International Challenge 2017 – Day 1

After day 1, Great britain leads by 13-5. How that happened I’m not sure. However Ronnie did beat Ding by 6-1 in a “best of 7”.

More information was given about the event in this article on CBSA website

Here is an automatic translation by chrome, with some nice pictures:

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The 2018 Sino-British snooker Challenge will be held in Shenzhen on the 28th and 29th of this month. On the evening of July 27, including the Chinese team captain Ding Junhui and the British team captain O’Sullivan, including all 10 entries Players and the China Billiards Association, Shenzhen Nanshan District Government and sponsor representatives and other guests attended the event to participate in the press conference, welcome dinner.

2017 Sino-British Snooker Challenge is a group invitational co-sponsored by the National Sports Administration’s Smallball Management Center, the China Billiards Association and the World Occupational Billy and Snooker Association. Held in Nanshan District, Shenzhen Nanshan Style Sports Center.

Participate in this event a total of two teams, including the Chinese team captain by Ding Junhui, the players are Liang Wenbo, Yan Bingtao, Zhou Yuelong and Zhao Xin Tong. “Rockets” O’Sullivan served as captain of the British team, the team by Mark Williams, Graeme Dott, Joe Perry and Mike Holt composed.

In the two-day game, all the players will take turns to play, the form of competition, including players singles, team doubles, captain singles and captain doubles. In order to enhance the viewing of the event, in the doubles session will be a one-person approach.

Two match days, the two players will bring fans, including singles and doubles a total of 35 Bureau of the contest, which won the first 18 of the victory, that is, the championship team, will receive 80,000 pounds reward, and the runner-up team will Won £ 40,000 bonus. But different from the common single-defeat system, in the Sino-British snooker Challenge, even if one party has been ahead of the 18 Board victory, but the game will continue until the end of all the race.

British team captain O’Sullivan recently won the Hong Kong Masters runner-up, despite last night he only slept for an hour, but tonight held before the press conference and welcome dinner, O’Sullivan or maintained a good status. After the scene O’Sullivan first and friends Liang Wenbo happy talk, then talk with Ding Junhui sounding.

In the collective debut link, the two captain, respectively, to introduce their own players. For the team system, the Chinese team’s lineup is absolutely “super luxury.” Teenager Yan Jiantao and Zhou Yuelong have jointly won the 2015 snooker World Cup champion, shocked the world. And Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo this pair of gold partner in 2011 and 2017 won the snooker World Cup title, it is worth mentioning that in the 2017 snooker World Cup final, Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo is defeated the England team The final win.

In the interview section was asked whether there is confidence to beat the British team, the Chinese team captain Ding Junhui said: “World Cup we won them, but that is doubles competition, the team more than three people, the degree of cooperation with each other A higher demand, hope that we can withstand the test, and ultimately beat them. “(China Billiards Association Xiaofan)

Editor: cbsa


Here is the Ding vs Ronnie match:

Ronnie lost the first frame but won 6-1. It was best of 7 but all frames were played as per the rules of this event.

And here the Williams vs Liang match, this was a best of 3.


PS: family circumstances mean that I have very little time to follow the action. Every contribution is very, very welcome!

8 thoughts on “International Challenge 2017 – Day 1

  1. Results – Day 1:

    Zhao Xintong 1-2 Mark Williams
    Liang Wenbo 0-3 Mark Williams
    Zhou Yuelong / Yan Bingtao 2-0 Graeme Dott / Michael Holt
    Zhao Xintong / Yan Bingtao 0-2 Joe Perry / Michael Holt
    Ding Junhui 1-6 Ronnie O’Sullivan

    I think they add every frame win there.
    So England has 2+3+0+2+6 = 13 points.
    China has 1+0+2+0+2 = 5 points.

    Live stream lins are here too!

  2. Hi Monique

    Thank you for posting the ROS match so we can all enjoy.

    Just a quick question – do you happen to know if ROS is using a new/repaired cue? He did mention he would after the HK Masters.


    • Hello Mo

      yesterday evening I came across a series of interviews of Ronnie made the day before the event started, In fact a team of camara men and interviewers followed him during part of the day.

      (When you start the first video/sequence and play it to the end the next one will be shown automatically.)

      One of the questions was about his cue. In short, he told that he will put it to “rest” as soon as he is back in the UK. And that some work was done on it, but that it did not play well.
      So, I assume that he is stil playing with the reworked cue at the moment.

      Cheers, Silvry

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