6th July, Bangkok: Aussies, Blake Walsh and Hannah Clark dominated the second squad of the Singles event at the 21st Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships by taking the Boy's and Girl's top spots.
Jordan Harold of Australia took the early lead with a 247 opener to lead his compatriot, Walsh by 22 pins followed by Korea's Baek Seungmin in third. A second Korean, Lee Myeongcheol fired a sizzling 288 to add to his moderate 192 opening game to surge into the lead.
Hong Kong Open Youth Under-18 second runner-up, Jeremy Wong of Hong Kong moved up into second with a superb 256 to trail Lee by 8 pins while Walsh dropped to third. Lee remained in the lead after the third game as the Aussie recovered to reclaim second spot.
Walsh took over the running despite posting only 189 when Lee suffered a poor 142 in his fourth game to slip behind the Ausssie by 8 pins. Baek moved back up to third as Wong also dropped out of contention with a disasterous 141.
Lee bounced back with 245 and 214 to end the squad in the lead with 1282 but Walsh lit up the lanes with back-to-back 234 to snatch top spot with 1300. The Korean settled for second, 18 pins behind while Baek retained third position with 1227.
Walsh's effort put him 47 pins behind Squad 1 leader, Vilinkorn Kledkaew of Thailand, who remained the leader with the two squads combined. Baek was third while William Pettit of New Zealand, who was second to the Thai, dropped down to fourth.
Meanwhile, Hannah Clark overtook team-mate and Squad 1 leader, Emily Hart with 1222 to become the new leader after two squads. Korea's Oh Hyunji led with an opening game of 202 but soon trailed Clark after the second game.
The Aussie led from the second game thereafter with lines of 228, 168, 218, 212 and 195 to win the squad. Oh settled for second with 1208 while Alyssa Koh of Singapore finished third with 1176.
With two squads completed, Clark led Hart by 14 pins with Oh in third, a further 10 pins away. Malaysia's Nurul Anis Nabila, who was second to Hart in the opening squad dropped out into fourth position with 1180. A third Aussie, Samantha Clifton, who was third to Hart, felled behind Koh in fifth.
The third and final squad will take to the lanes at 9.00am local time tomorrow morning for their 6-games Singles. The top 3 boys and top 3 girls from the three combined squads will be awarded the winners' medals.
The first squad of the Doubles event will be staged after the Singles medals award ceremony. The remaining two squads will be contested on July 8.
Photos by Terence Yaw in Bangkok, Thailand.