Ronnie O’Sullivan and Stuart Bingham are through to the second round of the UK Championship.
World champion Ronnie O’Sullivan eased his way into the second round of the UK Championship on Wednesday, while Stuart Bingham became the second player to make a maximum 147 break at this year’s tournament.
O’Sullivan, who came into this week’s Triple Crown event in Milton Keynes on the back of losing to world number one Judd Trump in the final of the Northern Ireland Open, breezed into round two with a 6-0 victory over amateur Leo Fernandez, recording breaks of 121, 60, 59 and 73 along the way.
World number 11 Bingham also eased into the second round at the Marshall Arena thanks to his 6-2 victory over Zak Surety, with Ball-run matching the maximum efforts of Kyren Wilson from the previous day to record the seventh 147 break of his career.
The 44-year-old admitted after his win that it was a particular thrill to record the maximum at such a big tournament, as he looks to seal the Triple Crown by adding the UK Championship title to his previous World Championship and Masters successes.
“It is extra special to make it at the UK, it is one ticked off the bucket list. It feels more of a practice session without the crowd,” Bingham told the BBC.
“When it got down to the last black there is still a few nerves and a bit of tension with a bit of adrenaline going through. But I played the break perfectly and could not miss.”
The first round matches continue in Milton Keynes on Thursday, with some of the highlights including Trump’s clash with fellow Englishman Paul Davison and World Championship semi-finalist Anthony McGill’s match against Steven Hallworth.