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Nic Ladds 6th Jan 2009 - 21:25

Championship League Snooker – Group One

With a prize in the coveted Premier League up for grabs, the stars competing in this year's Championship League know they face a tough battle ahead in the next three months.

The first group of the tournament is a cracker; it features last year's defending champion Joe Perry, seven-time world champion Stephen Hendry, last year's Premier League runner-up Mark Selby, Chinese super-star Ding Junhui, newly-crowned UK Champion Shaun Murphy, and world numbers seven and eight Ali Carter and Ryan Day. Quite a line-up.

Held at Crondon Park Golf Club in Essex, each group is played over two days of fast and furious snooker, with each match the best of four frames - which, interestingly, brings the draw into play. Each player will play the others once; the top four in the table will go into the best-of-five semi-finals, where the eventual winner progresses to the winners' group, to be held 25-26 March. The losing finalist, two losing semi-finalists and the player ranked fifth all get another chance in the next group, where they're joined by three new professionals.

Order of play - Monday 5 January
Table 1 Score Table 2 Score
Joe Perry v Ryan Day 2-2 Mark Selby v Allister Carter 2-2
Shaun Murphy v Stephen Hendry 2-2 Ding Junhui v Joe Perry 3-1
Ryan Day v Mark Selby 1-3 Allister Carter v Shaun Murphy 2-2
Stephen Hendry v Ding Junhui 1-3 Joe Perry v Mark Selby 1-3
Ryan Day v Allister Carter 2-2 Shaun Murphy v Ding Junhui 1-3
Mark Selby v Ding Junhui 2-2 Stephen Hendry v Allister Carter 2-2

 

Order of play - Tuesday 6 January
Table 1 Score Table 2 Score
Joe Perry v Stephen Hendry 2-2 Ryan Day v Shaun Murphy 1-3
Allister Carter v Ding Junhui 1-3 Mark Selby v Stephen Hendry 1-3
Joe Perry v Shaun Murphy 4-0 Ryan Day v Ding Junhui 1-3
Ryan Day v Stephen Hendry 3-1 Mark Selby v Shaun Murphy 2-2
. . Joe Perry v Allister Carter 2-2
. . . .
Play-off: D Junhui v A Carter 2-3 Play-off: M Selby v J Perry 3-0
Play-off final: A Carter v M Selby 1-3 . .

 

Group one (four-frame matches) - 5-6 January
Pos Player Pld Won Drawn Lost FW
FL
Money Points
1 Ding Junhui 6 5 1 0 17 7 £1,700 11
2 Mark Selby 6 2 3 1 13 11 £1,300 7
3 Joe Perry 6 1 3 2 12 12 £1,200 5
4 Allister Carter 6 0 5 1 11 13 £1,100 5
5 Stephen Hendry
6 1 3 2 11 13 £1,100 5
6 Shaun Murphy 6 1 3 2 10 14 £1,000 5
7 Ryan Day 6 1 2 3 10 14 £1,000 4
Group one play-offs (five-frame matches) - 6 January
Play-off 1st v 4th Play-off final Play-off 2nd v 3rd
D Junhui 2-3 A Carter
M Selby 3-0 J Perry
A Carter 1-3 M Selby


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