Judd Trump secured the fifth maximum break of his career when knocking in a superb 147 in his Northern Ireland Open second round match against Gao Yang.
Trump had opened up the match with a 127, but two frames later the world No 1 went one better, with the 147 beginning with a fine long red and then featuring a nervy red to the top-left corner.
Completed in just under 10 minutes, it proved to be the 2019 world champion’s first maximum since the 2019 German masters, and came seven years after his first professional 147 at the Antwerp Open.
The 147 is officially the 161st in professional snooker, with Shaun Murphy also recording a maximum earlier this month.
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Trump wrapped up the match easily at 4-0, as he continues his quest for a third Northern Ireland Open on the bounce.
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“It’s always special,” Trump told Eurosport afterwards. “It just doesn’t happen that often – for me anyway. The nerves you get doesn’t compare to anything else in snooker. Winning tournaments – nothing. Making maximums you’re just shaking out there. It’s always pleasing to make one, especially on the TV as well.
It’s exactly the same for me, it doesn’t matter if the crowd is there or not, the 147 is still special, even in practice if you make one you’re still happy with it. You know you’re playing well, it’s 10 minutes of perfection really so it’s nice to get that under the belt.
“Normally when I get to 64, 72, the nerves start to come, but you just tell yourself ‘I’ve been practicing hard’, I felt I was playing really well yesterday in practice. But then it’s about putting it out there on the match table, my start gave me a lot of confidence, a century in the first frame, and it led to that really.”
Judd Trump’s career 147s
- 2020 Northern Ireland Open: 2nd round
- 2019 German Masters: Last 64
- 2017 China Open: Last 16
- 2015 German Masters: Quarter-final
- 2013 Antwerp Open: Last 32
Snooker's maximum men
Trump's 147 sees him join an exclusive list of players who have produced five or more maximums in their careers.
- Ronnie O'Sullivan 15
- John Higgins 11
- Stephen Hendry 11
- Ding Junhui 6
- Stuart Bingham 6
- Shaun Murphy 6
- Tom Ford 5
- Judd Trump 5
Morning session report
Kyren Wilson prevailed in a thrilling battle against Ken Doherty to reach the third round of the Northern Ireland Open.
A break of 96 helped Wilson take the first frame, and this year’s World Championship runner-up then took a commanding 3-0 lead to move within a frame of victory.
However, that sparked Doherty into life, with the 1997 world champion knocking in breaks of 90 and 71 before winning the sixth frame to force a decider.
Doherty gambled on a long red in the final frame, but a miss left the white among the reds and that presented Wilson with an opportunity to clear up in one visit.
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After opening up the reds Wilson took his chance supremely, sealing the narrow 4-3 win with a 135 to set up a third-round match against either Michael Holt or Louis Heathcote.
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Elsewhere, World Championship semi-finalist Anthony McGill was stunned 4-3 by Barry Pinches.
McGill opened up with a superb 142, and then took a 2-0 lead before Pinches won three straight frames to move 3-2 in front.
McGill then forced a decider but it was Pinches who held his nerve in the seventh frame with a break of 71.
Meanwhile, a break of 133 rounded off a 4-1 victory for Luca Brecel over Rod Lawler, while breaks of 77, 86 and 77 helped Stephen Maguire recover from losing the first frame to beat Alexander Ursenbacher 4-1.
Second round results and schedule
Wednesday 18 November
- Kyren Wilson 4-3 Ken Doherty
- Alexander Ursenbacher 1-4 Stephen Maguire
- Luca Brecel 4-1 Rod Lawler
- Barry Pinches 4-3 Anthony McGill
- Ashley Carty 1-4 Andy Hicks
- Rory McLeod 1-4 Martin Gould
- Matthew Selt 4-0 Stuart Carrington
- Zak Surety 1-4 Zhao Xintong
- Noppon Saengkham 4-3 Zhou Yuelong
- David Grace - Sam Craigie
- Xu Si 3-4 Scott Donaldson
- Michael Holt 4-3 Louis Heathcote
- Judd Trump 4-0 Yang Gao
- Ding Junhui 4-1 Lu Ning
- Barry Hawkins - Michael White
- Fergal O'Brien 1-4 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
- Mark Davis 2-4 Matthew Stevens
- Elliot Slessor 1-4 Ronnie O'Sullivan
- Nigel Bond - Yan Bingtao
- Ali Carter - Xiao Guodong
- Allan Taylor - Joe Perry
- Mark Williams - Dominic Dale
- Jianbo Zhao - Stuart Bingham
- Wenbo Liang - Jak Jones
- Jackson Page - Kurt Maflin
- Tom Ford - Yuan SiJun
- Neil Robertson - Ben Woollaston
- Lukas Kleckers - Mark Selby
- Sunny Akani - Igor Figueiredo
- James Cahill - Ryan Day
- Robert Milkins - Mark Allen
- John Higgins - Patrick Wallace