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UPDATED: Karl Boyes on target for Mosconi Cup glory
Bradford-born potter Karl Boyes is hoping to help bring the Mosconi Cup back to Europe from Las Vegas this week.
It is the first time in four years that Boyes, nicknamed ‘The Bomb’ has been selected, after being involved in Europe’s first win of three in a row at Bethnal Green in 2010.
And the WPA eight-ball world champion and nine-ball World Series Speed champion was a part of the Europeans’ dream start on the opening day of the 2013 tournament.
His 6-3 victory alongside fellow Briton Darren Appleton over United States pair Rodney Morris and Earl Strickland in the second match helped his team into a 5-0 lead – a record-breaking margin for the first session of the Ryder-Cup style event.
Speaking of his success on the opening day, Boyes said: “I’ve played before in 2010 and had a good cup. I was a bit on edge in the team match and cleared the table and that settled me down.
“I was slightly over confident but to win from 2-0 down against Earl and Rodney was good.”
Boyes also tweeted his fellow team-mates after the first day of play, saying: “Amazing start guys, very proud of you all today. Was a loud arena and we handled it well. 5-0 history.”
European captain Johan Ruijsink believes his team have set up right for the tournament and was happy with the way they started.
“We prepared well, we were ready to fight, ready for battle, ready for war,” he said.
“I think that showed immediately in the team match where we showed dominance and we kept that going for the whole session. I am really delighted.”
Day two continued in a similar manner for the European team as they ended it 8-2 ahead, with Boyes and doubles partner Niels Feijen having won the opening match of the session 6-4 against Morris and Johnny Archer.
Boyes and Mika Immonen were edged out 6-5 by Morris and Shane Van Boening after leading 5-3 in the night's final match but it still left the Americans needing to win at least three of the third day's five matches to take the 20th Mosconi Cup into a final day.
The third day of proceedings starts tonight, with two doubles and three singles matches due to be played.
Chris Melling of Keighley, who played a key role in Europe’s victory in London last winter and was awarded the competition’s MVP, was controversially not selected for this year’s event.