Sandbækken, Torgersen take the lead in Doubles after first block on short oil


    2011 MEC

    Norwegian duo averages 229.08 as the event reaches its halfway point

    2011MECMadsSandbakkenToreTorgersen.jpgFormer European champions Mads Sandbækken (pictured left) and Tore Torgersen (right) led a field of 98 doubles from 33 countries after six games on the 36 feet short oil conditioning pattern in the Men's European Championships Monday at Dream-Bowl Palace in Unterföhring, Germany. (photo NBF)

    The duo totaled 2749 pins, an individual average of 229.08, including games of 461, 474, 492, 484, 410 and 428. Sandbækken, the 2007 MEC Masters champ, led the team and all 198 players from 34 countries (Moldova has sent just one player and Estonia five instead of six) with 1456 pinfall or an average of 242.67. Torgersen, who won the Masters title at the European Championships in 1997, contributed 1293.

    2011MECMarkKerrMarkMcQueen.jpgTrailing the Norwegians by 74 pins to sit in second place as the Doubles event has reached its halfway mark were Mark Kerr and Mark McQueen (right, l-r) of Scotland, who used five games between 411 and 456 and a high game of 522 for 2675 or an average of 222.92.

    2011MECMartinLarsenRobertAndersson.jpgFormer Doubles World Champions Robert Andersson and Martin Larsen (left, l-r) had a slow start into the event with 1203 after three games. The Swedes rebounded with 1456 in the last three games (470, 513 and 473) to jump into third place with 2659 (221.58).

    2011MECRichardTeeceMattChamberlain.jpgRounding out the top four teams were England's Richard Teece and Matt Chamberlain (right, l-r), who toppled 2651 pins including six games between 414 and 471.

    Besides Sandbækken another two players cracked the 1400-bar to move into second and third place in the All Events standings after six of 24 games. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, chalked up 1428 with Joonas Jähi, Finland, close behind at 1423.

    Reigning Doubles world champion Martin Paulsson, Sweden, missed the first prefect game by four pins for 296 and added 246 and 225 for the field-best three-game series of 767. Tomas Cibinskas and Andrius Gasparavicius, Lithuania, had the highest team game with 526.

    All 98 doubles return on Tuesday for the second six-game block on the 46 feet long oil conditioning pattern. The top 4 teams after 12 games will advance to the finals on Thursday afternoon.

    2011MECLogo.jpg198 players from 34 countries will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Doubles, Trios, Team, All-Events and Masters. Preliminaries in Doubles will feature 12 games, in Trios and Team six games with the top 4 teams advancing to the finals.

    No. 1 will bowl No. 4 and No. 3 will bowl No. 2 in the semifinals. The winners will bowl for the title while the losers share the bronze medal. All matches are single-game matches.

    Photos and results courtesy of Deutsche Bowling Union (DBU).


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

    Individual High Scores
    1 Game: Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 296
    3 Games: Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 767
    6 Games: Mads Sandbækken, Norway, 1456

    Doubles High Scores
    1 Game: Tomas Cibinskas/Andrius Gasparavicius, Lithuania, 526
    3 Games: Robert Andersson/Martin Larsen, Sweden, 1456
    6 Games: Mads Sandbækken/Tore Torgersen, Norway, 2749


    All Events after six of 24 games