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Richie Teece adds his name to the leaderboard in Bronzen Schietspoel


Richie Teece of England averaged almost 250 in Friday’s squad 8 to sit in second place in the overall standings heading into the final qualifying day of the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament at Dolfijn bowling center in Tilburg, Netherlands.

The European Bowling Tour’s 2016 Men’s Point Ranking leader (featured photo), who has won three of his four EBT titles in the 2016 season, had games of 236, 224, 258, 221, 268 and 289 for 1496 (249.33 average). As the daily leader, Teece earned a 250 Euro bonus.

Jeroen van Geel (left) of The Netherlands continued to lead the 188 -player field from 16 countries, 146 men and 42 women, with 1509 and the field-best average of 251.50.

Mik Stampe of Denmark slipped to third place with 1493 and was followed by his fellow countryman Dan Østergaard-Poulsen in fourth place with 1463, Sebastian Lange (right) of Germany in fifth place with 1454, and Christopher Sloan of Ireland in sixth place with 1453.

Josefin Hermansson (left) of Sweden toppled 1398 pins and added 48 pins handicap to lead squad 7 with 1446 total. Hermansson, who started with a high game of 269 and followed with five games between 238 and 204, leaped into seventh place in the overall standings.

Cameron Weier, United States, was just two pins back with 1444 to overtake eighth place.

Pete Stevenson of England led squad 9 Friday night with 1417 to position himself in 18th place. In the same squad, Dutch Brent de Ruiter (right) rolled the third 300 game of the tournament on his way to a 1360 total, good for 42nd place.

With three more squads to go on Saturday, squad 1 leader Marco de Bruijn (left), Netherlands, holds the 30th and last spot to advance to the finals from the overall leaderboard with 1395 and an average of 232.50.

Qualifying continues on Saturday, April 21, with squads 10, 11 and 12 starting at 10 a.m., 2 and 6 p.m. Central European Time (CET) and concludes with the one-game Desperado Squad slated for 9.30 p.m.

The Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2018 is the fifth stop on the 2018 European Bowling Tour and the second of three EBT “Silver” events this season, the middle of the five EBT tournament categories (platinum, gold, silver, bronze and satellite).

It marks the return, after a one-year hiatus, of the HBST to Dolfijn Bowling in Tilburg, Netherlands, which burned down two weeks after the 2016 HBST. The new 24-lane bowling center, now called “Dolfijn | The Plays To Be”, will host the 2018 edition from April 15 to 22.

Players will compete for total prize fund of 45.750 Euro with 6.000 Euro going to the winner, 4.000 Euro to the first runner-up while the third and fourth place finishers take home 3.000 and 2.000 Euro, respectively. Low to cash is 40th place, worth 500 Euro.

Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (up to 292 – maximum score is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events.

The top male and the top female qualifier receives 1.000 Euro apiece. There is a 250 Euro extra prize for each daily high series and a 1.000 Euro bonus for the leader of squad 5.

Qualifying kicks off Sunday evening, April 15, and runs through Saturday, April 21, with the final Squad 12 slated for 6 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). Qualifying concludes with the ultimate one-game Desperado Squad at 9.30 p.m.

Total 40 players qualify for the finals on Sunday, April 22, including the top 30 in the overall qualifying standings, the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted April 15-17, and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad.

The top 4 qualifiers receive a first-round bye. The other 36 players bowl six games from scratch to cut to the top 12 (seeded 5-16) who will join the top 4 qualifiers (seeded 1-4) in the eliminator finals. Those 16 players will be divided into four groups of four players each for the first of three eliminator rounds.

All four players of each group will bowl a two-game match with the two lowest scoring players eliminated. The two highest scoring players advance to the next round. The field will be cut to 8 players (2 groups) and then four players (1 group), who determine the top 4 places in the last eliminator round.

Immediately following the Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament is the 11h European Bowling Tour Masters, which will be contested on Monday, April 23, also at Dolfijn bowling center Tilburg.

After the Aalborg International has been canceled, the 2018 European Bowling Tour features 12 tournaments in 10 countries including two “platinum”, two “gold”, three “silver”, two “bronze” and three “satellite” events, which will offer total prize fund of roughly 625.000 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 12th EBT Masters July 8, 2019 at Bowling Chamartín in Madrid, Spain.

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Hammer Bronzen Schietspoel Tournament 2018 – Qualifying Standings after Squad 9/12

40 players, including the top 30 qualifiers, the top 6 from a separate leaderboard of the squads conducted April 15-17, and the top 4 of the Desperado Squad will advance to the finals on Sunday, March 22. The top 4 qualifiers receive a first-round bye.

300 games (3) – Xavier Milet, Sebastian Lange, Brent de Ruiter.

Herbert Bickel

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