Cyprus in the Frame

June 19th, 2010  |  Published in Breaking News

One of the biggest groups to attend this year’s Malta Open comes from the other bowling-crazy Mediterranean island of Cyprus. Their Charis Panayiotou left it to the final qualifying squad to put his tiny nation in the frame, clinching the €100 squad bonus

€100 goes to Cyprus

by leading the final 20 bidding for glory with 1347, holding a clear 84 pin buffer over second-placed Ovind Norhagen from Norway.

This brings the Cypriot into Sunday’s finals in fourth place in the overall standings with 2585 over his 12-game block.

“I was very close to taking the squad prize on the first day,” said Charis. “Then I missed a 6-pin and lost the lead. This time I took the lead after the second game and never looked back.

“I live in Paphos on the Cyprus coast but I bowl in Limassol, which is about 65 km away. I play with Team Navigator there. I’ve only been bowling for seven years and this is my sixth time at the Malta Open. Last year I missed the cut by just two pins but I have been in the finals three or four times.”

Jos Bakker from Holland has the doubtful distinction of just making the cut at 26th place with 2316 and Denmark’s Allen Mortensen rues missing a spare to miss the cut by just two pins.

Nine of the eleven nations competing for Malta Open honors this year are represented in Sunday’s final rounds.

Positions 1-6 in the final qualifying standings have the benefit of byes into the third round of tomorrow’s final rounds. Those in positions 7-12 advance to stage 2 and positions 13-26, plus four from tonight’s Desperado squad open the day’s proceedings with four games scratch starting at 09:oo tomorrow morning.

THE FOUR DESPERADO SQUAD QUALIFIERS:

1. Loukas Evripidou, Cyprus                       245

2. John Balani, Malta                                        236

3. Christis Christou, Cyprus                        225

4. Menno v.d Heuvel, Holland                    218

QUALIFYING STANDINGS:

P Name Nat HC 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Scr Ave Tot
1 Marcus Berndt SWE 0 159 207 247 250 203 290 207 205 257 185 234 257 2701 225.0 2701
2 Stuart Williams ENG 0 244 237 228 189 214 209 237 258 212 212 236 205 2681 223.4 2681 POS 1 – 6
3 Kenneth Arpa MLT 0 192 211 236 193 215 203 215 233 264 230 230 225 2647 220.5 2647 QUALIFY
4 Charis Panayiotou CYP 0 178 215 233 222 197 193 193 279 211 217 217 230 2585 215.4 2585 TO FINAL
5 Mark Spiteri MLT 0 248 202 230 277 192 214 234 156 198 181 226 210 2568 214.0 2568 STAGE 3
6 Costas Kyriakou CYP 0 190 215 189 224 209 205 183 255 190 249 167 234 2510 209.1 2510
7 Justin C Scicluna MLT 0 222 207 257 212 201 161 159 242 191 245 242 164 2503 208.5 2503
8 Sue Abela MLT 96 191 229 177 232 177 207 210 210 214 191 160 195 2393 199.4 2489 POS 7 – 12
9 Cherise Denham ENG 96 228 180 201 218 266 175 188 194 171 137 181 245 2384 198.6 2480 QUALIFY
10 Neil Sullivan MLT 0 152 202 257 257 201 175 255 165 195 210 196 214 2479 206.5 2479 TO FINAL
11 A’reas Christophorou CYP 0 197 241 223 224 200 146 230 217 231 222 177 166 2474 206.1 2474 STAGE 2
12 Niki Schiza CYP 96 171 213 255 155 199 158 183 214 231 209 132 242 2362 196.8 2458
13 Matt Chamberlain ENG 0 204 230 207 245 165 187 180 203 204 235 213 171 2444 203.6 2444
14 Bo Winther DEN 0 192 215 169 194 222 221 173 182 231 198 212 223 2432 202.6 2432
15 Rankin Camilleri MLT 0 191 191 235 150 189 246 173 229 184 207 212 208 2415 201.2 2415
16 Conan Mackey IRL 0 194 191 226 235 212 201 156 188 191 202 192 216 2404 200.3 2404
17 Cliff Dew ENG 0 184 193 203 201 190 196 195 172 200 213 243 209 2399 199.9 2399 POS 13 – 26
18 Ovind Norhagen NOR 0 195 167 201 200 166 200 236 207 198 208 214 200 2392 199.3 2392 QUALIFY
19 Bigi Manico SWI 96 186 173 201 208 159 213 167 194 208 190 182 209 2290 190.8 2386 TO FINAL
20 Lee Cocker ENG 0 203 202 189 185 213 162 199 231 230 198 203 171 2386 198.8 2386 STAGE 1
21 Ray Falzon Reale MLT 0 183 237 207 211 165 232 176 207 165 192 228 170 2373 197.7 2373
22 Kyriakos X’ttofis CYP 0 199 208 195 176 224 185 167 251 167 235 177 187 2371 197.5 2371
23 Tommy Reinhold DEN 0 158 188 213 206 162 201 157 167 210 219 234 246 2361 196.7 2361
24 Beat Grauwiler SWI 0 179 211 211 182 268 147 158 222 233 204 187 154 2356 196.3 2356
25 George Stavrinou CYP 0 165 191 190 210 182 225 211 191 223 191 167 192 2338 194.8 2338
26 Jos Bakker NED 0 201 195 176 213 162 224 177 223 168 140 195 242 2316 193.0 2316

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