2nd July, Doha: Qatar national bowler, Yousef Al-Jabir won the opening squad of the H.H. Emir Cup 2022 underway at Qatar Bowling Center for an early lead in the overall standings.
Al-Jabir, who was the first runner-up in the 2004 Emir Cup, had failed to progress beyond Step 2 finals in the last outing in 2019, posted 1330, an average of 221.67 to top the first series on opening day, July 1.
The 42-year-old overnight leader then scorched the lanes again on the second day for his second 6-games series with another stunning 1349 to remain the overall leader with 2679. His compatriot, Ahmed Al-Ruwaili trailed Al-Jabir in both the series to finished second with 2625.
Firas Adel Mamour of Syria sprang a surprise with 2548 to take up third spot while Qataris, Ahmed Al-Deyab and Mohammed H. Al-Merekhi completed the top five with 2460 and 2432 respectively. Mansour Al-Hajri occupied sixth position with 2323.
The top six will earn a bye and advance to Step 2 finals. Adel A. Mulahussain of Qatar just missed the top bracket by four pins to take up seventh position with 2319. Sixteen bowlers took to the lanes in Squad A.
Qualifiers positioned 7 to 38 will qualify for Step 1 finals over 6 games to be contested on July 7. Qualifiers positioned 39 to 42 are reserved for the best Qatari bowlers outside of the top 38 for Step 1 finals.
Qualifiers positioned 43 and 44 are reserved for the best Qatari youth bowlers outside the top 42 for Step 1 finals. The field will be cut to 20 at the end of the 6 games finals and will be joined by the top 6 qualifiers from the general standings for Step 2 finals.
The 8-games finals will see the field cut to 16 for the Step 3 head-to-head knockout finals where bowlers ranked No. 1 will meet bowlers ranked No. 16, bowlers ranked No. 2 will meet bowlers ranked No. 15 and so on.
The finalists will bowl two games and the bowler with the highest 2-games total will advance to Step 4 quarter-finals, again to be played over 2-games total pinfalls with bowler No. 1 meeting bowler No. 8, bowler No.2 meeting bowler No. 7 and so on.
The winners of the Step 4 quarter-finals matches will advance to Step 5 semi-finals matches in the same format as the previous quarter-finals rounds. The winners of the semi-finals matches will face off in the final for the championship title and the top prize of USD20,000 over 2-games total pinfalls.
The next three days, July 2 to 6 will witness bowlers making their qualifying attempts in Squad B, C, D and E. A despoerado squad will be held at the end of the qualifying squads to allow the top 4 one-game finishers to join Step 1 finals. Live video will be streamed during the qualifying rounds and throughout the finals on July 7 and 8.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Doha, Qatar.