Ultimate Pool Pairs Surprise in 2021?

Ultimate Pool Pairs Surprise in 2021?

THE MAGICIAN Chris Melling and his Ultimate Pool pair partner Scott Gillespie were the favourites to progress from this week’s Group  in the Ultimate Pool Pairs Cup.

But, it wasn’t to be for the dynamic duo, as they were trumped by the unlikely pair of Tony Blount and Scott Crawley (pictured) who scooped all three of their matches in fine fashion with some spectacular individual shots in some which shocked even the likes of the Magician Melling.

Scott Crawley and Tony Blount interviewed by Ultimate Pool…

In their post match interview with the Ultimate Pool team, they said that this is the beauty of the Ultimate Pool format in that anyone can get through and that there can be lots of shocks in the events.

There was no drama this week with six reds shootouts, but fans did see a “Golden Break” where Jake Newlove potted the 8 ball off the break.

Blount said after on the win: “Anyone can get through. If I can get through. Anyone can get through.”

Melling, 42, was a former professional snooker player and, like in the previous weeks where the event saw the likes of four-time World Snooker Champion Mark Selby go through in dramatic fashion, the two-time World 8 Ball Champion in 2001/03 Melling couldn’t follow 2006 World Pool Champion Selby into the Last 16 of the event.

His pairs partner Scott Gillespie had just got married and was still technically on his honeymoon but detoured on to play in the UPPC.

Blount and Crawley won their matches 3 – 2,  4 – 0, 4 – 1 which saw them eliminate Melling and Gillespie.

For the pairing of Kevin Kirkham and Rob Sim it was their first appearance in pool on TV and gave a good account of themselves.

The Ultimate Pool Pairs Cup is on every Monday nights on Freesports Channel 64 at 6:30PM.

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