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Ding pays maximum penalty for concentration lapse

Ding pays maximum penalty for concentration lapse

LONDON: China’s Ding Junhui suffered a bizarre lapse of concentration which ended his chance of a rare maximum 147 break at the world snooker championship on Tuesday.

Trailing 5-3 to Mark Davis, Ding potted 12 reds and 12 blacks to rack up 96 points but after knocking in the 13th red he screwed back up the table to get position on the blue.

The world number three suddenly realised what he had done and held his head in his hands before starting to giggle along with his first-round opponent Davis.

He composed himself before attempting a very difficult cut on the black but was unable to keep the break going when his shot missed.

The miscalculation drew gasps from the audience but Ding soon regained his composure and went on to complete a 10-7 victory.

Ding would have pocketed 30,000 pounds ($44,700) for a maximum break, which has only been achieved 10 times in the world championships at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.

In the day’s other match, Mark Allen established a 6-3 lead over Ryan Day ahead of the resumption of play later on Tuesday.

Published in Dawn, April 22nd, 2015

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