Now the Trios

August 17th, 2010  |  Published in Breaking News

Now at the halfway stage as far as the four main disciplines are concerned, the focus switches to the trios.

There will be three squads today (Tuesday) with each team playing three games on the medium lane pattern and a further three games tomorrow on the long condition.

Early forecasts of the eventual medalists have been pretty wide of the mark so we will refrain from placing bets today. However, doubles gold medalists Paulsson and Arup are joining up with Martin Larsen for the first squad of the trios this morning and they must be worth watching. The German bronze medalists are also in action on this squad.

Italy set the early pace, opening up with 716 in the first game with Korea on 686 and the United States and Malaysia on 681, but all things changed rapidly when switching lanes.

Italy swung to 581 and the Americans suffered with 583 but the Malaysians maintained a 649. chinese Taipei came into the picture with 642.

The final game saw scores tighten up but Malaysia took the lead with a final game of 634 for a 1964 total, eight pins ahead of Italy and the United States held third on 1930.

Malaysia's Kong, Ridhwa and Liew

The Malaysians were pleased to be at the top of the leaderboard at the end of three of the six games. “The medium pattern is OK for us,” said leftie alex Liew. “We are confident. we bowled well in the singles on this pattern and we hope that what we bowled today we can continue with tomorrow. ”

“I didn’t have to change my bowling balls today,” added Muhamad Ridhwa. “I just bowled as before.”

Anchorman Aaron Kong said: “The first two games were OK  but I had to make small adjustments during the last game. The lanes changed a little. I thought the Americans would do better, but they are still close to us, so we’ll see tomorrow.”

There are two more squads bowling today on the medium pattern and the remaining three games by all three squads will be played tomorrow. then the play-offs for the top four teams are due to commence at 20:00 local time.

Squad 2 saw many teams suffer a roller-coaster ride, starting with good games and then slumping to lower scores in the third. It was the Finns who came through to lead the squad with 1890 but that did not challenge the 1964 set by the Malaysia 1 team on the first squad this morning, so they slotted into sixth place in the overall standings.

Puerto Rico led the first game and then the baton was taken over by Thailand, but Finland came through at the end.

Finland's Jahi, Uotila & Salonen

There is one more squad left to bowl this evening and tomorrow all three squads bowl another three-game series on the long oil pattern. The combined six-game score will decide the top four teams advancing to the play-offs for medals.

Much disappointment for America’s second trio of O’Neill, Barnes and Malott on this squad. Their 1885 puts them down into eighth position.

The final squad of the day, squad 3 was another low scoring affair, the participating teams coming well below the standard set on the opening squad this morning.

Denmark had their chances but fluffed the third game, going from 115 over to obscurity. So it remained with French being the squad leaders on 1884 and slot into ninth place in the overall standings. They were followed by the Philippines and Finland.

Squad 2 took to the lanes on the early Wednesday morning shift, now switching to the long oil pattern for their final three games. The highlight of this squad was the opening game between Mexico and the United States which ended 760-727 in favor of the Mexicans. Lead-off Ernesto Franco threw the first ten strikes followed by a 4-7 leave for a 288 opener. Jorge Rosado followed with 241 and Alejandro Cruz anchored with 231 for the 760. The Americans had Bill O’Neill with 247, Chris Barnes 234 and Tommy Jones 246 to total 727. As far as could be seen, these were the only scores to top 700 but there were plenty of good scores across the house, a relief after the low scoring yesterday.

Team USA continued on the crest of the wave to take over the standings with a 738 in the second game, the largest contribution coming from O’Neill yet again with 267. Lesser mortals Barnes and Jones followed up with 235 aand 236 respectively. Once again, this looked to be the only score over 700.

Jones, O'Neill and Barnes

The Americans needed a team total of 657 in the third and final game to top the old trios three-game record of 2121, set by Finland back in 1999 and this they did, handsomely. 249, 226 and 256 from the triplets gave them 731 and they garnered 2196, beating the old record by 75 pins. Just a couple of open frames in the first game brought them up eight pins short of a new six-game record. They needed 4089 and finished with 4081.

