PartyBets.com Premier League final
Ronnie O'Sullivan 7-4 John Higgins
O'Sullivan's scores first
0-73 (Higgins 73), 84-4 (O'Sullivan 54), 82-49 (O'Sullivan 66, Higgins 45), 26-80 (Higgins 40, 40), 0-77 (Higgins 42,35), 90-2 (O'Sullivan 80), 104-29 (O'Sullivan 104), 86-14 (O'Sullivan 86), 111-14 (O'Sullivan 110), 0-108 (Higgins 104), 107-0 (O'Sullivan 69)
RONNIE O'Sullivan has won the Premier League Snooker title for the seventh time.
O'Sullivan, 31, clinched the trophy for the fourth successive season thanks to a 7-4 victory over reigning World Champion John Higgins in the final at the AECC, Aberdeen.
It ends nine months without a competition win for The Rocket, who also pockets a grand total of £83,000 from the 2007 PartyBets.com Premier League Snooker season.
"That was my toughest match in the Premier League in all the last four years, but I managed to keep sticking in there." said O'Sullivan, who made two century breaks and another five over 50.
"John missed some balls but if it wasn't for the (25-second) shot clock then he would've won. The shot clock seems to suit me more than anyone else but I was a bit fortunate.
"A tournament is a tournament and if you ask the players if they would rather win here or in the Northern Ireland Trophy or the Malta Cup then they would say you would rather win this.
"This is one of the most important tournaments so it does not bother me that it's not a ranking event."
Higgins was left to rue a missed pink in the sixth frame that would have gave him a 4-2 lead in this first-to-seven contest.
But he admitted that the better player won after he himself had made too many errors later in the match.
"When you give someone a sniff, then there's no one better at taking advantage than Ronnie," said Higgins.
"The shot clock is there and the time-outs are there to help you but in the end you panic. Ronnie made it 3-3 and I missed a few after that.
"I then had given myself to much to do and if you give him a chance he only needs the one.
"I missed a few easy ones which you cannot afford to do."
In the last two finals, O'Sullivan had won 7-0 on both occasions, defeating Stephen Hendry in the winter of 2005 and Jimmy White in 2006.
However, Higgins, backed by a large, partisan crowd at the AECC in Aberdeen, ensured he would not suffer a similar fate as a break of 73 saw him take the opening frame.
But it became 1-1 as The Rocket took the second. The critical moment came when Higgins, trying to escape from a safety trap, clipped the pink to bring O'Sullivan back to the table and he then made a break of 54 to level the score.
Higgins moved 49 ahead in the third after a break of 45 and benefiting from an O'Sullivan foul when he narrowly missed a thin-cut safety attempt. But the Englishman was soon back in action, although could not wrap up the frame in one visit.
He lost position going from green to brown and subsequently missed the latter but Higgins could not take advantage as O'Sullivan moved into the lead for the first time. It did not last long as Higgins recorded two breaks of 40 to make it 2-2.
Runs of 42 and 35 saw Higgins take the fifth but a break of 80, the highest so far in the match, made it 3-3 at the mid-match interval point.
O'Sullivan had defeated Higgins 5-1 in the opening league round of the competition but this match was proving to be a much closer contest, with both players needing to win another four frames to take the £50,000 top prize.
Surprisingly, there had not been a century break so far but that changed in the seventh as O'Sullivan once more moved in front thanks to a clearance of 104.
Higgins wasted a good chance to pull level when he made an error after pocketing 14 points and O'Sullivan took full advantage in ruthless fashion.
His break of 86 was the third successive break of more than 80 as he gained a two-frame lead for the first time this match.
Higgins had underperformed since the interval and made another mistake in the ninth as he missed a shot to thin cut the red into the top right pocket. O'Sullivan missed the black off the spot but Higgins failed to capitalise as he immediately failed to sink a red with the rest.
O'Sullivan, given this opportunity, was in no mood to pass it and his second century in the final, this time a 110, moved him 6-3 ahead, one away from glory.
He was unlucky in the next as he watched the cue ball go in-off and Higgins, whose previous highest run of the match had been 73, produced a fine effort of 104 to ensure there would be at least one more frame.
