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Shaun Murphy enjoys perfect start to season

Shaun Murphy won all three of his round-robin fixtures to comfortably advance from Group 4 of Championship League Snooker on Wednesday.

The Englishman lost only two frames as he followed up his 3-0 defeat of Andrew Pagett with a brace of 3-1 victories against Lukas Kleckers and Tian Pengfei.

Murphy was one of the players of last season, enjoying a particularly strong second half to the campaign where he captured lucrative titles in the Players and Tour Championships.

The Magician is currently ranked at number seven in the world, but considering he doesn’t have many points to defend from what was a disappointing 2021/22 term, he will be looking up towards the higher positions on the official list.

Meanwhile, Sanderson Lam advanced from Group 12 at the expense of former world number four Barry Hawkins.

An intriguing group that went down to the final round of fixtures, several permutations meant that Lam, Hawkins, and Zhang Anda could still move forward in the competition.

The latter had produced the performance of the day against Jamie O’Neill when he recorded a hat-trick of century breaks in a 3-1 victory.

But Zhang and Hawkins, who each needed wins from their last ties to have a crack at first place, did themselves no favours by playing out a 2-2 draw.

As it was, Lam beat O’Neill 3-1 to safeguard his status as the group leader while booking a spot in the last 32.

Both Shaun Murphy and Sanderson Lam will feature in Stage Two of Championship League Snooker next week in Leicester.

Stage One continues with its penultimate day on Thursday and former champion David Gilbert entering the fray.

The 2021 winner is joined by Yuan Sijun, Sean O’Sullivan, and Ishpreet Singh in Group 13.

Elsewhere, Cao Yupeng is in Group 31 alongside Lyu Haotian, Ian Burns, and Steven Hallworth.

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

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