by Luke Riches
6th October, 2012 ClubWPT.com World Pool Masters
Dennis Orcollo (PHI) 8-6 Kelly Fisher (ENG)
Nick Van Den Berg (NED) 8-4 Omar Al Shaheen (KUW)
Wojciech Szewcyk (POL) 8-7 Ko Pin-yi (TPE)
2010 MASTERS CHAMPION Dennis Orcollo (Philippines) made his way into the quarter-finals of this year’s competition but not before he was given a scare by the ladies World No.1 Kelly Fisher. The final score was 8-6 but the Filipino looked like squandering a good lead as Fisher came back at him.
Orcollo lost the first rack, as Fisher cued confidently around the table, but then proceeded to win the next five. The English girl then clawed her way back, winning the next two, before going 6-3 down and then winning the next two to get to 5-6.
Orcollo looked a little uneasy but restored his confidence as he won the 12th game with a confident run out. Fisher though, fluked the 9 ball in the next as a missed 3/9 combo missed in the side pocket but the 9 ball crept up table and dropped.
It was her last hurrah though as a dry break and open table gave Orcollo the chance he needed to close out the match. He now goes onto to meet Mika Immonen in tomorrow’s quarter-final matches.
Taking place at the Hala Legionow in Kielce, Southern Poland, this is the 20th edition of the ClubWPT.com World Pool Masters and Matchroom Sport is working in partnership with the regional billiard organisation, Swietokrzyskie Stowarzyszenie Bilardowe as well as the Mayor’s office in Kielce.
The event takes place at the Hala Legionow, Kielce’s state of the art sports venue and the winner will receive $20,000 from a total prize fund of $66,000.
The second match of the morning saw Nick Van den Berg take a comfortable 8-4 win over young Kuwaiti Omar Al Shaheen. The 19 year-old looked good in parts but made too many mistakes for a player of the obvious class of the Dutchman.
Finally, Ko Pin-yi and Wojciech Szewczyk put on a marvellous display of pool and in the end it was a shame that someone had to lose. At 19 years-old, the young Pole looks to be a good bet for future superstardom and has a matchless temperament for a teenager.
With a healthy crowd cheering the local man, they shared the opening two racks before Szewczyk got on a roll and went 4-1 ahead. Ko, though was playing well and a poor safe allowed him to get to 2-4 and then he broke and ran three racks to take the lead at 5-4 and silence the Polish crowd.
It was shaping up into an epic match and when Ko went 6-4 it looked to be heavily in his favour. The Taiwanese though, missed a shocking 9 ball which turned the tide. That made it 6-5 and a skilful 2/9 combo off the 8 ball levelled the scores at 6 each.
Ko took the next to reach the hill after a miss on a difficult 3 ball but Szewczyk showed nerves of steel as he grabbed the opportunity and made it hill-hill. Just when he needed it the Pole delivered an immaculate break and from there he ran out for a magnificent win.
Play continues tonight with the final two first round matches followed by the first semi-final:
Round 1 – Darren Appleton (ENG) v Tony Drago (MLT)
Shane Van Boening (USA) v Karol Skowerski (POL)
Qtr Final 1 – Mateusz Sniegocki v Alex Pagulayan
The 2012 ClubWPT.com World Pool Masters is sponsored by ClubWPT.com. Cloth is supplied by Iwan Simonis, Super Aramith balls by Saluc, tables by Diamond Billiards and the Official Cue and Chalk is Predator.
Luke Riches, Matchroom Sport: email@example.com
Notes: Matchroom Sport are one of the world’s leading producers of televised sport and are responsible for over 1,000 hours of original programming across a range of sports. Based in the UK and chaired by charismatic founder Barry Hearn, the World Pool Masters is one of a stable of pool events that include the World Cup of Pool and the Mosconi Cup.