Snookerbacker

September 25, 2017

International Championship Qualifiers

Filed under: snookerbacker @ 1:45 pm

Back to Preston

After a few weeks of jetsetting to both India and China, the snooker tour returns to UK shores this week for the qualifying round of the prestigious International Championship in Preston at the iconic Guild Hall venue.

One of the reasons I like this event is because it embraces longer matches. Every single one of the matches below is played over the best of eleven frames, lovely jubbly, giving this tournament an identity of its own, something that unfortunately a few of the other Chinese competitions don’t yet have.

A bit of a blog first below, I have listed the matches together with the best price available (on Monday) for each player. It’s crying out for a good old fashioned bet and I’ll probably post daily bets on Twitter. Obviously with it being long matches, we have to try a monster acca too, be rude not to, so that’s at the foot of this post.

If you want to tune in there will be selected matches on Eurosport Player or you could while away the hours staring at the live scores here. If you are wondering where reigning champion and World Champion Mark Selby and a few of the bigger Chinese names are, their first matches are held over to the main venue.

The qualifiers run from Tuesday September 26th to Friday September 29th at the Guild Hall in Preston. Tickets are available and cost just £5 – for details click here.

The main event will run from October 29th to November 5th in China. 

Tuesday 26th September 
09:30 Andrew Higginson (3/10) Josh Boileau (7/2)  
09:30 Gary Wilson (1/3) Thor Chuan Leong (3/1)  
09:30 Robbie Williams (11/10) Zhang Anda (9/10)  
09:30 Thepchaiya Un-Nooh (8/15) Sam Craigie (7/4)  
09:30 Tom Ford (2/5) Scott Donaldson (12/5)  

14:30 Alan McManus (3/5) Rod Lawler (13/8)  
14:30 Alfie Burden (8/11) Mi Xi Wen (11/8)  
14:30 Joe Perry (1/8) Paul Davison (63/10)  
14:30 Michael Holt (1/6) Leo Fernandez (9/2)  
14:30 Ryan Day (1/6) Chen Zifan (6/1)  

19:30 Jamie Jones (4/7) John Astley (15/8)  
19:30 Stuart Bingham (1/6) Sean OSullivan (11/2) 
19:30 Tian Pengfei (5/11) James Wattana (5/2) 

Wednesday 27th September 
09:30 Daniel Wells (4/5) Ian Burns (11/10)  
09:30 David Grace (10/17) Xu Si (6/4)  
09:30 Mark Williams (1/9) Boonyarit Kaettikun (6/1)  
09:30 Martin Gould (2/9) Mitchell Mann (7/2)  
09:30 Mike Dunn (6/11) Martin ODonnell (16/11)  

14:30 David Gilbert (3/10) Liam Highfield (11/4)  
14:30 Graeme Dott (3/10) Nigel Bond (11/4)  
14:30 Robert Milkins (4/11) Yuan Sijun (9/4)  
14:30 Stephen Maguire (1/8) Alex Borg (6/1) 
14:30 Xiao Guodong (1/3) Jimmy White (5/2) 

19:30 Anthony McGill (1/4) Aditya Mehta (14/5) 
19:30 Kyren Wilson (1/7) Rhys Clark (9/2) 
19:30 Marco Fu (1/5) Akani Songsermsawad (4/1)  
19:30 Neil Robertson (1/10) Craig Steadman (13/2)  

Thursday 28th September 
09:30 Chris Wakelin (4/5) Cao Yupeng (11/10) 
09:30 Jimmy Robertson (6/11) Michael Georgiou (7/4)  
09:30 Mark Allen (1/6) Peter Lines (11/2)  
09:30 Dark Mavis (1/3) Ian Preece (5/2)  
09:30 Peter Ebdon (1/2) Fang Xiongman (7/4)  
09:30 Ricky Walden (1/8) Billy Joe Castle (11/2) 

14:30 Fergal OBrien (1/4) Zhang Yong (7/2)  
14:30 Kurt Maflin (4/9) Joe Swail (15/8)  
14:30 Matthew Selt (1/2) Alexander Ursenbacher (17/10)  
14:30 Rory McLeod (8/13) Ross Muir (13/8) 
14:30 Stuart Carrington (11/17) Lee Walker (7/5) 

19:30 Ali Carter (1/20) Jamie Curtis-Barrett (9/1)  
19:30 Barry Hawkins (1/10) Hammad Miah (13/2)  
19:30 Mark Joyce (1/12) Kurt Dunham (15/2) 
19:30 Shaun Murphy (1/25) Matthew Bolton (16/1) 

Friday 29th September 
09:30 Hossein Vafaei (1/3) Duane Jones (5/2)  
09:30 Jack Lisowski (1/2) Lukas Kleckers (7/4)  
09:30 Li Hang (2/5) Soheil Vahedi (2/1)  
09:30 Michael White (4/9) Eden Sharav (9/4)  
09:30 Sam Baird (1/3) Li Yuan (5/2)  

14:30 Anthony Hamilton (3/10) Sanderson Lam (11/4)  
14:30 Luca Brecel (1/5) Allan Taylor (7/2)  
14:30 Mark King (2/9) Christopher Keogan (10/3)  
14:30 Noppon Saengkham (2/5) Niu Zhuang (12/5)  
14:30 Oliver Lines (4/11) Hamza Akbar (9/4)  

19:30 Ben Woollaston (2/5) Jak Jones (9/4)  
19:30 Dominic Dale (1/3) Jackson Page (5/2)  
19:30 Judd Trump (1/20) Chris Totten (11/1) 
19:30 Ronnie OSullivan (1/16) Gerard Greene (8/1)

RECOMMENDED MONSTER ACCA: Pays almost 5/1 at Bet 365 – Higginson, Holt, Perry, Mark Williams, Maguire, Fu, McGill, Kyren Wilson, Walden, Allen and Vafaei. 

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