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Friday’s quarter-final line-up:-

Mark Selby v Zhou Yuelong
Robbie Williams v Neil Robertson
Judd Trump v Kyren Wilson
John Higgins v Jak Jones ;)



Saturday 17th October 2020

  • Mark Selby 5 Neil Robertson 6
    Venue: Marshall Arena
Friday 16th October 2020

  • Mark Selby 5 Yuelong Zhou 2
    Venue: Marshall Arena
  • John Higgins 5 Jak Jones 1
    Venue: Marshall Arena
  • Judd Trump 5 Kyren Wilson 1
    Venue: Marshall Arena
  • Robbie Williams 2 Neil Robertson 5
    Venue: Marshall Arena ;)


World number one Judd Trump remained on course for his first title since March as he came from 4-3 down to beat John Higgins 6-4 in the semi-finals of the Matchroom.Live English Open.

Trump will face Neil Robertson over a possible 17 frames on Sunday, with the winner to bank £70,000 and take home the Steve Davis Trophy. The champion will also become the first player to win three Home Nations titles.

Bristol’s 31-year-old Trump will be playing in his 27th ranking event final and aiming for his 18th title, which would bring him level with both Robertson and Mark Selby on the all-time list.

After winning a record six ranking events last season, Trump has had a dip in form since the tour returned from lockdown in June. He is still not at his free-flowing best but has developed the very useful habit of finding other ways to win matches.

Higgins led on four occasions tonight, making the better breaks with 50, 52, 133 and 107, while Trump’s best effort was a 102 in frame four.

In frame eight, Scotland’s Higgins missed a tricky red to a baulk corner when he trailed 31-19, letting his opponent in for a run of 49 which made it 4-4. Four-time World Champion Higgins had two chances in the ninth, but first went in-off in potting a red, then got a kick on a black off its spot. Trump punished the latter error to go ahead for the first time.

And another mistake from Higgins in frame ten proved costly as he touched a red with his cue when bridging awkwardly to pot another red. That was his last moment at the table as Trump’s 73 sealed his sixth consecutive win over Higgins.

“I felt I was outplayed, John scored heavier than me,” admitted Trump. “I was just winning the scrappy frames to hang on. If I had gone two frames behind I probably would have lost. He missed a couple of balls from 4-3 and in the last frame he was unlucky to finish in an awkward spot, then he showed great sportsmanship to own up to the foul.

“I felt like a million dollars out there, I was very relaxed and I enjoyed it. I’m very pleased to have had a good start to the season without playing my best. Sometimes my B or C game is enough to compete, and that’s something Mark Selby has done over the years. It gives me extreme confidence to know that under the cosh I can dig in and deliver under pressure.

“I love playing Neil, he is on form and he wins tournaments every year. It should be a great final.” ;)


Judd Trump came from 7-4 down to beat Neil Robertson 9-8 in the final of the Matchroom.Live English Open, winning his first title in seven months.

Trump lived up to his world number one status by making a century in the deciding frame to take the £70,000 top prize and Steve Davis Trophy. He has now won ten ranking event finals in a row in a run stretching back two years, just one short of Stephen Hendry’s record of 11.

Bristol’s 31-year-old Trump moves on to 18 ranking titles, bringing him level with Robertson and Mark Selby in sixth place on the all-time list. He also becomes the first player to win three Home Nations events.

Most Ranking Titles
Ronnie O’Sullivan 37
Stephen Hendry 36
John Higgins 30
Steve Davis 28
Mark Williams 22
Judd Trump 18
Mark Selby 18
Neil Robertson 18

It’s Trump’s first title since the Gibraltar Open last March which gave him a record sixth ranking victory of the 2019/20 season. Brimming with confidence, the left-hander will be excited by the challenge of adding to his haul in the remainder of the season and stretching his vast lead at the top of the world rankings.

