More international success for pool sensation Karl Sutton
PUBLISHED: 07:46 07 September 2012
SHARP-shooting pool sensation Karl Sutton has pocketed another top international title.
Just over a month after he had tasted success in being part of the successful England’s men’s team that won the World Championships, the 24-year-old from Oulton Broad has beaten some of the world’s best pool players once more – to become the Four Nations singles champion.
At the end of August, Sutton spent four days in Belgium playing for the England A team in the Four Nations Cup. With the first day of competition on the Saturday, Sutton hit the baizes along with his England A team-mates.
He said: “We were up against France, Belgium and the Channel Islands. We won all our group games and finished top, but then had a bit of a disaster in the final and lost to France.”
The singles tournament was then held on the Sunday, and it featured about 80 players competing from all the countries present, including the famous French number one player Christophe Lambert. Sutton said: “I won six matches to become the Four Nations singles champion.”
And en route to the top title, Sutton swept aside some of the world’s best players. “I played two French guys first and then a Belgian in the third round and won all those games 5-2,” he recalled. “In the quarter finals I beat fellow England international Ian Hubbard 5-3, before beating England captain Lee Kendall 5-2 in the semi final and then faced John Roe in the final.”
Roe, the current world champion, was eventually toppled 5-4 in the final. “It went to the deciding frame but I should’ve won earlier,” Sutton said.
“I know John pretty well and I was relaxed going into the final, and was thinking it was such a good opportunity and I didn’t want to be runner-up after playing all day.”
Admitting the final frame decider was a “tactical” battle, with the balls delicately crowded over a corner pocket, Sutton said: “I wanted to win, especially after having the chance in the previous frame.
“John was a bit unlucky and attempted to pot one of the balls and go into the cluster, but he went in off and I only needed one of the two shots to pot the rest of the balls.
“It was such a good achievement given the strong field,” he admitted.
Pocketing a “nice bit of cash and a big old trophy”, Sutton added: “I am now in the top six players in the England side, which puts me into the England A ranks and secures me a place in the European Championships and World Championships, which are both in Blackpool, without having to qualify next year.
“I’ve not had a great year, but I’ve got the buzz of playing again since the World Championships in July, and it will be back to a very busy schedule as I will play regularly on the tour a number of weekends next year.”
Sutton’s latest achievements also secured him praise from England team manager Steve Mills, who confirmed this title had sealed his top-six spot.
He said: “I would like to thank my family, Benny and everyone at the Lake Lothing public house for all their help and support over the years.”
Sutton’s recent World Championships victory with England will be screened soon on Sky TV.