PETALING JAYA: Zulmazran Zulkifli may have missed out on the step-ladder in the Brunswick Euro Challenge, but his eighth-placed finish in Munich is still a commendable effort.
Zulmazran was the only national bowler who managed to get into Stage Three of the tournament. Shalin Zulkifli faltered at Stage One while Mohd Syafiq Ridhwan Abdul Malek fell in Stage Two. The rest of the national bowlers failed to qualify.
In the step-ladder, Marshall Kent of the United States defeated Sweden’s Daniel Fransson 277-258 to clinch the title.
Team manager Cheah Ban Cheng explained that Zulmazran was unable to cope with the challenging lane conditions, which favoured bowlers with strong ball revolution.
“Most of the European and American bowlers here have higher ball revolution ... so, they could make the right connection with the pins.
“Zulmazran also changed from using a 15-lb ball to a 16-lb ball just before the tournament and he had to adapt to the lanes as well. So, considering that, he did well to be in the last eight,” said Ban Cheng.
Zulmazran changed his style of play after picking up a wrist injury in 2010. He used to throw a high revolution ball but has had to adapt to a less powerful throw with the new technique.
With the Incheon Asian Games in South Korea in September a major target for Zulmazran, it is important for him to get his technique and equipment right as soon as possible.
“He seems happy using the 16-lb ball and will continue training with it,” said Ban Cheng.