April 10, 2016

World Championship Qualifying Round 2

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 6:56 am
Two more matches....

Two more matches….

It’s time for match two of a possible three for the lucky Crucible bound potters with some having had a much easier time in the first round than others, even to the extent that we saw three total whitewashes and for a few of them, the easiest £6000 they will probably earn in their career.

I am obviously a strong advocate of the amateur game but I have to say that some of the match ups in Round 1 were always going to end the same way, with some who found themselves thrust into the action for whatever reason World Snooker could find, clearly out of their depth and inevitably struggling to even get that first (and only) frame on the board.

Contrast this with the winner of my tournament last week Sam Craigie, was he not more deserving of a place in this than some of these players? He’d have been a tough draw for a few of the professionals lower down but it seems that World Snooker instead prefer to send the unprepared to the lions on the guise of doing them a favour, testament to this was Jamie Clarke’s late night victory on Saturday, just a few days previously he was contesting a semi-final in the SB Classic. Not that I’m bitter you understand, oh no.

For me the World Championship should be contested by all current professionals and if you must top these up, which in itself is open to debate, completed by players from agreed criteria at the start of the season who have proved themselves to be the best players outside of the professional game, regardless of whether they come from Belgium, Bognor Regis or Bongo Bongo Land. Unfortunately like last season, too many of those excitedly running to the table with a wildcard just aren’t yet up to this very high standard, that said, it does help fill up the kitty early doors from a betting perspective for the shrewder punters amongst you all.

Anyway, that’s the slight gripe and not so hidden agenda issue out of the way, if I can get a place in this for my winner next year they can invite whoever else they like, this is still a cracking event and from now on we’re talking about players who have won the right to be in this round and are now thinking about one thing and one thing only, namely getting to The Crucible in 6 days time.

You can take a look at the schedule for Round 2 here and obviously keep up with the Live Stream on the World Snooker TV website which costs but a few pennies for the month and the live scores can be viewed as they happen, assuming it’s working here.

Bettingwise, the first round was decent, now let’s see what Round 2 brings. I’ve taken a slightly different approach to this round, the maverick in me, and highlighted in BOLD the player I think will win each match up and where appropriate flagged up a bet, multiples are at the foot of the post. You can read back my main preview here where I say who I think will qualify.


Ding Junhui v Ross Muir

Recommended Bet? No. 

Nigel Bond v Gary Wilson

Recommended Bet? 3 points on over 16 frames at 11/10. 

Hamza Akbar v Ian Burns

Recommended Bet? No. 

Gerard Greene v Peter Ebdon

Recommended Bet? 3 points on Ebdon (-3.5 frames) at 6/4. 

Chris Wakelin v Anthony Hamilton

Recommended Bet? No. 

Robbie Williams v Mark Joyce

Recommended Bet? 2 points on Joyce (-2.5 frames) at 7/5.  

Mike Dunn v Li Hang

Recommended Bet? No. 

Noppon Saengkham v Graeme Dott

Recommended Bet? 2 points on Dott (-4.5 frames) at 12/5. 

Robert Milkins v Scott Donaldson

Recommended Bet? 2 points on Donaldson (+4.5 frames) at 11/8. 

Kurt Maflin v Zhao Xintong

Recommended Bet? 3 points on Maflin to make the highest break in the match at 9/10.

Mark King v David Grace

Recommended Bet? 2 points on King (-2.5 frames) at 11/10. 

Peter Lines v Michael Holt

Recommended Bet? 2 points on Holt (-3.5 frames) at 13/10. 

Alan McManus v David Morris

Recommended Bet? 2 points on McManus (-2.5 frames) at 6/5.

Stuart Carrington v Jimmy Robertson

Recommended Bet? No. 

Hossein Vafaei Ayouri v Ken Doherty

Recommended Bet? 3 points on Ayouri (+2.5 frames) at 8/13. 

Alfie Burden v Ryan Day

Recommended Bet? 2 points on Burden at 9/4. 

Kyren Wilson v Martin O’Donnell

Recommended Bet? No. 

Zhang Yong v Matthew Stevens

Recommended Bet? 2 points on Under 15.5 frames at 24/23. 

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v Paul Davison

Recommended Bet? No. 

Craig Steadman v Anthony McGill

Recommended Bet? 2 points on Steadman at 4/1. 

Luca Brecel v Liam Highfield

Recommended Bet? 2 points on Highfield at 15/8 (given the rumours that Luca isn’t well) 

Sam Baird v Tom Ford

Recommended Bet? No. 

Jack Lisowski v Rory McLeod

Recommended Bet? 2 points on McLeod at 6/5. 

Lee Walker v David Gilbert

Recommended Bet? 3 points on Gilbert (-3.5 frames) at 9/10. 

Matt Selt v Mitchell Mann

Recommended Bet? No. 

Robin Hull v Dechawat Poomjaeng

Recommended Bet? No.  

Fergal O’Brien v Zhou Yuelong

Recommended Bet? 2 points on over 16 frames at 10/11. 

Zhang Anda v Dark Mavis

Recommended Bet? No. 

Ali Carter v Cao Yupeng

Recommended Bet? No. 

Oli Lines v Dominic Dale

Recommended Bet? 2 points on Lines at 2/1. 

Xiao Guodong v Jamie Clarke

Recommended Bet? No. 

Jamie Cope v Liang Wenbo

Recommended Bet? 2 points over 15 frames in the match at 9/10. 

RECOMMENDED BIG SECOND ROUND ACCA: 3 points on McManus, Ebdon, Joyce, Gilbert, Holt and Un-Nooh pays well over 6/1 at Marathon Bet. 

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