Home Nations ignite opening sessions of the World Cup

The coveted snooker World Cup has every chance of returning to British hands when it concludes at the weekend. England have looked strong in the opening days and Wales look set to challenge them but who can rule out hosts China with two talented teams. Trump and Hawkins looking strong Registering on the snooker calendar for the 15th season, England have not reached the final since Steve Davis, Jimmy White and Neal Foulds took them to a second consecutive crown in 1989. Yet Judd Trump and Barry Hawkins have set their stall out in the opening games, winning 13 frames and losing just two as they cruised past Switzerland, Malta and Iran. Despite losing to Malta, Australia look set to join England in the top two qualifying positions of the group as Neil Robertson leads the way. Yet Iran can put pressure on the 1989 finalists if they can defeat Australia in their...
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