46th Penang Pesta International Bowling Championships
National youths bag Youth Open titles
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13th December, Seberang Prai: Malaysian national youth members, Wan Syahmi Razin and Ameera Dato Anzel bagged the Youth Boys Open and Youth Girls Open Masters titles of the 46th Penang Pesta International Bowling Championships on Thursday.

Wan Syahmi, who finished first runner-up last year, made amends with victory in the Youth Boys Open Masters finals. The champion set a blistering pace with a stunning 266 in the opening game to lead Sabah's Mohd Zulhilmi Zulkiflee by 21 pins.

The Sabah youth rolled 223 in his second game to narrow the gap to just a single pin when Wan Syahmi managed only 203. But the pace-setter bounced back with two brilliant games of 237 and 247 to extend his lead to 62 pins.

The 20-year-old Wan Syahmi added 211, 208, 200 and 194 in the second half of the 8-game finals to end with 1766. Mohd Zulhilmi posted 183, 214, 235 and 243 to tie first spot with Wan Syahmi forcing a one-ball roll-off to break the tie and detemrine the champion.

Youth Open champions, Wan Syahmi Razin and Ameera Dato Aznel

Wan Syahmi hit 9 pins and fortunately for him, Mohd Zulhilmi managed only 6 pins allowing Wan Syahmi to clinch his first-ever international youth title and pocket RM4,000 top prize. The Sabahan settled for second and RM2,500.

Brunei's Mohammad Faiz Dzuhairy and another Malaysian national youth, Muhammad Hafiz Bin Zainuddin also tied third spot with 1677 requiring yet another one-ball roll-off to break the tie. Mohammad Faiz shot 9 pins but Hafiz struck to seal third spot.

Meanwhile, Malaysian national youth member, Ameera Dato Aznel took the Youth Girls Open crown with 1792 pinfalls over the 8-games finals. Her compatriot and also a member of the Malaysian national youth team, Gillian Lim finished second with 1719.

Natasya Ahmad Rafie of Brunei claimed third position with 1665 while Emma Stephens of Australia and Nur Amirah Auni of Penang completed the top five with 1635 and 1631 respectively. Ameerah picked up RM2,5000 for her effort with Lim and Natasya taking home RM1,500 and RM900.

MILO Shopper and Consumer Engagement Manager, Syed Amir Faisal Bi Syed Ali was on hand to present the MILO hampers, trophies and prize money to the Youth Open division winners. Qualifying for the Mixed Open, Men's and Women's Grade will end late tonight.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Seberang Prai, Malaysia.

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