Captain Parker Bohn III (pictured above), Wes Malott (left), Kyle Troup and Marshall Kent selected a much longer 45 foot lane pattern and it seemed to work for them although it was hard earned at every corner.
“Big Wes” took the opening point of the session in a thriller that went to a sudden death roll-off with Stuart Williams. Tied up at 234 pins apiece, they both struck with their opening bowl, before a strike by Malott in the next round scored the win.
The Europeans though took the next two as the ice cold debutant Jesper Svensson won the first pairs match of the event, partnering Stu Williams (right, r-l) and then came out for his singles match against Marshall Kent.
The American foot fouled early on to set himself back but the cool Swede struck time and again as he set himself up for a 300 game. That faltered in the closing stages but he still ran out a 52 pin winner.
With it slipping away, Parker Bohn III and Kyle Troup dug in deep in the next to nick the point by a seven pin margin before Martin Larsen squeezed past Bohn when defeat looked definitely on the cards.
The Americans though, won the final two games as Wes Malott and an ever-improving Kyle Troup (left) won a close doubles game and then Malott closed it out with a solid win over Dom Barrett.
Commented Malott; “In the final match, Dom was relatively new to the pattern and I had been fortunate to play a few matches on earlier in the session. He got a little lost there at the end of the game. I was glad I was able to throw the shots I needed to put it away.
“The lane pattern could be a big factor, I think they will pick the pattern they played on last night so we have seen it and we will know what to do and need to go out there and perform. The guys making their debut are getting settled in and getting comfortable and I think the Europeans will have a little more to deal with this next go around on the same pattern.
“For me I will find some cool air, chill out and get ready for this evening’s matches.”
European captain Dominic Barrett put his team’s position in perspective: “USA did a lot better than they did last night but the key for us is that we still played well.
“We have played well the last three years and if we keep doing that then it will work out for us. It is pretty hot under those lights so we will go and cool down, have a chat and chill out and start again.
“We won the first session heavily and we won that one by a point, so we are still in a great position and all playing well, and that is the key thing.
“The way the singles worked out, we wanted to give everybody a chance to make sure we were all playing well, that was more important for us than putting out any big guns because we didn’t have to.”
The Weber Cup is the tenpin bowling version of golf’s Ryder Cup as two four-man teams from Europe and the USA compete over three days in a series of singles, doubles and baker format matches.
The Weber Cup will be staged over five sessions – 6.30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, and 12.30 and 6 p.m. British Summer Time (BST) on Saturday, Aug. 6, and Sunday, Aug. 7. The tournament will be produced by Matchroom Sport television and broadcast live on Sky Sports as well as other channels around the world.
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Europe 9-5 USA
Stuart Williams 234-234 Wes Malott (Malott wins in sudden death roll-off)
Svensson / Williams 256-212 Malott / Kent
Jesper Svensson 278-226 Marshall Kent
Barrett / Larsen 247-254 Bohn III / Troup
Martin Larsen 234-223 Parker Bohn III
Barrett / Williams 235-257 Malott / Troup
Dominic Barrett 222-255 Wes Malott
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