Kyren Wilson is through to the Winners’ Group of the Championship League after emerging from Group 3 on Wednesday in Leicester.
The Englishman began the new year strongly by winning four out of his six round-robin fixtures to comfortably reach the group semi-finals.
Wilson subsequently scored a hat-trick of century breaks in a 3-2 success over recent English Open champion Mark Selby.
Ricky Walden had topped the league phase with five victories, but his run of form was ended in the last four after a two-ton comeback performance from Matthew Selt.
In the final, Wilson continued his consistent level of power scoring and saw off Selt in another decider thanks to contributions of 133, 81, and 70.
Wilson, who won this invitational version of the Championship League in 2021, joins Jack Lisowski and Stuart Bingham in the Winners’ Group that will take place in March.
Selt, Walden, Selby, and fifth placed Robert Milkins will all get another chance at qualifying from Group 4 on Thursday and Friday.
Three-time winners Judd Trump and John Higgins will also enter the fray alongside Scottish Open champion Gary Wilson.
Jamie Jones and Jordan Brown are out of the competition, meanwhile, after ranking at the bottom of Group 3 at the Morningside Arena.
- CLICK HERE: Stuart Bingham wins Championship League Group 2
There are two different versions of the Championship League currently on the snooker calendar.
The ranking event edition was staged back in the summer, with Luca Brecel triumphing on that occasion.
This ongoing Championship League, which is open only to invited players, is the original having first taken place 15 years ago.
In addition to prize money on offer for advancing in the respective groups, other cash bonuses are available for frames won and by compiling the highest break.
Featured photo credit: WST