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Graeme Dott produced a superb 147 break in his World Snooker Championship qualifying win over Pang Junxu on Monday morning, just the second time he has made a maximum over his career.
The 44-year-old looked set to have a serious test ahead of him against the impressive young Chinese star but secured a heavy victory, with the maximum the obvious highlight.
The 2006 world champion made the 147 in the sixth frame of the match, then returned to complete a morale-boosting 6-1 win in the next.
‘It was fantastic. I don’t make that many even in practice,’ said Dott.
‘I went through a spell when I first turned pro where I was hitting 147s a lot in practice, but I can’t remember the last time I had one, even in practice, it’ll be years ago. So it was really, really good.’
Dott turned pro in 1994 and his only previous maximum in competition came way back in 1999 at the British Open against David Roe.
23 years later he has made his second competitive 147 and becomes the 33rd player to make more than one maximum in their career.
Dott is the first player to make a max in this year’s World Championship which will get him a £10,000 bonus for doing so in qualifying and could earn himself another £15,000 if it remains the high break prize for the tournament as a whole.
If anyone else completes a 147 in qualifying at the English Institute of Sport or at the Crucible then the Scot will have to share the prize with them.
Dott will now be full of confidence heading into the final round of qualifying, but so will his opponent Jamie Clarke, who scored a superb 6-0 win over Gary Wilson on Monday morning.
Wilson, a former Crucible semi-finalist, would have been favourite going into the game but was on the wrong end of an inspired performance from the Welshman in Sheffield.
Now Dott and Clarke will meet for a spot in the first round at the Crucible, with the game completed on Judgement Day – Wednesday 13 April.
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