In the overseas pool, Thai bowlers dominated by occupying the top two spots. Kim Bolleby led the pool with 1395 ahead of his team-mate and 2014 Asian Games Singles gold medallist, Yannaphon Larpapharat in second with 1385.
Defending champion and overnight leader, Ryan Lalisang held on to third spot with 1379. A third Thai, Surasak Manuwong took fourth spot with 1377 while Lee Gyo Hwan of Korea, who shot the tournament's first perfect game, rounded out the top five with 1375.
Yaqoub Al-Shatti of Kuwait occupied the cut for the Stage 1 finals in tenth position with 1270 (average 211.67). Last year's cut stood at a whopping 1374, way higher than this year's scores. Based on the tremendous response for this year's championships and the limit of squads availability, the cut may not be as high as last year and could be in the region of 1350.
The three seeded qualifiers, local qualifiers positioned 4 to 10, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 12, ten qualifiers from the mixed pool, three additional qualifiers from the one-game desperado squad and the winner of the Hong Kong Cup finals will contest 8-game Stage 1 finals on July 14.
The top 15 finishers in Stage 1 finals will be joined by the six seeded qualifiers for another eight games in Stage 2 finals on July 15. The top six finishers will then proceed to the stepladder shootout finals.