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Live Snooker on Wednesday: Championship League Snooker 2017 Group Four - Day One preview and order of play

Shaun Murphy enters the Championship League on Wednesday (credit: PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Shaun Murphy makes his bow in the 2017 Championship League as he joins Group Four on Wednesday, while Mark Allen and Kyren Wilson also enter the action at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The Magician is returning to the internet-streamed invitational event following a three-year absence, and he is one of six players looking to build some match sharpness and momentum ahead of the Masters next week.

Murphy reached the final of the competition in 2011 and would love to mark his return by going one step better alongside the likes of David Gilbert, Anthony McGill and Mark Davis at the start of March.

Mark Allen is eyeing a strong run in Coventry (Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
Allen is also back in the event after a lengthy absence, having entered this year for the first time since 2013 and, like Murphy, also got to the final here three years previously.

Wilson is back for his second straight appearance and will be looking to get on a good run ahead of his tough clash with Ding Junhui in the opening round at the Alexandra Palace on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Neil Robertson is looking to go one step further having reached the Group Three final, where a magical first maximum of Davis' career denied him a place in the Winners' Group.

Fellow left-hander Barry Hawkins, who reached the semi-finals on Tuesday, will also be eager for another strong showing ahead of his quest to eclipse that run to the Masters final 12 months ago.

Elsewhere, Ryan Day will be hoping that Group Four will bring him glory after reaching the Play-Offs in each of the three previous groups, while Mark Williams is looking for a much smoother passage having survived elimination in the two most recent ones.

The action gets underway at 11am GMT on Wednesday, with all matches to be contested over the best of five frames at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Championship League 2017 Schedule

Wednesday January 11

11am
Shaun Murphy v Mark Allen
Kyren Wilson v Mark Williams

12.30pm
Barry Hawkins v Shaun Murphy
Ryan Day v Neil Robertson

2pm
Mark Allen v Kyren Wilson
Mark Williams v Ryan Day

3.30pm
Shaun Murphy v Kyren Wilson
Neil Robertson v Barry Hawkins

6pm
Mark Allen v Mark Williams
Barry Hawkins v Ryan Day

7pm
Neil Robertson v Mark Williams
Kyren Wilson v Barry Hawkins



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