Several competitors made runs at the top of the leaderboard in the last squad of the Singles preliminaries at the World Men Championships in Hong Kong, but when the dust had settled there were no changes at the top of the leaderboard.
Andrew Anderson (featured photo), Kyle Troup, both USA, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia and Canada’s Dan MacLelland advanced to the finals, which will be held Dec. 1 at SCAA bowling center.
Anderson (left), a 23-year-old right-hander, who was selected as PBA Player of the Year earlier this week, led the field of 265 players from 47 countries with 1473 and an average of 245.50, including games of 200, 279, 278, 300, 201 and 215. It was the lone perfecto in this Championships so far.
Trailing Anderson by 105 pins to finish the preliminaries in second place was fellow PBA champion Troup (right). The 27-year-old two-handed player led squad 2 with 1368 (228.00), including six games between 214 and 245.
Rafiq Ismail (left) of Malaysia, a 21-year-old left-hander who won the gold medal in Masters at the 18th Asian Games Jakarta Palembang 2018, who was second to Anderson in the opening squad, finished in third place with 1361 (226.83). Ismail had a high game of 264 and a low game of 211.
MacLelland (right), 33, is targeting his second gold medal in Singles at a World Championships after winning the Singles title at the 2014 World Men Championships in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The right-hander used six games between 212 and 243 for 1349 to take the fourth and last place to advance to the medal round.
Featured photo from left: The top 3 of Singles Squad 4, Ryan Lalisang, Yannaphon Larp-apharat and Steven Gill.
The top 3 players of squad 4 each fell less than 10 pins short of the cut. Yannaphon Larp-apharat
(left), a 35-year-old right-hander from Thailand, closed his six-game block with a big 268 game, but had to settle for fifth place with 1342.
Steven Gill (right), a 31-year-old southpaw from Scotland was the biggest surprise in a squad full of big names. The Scotsman rolled games of 214, 246, 198, 223, 245 and 214 to land in sixth place with 1340 total.
Ryan Lalisang (left), a 38-year-old right-hander from Indonesia, followed games of 202, 227 and 231 with a big 266 to put himself in a great position to advance. Needing 424 out of the last two games to overtake MacLelland by one pin, Lalisang managed only 414 (212 and 202) to tie Gill at 1340 to end in seventh place.
Rounding out the top 10 were Hong Kong’s Michael Mak (8th; 1327), Or Aviram of Israel (9th, 1324) and Manuel Otalora (right) of Colombia (10th) who was no. 4 in squad 4 with 1316.
In the semi-finals starting at 19.30 Hong Kong time on Saturday, Dec. 1, Anderson will face MacLelland, while Troup and Ismail will square off in the other match.
All players return on Tuesday and Wednesday for the doubles preliminaries.
The 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships will be held from Nov. 23 to Dec. 5 at 40-lane South China Athletic Association (SCAA) bowling center in Hong Kong, China. The Championships will be hosted by World Bowling, bowling’s world governing body, and the Hong Kong Tenpin Bowling Congress.
265 players from 47 countries, maximum six men per country, will compete for gold, silver and bronze medals in Singles, Doubles, Trios, five-player Teams, All-Events and Masters in the 11-day competition (Nov. 25-Dec. 5).
The Championships is contested on the 38-foot Los Angeles pattern from the current World Bowling library of lane conditioning patterns.
Bowlingdigital will provide on-site coverage of the 2018 World Men Championships featuring reports, results and photos commencing with the 2018 World Bowling Coaching Conference “Youth Development and Coaching” at the Hong Kong Sports Institute Nov. 20-21, followed by the Opening Ceremonies (Nov. 24), the preliminaries in Singles, Doubles, Trios (Nov. 24-30), the Team preliminaries (Dec. 1-4), during which the Singles and Doubles Finals will be contested, followed by the Trios and Team Finals, all the way through to the Masters finals (Dec. 4-5).
For more information on the 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships, please read our Championships Preview.
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Top 4 advance to the medal round on Saturday, Dec. 1