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Championship League Snooker: Final day draw and preview

After more than three weeks of action in Leicester, Championship League Snooker finally concludes on Wednesday with the final group stages of the draw.

The last eight contenders for the 2024/25 snooker season’s opening ranking title will do battle for the top prize.

The champion will take home £33,000 in total prize money from the tournament – by no means the richest jackpot on the calendar but a useful way to commence a fresh campaign nonetheless.

The third and final stage sees the remaining eight players divided into two further groups of four, with the table toppers then facing off against each other for the trophy.

The title-deciding encounter will be played under the sprint best-of-five frame format.

Final Group 1

Mark Williams
Ali Carter
Scott Donaldson
Martin O’Donnell

Mark Williams emerged from the Championship League Snooker draw in 2023 to reach the final, where he eventually lost to Shaun Murphy.

The Welshman will be hoping to go one better this time around as he bids for a 27th career ranking title.

As the fourth seed, Williams represents the highest ranked player left in the running, but fifth seed Ali Carter is also in his final group.

The Captain, attempting to secure a sixth ranking crown, has been a consistent force on the World Snooker Tour over the last couple of seasons and would undoubtedly like more silverware to show for it.

Scott Donaldson also features in this group, with the Scott on course to complete a Championship League double having already captured the invitational version of this tournament back in 2020.

Martin O’Donnell, meanwhile, completes the foursome – the Londoner back at the business end of another event as he proves that his run to the Welsh Open final last term was no fluke.

Final Group 2

David Gilbert
Jackson Page
David Lilley
Long Zehuang

David Gilbert is the only player among the final eight in the draw who has won the ranking event version of Championship League Snooker in the past.

There will be some who believe that his name is already destined to be etched onto the trophy again this year following his remarkable escape from Stage One last week.

Gilbert will come up against three players at varying stages of their careers who are each trying to land a maiden professional title.

Still only 22, Jackson Page remains on course to secure a triumph and a breakthrough that many people had predicted of the Welshman from an early age.

At the other end of the spectrum is David Lilley, who aged 48 has advanced to the last eight of a ranking event for only the second time in his career.

Long Zehuang completes the quartet, the Chinese cueist bettering his run to the last 16 of last season’s Snooker Shoot Out in what was his rookie campaign on the circuit.

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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