Kyren Wilson is the third man through to the Winners’ Group in the 2018 Championship League after a commanding 3-1 victory over Mark Allen in the Group Three final on Tuesday.
The Warrior qualified for the Winners’ Group for the first time as he recovered from losing the opening frame against Allen, before reeling off the next three and closing in style with a magnificent 137 total clearance.
Allen and Wilson were among the three players to end the round-robin phase on four points, with frames won seeing finish first and third in the table respectively.
The Pistol had enjoyed a dramatic 3-2 victory over Tom Ford on the final black in his Play-Off and built on that momentum in the final, as a break of 102 saw him draw first blood.
Meanwhile, the Warrior had overcome Barry Hawkins 3-1 in the semis and he responded well to falling behind by winning the next two frames on the colours to go 2-1 up.
It is fair to say that the former Shanghai Masters champion needed no second invitation, as he crashed in a stunning total clearance of 137 to seal the victory.
Wilson joins Chinese prodigy Zhou Yuelong and World champion Mark Selby in the Winners’ Group at the end of March.
Earlier in the day, Ali Carter claimed a vital 3-2 win over Ryan Day in the round-robin phase to claim fifth place in the table.
That ensures that he will return alongside Judd Trump, Shaun Murphy and Liang Wenbo in Group Four on Wednesday, as well as Allen, Hawkins and Ford.
But, 10 months after reaching the final of this event in Coventry, Day is relegated from the competition along with Anthony Hamilton, whose return after 10 years away proved to be short-lived.
Championship League 2018 – Group Three Results
Tuesday January 9
Tom Ford 3-0 Barry Hawkins
Mark Allen 3-0 Ryan Day
Ali Carter 0-3 Barry Hawkins
Anthony Hamilton 1-3 Kyren Wilson
Tom Ford 3-1 Ryan Day
Mark Allen 3-1 Kyren Wilson
Ali Carter 3-2 Ryan Day
Mark Allen 1-3 Barry Hawkins
Tom Ford 3-1 Anthony Hamilton
Mark Allen 3-2 Tom Ford
Barry Hawkins 1-3 Kyren Wilson
Mark Allen 1-3 Kyren Wilson
Group Three Table
|6||Anthony Hamilton (E)||6||2||4||12||15||2||£1,200|
|7||Ryan Day (E)||6||1||5||9||17||1||£900|