China Edge Germany as Pinoys KO Taiwan in Thriller
China 9-7 Germany
Philippines B 9-8 Taiwan
The 2010 PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool final will be contested by China and Philippines B after a couple of epic semi-finals at the Robinson Place Mall in Manila.
Earlier China (Fu Jianbo and Li Hewen) had beaten Germany in an exciting encounter before Dennis Orcollo and Roberto Gomez blew the roof off the venue with a marvellous 9-8 win over the dangerous Taiwan.
The Taiwanese pair of Chang Jung-lin and Ko Pin-yi looked very relaxed throughout the match as the hyped-up up Filipino pair fought to stay with them. It was always close and at 8 all, Ko broke in the last and downed three balls. The lowest numbered ball, the blue 2 was available but Chang, taking an eternity, missed the tough pot.
The crowd went wild and Orcollo started jumping up and down like a madman out of control. They managed to compose themselves and with the massive crowd willing down every shot, they cleared the table to book a place in the final.
“I have never been that nervous in my life and my whole body was shaking’” said Orcollo, who will now need to calm himself down for this evening’s final.
“I said to Gomez to just hit the back of the ball. He hit the back of the ball and it worked. Now we’re in the final. I was so nervous I nearly passed out.”
Earlier, China made it through to their second PartyPoker.net World Cup of Pool final as they edged past Germany in a thrilling match in downtown Manila.
9-7 was the scoreline for Fu Jianbo and Li Hewen but full credit must to Ralf Souquet and Oliver Ortmann who looked to be on the receiving end of a thumping but fought their way back into the match and had chances to win.
After winning the opening rack, the Germans got the worse of the exchanges and the Chinese pair established a 6-1 lead in the race to nine encounter. A dry break from China in the eighth rack gave Germany a chance and they stopped the rot as Souquet downed the 9 ball.
At this stage, the Chinese must have felt fairly confident but within half an hour the Germans were all square and in the ascendancy. Li Hewen missed the 4 ball in the next and Germany took the lead for the first time since the opener.
Souquet and Ortmann had played outstanding stuff to get back in the game and they nearly made a golden break in the next to reach the hill.
The 9 ball hung over the pocket with the 2 ball nearby but Souquet missed a very tough pot on the 1 ball. China did the necessary to get to 7-7 and then ran out the next to reach the hill.
The winning run out nearly broke down but Fu Jianbo, who must be one of the greatest shot-makers in the game, potted an outstanding 8 ball down the rail to seal it.
Germany, while clearly disappointed having fought so hard, were edged out by the better team on the day and can console themselves with $8,000 each.
With 32 teams representing 31 countries – home nation Philippines has two sides in the competition – the World Cup of Pool sees the gathering of some of the most decorated stars of the pool firmament. The event is taking place at Robinsons Place, in Ermita, Manila.
With a total purse of $250,000, the winning pair split $60,000 between them while first round losers are guaranteed $1,500 each. All the action will be carried live on Solar Sports in
The Philippines and other broadcasters across the region.
Semi Finals 1pm Sunday
China 9-7 Germany
Philippines B v Taiwan
Quarter Final Scores
China 9-3 Indonesia
Germany 9-7 France
Philippines B 9-1 Finland
Taiwan 9-5 Poland
Second Round Scores
Taiwan 8-2 Japan
Indonesia 8-6 Philippines A
Germany 8 -1 Russia
France 8-6 England
China 8-5 Italy
Finland 8-1 Holland
Poland 8-7 USA
Philippines B 8-4 Spain
First Round Scores
Russia 8–4 Canada
Indonesia 8-7 India
China 8–2 Belgium
Italy 8-6 Korea
Germany 8–4 Hong Kong
Philippines A 8-3 Thailand
England 8–7 Qatar
France 8-5 Australia
Japan 8–7 Slovenia
Poland 8-6 Malta
Taiwan 8–2 Malaysia
Philippines B 8-4 Croatia
Holland 8–3 Austria
Finland 8-2 Singapore
USA 8-7 Sweden
Spain 8-5 Vietnam