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Sweden’s Viktor Danielsson continues to lead as field is cut to top 16 men at ECC

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For the second consecutive day, Viktor Danielsson of Sweden posted the highest eight-game qualifying block to lead the 38 men with as the field in the European Champions Cup was cut to the top 16 at bowling center Bowl for Fun in Langen, Germany, Friday.

Danielsson (right, and featured photo) added 1815 to his 1874 series from Thursday and is averaging a tournament-leading 230.56 with a 3689 pinfall. He had games of 222, 243, 211, 276, 178, 234, 241 and 210.

Trailing Danielsson by 47 pins to sit in second place was Bodo Konieczny (left) of Germany, who leaped from fourth to second place with 3642 (227.63). Konieczny started his set with three consecutive games in the 250s (259, 256 and 257), but was unable to match the pace in the other five games.

2016 ECC champion Jaroslav Lorenc (right) of Czech Republic matched Konieczny’s leapfrog, moving from fifth to third 3624 thanks to a 1790 series Friday.

Mauro Anastasi of Malta slipped from second to fourth with 3584, including 1720 in the second block.

Rounding out the top 8 were Aidas Daniunas, Lithuania (5th, 3575), Jesper Agerbo, Denmark (6th, 3557), Mats Maggi, Belgium (7th, 3540) and Sami Konsteri, Finland (8th, 3531).

Steve Dalton of Wales hit the cut for 16th place with 3297 and an average of 206.06.

The top 16 women and the top 16 men (pictured above) bowl another eight-game block on Saturday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. CEST. The top 8 after 24 games will bowl further four games on Sunday at 9 a.m. CET after which the top 4 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.

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