Chang And Wells Are Table Toppers
Chang Bingyu and Daniel Wells won their respective groups to reach Winners’ Week of the 2022 BetVictor Championship League Snooker at the Morningside Arena, Leicester…
China’s Chang opened Group 20 with a 3-0 win over Mark King, but then lost his second match 3-0 against Zhou Yuelong, who made breaks of 95, 96, and 132. Chang hit back to beat Fergal O’Brien 3-0 in his third and final game.
The picture was clear for Zhou in the last match of the day against King, as victory would see him through while a draw would not be enough. King took the opener, then Zhou took the second frame with a fine clearance of 135 to keep his hopes alive. But King won a scrappy third frame, and though Zhou won the fourth for 2-2, it wasn’t enough as Chang finished the day on top.
In Group 18, Matthew Selt, Dominic Dale, Duane Jones and Daniel Wells did battle, and Welshman Wells snatched his opportunity to become the first amateur to progress to stage two. Wells drew 2-2 with Selt, then came from 1-0 down to beat Dale 3-1. And an impressive 3-0 success against Jones gave him top spot.
Wells said: “I felt like I cued well. I have been under the radar and in the doldrums for the last few years. Previously, when I had opportunities to clear the table, I wasn’t doing so. But I did today. I have that bit of extra trust in myself. The more matches I keep winning the better for my confidence.”
Selt made the highest break of the tournament so far, a 141 total clearance against Jones.
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Chang played really well and it’s a shame that he wasn’t interviewed.
Group 20 was a group of contrasts: two young Chinese players, scoring heavily and two veterans from the British Isles, determined and cunning. Both Fergal and Mark turned pro in 1991 and have been on the tour ever since, which, in itself is a remarkable achievement. Both have won one ranking event and both have been in the top 16. Zhou was born in 1998 and Chang in 2002, 7 and 11 years after their opponents in that group turned pro… it’s all quite extraordinary really.
Today we have Group 17 with Ali Carter, Louis Heathcote, Wu Yize and Robbie McGuigan and Group 25 with Ryan Day, Pang Junxu, Reanne Evans, and Dylan Emery. Those are two interesting groups featuring five young players in total. I’m not expecting too much from Reanne.