Paul Stott wins second consecutive round to widen his lead in European Champions Cup


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    Birgit Pöppler finishes strong to maintain her lead in the women's division

    2014ECCPaulStott.jpg2014ECCSteveThornton.jpgRound One leaders Paul Stott of Ireland and Birgit Pöppler of Germany widened their lead in the men's and women's division of the 37th European Champions Cup after the second eight-game block Thursday at Keiluhollin, Egilsholl bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland.

    Stott (pictured left) won the second consecutive round to widen his lead in the men's division to 162 pins. Following an 1820 series on Wednesday, Stott toppled 1829 on Thursday to lead the field of 34 players from 34 countries with 3649 and an average of 228.06 for 16 games.

    The Irishman had a solid start into day two with games of 218, 215, 189, 232 and 205 and closed out with 247, 279 (high game of the day) and 244, an average of 228.63 for the day.

    2014ECCJuhaniTonteri.jpg2014ECCLevgenKarmazin.jpgSteve Thornton (above right) of England, used the fourth-best 1718 series today to shift from sixth to second place with 3487 (217.94). Mattias Wetterberg of Sweden moved up one spot to third place with 3471 (216.94) behind a 1686 second block.

    Mads Sandbækken, Norway, fourth place finisher last year used the second-highest 1786 series ( 223.25) to jump from 13th to fifth place with 3419 total (213.69). Sixth place Juhani Tonteri of Finland chalked up 1744 to tie Sandbækken at 3419.

    With 16 of 24 games in the books before the cut to the top 8, Ukrainian Levgen Karmazin was the player on the cut line with 3348 and an average of 209.25.


    2014ECCBirgitPoppler.jpg2014ECCLisaJohn.jpgPöppler (left) , who had the highest series in the tournament, both men and women, in Round one with 1858, an average of 232.25, closed out the second round with 279 (high game of the day) and 238 to finish the block in second place with 1741 (217.63) to maintain her lead in the women's division with 3599 and an average of 224.94.

    Last year's runner-up, Lisa John (right) of England had 235 and 254 in games seven and eight for 1726 to leap one spot to second place with 3486 total (217.88).

    2014ECCJennyWegner.jpg2014ECCMariaBulanova.jpgSwedish youth national team member Jenny Wegner (left) led the second round with 1794 and an average of 224.25 including high games of 276, 257, 248 and 234 to shift from fifth to third place with 3485 (217.81).

    Places 4 and 5 belonged to Finland's Reija Lundén (3445) and defending ECC champion Sanna Pasanen (3420), who had the third-highest 1740 series today. Maria Bulanova (right) of Russia, who celebrated her 16th birthday three days ago, posted the sixth-best 1694 series to move from 9th to sixth place with 3368.

    Andrea E. Hansen of Norway had 1615 to maintain the eighth and last place to advance with 3289 and an average of 205.56.

    All players will return on Friday, October 17, for the third and last block of eight games with the men starting at 9 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and the women to follow at 2.30 p.m.

    2014ECCLogo.jpg The 37th European Champions Cup takes place from October 13-18 at 22-lane Keiluhollin, Egilsholl bowling center in Reykjavik, Iceland featuring the champions, men and women, of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation member federations and the 2013 ECC champions.

    32 women including defending champion Sanna Pasanen of Finland and 34 men roll three eight-game blocks of qualifying Wednesday through Friday, on a 40 ft. oil pattern. For more information about Keiluhollin, Egilsholl bowling center read the Lane Map Guide.

    The top eight men and the top eight women after 24 games advance to the single-elimination finals in best-of-three games format on Saturday. The player, who wins all three matches, will be declared the champion.


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