Syimir Abdul Razak leads the Masters Round One of the Malaysian Open bowling championships at Sunway Mega Lanes on Friday wih a total of 1,820 pinfalls. - AZHAR MAHFOF/ The Star
PETALING JAYA: Defending champion Syimir Abdul Razak attributed his top-of-the-class performance in the Masters’ Round One of the Malaysian Open bowling championships to a new ball in his arsenal.
Syimir knocked down a 1,820 total over eight games at the Sunway Mega Lanes in Sunway Pyramid on Friday to grab the lead.
“Coach Holloway (Cheah) gave me the ball for today’s round and somehow it reacted well to the lanes. I just hope that I can maintain my momentum tomorrow (today) in Round Two to finish in the top six to qualify for the step-ladder finals,” said the national elite bowler.
The top 16 bowlers from Round One will go into action today with eight others who earned direct qualification through the qualifying rounds.
The Malaysians who earned direct entry to Round Two are national elite bowlers Alex Liew, Zulmazran Zulkifli, Mohd Rafiq Ismail and back-up bowler Muhd Nur Aiman Khairuddin.
In the women’s Masters, national elite bowler Sin Li Jane had a poor start with a lowly 175 score in the first game. She recovered to post a 1,756 total to finish second behind Singapore’s Jazreel Tan (1,814).
“I think I was nervous in my first game. Luckily, I’m experienced enough to pick myself up. If it had happened to me a few years back, I think I would have missed the cut,” said Li Jane.
The top 10 from yesterday’s round will play another eight games in today’s Round Two with six other qualifiers from the qualifying rounds.
The Malaysians who gained direct entry are back-up bowlers Victoria Chin, Hee Kar Yen and Sharon Koh.
Like the men’s event, only the top six will play in the step-ladder finals.
In the boys’ Open, national youth trainee Christopher Tiong emerged champion after amassing 2,294 pinfalls over 10 games. Zharif Hashim of Selangor was second on 2,183 while Firdaus Idris of Federal Territory finished third with a 2,177 total.
National youth trainee Nora Lyana Nastasia Norakmal completed a double for the national youth squad by bagging the girls’ Open title with a 2,262 total. Singapore’s Amanda Lee finished second on 2,126 pinfalls and national youth bowler Nur Syazwani Sahar completed the podium with a 2,083 score.