44th MWA-Singha Thailand International Open
Left-handers shine in Squad C
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11th April, Bangkok: Left-handers, Atchariya Cheng of Thailand and Cherie Tan of Singapore shone during the first block of the qualifying round at the 44th MWA-Singha Thailand International Open by topping the Men's Open and Ladies' Open in Squad C.

2017 SEA Games Team gold medallist, Darren Ong got off the block with a scintilating 263 to lead left-hander, Syaffique Ikhwan of Malaysia by 40 pins, followed by Atchariya and Muhd Jaris Goh of Singapore.

Ong added another good game of 226 and remained in the lead. Atchariya rolled 245 to take up second spot, 30 pins behind. A third Singaporean, Joel Tan moved into third ahead of copatriot, Cheah Ray Han in fourth.

Atchariya, maiden winner of 2017 ABF Tour Chinese Taipei, set a blistering pace with 247 and 257 in his next two games and took over the lead. Ong slipped to second, 50 pins adrift with Cheah still in third.

Squad C winner, Atchariya Cheng topping the local pool

The Thai ended the block with 211 to top the squad with 1174. Ong settled for second position with 1129 and Cheah finished third with 1106. Alex Chong of Singapore and Joel Tan rounded out the top five with 1067 and 1048 respectively. Atchariya's fine effort earned him second overall but topped the Men's Open local pool. Sithiphol Kunaksorn and 2017 PBA-WBT World Bowling Tour Thailand champion, Yannaphon Larpapharat occupied second and third.

Perfect gamer and Squad D leader, Lee Won Seok of Korea topped the overseas pool with 1249 with Chinese Taipei's Lin Pai-Feng and Korea's Park Geon Ha in second and third. The top three local and top three overseas qualifiers will earn a bye and skip Round 2 finals. Hsieh Chin-Liang of Chinese Taipei missed the top bracket to head the mixed pool with 1138. The cut in 26th position went to Chen Wu-Chi of Chinese Taipei with 1055, averaging 211.0.

Meanwhile, Singapore dominated the Ladies' Open division in Squad C. Jazreel Tan took the early lead with a sizzling 267 in her opening game. Her compatriot, Cherie Tan rolled 233 in the first and 258 in the second to take over the running.

Cherie added 219 in her third game before posting another big game of 266 in the fourth to build up a massive gap of 78 pins. Jazreel Tan continued to trail in second with New Hui Fen and Shayna Ng in close company.

The leader rounded off the block with 227 to take top spot with 1203. Jazreel settled for second position with 1145 while Ng ended stronger to clinch third spot with 1118. Hui Fen and Malaysia's Hee Kar Yen completed the top five with 1115 and 1045.

Natthida Sertluecha, who finished 11th in Squad C, topped the Ladies' Open local pool with 1007. Kantaporn Singhabuboha and Thanchanok Vilailak occupied second and third positions.

Ladies' Top 3, Jazreel Tan, Cherie Tan and Shayna Ng

Cherie Tan topped the overseas pool followed by Jazreel Tan in second and Squad A leader, Esther Cheah of Malaysia in third. Malaysia's Siti Safiyah headed the mixed pool with 1137 while the cut in 22nd position went to Korea's Kim Ju Hyeong with 1022, averaging 204.0. Bowlers will resume with their second block of 5 games tomorrow and the third and final block of another 5 games on April 13.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok.

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