Sarawak International Open Bowling Championships 2019
National bowler captures Open Masters crown
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10th September, Kuching: Second-seed and last year's second runner-up, Sin Li Jane of Malaysia captured the Open Division Masters title of the Sarawak International Open Bowling Championships 2019 after remaining as the "Last Man" standing.

In the final match of the Open Masters "Last Man Standing" Shootout finals, Sin and third-seed, Radin Nur Najwa started off on an equal footing with a strike and a nine-pin spare each. But Radin failed to convert a pin-10 spare in the third while Sin struck.

The crowd favourite then rolled three consecutive strikes from frame four and although Radin recovered with three consecutive strikes of her own, she was behind Sin by 22 pins. Sin made no mistake with a spare in the seventh frame, a strike in the eighth and another spare in the ninth frame.

Radin converted her spares in frames seven and eighth before giving herself a slight chance of overturning the match in her favour with a double in the ninth and tenth frames. But she was unlucky to suffer a big 4-7-8-6-10 split in her bonus frame.

Open Masters champion, Sin Li Jane with her trophy and challenge trophy

Sin went on to end with a clean game to beat Radin 232-214 and claimed the title as well as picking up the top prize of RM20,000 (approx. US$4,780). Radin, who settled for RM10,000 as first runner-up, posted the highest score of 195 to Sin's 188 to advance to the last match.

Fourth-seed, Muhammad Shafiy Zaim was eliminated with a score of 157. Sin topped the first match with 229, Muhammad Shafiy was second highest with 184. Radin had to strike out in her tenth frame to advance with 174 while topseed, Nora Lyana Natasia was eliminated after managing only 170.

In the earlier 8-game Open Masters finals, there was a keen tussle for top spot amongst, Sin, Nora Lyana and Tsen Fan Yew. Nora Lyana rolled two big games of 279 and 246 and ended with 212 to finish in the lead with 1826.

Sin settled for second position with 1799 with Radin claiming third spot with 1797. Tsen chocked on his final game with 179 to give Muhammad Shafiy, who totaled 1765, the fourth and final Stepladder spot. Tsen missed the cut by eight pins on 1757.

Before the Stepladder finals started, the closing ceremony was held which was graced by YB Datuk Haji Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Sarawak. Also in attendance was Mr Sunny Si, President of Amatuer Bowling Association of Swarawak (ABAS).

Dr Haji Azhar Bin Haji Ahmad, Director of Sarawak Education Department, En. Nik Ahmad Radzli Hashim, Head of Sports Development, Sarawak, Haji Shaifulbahri Shukri, Deputy President of ABAS, Tournament Director and Vice President of ABAS, Mr Robert Lu and Mr Jackie Ting, Managing Director of Megalanes Sarawak were also present.

Top 4 winners of the Open division, Radin, Sin, Muhammad Shafiy and Nora Lyana on the podium

Mr Si gave his closing speech thanking YB Datuk Haji Karim Rahman Hamzah for taking time off his busy schedule to grace the closing event and to witness the Stepladder finals. Mr Si expressed appreciation to the hard work put in by his organising committee as well as the supoort from all the participating teams.

YB Datuk Haji Karim also took to the podium to give his speech thanking all the teams in taking part in this year's championships. He hope that participants will find time to savour the hospitality Sarawak can offer and hope they will come back again next year.

The guest of honour, distinguished guests, team officials and participants were entertained to a multi-cultural and traditional dance performance and drums performed by SMK Arang. After the finals, the guest of honour presented the prizes to the top 4 winners. Mr Si presented a token of appreciation to the guest of honour before adjourning to the victory banquet buffet at Megalanes Sarawak.

Bowlers contested two blocks of five games in the preliminary qualifying rounds. The top 60 with the highest pinfalls in each of the three cetegories, Open division, Classified division and the Youth 25 & Under division competed in their respective Masters finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuching, Sarawak.

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