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Crucible sensation branded ‘crazy’ for in-game antics

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Crucible debutant Dechawat Poomjaeng has certainly made a splash in his first World Championship appearance, with Stephen Maguire saying he could not bear to watch the world number 70's antics during their first round encounter in Sheffield.

The colourful Thai player, who is rapidly becoming a crowd favourite in Sheffield, spilt a bottle of water mid-frame, applauded his own shots and willed Maguire's to go awry on his way to posting a shock win over world number five Maguire.

The offbeat display prompted Maguire to question his opponent's sanity.

The Scot, whose concentration was clearly affected, said: "I was afraid to look at him in the end. Crazy things were happening out there.

"I just had to switch off. I don't think he's the full shilling. I've never seen him before but there's definitely something missing."

Poomjaeng may well be a few satang short of a bhat, but his popularity is on the rise in Sheffield - just like his stock as a world class snooker player, as his grandstand finish to the match proved.

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