Ding Junhui lit up the Dafabet Players Tour Championship Grand Finals in Galway on Saturday with a sensational 147 maximum break in the opening frame of his quarter-final match against Mark Allen.

China's 25-year-old Ding, one of Asia's most famous sports stars who has been watched by an estimated TV audience of 100 million during this week's tournament, potted 15 reds with blacks and cleared the colours to complete the perfect break.

It was the fifth 147 of Ding's career - only Ronnie O'Sullivan, Stephen Hendry and John Higgins have scored more. The event finishes on Sunday with the winner to bank the £100,000 top prize.