Judd Trump has won the 2023 Championship League Group by beating John Higgins in the final by 3-1. He has booked his place inti the Winners Group.
Trump Beats Higgins To Progress
Judd Trump won group four of the BetVictor Championship League Invitational, after beating John Higgins 3-1 in a high scoring final.
Trump comfortably booked his spot in the play-offs by winning four of his six group matches, with most of his work being done on day one with three superb wins.
His play-off match against Mark Selby proved to be an absorbing one, which came down to the wire. The Ace in the Pack scored a run of 122, the highest of the match, in the opener. It came down to a deciding frame, where a break of 50 was enough to see Trump through 3-2.
Higgins earned his place in the group final thanks to a 3-1 win over Robert Milkins. The Scot crafted breaks of 99, 121 and 141 on his way to the win.
Trump flew out the blocks in the final, scoring back-to-back centuries in the opening two frames. The Bristolian then looked on course for a third consecutive century, before breaking down on 53. Higgins showed his class by clearing up with a break of 77 to cut Trump’s lead to one at 2-1.
Trump wasn’t to be denied and did make his third century of the tie in the fourth, a contribution of 102, to wrap up an impressive 3-1 victory.
Speaking afterwards, Trump said: “I started well this week. I kind of knew I was through after day one, which made it hard to approach my remaining group games with the same intensity. I gave people a few chances I probably shouldn’t have.
“I think it’s fair to say Mark let me off the hook in the semi final, he probably should’ve won 3-1. I got through it though and played really well in the final.
“It’s great practice, especially before the Masters next week. There was some good snooker in there and I did feel really relaxed out there. I didn’t have any pressure on myself this week and really felt back to myself so hopefully it’s a good omen for 2023.
“It’s always a privilege to play John Higgins in any final and I’m obviously delighted to be in the next stage of this event.”
This was obviously a very, very though group, and there was indeed some very good snooker played over the two days. The next group will not be easier as John Higgins, Mark Selby, Robert Milkins and Matthew Selt will join Neil Robertson, David Gilbert and Mark Williams.
Quite remarkably, Matthew Selt has been in there since Group 1.