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Snooker star Louis Heathcote made the ‘escape of the season’ at the English Open during his victory over Thor Chuan at the Brentwood Centre. Having been tied at 1-1, Heathcote was snookered and looked in a position of serious worry with the match in the balance, before pulling off a sensational escape that has been lauded on social media.
Chaun had left the cue ball on the top cushion, with the brown sandwiched between the white and the only remaining left on the table. However, after two failed attempts the 26-year-old British star sensationally wriggled out of the snooker by hitting the bottom cushion at the perfect angle, coming off the left cushion and nudging the ref.
Not only was he able to avoid giving up four points by hitting the red, he made sure that the cue ball was safe and the red was not left over the pocket, covering it with the brown in an incredible effort.
On X, formerly known as Twitter, fans were in awe of the shot as @chris147ace was one of many who felt it was one of the best escapes they have seen. They wrote: “@lheathcote147 with the escape of the season after just 2 attempts.”
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While @snookerPRO1 echoed their sentiments and said: “Brilliant escape by Louis Heathcote” and @Zander_Hamilton added: “That is class” accompanied by a clapping emoji.
Heathcote went on to win 4-1 to reach the last 64, but it is not the first time that an effort from the home star made an impression, as two years ago he used the edge of the pocket to get out of a similar situation against Ryan Day in a World Championship qualifier.
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This year’s English Open has seen no shortage of must-watch moments, as fellow home snooker star Matthew Selt won his match against Alfie Burden by making just one shot. He broke off and sent the cue back up the table, before Burden failed three attempts at sending the cue back into the pack of reds.
As he was not snookered at the time, a little-known rule saw Burden forced to concede the frame that has been described as the fastest in the sport’s history. It took just 100 seconds from Selt’s break to the moment that the frame was called by referee Rob Spencer, as the opening round has sparked plenty of dramatic exchanges already.
Heathcote will undoubtedly be hoping to build on his victory and stunning escape to better his best finish at the English Open of the third round in the 2019 edition.
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