Adrian Gunnell was last night warned for slow play in his match against Shaun Murphy.
Actually, the rules govern time wasting but it's the same difference.
I thought the referee, Leo Scullion, should have warned Gunnell during the interval rather than at the start of frame five. It seemed a strange moment to do it.
All of which begs the question: how slow is too slow?
Adrian is a methodical player. I've seen him play many times in the qualifiers and this is the pace he plays at. He is slower than most.
But is he too slow?
It's hard to say, not least because there's nothing written down in the rules stipulating the time that should be taken over shots.
Interestingly, having been warned by Scullion, Gunnell did not speed up at all. He maintained the same pace. The ref had the option to dock him a frame but did not do so.
Nor should he have. Gunnell plays at the pace he plays at. He's not a Ronnie O'Sullivan or Tony Drago but was not trying to drag the game down deliberately.
One thing I do know is this: Gunnell's match against Steve Davis could be a real grind.
It WILL be a real grind.