Jordan Brown is top of Group 2 of the 2023 BetVictor Championship League Snooker Invitational at the Morningside Arena, Leicester after winning three of his four matches.
The former Welsh Open champion returned after missing out in Group 1’s playoffs with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Barry Hawkins before another whitewash against Jamie Jones and a 3-1 win over Robert Milkins to end the day and sit comfortably with two games to play tomorrow.
Hawkins struggled for a rhythm early doors starting out with defeat to Ryan Day 3-1 who was looking to bounce back from topping Group 1 but failing to progress yesterday. The defeat against Brown left Hawkins with work to do in the evening and he responded emphatically to defeat Jones 3-0. Matthew Selt was looking to bounce back from defeat in yesterday’s group final to Jack Lisowski and he did so with the high break of 111 against Brown in a 3-0 win before ending the day with a win over Hawkins 3-1.
Day sits behind Brown going into day two thanks to that victory over Hawkins but also a point against Jones. Robert Milkins cut a frustrated figure at times but with two wins under his belt he will be confident of moving through to tomorrow evening’s playoffs. Meanwhile, Stuart Bingham has work to do after one win from his opening three matches salvaging it against Day late on when it seemed his chips were down.
Despite being on the end of some heavy defeats, Jones does have hope after victory over Bingham in his opening encounter meaning all players have at least a point going into day two.
Tomorrow sees Bingham open proceedings against Selt on Table 1 whilst Day will take on Milkins on Table 2. The action continues from 11 am, see where to watch in your country here.
BetVictor Championship League Snooker Invitational sees each of the seven players face each other once in the round-robin group stage, after which the top four players in the league table progress to tomorrow 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 2 which completes on Thursday 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 2023 Champion of Champions is also on the line with each group featuring seven players with matches being held over two days.