21st Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships
Thai, Aussie tops opening squad
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6th July, Bangkok: Vilinkorn Kledkaew of Thailand and Emily Hart of Australia topped the opening Singles Squad 1 of the 21st Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships underway at Blu-O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin, Bangkok on Thursday morning.

Both Vilinkorn and Hart led from start to finish thoughout the six games Singles event. The Thai got off to a cracking start with a 259 opener to lead New Zealand's William Pettit by 21 pins. Vilinkorn added a superb second game of 224 but Pettit kept pace with a good effort of 226.

The leader downed another splendid 237 in the third game to extend his lead to 56 pins when the New Zealander managed only 200. Philippines' Marc Dylan Custodio was the closest to the duo taking up third spot, a further 34 pins adrift.

Vilinkorn rolled 204 and 222 before easing off by ending the squad with 183 for a six-game total of 1329 and an impressive average of 221.5. Pettit settled for second position with 1265, 64 pins away while Custodio claimed third position with 1249.

Vilinkorn Kledkaew of Thailand leading from start to finish

Meanwhile in the girl's division, Emily Hart led with a 209 opening game ahead of team-mate Samantha Clifton in second, Malaysia's Anis Hannani Romzi was third with 191. Hart shot 215 in her second game to remain in the lead.

Clifton added a better second game of 223 to reduce the gap between her and Hart to six pins. Philippines' Danielle Escolano shared second spot with Clifton after rolling 212 and 206 in her first two games.

Although the Aussie managed only 191 and 181, she kept her lead albeit just 8 pins ahead. Escolano moved up to second spot after the fourth game with a superb 216 leaving Clifton in third.

The leader bounced back brilliantly with 224 and ended with 193 to win the squad with 1218. A second Malaysian, Nurul Anis Nabila stormed home with 203 and 229 in the last two games to snatch second position with 1180.

A superb display from Emily Hart of Australia

Clifton held on to third spot with 1151 while the Filipina suffered a poor 168 in her final game to drop to fourth with 1142. Squad 2 will take to the lanes at 1.30pm local time and Squad 3 at 9.00am tomorrow morning. The top 3 girls and top 3 boys with the highest total pinfalls from the three combined squads will be awarded the medals which will be presented after the completion of the third squad.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.

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