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Rupert Wyman 8th Jan 2009 - 22:00

Championship League Snooker – Group Two

Hot-on-the-heels of the first group is the second group of this year's Championship League snooker, which of course is available to watch for free on betliveTV.

The first group was no comedy show for the 'Jester from Leicester' Mark Selby as he beat Ali Carter in the final to progress to the winner's group which will be played in late March.

Chinese super-star Ding Junhui was arguably the player of group one though as he won five and drew one of his six matches but lost in his semi-final to Ali Carter who had not won a match until that point, after drawing five of his six matches.

Group one was one of the tightest groups in the short history of this tournament as four players finished the group with five points.

Semi-finalists Joe Perry and Carter were two of the four with former World Champions Stephen Hendry and Shaun Murphy the others. Murphy finished sixth in the group and as a result is eliminated along with Welshman Ryan Day who finished bottom.

Joining Carter, Hendry, Junhui and Perry in group two are Northern Irishman Mark Allen, 2002 World Champion Peter Ebdon and two-time World Champion Mark J Williams. Yet again the group contains seven top quality players.

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 - Wednesday 7 January
Table 1 Score Table 2 Score
Allister Carter v Ding Junhui 1-3 Joe Perry v Stephen Hendry 3-1
Mark Allen v Peter Ebdon 3-1 Mark J Williams v Allister Carter 1-3
Ding Junhui v Joe Perry 3-1 Stephen Hendry v Mark Allen 3-1
Peter Ebdon v Mark J Williams 1-3 Allister Carter v Joe Perry 3-1
Ding Junhui v Stephen Hendry 4-0 Mark Allen v Mark J Williams 2-2
Joe Perry v Mark J Williams 2-2 Peter Ebdon v Stephen Hendry 1-3


Order of play - Thursday 8 January
Table 1 Score Table 2 Score
Allister Carter v Peter Ebdon 3-1 Ding Junhui v Mark Allen 2-2
Stephen Hendry v Mark J Williams 2-2 Joe Perry v Peter Ebdon 3-1
Allister Carter v Mark Allen 1-3 Ding Junhui v Mark J Williams 2-2
Ding Junhui v Peter Ebdon 3-1 Joe Perry v Mark Allen 2-2
. Allister Carter v Stephen Hendry 3-1
. . . .
Play-off: D Junhui v J Perry 1-3 Play-off: A Carter v M Allen 1-3
Play-off final: J Perry v M Allen 2-3 . .


Group two (four-frame matches) - 7-8 January
Pos Player Pld Won Drawn Lost FW FL Money Points
1 Ding Junhui 6 4 2 0 17 7 £1,700 10
2 Allister Carter 6 4 0 2 15 10 £1,500 8
3 Mark Allen 6 2 3 1 13 11 £1,300 7
4 Joe Perry 6 2 2 2 12 12 £1,200 6
5 Mark J Williams 6 1 4 1 12 12 £1,200 6
6 Stephen Hendry 6 2 1 3 10 14 £1000 5
7 Peter Ebdon 6 0 0 6 6 18 £600 0
Group two play-offs (five-frame matches) - 8 January
Play-off 1st v 4th Play-off final Play-off 2nd v 3rd
D Junhui 1-3 J Perry
A Carter 1-3 M Allen
J Perry 2-3 M Allen

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