'Granite' Gray is back on top of the UK 9-ball pool rankings after beating a cue sports legend

Mark ‘Granite’ Gray is back on top of the UK 9-ball pool rankings.

By Alan Swann
Tuesday, 14th June 2022, 1:32 pm
Mark Gray
Mark Gray

The Bourne Snooker Club professional came out on top of 106 entrants for the GB9 Ball Tour Event 2 in Telford beating cue sports legend Darren Appleton 11-9 in a terrific final.

Gray was 4-1 down early on, but battled back to knock Imran Majid off the top of the UK rankings.

Gray beat Majid 9-5 in his semi-final after seeing off New Zealand number one Matt Edwards 9-3 in his quarter-final. Gray won the last six racks against a player who will be representing his country at this week’s 9-ball pool World Cup.

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In the last 16 Gray beat Jake Newlove 9-2 to gain revenge for a recent defeat on the new Ultimate Pool 8-ball tour.

Gray also gained comfortable wins against Ali Asgar Merchant (9-1), Graham Hickman (9-5) and Yan Yong (9-3).The 48 year-old, who has been on winning European teams against the United States in the Mosconi Cup, also beat a field of 26 to win the annual Rack and Roll American Pool open at Leicester recently.

He is next in action at the Ultimate Pool Tour Stop 3 event in Blackpool on June 24/25. This is a relatively new event carrying decent prize money which is broadcast live on Sky Sports.

Gray said: “As everyone knows I’ve been trying my hand at 8-ball this year, but this result shows 9 ball is still my main game. Playing in the event at Leicester sharpened me up nicely for the 9-Ball tour event.