Snooker World Cup 2011 - Day 2

09:19:00 Ramona Dragomir 0 Comments

Tony Drago and the dark defeat
After a first day of accommodation with the rules and trying to develop some kind of rhythm, it seems like the boys are ready to go for the kill. Or so the second day appeared to be like, for more than one team had put quite a show and won the match fair and square.

Australia managed to cash one more victory and ended on a 3-2 result its match with Malta. It was a hard fought victory, but it was a very important one especially for Steve Mifsud, who succeeded in beating the powerful and legendary Tony Drago by performing a beautiful 90 clearance. Seem to me that Australia's first victory gave the lads quite a burst for a new one. Let's see if they can keep up the good work.

England's team was on fire
At table number two, the most peculiar thing was about to happen. The teams in play were India and Belgium and it seemed like Bjorn Haneveer was about to close the match in his country's favour, by winning the last frame. It could have been a 3-2 scoreline in Belgium's favour ... but it wasn't because the Indian Advani gave it 100% and managed to came back and win the frame getting the two required snookers. Amazing!

And now it's time for one of the best shows this competition has got until this day. If the first day was definitely marked by Northern Ireland's team, the second day the team to beat was England's. Mark Selby and Ali Carter faced Brazil in a match that was closed by a 4-1 result. It had breaks of 89, 54, 86, 52 and it was one of the best snooker shows of the World Cup. However by the end of the day another brilliant performance was going to happen. ;-)

A few minutes after England's victory, Germany cashed one of its own, by beating Pakistan 3-2, this concluding the first part of the "team snooker day".

The Brazilian players, Noel and Fabio
The after-noon session started in the best possible way, with the team of Wales performing the first whitewash in this year's competition. Mark Williams and Matthew Stevens were too good for Egypt's players, the Wales Dragons winning one frame after another and ending on a 5-0 final result. Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant! :-)

At the near table, things weren't going so smoothly for Scotland's team that was taking on Poland's star players. It’s true that in the end Higgins and Maguire's team did win the battle by 3-2, but it was no easy task, for this little boy, this wonderful player named Kacper Filipiak beat both of Scotland's prestigious players in style. Better to watch out for this "fire breathing little dragon" from Poland. ;-)

The day ended with Thailand 1 recording a very well deserved victory over UAE, 4-1 and with Hong Kong that managed to win its first match, 3-2 with Afghanistan.

Today's schedule of playing looks something like this:

From 07:00 (UK time)
Group A: Egypt v. Republic of Ireland
Group B: Thailand 1 v. Malta
Group C: Brazil v. Northern Ireland
Group D: Scotland v. Afghanistan

From 13:00 (UK time)
Group B: China v. UAE
Group A: Wales v. Germany
Group C: England v. Belgium
Group D: Thailand 2 v. Hong Kong China

TV coverage:
07:00 - 11:00 British EuroSport 2
07:45 - 11:00 British EuroSport
13:00 - 17:00 British EuroSport 2