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Resurgent Hawkins Tops Group – World Snooker

Barry Hawkins continued his latest return to type by ending high of Group D on the WST Professional Sequence.

Hawkins edged high spot by beating runner-up Ricky Walden 2-1 within the remaining spherical of matches and each gamers undergo to the second part in Milton Keynes.

Each gamers received their first 5 matches within the group, which meant that qualification was sewn up with two rounds of matches nonetheless to be performed. Hawkins then misplaced to Jimmy Robertson, earlier than beating Walden with breaks of 81 and 90 to high the group.

In latest weeks, world quantity 14 Hawkins has reached the semi-finals of each the BetVictor German Masters and the Cazoo Gamers Championship. These outcomes have put him on monitor to qualify for the Cazoo Tour Championship later this month and at present’s efficiency additional strengthens his place in eighth place on the one-year rating listing – although he can nonetheless be overtaken by Zhou Yuelong.

“I’ve been practising laborious, and successful matches builds confidence,” stated three-time rating occasion winner Hawkins. “And lockdown helped as a result of it stopped me going to the pub!

“The Tour Championship could be a superb event to be concerned in, particularly as I’ve by no means been near moving into it earlier than. It’s an opportunity to compete towards the highest gamers.

“I’ve managed to ensure my place on the Crucible as nicely so I can stay up for that. I hope there shall be crowds there as a result of it’s a significantly better place to play with followers.”

Within the final match of the day to complete, Paul Davison missed the pink on 134 when set for what would have been the primary 147 of his profession. Remarkably it was the second day in a row {that a} 49-year-old had missed the pink when two balls away from changing into the oldest participant ever to make an official most, as Fergal O’Brien did precisely the identical on Thursday. Davison received the match towards Gerard Greene 2-1, however that was little comfort as he nonetheless completed backside of the group.

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The motion continues on Saturday from 10am with Mark Williams among the many gamers in Group P. The primary part concludes on March sixteenth.

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Followers all over the world can watch the occasion on the Matchroom.Stay web site – for particulars click on right here.