21st November, Palembang: Leader for three days, Francois Louw of South Africa cruised into the Top 24 Round of the 55th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup with a commanding lead over Germany's Oliver Morig, Korea's Lee Wanhee and Indonesia's Ryan Lalisang.
With 310 pins lead from Day 3, the 33-year-old 2015 World Cup first runner-up was quick to extend his lead to 373 with a sizzling 257 in the opening game. Morig had a moderate start but the Lee did well with 259 to move into third.
Louw was on a roll, reeling in 200, 204, 206, 232 and 211 for his lowest 6-games series of 1310 and a 24-game total of 5520 to retain top spot. The German bounced back brilliantly with 232, 279, 212, 259 and 256 to seal second position with 5332, registering the highest 6-games series of 1432.
Lee finished third with 5155 thanks to a big game of 267 in the 21st game. Lalisang roll the highest game of the block with 290 also in the 21st game to clinch fourth position with 5128 while defending champion, Sam Cooley of Australia rounded out the top five with 5115.
Irish two-hander, Christopher Sloan took sixth position with 5104 thanks to a superb 1371 series in the fourth block. Czech Republic's Jaroslav Lorenc, Kuwait's Jasem Alsaqer, Guam's Jay Leon Guerrero and Bermuda's David Maycock completed the top 10.
Xaviet Milet of Belgium survived the cut in 24th position with 4746, just five pins ahead of the unlucky Venezuelan, Ildermaro Ruiz Jr., who suffered a disasterous final game of 156 to miss the cut. Dian Dinev became the first-ever Bulgarian to make the Top 24 Round in 22nd position while John Janawicz of USA barely made it in 23rd.
The top 24 men and top 24 women will contest eight games in the Top 24 Round tomorrow at 14:00 hrs local time. Both the Men's and Women's field will be cut to the top 8 with the highest pinfalls based on 32 games played so far.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Palembang, Indonesia.
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