2008 Championship League

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Championship League
Tournament information
Dates 25 February-
15 May 2008
Venue Crondon Park Golf Club
City Stock
Country England
Organisation(s) Matchroom Sport
Format Non-ranking event
Total prize fund £175,600
Winner's share £10,000
Highest break England Ali Carter (143)x2
England Dave Harold (143)
Final
Champion England Joe Perry
Runner-up England Mark Selby
Score 3–1
← First
2009

The 2008 Championship League was a professional non-ranking snooker tournament that was played from 25 February to 15 May 2008 at the Crondon Park Golf Club in Stock, England.

Joe Perry won in the final 3–1 against Mark Selby, and earned a place in the 2008 Premier League Snooker.

Ali Carter played in all seven qualifying groups. He has been the only player to do so in the history of the tournament.

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for this year is shown below:[1][2]

  • Tournament total: £175,600

Group one[edit]

Group one matches were played on 25 and 26 February 2008. Ryan Day was the first player to qualify for the winners group.[3][4]

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Ranking England
PER
England
CAR
Wales
DAY
Republic of Ireland
DOH
Wales
WIL
Wales
STE
England
HAW
Frame
W–L
Match
W–D–L
Pld–Pts
1 Joe Perry x 2 3 2 3 2 2 14–10 2–4–0 6–8
2 Ali Carter 2 x 0 3 1 4 3 13–11 3–1–2 6–7
3 Ryan Day 1 4 x 3 2 2 1 13–11 2–2–2 6–6
4 Ken Doherty 2 1 1 x 3 3 2 12–12 2–2–2 6–6
5 Mark Williams 1 3 2 1 x 2 3 12–12 2–2–2 6–6
6 Matthew Stevens 2 0 2 1 2 x 3 10–14 1–3–2 6–5
7 Barry Hawkins 2 1 3 2 1 1 x 10–14 1–2–3 6–4

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
      
1 England Joe Perry 3
4 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 0
1 England Joe Perry 2
3 Wales Ryan Day 3
2 England Ali Carter 1
3 Wales Ryan Day 3

Group two[edit]

Group two matches were played on 27 and 28 January 2008. Ken Doherty was the second player to qualify for the winners group.[5][6]

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Ranking England
CAR
England
HAM
Republic of Ireland
DOH
England
PER
Northern Ireland
SWA
Wales
WIL
England
BON
Frame
W–L
Match
W–D–L
Pld–Pts
1 Ali Carter x 1 3 2 2 4 3 15–9 3–2–1 6–8
2 Anthony Hamilton 3 x 2 3 3 0 2 13–11 3–2–1 6–8
3 Ken Doherty 1 2 x 3 1 3 3 13–11 3–1–2 6–7
4 Joe Perry 2 1 1 x 3 3 2 12–12 2–2–2 6–6
5 Joe Swail 2 1 3 1 x 3 1 11–13 2–1–3 6–5
6 Mark Williams 0 4 1 1 1 x 3 10–14 2–0–4 6–4
7 Nigel Bond 1 2 1 2 3 1 x 10–14 1–2–3 6–4

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
      
1 England Ali Carter 3
4 England Joe Perry 2
1 England Ali Carter 2
3 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 3
2 England Anthony Hamilton 0
3 Republic of Ireland Ken Doherty 3

Group three[edit]

Group three matches were played on 10 and 11 March 2008. Anthony Hamilton was the third player to qualify for the winners group.[7][8]

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Ranking England
MUR
England
CAR
England
SEL
England
HAM
England
BIN
Northern Ireland
SWA
England
HOL
Frame
W–L
Match
W–D–L
Pld–Pts
1 Shaun Murphy x 2 3 3 3 3 4 18–6 5–1–0 6–11
2 Ali Carter 2 x 3 2 4 4 3 18–16 4–2–0 6–10
3 Mark Selby 1 1 x 3 2 3 3 13–11 3–1–2 6–7
4 Anthony Hamilton 1 2 1 x 2 4 3 13–11 2–2–2 6–6
5 Stuart Bingham 1 0 2 2 x 2 2 9–15 0–4–2 6–4
6 Joe Swail 1 0 1 0 2 x 3 7–17 1–1–4 6–3
7 Michael Holt 0 1 1 1 2 1 x 6–18 0–1–5 6–1

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
      
1 England Shaun Murphy 1
4 England Anthony Hamilton 3
4 England Anthony Hamilton 3
2 England Ali Carter 2
2 England Ali Carter 3
3 England Mark Selby 2

Group four[edit]

Group four matches were played on 12 and 13 March 2008. Shaun Murphy was the fourth player to qualify for the winners group.[9][10]

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Ranking England
CAR
England
MUR
England
KIN
Northern Ireland
ALL
England
PER
England
BIN
England
COP
Frame
W–L
Match
W–D–L
Pld–Pts
1 Ali Carter x 3 2 2 2 2 3 14–10 2–4–0 6–8
2 Shaun Murphy 1 x 3 1 2 3 4 14–10 3–1–2 6–7
3 Mark King 2 1 x 2 2 3 3 13–11 2–3–1 6–7
4 Mark Allen 2 3 2 x 1 2 3 13–11 2–3–1 6–7
5 Joe Perry 2 2 2 3 x 2 1 12–12 1–4–1 6–6
6 Stuart Bingham 2 1 1 2 2 x 2 10–14 0–4–2 6–4
7 Jamie Cope 1 0 1 1 3 2 x 8–16 1–1–4 6–3

