World Snooker 2016: Martin Gould takes solace from 'fantastic season'

Martin Gould
Martin Gould lost 10-8 to Ding Junhui in the World Championship first round
2016 World Snooker Championship
Venue: The Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Dates: 16 April - 2 May
Coverage: Live on BBC TV, BBC Red Button, BBC Sport app, Connected TVs and online.

Martin Gould took consolation from his astonishing century break and "a fantastic season" following a thrilling first-round World Championship defeat by Ding Junhui at the Crucible.

Gould, 34, lost 10-8 to Ding, who had to qualify for this year's tournament after slipping out of the top 16.

But Londoner Gould, the world number 12, could reflect on a great year.

"I broke back into the top 16, won one ranking event and got to the final of another," he told BBC Sport.

"I also got to the final of a PTC and I've been in the mix for most of the events this season.

"It's been a fantastic season. Losing to Adam Duffy last year in the world qualifiers was what I needed, it was a blessing. That woke me up. I was like a caged tiger, ready and waiting for the start of the season."

Gould began his season by reaching the final of the Australian Open and secured his maiden ranking event win in February, picking up the German Masters title.

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Gould's unbelievable century clearance

Although his Crucible challenge was cut short by China's Ding in the opening round, Gould was happy with his efforts against the 11-time ranking event winner.

Gould's magnificent ton in the ninth frame, which was full of increasingly breathtaking shots and an astonishing fluke on the blue, was particularly pleasing.

"From 4-1 down I just let my arm go a bit and started potting a few," Gould said.

"In that last frame [of the morning], some of the balls I potted in that century break were just ridiculous.

"I can't complain, in fairness, the better man won. But at least the people of Sheffield have seen I can play. All in all, I'm delighted with how the match has gone and how the season's gone."

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