Karl Boyes will relish the opportunity to keep Earl ‘The Pearl’ Strickland quiet should his England team come up against USA in the World Cup of Pool at the Mountbatten Centre.
Boyes partners Darren Appleton in the England A team, while motor mouth Strickland will pair up with his 2013 Mosconi Cup team-mate Shane Van Boening.
The action takes place in Portsmouth, from September 23 to September 28.
Boyes defeated Strickland 6-4 in a singles match at last year’s Mosconi Cup, the annual Ryder Cup of pool.
That put Team Europe on the hill for what became a famous 11-2 victory in Las Vegas, and the Blackpool man would love an opportunity to come up against ‘The Pearl’ once again in Portsmouth.
‘I am thrilled to be playing in this year’s World Cup of Pool, again with my partner Darren Appleton,’ said Boyes.
‘We are the best two UK players so it’s only right we make the A team once again.
‘The World Cup Of Pool, along with the Mosconi Cup, are the best two tournaments we have as pool players so everybody wants to do well in the event.’
Boyes believes the England duo will be able to utilise their experience to ensure they overcome difficult opponents Spain in their first match.
He added: ‘We have a tough first-round match against Spain.
‘But hopefully our experience in doubles play will stand us in good shape.
‘The training has already started for this year’s World Cup.’
Boyes believes the USA could well be England’s main rivals in the competition.
That’s due to their recent fiery battles in the Mosconi Cup.
‘On a personal note, anytime I have the chance to shut Earl Strickland up, you have to grasp it with both hands,’ he said.
‘Our main rivals are USA because of the Mosconi Cup.
‘It’s very intense when we do battle, and even in singles play throughout the season you can sense the tension.’
Now in its ninth year, the World Cup of Pool features 32 two-player teams from around the world, battling it out for a $250,000 prize fund.
The defending champions are the Philippines, who will be among the favourites to claim a record-breaking fourth World Cup.
The field will be packed with some of the biggest names in world pool.
Chris Melling and Daryl Peach team up to represent England B.
They will no doubt be looking to tap into the home support in Portsmouth as they bid to do well in the competition.
Also in action will be World Champions Niels Feijen, Mika Immonen, Thorsten Hohmann and Alex Pagulayan.
The event starts on Tuesday, September 23.
There are two sessions daily at 12 midday and 6pm during weekdays.
Then at the weekend, sessions start at 1pm and 6pm.
Tickets are priced at £5 for afternoon sessions, £10 for evening sessions, with the all-session season ticket priced at £60.
Commission is included, although a transaction fee will apply.
To buy tickets for the event see the website seetickets.com and search ‘World Cup of Pool’.