English Open: Thepchaiya Un-Nooh makes 147, wins for John Higgins & Jimmy White

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Un-Nooh’s 147 was the 142nd maximum break in the sport’s history

Thailand’s Thepchaiya Un-Nooh made only the third 147 of the season in his opening frame at the English Open.

The world number 64 cleared the table on his way to a 4-1 first-round win over Iran’s Soheil Vahedi in Crawley.

The 33-year-old will earn at least £15,000 at the ranking event for the second maximum break of his career.

Un-Nooh has previously missed final blacks on 140 at the 2015 UK Championship and again at the 2016 World Championship qualifiers.

Scotland’s four-time world champion John Higgins reached the second round with a 4-1 win against China’s Li Yuan.

England’s Jimmy White beat another Chinese player, Lyu Haotian, 4-2, while top 20 players Mark Allen of Northern Ireland, England’s Stuart Bingham and Scotland’s Stephen Maguire also advanced.

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