Finland, England B win quarters berths-A A +A
Friday, September 20, 2013
FINLAND and England B booked quarter-finals berths after ousting their respective rivals in the second round of the 888.com World Cup of Pool Thursday night at the York Hall in Bethnal Green, East London.
Defending champion Finland pair of Mika Immonen and Petri Makkonen escaped a 7-6 win over South Korea's Ham Won Sik and Ryu Sueng Woo.
The Finns took a 4-2 lead only to succumb to crucial errors that allowed the Koreans to win four racks in a row for a 6-4 advantage.
Finding opportunity to get back at the table, Immonen and Makkonen pocketed two more frames to force a 6-all standoff in the winner's break format affair.
Makkonen then saved the day for Finland as he ran out the 13th rack after Immonen messed up a bit.
Immonen told www.matchroompool.com that they were delighted to have been given the chance to recover.
"When we were 6-4 down I was just feeling `give us another shot and we can try and control the table'. It was nerve wracking and they (Koreans) punished us for minor mistakes and played very well and put us under real pressure," Immonen said.
England B, meanwhile, leaned on Darly Peach and Chris Melling to inflict a thrashing 7-0 defeat over Germany's Ralf Souquet and Dominic Jentsh.
Peach and Melling displayed superb potting and safety play to secure their spot in the race-to-nine quarters.
The Philippines' tandem of Lee Vann Corteza and Dennis Orcollo were set to play Singapore's Chan Keng Kwang yesterday noon, 8 p.m. Manila time, in another Last 16 match.
The winner will play against the victor between Hungary and Russia in the quarter-finals of the US$250,000-rich cuefest where the champion will go home with $60,000.
Corteza and Orcollo beat Croatia rivals Karlo Dalmatin and Ivica Putnik, 7-4, Tuesday evening.
The Filipino pair, however, was eliminated in the first round of last year's edition of the tournament held in Manila.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 21, 2013.