25th November, Hong Kong: 2018 USBC Masters champion, Andrew Anderson of Holly, Michigan, rolled the first perfect game of the 2018 CGSE Million Tinkle World Men Championships to lead the opening squad of the Singles qualifying round.
2017 South-East Asian Games Team gold medallist, Basil Ng of Singapore got off to a great start with 255 to lead debutant, Ray San Nicolas of Guam by 12 pins with Joel Tan of Singapore, a further 18 pins away in third.
Ng's lead did not last as recently-awarded PBA Player of the Year, Anderson posting a stunning 279 following his average start of 200 in the first game to take over the running. Nicolas continued to trail in second. Edward Rey of Colombia and Ng taking up third and fourth.
The 23-year-old added another sizzling 278 in the third game before rolling the championships' forst 300 in the fourth game to open up a huge gap of 156 pins. 2018 Palembang Asian Games Masters gold medallist, Muhd Rafiq Ismail gradually hauled himself up to second. Rey and Nicolas continued to stay in third and fourth.
The leader and Team USA rookie eased off with 201 and 215 in his fifth and final game to win the opening squad and set a benchmark of 1473. The Malaysian ended strongly with 213 and 247 but had to content with second spot on 1361.
Rey also ended well to take up third position qith 1308 while Ricardo Tateishi of Peru stormed home with a superb 266 to snatch fourth position with 1298. Nicolas made up the top five with 1287. The second squad will take to the lanes after maintenance for their qualifying round.
The two remaining Squad 3 and 4 will be staged tomorrow morning and afternoon. The top four finishers from the combined four squads will advance to the Semi-finals and Final scheduled to take place on December 1.
Competition will shift to the Doubles preliminaries divided into four squads and contested over two days, November 27 and 28. The top four pairs from the combined four squads will advance to the Semi-finals and Finals scheduled to take place on December 2.
Two addition events, the Trios and 5-player Team event will be contested over two blocks of 3 games each over the following four days. The top 24 finishers based on their All Events standings (24 games), will qualify for the Masters Rounds commencing December 4.
The host broadcaster for the live streaming will be provided by I-Cable TV network and will be fed to Starhub Singapore, Astro Malaysia, True Vision Thailand, Sportscast Taiwan, TVRI Indonesia, Sky Sports New Zealand, USA & Canada Flo Sports, Elisa Finland, HTV/VTV Cab Vietnam, Sky Net Myanmar while all other territories via the Olympic Channel.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong, China.