Chris Melling is most valuable player as Europe retain Mosconi Cup

Chris Melling was the key man for Europe, winning three superb singles

Chris Melling was the key man for Europe, winning three superb singles

First published in District Sport Keighley News: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Sports Reporter

Keighley’s Chris Melling took the most valuable player trophy as Europe defeated the United States for the third time in a row in the Mosconi Cup last night.

Leading 9-6 overnight, the hosts only needed two of the five singles matches in the final session but the States fought back in a thrilling climax at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

They won the first three matches before Melling calmed home nerves with a 5-2 win over Brandon Shuff to put Europe 10-9 up.

Then Holland’s Nick Van Den Berg beat Mike Dechaine 5-2 to spark wild celebrations.

Melling looked assured throughout and his trophy was the result of three superb singles wins.

He said: “It has been unbelievable. It is a dream come true to win it once but to win it twice is just unbelievable.

“Wow! I cannot believe I have won the MVP. The first two days I started off very slowly and lost two 5-4s which I could have easily won but I came good at the end.”

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