2019 Philippines 30th SEA Games Bowling Championships
Malaysia, Singapore claims Team victories
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6th December, Manila: Malaysia's Rafiq Ismail, Tun Hakim, Timmy Tan and Ahmad Muaz claimed the Men's Team gold medal at the 2019 Philippines 30th SEA Games Bowling Championships on Friday while Singapore clinched the Women's Team gold medal.

Indonesia's Ryan Lalisang, Yeri Ramadona, Billy Muhammad Islam and Hardy Rachmadian had topped the first block of three games earlier in the day with 2543 and 81 pins ahead of Thailand's Atchariya Cheng, Surasak Manuwong, Annop Arromsaranon and Yannaphon Larpapharat. Host nation, Philippines and Malaysia shared third spot, a further 12 pins away.

But the Indonesian quartet had a poor start in the second block with 790. Thailand had the best start with 866 to slash the gap to just 5 pins. The Filipino quartet of Kenneth Chua, Patrick Nuqui, Frederick Ong and Merwin Tan shot 837 to remain in third.

Malaysia's Rafiq Ismail, Tun Hakim, Timmy Tan and Ahmad Muaz also started off well with 832, a further 5 pins from Philippines. Indonesia stumbled to a disastrous 683 in the fifth game to quickly drop out of contention.

Rafiq Ismail, Timmy Tan, Tun Hakim and Ahmad Muaz with their Team gold medals

Thailand moved into the lead with a moderate 764 while Malaysia downed 806 to move up to second and Philippines slipping down to third with 768. Thailand ended with 804 as Malaysia and Philippines appeared to have the upper hand over the Thais.

Rafiq shot 246, Hakim 190, Tan 268 and Muaz 192 to end with 896 and claimed Malaysia's second gold medal with 4980. Chua, Nuqui, Ong and Merwin Tan gave Philippines their first medal after ending with 886 and a total of 4937 for the silver.

Thailand settled for the bronze medal with 4896 while Indonesia finished in a disappointing fourth with 4836. Singapore came home fifth with 4652. Lalisang topped the Men's All Events standings with 5297 followed by Atchariya Cheng in second with 5215 and Hardy Rachmadian third with 5181. The top 16 men in the All-Events standings qualifying for the Masters finals, comprised of four from Indonesia and Malaysia, three from Singapore and Thailand and two from Philippines.

Meanwhile, Singapore's Daphne Tan, New Hui Fen, Shayna Ng and CHerie Tan clinched the Women's Team gold medal from defending champion, Malaysia by 30 pins. Singapore, who was leading Philippines by 125 pins and Malaysia by 126 going into the sixth and final game.

Malaysia's Esther Cheah, Sin Li Jane, Shalin Zulkifli and Siti Safiyah Amirah was on a roll and looked like overhauling the Singapore quartet. But they prevailed to end with 741, sufficient to clinch their second gold medal with 4833.

Malaysia ended with 837 to settle for the silver medal with 4803, reducing the deficit to just 30 pins. Alexis Sy, Liza Del Rosario, Lara Posadas-Wong and Bea Hernandez added a bronze medal to host nation, Philippines by finishing third with 4735.

Indonesia missed the podium by 39 pins and settling for fourth position with 4696. Thailand completed the top five with 4349. Singles and Team gold medallist, New Hui Fen topped the Women's All-Events standing with 5032. Singles silver and Doubles gold medallist, Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia tied second with Bea Hernandez on a 24 games total of 4943.

Women's Team gold medallists, New Hui Fen, Cherie Tan, Daphne Tan and Shayna Ng

The top 16 wommen in the All-Events standings qualifying for the Masters finals comprised of four from Indonesia, Malaysia and SIngapore, three from Philippines and one from Thailand.

Mr Ahmad Faedzal, Malaysian Deputy Chef-de-Mission, Dr Valerie Teo, Singapore Assistant CHef-de-Mission and Mr Steve Pobles, President of Philippine BOwling Federation gave away the medals to the Women's Team winners. Senator Vicente Sotto III, Philippines Senate President, Dato' Dr P.S. Nathan and Mr Sompan Charumilinaa, President of Thai Tenpin Bowling Association presented the medals to the Men's Team winners.

The finalists will contest the Round-Robin matchplay Masters over the next two days with the first block of eight matches tomorrow and seven matches on December 8 including a position-round match to determine the top 3 men and top 3 women advancing to the stapladder finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Manila.

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