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Ronnie O’Sullivan knocked out despite 147 break, scoreboard confusion for Mark Selby

O’Sullivan knocked out despite 147 break, scoreboard confusion for Selby

03/04/2018 at 15:00Updated 03/04/2018 at 23:44

Ronnie O’Sullivan sunk a brilliant 147 maximum break at the China Open, but it was a rare highlight from an otherwise ragged display as he bowed out in the first round.

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O’Sullivan’s break hinted at a revival after opponent Elliot Slessor had won the first four frames, but the five-time world champion lost his way almost immediately.

Despite the 6-2 defeat, O’Sullivan still takes home £42,000 for his fifth-frame maximum heroics.

Video - Ronnie O’Sullivan makes brilliant 147, earns hug from referee

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Earlier, Mark Selby made a '16-red' 141 break as he progressed to the second round in confusing circumstances.

The world number one beat Scott Donaldson 6-4, but the main talking point occurred in the second frame when Selby was awarded a free ball.

The Englishman went on a scoring streak, but became concerned when he noticed he was on for a 147 maximum despite potting some blue balls – ushering over his opponent and the tournament referee to debate the scoreboard in a bizarre five-minute stoppage.

Video - Confusion reigns as Mark Selby questions scorer about 147 attempt

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However, the scoreboard was correct. Everyone had forgotten about the initial free ball which gave Selby’s break an eight-point head start, making a '16-red' 155 maximum break technically possible.

Selby spurned the chance to complete his fake 147 – and swerving any potentially awkward claims to O'Sullivan's maximum bonus – as he settled for a 141.

Video - Selby racks up break of 141 to draw level with Donaldson

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He went on to make another century, albeit less eventful, and two half-centuries to book a clash with Ben Woollaston.

China Open results

  • Michael Holt 6 – 4 Mark Davis
  • Tom Ford 6 – 2 Yuan Sijun
  • Luo Honghao 6 – 4 Anthony McGill
  • David B Gilbert 6 – 3 Mike Dunn
  • Ding Junhui 6 – 4 Craig Steadman
  • Elliot Slessor 6 - 2 Ronnie O'Sullivan
  • Chris Wakelin 6 – 0 Shaun Murphy
  • Mark King 6 – 5 Peter Ebdon
  • Michael White 6 – 5 Paul S Davison
  • Mark Selby 6 – 4 Scott Donaldson
  • Duane Jones 6 - 5 Liang Wenbo
  • Xiao Guodong 6 - 5Jimmy Robertson
  • Neil Robertson 6 - 3 Robbie Williams
  • Kyren Wilson 6 – 3 Andrew Higginson
  • Fergal O'Brien 6 – 5 Stephen Maguire
  • Yan Bingtao 6 – 5 Kurt Maflin
  • John Higgins 6 - 2 Martin O'Donnell
  • Barry Hawkins 6 – 3 Sam Baird
  • Graeme Dott 6 – 2 Mark Joyce
  • Zhou Yuelong 6 – 2 Chen Zhe
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