GRAEME Dott, last season’s Crucible runner-up, missed out on a memorable maximum 147 break at the Crucible last night.
Larkhall’s “Pocket Dynamo” was favourite to write his place in the history books having cleared all 15 reds and 15 blacks. But with only the 10th ever Crucible maximum within his grasp, the 2006 world champion missed a difficult pot on the yellow ball to a corner pocket and his hopes were over.
If Dott had potted the remaining six colours he would have been one of only seven players to have made a total clearance at snooker’s very own “Theatre of Dreams”.
There was also a handy £10,000 high break prize up for grabs, but Dott won’t be worried about missing out on the maximum so much, he’ll be more concerned he finds himself 11-5 down to Bristol’s Trump. It was a tough night for Dott, the three-time Crucible finalist, as he returned 7-1 down after the morning’s opening session.
And Bristol’s Trump, snooker’s rising star, continued where he’d left off to extend his advantage to 11-2.
At that stage it looked as though 21-year-old Trump, last month’s China Open champion, was going to win with a session to spare. But Dott at least spared himself the ignominy of that embarrassment of giving Trump a day off as he bravely rallied with breaks of 72, 122 and 120 - the latter his 147 attempt - to keep his faint hopes alive.
But Trump is in fine form having dumped out Neil Robertson in the first round.