Europe lead USA 9-2 heading into final day of Mosconi Cup after winning two of three matches at Alexandra Palace on Friday; Europe need just two points in Saturday's singles to retain trophy - watch day four on Sky Sports Arena from 6.30pm, Saturday
Friday 8 December 2023 23:20, UK
Team Europe need just two more points to win the 2023 Mosconi Cup as they added to their advantage over Team USA on Friday night at Alexandra Palace, claiming two of three matches.
Having swept the opening night 4-0 in London, extending their advantage to 7-1 on the second evening, Jayson Shaw led the charge on Friday.
Shaw and David Alcaide beat Skyler Woodward and Shane Wolford 5-2 in the first match of the night, before the Scot then overcame Woodward again in a singles clash, this time winning even more convincingly 5-1.
Woodward finally helped secure USA their first point, and second overall, as he and Fedor Gorst got the better of Shaw and Francisco Sanchez Ruiz 5-3 in the final match of the evening.
It means Europe hold a massive seven-point advantage heading into the final night's action - live on Sky Sports Arena from 6.30pm, Saturday - as they edge closer to a fourth tournament victory in a row and a 16th overall.
The visitors surely had to hit the ground running in the opening tie of the night if they harboured any hopes of a colossal comeback but it was Team Europe who got away quickly.
Shaw, fresh from winning the opening match of the night with Alcaide, and having claimed all three of his singles matches in Las Vegas last year, took a 4-0 lead over Woodward in the second match of the night, before the American avoided the discomfort of back-to-back singles whitewashes with the second golden break of the week in rack five.
However, roared on by the majority of the near 2,200 fans in attendance, Shaw got the job done in style with his second break and run of the encounter to push Europe even further ahead at 9-1.
Pretty much at the point of no return, Team USA would at least finish the night on a positive note as they enjoyed the undisputed highlight of their week, with Woodward Gorst combining to defeat Shaw and Sanchez Ruz in match 11.
The Americans established 2-0 and 3-1 leads - the first time this week they held an advantage of two racks - prior to the defending champions levelling at 3-3.
But then Woodward struck his second golden break of the evening in rack seven as the US ultimately secured a morale-boosting 5-3 victory in the final match of the night.
Five singles matches are to be played on the final day of the 2023 Mosconi Cup on Saturday.
Watch every match live on Sky Sports Arena from 6.30pm each day - or stream with NOW.