Pigeon ruffles feathers at World Snooker championships in Sheffield

The World Snooker Championship welcomed an extraordinary guest at Sheffield’s Crucible theatre when a pigeon swooped down and walked across the table.

The feathered guest briefly alighted on the baize in the afternoon session of the match between defending champion Mark Selby and Yan Bingtao on Friday.

“Well, I don’t believe that,” BBC commentator and former world champion Ken Doherty said.

“We’ve got a pigeon in the Crucible,” he added with a giggle, in case the identify of the winged intruder remained a mystery.

Yan appeared briefly perturbed as the pigeon flew past him to the floor, before hopping up onto the table, where the referee was racking the balls for the sixth frame.

It’s unlikely that Yan Bingtao would have expected to see a pigeon fly towards him.

It then startled Selby, who was just returning from backstage through the players’ entrance to the playing arena.

“Oh, it’s coming up to the commentary box,” Doherty said.

“Hello there,” veteran commentator John Virgo said.

“Where’s the pigeon going?” he added.

Back outside to the relative safety of Sheffield, it turns out, after staff managed to capture the intruder and release it.

Mark Selby lines up a shot on a snooker table
Despite the clear threat of swooping pigeons, both men played their part in an enthralling contest.(Getty Images: Ian Hodgson/PA Images)

The pigeon provided a brief footnote in what was an enthralling encounter between the two players, which was won by 22-year-old Yan, 13-10.

The match featured the longest individual frame in World Championship history, with the 22nd lasting a whopping 85 minutes and 22 seconds.

Reference-www.abc.net.au

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