7th October, Kuwait: Darren Alexander of Canada, the only one to make the next round with maximum points in the Men's Singles Group C preliminaries of the 2023 IBF World Bowling Championships with three tie-breaking roll-offs for the remaining trio.
Alexander got off with a superb win in his opening match with 241 then followed it up with a scintilating 268 for his second win. Despite not continuing with big games in his next three matches, the Canadian did the job convincingly with a further three wins for the maximum 15 points.
Oliver Morig of Germany was unfortunate to finish second to Alexander despite winning four of five matches with 12 points but failed to progress into the next round.
Hassan Ali Al-Kurusi of Oman and Oh Byung Jun of Korea tied with 12 points a piece in Pool 1 and went into the 9th and 10th tie-breaker roll-off. Al-Kurusi won the tie to top the pool and advance into the next round.
There was a three-way tie in Pool 2 amongst Tim Stampe of Denmark, Li Yuyang of China and Lee Tak Man of Macau. In the first 9th and 10th roll-off, Lee crashed out with 59 pins while Stampe and Li roll four consecutive strikes for 60 pins each to go into the the next 9th and 10th roll-off.
The Dane prevailed by edging the Chinese to clinch top spot in the pool and advanced into the next round. In Pool 4, the winner could not decided after four bowlers tied with 9 points each which needed for a four-way tie-breaker roll-off.
In the first 9th and 10th frame tie, Joel Tan of Singapore and Moustafa Al Mousawi of Kuwait ended with lowest two scores and crashed out. Hussain Al Suawadi of UAE and Sebastian Salazar of Colombia fought out the second tie-breaker.
The Emirati beat the Colombian to seal top spot in the final pool for the fourth next round qualifier. Twelve of a possible 24 qualifiers for Round 2 has been decided after three groups have completed their preliminaries.
The remaining 12 will be decided from Groups D, E and F which will be held tomorrow, October 9th. All 24 men qualifiers will be drawn into four separate groups in Round 2 and will be palyed in the same format as Round 1. The winner of each group will qualify for the semi-finals and final shooutout thereafter.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuwait.
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