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Judd Trump in Early Control of Group 4 in Championship League

Judd Trump is guaranteed a semi-final berth in Group 4 of the Championship League after continuing his love affair with the competition on Wednesday.

Trump won the Championship League in 2009, 2014, and 2016. Photo credit: Monique Limbos

The three-time champion won all four of his round-robin fixtures. while also being awarded another walkover victory after the withdrawal of Mark Allen, to sit pretty at the top of the league table following day one’s action.

Trump lost only a single frame and compiled a hat-trick of centuries as he overcame Ali Carter, Liang Wenbo, Shaun Murphy, and Tom Ford in a comprehensive fashion.

Barry Hawkins, who was denied a place in the Winners’ Group with his defeat to Mark Selby in the final of Group 2, also looked strong as he recorded three wins from three to lie in second place overnight – alongside Murphy who also boasts three points so far.

Liang currently holds onto the fourth and final semi-final qualification spot but Ford and Carter can still turn things around with a number of games still scheduled to be played in the league phase on Thursday.

Ford’s 139 against Murphy stands as the highest break of the event so far.

Live coverage continues on selected betting websites.

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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