August 28, 2011

PTC4 Paul Hunter Classic Finals Day

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 8:32 am

Don't have nightmares

Good Morning everyone. Today sees the culmination of the Paul Hunter Classic from Germany. With the world number 1 elect and two former world champions taking on a field from the lower echelons of the sport.

With the exception of Mark Selby, Ronnie and Neil Robertson, the big names are having a torrid time in this. Mark Williams, Ding Junhui and Shaun Murphy were the latest casualties yesterday, Shaun losing in a decider to the highly impressive Michael White, MJW fizzeling out to Passakorn Suwannawat after beating Sanderson Lam earlier in the day and Ding falling victim to The Ferginator late last night.

The one consolation for Shaun is that he has now acquired a new shot selection coach, namely me. A glowing endorsement of my sharp tactical brain was to be seen on Twitter yesterday as I pointed out to Shaun that he may have played the wrong shot in the decider when only needing one snooker. Being the big man he is he took this on the chin and bowed to my judgement, obviously realising that arguing with snooker’s modern day Terry Griffiths was a futile exercise. I feel I owe it to the sport to set up the Snookerbacker Shot Selection School (SSSS) to further my bid for world domination. On the subject of world domination I notice from the latest Alexa Rankings that the blog is now closing in on a top 200,000 slot in terms of world popularity, I feel with the Shot Selection School it’s only a matter of time before we overtake the grossly overrated Facebook.

In terms of today, anyone that thinks it’s going to be ‘The Ronnie Show’ can get 2/1 on the Rocket winning this on Skybet. Given the fact that he is likely to be on the match table throughout with a big crowd this may just be the bet of the week. We will possibly get to see him renew his rivalry with Mark Selby in the semi-finals, but Mark will first have to negotiate a tricky tie against Stephen Lee if they both win their openers this morning.

Up in the top half it’s wide open with all eight names having a realistic chance of reaching the final. Michael White was very impressive yesterday and faces The Ferginator, Mustard Man Dark Mavis has an opener against Matt Selt while Pink Ribbon winner Mark Joyce takes on Robbo. One player that has been catching my eye now for a while is the improving Jamie Jones, he came back to beat Jack Lisowski in a decider yesterday from 3-1 down and then went on to beat PTC3 winner Ben Woollaston to get to this stage and I fancy him to progress to the quarter finals this morning.

Recommended Bets:

2 points win Jamie Jones to beat Passakorn Suwannawat at 5/6 with Sportingbet

2 points win Michael White to beat Fergal O’Brien at 5/6 with Skybet

2 points double Mark Selby and Stephen Lee pays Evens at Sportingbet

1 point accumulator Lee, Selby, De Lu, Jones and White pays over 9/1 at Skybet  

3 points win Ronnie O’Sullivan to win The Paul Hunter Classic at 2/1 with Skybet

Last 16

Passakorn Suwannawat 4-2 Jamie Jones
Mark Joyce 2-4 Neil Robertson
Mark Davis 4-2 Matthew Selt
Michael White 2-4 Fergal O’Brien
Mark Selby 4-0 Andrew Higginson
Joe Jogia 1-4 Stephen Lee
Yu De Lu 4-2 Jimmy Robertson
Ronnie O’Sullivan 4-2 Li Yan

Quarter Finals

Passakorn Suwannawat 1-4 Neil Robertson
Mark Davis 4-0 Fergal O’Brien
Mark Selby 4-1 Stephen Lee
Yu DeLu 3-4 Ronnie O’Sullivan

Semi Finals

Mark Davis 4-2 Neil Robertson
Mark Selby 4-3 Ronnie O’Sullivan


Mark Davis 0-4 Mark Selby

Paul Hunter Classic Champion: Mark Selby

(photo courtesy of/can be blamed on Monique Limbos)

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