Judd Trump 3-0 Mark Williams
62-22 (Trump 57), 83-30 (Trump 61), 101-9 (Trump 100)
Judd Trump 3-0 Ryan Day
121-0 (Trump 112), 101-18 (Trump 101), 61-51 (Trump 52)
Mark Williams 3-0 Shaun Murphy
105-0 (Williams 105), 101-0 (Williams 68), 91-35 (Williams 63)
Judd Trump is the fifth player through to the final group of Championship League Snooker as he beat Mark Williams 3-0 in the Group Five decider at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. The Bristol man will join Dave Gilbert, Anthony McGill, Mark Davis and Barry Hawkins in the big money winners group later in February.
The final session was one of the quickest in Championship League history as all three matches ended 3-0 with plenty of big breaks. Trump becomes only the fourth player to win all six group games and then go on to win the group, and the world number three bounced back from a 9-8 defeat to Stuart Bingham in the final of the Coral Welsh Open two days earlier.
Trump said: “I thought it was going to be tough coming straight from the Welsh Open. I thought I would be tired but I went out to go for everything and a few people missed a few balls and I started to score heavy today so I managed to get through quite easily.
“I like this format. If I could play like this more often, with no pressure knowing even if you lose you will still play another match, and take that mentality to every game then I can win a lot more.
“I felt like I played well. I start the games well, which puts pressure on the opponents and that is why they miss. I didn’t play amazing but I scored heavy,” he concluded.
Williams will return on Wednesday (February 22nd) to be joined by fifth place finisher Stuart Bingham, as well as beaten semi-finalists Ryan Day and Shaun Murphy. They will be joined in Group Six by Mark Selby, Ricky Walden and Martin Gould.
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 fixtures and results can be found at www.championshipleaguesnooker.co.uk