Duke Joins the 1500 Club

March 13th, 2010  |  Published in Breaking News

ONCE AGAIN it was the 20:00 squad on Friday evening that harvested many good scores, but it was star American PBA player

Evgeniya Smirnova 300 Girl (Martina Jakobi)

Norm Duke that best demonstrated his prowess by hitting 1515 to take fifth place in the overall standings and book his place in the elite top 16 for Sunday’s finale.

Duke was followed by five players exceedeing the 1400 target: Jari Ratia, Finland (1490); Mathias Arup, Sweden (1461); Jens Nickel, Germany (1419) on his first entry; Mikael Kanold, Sweden (1407) and Raymond Teece, England (1401).

The earlier 16:00 session featured just the one score over 1400, with Dennis Vrabac from Sweden including a 289 in his six-game series of 1424.

The same result on the midnight shift as a smaller squad of 42 burned the midnight oil. Hall of Famer Brian Voss showed that he still has the talent by being the sole participant to hit over 1400 by a single pin.

There were two perfect games on the earlier 16:00 squad, the first by Switzerland’s Mathieu Berges and in the next game by Avgeniya Smirnova of Russia. Smirnova takes precedence as with her eight pins per game bonus she totals 308.

Now going into the last four qualifying squads, the statistics show the cut to 52nd place standing at 1389 and the elite top 16 ending at 1455. There won’t be any empty places on the final squads.

Full standings, see www.brunswickeurochallenge.com.

Qualified directly to final step 2 (Position 1 – 16)
RANK NAME NAT GEN CAT BEST
PINS
LAST
GAME
SQUAD # SQUAD
COUNT
HAND
1 Pepe, Anthony USA M A 1572 256 10 1 L
2 Fagan, Mike USA M A 1555 300 11 2 R
3 Palermaa, Osku FIN M A 1532 248 16 2 R
4 Joris, Nico BEL M A 1518 255 03 1 R
5 Duke, Norm USA M A 1515 207 18 2 R
6 Alix, Yoan FRA M A 1495 256 06 3 R
7 Ratia, Jari FIN M A 1490 279 18 3 R
8 Lehtonen, Kimmo FIN M A 1486 267 11 2 L
9 Ang, Adrian MAS M A 1480 210 15 3 R
10 Pöllänen, Krista FIN F A 1477 241 12 1 R
11 Ranta, Tony FIN M A 1472 214 16 2 R
12 Arup, Mathias SWE M A 1461 237 18 3 R
13 Dorin-Ballard, Carolyn USA F A 1459 287 08 3 R
14 Koivuniemi, Mika FIN M A 1459 227 15 2 R
15 Kong, Aaron MAS M A 1457 237 09 3 R
16 Torgersen, Tore NOR M A 1455 215 16 2 R

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