York’s traffic travails may be an everyday nuisance for city locals but one snarl-up almost cost snooker amateur Daniel Wells £4,000.
The Welsh potter got stuck in a queue on the way to his match with Rod Lawler in the first round of the Betway UK Championship on Thursday morning at the York Barbican – and ended up leaving the wheel and hot-footing it through the Minster streets.
But a good Samaritan came to the rescue, picking up the cue-wielding player and negotiating the packed roads to get Wells to the Fishergate venue in the nick of time.
Players are docked frames by the match referee for late arrivals, the number depending on the time they are absent. Wells’ clash was set to start at 9.30am.
And despite a terrible beginning, which saw him trail 3-1 at the mid-session interval, everything turned out for the best.
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