2019 Championship League

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Championship League
Tournament information
Dates1 January – 14 March 2019
VenueRicoh Arena
CityCoventry
CountryEngland
FormatNon-ranking event
Total prize fund£ (Depending on number of frames played at different tournament stages)
Winner's share£10,000
Highest break
Defending championScotland John Higgins
Final
Champion
Runner-up
Score
2018
Ricoh Arena (Coventry)

The 2019 Championship League is a professional non-ranking snooker tournament, taking place from 1 January to 14 March 2019 at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England.[1][2] It is the 12th staging of the tournament.

John Higgins is a two-time defending champion, having retained his 2017 title with a 3–2 victory against Zhou Yuelong in the 2018 final.[3]

Tournament Format[edit]

The Championship League event sees 25 professionals take part, with players earning prize money for every frame won. Matches are best of 5 frames, and the league is played from January to March 2019.

The competition runs over eight groups, each consisting of seven players. From each group the top four qualify for a play-off, and the winners of the first seven play-offs qualify for the winners group. The bottom two players of each group are eliminated and the remaining four move to the next group, where they are joined by three more players until the seventh group. The winners play in the final group, and the winner of the Winners' Group play-off takes the title and a place at the 2019 Champion of Champions.

Prize fund[edit]

The breakdown of prize money for the 2019 Championship League is shown below.[4]

  • Tournament total: £ (Depending on number of frames played at different tournament stages)

Group 1[edit]

Group 1 was played on 1 and 2 January 2019. Neil Robertson was the first player to qualify for the Winners' Group, recording his 600th career century in the round-robin match against Anthony Hamilton.[5][6]

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 Australia Neil Robertson (Q) 6 4 2 15 9 +6 Qualification to Group 1 play-off
2 England Jack Lisowski (Q) 6 4 2 14 13 +1
3 England Ricky Walden (Q) 6 3 3 12 11 +1
4 England Anthony Hamilton (Q) 6 3 3 12 13 −1
5 England Jimmy Robertson (A) 6 3 3 11 11 0 Advances into Group 2
6 England Mark King (E) 6 3 3 11 12 −1 Eliminated from the competition
7 England Robert Milkins (E) 6 1 5 9 15 −6
Source: Championship League Snooker by Matchroom Sport
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
Australia Neil Robertson3
 
 
 
England Anthony Hamilton0
 
Australia Neil Robertson3
 
 
 
England Jack Lisowski0
 
England Jack Lisowski3
 
 
England Ricky Walden1
 

Group 2[edit]

Group 2 was played on 3 and 4 January 2019. Jack Lisowski was the second player to qualify for the Winners' Group.[7]

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 England Jack Lisowski (Q) 6 5 1 16 10 +6 Qualification to Group 2 play-off
2 Belgium Luca Brecel (Q) 6 4 2 12 10 +2
3 England Kyren Wilson (Q) 6 3 3 13 12 +1
4 England Jimmy Robertson (Q) 6 3 3 13 14 −1
5 England Judd Trump (A) 6 3 3 11 12 −1 Advances into Group 3
6 England Ricky Walden (E) 6 2 4 12 14 −2 Eliminated from the competition
7 England Anthony Hamilton (E) 6 1 5 10 15 −5
Source: Championship League Snooker by Matchroom Sport
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
England Jack Lisowski3
 
 
 
England Jimmy Robertson2
 
England Jack Lisowski3
 
 
 
Belgium Luca Brecel0
 
Belgium Luca Brecel3
 
 
England Kyren Wilson2
 

Group 3[edit]

Group 3 was played on 7 and 8 January 2019. Judd Trump was the third player to qualify for the Winners' Group.[8]

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 England Stuart Bingham (Q) 6 4 2 16 10 +6 Qualification to Group 3 play-off
2 England Barry Hawkins (Q) 6 4 2 14 9 +5
3 England Mark Selby (Q) 6 4 2 14 11 +3
4 England Judd Trump (Q) 6 3 3 13 13 0
5 Belgium Luca Brecel (A) 6 3 3 11 13 −2 Advances into Group 4
6 England Kyren Wilson (E) 6 2 4 10 12 −2 Eliminated from the competition
7 England Jimmy Robertson (E) 6 1 5 7 16 −9
Source: Championship League Snooker by Matchroom Sport
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
England Stuart Bingham2
 
 
 
England Judd Trump3
 
England Judd Trump3
 
 
 
England Barry Hawkins0
 
England Barry Hawkins3
 
 
England Mark Selby2
 

Group 4[edit]

Group 4 was played on 9 and 10 January 2019. Stuart Bingham was the fourth player to qualify for the Winners' Group.

