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China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

A total of 35 teams have entered up for this year's China City Teams Cup. Each team is 3 players, plus a captain and coach.

It starts round-robin group stage with 4 or 5 teams. Each match will have 5 frames, with singles and doubles (Scotch). The top two in each group qualify for the knockout stage, with best-of-7 matches.

The even runs from June 6-9, and is televised on Zhibo streams.

For more information see:

https://weibo.com/ttarticle/x/m/show/id ... _client_=1

https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/C6hcKjUPgtRrCMpxpWS23w

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

Group A
Tibet team: Chen Ruifu, Liu Jiaming, Wang Zepeng
Guangdong team: Zhang Zhijie, Tian Wenshun, Cai Jianzhong
Beijing team: Chen Xiaolong, Qiu Yalong, Liu Yiqi
Zhongshan team: Yu Zihao, Deng Jinhong, Ren Jiaxing

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

Group B
Dongguan team: Liu Hongyu, Liang Xiaolong, Zhao Hanyang
Wuxi team: Cai Yifan, Shen Haoran, Wu Ze
Zibo team: Yan Donghui, Zhou Jinhao, Wang Yuhang
Zhejiang team: Wu Zhefan, Sun Li, Shi Fangmin

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

Group C
Shaanxi team: Zhao Xintong, Li Hang, Fan Zhengyi
Huizhou team: Liang Wenbo, Xiao Guodong, Zhang Yong
Anhui team: Zhou Lei, Chen Gang, Su Mingzhi
Yixing team: Wang Wei, Li Ting, Li Zhen

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

Group D
Henan team: Liu Xin, Peng Yisong, Zhang Yang
Hainan team: Deng Fuyi, Fu Jing, Xie Xiang
Wuhan team: Li Zhao, Zhu Zhanghua, Huang Hao
Mianyang team: Xiao Bo, Li Yunfei, Liang Tao

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

Group E
Guizhou team: Lin Shuai, Paruke, Ma Chunmao
Pengzhou team: Liu Yang, Wang Wei, Liu Yuan
Ningbo team: Zhao Guofeng, Xu Jun, Barry Vesty
Xi'an team: Ma Shaojun, Jin Peng, Wu Yuchen
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Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

Group F
Dongguan Youth Team: Bai Yulu, Ma Hailong, Jiang Jun
Dalian team: Wan Zhichen, Zhao Yang, Sheng Wanli
Xianyang team: Yang Jiaxin, Xia Bo, Deng Haohui
Baoji team: Yang Qingtian, Jin Long, Li Yan
Sichuan team: Zhou Yuelong, Zhang Jiankang, Cai Wei

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

Group G
Shanghai team: Lu Ning, Tian Pengfei, Zhao Jianbo
Foshan team: Fang Xiongman, Long Zehuang, He Guoqiang
Qinghai team: Yu Guoxiao, Liu Chengxuan, Han Hui
Gansu team: Zhang Yinhu, Chen Ming, Wu Dongtan
Nanjing team: Zhang Chao, Chen Wen, Yang Zhongjie

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Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

Group H
Suzhou team: Cao Yupeng, Zhang Anda, Mei Xiwen
Xinjiang team: Ababaekzh Kayle, Li Jinwei, Li Shirong
Shanxi team: Wang Hongbin, Dong Yu, Li Hongfei
Lanzhou team: Wu Yize, Xu Si, Lu Haotian
Chongqing team: Zheng Dian, Han Fuyuan, Xu Chuanqi

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Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

I've counted 15 current (i.e. 2021-22) professionals, and there are also several ex-pros and some very promising juniors who may make it to the pro ranks in the future. Basically, it's almost all of the best players currently in China, except missing Ding Junhui of course. SnookerIsland favourite Yan Bingtao is not there (he's actually stayed in England again), but his father coaches the Zibo team.

