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Bernice Lim, Martin Larsen earn No. 1 seed for World Cup finals

It’s all set for the arena finals of the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Sunday afternoon at Luwan Sports Complex in Shanghai, China, which is also where Hao’s Bowling is located.

Martin Larsen of Sweden, China’s Wang Hongbo, Anže Grabrijan of Slovenia and Christopher Sloan of Ireland will battle it out for the men’s title, while Bernice Lim of Singapore, Danielle McEwan, United States, Syaidatul Afifah of Malaysia and Jenny Wegner of Sweden will determine the women’s champion.

The finalists of the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup: L-R Christopher Sloan (4th), Anže Grabrijan (3rd), Wang Hongbo (2nd), Martin Larsen (1st), Bernice Lim (1st), Danielle McEwan (2nd), Syaidatul Afifah (3rd) and Jenny Wegner (4th).

2016BWCBerniceLim6Each of the top 4 women won five out of eight matches in round robin match play, which awarded 30 pins bonus for each win and 15 for a tie. Lim (left), who leads the women’s division since the qualifying, started the day with games of 267, 256 and 245 and never looked back.

2016BWCWomenDanielleMcEwanThe Singaporean averaged 213.38 for the round to earn the No. 1 seed with 7842 total, including 150 bonus pins and an average of 213.67 for 36 games. McEwan (right) defeated Lim in the final position round match, 218-207, to narrow the gap to 56 pins to finish in second place with 7786 (212.11).

2016bwcsyaidatulafifah2Like in yesterday’s Round of 24, Afifah (left) bowled the highest block of the day, this time with 1739, an average of 217.38 for eight games, jump from 8th to third place with 7665. The Malaysian defeated Wegner (below right) in the position round, 213-200, to overtake the Swede by 16 pins. Wegner took the last spot to advance with 7649.

2016BWCJennyWegner2In the women semi-finals in the arena at the Luwan Sports Complex starting at 2 p.m. China Standard Time (CST), No 1 Lim takes on No. 4 Wegner and in the other match, No. 2 McEwan bowls No. 3 Afifah. The winners will bowl for the title while the loser tie for third place.

2016BWCMartinLarsen2On the men’s side, Larsen (left) overtook the lead after the second game and pulled away winning six of his eight matches for 1756 (219.50 average) and 180 bonus en route to finish atop the men’s standings with 7865 total and an overall average of 213.47.

2016BWCWangHongboHongbo (right), who led since qualifying round three, fell one spot to second place with 7727 (211.31), including a 4-4 match play record.

2016BWCAnzeGrabrijan2Starting the position round match in fourth place trailing third-place Sloan by 80 pins, Grabrijan (left) started with a spare, then reeled of eight consecutive strikes to beat the Irish two-hander, 267-195, and added 30 pins bonus to take over third place with 7543 (206.19).

2016BWCChrisSloanSloan (right), who 22nd after qualifying, maintained fourth place with 7521 (203.92).

In the men’s semi-finals No 1 Larsen takes on No. 4 Sloan and No. 2 Hongbo bowls No. 3 Grabrijan. The winners will bowl for the title, the loser tie for third place.

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The 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held from October 14-23 at Hao’s Bowling in Shanghai, China.

Bowlingdigital.com will provide onsite coverage of the 52nd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Shanghai including reports, photos and results after each round. The United States Bowling Congress will provide live streaming on BowlTV.

Split into A and B squad in each division, men and women, all competitors will bowl 20 qualifying games over four days before the field is cut to the top 24 for eight additional games. The 28-game pinfall totals will determine the 8 players who advance to eight games round-robin match-play (30 pins for each win, 15 for a tie).

The top 4 players with highest 36-game total including bonus pins will advance to the playoffs, which will be staged on a specially constructed two-lane arena in the Luwan Sports Complex which is also where Hao’s Bowling is located. This will be covered by live streaming on BowlTV and local Chinese live streaming through Ali Sports.

There will be a one-game knockout match with the No. 1 seed versus the No. 4 qualifier and No. 2 versus No. 3. The winners of each match will earn a spot in the championship game.

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52ndQubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Men’s Round Robin Match Play

30 pins bonus for each win, 15 for a tie; top 4 advance to arena-finals

52ndQubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Women’s Round Robin Match Play

30 pins bonus for each win, 15 for a tie; top 4 advance to arena-finals

Author: Herbert Bickel
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