Lisowski suf­fers semi­fi­nal loss at World Cup

Gloucestershire Echo - - RUGBY UNION -

JACK Lisowski’s hopes of snooker World Cup glory ended in a semi-fi­nal de­feat against the China B side of Liang Wenbo and Zhou Yue­long in Wuxi.

Church­down’s Lisowski and Kyren Wil­son found them­selves 2-0 down af­ter the open­ing sin­gles frames be­fore Eng­land then won the first dou­bles frame.

A break of 84 from Wil­son re­stored par­ity at 2-2 be­fore Zhou com­posed a break of 69 against Lisowski to move China B one from vic­tory, be­fore Eng­land claimed the last dou­bles frame to force a de­cider at 3-3.

Both teams had to nom­i­nate their player to take on the fi­nal frame and Liang who was pit­ted against Wil­son. The Chi­nese star fired in a su­perb break of 71 to se­cure the tie and en­sure pro­gres­sion to the fi­nal.

Eng­land, hav­ing won all five of their round-robin group games, had reached the semi-fi­nals with an ex­cit­ing 4-3 win over Thai­land as Lisowski got the bet­ter of the de­cider against Thep­chaiya Un-nooh, win­ning it 78-14 with a top break of 48.

Two snooker ex­perts have backed Lisowski to end his wait for a ranking tour­na­ment vic­tory this sea­son.

The 28-year-old reached two fi­nals last sea­son in the Riga Mas­ters and China Open, but for­mer world num­ber three player and TV pun­dit Neal Foulds, along with na­tional news­pa­per jour­nal­ist Hec­tor Nunns both ex­pect Lisowski to end his duck.

Foulds said: “He will surely win some­thing soon. He is by far the most gifted player on the tour who is yet to have won any­thing.”

Nunns added: “The main con­tenders should be David Gilbert, Lisowski, and the Chi­nese young­sters but “I’ll go with Lisowski – his time is com­ing.”

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