First Cru­cible 147 for eight years

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - Snooker By Charles Richard­son

John Hig­gins crashed out of the World Cham­pi­onship yes­ter­day de­spite be­com­ing the first player to score a 147 max­i­mum break at the Cru­cible since 2012.

The former world cham­pion, and last year’s Cru­cible run­ner-up, achieved the feat for the 10th time in his ca­reer, in the 12th frame of his be­hind-closed-doors loss to Nor­way’s Kurt Maflin in the sec­ond round. It was the Scot’s first Cru­cible max­i­mum, too.

The 45-year-old be­came the sev­enth player ever to score a Cru­cible max­i­mum and fought back from an overnight two-frame deficit to tie the scores at 8-8 head­ing into last night’s evening ses­sion, which was left poised at 10-10 at the in­ter­val.

But, af­ter both play­ers traded frames, Maflin won two on the trot to win 13-11 and book a spot in the quar­ter-fi­nals against the odds.

Hig­gins’s ear­lier tri­umph will not be for­got­ten in a hurry, how­ever, and as far as max­i­mum breaks go, his ef­fort seemed straight­for­ward. On only two oc­ca­sions did the Scot look like he had got­ten into hot wa­ter, and on both oc­ca­sions two sump­tu­ous reds into mid­dle pock­ets saved him.

The last max­i­mum score posted at the Sh­effield venue was by Hig­gins’s fel­low coun­try­man, Stephen Hendry, in 2012, the last of three Cru­cible max­i­mums that Hendry made through­out his ca­reer, the

Pot­ting prizes: John Hig­gins will re­ceive £40,000 for his 147 break and is set to pocket a fur­ther £15,000 if it re­mains the tour­na­ment’s high­est break first in 1995. Ron­nie O’Sul­li­van has three World Cham­pi­onship 147s to his name, too, while Cliff Thor­burn, Jimmy White, Mark Wil­liams and Ali Carter all have one.

De­spite the loss, world No5 Hig­gins is set to re­ceive a £40,000 prize for the break and, if no one else matches his achieve­ment, he will also re­ceive the £15,000 high­est-break prize.

“That was in­cred­i­ble,” said BBC an­a­lyst Joe Perry. “There was noth­ing else to put on his CV apart from the Cru­cible 147 and now he’s done it. Crowd or no crowd, mak­ing a 147 is spe­cial be­cause you have to be per­fect on ev­ery shot.”

Maflin, Tom Ford and Stuart Bing­ham have all come close to scor­ing max­i­mum breaks in this year’s tour­na­ment, but it took Hig­gins to show them how to com­plete the job.

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