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  • Kevin S
    started a topic What? ANOTHER World Cup? Snooker Wuxi 2019

    What? ANOTHER World Cup? Snooker Wuxi 2019

    Yep, Snooker is getting in on the international tournament fest this summer with its own competition in Wuxi, which Eurosport are covering (unfortunately it doesn't look like Quest are).

    So how can this possibly work then? Well, there are 23 countries entering a pair of competitors, with hosts China permitted to enter two such teams. In the group stage, matches are played as a best of five (and all five frames are played even if you go 3-0 up). So if you have teams 1 and 2 each with players A and B the frames are 1A v 2A, 1B v 2B, 'Doubles', 1A v 2B, 1B v 2A.

    There's four round robin groups of six teams, top two go into the QFs. Everything I've read suggests the ranking is based on frames won first of all, and not number of matches won.

    If there is a tie in either of the first two places the following rules determine the positions:
    - If two teams are equal, the winner of the match between the two teams will be ranked higher.
    - If three or more teams are tied, a sudden-death blue ball shoot-out will be played.

    Teams tied for position 3 to 6 will remained tied and share the prize money for those positions.

    During the Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals, and World Cup Final, the eight qualifying teams are paired off in a head-to-head knockout. The format for these matches is a best-of-seven frame competition with the match ending as soon as one team wins four frames. These encounters are scheduled as two singles, a doubles frame, two reverse singles, another doubles frame, and a deciding singles frame if necessary.
    Last edited by Kevin S; 24-06-2019, 09:47.

  • Kevin S
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    4-0, SCOTLAND WIN THE WORLD CUP.

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  • Kevin S
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    China B beats England in a decider.

    https://twitter.com/WorldSnooker/status/1145282198528057344?s=19

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  • Kevin S
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    Scotland comfortably through, 4-1 winners against China A but England are two frames down against China B.

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  • Kevin S
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    England needed a deciding frame to get past Thailand, and Wilson won frame two after getting a snooker and clearance when needed.

    No such drama for China A, winning 4-0 against HK.

    So that leaves us with this:

    China A v Scotland
    England v China B

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  • Kevin S
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    Hong Kong edged out Iran 3-2 to get through.

    Scotland-Wales went to a decider and Maguire beat day to book Scotland's place in the semi finals. China B are also through after Liang and Zhou defeated the Belgian pair.

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  • Kevin S
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    England through as group winners after overcoming NI 3-2. Apart from the matches to determine whether it's Hong Kong, Iran or a blue ball shootout including Ireland for the runner up spot, here is the bracket.

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    China A
    HK/Iran/RoI
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    Wales
    Scotland
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    England
    Thailand
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    Belgium
    China B
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    Quarter finals tomorrow, semi finals and final on Sunday. As mentioned, these are best of 7 and stop as soon as a team gets four wins. Frame 6, if needed, is another doubles frame, with frame 7 (if needed) being a deciding singles frame where the captain chooses who will play it.

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  • Kevin S
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    Wilson has sewn up the frame so that's England onto 15 frames and secures their progress.

    There was for the first time a women's world cup as well - report here:
    https://snookerhq.com/2019/06/19/tha...ker-world-cup/
    It was played in the week before the world championship.

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  • Kevin S
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    Allen takes it with a 113 break. Now Kyren Wilson takes on Jordan Brown. World #5 looking to seal England's path to the QFs against the player ranked 94.

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  • Kevin S
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    Wales roar back to win 4-1 and take the group. Lisowski v Mark Allen about to start off the Northern Ireland - England game, with NI needing to win all five frames.

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  • Kevin S
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    Wales v China B underway now, with Mark Williams losing the first singles frame. The match between England and Northern Ireland follows it.

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  • Kevin S
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    Hadn't realised this... Wow...

    https://twitter.com/WorldSnooker/status/1144258376274239488?s=19

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  • Kevin S
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    I have absolutely no idea how it would work! Almost want it to happen now...

