Teenager Stan Moody showed off his swagger by emulating Jude Bellingham’s celebration after a first-round win over Rory McLeod at the Snooker Shoot Out, before Shaun Murphy stole the show by producing the first 147 maximum break in the format’s history to send another rising star Bulcsu Revesz packing on Thursday.
World junior champion Moody revelled in the spotlight at the Swansea Arena as he turned to the crowd and held his arms aloft in the style Real Madrid star Bellingham has made his trademark after a 43-14 win over McLeod, 35 years his senior.
Moody first played at the Shoot Out two years ago as a 15-year-old, when he reached the second round, but said he now feels a weight of expectation after turning professional earlier this year.
“When I played in this two years ago I was less nervous, probably because when you’re young you don’t feel as much pressure,” said the 17-year-old. “There is expectation on me now to win, whereas before I was just this kid who had a wild card. It’s different now I’m a pro. But it was great out there and the crowd was on my side which helps. This is one of the best arenas I have played in.”
Snooker’s rapid-fire format has previously proven too hard a task to register the sport’s toughest challenge with just 15 seconds per shot for the first five minutes and 10 seconds for the final five of the 10-minute matches.
Murphy made it look easy, even allowing himself to ask the crowd if anyone was “getting nervous” halfway through his record break, before clearing the table with over two minutes to spare.
“I love the event – and I said I wanted to try to make a century. It’s a great thrill, but I can’t believe what’s just happened,” said Murphy after surpassing Mark Allen’s 142 as the previous record for the competition’s highest break.
Moody was not the only teenager to shine as 16-year-old Scot Jack Borwick beat Adam Duffy 33-15 to make it into round two.
The in-form Zhang Anda survived a scare against Pakistan’s Muhammad Asif before scrapping through 57-50. The International Championship winner trailed 41-6 but produced a cool break under pressure with the clock winding down to progress.
Last year’s finalist Julien Leclercq cruised into the second round with a 74-0 rout of Andrew Higginson.
World championship semi-finalist Si Jiahui fought back from 37-0 down to beat Liam Highfield 87-37.
Jamie O’Neill, who was a late replacement for the ill Hossein Vafaei, ended the hopes of Welsh youngster Riley Powell who fell to a 65-9 loss. O’Neill, who admitted before the game he did not think he had picked up his cue since May, had a strong early break and was able to close out the game with Powell unable to get any real footing in the match.
Oliver Lines, son of fellow professional Peter, triumphed 69-22 over Ma Hailong.
Welshmen Dylan Emery and Ryan Day gave the home crowd something to cheer.
Day saw off Anton Kazakov 25-5, while Emery was a 46-31 winner over China’s Wu Yize.
English trio Jimmy Robertson, Sanderson Lam and Steven Hallworth are all into round two, while Tian Pengfei beat Alex Taubman 56-35.
Home favourite Mark Williams headlines the evening’s action with the three-time world champion taking on England’s Matthew Selt.
Source: Euro Sports