Great Britain A crashed out of the World Cup of Pool in agonising circumstances as Jayson Shaw scratched with two balls remaining at hill-hill against Estonia, while USA went down to defeat against the Philippines.
Britain’s Shaw and Chris Melling took on Estonia’s Denis Grabe and Mark Magi in the final second-round fixture.
Neither team were at their best in the first half of the match and after eight racks it was 4-4. The hosts looked set to move ahead until Melling scratched on the 6. Estonia did the rest and reached the hill in rack ten after some good safety play.
Jayson Shaw scratches on the penultimate ball to seal the match 😱
Estonia step up to the table to knock Great Britain A OUT of the #WorldCupOfPool 🤯 pic.twitter.com/3BHY3LM2fR
But Great Britain A won the next two racks to join Estonia on the hill, and though Grabe and Magi had a chance in the last, it was Shaw and Melling who were at the table when only the 5 and 9 remained.
The two balls were tied close to each other when Shaw cut the five in with pace, but the cue came off the side rail to scratch in the top pocket leaving Magi with a simple 9 to send them through to the quarter-finals.
🦸 🕺 #WorldCupOfPool pic.twitter.com/o0CIWCI2FS
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Estonia will face Philippines in the last eight after Jeff De Luna and Roberto Gomez staged a dramatic comeback from 5-0 down to defeat America’s Skyler Woodward and Billy Thorpe.
Earlier in the session, comeback kids Darren Appleton and Karl Boyes took advantage of a despondent Greek pairing of Alex Kazakis and Nick Malai to reach the quarter-finals with a 7-4 win.
Appleton and Boyes lifted the World Cup in 2014 and were returning as a late replacement for Canada, who had been blighted with travel issues, but they’re now flying the flag alone for the hosts.
Japan, Denmark and Germany all won through in the afternoon session.
Never change Naoyuki Oi. @zero1pool Never 😂
The victory dance is back 🕺#WorldCupOfPool pic.twitter.com/wGcGGTrRri
All four quarter-finals will be played on Thursday, with two in the afternoon session and two in the evening. The action begins at 12pm with Slovakia taking on Japan before Great Britain C face Netherlands. In the evening, Estonia will face Philippines, while Denmark meet Germany.
Russia 2-7 Japan
Italy 5-7 Denmark
Germany 7-4 Kuwait
Great Britain C 7-4 Greece
USA 5-7 Philippines
Estonia 7-6 Great Britain A
Netherlands 7-1 Finland
Slovakia 7-6 Czech Republic
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