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Hadley Morgan takes over lead in Wroclaw


2016EBT04AntonElofsson2.jpgHadley Morgan of England averaged 248.17 in the second qualifying squad (10th overall) Friday at Galeria Rozrywki Miraz bowling center in Wroclaw, Poland, to take the lead in the European Bowling Tour’s 10th International Wroclaw Open.

Morgan (pictured above) fired games of 224, 289, 238, 234, 225 and 279 for 1489 and leads the field of 103 players from 16 countries into the final qualifying day. Thanks to the huge closing game Morgan overtook previous leader Anton Elofsson (right) of Sweden by 18 pins.

2016EBT04ChrisSloan.jpg2015EBT09AutumnChamberlain.jpgElofsson slipped to second place with 1471, closely followed the other squad leaders from Friday. Irish two-hander Chris Sloan (left) was just 26 pins behind Morgan in squad 10 with 1463, including six games between 216 and 269, to leap into third place in the overall standings.

Autum Chamberlain (right) of England started squad 11 with scratch games of 224 and 206 before she rolled the tournament’s third 300 in game three.

She closed with 212, 248 and 229 for 1411, an average of 235.17 and added 40 pins handicap (eight pins for each game except the 300) for 1459 total and is the best of 21 women in the field in fourth place.

2016EBT01TomasKayhko.jpg2016EBT04ViktorAlbihn.jpgSquad 12 leader Tomas Käyhkö (left) matched Chamberlain’s total behind games of 269 , 234, 268, 222, 244 and 222 but was seeded fifth according to the EBT tie rule (six-game total minus the lowest game).

Viktor Albihn (right) of Sweden, who was in second place after leading squad 9 with 1450, including a 279 opening game and a 287 closing game, finished the penultimate qualifying day in sixth place.

Two-time defending champion Kamilla Kjeldsen, who defeated Jaroslav Lorenc, Czech Republic, twice in the title matches in 2014 and 2015 started her re-entry in squad 10 with a 299 game and finished with 1334, including handicap, to sit in 29th place.

With four more squads to go, Kjeldsen is 23 pins above the cut line. Luke Sanders of England is the man “on the bubble” in 40th place with 1292 or an average of 215.33.

Qualifying concludes on Saturday, February 20, with Squads 13-16 scheduled to start at 10 a.m., 1.30, 5 and 8.30 p.m. CET.
2016EBT04WroclawOpenLogo2.jpgThe 10th International Wroclaw Open is the fourth stop of the 2016 European Bowling Tour and the second of six EBT “Satellite” events this season, the lowest of the four EBT categories.The IWO will be held from Wednesday, Feb. 17 through Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 at Galeria Rozrywki Miraz, a 10-lane bowling center in Wroclaw, Poland.

As in the past five years, participants will compete for total prize money of 26.000 Euro with 4.250 Euro going to the winner, 2.750 Euro to the runner-up and 2.100 and 1.800 Euro to third and fourth place finishers, respectively. Low to cash is 40th place (250 Euro).

Qualifying (6 games, unlimited re-entries) runs through Saturday, Feb. 20, and ends with Squad 16 scheduled to start at 8.30 p.m. CET. Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

 The tournament will be contested on the same lane conditioning pattern as in 2015, a 39-ft. pattern with 23.28ml volume oil total. Click image for larger view.

The top 40 players from the overall qualifying standings will advance to the finals on Sunday Feb. 21. The qualifying pinfall carries over. The finalists will be divided into two squads (places 21-40 and 1-20), who will bowl a four-game block after which the field will be cut to the top 20.

Those 20 will bowl another four games to cut to the top 8 who advance to seven games of round robin match play. All pinfall carries over into round robin, where bowlers earn 20 bonus pins per win, 10 for a tie, and 5 bonus pins for each game between 250 and 300. The top 4 will advance to the stepladder finals.

The No. 4 seed bowls the No. 3 seed, the winner takes on the No. 2 seed and the winner of that match earns the right to bowl the No. 1 seed for the title. The opening match and the semifinal match will be decided in one game, while the championship match will feature two games decided by total pinfall.

2016EBTLogo_small.jpgThe 2016 European Bowling Tour currently consists of 16 tournaments in 11 countries featuring three “Platinum” events, three “Gold”, four “Silver” and six “Satellite” events. All tournaments together offer total prize fund of roughly 850.000 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 12 men and top 12 women, who will be eligible to compete in the 10th EBT Masters February 27, 2017, at Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands.

After the conclusion of the 10th International Wroclaw Open, the 2016 European Bowling Tour will take a three-week break before heading to Munich, Germany, for the 103.000 Euro Brunswick Euro Challenge, an EBT “platinum” event, which will be held from March 13-20 at 52-lane Dream-Bowl Palace.


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