PETALING JAYA: Two bad games was all it took to dash Musayyar Khalid’s hopes of winning his first boys’ Under-15 Masters title in the 16th Milo International Junior All-Stars Bowling Championships.
After six games, the 14-year-old Miri bowler was leading with a 1,411 total – with lines of 265-181-268-225-226-246 – among the 22 bowlers who had qualified for the Masters at the Sunway Mega Lanes on Tuesday.
But his challenge fizzled out when he could only muster lines of 167 and 194 to finish runner-up for the second time in the Under-15 category with a 1,772 total.
Singapore’s Jarred Lim, who was trailing Musayyar by 14 pins after six games, did well to bowl 213 and 188 in the last two games to win his first title with a 1,798 total.
The 15-year-old Jarred, who is featuring in the event for the sixth time, also scored a perfect game during the Masters qualification last week.
Singapore’s Cheah Ray Han was third with a total of 1,751.
Musayyar, a Form Two student of the Tabuan Jaya Sports School in Kuching, said he had high hopes of winning the crown after bagging the Under-15 Masters title in the Thailand Junior Open in Bangkok in April.
“I wanted to improve on last year’s second placing in the Under-15 category but I blew it in the last two games,” said Musayyar.
“I’m disappointed with myself for losing my focus and missing the chance to win (but) I’ll be back next year ... and be third time lucky, hopefully,” added Musayyar, who won the second leg of the National Junior Circuit in Kota Kinabalu in August.
Singapore bowlers continued to dominate the girls’ event by occupying all three podium places in the Under-15 category.
Jermaine Seah (pic, above), who won the Under-12 category in 2012, bagged the Under-15 Masters title with a 1,700 total. Amabel Chua Jia Ying (1,641) was second and Ching Min Fon Pascal (1,586) third.Singapore had also dominated the girls’ Under-12 Masters event by finishing in the top four on Monday.
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