Barcelona – Squads 2-3 – The Marauders

July 13th, 2011  |  Published in Breaking News

Last week, in the Storm San Marino Open, the ten-strong group of Malaysia’s elite national squad found the lanes of the Rose ‘n Bowl in the republic’s capital Serravalle very much to their liking and not only took the top three places but nine of the ten finished in the money.

Team Malaysia

Now the intrepid dozen, including team manager Cheah Ban Cheng, known to all as just ‘BC’, and talented coach Holloway Cheah, have made their way to Bowling Pedralbes in Barcelona and are setting their sights on doing the same again and have now been named the ‘Malaysian Marauders’.

All ten players are on the roster for the 17:00 squad, the first of two squads this warm and sunny Wednesday afternoon. The second squad follows at 21:00 for the nighthawks.

Leftie Alex Liew was the star of the San Marino show. Left-hander Gery Verbruggen from Belgium is the defending champion. Could they dominate here this week. That remains to be seen.

Over the last few years we have enjoyed the company of Pete Weber and other merrie PBA players but this year the United States are only represented by Brian Voss and Mike Fagan, although PBA star Mika Koivuniemi of Finnish origin is in the line-up.

Syafiq Ridhwan

Setting the pace with 476 over the first two games, Malaysia’s Zulmazran Zulkifli had the idea of being the pioneer to break into the 1400-barrier but others had their own ides about that, especially Zul’s team-mate Syafiq Ridhwan.

The 26-year-old student going for a bachelor’s degree hit six solid 200-plus games with a high of 268 in the fifth. A final 225 passed him through the 1400 mark to total 1403 and set the new score at the top of the leader board.

“I just bowled my normal game, that’s all,” stated Ridhwan, at the end of the squad. “I did make some minor adjustments. I used the right equipment, kept scoring and picked up all the spares. I just had to be patient.

“Hopefully I am going to win this tournament and qualify for the European Bowling Tour Masters. (He is currently eighth in the rankings) so I hope I can bowl good.

“The lane conditions in European tournaments suit me. Back home in Asia the lanes are a lot drier so you have to make a lot of adjustments. In Europe the lanes are quite easy.”

Zulkifli was doing fine until the sixth and final game, then a 193 saw him drop to third place behind Christian Racpan.

Leading woman on the squad was Denmark’s Mai Ginge Jensen, posting 1336 including bonus.

SQUAD 3

Three-time WBW World Bowler of the Year Dominic Barrett from Colchester, England was one of the leading lights to take to the Bowling Pedralbes lanes for the final squad of Thursday and gazing from above he did not look at all a happy bunny.

Our mezzanine media area gives a fie view of the approaches and half the lanes but we cannot see the scores or the pins.

Also contending for honors were Brian Voss , his second entry, and Clara Guerrero from Colombia, although now living in Texas, USA. No sign, as yet, of  Venezuelan Amleto Monacelli, the PBA multi-titlist, but we are assured that he will eventually arrive. A similar story for another American pro, Mike Fagan, but there are still three days of the qualifying rounds to go.

The Malaysians departed soon after Squad 2 but they will be back for the 09:00 squad 4 on Friday. Each squad now has a waiting list and the tournament crew are doing a magnificent job of keep track of the entries.

Brian Voss

Local bowler Moises Perez came home with 1323 and looked to be the leader of squad 3. He was over on lanes 13/14 but then the action quickly centered on 3/4 and 5/6 as Sweden’s Kim Bolleby hit the first nine strikes and looked to be a contender. Then Brian Voss on 3/4 suddenly piled in seven in a row to finish with 254. Lo and behold, the american pipped them all with 1362 and therefore books his place in Sunday’s finals. More time on the beach.

Perez took second place on the squad and from the Netherlands came Bianca Wiekeraad to top the female contingent with 1287 for third squad place.

“After bowling yesterday I came in with a little different strategy today,” Brian Voss told us. “For the first two games I went right hard and straight (236, 237). That’s what you do in this game, you go out and you learn what not to do and learn what to do.  Then you have to do it with conviction and make sure have the right attack. It turned out to be good. Yeah, I do alright for an old man.

“Yes, I used the same balls as yesterday but it was all about getting feel for the pattern so I’m just learning to have the ability to know what I have to do. Yes, it was a real good day. At least I don’t have to bowl again until sunday but I will be practicing somewhere else. I knew that if I didn’t bowl well tonight and win this squad I would be sitting on a waiting list.”

TOP 25 STANDINGS AFTER SQUAD 3:

P Player Federation 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pins Hdcp Total
1 Syafiq Ridhwan Malaysia 219 218 246 228 268 225 1404 0 1404
2 Brian Voss USA 236 237 202 233 200 254 1362 0 1362
3 Christian Racpan Germany 183 257 195 278 217 224 1354 0 1354
4 Zulkifli Zulmazran Malaysia 232 244 210 247 227 193 1353 0 1353
5 Mai Ginge Jensen Denmark 243 184 213 198 215 235 1288 48 1336
6 Marcial Ovide Marron Catalonia 230 207 259 209 212 212 1329 0 1329
7 Moi Perez Ibañez Catalonia 178 214 237 244 252 198 1323 0 1323
8 Sandra Andersson Sweden 215 187 237 216 214 192 1261 48 1309
9 Or Aviram Israel 180 235 194 212 226 254 1301 0 1301
10 Sharon Koh Malaysia 244 178 228 159 217 219 1245 48 1293
11 Adrian Ang Malaysia 183 214 244 214 236 202 1293 0 1293
12 Bianca Wiekeraad Netherlands 191 205 201 184 211 247 1239 48 1287
13 Diana Zavjalova Latvia 183 211 166 213 200 265 1238 48 1286
14 Yoan Alix France 192 202 231 207 258 179 1269 0 1269
15 Jaroslav Lorenc Czech Republic 224 207 232 177 205 222 1267 0 1267
16 Dominic Barrett England 189 200 223 199 192 263 1266 0 1266
17 Vincent Cayez France 199 232 188 253 223 170 1265 0 1265
18 Kim Bolleby Sweden 163 267 190 137 222 269 1248 0 1248
19 Clara Guerrero Colombia 213 205 249 197 170 166 1200 48 1248
20 Artur Colomer Soler Catalonia 192 209 233 171 209 219 1233 0 1233
21 Victoria Johansson Sweden 154 182 176 225 232 215 1184 48 1232
22 Wendy Kok Netherlands 205 185 197 174 201 219 1181 48 1229
23 Britt Brondsted Denmark 198 162 181 166 260 214 1181 48 1229
24 Siti Shazwani Malaysia 216 153 223 168 210 211 1181 48 1229
25 Marek Keckes Slovakia 182 220 213 268 150 195 1228 0 1228

 

 

 

 

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