English duo sets the pace in Doubles at 3rd Women's European Championships 2010


    2010 WEC

    Finland, Denmark, Sweden in the top 4 after the first block on short oil

    2010WECLogo.jpg Hayley White and Lisa John set the pace in Doubles at the 3rd Women's European Championships as the competition has reached the halfway mark Sunday at Zelta Boulinga Center in Riga, Latvia. The duo totaled 2850 pins and averaged 237.50 over six games on short oil.

    White led the team with a 1459 six-game series (243.17 avg.) including one of three 279 games in the round and John added 1391 (231.83).

    Trailing England by 94 pins to sit in second place among the 53 doubles from 21 countries were Finland's Piritta Kantola and Krista Pöllänen, who combined for 2756 (229.67). Pöllänen had 1425 including a 279 and Kantola contributed 1331.

    Third place belonged to Britt Brøndsted and Anja Ginge Jensen, Denmark, with 2716 (226.33). Brøndsted started her series with an 803 3-game block (256, 279, 268) and finished with 1479 (246.50), the highest series of all 106 competitors on short oil. Jensen, who has won the 2006 WEC Doubles title with her sister Mai, added 1237.

    Rounding out the top 4, who will advance to the playoffs after the second six-game block on long oil were Sweden's Nina Flack and Helen Johnsson. The defending champions chalked up 2708 (225.67). Johnsson had 1400 and Flack 1308.

    Divided into three squads, the 53 doubles started with the second block on long oil on Sunday evening and will resume the preliminaries on Monday morning and afternoon. In the semifinals the No. 1 seed after 12 games meets the No. 4 and the No. 2 seed takes on No. 3. The winners will bowl for gold and silver while the semifinal losers will share the bronze medal.


    Doubles - Standings after the first block of six games on short oil

    Team High Game/High Series:
    1 Game: 537 - Piritta Kantola/Krista Pöllänen, Finland
    3 Games: 1449 - Hayley White/Lisa John, England
    6 Games: 2850 - Hayley White/Lisa John, England

    Individual High Game/High Series:
    1 Game: 279 - Britt Brøndsted, Denmark; Hayley White, England; Krista Pöllänen, Finland
    3 Games: 803 - Britt Brøndsted, Denmark
    6 Games: 1479 - Britt Brøndsted, Denmark