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Raul Jimenez cracks 1500-bar in Brunswick Madrid Challenge

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Raul Jimenez of Spain became the first bowler in the fifth edition of the Brunswick Madrid Challenge who cracked the 1500-bar (a 250 average) when he rolled six games between 280 and 236 in Monday’s squad 9 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

Jimenez (above) averaged 251.17, including games of 238, 237, 248, 280, 268 and 236 to overtake previous leader Javier Moreno, Spain, by 42pins. Moreno slipped to second place in the overall qualifying standings with 1465 and an average of 244.17.

Ferico Tatil (right) and Pablo Barriopedro (left), both Spain, led squad 10 on Monday evening to leap into third and fourth place. Tatil closed his six-game series with 256, 277 and 258 (791) to win the squad with 1456 (242.67). Barriopedro used high games of 269, 258 and 257 to become the fourth player who surpassed the 1400-mark with 1405 (234.17).

Jesus Briceño, Spain, fell three spots and rounds out the top 5 with 1396. Jassim Al Muraikhi (right) is currently the best of eight Qatari bowlers in the 66-player field from seven countries (Denmark, Italy, Norway, Qatar, Russia, Venezuela and Spain).

Al Muraikhi was second to Jimenez in squad 9 with 1368, including games of 254, 207, 201, 247, 214 and 245, to leap into sixth place overall. JuanPablo Alonso, Spain, posted 1343 in squad 10 to move into the top 10 (9th place).

Sara Del Olmo of Spain is the best of 12 women in 19th place with 1281 total, including eight pins handicap each game. Mika Guldbaek (left) of Denmark was the best woman on Monday posting 1222 in squad 9 to finish the third qualifying day in 30th place.

Ali Al Jahani of Qatar holds the 38th and last place to advance to the finals from the overall qualifying standings with 1190 and an average of 198.33.

Qualifying continues on Tuesday, July 4, with squads 11 and 12 scheduled to start at 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time.

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.

Herbert Bickel

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