Ali Carter with superb comeback to reach Championship League Snooker Winners’ Group

Ali Carter with superb comeback to reach Championship League Snooker Winners’ Group
Ali Carter with superb comeback to reach Championship League Snooker Winners’ Group
Ali Carter impressed in Group 6 of the Championship League (Picture: Getty Images)

Ali Carter booked his spot in the Winners’ Group of the Championship League with a fantastic comeback to beat Anthony McGill 3-2 in the Group 6 final.

The Captain found himself 2-0 down in a race to three and needing a snooker with just pink and black left on the table in the third frame.

A superb shot got him the snooker and he pinched the frame to stay alive, before winning the final two, getting over the line with a break of 111 in the last.

The former World Championship finalist was impressive throughout the group stage, winning five of his six games, only losing to McGill, before he edged out Mark Williams in the semi-final.

McGill had beaten Dave Gilbert in the semi-finals after also only losing once in the group stage, a 3-1 defeat to Liang Wenbo.

Williams, Gilbert, McGill and Joe Perry will return for Group 7 in March, alongside Neil Robertson, Kurt Maflin and an as-yet-unconfirmed player.

Meanwhile, Carter joins Zhou Yuelong, Graeme Dott, John Higgins, Judd Turmp and Kyren Wilson in the Winners’ Group.

‘I’m delighted,’ said Carter. ‘Coming here on Wednesday I had no expectations and to get through against top quality opponents is great.

‘I have been working on some stuff at home and trying to practice here and there with the lockdown and home schooling, but I am delighted to get through. I have tried to change my game a bit and play more attacking rather than the old school way. I came here with that in mind, made a few centuries, and got some good wins.

‘When you have played as long as I have, you get a feeling. When you win a frame needing a snooker I could sense Anthony was struggling a little bit.

‘I love this event, I have always done well here, and it is great that we are playing. I am away, I am working, and I can drive home tonight knowing I am the winner.’

Group 7 is not played until 29-30 March, with the Winners’ Group on the following two days.


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Author: Phil Haigh