World Cup 2011: Day One Wrap

So today saw the start of the 2011 World Cup, back on our screens after a 15-year absence. Click below for a round-up of today’s results and to view the group tables after day one…

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With their vast experience the Republic of Ireland team were one of my tips to shine this week but somewhat bizarrely despite each making a century break in the frames that they did win, Ken Doherty and Fergal O’Brien were to lose out 3-2 to Pakistan duo Sahid Aftab and Muhammad Sajjad.

It was Ireland who got off to the stronger start as Ken opened with a 111 before a three frame winning streak including two singles victories for Aftab and crucial doubles win secured the match win. A silver lining for Ireland was that Fergal O’Brien managed to take the final frame so that their frame difference was not too badly affected, but a win against Egypt on Wednesday morning is now crucial if they are to progress beyond the group stages.

Elsewhere there was also a surprising defeat for Hong Kong against a Polish team led by snooker’s youngest professional Kacper Filipiak. Some had begun to fear for Kacper given a couple of heavy defeats early in the season but an impressive victory against former Grand Prix champion Marco Fu as well as a doubles win highlighted his potential.

There were mixed fortunes for the two Thai teams as the ‘A’ team led by local hero James Wattana lost 4-1 to Neil Robertspn’s Australia while the ‘B’ team secured a narrow 3-2 win against Afghanistan.

As expected Northern Ireland came through against India while China came through against Malta despite a victory for Tony Drago against Liang Wenbo. Arguably the shock result of the day however came as Brazil came through against a Belgium team boasting two professionals despite to me fielding two players that I had not heard of prior to this tournament.