It’s been described as the unsung hero of the Crucible. And as it often disappears off our screens between frames, perhaps its name is rather appropriate.
It’s the Bermuda triangle or to give it its official name - the Bermuda tournament snooker triangle.
Which, actually, is a rectangle but with a triangle inside it. And it’s on wheels.
The spectators inside the Crucible for the World Snooker Championships will, of course, see it in use for setting up the reds ready for the next frame.
TV, understandably, usually go back to the studio for panel discussion on the frame just shown. So, as far as tv viewers are concerned, the Bermuda triangle goes missing.
Introduced only this year, it was in use for the first time at the Crucible last Saturday - they set up the reds with it for Ronnie O’Sullivan’s return.
The designer of it is 49-year-old Sheffield snooker fan Paul Beck from Broomhill who only began work on the design last October.
He put much study into it and describes it as a 21st century design and says the rectangular shape, aligned to the table itself, enables the triangle to do its job with perfect accuracy.
The fact it has already been used there suggests it’s doing its job. And should get more outings.
Paul describes it as ‘the unsung hero’ of the championships and hopes that it will be used at the final.
THE start of the local cricket season sneaked in under the radar last weekend. But a week late for one league in Yorkshire - they’d planned to start the previous Saturday but actually called off all those fixtures a fortnight earlier because of the bad weather making it probably the earliest postponement ever.
But the prize for most unusual postponement last Saturday must go to Berlin Cricket Club.
Their opening fixture had to be called off because a helicopter crashed on the outfield! The area at the crash site was so soft, they couldn’t use heavy machinery to remove all the debris. So, game off.
INCIDENTALLY, you will have seen in your papers in the wake of the 10 game ban for Luis Suarez that Paolo Di Canio got an 11 game ban for pushing over referee Paul Alcock at Hillsborough in 1998.
Once again, no, he didn’t. It was 8. He’d got three games for the red card before laying a finger on him.