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It’s down to eight at European Champions Cup in Vienna


Nicole Sanders of the Netherlands and Sweden’s Mattias Wetterberg of Sweden paced the round of 16 in the European Champions Cup in Vienna, Austria, as the field was cut to the top 8 men and top 8 women after the third eight-game block Friday at Plus Bowling.

Sanders rolled the lone 1800-series in the women’s division to move from third to first place with 1803 and 5161 total, an average of 215.04 for 24 games.

Pictured above are the top three women after 24 games. From left: Filippa Persson, Nicole Sanders and Laura Beuthner.

Sanders, who won her first European Bowling Tour title in the Scheveningen Dutch Open one month ago, had all games between 205 and 250. Qualifying leader Filippa Persson (left) of Sweden slipped to second place with 5072 behind a 1632 series today.

Laura Beuthner (right) of Germany leaped two spots to third place with 5065 and was followed by defending ECC champion Cajsa Wegner of Sweden who retained fourth place with 5024.

Sue Abela of Malta used a 1755 series to shift from ninth to fifth place with 4948. Solene Goron of France dropped from second to sixth place with 4945 due to a subpar 1584 today.

Helga di Benedetto of Italy fell from sixth to seventh place with 4920. Ksenia Apanyakina of Russia toppled 1781 pins, the second highest series of the day, to jump from 14th to eighth place to take the last spot to advance to the next round with 4892 total and an average of 203.83.

Mattias Wetterberg (left), who leads the men’s division since the first block, maintained a 25-pin lead with 1755 and 5461 total, an average of 227.54 over 24 games. Wetterberg had a 1755 series today.

Pictured above are the top three men after 24 games. From left: Antonino Fiorentino, Mattias Wetterberg and Gaetan Mouveroux.

Antonino Fiorentino (right) of Italy, who remained in second place with 5436, narrowed the gap to Wetterberg by another 95 pins behind an 1850 series, the second highest block of the day.

Gaetan Mouveroux (left) of France leaped one spot into third place with 5362 thanks to an 1810 series today. Dutch Xander van Mazijk posted the highest block of the day (1851) to jump from ninth to fourth place with distant 5262.

2010 ECC champion Svein Åke Ek (right) of Norway slipped from third to fifth place with 5234 and was followed by Catalin Gheorghe of Romania in sixth place with 5125.

Aidas Daniunas of Lithuania used a 1794 series to leapfrog from 14th to seventh place with 5125. Riku-Petteri Kivelä of Finland retained eighth place with 5100 and an average of 212.50.

Defending champion Jaroslav Lorenc of Czech Republic failed to advance and finished in 12th place with 4986.

The top 8 will return to the lanes on Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST) to bowl additional four games with the top 4 after 28 games advancing to the match play finals starting at 11.30 a.m. with the semi-finals.

The 40th European Champions Cup 2017 takes place from October 23-29 at 32-lane Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria, featuring men’s and women’s national champions or point ranking leaders of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations.

The ECC drew 43 men from 42 countries and 39 women from 38 countries, including defending ECC champions Cajsa Wegner of Sweden and Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Lorenc.

Men and women compete in separate divisions. All players will roll two eight-game blocks of qualifying on Wednesday and Thursday before the cut to the top 16 men and 16 women.

The Round of 16 will consist of an additional eight games to determine the top 8 players who will bowl four more games to cut to the top 4 who advance to the match play finals in best-of-three games format. In the semi-finals, No. 1 will meet No. 4 and No. 2 will take on No. 3. The winners of the semi-final matches will bowl for the title.

For more information on the 40th European Champions Cup, click here.

Photos: Georg Gemeinböck.

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