31st Asian Intercity Bowling Championships
Yancheng and Kowloon win Team gold
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11th November, Yancheng: First block leaders, Yancheng and Kowloon concluded the second block of the Team of 4 event to win the Women's and Men's Senior Team gold medals at the 31st Asian Intercity Bowling Championships.

Yancheng's Peng Rui, Li Qin, Kong Min and Zhang Chunli had a moderate start in the fourth game of the second block with 771 but was able to keep their lead. Koh Yang-Rye, Lee Mi-Sook, Oh Hwa Jeong and Yang Young-Ja of Jeju, Korea recovered from their poor end to the first block with 821 to take up second, 122 pins behind Yancheng.

Chang Yu-Hsuan, Pan Yu-Fen, Lin Shi-Han and Singles silver medallist, Tang Ya-Chun of Chinese Taichung also posted an identical opening game of 821 but was still fourth behind Paranaque in third. Jeju was on a roll reeling in a superb 798 to reduce the lead to 61 pins after the fifth game.

Women's Team winner, Kong, Zhang, Peng and Li

But the Korean quartet could not maintain their strong momentum and managed only 684 to slip to third for the bronze medal on a total of 4565. Yancheng cruised to a comfortable 118 pins victory over the strong finishing Chinese Taichung to pick up another gold medal with 4694. The Taiwanese foursome earned their second silver medal with 4576.

Paranaque finished fourth with 4546 while Hong Kong completed the top five with 4504. Peng Rui captured her second individual gold medal after topping the Women's All Events standings with 3851 over 18-games contested. Anne Marie Kiac and Lara Posadas added the silver and bronze medal for Paranaque with 3717 and 3683 respectively.

Gigi Leung of Hong Kong pipped team-mate, Zoe Tam by one pin to make the cut for the Masters finals in 16th position. Four Yancheng women, three Jeju women, two each from Chinese Taichung, Hong Kong, Paranaque and Wuhan and one from Kowloon made up the top 16 women in the finals.

Meanwhile, Kowloon's lead was never threatened at any stage of the second block as Mike Chan, Mavi Chan, Ban Wan and Louie Lui continued their strong pace with 768 in the fourth game to extend their lead to 190 pins.

Beijing took over second spot after Paranaque got off the second block poorly to slip to third with Wuhan and Shanghai close on their heels. Kowloon added a stunning 877 in the fifth game to pull away from the pack and increased their lead to a massive 405 pins.

Shanghai's Teng Yaxiang, Li Fuqing, Wang Huizhuang and Huang Shunbao moved into second spot, 34 pins ahead of Beijing's Zhu Yongqui, Shi Jiancheng, Zhai Xiyuan, and Bian Yuanchao in third. Paranaque continued to slide out of contention.

Kowloon ended with 784 to win the gold medal with 4786. Beijing finished strongest with 843 to snatch the silver medal with 4406 while Shanghai settled for the bronze medal with 4381 despite finishing with a splendid 784.

Men's Senior Team of 4 winners, Kowloon

Paranaque and Wuhan rounded out the top five with 4290 and 4264 respectively. Teng Yaxiang won the gold medal after topping the Men's Senior All Events standings with 3543. Doubles bronze medallist, James Dela Cruz picked up the silver with 3487 and Luuie Lui of Kowloon the bronze with 3462.

Four Kowloon senior men, three each from Beijing and Paranaque, two each from Pasay CIty and Yancheng, and one each from Shanghai and Wuhan made up the top 16 senior men in the finals.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Yancheng, China.

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