2) NIGEL BOND 10, CLIFF THORBURN 9 (First round, 1994)
You think of Cliff Thorburn, you think of a granite-like match-player, a grinder, a formidable battler of the old school.
You don’t think of collapses. You don’t think of surrendering big leads. At least you didn’t until 1994 when he suffered an astonishing defeat from 9-2 up to Bond.
Thorburn was back at the Crucible for the first time since 1990 and highlighted his procession towards the second round with a 139 total clearance.
But he couldn’t quite finish the job and Bond recovered to 9-7, whereupon the match was taken off to avoid it running into the next session.
In the time before they resumed, Thorburn's mind must have been in a jam jar as he contemplated the possibility of a humiliating reversal.
He had his chances to put it away but lost two black ball frames before Bond took the decider in the early hours of the morning.
Bond went on to reach the final the following year. Thorburn never again played at the Crucible. Indeed, his career came to an end just a couple of years later.