Cue Action – End of 2012 – By Will Vallely

The final tournament of 2012 took place last week in Ravenscraig Scotland. It was Ding Junhui who took home the Scottish Open title.

It was Ding’s first title this season after a poor spell to date. He will be hoping that this win can spur him on for the rest of the season.

He beat Glaswegian Anthony McGill 4-2 in the final. McGill was an unlikely participant in the final but managed to impress the local crowds with his strong run.

Afterwards he said, “I could have been out earlier, to get to the final is a personal best.”

He went on to say, “But I missed too many easy pots in the end. It was my first time in a big arena and I’ll deal with it better next time.”

McGill beat Mark Davis, Nigel Bond and Andrew Higginson on his way to the final. He showed good determination by winning two of these matches in final frame deciders.

Ken Doherty also enjoyed a good run in Ravenscraig by reaching the semi-final. The veteran overcame some difficult opponents to reach the semis such as Ryan Day and Mark Joyce.

As it is the end of 2012 let’s have a look at the current rankings;

Mark Selby is currently world number one after snatching the position back from Judd Trump who is in second.

John Higgins, Shaun Murphy and Neil Robertson are all trailing behind. Stuart Bingham’s excellent form this season has been rewarded by a placement inside the world’s top 10.

The rest of the top 10 is filled with some of the usual names sch as Stephen Maguire, Mark Williams and Mark Allen.

Ding’s win in Scotland pushes him up three places to number eight.

Elsewhere two big names in the game Ali Carter and Graeme Dott are currently hanging on to a position in the much coveted top 16, with them currently in 14th and 15th respectively.

But it’s outside the top 16 where it gets exciting. Ronnie O’Sullivan’s exodus from the game leaves him lying in 20th, but if he does return for the World Championships in Sheffield he won’t need to qualify as he will be the defending champion and therefore the number one seed.

Former world champion Peter Ebdon is in the lowly position of 23 and just behind him is the very capable Marco Fu, who will be looking to build on his good form in periods this season.

Old hand Steve Davis is still going strong in the top 50 and Jimmy White is at 57.

Some will dismiss the ‘Chinese revolution’ in the game as there is only one Chinese player in the top 32. However further down the rankings is littered with young Chinese prospects who will be hoping to make their name in the game in the near future.

Britain also has some strong players coming through with Michael White having a much improved season; he lies at 37 in the rankings, that’s an improvement of 17 places. Jack Lisowski is at 43 a few places behind Welshman Jamie jones who hasn’t had a good season to date he’s dropped 12 places so far this season.

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