Judd Trump has become only the second player in snooker history to make 100 century breaks in a single season.
The defending world champion completed the brilliant milestone during the latter stages of his nervy 10-8 win against Tom Ford in the World Championship first round.
Trump, who beat John Higgins last year to win the world title for the first time, joins Australian and world number 2 Neil Robertson to have compiled 100 century breaks in one season.
Robertson rewrote the history books by becoming the first man to achieve the landmark in 2014 – funnily enough against Trump – in a gripping World Championship quarter-final tie which the Australian won.
Trump now needs four more century breaks in this summer’s World Championship to beat Robertson’s tally of 103 in the 2013/14 campaign.
But Trump will be more relieved to have got over the line after going through an epic battle against world number 26 Ford who at times threatened a major shock.
The world number one battled back from a poor start to his defence after going 3-0 and 5-2 down early on against the Leicester cueman who almost made a maximum 147 in the opening frame before breaking down on 97.
But Trump rallied in the evening session, finding his potting range when he needed to from 6-4 down to edge out a narrow win.
Next up for Trump will be China’s Yan Bingtao or fellow Englishman and Crucible debutant Elliot Slessor.
Elsewhere on an eventful opening at the Crucible, World Snooker Tour said it would not be allowing in fans to watch the World Championship from Saturday after the Government announced a stop to its pilot scheme for letting spectators to watch live sporting events following a rise in coronavirus cases across the country.
It means the remainder of the World Championship will be played behind closed doors.
Back on the table, Stuart Bingham and Ding Junhui gained overnight 5-4 leads against Ashley Carty and Mark King respectively.
But world number 3 and 2018 world champion Mark Williams trails Alan McManus 5-4 overnight.