46th Penang Pesta International Bowling Championships
Malaysian shoots 300 for lead
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13th December, Seberang Prai: 2017 Hong Kong Open first runner-up, Johnathan Chan of Sunway Megalanes shot the second perfect game of the 46th Penang Pesta International Bowling Championships en-route to taking over the lead of the Mixed Open qualifying table.

Chan, who was fifth in the local pool with 1421, improved his lower 681 three-games series to 769 for a new total of 1509 to lead the standings. The leader is also the only qualifier to surpass the 1500-mark with his sizzling effort.

Anis Shazlin, who led briefly with 1458 after the rolling 760 and 650, slipped down to second while Malaysian national bowler, Nur Syazwani Sahar claimed third position with 1456. Overnight leader, Syaffique Ikhwan dropped out of the top braket to fourth with 1440. Amirah Auni of Penang completed the top five local qualifiers with 1425.

The lead of the overseas pool also changed hands after 2017 ABF Tour Hong Kong leg champion, Nadia Pramanik of Indonesia improved by 20 pins to move ahead of compatriot and defending champion, Ryan Lalisang with 1459.

Second Perfect Gamer and new leader, Johnathan Chan

Lalisang, who led for the past two days, settled for second position with 1444. Reigning QubicaAMF World Cup champion, Sam Cooley of Australia also dropped one spot down to third with 1439 pushing Park Dae Hee of Jeonnam, Korea out of the top bracket into fourth.

Malaysian national youth, Shafiy Zaim of Penang headed the mixed pool with 1359 as the cut in 25th position went to Matthew Ong of Sunway Megalanes with 1210. This cut is significantly lower than the 1262 from last year's qualifying scores.

With four squads remaining before qualifying ends late tonight, the most this cut can go up to is perhaps around the 1250 scoreline. The top 3 qualifiers in the local pool and the top 3 qualifiers in the overseas pool will earn a bye and advance automatically to Round 2 finals.

Local qualifiers positioned 4 to 13, overseas qualifiers positioned 4 to 13 and qualifiers positioned 1 to 25 in the mixed pool together with the defending champion will contest the 8-games Round 1 finals on December 14.

The top 18 finishers based on the highest pinfalls plus the six seeded qualifiers will contest Round 2 finals on December 15. The top three will then proceed to the Stepladder Shootout finals to determine the champion.

Nadia Pramanik leading compatriot, Ryan Lalisang in the overseas pool

Photos by Terence Yaw in Seberang Prai, Malaysia.

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