Open main menu

The 2018 Championship League was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament taking place from 2 January to 29 March 2018.[1] It was the 11th staging of the tournament.

Championship League
Tournament information
Dates2 January – 29 March 2018
VenueRicoh Arena
CityCoventry
CountryEngland
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£178,900
Winner's share£10,000
Highest breakEngland Martin Gould
Belgium Luca Brecel
(147)
Final
ChampionScotland John Higgins
Runner-upChina Zhou Yuelong
Score3–2
2017
2019
Ricoh Arena (Coventry)

The defending champion John Higgins retained his title with a 3–2 final win over Zhou Yuelong. As in the previous edition of the tournament Higgins had entered the competition in Group 7 and from there won his way through to the Winners' Group.[2]

Martin Gould and Luca Brecel both made their maiden official maximum breaks in this tournament. Gould achieved his maximum in the deciding frame of his Group 6 round robin match against Li Hang. Brecel achieved his in the third frame of a 3–0 whitewash of defending champion John Higgins in their Group 7 round robin match. These were the 135th and 136th official maximum breaks and the fourth and fifth of the 2017/2018 season. It was the fifth consecutive year that a maximum was made in the Championship League, and the second consecutive year that two were made.[3]

Contents

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for the 2018 Championship League is shown below.[4]

  • Tournament total: £178,900

Group 1Edit

Group 1 was played on 2 and 3 January 2018. Zhou Yuelong was the first player to qualify for the Winners' Group.[5]

MatchesEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   Stephen Maguire (Q) 6 4 2 15 12 +3 Qualification to Group 1 play-off
2   Zhou Yuelong (Q) 6 4 2 14 10 +4
3   Ryan Day (Q) 6 3 3 12 13 −1
4   Anthony Hamilton (Q) 6 3 3 12 13 −1
5   Kyren Wilson (A) 6 3 3 11 11 0 Advances into Group 2
6   Mark King (E) 6 2 4 14 14 0 Eliminated from the competition
7   Michael Holt (E) 6 2 4 10 15 −5
Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Stephen Maguire2
 
 
 
  Anthony Hamilton3
 
  Anthony Hamilton2
 
 
 
  Zhou Yuelong3
 
  Zhou Yuelong3
 
 
  Ryan Day2
 

Group 2Edit

Group 2 was played on 4 and 5 January 2018. Mark Selby was the second player to qualify for the Winners' Group, recording his 500th career century in the Group 2 final against Barry Hawkins.[6]

MatchesEdit

Note

* Neil Robertson had to pull out of the Championship League due to personal reasons after his fifth match. Results from Robertson's previous matches were removed from the group table.[7]

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   Barry Hawkins (Q) 5 5 0 15 6 +9 Qualification to Group 2 play-off
2   Ryan Day (Q) 5 3 2 11 9 +2
3   Mark Selby (Q) 5 2 3 12 10 +2
4   Kyren Wilson (Q) 5 2 3 9 10 −1
5   Anthony Hamilton (A) 5 2 3 8 11 −3 Advances into Group 3
6   Stephen Maguire (E) 5 1 4 4 13 −9 Eliminated from the competition
7   Neil Robertson (E) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Barry Hawkins3
 
 
 
  Kyren Wilson1
 
  Barry Hawkins1
 
 
 
  Mark Selby3
 
  Ryan Day0
 
 
  Mark Selby3
 

Group 3Edit

Group 3 was played on 8 and 9 January 2018. Kyren Wilson was the third player to qualify for the Winners' Group.[8]

MatchesEdit

Note

Anthony McGill withdrew before the tournament and was replaced by Tom Ford.

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   Mark Allen (Q) 6 4 2 15 8 +7 Qualification to Group 3 play-off
2   Barry Hawkins (Q) 6 4 2 14 9 +5
3   Kyren Wilson (Q) 6 4 2 13 13 0
4   Tom Ford (Q) 6 3 3 12 11 +1
5   Ali Carter (A) 6 3 3 11 13 −2 Advances into Group 4
6   Anthony Hamilton (E) 6 2 4 12 15 −3 Eliminated from the competition
7   Ryan Day (E) 6 1 5 9 17 −8
Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Mark Allen 3
 
 
 
  Tom Ford 2
 
  Mark Allen 1
 
 
 
