Sense of relief for maximum man Kyren

Kyren Wilson admitted he would have been more disappointed to miss the final black to complete the first 147 break of his career than he was to suffer a second-round exit in the OPPO International Championship.

Thursday, 2nd November 2017, 6:35 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 8:45 am
Kettering's Kyren Wilson hit the first 147 break of his career this week

The Kettering cueman hit another milestone in his career when he made a perfect break to draw level at 5-5 with Martin Gould in the last 32 of the competition in Daqing.

The maximum will be worth £5,000 from the rolling bonus pot, plus the £3,000 high break prize, as long as it is not equalled this week.

It was the second 147 of the season, following Liang Wenbo’s maximum at the English Open earlier this month, and the 133rd in snooker history.

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World number 12 Wilson lost the match 6-5. Gould had trailed 4-0 but hit back to win six of the last seven frames with top breaks of 104, 91, 128 and 70.

And, despite the loss, Wilson was understandably delighted to register his first 147.

The Kettering man said: "Martin played very well from 4-0.

“At 5-4 the balls spread nicely so I decided to go for a 147.

“I would have been more gutted to miss the black on 140 than I am to lose the match.

“Making a 147 is something every professional wants to do, so to make my first is a relief.”