Ryan Ciminelli, Shayna Ng set the pace after the first block of Round One in Japan


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    USA's Liz Johnson and Ciminelli roll the fourth and fifth 300 game of the International Bowling Championships worth 50.000 Yen or 625 Dollar


    Shayna Ng (pictured left) of Singapore and USA's Ryan Ciminelli (right) took the early lead in the women's and men's division of the International Bowling Championships 2013 supported by DHC after the first of three blocks in Round One of the main event Thursday at 116-lane Inazawa Grandbowl in Inazawa City, Japan.

    Ng, who holds the World Championships record for six games with 1601 (266.83 average), rolled games of 267, 246 and 279 to lead the field of 95 women with 792 pinfall and an average of 264.00. She holds a 40-pin lead over Liz Johnson, United States, who recorded the fourth 300 game of the tournament in her opening game and added 224 and 228 for 752. The Team USA member pocketed 50.000 Yen for the perfecto.

    2013LBOHirokoShimizu.jpg2013IBCJazreelTan.jpgHiroko Shimizu (left) was the best Japanese bowler in third place with 744 and was followed by Zandra Aziela of Malaysia and Singapore's Jazreel Tan (right) in fourth and fifth place with 718 and 717, respectively.

    Sin Li Jane of Malaysia was sixth with 709, while World Champions Kelly Kulick, United States, and Jeon Eun-Hee, Korea, were tied for seventh place at 706. Shinobu Saito of Japan took ninth place with 704.

    Rounding out the top 10 was Shalin Zulkifli, Malaysia, with 698. With six games to go before the first cut to the top 24, defending champion Cherie Tan of Singapore and JPBA star Hiromi Matsunaga were tied for 23rd place with 668 or an average of 222.67.

    2013IBCTommyJones.jpg2013IBCKoivuniemiFaganCiminelli.jpgCiminelli, who also got a 50.000 Yen bonus, sandwiched games of 226 and 269 around the fifth 300 game of the tournament en route to take over the pole position in the 136-player men's division with 795 and an average of 265.00.

    The PBA champion leads former PBA Player of the Year and defending champion Tommy Jones (left) by 38 pins. Jones used high games of 289 and 257 for a 757 series. Tetsuya Chiba was the best bowler from Japan in third place with 738.

    Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia was fourth with 735 and was followed by USBC Masters champ Mike Fagan (center on the right, with Mika Koivuniemi, left, and Ciminelli, right) United States, in fifth place with 728 and Jay Leon Guerrero (below left) of Guam in sixth place with 727.

    2013IBCJayLeonGuerrero.jpg2013IBCChrisBarnes.jpgJapan's Nobuaki Takahashi and Yuta Saitoh were seventh and eighth with 726 and 720, respectively. Rounding out the top 10 were former PBA Player of the Year Chris Barnes (right), United States, and Taku Teraguchi of Japan, who were tied for ninth place at 716.

    Daisuke Yoshida of Japan is the man on the bubble in 24th place with 675 or an average of 225.00.

    The second and third block will follow on Friday morning and afternoon after which both divisions will be trimmed to the top 24 players who will roll another two blocks of the three games in the Semifinals later on Friday afternoon.

    The top 5 players based on the 15-game total advance to the TV eliminator finals. In case there is no local bowler among the top 5 in each division, the best local bowler will be seeded fifth.

    The finals will be contested on Saturday, Jan. 19, on temporary lanes installed at Inazawa Futsal Stadium, which is located next door to the bowling center. The show will be broadcasted by NHK BS1 on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 as a three-hour program.

    All five players bowl one game with the lowest two players eliminated. The remaining three players will bowl a second game with the lowest player eliminated. The two survivors will then bowl for the title and the 6.000.000 Yen first prize.

    The five finalists will have a chance for an even bigger payday as 10 million Yen will be awarded for EVERY 300 game bowled in the TV final eliminator rounds.

    BowlingdigitalBanner.gif Bowlingdigital will cover the International Bowling Championships 2013 supported by DHC live from Inazawa Grand Bowl in Inazawa City, Japan, including stories, results and photos commencing Tuesday, Jan. 15 with the international qualifying all the way through to the TV finals on Saturday, Jan. 19.

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