FIJI crashed out of the China Open Bowling Championship after going down to Wales 8-7 in the quarter-finalS in Shenzhen yesterday.
The national side with world number 10 Ratish Lal, Abdul Kalim, Santok Singh and Shorab Khan made a slow start in the match.
Kalim who is also the team manager said they took time to settle.
He said Wales set the pace winning the first three ends.
"We were down 6-0 at one stage," Kalim said.
"But we rallied back and had some good drives to set up a close finish. However the ends ran out and we were left short.
"A total of ten ends were played.
"Had it been longer we surely would have beaten them.
"All the boys played well but it was unfortunate that we left it a bit too late."
Malaysia won the tournament beating Thailand in the final.
Fiji's lone win in the event was back in 2010.
Kalim will now travel to Warilla in Australia to compete in the World Cup Indoor Singles event which begins on March 27.
The remaining members of the national side return on Tuesday.