Ding win impresses Allen
Mark Allen was in awe of Ding Junhui's "ridiculous" performance as the Chinese ace fired a maximum break and two further centuries in a scintillating quarter-final win at the Dafabet Players Tour Championship Grand Finals.
Northern Irishman Allen could only sit and admire Ding's display for long spells, and had to swallow a 4-3 defeat.
Ding, 25, had runs of 147, 138, 81 and 108 in a startling show at the Galway event, to move two wins away from the £100,000 first prize.
"I only missed a couple of balls in the match, but that was just a couple too many the way Ding was playing," Allen said. "My safety let me down because Ding's scoring was ridiculous and I couldn't afford to let him have chances."
China's leading player had four previous maximums to his name, and the fifth came in the opening frame today, earning him a £3,000 bonus.
Even Ding found his feat hard to believe.
"It was crazy today, I made a maximum in the first frame and I only made one mistake with position, when I left the white close to a cushion and had to pot a red to a middle pocket," he said on worldsnooker.com.
"I thought it was a good chance for a 147 because the reds were all in a good position around the black. Best-of-seven matches are over quickly so you have to take your chances, make big breaks and put pressure on your opponent. It's always a nice feeling when you make a maximum."
Neil Robertson, the 2010 world champion, will tackle Leicester's Tom Ford in the semi-finals after the Australian posted a 4-1 win tonight against Ding's compatriot Xiao Guodong.
Ford knocked out Hong Kong's Marco Fu by the same scoreline.