World number three Robertson missed out on the chance to win a 19th ranking title and first since the World Grand Prix in February. He banks £30,000 as runner-up plus the £5,000 high break prize. ;)


Neal Foulds: ‘The break-off shot may need a rethink’

Nigel Slater / 9 hours ago

Snooker TV pundit Neal Foulds has suggested players maybe forced to change the way they break off in vital frames.
Foulds indicated on commentary during Sunday night’s thrilling English Open final that the player breaking off in a final frame decider could be at a disadvantage due to the high standard of long potting by today’s top players.
His comments came as that type of sequence played out when Judd Trump took on and potted a long red only seconds after Neil Robertson broke off in the final frame of the ranking event final.
Trump went on to make a match-winning break of 114 to win the title 9-8.
Foulds, who works as a commentator and pundit for Europsort and ITV, questioned whether the break-off was in need of a “rethink” when he repeated his views on Twitter.
He said: “Reflecting on the #EnglishOpen snooker from semi-finals onwards. At the level top players are potting long balls perhaps time to rethink the break-off? Not many times would someone play round angles off the pack thick if they weren’t breaking off. Instead they’d hit them thin.” ;)


.... needs to be looked at as sometimes one guy gets to break off and that is the only shot he gets to play due to the other guy potting the lot. Games can be won and lost on the break. ;)


Ronnie O'Sullivan remains the best player in snooker despite Judd Trump's standing as undisputed world number one, according to World Seniors champion Jimmy White.
Trump has won his past 10 ranking event finals in the game after recovering from 7-4 behind to edge out Neil Robertson 9-8 in an epic English Open final behind closed doors in Milton Keynes that saw Robertson hit three centuries and five 50 plus breaks yet still come up short.

Trump collected a £70,000 winner's cheque to move £610,000 clear of O'Sullivan at the top of the latest rankings with 2010 world champion Robertson £156,500 behind O'Sullivan in third place. European Masters champion Mark Selby and former Masters holder Mark Allen make up the top five.
Despite his impressive form, White feels the debate about who is the sport's leading man was settled by O'Sullivan's form in claiming a sixth world title with a resounding 18-8 final win over Kyren Wilson at the Crucible Theatre two months ago.
"He (Trump) is not world champion. Ronnie O'Sullivan is world champion so he's got to be the best player in the world, but he's the man in form at the beginning of this season, that's for sure," said White.
The 2019 Crucible winner Trump claimed his first eight ranking tournaments between 2011 and 2017, but has lifted the next ten between 2018 and 2020. White feels he has matured into the complete professional.
"When he said he had 12 ranking titles, but now has six or seven within 18 months. It's because he is so comfortable at the top end of tournaments," said the six-times World Championship finalist.
"He's learnt how to play the right shots at the right time. He's comfortable playing all the big shots because he's got all the shots in his armoury, but his temperament has improved.
"It's incredible. He never really looked under pressure in that match at all. Robertson did a couple of times, because he had control and was forced to give it back because of Trump's good play.
"He is definitely the man to beat at the moment."
Trump has the opportunity to enhance his trophy collection with the Championship League due to conclude next week. Eurosport's extensive live coverage continues with the Northern Ireland Open – the second of the Home Nations Series – scheduled to run between 16-22 November. ;)


Stephen Hendry working on ‘Top 16’ standard – reveals new coach

Nigel Slater / 5 hours ago

Stephen Hendry’s new coach has revealed the seven-times world champion is working to play to the same standard as a current top 16 player.
The Scot shocked the world of snooker earlier this year when he announced he would be returning to the professional game after retiring from the sport eight years ago.
Hendry, one of snooker’s most successful stars, is expected to make his anticipated return to the tour circuit in the near future – but no date has yet been announced.
In an interview with the World Snooker Tour, Hendry’s new coach Stephen Feeney says the pair are working hard to get his game back to a “top 16” standard.
Feeney has worked with the likes of Ronnie O’Sullivan and has helped turn the likes of Stuart Bingham and Mark Williams into world champions.

Feeney said: “My view with Stephen is that we want to get him back into top 16 status with the standard of his play as soon as possible. That is the only way that we can be comfortable. Every practice session is geared and targeted that way and we are working hard.

