POOL: Busy time at home and abroad for Granite

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Spalding pool aceMark Gray lost in the quarter finals of the recent Euro Tour event in Sankt Johann, Austria, placing fifth out of 184.

“Granite” lost in the last eight, 9-7 to eventual winner Niels Feijen from Holland.

In the first round he beatMartin Chapmanfrom Leeds 9-5 after being 2-5 down,but then lost 6-9 to Spain’s Juan Carlos Exposito.

This placed him in the losers’ side but he went on to beat Christian Prager (Germany) 9-6 and Croatia’s number two

Ivica Putnik9-1.

After that Trabelsi Mustapha of Tunisia was also trounced 9-1 before Mieszko Fortunski (Poland) was beaten 9-8 in a match where Gray had led 7-2.

In the last 16 he gained revenge on Exposito with a 9-2 win, before bowing out to European number one Feijen7-9.

Gray picked up 950 Euros and moved back up from 19th to 13th on the Euro Tour rankings before August’s event in Bosnia.

Last weekend Gray reached the final of the third GB 9-Ball Tour event in Bradford.

In the only 10 -ball event of the tour there were over 80 entries and he lost 10-11 to Blackpool’s Karl Boyes in a very high quality final.

In reaching the final he beat Colin Connor (Norwich) 9-3, Pablo Garcia Lagar (Spain), Craig Osborne (Ipswich 9-4, Andy Worthington (Manchester) 9-2, Chris Melling (Leeds) and Imran Majid (London) 9-1.

In the final, Gray was 1-4 down and10-8 up, but finished still ranked the UK’s number one and £650 better off.

His next GB9 event is at Stansted in August.Before that he defends the title he won in Stockholm last year.