21st MWA Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships
Singapore, Japan leads Singles Squad 1
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15th August, Bangkok: Singapore's Ashley Lok-Shirlene Wong finished one-two in the Girl's Singles Squad 1 at the 21st MWA Asian Junior Tenpin Bowling Championships as Japan's Sugawara Kanade snatched top spot in the Boy's division.

Shirlene Wong Xue Lin of Team A got off to a cracking start rolling 246 and 234 in her first two games to lead compatriot, Ashley Victoria Lok of Team B by 22 pins, who knocked down 245 and 213. Both the Singaporean continued to dominate with 213 and 221 respectively in the third game to remain well ahead of their nearest rival.

As Wong dropped her pace in the fourth game, Lok took advantage with 217 to take over the running, just four pins ahead. A third Singaporean, Nur Irdina Bte Hazly moved into third with Malaysia's Anis Hannani Bte Romzi in close company.

Lok was simply unstoppable as she romped home with 237 and 201 to seal top spot with 1334 total. Wong settled for second position with 1300 while Anis Hannani ended stronger to clinch third position with 1198.

Shirlene Wong and Ashley Lok finishing second and first in Squad 1

Meanwhile in the boy's division, there was a keen tussle between UAE's Hassan Ahli and Singapore Team A's Zephyr Liew in the first four games of the squad. Hassan led with a stunning 264 followed by 247 and another sizzling 279 to open up a 98 pins lead over the Singaporean.

Although Liew was able to reduce the gap to 61 pins after the fourth game, Hassan was firmly in control of the squad. A second Singaporean, Aiman Raedyn Lim took over the lead after the fifth game when Hassan suffered a lowly 149.

Japan's Sugawara Kanade, who was third after the fifth game, ended the strongest with 238 to snatch top spot with 1368. A third Singaporean, Leroy Kwek stormed home to clinch second spot with 1348 while Aiman settled for third with 1325.

Hassan ended disappointly in fourth with 1319 while Liew finished sixth wih 1311. Malaysia's Airel Amri Suhaimi rolled the first 300 of the championships in the fifth game but only managed an eigtht place finish with 1300.

Sugawara Kanade snatching top spot in his last game of Squad 1

The second squad will take to the lanes after lane maintenance. The combined scores of both squads will determine the winners of the first event. The medal ceremony will be held which will conclude first day competition.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

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