29th November, Hong Kong: Swedish trio of Jesper Svensson, Martin Larsen and Mattias Wetterberg took over the lead of the Trios qualifying event of the 2018 CGSE Million Tinkle World Men Championships after topping the second squad.
The Swedes set a cracking pace with a sizzling opening game of 702 to take a commanding lead over the second Dutch trio of Johnny Spil, Jord van Weeren and 2017 World Championships Singles gold medallist, Xander van Mazijk by 65 pins.
Svensson, Larsen and Wetterberg added another strong 647 in the second game but had their lead reduced by Manuel Otalora, Oscar Rodriguez and Andres Gomez, when the second Colombian trio shot 689 after their first game of 636.
Netherlands also posted a strong game of 696 but slipped down to third, just one pin behind Colombia. Sweden ended with another superb game of 680 to top the squad with 2029 and overtook Squad 1 leader, Indonesia by 28 pins to become the new leader from two squads. Billy Muhammad Islam, Hardy Rachmadian and Ryan Lalisang settled for second overall with 2001.
Netherlands, who finished second to Sweden took third spot with 1997 pushing down Team USA first trio of EJ Tackett, Kyle Troup and Andrew Anderson into fourth position on 1984. The first Swedish trio of Markeu Jansson, Pontus Andersson and Peter Hellstrom dropped out of the top four with 1952.
The third and final squad of the Trios preliminaries will take to the lanes at 4.30pm local time for their first block. The players will resume with the second block of three games tomorrow and the top four will qualify for the Semi-finals championship round, sheduled to take place on December 3.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong, China.
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