2017 SEA Games Team gold medallist, Darren Ong got off the block with a scintilating 263 to lead left-hander, Syaffique Ikhwan of Malaysia by 40 pins, followed by Atchariya and Muhd Jaris Goh of Singapore.
Ong added another good game of 226 and remained in the lead. Atchariya rolled 245 to take up second spot, 30 pins behind. A third Singaporean, Joel Tan moved into third ahead of copatriot, Cheah Ray Han in fourth.
Atchariya, maiden winner of 2017 ABF Tour Chinese Taipei, set a blistering pace with 247 and 257 in his next two games and took over the lead. Ong slipped to second, 50 pins adrift with Cheah still in third.
The Thai ended the block with 211 to top the squad with 1174. Ong settled for second position with 1129 and Cheah finished third with 1106. Alex Chong of Singapore and Joel Tan rounded out the top five with 1067 and 1048 respectively.