Masters champion Stuart Bingham hit the eighth maximum of his career as John Higgins made a flying start to the new snooker year at the Championship League in Milton Keynes.
Higgins had come from 2-1 behind to edge out Bingham 3-2 in their Group 1 opener with four-times world champion Higgins finishing with a run of 81 after Bingham compiled 83 in the third frame.
Higgins continued his fine run of trademark heavy scoring form with a 3-0 win over 2019 World Championship semi-finalist Gary Wilson that included a sparkling 137 break, a 3-1 win over Michael Holt prompting runs of 74, 64 and 73 and a 3-2 win over fellow Scot and 2006 world champion Graeme Dott boosted by a 60 and 105 to finish the day with four wins out of four and maximum points.
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Bingham is second on two points from three matches as he pieced together 99 and 78 in a 3-2 win over Holt and a stunning 147 in the second frame of a 3-0 victory over Thepchaiya Un-Nooh.
It was the 165th maximum break in the history of the sport after Bingham – who begins the defence of his Masters title against Un-Nooh next Monday – also contributed the 163rd in a 6-2 win over Zak Surety in the first round of the UK Championship in November.
Dott joined Bingham on two points from three matches with a 3-2 win over Zhou Yuelong and a 3-2 win over Wilson from 2-0 down.
The top four players will contest the play-offs, semi-finals and final over the best-of-five frames as the action continues on Tuesday.

Confirmed schedule

Group 1

January 4 - 12:30
  • John Higgins 3-2 Stuart Bingham
  • John Higgins 3-0 Gary Wilson
  • Stuart Bingham 3-2 Michael Holt
  • Michael Holt 1-3 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
  • Zhou Yuelong 2-3 Graeme Dott
  • Gary Wilson 2-3 Graeme Dott
January 4 - 18:00
  • John Higgins 3-1 Michael Holt
  • Michael Holt 1-3 Gary Wilson
  • Gary Wilson 3-2 Zhou Yuelong
  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 2-3 Zhou Yuelong
  • Stuart Bingham 3-0 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
  • John Higgins 3-2 Graeme Dott
January 5 - 12:30
  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v Graeme Dott
  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v Gary Wilson
  • Stuart Bingham v Gary Wilson
  • John Higgins v Zhou Yuelong
  • Stuart Bingham v Zhou Yuelong
  • Michael Holt v Zhou Yuelong
  • Michael Holt v Graeme Dott
January 5 - 18:00
  • Stuart Bingham v Graeme Dott
  • John Higgins v Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Play-offs: January 5
  • TBC v TBC
  • TBC v TBC
Final: January 5
  • TBC v TBC

Group 2

January 6-7
  • Match schedule TBC

Group 3

January 8-9
  • Match schedule TBC

Group 4

January 8-9
  • Match schedule TBC

Group 5

January 10-11
  • Match schedule TBC

Group 6

January 12-13
  • Match schedule TBC

Group 7

March 29-30
  • Match schedule TBC

Winners' group

March 31 - April 1
  • Match schedule TBC

Player list

  • John Higgins
  • Stuart Bingham
  • Mark Williams
  • Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
  • Gary Wilson
  • Zhou Yuelong
  • Graeme Dott
  • Kyren Wilson
  • David Gilbert
  • Scott Donaldson
  • Mark Selby
  • Neil Robertson
  • Barry Hawkins
  • Judd Trump
  • Yan Bingtao
  • Jack Lisowski
  • Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • Joe Perry
  • Ali Carter
  • Matthew Selt
  • Kurt Maflin
  • Michael Holt
  • Tom Ford
  • Anthony McGill
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