ABU DHABI - Team USA member Tommy Jones averaged 239 in the second of four qualifying squads to overtake lead in the Men's Bowling World Championships singles competition, which started here at Khalifa International Bowling Centre Saturday.

While Pakistani Sultan Durrani is occupying 130 and Omer Khalid 132nd spot on the inaugural day of singles matches, Ijaz and M Hussain Chatha will also been seen in action. It was relatively good day for both Pakistanis considering the fact they were pitted against the best in the business and some high-profile top bowlers were in action.The 15-time PBA champion and two-time world champion in 2008 and 2010, both in the team events rolled games of 225, 212, 289, 204, 268 and 236 for 1434 to become the first player who reached the 1400-bar.

Defending team champion Petteri Salonen of Finland was 72 pins behind Jones with 1362 (227 average) as he was unable to break into top 4 in the overall qualifying standings and had to settle for as low as sixth place. England's Stu Williams, PBA champion and former world ranking masters champion, was two pins behind Salonen in seventh place with 1360, while 2010 world champion in doubles, Martin Paulsson of Sweden was further two pins back at the 8th spot with total of 1,358 pins.

The top 4 players of squad 1 slipped just one position, all four are still in the hunt for the medals, previous leader Glenn Morten Pedersen of Norway is occupying second place with 1,381 pins overall average of 230.17.

Shogo Wada of Japan is at third with 1,371 (228.50), while Koreans Shin Seunghyeon and Kang Heewon are jointly tied at 4th place at 1367 (227.83), the top four players at the end of the qualifying will advance to the medal round today. In case of a tie for top 4 places, a one-ball roll-off will be awarded to break the tie.

Squad 3 bowlers will bowl their six games later, squad 4 will conclude the qualifying today after which the field will be cut to the top 4 for the playoffs. No 1 will play no 4 and no 2 takes on no 3 in one-game semifinal matches, the winners bowl for gold and silver while the losers share the bronze medal.