‘DORIS’ DAY STORMS INTO WINNERS’ GROUP

daycropFINAL
Martin Gould 1-3 Ryan Day
35-55, 60-0, 6-71 (Day 70), 0-80 (Day 80)

SEMI-FINALS
Martin Gould 3-1 Stuart Bingham
66-24 (Gould 56), 70-30 (Gould 51), 6-75 (Bingham 63), 85-0 (Gould 85)

Ryan Day 3-2 Ricky Walden
69-59, 95-8 (Walden 83), 13-128 (Day 112), 31-80 (Day 53), 0-118 (Day 101)

It was third time lucky for Ryan Day as he finally made it to the Championship League Snooker Winners’ Group with a 3-1 success over Martin Gould in the Group Six final at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

Day had twice previously lost group finals this year having started the competition on Group One. The Welshman made it to his third final after coming from two frames down to beat Ricky Walden 3-2.

Gould had earlier topped the round robin group table and saw off 2015 World Champion Stuart Bingham 3-1 in his semi-final.

Day took the first frame of the final before Gould levelled at 1-1. A 70 break restored Day’s lead and he sealed the win with a 80 break.

“I am looking forward to Winners’ Group, it is good to be in it,” said Day. “The writing was on the cards for me today. My nickname is Doris, with a surname of Day, and storm Doris has blown into town. It’s also my daughter’s birthday today.

“A Champion of Champions place is a big incentive in Winners’ Group, and the money is good. I managed to get through group one and it has stood me in good stead because it is perfect match practice.”

Having finished fifth on the round robin group table, Mark Selby will return to compete in group seven along with Walden, Bingham and Gould. They will be joined by John Higgins, Michael Holt and Graeme Dott. Shaun Murphy and Mark Williams were eliminated from the tournament. Walden took home the £500 high break prize for a 142 against Selby.

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 Seven commences on Monday, February 27 at midday. Live scoring can be found at www.worldsnooker.com. Group fixtures and results can be found here.

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