Chris Barnes strikes out in 9th and 10th frame to win The H.H. Emir Cup 2014


    2014 WBT #7

    Barnes beats Singapore's New Hui Fen by 10 pins to capture his 17th PBA title, his third World Bowling Tour title and the $25,000 top prize

    2014HHEmirCupChrisBarnes.jpgFormer PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes (pictured left) of Double Oak, Texas, USA, defeated Singapore women's national team member New Hui Fen in two games total pins, 493-483, en route to win The H.H. Emir Cup 2014 Friday evening at the Qatar Bowling Center in Doha.

    The multiple WTBA World Champion, who turned 44 three days ago, made himself a belated birthday present pocketing 25 Grand for the victory. It was Barnes' second PBA international title and the 17th PBA title of his illustrious career as well as his third title on the World Bowling Tour.

    2014HHEmirCupNewHuiFen.jpgThe Singaporean (right), who received eight pins handicap each game, took an 18-pin lead after a stunning 275-257 in game one. When New started game two with a four-bagger, Barnes, who started with spare, strike and open, had to make up a lot of ground in the remaining seven frames.

    Tides turned when Barnes countered with a four-bagger and Fen left two splits in frames five and six, one of whom resulted in an open frame. Heading into the last two frames, Fen held a slim four-pin lead in game two (including handicap) and Barnes was down by 22 pins.

    Both players struck in the ninth frame. Finishing first, New could shut out Barnes but instead she left a split which resulted in an open frame for 208. Barnes, who needed two strikes and a single pin, struck three times for 236 to secure the victory.

    2014HHEmirCupBillONeill.jpg2014HHEmirCupShaynaNg.jpgNew, who made the playoffs in fourth and last place, defeated No. 1 seed, four-time PBA champion Bill O'Neill (left), United States, in the semifinals, 489-397, while Barnes, the No. 2 seed, eliminated New's team mate Shayna Ng (right), the World Bowling Tour's 2013 International Bowling Championships women's champion, 521-445.

    New, who won the women's ranking in Doha, received $12,000 for second place. O'Neill and Ng earned $6,000 apiece for third and fourth place.

    The H.H. Emir's Cup 2014 was held from Sunday, February 23-28 at the Qatar Bowling Center, a 32-laner in Doha, Qatar. The tournament was the seventh stop on the 2014 World Bowling Tour and offered a PBA international title if won by a PBA member. Players competed for total prize money of US$102,000.

    Qualifying (two 5-game series) ran over four days (Feb. 23-26; 5 games per day) and has been played in two squads (A and B). Women received eight pins handicap each game.

    Total 36 players including the top 28 qualifiers, the next two Qatari youth players, the next two Qatari bowlers and the top four players from the Desperado Squad, advanced to the finals on February 27 and 28. The top six qualifiers earned one bye.

    The other 30 players bowled 5 games scratch with the top 10 advancing to the next round. Those ten and the top six qualifiers rolled another five-game block scratch to determine the top four players who advanced to the semifinals.

    The No. 1 seed met the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 seed took on the No. 3 seed over two games with the total pin fall to determine the winners, who bowled for the title and the $25,000 top prize in the two-game total pins championship match.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The 2014 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway in November 2013 with the PBA World Championship, consists of 15 tournaments in Arabia (6), Asia (3), United States (3), Europe (2) and Australia (1).

    Players earn ranking points based on how they finish in each event. The current points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so some points earned in 2012 and all points from the 2013 and 2014 are added to determine the points list.

    The top three men and top three women in the WBT Point Ranking will be invited to compete in the 2014 World Bowling Tour Finals, which will be held in conjunction with the PBA World Series of Bowling VI from Oct. 24 through Nov. 2 at South Point in Las Vegas.

    The World Tenpin Bowling Association, which is made up of 111 bowling federations, governs the sport throughout the world. For more information on WTBA and the World Bowling Tour, click here.

    Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation.


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    H.H. Emir's Cup 2014 Finals

    Qatar Bowling Center in Doha, Qatar (February 23-28, 2014)

    2014HHEmirCupChrisBarnes2.jpgChampionship Round:
    1. Chris Barnes, United States, 1014 (4 games), $25,000
    2. New Hui Fen, Singapore, 972 (4 games), $12,000
    3. Bill O'Neill, United States, 397 (2 games), $6,000
    4. Shayna Ng, Singapore, 445 (2 games), $6,000
    The Singaporeans received eight pins handicap each game.

    Playoff Results:
    Semifinal Match 1: No. 4 New (266+223) def. No. 1 O'Neill (206+191), 489-397
    Semifinal Match 2: No. 2 Barnes (266+255) def. No. 3 Ng (187+258), 521-445
    Championship: Barnes (257+236) def. New (275+208), 493-483.


    Final Standings Places 5-36 (Cashers)

    5. Santiago Mejia, Colombia, $2,700
    6. Mika Koivuniemi, Finland, $2,700
    7. Jazreel Tan, Singapore, $2,700
    8. Craig Nidiffer, United States, $2,700
    9. Bernice Lim, Singapore, $2,300
    10. John Szczerbinski, United States, $2,300
    11. Yousef Al-Jaber, Qatar, $2,300
    12. Khaled Al-Dubyyan, Kuwait, $2,300
    13. Tommy Jones, United States, $1,800
    14. Tom Daugherty, United States, $1,800
    15. Wu Siu Hong, Hong Kong, $1,800
    16. Jason Belmonte, Australia, $1,800
    17. Michael Mak, Hong Kong, $1,500
    18. Basel Al-Anzi, Kuwait, $1,500
    19. Jassim Al-Muraikhi, Qatar, $1,500
    20. Sean Rash, United States, $1,500
    21. Shaker Al-Hassan, UAE, $1,500
    22. Eric Tseng, Hong Kong, $1,200
    23. Cherie Tan, Singapore, $1,200
    24. Joey Yeo, Singapore, $1,200
    25. Andres Gomez, Colombia, $1,200
    26. Brad Angelo, United States, $1,200
    27. Hussain Al-Suwaidi, UAE, $1,200
    28. Joonas Jehkinen, Finland, $1,200
    29. Osku Palermaa, Finland, $1,200
    30. Tim Mack, United States, $1,200
    31. Mansoor Al-Awamy, Qatar, $1,200
    32. Tom Hess, United States, $1,100
    33. Ahmed Al-Deyab, Qatar, $1,100
    34. Daphne Tan, Singapore, $1,100
    35. Keith Saw, Singapore, $1,100
    36. Mubarak Al-Muraikhi, Qatar, $1,100



    H.H. Emir's Cup 2014 - Round Two Results

    The top 4 players advance to the playoffs.



    H.H. Emir's Cup 2014 - Round One Results

    The top 10 players advance; meet the top six qualifiers in Round Two.



    H.H. Emir's Cup 2014 - Standings after Qualifying

    The top 28 players plus the next two Qatari youth players (places 29-30), the next two Qatari bowlers (places 31-32) and the top four players from the Desperado Squad (places 33-36) advanced to the finals. F - Female bowlers received eight pins handicap.