Ancarani, Manico cruise to victory in Swiss World Cup Qualifier



    Represent their country in the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Toulon, France

    2010BWCSUIQBigiManicoSandroAncarani.jpgSandro Ancarani (right) of Winterthur and Bigi Manico (left) of Zurich dominated the Swiss Bowling World National Finals and will represent Switzerland in the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup in Toulon, France. Manico will be competing for the 9th time, while Ancarani will make his World Cup debut.

    52 men and 19 women advanced through regional qualifying tournaments and qualified for the finals which were held from Sept. 3-5 at a 12-laner in Martigny, canton Valais in the southwestern part of Switzerland.

    2010BWCSUIQSandroAncarani.jpgAll players bowled 12 games of qualifying - three 4-games series - on Saturday with the top 12 advancing to the semifinals. The top 6 men and the top 6 women after 11 games of round robin (20 pins bonus per win, 5 pins for games over 200, 10 pins for game over 250) advanced to the final round consisting of another five games round robin match play.

    Ancarani (pictured right), 28, the reigning Swiss national champion, went wire-to-wire in Martigny, capturing his second national title of the season. Ancarani led the men's field after 12 games of qualifying with 2583 pinfall total and an average of 215.25 on challenging lane condition.

    Mathieu Bergès (2575) was mere eight pins behind in second place with Kwan Harn-Chieh in third at 2496 and Vasco Mendes in fourth at 2476.

    The top 12 bowled another 11 games of round robin with the qualifying pinfall being carried forward. Ancarani averaged 219 for the round to widen his lead to 183 pins with 5222 pinfall total including bonus pins.

    2010BWCSUIQMenTop3.jpgKwan averaged 213.56 to move into second place with 5039, with Bergès in third (4977) and Mendes in fourth place (4857). Only the top 4 averaged over 200 in the semifinals. Joining those foru in the final round were Patrice Girardin and Roland Stuker with 4794 and 4665, respectively, already 426 and 557 pins off the pace for the ticket to Toulon.

    Ancarani bowled a solid 988 5-game series in the final and cruised to victory with 6280 total and an average of 213.57 for 28 games. Kwan narrowed the gap to 64 pins behind the field-best 1072 series (214.40 average) to land in second place with 6216. Berges was a distant third with 6013. L-R Kwan, Ancarani and Berges.

    2010BWCSUIQBigiManico.jpgThe women's competition was even less dramatic as Manico led her nearest competitor, Jenny Schutz, by 270 pins heading into the finals. The six-time Swiss national champion (pictured left) averaged 191.14 in qualifying and felled 2378 pins to lead reigning Swiss champion Valérie Cornuz (2338) by 39 pins.

    While Manico was the best player in the semifinal round of 12 with the highest average (187.45) resulting in the most bonus points (200), Cornuz struggled and took the sixth and last spot to advance to the finals after averaging 172.45 for the 11-game round.

    2010BWCSUIQWomenTop3.jpgManico closed out the tournament with a 912 five-game series and 5617 pinfall total, an average of 191.14, to easily earn her spot in the 2010 Bowling World Cup. Cornuz regained second place behind a 1006 series (201.20 average) and 5437 overall. Sabine Chollet finished third with 5352. L-R Cornuz, Manico and Chollet.

    The 46th annual edition of the prestigious QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held from Oct. 15-24, 2010 at Bowling de Provence in Toulon, France.

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    Men's Division - Top 6 after Round Robin (28 games overall)


    Women's Division - Top 6 after Round Robin (28 games overall)