2017 World Bowling Championships
Japan, Malaysia tops second squad
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29th November, Las Vegas: Japan's second trio of Daisuke Yoshida, Shogo Wada and Shusaku Asato took over the lead of the Men's Trios first block after topping the second squad at the 2017 World Bowling Championships as the first Malaysian first trio moved into semi-finals contention.

England's second trio of Adam Cairns, Hadley Morgan and Leon Devlin set the early pace with 665 to lead Germany's Andres Gripp, Timo Schroeder and Frank Drevenstedt by 5 pins. Dan Ostergaard-Poulsen, Mik Stampe and Jimmy Dan Mortensen followed in third with 641.

Yoshida, Wada and Asato quickly took over the running with a superb 671 as England managed only 586 to slipped away. Canada's Zachery Wilkins, Mitch Hupe and Francois Lavoie shot the highest second game of 672 to move up to second, just 12 pins adrift the leader.

Japan ended the first block with a stunning 744 to secure top spot with 2018. They also beat Squad 1 leader, Korea's score of 1957 by 61 pins to finished first overall after two squads.

New overall leader, Daisuke Yoshida, Shogo Wada and Shusaku Asato

The Germans took second spot with 1919 for third overall behind Sweden's 1946. Team USA first trio of Chris Via, Jakob Butterff and AJ Johnson, who was third in the opening squad, finished fourth overall with 1908.

In the women's division, Malaysia's first trio of Natasha Roslan, Syaidatul Afifah and 2017 AMF World Cup first runner-up, Siti Safiyah topped the second squad to move into semi-finals contention in second overall with 1877, 33 pins shy of Squad 1 leader, Team USA 1.

Singles bronze medallist, Mai Ginge Jensen anchored Rike Holm Agerbo and Britt Brondsted to give Denmark the early lead, 19 pins ahead of Malaysia in second and Colombia's Anggie Ramirez, Isabella Correa and Juliana Franco in third.

Roslan, Afifah and Safiyah added 639 in the second to take over the running to move 26 pins ahead of the Danes. The Malaysian threesome ended with 583 to take the squad but failed to overhaul the Squad 1 leader.

Colombia completed their first block with 633 and 610 to clinch second spot to Malaysia with 1849 but 55 pins behind Germany, who was second in the first squad. Germany and Colombia occupied third and fourth positions overall with the Danes in fifth after two squads.

Malaysia trio of Syaidatul Afifah, Natasha Roslan and Siti Safiyah

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

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