January 22, 2010

Final Day of Qualifiers – It's Getting Twitchy

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 5:42 am

The final day of qualifiers takes place today, with the exception of the Matthew Stevens match which takes place at the venue in Newport. Seven of the sixteen matches yesterday ended in final frame deciders, two of them scuppering a decent return for small stakes for me. I think this is a sign of the nerves that accompany these qualifiers, which makes them so hard to predict. Chances to reach the venues are few and far between and for a lot of these players, losing a few on the bounce could be enough to make them quit. Hopefully with Barry Hearn’s new masterplan there will be more opportunities for the good players and up and coming players in the lower ranks to actually make a living. But we’ll see.

All matches are listed below and head to heads, where they exist are included after the tie as is who the winner will face next (starting Monday)   The names in bold are the ones I’d expect to come through unscathed, a fourfold of Holt, Cope (come on, McManus can’t win again), Walden and Wenbo if you can get on, only this mornings matches are so far priced up at Sportingbet.

The ones in italics are riskier ones that I’ll only have a small interest on if the price is right. Stuart Pettman to beat the legend that is Dave Harold, the Stoke Potter hasn’t been firing on all cylinders for a while now and though Pettman is no world beater either he can throw in the odd tidy performance.

Pettman - Dodgy Barnet

Tony Drago has breezed through this week and comes up against the very capable Gerard Greene, again a risky proposition to back Drago but given he’s on a roll and Gerard generally falls asleep for a couple of frames nearly every match, if you like the price you see on the Maltese Falcon he’s worth a speculative punt. The next tentative selection is Stuart Bingham to beat the Sheriff of Pottingham, Anthony Hamilton. This again is a risky one and a lot will depend on the price but I like Bingham and I think he’s a decent player. If you discount a 5-4 defeat recently to James Wattana, he doesn’t lose a lot to players outside the top 16. Hamilton is a great player but an underachiever, I think Bingham may have the edge in that one.

Just by virtue of the head to head record Marcus Campbell may beat Nigel Bond, but I have no idea how Bond is playing as he’s had very little action recently, unless you include a recent seniors event that he played in (didn’t think he was that old!), and finally speaking of veterans, Ken Doherty has been showing signs of a return to form now for a bit and I’ll take him to get the better of Graeme Dott, who I have now all but given up on after backing him at treble figure prices for a couple of events last year. Now watch him win it!

Nigel Bond - Licensed to Pot


Match 49 – Joe Swail v Mark Davis (4-2) Winner Plays Ali Carter

Match 50 – Michael Holt v Liu Song Winner Plays Neil Robertson

Match 51 – Dave Harold v Stuart Pettman (0-1) Winner Plays Stephen Hendry

Match 52 – Gerard Greene v Tony Drago (0-2) Winner Plays Ryan Day

Match 53 – Stephen Lee v Andrew Higginson (1-0) Winner Plays Marco Fu

Match 54 – Fergal O’Brien v Li Hang Winner Plays Mark J Williams

Match 55 – Barry Hawkins v Ian McCulloch (3-1) Winner Plays Peter Ebdon

Match 56 –  Steve Davis v Dominic Dale (5-2) Winner Plays Stephen Maguire


Match 57 – Stuart Bingham v Anthony Hamilton (2-0) Winner Plays Ronnie O’Sullivan

Match 58 – Jamie Cope v Alan McManus (1-0) Winner Plays Ding Junhui

Match 59 – Ricky Walden v Tom Ford (1-0) Winner Plays Mark Allen

Match 60 – Matthew Stevens v Barry Pinches (1-1) (will be played in Newport) Winner Plays Shaun Murphy

Match 61 – Judd Trump v Rory McLeod (1-1) Winner Plays Mark Selby

Match 62 – Nigel Bond v Marcus Campbell (0-3) Winner Plays Mark King

Match 63 – Graeme Dott v Ken Doherty (2-7) Winner Plays Joe Perry

Match 64 –  Liang Wenbo v Michael Judge (0-1) Winner Plays John Higgins

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