Except for anchorman Zulmazran Zulkifli who was the best performer with his 198, 211 and 223 lines for an average of 210, the rest had problems stringing three good games.
The worst affected was Aaron Kong who could only string lines of 176, 168 and 161 for a poor average of 168.
The others had yo-yo performance and it drastically affected their total score for three games which saw them down a total of 2881. They had games of 911, 916 and 1009.
They certainly have to buck up and start shooting high scores and consistently with averages of 220, on the long-oiled pattern today, if they cherish any hopes of making the top four.
They are currently trailing by 216 pinfalls to fourth placed Columbia.
It was Team USA who holds the lead currently.
The Americans put together a three-game set of 3,314, an average of 220.9, to take the lead.
The top four teams after six games will advance to the semifinals tonight.
Team USA had games of 1,142, 1,122 and 1,050 and leads Finland by 29 pins on the medium oil pattern. Chris Barnes led the Americans with a 692 series and was followed by Tommy Jones (670), Bill O'Neill (663), Patrick Allen (645) and Wes Malott (644).
"I think we are in good shape because tomorrow's long pattern plays to our strengths," Barnes said. "The goal is to get the top seed so you can have choice of lane pattern in the semifinals and final. I like our chances in the semifinals, especially if we can get there and choose the pattern."
Barnes said the team was satisfied with the score, but felt like they could have finished a little stronger in the third game to put some distance between themselves and the rest of the field.
In the all-events race, O'Neill maintained the top spot with just three games remaining. He has totaled 4,717 for 21 games, an average of 224.6, and leads Barnes, who has 4,633, by 84 pins. Korea's Jang Dong-Chul is third, 94 pins behind Barnes.
Malaysia's best placed bowler is Aiman who is in 29th position with his total of 4313 with three more games to go for the final total for the All-events. Next best is Adrian in 41st position with his total of 4265. Zulmazran is tied on 48th position with Puerto Rico's Gabriel Sanchez with a total of 4259 while Aaron is in 61st position (4200), Alex in 63rd (4196) and Muhamad Shafiq in 65th (4192).
The top 16 players in the all-events standings after 24 games advance to Masters match play Saturday.
Malaysia's standing and scores:
|28||Alex Liew Kien Liang||Malaysia||571||190,33||160||178||233||233|
|Muhamad Syafiq Ridhwa||578||192,67||155||213||210||213|
|Adrian Ang Hsien Loong||595||198,33||222||191||182||222|
|Aaron Kong Eng Chuan||505||168,33||176||168||161||176|
Top five finishes after the first block of three games:
|1||O'Neill, Bill||United States||663||221,00||245||186||232||245|
|3||Olsen, Svein Roger||Norway||610||203,33||208||190||212||212|
|Rudshagen, Bjørn Einar||698||232,67||298||214||186||298|
|4||Monroy, Jaime Enrique||Colombia||609||203,00||226||201||182||226|
|Romero, Jorge David||582||194,00||187||199||196||199|
|Garcia, Fabio Augusto||641||213,67||207||222||212||222|
|Otalora, Manuel Hernando||610||203,33||180||217||213||217|
|Gomez, Jaime Andres||655||218,33||237||238||180||238|