Top man for the Americans was once again Bill O’Neill, the strike machine. His games of 247, 267 and 249 brought him home with a 763 series.

The Mexicans did pretty well, too. Finishing in second place on the squad but failing to reach the dizzy heaights of their first game.

(USA Trio photo courtesy Terence Yaw)

In the post match interview, Bill O’Neill said:  “I think we were lucky to get out on the first squad today. It was a little bit easier than it was yesterday, so we took advantage of it.”

“It was a pretty good block for me,” added Tommy Jones. ” I needed a good session to get back into the Masters. More importantly, I had two good team-mates that kept me lined up so we had a lot of fun this morning.”
Then the situation was summed up succinctly by Chris Barnes: “If you had told us yesterday after a marginal performance that we would be within a few pins of the overall world championship record today we wouldn’t believe it.  Now we’re awfully happy. These guys really struck a lot today.

“Our new record might hold up for a little while. Hopefully we can make a run at it next time around. We came up just eight pins short of the six-game record by making some poor shots yesterday. We didn’t take advantage of what we had on the shorter pattern.  We had a great cross today and followed some really good teams.”

Great expectations from the teams on the final squad and although the hopes of many were dashed and fell on stony ground, two teams from this session made it into the top four and therefore will collect medals.

First to get into the frame were the trio from Chinese Taipei, not attaining the lofty heights set by America in this morning’s opening squad, but posting 3914, which was good enough to place them in second place. Mexico, previously holding the runner-up spot were therefore demoted to third and the second American trio garnered sufficient pinfall to move into fourth.

“This is my first world championship and I didn’t expect to come this far to be honest,” said Hung Kun-Yi. “Cheng and Wu did all the work and I’m only a passenger.”

“I was at the last championship in Bangkok and I went home disappointed,” said Cheng Hsing-Chao. “Before I came here, I was determined to do well and I guess my hard work paid off.”

“It’s not just me. It’s a team effort,” said the anchorman, Wu Hao-Ming, who is also debuting at this year’s championships. “We’re not strong in the medium pattern but we managed a good score. Our strength is in the long oil so we knew we had to take the chance.”

So, the play-offs will feature Team USA versus Team USA in one semi-final; Chinese Taipei versus Mexico in the other. The winners of those one-game affairs will, of course, advance to the final, again fought over one game.

Chinese Taipei

Team USA 2

Mexico

Photos courtesy Terence Yaw

ROLL-OFFS:

USA Gold medalists

Semi-Finals:The main attraction of the semi-finals was the battle between the two American teams. Evenly matched the outcome of the one-game confrontation was a tie on 590. This meant a

9th and 10th frame roll-off for one nominated player from each team. The tasks fell to Wes Malott for Team 2 and Bill O’Neill for Team 1.

O’Neill started with nine-spare and then suffered a 4-9 split, which he failed to convert. Malott also had a nine-spare but followed that with three strikes for a 50-27 win and a ticket into the final.

The Americans then faced Mexico as they defeated the trio from Chinese Taipei, 607-576.

ALL EVENTS AFTER 18 GAMES (Top 16 qualify for Masters after 24 games):

Pos. Country Name Singles Doubles Trios Team Total Sp.ges Ave.
1. United States O’Neill, Bill 1372 1265 1417 0 4054 18 225.22
2. United States Barnes, Chris 1375 1237 1329 0 3941 18 218.94
3. Mexico Franco, Ernesto 1353 1197 1382 0 3932 18 218.44
4. Denmark Agerbo, Jesper 1349 1219 1305 0 3873 18 215.17
5. Korea Jang, Dong-Chul 1346 1213 1301 0 3860 18 214.44
6. United States Allen, Patrick 1172 1367 1305 0 3844 18 213.56
7. Chinese Taipei Cheng, Hsing-Chao 1299 1179 1346 0 3824 18 212.44
8. Hong Kong Mak, Cheuk Yin 1240 1260 1308 0 3808 18 211.56
9. Denmark Øhrgaard, Frederik 1283 1259 1250 0 3792 18 210.67
10. Korea Cho, Young-Seon 1324 1280 1182 0 3786 18 210.33
11. Korea Choi, Bok-Eum 1392 1199 1191 0 3782 18 210.11
12. Finland Uotila, Pasi 1357 1169 1244 0 3770 18 209.44
13. Thailand Tinjiratip, Dechochai 1243 1229 1297 0 3769 18 209.39
14. United States Jones, Tommy 1250 1182 1335 0 3767 18 209.28
15. United Arab Emirates Al Abadla, Nayef Oqab 1181 1276 1309 0 3766 18 209.22
16. United States Malott, Wes 1278 1263 1221 0 3762 18 209.00

