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Malaysia sweeps gold medals in Masters to end VII Commonwealth Championship

2016CTBCSitiSafiyahTop-seeded Malaysians Siti Safiyah and Muhd Nur Aiman swept the gold medals in the stepladder finals of the women’s and men’s masters which concluded the VII Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship Saturday at Northcliff Bowl in Johannesburg, South Africa.

2016CTBCRebeccaWhitingSafiyah (left) started the women’s title match against second-seeded Rebecca Whiting (right) of Australia, with a five bagger and never looked back. Whiting struck on five of her first six shots but left a 2-10 split in the eighth frame which she was unable to convert.

2016CTBCBeckyDalySafiyah wrapped up the title with three consecutive strikes from the 9th frame for a 257-235. It was the third gold medal for Safiyah in this Championship after winning in women’s doubles and in the mixed team event.

In the opening match of the stepladder finals against Becky Daly (left) of England, Whiting reeled off nine consecutive strikes from frame two to cruise to a 274-224 win. Whiting received the silver medal and Daly took bronze.

2016CTBCMuhdNurAiman3The men’s title match between Muhd Nur Aiman (right) and local favorite Quintin Haywood was a strike-fest. Aiman, who averaged over 240 for 36 games this week, winning the titles in singles and mixed team and leading the all-events standing (no medals awarded), came out of the gates commandingly.

The lone lefty in the field started the match with eight consecutive before a light pocket hit left left a wobbling 5 pin to end his bid for the second perfect game of this Championship (Crosby rolled the only 300 game in mixed team event).

2016CTBCQuintinHaywoodHaywood (left), who won gold for the host country in men’s doubles with Andrew Cyster, started with a double, two spare and a four-bagger and a chance for 265. When he left a 10 pin in the 9th frame, the match was practically over.

Aiman converted single-pin spares in frames 9 and 10 and wrapped up the title with a strike on the fill ball for a 268-244 victory.

2016CTBCElliotCrosbyIn his semi-final match against third-seeded Elliot Crosby (right) of England, Haywood struck on six of his first seven shots to build an insurmountable lead. He closed with three spares and strike on his last shot to advance to the title match, 230-198.

Haywood received the silver medal and Crosby got bronze.

Malaysia received the perpetual shield for leading the 10 countries (the 11th country, Mauritius, did not send a full team) in team all-events and also finished atop the medal tally with five gold, three silver and one bronze medal. South Africa, Malta and England shared the remaining three gold medals. Australia, India and Wales also brought home some hardware.

2016CTBCLogo2The VII Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship was held from Nov. 19-27 at Northcliff Bowl in Johannesburg, the largest city in South Africa.

This was the seventh edition of the championship, after being inaugurated in 2002 in Scotland events have been staged in Cyprus, Australia, Northern Ireland, Malaysia and New Zealand.

The 2016 CTBC drew 21 men and 20 women from 11 countries, Australia, Bermuda, England, India, Jersey, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Northern Ireland, Wales and the host country South Africa.

All teams but Mauritius (one male bowler only) consisted of four players, two women and two men, who competed for gold, silver and bronze medals in women’s and men’s singles and doubles, mixed doubles and mixed teams, each event decided by the highest six-game total.

No medals were awarded in all-events in this Championship. The top 12 women and the top 12 men in all-events (24-game total pinfall in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and mixed team) advanced to the masters finals.

After 11 games of round robin match play plus one position round match, the top three players advanced to the stepladder finals which concluded the Championship on Saturday, Nov. 26.

Photos courtesy of Tony Brown.

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VII Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship – Medal Tally

VII CTBC – Women’s Masters Stepladder Finals

Northcliff Bowl in Johannesburg, South Africa (November 19-27, 2016)

Championship Round:
1. Siti Safiyah, Malaysia, 257 (1 game)
2. Bec Whiting, Australia, 509 (2 games)
3. Becky Daly, England, England, 224 (1 game)

Playoff Results (click matches for game-by-game results:
Semifinal Match: No. 2 Whiting def. No. 3 Daly, 274-224
Championship: No. 1 Safiyah def. Whiting, 257-235.

VII CTBC – Men’s Masters Stepladder Finals

Northcliff Bowl in Johannesburg, South Africa (November 19-27, 2016)

Championship Round:
1. Muhd Nur Aiman, Malaysia, 268 (1 game)
2. Quintin Haywood, South Africa, 474 (2 games)
3. Elliot Crosby, England, England, 198 (1 game)

Playoff Results (click matches for game-by-game results:
Semifinal Match: No. 2 Haywood def. No. 3 Crosby, 230-198
Championship: No. 1 Nur Aiman def. Haywood, 268-244.

Author: Herbert Bickel
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