2018 CGSE Million Tinkle World Men Championships
A one-two finish for American pros
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26th November, Hong Kong: American pros, Andrew Anderson and Kyle Troup remained unbeaten to advance to the Singles Semi-finals of the 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships as Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand missed the cut despite topping the final squad.

Valentin Saulnier of France set a cracking pace of 254 in his opening game to lead 2016 PBA-WBT Thailand champion, Jesper Svenson of Sweden by 19 pins with 2018 Palembang Asian Games Team Gold and Masters Silver medallist, Park Jongwoo of Korea in third with 234.

Scotland's Steven Gill added a superb 246 to his first game of 214 to take over the running while Svenson downed 224 to stay in second, just one prin adrift. Aleksei Parshukov of Russia had 212 and 245 in his first two games to move up to third.

Park slipped off with a poor 187 but bounced back with a stunning 266 to become the third leader. 2017 World Championships Team bronze medallist, Manuel Otalora of Colombia fired back-to-back 237 and 233 to move into second.

One-two for Andrew Anderson and Kyle Troup of Team USA

The Korean could not maintain his pace and stumbled to 196 in the fourth game as Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia rolled a big game of 266 to become the fourth leader. The Indonesian remained in the lead with a moderate 212.

Gill recovered with two superb games of 223 and 245 to take up second spot while Otalora added 235 for third spot and Park still in contention in fourth. Lalisang needed 223 or more to overhaul third-seed Muhd Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia and 211 or more to overhaul fourth-seed, Dan MacLelland of Canada but ended with 202 for a total of 1340.

The Scot needed 235 or more to beat the Malaysian and 223 or more to beat the Canadian, but managed only 214 to tie with Lalisang on 1340. Larpapharat stormed home with a big game of 268 but missed the Semi-finals cut, 9 pins behind MacLelland despite topping the final squad.

American Squad 1 leader and perfect gamer, Andrew Anderson of Holly, Michigan remained unbeaten to advance to the Semi-finals as topseed with 1473. His Team USA team-mate and Squad 2 leader, Kyle Troup also remained unbeaten with 1368 to give USA a one-two finish.

Third-seed Ismail will face Troup in the Semi-finals while fourth-seed MacLelland will face Anderson in the other Semi-finals match, scheduled for December 1. The winners of the Semi-final matches will square off in the Final for the gold while the losing semi-finalists will take home a bronze medal each.

2017 PBA-WBT Thailand champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat missing out by 9 pins

Host broadcaster, I-Cable TV network will be providing Live coverage of the Singles Semi-finals and Final and their feed will be carried by Starhub Singapore, Astro Malaysia, True Vision Thailand, Sportscast Taiwan, TVRI Indonesia, Sky Sports New Zealand, USA & Canada Flo Sports, Elisa Finland, HTV/VTV Cab Vietnam, Sky Net Myanmar while all other territories will have live streaming via the Olympic Channel.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong, China.

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