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First men tour title for Macau

20th June, Macau: National bowler, Lee Tak Man captured the Men's title of the ABF Tour Macau 2013 for Macau while Thailand's Angkana Netvrseth claimed her third Women's tour title at COTAI Bowling Center on Thursday.

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Both started the match evenly with little separating them up to the halfway mark when both rolled a double strike in the fifth and sixth frames. Cheng's miss in the eighth frame proved costly for the Taiwanese as Lee ended with 206 while Cheng managed 188.

Lady luck came to the rescue after Lee was trailing Hong Kong's Rickle Kam by 10 pins in the second semi-final match at the ninth frame. Kam knocked down 9 pins in the final frame and would have taken the match had he spared it but missed it instead to hand the match to Lee.

"I'm so happy to have finally won a tour title," said the 22-year-old member of the Macau national team bound for the 4th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games next week in Incheon, South Korea.

Men's Champion
Lee Tak Man winning his first-ever tour title

"Cheng has been bowling great these past two days and I knew it would be tough to beat him. I just kept saying to myself that I can beat him and win this title for my country."

Lee had earlier rolled a perfect game when he beat team-mate, Choi Io Fai, 300-167 in Round 2 to reach the semi-finals after edging Hong Kong's Rocky Hui, 219-204 in the opening round.

The runner-up defeated 2013 ABF Tour TOC winner, Yannaphon Larpapharat of Thailand, 247-193 in the first semi-final to face Lee in the final. Cheng was equally impressive when he beat team-mate, Li Min-Jhe, 245-203 in Round 1 and Wu Siu Hong of Hong Kong, 218-216 in Round 2.

Meanwhile, Angkana Netvrseth of Thaiand denied Macau a double victory when she comfortably beat Veronica Dias De Souza of Macau, 214-155 in the title match to win her third women's tour title.

Angkana started off with a split in her opening frame but soon found her winning rythmn when she rolled four strikes-in-a-row from frame 4 onwards. By then, her challenger, Dias De Souza already had two opened frames.

Angkana went on to close out the match and sealed victory with 214 as the Macau national youth had another opened frame in the seventh frame ending with a low 155.

Women's Champion
Angkana Netvrseth capturing her third career ABF Tour title

The Thai had earlier beaten another Macau national bowler and 2010 ABF Tour Macau champion, Hui Tong, 233-174 in the first semi-final. Dias De Souza ousted Angkana's team-mate, Tanaprang Sathean, 191-176 in the other semi.

Mr Luis Mac Peng, Division Head of Macau Sports Development Board and Mr Fong Wan Man, President of Macau-China Bowing Association were on hand to present the trophies to the champions.

The next tour stop move to Indonesia on September 23 following the 11th Indonesia Open before heading to Dubai, UAE on September 29 following the 4th Dubai Open. Bowlers earn points in each of the leg contested and the top 16 men and top 16 women in the rankings will qualify for the ABF Tour Tournament of Champions.

For further information and details, please contact ABF Tour Committee at Tel: +852 2893 6039, Fax: +852 2893 6290; Email: hktbc@netvigator.com.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau.

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