Judd Trump cruised into the semi-finals of the Coral UK Championship, but was left to rue a failed attempt at a 147 maximum clearance.
The world No 11 was on course for 147 when he cleared eight reds and blacks, with the balls spread nicely, only to fail with the ninth red as he attempted a shot with the rest.
Ronnie O’Sullivan had knocked in a maximum 24 hours earlier – earning a £40,000 bonus and £4,000 top break prize – and with Trump leading 5-1 against veteran Mark Davis, he looked set to match that feat.
But despite missing the red, and a chance of sharing the prize money with O’Sullivan,Trump clinched the frame for a 6-1 win.
Afterwards, Trump was left to reflect on his missed opportunity.
“I was really going for it (the 147), I was really hitting the ball well and it was a good opportunity,” he said.
“I didn’t quite get through on the black for the red, but other than that I couldn’t see myself missing when I got my hand on the table.
“But I missed with the rest, it’s a different type of pressure playing with the rest.
“I’m a little bit disappointed. I will be trying all the time now, I want to get one this tournament, I have only had one so it would be nice to get one in this tournament.
“Nothing would give me more pleasure to nick some money off him (O’Sullivan), he’s nicked enough money off everyone else.”
Trump – whose biggest win came at York in 2011 when he beat Mark Allen 10-8 in the final – cruised into a 3-1 mid-session lead.
Breaks of 72, 58 and 59 made for some consistent potting from the Bristol-born potter, Davis – aged 42, 17 years older than his opponent – replying with a clearance of 58 in the third frame of the evening.
Trump looked set for a century clearance in frame five, but left a red hanging over the pocket as he stalled on a break of 77.
It was fluent scoring from the 11th seed, Trump next knocking in a 65 break to go 5-1 in front in their best-off-11 frames match.
After stalling on his maximum attempt, Davis nearly added insult to injury. A 68 clearance took Davis to the decisive black, but he left the ball hanging over the pocket and Trump nipped in to secure victory.
Trump said: “The first couple of frames, he got in first and I managed to clear up. I thought I was playing well.
“I felt really good, I have been working on things, positional stuff, in practice and I think it really paid off (last night).
“We are at the business-end of the tournament, one table, and four people probably playing the best snooker out of anyone,” added Trump.
Stephen Maguire beat Marco Fu 6-4 in the final last-eight tie and will face Trump today in the semi-finals.