Bulgaria Eleven30 – Mark Selby wins the first leg in Sofia

Mark Selby beat Ronnie by 6-5 in the first Eleven30 event in Sofia, Bulgaria, yesterday, in what seems to have been a terrific match in front of a terrific crowd.

I don’t think that Ronnie will be too disappointed with the result. In his latest radio show he had stated that what he wanted from this is a good competitive match and that’s certainly what he got. Also having played his qualifying match for the International Championship until late the previous evening meant he had little sleep: he had to travel about 350 km to the airport after the match and then catch an early flight. So going the distance against a player of Mark Selby’s calibre is certainly not bad!

Anyway, here is Jason Francis account on twitter, as usual:

  • On our way! Eleven 30 series Ronnie v Selby leg 1 tonight in Sofia
  • 220 mile drive from Preston to Heathrow last night but worth it to put on a show for the Bulgarian fans

  • Welcome from the Bulgarian press

  • So pleased to do this for Bulgarian snooker

  • Too early for champagne? My partner here Oleg has it all under control

  • As big as the champions league I kid you not (this about the trophy)

  • VIP (this about the signing session)

  • 1600 sell out tonight in Bulgaria!!! #eleven30

  • Crowds #eleven30 #bulgaria

  • Going 1-0 Selby here

  • Selby century 2-0

  • Rocket in frame 3

  • Ronnie on the board 2-1 Selby now

  • 3/1 Mark at the interval

  • Back for the second half

  • Ros 60 and counting

  • Ronnie century…a big 133

  • Crowd loving this battle, seeing their faces is exactly why I do these shows…. top players, top crowds.

  • Ros looking stronger as the night goes on… at the table and chance for 3-3

  • Jester fighting back, about to go 4/3 ahead

  • 3rd century if the evening, 103 from Selby

  • Could this be century number 4???

  • It’s only 96 but it’s enough for Ronnie to make it 4/4!! Best of 3 now for this

  • Ronnie in front now… 5-4 up. Looking fluent

  • Ros made 80 in that last frame

  • Great 92 from Selby and we are into a decider!!!!!!!

  • Selby first chance in the decider…

  • 58 and counting, looks like first blood jester on a fantastic night in Sofia

  • Can we get our 4th century?

  • 135 (Tc)to win 6:5 well played @markjesterselby

  • Winner (about Mark Selby pic with the trophy)

  • With the mayor of Sofia

  • Trophy presentation

  • Great night in Sofia! Brilliant crowd and snooker … Well done Oleg, Snooker Legends and everyone who made it happen  #number1and2

And the pictures (by Jason and fans on twitter)