By Mark Etheridge
in Cali, Colombia
It was close but not close enough for Team South Africa’s Peter Francisco as the veteran snooker ace went down in the round of 16 at the World Games on Saturday.
But Bond bounced back to win the second frame 58-14 and the next 69-33.
Francisco had to win the third frame 62-21 to tie things up a two frames apiece.
The fifth and deciding frame was a nailbiter with both players often opting on the side of caution. The score stood at 42-39 to Bond for what seemed ages before Bond suddenly burst into the lead and never looked back as he went on clinch the frame 68-50.
“Its an awfully long way to come halfway around the world and lose on the pink ball,”said Francisco, who recently won his second African Championship on the trot, in Morocco.
“Without wanting to make excuses though, this carpet was super slow and heavy. It was slow but still skiddy and on any other day the white would have lined up for the final brown ball.”
This is the first time in six meetings that Bond, the current world Masters champion, has managed to beat Francisco.
“I told him afterwards that it has taken him 26 years to beat me,” said Francisco. “I played him for the first time in 1987.”
Defeat means Francisco plays no further part in the snooker competition. Our other cue sport representative, Nicola Rossouw, was scheduled to play later on Saturday in the nine-ball competition.
Meanwhile our lone archer, Gabriel Badenhorst, came safely through the ranking round of the men’s compound event on Saturday morning.
He shot a 696 to rank 16th out of 24 as Italy’s Sergio Pagni topped the list with a 711.
He was due to face India’s Ritul Chatterjee in the round of 32.