PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian men are well in the fight after the first round of nine matches of the World Tenpin Team Cup at the Odense Bowling Hall in Denmark on Tuesday.
They are lying fourth on 19 points. Canada currently lead the standings with 22 points, followed by Sweden (21) and England (20).
The men won seven out of eight matches – beating England 3-0, Australia 2-1 Finland 2-1, Greece 2-1, Denmark 2-1, Norway (3-0) and Holland 2-1. They lost 0-3 to the US. Although nine matches are played in the first round, Malaysia had a bye for one match.
However, all is not well for the team. Azidi Ameran had to be substituted after a freak accident, when a bowling ball dropped from the ball return and fell on his toe.
National coach Mats Karlsson replaced him with Jonathan Lim.
“I think our men played very well overall,” said Karlsson after the first 9 matches concluded.
“Both Ben (Heng) and Zulmazran (Zulkifli), who were anchoring in the first half and second half respectively did a good job to carry the team. I am happy they maintain a 201 average which could have been better,” he said.
Meanwhile, the English and Malaysian women maintained their first and second spot respectively after completing another nine matches yesterday.
However, the Malaysians two-point deficit against England, have now widen to eight.
They are also only 1.5 points ahead of the Americans who are in third spot.
Malaysia represented by Shalin Zulkifli, Sarah Yap, Lai Kin Ngoh, Wendy Chai, and Sharon Chai lost two matches - against England and Sweden - respectively.
They received a bye and won all the remaining seven matches against Australia, United States, Germany, Canada, Finland and Spain.