2015 Dafabet World Cup of Pool – It’s Chinese Taipei in a thriller

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Chinese Taipei take World Cup in thriller

The Final

Chinese Taipei 10-8 England B

 

CHINESE TAIPEI came from 5-1 and 7-4 down to win their first Dafabet World Cup of Pool, beating England B 10-8 in the final.

It looked like a case of so near yet so far yet again for Chinese Taipei, four-times semi-finalists in the nine-year history of the scotch doubles event and represented this year by Ko Pin Yi and Chang Yu Lung. But a run of five consecutive racks saw them overcome their 7-4 deficit to arrive on the hill.

They lost control of the table at that stage and the England pair of Mark Gray and Daryl Peach clawed one back before a missed 3-ball proved costly for the home team.

For Ko it completed a dream fortnight after he won the WPA World 9-ball Championship in Doha last week.

Earlier in the tournament this England side had spoken of trying to win each ‘mini session’, the three racks played between commercial breaks. That is exactly how they started the final, leading 2-1 after the early changes.

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England B’s route to the final had been one of the toughest in the tournament’s history. Starting out as the 15th seeds they saw off the challenge of Sweden in the first round and defeated three-time winners Philippines in the second before quarter and semi-final victories over Finland and Japan respectively. They remained bookmakers’ underdogs throughout the competition.

The hosts’ early lead could have been even better had Gray not missed a 5-ball in the third but England soon opened up a healthy advantage, leading 5-1 with Chinese Taipei restricted to their seats bar a brief safety exchange in the fifth having broken dry in the fourth.

Despite a succession of dry breaks Chinese Taipei pulled back to 5-3 when Gray miscued attempting to make the 8 to the centre and closed the gap to one in the next rack, despite again failing to make a ball on the break. But they couldn’t take advantage as they again broke dry and England ran out for a 6-4 lead.

England, who were not struggling with the break, then increased their lead courtesy of a 2/9 billiard completed by Gray.

But then the final turned in Chinese Taipei’s favour. Leading by three racks, Gray opted for an offensive jump shot, leaving the 2 open for Chang. He missed but the ball fell safe, however Peach couldn’t keep it hidden and this time the fourth seeds made no error.

At the sixth attempt Chinese Taipei finally found success on the break and though they let England in having not made a tough 2/6, they returned to the table to return to within one of the hosts and were level a rack later.

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With the break now seemingly worked out, Chinese Taipei were on a roll and England could only look on from their chairs as the early lead had become an 8-7 deficit.

Then came one of the shots of the tournament. Invited by England to play after they had pushed out, Chang jumped over the 6, 9 and the edge of the 7 from the bottom right of the table to the top left to strike the 1 perfectly into the corner pocket. A packed York Hall showed its appreciation and Chinese Taipei made their fifth consecutive rack for a 9-7 lead.

That run was broken when England benefited from a fluke snooker on the 2 ball for 9-8. However, when Gray missed the three in the 18th rack Ko and Chang stepped up to assertively clear the table and end Chinese Taipei’s long wait for a World Cup of Pool title.

An elated Ko said, “It is a fantastic feeling to win the World Cup of Pool and we are both very proud.

“England had a very good team and they had been playing well in the tournament. They beat some really good teams and had the home crowd on their side so we knew it would be a difficult final.

“It was a difficult start because England won a lot of the racks and they had the break worked out. But we encouraged each other and we knew we still had a chance. We had belief in our ability so even when we were trailing we knew we could come back into the game. We struggled with the break but we were making all the other shots.

“Personally, this adds to a great year. I have won the 10-ball, 9-ball and now the World Cup titles.”

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Gray had only appeared in one previous World Cup of Pool and was a beaten finalist on that occasion too, losing alongside Peach to USA in 2008.

“It is devastating to lose because it is definitely one we should have won,” said Gray. “We were 7-4 up and really we should have been 9-2 up, we just made some positional errors. At 5-2 we had the easiest clearance to go 6-2 up but we didn’t manage it and in the next rack we had an easy carom but missed that too.

“They played very well in the second half of the match and then at the end we had another chance but lost a bit of position. I tried to play a Houdini shot but then missed the pot trying to over compensate for position.”

Peach added: “We are disappointed that we didn’t produce our form from earlier in the tournament in the final. We struggled a little bit in the semi-final but came through and we hoped to lift ourselves for the final.

“We were a little bit fortunate to be in front because they weren’t making balls off the break and that gave us some chances. We had chances to go 9-2 up but didn’t take them and then they started to make balls on the break and we seemed to be sat in the chair for a long time.

“You keep going and you try and believe but you are sat there out of stroke and your arms start to feel like led. We managed to get one back but I left Mark a little straighter than I wanted to on the 3-ball and he had to try and force it, he missed and that was that.”

