10 february 2021 publish date
Four players are tied at the top of BetVictor Championship League Snooker Group Four after the first day of play at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.
Tom Ford and Mark Selby both have two wins from three matches, while Kyren Wilson and Judd Trump have the same number of wins from four matches. World number one Trump celebrated a career landmark in making his 775th century, a 115 against Jack Lisowski to join Stephen Hendy in third place on the all-time list.
Lisowski, having won just one of four matches played, faces an uphill battle to reach the play-offs. Mark Williams also only has one win but still has three games to come, with Barry Hawkins in the same position as the Welshman.
With only one point between top and bottom, it leaves all to play for on a crunch second day of the group, which concluded with the group play-offs on Tuesday evening.
Each of the seven players in the group faces each other once in the round-robin stage, after which the top four players in the league table progress to Tuesday evening’s play-offs. The eventual group champion will advance to April’s Winners’ Group. All matches are best of five.
Trump had come from two frames down to beat Kyren Wilson 3-2 in his semi-final, a total clearance of 131 in the decider setting up the final with Selby.
Leicester’s Selby also reached the final by winning a deciding frame; he beat Mark Williams 3-2 having been 1-0 and 2-1 down.
Judd Trump beat Mark Selby 3-0 in the Group 4 final to advance to Winners’ Group of BetVictor Championship League Snooker at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.
The World number one concluded his victory with a 102 break to take his career century tally to 778, now outright third on the all-time list, having overtaken Stephen Hendry’s 775 earlier in the group.
Trump will join Zhou Yuelong, Graeme Dott and John Higgins in Winners’ Group from April 1-2, with three more places left to be earned in the big-money conclusion to BetVictor Championship League Snooker.
The bottom two players in the Group Four Tom Ford and Jack Lisowski are eliminated. Mark Selby, Mark Williams, Kyren Wilson and Barry Hawkins who finish in the top five during the league phase will continue to Group Five which begins today, when three new players including Ronnie O’Sullivan will join the tournament.
The article is based on WST.TV