Naoyuki Oi and Sanjin Pehlivanović lead the Premier League Pool table after day two of action at the Morningside Arena, Leicester, England with five wins from six including ending defending champion’s Albin Ouschan unbeaten run.
Oi took out Jayson Shaw early on before getting the better of Seo Seoa to be in a strong position going into the evening action. The Japanese star then stepped up to end Ouschan’s unbeaten start in an impressive 5-2 showing that left the Austrian frozen for most parts. Pehlivanović meanwhile was made to wait for action until later on firstly coming from 4-1 down to beat Poland’s Konrad Juszczyszyn then wins over Ouschan and Khalid Alghamdi 5-1 and 5-2 respectively to edge Oi out on top by rack difference.
Alex Pagulayan kept on the road towards the weekend playoffs with a win over Earl Strickland and Chou Chieh Yu only to see his unbeaten record finished at the hands of Chris Melling who has grown into the tournament. Melling also found a groove in a sensational match up with Shane Van Boening in one of the highlights of the tournament so far thanks to some supreme safety and kicking in a 5-3 win over the South Dakota Kid.
Van Boening delivered against Skyler Woodward in the final action of the day in a battle of the two USA aces 5-3. That result could prove vital for Van Boening who currently sits just inside the top ten whilst Woodward is a point adrift off it in 12th with just two wins from six games. Elsewhere, Juszczyszyn fell from the top of the league after an early win over Melling due to defeats at the hands of Strickland and Pehlivanović.
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Francisco Sanchez Ruiz will begin Table 1 coverage tomorrow against Juszczyszyn before Strickland faces a doubleheader against Melling and Wu Kun Lin. Table 2 begins with Pagulayan against Luong Duc Thien and Seo Seoa.
The 16-player league format invitational sees the world’s best pitted against each other over the opening five days to vie for position in the top ten. After five days, the bottom six are eliminated with the remaining 10 players facing off again across days six and seven before four more players exit. The remaining six then play each other once more on the final day before the top four content the playoffs. All league matches are Race to 5 with the alternate break in action.