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Ally Pally’s infamous wasp, notorious for stinging Luke Littler and distracting darts stars, is finally CAPTURED at snooker’s Masters by a quick-thinking referee

  • The wasp made an appearance during the snooker Masters on Tuesday night
  • It was captured by the match referee, who briefly interrupted the match
  • The insect distracted darts stars during the World Darts Championship 

The wasp that caused havoc at Alexandra Palace during the World Darts Championship may have enjoyed its last appearance at a major sporting event for a while.

The insect briefly interrupted the Masters round-of-16 showdown between Barry Hawkins ad Neil Robertson.

The latter looked to trap the insect on the table, before referee Rob Spencer intervened and successfully caught it in a glass. 

Spencer subsequently slid a scorecard under the glass and lifted the glass off the baize, before eventually releasing the wasp away from the table.

Speaking after his 6-3 loss to Hawkins, Robertson said he would have happily dealt with the wasp himself. 

The Ally Pally wasp was captured on Tuesday night during the Masters

The Ally Pally wasp was captured on Tuesday night during the Masters 

He then captured the wasp under a glass, before releasing it away from the baize

He then captured the wasp under a glass, before releasing it away from the baize

‘I’m from Australia, we have spiders so I’m used to it,’ he joked. 

The insect stole the headlines during the World Darts Championship at the Ally Pally earlier this month, when it stung Luke Littler towards the end of his quarter-final match against Brendan Dolan.

Not that the teenager was bothered by the incident, as he swatted away the wasp and his opponent to secure a 5-1 win that took him into the semi-final.

‘I felt a little zap, I saw it (the wasp) fluttering around near the end. It’s my throwing arm,’ the 16-year-old told Sky Sports afterward. 

‘It didn’t bother me.’

Earlier in the tournament, the wasp stung Ross Smith during his 3-1 win over Niels Zonneveld in the second round.

‘There’s the wasp,’ Smith said in his post-match interview

‘He’s just stung me like a good one. Little b****r.’

He later told The Sun: ‘I got stung three times, I’m going to be like the Elephant Man tomorrow. It went ping, ping, ping and flew off. Luckily it’s my left hand.’

After the wasp interruption, Hawkins set up a quarter-final clash with seven-time champion Ronnie O’Sullivan by avenging defeat to Robertson in the 2022 final.

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The pair shared the opening two frames before Hawkins began to get the better of a series of lengthy safety battles to nudge into a 4-1 lead.

Robertson, fresh from a festive trip back home in a bid to recharge for the remainder of the campaign, proved he was up for the fight with back-to-back breaks of 117 and 110 to reduce the deficit to a single frame.

Two-time Masters finalist Hawkins edged one frame away from victory with a knock of 69.

Luke Littler was stung by a wasp at the Ally Pally in his quarter-final win over Brendan Dolan

Luke Littler was stung by a wasp at the Ally Pally in his quarter-final win over Brendan Dolan

Ross Smith was stung by the wasp on stage at the World Championship in December

Ross Smith was stung by the wasp on stage at the World Championship in December

He missed a golden chance early in the next when he ran out of position after potting the opening red but recovered to progress to a showdown with O’Sullivan, who beat him 10-1 in the 2016 final.

‘I haven’t beaten Neil in a long time so to beat him here is really pleasing,’ Hawkins said.

‘We all know he’s been struggling for a bit of form so coming into this match there’s always a bit of pressure because he’s not done anything all season.

‘You can see he was not full of confidence but he showed signs of coming back at me there and it was nice to finish off the match.’

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