There are several incredibly strong first round clashes, including Shaanxi vs. Huizhou. The players on view are: Zhao Xintong, Li Hang, Fan Zhengyi, Liang Wenbo, Xiao Guodong abd Zhang Yong. The match takes place at 6am on Monday!

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

My mistake, the event actually runs from 5th June, for 5 days. The schedule is:
5th June
14:00: E1-E4、E2-E3、F2-F5、F3-F4、G2-G5、G3-G4、H2-H5、H3-H4
19:30: A1-A4、A2-A3、B1-B4、B2-B3、C1-C4、C2-C3、D1-D4、D2-D3

6th June
10:00: F1-F5、F2-F3、G1-G5、G2-G3、H1-H5、H2-H3
14:00: A1-A3、A2-A4、B1-B3、B2-B4、C1-C3、C2-C4、D1-D3、D2-D4
19:30: E1-E3、E2-E4、F1-F4、F3-F5、G1-G4、G3-G5、H1-H4、H3-H5

7th June
10:00: E1-E2、E3-E4、F1-F3、F2-F4、G1-G3、G2-G4、H1-H3、H2-H4
14:00: A1-A2、A3-A4、B1-B2、B3-B4、C1-C2、C3-C4、D1-D2、D3-D4
19:30: F1-F2、F4-F5、G1-G2、G4-G5、H1-H2、H4-H5

Then 8-9th are the knockouts.
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Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby chengdufan

Thanks for sharing this Lewis. I will be supporting Chongqing though it's a shame the best player at my club, Li Li is not playing.
I wonder who Barry Vesty is. :chin:

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

chengdufan wrote:Thanks for sharing this Lewis. I will be supporting Chongqing though it's a shame the best player at my club, Li Li is not playing.
I wonder who Barry Vesty is. :chin:

The teams are franchises. They aren't necessarily locally affiliated. Barry Vesty has lived in China for years.

Tournament has started already! I was wrong about the start date

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

The first day Shaanxi beat Yixing 5-0, as expected. Zhao Xintong and Fan Zhengyi finished off with an 87 break in the Scotch doubles, which always looks crazy to me. Zhang Jiankang got the highest break in singles, a 112, during Sichuan's 5-0 win over Dalian.

Results:
Tibet 4-1 Zongshan
Guangdong 2-3 Beijing
Dongguan 5-0 Zhejiang
Wuxi 2-3 Zibo
Shaanxi 5-0 Yixing
Huizhou 4-1 Anhui
Henan 5-0 Mianyang
Hainan 3-2 Wuhan
Guizhou 2-3 Xi'an
Pengzhou 4-1 Ningbo
Dalian 0-5 Sichuan
Xianyang 1-4 Baoji
Foshan 5-0 Nanjing
Qinghai 1-4 Gansu
Xinjiang 2-3 Chongqing
Shanxi 1-4 Lanzhou

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

Day 2 saw a couple of turnarounds involving some of the strong teams.

The hosts, Shaanxi came from behind to beat Anhui 3-2. Fan Zhengyi got a characteristic 99 to level 2-2, and then Zhao Xintong got 50 in the decider.

Zhang Anda and Cao Yupeng got a 110 break in the Scotch doubles, during Suzhou's 5-0 win against Chongqing. Then they played against another strong team, Lanzhou. Lyu Haotian and Xu Si won the first 2 singles frames for Lanzhou, but then Zhang Anda & Cao Yupeng won the doubles for Suzhou, and finally Mei Xiwen and Cao Yupeng won their singles to win the match 3-2.

Shanghai recorded two 5-0 wins, with Lu Ning, Tian Pengfei and Zhao Jianbo all getting decent breaks.

