Mark Selby Wins Championship League Group 2

Mark Selby beat Barry Hawkins 3-1 in the final to win Group 2 of the Championship League on Friday.

Selby has twice finished runner-up in the Championship League. Photo credit: Monique Limbos

The world champion won only three of his round-robin fixtures but scraped into the semi-finals thanks to a marginally superior frame difference.

In the last four, Selby compiled breaks of 101, 71, and 60 in beating 2017 runner-up Ryan Day 3-0 before adding a 103 century – the 500th ton of his career – in coming from behind to beat Hawkins.

The latter had topped the league stage with a 100% record before beating Kyren Wilson 3-1 in the semi-finals but eventually ran out of steam against the world number one.

Selby advances to the Winners’ Group in March, joining China’s Zhou Yuelong who emerged successfully from Group 1 earlier this week.

Australia’s Neil Robertson had been on course to make the playoffs but was forced to pull out late in the event due to personal reasons.

Robertson and Stephen Maguire, who only managed a brace of victories from his six ties, are eliminated from the competition.

Hawkins, Wilson, Day, and fifth placed Anthony Hamilton will gain another crack at qualification for the Winners’ Group next week when they compete in Group 3 alongside newcomers Ali Carter, Mark Allen, and Anthony McGill.

Click here to view the draw. (Times: CET)

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World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the Northern Ireland Open – won by Mark Allen.

1. Judd Trump
2. Mark Selby
3. Ronnie O’Sullivan
4. Neil Robertson
5. Kyren Wilson
6. John Higgins
7. Shaun Murphy
8. Stephen Maguire
9. Mark Allen
10. Ding Junhui
11. Mark Williams
12. Stuart Bingham
13. Yan Bingtao
14. Barry Hawkins
15. Jack Lisowski
16. Anthony McGill

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