The experienced pair will both take part in Stage Two of the competition next month.
Stuart Bingham and Ryan Day topped their respective groups as Stage One of the Championship League continued in Leicester on Friday.
Bingham just about held off the challenge of amateur Michael White, edging the two-time former ranking event winner on frame difference after they each finished on seven points.
The duo’s early encounter against one another ended all-square, but Bingham’s two subsequent victories to the loss of just one frame proved to be important as White could only manage a brace of 3-1 triumphs.
Bingham previously won the Championship League when it was played under a different format in 2015, the same year he went on to become the world champion.
Day also tallied seven points after beating Barry Pinches and Jackson Page before an end-of-day draw against Hossein Vafaei.
The Welshman won the Shoot Out last season, but apart from that he hasn’t featured at the business end of any tournaments in the last two years so will be hoping to get the 2021/22 campaign off to a positive start.
Stage One of the Championship League resumes on Monday with ten more groups in total to be completed next week at the Morningside Arena.
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What is the Championship League?
The Championship League has been on the calendar in some way, shape, or form since 2008, but it’s only in the last couple of years that it has been intermittently staged as a ranking event.
On this occasion, there are three stages to the month-long competition with 128 players initially split into 32 round-robin groups comprising four players in each.
The 32 group winners advance to Stage Two, before the next eight group winners determine the competitors who feature in Stage Three, with all matches lasting just four frames.
The two players who win their third and final groups will subsequently contest the outright final, with the winner set to earn £33,000 from the total prize fund.
Where to Watch the Championship League
There will be two tables available to watch on each day of the group stages, with the snooker available across Ireland and the UK on FreeSports in addition to the Matchroom.Live’s snooker streaming service.
There are various other TV broadcast options around the world, which you can view by clicking here.
Click here to view the full draw (Times: CET)
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