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Michael Holt takes advantage of Ronnie O’Sullivan withdrawal

Michael Holt made the most of his late opportunity to participate in Championship League Snooker by topping Group 1 on Monday.

The former Snooker Shoot Out champion was a replacement for Ronnie O’Sullivan, who withdrew from the ranking event at the Morningside Arena.

Holt, who is competing as an amateur top-up after dropping off the tour at the end of the 2021/22 season, first beat Scott Donaldson 3-1.

A reverse defeat by the same margin to Rod Lawler left him with work to do ahead of his final round-robin fixture with Alfie Burden.

The latter had appeared to be in control of proceedings having already beaten both Donaldson and Lawler to the loss of just one frame.

Indeed, Burden would have advanced to Stage Two of the competition by winning a single frame against Holt.

But the Hitman secured the 3-0 whitewash victory that he needed in order to usurp Burden in top spot by frame difference.

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Meanwhile, it was even more dramatic in Group 19 where Noppon Saengkham and Mark Davis played out a tense final crunch tie.

After beating both Ross Muir and Jenson Kendrick, Saengkham needed to score only a draw against Davis to move through.

However, the latter could have pinched first place with a victory over the Thai, and it looked good for Davis when he established a 2-1 lead.

But Saengkham clinched the fourth frame on the very last black to just about hold onto the top spot.

Both Michael Holt and Noppon Saengkham will continue their Championship League Snooker journeys in the last 32 round of groups next week in Leicester.

On Tuesday, Judd Trump enters the fray in Group 2 alongside Jimmy White, Xu Si, and Reanne Evans.

In Group 18, Joe Perry is in action with Jamie Clarke, Stuart Carrington, and Andy Lee.

Stage 1 draw

Group 1 (July 10)Group 2 (July 11)Group 3 (June 26)Group 4 (July 12)
Michael HoltJudd TrumpCraig SteadmanShaun Murphy
Scott DonaldsonXu SiSean McAllisterTian Pengfei
Rod LawlerJimmy WhiteAdam DuffyLukas Kleckers
Alfie BurdenReanne EvansAshley CartyAndrew Pagett
Group 5 (June 29)Group 6 (June 30)Group 7 (July 6)Group 8 (July 7)
Kyren WilsonMark WilliamsAli CarterRobert Milkins
Andy HicksDylan EmeryJackson PageDominic Dale
Josh MulhollandKen DohertyLong ZehuangMuhammad Asif
Louis HeathcoteDaniel HoloydaRyan DaviesAlex Taubman
Group 9 (July 14)Group 10 (June 28)Group 11 (June 27)Group 12 (July 12)
Gary WilsonRyan DayHossein VafaeiBarry Hawkins
John AstleyMichael WhiteAaron HillZhang Anda
Mink NutcharutHimanshu JainMartin O’DonnellSanderson Lam
Ma HailongJiang JunFergal QuinnJamie O’Neill
Group 13 (July 13)Group 14 (July 14)Group 15 (July 4)Group 16 (July 3)
David GilbertRicky WaldenStuart BinghamJimmy Robertson
Yuan SijunDavid LilleyMatthew StevensBen Woollaston
Sean O’SullivanPeng YisongAllan TaylorLiam Graham
Ishpreet SinghLiu HongyuDuane JonesPeter Lines
Group 17 (July 5)Group 18 (July 11)Group 19 (July 10)Group 20 (July 8)
Zhou YuelongJoe PerryNoppon SaengkhamMatthew Selt
Ashley HugillJamie ClarkeMark DavisJames Cahill
Oliver BrownAndy LeeJenson KendrickAndres Petrov
Rebecca KennaStuart CarringtonRoss MuirSydney Wilson
Group 21 (June 27)Group 22 (June 28)Group 23 (July 7)Group 24 (July 6)
Chris WakelinJoe O’ConnorFan ZhengyiPang Junxu
Oliver LinesRobbie WilliamsSam CraigieWu Yize
Anton KazakovZak SuretyFergal O’BrienHammad Miah
Liam PullenAlfie DaviesAhmed Aly ElsayedStan Moody
Group 25 (July 8)Group 26 (July 5)Group 27 (June 30)Group 28 (July 4)
Si JiahuiJak JonesJordan BrownAnthony Hamilton
Mark JoyceJamie JonesJulien LeclercqBen Mertens
Mohamed IbrahimRebecca KennaJoshua ThomandRyan Thomerson
Haydon PinheyDean YoungBarry PinchesXing Zihao
Group 29 (June 29)Group 30 (June 26)Group 31 (July 13)Group 32 (July 3)
Thepchaiya Un-NoohGraeme DottCao YupengXiao Guodong
Elliot SlessorDavid GraceLyu HaotianMartin Gould
Victor SarkisDaniel WellsIan BurnsAlexander Ursenbacher
Florian NuessleAndrew HigginsonSteven HallworthRory McLeod

Featured photo credit: WST

One Comment

  1. Grahampitt85@

    Not surprised Ronnie pulled out not enough prize money for him. I remember not so long ago he had a chance of a 147 only had black to pot but prize wasn’t enough for him £10000 so he declined it even if he didn’t want it he could gave the money to charity I love Ronnie but I don’t think that was right.

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