Liang Wenbo 2-3 Matthew Selt
87-40 (59), 79-39 (46), 0-73 (68), 46-59 (Wenbo 30, Selt 32), 13-64 (57)
Liang Wenbo 3-2 Kyren Wilson
67-72, 72-0 (34, 37), 129-1 (129), 13-71 (63), 100-0 (50, 50)
Mark Davis 1-3 Matthew Selt
72-42 (Davis 53, Selt 41), 34-89 (Davis 30, Selt 33, 31), 16-86 (39), 15-105 (66, 39)
Matthew Selt overcame a 0-2 deficit to beat Liang Wenbo at Crondon Park and seal the final spot in the winners group of 2016 Championship League Snooker. He will join Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Williams, Mark Selby, Judd Trump, Ali Carter and Stephen Maguire in a high quality final group that gets underway at 11.00am on Wednesday 2nd March.
Selt won through last year at his first attempt and can now set his sights on the bigger prize fund that comes in the final group after a string of solid performances today.
“I am delighted to get through. I was a bit disappointed to only be in Group 7 and get one bite at the cherry but I am very pleased to come through,” said Selt.
“I probably should have lost the final, I was very lucky in the end, but it is swings and roundabouts – I missed out on the Players Championship last week finishing 33rd on those rankings so it is a good way to bounce back.
“It is great to be able to play the best players in the world. It is a best of five so a short format, the best match preparation you can get. It is a great opportunity to play all these guys in one group so I am looking forward to coming back tomorrow.”
Taking place at Crondon Park Golf Club in Essex, Championship League Snooker features seven players with the winner moving forward to the final all-winners group and the bottom two players leaving the competition.
The Championship League Snooker event is a venture between Matchroom Sport and Perform where 25 of the game’s elite players compete with all 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 where the two winners meet in the final and the winner 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 Six commences tomorrow at 11.00am. Live scoring can be found at www.worldsnooker.com