  Kyren Wilson 3
 
  Barry Hawkins 1
 
 
  Kyren Wilson 3
 

Group 4Edit

Group 4 was played on 10 and 11 January 2018. Ali Carter was the fourth player to qualify for the Winners' Group.[9]

MatchesEdit

Note

* Mark Allen had to withdraw due to family reasons prior to his second match in the group. The result from Allen's first match in the group was removed from the group table.[7]

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   Judd Trump (Q) 5 4 1 13 4 +9 Qualification to Group 4 play-off
2   Barry Hawkins (Q) 5 4 1 13 7 +6
3   Shaun Murphy (Q) 5 2 3 9 12 −3
4   Ali Carter (Q) 5 2 3 8 10 −2
5   Liang Wenbo (A) 5 2 3 7 12 −5 Advances into Group 5
6   Tom Ford (E) 5 1 4 7 12 −5 Eliminated from the competition
7   Mark Allen (E) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Judd Trump0
 
 
 
  Ali Carter 3
 
  Ali Carter3
 
 
 
  Shaun Murphy 1
 
  Barry Hawkins2
 
 
  Shaun Murphy 3
 

Group 5Edit

Group 5 was played on 23 and 24 January 2018. Mark Williams was the fifth player to qualify for the Winners' Group.[10]

MatchesEdit

Note

Barry Hawkins, Shaun Murphy and Liang Wenbo withdrew from the tournament and were replaced by Joe Perry, David Gilbert and Ben Woollaston.

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   Judd Trump (Q) 6 4 2 16 8 +8 Qualification to Group 5 play-off
2   Ben Woollaston (Q) 6 4 2 15 11 +4
3   Mark Williams (Q) 6 4 2 13 8 +5
4   Ricky Walden (Q) 6 3 3 13 13 0
5   Martin Gould (A) 6 3 3 12 12 0 Advances into Group 6
6   Joe Perry (E) 6 2 4 9 15 −6 Eliminated from the competition
7   David Gilbert (E) 6 1 5 5 16 −11
Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Judd Trump2
 
 
 
  Ricky Walden3
 
  Ricky Walden1
 
 
 
  Mark Williams 3
 
  Ben Woollaston1
 
 
  Mark Williams3
 

Group 6Edit

Group 6 was played on 25 and 26 January 2018. Martin Gould was the sixth player to qualify for the Winners' Group.[11]

MatchesEdit

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   Martin Gould (Q) 6 5 1 16 8 +8 Qualification to Group 6 play-off
2   Judd Trump (Q) 6 4 2 14 7 +7
3   Ricky Walden (Q) 6 4 2 12 13 −1
4   Li Hang (Q) 6 3 3 14 11 +3
5   Graeme Dott (A) 6 3 3 13 14 −1 Advances into Group 7
6   Michael White (E) 6 1 5 8 15 −7 Eliminated from the competition
7   Ben Woollaston (E) 6 1 5 7 16 −9
Source:[citation needed]
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Martin Gould 3
 
 
 
  Li Hang 2
 
  Martin Gould 3
 
 
 
  Judd Trump 0
 
  Judd Trump 3
 
 
  Ricky Walden 0
 

Group 7Edit

Group 7 was played on 26 and 27 March 2018. John Higgins was the seventh player to qualify for the Winners' Group.[12]

MatchesEdit

Notes

Graeme Dott and Li Hang withdrew from the tournament prior to Group 7 play. They were replaced by Dominic Dale and Jimmy Robertson.

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   Judd Trump (Q) 6 5 1 16 8 +8 Qualification to Group 7 play-off
2   Jimmy Robertson (Q) 6 5 1 15 9 +6
3   John Higgins (Q) 6 4 2 14 10 +4
4   Ricky Walden (Q) 6 3 3 12 12 0
5   Dominic Dale (E) 6 2 4 11 13 −2 Eliminated from the competition
6   Robert Milkins (E) 6 1 5 8 16 −8
7   Luca Brecel (E) 6 1 5 7 15 −8
Source:[citation needed]
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  Judd Trump 3
 
 
 
  Ricky Walden 1
 
  Judd Trump2
 
 
 
  John Higgins 3
 
  Jimmy Robertson 1
 
 
  John Higgins 3
 

Winners' GroupEdit

The Winners' Group was played on 28 and 29 March 2018. In the final, John Higgins defeated Zhou Yuelong 3–2 to retain his Championship League title and win it for the second time in his career.[2]

MatchesEdit

Notes

* Zhou Yuelong was awarded the first frame, due to Mark Selby arriving late.

