Malaysian boys have their sights set on the Team and All-Events titles

    03/28/15

    2015 AYC

    Malaysian four-some lead Singapore and Korea heading into the second block on medium oil on Sunday; Muhd Rafiq Ismail widens his lead to 346 pins, practically seals the victory in All-Events

    2015AYCBoysMalaysia.jpgWith three of six games in the four-player Team event in the books, the Malaysian boys (pictured) have their sights set on the Team and All-Events titles at the 18th Asian Youth Tenpin Bowling Championships in Macau Bowling Center in Macau, China.

    Christopher Tiong, Muhd Syafiq Sajeli, Qalif Adnor Adam and Muhd Rafiq Ismail averaged 222.25 on long oil Saturday to lead the 14 countries with 2667 total including games of 872, 883 and 912.

    2015AYCBoysSingapore.jpgSingles and Doubles gold medalist Muhd Rafiq Ismail continued hot hand and led his teammates with the field-best 730 series, a 243.33 average, including games of 254, 258 and 218. Tiong added 672, Doubles gold medalist Qalif had 639 and Sajeli contributed 626.

    2015AYCBoysKorea.jpgTrailing Malaysia by 52 pins to sit in second place were Singapore's Javier Tan, Brandan Tan, Joel Tan and Muhammad Jaris Goh (right) with 2615 (217.92). The Singaporeans hit 900 on the nose in the first game, suffered a sub-par 764 in game two but rebounded with 951, the highest game of the day.

    Korea's Choi Hyung Jin, Hong Jun Yeong, Seo Hyo Dong and Kim Hee Jin (left) were 105 pins behind Singapore in third place with distant 2510 (209.17). The Koreans rallied from a slow start (706) with games of 910 and 894.

    Lin Hsin-Feng, Tu Yu-Hsiu, Tao Kuan-Wei and Chen Chia-Hsing of Chinese Taipei were further 76 pins behind in fourth place with 2434 (202.82) including games of 831, 868 and 735.

    2015AYCRafiqIsmail.jpgScoring at a record 252.73 pace after 15 of 18 games bowled, Muhd Rafiq Ismail (right) widened his lead in All-Events to 346 pins and has practically sealed the victory.

    Ismail needs 555 pins, a 185 average, in the last block of the Team event on medium oil, to secure the gold medal even if his nearest competitor, Javier Tan (3445, 229.75) bowls a perfect 900 series.

    2015AYCJavierTanMuhammadJarisGoh.jpgThird place Muhammad Jaris Goh (pictured left with Javier Tan, left) is further 20 pins behind with 3425 (228.33).

    The boys and girls teams will return on Sunday for second three games on medium oil which will also determine the medals in All Events.

    The top 16 boys and girls in All-Events qualify for Masters match play on Monday (eight games on medium) and Tuesday (eight games on long). The top three boys and girls advance to the stepladder finals at 4.10 p.m. China Standard Time (CST) Tuesday.

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    The 18th Asian Youth Championships in Macau, China, will be held March 24-31 at 24-lane Macau Bowling Center inside the Cotai International Sports Complex in Macau, China.

    The Championships drew 98 players, 58 boys and 40 girls, from 15 member countries of the Asian Bowling Federation - Australia, Bahrain, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Singapore.

    Up to four boys and four girls per country who must not be born before January 1, 1995, will bowl in separate divisions for gold, silver and bronze medals in five disciplines: Singles (contested on medium oil), Doubles (long oil), four-player Teams (first block long, second block medium), All Events (18 games; combined scores in Singles, Doubles and Teams) and Masters match play (top 16 in All-Events; first block medium, second block long).

    Competition concludes on Tuesday, March 31, with the boys and girls Masters stepladder finals followed by a victory banquet.

    Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation.

     


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