PETALING JAYA: With just one day left before the step-ladder finals, the Malaysian women bowlers dropped to third spot in the World Tenpin Team Cup at the Odense Bowling Hall in Denmark yesterday.
The women's team led by Shalin Zulkilfi will have to pull up their socks to stay among the top three teams when the final nine matches are played next.
Only the top three teams after the completed 45 matches get to compete in the step-ladder finals.
In the fourth round yesterday, the Malaysians won five matches, drew one and suffered defeats in three matches.
They now have 70.5 points; only two points ahead of fourth place Germany. United States dislodged the Malaysian to second spot by a mere 1.5 points.
England, has virtually assured their place for the step-ladder finals by taking a comfortable 91.5 points over 36 matches.
Meanwhile, the Malaysian men's hopes of ending their campaign on a high note are about to be shattered.
They let slip a good opportunity to win at least seven points when they dropped one rung to seventh spot after the third round of another nine matches.
After 27 matches, the men's team collected only 46.5 points and are 6.5 points away from third placed Australia. They are also 1.5 behind the Americans and trailing hosts Denmark by 2.5 points.
They have to play above themselves in the remaining 18 matches to keep alive their hopes of entering the step-ladder finals.
In the third round yesterday, the men, led by Zulmazran Zulkifli, were only able to win five out of their nine matches.