Osku Palermaa defeats Ryan Ciminelli twice to win his fourth PBA title in WBT Thailand event


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    Two-hander Osku Palermaa (pictured left) of Finland defeated Ryan Ciminelli (right), United States, 227-213 and 243-224 to win his fourth career Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) title in the World Bowling Tour Thailand tournament Monday afternoon at Blu-O Paragon bowling center in Bangkok.

    Left-handed Ciminelli, who out averaged his competitors by more than 20 pins to earn the No. 1 seed for the eight-player TV stepladder finals, had to be defeated twice to win the title. Palermaa received 1 million Baht or approximately $31,240 for the victory. Ciminelli, who was looking for his third PBA title, was consoled with $31,240.

    2014EBT04DominicBarrett.jpg 201213PBA09JasonSterner2.jpgIn the opening shoot-out match, Dominic Barrett (left, 257) of England ousted Jason Sterner (right, 235), United States, and Dechochai Tinjiratip (218), Thailand. Dechochai, who was seeded into the stepladder finals as the top local bowler in Round 4 in 12th place, received $2,500 for eight place. Sterner got $2,655 for seventh place.

    Barrett, who shot a 287 last game in Round 4 to make the cut, bowled Koreans Suh Sang Cheon and Kim Byoung Suk in the second match. Suh advanced thanks to a 234 game. Kim (217) earned $3,125 for fifth place and Barrett pocketed $2,810 for sixth place.

    Then the Palermaa show started as the No. 3 seed eliminated Suh, 224-206, and went on to defeat No. 2 seed, Naif Oqab, UAE, in the semifinals, 235-191, for the right to bowl Ciminelli for the title. Oqab earned $9,370 for third place and Suh took home $6,250 for fourth place.

    Palermaa and Ciminelli both had a double and a three-bagger in the first game of the title match, but Ciminelli suffered an open frame in the fifth which made the difference. Palermaa won 227-213 to force a second game.

    Ciminelli started the decider with a double but was unable to throw consecutive strike until the last frame. Palermaa pulled away with a six-bagger starting in frame five to put the match out of reach for the American and to cruise to a 243-224 win.

    It was Palermaa's fourth PBA title and his second international after his victory in the 2012 Kuwait Open. Palermaa has also won a pair of PBA National titles including the 2010 GEICO Shark Championship and the 2011 PBA World Championship, a 'major' on the PBA Tour.

    The 2014 World Bowling Tour Thailand tournament was held from August 18-25 at Blu-O Paragon bowling center inside the Siam Paragon Shopping Mall in Bangkok, Thailand.

    The tournament offered total prize fund of 4,215,000 Baht or approximately 132,084 U.S. Dollar and a Professional Bowlers Association title if won by a PBA member.

    All players must bowl nine games of qualifying in three-game blocks with unlimited re-entries. Women received 8 pins handicap each game. All ties would be broken by a one-ball roll-off.

    Total 42 bowlers survived the qualifying (Round 1) including the top 7 qualifiers, the two highest Thai bowlers outside the top 7 (ranked 8 & 9), the next 28 qualifiers (ranked 10-37), the next two Thai bowlers outside the top 37 (ranked 38-39) plus the top three of the one-game Desperado Squad (ranked 40-42).

    Players ranked 1-8 received two byes and players ranked 9-24 got one bye. Bowlers ranked 25-42 advanced to the second round to bowl six games from scratch with the top 10 advancing to Round 3.

    Those 10 and the qualifiers 9-24 bowled another six games from scratch. The top 12 bowlers met the top 8 qualifiers in Round 4. The remaining 20 players bowled another six-game block from scratch to cut to the top 7 plus the next Thai bowler (ranked 8th) for the stepladder finals.

    In the first round, the No. 6, 7 and 8 seed squared off. The winner took on No. 4 and 5 seed in Match 2. The winner of that match bowled the No. 3 seed in the quarterfinal. The winner met the No. 2 seed in the semifinal. The winner advanced to the championship match. The top-seeded player must be defeated twice to win the title.

    WBTLogo_small.jpg The WBT Thailand event was the 12th and final tournament of the 2014 World Bowling Tour, which actually got underway in November 2013.

    Players earned ranking points based on how they finished in each event. The current WBT points system is based on a continuous two-year cycle, so points include every event from 2013 and 2014.

    The top three men and top three women in the WBT Point Ranking advance to the WBT Finals, which will be contested the first weekend in November in Las Vegas as part of the Professional Bowlers Association's World Series of Bowling VI. The finals will air on national television in the United States.

    For more information on the World Bowling Tour, visit WorldBowling.org.

    Results courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).


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