Europe Charge Ahead at Mosconi Cup

USA 8 – 6 Europe

Hatch/Van Boening 5 – 4 Appleton/Van den Berg

Archer/Morris 4 – 5 Boyes/Souquet

Dennis Hatch 4 – 5 Darren Appleton

Van Boening/Deuel 1 – 5 Immonen/Van den Berg

IN AN UNBELIEVABLE night of drama at the York Hall, Europe took down three of the four matches to take a two point lead into the final day, and now need just three wins to regain the PartyCasino.com Mosconi Cup.

The venue was sold out six weeks ago and with over 500 people crammed into the historic East London venue, the atmosphere was like nothing seen in the world of pool.

In an evening of high spots, the high spot was probably Darren Appleton’s come-from-behind win against Dennis Hatch which sparked scenes of celebration never seen in this event.

It was Nick Van Den Berg and Mika Immonen who delivered the crushing blow though, as they hammered Van Boening and Deuel 5-1 to give their side a two point cushion.

The evening started brightly for Team USA as Dennis Hatch and Shane Van Boening pulled the first point of the evening right out of the fire as they came from 4-1 down to take the match in the final rack.

darren appleton celebrates Europe Charge Ahead at Mosconi Cup

IN AN UNBELIEVABLE night of drama at the York Hall, Europe took down three of the four matches to take a two point lead into the final day, and now need just three wins to regain the PartyCasino.com Mosconi Cup.

Hatch was fired up as usual and played some outstanding jump shots under pressure and Van Boening was his imperious best.

It was a bitter blow for the Europeans who had yet to take the lead since the opening team game. Hatch, who barely completed an interview with Sky Sports Andy Goldstein last year without the tears flowing, was no different this time.

“In that match I was a little bit nervous but to come back from 4-1 down and make outs like we did was crazy and that might’ve taken something out of their sails” said a jubilant Hatchetman.

“Representing my country means more to me than anything. I’m fighting for my country, with my family back home watching I want to perform – the tears are coming.

“The adrenaline is going crazy and my brain is numb and my body is numb. You can’t ask for a better ending than and if we win or lose I’ll always remember this match.”

Europe’s win the second match was almost predictable as they squared the scores for the fifth time in the competition. It was that man Boyes again who grabbed the point along with Ralf Souquet as they got the better of Rodney Morris and Johnny Archer.

It was another tough match when many of the shots were pure pressure. The Englishman though, who many thought may have struggled with the atmosphere of the Mosconi Cup, did nothing of the sort once again as he recorded his fourth win out of four matches.

The score was 5 – 4 but Europe were 4-1 ahead and let the racks slip away before Souquet slammed home a decent break shot in the decider to leave a decent layout which the Europeans completed.

“It’s nice to be able to do a TV interview as I haven’t had the best of Mosconi Cups,” said Souquet after the match.

“But we’ve got a great team spirit and it’s amazing the support we get from the fans. There’s nothing better than to have a straight 9-ball to win so I was 1,000 per cent sure Karl would make it, that’s why I celebrated early.

“Whatever we do goes wrong and Nick and Darren played a great match in the one before, didn’t do anything wrong, were 4-1 down but still couldn’t win.

“We’re at 6-6 and haven’t managed to get many rolls so that’s a big achievement and as soon as we get some rolls we will be up.”

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