England will come up against holders China B in the semi-finals

England held off a Northern Ireland fight back to reach the semi-finals of the Snooker World Cup in China.

The pairing of Judd Trump and Barry Hawkins led 3-0, before Mark Allen and Joe Swail levelled, but Trump’s 93 in the decider put them through 4-3.

The English duo come up against holders China B, with teenagers Yan Bingtao and Zhou Yeulong, as they defeated Belgium.

Ding Junhui and Liang Wenbo of China A eased past Wales and face Thailand, who defeated Iran.

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