2017 World Bowling Championships
Chinese Taipei tops Doubles first squad
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27th November, Las Vegas: Chinese Taipei's Xu Zhe-Jia and Chen Wu-Chi spinned their way to the top of the leaderboard of the Men's Doubles opening squad at the 2017 World Bowling Championships ahead of United States in second, Hong Kong third and Colombia fourth.

Team USA's Marshall Kent of Yakima, Wash., and AJ Johnson of Oswego, Ill., got off to a great start with 483 in their opening game to lead 2016 World Singles champion, Jesper Agerbo and Jimmy Dan Mortensen of Denmark by 57 pins.

Kent and Johnson added 417 in their second game to remain in the lead. Xu and Chen downed 431 to add to their 423 in the opening game to take up second spot, 49 pins behind the American pair. Germany's Oliver Morig and Timo Schroeder shot the highest game in the second to move up to third spot.

As the Amercians managed only 372 in the third game and slipped down to third, the Taiwanese pair continued to make headway with 439 to take over the running.

Men's Doubles Squad 1 leader, Xu Zhe-Jia and Chen Wu-Chi

The Germans did better to occupy second spot ahead of United States. Chinese Taipei remained in the lead after the fourth game and extended their lead from 12 pins to 34 pins as Germany and United States stayed close behind. Hong Kong's Michael Mak and Wu Siu Hong was fourth.

The leader went on to end the block with 450 and 405 in their fifth ans sixth games to top the squad with 2558, both Xu and Chen posting identical six-games series of 1279. Kent and Johnson bounced back with 450 and 449 to clinch second position with 2532, 26 pins behind.

Mak and Wu, who was second before the sixth game, settled for third spot with 2498 while Colombia's Jaime Gonzalez and Santiago Mejia stormed home to finish fourth with 2483.

Jason Belmonte of Australia scored the highest six-games series of 1395 but only finished ninth with Sam Cooley posting only 1057.

The cut for fourth position is only 83 over. Squad 2 will take to the lanes at South Point Bowling Plaza for their Doubles and the combined scores will determine the top four advancing to the Semi-finals.

Top 4 in Squad 1, USA, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong and Colombia

Photos by Terence Yaw in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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