Lucas Legnani powers his way into the lead in World Ranking Masters Block 2



    Oltremare Bowling Arena in Naples, Italy (April 27 - May 3, 2009)

    2009EBT03LucasLegnani.jpgArgentina's No.1 bowler Lucas Legnani (pictured left) rolled his second consecutive 1800-plus series at the 9th World Ranking Masters in Naples, Italy, en route to overtake the lead in the men's qualifying after two out of three 8-game blocks with 3646 pinfall total and an overall average of 227.88.

    Legnani, who won his first title on the European Bowling Tour in Catalonia about two month ago, rolled two 278 games on the medium pattern (40 feet) in the fourth and sixth game of the block and chalked up 1843 pins, an average of 230.38 per game. He received a 1.000 U.S. Dollar bonus for leading the block.

    Short oil leader Osku Palermaa, Finland, missed his second 1.000 Dollar bonus by 71 pins to land in second place with 1772 (221.50). The two-hander fell one spot in the overall qualifying standings trailing Legnani by 13 pins with 3633.

    2009KOBasilAlAnzi4.jpgBasel Al-Anzi (pictured right), Kuwait, slipped from second to third place with 3503 behind a 1677 on medium oil, while last year's runner-up Zulmazran Zulkifli, Malaysia, moved up one spot to fourth with 3499 behind a 1707 series today.

    2008EBT1PaulMoor.jpgCanada' Mark Buffa leaped from sixth to fifth with 3489 after the fifth-best 1717 series. 6th and 7th place belonged to Englishmen Dominic Barrett and Paul Moor, both with 3454.

    Barrett, fresh off his victories in the Australian Open and the World Tenpin Masters, fell three spots due to a 1629 set today, while 3-time European ranking champion Moor (left) used the third-highest 1729 series to leap from 11th to 7th place. Barrett was seeded sixth due to the higher last game, 188 to 163.

    2008WYCFidelMarchena.jpgTore Torgersen, Norway, currently holds the 8th and last spot to advance with 3450 (215.62) including series of 1735. Just outside the box looking in is the third Englishman, 2007 World Ranking Masters champion, Stuart Williams, with 3407.

    Fidel Marchena (right), Dominican Republic, who was 24th and last on short oil, rolled the fourth-highest 1725 series on medium oil to leap into 18th place with 3256. Chris Viale, United States, fell to last place with 3114 after averaging 176.43 on Thursday.

    All 24 players bowl 24 games of qualifying over three days, eight each on short, medium (40) and short (left lane) and medium (right lane) oil pattern. The top 8 after 24 games will advance to the single-elimination best-of-three games finals.

    The men's division offers USD32,500 total prize money with $10,000 going to the winner.


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