2020 Championship League Snooker (2) – Day 10

Thepchaiya Un-nooh and Luo Honghao were our winners yesterday.

Here is the report by WST:

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

GROUP 9

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

 

GROUP 19

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

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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

 

2 thoughts on “2020 Championship League Snooker (2) – Day 10

  1. It’s always nice to see two Thai players, if only for the charming ritual bows, which I prefer to the elbow-touching that has commonly replaced handshakes. Sunny Akani missed the pink to win the first frame, which proved decisive.

    I’m not sure if Allen’s break-off in the last frame is something to be encouraged, although in this situation it really was a dead frame for all 4 players in the group. After the match Allen and the referee were joking about it. I’m never too keen to see a referee be on such friendly terms with a player within the playing area (outside is fine of course) – probably they thought the cameras wouldn’t still be rolling.

    It’s a great result for Luo, who needs a good season to stay on tour. In the last year he has been very nervous and developed a few twitches in his technique. Jamie Wilson did surprisingly well, although it’s hard to see him winning many matches this season. Allen missed some easy balls and seems incredibly inconsistent, although this may improve as the season gets going.

    • Yes and Allen inconsistency was strange after his very high scoring spree in the European Masters. But maybe he wasn’t 100% committed. I’m NOT suggesting any kind of foul play, just that maybe he struggled to found the necessary motivation yesterday until it was too late.

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