Arab bowlers take control of the leaderboard in Men's World Ranking Masters



    Al-Muraikhi rolls highest series on long oil to overtake pole position

    2008WRMMubarakAlMuraikhi2.jpg Mubarak Al-Muraikhi (left) from Qatar took the $1,000 bonus for the highest 8-game series on long oil en route to jump from sixth to first place in the qualifying of the Men's World Ranking Masters at Senayan Sportainment Bowling Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Al-Muraikhi had 1667 on short oil and added 1732 including a 289 game, the highest of the tournament thus far, to set the pace after 16 out of 24 games with 3399, an average of 212.44.

    Pictures courtesy of Yap Kok Wee.

    2008WRMSamiKonsteri2.jpg Trailing Al-Muraikhi by 35 pins to sit in second place is Hussain Al-Suwaidi, who had identical scores of 1682 on both patterns for 3363 pinfall total. Local favorite Ryan Lalisang used the second-highest block of the day (1705) to move from 8th to third with 3363, just one pin behind Al-Suwaidi. Fourth and fifth place belong to Finns Jari Ratia and day one leader Sami Konsteri (right) with 3354 and 3329.

    Rounding out the top 8 are Lucas Legnani, Argentina (3324), Jesper Agerbo, Denmark (3269) and Daniel Lim, Malaysia (3218).

    All players will return on Sunday for the third and final 8-game block on dual lane condition - one lane dressed with short oil, the other with long oil.

    The top 8 players after 24 games will advance to the single-elimination best-of-three games finals. The champion will walk a way with the $10.000 (approx. $6,425) top prize.

    Men's Division - Standings after the second Block (Block 1 on short, block 2 on long oil)

    Men's Division - Block 2 results (8 games on long oil)