The Australian George Gray seemed certain to dominate the second decade of the 20th century through his mastery of in-offs. With a total command of a relatively limited range of shots and the concentration needed to repeat them. By gauging the strength and direction of the shot so well, he could make the red travel up the table and back off the top cushion to within an inch of its previous position.
With composition balls and Rileys cushions of his own selection he could make a thousand break almost at will.
Once at Manchester his opponent and also his road manager George Nelson wanted to catch a train home to his family for the weekend. The last train on Saturday was 9.15 pm but the session did not end until 10.00 so Nelson made sure Gray was in play at 9.00 and left to catch his train secure in the knowledge that he would play out time.