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Stuart Bingham makes spectacular 147 break at the China Open

Bingham makes his fourth career maximum (credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Stuart Bingham produced a majestic maximum break on the way to a deciding frame victory over Ricky Walden in Round Two of the China Open on Wednesday.

Just 24 hours after Ronnie O'Sullivan had compiled his 14th career 147 in defeat to Elliot Slessor, Bingham achieved perfection in his clash with Walden to halve The Rocket's prize money bonus.

The feat came in the seventh frame with the score at three apiece as Bingham held his nerve to make his fourth career maximum for a share of the £42,000 bonus and £7,000 high break bonus.

"It's always special to make a 147," Bingham told World Snooker. "Funnily enough my last one was also against Ricky, in the (2012) Wuxi Classic final!

"I made a good clearance in the last frame and I’m just happy to be in the next round."

Bingham went on to edge the match in a last-frame decider to advance to the Last 16 in Beijing and secure automatic qualification for the upcoming Betfred World Championship.

He added: "My goal when I came here was to make sure of my Crucible place and I have done that now so the pressure is off. I am getting stronger and stronger with each match."

Jack Lisowski in action (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Elsewhere, Jack Lisowski pulled off a terrific 6-2 victory over world number five John Higgins - whose wait for a maiden China Open crown goes on.

Lisowski produced breaks of 95, 72, 54 and 68 in a dominant display as he set up a show-down with former finalist Gary Wilson on Thursday.

Mark Selby stepped up the defence of his title with a comfortable 6-3 defeat of fellow Leicester cueist Ben Woollaston.

The world number one fired in a brace of 135 breaks as well as a 62 and a 73 on the way to a 5-1 lead, and though Woollaston hit back with breaks of 52 and 59 to ask the question, Selby sealed the deal in frame nine.

Two-time China Open winner Ding Junhui continued his charge following a 6-2 victory over fellow countryman Xiao Guodong.

The duo shared the opening four frames before Ding emphatically raced clear courtesy of breaks of 133, 90, 138 and 83, leaving his opponent without a point to his name in the last four frames.

Mark Williams, the most successful player in the competition's history with three titles, wrapped up a 6-1 rout of Michael Holt with breaks of 112, 90, 93, 62, and 70 and an average shot time of just 17.8 seconds.

Williams will now faces Masters Champion Mark Allen, who bolstered his hopes of an automatic Crucible spot with a 6-4 victory over Northern Ireland Open runner-up Yan Bingtao.

Neil Robertson, the 2013 champion, drew upon his vast experience to deny emerging star Sam Craigie in a deciding frame, with the Australian firing in breaks of 103, 103 and 93 in the process.

Masters runner-up Kyren Wilson sealed his spot in Round Three with a 6-4 win over Mark King, while in-form Cao Yupeng continued his charge up the world rankings after defeating David Gilbert 6-2 with high breaks of 95, 100 and 80.

Elliot Slessor failed to replicate the form which led him to a second successive win over O'Sullivan this season as he went down 6-4 to Tom Ford, while Chinese amateur Luo Honghao continued his dream run with a nail-biting last-frame defeat of Welshman Duane Jones.

China Open 2018 Results

Wednesday April 4

Second Round

Mark Selby 6-3 Ben Woollaston
Lyu Haotian 6-5 Fergal O'Brien
John Higgins 2-6 Jack Lisowski
Mark King 4-6 Kyren Wilson
Jak Jones 2-6 Zhou Yuelong
Neil Robertson 6-5 Sam Craigie
Ricky Walden 5-6 Stuart Bingham - *Bingham makes a 147 break*
Barry Hawkins 6-1 Michael White

Michael Holt 1-6 Mark Williams
Yan Bingtao 4-6 Mark Allen
Gary Wilson 6-4 Joe Perry
Xiao Guodong 2-6 Ding Junhui
Graeme Dott 6-3 Chris Wakelin
Cao Yupeng 6-2 David Gilbert
Duane Jones 5-6 Luo Honghao
Tom Ford 6-4 Elliot Slessor

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