Pan Y-Fen, Chou Chia-Chen and Tsai Hsin-Yi started off superbly with 246, 266 and 242 respectively for a commanding total of 754 in their opening game to lead Singapore's first trio of Cherie Tan, Shayna Ng and Jazreel Tan in second, 24 pins adrift.
The first Taiwanese trio of Chang Yu-Hsuan, Wang Ya-Ting and Huang Chiung-Yao also impressed taking up third with 719 followed by the best Malaysian trio of Sin Li Jane, Natasha Roslan and 2017 SEA Games Masters gold medallist, Shalin Zulkifli.
Sin, Natasha and Shalin stepped up their pace to take over the lead after another splendid second game of 725. The early pace-setter managed 676 in their second game to stay in second, just one pin away as Singapore struggled with 598.
But it was the Malaysian second trio that stole the limelight when they stormed home with a stunning 762 to snatch the lead after the first block with 2184. Esther Cheah posted 708, Siti Safiyah Amirah 748 and Syaidatul Afifah 728.