LIVE DAY 2, SESSION 2 - EUROPE 10-8 USA - 15/10/2011
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Session three - Saturday, October 15 - 7pm
Baker - Europe 246-216 USA
Dominic Barrett 179-212 Chris Barnes
Dominic Barrett 191-168 Mike Fagan
Osku Palermaa 192-225 Chris Barnes
Mika Koivuniemi 181-269 Tommy Jones
Paul Moor 247-213 Bill O'Neill
QUOTES - PAUL MOOR (EUROPE): "It was a good feeling to get that two-point cushion again. I really felt comfortable, threw some great shots and it paid dividends.
"Being the only leftie is probably an advantage and being able to play straight all the time is the best way I can play. If I do that then I can beat anyone."
QUOTES - BILL O'NEILL (USA): "I was sure Paul would bowl a good game and i did as well but I lost a couple of hits but I guess that's the way it goes.
"We bowled a lot better than yesterday but there have still been three or four matches we should've won."
10.10pm: Europe need a cool head to get them back on track and Paul Moor provides it. He turns on the style to comfortably beat Bill O'Neill, who regrets back-to-back spares in the sixth and seventh frames. Europe will start the last day with a 10-8 lead, needing seven more points to win the title again.
9.44pm: Mika Koivuniemi's match with Tommy Jones is expected to be a classic but the Big Finn never recovers from a horror start that sees him score only 27 after three open frames at the start of the competition. But Jones ruthlessly finishes it off to win by 269-181, a winning margin of 88, the biggest victory of the 2011 PartyPoker.com Weber Cup. Europe led 6-2 earlier in the day but a shocking run of scores in singles matches of 179, 191, 192 and 181 has seen them lose three out of the last four points.
QUOTES: CHRIS BARNES (USA): "We discussed some strategy with some of the other players and it worked out great. It was about the fifth frame and we had a discussion and that got me the game. It's nice to have guys like that who can help you."
9.15pm: Barnes claims it by 225-192. Both players start with an open frame, a strike and two spares but Barnes sprints ahead with four strikes in a row.
8.45pm: The next match sees the two captains collide as Osku Palermaa plays Chris Barnes. Barnes was involved in singles action earlier in the evening as he claimed a win over Dominic Barrett.
8.15pm: The third match of the evening session is between Dominic Barrett and Mike Fagan. It is an incredible encounter which turns into the lowest scoring game of the competition. Fagan starts with two open frames but Barrett is struggling as well. However, he produces one of the shots of the tournament to make a 2-4-10 split for a spare in the ninth frame and that helps him claim the point with a 191-168 success. Europe lead by three again with the scoreboard showing 9-6 but there is still a long way to go as 17 is the magic number.
QUOTES - CHRIS BARNES (USA): "We needed the point and I was pretty disappointed with letting the team down in the Baker match but it's now back to only two points difference."
7.52pm: Chris Barnes meets Dominic Barrett and it is a much-needed victory for the American, who takes it 212-179. Barrett starts with an open frame and gets another one in the fourth. A 7-10 split from Barnes in the eighth gives Barrett hope but spares from the Englishman in the next two frames end his hopes. Europe 8-6 USA.
QUOTES OSKU PALERMAA (EUROPE): "I'm happy with the way we bowled - it was a good game and we were tough to beat."
7.20pm: Europe start the second session of the second day holding a 7-5 lead. They then extend that lead further to 8-5 as they win the baker by a 246-216. USA captain Chris Barnes leaves an open frame in the fifth and Europe pounce with six successive strikes to take the point.