GLASGOW: Team manager Syed Abidin Syed Zin said that there are four more events to go and has pledged that the Malaysian players will leave no stone unturned in their bid to improve on the two silvers won in the women’s fours and men’s pairs events.
“It was unfortunate that we had to play the bridesmaid’s roles in the two finals. The competition is tough and we’re up against world class oppositions here,” said Syed Abidin.
Mohd Fairul Izwan Abdul Muin and Mohd Hizlee Abdul Rais picked up Malaysia’s second silver in the men’s pairs after going down to Scotland’s Paul Forster and Alex Marshal 20-3 in the final at the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre on Monday.
It was a one-way traffic as the Scottish pair, boosted by the home fans, led from start to finish.
The Malaysians failed to find their momentum and conceded defeat as early as in the sixth end when they trailed the Scottish pair 12-0.
Malaysia also came close to delivering a gold in the women’s fours through Nor Hashimah Ismail, Emma Firyana Saroji, Nur Fidrah Noh and Azlina Arshad on Monday.
They settled for the silver after losing to the South African quartet of Esme Steyn, Santjie Steyn, Tracy-Lee and Susan Nel 14-9 in the final.
The Malaysian women have only themselves to blame as they had a comfortable five-point lead at 9-4 by the ninth end.
But, all of a sudden, their game fell apart.
The South Africans slowly but surely got back into the game to win 14-9.
Two-time champion Siti Zalina Ahmad, who was eliminated in the preliminary rounds of the women’s singles, will be hoping to make amends in the pairs with Nor Hashimah Ismail.
Syed Abidin claimed that Siti had lost her competitive edge since coming back from a two-year break.
“Siti is the the number one singles player in Malaysia. She has the skills but needs to be sharper. But we expect the women’s pairs to do well,” said Syed Abidin.
Malaysia will also be involved in the women’s triples, men’s fours and men’s singles.
In the 2010 New Delhi Games, the lawn bowls team bagged a silver and a bronze. Their best medal haul was in the 2006 Melbourne Games, where they won two golds.
Meanwhile, Mohd Hizlee Abdul Rais is on course to reach the quarter-finals in the men’s singles competition.
The national No.1 won all three preliminary round matches and leads the standings in Group B with nine points.
Hizlee, who picked up a silver in the men's pairs event with Mohd Fairul Izwan Muin on Monday, will wrap up his group match against Ryan Bester of Canada on Wednesday.
Hizlee won his matches against Samuela Tuikiligana of Fiji (21-19), Sunil Bahadur of India (21-20) and Mohd Shahzad of Pakistan (21-5).
The women's triples team of Azlina Arshad, Nur Fidrah Noh and Emma Firyana Saroji also won their opening matches against India (16-14) and Jersey (28-7).