Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Snooker: Selby Falls to the King!

Mark Selby has been eliminated in the first round of this years 888.com World Snooker Championships.

In a tough match against Mark King he lost by the scoreline of 10-8.

This is a great result for King who has not been in the best of form this season, but will be a massive blow to Selby who has had the best season of his career winning both the Masters and the Welsh Open.

First Round Results:

John Higgins (Sco) 10-5 Matthew Stevens (Wal)
Ryan Day (Wal) 10-6 Michael Judge (Ire)
Stephen Hendry (Sco) 10-9 Mark Allen (NI)
Stephen Lee (Eng) 4-10 Joe Swail (NI)
Ali Carter (Eng) 10-9 Barry Hawkins (Eng)
Mark Selby (Eng) 8-10 Mark King (Eng)
Peter Ebdon (Eng) 10-9 Jamie Cope (Eng)
Neil Robertson (Aus) 10-4 Nigel Bond (Eng)
Steve Davis (Eng) 8-10 Stuart Bingham (Eng)

9 players are now through to round two with only 3 seeded players to be eliminated, joining Selby are Steve Davis and Stephen Lee.

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

World Snooker Champs - Start Today!

That's right the most eagerly anticipated tournament in the snooker calendar is upon us with the 888.com World Snooker Championships starting today (19th April).

John Higgins will start the defence of the title he won last year against a former world finalist in Matthew Stevens, they are playing as I type, the match started at 10am in the Crucible and on the other table is Neil Robertson against Nigel Bond.

There was potentially sad news earlier in the week when Graeme Dott was considering pulling out of the event he won just a couple of years ago after struggling with depression. Fortunately he has decided to give it a go and I certainly wish him well for the tournament and hope that he is able to get on the mend soon.

The rest of Saturdays action is as follows:


Table 1
John Higgins v Matthew Stevens
Ref: Jan Verhaas

Table 2
Neil Robertson v Nigel Bond
Ref: Eirian Williams


Table 1
Stephen Lee v Joe Swail
Ref: Peter Williamson

Table 2
Peter Ebdon v Jamie Cope
Ref: Alan Chamberlain


Table 1
John Higgins v Matthew Stevens*
Ref: Jan Verhaas

Table 2
Ali Carter v Barry Hawkins
Ref: Colin Humphries

*This match will be played to a finish in this session.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Ronnie O'Sullivan Under Investigation

The Saga (and not the Masters sponsor!) continues.

Ronnie O'Sullivan's comments at the China Open in a post press conference have been dubbed as 'unacceptable' by World Snooker chief Sir Rodney Walker. He has personally apologised to the promoter of the Honghe Industrial World Snooker China Open and also sent his apologies to anyone in China that may have been offended by O'Sullivans comments.

Why it is that Sir Rodney is apologising and not Ronnie himself is beyond me and I think that he has been wrapped up in cotton wool too many times by the snooker authorities. A player displaying this kind of behaviour in any other sport would be immediately dealt with.

This has been referred to the WPBSA disciplinary committee but again will take months for it to be resolved.

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Sunday, April 06, 2008

GB9: Maharaja Does it Again!

The Maharaja Does it Again!

Imran Majid has continued his fantastic form on the GB9ball Tour by winning his 3rd title in four tournaments.

At the first outing in Solihull he won both the Pro Division and the main tournament to take home £2200.

On this occasion at the GB9 Southern Masters he lifted the Main Tour event again. It could have been a double-double though had he not arrived late for his first Pro Division match against Adam Clarke. Due to arriving 19 minutes late for his scheduled start he started with a 3 rack deficit and duly lost by a scoreline of 9-6.

Another double winner this weekend was 18-year-old Thomas Ainsworth-Smith who wrapped up is second title on the Challenge Division this time against Neil Jenkins by an 11-9 scoreline.

With Imran Majid and Mark Gray falling early doors in the Pro Division the way was set for Tony Drago making his GB9 Tour debut. He took the opportunity and defeated Kevin Uzzell 11-8 in the final.

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