Tuesday 23 January 2018

Ding overcomes 147 gaffe to seal victory

Ronnie O'Sullivan
Ronnie O'Sullivan

Ding Junhui overcame the embarrassment of missing out on a maximum break after forgetting he was on track for a 147 to book his place in the second round of the World Snooker Championship.

China's Ding was trailing opponent Mark Davis 5-3 at the Crucible and was at the table on a break of 96 when he inexplicably screwed back for the blue ball instead of playing for the black.

The apparent lapse in concentration left the audience stunned, while Ding covered his head in his hands then proceeded to smile after realising his error.

Following his mistake, Ding regained his composure and went on to claim a 10-7 win over Davis.

Ding admitted he did not realise he had been on course for a maximum break until the crowd gasped after the shot which put him on the blue.

"It doesn't happen until I know it's a 147. I just kept scoring and trying to make centuries and heavier breaks and put him under pressure," said Ding.

"Until the last red I potted and then I heard the noises and looked at the scoreboard. I tried to make it difficult for myself, and that's it!

"I just make centuries. I didn't know, really. I didn't even think about playing for a 147 but to keep going and keep potting the balls."

Ding will play John Higgins in the next round, and added: "I've played him many, many times. I've learned a lot from him. I've got more confidence to play him now."

RONNIE O'SULLIVAN risked a fine by briefly playing in his socks as he took a 7-2 lead in his World Championship opener with qualifier Craig Steadman.

The five-time champion almost recorded a maximum break in the first frame, potting 13 reds and blacks, but was in pain four frames later.

Playing without shoes, he briefly broke the dress code, before borrowing some from tournament director Mike Ganley.

The Rocket pounced on errors to build a lead with the resumption this morning.

After his shoe issue - which saw a fan take the discarded pair - O'Sullivan failed to find the momentum he displayed in the opening frame, when he even asked officials what the prize money was for a maximum.

The world number two was twice fortunate to see his opponent miss routine blacks, one to level at 2-2 and another to extend a break of 55 which could have seen the score move to 5-3. Instead, world number 81 Steadman found himself 6-2 down and contributions of 54 and 75 extended O'Sullivan's lead.

TWO-TIME finalist Ali Carter progressed to a second-round meeting with Neil Robertson with a 10-5 win over Scotland's Alan McManus .


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