Full results:
Group A: Tibet 2-3 Beijing
Group A: Guangdong 1-4 Zhongshan
Group B: Dongguan 4-1 Zibo
Group B: Wuxi 3-2 Zhejiang
Group C: Shaanxi 3-2 Anhui
Group C: Huizhou 4-1 Yixing
Group D: Henan 5-0 Wuhan
Group D: Hainan 2-3 Mianyang
Group E: Guizhou 5-0 Ningbo
Group E: Pengzhou 5-0 Xi'an
Group F: Dongguan Youth 1-4 Sichuan
Group F: Dalian 1-4 Xianyang
Group F: Dongguan Youth 5-0 Baoji
Group F: Xianyang 2-3 Sichuan
Group G: Shanghai 5-0 Nanjing
Group G: Foshan 4-1 Qinghai
Group G: Shanghai 5-0 Gansu
Group G: Qinghai 2-3 Nanjing
Group H: Suzhou 5-0 Chongqing
Group H: Xinjiang 4-1 Shanxi
Group H: Shanxi 1-4 Chongqing
Group H: Suzhou 3-2 Lanzhou

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

Today Zhang Anda top scored with breaks of 117 and 134 (the highest so far).


Full Results:
Guizhou 3-2 Pengzhou
Ningbo 1-4 Xi'an
Dongguan Youth 3-2 Xianyang
Dalian 0-5 Baoji
Shanghai 4-1 Qinghai
Foshan 4-1 Gansu
Suzhou 5-0 Shanxi
Xinjiang 0-5 Lanzhou

Tibet 4-1 Guangdong
Beijing 2-3 Zhongshan
Dongguan 5-0 Wuxi
Zibo 2-3 Zhejiang
Shaanxi 3-2 Huizhou
Anhui 3-2 Yixing
Henan 3-2 Hainan
Wuhan 2-3 Mianyang

Dongguan Youth 5-0 Dalian
Baoji 3-2 Sichuan
Shanghai 3-2 Foshan
Gansu 4-1 Nanjing
Suzhou 5-0 Xinjiang
Lanzhou 3-2 Chongqing

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

The top two in each group qualified for the L16. This included all 15 of the current professional players. The teams are:

Tibet team: Chen Ruifu, Liu Jiaming, Wang Zepeng
Zhongshan team: Yu Zihao, Deng Jinhong, Ren Jiaxing
Dongguan team: Liu Hongyu, Liang Xiaolong, Zhao Hanyang
Zibo team: Yan Donghui, Zhou Jinhao, Wang Yuhang
Shaanxi team: Zhao Xintong, Li Hang, Fan Zhengyi
Huizhou team: Liang Wenbo, Xiao Guodong, Zhang Yong
Henan team: Liu Xin, Peng Yisong, Zhang Yang
Mianyang team: Xiao Bo, Li Yunfei, Liang Tao
Pengzhou team: Liu Yang, Wang Wei, Liu Yuan
Guizhou team: Lin Shuai, Paruke, Ma Chunmao
Sichuan team: Zhou Yuelong, Zhang Jiankang, Cai Wei
Dongguan Youth Team: Bai Yulu, Ma Hailong, Jiang Jun
Shanghai team: Lu Ning, Tian Pengfei, Zhao Jianbo
Foshan team: Fang Xiongman, Long Zehuang, He Guoqiang
Suzhou team: Cao Yupeng, Zhang Anda, Mei Xiwen
Lanzhou team: Wu Yize, Xu Si, Lu Haotian

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

Last 16 matches will be played at 2pm (China time) tomorrow. The Q-finals will be in the evening session.

Dongguan - Mianyang
Lanzhou - Tibet
Shaanxi - Guizhou
Dongguan Youth - Shanghai
Henan - Huizhou
Foshan - Pengzhou
Sichaun - Zhongshan
Zibo - Suzhou

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

KrazeeEyezKilla wrote:This looks like a good idea for a tournament.

These are franchises, the players aren't affiliated to a province - they get paid by a sponsor.


But I have suggested the CBSA hold an Inter-Provincial tournament. China has 34 'provinces', but that includes Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao. They could easily have provincial tournaments which qualify for a 32-player draw. It could become the largest competition in the world, in any sport. Surprisingly, most of the provinces have produced at least one professional player - the talent is very evenly divided across China.

