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Singapore wins third gold

26th February, K.Lumpur: Remy Ong defied all odds to win Singapore's third gold medal and emerged as overall champion at the concluding V Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship after he triumphed in the Men's Masters stepladder finals.

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Remy Ong, who finshed plumb last in the first block yesterday with just two wins, won all the six matched contested in the second block to haul himself up to third and crucially making the stepladder finals.

The Singaporean ousted No. 2 seed, Matt Chamberlain of England, 197-161 to earn a crack at the title meeting overnight leader and top seed, Adrian Ang of Malaysia.

The 29-year-old Ong rose to the occassion by beating the Malaysian, 209-161 to win Singapore's third gold medal and Ong's first individual gold medal. Ong totaled 2554 from the earlier two blocks Masters finals over two days.

Men's Masters Gold
Remy Ong winning the Masters gold

Ang, who settled for the silver medal, amassed a total of 2648 from three wins today while Chamberlain totaled 2567 also from three wins.

"When Adrian choose short oil, I thought I was done because it was on short oil that I finished last yesterday," said Ong. "But somehow, the pattern was gave both of us problems, but I managed to adjust faster and find my line.

"This is simply fabulous. Winning the Masters has certainly eased a lot of pressure for me when I get home. I had only won the mixed team gold here and with expectations running high, I would have had a lot of answering to do, if I had returned without an individual gold.

"As is turned out, it is like a fairytale ending and only that it is not a dream but for real," added an elated Ong.Australia's George Frilingos missed the cut for the stepladder finals finishing fourth with Guillaume Francois Louw of South Africa completing the top 5.

Meanwhile, top seed Hayley White of England denied Singapore an historical double when she defeated No. 3 seed, Shayna Ng, 217-192 to win the gold. The overnight leader won five matches in the second block to advance into the stepladder finals with 2716.

Shayna, who also won the silver medal in the Singles on opening day, beat Nicki Ainge of England, 264-191 in the first match to face Ainge's team-mate, White in the finals.

"I was in tears when I threw my last shot and had won," said Hayley White. "Shayna is a great bowler and she took the game to the line. I was lucky to have a got a lucky break in the end.

England celebrates
Hayley White celebrating with team-mates

"I'm glad that I won because it would have been sad to have had three out four bowlers in the race for two gold medals and ending up empty-handed.

"This has been a great championship for me as it's my debut appearance and I've won a silver in the mixed doubles and the individual gold in the Masters," added the 24-year-old champion.

Sue Abela of Malta, who was second in the first block, missed the stepladder cut after finishing fourth in the earlier second block while Geraldine Ng of Singapore, who was third, slipped out of contention to end in seventh.

Singapore's third gold and another silver medal allowed the country to top the overall medal tally. The nation went home with a medal haul of 3-2-0. Malaysia won the prestigious Perpetual Shield with the highest pinfalls by a country.

Malaysia could have finished first in the tally had Adrian Ang won the Masters gold but instead settled for third overall with 2-3-3 while White's victory in the Women's Masters put England in second with 3-1-2.

Photos courtesy of MTBC.

Malaysian, English shines in block 1

25th February, K.Lumpur: Malaysia's Adrian Ang and England's Hayley White led the 12 men and women finalists in the Masters first block finals of the V Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship on Friday.

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Without a doubt, Adrian Ang is the most consistent bowler in the championship after having topped the All Events yesterday. And today, the 22-year-old showed his consistency to win four and drew one match in the 6-game round-robin finals for a total of 1353.

Despite a poor start in his opening game in which he bowled a low 165 opener, Ang didn't give up hopes and displayed the fighting spirit that hase earned him his spot to represent host country Malaysia in this championship.

Mixed Doubles gold medalist, Matt Miller kept up the pressure on the Malaysian but had to content with second position with five wins and a total of 1299, 54 pins adrift the leader.

Men 1stBlk Leader
Malaysia's Adrian Ang leading the Men's first block

Chris Jaap of Wales, who qualified for the finals in 11th position, surprised the favourites to finish third with 1275 despite winning only three matches.

Singles gold medalist, Zulmazran Zulkifli finished fifth position with 1251, 14 pins away from fourth-placed, Chris Castle of Australia on 1265.

Meanwhile, Women's Doubles silver medalist, Hayley White of England set course for England's third gold after she topped the women's division with a total of 1387 from five wins.

Malta's Sue Abela, who also won five matches, took second spot with 1331 followed by triple gold medalist, Geraldine Ng of Singapore in third with 1281 from four wins.

Australia's Ann-Maree Putney and England's Nicki Ainge rounded up the top 5 with totals of 1266 and 1207 while local hopefuls, Zandra Aziela and Siti Safiyah Amirah ended a disappointing sixth and 12th position.

Women's 1stBlk Leader
Hayley Whiteleading the women's division

The Masters finals will resume with the second block over another 6 matches at the end of which the top 3 men and top 3 women would advance to the stepladder finals for the final gold medal of the championship.

Photos courtesy of MTBC.

