Chau Hon-man beaten by Darren Morgan in IBSF World Six Reds men’s singles final
Hong Kong player was playing in his first IBSF final and was looking good until the Welsh star pulled away to win 6-4 in Egypt
Chau Hon-man’s brave run in men’s singles at the IBSF World Six Reds championship ended in a narrow defeat in Sharm-el-Sheikh, Egypt as Welsh star Darren Morgan showed his experience in the final.
Chau was hoping to become the second Hong Kong player to win a second six reds world title after teammates Ng On-yee and Wan Ka-kei won the women’s team final earlier in the week.
But despite a brilliant run to the final, where Chau needed to come back from 3-1 down before notching a surprise 5-3 victory over another Welsh player, Andrew Pagett, in the semi-final, the Hong Kong player wasn’t quite able to pull it off again.
Chau was playing in the final of the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) tournament for the first time and began the match brightly, taking the first frame 40-0.
But nerves began to creep into his game and Chau failed to keep up the momentum in the best of 11 frame clash, allowing his opponent to break away for a 4-1 lead.
Chau then made a stirring comeback to pull frames to 4-5, winning the ninth frame 43-23.
Bui 50-year-old Morgan, a seasoned snooker professional, who was once ranked eighth in the world in the full version of the game and was a former world amateur snooker champion, dictated the pace and showed excellent gamesmanship with a 70 plus break and then two maximum breaks of 75 to sew up the match.
Hong Kong’s Ng On-yee was knocked out of the quarter-finals of the women’s singles when she was beaten by Vidya Pillai of India 4-2. Her loss came after she was forced to return to the table 15 minutes after winning the women’s team event with Wan Ka-kai and was battling a runny nose.