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Live Snooker on Tuesday: Championship League Snooker 2018 - Group One Preview and Order of Play

Kyren Wilson is the highest ranked player in action in Group One (credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

The 2018 Championship League gets underway on Tuesday with the start of Group One, featuring seven of the world’s top 32 players as the first snooker of the New Year breaks off at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

The first group of the internet-streamed event will be played across two days, with the victor progressing to the Winners’ Group at the end of March.

World number 14 Kyren Wilson is the highest ranked player on display on the opening day of action in what is his third appearance in the competition.

The Warrior arrives in Coventry off the back of a strong start to the campaign that has seen him reach two ranking event finals at the World Open and English Open, and will be eager to build on that by qualifying for the Winners’ Group for the first time.

The same can be said for world number 25 Michael Holt, while Riga Masters champion Ryan Day begins his mission to go the extra step 12 months on, having lost out to John Higgins in last year’s final.

Elsewhere, Stephen Maguire returns to the invitational event after choosing not to participate in 2017, and he will be keen to continue his strong start to the campaign by embarking on a deep run in Coventry.

Mark King is also back in the competition after three years away and Anthony Hamilton returns 10 years after appearing in the inaugural event in 2008, while there is a debut for Chinese prodigy Zhou Yuelong.

Play gets underway at 12pm GMT on Tuesday, with all matches being played over the best of five frames and each player facing each other once, before the top four advance to the semi-finals and, subsequently, the final on Wednesday.

The victor will progress to the Winners’ Group of the 2018 Championship League at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.


Championship League 2018 tournament schedule

Tuesday January 2

12pm
Ryan Day v Zhou Yuelong
Kyren Wilson v Stephen Maguire

1pm
Anthony Hamilton v Kyren Wilson
Mark King v Michael Holt

3pm
Stephen Maguire v Ryan Day
Zhou Yuelong v Mark King

4pm
Kyren Wilson v Ryan Day

7pm
Mark King v Anthony Hamilton
Stephen Maguire v Zhou Yuelong

8pm
Ryan Day v Anthony Hamilton
Michael Holt v Zhou Yuelong


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Live Snooker on Tuesday: Championship League Snooker 2018 - Group One Preview and Order of Play

The 2018 Championship League gets underway on Tuesday with the start of Group One, featuring seven of the world’s top 32 players as the first snooker of the New Year breaks off at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

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