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Malaysia wins hands down in CTBC Mixed Team event in South Africa

Malaysia outdistanced its nearest competitor by 588 pins to cruise to the gold medal in the four-player mixed team event of the VII Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship Thursday at Northcliff Bowl in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Muhd Nur Aiman, Siti Safiyah, Shalin Zulkfli and Timmy Tan averaged 233.42 as a team to win the third gold medal of this Championship for Malaysia with 5602 total, including games of 992, 867, 937, 875, 943 and 988.

Pictured above, from left to right: Muhd Nur Aiman, Siti Safiyah, Timmy Tan and Shalin Zulkfli.

2016CTBCTeamSouthAfricaSliderTan and Nur Aiman led the team with 1460 and 1454, respectively, Safiyah added 1364 and Zulkfli contributed 1324. The Malaysians outaveraged the team from the host country South Africa (pictured left) by almost 25 pins.

Doubles champions Quintin Haywood and Andrew Cyster teamed with Ursula Ekermans and Stacey-Lee Hooper to earn the silver medal with 5014 and an average of 208.92.

2016CTBCTeamWalesSliderLynne Walker, Stewart Bryden, Louise Roberts and Robert Bruce of Wales (right) beat out Australia with Paul Trotter, Dena Buxton, Jayden Leming and Rebecca Whiting for the bronze medal by 21 pins.

The foursome from Wales used a huge 952 in game four to win the first medal in this Championship with 4946 and an average of 206.08.

2016CTBCTeamAustraliaSliderThe Aussies (left), who came out of the gates with 959 but finished with three consecutive games under 800, had to settle for fourth place with 4925 (205.21).

Elliot Crosby, Becky Daly, Angie Brown and Sam Rose (below, l-r) of England were further 22 pins behind in fifth place with 4903 (204.29).

2016CTBCTeamEnglandSliderMixed doubles champion Crosby and Tan started the team event with a bang. Bowling on lanes 1 & 2, both anchors had the front 11. Crosby’s last shot was a little wide, and for a moment looked like leaving the 7-10, but both went for the first 300 game of this Championship. Tan’s last shot went high to leave a 3 pin for 299.

The four Malaysians also led the 21 men and 20 women from 11 countries in all-events. In line with the Commonwealth Games Federation and Olympic guidelines, the winners in all-events will be recognized with a plaque or trophy but not a medal.

2016CTBCMuhdNurAiman2Muhd Nur Aiman (left) led the men’s field with 5800 and an average of 241.67 for 24 games, six each in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and mixed team. Tan was second with 5602, with Haywood in third place with 5476 and Crosby fourth with 5458.

2016AsCWomenMastersShalinZulkifliZulkifli (right) maintained a 48-pin lead over in Safiyah to win in women’s all-events with 5296 total and an average of 220.67. Safiyah was second with 5248 with singles champion Tiziana Carannante of Malta in third with 5156.

The top 12 men and women in all-events advanced to round robin match play masters on Friday. Dennis Mercieca of Malta and England’s Angie Brown took the 12th and last spot to advance with 4948 (206.17) and 4435 (184.79), respectively.

Starting from scratch all players will bowl 11 games of round robin match play plus one game position round. The top three men and women with the highest 12-game total, including bonus pins (10 pins bonus for each win, 5 for a tie), will bowl for gold, silver and bronze in the stepladder finals on Saturday.

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

This is 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) consist of four players, two women and two men, who compete 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.

There will be no medals 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) will advance to the masters finals.

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

Photos courtesy of Tony Brown.

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