Sarawak International Open Bowling Championships 2019
Malaysian rolls third perfect game
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8th September, Kuching: 2019 Malaysian Open champion, Ahmad Muaz of Malaysia ended the second block of qualifying with the third perfect game of the Sarawak International Open Bowling Championships 2019 to top the final squad.

Overnight leader and 2018 World Men's Championships Doubles gold medallist, Tun Ameerul Al-Hakim continued where he left off with 222 in his opening game of the second block to remain in the lead. First perfect gamer, Sin Li Jane continued to trail her team-mate in second.

Tun Ameerul added another superb game of 254 to stretch his lead from 40 to 62 pins as Sin rolled 227. 2019 Hong Kong Open and ABF Tour Hong Kong leg champion, Rafiq Ismail remained in third.

Sin took over the running with 225 in the third game when Tun Ameerul suffered a setback of 152. Rafiq continued to keep pace with the leading duo as ex-international, Johnathan Chan of Malaysia made up grounds to take up fourth.

Ahmad Muaz rolling the tournament's second 300 to lead Squad D

But Sin could not maintain her fast pace finishing with 203 and 173 to drop to third with a second block score of 1046 and a 10-game total of 2242. Muaz rolled the tournament's third 300 in his final game to snatch top spot with 2246.

Tun Ameerul also did not finish strong enough and had to settle for second with 2243. Rafiq and Chan completed the top 5 with 2205 and 2173 respectively. Malaysian national youth and two-hander, Wan Muhammad Naqib stole the limelight after emerging as overall leader of the Open division with 2330.

Another Malaysian, Ervin Lim Wai Mun finished second overall with 2247 while Muaz settled for third. The cut in 60th position went to Ryan Loh of Singapore with 1992. Wan Muhammad also topped the Classified and Youth 25 & Under with 2250. Earlier in Squad B, Darius Toh of Singapore shot the second 300 of the tournament.

The second "Joker" Squad was being contested at press time. This two-game squad will allow bowlers to improve their two lowest score in their second block and a chance to make the top 60 cut in all the three divisions.

Finalists in the Open and Youth 25 & Under divisions will contest 8 games in their respective Masters finals.

Top qualifier for all three divisions, Wan Muhammad Naqib

The top 4 Open finalists will proceed to the "Last Man Standing" shootout finals while the top 3 youth finalists will proceed to the stepladder shootout finals. The Classified finalist will bowl two blocks of 4 games and a position round game to determine the top 3 winners. Special prizes will also be awarded to various age groups in the Youth 25 & Under division and to the finalists who are seniors.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Kuching, Sarawak.

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