2008 Bahrain Championship

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Bahrain Championship
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Tournament information
Dates 8–15 November 2008
Venue Bahrain International Exhibition Centre
City Manama
Country Bahrain
Organisation(s) WPBSA
Format Ranking event
Total prize fund £271,000
Winner's share £48,000
Highest break Scotland Marcus Campbell (147)
Final
Champion Australia Neil Robertson
Runner-up Wales Matthew Stevens
Score 9–7

The 2008 Bahrain Championship was a professional ranking snooker tournament that took place between 8 and 15 November 2008 at the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre in Manama, Bahrain. It was the fourth ranking event of the 2008/2009 season.

Due to a clash with a previously arranged Premier League match-day, three leading players (John Higgins, Mark Selby and Ding Junhui) were forced to miss the event. This meant that they earned no ranking points. While Matthew Stevens (#17), Ken Doherty (#18) and Jamie Cope (#19) qualified automatically due to the extra spaces in the draw. Likewise, the players ranked from 33–35 and 49–51 played one qualifier less than usual. Additionally, Ronnie O'Sullivan withdrew three days before the tournament for unspecified medical reasons.[1]

Steve Davis was also involved in Premier League action, playing on 13 November, but did not withdraw from the tournament. He played his qualifying match and received a walkover due to O'Sullivan's withdrawal, meaning that he reached the last sixteen. However, before his last 16 match he withdrew from the event as an ear infection prevented him from flying to Bahrain.[2]

Liang Wenbo made the 65th official maximum break during his qualifying match against Martin Gould. This was Liang's first official 147. Marcus Campbell made the 66th official maximum break during his wildcard round match against Ahmed Basheer Al-Khusaibi. This was Campbell's first official 147.

Neil Robertson won his third ranking title by defeating Matthew Stevens 9–7.[3]

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[4]

Wildcard round[edit]

The 6 lowest ranking qualifiers played one wildcard match each. Matches were played at Bahrain International Exhibition Centre on Saturday, 8 November.[5][6]

Match Score
WC1 England Robert Milkins 5–1 Qatar Ahmed Saif
WC2 England Barry Pinches 5–1 Bahrain Ahmed Ghuloom
WC3 England Mike Dunn 5–0 Saudi Arabia Ahmed Abdulla Asiry
WC4 Scotland Marcus Campbell 5–0 Oman Ahmed Basheer Al-Khusaibi
WC5 England Rod Lawler 5–1 United Arab Emirates Isa Ali Al-Hashmi
WC6 England Mark Davis 5–0 Bahrain Habib Subah Habib

Main draw[edit]

[5][6]

Round 1
Best of 9 frames
Round 2
Best of 9 frames
Quarter-Finals
Best of 9 frames
Semi-Finals
Best of 11 frames
Final
Best of 17 frames
                             
1 England Ronnie O'Sullivan w/d
England Steve Davis w/o
England Steve Davis w/d
Wales Dominic Dale w/o
11 Hong Kong Marco Fu 3
Wales Dominic Dale 5
Wales Dominic Dale 2
14 Wales Matthew Stevens 5
14 Wales Matthew Stevens 5
England Stuart Bingham 0
14 Wales Matthew Stevens 5
6 Wales Ryan Day 4
6 Wales Ryan Day 5
England Dave Harold 2
14 Wales Matthew Stevens 6
4 Scotland Stephen Hendry 4
7 England Peter Ebdon 3
England Robert Milkins 5
England Robert Milkins 5
England Michael Holt 4
16 England Jamie Cope 3
England Michael Holt 5
England Robert Milkins 2
4 Scotland Stephen Hendry 5
10 Scotland Graeme Dott 3
England Barry Pinches 5
England Barry Pinches 1
4 Scotland Stephen Hendry 5
4 Scotland Stephen Hendry 5
England Ricky Walden 3
14 Wales Matthew Stevens 7
8 Australia Neil Robertson 9
3 England Shaun Murphy 4
England Mike Dunn 5
England Mike Dunn 4
England Barry Hawkins 5
15 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 3
England Barry Hawkins 5
England Barry Hawkins 2
13 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 5
13 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 5
England Judd Trump 1
13 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 5
Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 2
5 England Allister Carter 3
Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 5
13 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 4
8 Australia Neil Robertson 6
8 Australia Neil Robertson 5
Scotland Marcus Campbell 4
8 Australia Neil Robertson 5
England Stephen Lee 2
12 England Mark King 3
England Stephen Lee 5
8 Australia Neil Robertson 5
2 Scotland Stephen Maguire 2
9 England Joe Perry 5
England Rod Lawler 1
9 England Joe Perry 0
2 Scotland Stephen Maguire 5
2 Scotland Stephen Maguire 5
England Mark Davis 3

Final[edit]

Final: Best of 17 frames. Referee: Eirian Williams.
Bahrain International Exhibition Centre, Manama, Bahrain, November 15, 2008.[5][6]
Matthew Stevens (14)
 Wales
7–9 Neil Robertson (8)
 Australia
Afternoon: 0–129 (129), 13–117 (117), 4–108 (96), 69–68 (Robertson 68), 1–75 (75), 82-22 (51), 75-0 (70)
Evening: 56–70 (63), 67–47, 115-0 (71), 32–64, 110-5 (110), 73–48, 61–64, 1–96 (53), 8–77
110 Highest break 129
1 Century breaks 2
4 50+ breaks 7

