WST has published the draw and format for the 2022 UK Championships Qualifiers
Cazoo UK Championship Draw
The draw and format for the qualifying rounds of the Cazoo UK Championship are now available, with all players seeded outside the top 16 to head to Ponds Forge in Sheffield to battle for spots in the final stages in York.
A new format for snooker’s second biggest ranking event means that the top 16 are all seeded through to the last 32 and will compete in the televised phase at the Barbican in York, from November 12-20.
At Ponds Forge in Sheffield from November 5-10, there will be 128 players competing to earn one of 16 places in York. Star names in the field will include former UK Champions Ding Junhui, Stephen Maguire and Jimmy White as well as former World Champions Graeme Dott, Ken Doherty and Stephen Hendry.
First round matches to look out for include:
Jimmy White v Pan-American champion Victor Sarkis: Saturday November 5 at 9.30am
Seven-time Crucible king Stephen Hendry v Andrew Pagett: Saturday November 5 at 9.30am
Women’s World Champion Mink Nutcharut v Fergal O’Brien: Saturday November 5 at 2.30pm
Ken Doherty v Fraser Patrick: Saturday November 5 at 7.30pm
Sheffield’s top player Adam Duffy v Dylan Emery: Saturday November 5 at 7.30pm
Three-time ranking event winner Marco Fu v Bai Langning: Sunday November 6 at 9.30am
For the first four days (November 5-8) the session times are 9.30am, 2.30pm and 7.30pm, then for the last two days (November 9-10) the session times are 1pm and 7pm. All matches are best of 11 frames.
For me the (other) interesting first round matches are:
- Chen Zifan v Farakh Ajaib
- On Yee Ng v Jenson Kendrick
- Oliver Brown v Ross Muir
- Ben Mertens v Martin O’Donnel – this will be a test for Ben as he will have to cope with a very methodical opponent (to put it mildly)
- Michael Judge v Dechawat Poomjaeng
And Hendry has entered …