And you thought England v Scotland was this week’s big grudge match.
Mark Selby, whose only success this season had been to win the minor Gdynia Open event in Poland, won a second trophy here evening – the Betfred World Championship 2016.
Mark Selby and Ding Junhui were involved in a titanic tussle on the first day of the world championship final and the good news for snooker fans is that a deal is about to be announced that will keep the event at the Crucible Theatre, the game’s spiritual home since 1977.
They say 60 million people play snooker in China.
The five-time world snooker champion is willing Leicester on... but fancies Tottenham.
The continual willingness of snooker to indulge Ronnie O’Sullivan is no great surprise. It is, nonetheless, a recurring disappointment.
A snooker player blew his chance of making a 147 break, and to compound his misery he then discovered he had also missed out on a £44,000 bonus.
There was an amusing but telling exchange at the press launch of the world snooker championship a little over a fortnight ago.
Ronnie O’Sullivan sailed close to the wind as usual in his world championship confrontation with Craig Steadman after taking his shoes off in their first-round match in Sheffield.