Judd Trump moved a ball with his hand after tricking the referee to look away during his World Championship quarter-final with Stuart Bingham.
The theatrics occurred after Trump accidentally snookered himself as he hunted down a century break. He found himself wedged behind the pink with no obvious route to the brown, his next ball.
"Well it’s going to be a trick shot if it’s to be a century," began David Hendon on the Eurosport mic.
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The 2019 world champion weighed up his options. Either he could play a hit-and-hope shot off multiple cushions...or he could distract referee Ben Williams and move the pink ball with his hand to free up a path to the brown.
He settled on option two. Trump suggested to Williams that there was a disturbance in the crowd, pointing towards a fictional ruckus. As the crowd giggled along, Trump quickly moved the pink and fired his next shot before the official had a chance to cotton on.
By the time Williams had turned back around, balls were crashing around the table – with the blue eventually finding a home in the bottom left pocket to add to the confusion.
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"Fantastic. Ben Williams fell right for that, didn’t he. ‘Look away, I’ll move the pink’," continued Hendon as Trump returned to his chair with a huge grin etched across his face.
"Things are turning round for Trump, he’s enjoying it suddenly. That was like something out a sitcom."
Trump reeled off the final three frames of the second session to draw level with Bingham at 8-8. The pair play to a conclusion from 19:00 BST on Wednesday, with the winner facing Yan Bingtao or Mark Williams in the last four.
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