England A win WCOP kit prize

Team England at the WCOP 2013

Appleton & Boyes collect $500

The England A pairing of Darren Appleton and Karl Boyes has been awarded the 888.com World Cup of Pool’s 2013 best dressed prize.

The pair collect $500 for having the best kit at York Hall last week. The prize is awarded each year to the duo whose strip is deemed the best of the 32 teams who take part in the 888.com World Cup of Pool.

The England A strip was a polo top inspired by the country’s ‘Three Lions’ football strip. The quarter-finalists alternated between white and red polos, paying homage to the ‘home’ and ‘away’ kits of the national soccer team.

Appleton and Boyes each had their name printed along the collar and commemorated their appearance at York Hall by printing ‘WCOP 2013’ below the world-recognisable badge of the English football team.

Commented Matchroom Sport chairman Barry Hearn: “I’m delighted to be able to award Darren and Karl the best kit prize from this year’s 888.com World Cup of Pool.

“It was great to see them taking inspiration from England’s 1966 World Cup winning football with a similar red top, while also recognising more recent teams with the white ‘home’ kit worn by the football team when they play at Wembley.

“It is just a shame that, like many of England’s football teams, the boys couldn’t get passed the quarter-finals – but at least they couldn’t lose on penalties in this World Cup!”

The 888.com World Cup of Pool was won by Philippines, who beat Holland 10-8 in the final.