I’ve seen some funny things at the Crucible in my time covering the Dafabet World Championship.
We had a streaker who dived under the table at the start of the 2008 final between Ronnie O’Sullivan and Ali Carter.
And in 2010 eccentric MC Rob Walker introduced six-time winner Steve Davis as Dennis Taylor, the player he famously lost to in the 1985 final.
But yesterday Glaswegian potter Alan McManus came close to suffering an unwanted embarrassment in front of the 980 crowd.
McManus wore a pair of snazzy Tartan trousers for a dare in his all-Scottish first round Crucible clash with John Higgins.
But the Scot was nearly caught short after his pants nearly fell down during the first frame. He had to borrow a belt from a member of the press to keep his pants from revealing more than he’d bargained for.
And the belt did the trick as the Bearsdon cueman raised his game after losing the opener to win six frames on the spin to power ahead.
Higgins hit back to win two frames to give himself a fighting chance of staying in the tournament, but McManus will be confident of his chances of triumphing.
McManus said: “It was a bit of a dare between me and [fellow Scottish player] Anthony McGill if either or both us got to the Crucible.
“It is Mackenzie tartan – but they were a bit loose as I forgot to bring my belt with me. My shirt was coming out, and that can happen with new trousers you have never played in. I suppose they could have fallen down, I don’t think so but you never know.”
n Cambridgeshire’s Joe Perry, a former semi-finalist, produced a fine comeback from 6-3 down to beat Jamie Burnett 10-7 to set-up a meeting with reigning champion Ronnie O’Sullivan on Thursday evening.