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24th Malta Open Championships
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sweden’s Viktor Danielsson continues to lead as field is cut to top 16 men at ECC
Finland’s Eliisa Hiltunen leads top 16 women into Round 2 at ECC 2018
Sweden’s Viktor Danielsson sets the pace in men’s European Champions Cup
Mai Ginge Jensen leads women’s division at European Champions Cup after first block
41st European Champions Cup is underway in Langen, Germany
Sweden’s Filippa Persson, Mattias Wetterberg emerge as ECC champions
Top 8 advance to the next stage
|1.||Jaroslav Lorenc||Czech Republic||3624||259||215||203||256||229||210||248||266||1886||5510||229.58|
Top 8 advance to the next stage
|1.||Mai Ginge Jensen||Denmark||3516||173||201||173||268||258||223||209||221||1726||5242||218.42|
|8.||Giada Di Martino||Italy||3263||237||200||165||209||158||222||246||213||1650||4913||204.71|
|14.||Grethe Walstad Fosseide||Norway||3092||202||184||160||236||185||222||159||167||1515||4607||191.96|
300 games (1) – Annie Thorell.
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