All quarter finals were played yesterday and we got to watch some very good matches in the Baths Hall. Here is what happened
The first match of the day saw Cao Kaisheng beat Nick Spelman on a re-spotted black. The match couldn’t have been any closer. Nick got the better start, but Cao battled back and, at 2-2, there truly was nothing to separate the players. Black ball shootout it was, and it was Cao who came through.
The second match was one-sided with Jonathan Bagley controlling the game and outplaying an out of sorts Gary Filtness. Jonathan won by 3-0. Gary was extremely disappointed but this didn’t stop him to make time for the fans after his defeat. He made a disabled young man very happy by offering him one of his cues.
Both evening matches finished on a 3-1 scoreline.
Aaron played really well in beating Johnny Farrell. Johnny never quit, and tried his best. From 2-0 down, he managed to get one back, but Aaron was too strong on the day.
Similarly, Patrick Wallace dominated the last match of the day. Rhydian Richards fought valiantly but Patrick had too much for him last night. In the first frame, Patrick set a new target for the tournament high break with an excellent 80. It was 10 reds with 10 blacks, but no maximum attempt as points had already been scored earlier in the frame.
Both matches were played a good pace and for once, players, referees, staff … and photographer got an not-too-late night!