2015 World Cup of Pool – Day 6 Chinese Taipei victory moment

2015花式撞球雙打世界盃在英國倫敦的York Hall落下帷幕,中華台北隊在1:5及4:7兩度落後的情情況下上演驚天逆轉,最終以10-8擊敗東道主英格蘭B隊,5次殺入半決賽終於如願奪得冠軍。

此項賽事已經連續舉辦了9年,而中華台北隊曾4次打進半決賽均鎩羽而歸。 今年,由9球、10球雙料世界冠軍柯秉逸搭檔前世界第一張玉龍出戰的中華台北隊一路連克包括頭號種子英格蘭A隊在內的強敵,Mark Gray與Daryl Peach組成的英格蘭B隊會師決賽。

決賽中,中華台北隊開局階段就1:5大比分落後,似乎這一次,他們又將離冠軍越來越遠。然而,在隨後的比賽中,中華台北隊頑強地追趕,將比分迫近到4:7。此後,場上風雲突變,中華台北隊二人聯手連下5城,9:7反超對手率先拿到賽點。

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就在勝利在望之際,中華台北隊卻又出現失誤,英格蘭B隊抓住機會將比分追至8-9。 關鍵的第18局比賽,英格蘭B隊的Gray打丟了難度不大的3號球,中華台北隊上手穩穩清光台面,以10:8的比分逆轉戰勝對手,驚險捧杯。這也是中華Gray北隊5次殺入半決賽以來首次染指冠軍獎杯。

柯秉逸剛剛在上周拿下了9球世錦賽的冠軍, 加上他在年初贏得的10球世錦賽冠軍,一年三冠的輝煌戰績也讓他的職業生涯達到了新的高度。

賽後,柯秉逸激動地說到:“贏得世界杯的感覺太美妙了,我們感到非常自豪。英格蘭B隊是支很強大的隊伍,他們在整個賽事中都打得很好,擊敗了很多實力強勁的隊伍,再加上他們擁有主場之利,我知道決賽會非常艱難。在大比分落後的時候,我們相互鼓勵,我們還有機會。”

Daryl Peach則說:“比賽前期我們運氣不錯,中華台北隊沒有打出好的進攻,所以我們有很多機會。我們也本有機會9:2領先,但是我們沒有抓住。他們在下半場打得太棒了,讓我們在臺下坐了很長的時間,我們的手感因此而冰涼。其實在最後我們都還有機會,但是我給Gray叫的3號球比我預想的直了一些,他沒能打進,於是我們就輸掉了比賽。”

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Results

Round One

England A (1) 7-5 Australia

Korea (16) 7-6 Malaysia

Indonesia 7-3 Germany

Romania 7-4 China

Austria (5) 7-5 Peru

France 7-6 Canada (12

Poland (13) 7-3 New Zealand

Chinese Taipei (4) 7-5 Estonia

Holland (3) 7-3 India

Japan (14) 7-3 Italy

Czech Republic 7-3 Spain (11)

Qatar 7-5 USA (6)

Singapore 7-5 Greece (7)

Finland (10) 7-4 Belgium

England B (15) 7-4 Sweden

Philippines (2) 7-4 Russia

 

Round 2 Scores

England A (1) 7-0 Korea (16)

Romania 7-5 Indonesia

Austria (5) 7-2 France

Chinese Taipei (4) 7-3 Poland (13)

Japan (14) 7-6 Holland (3)

Qatar 7-3 Czech Republic

Finland (10) 7-4 Singapore v

England B (15) 7-4 Philippines (2)

 

Quarter Final Matches

Chinese Taipei (4) 9-5 Austria

Japan (14) 9-4 Qatar

England A (1) 9-3 Romania

England B (15) 9-4 Finland (10)

 

Semi Final Matches

Chinese Taipei 9-6 England A

England B 9-7 Japan

 

The following broadcasters are screening live coverage of the Dafabet World Cup of Pool:

Sky Sports – GB and Ireland; Sky – New Zealand; CCTV – China; Nova TV – Czech Republic & Slovakia; OSN – Middle East & North Africa; ESPN 3 – USA; ESPN Latin America –Central & South America; Viasat – Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Bulgaria & the Baltic states.

For fans outside those territories, Perform Group will be streaming the event via their www.livesport.tv service. In addition the Dafabet World Cup of Pool is syndicated around the world as 31 x 1 hour programmes by Matchroom Television.

Featuring 32 two-man teams from around the world, the Dafabet World Cup of pool is celebrating its tenth year as defending champion England attempt to become the first team ever to successfully defend the title. The event runs from 22nd to 27th September.

Tickets are now on sale at www.SEETickets.com and are priced at £10.00 per evening session (Tuesday to Friday), £12.50 per evening session on the Saturday and Sunday. Weekend afternoon sessions are £7.50 while Tuesday to Friday afternoons are free!

A season ticket covering all sessions is priced at £65.00.

The World Cup of Pool will carry a $250,000 prize fund including $60,000 for the champions. The event will be produced by Matchroom Sport Television and televised live on Sky Sports and then syndicated internationally as 31 x 1 hour programmes.

Diamond Billiards are the Official Table of the 2015 World Cup of Pool; the Official Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis and the Official Balls are Super Aramith. The Official Cue, Chalk and Rest are supplied by Predator.

Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: luke.riches@matchroom.com

Notes: Matchroom Sport are one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and are responsible for over 1,000 hours of original programming across a range of sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, the World Cup of Pool is one of a stable of pool events that include the World Pool Masters and the Mosconi Cup.