Malta lady takes over lead

6th November, St. Petersburg: Sue Abela of Malta took over the lead of the women's division at the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup after the third block of the four block qualifying rounds at the Kontinent Bowling Centre.  Abela, who has featured in the World Cup for an amazing 9 years, recorded lines of 213, 225, 213, 248, 215 and 217 to surge into the lead after three quarters of the 24-game qualifying round with 3923 total. First and second block leader, Sun Hee Lee of Korea, settled for second with 3864.

Dominican Republic's Aumi Guerra, who posted the highest 6-games series in this block with 1403, made the biggest jump from 17th to third with 3854. Tina Hulsch of Germany remained in fourth with 3848.

Malaysia's Sharon Koh, who moved from 31st to 10th after the second block, continued to make headway improving by another 5 spots to fifth after another superb 6-game series of 1328 for a total of 3844.

  Swede Helen Johnsson dropped one spot to sixth with 3823 while another Asian, Melody Yeung of Hong Kong improved from ninth overnight to seventh on a total of 3805. 2005 World Cup champion, Lynda Barnes also dropped one rung to eighth with 3779.

Singapore's World Cup debutant, Daphne Tan dropped only one position from 12th to 13th with 3736 and looked set to make the cut. The cut for the top 24 will take place after 24 games have been bowled by all the competitors. At present the cut is a 197.1 average for the women.

Detailed scores: Women's 3rdBlk | Photo Album.

  Photos courtesy of Hero Noda and QubicaAMF.