Stuart Bingham hits ninth-career 147 on his way to the Gibraltar Open quarter-final

Stuart Bingham displayed the very same qualities which made him a world champion as he bagged a maximum break on his way to the quarter-finals of the Gibraltar Open.

Bingham's moment of brilliance came in the final frame of his first-round 4-1 win over Gerard Greene. 

The world number 13 was able to pot all 15 reds with blacks before clearing the colours to set the Europa Sports Complex alight.

Bingham has now hit nine 147's - six of them since 2018 alone. What's more, only Ronnie O'Sullivan (15), John Higgins (12) and Stephen Hendry (11) have completed the perfect break on more occasions.

The Basildon-born player is now in-line for the £5,000 high break prize however, his focus will turn to the remainder of the tournament as he prepares to face Jak Jones in the quarter-finals.

Bingham progressed to the last eight following wins over Jimmy White, Yuan Sijun and Soheil Vahedi in the earlier rounds.

The 45-year-old's last career title came at this very tournament back in 2019. He now hopes that the maximum break can set him up for bigger things to come.

He told World Snooker: "Been struggling lately so it's nice to finish off the match in style. I was reading a stat that my last one was the beginning of last year and that was four consecutive years. So five and still counting.

Stuart Bingham during his match against Kyren Wilson during day four of the 2022 Cazoo Masters at Alexandra Palace, London.

"When I'm in the mood I will go for them. I have been struggling of late so I was just trying to keep it steady.

"I had a chance off the first red to open the reds up, so when I went into them they split nicely and it was on.

"This season I've missed out on Turkey, missed out on Germany and you miss interacting with the fans, so it is nice to come back here. I have good memories from three years ago, winning it.

"It is nice to put on a show and win the game."

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