Weber Cup XIV – Is it the best ever?

by Bob Johnson 0

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

BAKER TEAM:

Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Team EUR  X  X  X  X  X  X  9/  X  X  XXX
   30  60  90  120  149 169  189  219  249  279  279
 Team USA  X  X  8/  X  X  9/  9/  9/  7s-  XX6
 28  48  68  97  117  136  155  172 179  205  205

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.

SINGLES:

For the first time in memory, this is the first time that the same line-up has been scheduled over the first two matches.

Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Dominic EUR  8/  X  X  X  9/  9/  9/  X  9-  X81
 Barrett    20  50  79  99  118  137  157  176 185  204  204
 Chris USA  X  7/  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X8/
 Barnes  20  40 70  100  130  160  190  220  248  268  268
Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Dominic EUR  X 7/  X  X  X  X  9/  X  X  XX-
 Barreti    20  40  70  100 129  149  169  199  229  249  249
 Chris USA  X  7s2  X  X  8/  X  8/  9/  9/  XXX
 Barnes  19 28  56  76 96  116  135  154  174  204  204

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.

Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Mika EUR  X  9/  X  X  9/  9/  X  X  9/  8/X
 Koivuniemi    20  40  69  89  108  128  157  177  195  215  215
 Bill USA  9/  7s2  8/  6s3  9/  X  5w4  7/  X  X9/
 O’Neill  17  26  42  51  71  90 99  119  148  168  168

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.

Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Stuart EUR  X  X  X  X  X 9/  9/  X  6s1  X7/
 Williams    30  60  90  119  139  158 178 195  202  222  222
 Tommy USA  X  X  X  X  X  X  8s-  X  x  X7s2
 Jones  30  60  90  120  148  166 174  204  231  250  250

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.

Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Martin EUR  X  9/  X  6s2  7/  7/  X  X  9/  8s1
 Larsen    20  40  58  66  83  103  132  152  170  179  179
 Mike USA X  9-  9/  X  X  9/ 9/  7/  9/  8/8
 Fagan  19 28  48  77  97  116  133  152  170  188  188

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.

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

Tournament website: www.webercup.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.