Wisbech pool trio finish runners-up with England A team at EBA European Masters

THREE pool players from Wisbech narrowly missed out on winning the European Blackball Association title for England last month.

Darren McCarthy, Eric Mohammed and Andy Lucas starred for the England A team at the EBA European Masters in Bridlington, North Yorkshire. It was McCarthy’s first tournament for the national side’s elite side after 12 years of representing the country’s B-team.

England lost 17-16 to Scotland in the group stages but beat Northern Ireland (18-15), Gibraltar (31-2), Shetland (22-11), Southern Ireland (24-9) and Wales (18-15) to progress to the semi-final stage.

At 16-16, and with just one ball left on the table for Wales, McCarthy needed nerves of steel to complete an eight-ball clearance to put his country into the final.

However, Scotland outclassed England to clinch the title after notching six out of the last seven frames to win 17-12.