Snooker - Gould lifts Championship League Snooker title

Martin Gould saved his best for last as he hit a century break in the deciding frame to beat Ali Carter 3-2 and scoop the 2013 Championship League Snooker title in Essex.

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Martin Gould

The youngster from Middlesex, who had three previous professional titles under his belt, secured a total of £31,117 winnings for his successful campaign at Crondon Park.

“I’ve won Power Snooker, a PTC, the Shoot-Out and now this so I need to do it in a ranking event,” said Gould, 21.

“I’ve put in more practice recently and Stephen Feeney at Site Rite has been sorting me out and the hard work is beginning to pay off.

“With the winning break, I could have dropped the blue in and played safe but I took the brown on, got on a red and was able to clear up.

“Now I’ve got three weeks off which is unheard of for a snooker player nowadays but I’m looking forward to the World Championship.... Happy days!”

Gould's success was all the more impressive considering the quality of the field he was facing in the final stages: in-form Ding Junhui, Mark Allen, John Higgins, Barry Hawkins and Marco Fu completed the final seven line-up.

Earlier in the day, world number 21 Gould had finished third in the table with three wins from six group matches with Carter top and Ding second, both having won four of their matches.

Fu completed the top four, who went through to the semi-finals where both Fu and Ding were despatched 3-0 by Carter and Gould respectively.

In the final, Carter forced a deciding frame but Gould stepped up when it counted with a break of 100 in the fifth to lift the title.

As a consolation for Carter, he picked up a cheque for £20,800.

Final

Martin Gould 3-2 Ali Carter

Semi-finals

Ding Junhui 0-3 Martin Gould

Ali Carter 3-0 Marco Fu

Winners' group day two results

John Higgins 0-3 Barry Hawkins

Ali Carter 0-3 Martin Gould

Mark Allen 0-3 Marco Fu

Ding Junhui 3-2 Barry Hawkins

Ali Carter 3-1 Marco Fu

John Higgins 3-0 Martin Gould

Ding Junhui 1-3 Martin Gould

Ali Carter 3-0 Barry Hawkins

John Higgins 1-3 Mark Allen

Winners' group table after day two

Position/player/played/won/lost

1. Carter 6 4 2

2. Ding 6 4 2

3. Gould 6 3 3

4. Fu 6 3 3

5. Allen 6 3 3

6. Higgins 6 2 4

7. Hawkins 6 2 4

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