Graeme Dott won the 2021 Championship League Snooker Group 2.
Congratulations “Dotty” !
Here are the reports by WST:
Higgins And Selt Share Group Two Lead
Matthew Selt and John Higgins sit top of Group Two at BetVictor Championship League Snooker with three wins apiece at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes.
Higgins, who lost the deciding frame of the Group One final to Zhou Yuelong on Tuesday evening, won all three of his matches on the first day of Group Two, beating Kyren Wilson 3-2 in the closing match of the day.
At the other end of the table Stuart Bingham faces a fight to remain in the competition having lost all three of his matches so far in the group. However, with Dott and Donaldson on two points and both Kyren and Gary Wilson on one, it’s all to play for when the group concludes on Thursday.
Graeme Dott beat Scott Donaldson 3-1 in the Group Two final to join Zhou Yuelong in Winners’ Group of BetVictor Championship League Snooker.
Dott came from 2-0 down to beat John Higgins 3-2 in the group semi-final at Stadium MK, Milton Keynes, before winning the final having lost the opening frame to another of his fellow countrymen.
Donaldson has previously won both groups he’d played in at the invitational form of BetVictor Championship League Snooker. In both Group Four and the Winners’ Group last year he beat Graeme Dott in the final, but he wasn’t able to make it a hat-trick this time.
The younger of the two Scots drew first blood in the final thanks to a 55 break. A run of 103 saw Dott level, before the former World Champion made an 86 in the third to lead the best-of-five 2-1. He then fired in a break of 75 in the fourth to confirm his spot in March’s big-money Winners’ Group.
“He has beaten me a few times, he’s had my number in the Championship League,” said Dott, who collected a total of £6,200 from the group. “I played quite well tonight so I’m glad to get it done.
“I played well against John. I thought I played quite well on the first day of this group, but only two out of four games. Today I really struggled, the games against Gary Wilson and Scott in the group stage I was terrible. I had an hour’s rest, came back and practiced, and that helped tonight.”
Kyren Wilson will join Higgins, Donaldson and Matthew Selt in Group Three, where they will be joined by newcomers Mark Selby, Tom Ford and Zhao Xintong on Friday. Gary Wilson and Stuart Bingham have been eliminated from the event having finished sixth and seventh respectively in the group.
FINAL GROUP TWO TABLE
PLD W L FW FL PTS MONEY John Higgins 6 5 1 15 11 5 £3,100 Matthew Selt 6 4 2 14 9 4 £2,400 Scott Donaldson 6 4 2 14 10 4 £4,600 Graeme Dott 6 3 3 14 12 3 £6,200 Kyren Wilson 6 2 4 11 15 2 £1,100 Gary Wilson 6 2 4 9 15 2 £1,400 Stuart Bingham 6 1 5 11 16 1 £1,100
John Higgins 2-3 Graeme Dott
70-8, 66-56 (56), 0-135 (135), 30-75, 9-83 (79)
Scott Donaldson 3-0 Matthew Selt
106-7 (79), 69-52, 58-0
Graeme Dott 3–1 Scott Donaldson
8-81 (55), 126-2 (103), 94-21 (86), 90-13 (75)
There was a rather shocking incident on the second day, during the John Higgins v Gary Wison match:
There were many questions on social media regarding the correctness of the referee’s call. The referee was absolutely correct.
I asked a group of referees their opinion about the incident.
Here is the comprehensive answer I got from Clive Brown:
Thank you Clive!
It is rather obvious that neither John Higgins, nor Gary Wilson were aware that John had the option to get the balls replaced, and that the commentators didn’t know that either.
Gary posted this on facebook shortly after the match:
It’s obvious that many are struggling mentally with the current covid-19 situation. I just hope that Gary can get the help and support he needs, and, of course, that we can get out of this horrible situation in a not too distant future. To Gary’s credit he did give it his best in his last match, despite knowing that he was already eliminated. He not only beat Kyren Wilson, by 3-2 he also made a 143, the highest break of the group.