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EVERYTHING BOWLING, ALL THE TIME


High drama: In the futuristic arena setting (left), American Bill O’Neill (below, left) was twice perfect, but the Euro quar- tet (left-to-right, Barrett, Larsen, Williams and Koivu- niemi) walked off with the coveted Cup.


The 14th


edition of the trans-


atlantic Ryder Cup-style bowl- ing showdown, produced by Matchroom Sport, featured singles, doubles and Baker team matches over a three-day peri- od in a single-lane arena at the


Barnsley Metrodome. The Americans, holding an


8-5 advantage heading into the 2013 Weber Cup, including a piggish 17-7 win in 2012, held the lead through the first two days. On the final day, however,


the Euros wrested control, win- ning five of the first six matches to gain a two-game lead head- ing into the final evening. Led by O’Neill, who had post- ed a pair of 300 games earlier in the competition, the Americans fought back to tie the contest, 13-13. Euro captain Koivuniemi of Finland split a pair of sin- gle-pin decisions, edging Jones, 215-214, then dropping a 234- 233 verdict to Fagan, to level the match, 14-14. But Brits Williams and Bar-


rett and Sweden’s Larsen swept the next three matches, with Williams delivering the dagger in a 237-227 win over Barnes, to secure the Cup for the sixth time.


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