This China City teams competition seems very popular, even though each player only gets 2 frames per match in the group phase. The knockout rounds are a bit longer, but not much. The standard can be pretty high: there have been 147's by Lyu Haotian and He Guoqiang in this competition in the last few years.

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

In the last-16 round, Henan produced a great comeback against the strong Huizhou team comprising Liang Wenbo, Xiao Guodong and Zhang Yong. From 0-3 behind, Henan won 4-3. Apart from that, the other strong teams safely progressed.

L16 Results:
Dongguan 4-1 Mianyang
Lanzhou 4-3 Tibet
Shaanxi 4-0 Guizhou
Dongguan Youth 0-4 Shanghai
Henan 4-3 Huizhou
Foshan 4-1 Pengzhou
Sichaun 4-2 Zhongshan
Zibo 0-4 Suzhou

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Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

In the evening session, the Q-finals were played. The most exciting match appeared to be hosts Shaanxi (Zhao Xintong, Li Hang and Fan Zhengyi) against Shanghai (Lu Ning, Tian Pengfei and Zhao Jianbo). But in just 80 minutes, Shanghai won 4-0. Then Lyu Haotian's 101 break helped Lanzhou's three professionals beat the Academy team Dongguan.

The best match was Sichuan (Zhou Yuelong, Zhang Jiankang and Cai Wei) against Suzhou (Zhang Anda, Cao Yupeng and Mei Xiwen). In a tense final frame, Zhang Jiankang beat Cao Yupeng to eliminate the favourites.

Q-final Results:
Dongguan 2-4 Lanzhou
Shaanxi 0-4 Shanghai
Henan 2-4 Foshan
Sichaun 4-3 Suzhou

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Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

The semi-finals and final will be played tomorrow (10am & 2:30pm China time).

Lanzhou - Shanghai
Foshan - Sichaun

Lanzhou team: Wu Yize, Xu Si, Lyu Haotian
Shanghai team: Lu Ning, Tian Pengfei, Zhao Jianbo
Foshan team: Fang Xiongman, Long Zehuang, He Guoqiang
Sichuan team: Zhou Yuelong, Zhang Jiankang, Cai Wei

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

Today the tournament reached its conclusion, with the last two rounds, still best-of-7.

In the first semi-final, Shanghai won a very tense match against Lanzhou, with all 6 players current professionals. Ultimately Zhao Jianbo potted the final pink to secure the match 4-3. The second semi-final saw Sichuan beat Foshan 4-1.

The final started with two close frames. Zhang Jiankang beat Lu Ning on the final black, and then Zhao Jianbo beat Zhou Yuelong with the aid of a free ball, to level 1-1. This became 2-2 after Tian/Zhao beat Zhang/Cai in the doubles, and then Zhou Yuelong beat Tian Pengfei in two one-sided frames. In a critical 6th frame, Lu Ning outplayed Cai Wei, to give Shanghai a 3-2 lead, and this proved decisive when they won the following doubles frame to take the match 4-2. Their prize was 150000RMB (£16500).

In the knockout stages, there were centuries by Cao Yupeng (140), Mei Xiwen (127), Lyu Haotian (101) and Lu Ning (101), bringing the total to 8.

Semi-finals:
Shanghai 4-3 Lanzhou
Sichaun 4-1 Foshan

Final:
Shanghai 4-2 Sichuan

Re: China City Teams, Xi'an June 6-9

Postby lhpirnie

The next CBSA tournament takes place directly after this one, June 10-12, at the same location. This time, it's a singles knockout. Matches until L16 are best-of-5, then best-of-7 from L16 to final, which is best-of-9.

They have 8 tables in Xi'an, so they are probably expecting a large entry. There were 105 players competing in the City teams event just finished, so many of them (especially the successful ones) will have stayed on. I reckon they probably have a capacity of 70 for a 3-day event. The registration was open right up until the draw, which took place today. No news yet, but nodoubt it will surface soon.