Snooker Champ Williams Leaves Trophy in Driveway

Snooker’s most important trophy went missing when the world champion accidentally left it in his driveway overnight. World number one Mark Williams left the Embassy World Championship trophy outside his home in Cwm, South Wales after taking it out of his car last Tuesday night. A neighbour spotted the 73-year-old trophy and took it indoors for safe-keeping before returning it to the grateful star. Williams’ manager Ian Doyle said today: “The trophy is unharmed. Mark had been to have some photographs taken with it at his local golf club. He was unpacking his car when he got home when he was interrupted by a telephone call and left the trophy by the car.” Keen to keep the trophy in his sight, football fan Williams will parade it at Old Trafford on Sunday before Manchester United’s home game. A spokesman for snooker’s governing body, The World Snooker Association, said it was insured for L15,000. The incident topped a difficult week for the 25-year-old Welshman. Earlier he was injured when his pet Rottweiler Megan bit his left hand as he was trying to feed her. It had been feared that the injury could force the left-hander to miss the start of the season. But his manager said today he would be back at the snooker table tomorrow. Mr Doyle said: “His hand is as right as rain now. He will be cueing tomorrow without any problems and will be playing in the Champions Cup in Brighton later this month.”