“I look at it as a fairly exciting opportunity ahead. There is a fair bit of responsibility, in terms of delivering on promises. Stephen has trusted me in terms of what I’ve said I believe can be done. I trust in him as the individual and champion that he is. Is there stuff to prove? There probably is. The fans will love to see him play. Many of the pros will be waiting for proof. We are well aware of that. ;)


Barry Hearn reveals why he’s dropped snooker’s £1 million bonus

Nigel Slater / 10 hours ago

World Snooker Tour chairman Barry Hearn has revealed why he has not offered the Home Nations £1million bonus this season.
In recent seasons Hearn has offered the staggering seven-figure sum to any player who wins all four of the season’s Home Nations events – which includes the English Open, the Northern Ireland Open, the Scottish Open and the Welsh Open.
Despite the luxurious prize on offer, no player has yet won the bonus.
Hearn, who is currently recovering after testing positive for coronavirus, revealed on Twitter he didn’t think it was right to offer the prize given the current pandemic and the difficulties it is causing throughout the world.
Instead, Hearn is focusing on making sure snooker events remain “alive” in the safest way possible.
Asked by a snooker fan why the £1million was not on offer, Hearn responded: “With all the problems out there at the moment it seemed right to discontinue bonus. Most important is to keep events alive.” ;)


World number one Judd Trump is 3/1 favourite to claim his second ranking title event in successive weeks following his 9-8 victory over Neil Robertson in the English Open.
Trump meets Robert Milkins at 12.30pm (GMT) behind closed doors at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes on Monday before facing Ryan Day and Barry Hawkins after 5.30pm. All group matches are a maximum of four frames.

European Masters winner Mark Selby faces Rory McLeod and Jamie O'Neill on Tuesday afternoon before concluding Group D with a match against 2006 world champion Graeme Dott.
World Championship runner-up Kyren Wilson takes on Mark King, Scott Donaldson and David Gilbert in Group F on Wednesday with four-times world champion John Higgins meeting Jamie Clarke, Martin Gould and Tom Ford on the final day of the last-32 stage on Thursday.

The tournament concludes on Friday with the eight group winners progressing to two groups of four – ABCD and EFGH winners make up the two last-eight sections – with the winner of each group contesting the final over the best of five frames.
The prize fund is £328,000 with the tournament winner in line to collect a cheque for £33,000 and a place in the Champion of Champions event in Milton Keynes in November. ;)
  • Judd Trump 3/1
  • Mark Selby 7/1
  • Kyren Wilson 9/1
  • John Higgins 9/1


Stage Two of the BetVictor Championship League runs from October 26 to 29 in Milton Keynes. Fans in the UK can watch on Matchroom.Live and FreeSports TV, with sessions each day at 12.30pm and 5.30pm.

Click here to see which broadcasters around the world are covering the event, and CLICK HERE for the fixtures

The 32 stage one group winners are split into eight further groups of four, with two groups per day played over two tables. The eight group winners then go through to Stage Three, which is two groups of four. And those two group winners will contest the final on October 30.

BetVictor make world number one Judd Trump the favourite to win the title, at 3/1. Trump is the man in form having won last week’s Matchroom.Live English Open. Mark Selby has also landed a title already this season, the BetVictor European Masters, and he’s second in the betting at 7/1. Shaun Murphy is next at 8/1, with John Higgins and Kyren Wilson 9/1. For all the BetVictor odds click here.

Monday October 26

Judd Trump
Ryan Day
Robert Milkins
Barry Hawkins

Dominic Dale
Zhou Yuelong
Matthew Selt
Shaun Murphy

Tuesday October 27

Luo Honghao
Zhao Xintong
Alexander Ursenbacher
Stuart Bingham

Rory McLeod
Graeme Dott
Jamie O’Neill
Mark Selby

Wednesday October 28

Ken Doherty
Xiao Guodong
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
Jordan Brown

David Gilbert
Scott Donaldson
Mark King
Kyren Wilson

Thursday October 29

John Higgins
Martin Gould
Tom Ford
Jamie Clarke

Joe Perry
Mark Davis
Tian Pengfei
Li Hang



A SNOOKER hall in Bolton was fined £1,000 by Bolton's covid patrols over the weekend.

