7th September, Kuching: Overnight leader, Johnathan Chan of Sunway Megalanes, Malaysia remained atop the Open division qualifying standings of the Sarawak International Open Bowling Chmpionships 2023 at the conclusion of the second block.
Chan had topped the first day of qualifying with a stunning 1051 pinfalls over the 4-game block, 78 pins ahead of compatriot, Ahmad Azriq Izamuddin in second with 973 and Squad A leader, Cheah Yung Ren in third with 969.
Although the overnight leader added only 921 in his second block earlier in the day, his 8-game tally of 1972 was good enough to retain top spot. Cheah moved into second spot overall with 1909, 63 pins adrift.
Penang youths, Muhammad Hafiz Darwisy and Muhammad Adam Darwish, who led Squad C in the Open and Youth Under-25 divisions respectively with 1901 and 1872 occupied third and fourth positions. Sarawakian, Chong Jun Foo leapfrog from a lowly 33rd position to round out the top 5 with 1864.
The cut in 59th and 60th positions went to last year's first runner-up, Muhammad Hariz Adlan of Penang, Malaysia and national youth, Muhammad Danial Bin Abu Samah with 1746. Lavina Kho Jia Jie and Emmanuel Fo Yung Khee, both Malaysian sharing 57th and 58th positions with 1747.
Chan also topped the Classified division with 1932 followed by Muhammad Adam Darwish in second with 1872. Cheah Yung Ren occupied third spot with 1869 followed by Muhammad Hafiz Dawisy and Chong Jun Foo completing the top 5.
The cut in 60th position went to Muhammad Alif Syafie Bin Halim of Malaysia with 1678, averaging 209.75. The top 60 in the overall standings qualifies for the Masters finals.
Penang youths dominated the Youth Under-25 division standings with Muhammad Adam Darwish and Muhammad Hafiz Darwisy taking up the top 2 positions with 1872 and 1821 respectively. National youth, Wan Muhammad Azrif Ikram of Terrenganu finished third with 1819.
Cara Loh Wai Theng of Malaysia was the cut in 60th position with 1684, averaging 210.50. The top 60 in the Youth Under-25 overall standings qualifies for the Masters finals.
The Open finalists will bowl 8 games in the finals and the top 4 with the highest pinfalls will proceed to the "Last Man Standing" Stepladder Shootout finals. The Classified finalists will bowl 8 games and a position-round 9th game to determine the winners.
The Youth Under-25 finalists will bowl 8 games and the top 3 with the highest pinfalls will proceed to the Stepladder Shooutout finals to determine the champion.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuching, Sarawak.