AIN NEWS, RANKING Mark Selby Extends Championship League Run

The “Jester” was a finalist in the competition for consecutive years back in 2008 and 2009.

Mark Selby is through to the third and final stage of the Championship League after topping Group D on Tuesday in Milton Keynes.

The European Masters winner compiled three tons in easily seeing off the challenges of Rory McLeod and Jamie O’Neill with 3-0 scorelines.

Selby needed only a point from his last round-robin fixture against Graeme Dott, and although the 37 year-old lost the opening frame to instill a tiny bit of doubt, breaks of 128 and 69 earned him the frames he required to progress.

In Group B, Zhou Yuelong placed in first place after a remarkable performance saw him edge out former world champion Shaun Murphy with seven points from a possible nine.

Zhou compiled an excellent five century breaks during the day, including three on the trot to leave Dominic Dale pointless from their league encounter.

Murphy, who had suffered a 3-1 defeat to Dale, had to beat Zhou 3-0 to have a chance of making it through, but the young Chinese recovered from losing the opening frame to draw the contest.

Selby and Zhou join respective compatriots Judd Trump and Zhao Xintong in Group 1 of the final stage of this edition of the Championship League, which takes place on Friday.

Group 2’s quartet will first be determined over the next couple of days as we get nearer to seeing who will become the first Championship League winner since the event was upgraded to ranking status.

On Wednesday, Kyren Wilson and David Gilbert are among those reentering the fray in Group F, while Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and veteran Ken Doherty compete in Group E.

If not already qualified, the Championship League winner this week will gain the last invitation to the lucrative Champion of Champions.

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