19th November, Palembang: Overnight leader, Francois Louw of South African built up a big lead after another stellar performance in the Men's second block of qualifying rounds at the 55th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.
The South African continued where he left off with a stunning 288 opening game to extend his lead from 33 to 133 pins. 2019 Asian Championships Trios silver medallist, Jasem Alsaqer of Kuwait, who was fifth in the first block, downed 229 to move into second spot.
Ireland's two-handed Christopher Sloan remained in third ahead of Latvia's Daniel Vezis slipping down to fourth. Korea's Lee Wanhee and Indonesia's Ryan Lalisang kept themselves close in the top six. The Kuwaiti then added a sizzling 278 in the ninth game to reduce the gap to 60 pins when Louw managed only 205.
But the 2015 Saudi Open champion, responded with another stunning 290 in the tenth game to stretch his lead to a comfortable 148 pins as Alsaqer rolled 202. The Korean was third while Germany's Oliver Morig gradually crawled his way up to fourth ahead of the Irishman.
Louw rounded up his second block with 220 and 225 to remain the leader with 2806, 200 pins ahead of his nearest rival and the first player to register a 6-games series surpassing the 1400-mark. Finland's Niko Oksanen flew home with 256 and 245 in his last two games to snatch second spot with 2606.
Alsaqer fizzled off with 178 and 184 to slip down to third on 2578 while Morig and Lee completed the top five with 2566 and 2556 respectively. Vezis finished sixth with 2552 and Lalisang settled for seventh position with 2515.
Singapore's Eugene Yeo, Sloan and Bahrain's Ahmed Alawadhi rounded out the top 10. The biggest mover was John Janawicz of USA, from 37th position overnight to take up the cut position of 24th with 2387, averaging 198.92.
The men will resume with their third block of another six games tomorrow morning while the women will complete their third block in the afternoon. The players will round off their four blocks of qualifying on November 21. The top 24 men and top 24 women with the highest pinfalls will advance to the next round.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Palembang, Indonesia.