Australia's Sam Cooley leads in Men's Masters after 6 of 12 match play games


    2013 CTBC

    Malaysia's Khairuniza, Shazwani atop the Women's Masters leaderboard

    2013CTBCSamCooley.jpg2013CTBCIsaacPaul.jpgSingles and All Events champion Sam Cooley (pictured left) continued to dominate the men's division at the 6th Commonwealth Championship in New Zealand as the Aussie took the lead in the Masters competition after six of 12 games Saturday at Pins Lincoln Bowling Center in Auckland.

    Cooley averaged 243 and won five of his six matches in Round Robin Match Play (10 pins bonus per win, 5 for a tie) plus a 237-237 tie against Akaash Ashok Kumar of India to lead the top 12 men in All Events with 1513 total including 55 bonus.

    Christopher Oates of England won all six matches averaging 240.17 to sit mere 12 pins behind Cooley in second place with 1501. Isaac Russell Paul (right) of Malaysia is a distant third with 1414 including a 4-2 match play record.

    All Events bronze and silver medalists John Wells, England, and Jaris Goh, Singapore, averaged under 200 and sit in 10th and 11th place already more than 200 pins off the pace for the top 3, who will advance to the stepladder finals after the second round.

    2013IBCDayangKhairuniza.jpg2012IBCSitiShazwani.jpgMalaysia's Dayang Khairuniza (pictured left) and All Events bronze medalist Siti Shazwani (right) set the pace in the Women's Masters. Khairuniza averaged 227.83 and won four of her six matches to take the halfway lead with 1407 total including 40 pins bonus.

    Shazwani threw a pair of 259s on her way to the second place with 1378 including a 4-2 won-loss record. Joanna Attard of Malta also won four matches to help grab third place with 1368.

    All Events gold and silver medalists, Lisa John, England, and Geraldine Ng, Singapore, finished the first block in eighth and ninth place with 1245 and 1225, respectively.

    All players return on Sunday at 9.30 a.m. New Zealand Daylight Time for the second block of round robin match play, after which the field will be trimmed to the top three men and women, who will bowl for the medals in the stepladder finals starting at 12.30 p.m.

    2013CTBCLogo_small.jpg This is the sixth edition of the biennial championship which is open to all federations that are members of the Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Federation (CTBF). Each team consists of two men and two women (Gibraltar has sent two men only).

    Gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded in Singles, Doubles, Mixed Doubles, Mixed Teams, All Events and Masters.


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    VI CTBC Men's Masters - Round Robin Match Play after 6 of 12 games


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