Chris Barnes takes over second place in men's division at Wroclaw Bowling World Cup


    2014 BWC

    American continues to lead Squad C and narrows the gap to tournament leader Tobias Börding (GER); Malta's Neil Sullivan rolls the first 300 game of the 50th anniversary edition of the World Cup

    2014BWCChrisBarnes.jpg2014BWCTobiasBordingHarnChiehKwan.jpgChris Barnes of the United States averaged 231.40 in the second block of the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Wednesday afternoon at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland, to lead squad C and to move into second place in the overall standings after 10 of 20 qualifying games with 2335 total or an average of 233.50.

    Tobias Börding of Germany (pictured right with Swiss bowler Harn-Chieh Kwan, right), who posted an outstanding 1305 series (261 average) in the first block, continued to lead the men's division as 53 of 82 players have completed the second block with 2441 (244.10 average).

    2014BWCMykhayloKalika.jpg2014BWCSteveThornton.jpgBarnes, a 17-time PBA champion, who has won numerous medals in World and American Zone Championships since the World Tenpin Bowling Association has opened its doors to professional bowlers, had games of 222, 217, 247, 245 and 226 for 1157 today to maintain a 14-pin lead over Mykhaylo Kalika (left) of Ukraine, who almost became the fifth player in this event who surpassed the 1200-mark.

    The Ukrainian fell one pin short but led the Squad on day two qualifying with 1199, including a pair of 260s, and an average of 239.80 to leap into third place with 2321. Long-time English national team member Steve Thornton (right) started his series with 266 and 256 to finish close behind with 1174 and to take over fourth place with 2282.

    2014BWCArtursLevikins.jpg2014BWCJuhaniTonteri.jpgDhruv Sarda of India, who was second to Börding in Squad B with 2278slipped to fifth place. Arturs Levikins (left) of Latvia and Juhani Tonteri (right) of Finland chalked up 1135 and 1136 to sit in sixth and seventh place with 2248 and 2233, respectively.

    Rounding out the top 8 is Squad A's Manuel Otalora of Colombia. The gold medal in Singles at the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, has toppled 2224 pins, an average of 222.40.

    Dmitri Chilkine (below left) of Belarus used the secn-highest 1176 series including five games between 224 and 249 to jump into 14th place with 2154.

    2014BWCDimitriChilkine.jpg2014BWCNeilSullivan.jpgNeil Sullivan (right) has accomplished something not many people can brag about. The bowler from Malta rolled 12 consecutive strikes in the fourth game, ninth overall, in Squad C to become the first bowled in the 50 edition of the Bowling World Cup to roll a 300 game.

    It was the 68th perfecto in the 50-year history of the tournament, the 55th by a man and the first ever for a Maltese bowler. Sullivan used the 300 game for an 1101 series to move into 21st place with 2092 total.

    With 29 players still to bowl the second block, the average to make the qualifying cut in 24th place is currently 213.70. For comparison, the score to make the cut in the qualifying of the 48th World Cup edition two years ago here at Sky Bowling Center was 4177 or an average of 208.85 for 20 games.

    The bowlers of Squad A will conclude the second day of qualifying starting at 9 p.m. CET.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif 2014BowlTVLogo_small.jpg will cover the 50th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup live from Wroclaw including reports, photos and results after each round. The event will be broadcast live on's BowlTV.

    Live coverage and live streaming commences on Tuesday, November 4th, with the first round of qualifying and concludes on Sunday 9th with the stepladder finals.

    2014BWCLogo.jpg The preliminaries consist of four blocks of five games with the top 24 men and the top 24 women after 20 games advancing to the intermediate round. Those 24 players bowl further 8 games with the pinfall total from the preliminaries being carried forward.

    The top 8 men and the top 8 women after 28 games will bowl a further seven games round robin match play plus one game position round (total 8 games) with 30 pins bonus per win and 15 for a tie.

    The top 3 men and the top 3 women after 36 games including bonus pins will determine the champions in the stepladder finals in best-of-three games format.


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