20th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships
Malaysian, Korean takes slender lead
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24th April, Kuching: Doubles bronze medallist, Shahrukh Amin of Malaysia and Doubles silver medallist, Shin Hyebin of Korea took a slender lead in the Boy's and Girl's Masters first block finals at the 20th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships.

2016 PBA-WBT Kingdom of Baharin Open, Ahmed Al Awadhi of Bahrain defeated Kyle Abad of Philippines in his opening match with a stunning 269 plus a 10 pin bonus to lead triple gold medallist, Brandon Ong of Singapore by one pin after the latter also won his first match with splendid 268.

Al Awadhi's lead only lasted one match as Singles silver medallist, William Clark of Australia won his first two matches with 255 and 263 to take over the running and moved 54 pins ahead of the Bahraini.

Ong lost his second match with a poor 169 to slip down to third while 2018 Palembang Asian Games Team silver medallist, Ivan Tse of Hong Kong took over second spot winning his first match with 263 but losing his second match with 204.

Masters first block leaders, Shahrukh Amin and Shin Hyebin

The Aussie won his next three matches with 222, 225 and 236 before stumbling to a 187 loss in the sixth match but managed to keep his lead. Shahrukh, who lost his first match but won the next three with 222, 228 and 235, moved up to second.

Team gold medallist, Xavier Teo of Singapore leapfrog into the lead after six consecutive wins from the second match onward ahead of Shahrukh in second, 24 pins away before going into the eighth and final match of today's first block.

The Malaysian finished stronger winning his eighth match with 257 to end the first block in the lead with 1896 from a total of seven wins and a slender margin of 38 pins. Teo lost his final match to settle for second spot with 1858 from a total of six wins.

Tse did well in the second half of the block with four straight wins to end in third position with 1828 from a total of just five wins. Clark failed to win his remaining three matches to finish fourth with 1812 from five wins.

Boy's Masters Top 3, Xavier Teo, Shahruk Amin and Ivan Tse

In the girl's division, two silver medallist, Shin Hyebin of Korea ended the first block in the lead with 1805 from a total of seven wins. Singles silver medallist, Kim Hyeonji gave Korea a one-two finish by taking up second with 1766, also from a total of seven wins.

Team gold and All Events bronze medallist, Jermaine Seah of Singapore, who set the early pace with two wins in her first two matches and was tussling for the lead with Malaysia's Nur Syazwani Sahar, settled for third position with 1727 with just four wins.

Syazwani finished fourth with 1726 just a single pin from Seah from a total of four wins. A third Singaporean, Charlene Lim completed the top five with 1704 from a total of seven wins. Team and All Events gold medallist, Amabel Chua took sixth spot with 1640 from a total of three wins.

The players will resume with their second block finals over seven matches before the 16th and final position round match to determine the top 3 boys and top 3 girls with a highest pinfalls advancing to the Stepladder Shootout finals.

Top 3 finishers in the Girl's Masters, Kim Hyeonji, Shin Hyebin and Jermaine Seah

After four events, Singapore leads the Overall Medal Tally with 5 gold and 2 bronze medals followed Malaysia in second with 1 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. Philippines occupied third spot with 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.

Singapore boys are assured of topping the Boy's Medal Tally with 3 gold while Singapore girls, with 2 gold and 2 bronze medals can still be beaten by Malaysian girls on 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal if they can win the final Masters event.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuching, Sarawak.

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