Pool: Gray helps Europe retain the Mosconi Cup

Mark Gray (fourth  from the left) celebrates Mosconi Cup victory with the Europe team.
Mark Gray (fourth from the left) celebrates Mosconi Cup victory with the Europe team.
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Local pool player Mark Gray was a member of the Europe team that won the 2014 Mosconi Cup in Blackpool last night.

The 41 year-old from Baston, the resident professional at Bourne Snooker Centre, was pipped in his only singles match on Monday by John Schmidt but won a vital doubles match with Karl Boyes on Wednesday as Europe beat USA 11-5 in the ‘Ryder Cup of pool’.

It was Gray’s second appearance in the annual transatlantic 9-ball showdown and his second win. He was also a member of the European team that won 11-5 in Malta in 2008.

He said: “I played as well as anybody else but there were so many ten breaks and runs against me. You feel like you have to play like God to win your match and you try your hardest and it is nice to be on the winning side again.”

RESULTS

DAY ONE

EUROPE 3-2 USA

Team match – Europe 5-1 USA

Appleton/Boyes 3, Deuel/Hall 5

Mark Gray 3, John Schmidt 5

Feijen/Ekonomopoulos 5, Van Boening/Bergman 1

Darren Appleton 5, Shane Van Boening 3

DAY TWO

EUROPE 6-4 USA

Feijen/Gray 2, Hall/Bergman 5

Karl Boyes 5, Deuel 2

Appleton/Ekonomopoulos 5, Schmidt/Van Boening 2

Niels Feijen 5, Bergman 3

Appleton/Gray 4, Van Boening/Deuel 5

DAY THREE

EUROPE 9-5 USA

Boyes/Ekonomopoulos 5, Schmidt/Hall 3

Nikos/Ekonomopoulos 3, Justin Hall 5

Gray/Boyes 5, Deuel/Schmidt 3

Niels Feijen 5, Bergman 2

DAY FOUR

EUROPE 11-5 USA

Darren Appleton 5, Shane Van Boening 2

Nikos Ekonomopoulos 5, Shane Van Boening 2