Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Snooker: Bottle Is Lost and Re-Found as Mark Takes Title

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Snooker: Bottle Is Lost and Re-Found as Mark Takes Title

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Mark Williams admitted that he "lost his bottle" before finally recovering to overcome comeback king Ken Doherty and claim his second Embassy World Championship crown.

The Welshman let slip a 10-2 lead as Doherty drew level at 16-16 before he edged over the finishing line 18-16 after a titanic struggle.

Williams is normally so cool and laid-back in his demeanour around the table but he claimed that only the mid session interval when the score was 12-12 prevented him from caving in at the hands of Doherty.

But he finally got his game together sufficiently with a helping hand from his close friend Ian Sargeant, his guru and former world champion Terry Griffiths and by singing Tom Jones' 'Delilah'.

As a result Williams has become only the third player after Steve Davis and Stephen Hendry to capture snooker's triple crown of UK, Masters and world titles in the same season.

It put the icing on the cake after achieving his main objective of regaining his spot as number one in the world rankings for 2003-2004. …

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