Singaporeans find going tough

15th August, Munich: Singapore national bowlers resumed their second event of the World Men's Championships 2010 at Dream Bwl Palace but found the going tough as two pairs made little progress. Ng Taic Pin and Justin Lim got off to an aweful start managing only 310 but settled down well to fire 455, 433 and 450 in their next three games and hauling themselves up into contention.

But the Singapore pair felled victims to the lanes breaking down very quickly and suffered two poor games of 325 and 395 to drop down to 11th position with 2368. Tiac Pin shot 1195 and Justin downed 1173.

Sweden's Martin Paulsson and Mathais Arup topped the squad with 2621, 108 pins ahead of the American pair of Patrick Allen and Rhino Page in second with 2513 and Korea's Choi Yong-Kyu and Kim Tae-Young third with 2498.   The second Singapore pair of Basil Low and Mark Wong faired worst than their team-mates managing only 14th position in the second squad with 2263 as the double left-handed Malaysian pair of Muhd Nur Aiman and Alex Liew grabbed the lead with 2568. Nur Aiman and Liew failed to overhaul the Swedes and settled for second, 53 pins adrift with Allen and Page slipping down to third. Tiac Pin-Justin ended in 27th and Basil-Mark 44th overall.

The final squad of the day saw Singles gold and bronze medalists, Bill O'Neill and Chris Barnes finishing in front with 2502 but are sitting on the bubble in fourth position overall.

The Swedes remained in the lead and the Malaysian pair in second followed by two American pairs. Remy Ong and Jason Yeong-Nathan are lined up in Squad 4 tomorrow and all hopes now lies on their shoulders for Singapore.   Detailed scores: Doubles Squad 1 | Doubles Squad 2 | Doubles Combined. Photos by Terence Yaw in Munich.