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China delight as they claim World Cup glory


Liang Wenbo and Ding Junhui beat Northern Ireland to lift the trophy

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China have won the 2011 PTT-EGAT Snooker World Cup after they defeated Northern Ireland in a thrilling final.

The Chinese duo of Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo completed a 4-2 victory over the Irish pair of Mark Allen and Gerard Greene at the Bangkok Convention Centre.

This is the first time China have ever won the title and Ding was delighted with his side’s achievement.

“When the last World Cup was held I was nine and had only just picked up my first cue a few months before,” said Ding. “I’m very proud of China. We’ve made a lot of friends at this tournament.

“We both played really well. We got off to a good start and were 3-0 ahead and in the fourth frame I missed a blue to make it 3-1. I had a good chance to win that frame but anything can happen. When we were 3-0 up I thought we would finish it in the fourth frame.

“We didn’t play good at the doubles a few days ago but talked more and had a better shot selection and played better.

“We’re the best two players from China and I’m very proud of China and us to win the World Cup.

“You don’t get many chances to play in this tournament and this is the first time I’ve played in it but I hope I can play in this more times and win more times.

“Liang played very well and better than last season. Last year there was a lot of pressure on him but you need to understand he will come back and play better and better.”

Breaks of 84 and 46 helped China move into a 3-0 lead but a 115 from Greene in the fourth and 69 from Allen in the fifth made it 3-2 but Ding and Liang’s effort of 89 in the doubles saw them lift the trophy and collect the $200,000.

Allen believed it was always going to be difficult to recover from their poor start. He said: “We were up against it right from the start and in the first two frames China played flawless snooker and we didn’t have a chance. It was just about digging in and staying in the match and we managed to win two frames.

“But they played better snooker on the day so they probably deserved to win. It’s disappointing but we found ourselves 2-0 down through no fault of our own.

“We needed some luck and Gerard made a good break to make it 3-1 and I then made a good clearance and at 3-2 we were right back in it.

“We came here with expectations to do well and tried to play well in every match.

“If someone had said we would get to the final then we would’ve taken it but being in the final you never want to finish runners-up.

“We’ve won a bit of money to put in the bank but it’s just a shame we couldn’t lift the trophy.”