Japanese sets opening pace in Squad A

4th February, Perth: Kawada Shoji of Japan set the pace by hitting 1398 in the opening Boy's Singles Short Oil squad of Day 2 of the 13th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championship with Chinese Taipei's Wang Ya-Ting hanging on to pole in the girl's division. Kawada, who was pipped off a medal by teammate, Ikeda Daiki over the long oil singles yesterday, started the 6-game campaign to share the lead with Singles Long oil Silver medalist, Jason Yeong Nathan of Singapore with a 243. The leader then posted three identical 235 games to lead the field by 27 pins.

Australia's Glen Loader then shot the highest game of the squad with 288 to take the lead but a 161 in his final game saw Kawada regaining the lead with 237 to end the series with a 28 pin buffer over Loader's 1370 total.

Singapore's Lionel Lim Guo Liang, who kept in close contact with the leaders, did well to finish third on 1334 ahead of Malaysia's Adrian Ang in fourth spot with 1321. Kawada now set the benchmark for Squad B to beat for the Gold medal.   The scores in the girl's division were rather lower with Chinese Taipei's Wang Ya-Ting leading with 1206 over the 6-game Short Oli pettern. Japan's Nakano Maki, who was at once stage leading the pack, settled for second with 1203.

China's Shi Ailin surprised the field to take third spot with 1197 ahead of yesterday's Squad A leader, Gang Hye-Eun in fourth position with 1185. Singapore's Cherie Tan and Amanda Ng, however found the conditions thougher and ended up in ninth and 14th with 1124 and 1043 respectively.

It appears that by the time Squad B takes to the lanes, the quality of the field would definitely better the scores set here.   Detailed scores: Boy's Singles Short | Boy's Singles Short | Photo Album 2. Photos courtesy of MTBC.