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24th Malta Open Championships
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Nur Aiman (right), who has won the gold medals in singles and mixed team in and got a trophy for winning in all-events plus the perpetual shield for Malaysia for winning in country all-events, finished round robin match play with a 278-242 win in the position round match against Haywood to lead the 12 finalists with 2987 pinfall total, including 80 pins bonus (10 per win).
Nur Aiman, who averaged 242.25 for 12 games, outaveraged second place Haywood by more than 10 pins. The gold medalist in men’s doubles (left) averaged 231.92 and used the field-best 9-3 won-lost record for 2873 total.
Crosby, the gold medalist in mixed doubles and the lone player who rolled a 300 game (in mixed team event), defeated Dennis Mercieca in the position round match, 221-165, to overtake the Maltese and to help grab the third and last spot for the stepladder finals.
Crosby (right) finished with 2768 total, including 65 pins bonus for his 6-5-1 won-lost-tied record, just two pins ahead of Malaysian Timmy Tan, who won his position round match against Robert Bruce, Wales, 226-157, but missed the top 3 by just two pins with 2766.
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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Top 3 advance to the Stepladder Finals on Saturday
|1.||Muhd Nur Aiman||Malaysia||2907||242.25||8-4-0||80||2987|
|2.||Quintin Haywood||South Africa||2783||231.92||9-3-0||90||2873|
|8.||Andrew Cyster||South Africa||2597||216.42||5-7-0||50||2647|
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