Robbie Williams was devastated to learn of one unwanted Crucible record he owned before a first-round match with Stuart Bingham – the fewest points ever scored at the venue. On his one previous visit last year, a 10-2 loss to an in-form Neil Robertson, he scored just 269 points – but more promisingly stood just 41 points behind Joe Delaney.

“That has killed me that has, hearing that,” said Williams. “But at least I should get 42 points, you’d hope so. You might see me giving it the fist out in the arena when I get there.”

It didn’t take the 28-year-old from the Wirral long to rattle off the required points though, as he managed it in the second frame against Bingham to start moving rapidly up the table.