Thepchaiya Un-Nooh misses black off spot for a 147

Thai falls at the final hurdle at UK Championships with €62,000 prize beckoning

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh missed the black off its spot for a 147 against Neil Robertson at the UK Championships. Photograph: PA

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh missed the black off its spot for a 147 against Neil Robertson at the UK Championships. Photograph: PA

 

Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh missed out on a £44,000 (€62,000) windfall after failing to pot the final black when poised for a 147 break against Neil Robertson at the UK Championship.

Un-Nooh missed the final black off its spot when set for a maximum 147 in what would have been a huge silver lining after a 6-2 defeat to the 2013 champion .

Un-Nooh bowed his head after seeing his final pot of the sixth frame rattle the jaws of the pocket. He lost the final two frames and lamented his missed opportunity.

Unaware that a maximum break would have earned him a big cash prize, the 30-year-old said: “I’m so disappointed. It’s a nightmare. There was a lot of pressure on the black because I had never made a 147 in a tournament before.”

Robertson sympathised with his opponent, adding: “I’m gutted for him. The money would have meant a lot to him, it would have covered his expenses for the next two years.”

The Australian will next play Stephen Maguire, who earlier beat Mark Davis 6-4.

There was also a touch of late excitement in the match between Mark Joyce and Thailand’s Dechawat Poomjaeng, who hit back from 5-0 down to triumph 6-5.

After winning the first five frames, Joyce then added just 66 points, 46 of them coming in frame 10, as Poomjaeng hit back in style.

Tuesday night’s other contest saw Hong Kong’s Marco Fu defeat David Gilbert 6-3 to set up a clash with Shaun Murphy for a place in the quarter-finals.

World number four Murphy coasted into the last 16 when he beat Ben Woollaston 6-2.

Murphy, champion in 2008, opened up with break of 83 and never relinquished control of the match.

The 33-year-old continued an impressive display of long potting as he went on to secure what was a comfortable victory with another impressive 106.

“I am very pleased with my performance,” the 33-year-old said on the BBC.

“Part of going for your shots is saying, ‘I am prepared to go for my shots, are you?’

“It sends a message out to your opponent. I have always gone for my shots and I always will.”

Martin Gould defeated Mark Allen 6-4, which secured his place in the last-16 of the tournament for the first time.

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