5 of the biggest shocks in snooker history

5 of the biggest shocks in snooker history

World number one Ronnie O’Sullivan on Tuesday crashed out of the World Championship in the first round after losing 10-8 to amateur James Cahill.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the other biggest shocks in snooker history.

Stuart Bingham v Stephen Hendry (2000)

Defending champion Stephen Hendry crashed out on the opening day in 2000 (PA Archive/PA Images)
Defending champion Stephen Hendry crashed out on the opening day in 2000 (PA Archive/PA Images)

Seven-time champion Hendry was expected to get the latest defence of his title off to a straightforward start against world number 97 Bingham, who was making his Crucible debut after coming through the qualifiers.

Hendry led 5-4 after the opening session but Bingham won five of the next six frames and produced a break of 87 to send Hendry crashing out on the opening day.

Tony Knowles v Steve Davis (1982)

Steve Davis (pictured) fell to Bolton qualifier Tony Knowles at the Crucible in 1982 (PA/PA Archive/PA Images)
Steve Davis (pictured) fell to Bolton qualifier Tony Knowles at the Crucible in 1982 (PA/PA Archive/PA Images)

Davis had won the first of his six world titles the previous year and was an odds-on favourite to defend his crown.

Bolton qualifier Knowles had other ideas however, racing into an 8-1 overnight lead and winning the first two frames the following day to seal a stunning victory.

Michael Wasley v Ding Junhui (2014)

Michael Wasley produced a break of 103 to force a decider which heclinched on the final pink after midnight (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)
Michael Wasley produced a break of 103 to force a decider which he clinched on the final pink after midnight (Anna Gowthorpe/PA)

Wasley was making his Crucible debut against an in-form Ding, who came into the event on the back of winning five ranking titles during the season.

Ding looked in command when he led 6-3, but Wasley recovered to trail 9-8 before the players were forced to come back for a rare third session after overrunning their allocated time slot. World number 73 Wasley produced a break of 103 to force a decider which he clinched on the final pink after midnight.

David Gray v Ronnie O’Sullivan (2000)

David Gray held his nerve to secure a famous win in 2000 (Alistair Wilson 50/50/PA)
David Gray held his nerve to secure a famous win in 2000 (Alistair Wilson 50/50/PA)

O’Sullivan had reached the semi-finals in 1999 and won the first of his five world titles in 2001, but in between suffered a shock defeat to Gray, who went on to lose 13-1 to Dominic Dale in the second round.

 O’Sullivan led 5-1 and 9-7 but could not scramble over the line and Gray held his nerve to secure a famous win.

Rory McLeod v Judd Trump (2017)

Rory McLeod’s highest break was only 77 but he played gritty match snooker to overcome an early deficit (Rui Vieira/PA)
Rory McLeod’s highest break was only 77 but he played gritty match snooker to overcome an early deficit (Rui Vieira/PA)

Trump was among the favourites for the title in 2017 and faced 1,000-1 outsider McLeod in the opening round, but could only manage a top break of 65 in a low-scoring contest.

McLeod’s highest break was only 77 but he played gritty match snooker to overcome an early deficit to win 10-8.

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- Press Association

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