Michael Georgiou and Jamie Jones both produced perfection with a maximum break on the opening day of the 2018 Paul Hunter Classic in Furth on Friday.
Georgiou, the reigning Shoot-Out champion, compiled his first career 147 in a 4-2 win over amateur qualifier Umut Dikme in the opening round.
The Cypriot looked to be on course for a lucrative £20,000 bonus, but saw his prize pot halved a matter of hours later as Jones replicated the feat in his Second Round clash with Lee Walker.
The Welshman also registered the first maximum of his career, but it was not enough to avert an eventual 4-2 defeat to his fellow countryman – who went on to defeat Craig Steadman in a black-ball decider in the Last 32.
The brace of maximums ended a near five-month wait for a perfect frame in ranking competition and took the tally of professional 147 breaks made to 141.
Elsewhere, reigning champion Michael White saw his title defence brought to an end by China’s Zhang Anda in the Last 32.
White had begun the day with successive 4-2 wins over Thor Chuan Leong and Allan Taylor but went down 4-1 to Zhang – who recovered from losing the first frame to produce breaks of 91, 60 and 50 for victory.
Former World Champion Peter Ebdon booked his place in the final day of action following three granite displays at the Stadthalle.
Ebdon whitewashed Ben Jones in Round One and repeated the drubbing on Andreas Ploner before overcoming former Northern Ireland Open winner Mark King 4-2 in the Last 32.
Chris Wakelin sealed his spot in the Last 16 with an impressive 4-2 defeat of top 16 star Luca Brecel which included high breaks of 116 and 144 from this year’s debutant Crucible qualifier.
Harvey Chandler continued his dream start to life on the main tour as he reached the Last 16 of a ranking event for the first time.
Chandler, who reached the Last 32 of the recent World Open, benefitted from a walk-over in Round One before dispatching Alexander Ursenbacher 4-1 and Mark Joyce 4-0 to mount his charge.
Seventeen-year-old Jackson Page underlined his natural ability by following up a clinical whitewash of Zhou Yuelong with a 4-1 rout of Ian Burns and a deciding-frame defeat of Sam Baird to make it through.
Scott Donaldson, who came through all three of the recent ranking event qualifiers in Preston, continued his fine form as he defeated Sam Craigie, Niu Zhuang and Tom Ford to progress.
Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh swept aside Christopher Watts, Ben Woollaston and Zhang Yong for the combined loss of just three frames to secure his place in Sunday’s latter stages.
Paul Hunter Classic 2018 Results
Friday August 24
Michael White 4-2 Thor Chuan Leong
Rory McLeod 0-4 Allan Taylor
Zhang Anda 4-3 George Pragnall
Dominic Dale 4-0 Itaro Santos
Mark Joyce 4-3 Michael Wild
Sean O’Sullivan 0-4 Brian Cini
Alexander Ursenbacher 4-0 Barry Pinches
Fan Zhengyi 0-w/o Harvey Chandler
Sam Baird 4-2 Kevin VanHove
Andy Lee 3-4 Reggie Edwards
Ian Burns 4-0 Oliver Brown
Zhou Yuelong 0-4 Jackson Page
Niu Zhuang 4-1 James Cahill
Scott Donaldson 4-2 Sam Craigie
Ross Muir 4-1 Patrick Einsle
Tom Ford 4-0 Luke Pinches
Mark King 4-3 Martin O’Donnell
Stuart Carrington 0-w/o Jack Bradford
Peter Ebdon 4-0 Ben Jones
Basem Eltahhan 2-4 Andreas Ploner
Ben Woollaston 4-2 Alex Taubman
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4-0 Christopher Watts
Michael Georgiou 4-2 Umut Dikme – *Georgiou makes a 147*
Elliot Slessor 3-4 Zhang Yong
Craig Steadman 4-1 Oliver Lines
Kishan Hirani 4-3 Jamie Clarke
Lee Walker 4-0 Regis D’Anna
Jamie Jones 4-0 Nigel Bond
Chris Wakelin 4-1 Luke Simmonds
Stefan Joachim 0-4 Aaron Busuttil
Chen Zifan 4-0 Duncan Bezzina
Luca Brecel 4-0 Curtis Daher
Michael White 4-2 Allan Taylor
Zhang Anda 4-2 Dominic Dale
Mark Joyce 4-2 Brian Cini
Alexander Ursenbacher 1-4 Harvey Chandler
Sam Baird 4-0 Reggie Edwards
Ian Burns 1-4 Jackson Page
Niu Zhuang 3-4 Scott Donaldson
Ross Muir 2-4 Tom Ford
Mark King 4-2 Jack Bradford
Peter Ebdon 4-0 Andreas Ploner
Ben Woollaston 1-4 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Michael Georgiou 3-4 Zhang Yong
Craig Steadman 4-0 Kishan Hirani
Lee Walker 4-2 Jamie Jones – *Jones makes a 147*
Chris Wakelin 4-2 Aaron Busuttil
Chen Zifan 1-4 Luca Brecel
Michael White 1-4 Zhang Anda
Mark Joyce 0-4 Harvey Chandler
Sam Baird 3-4 Jackson Page
Scott Donaldson 4-3 Tom Ford
Mark King 2-4 Peter Ebdon
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 4-2 Zhang Yong
Craig Steadman 3-4 Lee Walker
Chris Wakelin 4-2 Luca Brecel