SELBY IS GROUP 2 CHAMPION

FINAL
Barry Hawkins 1–3 Mark Selby
74-45, 29-103 (Selby 103), 4-85, 47-73 (Selby 52)

SEMI-FINALS
Barry Hawkins 3-1 Kyren Wilson
59-44, 14-94 (Wilson 86), 91-8 (Hawkins 91), 74-35

Ryan Day 0-3 Mark Selby
0-101 (Selby 101), 1-71 (Selby 71), 30-65 (Selby 60)

Mark Selby recorded his 500th career century as he beat Barry Hawkins 3-1 in the Championship League Snooker Group Two final at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

Hawkins went a frame to the good in the final but Selby hit back with a 103 to record the latest milestone of this career. Breaks of 27 and 49 helped then helped the Leicester man take a 2-1 lead in the best of five and the World No.1 sealed his victory with a 52 clearance in the fourth.

“It is great to reach 500 centuries,” said Selby after the final. “Coming here is great match practice against the best players in the world and you’re earning as well. There’s another good two groups next week where I could have done with a bit more practice but it’s good to get through to the Winner’s Group.

“I started off okay but missed a green when I could have taken a good clearance out to win the first frame from behind.

“I made a good break in the second frame but after that Barry was in the balls and missed a couple which he wouldn’t really miss and if he doesn’t miss them he probably wins 3-1 but I picked up the pieces.”

Selby had raced to a 3-0 success over Ryan Day in his semi-final, while Hawkins overcame Kyren Wilson 3-1 in his last-four fixture.

Selby will now join Group One winner Zhou Yuelong in the Winners’ Group, which takes place at Ricoh Arena on March 28th and 29th.

Having finished fifth on the round robin group table, Anthony Hamilton will return to compete in group two along with Day, Wilson and Hawkins. They will be joined by Anthony McGill, Mark Allen and Ali Carter. Stephen Maguire was eliminated from the tournament. Neil Robertson withdraw for family reasons having played five of his six round robin group games. Matches featuring Robertson were therefore not considered on the group table.

Championship League Snooker is a venture between Matchroom Sport and Perform where 25 of the game’s elite players compete with 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 before the two winners meet in the final and the group champion 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 Three commences at midday on Monday (January 8). Live scoring can be found at www.worldsnooker.com.

Group fixtures and results can be found at http://www.championshipleaguesnooker.co.uk/

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