29th November, Hong Kong: 2017 South-East Asian Games Team silver medallists and Indonesia's first trio of Ryan Lalisang, Billy Muhammad Islam and Hardy Rachmadian led from start to finish to lead the first squad of the Trios at the 2018 CGSE Million Tinkle World Men Championships.
The Indonesian trio got off to a splendid start with 676 in their opening game to lead the strong first Canadian trio of Dan MacLelland, Francois Lavoie and Mitch Hupe by 23 pins. Denmark's Mike Stampe Dan Ostergaard-Poulsen and Jimmy Dan Mortensen was third, just one pin adrift.
Doubles Semi-finals topseed of EJ Tackett and Andrew Anderson teamed up with Kyle Troup also started off well with 639 for fourth with France and Singapore keeping pace. Indonesia added another fine 673 in the second game to extend their lead to 48 pins.
Canada shot 648 to remain in second. Sweden's first trio of Markus Jansson, Pontus Andersson and Peter Helstrom rooled a superb 676 to take up third spot with the Danes slipping behind the Team USA. Lalisang, Islam and Rachmadian ended the first block of three games with 652 to seal top spot with 2001 and averaging 222.
Team USA stormed home with 727 to snatch second spot with 1984, just 17 pins behind the Indonesians. Sweden came home well with 660 to finish third with 1952, a further 32 pins away. Thailand's Annop Arromsaranon, Napatra Buspanikonkul, who rolled a stunning 700 in their second game, finished off with 619 to take up fourth with 1908.
England also finished strongly with 701 in their third game to round out the top five with 1898 while Canada and Denmark faded away for sixth and eighth positions. The remaining Squad 2 and 3 will be contested at 1.45pm and 4.30pm respectively. The players will resume with the second block of three games tomorrow. The top 4 from the combined scores will determine the top four advancing to the Semi-finals to be staged on December 3.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong, China.
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