It's down to three in 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup


    2010 BWC

    The trophy for the top country goes to England

    2010BWCMattMiller2.jpg2010BWCMichaelSchmidt.jpgMatt Miller (pictured left), England, Michael Schmidt (right), Canada and Biboy Rivera, Philippines on the men's side and Gye Min-Young, Korea, Fiona Banks, England and Aumi Guerra, Dominican Republic on the women's side will bowl for the titles in the 46th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup Saturday at e Provence in Toulon, France. With Miller and Banks in the finals, the Bent Petersen trophy for top country goes to England.

    Miller led the top eight men into seven games round robin plus one game position round with 30 pins bonus per victory. Miller and Rivera, the 2006 World Champion in Masters battled it out for the top spot in the position round. Miller led by 48 pins and won the game easily, 221-164, to earn the No. 1 seed for the stepladder finals in best-of-three games format.

    2010BWCJoonasJahi3.jpg2010BWCBiboyRivera3.jpgJoonas Jähi (left), Finland, and 2005 BWC champion and last year's runner-up Schmidt, who hasn't finished lower than 5th in his previous four World Cups, were just 5 pins apart and only 31 and 36 pins behind Rivera (right) but more than 100 pins ahead of fifth- placed John Szczerbinski, United States.

    With Rivera's low score in the position round both players had a chance to make it to the show. Schmidt posted 206 to win the game and help grab the No. 2 seed but Jähi managed 165 only to settle for fourth place 30 pins behind Rivera, who took the No. e seed.

     2010BWCGyeMinYoung.jpgBoth Rivera and Jähi felled 6858 pins in 32 games, an average of 214.31, but Rivera won 6 of his 8 games while Jähi won only 5 … a difference of 30 bonus pins.

    Rounding out the top 8 were 5. John Szczerbinski, United States 6. Park Jong-Woo, Korea 7. Achim Grabowski, Germany and 8 Mads Sandbækken, Norway. Men's Top 8. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    On the women's side, Gye led the field since the second qualifying block and never looked back. The two-time Asian Championships gold medalist widened her lead to 285 pins during round robin winning six of her eight games and averaging 217.81 for 32 games. The No. 1 seed is the clear favorite for the women's title.

    2010BWCFionaBanks.jpg2010BWCAumiGuerra4.jpgBanks (left), who lost the low-scoring position round game against Gye, 190-172, maintained a 25 pin lead over Guerra (right), who went into the position round game against 20-time PWBA champion and Team USA member Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, United States, with a 108-pin cushion.

    Dorin-Ballard (below left), who would have needed a huge game to overcome the deficit, won the game, 197-179, and had to settle for fourth place 60 pins behind Guerra, who secured the No. 3 seed. Rounding out the top 8 were 5. Apple Posadas, Philippines 6. Daphne Tan, Singapore 7. Diana Zavjalova, Latvia and 8. Wendy Chai, Malaysia.

    2010BWCCarolynDorinBallard.jpg The women's semifinals are scheduled to start on Saturday morning at 10am CET with the finals following immediately afterwards. The men's men’s semifinals and finals will follow at 2pm CET. The victory banquet at 8pm will conclude the World Cup.

    Women's Top 8. Click on the image to enlarge it.

    Record 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) .

    To view the complete list of participating countries and players click here .

    All photos will be published on Bowlingdigital's Facebook account.
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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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    Women's Round of 8

    8 games round robin match play. 30 bonus per victory 15 for a tie. The top 3 advance to the stepladder finals.



    Men's Round of 8

    8 games round robin match play. 30 bonus per victory 15 for a tie. The top 3 advance to the stepladder finals.