Daryl Peach (born 8 March 1972 in Castleford, West Yorkshire, England) is an English professional pocket billiards (pool) player. Nicknamed "Razzledazzle" and "The Dazzler," he defeated the Philippines' Roberto Gomez in 2007 to become the first English male to win the WPA World Nine-ball Championship (the woman's world championship having been won by England's Allison Fisher). His tournament nearly ended prematurely when his match against Filipino Francisco Bustamante had to be suspended, after Bustamante fluked the a 3-9 canon to clinch the match. After over 20 minutes of examining replays of the shot by referees and tournament officials, it was shown that the cue ball had hit the 9-ball fractionally before the 3-ball, and was thus a foul. Despite the furor, Peach held his composure to win the match. With the subsequent cancellation of further 9-ball world championships, Peach was effectively still the world champion of the sport until its revival in 2010 in Doha, Qatar, which was won by Bustamante.
Due to his success in the World Championship, he was called up into the 2007 Mosconi Cup in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he took part in a controversial match against Earl Strickland, whose consistently disruptive behaviour during the match led Peach to brand the American the "scum of the Earth" in his post-match interview.
List of titles
- 1995 Mosconi Cup
- 1995 World Pool Masters
- 2007 Eurotour German Open
- 2007 Mosconi Cup
- 2007 World Nine-Ball Championship
- 2009 Eurotour Portugal Open
- 2009 Lugo International Nine-Ball Open
- 2010 Eurotour Italian Open
- 2010 International Open 8-Ball
- 2010 World Team Championship
- 2012 Eurotour German Open
- 2012 Longoni Benalux Open
- 2013 Zagreb Open
- World Pool-Billiard Association
- "Peach beats Feijen hill-hill for Lugo International 9-Ball Open Win". AzBilliards.com. July 2, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
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