Mosconi Cup: Team USA claim 3-2 lead over Europe on day one in London

Last Updated: 11/12/12 12:23am

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Team USA made a solid start in their quest to regain the Mosconi Cup by opening up a 3-2 lead after the first day at York Hall, Bethnal Green.

Europe, the two-time defending champions, lost the team rack and both doubles contests, however Niels Feijen and Darren Appleton kept them in touch with singles triumphs.

Day one results:

Europe 3-5 USA
Melling & Van den Berg 4-5 Archer & Shuff
Niels Feijen 5-0 Mike Dechaine
Appleton & Ekonomopoulos 4-5 Hatch & Van Boening
Appleton 5-2 Shuff

The Americans claimed the opening point of this year's showdown when they prevailed 5-3 in the team match-up - Mike Dechaine sealing victory for the away team.

'The Scorpion' Johnny Archer, competitng in his 16th Mosconi Cup, then joined forces with debutant Brandon Shuff to extend USA's lead to 2-0.

Archer and Shuff produced an inspired comeback to fight back from 4-1 down and defeat Chris Melling and Nick van den Berg 5-4 in their scotch doubles rack.

Experienced Dutchman Feijen hit back for Europe with a 5-0 singles whitewash of Dechaine, however USA ensured they would end the opening day in front when Shane van Boening and Dennis Hatch edged an entertaining rack 5-4 against Appleton and Europe's Greek rookie Nikos Ekonomopoulos.

Reigning world No.1 and world champion Appleton bounced back well, though, overcoming Shuff 5-2 to set the tie up perfectly for day two.

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