England takes commanding lead in Team event at halfway mark


    2009 MEC

    Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark (June 4-14, 2009)

    2009MECLogo_small.jpg Matt Chamberlain, Mike Quarry, John Wells, Dominic Barrett and Stuart Williams from England rolled games of 1034, 1124 and the field-best 1205 en route to lead the Team event at the Men's European Championships in Denmark after the first block on short oil.

    Chamberlain led the team with 711 and Stuart Williams, who earned an exemption for the 2009-10 PBA Tour through the PBA Tour Trials, was low at 580. The three others, Quarry, Wells and Barrett, added 691 each for 3364 pinfall total and an average of 224.27.

    The Englishmen outaveraged their nearest competitor, defending champion Sweden, by more than eight pins. Martin Larsen, Dennis Eklund, Robert Andersson, who were on the gold medal team from 2007 teamed with Erik Andersin and Martin Paulsson to sit in second place after 3 of 6 games with 3238 (215.87).

    Larsen led the team with the day-best 728 series, a 242.67 average, including one of two 279 high games. Eklund, who had the other 279, totaled 693, while Andersin checked in with another 691. Paulsson contributed 575 and Andersson had 551.

    With 21 out of 24 games in the books, Barrett leads in All Events with 4625, followed by Eklund (4619) and Larsen (4594).

    Trailing Sweden by 81 pins to sit in third place was Finland with Doubles champions Osku Palermaa and Petteri Salonen as well as Joonas Jähi, Kimmo Lehtonen and Jussi Turtiainen. Defending All Events champion Palermaa (currently 7th with 4496), who is exempt for the PBA World Series of Bowling later this year, led the team with 687, followed by Jähi (681), Salonen (651), Salonen (572) and Turtiainen (566). The team was very consistent with games of 1042, 1070 and 1045 for 3157 (210.47).

    The team from the host country Denmark started the day with a sub-par 939 game but rebounded with 1030 and 1117 to help grab the fourth and final spot to advance with 3086 (205.73).

    Frederik √ėhrgaard led the team with 660, followed by Thomas Larsen with 653, Jesper Agerbo 621, Jimmy Mortensen 596 and Rasmus Ussing 556.

    Just four of the 28 teams averaged over 200. Norway with Mads Sandbækken, Tore Torgersen, Petter Hansen, Svein Roger Olsen, Martin Olsen was fifth with 3042 (202.80) and the Czech Republic with Miroslav Cifra, Petr Harbacek, Jan Spacil, Rostislav Kala and Karel Hladik was sixth with 3023 (201.53).

    All 28 teams will return on Friday for the final 3-game set on long oil.

    The top 4 teams after the 6-game preliminaries advance to the finals on Friday evening (semifinals at 7.00pm, finals at 8.30pm) at Lovvang Bowling Center in Aalborg, Denmark.

    The No. 1 will bowl the No. 4 and the No. 2 takes on the 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 short oil

    1 Game: England, 1205 (Matt Chamberlain, 249/Mike Quarry, 245/John Wells, 258/Dominic Barrett, 245/Stuart Williams, 208)
    3 Games: England, 3364 (Matt Chamberlain, 711/Mike Quarry, 691/John Wells, 691/Dominic Barrett, 691/Stuart Williams, 580)

    1 Game: Martin Larsen, Dennis Eklund, both Sweden, 279
    3 Games: Martin Larsen, Sweden; 728


    Team event - Standings after the first Block on short oil


    All Events after 21 of 24 games

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