WISBECH: Pool trio secure world title
By ADAM LAZZARI THREE Wisbech pool players have potted the World Masters title. Darren McCarthy, Scott Chambers and Eric Mohammed were part of an 11-man England B team that beat strong favourites Scotland B in the final last Friday. All three won the Eur
By ADAM LAZZARI
THREE Wisbech pool players have potted the World Masters title.
Darren McCarthy, Scott Chambers and Eric Mohammed were part of an 11-man England B team that beat strong favourites Scotland B in the final last Friday.
All three won the European title in Selsey, Sussex, in October.
McCarthy said: "We are delighted to become both world and European champions. It's a great achievement for the team.
"We've played together for two or three years and we're really clicking.
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"We went into the tournament full of confidence and we had to keep our nerves through a couple of really close matches."
The tournament was held in Bridlington, Yorkshire and involved teams from France, Gibraltar, Shetlands, South Africa and all the home nations, starting on April 4.
The Wisbech potters beat England C and Northern Ireland B 20-13 and Wales B 19-14 on day one, beat Republic of Ireland 23-10, but lost to France 19-14 and Scotland B 18-15 on day two, beat Shetland B 24-0, Isle of Man B 26-7 and lost 20-13 to Scotland C day three.
England B entered day four needing to remain unbeaten to qualify for the semi-finals.
They Northern Ireland C 25-8 and Wales C 19-14 and went on to dominate their semi-final with Scotland C, winning 17-8.
McCarthy said: "It was a long hard week and everyone coped with the immense pressure very well. The team produced a flawless performance to win the final."
McCarthy's eight-year-old daughter Bethan led the England B team out with the national flag before the final.
Wisbech pool player Andy Lucas also competed in the tournament and he was in an England A team that lost in a semi-final to Wales.