26th November, Hong Kong: 2014 World Men Championships Singles gold medallist, Dan MacLelland of Canada squeezed into the top four after topping the Singles third squad of the 2018 CGSE Million Tinkle World Men Championships.
Adam Hayes got of the block with a splendid 247 in his opening game of the third squad to lead Carsten Warming Hansen of Denmark by one pin. Yorick van Deutekom of the Netherlands and Lee Tak Man of Macau also had a good start posting 231 and 229 respectively for third and fourth.
Hansen added 216 in the second game to take over the running as 2013 QubicaAMF World Cup champion, Or Aviram of Isarel rolled a sizzling 266 to move into second spot, just two pins behind the Dane. MacLelland, who had a moderate start, added a stronger game of 232 to move up to third as Hayes suffered a lowly 165 ending a short-lived lead.
2018 Palembang Asian Games Trios gold medallist, Tomoyuki Sasaki of Japan posted two big games in the second and third to lead the pack with the Israelli remaining in second.
MacLelland rolled 212 and 234 in his third and fourth games to become a fourth new leader as the Japanese slipped behind the Canadian. 2017 World Championships Trios Gold medallist, Michael Mak gave host nation, Hong Kong a glimpse of hope to make the top four when he knocked down a stunning 262 to become the fifth new leader. MacLelland was content to sit in second and Aviram in third.
MacLelland could have beaten the Malaysian had he marked his final frame but encountered a 4-6-10 split to end with 243 and failing to beat Ismail to end up in fourth overall despite topping the squad with 1349.
Mak could only end with 212 to finish second to MacLelland and missing out in fifth overall with 1327. Aviram, who was third to the Canadian, finished sixth overall with 1324 while Oksanen was pushed off the top four into seventh position. Tommy Jones of Team USA, who was fourth in this squad with 1295, finished 12th.
The four and final Singles qualifying squads will take to the lanes later in the afternoon. The top four with all the scores combined will qualify for the Semi-finals and Final shootout for the medals, scheduled for December 1.
Host broadcaster, I-Cable TV network will be providing Live coverage of the Singles Semi-finals and Final and their feed will be carried by 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 will have live streaming via the Olympic Channel.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong, China.