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Wednesday August 28, 2013 MYT 3:32:00 PM
Wednesday August 28, 2013 MYT 3:35:24 PM
PETALING JAYA: After a spate of lacklustre performances at the Bowling World Championships in Nevada, United States, Malaysia’s bowlers are finally within striking distance of some medals.
After the completion of three games on Tuesday, the women’s team of Siti Safiyah Amirah Abdul Rahman, Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore, Esther Cheah, Shalin Zulkifli and Sin Li Jane are now ranked third on 3,041 pinfalls. South Korea have the provisional lead on 3,156 pins, followed by Venezuela on 3,089 pins. Canada sit in fourth place on 3,039 pins.
“It all went well today but it could have been better. I made some mistakes and missed a few easy spares,” said Shalin.
On the short oil pattern on Tuesday, Shalin blazed the lanes with a 237 opening game, followed with a 210 game. It was in the third game that she suffered a hiccup and posted just 180 for a total of 627 pins.
“I made some good shots today but I have to be better tomorrow to help the team,” she said.
Meanwhile, the men’s team are also closing in on a spot in the semi-finals after collecting a total of 3,190 pins after three games to sit in fifth place, just 16 pins away from fourth-placed South Korea (3,026). Venezuela lead with 3,287 pins ahead of Hong Kong (3,266) and Denmark (3,220).
The national team, consisting of Adrian Ang, Timmy Tan, Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek, Alex Liew and Mohd Rafiq Ismail, produced a commendable performance in the event thus far despite the challenging short oil pattern.
“The lanes are a bit challenging but there will be another three games tomorrow. I hope I can play a lot better,” said Syafiq, who was the team’s best performer on 671 pins.
In a bid to gain as much advantage on the medium oil pattern in the second block of three games, coach Holloway Cheah will switch Zulmazran Zulkifli in for Rafiq.
After three games: 1. Venezuela 3287, 2. Hong Kong 3266, 3. Denmark 3220, 4. South Korea 3206. Selected: 5. Malaysia 3190.
After three games: 1. South Korea 3156, 2. Venezuela 3089, 3. Malaysia 3041, 4. Canada 3039.
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