Stuart Bingham produced a magnificent maximum break en route to a 6-3 victory over Peter Ebdon to reach the Last 16 of the China Open in Beijing on Wednesday.
The world number 12 compiled the fifth maximum of his career and the 151st in snooker history to net a provisional £27,000 bonus.
“To make a 147 on the TV table is brilliant,” admitted Bingham. “I’m sure my wife and family will be pleased because we have just booked a holiday to Tenerife so hopefully that’s it paid for!
“I have had a great season with two titles, and it hasn’t finished yet.”
Bingham’s moment of magic came in the seventh frame of his clash with two-time China Open winner Ebdon to regain the lead, and ‘Ball Run’ rarely looked troubled as he maintained position for the majority of a perfect break.
After five of the world’s top ten players crashed out on the second day of action, Kyren Wilson became the latest high-profile casualty of the early rounds as he suffered a 6-4 defeat at the hands of veteran Rod Lawler.
Ken Doherty knocked out reigning World Champion Mark Williams in Round One but saw his run ended emphatically by Ricky Walden – who ran out a comfortable 6-1 winner.
World number 16 David Gilbert will be left to sweat it out if he is to secure the 16th and final seeded spot in the upcoming World Championship after he went down 6-3 to Scott Donaldson.
Anthony McGill prevailed 6-3 in the all-Scottish show-down against Stephen Maguire to set up a meeting with another fellow Glaswegian in Alan McManus.
Home favourite Liang Wenbo held his nerve to edge out Craig Steadman, conqueror of Mark Selby, in a deciding frame, while Newcastle’s Sam Craigue dumped out multiple ranking event winner Ali Carter with a 6-4 scalp.
Neil Robertson remains the highest ranked player left standing in the competition after he recovered from 3-1 down to dispatch Mei Xi Wen 6-3 for a place in the Third Round at the Olympic Sports Centre.
China Open 2019 Results
Wednesday April 3
Sam Craigie 6-4 Ali Carter
Mei Xi Wen 3-6 Neil Robertson
Mark King 6-2 Lu Ning
Michael Holt 4-6 Luca Brecel
Hossein Vafaei 6-3 Joe O’Connor
Rod Lawler 6-4 Kyren Wilson
Andrew Higginson 3-6 Ben Woollaston
Ricky Walden 6-1 Ken Doherty
Craig Steadman 5-6 Liang Wenbo
Alan McManus 6-0 Stuart Carrington
Stephen Maguire 3-6 Anthony McGill
Robbie Williams 4-6 Li Hang
Jack Lisowski 6-3 Gerard Greene
Peter Ebdon 3-6 Stuart Bingham – *Bingham makes a 147*
James Wattana 2-6 Lyu Haotian
Scott Donaldson 6-3 David Gilbert