John Higgins' amazing triple error sparks hysterics in the Crucible

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The Crucible was left in an unusual state of laughter during the World Snooker final, after a remarkable triple-error by four-time champion John Higgins.

Higgins had previously raced into a stunning 10-4 lead over defending champion Mark Selby, after an extremely strong start by the Scotsman.

After a stunning recovery by Selby, however, which saw him win five frames in a row - cutting his deficit to Higgins to just a single frame - Higgins suddenly found himself on the back foot. 

With the two battling fiercely in the all-important twentieth frame, Selby inexplicably missed a routine chance to pocket a red, allowing Higgins to register 29 points before ceding the table once again.  

Unable to eat into his opponent's lead, Selby instead chose to snooker his opponent, leaving Higgins with no other choice but to attempt to bounce the ball off of two cushions, graze a red at the far end of the table, and return the cue ball back to back of the table. 

Having lined up his shot, however, Higgins drew a murmur of laughter from the on-watching crowd after slightly misjudging his attempt, and leaving the cue ball firmly in the middle pocket. 

After both he and the crowd regained their composure, and the shot was lined up once again, laughter soon rang around the Crucible once again after Higgins incredibly managed to repeat the exact same shot not once, but twice. 

Even Higgins' opponent couldn't help but to laugh along and flash a thumbs-up as the two opponents shared a rare moment of humour. 

You can watch the moment of madness in the video below.

To watch every failed attempt, click here, or you can watch the full video below (if you don't mind the Spanish commentary)

Higgins eventually managed to land the shot on his fourth attempt, before going on to claim an error-strewn twentieth round, increasing his lead to two frames once again. 

However, come the end of an exhausting night for the players, it was Selby who took home the title, winning his third World Championship at the expense of the veteran.

It eventually ended 18-15 to The Jester from Leicester, as he continues to prove to the world why he is world number one.

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