6th July, Doha: Overnight first series leader, Jassim Al-Muraikhi of Qatar, won the Squad D high-series award and moved into the Top 6 bracket during the H.H. Emir Cup 2022 final qualifying day.
A poor start of 174 in his seventh game saw Al-Muraikhi handing the lead to Surasak Manuwong of Thailand, who only shot 193. Whilst the Thai continued a good pace, the Qatari continued to slip away but still managed to retain second spot.
Manuwong added 212 in the ninth game as his compatriot, Yannaphon Larpapharat made good grounds to take up second and Squad C winner, Annop Arromsaranon, also of Thailand in third with Al-Muraikhi slipped down to fourth.
The leader was unable to keep the lead as Arromsaranon added 247 and 246 after the 11th game to take over the running. Manuwong slipped to second, 21 pins behind while Al-Muraikhi recovered with 248 to put himself back in contention.
The Qatari stormed home with another stunning 258 to end with 1284 and 12-game total of 2623. Arromsaranon stumbled to 178 taking him out of contention. Manuwong needed 224 or more to stnad a chance of winning the squad but managed only 200 to end with 12-game total 2599 for second spot.
Arromsaranon finished third with 2598 and Larpapharat fourth with 2591. Debutant, Tomas Kayhko of Finland completed the top 5 with 2513.
Squad A winner, Yousef Al-Jabir of Qatar remained firmly in the lead of the overall standings with 2679. Arromsaranon, who did not improve his Squad C score of 2628, remained in second. Ahmed Al-Ruwaili of Qatar also remained in third with 2625.
Al-Muraikhi's effort of 2623 put him fourth while Squad B winner, Bader Al Sada slipped one spot down to fifth on 2601. Manuwang's improved 2599 put him in sixth position. The final Squad E second series will be contested later this evening.
The top 6 will earn a bye and automatically advance to Step 2 finals. Qualifiers positioned 7 to 38, along with the top 4 Qatari qualifiers, outside the positions 7 to 38, two Qatari youths and four top scorers of the one-game desperado squad will contest Step 1 finals tomorrow.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Doha, Qatar.
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