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
      
1 England Ali Carter 3
4 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 2
1 England Ali Carter 2
2 England Shaun Murphy 3
2 England Shaun Murphy 3
4 England Mark King 0

Group five[edit]

Group five matches were played on 14 and 15 April 2008. Joe Perry was the fifth player to qualify for the winners group.[11][12]

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Ranking England
KIN
Australia
ROB
England
PER
Northern Ireland
ALL
England
CAR
England
LEE
Wales
DAL
Frame
W–L
Match
W–D–L
Pld–Pts
1 Mark King x 3 3 2 2 4 2 16–8 3–3–0 6–9
2 Neil Robertson 1 x 2 3 3 4 3 16–8 4–1–1 6–9
3 Joe Perry 1 2 x 2 4 2 3 14–10 2–3–1 6–7
4 Mark Allen 2 1 2 x 2 3 4 14–10 2–3–1 6–7
5 Ali Carter 2 1 0 2 x 1 4 10–14 1–2–3 6–4
6 Stephen Lee 0 0 2 1 3 x 2 8–16 1–2–3 6–4
7 Dominic Dale 2 1 1 0 0 2 x 6–18 0–2–4 6–2

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
      
1 England Mark King 3
4 Northern Ireland Mark Allen 1
1 England Mark King 1
4 England Joe Perry 3
2 Australia Neil Robertson 1
4 England Joe Perry 3

Group six[edit]

Group six matches were played on 16 and 17 April 2008. Mark Selby was the sixth player to qualify for the winners group.[13][14]

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Ranking England
SEL
Australia
ROB
England
KIN
England
CAR
England
WHI
Northern Ireland
ALL
Northern Ireland
GRE
Frame
W–L
Match
W–D–L
Pld–Pts
1 Mark Selby x 2 2 3 4 3 3 17–7 4–2–0 6–10
2 Neil Robertson 2 x 2 3 3 3 3 16–8 4–2–0 6–10
3 Mark King 2 2 x 3 1 3 2 13–11 2–3–1 6–7
4 Ali Carter 1 1 1 x 4 3 3 13–11 3–0–3 6–6
5 Jimmy White 0 1 3 0 x 3 3 10–14 3–0–3 6–6
6 Mark Allen 1 1 1 1 1 x 3 8–16 1–0–5 6–2
7 Gerard Greene 1 1 2 1 1 1 x 7–17 0–1–5 6–1

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
      
1 England Mark Selby 3
4 England Ali Carter 2
1 England Mark Selby 3
2 Australia Neil Robertson 1
2 Australia Neil Robertson 3
4 England Mark King 1

Group seven[edit]

Group seven matches were played on 12 and 13 May 2008. Mark King was the last player to qualify for the winners group.[15][16]

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Ranking Republic of Ireland
OBR
Australia
ROB
England
HAR
England
KIN
England
WHI
England
MCC
England
CAR
Frame
W–L
Match
W–D–L
Pld–Pts
1 Fergal O'Brien x 3 3 2 3 3 3 17–7 5–1–0 6–11
2 Neil Robertson 1 x 3 2 2 3 3 14–10 3–2–1 6–8
3 Dave Harold 1 1 x 3 2 3 4 14–10 3–1–2 6–7
4 Mark King 2 2 1 x 3 1 2 11–13 1–3–2 6–5
5 Jimmy White 1 2 2 1 x 1 3 10–14 1–2–3 6–4
6 Ian McCulloch 1 1 1 3 3 x 0 9–15 2–0–4 6–4
7 Ali Carter 1 1 0 2 1 4 x 9–15 1–1–4 6–3

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
      
1 Republic of Ireland Fergal O'Brien 0
4 England Mark King 3
4 England Mark King 3
3 England Dave Harold 0
2 Australia Neil Robertson 1
3 England Dave Harold 3

Winners group[edit]

The matches of the winners group were played on 14 and 15 May 2008. Joe Perry has qualifyd to the 2008 Premier League.[17][18]

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Ranking Wales
DAY
England
SEL
England
MUR
England
PER
Republic of Ireland
DOH
England
KIN
England
HAM
Frame
W–L
Match
W–D–L
Pld–Pts
1 Ryan Day x 3 3 2 3 3 1 15–9 4–1–1 6–9
2 Mark Selby 1 x 3 3 1 4 3 15–9 4–0–2 6–8
3 Shaun Murphy 1 1 x 4 3 3 3 15–9 4–0–2 6–8
4 Joe Perry 2 1 0 x 4 2 2 11–13 1–3–2 6–5
5 Ken Doherty 1 3 1 0 x 2 4 11–13 2–1–3 6–5
6 Mark King 1 0 1 2 2 x 3 9–15 1–2–3 6–4
7 Anthony Hamilton 3 1 1 2 0 1 x 8–16 1–1–4 6–3

Play-offs[edit]

Semi-finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
      
1 Wales Ryan Day 1
4 England Joe Perry 3
4 England Joe Perry 3
2 England Mark Selby 1
2 England Mark Selby 3
3 England Shaun Murphy 2

Century breaks[edit]

Total:76

References[edit]

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