31st Asian Intercity Bowling Championships
Macau bowler takes second squad
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7th November, Yancheng: Macau bowler, Tam Tsz Sun missed the gold medal by six pins despite winning the second squad of the Men's Singles division at the 31st Asian Intercity Bowling Championships as Squad A leader, Yang Wei bagged the gold.

Paranaque's Kevin Cu and Rudolfo Tan Jr. got off the block brilliantly with 238 to share the lead, just one pin ahead of Tam in second. Nikko Go of Pasay was third and Yancheng's Qi Wangkang, a promising fourth.

As Cu managed only 192 and slipping off, Tan added 226 in his second game but was unable to retain the lead as Tam fired a superb 232 to take over the running. The Macau national set a steady pace with 215, 221 and 212 in his next three games for a 5-game total of 1117.

Tan continued to trail in second and was 31 pins behind Tam. Shanghai's Feng Xiaobing gradually moved up the field to take up third, a further 4 pins away while others were not in contention.

Yang Wei snatching the lead in his final game

Tam would only need 188 or more to topple Squad A leader, Yang Wei of Yancheng to win the gold. He started off the sixth and final game well with three strikes in a row but a costly single-pin miss in the fifth frame followed by two back-to-back splits which he failed to convert more or less lost his golden chance. Tam eventually managed only 185 and miss the gold medal by six pins. He also failed to beat Squad A second-placed finisher and perfect gamer, Ernest Kwok of Hong Kong by four pins to settle for the bronze medal with 1299.

Tan also had a chance to win the gold when he was on course to end strongly but a poor split in his final frame put the Filipino in fourth position with 1297. Yang picked up the first gold medal for host city, Yancheng with 1305 while Kwok clinched the silver with 1303.

Squad A leader of the Women's Senior division, Li Guanghui remained unbeaten with 1136 after the second squad completed their 6-games Singles. Li gave host city Yancheng a good start with its second gold medal. Cai Aiping of Suzhou, who was second to Li in the first squad, also retained second position to win the silver medal with 1036.

Zhu Qin and Zhang Ping gave Yancheng a one-two finish in the second squad with 1035 and 996 respectively and Zhu tied third place with team-mate, Jia Wenxia for a bronze medal each.

The Women division will contest their Singles event in the last squad of the day while the Men's Senior Division will resume competition with their Singles tomorrow morning.

Squad B top 3, Rudolfo Tan, Tam Tsz Sun and Feng Xiaobing

Photos by Terence Yaw in Yancheng, China.

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