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Murphy becomes fourth man into final group

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SHAUN Murphy has become the fourth player to advance into the final group of Championship League Snooker.

Murphy, 25, the 2005 World Champion, clinched his place by defeating Ali Carter 3-2 in the last match of Group 4 to move closer to playing in the 2008 Premier League.

very, very pleased," said Murphy. "I've had a great season and up to second in the provisional world rankings so I have a great chance to be in the Premier League by right if I win the World Championship or am number one.

I'm happy to be in the last group to try and win this wildcard and I look forward to it.

(the Championship League) is different to anything else and you play such a lot in such a short space of time.

the last few days I've played more frames than in any other tournament and it can be draining.

not everyone practises as much as I do and I�m used to doing six or seven hours practise a day."

For Carter it was more heartbreak as he has lost in the last three finals in the event, which is being screened live on three betting websites.

However, with �100 for each frame won and further bonuses for reaching the semi-finals and final, Carter's spell at the competition has been profitable.

He has collected �17,800 from 12 days of snooker, a total higher than what a semi-finalist in a ranking tournament would earn.

Carter is set to add to that figure as, due to the format, he now moves to Group Five, which will be held on Monday, April 14 and Tuesday, April 15.

Australian Neil Robertson, winner of two major ranking events, and world number 13 Stephen Lee will be among Carter�s rivals at Crondon Park Golf Club in Stock, Essex.

Murphy now joins Ryan Day, Ken Doherty and Anthony Hamilton in the final group in May and the overall winner will qualify for the 2008 Premier League competition, an event Murphy has played in before.

He added: "The Premier League is one of the best events on tour. It�s not a ranking tournament but it�s a great event.

do a brilliant job, it�s well organised, well attended and a pleasure and privilege to be part of."

The betting sites screening the competition are and and then follow the on-screen instructions

Group 4
Results / Schedule
Wednesday, March 12
Shaun Murphy 1-3, Ali Carter, Mark Allen 2-2 Stuart Bingham, Jamie Cope 0-4 Shaun Murphy, Joe Perry 2-2 Mark King, Ali Carter 2-2 Mark Allen, Stuart Bingham 2-2 Joe Perry, Mark King 3-1 Jamie Cope, Shaun Murphy 1-3 Mark Allen, Ali Carter 2-2 Stuart Bingham, Joe Perry 1-3 Jamie Cope, Mark Allen 3-1 Jamie Cope, Mark King 3-1 Stuart Bingham.

Thursday, March 13
Shaun Murphy 3-1 Mark King, Ali Carter 2-2 Joe Perry, Stuart Bingham 2-2 Jamie Cope, Mark Allen 2-2 Mark King, Shaun Murphy 2-2 Joe Perry, Ali Carter 3-1 Jamie Cope, Mark Allen 2-2 Joe Perry, Ali Carter 2-2 Mark King, Shaun Murphy 3-1 Stuart Bingham

Play-offs - Ali Carter 3-2 Mark Allen, Shaun Murphy 3-0 Mark King
Final - Shaun Murphy 3-2 Ali Carter

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Final League Table (after 20 matches)

 Pos / Name  P  W  D  L  F  A  PTS / MONEY
 1. Ali Carter       6  2  4  0  14  10  8 / �1,400  
 2. Shaun Murphy     6  3  1  2  14  10  7 / �1,400   
 3. Mark King      6  2  3  1  13  11  7 / �1,300  
 4. Mark Allen       6  2  3  1  12  12  7 / �1,200  
 5. Joe Perry    6  1  4  1  12  12  6 / �1,200  
 6. Stuart Bingham  6  0  4  2  10  14  4 / �1,000  
 7. Jamie Cope    6  1  1  4  8  16  3 / �800  

Semi-finals: Ali Carter 3-2 Mark Allen, Shaun Murphy 3-0 Mark King
Final: Shaun Murphy 3-2 Ali Carter

Prize money won from Group 4
�6,200 - Shaun Murphy, �4,900 - Ali Carter, �2,900 - Mark Allen, �2,300 - Mark King, �1,200 - Joe Perry, �1,000 - Stuart Bingham, �800 - Jamie Cope

Total prize money won from Groups 1 to 4
�17,800 - Ali Carter, �9,300 - Shaun Murphy, �8,900 - Joe Perry, �8,400 - Anthony Hamilton, �8,300 - Ken Doherty, �6,100 - Ryan Day, �2,900 - Mark Selby and Mark Allen, �2,300 - Mark King, �2,200 - Mark Williams, �1,900 - Stuart Bingham, �1,800 - Joe Swail, �1,000 - Nigel Bond and Matthew Stevens and Barry Hawkins, �800 - Jamie Cope, �600 - Michael Holt

Group Five line-up (to be held Monday April 14 and Tuesday, April 15)
Mark Allen, Ali Carter, Dominic Dale, Mark King, Stephen Lee, Joe Perry and Neil Robertson.

Date updated: March 13, 2008


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