It was Mike Ganley’s call to bring Ali Carter and Barry Hawkins off at 9-9, causing a two hour wait before the resumption.
Ganley is World Snooker’s tournament director and had to weigh up the various factors governing the decision.
Had they carried on when it went 9-9 at 6.35pm, they would most likely have run into the final session.
The other view is that, as it was a decider, they should have remained out there, not least so that the crowd who had stuck with it could see the end.
In Ganley’s job, you are never going to please all of the people all of the time. Certainly, Hawkins wasn’t happy because he had just won three successive frames and the momentum was clearly with him.
However, to read some of the coverage you would think that such a pull-off is unprecedented. It isn’t. It happens every year.
The cut-off point for starting another frame is 40 minutes before the following session.
Therefore, Ganley was right to bring them off.
He could have used his discretion but may then have got it in the neck from those waiting to play the evening session.