30th January, Kuwait: Singapore put in a strong showing in the first block of the Team of Four event at the 15th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championship by storming home in their third game to take up second position.
Doubles bronze medalist, Aris Ardilla and Khoo Beng Khai teamed up with Johnathan Chan and Syimir Abdul Razak set a blistering pace in their opening game of 896 to lead Hong Kong and Singapore tieing in second with 847.
While Malaysia downed another decent game of 857, Singapore’s Basil Low, Benjamin Lim. Christopher Hwang and Justin Lim failed to keep pace and managed only 791 to slip down to fifth while Japan posted a superb 916 to take up second.
The Singapore quartet then went on a strikefest with Basil setting the pace with 247, Benjamin 229, Christopher 2221 and Justin 216 giving themselves a 913 effort which propelled them to second spot.
Basil chalked up a 3-game series of 660, Benjamin 666, Christopher 645 and Justin 580 for a team total of 2551. Malaysia ended with 860 in their third game for a total of 2613 to lead the first block.
“Our boys somehow were all pumped up and firmly focus with their task at hand,” said national coach, Francis Yeo. “Clearly they were urging each other on throughout the series. Team spirits were obviously high too.”
“The lane transitions were happening very fast and fortunately we were quick enough to make the necessary adjustments,” said the youngest team member, Basil Low. “The girls have already won the gold and we’re aiming not to go home without one.”
Japan ended weakly in the third game to settle for third spot with 2550 while favourite, Korea failed to make an impression finishing fourth with 2531. Hong Kong rounded up the top 5 with 2506.
However, Singapore girls were failed to step up their game despite starting off well in their first two games. Bernice Lim, Gina Lim, Krishna Darshini and New Hui Fen only managed a team total of 2373 to end the first block in fifth.
Hui Fen posted the highest 3-game series of 638 followed by Krishna on 614, Bernice 595 and Gina 526. Japan ran away with the lead after chalking up a team total of 2686 followed by arch rival, Korea in second with 2557.
Australia finished a creditable third with 2489 ahead of Malaysia in fourth on 2487. Singapore has two girls in the top 16 All Events standings after 15 games played. Overnight leader, Bernice dropped to second behind new leader, Misaki Mukotani of Japan.
New Hui Fen is ninth while Krishna is just 28 pins off the 16th-placed qualifier. Basil Low is the highest placed boy in 15th ahead of Justin in 17th and Benjamin 18th. Christopher is down in 26th position.
The girls will resume with their second block on Sunday morning followed by the boys in the afternoon. The top 16 girls and top 16 boys in the All Events standings will qualify for the Masters finals on January 1 and 2.