Singaporean still in top 24

5th November, St. Petersburg: Singapore's Remy Ong is still in the top 24 of the men's division after the second block of the 43rd QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup ended Monday afternoon at the Kontinent Bowling Centre.  Ong began his second block with 222 and 206 in his first two games but could only manage 187 and 192 in the third and fourth games. But the Singaporean put in a spirited run with 216 and 214 in the final two games to amass a total of 1237.

But his 12-game total of 2570 only gave him a 11th place finish after the two squads combined. Belmonte up his double-handed pace to reel off 249, 255, 245, 213, 190 and 222 for a superb 1374 in the second block giving the Aussie a 12-game total of 2826 for the lead.

Bill Hoffman of USA, who was only 19 pins adrift in the first block, trailed Belmonte by 26 pins with 2800. Finland's Petteri Salonen posted the highest 6-game series of the world cup with a scintillating 1538 to top the second block and managed to haul himself up from 48th to third on a total of 2696.

  Perfect gamer, Ildemaro Ruiz of Venezuela kept pace with the leaders to finish fourth with 2685. Glen-Morten Pedersen of Norway, Andres Gomez of Colombia and Peter Ljung of Sweden finished fifth to seventh with 2650, 2648 and 2621 respectively while first block Squad A leader, Paulo Lopes dropped to eighth with 2591.

Israel's Yahav Rabin and Thomas Gross of Austria rounded up the top 10 with 2589 and 1580. 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 207.92 average for the men held by 2005 champion, Micahel Schmidt of Canada.

Singapore's Daphne Tan, who finished sixth in the first block will take to the lanes for their second block later today. Detailed scores: Men's 2ndBlk | Photo Album.

  Photos by Terence Yaw and courtesy of Hero Noda.