Snooker - Ding well positioned in Championship League winners' group

In-form Ding Junhui led the way with three wins in the Championship League Snooker winners' group at Crondon Park.

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Ding Junhui

The Chinese, who won the PTC Grand Finals at the weekend, continued his run of good form with victories over Mark Allen, John Higgins and Marco Fu, firing four breaks of over 120 in his four matches.

Ding, one of seven round-robin league winners to make the winners' group, lost to Ali Carter but still managed to open up a one-point lead over his rivals with a day remaining, although all each player is still in with a shout.

The top four from the winners' group will go through to the lucrative play-offs at the venue in Essex.

Martin Gould and Barry Hawkins complete the line-up at this stage.

Each of the seven initial groups featured seven players with each playing the other six once in a round-robin basis. The victors progressed to the winners' group, where the top four will progress to the semi-finals.

The winner of the final will play in the 2013 Premier League.

Winners' group day one results

John Higgins 1-3 Ali Carter

Ding Junhui 3-1 Mark Allen

Martin Gould 2-3 Barry Hawkins

Marco Fu 0-3 John Higgins

Ali Carter 3-1 Ding Junhui

Mark Allen 0-3 Martin Gould

Barry Hawkins 0-3 Marco Fu

John Higgins 1-3 Ding Junhui

Ali Carter 2-3 Mark Allen

Martin Gould 2-3 Marco Fu

Ding Junhui 3-2 Marco Fu

Barry Hawkins 1-3 Mark Allen

Winners' group table after day one

Position/player/played/won/lost

1. Ding 4 3 1

2. Carter 3 2 1

3. Fu 4 2 2

4. Allen 4 2 2

5. Gould 3 1 2

6. Higgins 3 1 2

7. Hawkins 3 1

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