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24th Malta Open Championships
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Trailing Rebecca Whiting of Australia after 11 games of round robin match play by 49 pins, Safiyah (right) defeated the Aussie in the position round match, 255-192, to earn the No. 1 seed for Saturday’s stepladder finals at Northcliff Bowl in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Malaysian, who was second in all-events to qualify for masters match play, averaged 231.50 and won eight of her twelve matches to lead the top 12 women with 2858 total, including 80 bonus pins. Safiyah had a high game of 279 and a low game of 209.
Whiting (left), who won nine matches with games between 215 and 267 and had three losses with games under 200, finished 24 pins behind Safiyah in second place with 2834.
She will bowl Becky Daly (right) of England in the opening match. Daly tied Shalin Zulkifli of Malaysia in the position round match, 220-220, to earn the No. 3 seed with 2702 total and the field-best 10-1-1 won-lost-tied record.
Zulkifli, who led the 20 women from 10 countries in all-events averaging 220.67 for 24 games, had to settle for fourth place with 2609 and a 7-4-1 match play record.
The women’s and men’s stepladder finals are scheduled to start on Saturday at 10 a.m. South Africa Standard Time (SAST).
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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