THE Philippines had a favorable debut in the 2012 World Pool Team Championships defeating Indonesia, 4-2, at the start of the group stages on Sunday in Beijing.
The team of Efren 'Bata' Reyes, Francisco 'Django' Bustamante, Dennis Orcollo and Rubilen Amit outplayed the Indonesian team of Ricky Yang, Isral Afrinneza Nasution, Muhammad Zulfikri and Amand Rahayu in Group A in this unique tournament that lured 24 teams to the Chinese capital.
Matches in the tournament consist of six games under different formats with a win for the team worth three points and a draw one point.
The matches include an eight-ball men’s scotch doubles and men’s singles, nine-ball women’s and men’s singles and 10-ball mixed doubles and men’s singles.
Croatia beat Estonia, 5-1, in the other Group A match. The top two teams in each group at the end of the preliminaries advance to the knockout phase.
Newly crowned world 9-ball champion Darren Appleton and his Great Britain team walloped South Africa, 6-0, as a Ga Young Kim-led South Korea squad also blanked India, 6-0, in Group E.
Chinese Taipei, another favorite in the tournament, also had a sizzling start with a 6-0 victory over Mongolia in Group F.
Host China, which fielded two teams, also started out with victories. The Lee Hee-wen-led China 1 beat Canada, 5-1, in Group B while China 2 downed Australia, 4-2, in Group C.