Ciminelli, Ng continue to lead International Bowling Championships after second block


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    Malaysia's Zandra Aziela (722) and Japan's Shigeo Saito (755) led the second block; Minoru Sendan misses the sixth 300 game by one pin; with the three games to go, the men's and women's cut for 24th place is 1335 (222.50) and 1327 (221.17), respectively

    2013IBCRyanCiminelli2.jpg2013IBCShaynaNg2.jpgRyan Ciminelli (pictured left) of the United States and Shayna Ng (right) of Singapore continued to lead Round One at the International Bowling Championships 2013 supported by DHC currently ongoing at 116-lane Inazawa Grandbowl in Inazawa City, Japan.

    Ng added a 716 series to her 792 first-block set to hold on to the lead in the women's division with 1508 total and an average of 251.33 for six games. Ng holds the World Championships record for six games with 1601 (266.83 average).

    2013IBCLizJohnson2.jpg2013IBCZandraAziela.jpgLiz Johnson (left), United States, had a 690 series Friday morning and retained second place with 1442 (240.33). Zandra Aziela (right) of Malaysia leaped from fourth to third place with a 722 series and 1440 total.

    With six of nine games in the books, Mana Yoshida is the best Japanese bowler in field. She posted 720 to jump from 16th to fourth place with 1404. Rounding out the top five was Jung Da-Wun of Korea, who led the second block with 756 including games of 254, 227 and 276.

    2013IBCKimEunHee.jpg2013IBCTommyJones.jpgJung rocketed from 39th to fifth place with 1398 total. Just outside the top five was PBA champion and reigning World Singles champion Kelly Kulick, United States, with 1395.

    World and Asian champion Jeon Eun-Hee (left) holds the 24th and last place to advance to the semifinals with 1327 or an average of 221.17.

    Ciminelli started the second block in men's division with back-to-back 248 games but had to settle for 684 and 1479 total (246.50 average) behind a 188 final game. Defending champion Tommy Jones (right) finished his 709 set with back-to-back 250s to narrow the gap to Ciminelli to 13 pins. Jones is second with 1466.

    2013JPBAShigeoSaito.jpgJapan's Shigeo Saito (left) and Shogo Wada posted the highest series in second block to overtake third and fourth place. Saito had games of 260, 238 and 257 for the field-best 755 series en route to leap from 16th to third place 1447.

    Wada used games of 237, 258 and 259 for 754 to move from a 20th place tie into fourth with 1434. Rounding out the top five was four-time PBA champion Michael Fagan, United States with 1431.

    In the last game, Minoru Sendan missed the sixth perfect game of the tournament by a 10-pin. The 299 helped the Japanese to a 727 series and 1421 total, good for sixth place overall.

    2013IBCJesperAgerbo.jpgJesper Agerbo (right) of Denmark and Toshiyuki Kaneko of Japan are tied for 23rd place at 1335 or an average of 222.50.

    Round One concludes with the third block after which both divisions are 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.

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