Some of the maddest scenes you are likely to see in professional snooker happened at the Masters yesterday evening, when a wasp interrupted a first round game between Mark Williams and David Gilbert.
With Willliams up 5-2 in the first to six match, the Wasp began to cause havoc, and Williams, ever the joker, managed to turn the incident into a pantomime.
Williams showed incredible nerve and composure, however, to come back from a sizeable deficit to take the frame and the match.
He will now face the world no. 2 Ronnie O'Sullivan in the quarter-finals, who easily brushed aside Luca Brecel in a 6-1 first round win.
A Wasp Takes Over The Snooker At The Masters
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David Gilbert: “You know, I hate that wasp.
“I should have won that last frame. I just lost a bit of concentration. I hate wasps, it did my head in. But no, well played Mark.”
“I looked like I was going to get steamrollered 6-0 the way he played to begin with, he was brilliant,” Gilbert explained.
“Obviously, I think 6-2 ends up a bit flattering in the end. It’s quite a strange one because I was close to giving him a game there.
“He played great. He pots so well and obviously his safety is brilliant.”
Mark Williams: "They’re all shouting, 'kill it', I thought if I whack that I’m in trouble!
“If they sting you, you’ll know all about it, don’t worry. Especially if they sting you down there.
"If I think I'm going to get more sting, I'm going for it. If I hit it nice and smooth, it's going in, I don't care where it is. That's why I'm going for some ridiculous shots."