ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW AS THE PLANET’S GREAT­EST SNOOKER STARS BAT­TLE IT OUT 16 407 22

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The num­ber of streak­ers at the 1997 Mas­ters fi­nal. Sec­re­tary Lianne Crofts, below, then 22, in­vaded the match in which Steve Davis beat Ron­nie “The Rocket” O’Sul­li­van. The num­ber of play­ers tak­ing part in this year’s Mas­ters, in­clud­ing the

No1 ranked Mark Selby,

35 and the reign­ing World Cham­pion, Mark Wil­liams, 43.

The num­ber of balls on a snooker ta­ble at the start of a match. The black is worth the most points – seven. The ta­ble should mea­sure just un­der 12ft by 6ft. The num­ber of cen­tury breaks by reign­ing Mas­ters champ Mark Allen from North­ern Ire­land who will take on Luca Bre­cel in the first round to­day. Allen, 32, who tri­umphed over Kyren Wil­son in 2018, was once a bud­ding foot­baller. He went for tri­als at both Sh­effield Wed­nes­day and Not­ting­ham For­est. The year that snooker is be­lieved to have been in­vented, by the Bri­tish Army of­fi­cer Sir Neville Cham­ber­lain, below. POTS of cash are up for grabs as the world’s lead­ing snooker stars vie to win the 2019 Dafa­bet Mas­ters which kicks off to­day.

The Triple Crown tour­na­ment, tak­ing place at Lon­don’s Alexan­dra Palace, is one of the game’s big­gest events.

The win­ner is in line to scoop a cool £200,000.

Here cues up some top snooker facts. The year the first Mas­ters took place, with just 10 play­ers. It was won by John Spencer. The fol­low­ing year the vic­tor was the com­pe­ti­tion’s old­est win­ner, Ray Rear­don, at the age of 43.

A STAR Wars fan has carved an 8ft 7in sculp­ture of Chew­bacca out of a tree trunk.Mick Booth, 42, has now put the art­work up for sale for £10,000.Mick, who made the piece from a fallen ash tree, said: “I would love for Chew­bacca to find a good home where he will be ap­pre­ci­ated.”The artist, from Bolsover, Der­bys, added: “I’ve put so much heart, soul and the ut­most care and af­fec­tion into him.” JAMES MOORE

Years since snooker was trans­formed by the BBC’s Pot Black, a new TV show, below, that took ad­van­tage of the in­tro­duc­tion of colour on the box.

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