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Mai Ginge Jensen, Jaroslav Lorenc lead European Champions Cup after Round of 16


Mai Ginge Jensen of Denmark and Czech Republic’s Jaroslav Lorenc led after the Round of 16 in the European Champions Cup as the women’s and men’s field was cut to the top 8 at bowling center Bowl for Fun in Langen, Germany, Saturday.

Jensen (right), who led the women’s field after the first block of qualifying, regained the lead with 5242 total and an average of 218.42 for 24 games, including a 1726 eight-game series on Saturday.

Nadine Geissler (left) used the highest 1776 series to leap from fourth to second with 5182 (215.92).

Overnight leader Eliisa Hiltunen (right) slipped to third place with 5177 after a 1645 set today. Solene Goron of France fell one spot to fourth with 5150.

Swedish champion Annie Thorell (left) produced the second 300 game of the Championships and the second by a woman in the third game of the Round of 16 and the 27th overall on her way to a 4971 total which propelled her from 10th to fifth place.

Her fellow countrywoman and defending champion Filippa Persson maintained sixth place with 4945, with Chantal Jacobs just four pins back in seventh place with 4941.

Giada Di Martino (right) of Italy, who had the first 300 game in the very first game of the Championships, took the last place to advance to the Round of 8 with 4913 and an average of 204.71.

Top 8 women from left: Annie Thorell, Giada Di Martino, Nadine Geissler, Chantal Jacobs, Mai Ginge Jensen, Eliisa Hiltunen, Solene Goron and Filippa Persson.

Jaroslav Lorenc (left) averaged 235.75 in the Round of 16 posting the field-best 1886 series, including games of 259, 215, 203, 256, 229, 210, 248 and 266, to move to the top of the overall men’s European Champions Cup standings with 5510 total and an overall average of 229.58.

Starting the third block in third position, the 2016 ECC champion overtook previous leader Viktor Danielsson of Sweden and second-place Bodo Konieczny of Germany by 53 and 56 pins, respectively.

Danielsson (right), who had 1874 in the first block and 1815 in the second block, closed his third block with 250 for 1768 and 5457 total to finish the day in second place.

Heading into the last game, Konieczny (left) held a 12-pin lead over Lorenc and had a 49-pin cushion over Danielsson, but fell to third place with 5454 behind a 198 closing game.

Aidas Daniunas of Lithuania used the second-highest block of the day (1828) to leap from fifth to fourth place with 5403. Jesper Agerbo (right) had the third-best 1814 series moving from sixth to fifth with 5371.

Sami Konsteri (left) of Finland climbed from eighth to sixth place with 5234, thanks to a 1703 series today. Mats Maggi of Belgium stayed in seventh place with 5188, while Oleksandr Nechypaiev of Ukraine grabbed the last spot to advance to the Round of 8 with 5179 (215.79), including a 1783 series today.

Mauro Anastasi (right) of Malta, who was second after the first and fourth after the second block slipped all the way out of the top 8 to 11th place with 5079 after a disastrous 1495 block.

The top 8 men and women will bowl further four games on Sunday at 9 a.m. CET to cut to the top 4, who will determine the champion in best-of-three games match play.

Top 8 men from left: Aidas Daniunas, Jesper Agerbo, Bodo Konieczny, Viktor Danielsson, Oleksandr Nechypaiev, Mats Maggi, Jaroslav Lorenc and Sami Konsteri.

The European Champions Cup 2018 takes place from October 22-28 at 18-lane bowling center Bowl for Fun in Langen, Germany, featuring men’s and women’s national champions or point ranking leaders of the European Tenpin Bowling Federation (ETBF) member federations.

The 41st edition of the event drew 38 men and 37 women from 40 countries. The defending champions, Filippa Persson and Mattias Wetterberg of Sweden, were automatically qualified for the event, but only Persson is on site to defend her title.

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

The Round of 16 consists of an additional eight games to determine the top 8 players who 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 meets No. 4 and No. 2 takes on No. 3. The winners of the semi-final matches bowl for the title.

Photos courtesy of Gisela Göbel.

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Top 8 advance to the next stage

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Top 8 advance to the next stage

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