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Ali Carter sneaks through in Championship League Snooker

Ali Carter left it late but managed to win Group 5 of Championship League Snooker at the Mattioli Arena in Leicester on Wednesday.

The 2024 Masters runner-up opened his 2024/25 snooker campaign with a 2-2 draw against amateur top-up Joshua Thomand.

That unexpected scoreline immediately put the Captain on the back foot, but he ultimately recovered with back-to-back victories to progress.

Carter overcame tour rookie Kreishh Gurbaxani 3-1 in a scrappy affair and then repeated that result against Xing Zihao.

The latter could have advanced at Carter’s expense with a draw in their final game.

There was late drama as the outcome of their match came down to a tight fourth frame, but Carter ultimately got the job done on the colours.

In Group 16, meanwhile, Fan Zhengyi topped the standings with a similar undefeated record of two triumphs and a draw.

The former European Masters champion recorded a brace of 3-0 victories over Alfie Burden and Zhou Yuelong, either side of a 2-2 tie with Mink Nutcharut.

Zhou had been the group’s top seed but surprisingly ended the day in last position having scored just a point from his three fixtures.

The first stage of this year’s Championship League Snooker finally concludes on Thursday with the last couple of groups.

Defending champion Shaun Murphy enters the fray in Group 3 alongside Tian Pengfei, Reanne Evans, and Steven Hallworth.

Another former champion fronts Group 15, with David Gilbert in action against Xu Si, Andrew Pagett, and Duane Jones.

Wednesday, June 26th – Results

Group 5
1. Ali Carter 2-2 Joshua Thomand
2. Xing Zihao 3-0 Kreishh Gurbaxani
3. Xing Zihao 3-1 Joshua Thomand
4. Ali Carter 3-1 Kreishh Gurbaxani
5. Joshua Thomand 3-1 Kreishh Gurbaxani
6. Ali Carter 3-1 Xing Zihao

Group 16
1. Zhou Yuelong 2-2 Mink Nutcharut
2. Fan Zhengyi 3-0 Alfie Burden
3. Fan Zhengyi 2-2 Mink Nutcharut
4. Alfie Burden 3-1 Zhou Yuelong
5. Alfie Burden 3-0 Mink Nutcharut
6. Fan Zhengyi 3-0 Zhou Yuelong

Championship League Snooker
Stage One Draw

Group 1Group 2Group 3Group 4
Scott DonaldsonHe GuoqiangShaun MurphyMark Williams
Kyren WilsonMitchell MannSteven HallworthConnor Benzey
Daniel WomersleyRonnie O’SullivanTian PengfeiDavid Grace
Baipat SiripapornKayden BrierleyReanne EvansFergal Quinn
Group 5Group 6Group 7Group 8
Ali CarterGary WilsonRobbie McGuiganJak Jones
Xing ZihaoJoe PerryBarry PinchesJordan Brown
Joshua ThomandMichael HoltSanderson LamAntoni Kowalski
Kreishh GurbaxaniHuang JiahaoTom FordBulcsú Révész
Group 9Group 10Group 11Group 12
Ma HailongJackson PageRyan DayJack Lisowski
Ben MertensAndrew HigginsonLiam DaviesMark Davis
John HigginsRobert MilkinsHammad MiahJiang Jun
Artemijs ZizinsIulian BoikoMarco FuAnton Kazakov
Group 13Group 14Group 15Group 16
Si JiahuiHossein VafaeiDavid GilbertFan Zhengyi
Peter LinesLouis HeathcoteXu SiAlfie Burden
Zak SuretyJoshua MulhollandDuane JonesMink Nutcharut
Jimmy RobertsonManasawin PhetmalaikulAndrew PagettZhou Yuelong
Group 17Group 18Group 19Group 20
Chris WakelinStuart BinghamLong ZehuangStuart Carrington
Ian BurnsHamim HussainAlfie DaviesPang Junxu
Rory McLeodAnthony HamiltonLei PeifanGong Chenzhi
Liam PullenAhmed Aly ElsayedJamie O’NeillGerard Greene
Group 21Group 22Group 23Group 24
Neil RobertsonJoe O’ConnorMichael WhiteMartin O’Donnell
Cheung Ka WaiAaron HillRyan DaviesRicky Walden
Jamie ClarkeHarvey ChandlerStephen MaguireRory Thor
Zack RichardsonOliver LinesDean YoungUmut Dikme
Group 25Group 26Group 27Group 28
Matthew StevensAlexander UrsenbacherDavid LilleyWu Yize
Farakh AjaibMatthew SeltYuan SijunRoss Muir
Robbie WilliamsGraeme DottLiam GrahamAllan Taylor
Haydon PinheyFlorian NuesslePaul DeavilleJoshua Cooper
Group 29Group 30Group 31Group 32
Ben WoollastonJamie JonesAshley CartyThepchaiya Un-Nooh
Stan MoodyIshpreet Singh ChadhaElliot SlessorDaniel Wells
Dominic DaleChris TottenSimon BlackwellMark Joyce
Dylan EmeryLiu HongyuMostafa DorghamJulien Leclercq

Stage Two

Group AGroup BGroup CGroup D
Scott DonaldsonDavid GilbertLong ZehuangMark Williams
Fan ZhengyiStuart BinghamHossein VafeaiBen Woollaston
Thepchaiya Un-NoohHe GuoqiangShaun MurphyStuart Carrington
Chris WakelinAshley CartyJamie JonesSi Jiahui
Group EGroup FGroup GGroup H
Ali CarterDavid LilleyJackson PageMartin O’Donnell
Wu YizeGary WilsonAlexander UrsenbacherJak Jones
Jack LisowskiRyan DayRobbie McGuiganMatthew Stevens
Neil RobertsonJoe O’ConnorMichael WhiteMa Hailong

Stage Three

Final Group 1Final Group 2
Ali CarterJackson Page
Scott DonaldsonDavid Gilbert
Mark WilliamsLong Zehuang
Martin O’DonnellDavid Lilley

Final (bo5)

Ali Carter 3-1 Jackson Page

Featured photo credit: WST

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