CHRIS MELLING produced a stunning run in the WEPF World Eight-Ball Championships over the past week.

He won seven games on his way to the quarter-finals, before coming up just short against one of the events top-ranked players in Karl Sutton.

The tournament got underway for the Keighley native last Wednesday, as he demolished Hanis Gany 7-1 in his opening game.

Melling was not troubled in his second qualifying round game either, beating Toby Clack by the same scoreline.

He faced a trickier task against regular Ultimate Pool rival Shane Thompson, but came through that encounter with a 7-4 win.

Melling’s final qualifier came against Owen Amato, which he managed to win 7-5 after a fierce battle against his Maltese opponent.

Those four victories put unranked Melling into the last-64, where he produced his best performance of the tournament yet in demolishing fifth seed Josh Kane 8-2.

The Keighley man was on song by this point, and he thrashed Matthew Ryall by the same scoreline in the next round.

Melling’s last-16 clash came against Kristi Caulfield, where he managed to defeat the Irishman 8-7 in a thriller.

Chris Melling looked in good touch, winning some games easily and some where he really had to dig deep.Chris Melling looked in good touch, winning some games easily and some where he really had to dig deep. (Image: Ultimate Pool.)

That put him into a quarter-final clash on Tuesday evening against Sutton, who he had beaten en route to the Ultimate Pool Champions League final a few weeks ago.

But fourth seed Sutton exacted revenge on his Keighley rival at the Worlds, beating him 9-5 to make the last-four.

Sutton made the final after beating Giuseppe D’Imperio 10-6, where he faced Ronan McCarthy, who had obliterated Jordan Shepherd 10-1 in the other semi.

And in a titanic final, played on Thursday, sixth seed McCarthy came out on top against Sutton, winning a magnificent match 11-9 to be crowned world champion.

Melling’s fellow Keighley native Arfan Dad had been pencilled in to play at the Worlds, but he pulled out, giving first qualifying round opponent Damien Grondin a walkover victory.