Welshman Jamie Clarke, 27 years old, 49th in the world table, played in the second major surprise of the Championship League, the event of the 2022/23 World snooker season that scores for the ranking, which started on June 28 and will end there. 29 of this month in the Morningside Arena, in Leicester (England), to eliminate the English competition Judd Trump, 35 years old, current runner-up in the world and number two in the hierarchy.
A draw (2-2) in the third match of group 2, between Clarke and Judd, was enough for Jamie to advance to the 2nd round of the tournament, after a 3-0 triumph over another Englishman, Sean O’Sullivan, and. another draw (2-2) against Chinese Peng Yisong. Clarke won by 2-1, which normally guarantees him qualification – with a big ball of happiness (a ‘chorizo’) and Judd still saved the tie, but it was already insufficient to avoid elimination.
‘Ace in the Pack’ (Judd), Ronnie O’Sullivan won 13-18 on May 2 in the World Cup final in Sheffield – the same event he won in 2019 – stayed, as did Mark Selby (Ben Woollaston). won his group), for the first stage of the tournament, which distributes 328 thousand pounds in prizes (382 thousand €) and whose 2nd stage will take place, on the same stage, from the 25th to the 29th of this month.
In the other groups, Stuart Bingham (2015 world champion) joined fellow Englishman Ronnie O’Sullivan, Robert Milkins, Chris Wakelin, Anthony Hamilton and Ricky Walden among the qualifiers. As well as Shaun Murphy (2005 world champion) and David Gilbert.
In the 2nd round of the competition there are also Chinese Zhao Xintong, Lu Ning, Yuan SiJun, Lyu Haotian and Xiao Guodong, Irish Aaron Hill and Michael Judge, Belgian Luca Brecel and Northern Irish Jordan Brown.
Thursday and Friday, 21 and 22 this month, Welshman Michael White, Belgian Julien Leclercq and English Jack Lisowski and Mark Joyce will fight for another place in the 2nd phase of the League championship, while in another group it is only one place. they will leave for the Northern Irish Mark Allen, Himanshu Dinesh Jain, Stuart Carrington and Jenson Kendrick.