The rule is sound but the implementation is not. Take two examples from yesterday, Peter Ebdon against Ronnie O'Sullivan - Peter had a pretty simple escape but choose an extremely difficult route instead so he wouldn't leave a ball on. On this occasion the ref was right to keep calling a miss as Peter was gaining an advantage by missing.
However in the other SF Neil was in a very difficult snooker in which he had to come off 4 cushions just to hit the red, his first attempt was too short and therefore was right to be put back. The next attempt he could not have got any closer, off 4 cushions and there was enough pace. The difficulty of the snooker was proven by the fact he kept missing until the frame was over.
It was the wrong call by Jan and if he had of actually followed the rule properly a miss wouldn't have been called a second time.
It would seem the referees will call a miss every time which is not what the rule was designed for. They need to start thing about -
The difficulty of the snooker
If the player has taken the easiest route to get out of the snooker
If they are trying to gain an advantage by missing
- Posts: 8520
- Joined: 03 October 2009
- Location: Ireland
- Snooker Idol: Hendry Allen