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Agony and ecstasy for maximum man Liang Wenbo at the World Championship Qualifiers

Jamie Shaw in Qualifiers 13 Apr 2018
Liang comes agonisingly close to a historic feat (credit: Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Liang Wenbo came within one pot of producing two historic maximum breaks in the same match as he powered past Rod Lawler in the First Round of World Championship qualifying on Thursday.

The Chinese star achieved snooker's holy grail in the tenth frame of his clash with Liverpool's Lawler at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield before missing the final black for a second maximum in the final frame.

The 147 was his third in professional competition and puts him in line for a £10,000 bonus should no other player match the feat over the next week of qualifying.

Liang looked destined to record an unprecedented double when he potted 15 reds with blacks in frame 12 and cleared from yellow to pink, but only to narrowly miss a tricky black to a top corner pocket.

Nonetheless, the 140 break sealed a ruthless 10-2 victory over Lawler to move 'The Firecracker' into the Second Round of qualifying as he bids to regain his place in the sport's show-piece later this month.

Elsewhere, Jimmy White began his quest for a first World Championship appearance since 2006 with an impressive 10-6 win over emerging talent Sam Craigie.

White held a slender 5-4 lead following the first session of the contest, and despite a century break (104) from the youngster, it was the six-time world finalist who utilised his vast experience to set up a show-down with Joe Perry.

Perry had earlier thrashed Scotland's Ross Muir 10-1 with breaks of 97, 70, 69 and 56 along the way.

Reanne Evans' hopes of a dream debut at The Crucible were ended for at least another year as she suffered a 10-7 defeat at the hands of Dominic Dale.

Eleven-time Ladies' World Champion Evans, who reached the Second Qualifying Round last year, fell short to the veteran Welshman - who compiled high breaks of 130, 91 and 73.

Graeme Dott, the 2006 World Champion, made light work of Australian rookie Adrian Justin Ridley as he stormed to a 10-1 demolition, while Hastings ace Mark Davis prevailed by the same scoreline over Sanderson Lam.

Ricky Walden, a Crucible semi-finalist in 2013, battled his way to a 10-8 win over Northern Ireland's Joe Swail with decisive breaks of 61 and 76 in the final two frames.

Cao Yupeng, a two-time ranking finalist this term, saw his landmark season end on a disappointing note after he was beaten 10-7 by Finland's Robin Hull.

World Championship Qualifiers 2018 Results


Thursday April 12

Round One

Afternoon Session
Graeme Dott 10-1 Adrian Justin Ridley
Akani Songsermsawad 10-4 Lukas Kleckers
Dominic Dale 10-7 Reanne Evans
Mike Dunn 10-8 Duane Jones
Michael Holt 10-7 Thor Chuan Leong
Rory McLeod 10-8 Ian Burns
Li Hang 10-9 Ashley Hugill
Lyu Haotian 10-8 Fang Xiongman
Anthony Hamilton 7-10 Martin O'Donnell
Zhao Xintong 10-8 Aditya Mehta

Evening Session
Liang Wenbo 10-2 Rod Lawler - *Liang makes a 147 break*
Jamie Jones 10-5 Craig Steadman
Andrew Higginson 10-4 David John
Cao Yupeng 7-10 Robin Hull
Lee Walker 10-6 Kristjan Helgason
Ricky Walden 10-8 Joe Swail
Michael Georgiou 10-4 Matthew Bolton
Mark Davis 10-1 Sanderson Lam
Sam Craigie 6-10 Jimmy White
Joe Perry 10-1 Ross Muir
Tian Pengfei 10-1 Li Yuan



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