19th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships
Japan, Chinese Taipei leads first block
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4th October, Taichung: Japan denied host, Chinese Taipei leading both the Boy's and Girl's Four-Player Team event at the 19th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships atfer snatching the lead in the third game of the first block.

Doubles gold medallist of Ivan Tse and Alex Yu teamed up with Jacky Lo and Keith Mark of Hong Kong A team to get off the first block with a superb 857 in their opening game to lead Japan's Genki Hayashi, Takuma Shinsha, Sho Saito and Hokuto Fujinaga by 18 pins.

Chinese Taipei A Team's Tseng Hung En, Wu Ming De, Xue Zhi Shan and Hung Bo Han posted a respectable 815 for third while Philippines A Team of Danielle Evangelista, Andrei Malig, Art Barrientos and Singles bronze medallist, Kenzo Umali was fourth.

The Hong Kong quartet stumbled to a lowly 760 in their second game to slip down to third as the Taiwanese foursome added another good game of 835 to take over the running. Japan moved up into second with 787.

The Japanese quartet finishing the first block in the lead with 2529

The Japanese ended the first block with a stunning 903 to snatch the lead with 2529 to force the Taiwanese settling for second spot with 2409. Hong Kong was lucky to hold on to third position with 2322 as they posted another low game of 705. Chinese Taipei Team B and Singapore Team A completed the top 5 with 2265 and 2235 respectively.

Meanwhile, Liu Pei Xsuan, Cai Zhu Han, Yang Shih Yu and Sung Jr Shian ensured they ended their first block of 3 games in the lead with 2222, especially after leading from the word 'Go'. The Taiwanese quartet rolled consistent lines of 767, 719 and 736.

Singapore B Team of Arianne Tay, Colleen Pee, Alena Dang and Quek Lu Yi trailed the leader throughout the 3 games to finish second with 2210 with lines of 753, 703 and 754. Australia A Team of Jamie Phelan, Ivy Dickinson, Emily Johnston and Grace Fehy took third spot with 2055.

Japan's Erina Ishimoto, Saki Tachibana, Akari Yasuda and Misaki Iwamoto finished a good fourth with 2036, just 19 pins from the Australians while the other Chinese Taipei B Team completed the top 5 with 2034.

After 15 games contested from the Singles, Doubles and the first block of the Team event, Alex Yu took over the lead from overnight leader, Genki Hayashi with 3470 in the Boy's All Events standings. Singapore A Team's Eugene Oh occupied third with 3318, behind Hayashi, who totaled 3446.

Chinese Taipei A team surprising the field by leading the first block

Singapore ruled the Girl's All Events standings with in-form Arianne Tay occupying top spot with 3016. Lu Yi Quek was second with 2959 while Singles gold medallist, Shin Zong Yi of Singapore A and Alena Dang took third and fourth positions with 2955 amnd 2949 respectively. Competition will resume with the second block of 3 games tomorrow. The top 3 Boys and top 3 Girls teams with the highest pinfall will be awarded the medals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Taichuing.

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