Singapore's Kuek Qi En, Malaysia's Nora Lyana Natasia lead in Masters after the first block


    Hong Kong, China

    16th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships will conclude Friday with the second block and the stepladder finals

    2015ASCBoysMastersKuekQiEn.jpgSingapore's Kuek Qi En (pictured left) and Nora Lyana Natasia of Malaysia took the lead in Boys and Girls Masters at the 16th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships as match play reached the halfway mark Thursday at SCAA bowling center in Hong Kong, China.

    The top 16 boys and the top 16 girls in All-Events (18-game total of Singles, Doubles and Teams) bowled eight games round robin match play with 10 pins bonus for each win and 5 for a tie. The top 3 after 15 games plus one game position round will bowl for the medals in the stepladder finals.

    Kuek, who finished fourth in Boys All-Events missing a medal by 39 pins, had a slow start into the first block. The 18-year-old lost the first two matches behind games of 197 and 219 but rebounded with six wins, including high games of 279, 258 and 258, to lead the boys' field with 1900, including 60 bonus pins, and an average of 230.00.

    2015ASCBoysMastersAlexYu.jpg2015ASCBoysMastersLimSeongYul.jpgAlex Yu (left) of Hong Kong averaged 225.50 and won all but one match to sit in second place with 1874. Just one pin behind Yu was Korea's Lim Seong Yul (right) with 1873, who had the second-highest 229.13 average but managed only a 4-4 won-lost record.

    There is already a bigger gap between third and fourth place as No. 4 Aidah Poh is 64 pins off the pace for the stepladder with 1809 total including 60 bonus pins.

    The medalists in All-Events had a bad day. Silver medalist Bader Al-Deyab of Qatar is 9th with 1743, 130 pins off the top 3. Bronze medalist Kim Jung Tae, Korea, is further 43 pins behind in 10th place and gold medalist Ren Sameshima of Japan sits in last place with 1566, more than 300 pins behind third place.

    2015ASCGirlsMastersNora LyanaNatasia.jpg2015ASCGirlsMastersWakanaMizutani.jpgNora Lyana Natasia (left) of Malaysia averaged 222.50 and won seven of her eight matches to lead the Girls Masters with 1850, including 70 bonus pins. Natasia, who won the silver medal in All-Events and Teams and bronze in Singles, had five games between 254 and 237, and a low game of 147.

    Wakana Mizutani (right) of Japan was 65 pins behind in second place with 1785, an average of 214.38, and a 7-1 match play record.

    Two-time gold medalist Kim Dong Yo (below left; Singles and Team) of Korea was just seven pins behind Mizutani in third place with 1778, including an average of 216 for eight games but a 5-3 won-lost record.

    2015ASCGirlsMastersKimDongYo.jpg2015ASCKimJinJu.jpgMalaysia's Faten Najihah is just outside the top 3 in fourth place with 1757 (4-4), with All-Events champion Kim Jin Ju (right) of Korea in fifth place on 1712 (5-3).

    All 16 boys and girls will return on Friday for the second eight-game block after which the field will be trimmed to the top 3 girls and the top 3 boys for the stepladder finals starting Friday at 12.30 (girls) and 2.30 p.m. (boys) Hong Kong Time.

    2015ASCPoster.jpg The 16th Asian School Tenpin Bowling Championships, which runs from July 25-31, 2015 on 40-lanes at the South China Athletic Association Bowling Center in Hong Kong, China, drew 76 boys and 58 girls born on or after January 1, 1997, representing 13 member countries of the Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).

    Each federation was allowed to send a maximum of two boys' and two girls' teams with each team consisting of maximum four boys or four girls, who compete for medals in Singles, Doubles, Teams, All-Event and Masters.

    Photos courtesy of Asian Bowling Federation (ABF).


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