Session 3 – Saturday 19:00

by Bob Johnson 0

Current points: USA 11 Europe 7

The interesting saga of the 13th Weber Cup continues with a further six matches, the two teams fighting for a total of 17 points to clinch the 2012 edition and so far neither with a huge advantage, the Americans currently in charge with a 7-5 total.

This evenings schedule calls for an opening Baker team match followed by five singles.

BAKER TEAM - USA line-up: Chris Barnes/Tommy Jones/Bill O'Neill/Mike Fagan

European line-up: Osku Palermaa/Mika Koivuniemi/Dominic Barrett/Stuart Williams

SINGLES: O'Neill vs Palermaa

SINGLES: Jones vs Palermaa

SINGLES: Fagan vs Koivuniemi

SINGLES: O'Neill vs Barrett

SINGLES: Barnes vs WilliaMS

Blessings galore from above as Europe win yet another Baker team. A surprise as American anchorman, perhaps the most reliable player if you really need a strike, only scored seven when he got up for the tenth frame, so handing the first match to the Europeans and bringing the score back to 7-6 but still advantage USA

"They changed the lane pattern for tomights matches," commented Dominic Barrett, "so hopefully that is going to work for us."

That changef pattern certainly did not workfor Osku Palermaa and he has signed up for two consecutive singles matchesthis evening. Bill O'Neill was the master for this match, taking much advantage of Palermaa's two splits which he failed to convert and a missed single 7-pin. So USA back to a two point lead once again, 8-6, and Palermaa bats once again, this time against the formidable Tommy Jones.

What a close match this turned out to be. Tommy Jones just needed an 8-count with the final ball of the tenth frame after throwing two strikes and came up short with six, thereby losing the match by a single pin. Hence just one point difference in the standings now, a situation with which we have become very familiar.

Palermaa enjoyed throwing five strikes to post 235 and sat and watched Jones throw the needed double in the tenth, so was as surprised as the whole congregation as Jones just took six pins.

Now theweightis on the shoulders of Mika Koivuniemi to even up the points by defeating Mike Fagan, so completely spoiling Chris Barnes' wish for a three point lead.

So Fagn keeps the honors for the USA and we are back to seeing USA with a rwo point lead. "It was great to beat Mika, he is one of the best bowlers in the world," stated Fagan. Koivuniemi did have his chances when Fagan had two cosecutive open frames, one with a 2-4-10 split, the other a missed single 10-pin, a feature we have seen too many times from these international stars.

Now the penultimate match of this third session, Bill O'Neill taking on Dominic Barrett in yet another attempt to put the USA three points ahead. The signs in the stars show that this is not to be an easy task. "I am not thinking too far ahead," says Barrett, "but there is a chance of finishing the night with level points."

"I really wanted to bowl a 300 and bat Tommy JOnes' 279," said O'Neill. "I threw nine good shots so was disappointed with the tenth." He might be disappointed but USA captainChris Barnes is on cloud nine as he really wanted a three point buffer over the Europeans and his tropps have brought him that reward.

Now Barnes can enjoy being the focus of this final match of the second session, taking on friend and foe Stuart Williams.

Now Chris Barnes is the happiest bunny in all of South Yorkshire. "They did a good job of setting up this lane for us," he stated. "Out team discussed a few things and I did pretty good. We still have a lot of work as four points ahead is good buth there is still a long way to go."

All credit to Stuat Williams as he really did try to catch up with the flyuing Barnes but a 7-10 split in the fifth frame brought his aspirations to a shuddering halt. Barnes was yet another American chasing Tommy Jones high game of 279 but had to be content with three pins less.

17 points is the target for both teamsand it now looks as though the Europeans will be looking for a bit of Medinah magic and make a comeback similar to the European golfers in the recent Ryder Cup. Place your bets, ladies and gentlemen.

Play resumes at 13:00 (BST) on Sunday  with two scheduled sessions at 13:00 and 18:00.

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Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
USA  X  X  8s1  8/  X  8/  9/  X  X  72
 28  47 56  76  96  115  135  162  181  190  190
Europe  X  9/  X  9/  X  9/  X X  9/  9/X
 20  40  60  80  100  120  149  169  188  208  208
Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Bill USA  X  9/  X  9/ 9/  X  9/  X  X  XXX
 O'Neill 20  40  60  79  99  119  139  169  199  229  229
 Osku Europe  X  X 9/  8s1  9/  9-  X  8s1  X  X9/
 Palermaa  29  49  67  76  95  104  123  132  161  181  181
Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Tommy USA  9/  9/  X  X  X  9/  X  9/  X  XX6
 Jones  19  39  69  98  118  138  158  178  208  234  234
 Osku Europe  7/  X  9/  9/  X  X  X  X  X  9/7
 Palermaa  20  40  59  79  109  139  169  198  218  235  235
Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Mike USA  X  X  X  X  X  X 7s2  9-  X  XX8
 Fagan  30  60  90  120  147  166 175  184  214  242  242
 Mika Europe  X  X  9/  9/  X  X  X  9/  9/  X9-
 Koivuniemi  29  49  68  88  118  147  167  186  206  225  225
Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Bill USA  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  X  63
 O'Neill  30  60  90  120  150  180  210  236  255  264  264
 Dominic Europe  X  8/  8/  9/  X  X  X  9/  X X9/
 Barrett  20  38  57  77  107  136  156  176  205  225  225
Name Nat 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Total
 Chris USA  X  X  8/  X  X  X  X  X  X  XX8  276
 Barnes  28  48  68  98  128  158  188  218  248
 Stuart Europe  9/  X  X  X  8s-  9/  X  X  8s/  9/9
 Williams  20  50  78  96  104  124 152  172  191  210  210

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.

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