Northern Ireland edge past Scotland as England, Wales and Belgium also maintain unbeaten records in the Snooker World Cup

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China A comeback stuns England and seals Snooker World Cup glory

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

Northern Ireland's Mark Allen reacts (credit:BBC)

Northern Ireland’s Mark Allen reacts (credit:BBC)

Northern Ireland moved to the top of Group D after a narrow 3-2 victory over Scotland at the 2017 Snooker World Cup on Thursday, while England, Wales and Belgium also claimed further wins in Wuxi.

Mark Allen led the way for Northern Ireland as he partnered Joe Swail to a crucial win over John Higgins and Anthony McGill.

 

Allen produced a stunning break of 133 to clinch the second frame and an 84 to seal the deal in the decider.

Thailand are hot on the heels of the Ulster duo, though, after a 5-0 demolition of India to move level on 13 points ahead of Friday’s final round of group fixtures.

Israel remained in contention to secure knock-out qualification after a 5-0 rout of rock bottom Cyprus – who have registered just four frames from a possible 20 so far.

Judd Trump and Barry Hawkins claimed a 5-0 whitewash of Pakistan in Group C courtesy of high breaks of 80, 74 and 78 to guarantee their progression to the Quarter-Finals.

Iran moved into second spot after an impressive 4-1 victory over Neil Robertson and Kurt Dunham of Australia – who slip into third despite the two nations being locked level on eleven points.

Elsewhere in Group C, Switzerland recorded a 4-1 victory over Malta to end a run of three consecutive defeats.

Luca Brecel and Jeff Jacobs of Belgium took a step closer to qualification from Group B after a narrow 3-2 victory over home heroes Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo of China A.

The win moves the Belgians to the summit of the group on 15 points, one clear of China A and two clear of Hong Kong – who stormed to a 4-1 win over strugglers Egypt.

Ken Doherty and Fergal O’Brien of Republic of Ireland closed out a 3-2 victory over Germany, though neither side can now break in to the top two.

Mark Williams and Ryan Day continued their formidable partnership as they overcame defending champions Zhou Yuelong and Yan Bingtao of China B 4-1 to seal their spot in the knock-out phase.

The race for second spot is now between China B and underdogs Brazil – who secured a crucial 3-2 win over Norway to move onto 12 points.

Finland remain rooted to the foot of the Group A table without a win after a 3-2 defeat to Malaysia.

The top two nations from each group following Friday’s fifth set of round-robin fixtures will advance to the Quarter-Finals at the Wuxi City Sports Park Stadium.

Snooker World Cup 2017 Results

Thursday July 6

England 5-0 Pakistan (Group C)

Australia 1-4 Iran (Group C)

Malta 1-4 Switzerland (Group C)

2017 Snooker World Cup – Group C Table

Position Team Played Won Lost Frames Won Frames Lost Frame Difference Points
1 England 5 5 0 22 3 +19 22
2 Iran 5 4 1 16 9 +7 16
3 Australia 5 2 3 12 13 -1 12
4 Malta 5 2 3 8 17 -9 8
5 Switzerland 5 1 4 9 16 -7 9
6 Pakistan 5 1 4 8 17 -9 8

China A 2-3 Belgium (Group B)

Germany 2-3 Republic of Ireland (Group B)

Hong Kong 4-1 Egypt (Group B)

2017 Snooker World Cup – Group B Table

Position Team Played Won Lost Frames Won Frames Lost Frame Difference Points
1 Belgium 5 4 1 17 8 +9 17
2 China A 5 4 1 17 8 +9 17
3 Hong Kong 5 3 2 15 10 +5 15
4 Republic of Ireland 5 3 2 10 15 -5 10
5 Germany 5 1 4 10 15 -5 10
6 Egypt 5 0 5 6 19 -13 6

Scotland 2-3 Northern Ireland (Group D)

Thailand 5-0 India (Group D)

Cyprus 0-5 Israel (Group D)

2017 Snooker World Cup – Group D Table

Position Team Played Won Lost Frames Won Frames Lost Frame Difference Points
1 Thailand 5 4 1 18 7 +11 18
2 Northern Ireland 5 5 0 16 9 +7 16
3 Scotland 5 3 2 14 11 +3 14
4 Israel 5 2 3 13 12 +1 13
5 India 5 1 4 10 15 -5 10
6 Cyprus 5 0 5 4 21 -17 4

China B 1-4 Wales (Group A)

Norway 2-3 Brazil (Group A)

Finland 2-3 Malaysia (Group A)

2017 Snooker World Cup – Group A Table

Position Team Played Won Lost Frames Won Frames Lost Frame Difference Points
1 Wales 5 4 1 19 6 +13 19
2 China B 5 4 1 15 10 +5 15
3 Brazil 5 4 1 15 10 +5 15
4 Malaysia 5 2 3 10 15 -5 10
5 Finland 5 1 4 8 17 -9 8
6 Norway 5 0 5 8 17 -9 8