News January 26th, 2018

The Final

Martin Gould 3-0 Judd Trump
86-15 (Gould 86), 91-0 (Gould 91), 66-21 (Gould 43)

Judd Trump 3-0 Ricky Walden
98-0 (Trump 76), 81-34 (Trump 80, Walden 34), 67-28 (Trump 48)

Martin Gould 3-2 Li Hang
0-143 (Li 143), 83-1 (Gould 56), 67-17 (Gould 32), 30-84 (Gould 30, Li 58), 96-24 (Gould 96)

Former Championship League winner Martin Gould continued his recent run of form as he eased his way into the Championship League Snooker’s Winners’ Group with a 3-0 victory over Judd Trump in the final of Group Six at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.

The Pinner potter also enjoyed his first 147, a feat he achieved in his final group match against Li Hang and in total he collected £6,900 for his efforts over the two days.

“I played well this week. My form has been good recently – a semi-final at the International Championship followed by quarter-finals in Shanghai and at the UK.

“The 147 was a monkey off my back really – I’d come close a few times before but once the yellow went in I didn’t feel any pressure. The black was straight in and I’m glad to have finally achieved it.

“I’m really looking forward to Germany next week. I’ve been playing well and don’t really fear anyone.”

Gould will now join Mark Williams, Ali Carter, Zhou Yuelong, Mark Selby and Kyren Wilson in the Winners’ Group, which takes place at Ricoh Arena on March 28th and 29th.

Having finished fifth on the round robin group table, Graeme Dott will return to compete in Group Seven along with Ricky Walden, Li Hang and Judd Trump. They will be joined by John Higgins, Luca Brecel and Robert Milkins.

Championship League Snooker is a venture between Matchroom Sport and Perform where 25 of the game’s elite players compete with matches broadcast on a host of betting websites.

Each group features seven players with each man playing the other six once in a round-robin basis. Every match is the best of five and the winner gains one point with the loser getting zero.

At the end of the league phase the top four advances to that group’s semi-finals before the two winners meet in the final and the group champion advances to the Winners’ Group in March.

The losing finalist, two losing semi-finalists and player finishing fifth move into the next group where they are joined by three new players and the process is repeated.

Group Seven commences at 12.00 noon on Monday March 26th. Live scoring can be found at www.worldsnooker.com. Group fixtures and results can be found at https://championshipleaguesnooker.co.uk/




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