Norway's Svein Åke Ek overtakes lead in men's European Champions Cup after Block 2/3


    2010 ECC

    Germany's Nadine Geißler continues to lead the women's division

    2010ECCSvenAkeEk.jpg2010ECCMarcoReviglio.jpgSvein Åke Ek (pictured left), Norway, averaged 224.13 on the 44 ft. long lane conditioning pattern Thursday at Rollhouse Bowling Center in Ankara, Turkey to overtake the lead in the men's division of the 33rd European Champions Cup.

    Ek added 1793 pins to the 1675 total on short oil to jump from eighth to first place with 3468 16-game total and an overall average of 216.75.

    Petri Mannonen, Finland maintained second place with 3444 behind a 1670 series on the long pattern. Short-oil leader Marco Reviglio (right), Italy, slipped to third place and is tied with fourth place Oleksandr Kalika, Ukraine at 3408.

    With 16 out of 24 qualifying games on the books rounding out the top 8 were Arturs Levikins, Latvia (5th, 3406), Dimitrios Karetsos, Greece (6th, 3369), Thomas Gross, Austria (7th, 3343) and Mike Quarry, England (8th, 3304).

    Defending men's champion Ioannis Stathatos, Greece, had the second-best 1762 series on long oil to jump from 25th to 11th place with 3250, just 54 pins off the pace for the finals.

    2010ECCNadineGeissler.jpg2010ECCKristaPollanen.jpgThe top 3 women on short oil also led the leaderboard on long oil. Day one leader Nadine Geißler (left), Germany, used the second-highest 1794 series to maintain first place with 3566 pinfall total and an average of 222.88.

    Reigning World Games champion Krista Pöllänen (right), Finland led all players men and women on long oil with 1819 (227.38 avg.) to leap one spot into second place with 3477. Defending women's ECC champion Kirsten Penny, England fell one place to third with 3456 after the third-best 1773 series on Thursday.

    Patcharin Torgersen, Norway moved from fifth to fourth place with 3198 and is 258 behind Penny. Torgersen was followed by b>Laura Rhoney, Scotland, (5th, 3196), Ivonne Gross, Austria (6th, 3184) and Marija Tkacenko, Latvia (7th, 3139).

    With the final eight-game block on dual lane condition to go on Friday, Katerina Bestova, Czech Republic holds the eighth and last place to advance with 3123 and an average of 195.19.

    The ECC features the national champions or ranking leaders - one man and one woman per country - of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation member federations plus the defending champions, Kirsten Penny (England) and Ioannis Stathatos (Greece).

    All players will bowl three 8-game blocks (a total of 24 games) preliminaries over three days: Block 1 on short oil, Block 2 on long oil and Block 3 on dual lane condition (left lane long, right lane short).

    The top 8 players after the preliminaries will qualify for the single-elimination final in best-of-three games format. In each round the highest seeded player will bowl the lowest seeded player, the 2nd highest vs. the 2nd lowest, etc. based on the standings after the preliminaries. The higher qualifier will have the advantage of selecting the lane conditioning pattern for the first game.


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