45th MWA-Singha Thailand International Open
Malaysian, Singaporean takes Squad D
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12th April, Bangkok: 2018 Penang Pesta first runner-up, Muhd Nur Aiman of Malaysia and Ilya Syamin of Singapore took the Men's and Women's Open Squad D top spot after the first block at the 45th MWA-Singha Thailand International Open.

2012 Thailand Open champion, Surasak Manuwong of Thailand started well with 236 in his opening game to lead 2018 World Men's Championships Singles gold medallist, Rafiq Ismail of Malaysia by five pins followed by compatriot, Ahmad Aidil in third with 229.

Aidil added a superb 236 to take over the running while Aiman rolled 248 to add to his opening game of 207 to take up second ahead of Manuwong slipping down to third despite a secong game of 213. Singapore's Muhd Jaris Goh downed a big game of 254 to move up to fourth.

Aiman quicken his pace with another superb game of 245 in the third to move into the lead with Aidil trailing in second and Manuwong recovering to take up third. The Thai added another good game of 238 to regain the lead after the fourth and Aiman slipped down to second.

Squad D leaders, Muhd Nur Aiman and Ilya Syamin

But the Malaysian left-hander ended the block stronger with 227 to clinch the squad with 1134. Manuwong settled for second with 1124. Jaris Goh took third spot with 1096 while Aidil and 2017 Thailand Open champion, Zulmazran Zulkifli of Malaysia completed the top five with 1063 and 1050.

Meanwhile in the Women's Open division, the lead was hotly contested amongst the three Malaysian national elite members. Siti Safiyah Amirah set the early pace with 216 but lost the lead briefly to Syaidatul Afifah after the second game.

Amirah regained the lead from the third game and led until the fifth and final game. Singapore's Iliya Syamin snatch the lead with 1011. Amirah settled for second with 998 followed by Shalin Zulkifli in third with 988.

After three squads contested, Malaysian men dominated by occupying the top 3 overseas spots in the overall qualifying standings. Tun Hakim led with 1174, Ahmad Muaz with 1137 and Aiman with 1134. Manuwong, Yannaphon Larpapharat and Sithiphol Kunaksorn occupied the top 3 local spots with 1124, 1031 and 1009.

The top 3 local and top 3 overseas qualifiers will skip Round 2 finals and automatically advance to Round 3 finals. Muhd Jaris Goh headed the mixed pool with 1096 while the cut at 26th position was held by Singapore's Joseph Ting with 1020.

Sin Li Jane of Malaysia led the women's overseas pool with 1147 ahead of team-mate, Nerosha Keligit in second with 1067 and Ilya Syamin taking up third. Yanee Saebe, Kantaporn Singhabubpha and Thanchanok Vilailak occupied the top 3 local spots.

Natasha Roslan of Malaysia headed the mixed pool with 999 while the cut at 22nd position went to Yang Hao-Ting of Chinese Taipei with 887. The final Squad C will commence at 21:00 hrs copleting the first block.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

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