MATTHEW SELT, a late call up to replace an ailing Neil Robertson, grabbed the opportunity with both hands as he beat Judd Trump to win Group Two of Championship League Snooker at Crondon Park Golf Club in Essex.
The Essex potter bagged £6,200 for his efforts and will be back in February for the final group where the big money is at stake as well as a spot in the prestigious Champion of Champions.
“It has been a bit hectic this week but it has been enjoyable and a great experience. I have been at this tournament before with Neil [Robertson] and when Judd first moved to the area he came to play in this and stayed at my sister’s, so it is a tournament I have always watched and wanted to play in,” said Selt.
“My form has carried on this week. I have had some good wins and some tough matches I have lost where I didn’t think I should have lost. In the final I played well but so did Judd and maybe 3-2 was the right result.
“I am playing well at the moment. Coming back for the Winners’ Group of this is another good tournament with big money to play for and it is a great chance to keep playing good snooker.”
Earlier Selt had struggled past Ali Carter who was looking to eclipse Trump in the Championship League Snooker all-time money list. Trump, on the other hand, made light work of Marco Fu.
Trump, Fu, Carter, as well as fifth placed finisher Stuart Bingham will return in Group Three on 19th January where they will be joined by Mark Davis, Ryan Day and Ricky Walden.
The 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 February.
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.
The winner then goes through to the final group on February 11th and 12th where the big money is up for grabs. The two bottom players are eliminated from the competition, while the remaining four move forward to Group Three.