England have won the 2014 Betway World Cup of Pool held in Portsmouth in a dramatic final frame decider beating Holland 10-9.
England was represented by Karl Boyes and the recent 14.1 world champion Darren Appleton who faced the formidable pairing of Nick Van Den Berg and the 2014 World Nine Ball champion Niels Feijen.
England took the opening frame but from that point on they found themselves behind the Dutch team who quickly raced in to a 3-1 lead leaving England playing catch up most of the match just to stay in touch.
With the Dutch leading 6-3 and looking to extend their lead further; a rare mistake by Feijen while executing a straight-forward looking jump shot to pot the five ball resulted in a foul to let England in to reduce the score line to 6-4. In the very next rack another safety mistake by Feijen while attempting to lay a snooker left a clear shot on and England went on to reduce the deficit further to get within one rack at 6-5.
The Dutch got back to 7-5 in the next frame with Van Den Berg potting the winning nine-ball after a dry break by the English team allowing the Dutch in to run out. England once again closed the gap to one against the Dutch break to trail 7-6.
Boyes broke off in the fourteenth frames and fired the one and nine-ball in to the centre pockets to level the match at 7-7 and making the match a race to 3.
A tactical fifteenth frame ensued with the Dutch getting the upper hand with a great snooker laid by Feijen which Boyes was unable to escape from giving ball-in-hand to the Dutch to run-out and an 8-7 lead.
With the break; Van Den Berg broke and made a ball on the break and set up a 2-9 cannon which Feijen sunk the very next shot to put the Dutch team on the hill at 9-7 and pile the pressure on England.
Feijen broke in the seventeenth frame but it came up dry to let England in and run-out and reduce the deficit to 9-8 with Appleton sinking the winning nine-ball.
England broke in the next frame and everything looked to be going to plan until a loose positional shot by Appleton put his partner under pressure but Boyes found a great kick shot to carry on the rack and run out to see the match to a decider.
With a hill-hill match and Appleton breaking for the match; it the worst possible outcome with the cue ball scratching in to the side pocket giving the Dutch an open table with ball in hand.
The Dutch team looked solid and on their way to a run out until Van Den Berg on potting the seven ball left his partner Feijen a tough shot on the eight ball with the cue ball on the cushion. Feijen jacking the cue up rattled the pocket and missed the pot but he left a tough shot for English that Boyes missed but fluked a match winning snooker with the cue ball and eight ball resting on the cushion either side of the nine ball blocking the path to the eight ball.
Van Den Berg escaped the snooker but it was a simple run out for the English duo to take the 2014 World Cup of Pool title in a dramatic final frame 10-9.
"I am in shock. The match was really crazy with a lot of mistakes from both teams. We made a silly one in rack two and after that we couldn’t get anything going.
Holland let us off the hook really and they are going to be sick to lose because they had a great chance to win there. But that is why 9 ball is the most exciting game in the world, because you just never know. And the pressure was just unbelievable.Darren Appleton
Mark Selby, last years winner is 9/2 to do it again this year!
John Higgins, runner-up last year, 14/1 to win this time!
Barry Hawkins, beaten semi-finalist last year, 33/1 to win!
Ding Junhui, beaten semi-finalist last year, 12/1 to win!
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