England's Mike Quarry, John Wells set the pace in Doubles after Day One Preliminaries


    2012 MEC Austria

    Two English and two Danish Doubles atop the leaderboard with three of four squads having completed the first six-game block on medium oil; Wells cracks 1400-bar to take the early lead in All Events

    2012MECLogo2.jpg The 5th Men's European Championships kicked off Saturday with the Doubles event at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. Teams from 34 countries and regions were divided into four squads to bowl the first six-game block on the medium (38') lane conditioning pattern.

    With three of four squads in the books, England's Mike Quarry and John Wells set the pace with 2625 total and an average of 218.75. Wells led the way with the field-best 1403 total, a 233.83 average, to take the early lead in All Events. Quarry contributed 1222 (203.67).

    Quarry/Wells held a 49-pin lead over their compatriots, Matt Miller and Raymond Teece, who positioned themselves in second place with 2576 (214.76). Places three and four belonged to Danish duos.

    Carsten Warming Hansen and Jimmy Mortensen averaged 213.92 to beat out Thomas Larsen and Mik Stampe for third place by eleven pins, 2567 to 2556.

    Squad 4 will bowl their first block on Sunday morning followed by Squad 1 and 2, who will bowl the second block on long oil (44'). Squads 3 and 4 will complete their preliminaries Monday morning and afternoon. The top 4 duos after 12 games will advance to the playoffs starting Monday at 6 p.m.

    The 5th Men's European Championships will be held from Aug. 16-26, 2012 at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. 204 players from 34 countries will bowl for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles, Trios, Teams, All Events (24-game total) and Masters.

    Preliminaries in Doubles will feature 12 games, in Trios and the five-player Team event six games, with the top 4 teams advancing to the playoffs. No. 1 will bowl No. 4 and No. 3 will bowl No. 2 in the semifinals. The winners will bowl for the title while the losers share the bronze medal. All matches are single-game matches.

    The top 24 players in All Events will advance to the Masters finals in best-of-three games single-elimination match play, which will conclude the championships on Saturday, Aug. 25. The championships features two oil conditioning pattern, number 1 is the medium pattern (38') and number two is the long pattern (44').
    Kegel LaneMap‚ĄĘ Guide Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria - Aug. 15, 2012 (PDF file, 1.5 MB)

    The MEC also serves as qualifying event for the 2013 Combined World Championships which will be held from Aug. 18-31 at Sunset Station's Strike Zone bowling center in Henderson, Nev. in suburban Las Vegas, United States.

    Each country receives ranking points in each discipline according to a system decided by the European Tenpin Bowling Federation Congress in 2011. The top 15 countries qualify for the 2013 Combined World Championships.


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    2012 MEC Doubles - Squad 1, 2 and 3 after six games on the medium pattern (38')


    2012 MEC All Events - Squad 1, 2 and 3 after six games Doubles