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Another 10 players crack the 1400-mark in Madrid

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Ten players cracked the 1400-bar in Thursday squads 17 and 18 (squads 15 and 16 have been canceled) at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain, to position themselves in the top 20 in the qualifying of the V Brunswick Madrid Challenge.

Raul Jimenez (left) of Spain and three-time PBA champion Francois Lavoie (right) of Canada continued to lead the 142-player field from 28 countries with 1507 and 1502 totals.

Hadley Morgan (above) of England beat out his compatriot, all-time European Bowling Tour title leader Paul Moor (left) for the highest score of day six qualifying by just one pin.

Morgan, who won his first EBT title last season in the 10th International Wroclaw Open leaped into third place on 1476 with 17-time winner Moor in fourth place with 1475.

Richard Teece (above right), also of England, move into eighth place after leading squad 17 with 1445. Two-time PBA champion Thomas Larsen of Denmark was eight pins back with 1437, good for ninth place in the overall qualifying standings.

Joining the top 9 players in the 1400-club were Rob Thurlby, England (11th; 1436), Lucas Legnani (right), Argentina (12th; 1435), Stuart Williams, England (13th; 1435), Osku Palermaa, Finland (15th; 1421), Yousef Al Jabir, Qatar (17th; 1406) and Bodo Konieczny, Germany (20th; 1401).

Cajsa Wegner (left) of Sweden is the best of 24 women in 18th place with 1418, including 48 pins handicap, and one of just three women above the cutline. 24th place Britt Brøndsted of Denmark (1374) and Cajsa’s sister Jenny Wegner (32nd; 1356) were the others.

The score to make the first cut surpassed the 1300-mark as Ion Acin of Spain holds the 38th and last place to advance to the finals with 1334 and an average of 222.33.

Qualifying continues on Friday, July 7, with squads 19, 20, 21 and 22 scheduled to start at 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time.

The V Brunswick Madrid Challenge is the 5th stop of the 2017 European Bowling Tour season and the second out of three EBT “Bronze” tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from July 1-9 at 20-lane Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

Players will compete for total prize money of 40.250 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 3.000 to the runner-up and 2.000 to the third place finisher. Last-to-cash payout (50th place) is 300 Euro.

Qualifying gets underway on Saturday, July 1, and runs through Saturday, July 8, with the last squad 26 to start at 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the Desperado Squad slated for half past Midnight. The qualifying winner earns a 750 Euro bonus.

Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), a standard on the European Bowling Tour. The top two women in qualifying (before Desperado Squad) earn 750 and 500 Euro, respectively.

Total 50 players qualify for the finals on Sunday, July 9 including the top 38 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top three players from the combined standings of squads 1-8 and the top 5 of squads 9-12 who were not among the top 38, and the top four players of the Desperado Squad. The top 10 qualifiers receive two byes while qualifiers 11-20 get a first-round bye.

The first three rounds of the finals feature four games from scratch, which trim the field to 30, 20 and then 10 players who advance to another four-game round with the Round 3 total being carried forward.

The top 3 with the highest eight-game total advance to the stepladder finals. The No. 2 and 3 seeds open the action with a one-game shootout match. The winner goes against the No. 1 seed for the title and 6.000 Euro first prize.

The 2017 European Bowling Tour features 11 tournaments in 9 countries including two “Platinum”, two “Gold”, one “Silver”, three “Bronze” and three “Satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 560.000 Euro.

The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 8 men and top 8 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 11th EBT Masters February 12, 2018 in Tilburg, Netherlands.

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Top 38 players from the overall qualifying standings, top three players from the combined standings of squads 1-8 (places 39-41) and top 5 of squads 9-12 (places 42-46) who are not among the top 38, and top four players of the Desperado Squad (places 47-50) will advance to Sunday’s finals.

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