28th November, Belfast: Mixed Doubles gold medalist, Remy Ong and Jazreel Tan are still in the hunt for a medal when the duo finished fifth and fourth positions in the first block Masters finals at the IV Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship on Friday.
Canada's Mark Buffa got off the mark with a superb 268 opening game ahead of Australia's Geln Loader in second. Remy Ong shot 236 and 246 to move up into second but only briefly as England's Paul Moor mounted his challenge to take up second behind the Canadian at the halfway mark.
Buffa made all the running only to lose the lead in his final game when he shot 195 as Moor posted back-to-back 248s to finish in the lead with 1398 after the six-games finals. Buffa settled for second, just 7 pins off the leader.
Darren Cundy and Muhd Nur Aiman took third and fourth positions ahead of the Singaporean in fifth. Shaun Ng failed to get into his strides ending up in ninth. With less than 50 pins separating the top 5, tomorrow's second block will be hotly contested.
In the women's division, Mixed Doubles gold medalist, Jazreel Tan did better than Remy when she finished fourth with 1313. Doubles gold medalist pair of Jo Allsebrook and Zara Glover finished 1-2 with 1410 and 1403, just 7 pins separating the two.
Jennifer Tan was consistent throughout to end the first block in sixth position behind Malaysia's Sin Li Jane ahead in fifth position. Jazreel has only ledd than 50 pins to catch third-placed Jo-Ann Sanesac of Canada to make the cut for the top 3 stepladder finals slots.
The bowlers will return to Dundonald Ice Bowl tomorrow for their second block of another six games. The top 3 at the end of the contest will advance to the stepladder finals for the final gold medal of the championship.