Michael Judge and Chris Wakelin clinched places in Winners’ Week of the 2022 BetVictor Championship League in Leicester.
Judge was up against Kyren Wilson, Zhang Anda and Luke Simmonds in group six, which was a tightly contested affair. The first three fixtures all ended in 2-2 draws.
The evening action continued in the same manner after Wilson and Judge shared the spoils, the tie ended in a 2-2 draw after Wilson squandered a 2-0 lead. That result left all four players on two points.
Irishman Judge then crucially sealed the first win of the day, a 3-1 victory, to move top of the table with what proved to be the only win of the day.
Wilson needed to beat Zhang in the final game of the day, but he failed to convert a 2-1 lead and ended level at 2-2. That result saw Judge secure his progression.
Judge said: “I felt I played quite well in patches and I am already a lot better than last year. I have been practising hard. I’ve put in a lot of hard work and I have even been swimming. I am going to give this year a proper go and show that I can still play this game like I used to. It was like coming back to a new tour. The game changed when I fell off.”
Wakelin had a much clearer path to victory in group 26, where he finished ahead of Tom Ford, Ian Burns and Anton Kazakov. In a group of Tom Ford, Ian Burns, and debutant Anton Kazakov. Morning victories against Burns and Kazakov put Wakelin into the ascendancy early on.
Ford and Burns finished 2-2 after a brilliant 131 from Burns had put him 2-0 ahead. That was short lived when Ford claimed the last two frames to end 2-2. The remaining results went Wakelin’s way and he secured his place in the next phase.
2022 BetVictor Championship League Snooker continues tomorrow with Luca Brecel in action on Table 1 in Group 10 live on FreeSports and Matchroom.Live in the UK and networks worldwide with Zhao Jianbo, Robbie Williams, and Oliver Brown whilst Lu Ning leads Group 29 with John Astley, Oliver Lines, and Chen Zifan live on the Matchroom Multi Sport YouTube for free. See where to watch here.
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