So, yesterday was the last day of action at the tables for this year. The last 64 round of the German Masters’ qualifiers came to a conclusion. The highlight of the day was certainly Judd Trump’s 147, that came in frame three of his match vs Lukas Kleckers.
This was the 146th official 147 in snooker history. Who will make the 147th 147, and when?
Other than that, the last 64 yielded no real surprise, although some matches were very close. In particular, Chris Wakelin could, and IMO should, have beaten John Higgins.
Trump’s perfect break came in the third frame of the match at the Barnsley Metrodome. The world number five also fired runs of 75, 74 and 137 as he booked his place in the last 32 in Berlin.
The 29-year-old from Bristol becomes the eighth player to make more than three official 147s, joining Ronnie O’Sullivan (15), Stephen Hendry (11), John Higgins (9), Ding Junhui (6), Shaun Murphy (5), Stuart Bingham (4) and Marco Fu (4).
It’s the seventh 147 of the season and 146th in snooker history.
The final stages of the £396,500 world ranking event will take place at the famous Tempodrom venue in Berlin from January 30 to February 3.
John Higgins came through a tough battle against Chris Wakelin, winning 5-4. Wakelin led 53-24 in the decider but four-time World Champion Higgins snatched it with a 41 clearance.
World number one Mark Selby has been top of the rankings since he won this title in 2015 and he secured his return to Berlin with a 5-1 defeat of John Astley, making breaks of 100,100, 68, 77 and 70.
Matthew Stevens made four centuries in a 5-2 win over Ken Doherty. After losing the first frame, Welshman Stevens took five of the next six with runs of 70, 136, 111, 115 and 119.
Jack Lisowski made a 145 in the fifth frame of a 5-4 win over Gary Wilson. The deciding frame came down to the colours and Lisowski potted the blue for victory.
China’s Ding Junhui made a 101 in a 5-2 win over Kuldesh Johal while Kyren Wilson saw off Oliver Lines 5-2.
Barry Hawkins made a cool 62 clearance, from 57-4 down, to beat Stuart Carrington 5-4 while Neil Robertson made 135 and 102 in a 5-2 win over Gary Wilson.
Last year’s runner-up Graeme Dott misses out this time as he was edged out 5-4 by Michael Georgiou. Peter Ebdon made a 64 in the decider to beat Mark King 5-4.
Mark Williams and Shaun Murphy were among the winners on Thursday evening, for more details click here.
Defending champion Mark Williams secured his place in the final stages of the 2019 D88.com German Masters with a 5-1 win over Jak Jones in the second qualifying round in Barnsley on Thursday.
Williams won the title for the second time at the iconic Tempodrom venue last season, beating Graeme Dott 9-1 in the final. And he goes through to the last 32 this time, beating fellow Welshman Jones with top breaks of 103, 106, 62 and 61.
Shaun Murphy made a remarkable seven centuries in his two matches in Barnsley. Having knocked in four tons in his first round tie against Martin O’Donnell, Murphy then saw off Jimmy White 5-2 with top runs of 124, 131 and 105.
China’s Zhou Yuelong made a 136 in a 5-2 defeat of Dominic Dale. That result means Zhou will go to Berlin still in with a chance of qualifying for the Coral World Grand Prix – for more on that race click here.
Ryan Day made breaks of 75 and 83 in the last two frames as he came from 4-3 down to beat Sunny Akani 5-4.
And this concludes the year as far as snooker is concerned. Tomorrow, I’ll do a feature about the highs and lows as I see them…