Is this the best snooker shot ever? Trapped behind the black, Louis Heathcote uses the jaws of the pocket to reach the yellow … and the POTS!
- Louis Heathcote produced one of the greatest shots in snooker history last week
- Heathcote was trying to qualify for the World Championship against Ryan Day
- But he was snooked, positioned behind the black ball on the bottom cushion
- He smashed the ball from the jaws of the pocket and it bounced 90 degrees
- The cue ball then crashed into the yolk and hit it in the top pocket
Louis Heathcote produced arguably the greatest snooker shot in the game’s history last weekend when he sort of potted after channeling the ball from the jaws of the pocket.
In his World Championship qualifying clash with Ryan Day in Sheffield on Sunday, Heathcote appeared to be in a corner he couldn’t get out of.
Winning 4-3 at the time, Heathcote found himself in the unenviable position of being snooked, positioned behind the black ball on the cushion.
Louis Heathcote arguably produced the greatest snooker shot in gaming history
Heathcote appeared to be in a corner he couldn’t get out of with the cue ball behind the black one
After weighing his options, Heathcote let fly to the pocket directly along the bottom
Miraculously, the bullet hit the jaws of the lower right pocket and ricocheted between them
After hitting the jaws of the pocket, the cue ball then shot at an angle of almost 90 degrees
Somehow the cue ball hit the yellow ball and saved it a penalty in the tense qualifier.
He then also canned the yellow in the pocket to provide Heathcote with a miraculous escape.
With very little room to extricate himself from the problem, Heathcote weighed his options.
The white ball was so close to the black ball that every hit posed a serious problem.
But, in defiance of a potential penalty, Heathcote let himself fly to the pocket directly along the cushion at the bottom of the table.
Miraculously, the bullet crashed into the jaws of the lower right pocket and shot out at an angle of almost 90 degrees.
Somehow, not only did white hit the yellow ball and spare it a penalty, but he also channeled the yellow into the pocket to provide Heathcote with a miraculous escape.
Heathcote was playing a World Championship qualifying clash with Ryan Day in Sheffield
Heathcote appeared to joke on Twitter saying he ‘couldn’t believe’ people thought it was fluke
Having landed one of the biggest snooker shots, Heathcote barely looked bored when he potted. Surely he didn’t think so?
He certainly appeared to suggest he did it on Twitter, posting after the game: ‘Can’t believe everyone is saying it was fluke.
Heathcote also retweeted the host of the day’s match, Gary Lineker, who simply posted “ Woah ” in response to a video of the accidental shooting.
Unfortunately, he couldn’t build on the huge chunk of luck he received and failed to clear the colors in that frame, meaning Day could level the game at 4-4. .
It was Day who then progressed to the next round, winning a nerve-racking final to advance to the final stage of qualifying.
Fans wondered if this was intentional by Heathcote, although they must have thought it was luck
Fans have questioned whether this was intentional or not by Heathcote, although most claimed it was purely luck.
One Twitter user wrote: ‘Definitely a billion for a stroke of luck, but I’m saying if a player plays a good shot to hit the ball they deserve a bit of luck. He was really lucky ”.
Another added: ‘He couldn’t have predicted which line the cue ball would have taken after snapping in the jaws. Although it was the blow played, it is a coincidence that he potted it.
“100 percent by chance. Probably a one in a million chance of happening! One fan tweeted while another said: “ It would have been better if he had intended to do it! ”.
But in a poll by Eurosport UK’s Twitter account, in which 2,895 people voted, 52.8% voted he expected to succeed, 47.2% insisting it was a fluke.