Magical moments were lived this Wednesday night at St. Paul’s Bay Dolmen Hotel with 5 Frames decision only with the black ball on the table for three players who ended up tied in Group E 2nd place: Poland’s Marcin Nitschke, France’s Dimitri Vivier and Ireland’s Mark Walsh all had 1 Frame positive after their four best of 5 Frames round-robin matches in Malta.
The venue was crowded for the drama, and it came after almost 2 hours of tension and expectation. On the first match between the 3, Dimitri Vivier came back from 0-2 to prevail 3-2 facing Marcin Nitschke.
On Game 2, Ireland’s Mark Walsh claimed victory by 3 Frames to 2 facing Dimitri Vivier… and the decision to know who would get through to the best of 7 Frames Last 72 round was delayed for the 3rd and final match, in which Mark Walsh had to face Marcin Nitschke.
Tremendous atmosphere at Malta’s venue, lots of fans and Ireland’s player got the 1st blood: 1-0. What happened next, none could imagine. Marcin potted 4 straight blacks without reply – and spectacular the last 2 of them – to win by 4 Frames to 1 and get the ticket for the knock-out stage, who’s matches will start on Thursday morning at the St. Paul’s Bay Dolmen Hotel.
Nitschke will face the aged 14 Moldavian bronze medalist in the U18 championships, Vladislav Gradinari in Last 72 best of 7 round, on Table 5, starting 10 a.m.