Singaporean makes improvements
17th November, Malacca: World Cup deutant, Bernice Lim of Singapore made an improved second block display in the 45th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup to move up to 18th position on Tuesday evening. Bernice Lim, who finished 21st in her opening block yesterday, again did not have the best of starts and only knocked down 188 in the ninth game. But a quick adjustment made brought her 207, 236 and a massive 268 to move up to 14th position at the halfway mark.
A lost on concentration gave her another low game of 172 in the 13th game. Despite her concerted effort by Lim, the Singaporean could only finished off her block with 202, 188 and 199 for an 8-game block of 1660.
The improved block moved im up to 18th and 93 pins above the cut off mark at 24th position. First block leader, Zara Giles of England retained her lead despite knocking down a lower 8-game series of 1687. But her 16-game total of 3492 was enough to stay ahead of Evgenia Tsarkova of Russia, who also retained her second spot with 3471.
Caroline Lagrange of Canada posted the highest 8-game series of 1805 to moved up to third spot with 3459 followed by Korea's Baek Seung-Ja in fourth and Liza Del Rosario of the Philippines fifth with 3431.Meanwhile, Singapore's Remy Ong could do nothing in his second block after a lack luster display finishing a lowly 49th position with 3119, 176 pins away from the the cut off at 24th position.
The lane conditions clearly did not favour the left-handers as other lefties such as four-time winner, Paeng Nepomuceno of the Philippines and Mubarak Al-Muraikhi of Qatar all lavishing in 22nd and 31st positions.
Choi Yong-Kyu of Korea, who trailed 2005 champion, Michael Schmidt of Canada by two pins, stole the limelight with a superb display to top the men's division after two blocks with 3666.
Sweden's Martin Larsen moved up one spot to second with 3573 while local favourite, Zulmazran Zulkifli notched up 3534 to move up from fifth to third position. Indonesia's Ryan Lalisang and Denmark's Thomas Larsen rounded up the top 5.
The women to contest their second block in the morning and the men will complete their third block preliminaries in the afternoon after which the field will be cut to 24 women and 24 men for another 8 games the same day.
Detailed scores: Women's 2ndBlk | Men's 2ndBlk.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Malacca.