Snooker - Maguire off to perfect start in Essex

Stephen Maguire was a perfect three wins from three on the opening day of Championship League group five in Essex.

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The Scotsman started the day in blistering style with whitewash 3-0 victories over Rickey Walden and Ryan Day before edging out Martin Gould 3-2.

Barry Hawkins also had three wins on the day but played in four matches. He defeated Gould, Walden and Peter Ebdon but was defeated by Joe Perry.

The round-robin stages conclude on Tuesday before the group play-offs in the evening.

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

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

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