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Rampant Ryan Day inspires Wales at the Snooker World Cup as England and China remain unbeaten

Ryan Day hit the tournament's highest break on day three in Wuxi

Ryan Day continued his impressive form as Wales maintained their 100% record at the 2017 Snooker World Cup with a 5-0 rout of Finland on Wednesday, while England and China A also remain unbeaten in Wuxi.

Day, who recently captured his first ranking title at the Riga Masters, built on that momentum as he produced yet another inspired performance on his World Cup debut.

After partner Mark Williams opened with 109, the world number 15 hit a magnificent break of 140 – the highest of the tournament so far – on the way to a second whitewash against a helpless Finland, who were outscored by 484 points to 16 and are all but eliminated after suffering their third defeat. The same can be said for Norway, who are also searching for a first win after being edged out 3-2 by Malaysia.

Wales are joined at the top of Group A by reigning champions China B, whose pairing of Zhou Yuelong and Yan Bingtao also made it three wins from three after a commanding 4-1 victory over Brazil.

Elsewhere, England continued their 100% record after recovering from a slow start to overcome Iran by the same scoreline.

Despite leading 63-0 in the opening frame, Judd Trump missed a tricky pink for the opening frame against Hossein Vafaei, who battled back before eventually snatching the lead on the pink.

However, Barry Hawkins immediately replied with a break of 60 to level, while the English also won the next three frames to move to the brink of the quarter-finals.

Neil Robertson hit breaks of 82 and 105 to ensure that Australia remained in touch in Group C following a comfortable 4-1 success over Switzerland, while Malta edged out Pakistan 3-2 in the other match.

China A’s Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo were also 4-1 winners to make it three victories from three in Group B – doing so against Egypt – as did Belgium’s Luca Brecel and Jeff Jacobs against Germany.

Their nearest challengers are Hong Kong after Marco Fu hit a top break of 85 in their 4-1 success over Republic of Ireland’s Ken Doherty and Fergal O’Brien who, like Egypt and Germany, are in need of a miraculous set of circumstances to remain in contention for the quarter-finals.

Northern Ireland – comprised of Mark Allen and Joe Swail – needed another deciding frame to maintain their unbeaten start as, following earlier contributions of 65 and 104, a break of 76 sealed a 3-2 win over Thailand and kept them top of a closely fought Group D.

Scotland are their closest challengers after Anthony McGill hit breaks of 67 and 78 in their 4-1 victory over Israel, while India remained in the hunt after seeing off Cyprus by the same scoreline.


Snooker World Cup 2017 Results


Wednesday July 5

6am
China B 4-1 Brazil (Group A)
Wales 5-0 Finland (Group A)
Norway 2-3 Malaysia (Group A)

7am
Scotland 4-1 Israel (Group D)
Cyprus 1-4 India (Group D)
Northern Ireland 3-2 Thailand (Group D)

12.30pm
England 4-1 Iran (Group C)
Australia 4-1 Switzerland (Group C)
Malta 3-2 Pakistan (Group C)

1.30pm
China A 4-1 Egypt (Group B)
Hong Kong 4-1 Republic of Ireland (Group B)
Germany 1-4 Belgium (Group B)


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Rampant Ryan Day inspires Wales at the Snooker World Cup as England and China remain unbeaten

Ryan Day continued his impressive form as Wales maintained their 100% record at the 2017 Snooker World Cup with a 5-0 rout of Finland on Wednesday, while England and China A also remain unbeaten in Wuxi.

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