Alex Higgins - The best break ever?
StBlazeySnooker | On 01, Oct 2012
His 16-15 semi-final win over Jimmy White provided the most often reprised item from the BBC’s snooker footage.
Trailing 0-59 in the penultimate frame, Higgins produced, like a gunfighter down to his last bullet, a clearance of 69 to level the match and added the decider comfortably.
This was the death or glory situation in which he revelled. His compulsive urge to live on life’s dangerous edge, stronger than any mere desire to win, was like an addiction to the thrill of gambling.
Always at his most dangerous and most fascinating in a situation of peak emotional intensity, he accessed a similar seam of inspiration in the final when, from 15-15, he ran through a trio of frames to beat Ray Reardon 18-15.
“Trailing 0-59 in the penultimate frame, Higgins produced, like a gunfighter down to his last bullet”