Snooker - Gould wins Championship League Group Five

Martin Gould has become the fifth player to secure a place in the Championship League finale after edging Stephen Maguire 3-1 in Group Five's final match.

Gould, who recently picked up the biggest cheque of his career by winning the snooker shoot-out, only just qualified out of the group with a 3-3 record but delivered when it finally mattered at Crondon Park Golf Club in Essex.

In the semi-finals he beat Barry Hawkins 3-1 with a break of 68 in the third frame deflating Hawkins's spirit after a 95 run in the previous frame had levelled the match.

Then in the final against Maguire, Gould recovered from losing the first frame to win three in a row, with a stunning break of 139 in the match's third frame the highlight.

It was tough luck on Maguire who had topped the round-robin stage with a 5-1 record before defeating Ricky Walden 3-0 in the semi-finals.

Gould now joins John Higgins, Ali Carter, Ding Junhui and Mark Allen in the final group on March 20 and 21.

Twenty-five of the world's top players are competing in the Premier League qualifying tournament.

Seven groups of seven players produce seven winners who play in one further group in March to determine the winner who will play in the 2013 Premier League.

In each group, the top four players from the round robin stage will contest the semi-finals and final over the best of five frames.

The players coming sixth and seventh in the group will be relegated and will not feature in any further group matches and therefore three players will leave and be replaced by a further three players.

Results

Final

Martin Gould 3-1 Stephen Maguire

Semi-final

Martin Gould 3-1 Barry Hawkins

Stephen Maguire 3-0 Ricky Walden

Round-Robin Day Two

Martin Gould 3-2 Joe Perry

Barry Hawkins 3-2 Stephen Maguire

Ricky Walden 3-0 Peter Ebdon

Stephen Maguire 3-2 Joe Perry

Ryan Day 3-1 Ricky Walden

Martin Gould 3-1 Peter Ebdon

Barry Hawkins 3-1 Ryan Day

Ricky Walden 3-1 Joe Perry

Stephen Maguire 3-0 Peter Ebdon

Round-Robin Day One

Barry Hawkins 3-0 Peter Ebdon

Martin Gould 3-0 Ryan Day

Barry Hawkins 3-1 Ricky Walden

Ryan Day 3-1 Joe Perry

Stephen Maguire 3-2 Martin Gould

Ryan Day 3-1 Peter Ebdon

Ricky Walden 3-1 Martin Gould

Joe Perry 3-1 Barry Hawkins

Joe Perry 3-2 Peter Ebdon

Stephen Maguire 3-0 Ryan Day

Barry Hawkins 3-0 Martin Gould

Stephen Maguire 3-0 Ricky Walden