Reyes and Bustamante Cruise In World Cup Round One

Francisco Bustamante and Efren Reyes Celebrate Their Match Victory World Cup of Pool
First Round Matches

Philippines 9 – 0 Malta
Taiwan 9 – 6 India
England ‘B' 9 – 6 Korea

The night belonged to Team Philippines as the inaugural World Cup of Pool continued at the Newport Centre with three further first round matches on Tuesday evening.

The Pinoy axis of Efren Reyes and Francisco Bustamante fully justified their betting favourites tag with a handy 9-0 demolition of Malta.

Effortless in their supremacy and backed by a partisan crowd of fellow countrymen, Reyes and Bustamante never let the Maltese off the hook.

Hot favourites Taiwan were made to struggle by the plucky Indian team of Kumar and Singh Lilly who stuck with them for most of the match before Yang and Wang stepped up a gear to close the match out.

In the final clash of the evening, England "B" consisting of Daryl Peach and veteran Steve Davis doggedly stuck to their task and in the end were too good for Korea in what was an exciting encounter.

"It was hard to get ahead - every time we took the lead they got back into it but we stuck at it and came good in the end," said Davis afterwards.

"Daryl and I hadn't played together in the run up to the tournament but I thought we gelled quite well and we can only improve."

They will need to as a potential clash with Morris and Strickland of the USA looms.

Play continues on Wednesday afternoon with three more first round games.

Hong Kong v Sweden
Hungary v Russia
Japan v Indonesia