Third Mosconi title for Pontefract star

editorial image

PONTEFRACT pool star Darren ‘Dynamite’ Appleton was a member of the five-man Europe team that retained the Mosconi Cup by defeating the USA 11-9.

Europe made it three wins in a row in the annual transatlantic team clash by winning a dramatic final session in front of a packed York Hall in London on Thursday.

Appleton (pictured) was in the losing Europe team in his first Mosconi Cup appearance in Las Vegas in 2009 but he has now helped them win the last three titles.

The Americans trailed 9-6 going into the final day but they won the first three matches to level at 9-9 and throw the outcome wide open.

Chris Melling put Europe back in front with a 5-2 win over Brandon Shuff before Nick Van den Berg defeated Mike Dechaine 5-2 in the final match.

All Europe’s players were outstanding throughout the tournament and Appleton consolidated his position as a potential Mosconi Cup legend.

He said: “The emotion is amazing, it is all about the team.

“The Americans fought really hard and showed a lot of heart but at 9-9 Melling played unbelievably and Nick at the end that was just a dog fight.

“The pressure is unreal. It is just crazy out there and the crowd is amazing.”

Europe’s non-playing captain Johan Ruijsink said: “It was by far the most thrilling Mosconi Cup win of all. I’m absolutely delighted.”