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Neil Robertson wows the Crucible crowd with his first-ever Worlds Max

Neil Robertson claimed snooker gold on Monday when he sealed a memorable maximum break in his World Championship match against Jack Lisowski, the fifth of his career

Neil Robertson celebrates after sealing his maximum breakthrough in the Crucible
Neil Robertson celebrates after sealing his maximum breakthrough in the Crucible

Neil Robertson made sure the Crucible crowd savored a moment they will remember forever after he sealed his very first World Championship maximum break on Monday.

That Australian kept his nerve to earn the 147th break in the 19th frame of his thrilling second-round contest against Jack Lisowski on Monday in Sheffield. His stunning performance saw him move within a frame of his opponent and he’s now quickly leveled the procedure.

Robertson’s magic moment earns him a share of the £15,000 High Break prize with Graeme Dott, who maxed out in qualifying. On top of that, he will earn £40,000 if he makes it in the final stages of the tournament.

No sooner had he potted black on 147 for the last time than Robertson raised his arms in the air and celebrated in front of the crowd, who went into raptures after what they had just witnessed.

It’s only the 12th time someone has maxed out at the Crucible, and he’s joined a respected company – with the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Stephen Hendry and John Higgins, all of whom have maxed it out in the past, with the very first coming back in 1983 thanks to Cliff Thorburn.

Robertson has been on top form this season, winning four times but struggling against an inspired Lisowski. He had edged his opponent 7-9 but this maximum break will give him plenty of confidence going forward.

With that break, Robertson brings his maximum reach to five, behind only six other snooker stars including Ronnie O’Sullivan (15), John Higgins (12), Stephen Hendry (11), Stuart Bingham (9) and Ding Junhui. Shaun Murphy and Judd Trump, who all have six.

Robertson, whose only world title so far came back in 2010, will now seek to start and complete the job against Lisowski at the legendary Crucible in Sheffield.

And the thunder from Down Under has boosted his chances for glory following the elimination of reigning champion Mark Selby.

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