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China V UK Challenge

  • Location

    China
  • Venue

    Shenzhen
  • Start Date

    24 Nov 2018
  • Finish Date

    25 Nov 2018
  • Total Prize Money

    TBC
  • Format

    Team event
  • Winner Prize Money

    TBC
  • Current Champion(s)

    Britain

The China v UK Snooker Challenge team event will take place in Shenzhen on November 24 – 25.

The tournament will feature four-man teams from China and the UK, playing singles and doubles matches.

It was staged for the first time in 2017, when the five-man British team of Ronnie O’Sullivan, Mark Williams, Graeme Dott, Joe Perry and Michael Holt beat China’s Ding Junhui, Liang Wenbo, Yan Bingtao, Zhou Yuelong and Zhao Xintong by an overall score of 26-9.

World Snooker Chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are delighted to be working with the promoter Record Shenzhen on this sanctioned event. It’s important for any successful sport to have a variety of formats and it will be fascinating to see how this team event can grow, perhaps one day becoming snooker’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup. With snooker’s popularity growing rapidly throughout Asia, we now have six events in China this season. Shenzhen proved to be an excellent location for this tournament last year and it will be a fantastic event for the players who make the teams.”

The format will comprise singles matches involving all four players, over the best of seven frames, then four doubles matches, each best of five frames. Finally there will be two singles matches, best of nine and best of 11, with the players to be picked by the team captains.

More information on the team selection will be announced shortly.