World Snooker: Ding’s howler costs Sheffield-based star big cash prize

Ding Junhui reacts after a shot during a possible 147 break against Mark Davis Pic: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Ding Junhui reacts after a shot during a possible 147 break against Mark Davis Pic: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
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Sheffield-based 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.

Meanwhile, in the other match in the first session, Mark Allen took a 6-3 lead over Ryan Day.

Allen finished with a break of 101 - the first century in the match - ahead of the resumption in Tuesday’s evening session.

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,” Ding told a press conference.

“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.”

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