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Keighley ace Chris Melling hurt by Mosconi Cup snub
Keighley nine-ball pool player Chris Melling admits he was shocked after missing out on selection for the Mosconi Cup.
The annual team event – which is the sport’s equivalent of the Ryder Cup – pits Europe against America and is the game’s highest profile prize.
Melling won the most valuable player (MPV) award in last year’s contest at York Hall in London after his three singles victories put the Europeans on their way to a 11-9 victory last year.
But with every place becoming a wildcard pick in this year’s tournament in Las Veg-as from Decem-ber 2-5, there was no place for Mell-ing in Europe’s five-man team.
Melling, who recently got to the quarter-finals of the World Cup as part of the England B pairing with Daryl Peach, was not happy with his omission.
“I really don’t know why I haven’t been picked,” he said.
“I’ve received no explanation why I haven’t been considered. I wouldn’t say I’ve had a poor season by any standard, I just think that I’ve been really unlucky because I’m the first MVP to miss out the following year.
“I’m obviously really disappointed and hurt by the decision that Matchroom have made. I just now hope that they’ve made the right one.
“They run the game at the end of the day and I obviously wish the team all the best and hope that they bring the trophy home.”
The player nicknamed ‘The Powerhouse’, has seen his social media accounts flooded with messages since the news broke.
And Melling was overwhelmed with the support he has received.
He said: “I’ve had hundreds of tweets sent to me and my facebook page has gone through the roof.
“It’s nice to have that support behind me and I’ll be looking to come back from this.”
A busy end to the season now awaits Melling, as he travelled to Cyprus yesterday to take part in a EuroTour event as he bids to end the year on a high.
He said: “I’m going out to Cyprus and then finishing that tournament on Saturday and jetting straight off to Virginia to take part in the US Open and then the events just keep coming.
“I’ve also got to play in a EuroTour event in Germany where I’ll be playing at the same time as the Mosconi Cup so hopefully that’ll take my mind off it.”
The players picked for Europe are Ralf Souquet, Darren Appleton, Mika Immonen, Niels Feijen and Karl Boyes. Johan Ruysink is the non-playing captain.
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