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2008 Bahrain Championship

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The 2008 Bahrain Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 8 and 15 November 2008 at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre in Manama, Bahrain. It was the fourth ranking event of the 2008/2009 season.

Bahrain Championship
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Tournament information
Dates8–15 November 2008
VenueBahrain International Exhibition Centre
CityManama
CountryBahrain
Organisation(s)WPBSA
FormatRanking event
Total prize fund£271,000
Winner's share£48,000
Highest breakScotland Marcus Campbell (147)
Final
ChampionAustralia Neil Robertson
Runner-upWales Matthew Stevens
Score9–7

Due to a clash with a previously arranged Premier League match-day, three leading players (John Higgins, Mark Selby and Ding Junhui) were forced to miss the event. This meant that they earned no ranking points. While Matthew Stevens (#17), Ken Doherty (#18) and Jamie Cope (#19) qualified automatically due to the extra spaces in the draw. Likewise, the players ranked from 33–35 and 49–51 played one qualifier less than usual. Additionally, Ronnie O'Sullivan withdrew three days before the tournament for unspecified medical reasons.[1]

Steve Davis was also involved in Premier League action, playing on 13 November, but did not withdraw from the tournament. He played his qualifying match and received a walkover due to O'Sullivan's withdrawal, meaning that he reached the last sixteen. However, before his last 16 match he withdrew from the event as an ear infection prevented him from flying to Bahrain.[2]

Liang Wenbo made the 65th official maximum break during his qualifying match against Martin Gould. This was Liang's first official 147. Marcus Campbell made the 66th official maximum break during his wildcard round match against Ahmed Basheer Al-Khusaibi. This was Campbell's first official 147.

Neil Robertson won his third ranking title by defeating Matthew Stevens 9–7.[3]

Prize fundEdit

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[4]

Wildcard roundEdit

The 6 lowest ranking qualifiers played one wildcard match each. Matches were played at Bahrain International Exhibition Centre on Saturday, 8 November.[5][6]

Match Score
WC1   Robert Milkins 5–1   Ahmed Saif
WC2   Barry Pinches 5–1   Ahmed Ghuloom
WC3   Mike Dunn 5–0   Ahmed Abdulla Asiry
WC4   Marcus Campbell 5–0   Ahmed Basheer Al-Khusaibi
WC5   Rod Lawler 5–1   Isa Ali Al-Hashmi
WC6   Mark Davis 5–0   Habib Subah

Main drawEdit

FinalEdit

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: Eirian Williams.
Bahrain International Exhibition Centre, Manama, Bahrain, November 15, 2008.[5][6]
Matthew Stevens (14)
  Wales
7–9 Neil Robertson (8)
  Australia
Afternoon: 0–129 (129), 13–117 (117), 4–108 (96), 69–68 (Robertson 68), 1–75 (75), 82-22 (51), 75-0 (70)
Evening: 56–70 (63), 67–47, 115-0 (71), 32–64, 110-5 (110), 73–48, 61–64, 1–96 (53), 8–77
110 Highest break 129
1 Century breaks 2
4 50+ breaks 7

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying for the tournament took place at Pontins in Prestatyn, Wales between 27 and 30 October 2008.[7]

  Round 1
Best of 9 frames
  Round 2
Best of 9 frames
  Round 3
Best of 9 frames
  Round 4
Best of 9 frames
  James McBain 0     Lee Spick 2     David Gray 0     Steve Davis 5
  Atthasit Mahitthi 5     Atthasit Mahitthi 5     Atthasit Mahitthi 5     Atthasit Mahitthi 4
  Daniel Wells     Liu Song 2     John Parrott 5     Dominic Dale 5
  bye     Daniel Wells 5     Daniel Wells 3     John Parrott 0
  Peter Lines     Jimmy White 2     Alan McManus 1     Stuart Bingham 5
  bye     Peter Lines 5     Peter Lines 5     Peter Lines 2
  Supoj Saenla 4     Mark Joyce 5     Rory McLeod 5     Dave Harold 5
  Andrew Pagett 5     Andrew Pagett 4     Mark Joyce 3     Rory McLeod 4
  David Grace 2     Andrew Norman 3     Robert Milkins 5     Joe Swail 1
  Robert Stephen 5     Robert Stephen 5     Robert Stephen 3     Robert Milkins 5
  Rodney Goggins 5     David Morris 5     Adrian Gunnell 4     Michael Holt 5
  Michael Georgiou 1     Rodney Goggins 1     David Morris 5     David Morris 0
  Chris McBreen 2     David Roe 2     Barry Pinches 5     Fergal O'Brien 4
  Stefan Mazrocis 5     Stefan Mazrocis 5     Stefan Mazrocis 1     Barry Pinches 5
  Paul Davison 5     Stuart Pettman 5     Jimmy Michie 5     Ricky Walden 5
  Aditya Mehta 2     Paul Davison 4     Stuart Pettman 2     Jimmy Michie 2
  Simon Bedford 1     Joe Delaney 5     Mike Dunn 5     Gerard Greene 1
  Stephen Craigie 5     Stephen Craigie 2     Joe Delaney 2     Mike Dunn 5
  Matthew Selt 5     Paul Davies 5     Jamie Burnett 1     Barry Hawkins 5
  Liu Chuang 4     Matthew Selt 4     Paul Davies 5     Paul Davies 4
  Kuldesh Johal 4     Scott MacKenzie 2     Judd Trump 5     Mark Williams 2
  Vincent Muldoon 5     Vincent Muldoon 5     Vincent Muldoon 4     Judd Trump 5
  Jamie Jones     Martin Gould 5     Liang Wenbo 5     Michael Judge 5
  bye     Jamie Jones 4     Martin Gould 1     Liang Wenbo 2
  Matthew Couch 5     Ian Preece 4     Marcus Campbell 5     Nigel Bond 4
  Andy Lee 3     Matthew Couch 5     Matthew Couch 2     Marcus Campbell 5
  Patrick Wallace 2     Andy Hicks 5     Tom Ford 1     Stephen Lee 5
  Jin Long 5     Jin Long 3     Andy Hicks 5     Andy Hicks 1
  Lewis Roberts     Rod Lawler 5     David Gilbert 2     Ian McCulloch 3
  bye     Lewis Roberts 1     Rod Lawler 5     Rod Lawler 5
  Li Hang 5     Mark Davis 5     Andrew Higginson 3     Anthony Hamilton 2
  Wayne Cooper 2     Li Hang 2     Mark Davis 5     Mark Davis 5

Century breaksEdit

Qualifying stage centuriesEdit

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Televised stage centuriesEdit

[5]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Everton, Clive (4 November 2008). "'Run down' O'Sullivan out of Bahrain tournament". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Ear infection forces Davis out". Sporting Life. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Robertson takes title in Bahrain". BBC Sport. 2008-11-15. Archived from the original on 11 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
  4. ^ "Prize Money". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Bahrain Championship 2008". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "Bahrain Championship 2008". Snooker.org. Retrieved 13 March 2013.
  7. ^ "Bahrain Championship 2008 Qualifying Results". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2013.