Jayson Shaw and Sanjin Pehlivanović are tied at the top of the Premier League Pool table after four days of action at the Morningside Arena in Leicester, England live on Matchroom.Live, Viaplay, and networks worldwide.
Shaw has played with a freedom that many crave to see and the Eagle Eye goes into the fifth-day level at the top thanks to wins over Konrad Juszczyszyn and Earl Strickland by the same scoreline of 5-2. Pehlivanović came into day four undefeated in nine but that momentum was halted by Alex Pagulayan looking to rekindle some of his early week form in a 5-4 win. From there, Pehlivanović did hit back in imperious fashion with Naoyuki Oi dispatched 5-1 and Chris Melling 5-4 when it had looked like the Brit would pull through.
Skyler Woodward has struggled for any form of rhythm but the two-time Mosconi Cup MVP finally struck a run together with three wins across the two sessions firstly against Seo Seoa before whitewashing Khalid Alghamdi and sidestepping past Luong Duc Thien 5-2. The three wins seeing Woodward leapfrog inside the all-important top ten that would see the American make the weekend action. Woodward’s two compatriots meanwhile do have work to be done with Strickland outside the cutline whilst Shane Van Boening tasted defeat to Sanchez Ruiz and Chou Chieh Yu. Van Boening is tucked inside ninth with Wu Kun Lin trailing in 10th.
Pagulayan ensured a top-four spot going into day five after a dramatic 5-4 win over Francisco Sanchez Ruiz to conclude the day, the second hill hill win of the day for the Canadian.
Chou’s win saw her lift off the bottom spot of the table with hopes of making the weekend still alive. Day one leader Juszczyszyn had a confidence booster after securing a point against Ouschan and it proved to be a great springboard with a whitewash win against Wu. Defeat against Shaw couldn’t hamper Juszczyszyn’s spirits though who looks well placed to make the final six.
By the end of tomorrow, all players will have played each other once with the bottom six in the group eliminated. The top ten will then play each other again over Saturday and Sunday to make Monday’s final day where six will remain.
24 matches and 20 hours of Pool live daily from 11 am UK time tomorrow morning on Matchroom.Live, Viaplay, and networks worldwide. Full broadcaster list available below. Coverage can also be found on the Matchroom Pool and Multi Sport YouTube channels in selected countries.
Van Boening will begin Table 1 coverage tomorrow with a doubleheader against Seo and Melling respectively before it’s the battle of Shaw and Pagulayan. Table 2 begins with Wu against Alghamdi live on the Matchroom Multi Sport YouTube channel.
The 16-player league format invitational sees the world’s best pitted against each other over the opening five days to vie for position in the top ten. After five days, the bottom six are eliminated with the remaining 10 players facing off again across days six and seven before four more players exit. The remaining six then play each other once more on the final day before the top four content the playoffs. All league matches are Race to 5 with the alternate break in action.