MANILA – The Philippines still had a glimpse of hope in the ongoing 46th Qubica AMF Bowling World Cup in Toulon, France after former World Masters champion Biboy Rivera finished third with 7038 pins, including bonuses.

England’s Matt Miller paced the 96-nation tournament with a gross score of 7173, while Canada’s Michael Schmidt checked in second with 7074 after 32 games.

Rivera tangles with Schmidt in the first best-of-two knockout match Saturday (Sunday in Manila), with the winner challenging Miller for the crown.

“I’m going to give it my best shot,” Rivera said after the eight-game round-robin match play. “It’s my dream to win the World Cup.”

In the history of the games, only the Philippines’ Rafael “Paeng” Nepomuceno has won the World Cup four times after ruling it in 1976, 1980, 1992 and 1996.

In the distaff side, Asian Games bidder Apple Posadas, bowed out of contention after the eight-game match play competition and salvaged fifth place with 6771 pins, including bonuses. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)