Williams stretches Higgins beyond maximum

World number one Mark Williams added another trophy to his collection in Preston on a night of mixed emotions for John Higgins.

World number one Mark Williams added another trophy to his collection in Preston on a night of mixed emotions for John Higgins.

The world, UK and Masters champion defeated Higgins 9-5 in the LG Cup final to collect snooker’s first title of the new season.

The Welsh star’s latest triumph was worth £82,500 as Higgins’ two-year wait for a ranking title goes on.

However, the runner-up had the consolation of compiling a maximum 147 break in frame 11 – the third of his career.

Snooker’s perfect clearance was worth a total of £25,000 to the 28-year-old world number four who also pocketed a cheque for £42,500 as the beaten finalist.

Higgins also knocked in a superb 142 clearance in frame four but it was the shots he missed that led to his downfall.

Williams succeeds Higgins’ fellow Scot Chris Small as LG Cup champion.

In doing so he follows in the footsteps of Stephen Hendry and Steve Davis to complete the grand slam of BBC TV tournaments.

And his win means the Cardiff-based cueman stretches his already massive lead at the top of the rankings.

Williams never looked back after taking a 3-0 lead inside 32 minutes with breaks of 74, 83 and 65.

Higgins managed to pull back to 3-2 but still trailed 5-3 after the opening session.

The quality continued when the match resumed as the former world champion notched his maximum and 91 to trail just 6-5.

Higgins had a huge slice of luck on his maximum as the 12th black rattled the jaws of a top pocket, rolled across the table and bounced back off the side cushion into the same pocket.

But it was to be his last success as Williams clinched another title.

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