20th November, Palembang: Overall leader, Francois Louw of South Africa added another stellar performance in the Men's third qualifying block to build up an unsurmountable lead at the 55th QubicaAMF Bowling Cup on Wednesday.
Louw, who led both the first and second block after two days, had a moderate start with 225 in his 13th game yet was able to extend his lead over Kuwait's Jasem Alsaqer by 216 pins. Finland's Niko Oksanen had a poor start with only 180 and dropped to third.
Apart from a low game of 172 in Louw's 15th game, the South African reeled in big games of 243, 249, 257 and 258 to complete his third block with 4210 on another strong series of 1404 for an unsurmountable lead of 310 pins.
Germany's Oliver Morig, who traded second spot with Oksanen and Alsaqer briefly, eventually ended in second overall with 3900 on a 1334 third block series. The Finn took up third spot with 3807 followed by the Kuwaiti in fourth with 3796.
Indonesia's hopeful, Ryan Lalisang downed 1281 series to finish in the top five but shared fourth position with Alsaqer. Korea's debutant, Lee Wanhee was sixth with 3781 while defending champion, Sam Cooley of Australia had a better 1309 series to end in seventh with 3741.
Ireland's Christopher Sloan, Latvia's Daniel Vezis and Brazil's Renan Zoghaib rounded out the top 10 with 3733, 3725 and 3720 respectively. The cut at 24th position went to Philippines' Merwin Tan on 3577 tieing with Russia's Vladimir Sverchkov.
The women will take to the lanes for their third block at 15:00 hrs local time while the men will end their four blocks of qualifying tomorrow afternoon after the women finish their final block. 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.
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