NEIL ROBERTSON was knocked out in a Crucible decider – despite hitting a magical 147.
The Australian, the pre-tournament favourite for the Betfred World Snooker Championship, was shocked 13-12 in the Last 16 by an inspired Jack Lisowski.
In frame 19, the 2010 world champion celebrated the 12th maximum break at this famous theatre – and the fifth of his career.
Robbo, 40, received a standing ovation and could bank a £47,500 bonus – yet today (Tuesday) he is packing his bags to go home.
The world No.3 said: “To make the 147 at 9-10 down is one of the most amazing moments of my career.
“To do it with my back against the wall and my mum, who is here, was buzzing with that. The crowd was unbelievable.
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“I’ve had the season of dreams. It was an unbelievable season and though I’ve lost, I hit a 147 in front of a packed crowd.”
Lisowski, who now plays John Higgins in the quarter-finals, had vowed to wave a Ukraine flag if he won – but has yet to find one in Sheffield.
The No.14 seed said: “That’s the best feeling I’ve ever had. I gave it everything. It’s the hardest I have worked for the frames.”
For a first time since 2011, the Class of 92 – Higgins, Ronnie O’Sullivan, 46, and Mark Williams, 47 – will feature in the World Snooker Championship last eight.
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Previous Snooker World Championship 147’s
2022: Neil Robertson v Jack Lisowski, second round
2020: John Higgins v Kurt Maflin, second round, lost 13-11
2012: Stephen Hendry v Stuart Bingham, first round, won 10-4
2009: Stephen Hendry v Shaun Murphy, quarter-final, lost 13-11
2008: Ali Carter v Peter Ebdon, quarter-final, won 13-9
2008: Ronnie O'Sullivan v Mark Williams, second round, won 13-7
2005: Mark Williams v Robert Milkins first round, won 10-1
2003: Ronnie O'Sullivan v Marco Fu, first round, lost 10-6
1997: Ronnie O'Sullivan v Mick Price, first round, won 10-6
1995: Stephen Hendry v Jimmy White, semi-final, won 16-12
1992: Jimmy White v Tony Drago, first round, won 10-4
1983: Cliff Thorburn v Terry Griffiths, second round, won 13-12
The veteran trio all hit the pro ranks in 1992 – and their powers do not seem to be diminishing.
Higgins, 46, made the quarters with a 13-7 win over Thai ace Noppon Saengkham, and he says they are “better players” these days.
The Scot said: “It’s incredible, it is 30 years — and the three of us are better than ever.
“Mark’s played incredible and Ronnie is Ronnie. He is so tough to play against and is scrapping for every single shot and frame.
“Before, he may have thrown the towel in. It makes him undeniably better than he’s ever been.
“To say that 30 years later we are better players — it’s incredible.”
Stuart Bingham beat Kyren Wilson 13-9 and will now face Judd Trump, who knocked out Anthony McGill 13-11.
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