Winner of two ABF Tour Thailand leg and one Hong Kong leg, Cooley improved his lower 669 3-game series with 737 and took his 6-game tally to 1530 to moved from fourth overnight and into the the lead of the overseas pool.
Overnight leader and another multiple ABF Tour titles winner, Hussain Alsuawaidi of UAE settled for second with 1494 after topping the standings yesterday. 2017 World Championships Trios gold medallist, Wu Siou Hong slipped down to third with 1477.
Joining the trio is 2006 Doha Asian Games Doubles gold medallist, Hassan Alshaikh of Saudi Arabia, and two Singapore national keglers, Cheah Ray Han and Jonovan Neo in fourth to sixth positions with 1468, 1463 and 1458 respectively.
The top six will earn a bye and automatically advance to Round 2 finals. There were no changes in the local pool as defending champion, Kenneth Chua remained firmly in the lead with 1522.