Mark Allen hit his 500th career century as he progressed to Stage Three of the 2021 Championship League with a 100 per cent record on Thursday.
The Pistol produced an inspired performance at the Morningside Arena, dropping just a single frame on the way to topping Group B with maximum points.
Allen also hit two tons; the second of which to wrap up victory over Ricky Walden saw him become only the 12th different player in history to compile 500 or more in competitive play.
Runner-up to Marco Fu at this event in 2010, the world number 12 came out firing with a wonderful 115 total clearance the highlight of a commanding 3-0 success over Fergal O’Brien.
He then made it two wins from two after seeing off World Seniors champion Peter Lines 3-1.
That put him on six points and level with three-time ranking event winner Walden, who overcame Lines 3-1 before hitting three successive centuries of 125, 101 and 104 as he outscored O’Brien by 352 points to one.
It subsequently set up a winner-takes-all clash on table two, with the victor booking their place on the final day of action.
Allen established early control with runs of 56 and 75 guaranteeing him a point, while a stunning 110 clearance to the pink turned it into three as he prevailed in sublime fashion.
However, three-time champion Judd Trump was denied a crack at a record-extending fourth title by an inspired Tom Ford, who took top spot in Group A.
Although held to a 2-2 draw by Jimmy Robertson in his opening match, world number one Trump eased to a 3-0 success over Stuart Carrington to move onto four points.
Meanwhile, an evidently frustrated Ford recovered from a 3-0 reverse against Carrington, with breaks of 60 and 63 putting Robertson to the sword by the same scoreline.
As a result, a point against the home favourite would have been enough for Trump to secure first place.
But Ford had clearly not read the script; stunning clearances of 124 and 77 from 45-0 down in frame two were followed by a run of 78 as he moved one step closer to a maiden ranking title.
Championship League Snooker 2021 Results
Thursday August 12
Judd Trump 2-2 Jimmy Robertson (Group A)
Ricky Walden 3-1 Peter Lines (Group B)
Tom Ford 0-3 Stuart Carrington (Group A)
Mark Allen 3-0 Fergal O’Brien (Group B)
Tom Ford 3-0 Jimmy Robertson (Group A)
Mark Allen 3-1 Peter Lines (Group B)
Judd Trump 3-0 Stuart Carrington (Group A)
Ricky Walden 3-0 Fergal O’Brien (Group B)
Stuart Carrington 0-3 Jimmy Robertson (Group A)
Mark Allen 3-0 Ricky Walden (Group B)
Judd Trump 0-3 Tom Ford (Group A)
Peter Lines 2-2 Fergal O’Brien (Group B)