46th Penang Pesta International Bowling Championships
Indonesian retains Masters title
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15th December, Seberang Prai: 2018 World Men Championships Trios silver medallist, Ryan Lalisang of Indonesia successfully defended the Mixed Open Masters title of 46th Penang Pesta International Bowling Championships at Megamall Bowling Centre.

The 37-year-old Lalisang needed only one match to edge topseed edged two-time Penang Pesta Open champion, Muhamad Nur Aiman of Johor, Malaysia 211-202 in a championship match to win the title for the second consecutive time.

Aiman started the match with two consecutive strikes as the Indonesian rolled a strike and converted a single-pin spare in his first two frames. As his challenger was unable to knock further strikes in his next two frames, Lalisang struck twice to draw level.

A 4-6-7-10 split from Lalisang and a 7-10 split from Aiman did not favour either the title contenders. But the match sway towards the defending champion when he roll three strikes-in-a-row from frames seven as Aiman failed to recover.

Ryan Lalisang with the challenge trophy and champion's trophy

Although Aiman downed stikes in the ninth and tenth frames, he needed a third in the 11th frame but left a pin-7. Lalisang needed to mark his final frame and had delivered a poor shot of 4-10 but lady luck was on his side when pin 10 fell in the last minute.

An easy spare and a strike sealed the match allowing him to lift the title and pocket the top prize of RM20,000 (approx. US$4,800) and a trophy. Aiman, who had earlier dispatched 2018 World Men Championships Doubles gold medallist and second-seed, Tun Hakim 235-201 to advance to the title match, picked up RM15,000.

Tun Hakim, who lost the first stepladder match after failing to pick up a single-pin spare and a three-pin spare in the match against Aiman, took home RM 10,000 as second runner-up. Park Jun Se of Jeonnam, Korea and Sam Cooley of Australia was awarded RM8,000 and RM7,000 respectively.

Special prizesd were awarded to the top five women finishers. Anis Shazlin of Penang won RM5,000 as the top finisher with Nur Syazwani Sahar of Malaysia in second, earning RM3,000.

Top overseas qualifier, Nadia Pramanik of Indonesia finished third to take home RM2,000. In the earlier Round 2 finals, Lalisang amassed an 8-game total of 1963, averaging an impressive 245.

Mixed Open Top 3 winners, Muhd Nur Aiman, Ryan Lalisang and Tun Hakim

Tun Hakim finmished second with 1881, 82 pins adrift while Aiman stormed home to clinch the third and final stepladder spot with 1843. Park Jun Se also finished strongly but missed the cut by 16 pins to end in fourth position with 1827. Sam Cooley, who was third before the final game, slipped down to complete the top five with 1811.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Seberang Prai, Malaysia.

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