TableEdit

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1   John Higgins (Q) 6 5 1 17 8 +9 Qualification to the Winners' Group play-off
2   Ali Carter (Q) 6 5 1 16 10 +6
3   Zhou Yuelong (Q) 6 3 3 15 12 +3
4   Mark Selby (Q) 6 3 3 12 10 +2
5   Kyren Wilson (E) 6 3 3 12 13 −1 Eliminated from the competition
6   Mark Williams (E) 6 1 5 9 17 −8
7   Martin Gould (E) 6 1 5 5 16 −11
Updated to match(es) played on unknown. Source:[citation needed]
(E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offsEdit

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
  John Higgins3
 
 
 
  Mark Selby 2
 
  John Higgins 3
 
 
 
  Zhou Yuelong 2
 
  Ali Carter 0
 
 
  Zhou Yuelong 3
 

Century breaksEdit

Total: 116

Bold: highest break in the indicated group.

WinningsEdit

No. Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 W TOTAL
1   John Higgins 6200 15200 21400
2   Zhou Yuelong 6200 10500 16700
3   Judd Trump 2300 3200 4300 5100 14900
4   Ali Carter 1100 5600 6200 12900
5   Kyren Wilson 1100 2400 6600 2400 12500
6   Mark Selby 6300 6000 12300
7   Barry Hawkins(3) 4900 2700 3200 10800
8   Ricky Walden 4500 2200 2500 9200
9   Martin Gould 1200 6900 1000 9100
10   Mark Williams 6600 1800 8400
11   Anthony Hamilton 4700 1100 1200 7000
12   Ryan Day 3300 2100 900 6300
13   Mark Allen(2) 4700 100 4800
14   Shaun Murphy(3) 4100 4100
15   Stephen Maguire 3100 700 3800
16   Tom Ford 2800 700 3500
=   Ben Woollaston 2800 700 3500
18   Li Hang(4) 3000 3000
19   Jimmy Robertson 2800 2800
20   Neil Robertson(1) 1700 1700
21   Mark King 1400 1400
22   Graeme Dott(4) 1300 1300
23   Liang Wenbo(3) 1200 1200
=   Luca Brecel 1200 1200
25   Dominic Dale 1100 1100
26   Michael Holt 1000 1000
27   Joe Perry 900 900
28   Michael White 800 800
=   Robert Milkins 800 800
30   David Gilbert 500 500
Total prize money 20,800 19,200 20,000 17,200 19,700 19,200 19,700 43,100 178,900

Green: won the group. Bold: highest break in the group. All prize money in GBP.
Notes
(1) Neil Robertson withdrew due to personal reasons after his fifth match in Group 2.
(2) Mark Allen withdrew due to family reasons after his first match in Group 4.
(3) Barry Hawkins, Shaun Murphy and Liang Wenbo withdrew from the tournament prior to Group 5 play.
(4) Graeme Dott and Li Hang withdrew from the tournament prior to Group 7 play.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2017/18 World Snooker Calendar" (PDF). World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 14 July 2017. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Higgins Retains Championship League Crown". Championship League Snooker. Matchroom Sport Ltd. Retrieved 30 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Gould Makes Maiden 147". World Snooker. 26 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Home - Championship League Snooker". Championship League Snooker.
  5. ^ "Zhou Wins CLS Group One". World Snooker. 4 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Selby Makes 500th Century". World Snooker. 5 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Fixtures and results". championshipleaguesnooker.co.uk. Perform. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Kyren Wilson Is Group 3 Champion - Championship League Snooker". 9 January 2018.
  9. ^ "Ali Carter Is Group 4 Champion - Championship League Snooker". 11 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Williams Is Group 5 Champ - Championship League Snooker". 24 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Gould Takes Group 6 Honours - Championship League Snooker". 26 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Higgins Takes Final Berth In Winners' Group". Championship League Snooker. Matchroom Sport Ltd. 27 March 2018.

External linksEdit