Joonas Jähi overtakes the lead as men's field is cut to top 16 at European Champions Cup


    2016 ECC

    Finn shoots first 1900-series by a man to win the qualifying in San Marino averaging 232.75 for 16 games

    2015ECCJoonasJahi.jpg2015ECCLeoGrundschober3.jpgJoonas Jähi (pictured left) of Finland posted the first 1900-series in the men's division of the 38th European Champions Cup to leap three spots en route to win the qualifying Friday at Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino.

    Jähi, who won the coveted Team gold medal at the 2015 Men's European Championships this summer, added 1903 pins to his 1821 first-block series to lead the top 16 players into the next round with 3724 total and an average of 232.75.

    2015ECCMagnusJohnson2.jpg2015ECCTomvanderVliet.jpgThe Finn, who had games of 247, 255, 254, 224, 258, 209, 215 and 241, has a 47-pin cushion on second-place Leo Grundschober (above right) of Austria with 3677. The first-block leader slipped one spot despite rolling the fourth-best 1810 series (226.25 average) today.

    Magnus Johnson Jr. (left) of Sweden maintained his third place with 1805 and 3634 total (226.75). Defending ECC champion Tom van der Vliet (right), Netherlands, led B Squad with the third-highest 1814 series to leap one spot into the top 4 with 3626 (226.63).

    2015ECCJesperAgerbo.jpg2015ECCMarekTalpa.jpgJust outside the box looking in was former European Champion (Masters) Jesper Agerbo (left) of Denmark, who used the second-best 1817 series to jump from 10th to fifth place with 3534.

    Marek Talpa (right) of Czech Republic, who started the second block in second place averaged only 211 (1688) to fall four spots to sixth place with 3530. Seventh place belonged to Valentyn Kucherenko of Ukraine, who moved up two spots thanks to a 1786 series and 3511 total.

    2015ECCMichaelMaccoll.jpg2015ECCAntoninoFiorentino.jpgRounding out the top 8, who will survive the second cut on Saturday, was Michael Maccoll (left) of Scotland, who toppled 3485 pins (217.81). Antonino Fiorentino (right) of Italy hit the qualifying cut in 16th place with 3352 and an average of 209.50.

    The top 16 women will return on Saturday morning 9 a.m. CEST for another eight-game block before the cut to the top 8. The men will follow at 1.30 p.m. Rounds of 8 and single-elimination finals will be contested on Sunday with the medal ceremony expected to start at 4 p.m.

    2015ECCLogo.jpg The 38th European Champions Cup will take place from October 18-25 at 18-lane Rose'n Bowl in Serravalle, San Marino featuring the men's and women's national champions or point ranking leaders of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation member federations as well as the defending ECC champions.

    All 38 men and 38 women from 37 countries, including defending champions Birgit Pöppler of Germany and Tom van der Vliet, Netherlands, will roll two eight-game blocks of qualifying Wednesday through Friday on a 40 foot oil pattern. For more information Rose'n Bowl read the Lane Map Guide.

    The top 16 men and 16 women will carry over their qualifying pins into Round 1. After another eight games the top 8 will advance to Round 2. Pinfall will continue to carry over. Those 8 will bowl four more games to cut to the top 4 who will determine the champion in best-of-three games matches. In the semi-finals, No. 1 will meet No. 4 and No. 2 will take on No. 3.

    Full European Champions Cup rules can be found in the ETBF Constitution (Chapter 7; pages 48 and 49). For more details on the 38th ECC 2015 read Bulletin No. 1.

    Photos Max Bulanov.


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