But it could not trigger a memorable fightback as O'Sullivan, due to a break of 69, clinched the victory to become champion again.
REIGNING World Champion John Higgins returns to the Premier League Snooker competition after a three-season absence.
Higgins, who also moved to the top of the World Rankings after his victory at the Crucible earlier this month, is one of seven players to be included in the prestigious event.
Ronnie O'Sullivan has won the Premier League Snooker tournament on the last three occasions and the Rocket returns to defend his title in 2007.
He defeated Jimmy White in last year's final and The Whirlwind, who remains one of the most popular players of all time, will have a chance to delight his fans and play again in front of the television cameras.
Impressive young Australian Neil Robertson, the reigning Grand Prix and Welsh Open Champion, makes his Premier League debut and his fast, flowing style will be a welcome addition to the tournament.
Seven-time World Champion and six-time Premier League winner Stephen Hendry is back for another crack at the title, while 20 year-old Chinese sensation Ding Junhui will be a difficult player to beat.
BBC Television pundit Steve Davis, who is now entering his 30th year as a professional and continues to hold his position within the game’s elite, completes the line-up.
The Premier League Snooker competition is produced by Matchroom Sport (www.matchroomsport.com) and the event will be played out over ten nights from September to November as each player plays the others once over a best of six-frame format.
Only the top four in the league move into the Play-Offs, which takes place on December 1 and 2 at the AECC, Aberdeen .
Once again, the tournament will guarantee fast play with the 25-second shot-clock rule and there is £1,000 up for grabs for every frame won and century break during the league phase. There are also prizes for a top four finish and O’Sullivan collected £79,000 for winning the 2006 event.
2007 Premier League Snooker
Line-up (2007/08 World Ranking in brackets)
John Higgins – Scotland (1)
Ronnie O’Sullivan – England (5)
Neil Robertson – Australia (7)
Stephen Hendry – Scotland (8)
Ding Junhui – China (9)
Steve Davis – England (15)
Jimmy White – England (60)
6 September, 2007
The Alban Arena, Civic Centre
St Albans, Herts, AL1 3LD
Jimmy White x Ding Junhui - 3-3
Ronnie O'Sullivan x John Higgins - 5-1 :-))
13 September, 2007
Malvern Theatre, Grande Road
Great Malvern Worcs, WR14 3HB
Steve Davis x Neil Robertson - 4-2
Ronnie O'Sullivan x Stephen Hendry - 2-4 :-((
20 September, 2007
Dorking Halls, Reigate Road
Dorking, RH4 1SC
Neil Robertson x John Higgins - 3-3
Jimmy White x Stephen Hendry - 3-3
27 September, 2007
Plymouth Pavilions, Millbay Road
Plymouth, PL1 3LF
Ronnie O'Sullivan x Ding Junhui - 2-4 :-(
Jimmy White x Steve Davis - 2-4
4 October, 2007
Assembly Rooms, Market Place
Derby, DE1 3AH
Stephen Hendry x Neil Robertson - 5-1
Ronnie O'Sullivan x Steve Davis - 4-2 :-))
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11 October, 2007
Grimsby Auditorium, Cromwell Road,
Stephen Hendry x John Higgins - 4-2
Ronnie O'Sullivan x Jimmy White - 6-0 :-)))
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25 October, 2007
The Cresset, Rightwell, Bretton
Peterborough, PE3 8DX
Neil Robertson x Ding Junhui - 2-4
Steve Davis x Stephen Hendry - 2-4
1 November, 2007
The Metrodome, Queens Road
Barnsley F71 1AN
Jimmy White x John Higgins - 2-4
Steve Davis x Ding Junhui - 0-6
15 November, 2007
Glades Arena, Bromsgrove Road
Kidderminster, Worcs, DY10 1PP
John Higgins x Ding Junhui - 4-2
Ronnie O'Sullivan x Neil Robertson 5-1 (500th, 501st and 502nd century breaks :-) )
22 November, 2007
Rothes Halls, Rothes Square
Glenrothes KY7 5NX
Jimmy White x Neil Robertson - 3-3
Stephen Hendry x Ding Junhui - 0-6
Steve Davis x John Higgins - 3-3
1 December, 2007
AECC, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen
Ding Junhui x John Higgins - 3-5
Ronnie O'Sullivan x Stephen Hendry - 5-1 :-))
2 December, 2007
AECC, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen
John Higgins x Ronnie O'Sullivan - 4-7 :-)))
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November 15, 2007
Glades Arena, Kidderminster
Ronnie O'Sullivan 5-1 Neil Robertson
O'Sullivan's scores first
77-19 (O'Sullivan 57), 114-8 (O'Sullivan 113), 58-56 (O'Sullivan 36, Robertson 46), 111-10 (O'Sullivan 103), 120-6 (O'Sullivan 120), 6-123 (Robertson 123)
RONNIE O'Sullivan recorded the 500th competitive century of his career during his latest PartyBets.com Premier League Snooker match.
