2021 BetVictor Championship League Invitational champion Kyren Wilson enjoyed a dominant third day, remaining unbeaten so far in Group 2 in Leicester at the 2024 BetVictor Championship League Invitational, live on Matchroom.Live in the UK and Ireland, DAZN in the United States, Viaplay in Scandinavia and the Baltics as well as other broadcasters worldwide.
Wilson, who progressed to Group 2 after defeat a semi-final defeat to Group 1 victor Stuart Bingham on Wednesday evening, hit the ground running immediately with a 3-1 win over four-time world champion Mark Selby. The win was followed up with a 3-1 win over Matthew Selt before the afternoon break on Table Two, live exclusively on Matchroom MultiSport’s YouTube channel.
The Kettering-potter’s successful evening was sealed with a 3-0 victory over Snooker Shoot Out champion Chris Wakelin, a repeat score line from Group 1 against a man who joined Wilson on Thursday after a fifth-placed finish.
Defeat to Wilson was the only mark shown on Wakelin’s record though, after points were picked up in 3-0 win’s against Selt and German Masters’ champion Ali Carter, leaving him in a strong position for a place in tomorrow’s play-offs.
Gary Wilson returned to action after falling short against Stuart Bingham in the Group 1 final, picking up a win against BetVictor Championship League’s form-man Ryan Day – though Dynamite couldn’t show the spark of the first three days after failing to win on the third day.
Play was wrapped up on Table One with a whitewash win for Ali Carter over Day, who scored a tournament high-break of 142 in the process.
BetVictor Championship League Snooker Invitational sees 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 Wednesday evening’s play-offs. The eventual group champion advances to March’s Winners’ Group with the remaining players who finished in the top five during the league phase continuing to Group Two which begins 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 2024 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 2.