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.”
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
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
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
EUROPE 11-5 USA
Darren Appleton 5, Shane Van Boening 2
Nikos Ekonomopoulos 5, Shane Van Boening 2