RONNIE O’SULLIVAN secured his 1000th century break on route to winning the Player Championship in crazy scenes at Preston Guild Hall.
Ronnie O’Sullivan successfully defended his Players Championship title with a convincing 10-4 win over Neil Robertson on Sunday evening.
O’Sullivan went into the final break 9-4 needing to win just one more frame in the final session.
And the five-time world champion saved the best till last as he reached an incredible milestone of 1000 century breaks in the final frame.
Crowds are usually encouraged by the referee to be quiet as players take their shot but the scenes inside Preston Guild Hall were reminiscent of those often found at major darts tournaments.
“It’s great for snooker fans all over the world, but those in Preston tonight, they’re lucky. It’s a great pleasure for me.”
O’Sullivan was cheered and clapped by the entire crowd for every shot he made with the referee powerless to do little to control the crowd.
And playing into the hands of the crowd, O’Sullivan teased his fans at one point as he edged closer to the landmark century break.
Attempting to pot an easy red with just two left on the table, O’Sullivan lines up his shot eagerly anticipating the crowd’s reaction to sinking the ball.
But O’Sullivan pulls out of the shot at the last minute before then finally potting the ball with his other hand.
When the ball finally drops in the crowd let out a huge cheer and rise to their feet lauding the sport’s best.
Speaking after the match, O’Sullivan praised the fans, saying: “It’s great for snooker fans all over the world, but those in Preston tonight, they’re lucky.
“It’s a great pleasure for me.”
And the 43-year-old then went on to show his class by hailing his opponent after picking up his £125,000 prize.
“This is one of the best venues. When you get top quality players at you quality venues you get top quality snooker.
“As players, we love playing here.”
“Neil’s done that to me before, played brilliantly today and to cap it off with the century is… pwoahhh.
“Snooker’s lucky to have someone like Neil playing the game.
“There’s no other player I’d rather share this moment with, I’ve got respect for you!”