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Last Updated: Sunday, 14 January 2007, 13:43 GMT
Ding compiles maximum at Masters
Ding Junhui
Ding has won three ranking events
China's Ding Junhui became the youngest player to score a televised maximum 147 break in his victory over Anthony Hamilton at the Masters at Wembley.

The 19-year-old Ding, the world number 27, made the clearance in the seventh frame to go 5-2 up and went on to win the wildcard encounter 6-3.

It is only the second maximum break in the tournament's history.

Canada's Kirk Stevens is the only other man to have completed a 147 at Wembley, against Jimmy White in 1984.

The previous youngest player was two-time world champion Ronnie O'Sullivan, who was 22 years and five months when he achieved the feat at the 1997 World Championship.

There have been 27 other televised maximum breaks in the history of the sport, Steve Davis hitting the first in 1982.

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"I didn't realise I was the youngest so I'm feeling really special at the moment," said Ding, who will pocket 35,000 unless another player matches the feat at this year's event.

"When I got to the last red ball I was nervous, and on the final black, so I was very happy to pot that."

Ding compiled three centuries in total against Nottingham's Hamilton and now meets good friend Peter Ebdon - last month's Maplin UK Championship winner - in the next round.

Jimmy White's miserable run of form continued as he was thrashed 6-1 in front of his home fans by Welshman Matthew Stevens.

White won the opening frame with a 42 break but it proved a false dawn, Stevens reeling off six frames either side of the interval with breaks of 70, 105, 40 and 59.

I'm not going to crack. I'm going to just keep plodding away

Jimmy White
White, 44, is already out of the world's top 32 for the first time in his 26-year career after failing to qualify for any ranking tournaments this season.

And he admitted that retirement could beckon if he is unable to recover his form.

"I was so angry and getting more and more frustrated, but you can't really show your frustration in snooker," White said.

"I'll keep punching. If I'm going to retire and go off this tour, then I'm going to give it my best shout to make a mark.

"I'm 56th in the rankings, and I have to win at the China Open to qualify for the World Championships, or I'm definitely out of the top 64.

"But I'm not going to crack. I'm going to just keep plodding away and keep practising.

"If I drop out of the top 64 I'd probably still play on because I love the game so much - but hopefully it doesn't come to that."

Stevens, meanwhile, will meet Stephen Hendry in the next round.

Ali Carter advanced to a meeting with Ronnie O'Sullivan after a 6-5 triumph over Stuart Bingham.



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