18th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships
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16th November, Kuching: Doubles bronze medallist, Alex Yu of Hong Kong A team and two bronze medallist, Fiona Yew of Singapore A team led the Boy's and Girl's Masters first block finals of the 18th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships.

Sole Kuwaiti finalist, Ali Heedar surprised the field when he led after beating Rhys Woszczeiko of Australia B, 245-202 and earned 10 pins extra for the win in the opening match. Jackson Botham beat compatriot and Doubles gold medallist, Cullum Borck, 241-174 to trail the Kuwaiti in second.

When Ali lost his second game, Team silver medallist, Muhd Arif Iskandar of Malaysia A added another win in his second match with a stunning 266 to take over the running. Two gold medallist, Ivan Tse of Hong Kong A also won his first two matches to move up to second, 42 pins adrift.

Muhd Arif won his next two matches but could not hang on to his lead. Alex Yu, who lost his first match, came back with three straight wins and his fourth match of 278 propelled him into the lead as Muhd Arif slipped down to second.

First block top 3, Muhd Arif, Alex Yu and Shoumick Datta

Although Yu lost his fifth match, the 15-year-old Hong Kong national youth won his remaining matches of the first block to lead with 1918 from a total of six wins. Muhd Arif won his last two matches to finish second with 1904 also from six wins.

Two-handed Shoumick Datta of India, who had an aweful start with 138, recovered with a 279 in his second match and went on to win four more matches to finish the block in third position with 1852 from five wins. Tse finished fifth with 1802 from six wins while 2017 Asian Youth Singles gold medallist, Tun Ameerul Hakin of Malaysia A completed the top five with 1780, also from six wins.

In the girl's division, Team bronze medallist, Fiona Yew Hiok Heng of Singapore A topped the first block with 1649, winning six out of the eight matches bowled. Triple gold medallist, Puteri Nurul Dini of Malaysia A led the opening match but lost the lead to Singles and Team gold medallist, Gillian Lim after the second match.

Fiona Yew took over the lead after the third match and remained the leader winning her next four matches and building a gap of up to 92 pins before losing her eighth match. Her compatriot, Nur Amirah Ng of Singapore B, stormed home to snatch second spot with 1625 from five wins.

Puteri Nurul settled for third position with 1623 with the highest number of wins. All Events bronze medallist, Shin Zong Yi of Singapore A finished fourth despite just having three wins while Lim rounded out the top five with 1606 from four wins.

Girl's top 3, Nur Amirah, Fiona Yew and Puteri Nurul

The finalists will resume with their second block of seven matches and a position round match to decide the top 3 boys an top 3 girls advancing to the Stepladder finals. The first match will be between the second-seed and third-seed. The winners of the first match will proceed to meet the top-seed over a two-match total pinfalls final to decide the champion.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuching, Sarawak.

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