19th August, Munich: Singapore bowlers were in the hunt for a spot in the five-player team finals of the World Men's Championships 2010 after finishing a creditable third in the second squad on Thursday.
Singapore's Ng Tiac Pin, Mark Wong, Justin Lim, Jason Yeong-Nathan and Remy Ong got off the mark with a sensational 1134 opening game of the second squad to take a 34 pin lead over Greece in second.
The Singapore quintet kept the lead into the second game albeit with a lower game of 1043 as Colombia's Jamie Enrique Monroy, Jorge Romero, Fabio Garcia, Manuel Otalora and Andres Gomez downed 1037 and 1077 to trail the Singaporeans by 63 pins.
But as the lane conditions deteriorated towards the third and final game, the team only managed 892 to slip down to third in the squad. Colombia clinched pole with 3097 followed by Greece in second with 3088.
The top 3 finishers in the first squad retained their places with United States in top spot with 3314 followed by Finland in second with 3285 and Norway third with 3187.
Squad 2 leader, Colombia clinched fourth spot with Belgium and Greece sharing fifth positions. Canada finished ahead of Singapore in seventh postion.
All is not lost as Singapore are still in the hunt to make the Team final shootout when they take to the lanes on Friday for their second block of three games.
However, hopes of any of the Singapore bowlers making the Masters finals by finishing in the top 16 in the All Events look bleak. The best was Remy Ong who is in 76th position and 225 pins off the 16th position.