PETALING JAYA: Favourites Selangor lived up to their billing to win the gold medal in the men’s team event in the Astro inter-state bowling championships at the Sunway Megalanes in Sunway Pyramid yesterday.
The team, comprising national bowlers Alex Liew, Daniel Lim, Zulmazran Zulkifli and former back-up bowler Zaid Izlan, posted a total of 5,018 pinfalls over six games to bag the gold – well ahead of second- placed Federal Territory who had a 4,769 total.
Penang, spearheaded by national bowlers Adrian Ang and Aaron Kong, could only manage third place after knocking down 4,709 pins. The other bowlers in the Penang team were Khoo Beng Khai and Adrian Charles Dragon.
However, the day really belonged to the Sarawak women’s team, who defied all odds to win the title with a 4,859 total to deny favourites Selangor (4,660) who finished third. FT posted a 4,699 total to take the silver.
Selangor, who did not have the services of national bowling queen Shalin Zulkifli, only had two national bowlers Zatil Iman Abdul Ghani and Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi in their ranks. The other bowlers were Ili Syazana and Malee Lani.
Sarawak’s Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore, who teamed up with Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana, Nurafidza Amran and Caroline Chien, bagged her third gold in the championships with yesterday’s win in the team event.
Jacqueline could have made it four out of four contested but she missed out on the All-Events gold to team-mate Dayang by 51 pins. Earlier, she won the singles and doubles gold medals.
“It’s still great to finish the championships with three gold medals. In any case, the All-Events gold will still be heading back to Sarawak,” said Jacqueline, who was recently promoted to the national elite squad.
Meanwhile, Sarawak coach Jackson Ting said emerging as overall champions was indeed a shot in the arm for bowling in Sarawak.
“We have come here with a young team and we have to work hard to get them to a higher level. Some of them made it into the national squad and the exposure they gained was invaluable,” said Jackson.
In the boys’ competition, Malacca’s team of Jason Syow, Pu Yong Jin, Dinie Faliq Mokhtar and Mohd Shafiq Hashim bagged the gold with a stunning 4,516 total.
Johor finished second on 4,426 while Pahang took the bronze with a 4,416 total.
The Negri Sembilan girls’ team of Lim Hsu Sen, Hurul Ainol Abu Razak,Puteri Nadia Kamarul and Farah Ain Diyana pipped Penang for the gold after accumulating a total of 4,458 pinfalls.
Penang had 4,398 to bag the silver while FT settled for bronze on 4,397.
Sarawak were the biggest winners in the championships with a 4-2-1 medal haul while Selangor were second with a 4-1-5 total. Penang finished third on 3-1-2.
Men: 1. Selangor 5,018, 2. Federal Territory 4,769, 3. Penang 4,709.
Women: 1. Sarawak 4,859, 2. Federal Territory 4,699, 3. Selangor 4,660.
Boys: 1. Malacca 4,516, 2. Johor 4,426, 3. Pahang 4,416.
Girls: 1. N. Sembilan 4,458, 2. Penang 4,398, 3. Federal Territory 4,397.
Men: 1. Adrian Ang (Pen) 3,902, 2. Alex Liew (Sel) 3,871, 3. Kang BoLong (Joh) 3,803.
Women: 1. Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana (Swk) 3,844, 2. Jacqueline Jenelee Sijore (Swk) 3,793, 3. Sin Li Jane (Prk) 3,667.
Boys: 1. Syimir Abdul Razak (FT) 3,538, 2. Mohd Shafiq Hashim (Mal) 3,537, 3. Mohd Ozzer Othaman (Sab) 3,510.
Girls: 1. Steffira Zeander Greater (Sab) 3,568, 2. Nursyamimi Supardi (Prk) 3,473, 3. Dina Nur Nadia (Sel) 3,470.