2018 CGSE Million Tinkle World Men Championships
France tops 5-Player second squad
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1st December, Hong Kong: France held on to the 5-Player Team lead in Squad 2 to finish the first block in second overall at the 2018 CGSE • Million Tinkle World Men Championships with Team USA in second and Team Indonesia third.

Valentin Saulnier, Maximilien Fialon, Thibaut Lanos, Julien Sermand and Gaetan Mouveroux of France got off to an impressive start with 1094 in their opening game to lead Indonesia by 85 pins. Ryan Lalisang, Hengki Susanto, Yeri Ramadona, Billy Muhammad Islam and Hardy Rachmadian downed 1009.

Italy's Marco Reviglio, Pierpaolo De Filippi, Nicola Pongolini, Erik Davolio and Antonio Fiorentino surprised the field with 977 in their opening game to stay in third while Team USA managed only 974 for fourth, just 3 pins behind the Italians.

Indonesia upped the pace with 1105 to take over the running with the French team following their first game with 1019 in the second game to trail the leader by just one pin. Sweden rolled the highest second game of 1115 to move up to third ahead of the Americans in fourth.

Squad 2 leader, France with their team officials

Indonesia ended poorly with 970 to hand top spot to Italy after the Italians posted 1082 in their third game to finish the block with 3195, four pins ahead of Team USA.

EJ Tackett, Kyle Troup, Jakob Butturff, Andrew Anderson and Tommy Jones of USA registered the highest game of the block with 1154 to haul themselves up to second with 3191 with Indonesia in third with 3084.

Sweden and Italy completed the top 5 of the squad. France settled for second with two squad's scores combined. Germany remained in the lead with 3200 and Team USA third. Indonesia and Sweden finished in the top 5.

The top 26 teams will be assigned to Squad A while the rest in Squad B, who will completed their second block on Sunday, December 2 while Squad A will finish their second block on Monday, December 3. The top 4 at the end of the second block will advance to the Semi-finals which will be contested on Tuesday, December 4.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong, China.

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