Malacca's Ahmad Daniel Zainal Abidin (right) Abdul Basit Mohd with their gold medals from the Sukma bowling men’s doubles.
KANGAR: A friend in need is a friend indeed.
When bowler Ahmad Daniel Zainal Abidin of Malacca scored a lowly 158 in the first game of the men’s doubles on Thursday, his partner Abdul Basit Mohd – who had a smashing 238, gave him plenty of encouragement.
It paid off as the pair finished tops at the Perlis Bowl on Thursday with a total 2,547 pinfalls over six games to grab the gold medal – the first Sukma medal for both of them in three appearances.
Arif Fauzi Shah-Farhan Azri Mohd Ariff of Perak bagged the silver medal on 2,477 pins while Anthony Cheng-Mohd Uzair Irsyad of Sarawak settled for the bronze on 2,454 pins.
“When I managed a low score in the first game, I was really down. The pressure was really on me. Luckily, Basit just spurred me on and I managed to pick up my game after that,” said Daniel.
“Without him, I don’t think I could even finish on the podium today.”
The two have been friends since they took up bowling about seven years ago. The Ampang Superbowl at Mahkota Parade in Malacca is where they started their love affair with the sport.
“We really didn’t see this coming because there are so many other talented bowlers here. But as we were about to play the sixth game, we calculated the scores and found that we might have a fighting chance to be on the podium,” said Basit.
Meanwhile, Sarawak collected their second gold medal on the lanes through Jocelyna Judith Jonathan-Nerosha Keligit in the women’s doubles competition. The pair knocked down a total of 2,399 pins to grab the gold medal.
Nur Dayana Zuhdi-Nurain Mustafa of Negri Sembilan collected the silver on 2,361 pins while Faten Najihah Ahmad Faik-Sharifah Munirrah Syed Mohsin of Pahang settled for bronze on 2,342 pins.