Championship League final day line-up complete as four world champions remain

John Higgins booked his spot in the third group stage on Friday (Picture: Getty Images)

The final two places in Stage Three of the Championship League were booked on Thursday night as Joe Perry and John Higgins secured their spots on the final day of the tournament.

The epic event comes to a close on Friday with two more groups of four, with the winners meeting in a final over the best of five frames.

Judd Trump, Zhou Yuelong, Zhao Xintong and Mark Selby had already made up Group 1 of Stage Three. Meanwhile Ken Doherty and Kyren Wilson were the first two players into Group 2.

Thursday saw the last two places up for grabs and Perry raced into claiming the first one of them with comfortable wins over Tian Pengfei and Li Hang, while other results going his way meant he couldn’t be toppled with a game to spare.

With no pressure on his final outing Perry drew with Mark Davis, but rolled in a superb break of 138 along the way.

The other group of Thursday was much tighter, but John Higgins eventually came through despite losing 3-0 to Martin Gould in one of his matches.

The Scot beat Jamie Clarke 3-0 in his first outing, then was handily seen off by Gould, but as the Londoner drew his other two matches, Higgins just needed to beat Tom Ford in his final game to qualify.

The Wizard of Wishaw duly produced a victory and joined Doherty, Wilson and Perry in a high-quality group on Friday.

The eventual champion will claim a £20,000 prize, but will have already won £13,000 for winning their first three stages, taking the total champion’s prize money to £33,000.

The runner-up will claim £23,000, all of which will go on their rankings with the Championship League a ranked event for the first time.

There is a spot in next week’s Champion of Champions for the winner on Friday, although Trump, Selby, Wilson and Higgins have already qualified for the event.

If one of those players wins then David Gilbert will qualify through the world rankings, so he will be hoping Zhou, Zhao, Doherty and Perry all fail on Friday.

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