FINAL STANDINGS AFTER 6 GAMES (3 on medium oil, 3 on long):

Pos Country Sq. Name
1 2 3 4 5 6
Total

Ave.
1. United States 2 2 O’Neill, Bill 218 252 184 247 267 249 1417 236.17
Barnes, Chris 225 213 196 234 235 226 1329 221.50
0 Jones, Tommy 200 195 202 246 236 256 1335 222.50
0 Total
643 660 582 727 738 731
4081

226.72
2. Chinese Taipei 1 1 Cheng, Hsing-Chao 233 235 232 225 187 234 1346 224.33
Hung, Kun-Yi 225 206 185 199 215 206 1236 206.00
0 Wu, Hao-Ming 215 201 191 245 236 244 1332 222.00
0
Total
673 642 608 669 638 684
3914

217.44
3. Mexico 1 2 Franco, Ernesto 223 257 196 288 216 202 1382 230.33
Rosado, Jorge 164 214 192 241 200 246 1257 209.50
0 Cruz, Alejandro 241 170 194 231 182 182 1200 200.00
0
Total
628 641 582 760 598 630
3839

213.28
4. United States 1 1 Allen, Patrick 278 204 204 188 237 194 1305 217.50
Page, Rhino 213 206 204 223 235 221 1302 217.00
0 Malott, Wes 190 173 258 180 198 222 1221 203.50
0 Total
681 583 666 591 670 637
3828

212.67
5. Italy 1 1 Pirozzi, Massimo 279 191 183 173 195 221 1242 207.00
Rampi, Mauro 212 177 253 186 199 213 1240 206.67
0 Reviglio, Marco 225 213 223 200 243 215 1319 219.83
0 Total
716 581 659 559 637 649
3801

211.17
6. Thailand 1 2 Kusonphitak, Somjed 171 170 205 232 215 192 1185 197.50
Tinjiratip, Dechochai 236 246 209 225 171 210 1297 216.17
0 Larpapharat, Yannaphon 252 244 156 226 171 196 1245 207.50
0
Total
659 660 570 683 557 598
3727

207.06
7. Finland 1 2 Jähi, Joonas 213 190 194 243 233 141 1214 202.33
Salonen, Petteri 225 212 200 215 167 246 1265 210.83
0 Uotila, Pasi 224 198 234 209 201 178 1244 207.33
0 Total
662 600 628 667 601 565
3723

206.83
8. Philippines 2 3 Rivera, Engelberto 179 210 185 205 202 202 1183 197.17
Miranda, Raoul 212 232 217 230 209 168 1268 211.33
0 King, Constantine Chester 186 218 220 209 193 234 1260 210.00
0 Total
577 660 622 644 604 604
3711

206.17
9. Belgium 1 1 Maggi, Mats 225 161 206 198 198 245 1233 205.50
Samain, Jean-Marc 206 223 170 183 171 242 1195 199.17
0 Verbruggen, Gery 236 203 205 194 244 199 1281 213.50
0
Total
667 587 581 575 613 686
3709

206.06
10. Denmark 1 1 Larsen, Thomas 184 191 172 192 171 232 1142 190.33
Øhrgaard, Frederik 244 202 191 164 235 214 1250 208.33
0 Agerbo, Jesper 200 214 228 222 214 227 1305 217.50
0 Total
628 607 591 578 620 673
3697

205.39

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