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Christopher Sloan powers his way into the lead in Madrid Challenge

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Five players, including the four squad leaders on Friday, moved into the top 10 in the overall qualifying standings at the V Brunswick Madrid Challenge.

Christopher Sloan (above), a two-handed bowler from Ireland, averaged 256.67 in squad 20 to lead the field of 172 players from 32 countries with 1540 pinfall total. Sloan had games of 248, 242, 279, 234, 248 and 289.

Raul Jimenez of Spain, who led the tournament since squad 9 slipped to second place with 1507. One-time European Bowling Tour champion Markus Jansson (right) of Sweden finished the first squad on Friday (#19) with 279, 248, 268 and 279 to take over fourth place with 1504.

U.S. Open champion Francois Lavoie of Canada fell spots to fourth place with 1502. Places four through eight belonged to English bowlers.

Jo Allsebrook (left) toppled 1453 in squad 21, an average of 242.17, and added 48 pins women’s handicap to become the fifth player who surpassed the 1500-mark. Allsebrook, who had high games of 267, 266 and 257, is the best of 30 women in fifth place with 1501.

Hadley Morgan and all-time European Bowling Tour title leader Paul Moor slipped to sixth and seventh place with 1476 and 1475, respectively.

Dominic Barrett (right), a 13-time winner on the European Bowling Tour and a five-time PBA champion, was second to Sloan in squad 20 with 1469 to finish the penultimate qualifying day in eighth place with 1469.

Javier Moreno of Spain, who had 1465 in the opening squad of the BMC, fell to ninth place. Clement Dubus (left) of Belgium led the last squad Friday night (#22) to round out the top with 1459.

Carsten Warming Hansen of Denmark, Tomas Käyhkö of Finland and Venezuela’s Ildemaro Ruiz (right) brought the number of 300 games to five.

Heading into the last qualifying day, Arturo Quintero of Mexico holds the 38th and last place to advance to the finals from the overall leaderboard with 1378 or an average of 229.67.

Qualifying continues on Saturday, July 8, with squads 23, 24, 25 and 26 scheduled to start at 9 a.m., 1, 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad.

The V Brunswick Madrid Challenge is the 5th stop of the 2017 European Bowling Tour season and the second out of three EBT “Bronze” tournaments this season. The tournament will be held from July 1-9 at 20-lane Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

Players will compete for total prize money of 40.250 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 3.000 to the runner-up and 2.000 to the third place finisher. Last-to-cash payout (50th place) is 300 Euro.

Qualifying gets underway on Saturday, July 1, and runs through Saturday, July 8, with the last squad 26 to start at 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the Desperado Squad slated for half past Midnight. The qualifying winner earns a 750 Euro bonus.

Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), a standard on the European Bowling Tour. The top two women in qualifying (before Desperado Squad) earn 750 and 500 Euro, respectively.

Total 50 players qualify for the finals on Sunday, July 9 including the top 38 players from the overall qualifying standings, the top three players from the combined standings of squads 1-8 and the top 5 of squads 9-12 who were not among the top 38, and the top four players of the Desperado Squad. The top 10 qualifiers receive two byes while qualifiers 11-20 get a first-round bye.

The first three rounds of the finals feature four games from scratch, which trim the field to 30, 20 and then 10 players who advance to another four-game round with the Round 3 total being carried forward.

The top 3 with the highest eight-game total advance to the stepladder finals. The No. 2 and 3 seeds open the action with a one-game shootout match. The winner goes against the No. 1 seed for the title and 6.000 Euro first prize.

The 2017 European Bowling Tour features 11 tournaments in 9 countries including two “Platinum”, two “Gold”, one “Silver”, three “Bronze” and three “Satellite” events, which offer total prize fund of roughly 560.000 Euro.

The top 50 men and the top 50 women in each event receive ranking points. Those points will be tabulated throughout the season to determine the top 8 men and top 8 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 11th EBT Masters February 12, 2018 in Tilburg, Netherlands.

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Top 38 players from the overall qualifying standings, top three players from the combined standings of squads 1-8 (places 39-41) and top 5 of squads 9-12 (places 42-46) who are not among the top 38, and top four players of the Desperado Squad (places 47-50) will advance to Sunday’s finals.

300 games (5) – Ghanim Aboujassoum, Ruben Orche, Carsten Warming Hansen, Tomas Käyhkö and Ildemaro Ruiz.

Herbert Bickel

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