When Mike Dunn made his maximum break in the German Masters qualifiers a few weeks ago I wrote of how relatively rare this feat still is.
Dunn's was the 79th 147 on the official list. Yesterday Ding Junhui made the 84th.
It was his second in just three days and last night against Stephen Hendry he seemed determined to make another.
This was a risky strategy but it ultimately made no difference as Ding won 4-2. Perhaps he had just got the bug but he could only have split the £500 with himself.
There will be more maximums very soon, of that I have no doubt. The players are playing more often and are thus sharper. In the PTCs they tend to play a more open game.
But what is rarely said is how good the conditions are. These superfine cloths are conducive to heavy scoring.
With the old heavier balls and thicker cloths such feats of break-building would be more difficult, but the game has changed and is more attacking.
Standards rise in all sports. They have in snooker in that more players are now producing high quality stuff.
There have now been 42 maximums on television. This is still not all that many but, obviously, can only increase.