Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Dunn makes maiden max

Mike Dunn celebrated his first competitive 147 break in the German Masters qualifiers last night.

It comes as rich rewards for a player who has enjoyed a long career in the professional ranks but encountered trouble in recent times.
Picture by Monique Limbos

Following health troubles, he questioned how long he could go on playing the game following defeat in the UK Championship qualifiers earlier this month.

Not long after that and he's now celebrating joining an elite list of players to make a maximum in a tournament.

It's strange how quickly fortunes can change, and a 5-0 win against Norway's Kurt Maflin means he stands a real chance of qualifying for the German venue and a cheeky £3,000 maximum bonus in his pocket.

Dunn's high break also shows the strength in depth of players down the rankings. Recent streaming of qualifying matches is seeing the reputation of many of the game's lower-ranked players soar and Dunn may well join that category.

Although he has never troubled the silverware end of tournaments, this 147 proves the quality of player there is right the way across the professional board.

Well played Dunny!

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