Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Stevens sets winners group pace

The word "momentum" is one frequently used in sport.

Matthew Stevens proved what an important factor it is in snooker today, finishing day one of the Championship League winners group top of the table.

After grabbing the final spot by emerging as the group seven winner last night, he continued his good form at Crondon Park by winning three of his four matches.

He began the day with a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Mark Selby but bounced back to beat Mark Allen, Ryan Day and Shaun Murphy.

The snooker world seems to be talking regularly about the reemergence of Stevens at the moment and you just cannot deny the lad, as another day goes by, and it's the Welshman we're taking about again.

On an impressive run, that makes it eight wins from the last nine matches in Essex over two days for Stevens, and he'll be many people's tip for a place in the Premier League now.

But he's not the only player with something to smile about. Selby and Allen will be relatively chuffed with their day's work as well though. They both managed to pick up two wins from three matches.

Ali Carter and Murphy both won two and lost two, while Mark Williams could only manage one win from three and Day none from three.

It's unsurprising that at the halfway stage it's all still wide open. With the players so evenly matched, any of them could still make it into the semi-finals, although Day will have to pull an almighty performance out of the fire from his precarious position.

It's game on tomorrow.

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