Tag: Sam Baird

A Memorable World Championship

It’s the morning after the 17 days before. The 2016 Betfred World Championship has come to an end, with Mark Selby deservedly being crowned the king of the Crucible for the second time in three years.  An entertaining final between two of the game’s very elite was a fitting conclusion[Read More…]

Grinding Win for Mark Selby

Mark Selby held off a stern challenge from qualifier Sam Baird to reach the quarter-finals of the World Championship in Sheffield. After a tight opening exchange in which there was never more than a frame between them right up until 6-6, the 2014 champion appeared to gain control of the[Read More…]

Marco Fu into Quarter-Finals

Marco Fu became the first name into the quarter-finals of the Betfred World Championship after a 13-9 victory over Anthony McGill on Friday. The Hong Kong 38 year-old was in control of the contest after somewhat fortuitously emerging from the second session with a two-frame lead intact despite his opponent[Read More…]

Former Champions Continue Crucible Run

Ronnie O’Sullivan and Mark Williams both booked their places in the last 16 of the 2016 Betfred World Championship after contrasting opening round victories. O’Sullivan played very well throughout his encounter with fellow Englishman Dave Gilbert but came up against an opponent who refused to wilt at the challenge. Pot success[Read More…]

It’s There! The Return of Free Ball

Regular readers may remember that this time last year there was a ghostly (ghastly?) guest writer during the 2015 World Championship. Free Ball, as s/he mysteriously wishes to be known as, offered snippets of reflection on the various happenings at the Crucible that may have gone unnoticed to the untrained eye.[Read More…]




World Rankings Top 16

World Rankings after the Northern Ireland Open – won by Mark Allen.

1. Judd Trump
2. Mark Selby
3. Ronnie O’Sullivan
4. Neil Robertson
5. Kyren Wilson
6. John Higgins
7. Shaun Murphy
8. Stephen Maguire
9. Mark Allen
10. Ding Junhui
11. Mark Williams
12. Stuart Bingham
13. Yan Bingtao
14. Barry Hawkins
15. Jack Lisowski
16. Anthony McGill

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