John Higgins makes maximum 147 break at World Snooker Championship
Last Updated: 06/08/20 10:33pm
John Higgins lit up this year's World Snooker Championship with a stunning maximum 147 break but he went on to lose his second round match against Kurt Maflin at the Crucible.
Higgins potted 15 reds and 15 blacks before clearing up the colours to record the 11th maximum break in Crucible history but saw his hopes of a fifth title shattered by a shock 13-11 second round defeat to Kurt Maflin.
The 2019 finalist, who trailed 5-3 overnight, made a strong start to the morning session and reduced the deficit to one.
Norway-based Maflin, who has lost in qualifying in 15 of the previous 16 years, responded with the next frame before he moved three ahead after a break of 97.
Four-time world champion Higgins hit back in the final frame of the session with a sparkling maximum, the first achieved at the Sheffield venue since Stephen Hendry in 2012.
It is the 10th 147 Higgins has made in his career, but despite going on to nudge into an 11-10 lead, the veteran Scot was hauled back by an inspired Maflin who reeled off three straight frames to claim by far the biggest win of his career.
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