2013 ABF Tour Egypt leg champion, Mansoor Al Awamy of Qatar leapfrog into third, a further 8 pins away with Nasser Jamal Al-Sahoti taking over fourth spot. Jamal and Lalisang followed in fifth and sixth positions respectively.
The leader eased off with 188 in his final game to win the first block of the opening squad with 1375. Abdulrahman settled for second with 1262, 113 pins adrift while Mansoor claimed third spot with 1255.
Nasser and Jamal completed Qatar's domination in fourth and fifth positions with 1250 and 1235 while early pace-setter, Lalisang ended in sixth with 1230. The 22 bowlers in Squad A will resume with their second block of six games tomorrow.
Players will bowl two blocks of six games in each of the Squads A, B, C and D. The top 8 local qualifiers will earn a bye and advance automatically to Step 2 finals. Qualifiers positioned 9 to 25 (17 players), top 3 qualifiers after the position 25 reserved for Qatari and 4 qualifiers from the one-game desperado squad will qualify for the six games Step 1 finals.
The top 12 finishers in Step 1 finals will be joined by the top 8 local qualifiers for another six games in Step 2 finals. The top 6 finishers after Step 2 finals will advance to Step 3. Finishers positioned 3 to 6 will bowl two games in Step 3 finals and the player with highest total pinfalls will advance to Step 4 finals facing the second seed from Step 2 over a two-game total pinfalls.
The winner of Step 4 finals will square off with the top seed from Step 2 finals over two-game total pinfalls for the title and the top prize of US$20,000. The champion will be awarded an international PBA title if he/she is a PBA member.
Squad B will be held over two days on March 4 and 5, Squad C on March 5 and 6 and the final Squad D on March 6 and 7. Step 1 finals will be contested on March 7 and Step 2 to 5 finals on March 8.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Doha, Qatar.