H.H. Emir Cup 2022
Thai wins Step 2 Final
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7th July, Doha: 31st SEA Games Singles silver medallist, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand won the H.H. Emir Cup 2022 Step 2 Final to advance to Step 3 head-to-head knockout Final as topseed on Thursday evening.

After finishing sixth in the earlier 6-games Step 1 Final, the Thai had to endure another eight games in Step 2 Final but it paid off well when he topped the field with 1713. Squad D winner, Jassmin Al-Muraikhi of Qatar started off well with 247 to lead Larpapharat by one pin.

Qatari youngster and Squad B winner, Bader Al Sada impressed with 226 for third and Philippines' Marky Delcarmen was fourth with 223. The Thai immediately took over the running with a strong 223 as Step 1 winner, Tomas Kayhko of Finland added 235 to his 215 opener to move into second, 19 pins adrift.

The leader continued a good pace with 236 to remain in the lead. Kayhko managed only 209 but remained in second while Qatar's Mansour Alhajri had two strong games in the second and third to move up into third spot.

Yannaphon Larpapharat winning the Step 3 Final to advance as topseed

Larpapharat rolled 213 in the fourth game but the two-handed Finn fired a sizzling 268 to move 9 pins ahead of the Thai. Larpapharat responded with 236 in the fifth game to regain the lead as Kayhko stumbled to a 170 game to slip back to second and 57 pins behind.

The Thai could not maintain the strong pace especially after the earlier 6-games Step 1 Final but still was able to end with 1713. Ahmed Almahri of UAE stormed home to snatch second position with 1701 thanks to a superb 279 game in the sixth game.

The suprise in the field was Mussa M Barchahi of Iran, who made the next round in third with 1689. Nasser Jamal Al-Sahoti of Qatar, who was second before the final game, rolled a low game to settle for fourth with 1678.

Top qualifier, Yousef Al-Jabir of Qatar rounded out the top 5 with 1662. There were several ties in the final. Adel Al-Bariqi of Saudi Arabia won the one-ball roll-off against Napat Buspanikonkul of Thailand to break the tie of 1588 and squeezed into the next round in 16th position.

The two other roll-offs were for final position in the Step 3 head-to-head knockout Final. Marky Delcarmen of Philippines won the one-ball roll-off against Jassim Al-Muraikhi for sixth position after tieing on 1661. Kayhko won the one-ball roll-off against Surasak Manuwong of Thailand for ninth position after tieing on 1649.

The Step 3 Final will feature topseed vs 16th-seed, second-seed vs 15th-seed and so on in a two-game total pinfall matches. The winners of Step 4 quarter-final over the same format will advance to the Step 5 semi-final. The winners of the Step 5 semi-final matches will face-off in the title match for the top prize of USD20,000.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Doha, Qatar.

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