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    Five, yes of course. Would that involve players from all 5 teams taking shots, with teams who miss dropping out, then if 2 or more teams miss you start again among them until 4 have got through?
    Last edited by Rogin the Armchair fan; 27-06-2019, 10:21.

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  • Kevin S
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    FIve I think! England, Hong Kong, Iran, N Ireland and R Ireland can all end up on 14.

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  • Rogin the Armchair fan
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    If those 2 results happen and Ireland beat Saudi 5-0 there'd be 4 teams on 14 frames.

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  • Kevin S
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    Group D is waiting for the conclusion of Malta v Australia which, improbably, is still in the second frame. The other two matches in that group have already finished with Wales and China B picking up 5-0 wins. Not that the other match has any bearing on the next round, since China B and Wales are comfortably through. They face off for top spot tomorrow.

    18-2 China B (Q)
    17-3 Wales (Q)
    6-14 Switzerland
    6-14 India
    5-10 Malta (match in progress)
    3-12 Australia (match in progress)

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  • Kevin S
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    Only one more round of matches to be played in Group B now.

    14-6 England
    12-8 Hong Kong
    11-9 Iran
    9-11 R Ireland
    9-11 N Ireland
    5-15 Saudi Arabia

    The key game tomorrow is Iran v Hong Kong. England just need one frame to make sure of their quarter final place. Results of England 0-5 Northern Ireland and Iran 3-2 Hong Kong would give us four teams on 14 frames. And according to the rules I think we would end up in a blue ball shootout. I suppose a 5-0 whitewash of Saudi Arabia by Republic of Ireland would also get them to 14 and perhaps that's not as far fetched.
    Last edited by Kevin S; 27-06-2019, 09:44.

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  • Kevin S
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    Malaysia v Cyprus went down to the final black with scores 65-65 in the fifth frame and two frames all. Close game then! It was Malaysia who took the win and the cleaners move in at speed to get it ready for the group A match.

    Group C is looking a bit of a two-horse race after two rounds of matches:
    8-2 Belgium
    8-2 Scotland
    5-5 Israel
    4-6 Malaysia
    3-7 Cyprus
    2-8 UAE

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  • Kevin S
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    There's still one frame in progress of one of the group B matches but whichever way it goes (Looks like Saudi will beat Iran but need another red or two to make sure) the group is going to look tight.

    Edit - and they did.

    7-3 Northern Ireland
    6-4 England
    5-5 Iran
    4-6 Republic of Ireland
    4-6 Hong Kong
    4-6 Saudi Arabia
    Last edited by Kevin S; 25-06-2019, 11:04.

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  • Kevin S
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    Group D is going as expected, with China B and Wales opening up a gap after two matches. They will play each other in the final round of group games but will probably be safely in the quarter finals by then.

    8-2 China B
    8-2 Wales
    6-4 Switzerland
    4-6 Malta
    3-7 India
    1-9 Australia

    Matches are being uploaded here afterwards:
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsC...gm88OYg/videos

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  • Kevin S
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    England 2-1 up on Ireland after the doubles. Now Lisowski takes on Doherty.

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  • Kevin S
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    Blimey. How many tables do they use at those? This world cup is three at a time.

    England came back to win their first match 3-2 but Cheung Ka-wai looks a handy young player. Ireland lost to Iran in a match that makes you think perhaps snooker is more global than I reckoned.

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  • longeared
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    Originally posted by Kevin S View Post
    Oh yes, and it's a very quick tournament too. There are 67 matches to be played and the final is on Sunday!
    That's not much considering they're playing best-of-sevens. At the Home Nations tournaments they get through 120 matches of the same length in the first four days.

    Shaun Murphy has been participating in regional qualifying for the Open today. He shot 12 over and will go no further. Might be advised to concentrate on his snooker given that he's currently ranked 32nd on the race to the Crucible and has already lost to Zhang Anda in Riga Masters qualifying.

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  • Kevin S
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    Cheung Ka-wai has Lisowski in a spot of trouble here, and takes the second frame. All square, time for the doubles.

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