Mosconi Cup: Team USA claim 3-2 lead over Europe on day one in London
Last Updated: 11/12/12 12:23am
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.