Marshall Kent widens his lead in Men's Round of 24 at 48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2012 BWC

    Ukrainian Mykhaylo Kalika rolls second 300 game of the tournament; two-time World Cup champion Michael Schmidt eliminated despite averaging over 260 in the first five games

    2012BWCMarshallKent5.jpg Marshall Kent (pictured left) of the United States averaged 234.25 over eight games in the men's round of 24 to easily maintain the pole position in the 48th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Friday afternoon at Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland.

    The picture on the right shows the top 24 men. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    The qualifying leader started the day with a 91-pin cushion and widened his lead to 138 pins behind an 1874 series including high games of 280 and 267. Kent totaled 6541 and averaged 233.61 for 28 games en route to lead the top 8 men into Saturday's round robin match play.

    2012BWCHarebAlMansoori.jpg2012BWCAndresGomez.jpgThe last Americans, who won the World Cup were Derek Eoff in Hermosillo, Mexico (2008) and Bill Hoffman in St. Petersburg, Russia (2007).

    Hareb Al-Mansoori (left), UAE, stayed in second position with 6403 (228.68) closing out his 1827 set with 220, 257 and 246.

    Also holding his position was PBA champ Andres Gomez (right) of Colombia, who had an 1879 series and finished mere 22 pins behind in third place with 6381 (227.89). Gomez came out of the gates quickly and tied Al-Mansoori after 25 games at 5680. The Arab pulled away in the next two games and Gomez' 287 final game came too late.

    2012BWCRonHatfieldMykhayloKalika.jpg2012BWCSyafiqRidhwan2.jpgHowever, Gomez has a 137-pin buffer over Mykhaylo Kalika (pictured left with gold level coach, Ron Hatfield) of Ukraine, who produced one of the day's top highlights in game #26 by recording the second 300 game of the tournament (Danielle McEwan, USA, rolled the first) and the 51st in the World Cup history.

    It was also the first perfecto by a Ukrainian bowler and the 41st by a man. Kalika toppled 1693 pins in the round to fall one spot to fourth place with 6244 (223.00).

    2012BWCTakashiTaniai.jpg2012BWCPascalWinternheimer.jpgSyafiq Ridhwan (above right) also slipped one spot to fifth place behind a 1654 series for 6201 total (221.46).

    Takashi Taniai (left) of Japan rolled a 1777 series to move from seventh to sixth place mere five pins behind Ridhwan with 6196 (221.49).

    Four players battled it out for seventh and eighth place. Pascal Winternheimer (right) of Germany posted a 241 final game for a 1781 series to secure seventh place with 6170 (220.36).

    2012BWCMattChamberlain.jpg2012BWCJamesGruffman2.jpgEngland's Matt Chamberlain (left), who started the round of 24 in 14th place, posted 234 in his last game for an 1849 set to help grab the eighth and last place to advance to match play with 6129 (218.89).

    James Gruffman (right) of Sweden slipped from sixth to ninth place with 6112 (218.29) and missed the cut by 17 pins due to a 1640 series today.

    Two-time World Cup champion (2005 & 2010) Michael Schmidt started the day in 22nd place, 228 pins off the pace for the top 8. It took the Canadian just five games to jump into seventh place. Schmidt averaged over 260 for the first five games including 237, 257, 263, 255 and 299 (1311), missing his first 300 game at a World Cup by just one pin.

    2012BWCMichaelSchmidt2.jpgHe followed with a 226 game but was "on the bubble" after a 190 in penultimate game. A 188 in the last game sealed his fate and Schmidt (right) finished in 10th place with 6102 (217.93) and was eliminated despite the field-best 1915 series, an average of 239.38 for the day.

    The top 8 men and the top 8 women will return on Saturday for seven games of round robin match play plus position round with 30 bonus pins per win and 15 for a tie. Match Play starts at 8 a.m. CET with the previous pinfall total being carried forward. Four countries, England, Germany, Malaysia and the United States, will be represented by bowlers, man and woman.

    The top three men and the top three women will bowl for title in stepladder finals on Saturday afternoon starting at 1 p.m.

    For more photos, go to Bowlingdigital's Photo Album (© Bowlingdigital/Beat Grauwiler).

    2012BWCLogo_small.jpg The 2012 QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held from Nov. 26 to Dec 1 at 24-lane Sky Bowling Center in Wroclaw, Poland. It marks the first time since its inception in 1965 in Dublin, Ireland that the BWC visits Poland.

    151 players, 82 men and 69 women, representing 84 countries participate in the 48th edition of the event. The men were split into three squads (A, B and C) while the women's division features two squads (A and B).

    All players will bowl four five-game blocks of qualifying over four days beginning Monday, Nov. 26. The women's squads are sandwiched between the men's squads. After 20 games, the field will be cut to the top 24 for eight additional games on Friday, Nov. 30.

    The top eight men and the top 8 women after 28 games advance to eight games round robin match play Saturday morning, Dec. 1, where the field will be paired down to the top three for the stepladder finals starting at 1 p.m. CET (7 a.m. EST).


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    Men's Round of 24

    The top 8 after 28 games advance to round robin match play.