USA Maintain Lead but Only Just

USA 4 – 3 Europe

Archer/Van Boening 3 – 6 Appleton/Boyes

Johnny Archer 6 – 5 Ralf Souquet

Deuel/Morris 5 – 6 Appleton/Souquet

Shane Van Boeing 6 – 5 Nick Van Den Berg

IT WAS all square in the Friday night session of the 2010 Mosconi Cup as both teams scored two points apiece. That leaves the USA just a single point ahead and the feeling is that this year’s event will go down to the wire.

Three of the four matches were decided by the single rack as if to emphasise the closeness of the competition. The final match was a high-quality encounter which saw Shane Van Boening edge past Nick Van Den Berg in a match that either player could have won.

It all came down to the final rack when Van den Berg got to the table but was forced to play safe after a poor positional shot. Van Boening blasted the cue ball across the table and managed to fluke the two into the middle pocket. One pot and a 3/9 combination and it was all over and America went to bed as Mosconi Cup leaders.

MOSCONi appleton boyes day2 USA Billiards Teams Maintains Lead at Mosconi Cup

IT WAS all square in the Friday night session of the 2010 Mosconi Cup as both teams scored two points apiece.

In the barn-storming show-opener, Dynamite Darren Appleton and Karl Boyes raised the roof of the York Hall as they overcame Johnny Archer and Shane Van Boening to level the overall score at 2-2.

6-3 was the score and it was a match full of nerves, atmosphere, misses and some brave shot-making – mainly from Darren Appleton. His match-winning shot was indicative of his play in general as he slam-banked the 9 ball back up table.

Boyes enjoyed some traditional Mosconi Cup banter with Dennis Hatch who was sitting in the stands and at times the crowd got over-exuberant but it was a typical York Hall Mosconi Cup match of days gone by.

Boyes who made his fair share of mistakes, including a 9 ball to win the match was honest in his assessment; “That shot was down to nerves. With some of the balls I missed my mindset was not right but for that 9-ball I thought this place will go crazy instead of focusing on the shot, but it’s all a learning curve.”

Appleton was delighted with his form, “I’ve been playing really well for the last couple of months. Last year I didn’t win a point. But here the crowd is amazing and a major help. I like to play in teams with Karl and he’s a good friend and has been for 15 years so this is a dream. We knew we were a great team so to get a point on board for the guys is amazing.”

In the next match, the captains’ pick where the respective skippers select their opponents’ players, it was Johnny Archer and Ralf Souquet who took to the arena. Presumably, both players were there for their shakier performance on day one but it turned out to be another thriller.

Archer took a big 4-0 lead as Souquet looked once again out of sorts, but ‘the Kaiser’ found some form out of nowhere and before long the score was 5-4 in the German’s favour as Archer looked shell-shocked.

The miracle comeback was not to be though as the Scorpion took the next two racks to restore the USA’s one point lead.

“Ralf is one of the best players in the world so it didn’t surprise me that he came back. I didn’t do that much wrong or make too many mistakes but he just played well and did what he does to put himself in a position to win,” said Archer.

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