2019 Philippines 30th SEA Games Bowling Championships
Masters gold for Indonesia and Singapore
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8th December, Manila: Topseeds, Billy Muhammad Islam of Indonesia and New Hui Fen had to beat their challengers twice to win the Men's and Women's Masters gold medal at the 2019 Philippines 30th SEA Games Bowling Championships which concluded on Sunday.

Islam, who led the first block yesterday, was forced into a second deciding match after losing to third-seed and Mixed Doubles gold medallist, Ryan Lalisang in the all-Indonesia Men's final first match, 205-216.

Both started well in the decider with a double but Islam encounted a bad split in the third frame which he failed to convert. Lalisang rolled another double in his next two frames and had built up a 25-pin lead.

But the topseed responded superbly with five strikes-in-a-row while his compatriot had nine pin which was converted. Lalisang also responded with a double in the sixth and seventh frames and had leveled the tie up to the eight frame.

Masters champions, New Hui Fen and Billy Muhammad Islam

Islam went on to end the match with two 9-pin spares and a strike for 232. Lalisang stumbled to an unlucky split in the ninth frame to trail Islam by 7 pins. Lalisang needed to double in the tenth frame to take the match but a stubborn pin 10 in his first throw stood in his way, going down with 224.

Lalisang had earlier edged second-seed, Muhd Jaris Goh of Singapore, 204-191 to set up the all-Indonesian final. Islam's second gold medal and Lalisang's silver allowed Indonesia to emerge as overall champion in the championships with a medal haul of 4-2-1.

The champion topped the second block of the Masters finals with 3616, adding 1748 and five wins an a draw to his yesterday's score of 1753 and six wins. Goh finished second with 3478 on 1706 and just two wins today.

Lalisang clinched the third stepladder spot with 3449 on a total of 1679 and four wins. Malaysia's Ahmad Muaz, who was third overnight, lost out by 65 pins finishing fourth with 3384 on a lower 1543 second block score and four wins and a draw.

Men's Masters medallists, Ryan Lalisang, Billy M Islam and Muhd Jaris Goh

Meanwhile over in the women's division, topseed New Hui Fen also had to work doubly hard for her gold medal. Second-seed and challenger, Siti Safiyah Amirah of Malaysia had narrowly won the first match, 29-27 in the second nine and ten frames roll-off to break the tie after both finished with 190. The first tie-breaker also ended with 40 pins each.

New started on a better footing with a double in the second and third frames to take a 10 pin lead. The Singaporean's lead was extended to 21 pins after the Malaysian missed a single-pin spare in her fourth frame.

Siti Safiyah had a chance to reduce the deficit after New failed to convert her 6-pin spare in the seventh frame but the Malaysian stumbled to a costly 7-pin split which she could not convert into a spare.

She did recovered with three strikes-in-a-row thereafter and finished off with an 8-pin spare for 194. The Singaporean struck in the ninth and tenth frame and needed another in the 11th frame to seal the match.

Women's Masters medallists, Siti Safiyah, New Hui Fen and Shayna Ng

She showed nerve of steel to deliver a perfect shot for the much needed strike to the delight of her team-mates and officials, sealing the victory with 213. The win was New's second individual gold. She had won the Singles gold medal on the opening day of the championships.

Siti Safiyah, who settled for her second silver medal, had earlier ousted third-seed and overnight leader, Shayna Ng of Singapore, 234-201 to set up the finale with New. The champion earned top spot for the stepladder after topping the second block with 3527, adding 1771 and six wins to her 1636 and six wins from the first block.

Siti Safiyah, who was in fourth position going into the position-round match, defeated third-placed Cherie Tan, 258-189 to deny Singapore an all-Singapore stepladder finals and overtook Ng for second spot with 3515 from seven wins.

Ng clinched the final stepladder spot with 3496 from four wins, just five pins ahead of Tan, who slipped down to fourth and out of the stepladder finals with 3491 from five wins. Singapore finished as champion in the women's division with a medla haul of 3-1-2 but ended in second overall to Indonesia.

Indonesian men also emerged as champion in the men's division with a medal haul of 2-1-0. Malaysia, who won the Singles gold on opening day and the Team of 4 gold two days ago, finished third with a medal haul of 2-0-1.

Dato' Dr P.S. Nathan, President of the Malaysian Tenpin Bowling Congress, Mr Tan Zhi Qiang, Assistant Treasurer of Singapore Bowling Federation and Dr Valerie Teo, Assistant Chef-de-Mission presented the medals to the Women's Masters winners.

Raja Sapta Oktohari, Chairman of Indonesia National Olympic Committee, Mr Gatot Dewabroto, Secretary to the Minister of Sports and Mrs Jessie Phua, President of Singapore Bowling Federation gave away the medals to the Men's Mastrs winners.

A total of 30 men and 28 women from eight South-East Asia participated in the 2019 Philippines 30th SEA Games Bowling Championships at the Coronado Lanes, Starmall EDSA in Mandaluyong City from December 3 to 8, 2019.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.

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