PETALING JAYA: Bowler Kang Bo Long proved that he has not lost his touch despite being out of the national programme by winning the Astro national championships at the Sunway Megalanes in Sunway Pyramid yesterday.
The former national back-up bowler, who was dropped from the programme when the back-up squad was disbanded due to budget cuts earlier this year, even got the better of elite bowler Adrian Ang en route to the title match against Yusuf Abdul Raof.
In the 10-game Masters qualifying, Bo Long knocked down 2,145 pins to be the third seed while Adrian was second on 2,187. National youth bowler Yusuf took the top spot on 2,305.
In the step-ladder semi-final, Bo Long defeated Adrian 213-190. The Johor lad then scored a comprehensive victory over Yusuf, winning 226-176, 244-191 to take his first national title.
“It was tough for me to play against him (Yusuf) twice because he was the top seed. But I just focused on my game and not think about how many games I need to beat him,” said Bo Long.
“This win really means a lot to me because I want to show that even after I’m out of the national programme, I can still play well and win titles.”
In the women’s competition, elite bowler and top seed Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi emerged as champion, beating team-mate Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana 205-212, 195-179 in the title match.
En route to the final match, Dayang, who was the third seed in the step-ladder, defeated Zatil Iman Abdul Ghani 221-195.
“I’m delighted to win the national title after trying for so many times,” said Zandra, who won the Malaysian Open in 2007.
“Dayang did well to win the first match but I was determined to win the title and luckily I managed to edge her in the second match.”
In the youth competition, national youth bowler Chong Jun Foo grabbed the boys’ title after posting an eight-game total of 1,662 while Faten Najihah of Pahang won the girls’ crown with a 1,622 effort.
* After 10 games
Men: 1. Yusuf Abdul Raof (nat. youth) 2305, 2. Adrian Ang (nat. elite) 2187, 3. Kang Bo Long (Joh) 2145, 4. Muhd Amirrul Afif (Sel) 2143, 5. Mohd Noer Said (Sab) 2106.
Women: 1. Zandra Aziela Ibrahim Hakimi (nat. elite) 2116, 2. Zatil Iman Abdul Ghani (nat. elite) 2007, 3. Dayang Khairuniza Dhiyana (nat. elite) 1977, 4. Wendy Chai (nat. elite) 1965, 5. Siti Shazwani Suhaimi (nat. elite) 1960.
* After eight games
Boys: 1. Chong Jun Foo (nat. youth) 1662, 2. Khoo Beng Khai (nat. youth) 1626, 3. Aris Ardila Santosoh (nat. youth) 1579, 4. Eugene Oh (Pen) 1576, 5. Qalif Adnor (FT) 1572.
Girls: 1. Faten Najihah (Pah) 1622, 2. Steffira Zeander Greater (Sab) 1616, 3. Fatin Azmira (Prk) 1595, 4. Sheena Ayesha (FT) 1545, 5. Siti Aishajan Hussin (Sab) 1541.
* Men’s step-ladder
Semi-final: Bo Long bt Adrian 213-190.
Final: Bo Long bt Yusuf 226-176, 244-191.
* Women’s step-ladder
Semi-final: Dayang bt Zatil 221-195.
Final: Zandra bt Dayang 205-212, 195-179.
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