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