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MacLelland starts Men’s World Championships with victory in Singles

2014MWCDanMacLelland3.jpgDan MacLelland of Canada finished the title match against Shaker Al-Hassan, United Arab Emirates, with nine consecutive strikes to start the Men’s World Championships with victory in Singles Sunday at Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

2014MWCShakerAlHassan.jpgMacLelland (pictured right) defeated the local favorite, 256-212, to claim his first career gold medal in a world championship. Al Hassan (left) took the silver medal. The photo on the left shows the award ceremony.

2014MWCSinglesPodium.jpgThe top 4 of 272 bowlers from 49 countries advance to the medal round. In the semifinals fourth-seeded MacLelland defeated No. 1 seed Tommy Jones, United States, 269-236, and Al Hassan, seeded third, downed No. 2 Sam Cooley, Australia, 255-212. Jones and Cooley shared the bronze medal.

L-R Back row: Al Hassan, MacLelland, Jones Cooley. Front row: Prince Abdul Al Hakeem bin Masad, President of the Saudi Bowling Federation; Kevin Dornberger, President and CEO of World Bowling; Mohamed Al Qubaisi, President of the Emirates Bowling Federation; and Team USA head coach Rod Ross. Click image to enlarge.

2014MWCSamCooley3.jpg2014MWCShakerAlHassan2.jpgAs the top-seeded American had decided to bowl in the second match, Al Hassan (left) and Sam Cooley (right) squared off in the opening match on lanes 7 & 8. Both players started with two single-pin spares in the playoffs.

Action photos courtesy of Gilles Vandevoorde photography.

The lefty from the Emirates, who is the 2014 Asian Bowling Federation Tour point ranking leader, rebounded with five consecutive strikes to take a 22-pin lead as the Aussie managed only a double in frames 5 & 6. Al Hassan spared a baby split in frame 8 and put the match away with another three strikes for a 255-212 win.

2014MWCTommyJones3.jpg2014MWCDanMacLelland2.jpgIn the other semi-final match on lanes 9 & 10, it took top-seeded Tommy Jones (left)) three frames to figure out the right lane while he struck on all five shots on the left lane. Down by 64 pins after five frames due to an open frame in the third (4-9 split), Jones went off the sheet to force MacLelland to get a nine-count in his last frame.

MacLelland (right), who had seven strikes and two spares (1st and 8th frame), struck three times for an undisputed 269-236 win.

In the title match, both players struck on the first shot. Shaker left the 4-6-10 split in the second, which resulted in an open frame. MacLelland gave the advantage back with a 2-8-10 split in his second frame and got only one pin to trail by two.

The Canadian spared 2-4 in frame three, while the home town favorite knocked down all 10 but left a 10-pin on a light hit in the fourth frame. He missed the easy spare and opened the door for MacLelland. After a ball change, the Canadian took the lead with a double.

2014MWCDanMacLelland4.jpgAl Hassan almost left another 4-6-10 split but the 4-pin fell late and he was able to make the spare. The lefty got a Brooklyn strike in the sixth frame, but MacLelland continued striking to widen his lead to 30 pins.

All Hassan kept on striking and could shoot maximum 226 to force MacLelland to mark in his last frame. He left 6-8 on his second shot in the 10th frame to hand the title to the Canadian. MacLelland sealed the victory with three more strikes in the 10th to end the match with nine consecutive strikes for a 256-212 victory.

The Men’s World Championships commence with the Doubles competition on Monday and Tuesday.

2014MWCLogo2.jpg2014WorldBowlingLogo.jpgThe 2014 World Tenpin Bowling Association Men’s World Championships will be held from December 4-15 at 40-lane Khalifa International Bowling Center in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi, UAE. 272 players from 49 countries participate in the event.

The Championships, hosted by World Bowling Tenpin, the Emirates Bowling Federation and Zayed Sports City, is open to all WTBA Member Federations who are currently paid up members of World Bowling and their respective zone (PABCON, ETBF, and ABF).

Maximum six men per country compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the 9-day competition (Dec. 6-14).

BowlingdigitalBanner.gifBowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage from Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi including reports, photos and results starting with the Singles event all the way through to the Masters finals on Sunday, Dec. 14.

2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpgThe United States Bowling Congress provides live streaming of the entire event on BowlTV. Live Scoring can be found on the official Website and on the website of World Bowling

2014MWCAtlanta38.jpg2014MWCTokyo43.jpgIn accordance with the World Bowling Tenpin Playing Rules, the 2014 Men’s World Championships will be contested on two lane conditioning pattern, the 38 ft. Atlanta pattern and the 43 ft. Tokyo pattern, a medium and a long pattern from the World Bowling bank of patterns.

The Championships are the fourth World Championships for men only since the world’s governing body for the sport of tenpin bowling has decided at the WTBA congress in the year 2003 to split the men’s and women’s events .

The 2006 MWC took place in Busan, Korea (on 33 ft. Sydney and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern), and was followed by Bangkok, Thailand in 2008 (on 34 ft. Stockholm and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern) and Munich, Germany in 2010 (38 ft. Atlanta and 43 ft. Tokyo pattern).

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2014 Men’s World Championships – Singles Finals

Khalifa International Bowling Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE (December 7, 2014)

Championship Round:
1. Dan MacLelland, Canada, 525 (2 games)
2. Shaker Al Hassan, UAE, 467 (2 games)
3. Tommy Jones, United States, 236 (1 game) and
(tie) Sam Cooley, Australia, 212 (1 game)

Playoff Results:
Semifinal Match 1: No. 3 Al Hassan def. No. 2 Cooley, 255-212
Semifinal Match 2: No. 4 MacLelland def. No. 1 Jones, 269-236
Championship Match: MacLelland def. Al-Hassan, 256-212.

2014 Men’s World Championships Singles – Final Qualifying Standings

Top 4 advance to the playoffs.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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