Police and council officers making up the town's crack covid team were out over the weekend to enforce regulations designed to stop the spread of coronavirus.

No details have yet been released on why the snooker hall, which has not been named, was fined.
A statement issued by Bolton Council yesterday said: "Greater Manchester Police and Bolton Council Regulatory Service teams have had another busy weekend in the fight against the pandemic, and ensuring the spread is minimised through our night time and food sectors. ;)


The draw for the 2020 Champion of Champions has been made, with defending champion Neil Robertson set to get the tournament underway against Jimmy White on Monday, November 2, live on ITV4 from Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes.

Monday’s group will also see former Champion of Champions winner John Higgins face UK Championship winner Ding Junhui, while reigning World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan begins his attempt to win a fourth Champion of Champions title against Michael Holt on Wednesday.

The event begins with a quarter of four-man groups, with one group played each day from Monday until Thursday. The afternoon sessions feature two best-of-seven Group Semi-Finals, before the best-of-11 Group Final in the evening session. The tournament carries a £440,000 prize fund with £150,000 going to the winner.

Players were split into three seeding pools for the draw, based on their current WST World Ranking, with players in Pool One automatically allocated to the group which corresponds with their seeding. Robertson is the defending Champion of Champions and will take his place in Group 1 on Monday as the tournament’s No.1 seed. World No.1 Judd Trump will be in Group 2, with World Champion O’Sullivan in Group 3 and World No.4 Mark Selby in Group 4.

One player from Pool Two (Mark Allen, Kyren Wilson, Shaun Murphy and John Higgins), was drawn at random into each group. The remaining eight players were placed into Pool Three, with two players from that pool drawn into each group.

Judd Trump and Shaun Murphy are the seeded players in Group 2, where they will be joined by Stuart Bingham and the winner of this week’s Championship League Snooker. Group 2 fixtures will be confirmed on Friday night, with the highest ranked non-seed to face Murphy, and the lower ranked player to face Trump. Should the Championship League Snooker yield a repeat winner, David Gilbert will take the remaining place in the Champion of Champions as the highest ranked player not to have qualified already.

Wednesday’s action sees Mark Selby face Luca Brecel before Kyren Wilson plays Stephen Maguire in Group 4.

Group action concludes on Thursday with three-time Champion of Champions Ronnie O’Sullivan facing Michael Holt and Mark Allen against Scott Donaldson.


1pm | Group Semi-finals (best of 7)

Neil Robertson v Jimmy White
John Higgins v Ding Junhui

7pm | Group Final (best of 11)
Winner v Winner

1pm | Group Semi-finals (best of 7)

Judd Trump v Stuart Bingham/CLS Winner
Shaun Murphy v Stuart Bingham/CLS Winner

7pm | Group Final (best of 11)
Winner v Winner

1pm | Group Semi-finals (best of 7)

Mark Selby v Luca Brecel
Kyren Wilson v Stephen Maguire

7pm | Semi-Finals (best of 11)
Winner v Winner

1pm | Group Semi-finals (best of 7)

Ronnie O’Sullivan v Michael Holt
Mark Allen v Scott Donaldson

7pm | Semi-Finals (best of 11)
Winner v Winner

7pm | Semi-Final 1 (best of 11)

Group 1 Winner v Group 4 Winner

7pm | Semi-Final 1 (best of 11)

Group 2 Winner v Group 3 Winner

The Final (Best of 19)

The Champion of Champions will be broadcast live on ITV4 in the UK, and on global broadcast partners including DAZN and matchroom.live. Follow Champion of Champions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and subscribe to the Matchroom Multi Sport YouTube channel for exclusive video from the event. ;)


Mark Selby and Zhou Yuelong will join Judd Trump and Zhao Xintong in Group 1 on Finals Day of BetVictor Championship League Snooker after topping their respective Stage Two groups at Stadium MK on Tuesday, live at Matchroom.Live.

Having already beaten both Rory McLeod and Jamie O’Neill 3-0 in Group D, Selby knew a point would be enough against Graeme Dott. The Scottish potter had also defeated O’Neill 3-0, but drew 2-2 with Rory McLeod, meaning he’d have to beat Selby to progress.

