Phew what a final of the Betfred World Snooker Championship!

Mark Williams at 43 became the oldest winner since fellow Welshman Ray Reardon in 1978.

And he guaranteed back page headlines for himself after beating John Higgins in an 18-16 Sheffield thriller by fulfilling his pledge to do his news conference naked if he should beat the odds and become the champ.

Williams – a  20/1 shot to win the famous Crucible event pre-tournament – didn’t even qualify for last year’s event but after Sunday’s dramatic final is 12/1  with us to retain the title.

He’s picked up £425,000 for his efforts – and well deserved too.

None of Williams’ three children were born the last time he was world champ 15 years ago which just proves snooker is one of the few games where age doesn’t matter.

I had to chuckle about his reasoning about getting back into the sport he was about to quit 12 months ago after he failed to qualify for the championships.

Mark Williams

I’m sure this will resonate with many fellas but he knew he had to get back earning a living as his Mrs would not want him getting in the way at home 24 hours a day!

It should be quite a spectacle at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Sunday when Championship side the Toronto Wolfpack visit in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.

But quite frankly it should be something of a walkover for the Wire who have now gone an amazing TEN games unbeaten after that magnificent Betfred Super League win at Leeds.

Few saw that 33-22 win coming – third-place Wolves’ best performance of the season and one that leaves even their toughest critics having to eat their words.

What was really impressive was how Warrington showed their character to come from behind. All things considered, I’m expecting a Wolves win by at least 30 points on Sunday which is 5/2 at Betfred.

Finally, I’m chuffed to bits that Darren Moore is the overwhelming favourite at Betfred to land the West Brom job on a permanent basis.

He’s worked miracles with wins against the odds against Manchester United, Newcastle, Tottenham and a draw against Champions League finalists Liverpool.

When Moore took the reigns last month he was a 20/1 shot but is now 4/6 to get the job permanently ahead of  Dean Smith of Brentford at 10/3 – and Bristol City’s highly-rated boss Lee Johnson who is 7/1 at Betfred.