A century or maximum only wins you one frame.
But in this format of the Championship League snooker, which has returned with a bang this week, a ton or maximum can actually win you the group or push your position further up in the group.
This break from Joe O’Connor is as good as you can get, considering many of the players have not had a lot of practice and no competition over the last two-and-a-half months.
O’Connor, 24, a former World ranking semi-finalist, who is only on the second year of his tour career, made an impressive 143 break in the Championship League, his highest break in his short but improving pro career and managed to end up second in the group from the likes of Mark Selby, Liang Wenbo and Lee Walker.
O’Connor said after on Facebook: “Ended finishing second in my group. Played pretty solid all day, apart from that one red.”
He added: “Onwards and upwards.”
This break against his fellow Leicester tour player, the three-time World Champion Mark Selby was as good as you will get.
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China’s no 2 Liang Wenbo topped the group defeating Mark Selby in the last match, but for SnookerZone, the night belonged to the 2018 English Amateur Championship winner Joe O’Connor for this fantastic break.
Winner of Group 5 Wenbo told WST after: “I enjoyed today.”
He added: “Sometimes you have to enjoy the game and your game will come, snooker is like this, when you’re happy you play well. If I play like this, I will have a chance to win the tournament. I practiced for seven or eight days before coming here, after two and a half months off.”
The action continues on ITV 4 at 4PM as Ronnie O’Sullivan will enter the fray in Group 10 today.
Chris Gaynor is a writer with 10 years’ experience writing for the web.
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