Mark Selby gained an important remaining recreation with Matthew Selt 2-1 to earn his place within the second section of the WST Professional Collection in Milton Keynes.
The pair got here into the final match realizing that the winner can be assured of development. Selt knew defeat would undoubtedly finish his hopes of a prime two place.
They had been locked degree at 1-1, after a century run of 142 from Selby adopted by a contribution of 75 by Selt. The deciding body lasted half-hour, however ultimately three-time World Champion Selby emphatically clinched it with a break of 83, making certain he topped the group.
Selby gained six from seven matches all through the day, scoring victories towards Daniel Womersley, Lukas Kleckers, Eden Sharav, Stuart Carrington and Joe O’Connor, in addition to his defeat of Selt. His solely loss got here 2-0 by the hands of Iranian Soheil Vahedi, who was pipped to second place.
Vahedi confronted Carrington within the remaining match the place, following Selby’s win, the victor was set to seal second spot. It was Carrington who held his nerve to safe a 2-0 win and progress to the second section. Right now’s success continues a effective run of type for world quantity 51 Carrington, who reached the semi-finals on the current Gibraltar Open.
Selby mentioned: “Better of three is cut-throat, anyone can undergo. To complete prime of the group is pleasant. Extra pleasing that I felt like I performed properly at present. I scored okay once I bought my probabilities, I had a few 140 breaks. That was the principle factor for me, to discover a little bit of type.
“It’s a loopy format, as a result of I went into that final recreation having gained 5 out of six and I nonetheless may not have ended up within the prime two. It’s powerful, however it’s what it’s. It’s the identical for everybody and it’s good to get by means of to the subsequent group.”
The motion continues on Monday from 10am with World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan among the many gamers in motion. The primary section concludes on March sixteenth.
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