Kuala Lumpur International Open Bowling Championships 2024
Singaporean, Sabahan captures Youth Graded titles
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23rd May, Petaling Jaya: George Reyes of Singapore narrowly captured the Youth Boys Masters title of the Kuala Lumpur International Open Bowling Championships late Thursday while Nur Aleeya Syakirah Bte Awamg Ali cruised to a convincing victory in the Girls division.

Chong Yew Jin of MSN Perak set a cracking pace in his opening game with 248 to lead Adam Asyraf of Terengganu by 12 pins with Muhammad Fauzul Aziem of Negeri Sembilan and Nyak Arif Hakimi in third and fourth registering good games of 222 and 220.

Chong continued his blistering pace adding 232 and 213 in his next two games to extend his lead to 25 pins. Reyes, who started off poorly with 184, upped his pace with 258 and 226 to take up second, 38 pins adrift. Muhammad Haziq Hakim trailed in third.

Despite a 188 from Chong allowed him to remain in the lead, the Singaporean narrowed the gap slightly to 25 pins after his fourth game of 207. Reyes added another splendid game of 226 to take over the running as Chong continued to struggle, going seven pins behind the leader.

Top 3 winners of the Youth Boys Graded Masters with their trophies

The 21-year-old Reyes went on to end the finals with 189 and 201 to hand on to the lead and the victory with 1683. Chong fought back with a superb final game of 221 but had to settle for second with 1659, 24 pins adrift. Emmanual Fo Yun Khee of Sabah stormed home to snatch third position with 1645.

Meanwhile, Nur Aleeya Syakirah Binti Awang Ali had a more much convincing victory in the Youth Girls Graded finals. Nur Arieyana Zulaikha of MNS Perak got off the mark with a superb 224 to lead Anathacia Gadding John Lon of ABAS Sarawak in second.

Nur Arieyana added an identical 224 in her second game to extend her lead to 55 pins over Mayra Khayreen of Penang, who moved into second. The leader kept her lead in the next two games dispite managing only 179 and 168 but found her lead cut to just three pins.

Nur Aleeya, who started with 198 and 194 in her first two games, fired 225 and a moderate 175 in her next two games to take over second spot. Balqis Nurdini of WP Sukma squad moved into third. Nur Arieyana recovered with 218 in the fifth game with Balqis closing in.

But it was the 18-year-old Sabahan who ended the finals with 205, 216 and 203 to take the victory with 1626. The pace-setter, Nur Arieyana and Balqis tied second position with 1563 while Andrea Tan Tze Shuen of ABAS Sarawak and Anthacia Gadding completed the top five with 1534 and 1533.

Youth Girls Graded Top 3 winners with their trophies and mock cheques

Mr Cheah Ban Cheng, Honorary Secretary of Penang Tenpin Bowling Association presented the trophies and prize money to the winners. George Reyes pocketed RM2,500 and Nur Aleeya earned RM1,500 as champions. Qualifying for the Youth Open division will end tomorrow at 2.30pm and their finals will be held at 9.00pm.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia.

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