New Hui Fen cruises to the lead

4th December, Macau: SingaporeBowling's New Hui Fen turned in a sizzling performance to cruise into the lead of the Women's first block Masters finals of the 22nd Asian Interncity Tenpin Bowling Championship on Thursday afternoon. New Hui Fen opened accounts with a good 218 but narrowly lost the first game to teammate, Darshini Krishna, who shot 219. Hui Fen posted another good game of 246 and won her second game to take over the lead from Daegu's Sin Hae Young.

The Singapore youngster won six consecutive matches to end the first block of eight games with a massive total of 1800 plus the 70 pins bonus for her wins. Despite a lowly 179 in game 7, she was still able to win that match.

"I had a faultless first six games but I lost a bit of concentration in the seventh game to bowl a 179," said the 16-year-old Hui Fen after an exhausting first block finals. "I need to put in extra efforts to ensure that I maintain a decent margin over my opponents." Sin Hae Young, who was trading the lead with Hui Fen in the early stages, settled for second with a total of 1778 also winning seven matches. Singles gold medalist, Liza Clutario of Paranaque, snatched third spot with a total of 1741. Singapore's three other finalists, Genevieve Gan Hui Ying finished seventh with 1569, Darshini Krishna in ninth with 1552 and Denise Chan Jie Lin 15th with 1451.

Team silver medalist, Ditas Red of Pasay City was pushed down to fourth after laying third most of the way with a total of 1703 while ex-international, Lai Kin Ngoh of Happy Valley rounded up the top five with 1676.

Two gold medalist, Cecilia Yap of Paranaque could only manage a 12th place finish when she suffered a slight shoulder injury after a hard-fought team event late last night. The women will resume with the second block tomorrow over seven games with the position round match to decide the final medal winners. Detailed scores: Men's Masters 1st Block. Photos by Terence Yaw in Macau.