Palermaa/Salonen earn the top seed for Doubles finals at Men's European Championships


    2009 MEC

    Finland, England, Sweden and Norway to bowl for the first gold medal

    2009MECPetteriSalonenOskuPalermaa.jpgOsku Palermaa and Petteri Salonen (r-l) from Finland moved up two spots after 86 doubles from 31 countries have completed their 12-game preliminaries to earn the No. 1 seed for the Doubles finals at the 2009 Men's European Championships.

    The Finns posted the second-highest 2675 series and averaged 222.92 in the second 6-game block on long oil for 5264 12-game total, an average of 219.33. Salonen leads in All Events after 12 games in doubles with 2684 and an average of 223.67.

    Palermaa/Salonen will meet short-oil leader Petter Hansen and Svein Roger Olsen, Norway, who took the fourth and final spot to advance with 5175 pinfall total (215.63) after 2535 on long and 2640 on short oil.

    England's Stuart Williams and Dominic Barrett, who started the day in sixth place put together the highest series of the event with 2717, a 226.42 average, to leap four spots into second place with 5236 (218.17). The Englishmen had a 2519 series on short oil including sets of 1384 and 1135.

    Williams/Barrett will meet the top Swedish duo and 2007 runner-up, Martin Larsen and Robert Andersson. The 2006 Doubles World Champions, who were the No. 1 seed in the 2007 MEC Doubles finals, rolled a 2660 series on long oil to leap two spots into third place with 5181 (215.88).

    Their compatriots Martin Paulsson/Dennis Eklund Mathias Ă…rup/Erik Andersin, who were in second and fourth place, respectively, after the first day, fell to fifth and sixth place with 5124 and 5071.

    The top 4 doubles advance to the finals on Monday evening (semifinals at 6pm, finals at 7pm) at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

    The No. 1 after 12 games will bowl the No. 4 seed and the No. 2 takes on No. 3 in the semifinals. The winners will bowl for the title and the losers will share the bronze medal. All matches are one-game matches.


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    High Games and Series on long oil

    1 Game: Denmark, 527 (Jesper Agerbo, 289/Frederik Ohrgaard, 238)
    3 Games: England, 1429 (Stuart Williams, 680/Dominic Barrett, 749)
    6: Games: England, 2717 (Stuart Williams, 1352/Dominic Barrett, 1365)
    12 Games (short and long combined): Finland, 5264 (Osku Palermaa, 2580/Petteri Salonen, 2684)

    1 Game: Jesper Agerbo, Denmark, 289
    3 Games: Tobias Gäbler, Germany, 750
    6: Games: Tobias Gäbler, Germany, 1407
    12 Games (short and long combined): Petteri Salonen, Finland, 2684


    Doubles - Standings after the second Block on long oil

    The top 4 advance to the finals.


    All Events after 12 of 24 games

    The top 24 after 24 games (combined results in Doubles, Trios and Team) will advance to the Masters finals.