Those watching the Quarter finals tonight were in for a treat as all eight players would have been worthy winners of their ties.
Alexander Ursenbacher took all 3 opening frames against Brian Ochoiski, only for Brian to pull out all the stops and level the match with some marvellous matchplay. Alexander took the next two frames to wrap up the match 5-3, closing with a well taken 52 break.
Andres Petrov and Mateusz Baranowski was another fine match. Andres got 2-0 ahead, then 3-1 before Mateuz levelled. However, with the next two going to Andres the end result was 5-3 in his favour.
As if the first two matches hadn’t been close enough, things got even closer in the lower half of the draw. Earlier in the day Peter Devlin had been taken to a deciding frame by Richard Haney in a marathon match lasting four and a half hours. Jackson Page opened their match with a 59 break, following which Peter struck back and ahead with 58, 76 and 52 to take a 3-1 lead. A 57 from Jackson in frame 5 was followed by a tighter frame, taken by Jackson. Peter edged ahead with frame 7 but a quickfire 56 from the young Welshman forced the deciding frame. With neither player willing to give up, predictably it went to the final pink, Jackson emerging the victor.
Tyler Rees and Dylan Craig played their part in the drama too. Tyler came into the match in great form and before too long was 4-1 up. Dylan turned the match on it’s head though, sticking at it in every frame and 4-4 a just reward for his efforts. The final frame was all Tyler though, setting up an all Wales clash tomorrow morning.