There was barely any movement at the top of the Open and U-23 competitions at the end of the eighth day of the 3rd Dubai International Bowling Tournament being held at the Dubai Bowling Club.
At the end of the eighth day of the qualifiers, the UAE's Shaker Ali Al Hassan maintained his strangle-hold at the top with series of 688, 722 and 760 to keep clear of Jordan Evan from the Philippines and fellow teammates Ali Ahmed Al Saffar and Hussain Al Suwaidi.
Bahrain's Yousuf Falah was the only new face jostling at the top with series of 713, 720 and 706 to place himself in fifth, while the UAE’s Mahmoud Al Attar improved to seventh from his overnight 10th.
Syed Ibrahim Al Hashemi, Hareb Al Mansoori and former UAE coach Patrick Healy took the next three positions.
In the Under-23 competition, Great Britain’s Samantha Hannan improved her average from 224.56 overnight to 234.11 with recorded series of 713, 682 and 712 to lead for an eighth straight day.
Sultan Al Qubaisi was in second place with series rolls of 668, 670 and 632, while Abdullah Nabil Marzouk kept his third position with scores of 632, 676 and 604.
The qualifying rounds of the competition will continue during this week with the second round of the Open competition featuring the top 26 finishers including two UAE locals being held on February 24. The third round will be held the same evening for the best 20 bowlers while the field will wilt down to the top ten bowlers in Round Four.
There is a total prize fund of Dhs 300,000 for both categories besides the event being a ranking tournament on the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF) calendar towards World Ranking Masters Final organized by the World Ten-Pin Bowling Association (WTPBA).
Early that day Hessa Alkous, Head Of events department at Dubai Sports Council, awarded the best players in the previous days of the tournament.
The tournament is sponsored by SuperPrice Rent A Car, Mars Digital Printing, French Bakery, Grand Service Station, La Marquise Coffee and Grand Capital.