Singaporeans make better progress

19th March, Kuwait: Singapore bowlers were able to make the necessary adjustments to their game during the second block of qualifying rounds at the 8th Kuwait Open 2011 on Saturday to improve their overall standings.  Jason Yeong-Nathan made the best progress when he reeled in 234, 231, 180, 232, 213 and 196 for a second block series of 1286 to add to his first block of 1245 for a two block total of 2531.

His better effort put him sixth in the squad and 23rd position in the overall standings up from 29th. Asian Games Trios gold medalist and Singles silver medalist, Shayna Ng finished one spot above Jason in fifth in the squad with 2540.

Ng downed 1300 over her first block of 1240 for a 211.67 average which also moved her up from 30th to 22nd in the overall standings and could skip Round 2 finals and into Round 3.

Newly-crowned Commonwealth Championship Masters gold medalist, Remy Ong got into his usual stride to notch up 1286 in his second block to take up 26th overall with 2521 and into ROund 2 finals at least for the moment.

Jason could move up to join Ng in Round 3 finals if he can continue to turn in another good run in the third and final block tomorrow while Ong could also haul himself up into that group.First perfect gamer, Martin Larsen of Sweden remain firmly in the lead with another superb 1406 second series to take his 12-game tally to 2836. H.H. Emir Cup champion, Dominic Barrett was second with 2803.

Asia's best was Thai ex-national, Surasak Manuwong who finished third with 2776 followed by two PBA pros, Jason Belmonte of Australia and Tim Mack of USA in fourth and fifth positions.

Mack also posted the highest 6-game series so far with his sizzling 1478 in the second block. England's Paul Moor, who took over the lead of Squad D late last night, broke into the top 6 to earn possible direct entry into Round 5 finals.

Bowlers will complete their third block of qualifying round on Sunday, March 20. The top 6 plus highest ranked Kuwaiti advance into Round 5. Positions 8 to 14 will earn entry into Round 4 finals.

Positions 15 to 22 will earn entry into Round 3 finals while positions 23 to 34 plus four Kuwaiti qualifiers will first battle the 6-game Round 2 finals on Monday. Top 8 will advance to the next round.

Detailed scores: Block 2 Squad C | Block 2 COmbined | Photo Album.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.