POOL: Marvellous Mark enjoying hot streak

Spalding and District Snooker League ace Mark Gray has enjoyed a sizzling spell on the pool scene in recent weeks.

The Baston ace, who made a record 141 break in last season’s snooker campaign, won the ‘Hertfordshire Tour Event 2’ at Waltham Cross over the weekend.

Up against 95 other players at the Rat Pack Hall event, Gray’s expectations weren’t too high – as it was only the second time he’d ever played in a traditional ‘English pool’ competition.

He made confident progress to the last eight, beating Dave Belcher ( Essex ) 5-3, Karl Sutton ( Birmingham) 5-4 and England under-21 international Scott Anderson (Stamford) 5-1.

Next up was a clash with close friend Jason Bates from Morton. ‘Granite’ was on the brink of going out at 0-3, 1-4 and 3-5 down, but went on to win 6-5. He then saw off Frankie Costello ( London) in the semis, before a stunning 7-1 success over 2010 world champion Phil Harrison in the final.

Gray trousered a cool £500 for his efforts – and made it three super showings in as many recent outings.

He also won T9B (Total 9 ball) UK Championships in Cambridge three weeks ago, before placing third in the second GB9 event of the season at Telford last week. This ensures that Gray remains the UK’s top ranked player.