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Ali Carter claims Group Four glory at the Championship League

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Live Snooker on Wednesday January 10: Championship League 2018 Group Four preview and order of play

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Live Snooker on Thursday March 29: Championship League 2018 Winner’s Group Day Two preview and order of play

Carter took the spoils in Group Four in Coventry (credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Carter took the spoils in Group Four in Coventry (credit: Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Ali Carter is the fourth man through to the Winners’ Group in the 2018 Championship League after a commanding 3-1 victory over Shaun Murphy in the Group Four final at the Ricoh Arena.

The Captain put the in-form Judd Trump to the sword 3-0 in the semi-finals in Coventry, before producing an equally convincing performance against Murphy to book his place alongside Zhou Yuelong, Mark Selby and Kyren Wilson in the Winners’ Group at the end of March.

It really was a tale of two days for Carter, who recovered from losing each of his three matches on Wednesday by getting two wins on Thursday to scrape through to the Play-Offs in fourth place at the expense of Liang Wenbo.

The world number 13 certainly made the most of his opportunity with a dominant performance against Trump, who had made light work in topping the group after the round-robin stage.

Carter made breaks of 58, 63 and 76 as he outscored the Ace by 272 points to two to set up a showdown with Murphy, after the Magician recovered from 2-0 down to edge past Barry Hawkins 3-2 in the other semi.

The 2013 Championship League finalist came flying out of the blocks with a break of 116 to draw first blood, while a further run of 56 doubled his lead and moved him to the brink of victory.

Murphy responded with 77 to halve the deficit and keep the match alive, but Carter hit back immediately and a contribution of 92 was enough to book his place in the Winners’ Group for the third time in four appearances.

Earlier in the day, Liang narrowly missed out on the Play-Offs but his fifth-place finish means he will return for Group Five.

However, there will be no place for Tom Ford, who was eliminated from the competition after collecting just one win from five matches.

Championship League 2018 Results

Thursday January 11

Liang Wenbo 3-1 Barry Hawkins

Ali Carter 3-0 Tom Ford

Shaun Murphy 2-3 Barry Hawkins

Liang Wenbo 0-3 Tom Ford

Judd Trump 1-3 Barry Hawkins

Shaun Murphy 1-3 Ali Carter

Play-Offs

Judd Trump 0-3 Ali Carter

Barry Hawkins 2-3 Shaun Murphy

Final

Shaun Murphy 1-3 Ali Carter

Group Four Table

Position Player Played Won Lost FW FL Points Prize Money
1 Judd Trump 5 4 1 13 4 4 £2,600
2 Barry Hawkins 5 4 1 13 7 4 £3,200
3 Shaun Murphy 5 2 3 9 12 2 £4,400
4 Ali Carter 5 2 3 8 10 2 £5,900
5 Liang Wenbo 5 2 3 7 12 2 £1,500
6 Tom Ford (E) 5 1 4 7 12 1 £1,000
7 Mark Allen (E) 0 0 0 0 0 0 £1,000