15/1 Welsh Snooker Open Accumulator Lands!
15/1 Welsh Snooker Open Accumulator
Noppon Saengkham 4-2 Ross Muir
Saengkham went into this battle as a slight favourite, due to his higher ranking and having won their two previous match ups. The game followed the form as Saengkham took the opening frame and never went behind in the match. His highest break of 68 came in the 3rd frame as he took a 2-1 lead. The last frame was perhaps the most dramatic with Saengkham coming back to win a close frame despite Muir’s highest contribution of the match with a 61 break.
Sam Craigie 4-0 Leo Fernandez
This was a comfortable victory for Craigie as he took the first frame without reply. In a low scoring contest with no breaks over 50 in the match, Craigie went onto to dominate against an out of form Fernandez who has only made it past the first round once this season.
Mike Dunn 4-0 Hamza Akbar
The very experienced Dunn cruised to victory limiting Akbar to a total of just 36 points over the four frames. Dunn took control early bringing up a 3-0 lead with breaks of 63,54 & 96. He wrapped up the match to secure his passage to the next round.
Mark Williams 4-2 Mark King
“The Welsh Potting Machine” lived up to his name here coming out on top of the clash between these two top quality professionals. Looking at the head to head record before the match (9-8 to Williams) suggested this could be a close match however Williams had won the last 3 encounters and has been one of the most in-form players this season. The key to the win was most likely the 1st frame which lasted over 30mins, before a clever snooker by Williams on the pink helped him gain the early advantage. After this he impressively rattled off breaks of 134 & 129 but to King’s credit he hit back with a 104 break of his own and also won a close 5th frame. Not fazed by this Williams completed the win with a 60 break in the last frame.
Stephen Maguire 4-2 Joe Perry
Going into this one “On fire” Maguire had a great record against Joe Perry 15 wins to 2 having not lost to Perry since 2008 in a match at the World Championships which ended 13-12 at the quarter final stage. The usual script continued here with Maguire getting off to a quick start taking a 2-0 lead with a 71 break. Perry fought back to level at 2-2 hitting a 78 break in the 4th frame. Maguire stepped back up a gear to take out the match by winning the next two frames thanks to contributions of 55 & 102.
Ben Woollaston 4-3 Thor Chuan Leong
This game proved to be the tightest contest of our accumulator with the match going all the way to a decider. The game was swinging back and forth with only the fourth frame being a close battle which Woollaston took on the pink. Leong was scoring the better up until the final frame with breaks of 96 & 85. However it was Woollaston who held his nerve in the decider taking out the match with a 129 break after Leong’s missed attempt at a long shot leaving a great chance to score.
Yu Delu 4-2 Billy Joe Castle
Yu Delu recorded a somewhat straight forward victory here, the more accomplished player took control early on with a 77 break. His opponent has struggled to make an impact in his first season as a professional and Delu pressed on with his scoring to take three out of the last four frames scoring breaks of 71 & 91.
Michael Georgiou 4-0 Michell Mann
So it was down to the Shoot-Out Championship to complete the last leg of the accumulator, and he did not disappoint with a whitewash win over Mann. Georgiou had previous beaten Mann 5-0 in their only other match-up, he dispatched his opponent again with relative ease having breaks of 68 and 58 along the way.