Higgins Hits Max, Trails Trump

Judd Trump leads John Higgins 7-2 after a tremendous opening session of snooker at the 2012 Shanghai Masters final, but it was not all bad news for the four-time world champion as in frame six of the match, he hit the sixth maximum break of his career. Click below for more…

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Not since the 2004 Grand Prix has John Higgins made a maximum break, but in a manner reminiscent of Stuart Bingham when he did the same earlier this season at the Wuxi Classic final, trailing 5-0 he achieved the feat for the sixth time in his career.

You can watch the break here, a break which earns Higgins a £10,000 bonus, plus the high break prize of £2,000 and rather unusually, a box of gold pieces worth approximately £5,000 provided by the promoter East Asia Group.

The maximum aside however, it has been a tough session for John as Judd Trump has produced some terrific snooker to leave himself needing just three frames from tonight’s evening session. He began with a maximum attempt of his own, eventually breaking down on 112, before breaks of 80, 74, 111 and 59 saw him five clear and halfway to a whitewash.

Following Higgins’ max, the next two frames were shared, before Trump took the last with a break of 53, his eighth break of 50 or above in the match.

You can never write off John Higgins though…