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Mark Williams – ‘I am almost 50 and I am nonetheless going’

Mark Williams coasted by way of to Stage Three of Championship League Snooker on Monday on the Morningside Area.

The three-time world champion received all three of his round-robin fixtures in Group F of Stage Two to comfortably progress within the competitors.

Williams first overcame veteran Barry Pinches with a 3-0 scoreline after which repeated the trick in opposition to each Martin O’Donnell and Robbie Williams.

The 48 year-old has now received all six of his fixtures within the season-opening rating occasion, having additionally emerged from Stage One with a hat-trick of victories and only one body misplaced.

“Within the final match, I knew I wanted a draw. So I bought off to a flyer and I don’t suppose he potted a ball then,” Mark Williams stated upon qualifying for Stage Three.

“You’ve bought to (preserve your self-discipline). If stuff occurs, you’ve simply bought to get on with it and check out your finest.”

“That’s what I executed. I performed a couple of good frames, however the first 4 or 5 frames might have gone to my opponents simply. It simply went my means right now.

Williams hasn’t captured a rating title for the reason that British Open about two years in the past, however he will probably be beginning to fancy the job right here in Leicester.

Ought to the Welshman go on and elevate the trophy, he can be the second-oldest participant ever to land rating success after countryman Ray Reardon, who was 50 when he received the Gamers Skilled Event in 1982.

“I’d somewhat not be that previous to be trustworthy. I’m almost 50 and I’m nonetheless going – let’s see how far I can go.”

In the meantime, Chris Wakelin topped Group F with an undefeated document of two wins and a draw.

The reigning Snooker Shoot Out champion beat Anthony Hamilton 3-0 in his first match earlier than drawing 2-2 with Sanderson Lam.

It led to a crunch tie with former Championship League winner Kyren Wilson, who had received each of his video games up till that time.

Wakelin, although, was capable of muster the triumph he wanted, orchestrating a 3-1 victory to advance to the subsequent part at Wilson’s expense.

Each Mark Williams and Chris Wakelin will proceed their Championship League Snooker campaigns on Friday when the ultimate group phases will happen.

On Tuesday, there will probably be two extra round-robin teams from Stage Two.

Si Jiahui and Robert Milkins are in Group H alongside Pang Junxu and John Astley, whereas Group C contains Noppon Saengkham, Daniel Wells, Ashley Carty, and Liu Hongyu.

Championship League Snooker
Stage Two draw

Group A (July 19)
Michael Holt
Ben Woollaston
Zhou Yuelong
Xiao Guodong
Group B (July 20)
Judd Trump
Matthew Stevens
Joe Perry
Cao Yupeng
Group C (July 18)
Ashley Carty
Liu Hongyu
Daniel Wells
Noppon Saengkham
Group D (July 19)
Shaun Murphy
David Gilbert
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh
James Cahill
Group E (July 17)
Kyren Wilson
Sanderson Lam
Chris Wakelin
Anthony Hamilton
Group F (July 17)
Mark Williams
Martin O’Donnell
Robbie Williams
Barry Pinches
Group G (July 20)
Lengthy Zehuang
Michael White
Sam Craigie
Jak Jones
Group H (July 18)
John Astley
Robert Milkins
Pang Junxu
Si Jiahui

Featured photograph credit score: WST

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