O'Sullivan sees off Dale during bizarre clash
Ronnie O'Sullivan reached the second round of the Scottish Open with a 4-3 comeback win over Dominic Dale - but that fails to tell the whole story of an extraordinary match.
After losing the first two frames in Glasgow, the 44-year-old made some marvellous pots as he charged towards a century break in the third, only to pot a red before the referee had returned the blue to the table. Still, he took the frame and halved the arrears.
O'Sullivan, now in a good rhythm, was primed to level at 2-2 after a sensational cannon on the final black moved it over the middle pocket. A simple pot beckoned but, inexplicably, he blasted it into the jaws, sending the white careering off the table and bouncing off the floor.
The seven-point penalty gifted Dale the frame and moved the Welshman within one of victory at 4-1.
However, runs of 64 and 80 drew O'Sullivan level again at 3-3 before an 83 knock carried him through the oddest of battles and into the second round.