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Thursday April 18, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by ashreena pillai
KUALA LUMPUR: Bowling young guns Timmy Tan and Syimir Abdul Razak pulled off a surprise victory in the men’s doubles event at the Inter-state Championships at the Pyramid Mega Lanes yesterday.
The duo, partnering for the first time since being promoted to the national back-up squad, scored identical six-game series total of 1,370 pinfalls for a combined total of 2,740 to win their first doubles title together.
“We didn’t go into the competition thinking about winning. So, this is definitely a surprise,” said Timmy.
“Selangor started off really well in the first game and we were 100 plus behind. So, we just tried to bowl well and we got a good rhythm going,” said Timmy, 19.
“There was no specific strategy ... we just tried not to think too much and enjoyed the game,” chimed in Syimir 21.
It was a one-two finish for FT as Muhd Rafiq Islmail and Muhd Syafiq Ridhwan bagged silver with 2,622 pinfalls as Selangor’s Alex Liew and Zulmazran Zulkifli narrowly missed out on second spot with 2,620.
Alex scored the first perfect game of the championships in the first game – the 11th of his career. However, it just wasn’t enough to help Selangor land the gold.
Alex chalked up lines of 300-248-201-187-173-205 for a six-game series total of 1,314 while partner Zulmazran scored 1,306 pinfalls (235-199-185-226-232- 229) for a combined total of 2,620 to miss out on the silver by just two pins.
“Even with a 300, we still failed to win a silver or gold. I had a good start but got into trouble as we moved further down the lanes,” said Alex.
However, Alex conceded that the FT bowlers had bowled well and that Timmy, Syimir, Rafiq and Shafiq make a formidable team going into today’s team event.
Selangor, with Alex, Zulmazran, Mihd Auzudeen Mustaqim and Muhd Zharif Hashim in the fray, will be looking to win their first gold of the tournament.
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