18th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships
Malaysia wins Doubles gold and silver
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14th November, Kuching: Singles bronze and gold medallists, Puteri Nurul Dini and Gillian Lim won Malaysia A Team's second gold medal at the 18th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships with victory in the Girl's Doubles event.

Malaysia B team's first pair and Philippines second pair had a superb start to occupy first and second positions with their 419 and 412 opening game with Australia's first pair and Singapore A team's second pair sharing third spots.

Nur Hazirah and Nur Haziqah added 379 to their 419 opener to keep a seven-pin lead over their compatriots, Puteri Nurul and Lim moving up to second spot. Regina Daval-Santos and Grace Gella slipped down to third, just three pins behind.

Chinese Taipei's first pair of Chi Yun-Fan and Wu Jie-Yu two superb games of 436 and 414 in the second and third game made them the new leader as Singapore A team's first pair of Fion Liew and Arielle Tay took over second spot.

Malaysia A first pair and second pair finishing one-two

The lead changed hands again after Liew and Tay downed 437 in the fourth. Malaysia A team's second pair of Najwa Nazirah and Nur Aina Kamalia also made improvements to take up second spot while Chinese Taipei dropped to third.

Another Singapore A team's pair of Fiona Yew and Shin Zong Yi became the fourth leader after a superb 434 in the fifth game, 3 pins ahead of the recovering Chi and Wu taking over second spot. Liew and Tay was placed third, a further 2 pins away.

It all came down to the sixth and final game to decide the champion. Puteri Nurul and Lim stormed home with a stunning 510 in the fifth and 474 in their final game to snatch the gold medal with 2470. Najwa and Nur Aina knocked down a big game of 469 to clinch the silver with 2424 to give Malaysia A team a one-two finish.

After just two days of competition, Malaysia A girls team has picked up 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal and the boys 2 silver to give them an overall medal tally of 2-3-1. Hong Kong A and Australia A were the two other countries to have won 1 gold medal each.

Yew and Shin posted 440 to earn the bronze medal with 2417. Their team-mates, Liew and Tay missed the podium by 26 pins to finish fourth with 2391 while Chinese Taipei rounded out the top five with 2375.

Singapore A team of Shin Zong Yi and Fiona Yew

Competition will shift to the Team of 4 event in two blocks of 3 games each tomorrow. The top 16 girls and top 16 boys based on the All Events standings (18 games) will advance to the Masters finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuching, Sarawak.

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