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Malaysian women, South African men clinch Doubles titles at CTBC


Malaysia’s Shalin Zulkifli & Siti Safiyah and Quintin Haywood & Andrew Cyster from the host country South Africa showed great finishes to snatch the gold medals in women’s and men’s Doubles on the second day of competition in the VII Commonwealth Tenpin Bowling Championship Tuesday at Northcliff Bowl in Johannesburg.

The women’s competition ended in dramatic fashion as both Malaysia and Malta overtook Australia in the sixth and last game to grab the gold and silver medal, respectively.

2016CTBCSitiSafiyahShalinZulkifliThe Malaysian women averaged 217.17 as a team to capture the second gold medal for Malaysia in this Championship after Muhd Nur Aiman’s victory in men’s singles yesterday. Zulkfli and Safiyah (r-l) rolled games of 409, 495, 445, 382, 415 and 460 to jump into the lead with 2606 total.

Zulkfli, a three-time world champion, led the way with the field-best 1347 series (224.50 average), including a 279 game, the highest game of the women’s competition thus far, and Safiyah added 1259 (209.80).

2016CTBCTizianaCarannanteSueAbelaSingles gold and bronze medalists Tiziana Carannante and Sue Abela (l-r) of Malta, rallied from a deficit of more than 200 pins after three games and closed with 490, 462 and 457 to clinch the silver medal with 2552 and an average of 212.67. Abela had 1279 and Carannante contributed 1273.

2016CTBCRebeccaWhitingDenaBuxtonThe Australia duo with singles silver medalist Rebecca Whiting and Dena Buxton (l-r) was the only team which started with five games over 400 (451, 435, 450, 452 and 414) to hold a comfortable 56-pin lead heading into the final game when disaster struck.

Buxton managed only 186 while Whiting, who averaged 227 for her first five games, suffered a disappointing 159 low game resulting in a third place finish with 2547 (212.25). England’s Angie Brown and Becky Daly were in fourth place with distant 2282 (190.17).

With 12 out of 24 games in all-events (total pinfall in singles, doubles, mixed doubles and team event) completed, Carannante and Zulkifli are tied for first place with 2598 and an average of 216.50. Whiting and Abela slipped one spot to third and fourth place with 2577 and 2558, respectively.

The finish in men’s doubles was even more exciting and was decided in the very last frame.

2016CTBCAndrewCysterQuintinHaywoodSingles gold and silver medalists, Muhd Nur Aiman and Timmy Tan, started their six-game series with three consecutive games over 500 (a 250 average) but Quintin Haywood and Andrew Cyster (r-l) narrowed the gap to just 41 pins heading into the last game. At that time, all other countries were already out of contention for gold and silver.

Cyster posted a huge 261 game and Haywood, who was averaging over 260 for the first five games, including games of 278, 230, 279, 258 and 257, added 213 for 474 leaving Malaysia with one frame to play.

2016CTBCMuhdNurAimanTimmyTanBoth Malaysians had to double in the tenth to win the gold medal. Nur Aiman (on the left) closed out with three strikes. Tan (r.) got the first, but left a 10-pin on a pocket hit to lose to the South Africans by just three pins, 2861-2856. Haywood led all 21 bowlers with 1515 or an average of 252.50 and Cyster contributed 1346 (224.30).

Australia’s Jayden Leming & Paul Trotter, Malta’s Dennis Mercieca & Kenneth Arpa, England’s Sam Rose & Elliot Crosby and David Maycock & Rickai Binns of Bermuda battled it out for the bronze medal.

The Englishmen finished with a huge 500 game (Crosby 257, Rose 243) to snatch third place and to earn the bronze medal with 2581 and an average of 215.08. Malta also overtook Australia to finish in fourth place with 2549 (212.42).

The Aussies, who were trailing the South Africans by 235 pins heading into the last game, finished with a sub-par 378 game to fall to fifth place with 2520 (210.00) and was followed by Bermuda in sixth place with 2484 (207.00).

Nur Aiman maintained a 100-pin lead in all-events with 2905 total and an average of 242.08 over 12 games. Haywood added 1515 to the 1290 in singles to jump from seventh to second place with 2805 (233.75). Tan slipped one spot to third place with 2757 (229.75) with Maycock in fourth place with distant 2594 (216.17).

Action shifts to the mixed doubles competition. A squad is scheduled to start a 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon with B squad to follow on Wednesday morning at 8.30 a.m. All times are South Africa Standard Time (SAST).

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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