Graeme Dott took firm control in Group 1 of the 2022 BetVictor Championship League Snooker Invitational at the Morningside Arena, Leicester live on FreeSports in the UK and Ireland. Viaplay in Scandinavia and the Baltics alongside broadcasters worldwide.
Dott entered on the opening day of the tournament that will consist 25 of the world’s best in a group of Jack Lisowski, Gary Wilson, Zhou Yuelong, Tom Ford, Wenbo Liang, and Ryan Day.
The 2006 World Champion went four wins from four with a formidable display that Championship League Snooker has got so used to over the years. Dott started with an opening 3-1 win over Ford with a break of 77 before ending the afternoon session with victory over Zhou by the same scoreline and a break of 59 to seal his second point of the day. The Scotsman’s dominance secured a playoff spot tomorrow evening with two evening wins over Lisowski and Wilson respectively 3-1.
Currently, Dott will be joined by Wenbo, Day, and Lisowski in the playoffs if things stay how they are with Lisowski picking up his second point of the day in the last match of it against Wenbo. Lisowski seemed to be on for a maximum in the last frame of his 3-2 win but broke down at 112. Day meanwhile made it two wins from three to wrap up table one action against Wilson.
Each of the seven players faces each other once in the round-robin group stage, after which the top four players in the league table progress to Tuesday evening’s play-offs. The eventual group champion advances to February’s Winners’ Group with the remaining players who finished in the top five during the league phase continuing to Group Two which begins on Wednesday when three new players join the tournament. The bottom two players in each group phase are eliminated. All matches are best of five.
The tournament carries a prize fund of £205,000 with players earning £100 per frame won with significant bonuses for their final group position and increased prize money in the Winners’ Group. A place in the 2022 Cazoo Champion of Champions is also on the line with each group featuring seven players with matches being held over two days.
Action continues tomorrow from 11 am with the conclusion of Group 1.
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