12th April, Bangkok: 2018 World Men's Championships Doubles gold medallist, Adrian Ang of Malaysia and Chang Ying-Chi of Chinese Taipei topped the opening block of Squad B qualifying rounds at the 45th MWA-Singha Thailand International Open.
Newcomer and two-hander, Matthew Ong of Malaysia got off the block with a cracking 233 to lead Men's Grade A Masters third runner-up and compatriot, Rodson Tong by eight pins with three Taiwanese registering games of 210 and above.
Ong added another superb game of 236 in the second and Ang fired a sizzling 257 but remained in second and Tong in third. Korea's Kim Kyung Min, who started off with 204 and 226, downed a stunning 265 to take over the running after the third game.
Ong and Ang managed only 196 and 193 to slip down to second and third. The Korean held on to the lead after a fourth game of 204. Ang bounced back with 226 to close the gap to just seven pins while Ong continued to slip away.
The Malaysian ended stronger with 211 to snatch top spot with 1093. Kim stumbled to a 187 in his final game to settle for second with 1086. Compatriots, Choi Su Bin and Hong Hae Sol both stormed home to clinch third and fourth spots with 1081 and 1071.
Tong rounded off the top five with 1062. Ang's effort put him third overall with two squads comobined. Tun Hakim of Malaysia remained in the lead with 1174 followed by team-mate Ahmad Muaz un second with 1137.
In the Women's Open division, 2016 Thailand Open winner, Yanee Saebe of Thailand set the pace and led from the first game to the fourth with lines of 224, 190, 179 and 179. Chang Ying-Chi, who was fifth before the final game, shot 235 to snatch top spot with 990.
Saebe settle for second after ending with 955. Two additional Taiwanese, Chen Yin-Chen and Liu Hsin-Ya finished third and fourth with 954 and 953 while Kantaporn Singhabubpha of Thailand completed the top five with 936.
Chang finished fourth overall from two squads with Malaysian women occupying the top three spots. Sin Li Jane remained in the lead with 1147 followed by Nerosha Keligit and Natasha Roslan in second and third with 1067 and 999.
Squad D will commence at 17:00 hrs local time for their first block of five games while Squad C will take to the lanes at 21:00 hrs. The bowlers will resume with their second block of qualifying rounds tomorrow and the third block on April 14.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.