Thepchaiya Un-nooh and Luo Honghao were our winners yesterday.
Luo Honghao knocked out Mark Allen while Thepchaiya Un-Nooh won a group-deciding match against fellow Thai player Sunny Akani to advance to Stage Two of BetVictor Championship League.
Both groups came down to deciding head-to-heads, with Luo facing Allen knowing a draw would be enough. The Chinese player took the first frame with a 58 break but Allen replied with a 53 to keep his hopes alive.
However, those hopes were soon dashed as 20-year-old Luo took the third frame to ensure at least a point, before the match did end 2-2 with Allen making a 97 in the last.
On table two, Un-Nooh faced Akani knowing only a win would be enough to advance. Akani entered the match with wins over Peter Lines (3-1) and Lee Walker (3-0), giving him the advantage over Un-Nooh, who had drawn with Lines.
Un-Nooh too the first but Akani hit back with a 76. However, that was his last significant visit, as Un-Nooh took the last two frames to top the group.
“I am happy to progress,” he said. “When it was 1-1 I thought I wasn’t going to qualify but I made a long brown and cleared up for 2-1. In the last frame, I knew if I lost I was finished but I was so happy to win.
“Sunny is a good long potter, good at break building and has good safety. I watched his game against Walker and he made a brilliant break in every frame and I thought it would be trouble for me in the last match.”
BetVictor Championship League Snooker continues on Wednesday with former champion Scott Donaldson among those in action . Coverage of both tables will be available at Matchroom.Live, with UK television coverage on Freesports.
FINAL GROUP STANDINGS
P W D L FW FL +/- PTS Luo Honghao 3 2 1 0 8 3 5 7 Mark Allen 3 1 2 0 7 4 3 5 Jamie Wilson 3 0 2 1 4 7 -3 2 Billy Castle 3 0 1 2 3 8 -5 1
P W D L FW FL +/- PTS Thepchaiya Un-Nooh 3 2 1 0 8 4 4 7 Sunny Akani 3 2 0 1 7 4 3 6 Peter Lines 3 0 2 1 5 7 -2 2 Lee Walker 3 0 1 2 3 8 -5 1
And here are some of the things that this report doesn’t tell …
Lee Walker as you never saw him
Mark Allen knows that he can’t qualify and he’s breaking in the last frame of the match …
He went on to make a 97 from that fluke…
And this is how Luo prepared for this match, having found a piano at the venue