Dominic Barrett (right, with Stu Williams, left) put in a captain’s performance as he won the final two singles matches; first beating Chris Barnes with the tournament’s highest score to date (288), and then beating Anthony Simonsen (left) in the second roll-off of the day, after nominating himself as the captain’s pick.
The USA had started where they left out at the beginning of the session as they took the Baker match and then Chris Barnes (right) got the better of Barrett in a clash of the captains. Simonsen who is playing superbly in his Weber debut got past Stu Williams to keep his unbeaten run intact. That took the overall score to 12-4.
Jesper Svensson (left) stemmed the flow in the fourth game as he took care of an out-of-sorts Tommy Jones but the stellar Kyle Troup redressed the imbalance with a win over Martin Larsen. That took the score to 14-5 for the USA before Barrett pegged it back in the final two matches.
Barnes summed up the day for Team USA; “We are extremely happy with today. We got off to a good start but we knew they would come back. We were able to come out in the second session, we really started off well and got the 3-0 lead for the session. Our goal was to win every session and then the overall goal takes care of itself.
“I probably didn’t do a great job picking the pattern there, Tommy didn’t particularly care for that one and Kyle struggled a little bit although he did get a win.
“I thought it was a great play by their captain, he stood up, called his own number and took the game. A bit of a desperation play but it was the right play and this thing isn’t over yet.”
Barrett took the positives from the evening’s show; “It didn’t matter who stepped on that stage from our team we needed that, so I am glad to be the one to do it and not let this get away from us. We’ll go away, have a good night’s sleep tonight and turn up fresh tomorrow, use what we have just done as a team to look forward.
“There was a lot of frustration at times but at the end that elation of still being in this, they aren’t there yet, and this is when we start playing our best. I know I played my best tonight and Jesper played great, and the other guys will follow tomorrow.”
Play continues at 12.30 on Sunday with three doubles matches and four singles matches.
Photos © JP Parmentier – Matchroom Multi Sport 2018.
Europe 7 – 14 USA
Team Europe 230 – 232 Team USA
Dominic Barrett 212 – 233 Chris Barnes
Stuart Williams 204 – 228 Anthony Simonsen
Jesper Svensson 267 – 181 Tommy Jones
Martin Larsen 224 – 244 Kyle Troup
Dominic Barrett 288 – 220 Chris Barnes
Dominic Barrett 267-267 Anthony Simonsen
Barrett wins 46 – 39 in a two-frame roll-off.
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