Local favorites Gross/Tybl set the pace in Doubles at 2007 Men's European Championships


    2007 Men's European Championships

    Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria (June 30 - July 10, 2007)

    Multiple Austrian champion Thomas Gross (r.) and former national coach Thomas "TT" Tybl (l.) averaged 226.58 for their final six games in Squad 1 on the long oil pattern (45 ft.) to set the pace in the Doubles event at the 2007 Men's European Championships in Vienna, Austria. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    With 50 duos from Squad 1 and 2 having completed their 12 games - six on the 35-feet short oil pattern and six on the long pattern - Tom-Tom lead the field with 5280 pinfall total and an average of 220.00. The Austrians started with a 377 low game and rebounded with 431, 470, 499, 509 (including a 290 by Gross) and closed out the set with 433.

    Thanks to a final 230 game, Gross beat Tybl by one pin on the long pattern, 1360 to 1359. By virtue of his five pin advantage on the short patter, 1283 to 1278, Tybl led the team with 242, a 220.17 average, and Gross was four pins behind at 2638 (219.83).

    England's Mike Quarry and Mark Smith led Squad two with 5063 pinfall total and an average of 210.96 to move into second place in the overall standings. The duo had 2489 pins on short and 2574 pins on long oil.

    Dutch Michael Kok and Peter Smits were mere seven pins behind to overtake the third place with 5056, a 210.67 average. Smits led the way with 2581 and Kok added 2475.

    Defending champions Jari Ratia and Petteri Salonen felled 4979 pins (207.46) and to sit in 8th place.

    Squads 3 and 4 will bowl their final block on Wednesday. The gold, silver and bronze medalists will be determined Wednesday evening in a match play round of the top 4 teams.

    The No. 1 seed bowls the No. 4 seed ands No. 2 meets No. 3. One-game matches, the higher seed in any match will choose the lane condition (short or long oil) to play on.

    Doubles Results

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