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Kyren Wilson compiles Crucible 147 break

Kyren Wilson has compiled a 147 break during his first-round match at the 2023 World Snooker Championship in Sheffield.

The Kettering cueist produced the perfect run in the fifth frame of his round-of-32 fixture against Ryan Day at the Crucible Theatre.

As long as the feat isn’t matched, the 31 year-old will pocket a £40,000 bonus for the magnificent effort in addition to the £15,000 high break prize.

Wilson becomes only the ninth player to make a maximum 147 break in the World Snooker Championship.

Cliff Thorburn memorably made the first in 1983, and Wilson’s yellow was remarkably similar to the one the Canadian potted against Terry Griffiths all those years ago.

Before that, the recent Tour Championship finalist had potted a gutsy sequence of difficult reds and blacks to keep the break going.

147 breaks at the Crucible Theatre

1. 1983: Cliff Thorburn vs Terry Griffiths (L16)
2. 1992: Jimmy White vs Tony Drago (L32)
3. 1995: Stephen Hendry vs Jimmy White (SF)
4. 1997: Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Mick Price (L32)
5. 2003: Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Marco Fu (L32)
6. 2005: Mark Williams vs Robert Milkins (L32)
7. 2008: Ronnie O’Sullivan vs Mark Williams (L16)
8. 2008: Ali Carter vs Peter Ebdon (QF)
9. 2009: Stephen Hendry vs Shaun Murphy (QF)
10. 2012: Stephen Hendry vs Stuart Bingham (L32)
11. 2020: John Higgins vs Kurt Maflin (L16)
12. 2022: Neil Robertson vs Jack Lisowski (L16)
13. 2023: Kyren Wilson vs Ryan Day (L32)

It represents the 13th 147 break in total at the Crucible Theatre, with Wilson joining an illustrious group of names who have managed the achievement at the sport’s spiritual home.

Both Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stephen Hendry have done it three times each, with the former famously constructing the fastest ever maximum in 1997.

Jimmy White, Mark Williams, Ali Carter, John Higgins, and Neil Robertson are the others to have written their names into snooker folklore.

The 147 for Wilson took him 3-2 in front of Day in what had already been billed as one of the ties of opening round at the 2023 World Snooker Championship.

For the full World Snooker Championship draw, results, live scores, and session times, click here.

Featured photo credit: WST

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