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England’s Ray Teece powers his way into the lead in Mexico


Ray Teece of England averaged 243.33 over six games on the third day of qualifying Wednesday to shoot into the lead in the men’s division at the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup.

The one-time European Bowling Tour champion (right) posted games of 234, 214, 237, 268, 249 and 258 at Bol 300 in Hermosillo for a 1460 series, the highest series in the event so far, to lead the field of 64 bowlers with 4020 total and an average of 223.33 for 18 games. Teece out bowled Oliver Morig of Germany, who was the second best bowler in today’s third block, by 77 pins.

Pictured above are the top four men after three blocks of qualifying. From left: Oscar Rodriguez, Arturo Estrada, Ray Teece and Jakob Butturff.

Oscar Rodriguez of Colombia had a 1312 series but remained in second place with 3951 (219.50), 69 pins behind Teece. Rodriguez was in fifth place heading into the sixth game, 18th overall, and closed his block with a big 246 game to overtake his opponents from USA, Mexico and Italy.

Team USA member Jakob Butturff (right) was just one pin behind Rodriguez in third place with 3950 (219.44). Fresh off an outstanding performance in the U.S. Open, the two-time PBA champion had five games between 206 and 268 and a low game of 175 for the fourth highest 1346 block ( 224.33).

Arturo Estrada (left) of Mexico, who took the lead from Lluis Montfort after the fourth game of block 1, maintained a 27-pin lead after five extremely consistent games today (222, 223, 222, 223 and 217).

Estrada, whose low game was 193 prior to game 18, then suffered a 157 game to fall from first to fourth place with 3946 (219.22). The top 4 after 40 games, including match play bonus pins, will advance to Saturday’s finals.

The next six players are within 100 pins behind fourth place. Nicola Pongolini (right) of Italy remained in fifth place with 3915 behind a 1326 series today. European Youth champion Niko Oksanen (left) of Finland slipped three spots to sixth place with 3896, including a 1290 third block.

James Gruffman (right) used a 1329 series to move up two spots into seventh place with 3895. Mats Maggi, who started the day tied for 11th place leaped into eighth place thanks to the third-highest 1349 series.

Germany’s Oliver Morig (left) added 1383, including a 277 game, to his previous series of 1232 and 1244 to jump from 17th to ninth place with 3859.

Rounding out the top 10 was 2015 World Cup champion Wu Siu Hong (right) of Hong Kong, who totaled 3852 pins, including 1277 today.

Dhruv Sarda (left) of India rolled the highest game of the day when he connected for 278 in game 5. Sarda checked in with 1269 and slipped three spots to 14th place with 3781.

16-year-old Artemijs Hudjakovs (right), a 16-year-old two-handed bowler from Latvia, used the fifth-best 1337 to leap from a tie for 24th to 16 place with 3748.

Willie Javier (left) of the Dominican Republic and Ladislav Švec (below right), Czech Republic, who celebrated their birthday today, finished a very special day in 23rd and 46th place with 3647 and 3391, respectively.

Feng Nan (below left) of China is the man “on the bubble” in 24th place with 3630 and an average of 201.67.

The men will return to Bol 300 Thursday afternoon for the fourth and last qualifying block starting at 3.30 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).

The 53rd edition of the QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup will be held from Nov. 4-12 at Bol 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico.

All competitors will bowl 24 qualifying games over four days before the field is cut to the top 24 for eight additional games. The 32-game pinfall totals will determine the 8 players who advance to eight games round-robin match-play (30 pins for each win, 15 for a tie).

The top 4 players with highest 40-game total including bonus pins will advance to the playoffs. There will be a one-game knockout match with the No. 1 seed versus the No. 4 qualifier and No. 2 versus No. 3. The winners of each match will earn a spot in the championship game.

Bowlingdigital will provide onsite coverage of the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup from Hermosillo including reports, photos and results after each round commencing with the first round of qualifying on Monday, Nov. 6, all the way through to the finals on Saturday, Nov. 11, completed in the afternoon.

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