3rd February, Perth: Reigning National champion, Jason Yeong Nathan of Singapore got off to a good start in the 13th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championship underway at Fairlanes Bowling Centre to snatch the lead in the Boy's Singles Squad A.
As the singles over the Long oil conditions got underway, Glen Loader of Australia immediately settled down nicely with a 256 in his first game to take a 9 pin lead. But is was Hong Kong's Michael Tsang who put up his challenge to grab the lead by 4 pins after the second game.
The lead changed hands again at the halfway mark as Malaysia's Aaron Kong knocked down a high game of 255 for a 31 pins lead. Kong's fourth game of 182 still gave him the lead but only by 1 pin as Japan's Kawada Shoji took over the lead after the fifth game with Singapore's Jason Yeong Nathan in close second and Kong dropping to third.
A superb 249 by Nathan saw him snatching the lead from Kawada and ending the 6-game Sinlges with a total of 1361. Kawada Shoji settled for second with 1350, just 11 pins adrift and can still stand a chance of winning a medal. Aaron Kong of Malaysia finished third.
Singapore almost had their girls leading the squad as well but a poor 165 in the sixth and final game saw Amanda Ng Li Chuen settling for second. Korea's Gang Hye-Eun topped the squad with a total of 1275, 53 pins ahead of Amanda Ng, who totaled 1222. Malaysia's Siti Safiyah Amirah, who was mid-table, posted the highest game of 267 in the fifth to haul herself up to third with 1217.
Singapore's Cherie Tan, who lead briefly after the second and third game, faded off and ending up in fifth with 1207 while Australia's best finisher, Toni Woodcock could only finish sixth with 1173.
Squad B will take to the lanes shortly at 1.00pm and with the combined scores, the winners of the Singles Long Oil will be determined then.