World Snooker Championship: Organisers defend size of pockets

By Owen PhillipsBBC Sport at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield
Are the pockets at the Crucible too big?
2016 World Snooker Championship
Venue: The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 16 April - 2 May
Coverage: Live on BBC TV, Red Button, BBC Sport app, Connected TVs & online.

Tournament organisers have denied claims the pockets are bigger than normal at the 2016 World Championship.

Several players, including 2010 winner Neil Robertson, have been highly critical of the pockets, describing them as "massive"external-link and "like buckets".external-link

Seven-time champion Stephen Hendry said on Twitter on Friday that it was "#bucketry at the Crucible".external-link

But a World Snooker spokesman said: "The pocket templates are exactly the same as they are at every other event."

Steve Davis, six-time Crucible champion, said: "The general consensus among some of the pros is that the pockets are oversized by a fraction.

"And, if you are playing shots with pockets that are bigger, you should - if you get among the balls - make the most of it."

World Snooker had previously had to take action after criticism of the tables during the start of this year's event in Sheffield.

Qualifier Ali Carter, a two-time finalist, described the table in his defeat against Alan McManus as "the worst I have ever played on".

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