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Jenny Wegner, Ahmad Muaz lead top 8 into the next round at World Cup


Jenny Wegner of Sweden and Malaysia’s Ahmad Muaz finished the round of 24 at the 53rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup atop the women’s and men’s leaderboard to lead the top eight players in each division into robin match play later this afternoon at Bol 300 in Hermosillo, Mexico.

In the women’s division, Wegner (left) played in her own league finishing the round of 24 with 7261 and an average of 223.62 for 32 games. The defending champion, who took the lead in the second game Monday and never looked back.

Wegner once again rolled the highest block, this time an 1808 eight-game set, to widen her lead to 230 pins heading into the last eight-game block before the cut to the top 4.

World Games champion Rocio Restrepo (right) of Colombia moved into second place with 7031 behind a 1773 series Saturday morning. She holds a 134-pin cushion over Krizziah Lyn Tabora (left) of the Philippines.

The Filipina posted the second-highest 1799 block to jump from 8th to third with 6897.

Siti Safiyah (right) of Malaysia, who won her first Professional Women’s Bowling Association title in the Wichita Open this season, climbed one spot into fourth place with 6872.

Germany’s Vanessa Timter (left) had six games under 200 in the round of 24 to fall from second to fifth place with 1572 and 6855 total. Erin McCarthy (right), USA, slipped from fourth to sixth place with 6842.

Rebecca Whiting (left) of Australia moved from sixth to third place after starting with 222, 244, 243 and 233, but fell four spots in the final four games and had to settle for seventh place with 6837.

Maribel Orozco (right) of Mexico was in danger to fall out of the top 8, but finished with 228, 219, 247 and 216 to secure the last spot to advance with 1729 and 6828 total, an average of 215.78.

On the men’s side, Ahmad Muaz (left) of Malaysia held on the lead after two games, 26 overall, then fell behind Oscar Rodriguez of Colombia, who was able to stay ahead of the Malaysian by maximum 15 pins for the next three games.

Muaz regained the lead in the penultimate games with 230, and widened his lead to 81 pins after closing with 266 for an 1822 series and 7156 total, an average of 223.62 for 32 games.

Rodriguez (right), who was one pin better than Muaz today, remained in second place with 7075. The Columbian was never lower than in fifth place in each of the five rounds.

Mats Maggi (left) of Belgium, who moved into the top 4 in the last qualifying game on Thursday evening, had a 1710 series today to take third place with 6959.

U.S. Open runner-up Jakob Buttdorff (right), USA, fell out of the top 4 after a sub-par 995 series in the first five games, but managed to get back into fourth place with games of 226, 219 and 210 and a 1650 series for 6948 overall.

Ildemaro Ruiz Jr. (left) of Venezuela, who was in 9th place heading into the last game, 33 pins off the pace for the top 8, but closed with a huge 289 game to survive the second cut. The silver medalist in singles and doubles at the 2017 World Games in Poland, Jumped to fifth place with the field-best 1873 series (234.13 average).

Tor Inge Jansen (right), who climbed into fourth place after the 29th game, lost some ground due to a 166 game in game 30, but closed with 223 and 224 to secure sixth place with 1759 and 6920 total.

Ray Teece (left) of England, who led the men’s field after round three, earned his spot in the round of 8 with four strikes in the last two frames of the finishing game. Teece took seventh place with 6910.

Oliver Morig (right) of Germany beat out Arturo Estrada of Mexico for the eighth and last place to advance by just three pins, 6905 to 6902. Estrada, who led the field in the first two rounds averaging 223.50 for the first 12 games, had to settle for ninth place.

The top 8 players, men and women, will roll an additional eight games of round robin match play Friday afternoon from 3 to 6 p.m. Mountain Standard Time to determine the top 4 players for Saturday’s TV finals starting at 1.45 p.m. MST with the semi-finals (no. 1 vs. no. 4 and no. 2 vs. no. 3). The winners of the semi-finals bowl for the coveted title.

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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