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Ding Wins Championship League

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Ding Junhui won the Championship League, beating Judd Trump 3-1 in the final to book a coveted place in the year’s Premier League.

The 24 year-old Chinese had earlier won the seventh and final qualifying group of the event on Tuesday and, like Trump and Matthew Stevens who had completed the same feat in previous years, he then triumphed in the final champions group.

“I’m very pleased to have won this. It’s always good to win but chances to qualify for the Premier League were running out with just the China Open and World Championship to go. It’s great match practice and my form over the four days this week was good,” said Ding, who will join the line up for the Sky Sports-televised Premier League in the Autumn.

Ding won the final with breaks of 117, 70 and 80 but that was just the tip of the iceberg as he looked razor sharp throughout and scored heavily at most opportunities.

Earlier he had beaten surprise semi-finalist Barry Hawkins, who himself was in fine form to battle through the group stage. Trump had defeated Mark Allen in the other semi-final.

Played out at Crondon Park Golf Club in rural Essex, Ding had arrived at the venue early each day to take advantage of a full English breakfast, something he has developed a taste for.

“It’s the perfect start to the day, especially in a demanding tournament like this where you are playing from morning until mid-evening,” he revealed.

Ding now heads to Beijing to compete in the China Open which commences on Monday.

The Championship League Snooker event is a venture between Matchroom Sport and Perform where 25 of the game’s finest 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 gaining a point. 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.

Players are awarded £100 per frame in the round robin stages, and this increases to £300 per frame for the play-offs. In addition, £3,000 goes to the play-off winner, £2,000 to the runner up and £1,000 each to the two semi-finalists.

In the final ‘Champions’ Group, the frame money escalates to £200 and then £300 for the winner, with the champion netting £10,000, the runner-up £5,000 and the semi-finalists £3,000.

Day 2 Results

The Final

Judd Trump 1-3 Ding Junhui

0-131 (Ding 117), 72-15 (Trump 42), 10-70 (Ding 70), 5-86 (Ding 81)

Semi Finals

Ding Junhui 3-1 Barry Hawkins

0-84 (Hawkins 52), 69-1 (Ding 52), 71-9 (Ding 36 & 31), 57-56 (Hawkins 56)

Judd Trump 3-0 Mark Allen

0-83 (Trump 58), 73-59 (Trump 45 & 33), 83-6 (Trump 53)

Group phase

Judd Trump 1-3 Mark Allen

69-27 (Trump 65), 1-92 (Allen 58), 54-70 (Trump 54, Allen 70), 36-81 (Trump 36, Allen 81)

Shaun Murphy 0-3 Barry Hawkins

4-110 (Hawkins 110), 42-73 (Hawkins 48), 24-70 (Hawkins 61)

Ding Junhui 3-1 Mark Davis

92-1 (Ding 92), 4-82 (Davis 50), 93-19 (Ding 57 & 33), 79-42 (Robertson 38)

Neil Robertson 3-1 Mark Allen

93-0 (Robertson 93), 90-9 (Robertson 90), 0-148 (Allen 144), 113-0 (Robertson 113)

Shaun Murphy 3-2 Ding Junhui

30-101 (Ding 87), 77-1 (Murphy 36), 55-54 (Ding 53), 0-80 (Ding 80), 67-21 (Murphy 51)

Judd Trump 2-3 Barry Hawkins

68-57 (Hawkins 57, Trump 53), 104-39 (Hawkins 39, Trump 104), 0-134 (Hawkins 110), 0-115 (Hawkins 115), 45-56 (Trump 45, Hawkins 56)

Neil Robertson 3-2 Barry Hawkins

9-122 (Hawkins 122), 20-86 (Hawkins 83), 106-0 (Robertson 106), 64-37 (Robertson 35),75-30 (Robertson 46)

Shaun Murphy 1-3 Mark Allen

71-55 (Allen 37, Murphy 30& 40), 1-60 (Allen 32), 57-67 (Murphy 42, Allen 41), 25-71 (Allen 71)

Judd Trump 2-3 Mark Davis

75-36 (Trump 63), 79-29 (Trump 48 & 31), 0-77 (Davis 77), 55-76 (Davis 57), 43-67 (Davis 56)

Century breaks

144 – Mark Allen v Neil Robertson (22/3/12)

142 – Ding Junhui v Barry Hawkins (21/3/12)

128 – Mark Davis v Barry Hawkins (21/3/12)

127 – Neil Robertson v Shaun Murphy (21/3/12)

122 – Barry Hawkins v Neil Robertson (22/3/12)

117 – Ding Junhui v Judd Trump (23/3/12)

115 – Barry Hawkins v Judd Trump (22/3/12)

113 – Neil Robertson v Mark Allen (22/3/12)

110 – Barry Hawkins v Shaun Murphy (22/3/12)

110 – Barry Hawkins v Judd Trump (22/3/12)

106 – Neil Robertson v Barry Hawkins (22/3/12)

104 – Ding Junhui v Judd Trump (21/3/12)

104 – Judd Trump v Barry Hawkins (22/3/12)

102 – Ding Junhui v Mark Allen (21/3/12)

101 – Judd Trump v Neil Robertson (21/3/12)

100 – Mark Davis v Mark Allen (21/3/12)