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ENGLAND'S POOL PLAYERS RESTORE COUNTRY'S SPORTING PRIDE

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England skipper Lee Kendall fittingly won the decisive frame as the host nation retained their men's team title.

Kendall defeated former European champion Oly Bale to complete an 8-4 success for the defending champions.

It was a stunning performance by manager Robert Uzzell's boys who did their country proud.

They claimed all 12 group games, winning 181 of 205 frames played, and added two more victories in the semi-finals and final.  

"We normally lose a couple of matches or really struggle," said Kendall.

"But this year was different. Without being big headed, it was very comfortable."

Beaten quarter-finalist Adam Davis gave England a winning start against Welsh Federation big hitter, Ben Davies.

Neil Toms doubled England's lead before Bale opened the Welsh account against Gareth Hibbott.

Kendall defeated Wayne Smith to make it 3-1 before the underdogs roared back.

Ryan John took out individual finalist Gareth Potts and Ian Hubbard went down to Andy Macdonald.

However, former World Masters winner Ben Flack steadied the ship with victory over Russell Burgess and England never looked back.

With John Roe coming in for Hubbard after the interval, the favourites stretched away.

Victories for Hibbott and Potts against Tom Cousins and Burgess made it 6-3.

Davies defeated Roe to give the Welsh Federation some hope but Stoke potters Davis and Kendall closed the door on any great escape.

England's win was their fourth in a row with the Republic of Ireland being the only other country to lift the trophy since 2003.

 This article was taken from World Eightball Pool Federation.

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