There were one or two grimaces from the cameramen in the arena on Thursday when they saw the name of Pete Williamson down as marker for the Judd Trump v Rod Lawler match in the afternoon.

Up to that point every match the Liverpool official had been involved in either as referee or marker had gone to a deciding frame, and the television crew, like the referees spending long hours on their feet, feared he was starting to jinx the proceedings.

At one stage with Lawler digging in and 4-3 adrift with a chance to level things up at 4-4 another nailbiter looked on the cards – but Trump eased clear for a 6-3 win to end the Williamson hoodoo.