Thursday, 29 September 2011

Ronnie returns to Premier League party

Ronnie O'Sullivan proved again why he should never be written off in the Premier League.

Following a distinctly mediocre showing in Guildford, where he crashed out to Shaun Murphy 3-2 in the semi-finals, there were murmurs the Rocket was ready to surrender the crown he's dominated for so many years.

But tonight in Doncaster, he was back looking sharp as he beat fellow Essex professional Ali Carter 3-1 in the final.

Although it was bizarre circumstances that carried him across the winning line, as the Captain fouled three times in a row to lose the frame, O'Sullivan was still well worth his win.

A 3-0 victory against Matthew Stevens in the last four set him up nicely as he comes away from the fourth of ten Premier League nights leading the group.

While this competition is expected to be the most frantic tussle in years, you can pretty much bet now that Ronnie will be among the title contenders come the business end of the event.

He probably still has plenty left to offer in this tournament but showed again a glimmer of why he's been so successful in this format down the years.

As we've come to expect, he was swift and clinical.

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