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 England Mark Selby (Q) 6 5 1 16 7 +9 Qualification to Group 4 play-off
2 England Stuart Bingham (Q) 6 3 3 13 10 +3
3 England Barry Hawkins (Q) 6 3 3 11 10 +1
4 England Ali Carter (Q) 6 3 3 11 12 −1
5 Belgium Luca Brecel (A) 6 3 3 10 13 −3 Advances into Group 5
6 Wales Ryan Day (E) 6 2 4 10 14 −4 Eliminated from the competition
7 Scotland Graeme Dott (E) 6 2 4 10 15 −5
Source: Championship League Snooker by Matchroom Sport
(A) Advance to a further round; (E) Eliminated; (Q) Qualified to the phase indicated.

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
England Mark Selby3
 
 
 
England Ali Carter1
 
England Mark Selby1
 
 
 
England Stuart Bingham3
 
England Stuart Bingham3
 
 
England Barry Hawkins1
 

Group 5[edit]

Group 5 will be played on 21 and 22 January 2019.

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 Belgium Luca Brecel 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Group 5 play-off
2 England Ali Carter 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 England Barry Hawkins 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 England Mark Selby 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 England Joe Perry 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advances into Group 6
6 Scotland Anthony McGill 0 0 0 0 0 0 Eliminated from the competition
7 Scotland Stephen Maguire 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 21 January 2019. Source: Championship League Snooker by Matchroom Sport

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Group 6[edit]

Group 6 will be played on 23 and 24 January 2019.

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 Player 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Group 6 play-off
2 Player 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Player 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Player 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 England David Gilbert 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advances into Group 7
6 England Martin Gould 0 0 0 0 0 0 Eliminated from the competition
7 China Xiao Guodong 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 23 January 2019. Source: Championship League Snooker by Matchroom Sport

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Group 7[edit]

Group 7 will be played on 11 and 12 March 2019.

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 Player 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Group 7 play-off
2 Player 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Player 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Player 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Wales Michael White 0 0 0 0 0 0 Eliminated from the competition
6 England Mark Davis 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Scotland John Higgins 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 11 March 2019. Source: Championship League Snooker by Matchroom Sport

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Winners' Group[edit]

The Winners' Group will be played on 13 and 14 March 2019.

Matches[edit]

Table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W L FF FA FD
1 Player 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 Qualification to Winners' Group play-off
2 Player 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Player 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 England Stuart Bingham 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 England Judd Trump 0 0 0 0 0 0 Eliminated from the competition
6 England Jack Lisowski 0 0 0 0 0 0
7 Australia Neil Robertson 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 13 March 2019. Source: Championship League Snooker by Matchroom Sport

Play-offs[edit]

 
Semi Finals
Best of 5 frames
Final
Best of 5 frames
 
      
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Century breaks[edit]

Total: 52[9]

Bold: highest break in the indicated group.

Winnings[edit]

No. Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 W TOTAL
1 England Jack Lisowski (16) 4300 6200 Q 10500
2 England Stuart Bingham (12) 3450 6100 Q 9550
3 England Mark Selby (1) 3250 5300 8550
4 England Judd Trump (5) 1100 6100 Q 7200
5 Australia Neil Robertson (10) 6800 Q 6800
6 England Barry Hawkins (7) 4300 2400 6700
7 Belgium Luca Brecel (14) 4100 1100 1000 6200
8 England Jimmy Robertson (23) 1100 2900 700 4700
9 England Kyren Wilson (9) 3400 1000 4400
10 England Ricky Walden (34) 2500 1200 3700
11 England Anthony Hamilton (30) 2200 1000 3200
12 England Ali Carter (17) 2400 2400
13 England Mark King (26) 1100 1100
14 Wales Ryan Day (13) 1000 1000
= Scotland Graeme Dott (22) 1000 1000
16 England Robert Milkins (32) 900 900
England Joe Perry (18)
Scotland Anthony McGill (20)
Scotland Stephen Maguire (15)
England David Gilbert (19)
England Martin Gould (27)
China Xiao Guodong (25)
Wales Michael White (36)
England Mark Davis (35)
Scotland John Higgins (4)
Total prize money 18,900 19,900 19,900 19,200 77,900

Green: Won the group. Bold: Had the highest break in the group. All prize money in GBP.
(Parenthesis: World rankings prior to tournament start, 1 January 2019)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018/19 Calendar" (PDF). World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  2. ^ http://livescores.worldsnookerdata.com/
  3. ^ "Higgins Retains Championship League Crown". World Snooker. 29 March 2018. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Home - Championship League Snooker". Championship League Snooker.
  5. ^ "Robertson First Into Winners' Group". World Snooker. 3 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Neil Robertson Wins Championship League Group One". SnookerHQ. 3 January 2019.
  7. ^ "Lisowski Beats Brecel In 27 Minutes". World Snooker. 4 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Trump On Top In Group Three". World Snooker. 8 January 2019.
  9. ^ http://www.championshipleaguesnooker.co.uk/century-breaks-2019/

External links[edit]