The China Championship qualifying competition comes to an end on Sunday when those who are yet to play their match will do so as the final places on the plane to Asia next month will be filled. In all we have 14 matches over the three sessions of play.
We’ve seen most of the big names who have to qualify already this week but there are still a couple saved for us for this final day to ensure that the quality on show will still be pretty high over the course of the day.
The highest ranked player in the first session on this final day is Gary Wilson and he is will be on one of the main tables as a result. He goes up against Jak Jones for the second time in as many tournaments having beaten him in the International Championship last week. The other main table match will see Anthony McGill continuing his quest to get back into the top 16 when he goes up against Chen Zifan.
There are three matches out on the outside table with one of them looking worthy of a bigger stage as Marco Fu goes up against the man who created the early buzz in the World Championship in James Cahill. Another good looking match for this level sees Mark Joyce going up against Elliot Slessor while the final match of the session sees Daniel Wells facing Chang Bingyu.
Kyren Wilson is the headline act in this penultimate session of the qualifying competition. It goes without saying that he is going to be on one of the tables that are streamed. He takes on Jamie Clarke for a place on the plane to China while on the other main table we will have Zhou Yuelong looking to qualify for a tournament in his home nation when he takes on Riley Parsons in a match the Chinese player will be expected to win.
We have three other matches in this session away from the spotlight too. Scottish legend Alan McManus will take on Tian Pengfei in what could be a hard fought battle while Michael Holt meets a David Lilley who needs to get a few wins under his belt pretty soon. The other match sees Stuart Carrington looking to continue his good early season form when he faces Harvey Chandler.
There are just the four matches in the last of the qualifying sessions of play but that does not mean the quality will not be high. Jack Lisowski is the big name on show and he’ll be eager to qualify for another main draw as he continues his search for a first major title. He takes on Oliver Lines while the reigning European Masters champion Jimmy Robertson will go up against Dominic Dale. Both those matches are on the main tables.
Away from the streams there is a decent looking match between a Robert Milkins who is almost at a crossroads in his career, and a man on the up who big things are expected of in Sam Craigie. The other match sees the former winner of the Shootout, Michael Georgiou, taking on Hammad Miah in a competitive looking contest.
I’ll finish off the qualifying competition with just the one bet which comes in the form of Sam Craigie who I think can see off Robert Milkins. I think these two are at different stages of their career with Craigie very much on the rise and Milkins probably on the decline, in his ranking if not his game. We often get clashes like this and I like to be on the improving man. That’s what I’ll do here.
Craigie probably hasn’t actually delivered what he should have done in his career to date but you would think it is only a matter of time before he does make a significant breakthrough and giving himself a chance of it coming in the main draw of this tournament would be a positive start. Craigie ran into a pretty hot Mark Allen out in the International Championship but by and large he has been going pretty well this season and can win this.
WON – Back S.Craigie to beat R.Milkins for a 4/10 stake at 1.83 with 888sport