Yes, I do realize that were at not yet halfway through the schedule but opinions are being bandied about that this is turning out to be the best-ever Weber Cup.
The level of bowling in this 14th 888.com Weber Cup is nothing short of outstanding and the packed arena echoes with cheers as the crowd appreciate the great scoring.
Two perfect games and the conversion of a 7-10 split in last night’s session and the great comeback by the Europeans this afternoon have finger nails bitten down to flesh.
Tonight we go into the third six-match session with the usual Baker team opening and then follows five singles matches.
Team order of play: Europe – Koivuniemi, Barrett, Larsen, Williams; USA – Barnes, Jones, Fagan, O’Neill
POINTS: USA – 7; EUROPE – 6
Well, well. Would you believe it? The Baker team event has been the bugbear of the Europeans throughout the history of the Weber Cup and now it is a juxtaposition as they have won all three slots in this year’s event.
For the first time in memory, this is the first time that the same line-up has been scheduled over the first two matches.
POINTS: USA – 8; EUROPE – 7.
The tide shifted for Chris Barnes in the second game with Dominic Barrett getting his own back after being handsomely beaten over the first ten frames. Now the Europeans get a chance to level the proceedings as European captain Mika Koivuniemi takes on Bill O’Neill.
Koivuniemi hit a 300 game on the road to victory in the Vienna Open in Austria last week, claiming a perfect game in 21 countries around the world.
POINTS: USA – 8; EUROPE – 8
The Europeans create yet another stunning comeback match as they now equal the Americans on points, each team at the halfway point of reaching 17 points to carry away the 2013 888.com Weber Cup. “It has been a long journey for the Europeans but finally they are back,” said emcee Tony Wrighton.
Now a repeat of this afternoon’s schedule as Stuart Williams once again takes on Tommy Jones, yet again a Barnsley thriller.
POINTS: USA – 9; EUROPE – 8
Level pegging for the first five frames for both tenpin stars but a couple of stubborn 10-pins caught out Williams. However, he regained ground when Jones hit a split in the sixth frame but lost ground again with a much slower ball in the ninth with an awkward split Jones carried merrily on his way to maintain his 250 average over the first two days.
Martin Larsen and Mike Fagan close the proceedings for Saturday and it is up to the lithe Swede to even up the points yet again.
POINTS: USA – 10; EUROPE – 8
When Mike Fagan missed the single 10-pin in the second frame it looked to be curtains for the American. It was still looking that way when Martin Larsen stood up to bowl the tenth framer, just needing a nine-spare and high count to earn the point that would even the scores going into the final day. A 2-10 split settled the issue in America’s favor and brought tremendous disappointment to the European quartet.
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Tournament website: www.webercup.com.