Singapore trio takes opening squad

6th September, Hong Kong: Doubles bronze medalists, Shanya Ng and Jazreel Tan teamed up with Cherie Tan by topping the opening squad of the Women’s Trios event at the 22nd Asian Tenpin Bowling Championships on Thursday morning.  Cherie Tan, Shayna Ng and Jazreel Tan got off the blocks with a near record-breaking 711 in their opening game of the first Women’s Trios event to take a massive lead of 86 pins over Singles gold medalist, Sin Li Jane, Siti Safiyah and Jacqueline Sijore of Malaysia.

But the Singapore trio hit a bad patch of lanes when they struggled to repeat their scintillating form with a lowly 512. Despite the nasty score, the Singaporeans were able to hang on to the lead with China closing into second, 24 pins adrift.

Cherie, Shayna and Jazreel recovered slightly to end the first block with 629 to remain in the lead of the squad with 1852. Chinese Taipei’s Pan Yu-Fen, Chang Yu-Hsuan and Chen Hsiu-Lan totaled 1836 to snatch second spot.

China’s Chen Dong-Dong, Zhang Yu-Hong and Yang Sui-Ling slipped to third with 1786 while Malaysia felled out of contention finishing fourth.

Korea’s Baek Seung-Ja, Lee Su-Jeong and Gye Min-Young, who had a poor start with 587 in their opening game of the second squad, recovered with 669 and 641 to take the squad with 1897.The second Malaysian trio of Esther Cheah, Zandra Aziela and Shalin Zulkifli ended with a strong 707 to take second spot to the Koreans with 1874 while Australia’s Lexi Nicoll, Rebecca Whiting and Ann-Maree Putney claimed third spot with 1853.

All the top 3 finishers in the second squad, overhauled Squad 1 leader of Cherie, Shayna and Jazreel. The second Singapore trio of New Hui-Fen, Amanda Ng and Daphne Tan did well to tie fourth spot with their team-mates on 1852.

Meanwhile, Singapore’s men failed to step up on a superb opeing day in which Keith Saw won the Singles gold medal. Keith, Basil Low and Remy Ong was Singapore’s best performer but finished 21st position overall with 1743.

Ng Chiew Pang, Joel Tan and Ng Tiac Pin finshed lower in 28th position with 1709. The second squad will bowl first tomorrow morning the remaining second block 3 games over short oil while the first squad would have the priviledge of knowing the score to beat for the medals.

Detailed scores: Women’s Trios Block 1 Combined | Men’s Trios Block 1 Combined | Photo Album.Photos by Terence Yaw in Hong Kong.