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Published: Saturday December 21, 2013 MYT 10:26:00 PM
Updated: Saturday December 21, 2013 MYT 10:31:15 PM

Victoria claims junior all-star title in nervy final

National back-up bowler Victoria Chin won the Milo International Junior All-Stars girls’ Open title at the death after her opponent failed to strike her last attempt at the Pyramid Mega Lanes on Saturday.

National back-up bowler Victoria Chin won the Milo International Junior All-Stars girls’ Open title at the death after her opponent failed to strike her last attempt at the Pyramid Mega Lanes on Saturday.

PETALING JAYA: National back-up bowler Victoria Chin endured a nerve-wrecking moment before claiming the Milo International Junior All-Stars girls’ Open title and a RM18,000 cheque at the Sunway Mega Lanes in Sunway Pyramid here on Saturday.

The 18-year-old Victoria was up against former world champion Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore in the final and she was left on tenterhooks after competing her last throw.

Jacqueline just needed a strike in her last frame to win the title but failed to deliver and the down-to-the-wire final ended with Victoria winning 231-224.

“I couldn’t even think straight when I failed to spare the last frame. I thought I was going to lose because Jacqueline was close and a strike from her would end my hopes,” said Victoria.

However, Jacqueline could only managed a spare.

“Before Jacqueline took her throw, I was just hoping she would make a mistake and she did! I think I was just lucky today,” said Victoria.

Meanwhile, it was heartbreak for teen sensation Mohd Rafiq Ismail, as he lost to Singapore’s Keith Saw in the boys’ Open final.

Rafiq, who came into the final as the top seed by virtue of finishing on top after the 10-game roll-off, was defeated by Keith 230-259, 247-269.

“I just lost to a better bowler today ... that’s all. I don’t know what to say,” said Rafiq.

“My biggest mistake was in the last frame of the first game, where I failed to make adjustments as the lane was getting dry. This is a mistake that I often make and I did it again today.”

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