White feels for victim Hendry

JIMMY White scored his first ever Wembley win at the seventh time of asking over Stephen Hendry yesterday - but admitted feeling "embarrassed" by his long overdue success.

The Whirlwind had finished second best against the six-times Masters champion for six matches and 14 years but finally got it right, winning 6-4.

However his victory was marred by unsporting spectators in a noisy and partisan Conference Centre crowd.

Several rowdy White supporters did their best to put off Hendry, coughing as the seven times world snooker champion was about to play crucial shots.

"Stephen is a total gentleman and I was embarrassed for him," said 41-year-old White, now just three wins away from becoming Masters champion for the first time since 1984.

"He had done nothing wrong and didn’t deserve that treatment. You cannot blame everyone but there are four or five who spoil it for the rest. There was one woman who never stopped talking the whole time. It wouldn’t happen if there were a few ushers in the arena."

Referee Colin Brinded had to call for order at the start of the tenth frame and Hendry found it difficult to produce his best form, although he knocked in the 633rd century break of his career to lead for the final time at 3-2.

"It’s part and parcel of playing at Wembley," said Hendry. "Every year the same thing happens but nothing seems to get done. It can be off-putting when you are down on your shot and someone is coughing or talking. But I’ve beaten Jimmy here plenty of times before so I am not using it as an excuse."

In response to the Wembley crowd trouble, the game’s governing body, the WPBSA, said it planned to beef up security measures in the future.