Convincing victory for Singapore

24th February, K.Lumpur: First block leader, Singapore ended the second block with a convincing victory in the Mixed Team event to claim their second gold medal of the V Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship on Thursday.

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Armed with a hefty margin of 266 pins going into the second block, Shayna Ng, Geraldine Ng, Jason Yeong-Nathan and Remy Ong found the long oil condition tougher than they tought when they managed only 738 in the fourth game.

Despite the setback, Singapore was able to continue to lead the field, albeit with their margin reduced to 117 pins as Malaysia rolled 887 to remain in second and the surprised India hanging on to third.

The leader recovered with a slightly better fifth game of 889 to stretch their lead over Malaysia to 209 pins. Singapore cruised to a convincing victory to win their second gold medal with a team total of 5185.

Mixed Team Gold
Singapore's Remy, Geraldine, Shayna and Jason

Adrian Ang, Siti Safiyah Amirah, Zandra Aziela and Zulmazran Zulkifli settled for second to win yet another silver medal with 5055, 130 pins adrift.

India's Prathima Hedge, Akaash Ashok Kumar, Swapna Mitra and Shabbir Dhankot made history by clinching the bronze medal with 4865 ahead of stronger opponents like Australia and England, who managed fourth and fifth places.

Doubles gold medalist, Geraldine Ng topped the Women's All Events with a 24-game tally of 5010. Shayna Ng could have given her country a one-two finish but was denied by overnight leader, Siti Safiyah Amirah, who finished with 4950 as Shayna settled for third with 4863.

Although Malaysia again played second fiddle in the team event, Adrian Ang and Zulmazran Zulkifli however gave the host country a one-two finish in the Men's All Events with 5349 and 5245 respectively to lead a field of 12 finalists into the Masters Finals.

Mixed Team Silver
Malaysia settling for the silver medal

Malaysia leads the medal tally with a haul of 2-2-3 followed by Singapore and England sharing second spot with 2-1-0. The top 12 men and top 12 women in the All Events standings qualified for the Masters finals over two blocks of 6 games on Friday, February 25 and Saturday February 26.

The top 3 men and top 3 women at the end of the two blocks will advance to the stepladder finals for the final two gold medals of the championship.

Photos courtesy of MTBC.

A second gold for England

23rd February, K.Lumpur: Matt Miller won England a second gold medal after partnering Nicki Ainge to triumph in the Mixed Doubles event of the V Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship on Wednesday.

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Malaysia's Zandra Aziela and Adrian Ang set the early pace with 417 followed by South Africa in second, 13 pins away and England a further 5 pins in third. But a strong 494 second game from Nicki Ainge and Doubles gold medalist, Matt Miller gave the English pair a decent lead of 33 pins over the Malaysians.

By the fourth game, Ainge and Miller had stretched their lead to 65 pins as the Malaysian duo were unable to force any real challenge and continued to trail the English pair.

Ainge and Miller cruised to a convincing victory with 206 and 474 in their two final games to give England their second gold medal with a total of 2621.

Mixed Doubles Gold
Nicki Ainge and Matt Miller winnign England's second gold

Zandra and Adrian had to settle for the silver medal with 2543, 78 pins adrift the champion while Australia's Bianca Flanagan and Chris Castle, who shared second spot with Malaysia before the final game, finished fourth behind team-mates.

"It was tough chasing a score from the first squad, but we just told ourselves that we're going to give our best shot to be in medal contention," said the 21-year-old Matt Miller, the AMF World Cup runner-up last year.

"We had a couple of lucky breaks, made some right adjustments at the right time and bowled reasonably well. But we still knew that we had a fight in hands with some strong pairs in contention. But we're happy that everything went our way and have emerged victors," added Miller, who was partnering Nicki for the first time.

George Frilingos and Ann-Maree Putney of Australia, who led Squad A earlier, settled for the bronze medal with 2524. Singapore's Geraldine Ng and Jason Yeong-Nathan, who was second to Australia slipped to sixth behind Malta.

Nicki Ainge has taken over the lead in the Women's All Events after 18 games with 3779 pushing down overnight leader Siti Safiyah Amirah of Malaysia into third while Geraldine gain one spot to second.

Mixed Doubles Silver
Adrian Ang and Zandra Aziela winning another silver medal

Adrian Ang remained in the lead in the men's division with 4030 with Australia's Chris Castle moved up to second and Miller down to third. Competiton will resume with the Mixed Team event over two blocks of 3 games tomorrow. The top 12 men and top 12 women after 24 games will advance to the Masters finals.

Photos courtesy of MTBC.

Singapore, England shares glory

22nd February, K.Lumpur: Singapore's Shayna Ng-Geraldine Ng and England's Matt Miller-Matt Chamberlaine both snatched victories in the Women's and Men's Doubles of the V Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship in their final game to share glory on second day.

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Guangzhou Asian Games Trios gold medalist members, Shayna Ng and Geraldine Ng of Singapore, who were trailing leader, England by 179 pins at the halfway mark, managed to the near-impossible task by firing 430, 472 and 463 in the second half to snatch the gold medal with 2544.

