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Championship League Snooker: Stage Two draw

The first ranking event of the season is creeping toward its climax with Stage Two of the Championship League Snooker draw starting on Monday.

It took three weeks for Stage One to be completed at the Morningside Arena in Leicester, but the first 32 group winners have finally been determined.

John Astley and tour rookie Liu Hongyu emerged as unlikely respective winners from Groups 9 and 14 on Friday.

The remaining contenders are again divided into groups of four for Stage Two, with the eight table toppers then advancing to the final round-robin stage on Friday.

The final two group winners on the last day will then face off against one another to determine who lands the first ranking title of the 2023/24 campaign.

It is a long and laborious format that represents an uninspiring way to launch a fresh term.

However, silverware and prize money are both on the line, with the eventual champion set to earn a total sum of £33,000.

Victory in this event last season for Luca Brecel proved to be a promising omen as the Belgian then duly ended the campaign as the world champion.

Prize Money

Stage One Stage Two Stage Three Final
1st£3,000£4,000£6,000 £20,000

Judd Trump is the highest ranked participant still in the hunt in the Stage Two draw of Championship League Snooker.

The world number four is a three-time winner of the invitational version of the event and is involved in an interesting Group B alongside fellow former champions Joe Perry and Matthew Stevens, in addition to China’s Cao Yupeng.

Shaun Murphy headlines a difficult looking Group D with 2021 champion David Gilbert, Thepchaiya Un-Nooh, and James Cahill.

Among the other marquee names still in the fray are Mark Williams, Kyren Wilson, and Robert Milkins.

The latter takes on Astley, Pang Junxu, and Si Jiahui – the player who beat Milkins at the Crucible this year en route to a memorable maiden berth in the last four.

Wilson, the 2020 champion, is among a quartet of Englishmen in Group E alongside Shoot Out champion Chris Wakelin, Anthony Hamilton, and Sanderson Lam.

Williams will be fancied to progress from Group F when he is challenged by Robbie Williams, Martin O’Donnell, and veteran Barry Pinches.

The other three groups look quite open on paper with no more members from the top 16 in the world rankings involved in the action.

Zhou Yuelong headlines Group A but will face stiff competition from countryman Xiao Guodong, Ben Woollaston, and Michael Holt.

Noppon Saengkham will continue his bid to secure a maiden ranking crown when he takes part in Group C with Liu, Ashley Carty, and Daniel Wells.

Finally, the ever-improving Jak Jones is in Group G with two-time ranking event winner Michael White, Sam Craigie, and Long Zehuang.

Championship League Snooker
Stage Two draw

Group A (July 19)
Michael Holt
Ben Woollaston
Zhou Yuelong
Xiao Guodong
Group B (July 20)
Judd Trump
Matthew Stevens
Joe Perry
Cao Yupeng
Group C (July 18)
Ashley Carty
Liu Hongyu
Daniel Wells
Noppon Saengkham
Group D (July 19)
Shaun Murphy
David Gilbert
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
James Cahill
Group E (July 17)
Kyren Wilson
Sanderson Lam
Chris Wakelin
Anthony Hamilton
Group F (July 17)
Mark Williams
Martin O’Donnell
Robbie Williams
Barry Pinches
Group G (July 20)
Long Zehuang
Michael White
Sam Craigie
Jak Jones
Group H (July 18)
John Astley
Robert Milkins
Pang Junxu
Si Jiahui

Featured photo credit: Championship League Snooker


  1. Yesterday’s groups were quite interesting. The hugely talented Liu Hongyu produced an uncharacteristically mature display to outclass his rivals on Table 2. He is definitely a player worth watching.

    On the main table Liu’s compatriot Ma Hailong came close to qualifying as well. After scoring 140 against Nutcharut Wongharuthai, a series of bizarre events derailed him: a 40-minute re-rack, a disputed push-shot, scoreboard malfunctions,then several easy misses by both players. For some unfathomable reason Gary Wilson looked underprepared, and it’s still not clear on various websites whether he finished 3rd or 4th.

  2. Jay Brannon

    I was watching Wimbledon as this event does nothing for me. It’s ridiculous how long it is.

  3. cliff edward stocks

    too many major players missing so who cares

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