Confusion reigned at the Snooker World Championships at the Crucible in Sheffield today, when Steve Tench, the Canadian, scored an unbelievable maximum+1 break of 148 in his enthralling first round match against Albert Fowlshotski of Poland.
It was the first time that anyone could remember a player scoring more than the regulation 147, and bemused scorers were at a loss to explain just how it had happened in the middle of snooker's most prestigious tournament.
Crucible manager Mahmoud al-Gebra said afterwards:
"I've certainly never seen it before, and in a big championship like this! I congratulate Steve, and hope that his record stands forever!"
Commentating for the BBC, former champion Dennis Taylor, who wore those enormous glasses, told viewers that the anomaly could have been down to a "computer error", or that maybe Tench had "cheated". But his colleague, the sullen and sombre-faced John Virgo disagreed, saying:
"That's snooker. It's no use speculating. It's just one of those things."