Singaporean takes over lead

7th March, Tokyo: It was a field day for the southpaws as Cherie Tan of Singapore and Malaysia's Sharon Koh consolidated their position as the top 2 seed after the second block of 6 games in the DHC Cup 2009 at Shinagawa Bowling Centre, Tokyo, Japan this afternoon.  After finishing sixth on 1396 first block, the 2008 Singapore Open champion, Cherie Tan made a quantum leap as she scored an identical 763 total in her third and fourth series for a gallant 1526 pinfalls of 6 games total.

Cherie Tan was in a devastating form, as she effortlessly scorched the lanes with lines of 237, 279, 247, 269, 215 and 279 to justify her pole position into the third Block. Malaysia's Sharon Koh maintained her rhythm to position herself well on track, reeling the lines of 246, 182, 225, 246, 234 and 204 to keep pace in second position with 2760 total.

Liz Johnson of USA, who was trailed Sharon by 1 pin in the first block, also displayed consistent performance by registering 221, 214, 238, 226, 217 and 203 for a combined total of 2741 but dropped to third place.

Japan's best performer, Yuuko Nakatani of JPBA totaled 2727 to take up fourth position while Korea's best finisher was Cha In-Hwa finishing just 5 pins further away with 2722. Perfect gamer, Kelly Kulick of USA struggled to find her rythmn ending down the field in 26th position.

Amanda Ng was the second best Singapore's performer finishing 19th with a total of 2604 followed by Shayna Ng in 28th position with 2574. Others not fairing too well were Jazreel Tan (42nd-2516), Geraldine Ng (50th-2472), Daphne Tan (59th-2438), Jennifer Tan (61st-2429), Sabrina Lim (72nd-2369), Bernice Lim (76th-2350) and Jasmine Yeong-Nathan (83rd-2281).

The third block of 6 games qualifying round is scheduled to start at 9:30am local time on Sunday March 8 where the field will be cut to the top 32 finishers where they will play the final 6 games to narrow down to the top 8 who will advance into the knockout stage.

Detailed scores: Qualifying 2ndBlk | Photo Album.Photos courtesy of B.C. Cheah.