Friday, July 10

Latest Day three World Billiards Championships

Ireland’s Phil Martin only one of two Irish players in knockouts

Day three of play here at the Ivy Rooms and now that the group stages are over, its time to get down to the business end of the 150 up format with 24 players remaining in a straight knockout.

The good news for the Republic of Ireland is that two players have made it through to the last 24.

Carlow based Aidan Murray and from Co. Dublin Phil Martin are through to the last 24 and their matches got under way at 10 am this morning.

The incredible standard set by the India players has again set the benchmark for this event.

Nine Indian Internationals entered the 150 up tournament, part one of two different formats played over the course of the World Championships and all nine players have made it through to the knockout stages.

The Irish players have both got Indian opposition. Murray takes on Bhaskar Balachandra and Phil Martin is up against Ashok Shanilya.

There are many Nations still involved, England have four players still standing, including the defending World Champion Mike Russell who was one of eight players who qualified into the last 16 automatically, due to his high points in his group matches.

Myanmar have two players left as do Vietnam, Thailand have three players remaining, Singapore have the talented Peter Gilchrist and Australia’s Matthew Bolton makes up the 24 players still remaining.

There are three sessions planned for today, 10am, 2pm and the quarter finals to be played at 7pm this evening.

The semi finals will take place tomorrow morning at 10am and the 150 up World Championship Final will be played at 3pm tomorrow afternoon.

After the presentations and the closing ceremony for the 150 up format, Saturday will see the start of the timed sessions in the second part of these World Championships, with the timed final scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

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