David Gilbert makes historic 147th snooker 147

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David Gilbert plays a shot (credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

David Gilbert plays a shot (credit: Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

David Gilbert etched his name into the snooker history books by compiling the sport’s 147th competitive maximum break in the Championship League on Tuesday.

Thirty-seven years on from the first professional 147 by Steve Davis, Gilbert made his second career maximum against Stephen Maguire at the behind-closed-doors event in Coventry.

The Tamworth cueist potted 15 reds with blacks and coolly converted the requisite colours to complete the historic feat in the second frame of the match.

However, it proved to be Gilbert’s sole contribution to the scoreline as he went on to lose their Group Five clash 3-1.

Gilbert received an additional £500 high break bonus to the £100 awarded per frame won.

The Championship League is an exclusively live-streamed tournament held at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena in which players compete in a round-robin format for the right to progress to the Winner’s Group.

Seven groups of seven players will produce seven winners, who will then face off in one further group to determine the winner of the 2019 Championship League.

In each group, every player plays each other once over the best of five frames, following which the top four players contest in the play offs – Semi-Finals and Final – over the same distance.

Players are awarded one point for each match won, then most frames won and the least frames lost in the league series will determine their position in the league table. Dead frames will not be played in either the league or knockout stages.

The play-off winner progresses to the Winners’ Group, while the players coming sixth and seventh in the group will be relegated and will not feature in any further group matches.