Friday, November 6, 2009

Back-up squad take the lead in Asian Indoor Games

PETALNG JAYA: After disappointing performances in the singles and doubles events, the boys from the national back-up squad showed promise in the team event when they took the lead in the first block of three games at the Asian Indoor Games in Vietnam yesterday.

Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek, Kang Bo Long, Kelvin Keong and Rodson Tong put Malaysia in front with a combined score of 2,763 pinfalls ahead of Japan (2,178).

Bo Long started off with lines of 269-233-215 for a 717-three-game score. Rodson, however, was slightly off the mark with lines of 212-227-185 for a 625 total.

Kelvin then put Malaysia further in front with his total of 651 (232-215-204) before Syafiq extended their lead with a 770 total (247-268-255).

“I just enjoyed my game today and I hope to bowl the same way on short oil tomorrow,” said Syafiq.

In the girls’ competition, Malaysia’s Fatin Syazliana Adi Nasution, Tengku Emanina Laily Tengku Zahri, Sharon Koh and Sin Li Jane down a total 2,474 pins to sit in third place behind leaders South Korea (2593) and Japan (2488).

Fatin rolled down 603 pins (207-203-193) and Tengku Emanina 604 pins (194-211-199).

Southpaw Sharon put on a stellar show to fire lines of 221-195-233 for a 649 total while Li Jane had lines of 213-202-203 for a 618 total.

The second block of three games will be held today and only the top four teams will advance to the knockout stages tomorrow. THE STAR

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