The top 4 from Squad 4 advance to Singles finals at Men's World Championships


    2010 MWC

    Barrett vs. O'Neill, Bok-Eum vs. Barnes in the semis at 6.30 p.m. CET (12.30 EST)

    2010MWCDominicBarrett.jpg2010MWCBillONeill1.jpgThe top 4 players from Squad 4 survived a strong challenge by UAE's Sayed Ibrahim and Hussain Al-Suwaidi and advanced to the Singles playoffs in the 2010 Men's World Championships at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring near Munich, Germany.

    After four games the two Arabs were going for 1, 2 in the six-game preliminaries. After five games, Ibrahim was still targeting for the top seed while Al-Suwaidi needed a 230-plus game to make the top 4.

    Al-Suwaidhi's dream ended when he did not strike in the sixth frame but Ibrahim had a good chance to make the top 4 after a doubles in the 6th and 7th frame. He spared in 8th but got a 7-10 split in the 9th and needed a doubles and a 7-count to beat out Bill O'Neill (right), United States, for fourth place.

    His first ball went on the nose and he left the 4-6 combination which sealed his fate. Ibrahim had to settle for 5th place with 1368.

    2010MWCChoiBokEum.jpg2010MWCChrisBarnes5.jpgCurrent European Bowling Tour ranking leader Dominic Barrett (above left), England, led the preliminaries on the 38 ft. Atlanta oil pattern with 1395 pinfall total and an average of 232.50. The No. 1 seed will bowl O'Neill in the semis, which ended up fourth with 1372.

    Defending MWC All Events champion Choi Bok-Eum (left), Korea, was second with 1392 (232.00) and will take on another Team USA member, Chris Barnes (right), in the other semifinal match. The 2007-08 PBA Player of the Year was third with 1375.

    Singles - Standings after Preliminaries (pdf file)

    The single-game match is scheduled to start at 6.30 p.m. with 10 minutes of practice. The winners will advance to the finals while the losers will share the bronze medal. In each match, the higher seeded player will choose who will start the game.

    2010MWCBrianVoss.jpgColumnistTedThompson2.jpg The 2010 WTBA Men's World Championships will run through Aug. 21st. 356 players from 65 countries will compete for medals in six events - Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Team, All Events and Masters match play. plans to live stream portions of the event and bowling fans around the world will be able to watch the semifinals, finals and award ceremonies of each event. The Bowlingdigital team consists of Herbert Bickel (editor), Flavio Cuva (Live Streaming/Video) and Beat Grauwiler (photos).

    PBA Hall of Famer Brian Voss (pictured left) will serve as color commentator and Ted Thompson (right), lane maintenance expert with Kegel, the official lane maintenance provider of the Championships, will serve as analyst. Lucas Wiseman of USBC Communications will assist as play-by-play analyst.

    The preliminaries of each event will be streamed with a web cam.

    Live streaming will be available at Bowlingdigital's Ustream TV Channel

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    All photos by Bowlingdigital/Beat Grauwiler.


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    Singles - Standings after Squad 5

    The top 4 advance to the playoffs.

    Individual High Games/High Series:
    1 Game - Pasi Uotila, Finland: Chris Barnes, United States, both 300
    3 Games - Jang Dong-Chul, Korea, 734
    6 Games - Dominic Barrett, England, 1395