English 8 Ball Pool (Blackball Rules) / 2016 Savanna Elite 500
30th April - 1st May 2016 / Savanna Pool & Snooker Club, Manchester, England
FINALS DAY AWAITS...
Just 8 of the 32 player starting field remain after the opening day of the inaugural Savanna Elite 500.
This prestigious double elimination event, where entries each paid a £500 buy-in, featured no less than eight World Champions amongst a host of other international standard English 8 Ball Pool talents.
Contesting tomorrow afternoon's 'Hot Seat' match will be English duo of Phil Harrison and Clint I'Anson, who both went through Saturday unbeaten with four straight victories each.
Pre-event favourite Harrison, the 2009 WEPF World Champion, defeated Mark Thrussell 15-7, Rob Chilton 15-10, Neil Raybone 15-9 and Simon Ward 15-8.
Youngster I'Anson, a former IPA World Doubles Champion, got the better of Rob Donkin 15-10, Aaron Davies 15-10, Gareth Hibbott 15-13 and Steve Martin 15-12.
With such an impressive line-up, early well known name casualties were always very likely.
Irish pool legend Ronan McCarthy was eliminated via the first available avenue, whilst Jayson Shaw, the 2010 World Blackball Champion, was soon following him out the exit door. Reigning Nations Cup winner Kristian Phillips, recent IPA Welsh Open victor Dan Davy and 2011 WEPF World Champion Adam Davis were also dismissed early on in the piece.
Surviving another day on the 'B Side' are Marc Farnsworth, Tom Cousins, Thrussell, Hibbott, Ward and Martin. All players left in are now getting paid.
Live stream action resumes Sunday Morning at 0900 UK time. The final(s), where the £5,600 winners kitty will be decided, are due to begin at 19.00/19.30
For the full results, please visit the Independent Pool Company (IPC) website here.
Live scoring and streaming can be accessed via the 'Beard Productions' website here.
Written and published by Michael Day on the 1st May 2016