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Rupert Wyman 10th Feb 2009 - 16:23

Championship League Snooker – Group Three

Championship League snooker returns to betliveTV on Monday with group three from this year's tournament.

Group two saw Northern Irishman Mark Allen beat last year's tournament winner Joe Perry in the final. Allen now joins Mark Selby, winner of group one, in the winners' group, but who will join them from group three?

The four players who carry over from the last group are Perry, seasoned Championship League campaigner Ali Carter, two-time World Champion Mark J Williams and the table-topper of the first two groups Ding Junhui. Ding has dominated the group stages in both groups one and two but each time he has not progressed to the final as he has been defeated in the semi-final on each occasion.

Joining these four top quality players are three more stars from the world of snooker - Scotland's John Higgins who has won the World Championship twice, Australian Neil Robertson and Englishman Barry Hawkins.

All of the players are of course chasing the lucrative prize of a place in next year's Premier League which awaits the winner of the winners' group. But this week is also an ideal chance for these players to get in some key match practice ahead of the Welsh Open which starts on 16th February.

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 9 February
Table 1 Score Table 2 Score
Joe Perry v Ding Junhui 1-3 Allister Carter v Mark J Williams
John Higgins v Neil Robertson 1-3 Barry Hawkins v Joe Perry
Ding Junhui v Allister Carter
2-2 Mark J Williams v John Higgins 2-2
Neil Robertson v Barry Hawkins
2-2 Joe Perry v Allister Carter
Ding Junhui v Mark J Williams
1-3 John Higgins v Barry Hawkins
Allister Carter v Barry Hawkins
3-1 Neil Robertson v Mark J Williams 2-2


Order of play - Tuesday 10 February
Table 1 Score Table 2 Score
Joe Perry v Neil Robertson
3-1 Ding Junhui v John Higgins
Mark J Williams v Barry Hawkins 3-1 Allister Carter v Neil Robertson 1-3
Joe Perry v John Higgins
2-2 Ding Junhui v Barry Hawkins
Ding Junhui v Neil Robertson 0-4 Allister Carter v John Higgins
. Joe Perry v Mark J Williams 2-2
. . .
Play-off: N Robertson v J Perry
1-3 Play-off: MJ Williams v B Hawkins
Play-off final: J Perry v MJ Williams
3-0 .


Group three (four-frame matches) - 9-10 February
Pos Player Pld Won Drawn Lost FW
Money Points
1 Neil Robertson 6 3 2 1 15 9 £1,500
2 Mark J Williams
6 2 4 0 14 10 £1,400 8
3 Barry Hawkins 6 2 2 2 12 12 £1,200 6
4 Joe Perry
6 1 4 1 12 12 £1,200
5 John Higgins
6 1 3 2 11 13 £1,100 5
6 Allister Carter
6 1 3 2 11 13 £1,100
7 Ding Junhui
6 1 2 3 9 15 £900 4
Group three play-offs (five-frame matches) - 10 February
Play-off 1st v 4th Play-off final Play-off 2nd v 3rd
N Robertson
1-3 J Perry
MJ Williams
3-1 B Hawkins
J Perry
3-0 MJ Williams

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