AMERICAN Jason Powers' powerful ball release has ignited the bowling lanes of the Bapco Club on day five of the15th Awali Bowling Club Open Charity Championship.
Powers series scores of 696 and 663 saw him move to the top of the standings with an average of 231, which guarantees him a place in the semi-final.
In the first trial, Powers shot 213, 244 and 211 but he was even more aggressive in the second as he notched 245, 255 and 196 to take over the lead from Abdulla Abdul Karim. Karim slipped back to third after Batelco's Ahmed Al-Noaimi scored a round-high 722 (279,236,207) to take second.
Elsewhere, Fawaz Abdulla posted series scores of 662,618 and 610, while Abbas Haji scored a second trial 707 (243,236, 228).
In the ladies' competition, Nadia al-Awadhi is still in lead with 199 followed by Noora Sultan 184.
In the youth category meanwhile, Ali Al-Mas moved into second place, behind Mohammed Janahi with a strong performance increasing his average to 201.
Over BD5,500 in prize money is up for grabs in this year's event, which is being held under the patronage of Energy Minister Dr Abdulhussain bin Ali Mirza.
The preliminary rounds will run until July 12, with the finals scheduled for July 23 and 24.
Last year's men's and women's champions Ahmed Al-Noaimi and Nadia Al-Awadhi are among more than 25 competitors taking part.
All proceeds from this year's tournament, which is once again being sponsored by Bapco, will be donated to the Alia Centre for Early Intervention.