Another day and another series of matches on Day 5 at the World Cup with China B who are currently on the table taking on the promising Wales team. With both sides tangling each other in snookers at the end of the first frame and China B just making it over the line. The second frame was strewn with errors and both teams having their chances but relief for Ryan Day as he gained momentum and took the frame. In the next, the doubles, Wales were dominant and ended with China B conceding the frame and with all to play for in the reverse singles, Wales were dominant again and I was especially impressed by Ryan Day’s game. The last was won by Wales despite a late surge by the Chinese team and the inspired effort by Wales to pinch the last frame means they are now top the table winning 4-1.
Elsewhere the dominant England played Northern Ireland with all sorts of outcomes possible in the group. With Northern Ireland having lost two of their matches and England having won all of theirs. Northern Ireland had to win and win big in this match as they were relying on the nine points accumulated from match frame wins. An impressive start by the man from Antrim, Mark Allen took the first with a 113 break. Kyren Wilson replied in the second with a win that sealed their place in the quarter finals stage as a possible winner or runner up of the group table. Northern Ireland counter attacked in the third frame with Mark Allen accruing another century with a 116 break. England took the next two frames to take a 3-2 lead with an 89 break and so won the match.
There were also greats wins for Belgium with a 4-1 win over Israel and now top their Round Robin Group and India inflicted a 4-1 win on Malta. Earlier, there was a shock win by Thailand over the dominant China A in Group A, winning 3-2 and sending them through to the knockout stages. More shock occurred in the Belgium v Scotland match when Luca Brecel won the last frame and leapfrogged Belgium to the top of the Group C, ahead of Scotland, winning 3-2.
Day 5 Results
Scotland v Belgium 2-3
Malaysia v UAE 2-3
Israel v Cyprus 2-3
China A v Thailand 2-3
Poland v Norway 4-1
Austria v Germany 3-2
Wales v China B 4-1
Switzerland v Australia 3-2
Malta v India 1-4
Northern Ireland v England 2-3
Iran v Hong Kong 2-3
Republic of Ireland v Saudi Arabia 3-2
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