went almost unoticed.
Barry Hearn: Speed it up for the World Championship
by Lee Reynolds, Daily Mirror 22/03/2011
BARRY HEARN will lean on Crucible snooker refs next month, urging them: “Stamp out the snail-paced potting.”
The draw for the first round of next month’s world championship was made yesterday at Wembley Stadium and snooker supremo Hearn made a plea for quick-fire matches.
He said: “I am saying to the players that while I am not looking to put shot-clocks in, be aware that the public must be entertained.
“There is a limit on pace of play they must be aware of.
“I want to see the game flow. We are a sport and an entertainment. Fans need value for money.
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“I am saying to the referees and officials, ‘Use your own judgment, there are no strict or hard and fast rules, but I want to see games move.
“I don’t want to see players taking three minutes over a shot. If players get a warning, I expect them to realise this is a brave new world and react in the right way.”
Snooker is desperate to put on a Sheffield super-show after Neil Robertson’s triumph 11 months ago was clouded by the John Higgins “frames for cash” affair.
Higgins was cleared but served a disrepute ban.
In the draw, Australian defending champion Robertson has been handed a tough test against Bristol’s rising star Judd Trump.
Ronnie O’Sullivan will take on eccentric Welshman Dominic Dale while world No.1 Higgins is up against Steve Davis’s conqueror in the qualifiers, former semi-finalist Stephen Lee.
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bold added by me.
I haven't seen the result of the WSA questionnaire about canevassing the miss rule but from what I heard the players were in favour of a status quo. On this forum many of us agreed that if common sense and discretion were used by the refs, no changes would be needed (some having serious doubt about the feasibility of this though).
So maybe this is it?
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