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Bowling News USA - October 1, 2011 Storm Staffers Dominate 9th Vienna Open...

2011 European Bowling Tour #17

 

Dominic Barrett leads Squad 16 in Singles (1343); teams with Osku Palermaa for fourth place in Doubles (2674); cut for 52nd place is 1271 (211.83 avg.)

 

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Reigning European Bowling Tour ranking champion and International Storm staffer Dominic Barrett, (top left) led the penultimate qualifying squad of the 9th Columbia Vienna Open in Singles and Doubles Saturday afternoon at Plus Bowling in Vienna, Austria. 

Barrett had games of 217, 193, 258, 234, 207 and 234 for 1343 six-game total and an average of 223.83 but missed his high score by 22 pins to remain in ninth place in the overall qualifying with 1356, yet one short of the top 8, who will earn one bye for tomorrow's finals. 

Storm's newest International staffer Martin Larsen (top right), Sweden, continued to lead the field of 324 players - 270 men and 54 women - from 28 countries 1453 or an average of 242.17. 

The top 10 players of Squad 16 topped the cutoff number of 1271 held by Squad 3 leader Alexander Rauscher, Austria, who will be automatically seeded into the finals if he will fall out of the top 52 in the last squad. 

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Marek Talpa (left), Czech Republic, was second with 1335 to jump into 14th place with Storm's two-hander Osku Palermaa (right), Finland, close behind with 1331 in 15th place. 

Benjamin Pachonik, Germany had 1308, good for 23rd place, with Toni Ranta, Finland, in 26th at 1302 and Stephan Unger, Germany, in 28th at 1299. 

Sandro Ancarani, Switzerland, and Jesse Kallio, Finland were one and two pins behind Unger to overtake 30th and 32nd place, respectively. Steve Miller, England, toppled 1277 pins and is just four places above the cut line in 48th. 

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His compatriot Stuart Williams (left) was also among the top 10 with 1292 but remained in 10th place with his high series of 1349. 

Barrett and Palermaa (top right, l-r) were the sole team of Squad 16, which moved into the cashers of the Doubles competition.
 
The duo, which has dominated the EBT rankings in the past four years, chalked up 2674, an average of 222.83, to jump into fourth place. 

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Perttu Jussila and Martin Larsen, Sweden (left), remained atop the leaderboard of now 341 doubles with 2823 and an average of 235.25. Larsen and 13-time PBA champion Chris Barnes United States, were second with 2708. Third place belonged to Jean Marc Samain and Mats Maggi (below right, r-l), Belgium with 2705. 

Stephan Unger and Nadine Geissler hold the 20th and last place to cash with 2557. 
 
(courtesy: bowlingdigital.com)

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