6th July, Doha: First series leader, Mohammed Al Saud of Saudi Arabia won the final Squad E high-series award to make the Step 1 finals of the H.H. Emir Cup 2022 late Wednesday evening.
The overnight leader had a moderate start in his seventh game with 204 to remain in the lead as Qatar's Fahad Al-Emadi shot a superb 258 to move into second spot and trailed by 51 pins. Al Saud managed only 178 in his eighth game and slipped down to second.
IBF U21 World Championships 2022 Team bronze medallist, Ahmad Abu Al Reesh of Saudi Arabia rolled two massive games of 277 and 247 to grab the lead and moving 13 pins ahead. A-Emadi dropped to third with Tomas Kayhko of Finland gaining ground for fourth spot with 254 and 244.
Al Reesh suffered a setback managing only 183 in the ninth game to allow Al Saud to regain the lead despite rolling 205. The Finn shot 204 to move into contention in second as Al Reesh slipped down to third.
The leader added two moderate games of 205 and 209 in his next two games to continue to lead the field and needed at least 256 to make the top 6 bracket in his 12th and final game. But instead he ended with 223 to settle for the high-series award with a 12-game total of 2568.
Al Reesh recovered with a fine 248 in the last game to clinch second spot with 2524 while a third Saudi, Bandar Al Yabah took third spot with 2496. Kayhko and Al-Emadi rounded out the top 5 with 2481 and 2463 respectively.
Despite winning the squad, Al Saud missed the top 6 bracket to end up in eighth position in the overall standings. Squad A winner, Yousef Al-Jabir of Qatar remained as top qualifier with 2679 followed by Squad C winner, Annop Arromsaranon of Thailand in second with 2628.
Qatar's Ahmed Al-Ruwaili and Squad D winner, Jassim Al-Muraikhi of Qatar occupied third and fourth positions with 2625 and 2623 while Squad B winner and Qatari youth, Bader Al Sada finished fifth with 2601 and Thailand's Surasak Manuwong survived in sixth position with 2599.
Qualifiers positioned 7 to 38 together with the four Qatari qualifiers outside the top 38 positioned 39 to 42, two Qatari youth qualifiers positioned 43 to 44, joined by the four desperado qualifiers, Sultan Al Masri (KSA-243), Danto Tisdom (USA-214), Khalid Mohammed Al Baker (QAT-202) and Salem Al Muharrmi (UAE-200) for Step 1 final tomorrow commencing at 13:00 hrs local time.
The top 20 finishers after the 6-games Step 1 final will be joined by the top 6 seeded qualifiers from the general standings for 8-game Step 2 final where the field will be cut to 16 for the Step 3 head-to-head knockout final. The winners, over a two-game total pinfall, will advance to the Step 4 quarter-final. The winners of the quarter-final will advance to the Step 5 semi-final and eventually, the Step 6 title final.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Doha, Qatar.
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