LIVE: DAY 1 EUROPE 4-2 USA (as it happened) - 14/10/2011
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RESULTS: Baker - Europe 206-255 USA (0-1)
Singles - Osku Palermaa 201-199 Bill O'Neill (1-1)
Singles - Paul Moor 236-203 Mike Fagan (2-1)
Singles - Mika Koivuniemi 212-246 Chris Barnes (2-2)
Singles - Dominic Barrett 216-197 Tommy Jones (3-2)
Singles - Mika Koivuniemi 245-235 Mike Fagan (4-2)
- Players picked by opposing captains in last singles match
QUOTES: MIKA KOIVUNIEMI (EUROPE): "It's a great finish and a great first day. We just need to keep up like we are now. I changed my ball and tried to strike out and force Mike to do the same."
QUOTES: MIKE FAGAN (USA): "You can't afford to make shots like that against the world's best. I spun the ball too much."
10.30pm: Chris Barnes' gamble backfires as Koivuniemi hits five strikes in a row on his way to a narrow 245-235 victory as Europe end the first day with a 4-2 lead.
10.09pm: The last match of the day is a singles match with the players chosen by the opposing captains. Europe pick Mike Fagan, who lost to Paul Moor earlier in the evening, while USA choose Mika Koivuniemi, a loser against Chris Barnes in his first match.
USA captain Chris Barnes explains his decision: "Paul Moor is bowling well, Dominic is bowling pretty well and you don't want to play Osku so that only leaves one guy. But there are no holes in the European team so it's a hard choice."
QUOTES - DOMINIC BARRETT (EUROPE): "Having home advantage helps as I have 14 balls with me and I changed it and it helped me out.
"The lane is giving you information all the time and it's about how you use that information. Tommy was doing well so it was a clear-cut decision that I had to change and it paid off."
QUOTES TOMMY JONES (USA): "That's why you bowl ten frames. I made what I thought was a pretty good shot and got four. It takes a lot of character to change your ball and win and he did it.
"There are no excuses, we haven't bowled well and we will see if Mike Fagan can get it back to 3-3."
9.45pm: Jones looks on course for the win but a horror two open frames, including one where he only claims four pins with his opening ball, gives Barrett a chance and, after changing his ball, he takes it for a 216-197 victory.
9.33pm: A poor start from Barrett as he leaves a 2-10 split with his first ball of the match and then misses both pins for an open frame in frame one.
9.29pm: Tommy Jones takes on Dominic Barrett in the next match with both players feeling the tournament starts now.
Barrett said: "I've been a part of the Weber Cup for a few years and the Friday session always goes like this. This will be a quite an importnat match and Tommy has one of the best records here but hopefully I can turn that around now. You don't get comfortable until you get a few matches into the tournament."
QUOTES - CHRIS BARNES (USA): "I like this one lane setting and the crowd is great and it makes for a great atmosphere. The Europeans got away from us early in the last couple of years but we need to keep this one close and then hope our experience comes to our favour."
QUOTES - MIKA KOIVUNIEMI (EUROPE): "I started playing well but made a bad shot and had lots of trouble with the strikes. I like the way the lane is playing but I don't like the way the pins are falling down."
9.20pm: Barnes makes it 2-2 as he benefits from Koivuniemi's four successive spares in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh frames. Barnes wins it 246-212.
8.53pm: Both sides bring out their big guns next up. Europe's Mika Koivuniemi versus American captain Chris Barnes. The pair are often room-mates in US PBA Tour events but Barnes shows there will be no love lost. "We both hate to lose and there will be no friendship in this match," says Barnes.
QUOTES - PAUL MOOR (EUROPE): I've bowled pretty well recently and consistently. Nothing spectacular but I feel good."
QUOTES - MIKE FAGAN (USA): "i'm elated to be here and it's a great environment to bowl in. It's a little bit tougher than I expected but I will just try to do my best.
"I think we gel really well with each other and know each other's games."
8.32pm: Moor made a perfect 300 in 2006 in this event and looks on course to repeat that with four strikes in a row, but the run goes no further. But Fagan, with four spares in the first first frames and then an open frame in the seventh, cannot make a winning start and Europe go 2-1 ahead.
8.10pm: The third match of the opening evening is between Paul Moor and Mike Fagan.
Fagan is confident of success this weekend and tweeted this just before he left the USA. "Too excited to sleep..Sorry Euros, The Weber Cup is coming back to the States!"
QUOTES - OSKU PALERMAA (EUROPE): "It's 1-1 but hats off the the Americans as they came up with the game to beat us in the Baker.
"The support here is perfect and it's what you wait 12 months for - to come here and play in this."
QUOTES - BILL O'NEILL (USA): "I bowled a pretty poor game there, it was terrible. But it's a great environment and a great event to be involved in."
7.42pm: The opening singles match is between European captain Osku Palermaa versus newcomer Bill O'Neill. Palermaa makes a stunning spare in the third when it looked like a certainty for an open frame. It is hard-fought but two open frames late on from O'Neill prove costly as Palermaa gets the nine pins he needs in the last frame to sneak the win. 1-1.
7.31pm: The crucial frame comes in the third when Dominic Barrett leaves a 2, 4, 10 split and the only open frame of the first match. Barrett's later spare means USA, who start with six successive strike, win the opening point by a 255-206 margin.
7.26pm: The first match is the baker where all players from both sides take part.
7.20pm: Welcome to day one and Matchroom Sport's live coverage of the PartyPoker.com Weber Cup.