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying for the tournament took place at Pontins in Prestatyn, Wales between 27 and 30 October 2008.[7]

  Round 1
Best of 9 frames
  Round 2
Best of 9 frames
  Round 3
Best of 9 frames
  Round 4
Best of 9 frames
Scotland James McBain 0   England Lee Spick 2   England David Gray 0   England Steve Davis 5
Thailand Atthasit Mahitthi 5   Thailand Atthasit Mahitthi 5   Thailand Atthasit Mahitthi 5   Thailand Atthasit Mahitthi 4
Wales Daniel Wells   China Liu Song 2   England John Parrott 5   Wales Dominic Dale 5
  bye   Wales Daniel Wells 5   Wales Daniel Wells 3   England John Parrott 0
England Peter Lines   England Jimmy White 2   Scotland Alan McManus 1   England Stuart Bingham 5
  bye   England Peter Lines 5   England Peter Lines 5   England Peter Lines 2
Thailand Supoj Saenla 4   England Mark Joyce 5   England Rory McLeod 5   England Dave Harold 5
Wales Andrew Pagett 5   Wales Andrew Pagett 4   England Mark Joyce 3   England Rory McLeod 4
England David Grace 2   England Andrew Norman 3   England Robert Milkins 5   Northern Ireland Joe Swail 1
Scotland Robert Stephen 5   Scotland Robert Stephen 5   Scotland Robert Stephen 3   England Robert Milkins 5
Republic of Ireland Rodney Goggins 5   Republic of Ireland David Morris 5   England Adrian Gunnell 4   England Michael Holt 5
England Michael Georgiou 1   Republic of Ireland Rodney Goggins 1   Republic of Ireland David Morris 5   Republic of Ireland David Morris 0
New Zealand Chris McBreen 2   England David Roe 2   England Barry Pinches 5   Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 4
Netherlands Stefan Mazrocis 5   Netherlands Stefan Mazrocis 5   Netherlands Stefan Mazrocis 1   England Barry Pinches 5
England Paul Davison 5   England Stuart Pettman 5   England Jimmy Michie 5   England Ricky Walden 5
India Aditya Mehta 2   England Paul Davison 4   England Stuart Pettman 2   England Jimmy Michie 2
England Simon Bedford 1   Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 5   England Mike Dunn 5   Northern Ireland Gerard Greene 1
England Stephen Craigie 5   England Stephen Craigie 2   Republic of Ireland Joe Delaney 2   England Mike Dunn 5
England Matthew Selt 5   Wales Paul Davies 5   Scotland Jamie Burnett 1   England Barry Hawkins 5
China Liu Chuang 4   England Matthew Selt 4   Wales Paul Davies 5   Wales Paul Davies 4
England Kuldesh Johal 4   Scotland Scott MacKenzie 2   England Judd Trump 5   Wales Mark Williams 2
Republic of Ireland Vincent Muldoon 5   Republic of Ireland Vincent Muldoon 5   Republic of Ireland Vincent Muldoon 4   England Judd Trump 5
Wales Jamie Jones   England Martin Gould 5   China Liang Wenbo 5   Republic of Ireland Michael Judge 5
  bye   Wales Jamie Jones 4   England Martin Gould 1   China Liang Wenbo 2
England Matthew Couch 5   Wales Ian Preece 4   Scotland Marcus Campbell 5   England Nigel Bond 4
England Andy Lee 3   England Matthew Couch 5   England Matthew Couch 2   Scotland Marcus Campbell 5
Northern Ireland Patrick Wallace 2   England Andy Hicks 5   England Tom Ford 1   England Stephen Lee 5
China Jin Long 5   China Jin Long 3   England Andy Hicks 5   England Andy Hicks 1
England Lewis Roberts   England Rod Lawler 5   England David Gilbert 2   England Ian McCulloch 3
  bye   England Lewis Roberts 1   England Rod Lawler 5   England Rod Lawler 5
China Li Hang 5   England Mark Davis 5   England Andrew Higginson 3   England Anthony Hamilton 2
England Wayne Cooper 2   China Li Hang 2   England Mark Davis 5   England Mark Davis 5

Century breaks[edit]

Qualifying stage centuries[edit]

[5]

Televised stage centuries[edit]

[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Everton, Clive (4 November 2008). "'Run down' O'Sullivan out of Bahrain tournament". London: guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  2. ^ "Ear infection forces Davis out". Sporting Life. Archived from the original on 4 December 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2011. 
  3. ^ "Robertson takes title in Bahrain". BBC Sport. 2008-11-15. Archived from the original on 11 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-20. 
  4. ^ "Prize Money". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Bahrain Championship 2008". Global Snooker. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c "Bahrain Championship 2008". Snooker.org. Retrieved 13 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Bahrain Championship 2008 Qualifying Results". Global Snooker Centre. Archived from the original on 12 February 2012. Retrieved 13 March 2013.