Regular readers know that I never write about pool. Ergo tonight's Shot of the Day consists of a remarkable two flukes in a row by the number two snooker player in China, Liang Wenbo.
As we pick up the action at 2:32:17, in the evening session of the English Championship, Liang has just played a safety to the top cushion. With Liang in his chair, opponent Judd Trump then plays a safety up table, but leaves Liang able to see the red near baulk. Play is interrupted by a spectator's cellphone. Liang then plays a safety on that red, but it travels across the table not once but twice.... Liang raises his hand to Trump to acknowledge the fluke. Liang then must pot a color, so he takes aim at the green into the side pocket, and misses...
Sort of! Watch what happens.
You'll almost never see that—two flukes in a row, especially one off the knuckle. Judd Trump must have felt the gods were against him.
A spectacular match to watch, by the way. Tension and pressure in abundance in the later stages.
P.S. Some day I will write a pool-to-snooker translation key. Pot = pocket, double = bank, winning line = finish line, etc.
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