Stage 2 at the 2022 ranking CLS concluded yesterday with Ricky Walden and Luca Brecel completing the line-up of the Final’s Day
Here is the report shared by WST
Walden And Brecel Complete Lineup
Ricky Walden and Luca Brecel claimed the final spots for the last day of the BetVictor Championship League in Leicester.
Shaun Murphy took on Elliot Slessor in his opening match of the day. The Magician took the first, before Slessor hit back in the second to level at 1-1. Back to back century breaks from 2005 World Champion Murphy then gave him all three points thanks to a 3-1 win.
Walden was the main man vying for top spot with Murphy, but he was always up against it after a 2-2 draw with Anthony Hamilton despite leading 2-0. Walden did go into the evening top of the group though, thanks to a 3-0 win over Slessor.
Murphy then defeated Hamilton 3-1, before the Sheriff of Pottingham recovered to end his day on a positive note thanks to a 3-0 defeat of Slessor.
In the group decider, Walden took the early initiative with 64 in the first, but Murphy edged the second 65-56 to level and be one away from the final day. Murphy made 62 in the third and needed one red to force Walden into needing snookers. He missed his chance and Walden stole the frame before taking the third to lead 2-1. Walden needed one more to top the group and he fired in a huge winning break of 135 to seal his progression.
Walden said: “When I finished off, that’s the best frame I’ve played all day. It’s been a bit of a slog at times and I rode my luck. I was fortunate at the end and put a good break together. I thought I was done. I didn’t want to be driving home on the back of a safety shot. You get used to winning games. I didn’t play well today but luck has been with me.”
Brecel started the day out against amateur Daniel Wells with a 2-2 draw. In the second contest of the day on Table 2, Chris Wakelin didn’t hang around, as he dispatched Jamie Clarke 3-0. The man from Rugby edged the opening two, before a break of 93 in the final frame wrapped up the victory. Wells was proving tough to beat and he took a 2-1 lead over Wakelin, but a crushing break of 108 restored parity to see the match end 2-2.
When the evening session got underway, Brecel whitewashed Clarke 3-0 thanks to breaks of 91 and 45 in the last two frames. The Belgian Bullet went from strength to strength to beat Wakelin by the same scoreline and top the group.
and the table
Once again the table, as shown, is incorrect: although the last match of the day is shown in the “results” section, it’s not been taken into account in the table itself.
And once again, the non British winner, Luca Brecel, has not been interviewed despite him speaking English perfectly well.
I didn’t watch much of the action, not by lack of interest, but because being a grand-mother has taken priority. Mind, you, being stuck in Santorini, I hadn’t seen my now seven years old grand-son in the flesh since almost three years… and I’m unlikely to watch much of today’s “day time” action for the same reason.
One match I did watch was the Walden v Slessor one. It was absolutely terrible, so much so that it was almost hilarious. The players though weren’t seeing the funny side of it. It was a struggle fro start to finish. I had also watched the end of Walden v Hamilton. The Sheriff still has it and Ricky was lucky to get a draw out of this one.
By the end of today, the winners of Group 1 and 2 respectively will meet in the 2022 BetVictor Championship League Snooker final in a best of 5 to be crowned champion.
I would dearly love to see Lyu Haotian lift the tropy tonight. Nothing against any of the other competitors, but Lyu had a very traumatic debut on the tour. Snooker almost lost him. He has looked much better recently, but still not as brilliant as the kid I had watched for the first time in China some 10 years ago. A title might bring that spark back and snooker would be the winner as well. He’s in a tough, tough group though.
Group 2 will be on table 1, with Zhao Xintong, Luca Brecel, Xiao Guodong, and Lyu Haotian and Group 1 will be on table 2 with Stuart Bingham, Ricky Walden, Lu Ning, and Pang Junxu.
None of the players involved has currently qualified for the 2022 Champion of Champions.
5 thoughts on “2022 Ranking CLS Stage 2 – Groups B and G”
I am reading this post while I’m in Santorini!
Well, congratulations to Luca, but he also had already qualified for the Champion of Champions by winning the 2021 Scottish Open.
Yes, Lewis and you and absolutely right. For some reason those wins feel like a long time ago to me.
Well of course Zhao Xintong will be in the Champion of Champions.
Ricky Walden was indeed very lucky to scrape through that group. There were several occasions where an opponent could have beaten him, but sometimes that happens. However, his form so far this season is not like it was last season.
Whilst this tournament isn’t the most important on the calendar, it’s going to provide a really good opportunity for somebody to raise their profile, perhaps win their first tournament. There are 5 players in their 20’s, which hasn’t happened for a long time.
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