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Indonesia sets the pace in Trios at World Men Championships


Hardy Rachmadian, Billy Islam, and Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia (left, r-l) set the pace in the Trios preliminaries of the 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships, which got underway at on Thursday morning at SCAA bowling center in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China, with the first of three squads bowling the first block of three games.

The Indonesians totaled 2001 pins, an average of 222.33 as a team. Islam led the way with 728 and was followed by Rachmadian with 669 and Lalisang with 604. USA was second with 1984, Sweden third with 1952 and Thailand fourth with 1908.

The Indonesians led from the beginning after posting 676 in the first game, thanks in part to Islam’s 265. Dan MacLelland, Francois Lavoie and Mitch Hupé (right, r-l) of Canada were second with 653.

Mik Stampe, Dan Ostergaard-Poulsen, and Jimmy Dan Mortensen of Denmark (left, l-r) were just one pin behind the Canadians in third place with 652. Rounding out the top 4 was Mohamad Darwish, Basil Al Zeyoudi and Ali Ati Al Rashdi from the United Arab Emirates with 642.

The Indonesians followed with another 673 game to lead the field of 30 trios after two of three games with 1349. Trailing by 48 pins was Canada with 1301.

Markus Jansson, eter Hellström and Pontus Andersson of Sweden (right, r-l) shot 676 in game two to leap into third place with 1292. Annop Arromsaranon, Napatra Buspanikonkul and Yannaphon Larp-apharat of Thailand (left, r-l) hit 700 on the nose, including three games between 243 and 226, to jump into fourth place with 1289.

EJ Tackett, Andrew Anderson and Kyle Troup of the United States (right, l-r) remained in fifth place with 1257, including games of 639 and 618.

Indonesia added 652 in game three to emerge as the squad leader with 2001. The Americans closed their set with 728, the highest game of this squad, to leap into second place with 1984 (220.44).

Sweden maintained third place with 660 and 1952 total (216.89) and Thailand used a 619 last game to stay in fourth place with 1908 (212.00).

Elliot Crosby, Adam Cairns and Hadley Morgan (left, r-l) of England used a 701 last game to move into fifth position with 1898. Canada fell to sixth with 1889, due to 588 in game three.

Seventh place belonged to Costa Rica (right) with 1856, including a 733 series from Marco Moretti, the highest individual series of this Squad. Rounding out the top 10 were Denmark (1854), Singapore (1847) and Italy (below left; 1825).

Defending champions Eric Tseng, Michael Mak and Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong (below right, l-r) finished the first day in 21st place with 1759 (195.44).

The 265-player field was split into three squads for the Trios preliminaries which will take place Thursday (first block of three games) and Friday (second block), Nov. 29 and 30, starting at 9.00, 12.45 and 16.30 Hong Kong Time. The top 4 trios will advance to the medal round on Monday, Dec. 3.

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).

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