Thursday, December 21, 2006

Peter Ebdon wins UK Championship

WSA: Maplin Electronics UK ChampionshipPeter Ebdon won the Maplin Electronics UK Championship for the first time.

The gritty Englishman looked like a winner throughout the event. In a somewhat scrappy final he managed to beat Scotland's Stephen Hendry 10-6.

This was Ebdon's seventh ranking title and first since the 2004 Irish Masters. He now joins an illustrious list of players who have won both the World Championship and the UK Championship. The other players are Steve Davis (England), Terry Griffiths (Wales), Alex Higgins (N.Ireland), Hendry, John Parrott (England), Ronnie O'Sullivan (England), John Higgins (Scotland) and Mark J Williams (Wales).

The win puts Ebdon at No.4 in the provisional rankings. Hendry lies in 7th position. The list is headed by Higgins who surpassed Ireland's Ken Doherty after his semi-final appearance.

The event took place in York Barbican Centre, England Dec 4-17.

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

USA retains Mosconi Cup with tie

Mosconi CupUSA retained the Mosconi Cup after this year's battle with Europe ended all square 12-12.

The rules state that the defending champion keeps the title in case of a draw.

Europe looked to be cruising, leading 8-4, 9-6 and 12-10, but USA once again came through with a battling performance. Corey Deuel won the last match 5-2 against David Alcaide (Spain).

Finland's Mika Immonen had a golden chance to win the trophy for Europe when leading 4-1 in the penultimate match against Mike Davis. Davis managed to claw his way back to 4-4 only to see Immonen needing just two balls for victory. The Finn lost position on the nine though and Davis kept the USA alive by potting the match ball.

USA now leads the event with 11-2. Europe's last win came in 2002.

The event took place from December 7-10 in the Cruise Terminal Rotterdam, Netherlands. Matches were singles, scotch doubles, scotch triples and scotch sextuples(!) with alternate break.

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Petroni wins final Euro Tour event of season

EPBF: Costa del Sol OpenItaly's Fabio Petroni reigned supreme in the Costa del Sol Open. In the final he crushed top player Niels Feijen (Netherlands) 10-1.

Petroni went through the event undefeated. His closest match was a 10-8 win over Finland's Petri Makkonen in the qualifying stages.

Oliver Ortmann (Germany) and Martin Kempter (Austria) finished in third place.

The tournament was played 6-9 December at in Benalmadena, Spain. In total 230 players took part. It was the seventh and final event of the season.

Nick van den Berg (Netherlands) held on to the lead in the Euro Tour Ranking. Losing finalist Feijen improved two places to finish in silver position. Ortmann's third place finish took him from 6th to 3rd and Petroni moved from 9th to 4th.

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