Liang misses out on making history

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Liang Wenbo admitted he rushed a big chance to make snooker history in York as he went close to making the 100th maximum break during his UK Championship opener.

The 26-year-old Chinese player was bidding for his second career 147 yesterday, having made his first in Prestatyn five years ago, but after clearing 15 reds and adding black each time he missed the yellow, and with it went the chance of a £59,000 bonus.

The 120 break put the seal on a 6-2 win for Liang over 19-year-old Gateshead potter Elliot Slessor.

Welshman Ryan Day lost 6-5 to Chris Wakelin while Jack Lisowski was beaten by Michael Leslie.