April 12, 2016

World Championship Final Qualifying Round

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 7:51 am
judgement day celebration

RIP: Peter Ebdon at the grave of last night’s referee

So this, as they say, is it.

One more best of nineteen match which if you win it means that you are finishing your season at The Crucible with all the dreams and hopes this brings. Lose and you are either consigned to watching it at home and bitterly tapping away on social media or throwing your cue in the wardrobe for a month and buggering off on holiday. That’s what the next two days are all about.

Every match is a stand out one which is why World Snooker are putting on a show at You Tube. The plan is that Rob Walker and Neal Foulds will be hotstepping between the tables to find out what’s going on and giving us understated (knowing Rob) updates on the who’s, where’s and do you mind if I don’t’s of the day.

It’s not clear so far what matches are live on You Tube but there are rumours that Ding’s is, the information from the governing body thus far has been a little patchy to say the least considering what a big deal this new initiative is.

Anyway, I’m sure we’ll all work it out after the first couple of hours have passed.

Today is all about jostling for position in readiness for tomorrow when all of them conclude, remember the old saying, you can’t win a match in the first session but you can lose it, which of course is absolute garbage as proven by Peter Ebdon last night who came back from 3-9 down to Gerard Greene to win the decider at silly o’clock this morning. Spare a thought for whoever reffed it, I hope they have the day off today, at least Ebbo doesn’t start again until 5pm tonight, all the starting times for ‘Jostle into position Tuesday’ (catchy) are here, with live scoring from 11am here.

Here are the matches and again, I’ll highlight the predicted winner and maybe throw in the odd bet. Round 2 was a mixed bag with quite a few ducking by just the one frame.


11am Tuesday and Wednesday 

Ding Junhui v Nigel Bond

Anthony Hamilton v Robbie Williams (Live at World Snooker TV)

Robert Milkins v Kurt Maflin

Alan McManus v Jimmy Robertson

Thepchaiya Un-Nooh v Anthony McGill

Liam Highfield v Sam Baird (Live at World Snooker TV)

Jack Lisowski v David Gilbert

Mitchell Mann v Dechawat Poomjaeng

5pm Tuesday and Wednesday

Ian Burns v Peter Ebdon (Live at World Snooker TV)

Mike Dunn v Graeme Dott

Mark King v Michael Holt (Live at World Snooker TV)

Ken Doherty v Ryan Day

Kyren Wilson v Matthew Stevens

Zhou Yuelong v Zhang Anda

Ali Carter v Dominic Dale

Xiao Guodong v Liang Wenbo

Recommended Bets: 2 point acca on Baird, Gilbert, Carter and Wenbo pays over 6/1 add Dott for a 2 point acca pays over 9/1. 2 point double on Un-Nooh and Hamilton pays over 3/1. 1 point on Bond at 8/1. 

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