July 12, 2010

Top Drawer Selby Pockets PTC2

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:15 am

The performance from Mark was truly Top Drawer

Myself and the Mrs bought a vintage chest of drawers at the weekend. After much polishing and buffing it now looks just the job. It cost us a little more than we wanted to pay, but last night we named it ‘Mark’, as good old Selby justified my faith in him landing the 9/1 odds for team SB by beating my old nemesis Barry Pinches in a deciding frame final. The chest of drawers is now paid for.

Selby finished with back to back centuries of 133 and 116, after knocking in a 102 in the final frame of his semi-final against Marco Fu to add to the highly impressive tally of big breaks that made him a deserving winner.

If any of you followed the advice given on the win market and backed the 9/1, then well done. It felt even sweeter that he beat Barry in the final, given my tale of woe involving the Canary Cueist earlier in the week. A demon laid to rest I feel.

The each-way odds of 25/1 on Marco Fu may also have attracted some of you shrewdies and the Team Snookerbacker member justified these with Skybet paying out on the final four.

On the punting side alone, this is proving an unexpectedly worthwhile exercise and actually keeps up the 100% outright hit rate on ranking event winners since the blog began. I almost feel like ‘crowing’.

I do hope that Skybet persevere with this and hopefully other likely candidates such as Sportingbet and Betfred also decide to get involved now the World Cup has finished.

Talking of betting opportunities, the only other event on the sporting calendar that I ever get involved with to any degree starts on Thursday, the Open golf. Anyone with any insight into that would be most welcome on the comments section as I ain’t no golf tipster that’s for damn sure as mustard.

Mark received an envelope of a different kind yesterday.

Anyway, back to the snooker and the win puts Mark narrowly ahead of PTC1 winner Mark Williams on the Order of Merit, with Pinches and Stephen Maguire in third and fourth respectively.

Remember that as well as picking up ranking points for the main tour list, the top 24 on the PTC Order of Merit list alone will qualify to play in the televised event at the end of the season. The full list can be viewed here.

Clearly if the big boys want to make the televised stages they will need to follow the examples being set by the likes of the two Marks, Maguire, Murphy and Marco (and anyone else beginning with M that I may have missed), who despite their elevated status are not afraid to knuckle down, get their hands chalky and play in these events at the height of summer.

The likes of Hendry, Ding and Mark Allen may find themselves with a bit of catching up to do when they decide to enter, though I believe Allen and Ding are over in China at present.

We’ll have another go on the next event as I’m beginning to enjoy these. A welcome addition for the players and the fans alike, the one downside being the over-reliance on Global Snooker for the updates. Excellent as it is, the time can’t come soon enough for the new World Snooker scoreboard, which apparently is going to be very good indeed.

Bazza at least listened to the complaints and apparently took the decision himself to take it down as it was clearly bringing the governing body in for a great deal of stick. I think that’s what’s called people power.

Stay tuned for news of the one and only ‘Snookerbacker One’ whose quest for World Open glory got off to a successful start at the weekend. He’s now within touching distance of a date with destiny…..

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