UK Snooker Championship 2020: Kyren Wilson maxes 147


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World number four Kyren Wilson took a maximum break of 147 en route to a 6-4 victory over Ashley Hugill in the first round of the British Championship.

World Championship finalist Wilson compiled the perfect break in the sixth frame, the third maximum of his career.

It was the second consecutive tournament in which a maximum was made after Judd Trump’s efforts at the Northern Irish Open last week.

Wilson’s break was the 17th maximum achieved in the British Championship.

If no other player achieves the feat at the end of the tournament, they will collect a £ 15,000 bonus for the highest break.

Aside from the maximum, Wilson did other runs of 107, 92 and 90 to progress.

Wilson said: “It’s amazing to have another one, especially in a Triple Crown event. You know everyone is watching these events in particular. I got nervous about it. “

The 147 was made without any fans, as the event takes place behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes.

Wilson added, “Sometimes you can thrive on the energy of the crowd and other times the ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ reach you. The silence is deafening and it can sometimes be difficult to stay focused. “

In all, a total of 162 maximums have now been compiled in snooker history.

Meanwhile, 2004 UK champion and defeated last year’s runner-up Stephen Maguire advanced to the second round with a comfortable 6-1 victory over 15-year-old Ukrainian teenager Iulian Boiko.

Shaun Murphy, the 2008 champion, advanced with a 6-5 victory over Lee Walker, while there were also wins for Luca Brecel, David Gilbert and Ricky Walden.

2003 winner Matthew Stevens withdrew from the event Tuesday, after testing positive for Covid-19, allowing fellow Welshman Jamie Jones to allow himself to be said goodbye to the next round.

World champion Ronnie O’Sullivan, in search of an eighth British title, meets amateur Leo Fernandez in his opener on Wednesday, while world number one Trump starts against Paul Davison in the session of Thursday evening.

Defending champion Ding Junhui will face Jamie Curtis-Barrett on Thursday afternoon.

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