UAE bowler shares top spot

29th March, K.Lumpur: Hussain Al-Suwaidi of UAE, who missed the Canon camera after scoring 278, stormed back to post 993 to share top spot of the Men's Open Masters overseas pool qualifying table of the 29th Malaysian International Open.  Hussain had scored 923 two days ago and continued to slide down the table to eighth before posting 223, 278, 236 and 256 to share top spot in the overseas pool with Thailand's Yannaphon Larpapharat. The leader had twice missed the high game award on both ocassions with a score of 278.

Ex-international, Norman Law of Hong Kong recorded an identical high game of 289 with Malaysian National youth, Fahmi Bahri from Johor for the final Canon PowerShot A410 digital camera. Since the camera cannot be split nor shared, Canon Marketing was kind enough to sponsor an additional camera.

Law's effort also earned him a spot in the finals with a score of 980 for third position. In the local front, Daniel Lim dislodged teammate, Zaid Izlan into second place after scoring 997 for the overall lead.

There is no changes in the local pool of the ladies' open division with Siti Khadijah Osman, Choy Poh Lai and Zandra Aziela firmly in the top three positions. The top three positions in the overseas pool also remained unchanged with Kim Ae-Young of Korea, Joey Yip of Hong Kong and Kim Eun-Jung of Korea.

2004 World Ranking Masters champion, Diandra Asbaty of USA, who just arrived yesterday, immediately took to the lanes to post 878 and a place in the finals. Asbaty posted lines of 205, 188, 247 and 238 to take up fifth position.

Women's World Championship triple Gold medalist, Wang Yu Ling of Chinese Taipei struggled in her first few attempts and only managed 858 and is last in the mixed pool. Qualifying ends Thursday night and the Masters finals will be contested on 31st March and 1st April.

Photos by Terence Yaw, MTBC.