18th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships
Malaysia sweeps Masters gold medals
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17th November, Kuching: Host Malaysia emerged as overall champion of the 18th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships after Tun Ameerul Hakim and Puteri Nurul Dini swept the Boy's and Girl's Masters gold medals.

Second-seed and 2017 Asian Youth Singles gold medallist, Tun Ameerul Hakim of Malaysia A bagged the gold medal with a convincing victory over topseed, Alex Yu of Hong Kong A, 470-386 in the two-games total pinfall final match.

Tun Ameerul trashed Yu, 269-205 in the first game to take a massive 64 pins lead and finished the title match with another 201-181 win in the second game. The 18-year-old champion was equally impressive and merciless when he outclassed two-hander and third-seed, Shoumick Datta of India, 279-237 in the semi-final.

Despite winning the gold for Malaysia A, Hong Kong emerged as Boy's team champion with 2 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal. Malaysia A won 1 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze medal to finish second overall.

Tun Ameerul winning Malaysia A Boys team's first gold medal

Australia and Indonesia tied in third position with 1 gold medal each. In the earlier second block Masters finals, Yu topped the block with a total of 3791 total 16 games. The 15-year-old Hong Kong national youth, who led the first block with 1918 added 1813 and six wins to in the second block advance to the stepladder finals as topseed.

Tun Ameerul, who was fifth overnight with 1780, added 1845 in the second block and six wins to move into second with 3685. Debutant, Shoumick retained his third position at the end of the second block with 3632 to qualify as third-seed.

Muhd Arif Iskandar of Malaysia A, who was second in the first block, slipped down to fourth and missed the cut by 31 pins on a total of 3601. Two gold medallist, Ivan Tse of Hong Kong A dropped from fourth to fifth with 3585.

Malaysia A emerging as Girl's team champion was never in doubt when two gold medallist and topseed, Puteri Nurul Dini easily defeated second-seed and challenger, Fion Liew Shan Ting of Singapore A, 458-369 in the Girl's finals.

Puteri Nurul won the first game, 207-176 and 251-193 in the second game to win her third gold and a clean sweep of all the five gold medals in the Girl's division. Liew edged overnight leader and third-seed, Fiona Yew Hiok Hing, 176-158 in the semi-finals to advance to the final.

Yew tied with All Events bronze medallist and team-mate, Shin Zong Yi on 3202 after the position-round Masters finals earlier. Yew beat Shin, 216-189 in a one-game roll-off to break the tie and to make the stepladder finals.

Puteri Nurul, who was third in the first block with 1623, won all the eight matches in the second block for a total of 3395 to advance to the stepladder finals as topseed. Liew, who was seventh overnight, leapfrog to second with six wins and a total of 3341.

Puteri Nurul Dini with her third gold medal

Nur Amirah Ng of Singapore B team dropped from second in the first block to seventh managing only two wins and a draw in the second block. Triple gold medallist, Gillian Lim of Malaysia A finished sixth behind Chloe Jones of Australia in fourth.

Malaysia A girls won 5 gold, 2 silver and 1 bronze medal to earn the Girl's team champion title. Australia took home 2 silver medals while Singapore A settled for 1 silver and 4 bronze medals. Malaysia A also emerged as overall champion with a total medal haul of 6-6-2. Hong Kong A finished second with 2-1-1, Australia third with 1-2-0, Indonesia fourth with 1-0-0, Singapore fifth with 0-1-5 and India sixth with 0-0-1.

63 boys and 28 girls from a total of 10 Asian countries participated at this year's Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships co-hosted by Amatuer Bowling Association of Sarawak and the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuching, Sarawak.

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