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Neil Robertson begins new season nicely

Neil Robertson safely advanced from his group in Championship League Snooker as the new season got under way in Leicester on Monday.

The Australian compiled a break of 70 but could only share the four frames he initially played against amateur top-up Zack Richardson.

That left him with work to do in his remaining round-robin fixtures against Cheung Ka Wai and Jamie Clarke.

The 42 year-old comfortably beat the former opponent 3-0, Cheung competing in his first tournament as a professional player following his success in this year’s WSF Championship.

Robertson was level on the same number of points with Clarke heading into their crucial showdown against one another.

But despite losing the opening frame to the Welshman, contributions of 93 and 70 saw Robertson top Group 21 with seven points.

The former world champion and world number one has slipped down to as low as number 28 in the rankings after a dismal run of form.

Robertson, for years considered among the most consistent high performers on the baize, only reached one ranking event semi-final during a difficult last campaign.

He will move forward to Stage Two of Championship League Snooker, where the 32 group winners from Stage One will go through another four-player mini league process.

Joining Neil Robertson will be Ryan Day, who similarly progressed with a record of two wins and a draw from Group 11.

The Welshman, a finalist of the invitational version of Championship League Snooker in 2017, got off to a strong start by beating rookie Liam Davies 3-0.

The world no.18 then shared the spoils with Hammad Miah before orchestrating a second 3-0 victory in his last outing against Marco Fu.

In the latter fixture, Day produced his finest sequence of form by compiling successive breaks of 125, 72, and 85.

On Tuesday, the 24-day competition will continue with another two groups from the early phase.

Group 4 will see Mark Williams entertain David Grace, Fergal Quinn, and Connor Benzey.

In Group 17, Chris Wakelin will be the favourite against Ian Burns, Liam Pullen, and Rory McLeod.

Championship League Snooker
Stage One Draw

Group 1
June 20th
Group 2
June 25th
Group 3
June 27th
Group 4
Kyren WilsonRonnie O’SullivanShaun MurphyMark Williams
Scott DonaldsonHe GuoqiangTian PengfeiConnor Benzey
Baipat SiripapornMitchell MannReanne EvansDavid Grace
Daniel WomersleyKayden BrierleySteven HallworthFergal Quinn
Group 5
June 26th
Group 6
June 24th
Group 7
June 17th
Group 8
June 17th
Ali CarterGary WilsonTom FordJak Jones
Xing ZihaoJoe PerrySanderson LamJordan Brown
Kreishh GurbaxaniMichael HoltRobbie McGuiganBulcsú Révész
Joshua ThomondHuang JiahaoBarry PinchesAntoni Kowalski
Group 9
June 24th
Group 10
June 14th
Group 11Group 12
June 25th
John HigginsRobert MilkinsRyan DayJack Lisowski
Ma HailongJackson PageLiam DaviesMark Davis
Ben MertensAndrew HigginsonHammad MiahJiang Jun
Artemijs ZizinsIulian BoikoMarco FuAnton Kazakov
Group 13
June 21st
Group 14
June 20th
Group 15
June 27th
Group 16
June 26th
Si JiahuiHossein VafaeiDavid GilbertZhou Yuelong
Jimmy RobertsonLouis HeathcoteXu SiFan Zhengyi
Zak SuretyManasawin PhetmalaikulAndrew PagettAlfie Burden
Lee DaegyuJosh MulhollandDuane JonesMink Nutcharut
Group 17Group 18
June 21st
Group 19
June 22nd
Group 20
June 22nd
Chris WakelinStuart BinghamNoppon SaengkhamPang Junxu
Ian BurnsAnthony HamiltonLong ZehuangStuart Carrington
Rory McLeodAhmed Aly ElsayedLei PeifanGong Chenzhi
Liam PullenHamim HussainAlfie DaviesGerard Greene
Group 21Group 22
June 13th
Group 23
June 13th
Group 24
June 18th
Neil RobertsonJoe O’ConnorStephen MaguireRicky Walden
Cheung Ka WaiAaron HillMichael WhiteMartin O’Donnell
Jamie ClarkeOliver LinesDean YoungRory Thor
Zack RichardsonHarvey ChandlerRyan DaviesUmut Dikme
Group 25Group 26
June 19th
Group 27
June 19th
Group 28
June 18th
Matthew StevensMatthew SeltYuan SijunWu Yize
Farakh AjaibGraeme DottDavid LilleyRoss Muir
Robbie WilliamsAlexander UrsenbacherLiam GrahamAllan Taylor
Haydon PinheyFlorian NuesslePaul DeavilleJoshua Cooper
Group 29
June 15th
Group 30
June 15th
Group 31Group 32
June 14th
Dominic DaleJamie JonesAshley CartyThepchaiya Un-Nooh
Ben WoollastonLiu HongyuElliot SlessorDaniel Wells
Stan MoodyIshpreet Singh ChadhaSimon BlackwellJulien Leclercq
Dylan EmeryChris TottenMostafa DorghamMark Joyce

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