Gray shoots up the rankings

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BASTON’S MARK Gray has shot up the ranking to sixth in Europe and 27th in the world following his latest triumph in Belgium.

The World nine-ball semi-finalist saw off more than 170 other competitors to land the title at the weekend – this time at Leuven, Belgium, where Gray picked up 2,500 Euros in prize-money.

Gray cruised through his qualifying group, winning 5-1, 5-1, 5-2 and 6-2. He then beat newly-crowned 10-ball World Champion Hudji See from Holland 7-3 in the last 32 and Frenchman Emmanuel Lemaire 7-2 in the last 16.

Dutch player Brian Beekers was beaten 7-5 in the quarter-final and Dutch number one Niels Feijens was then ousted 8-5 in the semis.

Gray was up against Swiss number one Dimitri Jungo in the final, a player he had never previously beaten, and things didn’t look good when he fell 7-3 behind in the race to eight.

But Gray re-grouped and reeled off five successive frames to win the trophy.

In his last three tournaments, the Bourne Snooker Centre’s resident nine-ball professional, has reached two semi-finals and he won the other.

He’s next in action in a GB ranking event at Daventry in a final. The next Euro Tour event is in Brandenberg, Germany a fortnight later.