By Christopher Clark Contributing reporter and the European Pocket Billiards Association.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
gary 300x162 Mark Gray snaps up first spot for the European Mosconi Cup Team Mark Gray wins Dynamic Billard Dutch Open
Englands Mark Gray with excellent saftey play and superior breaking wins the Dynamic Billard Dutch Open with a 9:6 victory over Nikos Ekonomopoulos from Greece in the final match of the event.
Gray really had some tough work to do during the last couple of days. He lost his opening match with Karl Boyes (GBR) and had to take the long way thru the loser’s side to make it to the final. Gray was quoted that he lost to Boyes in the first match and, to be honest, he really thrashed me. In the loser’s qualification round, I had Denis Grabe who won the last two events“, Gray went on to say after the final, „I never thought I would make it and stand here to day with the trophy“.

Even more spice was added to the match because both players were about equal with the points to make it on the team for this year’s Mosconi Cup. That means that the winner of this match was guaranteed another 10.000,- US$ at least. Nice incentive to win the final match for both players.

Final standings top eight players:

Mark Gray (GBR)
Nikos Ekonomopoulos (GRE)
Alexander Kazakis (GRE)
Mario He (AUT)
Wojciech Szewczyk (POL)
Francisco Diaz-Pizarro (ESP)
Mieszko Fortunski (POL)
Tony Drago (MLT)