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Sweden’s Viktor Danielsson sets the pace in men’s European Champions Cup

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Viktor Danielsson of Sweden followed in the footprints of his compatriot, 2017 European Champions Cup winner Mattias Wetterberg as he took the lead in the men’s qualifying at the 41st European Champions Cup.

In the absence of the defending champion, Danielsson (right, and featured photo) rolled games of 274, 189, 219, 269, 227, 246, 205 and 245 to put himself in a great position to advance. Danielsson leads the field of 38 players after the first of two qualifying rounds before the cut to the top 16 with 1874 and an average of 234.25.

Bowling in group B, used his 245 last game to overtake group A leader Mauro Anastasi (left) of Malta by 10 pins. Anastasi, who had seven games between 222 and 257 and a low game of 204, finished the day in second place with 1864.

Heading into the last game, Sami Konsteri (right) of Finland led Danielsson by 11 pins (1640 to 1629), but slipped to third place with 1847 after finishing his set with 207. Konsteri had high games of 268 and 279.

Just four pins back in fourth place was Bodo Konieczny (left) of Germany, who used high games 279 and 269 for 1843.

Rounding out the top 5 was 2016 ECC champion Jaroslav Lorenc of Czech Republic, who chalked up 1834.

As qualifying has reached the halfway point, Glen Bailey of England holds the 16th and last place to advance with 1662 and an average of 207.75.

The women will bowl their second block on Thursday with the men to follow on Friday.

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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