The magic moment came in the second of his six-frame encounter with Australian Neil Robertson at the Glades Arena, Kidderminster.
O'Sullivan, the two-time World Champion, was in stunning form as he racked up a total of 113 with the 100 coming up in less than five minutes.
It got even better for the Rocket as he then compiled a further two centuries in a 5-1 demolition of Neil Robertson.
"I've just been playing my matches and not picking up a cue in between," said O'Sullivan. "
"I didn't know how I would play and was not really bothered as I had already qualified. I enjoyed the game, got among the balls and am just trying to enjoy it."
The opening match at the Glades Arena, Kidderminster had been a disappointing one for Robertson as John Higgins' victory has eliminated the Australian from the competition.
Even though Robertson had no chance of making the play-offs, with £1,000 for each frame won there was still a big financial incentive for him.
O'Sullivan had already qualified for the semi-finals and took the opener, helped by a break of 55. The second frame was dominated by O'Sullivan's 113 before he made it 3-0 by snatching the third by two points.
Robertson should have clinched his first frame of the evening but his break ended at 46 and that enabled O'Sullivan to steal in by a score of 58-56.
The Rocket's first century took 4 minutes 58 seconds, but he bettered that time with a break of 103 in the fourth frame of the match after only 4 minutes 53 seconds.
It was proving to be a truely miserable evening for Robertson, who was just having to sit and watch as his opponent dished up the punishment.
In the fifth, O'Sullivan registered another century, this time after 5 minutes 18 seconds, in an enthralling performance that entertained a packed out crowd in Kidderminster.
Robertson did, at least, leave the evening with some prize money as he took the last frame. A run of 123 also meant he earned another £1,000 bonus for the century break.
Ronnie O'Sullivan 5-1 John Higgins
O'Sullivan's scores first
63-27, 12-72 (Higgins 44), 80-37 (O'Sullivan 68), 124-0 (O'Sullivan 124), 83-38 (O'Sullivan 30, Higgins 30), 108-7 (O'Sullivan 83).
RONNIE O'Sullivan maintained his incredible unbeaten record in the PartyBets.com Premier League Snooker.
The Rocket, who has won the league for the last three seasons and has not lost a match since January 2005, cliched a victory against reigning World Champion John Higgins in front of a passionate crowd at Olympos Haywards Heath.
"To beat John Higgins you've had to play well as he doesn't give you any free chances, said O'Sullivan, who once again praised the format of the competition and the 25-second shot-clock rule.
"This lets you just play and if you get on a role you can do well. It suits me because everyone just has to play on instinct, added O'Sullivan."
A poor shot from Higgins left an easy red into the right middle pocket and that led to O'Sullivan clinching the first frame.
It became 1-1 when a break of 44 helped Higgins to a 60-point advantage. O'Sullivan returned to the table but made a poor positional effort and conceded the frame.
But 68 from the Essex man in the next restored his lead before he thrilled the packed crowd by making a century in only five minutes and 47 seconds.
He was on course for a total of 137 but, when on 124, sunk the pink but also watched as the cue ball disappeared down the pocket to end his run.
The fifth frame was an edgy encounter with the best breaks being 30 from both players but O'Sullivan did enough to secure the frame and make certain of the two points.
It was a miserable return to Premier League action for John Higgins, who was making his first appearance for four seasons. But the day got even worse for the Scot as a break of 83 rounded off a 5-1 victory for O'Sullivan, while Higgins' competition can only get better.