Amateur Snooker - 2017 IBSF World 6 Reds Championships (Men's and Ladies)
2nd-5th August 2017 / Hurghada, Egypt
2017 IBSF WORLD 6 REDS CHAMPIONSHIPS - A REVIEW
Marque names Darren Morgan and Ng On Yee won their respective divisions at the 2017 IBSF World 6 Reds Championships. The pair added yet more honours to their already impressive CVs following four days of short format action in Hurghada, Egypt.
Welshman Morgan continues to thrive on the global amateur circuit, as he defended the title he won last year.
115 players started out in the Men's event, with the majority of the entry coming from the host nation, Middle East and Asia, where this discipline is more popular. However, there were no entries from China or England on this occasion.
In fact, 15 of the Last 16 line up were from Asia. At that particular stage, the multi decorated Pankaj Advani (India) saw his hopes ended when he was defeated by Babar Masih (Pakistan) 4-2.
The new IBSF World Under 18's winner Muhammad Naseem Akhtar (Pakistan) was also eliminated here, whilst countryman and former IBSF World Amateur Champion Muhammad Asif lost in the Quarter-Finals.
Morgan had earlier qualified top of his Round Robin with just the loss of three frames. In the Knock-Outs he beat Ala Wali (Libya) 4-0, Mohamed Ismail (Egypt) 4-1 and Saleh Mohammadi (Afghanistan) 4-2 to make the Last 8. Mohammadi in the previous round had seen off former Crucible Qualifier Andrew Pagett (Wales).
In the Quarters he resisted a comeback from Hong Kong's Fung Kwok Wai, 5-4, and sealed a final place after a 5-2 success against another HK cueist in the form of Lee Chun Wai, 5-2.
He would play India's Kamal Chalwa in the final, who was also undefeated throughout. Chawla got it all square at 4-4 after being 4-2 down, although Morgan registered runs of 60 and 45 in the last two frames to emerge a 6-4 winner.
On Yee claimed another World Championship title following her 4-0 final victory over Thai teenager and 2016 Champion Siripaporn Nuanthakhamjan.
The reigning WLBS World Ladies Champion lost just two frames in the entire tournament, those being during her 4-2 Semi-Final win over compatriot Ka Kai Wan.
For the full results, please visit the International Billiards and Snooker Federation website here.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 5th August 2017