Premier League in Banbury

15:34:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Banbury is in a snooker mood tonight
The clock is ticking, the weeks have gone bye and here we are in the 9th week of Premier League cue action. We are stopping in Banbury tonight to see the current world champion John Higgins taking on Ali Carter, soon after that the Welsh clash taking off: Mark Williams is meeting with Matthew Stevens.

With only one more week left until the play-offs the tension is raising because each point earned will make a difference. After Ding Junhui and Judd Trump secured themselves a place in the last stages of this year's competition, two more pots are out for grabs and the players are eager to get one in order to keep their Premier League title dream alive.

Higgins and Carter
The fist match of the evening is featuring the names of John Higgins and Ali Carter. 
For John, the chances to get a place in the Premier League's semi-finals are very slim. Even if he manages to win the match against Carter and the next one he can only obtain 6 points, which added to his previous 5 equals only 11. Considering that we have players with 12, 14 and 16 points already .... well, you do the math.

For Carter, on the other hand, the Goddess Fortuna seems a bit more merciful for he has 9 points in his pocket already. This means he needs to win at least one match tonight, but if he want to be sure of his presence in the play-offs he needs to win the weekly final too.

Williams and Stevens
The problem lays in the fact that two more players have 9 points in their bags also and that those players are Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens, the lads that will continue Banbury's snooker night.

Needless to say that they need a total victory as well and that since this is their last appearance in this year's Premier League, is their last shot at a place in the play-offs.
So tonight will definitely see some really tough/close/hard fought, you name it ... matches.

The cue action start at 7.30pm (UK time) on Sky Sports so be sure not to miss it.

SF 1: John Higgins v. Ali Carter
SF 2: Mark Williams v. Matthew Stevens
Final: Higgins/Carter v. Williams /Stevens