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Mark Davis beat Ronnie O’Sullivan 3-2 in the final of Championship League Group Five on Tuesday night.

Davis came 2-0 down to beat the five-time World Champion and win through to the Championship League Winners’ Group at the third attempt, having lost two previous Group Finals at Crondon Park in Essex.

It was also a confidence boost for Davis ahead of his clash with O’Sullivan in the last 32 of the Kreativ Dental German Masters in Berlin next Thursday.

The Hastings man entered the Championship League in Group Three and had reached each Group Final since, but had previously succumbed to Ali Carter and Stuart Bingham.

He looked likely to suffer the same fate at the climax of Group Five on Tuesday evening, falling 2-0 down to five-time O’Sullivan. However, Davis turned it around to finally claim his place in February’s big-money Winners’ Group.

“I’m glad to get through to the final group,” said Davis. “I didn’t play too well in my previous two finals but I felt in this group I have played a lot better.

“At 2-0 down I did think I would be back for Group Six and it is obviously hard work to overturn that, but you take each frame as it comes and when I got a chance I took it.

“It is a great tournament and I enjoy playing here. I wouldn’t have minded too much if I had to come back as there are two more chances yet but I am delighted to get through to the Winners’ Group.”

Davis had finished second in the table after the round-robin group phase and saw off David Gilbert 3-1 in his semi-final, while O’Sullivan – who had topped the table – beat Fergal O’Brien 3-2 despite seeing the Irishman level up from 2-0 down.

O’Sullivan, Gilbert and O’Brien will be joined by Peter Ebdon in Group Six, where Kurt Maflin, Dominic Dale and Rod Lawler will enter the competition.

The Final
Ronnie O’Sullivan 2-3 Mark Davis
63-17 (O’Sullivan 54), 72-7 (O’Sullivan 61), 6-65 (Davis 62), 0-70 (Davis 47), 2-57 (Davis 55)

Semi-Finals
Mark Davis 3-1 David Gilbert
93-37 (Davis 40), 85-0 (Davis 81), 1-86 (Gilbert 64), 118-0 (Davis 44, 74)

Ronnie O’Sullivan 3-2 Fergal O’Brien
79-15 (O’Sullivan 50), 78-0 (O’Sullivan 78), 7-63 (O’Brien 43), 30-64 (O’Brien 31), 72-13 (O’Sullivan 63)

Tuesday Group Results

Mark Davis 3-0 Liang Wenbo
68-35 (Davis 33, 31, Liang 35), 124-1 (40, 84), 84-1 (73)

Peter Ebdon 3-2 Ronnie O’Sullivan
0-85 (81), 135-0 (103), 78-22 (50), 20-103 (92), 100-14 (37, 45)

Michael White 3-2 Liang Wenbo
71-42 (51), 105-16 (64), 0-112 (112), 1-72 (72), 69-59 (White 44, Liang 39)

David Gilbert 2-3 Fergal O’Brien
64-37 (55), 0-77 (40, 34), 53-65 (Gilbert 49), 65-16 (45), 25-73 (47)

Mark Davis 1-3 Ronnie O’Sullivan
66-71 (Davis 45, O’Sullivan 30), 68-69 (Davis 68, O’Sullivan 40), 134-0 (67, 59), 41-78

Michael White 0-3 Ronnie O’Sullivan
12-104 (100), 6-87 (87), 6-75

Peter Ebdon 3-1 Fergal O’Brien
70-45 (Ebdon 38), 84-1 (66), 24-82 (82), 65-16 (48)

Peter Ebdon 2-3 Liang Wenbo
1-91 (83), 28-77 (53), 110-16 (63, 47), 66-38 (Ebdon 38), 0-72 (36, 35)

Mark Davis 3-2 David Gilbert
56-32 (Davis 35), 69-9 (55), 62-19 (59), 24-90 (57), 89-22 (89)

Centuries
139 – Michael White v Peter Ebdon
128 – Ronnie O’Sullivan v Fergal O’Brien
128 – Mark Davis v Fergal O’Brien
126 – Ronnie O’Sullivan v Dave Gilbert
113 – David Gilbert v Liang Wenbo
112 – Liang Wenbo v Michael White
105 – Fergal O’Brien v Michael White
103 – Peter Ebdon v Ronnie O’Sullivan
101 – Ronnie O’Sullivan v Fergal O’Brien
101 – Michael White v Peter Ebdon
100 – Ronnie O’Sullivan v Michael White