First perfect game by a Singaporean

10th November, Mexico: Jasmine Yeong-Nathan became the first Singaporean to score a perfect game in the QubicaAMF World Cup en-route to claiming pole position after the second block of six games contested on Monday.  After a superb start in the first block yesterday when she trailed England's Zara Glover by 44 pins, Jasmine Yeong-Nathan set the lanes at Bol 300 in Hermosillo ablazed with lines of 238, 208, 276 and 232 to move to the front of the field with 2816.

The Singaporean suffered a slight setback with a lowly 182 in her fifth game allowing Finalnd's Krista Pollanen to move ahead of Jasmine. But the 20-year-old national kegler bounced back in style reeling off 12 consecutive strikes to score her first perfect game.

Jasmine, who competed in the 2006 World Cup in Caracas and finished seventh, became the third bowler to acheive the magical 300 and the second female to do so. Colombia's Sara Vargas was the first to shoot the perfect game in yesterday's first block.

"I didn't look at the scores. I had a bad game in the fifth game, a 182, and I was just concentrating on recovering from that. I'm just really happy!" said Jasmine tearfully.

"I'm really happy with my performance. Even though i took a longer time to match up to the lane condition on my fifth game, i managed to strike out to finish with a 182 which had four splits. The last game was just a dream come true. Everything just matched up."

Finn, Pollanen settled for second with 2739 followed by two-time champion, Shanon Pluhowsky of USA third with 2650. Defending champion, Ann-Maree Putney of Australia posted the highest six-game series of 1443 to haul herself up from 20th to fourth on 2647.

Earlier in the day, Singapore's Lee Yu-Wen posted 1229 in his second block to finish 14th in Squad B. Lee's 12 game total of 2499 put him 23rd overall, dropping ffrom an overnight 18th position.

Current Asian Ranked No. 1, Hussain Al-Suwaidi of UAE led the squad with 2659 but failed to overhaul new leader, Derek Eoff of USA, who took pole position with 2790 after a scintilating 1450 six-game series. Canada's Jack Guay retained third spot with 2656 but tied with Luis Rodriguez of Puerto Rico.

Malaysia's Zulmazran Zulkifli rounded up the top 5 with 2653 and moving ahead of overnight leader, Martin Larsen of Sweden who dropped to sixth position with 2631. The bowlers will contest the third block on Tuesday and the final block on Wednesday for the field to be cut to 24.

Detailed scores: Women's 2ndBlk | Men's 2ndBlk.Photos by SingaporeBowling.