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POOL: Victory in Venice for Bourne professional

By Maria Broadbent

Mark Gray won the last European American 9-ball tour event of the year.
Mark Gray won the last European American 9-ball tour event of the year.

Mark Gray has won the final European American 9-ball tour event of the year in Italy.

The resident Bourne Snooker Centre professional claimed his fifth career European tour event title with a dazzling display in the final against Greek number two Alex Kazaki in Treviso, Venice. Gray won 9-3 which included a run of five straight frames when he broke and won without missing a single pot!

Gray saved his best pool for the final after battling through seven tough rounds. His victims from 180 entrants included well known Maltese snooker player Tony Drago and German legend Ralf Souquet.

In the semi-final he fought back from 4-1 and 5-2 down to pip Norwegian number one Mats Schjetne 9-8.

Gray (42) now finishes the year as European number two.

He has now won more European tour titles than any other Englishman. His previous victories arrived in Switzerland (2007), Spain (2009), Italy (2011) and Holland (2015).

Mark Gray scores:

Round one: beat Nicolas Baumanns (Germany) 9-7,

Round two: beat Jan Wolf (Germany) 9-7

Round three: beat Tony Drago (Malta) 9-2

Last 32 beat Roman Hybler (Czech Republic) 9-4

Last 16 beat Denis Grabe (Estonia) 9-2

Quarter-final: beat Ralf Souquet (Germany) 9-7

Semi-final: beat Mats Schjetne (Norway) 9-8

Final: beat Alex Kazakis (Greece) 9-3.


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