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Selby produces miracle final shot to pull off amazing 147

Mark Selby struck the 100th 147 in the history of championship snooker with a truly magnificent break in the semi-finals of the UK Championships.

The defending champion and former world number one was out of position several times in the seventh frame of the match against Ricky Walden, but he managed to recover time and again on his way to one of the most dramatic perfect clearances ever seen in the game.

The nerve-wracking nature of his break continued right to the very end: he came up well short on the brown, and needed and incredible shot that sent the cue ball right round the table to nestle in behind a blue that was off its spot.

The tension continued, however, as his shot on the pink left him in a terrible position on the black. It forced Selby into taking on the toughest of long, tight pots to the middle pocket, made even harder by the fact that the cue ball was on the cushion.

But Selby rolled it in beautifully, to the delight of himself and the entire crowd in York - with even opponent Walden offering a high five and warm applause despite going 5-2 behind at the time thanks to the big break.

Selby's 147 masterpiece earned him £59,000 and took over 13 minutes, but our video gurus have sped it up to let you watch the whole thing in just three minutes.

Mark Selby en-route to a 147 in York