Stephen yesterday defeated Mark Selby 3-2 in the third group final of the 2016 Championship League to qualify for next month’s winners group.

In total he won five of his six regular group matches to qualify for the finals, where he then defeated Ricky Walden and then Selby to join previous group winners Ronnie O’Sullivan and Judd Trump in the final event.

With five century breaks, including the two highest of the group (139 and 138), Stephen scored well throughout the two-day event and came close to a maximum break during the opening frame of his match with Joe Perry, eventually breaking down on 112.

The winners group takes place between 2-3 March 2016 at Crondon Park.