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Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 April, 2005, 23:46 GMT 00:46 UK
Crucible Diary - Day Five
By Jonathan Rawcliffe & Phil Harlow
BBC Sport at The Crucible

Mark Williams was understandably thrilled with his 147 break, but made no secret of the fact the 161,000 on offer supplied his main motivation.

Williams should wait before splashing out as the money could yet be shared.

If another player matches the break, the cash will be split - a prospect that brings out the schadenfreude in Williams' mate Stephen Hendry.

"If it's not me, I just want to be there to see his face when it happens," said a smiling Hendry.


Never mind Mark Williams' 147 maximum break, the real talk of the Crucible has been the mystery of the missing mugs.

Snooker legend Steve Davis
Snooker legend Steve Davis shows off his mug

Special snooker-themed mugs used to keep the Crucible's hard-working journalists in tea and coffee were sent away to be cleaned - and never came back.

Top level investigations discovered the mugs for sale on popular auction website eBay.

But those fearing another bad news diary story - or that their hard-working journalists might be deprived their caffeine fix - can relax.

Six-time Crucible winner Steve Davis took it on himself to get his fellow snooker stars to sign one of the remaining mugs and auction it for charity.

Which all goes to show that Davis is no mug.


Snooker's wild boy Quinten Hann ended up playing with a borrowed cue against Peter Ebdon after losing his own in a bizarre trans-continental mix-up.

"Someone nicked the butt of my cue," Hann said. "I flew with it from China to Australia. On the way back I got to Shanghai and immigration pulled me up.

"I bought a new ticket, but my cue went to Beijing without me. I flew to London on Friday, the cue turned up on Sunday, and the butt was gone."

Confused? We certainly were...


When he discovered his own cue was unusable for this year's World Championship, Hann reacted in a thoroughly professional manner.

"I intended to go out last night for a practice and a few drinks," he said.

"When I opened up my case and found the butt was missing, I went out for a lot of drinks.

"I had a hangover, and the migraine kicked in during the second session. By the end, I was in bits," said Australia's top snooker star.





SEE ALSO
Crucible Diary - Day Four
19 Apr 05 |  Snooker
Crucible Diary - Day Three
18 Apr 05 |  Snooker
Crucible Diary - Day Two
17 Apr 05 |  Snooker
Crucible Diary - Day One
16 Apr 05 |  Snooker



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