Scotland Beat Wales To Reach Semi-Finals
Scottish duo John Higgins and Stephen Maguire edged out Welsh pair Mark Williams and Ryan Day 4-3 to reach the semi-finals of the Beverly World Cup in Wuxi.
Scotland will meet China A or Hong Kong in the semis on Sunday, with the final to be played later the same day. The champions will share a cheque for $200,000.
Higgins and Maguire reached the final in 2015, losing to China, and will hope to go one better this time.
They lost the opening frame today then took three in a row to lead 3-1. Williams made a break of 66, the highest of the match, to win frame five, then Wales took a tight doubles frame to make it 3-3.
Maguire and Day were nominated to contest the decider, and it was Maguire who dominated with runs of 59 and 23.
China’s B team of Zhou Yuelong and Liang Wenbo booked their semi-final place with a 4-2 win over Belgian duo Luca Brecel and Ben Mertens. They will now meet England or Thailand.
Brecel took the opening frame for Belgium with a break of 61 before Zhou levelled, helped by a run of 50. China took the next two frames, and despite a run of 78 from Brecel which gave Belgium the fifth to make it 3-2, the sixth went China’s way to seal the result.