2017 World Bowling Championships
Malaysia leads Women's first squad
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28th November, Las Vegas: 2017 SEA Games triple gold medallists, Shalin Zulkifli and Sin Li Jane of Malaysia led the Women's Doubles first squad at the the 2017 World Bowling Championships ahead of Venezuela in second, Germany third and Korea fourth.

Malaysia's other pair of Syaidatul Afifah and 2016 World Youth Masters gold medallist, Natasha Roslan set the early pace with an opening game of 486 to lead Venezuala third pair of Igellimar Contreras and Patricia De Faria by 20 pins.

Korea's Kim Minhee and Singles bronze medallist, Hong Haeni followed closely in third. Zulkifli and Sin took over the lead from their compatriots with the highest second game to take over the running with Venezuela remaining in second.

Contreras and De Faria moved ahead of Malaysia after rolling a third game of 462. Malaysia trailed by 23 pins despite shooting 430 while the Korean pair kept a close third.

Squad 1 leader, Shalin Zulkifli and Sin Li Jane

The Venezuelean pair then stumbled to a low 339 in the fourth, allowing the Malaysians not only to regain their lead but also building up a gap of 80 pins.

Malaysia preserved their lead after the fifth game and ended the sixth game with 431 to finished top of the pack with 2575. Venezuela held on to second position with 2478. There was a keen tussle for the third and fourth positions amongst Korea, Chinese Taipei and the recovring second Malaysian pair.

But Germany's Nadine Geissler and Brigit Poeppler stormed home with a splendid game of 465 to clinch third spot with 2459 while Korea held on to fourth position with 2448. Afifah and Roslan missed the top four by 4 pins to round out the top 5 with 2446.

The local favourite, Team USA's first pair of Stefanie Johnson and Shannon Pluhowsky finished well off the pace in a disappointing 26th position out of 43 pairs in this opening squad.

Top 4 in first squad, Malaysia 3, Venezuela 3, Korea 1, Germany 1

The second squad will contest their Doubles event after lane maintenance. The top 4 finishers from the combined scores will make the cut for the semi-finals which will be held thereafter.

Photos by Terence Yaw in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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