USA in Command at Weber Cup XIV

October 12th, 2013  |  Published in Breaking News

BOWLING

The Metrodome installation

After a 5-1 thrashing of the European quartet by Chris Barnes and his merry men last night, the schedule moves into a different mood, featuring the usual opening of a Baker team match then alternating doubles and singles for five matches. The doubles are played as a scotch doubles, players alternating shots through the game.

Yesterday’s show with the highlights of a pair of perfect games and a 7-10 split conversion had the crowded Barnsley Metrodome raising the roof. The single lane installation bordered each side by around 600 seasoned spectators is an annual feature that sells out over a month before the tournament dates.

“We couldn’t be happier,” commented Chris Barnes when discussing his 5-1 lead after session one. “We had a little struggle at the beginning when we were trying to figure it out, which options to use, so to get as big a lead through the session is a huge bonus for us. The 300s were nice, but they still only count for one point. Today the pattern will change, a lot longer, so we will have to make some more adjustments, but we are really happy about the way the first squad turned out. I really didn’t anticipate having this lead. After the Europeans won the opening Baker, which has traditionally been the USA strong point, it didn’t look as though the points would be anything close to 5-1. We were looking at 3-3 when we got out of the gates. When the Europeans hit 250 we thought we were in a whole lot of trouble.”

Opposing captain Mika Koivuniemi is disappointed to lose all the singles matches. “I am happy about the way we are bowling but the biggest difference is how Team USA get their balls to go through the pins and strike much more than we do. So we have to figure out something that is part of the game. There is a different lane condition today. Yesterday it was 38 feet of oil, today it is 43, so it is going to play a little bit different.”

Team order of play: Europe – Mika Koivuniemi, Dominic Barrett, Martin Larsen, Stuart Williams. USA – Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones, Bill O’Neill, Mike Fagan.

Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Team EUR  9/  9/  X  7/  9/  X  X  X  X  9/7
   19  39  59  78  98  128  158  187  207  224  224
 Team USA  X  X  8/  X  7s2  X  X  8/  X  X9/
 28  48  68  87  96  124 144  164  193  213  213

POINTS: USA – 5; EUROPE – 2

The Barnsley clocks struck one and the eight players faced the opening team event. Would the bell toll for Europe or USA?

It is not often that the European quartet manage to win two consecutive Baker team matches. Memories are searched for such an occasion without result. They opened their account with the team win last night and have done it again this afternoon.

Things were going quite well for the Americans until Chris Barnes stepped up for the fifth frame and was shocked to be faced with a 3-7-10 split. He managed to take just two pins from that setup and the Europeans took over the advantage with four strikes and an eleven point win.

DOUBLES:

Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
Barrett & EUR  X  X  9/  X  X  X  X  X  X  XXX
Williams    29  49  69  99  129  159  189  219  249  279  279
 Fagan & USA  X X  X  X  9/  X  8s1  X  X XXX
 Jones  30  60  89  109  129  148  157  187  217  247  247

POINTS: USA – 5; EUROPE – 3

Hmmm! Europe on the comeback trail and they are doing it in style, not only beating the fearsome American duo of Jones and Fagan but hitting the opposition with a 279, all strikes except for a nine-spare in the third frame.

The surprise of the match was Tommy Jones leaving the 4-10 split in the seventh frame and that turned out to be the watershed, shifting the power to Europe and that duo never looked back, comfortable with each and every ball thereon in th strike ‘pocket’

Next up the first singles match of the day, Williams against Jones and what a thriller that is billed to be.

SINGLES:

Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Stuart EUR  71  X  X  9/  9/  9/  9/  X X  9/-
 Williams    8  37  57  76  95 114  134  163  183  193  193
 Tommy USA  X X X  X  X  X  X  8s1  X  5s4
 Jones  30  60  90  120  150  178  197  206  225  234  234

POINTS: USA – 6; EUROPE 3

DOUBLES:

Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Koivuniemi EUR  X  9/  9/  7s2  X X  8s1  X  6s1  XX8
 & Larsen    20 39  56  65  93  112  121  138  145  173  173
 Barnes & USA  X  X  6s3  X  7/  X  X  X  X  XXX
 O’Neill  26  45 54  74  94  124  154  184  214  244  244

POINTS: USA – 7; EUROPE – 3

Splits reared their ugly heads in this second doubles match, three of the lesser liked kind for the Europeans and just one for the visitors, throwing the impetus across the ‘pond’ and the duo took good advantage of the situation to pick up yet another point and get back to a four point lead.

SINGLES:

Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Martin EUR  9-  X  X  X  X  X  X  9/  X  X61
 Larsen    9  39 69  99  129  158  178  198  224  241  241
 Bill USA  9/  72  X  X  8/  9/  X  X  9/  XX6
 O’Neill  17  26  54  74  93  113  142  162  182  208  208

POINTS: USA – 7; EUROPE – 4

Another ray of hope for the Europeans after a great win for Martin Larsen over Bill O’Neill, bringing the European’s deficit down to three points. As Larsen stroked the strikes O’Neill fished for a line to the pocket, ball after ball tracking right of his target.

DOUBLES:

Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Barrett & EUR X  X  X  9/  8/  9/  X  X  9/  9/X
 Koivuniemi    30  59  79  97  116  136  165  185  204  224  224
 O’Neill & USA  X  8/  X  X  X  7/  9/  X  9/  X6s1
 Jones  20  40  70  97  117  136  156  176  196  213  213

POINTS: USA – 7; EUROPE 5

A superb improvement by the European quartet for this afternoon’s session of the Weber Cup, sealed by the final doubles match in home favor to bring the points back to 7-5, although till two in favor of the Americans.

The next session takes to the lane at 18:00 BST (13:00 EST) with the usual Baker team opener followed by five singles.

For further information, contact Keith Hale, keithhale679@aol.com

See also: www,webercup.com

 

 

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