SportStat’s ground-breaking snooker scoring system has produced enough statistics from the recent World Championships to test a maths professor.
The system which produces instant online and mobile updates was launched last year for all World Snooker events to update fans, punters and bookmakers seconds ahead of television viewers.
Now the season is over and the dust has settled on the World Championships, SportStat’s Business Development Manager Andrew Palmer has collated the figures to provide a treasure trove of facts for snooker fans to digest.
Gems from the Championships, which finished earlier this month, include:
- 25,977 shots were played over 180 hours by 32 players
- 3,312 blacks were potted out of a total 17,125 balls
- 2012 World Champion Ronnie O’Sullivan amassed 7017 points over 112 frames
- There were 71 century breaks and 59,394 points scored during the tournament
SportStat exclusively compiles data from every World Snooker-sanctioned event in a state-of-the-art system operated by the referees.
“The statistics are interesting now but will become more so as we compile results year-on-year,” said Palmer. “We’ll be able to detect trends and patterns among players’ performances, which will be of interest to them as well as their fans.”
Player-related statistics from the World Championships include:
- Runner-up Ali Carter played around the same number of shots as O’Sullivan but scored 948 fewer points
- Martin Gould, who was knocked out in the first round, scored more points per frame than everybody but O’Sullivan
- Shaun Murphy and Stephen Lee didn’t progress beyond round one, despite scoring two century breaks each
SportStat operates a similar system for the Professional Darts Corporation and are looking at extending their specialised service to other sports.
Bookmakers world-wide also receive the express feeds via SportStat’s distribution partners RunningBall, giving them vital extra seconds to set and adjust markets.