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147 Day but Lines Shines

Ryan Day made his maiden maximum break in tournament play but was unable to reach the semi-finals of the Haining Open in China.

Lines - second from the left - with the Under-21 European Championship trophy back in March - photo courtesy of PJ Nolan.

Lines – second from the left – with the Under-21 European Championship trophy back in March – photo courtesy of PJ Nolan.

The Welshman compiled the 147 break in a 4-1 victory over Chinese Cao Yupeng in the last 32.

In a quick 10-minute break, Day was rarely out of position until the final black, when he left the cue ball tight against the side cushion.

However, a cool head and a clean stroke ensured the black dropped and will see the 34 year-old pocket £1,000 should nobody else repeat the feat during the remainder of the event.

Indeed, it had originally been thought that Day would collect nothing for his efforts – a shocking realisation for such a unique accomplishment in the sport.

But, thankfully, World Snooker were quick on the scene to change their policy for this season and immediately set up a rolling prize fund of £500 for the Asian Tour series, backdated to the opening event in June.

Second seed Day went on to reach the quarter-finals but he was ousted 4-2 by up-and-coming talent 19 year-old Oliver Lines.

Son of veteran tour professional Peter Lines, European Under-21 champion Oliver fired in a brace of centuries to oust his more experienced opponent and the teenager from Leeds looks like a really promising prospect.

This, of course, isn’t the first major scalp he’s taken in his rookie campaign on the circuit following a sensational triumph over world champion Mark Selby in the International Championship qualifier last month.

Elsewhere, top seed Ding Junhui also exited at the last eight stage as he again was sent tumbling by bogey player Stuart Bingham.

‘Ballrun’ already accounted for the 27 year-old in the semi-finals of the recent Shanghai Masters, a tournament he went on to win, and easily dismantled Ding’s challenge again with a 4-0 rout today.

Bingham will take on Matthew Selt for a place in the final after the Englishman defeated two famous names of the sport in Jimmy White and Peter Ebdon.

Finally, Jimmy Robertson has continued his improved form this season with a run to the last four that has included wins over Xiao Guodong and Tian Pengfei.

The Haining Open comes to a conclusion tomorrow before the lucrative International Championship gets under way on Sunday.

The full draw can be viewed by clicking here. 

Watch Ryan Day’s 147 below

Creator of SnookerHQ and a journalism graduate, David has been actively reporting on snooker since 2011. He has been published in national publications and has appeared on BBC World News and on talkSPORT radio as an analyst.