FORMER champion Ratish Lal made a winning start to the Pineapple Cup competition yesterday at the Suva Bowling Club.
Lal prevailed 21-7 over Semesa Naiseruvati who is a top contender for the ANZ-sponsored event.
Naiseruvati bounced back to win his second round match 21-4 over Australia's David Harrison.
Close scores on wet greens saw Martin Fong lose both his games 20-21 to Abdul Kalim and then to Peter Thaggard by the same score.
Games committee member Fong said the wind and rain in the capital city affected the competition.
"Bowlers had to go on and off the green when it started to rain heavily," he said.
"Also the speed of the greens varied from time to time."
Organisers were hoping the weather will clear out for the final day of competition today.
"We would really like to play our competition on a clear sunny day tomorrow (today).
"Tomorrow (today) we will have the top 16 competition in the morning and then the finals in the afternoon."
Defending champion Pomat Topal of Papua New Guinea did not return to defend the title.