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John Higgins makes his first Crucible 147 at World Snooker Championship

  • Scot responds in style after trailing Kurt Maflin overnight
  • First maximum break at the Crucible since 2012

John Higgins scored only the 11th 147 break at the Crucible to keep alive his hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the World Snooker Championship.

The world No 5, who trailed Norway’s Kurt Maflin 5-3 overnight, made a strong start to Thursday’s morning session of his best-of-25 frame, second-round match and reduced the deficit to one. Maflin, the world No 43, responded with the next frame before he moved three ahead after a break of 97.

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