Stuart Carrington believes that joining the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan and John Higgins in making centuries in three consecutive frames at the Crucible is an “amazing” achievement.
The Grimsby cueist became only the fifth different player to achieve the feat in his 10-7 defeat by Liang Wenbo in the opening round of the 2017 World Championship.
Mark Selby and Neil Robertson complete the membership in that exclusive club and Carrington is understandably thrilled to find himself in such good company.
“To be in that bracket with four other players to have made three tons on the trot is amazing really,” he reflected.
“If somebody told me that I’d be in the record books among those players, I’d have certainly taken that today.
“All in all, a disappointing result but a lot of positives to take from that.”
Carrington eventually lost 10-7 to Liang Wenbo (R) (Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
On only his second appearance at the Crucible, Carrington achieved the feat with breaks of 124, 101 and 107 on the way to opening up a 5-2 lead over Liang.
However, he was unable to continue that momentum – losing eight of the next 10 frames to eventually succumb to the English Open winner.
Nevertheless, it has been a generally positive season for the 26-year-old, with the highlight being a run to the quarter-finals of the Welsh Open in February.
Having started the campaign ranked 64th in the world rankings, he has climbed 18 places overall and, as things stand, will finish in 46th.
“I went into the evening session full of confidence from the afternoon, but it never really flowed in the second session,” he added. “For some reason, I just went flat and didn’t really feel anything towards the end.
“There were no nerves but I was just playing so many careless shots and the way it ended was just so disappointing.”