Joe Perry is top of Group 2 of the 2022 BetVictor Championship League Snooker Invitational at the Morningside Arena, Leicester after winning three of his four matches.
The Gentleman entered in Group 2 alongside Xiao Guodong and Lu Ning with Jack Lisowski, Graeme Dott, Ryan Day, and Gary Wilson all returning after not making it through Group 1.
Perry was put through the motions as he come through matches against Wilson, Xiao, and Dott to sit in pole position. The pick of his day was a deciding frame win over Xiao where his highest break of 103 featured in the third frame. It looked like it’d go to the last frame against Dott too if it wasn’t for Perry laying a snooker where Dott was unfortunate to miss the pink.
Day made his 400th career century during Group 1 and continued the heavy scoring form to start Group 2 with the Welshman adding three more to the tally including a 142 against Wilson. The reigning Snooker Shoot Out Champion will head back to Leicester next month to defend his title and if his current scoring is anything to go by, he will be a force to be reckoned with. He will begin tomorrow well positioned just inside the playoffs but only two points separating Wilson at the foot of the table and Perry at the top.
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 Thursday 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 Three which begins on Monday, 3 January 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.
Wilson faces Lisowski in the first match of tomorrow from 11 am on FreeSports in the UK and Ireland as well as networks worldwide. Table 2 is available globally on Matchroom.Live excluding the Nordic and Baltic regions.
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