Dott opened the deciding match with a break of 84, but Selby levelled with a 128, his fourth century of the day. The Leicester man then took the second frame with a 69 to ensure at least a point, which meant he progressed despite Dott levelling the match at 2-2 in the last.

“I feel like I played well all day,” said Selby. “The first frame against Graeme for me was huge and he made a great break to put me on the back foot. The second frame became even bigger because if he had won it, I’d need to win the last two so to win one of the first two was key for me and I managed to make a good break myself in the second.

“I got a little bit fortunate in the third and managed to win the frame after a fluke; sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it goes against you.

“This format, every group is tough. Playing four frames you can lose to anyone, and on Friday everyone will be a great player.”

Zhou was in equally good break-building form in Group B, beating Matthew Selt 3-0 before making three centuries in defeating Dominic Dale by the same scoreline.

Shaun Murphy had suffered a 3-1 reversal against Dale in the group opener, but a 3-1 win over Selt meant the group was taken to its final match. Murphy, however, would have to beat Zhou 3-0 to prevent the Chinese player from topping the group. The Magician made a 102 in the opening frame, but Zhou hit back with a 114 to ensure he would top the group, before the match eventually ended 2-2.

BetVictor Championship League Snooker Winners’ Week continues on Wednesday with Groups E and F. Group E features Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, Xiao Guodong, Jordan Brown and Ken Doherty. Group F will be Kyren Wilson, David Gilbert, Scott Donaldson and Mark King.;)


Ken Doherty Edges into Championship League Last 8

The Irishman has taken full advantage of the short format to move to within the brink of a place in the final.

Ken Doherty won Group E in stage two of the Championship League after going unbeaten on Wednesday in Milton Keynes.
The Dubliner shared a point with the group’s top seed Thepchaia Un-Nooh following a scrappy tie and backed that up with a 3-1 success against Xiao Guodong.
The results left Doherty on four points alongside Un-Nooh with the same frame difference, and after both players drew their final contests it was down to who compiled the highest break to determine which player would advance.
The Thai had constructed a brilliant 135 in his earlier match against Jordan Brown, but Doherty eclipsed it with a superb 139 against the same opponent to squeak through by the narrowest of margins.
Doherty, whose phase one group comprised Neil Robertson, has bounced back strongly since squandering a 4-0 World Seniors Championship final lead in an eventual 5-4 defeat to Jimmy White.
His progress in the Championship League represents the first time since 2017 that he has reached the last eight of a ranking event ;)


John Higgins and Joe Perry have completed the line-up for Finals Day at BetVictor Championship League Snooker, which takes place at Stadium MK on Friday, live at Matchroom.Live.

Higgins won his final match 3-0 over Tom Ford to top Group G, after Martin Gould had drawn 2-2 with Jamie Clarke despite being on the brink of a victory which would have seen him through at Higgins’ expense.

The Wizard of Wishaw opened the day’s play with a 3-0 win over Clarke, before Ford had consecutive 2-2 draws, first against Gould and then against Clarke. But when Gould beat Higgins 3-0, the group was blown wide open.

European Masters finalist Gould then drew 2-2 with Clarke, despite looking on the verge of progression at 2-1 up with 48 points on the board in the fourth and final frame.

That left the door open for both Ford and Higgins. Ford would need to win 3-0 with a high break of 70 or better, while any win would suffice for four-time World Champion Higgins, and it was the Scot who got what he needed, winning 3-0 in 45 minutes.

“Martin will be kicking himself,” admitted Higgins. “He was 2-1 in front and on a good break and if he wins that frame he is through, so Jamie did me and Tom a big favour coming back to win that frame.

“I went and played ok, missed a couple, but I am over the moon to get through. Once I lost 3-0 to Martin I was thinking that would be me out, so I am happy to be through.

“Tomorrow will be a tough group but we are through to the final day and any eight of us could win it. It would be lovely to get my third Championship League Snooker title.”

