Monday September 10, 2012
Our men and women flop in team event
By SHAMSHUL FITRI
PETALING JAYA: It was a day Malaysian bowlers at the Asian Championships in Hong Kong would like to forget.
Struggling to keep pace with the leaders in the team event after the first block on Saturday, the men could only muster a fourth place finish after the conclusion of the second block yesterday.
The women, meanwhile, finished a disappointing seventh.
After the first block on Saturday, the five-man team of Adrian Ang, Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek, Alex Liew, Aaron Kong and Zul≠mazran Zulkifli were seventh.
Yesterday, they staged a gallant fightback to rise to third after the second game of the second block.
But luck was not on their side as the United Arab Emirates surged ahead to take the final podium spot on 6,137 pinfalls behind gold medallists Hong Kong (6,427) and silver medallists South Korea (6,360).
To make matters worse for the men, only Muhd Nur Aiman Khai≠ruddin, who was replaced by Syafiq in the second block yesterday, qualified for the 16-bowler Masters event.
ďSyafiq did well to raise the teamís scores in the second block but it was just not enough because the others did poorly,Ē said team manager Cheah Ban Cheng.
Adrian dished out a below par performance in the second block with lines of 188-191-191.
Syafiq, on the other hand, had lines of 224-253-212 but it was too late to help the teamís cause.
The womenís team of Sin Li Jane, Esther Cheah, Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore, Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Ha≠≠kimi and Shalin Zulkifli had a total of 5,831 pinfalls, 285 pinfalls behind winners Taiwan (6,116) and silver medallists Singapore (6,056).
South Korea snatched the bronze with a 6,032 total.
The Masters competition starts today with the top-16 ranked men and women competing in two blocks of eight games.
The Malaysian women in the fray are Li Jane, Esther and Siti Safiyah.
Men: 1. Hong Kong 6427, 2. South Korea 6360, 3. UAE 6137, 4. Malaysia 6129, 5. Macau 6122, 6. Kuwait 6051, 7. Australia 6033, 8. Indonesia 5987, 9. India 5977, 10. Japan 5911.
Women: 1. Taiwan 6116, 2. Singapore 6056, 3. South Korea 6032, 4. Philippines 5951, 5. China 5938, 6. Australia 5884, 7. Malaysia 5831, 8. Japan 5639, 9. Hong Kong 5491, 10. Macau 5306.