Mosconi joy for Europe

  • Last Updated: December 14 2012, 7:30 GMT

Europe repelled a final-day fightback to beat the United States 11-9 in the Mosconi Cup.

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Holding a 9-6 lead overnight in the race to 11 points, Europe lost the first three matches of Thursday's singles action at the York Hall in London.

Dennis Hatch got the ball rolling for the United States with a 5-3 win over Nikos Ekonomopoulos.

Jonny Archer thrashed Niels Feijen 5-1 and Shane Van Boening saw off Darren Appleton by the same scoreline to bring the scores level at 9-9.

But Chris Melling turned things round for the home side, coming from 2-1 down to beat Brandon Shuff 5-2 and edge Europe to within a point of glory.

And Nick Van Dan Berg completed Europe's third straight win in the annual contest with a nervy 5-2 triumph against Mike Dechaine, just about sinking the final nine ball to spark scenes of wild celebration, both amongst the team and the spectators in Bethnal Green.

"This is by far the most thrilling win ever for me," non-playing captain Johan Ruijsink told Sky Sports.

"The Americans pulled out their real big guns today and they came back at us with all their power. But I'm so glad we've pulled through in the end. I'm over the moon."

Van Den Berg added: "During the whole match I think my heartbeat was like 220 beats per minute. The nine ball wobbled and then fell in...it must be the most exciting match of my life."


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