UK Championship: Mark Selby says indecision cost him chance of 147 break

Mark Selby
Mark Selby won the International Championship in China last month
Venue: York Barbican Dates: 22 November to 4 December
Coverage: Watch live on BBC TV, Connected TV, Red Button, BBC Sport website and app from Saturday, 26 November. TV times and channels

Mark Selby said indecision cost him a 147 break in his first-round UK Championship win over Andy Hicks.

The reigning world champion fluffed the 12th red in the opening frame of his 6-1 victory in York.

But the miss was not as costly as it could have been, with the rolling prize money of £5,000 meaning the total top break fund stood at £10,000.

"A 147 is nice but it still only wins one frame. It's good if the money is a substantial amount as well," he said.

Selby, the 2012 UK champion, hit a memorable 147 at the Barbican in 2013.

"That was for about £59,000 and it wasn't at that yet. But it would have been a nice way to start the tournament," Selby added.

"I didn't make up my mind when I played the red I missed. I should have got up off the shot and started again."

But the Leicester potter, 33, said negotiating a tough opening match was all that mattered:

"Andy has been a semi-finalist at the World Championship and the UK and he is a difficult opponent," Selby added.

"I knew it would be tough and I would have to be on my toes so I am happy to get through."

Sign up to My Sport to follow snooker news and reports on the BBC app.

Top Stories