Shayna, who won the silver medal on opening day, shot a sizzling 257 for a 6-game total of 1262 while her partner, Geraldine brought home 1282 to win Singapore's first gold.

Hayley White and Nicki Ainge of England were unlucky when they only managed 386 in their final game to settle for the silver medal with 2509, 35 pins adrift while Singles gold medalist, Siti Safiyah Amirah and Zandra Aziela of Malaysia took the bronze with 2484.

Women's Doubles Gold
Gold medal winning pair of Shayna Ng and Geraldine Ng

"The silver medal in the singles was great, but as Asian gold medallists the expectations were high on us," said Shayna Ng. "But we're glad that we made amends to win the doubles gold today.

"It was a difficult game out there and we had to bring out our best. We're glad that we managed to beat the English pair in the final game, otherwise we would have had to settle for another silver. It was a great competition today and we're glad that we stood up to the challenge for the victory."

Meanwhile in the earlier Men's Doubles, England's Matt Miller and Matt Chamberlain, who were third going into the final game, won the gold medal with 2611 after the duo fired a winning game of 482.

Debutant, Chris Castle and Euro-Med Storm International Masters Challenge runner-up, George Frilingos of Australia, who led by 70 pins before the final game, threw away a golden opportunity to win the gold after they managed a poor 384 to settle for the silver with 2589.

"It was a close battle out there and we were lucky that everything fell in place for us in the final game," said Miller, who shot a 269 game in his final game to help England win the gold.

Men's Doubles Gold
Matt Miller and Matt Chamberlaine interviewed after their victory

"I had actually struggled in my earlier games but the lanes were good to me in the final game," added the 2010 AMF World Cup runner-up, Miller. "We just hit it off in the final, while Australia had some problems. We can consider ourselves lucky. But it is great feeling to have won the gold medal," said Chamberlain.

Singles gold medalist, Zulmazran Zulkifli and Adrian Ang took the bronze medal with 2583, just 3 pins away from the Aussies. Singapore finished a distant fourth with 2414.

All is not lost for the Malaysians as Adrian and Zulmazran is nicely poised for more glory after the duo occupied first and second positions in the All Events while Siti Safiyah is leading the women's division.

Competition will resume with the Mixed Doubles split into two squads tomorrow. The Mixed Team event will be held on Thursday, February 24. The top 12 men and top 12 women in the All Events will advance to the Masters finals.

Photos courtesy of MTBC.

Golden start for Malaysia

21st February, K.Lumpur: Malaysia got off to a golden start at the V Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship as Zulmazran Zulkifli and Siti Safiyah Amirah bagged the Men's and Women's Singles on opening day.

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Adrian Ang of host Malaysia got off to a sizzling start after rolling 289 in his opening game to lead team-mate, Zulmazran Zulkifli in second 25 pins adrift. Despite shooting another 256 in the second game, Zulmazran still trailed in second.

Malta's Guillaume Francois Louw of South Africa went into the lead after knocking down 243 and an almost perfect game of 297. The South African continued to dictate the pace following two superb games of 232 and 268 opening up a gap of 81 pins to Zulmazran.

Zulmazran did not take advantage when Louw managed only 175 in the fifth but was able to reduce the gap to 66 pins.

Men's Singles Gold
Zulmazran Zulkifli winning the first gold medal

With just the final game, it looked almost a tall task for the Malaysian but Zulmazran romped home with an incredible 277 to snatch the gold medal with 1426 while Louw struggled with 169.

Malta's Neil Sullivan stormed home with 258 to pip Louw for the silver medal with 1393 as Louw settled for the bronze medal with 1384.

"The whole of 2010, I had finished as second or third and I told myself going into the final game today, that I was not going to start another year playing second fiddle," said Zulmazaran who had lines of 264, 256, 236, 203, 190 and 277 for an average of 237.7.

"I went for broke and am glad that everything went well for me," added Zulmazaran who had seven strikes in a row, before a spare and striking home.

Early leader, Adrian Ang missed the podium to finish fourth with 1245 while 2010 AMF World Cup runnerup, Matt Miller of England rounded up the top 5.

Siti Safiyah Amirah gave Malaysia plenty to cheer on opening day after she captured the Women's Singles with 1280. Siti Safiyah's 254 in her final game sealed her the gold medal after leader and team-mate, Zandra Aziela managed only 174.

Shayna Ng of Singapore, who won the silver medal at the Guangzhou Asian Games, again settled for the silver medal with 1228 as Zandra slipped down to third to take home the bronze medal with 1224.

Earler leaders, Anne-Maree Williams of Wales and Geraldine Ng of Singapore fizzled off to finish fourth and fifth positions with 1217 and 1216 respectively.

Women's Singles Gold
Siti Safiyah giving Malaysia a fabulous double

"I could not have asked for a better return to the game. First the silver medal in Abu Dhabi and now the gold medal," said Siti Safiyah.

Competition will resume tomorrow with the Doubles event for the Men's division in the morning and the Women's division in the afternoon. The medal presentation for the Singles will be held during lane maintenance tomorrow.

Photos courtesy of MTBC.

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