit the pack.

Still, he continued to use it. In the 15th frame against Mark Selby - down 11-3 - the Welshman chose to play the break with a twist. Round than play the shot off one cushion, he used four. By that stage, there was a playful resignation to Williams's game.

"We're going to see something different here from Williams," said Eurosport commentator Phil Studd.


"If a defensive break-off is plan B, this is probably plan X. At least he's hit the red. I guess when you're 11-3 down, you need to try something a bit leftfield."

Selby went on to win the frame, and the next, to win the match 13-3. He will play the winner of Anthony McGill and Stuart Bingham's quarter-final in the last-four.


Throughout the match, Williams maintained a sense of humour and adventure. In the eighth frame, the second of the three he won, the 46-year-old attempted to clear the table using the rest.

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