On table two, Mark Davis and Li Hang played out a 2-2 draw in the first match of Group H. Joe Perry then won back-to-back matches, first beating Tian Pengfei 3-1 and then overcoming Li 3-0.

The first match of the evening session saw Davis and Tian share the spoils, meaning Perry was assured of top spot in the group. The group concluded with Perry and Davis drawing 2-2 before Tian and Li had the same result.

“I felt better today and played some decent stuff,” said Perry. “All the groups are tough in this format. It doesn’t really matter who you are playing, it helps if you are playing somebody inexperienced but with Ken Doherty, Kyren Wilson and John Higgins you can’t much more experience that than, so it is going to be tough tomorrow.

“It is hard to be too confident in this short format but I feel that I am playing alright so if I can stay focused and concentrate well then I give myself a chance.”

Finals Day begins at 12:30pm on Friday, with Judd Trump, Mark Selby, Zhou Yuelong and Zhao Xintong in Group 1, and Higgins, Perry, Wilson and Doherty in Group 2. The two group winners will then play a best-of-five final to be crowned BetVictor Championship League Snooker champion. ;)


John Higgins fired in a sublime 147 break on Finals Day at the BetVictor Championship League in Milton Keynes.

It came in the final frame of the Scot’s 3-1 win over Kyren Wilson and was the 11th of his career. That draws Higgins level with compatriot Stephen Hendry on career maximums, only Ronnie O’Sullivan on 15 has made more.

The perfect break is the second of this Championship League, after Welshman Ryan Day made a 147 in the first stage. It is the 159th official maximum in snooker history. ;)


DRAW & SCHEDULEGROUP STAGE MONDAY, NOVEMBER 2 | GROUP 1 1pm | Group Semi-finals (best of 7) Neil Robertson v Jimmy White John Higgins v Ding Junhui7pm | Group Final (best of 11) Winner v Winner WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4 | GROUP 41pm | Group Semi-finals (best of 7) Mark Selby v Luca BrecelKyren Wilson v Stephen Maguire 7pm | Semi-Finals (best of 11) Winner v Winner TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3 | GROUP 2 1pm | Group Semi-finals (best of 7) Judd Trump v Stuart Bingham Shaun Murphy v David Gilbert 7pm | Group Final (best of 11) Winner v Winner THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5 | GROUP 3 1pm | Group Semi-finals (best of 7)Ronnie O’Sullivan v Michael Holt Mark Allen v Scott Donaldson 7pm | Semi-Finals (best of 11) Winner v WinnerSEMI-FINALSFRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 7pm | Semi-Final 1 (best of 11) Group 1 Winner v Group 4 Winner SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 7pm | Semi-Final 1 (best of 11) Group 2 Winner v Group 3 Winner ;)


Champion of Champions snooker LIVE results
Monday, November 2

From 1pm

Rd 1 (7) Neil Robertson 4-0 Jimmy White

From 3pm

Rd 1 (7) John Higgins 3-4 Ding Junhui

From 7pm

Champion of Champions snooker schedule
Monday, November 2

Rd 1 (7) Neil Robertson v Jimmy White

Rd 1 (7) John Higgins v Ding Junhui

QF (11) N Robertson / J White v J Higgins / Ding Junhui

Tuesday, November 3

Rd 1 (7) Judd Trump v Stuart Bingham

Rd 1 (7) Shaun Murphy v David B Gilbert

QF (11) Judd Trump / Bingham v S Murphy / D B Gilbert

Wednesday, November 4

Rd 1 (7) Mark Selby v Luca Brecel

Rd 1 (7) Kyren Wilson v Stephen Maguire

QF (11) K Wilson / Maguire v Selby / Brecel

Thursday, November 5

Rd 1 (7) Ronnie O'Sullivan v Michael Holt

Rd 1 (7) Mark Allen v Scott Donaldson

QF (11) M Allen / Donaldson v R O'Sullivan / Holt

Friday, November 6

SF (11) To be decided v To be decided

Saturday, November 7

SF (11) To be decided v To be decided

Sunday, November 8

Final (19) To be decided v To be decided ;)