Matt Miller shoots big numbers to overtake the lead in 46th QubicaAMF World Cup


    2010 BWC

    Rivera defeats Louw in roll-off for the last spot in Men's Round of 8

    2010BWCMattMiller3.jpg2010BWCJohnSzczerbinski3.jpg Matt Miller (pictured left), England, posted some big numbers in the men's Round of 24 of the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup to jump from fourth place into the lead as the field was trimmed to the top 8 for round robin match play.

    Miller rolled games of 206, 234, 267, 219, 279, 227, 244 and 204 for 1880, an average of 235 for eight games, to pace the field with 5426 and an overall average of 226.08.

    Qualifying leader John Szczerbinski (right), United States, fell to second place with 5370. Szczerbinski closed out his series with four consecutive sub-200 games resulting in a 1660 series.

    2010BWCMadsSandbakken3.jpg2010BWCAchimGrabowski2.jpgMads Sandbækken (left), Norway used a 1679 series to leap one spot into third place with 5250. Just outside the box looking in is Germany's Achim Grabowski (right), who fell from second to fourth place with 5223 behind a 1640 series including high games of 244 and 256.

    2005 BWC champion and last year's runner-up, Michael Schmidt (below left), Canada, who has never finished lower than fifth in any of his four previous World Cups, had 1711 to move from seventh to fifth place with 5184 total, 66 pins off the pace for the stepladder finals.

    2010BWCParkJongWoo.jpg2010BWCMichaelSchmidt.jpgPark Jong-Woo (right), Korea leaped from ninth to sixth place with 5180. Joonas Jähi (below left), Finland fell two spots to seventh place with 5170.

    With the 24th and final game to go, seven players including Schmidt (+35), Jähi (+26), and Park (+14) as well as Francois Louw (+/-0), South Africa, Biboy Rivera (-19), Philippines, b>William Ching (-21), Venezuela and Alejandro Reyna, Costa Rica, were within 80 pins close over or under the cut line.

    2010BWCJoonasJahi4.jpg2010BWCBiboyRivera3.jpgWhen the dust had settles, Rivera (right), who was sixth after qualifying and Louw, who came from 19th place were tied for the eighth and final spot at 5157 or an average of 214.88. In case of a tie for one of the cutoff numbers (24th, 8th and 3rd place), the rules require a one-game roll-off.

    Rivera who rolled a 300 game in the Masters title match of 2006 Men's World Championships Masters finals to beat Grabowski for the gold medal, 3-2, fired flew past Louw (below right), 267-191, to secure his spot in the round robin match play.

    2010BWCFrancoisLouw.jpgRecord 167 players (91 men and record 76 women) from 92 countries participated in the qualifying of the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup. Men and women bowled in separate divisions each split into two squads.

    The total number of participants broke the previous record of 166 set in the 40th BWC in Singapore in 2004. The number of females bowlers broke the previous record of 73 set in Singapore, Caracas (2006) and St. Peters burgh (2007) .

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    After a delay on Tuesday due to structural problems with the roof of the bowling center, the preliminaries consisted of 3 blocks, two of 5 games and one of 6 games, with the top 24 men and the top 24 women after 16 games advancing to the intermediate round. The top 24 players bowl another 8 games with the pinfall total from the preliminaries being carried forward.

    The top 8 men and the top 8 women after 24 games will bowl a further 7 games round robin match play plus 1 game position round (total 8 games) with 30 pins bonus per win and 15 for a tie. The top 3 men and the top 3 women after 32 games including bonus pins will determine the champions in a stepladder final in best-of-three games format on Saturday Oct. 23.

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    Men's Round of 24

    The top 8 advance to round robin match play.

    * Note: Rivera def. Louw in a one-game roll-off for eighth place, 267-191.