In the first game of the opening match between 2005 BWC champion Michael Schmidt
, Canada, and 2006 Men’s World Championships Masters champion Biboy Rivera
(right), Philippines, both players were going for a potential 247 tie.
Schmidt (pictured left) had 157 in the seventh frame and Rivera had 127 in his sixth frame and was working on double when he left a 3-6 in the ninth to give Schmidt a little advantage. He spared and had to strike out in the 10th to force Schmidt to mark in the tenth.
Rivera got the first strike but left the 3-6-10 combination on his second shot which opened the door for the Canadian. Schmidt went off the sheet to take a 1-0 lead, 247-215.
Rivera, who needed to win the second game to force a decider, had a disastrous start opening in three of the first four frames. Schmidt was perfect through the first seven frames before a 4-6-7 split denied his bid for the first 300 game of this year’s World Cup.
Schmidt (left) failed to convert the split but though Rivera threw four strikes in frames 5-8, game and match were over when Rivera left a 2-pin standing on his first ball in the ninth frame.
Schmidt, who has never finished lower than fifth in his previous four World Cups, threw two more strikes and a spare to advance to his second consecutive World Cup title match and the third of his career winning the second game 252-202 for a 2-0 victory.
In the title match, Schmidt faced No. 1 seed Matt Miller, England, who had already won the Bent Petersen Country Award for the best country in the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup (pictured right with team mate Fiona Banks).
Miller (left) used three consecutive strikes in frames 4-6 including a Brooklyn strike in the sixth to take the lead as Schmidt got five consecutive 9-counts in frames 5-9. Schmidt bowled a clean game but spares weren’t enough to win the first game. Miller also stayed clean and closed out the game with four strikes including another Brooklyn for a 246-205.
Schmidt’s ball change in the 10th frame paid off as the Canadian started game two with three strikes to take an early lead as Miller came out of the gates with two nine-spares and a strike. He added another 9-spare and a strike which was enough to overtake the lead as Schmidt left two consecutive big splits (2-8-10 and pocket 7-10) which both resulted in open frames.
Both players alternated nine-spares and strikes in frames six and seven. The momentum changed when Schmidt got a strike in the eighth for a double and Miller left an 8-10 split for an open frame.
Miller (left) struck in the ninth frame, his fourth consecutive strike on the left lane but Schmidt countered with his third strike in a row. Finishing first Schmidt left a 10-pin standing on his first shot. He needed a spare and five on the fill ball. Schmidt knocked down the 10-pin and put the game away with a 9-count (10-pin again) to force a deciding third game, 212-207.
Schmidt (right) started the very last game of the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup with three strikes in a row while Matt Miller had a double and eight-spare. Déjà-vu for Schmidt in the fourth frame when he left another 7-10 split. After the open frame Schmidt got a solid 4-pin in the fifth frame.
Miller took the lead with another double in frames four and final then went through the nose and left the 3-6-9-10 combination. Miller failed to convert as he left the 9-pin standing.
Schmidt took full advantage and regained the lead with a strike in the sixth and widened the lead to 14 with another strike on the seventh. Miller suffered another open frame when he left the 3-6-7-10 split but got on track back with a strike in the eighth frame.
Schmidt, looking for his second World Cup title after his victory in Ljubljana, Slovenia in 2005, extended his lead to 36 pins thanks to a high flush strike. He took his time for his biggest shot in the tournament. A strike would shut out Miller but Schmidt left a light 7-pin. He got the spare but Miller was still alive.
But just for seconds. When Miller failed to strike on his first shot in the 9th frame the match was over. Schmidt, coached as in 2005 by Sandy Lowe (pictured left), in her last official tournament as Team Canada head coach, sealed his second victory in the Bowling World Cup with a strike in the 10th frame for 224-188 and two-games-to-one.
Matt Miller took the silver medal and Biboy Rivera got the bronze.
With Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic, winning the women’s title the Pan American Bowling Confederation (PABCON) swept the World Cup titles. The photo on the right shows the 2010 World Cup champions celebrating the victory. Click on the image to enlarge it.
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46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Men’s Stepladder Finals
Bowling de Provence in Toulon, France (Oct. 24, 2010)
1. Michael Schmidt, Canada 1130 (5 games)
2. Matt Miller, England, 641 (3 games)
3. Biboy Rivera, Philippines, 417 (2 games)
Playoff Results (best-of-three games):
Semifinal: #2 Schmidt def. #3 Rivera, 2-0 (247-215, 252-202)
Championship: Schmidt def. #1 Miller, 2-1 (205-246, 212-207, 224-188).
L-R Rivera (3rd), champion Schmidt and Miller (2nd).
Aumi Guerra comes from behind to win the 2010 Women’s World Cup
Video #4 High Def Slow Motion Studies (Men’s Qualifying and Round of 24)
It’s down to three men and three women in 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Matt Miller shoots big numbers to overtake the lead in 46th QubicaAMF World Cup
Video #3 Women’s and Men’s Qualifying
Gye Min-Young widens her lead in Women’s Bowling World Cup Round of 24
Team USA’s John Szczerbinski tops Men’s Division after qualifying at Bowling World Cup
Achim Grabowski rises to the top as Men’s Squad A has finished World Cup Qualifying
Korea’s Gye Min-Young leads top 24 women into Intermediate Round
Aumi Guerra sets the pace as Women Squad A has completed the 16-game preliminaries
John Szczerbinski averages over 246 to overtake the lead in Men’s World Cup
Asian women dominate QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup after the second block
Business as usual at the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Bowling is cancelled for Tuesday at 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Mads Sandbækken powers his way into the lead at Men’s Bowling World Cup
Wendy Chai, Gye Min-Young atop the women’s field after Day One Qualifying
Video #2 Opening Ceremonies at Tour Royale, Toulon
Holly Fleming is the early leader in the Women’s Qualifying at QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Biboy Rivera leads Men’s Qualifying after Day One
Video #1 Impressions from Bowling de Provence during the Women’s Official Practice
Swiss Kwan Harn-Chieh sets the pace in Men’s QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Preview of the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Canada’s Schmidt, Wong en route to France for the 2010 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Team USA’s Dorin-Ballard, Szczerbinski ready to tackle World Cup
Hulst; Sanders win NBF Bowling Tour Finals 2010 to represent Netherlands in the World Cup
Rivera, Posadas earn Philippines’ Bowling World Cup spots
Ancarani, Manico cruise to victory in Swiss World Cup Qualifier
Mizrahi, Aviram in the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
Zavjalova, Vēzis to represent Latvia at QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in France
Gablek, Kubalek win Austrian Bowling World Cup Qualifier
Over 90 countries to participate in the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup moves from Zagreb, Croatia, to Toulon, France
Marcelo Suartz wins XIX Copa AMF Brazil to represent Brazil at 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
MTV Party at Bowling 300 Zagreb, host of the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup
46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup to be held in October in Zagreb, Croatia
46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup – Final Standings Men’s Division