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Malaysia and Team USA crowned Team champions

3rd December, Las Vegas: Malaysia ended a 10-year drought to win the Women's 5-player Team gold medal at the 2017 World Bowling Championships with victory over topseed, Singapore while Team USA earned their fourth gold in the Men's division.

Malaysia's Syaidatul Afifah, Natsha Roslan, All Events silver medallist, Siti Safiyah and Doubles silver medallists, Sin Li Jane and Shalin Zulkifli had to work hard for their victory when they edged topseed, Singapore 2-1 in the final.

The champion had a clean game in the first Baker's format match with just three strikes-in-a-row for 214 while their Singaporean counterpart rolled four consecutive strikes to lead except encountering a costly split in the ninth frame to go down with 209.

In the second match, both contenders had a double strike and an open frame each. Singapore's New Hui Fen, Shayna Ng, Daphne Tan, Jazreel Tan lost the tie to Malaysia when their anchorwomen, Cherie Tan was unlucky to roll a split in the final frame to lose, 177-188.

The victory for Malaysia came after a 10-year break. Their last Team victory came in 2007 Mexico World Championships in Monterry.

Malaysia ending a 10-year drought to win the Women's Team gold

They also won the Team gold when Malaysia host the combined world championships back in 2003 in Kuala Lumpur. The champion had earlier defeated third-seed, Colombia 2-1 (198-207, 248-168, 182-181) in the earlier semi-final match to advance to the final while Singapore also defeated fourth-seed and defending champion, Korea 2-1 (202-203, 218-215, 213-209) in the other all-Asian semi-final encounter.

Meanwhile, Team USA had to dig deep to reclaim the title they last won at the 2010 Munich World Men's Championships in Germany, seven years ago. Doubles Gold medallist, Chris Barnes led his team-mates, AJ Johnson, Tommy Jones, Marshall Kent and Chris Via with victory over third-seed, Chinese Taipei 2-0 (210-189, 200-180).

The Americans had to win a tie-breaker 47-46 to earn their place in the final after levelling on 218 a piece in the third and deciding game of the semi-finals against topseed, Colombia. Team USA lost the first match, 173-207 but bounced back with a narrow 237-230 win in the second match.

"It was just phenomenal watching the performance of the players how they dug all week and fought and scraped today to get into the tiebreaker and then go on to win," Team USA head coach Rod Ross said. "We came here as a team, and it really was a total team effort.

Men's Team gold medallist, Team USA

Chinese Taipei's Chen Chien-Ju, Chen Wu-Chi, Hsieh Chin-Liang, All Events gold and Singles silver medallist, Wu Hao-Ming and Xi Zhe-Jia came from behind to beat Denmark, 2-1 (215-184, 158-279, 235-156) in the other semi-finals to face Team USA.

Colombia, who also lost to Team USA in Munich in 2010 in the Team semi-finals, settled for the bronze medal. Denmark picked up their second medal with the bronze after Mai Ginge Jensen won the Women's Singles silver medal.

Host nation, USA has won four gold and three bronze medals after five events contested with the men and women contributing two gold each to head the Medal Tally. Chinese Taipei's best-ever outing since 2005, is second with 1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze. Malaysia is third with 1 gold and 2 silver medals.

Masters qualifiers positioned 9 to 24 based on the All Events standings will contest the Step 1 finals Monday, December 4 with the highest ranked versus the lowest ranked finalist and so on. The winners will proceed to face the top 8 in Step 2 finals. Winners of the Step 2 finals will then advance to the Step 3 quarter-finals, followed by the semi-finals and final. All matches will be played in a best-of-3 format.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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