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Ding Junhui rescues China A as Scotland and Australia crash out of the Snooker World Cup

Ding Junhui helped China A through to the quarter-finals

Ding Junhui produced a brilliant clearance under pressure to send China A through to the quarter-finals of the Snooker World Cup at the expense of Hong Kong, while Scotland and Australia crashed out at the Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium on Friday.

The world number four trailed 51-0 in the deciding frame with both sides battling to join Belgium in the Last Eight, but made a magnificent counter clearance of 67 to the pink to snatch a narrow 3-2 victory in the most dramatic of circumstances.

Despite the Belgians going down 3-2 against the Republic of Ireland, the two frames won guaranteed them top spot in Group B and meant that it was a straight shootout between China A and Hong Kong to snatch second place with a win.

The first four frames were shared as the clash inevitably went right down to the wire, with Ding facing Marco Fu for the right to play Wales in the quarter-finals.

Fu was in first with 51 but missed a thin cut on the black which left his opponent with half an opportunity to clear.

The home favourite needed no second invitation as, under the most intense pressure, he produced a nerveless clearance of 67 to the pink to see his country through.

Elsewhere, there was no joy for the Scottish pairing of John Higgins and Anthony McGill who, despite a 3-2 victory over India, were forced to settle for third place in Group D behind Thailand and Northern Ireland.

The Thai duo of Thepchaiya Un-Nooh and Noppon Saengkham sealed their progress following a second consecutive 5-0 whitewash of Cyprus, while Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen and Joe Swail were narrow 3-2 winners over Israel.

Like Scotland, Australia also fell at the first hurdle after Iran’s Hossein Vafaei and Soheil Vahedi enjoyed another impressive victory – whitewashing Malta 5-0 to take second place in Group C and book their Last-Eight berth.

That victory meant that the Australian pairing of Neil Robertson and Kurt Dunham were unable to overtake the top two, meaning that their 4-1 defeat by England was purely academic.

Judd Trump went close to making a 147 along the way – breaking down on 112 after missing the 15th red – as he and Barry Hawkins made it five wins from five, while taking their frame tally to 22 from a possible 25.

There was drama earlier in the day as China B’s Zhou Yuelong and Yan Bingtao scraped through to the quarter-finals after edging out Malaysia 3-2 in a deciding frame.

It was a very important one, too, as, following Brazil’s 3-2 victory over Group A winner Wales, the reigning champions advanced on the head-to-head record after their 4-1 success over the Brazilians on Wednesday.


Snooker World Cup 2017 Results

Friday July 7

Scotland 3-2 India (Group D)
Northern Ireland 3-2 Israel (Group D)
Cyprus 0-5 Thailand (Group D)

China B 3-2 Malaysia (Group A)
Wales 2-3 Brazil (Group A)
Norway 2-3 Finland (Group A)

China A 3-2 Hong Kong (Group B)
Germany 4-1 Egypt (Group B)
Republic of Ireland 3-2 Belgium (Group B)

England 4-1 Australia (Group C)
Malta 0-5 Iran (Group C)
Switzerland 2-3 Pakistan (Group C)


Final Group Tables


2017 Snooker World Cup - Group A Table

PositionTeamPlayedWonLostFrames WonFrames LostFrame DifferencePoints
1Wales541196+1319
2China B5411510+515
3Brazil5411510+515
4Malaysia5231015-510
5Finland514817-98
6Norway505817-98


2017 Snooker World Cup - Group B Table

PositionTeamPlayedWonLostFrames WonFrames LostFrame DifferencePoints
1Belgium541178+917
2China A541178+917
3Hong Kong5321510+515
4Republic of Ireland5321015-510
5Germany5141015-510
6Egypt505619-136


2017 Snooker World Cup - Group C Table

PositionTeamPlayedWonLostFrames WonFrames LostFrame DifferencePoints
1England550223+1922
2Iran541169+716
3Australia5231213-112
4Malta523817-98
5Switzerland514916-79
6Pakistan514817-98


2017 Snooker World Cup - Group D Table

PositionTeamPlayedWonLostFrames WonFrames LostFrame DifferencePoints
1Thailand541187+1118
2Northern Ireland550169+716
3Scotland5321411+314
4Israel5231312+113
5India5141015-510
6Cyprus505421-174


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