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Hawkins Wins Championship League Group Four

Barry Hawkins booked his spot in the Championship League winners’ group by beating Mark Williams 3-0 in the final of group four in Coventry on Thursday night.

Hawkins comfortably saw off Williams in the final despite a top break of 42. He had earlier beaten Ryan Day 3-2 in the semi-finals while Williams saw off Shaun Murphy 3-0.

World number 12 Hawkins joins David Gilbert, Anthony McGill and Mark Davis in the winners group, to be joined by the winners of the next three groups.

Championship League Snooker event is a venture between Matchroom Sport and Perform where 25 of the game’s elite players compete with all matches broadcast on a host of betting websites.

Each group features seven players with each man playing the other six once in a round-robin basis. Every match is the best of five and the winner gains one point with the loser getting zero.

At the end of the league phase the top four advances to that group’s semi-finals where the two winners meet in the final and the winner advances to the Winners’ Group in March.

The losing finalist, two losing semi-finalists and player finishing fifth move into the next group where they are joined by three new players and the process is repeated.

The next two groups will be played from February 20-23.