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Saturday, December 11th, 2010

Mosconi Cup Day 2 – Europe strikes back

Second day of the Mosconi Cup was started without any delays, and the crowd showed up bigger and louder.



First match of the day was doubles between Shane Van Boening with Johnny Archer against Darren Appleton and Karl Boys. The crowd was boiling, as the two players on the home turf took the lead 3:0. USA came back to 3:3. Through some very exciting moments the Europeans got to a hill with 5:3 score. Last rack with Karl Boys breaking seemed like a closure to the match, but a short position on the nine brings last chances for the USA, after some efforts at difficult nines Darren Appleton pots the nine in with a long bank shot. Crowd goes crazy and the Europe levels the score to 2:2.



Next match saw the two most experienced Mosconi Cup players of both teams matching up – Ralf Souquet against Johnny Archer. Uneven start brought a comfortable 4:0 lead to Johnny Archer. Ralf found his game though and turned the match around to his advantage with a 5:4 lead. Next break was Ralf’s but he can’t put closure to this match as he scratches on the break. Johnny levels to 5:5, next match both players get into the game but Johnny Archer is the one to take it to win the match 6:5, thus putting USA one point ahead with a score 3:2 over Europe,



For the third match of the day are prepared doubles, teaming up Ralf Souquet and Darren Appleton against Rodney Morris and Corey Deuel. Crowd is getting louder and louder with each match and there are some warnings sent out by the referees…. Americans take the first lead 2:0, but soon there is leveled score of 3:3. Next development of the match takes the score to 5:5. Last frame is advantage to a European team as they break and make a smooth run out to take the win and level the total score once again to 3:3.



Final match of the day was the singles match again, this time putting against each other Nick van den Berg and Shane Van Boening. This was the most exciting match of the day, with some brilliant outs and interesting twists. Match was close all the way and only the last rack decided the hill hill match in Shane Van Boening’s advantage.



So today the score is leveled for both teams, which is bringing USA back to the tables tomorrow with a one point lead again, at 4:3.



Article: Marketa Mlejnkova
Photos: Markus Hofstätter



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