Kuala Lumpur International Open Bowling Championships 2024
Sarawakian captures Mixed Graded Masters crown
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25th May, Petaling Jaya: Malaysian Open Youth Graded Masters champion, Nur Aina Kamalia captured her second straight title with victory in the Mixed Graded Masters finals of the Kuala Lumpur International Bowling Championships late Saturday.

Malaysian ex-international and bowling queen, Shalin Zulkifli of Storm/Sunway got off the block with a cracking 242 in her opening game to lead Nur Aina Kamala of ABAS, Sarawak by 16 pins with Muhammad Naqiuddin and Muhammad AMirul Amree sharing third spot with 219.

Shalin remained in the lead despite a decent 206 in the second game. Nur Aina halved the gap to just eight pins after a superb 214 while Akmal Qayyim of Malaysia took up third spot. Akmal's sizzling 245 in the third game saw the Malaysian surged into the lead.

Mohammad Shafizul of Melaka took over second spot as Shalin and Nur Aina dropped down to third and fourth. Mohammad Shafizul grabbed the lead at the halfway mark but could not hold on to it as Nur Aina bounced back with 217 and 255 to open up a respectable gap of 36 pins.

Mixed Graded Masters finals Top 3 with their trophies

The Sarawakian, who won the 42nd Malaysian International Open Youth Girls Graded title three weeks ago, went on to end the finals with 202 and 215 to add another title to her collection with 1752. Muhammad Zariff of FND Empire, who also won the Malaysian Open Youth Graded Boys title, stormed home to snatch second position with 1701.

Mohammad Fadli Bin Ramli also ended strongly to clinch third position with 1682. Akmal Qayyim and Mohammad Shafizul faded off to settle for fourth and fifth positions with 1647 and 1626 respectively. Nur Aina also collected a bonus for finishing as the top women. Shalin and Nor Baitul Ayu Atisya of Perak finished as first and second runners-up.

Nur Aina collected RM16,000 as Graded champion and the additional RM3,000 as Women's champion. Mohammad Zariff and Mohammad Fadli picked up RM8,000 and RM4,000 while Shalin and Nor Baitul Ayu took home RM2,000 and RM1,000. KLTBA Deputy President, Mohd Hisham Mohd Nor was on hand to present the trophies and prizes to the winners.

Qualifying ended at the 10.30 pm squad and the Mixed Open Masters Finals will be contested tomorrow morning at 10.00 am ending the week-long international open bowling championships.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

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