Gray helps Europe to win Mosconi Cup

Mark Gray.
Mark Gray.

Bourne’s master cueman Mark Gray was part of the Europe team which defeated America to win the Mosconi Cup.

Victory at Alexandra Palace over the weekend ensured that Europe have now won the competition 10 times in the past 11 meetings.

The hosts needed just one match from Friday’s session to secure the win, Jayson Shaw potting the winning nine ball as he eased past Mike Dechaine 5-1.

Gray, the resident professional at Bourne Snooker Cub, had a chance to seal victory alongside fellow Englishman Darren Appleton in the final match of Thursday’s session, but they went down 5-4 to American pair Rodney Morris and Justin Bergman.

Gray cued well throughout the match, but Appelton missed a couple of shots which the Americans punished to reduce their overall deficit to 10-3 in the race to 11.

Gray had been involved in four winning matches prior to that defeat.

The Mosconi Cup is an annual nine-ball pool contest between Europe and the USA.