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Swedes Hellström, Lindberg, Carlsson shoot over 1340 in Squad 18 in Oslo

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There were no changes atop the leaderboard at the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick in the 18th qualifying squad, though Swedes Peter Hellström (featured photo), Robert Lindberg and Christel Carlsson all rolled 1340-plus series Friday afternoon at Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Oslo.

Mattias Wetterberg (right) of Sweden continued to lead the field of 181 players, 140 men and 41 women, from Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Sweden and Norway with 1514 total and an average of 252.33 over six games.

Wetterberg and the seven other finishers in the top eight will receive four byes for the semi-finals and the first three rounds of the finals. World Youth doubles champion Alfred Berggren (left) of Sweden holds eighth place with 1422 (237.00).

Leading the group of players who will receive three byes are the top three women, Anneli Blomqvist (right), Sweden (9th, 1415), Mai Ginge Jensen, Denmark (10th, 1413) and Wendy Bartaire, France (11th, 1407). The top 3 women after qualifying will receive 5.000 NOK, 3.000 NOK and 2.000 NOK bonuses, respectively.

The best Norwegian bowlers in the tournament so far, Audun Boye Hansen (1393) and Tor Inge Jansen (left, 1388), are also in that group in 13th and 14th place. Emanuel Jonsson of Sweden sits in 16th place with 1385 (230.83).

Alexander Beck of Norway is the cut for 24th place, the last place to earn two byes, with 1356 (226.00). Defending champion Raymond Jansson (right) of Sweden mans one of just four spots (places 25-28) who would miss the semi-finals on Saturday evening. Kevin Lindbladh of Sweden stayed in 28th and last place to earn one bye with 1349 (224.83).

The winner of squad 18 was decided by a photo finish. Hellström (left), who won the second of his three European Bowling Tour titles in the Norwegian Open 2012, closed his set with 258 and 248, including the last five strikes, to earn the bragging rights and to move into 30th place with 1348.

Lindberg (right), who partnered with Berggren to win the WYC doubles gold in August in Detroit, USA, finished with games of 246, 245 and 260 but was five pins back in 34th place with 1343.

2013 World Senior champion Carlsson (left) led the squad after five games but slipped to third place in the squad and 36th overall after finishing with 196 for 1341, including bonus pins.

Players ranked 29th to 42nd plus another 22 qualifiers will advance to the semi-finals. The cut number to make the cashers semi-final round is now 1327, set by Linus Carle (right) of Sweden.

Qualifying continues on Friday, Oct. 12, with squads 19 and 20 starting at 5 and 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time (CEST). The remaining squads on Friday and all three squads on Saturday are fully booked. Waiting lists are open.

The Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick is the 12th and final stop of the 2018 European Bowling Tour and the second EBT “Bronze” tournament this season. The tournament, which will be contested Oct. 5-14 at 26-lane Lucky Bowl Veitvet in Norway’s capital city of Oslo, will decide the outcome of the 2018 EBT men’s and women’s point rankings.

Bowlingdigital will provide onsite coverage from Lucky Bowl Veitvet featuring stories, photos and results after each round commencing Thursday, October 11, all the way through to the finals, which will be completed Sunday, October 14, in the late afternoon.

The lanes will be conditioned with a Brunswick sport pattern with medium difficulty and 22.00 ml volume oil total.

The NO 2018 offers total prize money of 275.000 Norwegian Kronor (currently 28.900 Euro) with 45.000 NOK (approx. 4.730 Euro) going to the winner and a last-to-cash payout of 2.000 Kronor or 210 Euro for 60th place.

Qualifying at the Norwegian Open 2018 by Brunswick began Friday, Oct. 5 and concludes Saturday, Oct. 13 with the final Squad 23 scheduled to start at 5 p.m. local time (CEST).

Women receive 8 pins handicap each game (maximum is 300), an equality handicap provided to women in all EBT events. The top 3 women after qualifying will receive 5.000 NOK, 3.000 NOK and 2.000 NOK bonuses, respectively.

Total 60 players will advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 & 14. The top 8 qualifiers will be seeded in Round 4, qualifiers 9-16 go to Round 3, qualifiers 17-24 start in Round 2 and qualifiers 25-28 begin in Round 1.

The other 32 finalists advance to Saturday’s semifinal round which begins at 9 p.m. CEST. All players bowl six games from scratch with the top 12 advancing to Round 1 starting on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

The remaining forty players will determine the champion in five three-game rounds (rounds 1-4 starting from scratch). The field will be trimmed to 32, 24, 16, and then eight players who bowl one last three-game round with the pinfall from Round 4 being carried forward.

The player with the highest six-game total will win the title, the 45.000 NOK top prize and 100 EBT ranking points (men and women in separate rankings).

For more information on the Norwegian Open by Brunswick and a list of the previous winners, please read our Tournament Preview.

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 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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Total 60 players, including the top 42 qualifiers, will advance to the finals on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 & 14


300 games (4) – Eric Sjøberg, Niko Oksanen, Gaëtan Mouveroux, Santtu Tahvanainen.

Herbert Bickel

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