Snooker - Fu reaches Championship League winners' group

Marco Fu completed the line-up for the winners' group of Championship League Snooker following a commanding performance on day two of Group Seven action in Essex.

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Marco Fu

Fu sealed his progress with a 3-0 victory over Stephen Maguire after ending the group stage with five wins from six at Crondon Park Golf Club.

He went on to beat Robert Milkins by the same scoreline in the semi-finals before easing through the final against Maguire to book his place in Wednesday's big-money finale.

“I played good and it was one of those things where everything was for me, all the kisses and everything," Fu said.

“Also, nobody played that well against me. I haven’t been playing that well lately so it’s nice to get some form before China and then the World Championship and hopefully I can continue like this tomorrow.”

Fu lines up for the final stage of the event with the winners of the other six groups: John Higgins, Martin Gould, Ding Junhui, Barry Hawkins, Mark Allen and Ali Carter. The winner of Wednesday's competition wins entry into the 2013 Premier League.

In a bizarre turn of events earlier in the day, Milkins nearly forfeited his place in the semi-finals against Fu after mistakenly believing he had not qualified from the group stage.

The Gloucester potter had already left the venue and was heading back towards the West Country before he was contacted by phone and told to return to Essex. He made it back with just 30 minutes to spare before his clash with Fu.

Playoff results:


Marco Fu 3-0 Stephen Maguire


Marco Fu 3-0 Robert Milkins

Stephen Maguire 3-1 Andrew Higginson

Group Seven results day two:

Stephen Maguire 2-3 Tom Ford

Marco Fu 3-2 Andrew Higginson

Dominic Dale 3-2 Robert Milkins

Ryan Day 2-3 Tom Ford

Marco Fu 3-1 Robert Milkins

Stephen Maguire 3-2 Andrew Higginson

Ryan Day 2-3 Andrew Higginson

Marco Fu 3-1 Tom Ford

Stephen Maguire 3-0 Dominic Dale

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