Little movement for The Bahamas at Bowling World Cup

There was little movement for The Bahamas at the 40-lane bowling center inside Jakabaring Sport City, in Palembang, Indonesia yesterday, as the 55th QubicaAMF Bowling World Cup continued.

In fact, Driskell Rolle remains 37th overall out of 60 bowlers and is now 200 pins off the pace for the top 24 that will advance into stage two of the week-long tournament on Friday. Rolle had her best game of the tournament in her fifth game yesterday, turning in a 212 performance. She averaged 179.33 in the third block of games yesterday, bringing her average for the tournament up to 176.17 through 18 games. She has a total pinfall count of 3,171.

Rolle appeared to be getting stronger as she went along yesterday until stumbling in her fourth and sixth games of the day. She turned in scores of 168, 183, 193, 169, 212 and 151, in her six games respectively. She has six more games to go before the field is narrowed down to the top 24.

Natasha Roslan, of Malaysia, has taken over the lead from American Kelly Kulick. Roslan has a total pinfall of 3,768, leading Kulick by 43 pins. She is averaging 209.33 through 18 games and has a high game of 234. Kulick is averaging 206.94 through 18 games for a total pinfall of 3,725. Her high game remains 247. Russian Maria Koshel, now occupies the third spot, averaging 206.11 through 18 games. She has a high game of 254 and a 3,710 total pinfall.

The final block games in stage one of the competition will be rolled today.

On the men’s side, Bahamian Derrick Burrows leapt two spots and is now 63rd overall out of 73 bowlers. He had one of his best games of the tournament in his final game yesterday, turning in a 227. That helped to improve his average to 163.72 through 18 games for a total pinfall of 2,947. Burrows’ high game of the tournament remains 228. He is 630 pins off the pace for the cut for the top 24.

In his six games yesterday, Burrows turned in scores of 155, 143, 131, 189, 154 and 227.

South African Francois Louw continues to lead the competition with a 4,210 total pinfall through 18 games. He is averaging 233.89 and his high game remains 290. Oliver Morig, of Germany, is now second with a total pinfall of 3,900 through 18 games. He is averaging 216.67 and has a high game of 244. Niko Oksanen, of Finland, has dropped from second to third, now averaging 211.50 through 18 games. He has a total pinfall of 3,807 and his high game remains 256.

The pinfall totals in both genders will be carried over into the second stage. The top 24 bowlers, in each gender, will bowl an additional eight games before the field is narrowed down further to the top eight bowlers who will go on to the quarterfinals. Once again, the pinfall totals will be carried over.

In the quarters, the bowlers will bowl an additional eight games for a 40-game total pinfall count including bonus points to decide the top four bowlers to go on to the semifinals. At the end of the quarters, the pinfall totals will not be carried over. Finally, the semifinals and finals will be in a single game format.

The event will conclude with a victory banquet on Saturday evening at which time the awards will be presented.

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Sheldon Longley

Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.

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