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Great Britain win WPA world pool title

GB Pool Team

Great Britain are the inaugural World Pool-Billiard Association team champions after defeating favourites the Philippines in the final.

The five-man team overcame their opponents 4-1 in Germany after beating China and Greece in the semi and quarter-finals respectively.

Team captain Darren Appleton said: "The team spirit was amazing between us.

"Beating the Philippines, who are the best in the world, makes it even sweeter. We're all on cloud nine."

Appleton, from Pontefract, added: "This is such a massive achievement; Great Britain are such great cueists and mentally are so strong."

He headed up a team of Karl Boyes, Mark Gray, Imran Majid and Daryl Peach who took the $75,000 prize money.

Appleton secured the victory for his team with a 7-1 win over Dennis Orcollo who was unbeaten in the tournament up to that point.

On their way to the final Great Britain overcame the much-favoured tournament hosts Germany and endured a titanic struggle against China.

After coming back from 3-1 behind Appleton was 3-1 behind in sets and 5-1 down in the first to seven in the fourth set when he battled back to a 7-6 victory.

That forced a shoot out with the match all square at 3-3 as each side took turns to pot the nine ball on the centre of the head string, with the first to two clear points the winner.

The shoot out lasted an hour-and-a-half before Great Britain emerged 27-25 victors.

They then saw off Greece, who had put out the USA in another quarter-final, 4-2 in the semis.

Blackpool's Peach, who is a former snooker professional, said of winning the title: "We all went crazy.

"It was even more of a buzz than winning the nine-ball final because it was a team event and we were playing for our country."

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